Conceived in the resource-rich 20th century, SA’s two immense power plants stumble

  Credit: This article is published with permission from Circle of Blue, the news and science center that reports on the competition between water, food, and energy globally.  Conceived in the resource-rich, ecologically stable, and capital-abundant 20th century, South Africa’s two immense coal-fired Medupi and Kusile power stations were viewed as reasoned answers to South Africa’s growing demand for electricity, […]

Africa needs to solve its own energy challenges

  Dr. Wolsey Barnard, in his key note address at the recent Africa Energy Indaba held in Sandton, said that Africa needs to address its energy challenges within the context of its strategies. Barnard, speaking on behalf of Tina Joemat Pettersson, the minister of energy, said that building a sustainable energy development plan, like the National Development Plan, the […]

Report on the economics of nuclear energy in South Africa, by Trusted Sources, UK

  We publish here, with permission, the summary and main findings of a report released on 14 March 2016, with a link to download the full report, entitled: South Africa – the economics of nuclear energy by Trusted Sources, UK Click here to download the full report (900 kB PDF file) Summary Over the past […]

WWF workshop held at Wits on the economics of nuclear energy in South Africa

  A one-day workshop, hosted by WWF South Africa and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung at the Wits Club, Johannesburg, on 9 March 2016, was attended by presenters, panelists and delegates deeply embedded in the energy sector in South Africa. Noticeably absent from the workshop, however, were representatives from any of the potential nuclear vendor companies, […]

Addressing SA’s voter registration crisis

  With looming local government elections and the country in an uproar over the current political leadership, it is immensely concerning to find the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) found wanting by the Public Protector, the Constitutional Court and the Electoral Court. While questions are being asked about the integrity of this once proud piece of […]

Eskom cries foul as NERSA rejects its diesel claim

  At a media briefing on 1 March 2016, the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) announced the approval of an average 9,4% electricity price increase for Eskom for the 2016/17 financial year, while rejecting Eskom’s claim for a higher tariff increase to compensate the utility for unbudgeted costs of diesel incurred during the […]

Findings of maladministration by SAPO vindicate complaints by SA publishers to ICASA

  The investigation and report by the Public Protector into allegations of corruption, maladministration and misconduct by the management of the South African Post Office (SAPO) was published on 23 February 2016. The findings vindicate the formal complaints lodged against SAPO by publishers with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). After the complaint […]

Africa needs modular distributed electricity generators

  Speaking to Energize on the eve of the 2016 Africa Energy Indaba in Sandton, Prof. Murat Mercan said the ideal technology for Africa is renewable distributed generation because it is the easiest and fastest way of providing a community with electricity. He says that modular generators, distributed across a community, or even a neighbourhood, […]