Showcase of live demonstrations and more at Electra Mining Africa

. Electra Mining Africa and co-located shows Elenex Africa, Powerex and the Transport Expo will  take place from 10-14 September 2018 at the Expo Centre in Johannesburg. This promises to be an informative 4-in-1 show experience, with a vast array of products, services and technologies on view from over 850 local and international exhibitors. In […]

Draft IRP 2018 released for public comment

The minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, has published the long-awaited draft of the integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity (2018) at a media briefing in Pretoria. The public have 60 days to comment on this new plan. The details are outlined below. The IRP follows a process which was initially promulgated in 2011. It was, […]

“Atoms Empowering Africa”: Youth video competition deadline extended

Rosatom has officially extended the deadline for submission of the Youth Video Competition, devoted to the potential of nuclear power to help bolster Africa’s economic and social development, until 10 September 2018. Young people between the ages of 18 to 30, alone or in a group of up to three, are encouraged to film a 60- […]

Power system remains unstable as Eskom declares dispute with unions

Eskom says it has declared a dispute with trade unions National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) and Solidarity over the precondition that NUM and NUMSA introduced as part of the wage negotiations. Last week at a meeting convened through the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, […]

Taking issue with the issues

Addressing the South African National Energy Association’s (SANEA’s) recent Energy Rendezvous event, Nedbank’s Mike Peo said that while everyone speaks of the grand energy transition, change must be for the benefit of everyone or it will be meaningless. Using the theme of “Taking issue with the issues”, SANEA’s event consisted of a panel discussion to […]

The evolution of the electricity sector and the role of innovation

The energy industry, particularly the electricity sector, has undergone exciting developments over the past two centuries. From fulfilling the basic functions of lighting and cooking at the turn of the 19th century, electricity is now the backbone of the world’s economy and a basic societal need. In his keynote address at the 2018 Africa Energy […]

Labour unions “act in defiance of the law and the needs of the country”

Eskom says that some labour unions are unaccountable agents which unilaterally disregard ministerial understandings and act in defiance of the law and court interdicts, demonstrating an attitude of narrow self-interest defiance, underpinned by a lack of humility or responsibility to service the power needs of the nation. Eskom’s ongoing warnings of possible power interruptions stem from […]

Perspectives on the grand energy transition

This is the ninth consecutive year of the World Energy Council’s (the council’s) annual survey of key challenges and opportunities faced by energy leaders in managing a robust energy transition. This year’s report provides nine global maps, six regional maps and 38 national maps illustrating issues impacting the energy landscape in the different geographical contexts. […]