Solar PV association slams Eskom, points to energy policy failings in SA

  SAPVIA Media Statement: 21 July 2016 “South Africa’s energy mix is expected to shift considerably towards renewables over the next two decades”. That is according to Eskom’s Chairperson, Dr. Ben Ngubane, quoted in the state-owned utility’s media statement released recently of its annual results presentation. The Department of Energy, in a recently published Expression […]

An appeal to Eskom to include all role players

  The South African Independent Power Producers Association, SAIPPA, has taken note of the recent statement about the decision taken by Eskom regarding suspension of signing any further power purchase agreements until it has engaged the Departments of Energy and Public Enterprise with concerns. While this comes as no surprise, the manner in which it […]

ICASA strike disrupts licensing services

  Despite assurances by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) management, the strike, now in its second week, is causing major disruption as no licences can be issued. Almost 100 staff went on strike on Monday 4 July over a pay and human resource policies dispute. Over 70 workers picketed outside ICASA’s head […]

Rosatom to launch world’s first floating nuclear power plant

  In 2019 the world’s first floating nuclear power plant “Akademik Lomonosov” will begin operation in the most northern part of Russia. But in reality it can be operated anywhere around the world. The floating nuclear power plant is a mobile power unit, providing energy generation where and when needed. “Akademik Lomonosov” producers above 70 […]

Juno spacecraft in orbit around mighty Jupiter

  After an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit during a 35-minute engine burn. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth on 5 July at 8:53 am (SA time). NASA administrator Charlie Bolden said the Juno NASA mission went boldly where no […]

Massive cost and time overruns at Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations

  Besides the financial results themselves for Eskom’s financial year ending 31 March 2016, perhaps the most important new information to come out at the media briefing at Megawatt Park on 5 July 2016, was Eskom’s latest estimate of the overnight capital costs, or cost to completion (CTC), for its Medupi and Kusile power stations. […]

Survey reveals increase in Gauteng’s quality of life

  New data from the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) shows that satisfaction with municipalities in Gauteng has declined very slightly since 2013, but dissatisfaction has also dropped significantly. These results, released just weeks before the August local government elections,  suggest a greater middle-ground of potentially “undecided” voters. It is also clear that respondents increasingly distinguish […]

Massive underground market sells South African hacked servers

  Researchers have uncovered a global forum where cyber criminals can buy and sell access to compromised servers for as little as $6 each. The xDedic marketplace, which appears to be run by a Russian-speaking group, currently lists 70 624 hacked remote desktop protocol (RDP) servers for sale. The top ten countries affected are: South […]

Eskom – changing the goalposts and rules of the game at half-time?

  For the third time since awarding a R5-billion tender to Areva in 12 August 2014, Eskom found itself defending its award decision – this time in the highest court of the land. While Eskom and Areva appealed to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) that the award of the contract for the replacement of six steam […]

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