Domestic electricity prices of six metros and Eskom compared

  There is significant public misperception and confusion in respect of domestic electricity tariffs in South Africa. In order to clarify the facts, this article compares the domestic electricity prices of Eskom and the six largest metros in the country, namely City Power (Johannesburg), Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, eThekwini, Nelson Mandela Bay and Cape Town. Public misperceptions […]

Energy management company reasserts energy efficiency importance

  Schneider Electric held a media forum on 19 May 2015 in which the company re-affirmed its commitment to energy efficiency. The company is one of the key global players in the field of energy management. Energy efficiency has received increasing attention in recent years as energy demands and consumption have increased globally – a […]

Managing the drone free-for-all

  Drones have been in the news lately, some for all the right reasons and in many cases for all the wrong reasons.  Drones are nothing more than a new technology – a tool in an ever increasing array of tools. Just as the discovery of fire facilitated human advancement, it also brought with it […]

To prepay or not to prepay Eskom – that is the question…

  In the first two weeks since his appointment, some questionable public statements made by Eskom’s new acting CEO, Mr. Brian Molefe, make one wonder whether he is receiving sound information from his executive team. The minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Lynne Brown, seems to have had similar problems. After a presentation to the Public […]

The road ahead: gaining momentum from energy transformation

  Energy transformation is being driven by five global megatrends interacting with and amplified by a set of shifts taking place within the power sector. These five megatrends – technological breakthroughs; climate change and resource scarcity; demographic and social change; a shift in global economic power and rapid urbanisation – are challenges for all businesses. […]

Killer robots and the accountability gap

  Programmers, manufacturers, and military personnel could all escape liability for unlawful deaths and injuries caused by fully autonomous weapons, or “killer robots”. This was revealed by Human Rights Watch in a report released in advance of a multilateral meeting on the weapons at the United Nations in Geneva. The 38-page report, “Mind the Gap: […]

Energy professionals present conference outcomes to War Room

  The 2nd Electricity Conference of the Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) was held was held on 25 March 2015, and was attended by 60 delegates, mainly from industry and the electricity sector. The conference was entitled: “Electricity, the Economy, War Rooms – is there hope at last?” Presenters at the conference included: Dr. Steve Lennon, […]

Food security versus land reform, or not?

  As South Africa enters its worst drought in over 20 years, the balance of power in the food security versus land reform debate has shifted fundamentally.  Speaking at the 2015 Grain SA Congress in early March, the  Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana expressed concern over the impact of drought on food […]