The answers on Eskom debt – but not from Eskom

  About a month ago, the following questions relating to Eskom debt were put to Eskom and its financial director, Anoj Singh, in writing by EE Publishers, through the official channels of communication, namely Eskom Mediadesk and the Eskom spokesman. Despite numerous re-sends and reminders, and even escalation of the questions to the spokesman of […]

Energy minister briefs parliament on nuclear, IPP and gas plans

  The newly appointed minister of energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, presented her department’s budget for 2017/2018 to parliament recently. She outlined some of her department’s plans for the coming year. This article summarises her speech. The minister said that her department will spend R8,1-billion in the 2017/2018 financial year to support the energy sector, which currently […]

NERSA to formally investigate Eskom’s refusal to sign PPAs

  The National Energy Regulator’s (NERSA’s) electricity sub-committee has responded to a complaint issued by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), indicating that it has launched a formal investigation into Eskom’s conduct.  This follows a preliminary investigation, which found that there was sufficient grounds to warrant further action. Brenda Martin, the CEO of SAWEA, […]

Electricity price increase: NERSA calls for responses to Eskom’s application to deviate

  The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has called for responses regarding Eskom’s application to deviate from prescribed procedures in an application for another tariff increase. Eskom, which has been authorised by NERSA to submit a 1-year tariff application for 2018/19 instead of its usual multi-year application, on 1 June 2017, has indicated […]

South Africa hosts international remote sensing community

  Speaking at the 37th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment (ISRSE) Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor stressed the need to leverage space for development and improved decision making, and expressed her hope that space-based products would play a fundamental role in aiding decision makers working on NEPAD’s 2025 Vision and […]

Keynote speakers focus on geospatial, CAD and BIM

  Geospatial-technology evangelist, Geoff Zeiss, and building information modelling (BIM) expert, Vaughan Harris, have agreed to keynote at SA GeoTech 2017 which takes place on 25 and 26 July 2017 at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. Geoff Zeiss is recognised for his efforts to promote geospatial in vertical industries such as utilities and construction. He has more than […]

Rail infrastructure investment leads to new transformer factory

  ABB South Africa opened a new transformer factory near its Longmeadow headquarters, east of Johannesburg, recently. The 2450 m2 factory will produce specially designed traction transformers for Bombardier which has been awarded a contract to supply new locomotives to Transnet for its freight trains. The company’s group CEO, Ulrich Spiesshofer, and Lionel October, the director-general […]

Executive summary, full submission and response by CSIR to DoE on Draft IRP 2016

  The article below is the executive summary of the full submission and response by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to the Draft Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (Draft IRP 2016) issued by the SA Department of Energy in November 2016 for comment and input from relevant stakeholders and the general public by […]

Eskom funding may be muffling dissenting voices on nuclear

  The lure of millions in Eskom funding appears to have muzzled two research institutions previously highly critical of the state-owned utility’s plans to procure a fleet of nuclear power stations. In the case of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) amaBhungane understands that the CSIR’s Energy Centre has been effectively gagged since […]

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