Why is the public so concerned about new nuclear power stations in SA?

  Speaking at Eskom’s integrated results presentation to the media recently, Brian Molefe, the power utility’s chief executive officer, said that he was surprised and somewhat disappointed that while countries such as the UK, France and the US all have large amounts of electricity from nuclear power stations, Africa has only two relatively small nuclear […]

Can we expect loadshedding this winter?

  I am frequently asked whether we can expect any loadshedding this winter. That is a difficult question to answer because interruptions in the electricity supply are not always caused by loadshedding. Although Brian Molefe, Eskom’s CEO, and Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises, have repeatedly stated that loadshedding is unlikely this winter, interruptions […]

Balancing the energy mix: are fossil fuels really so bad?

  The use of coal and gas is often viewed by environmentalists as being dirty and the cause of climate change. Although some dangerous gases and particulates are emitted when fossil fuels are combusted, modern techniques can remove much of these at source making coal and gas viable sources of energy in South Africa’s energy […]

Time to rethink how cities and towns are managed

  It is often said that we need to get back to basics, and that we need to re-invent and refresh tired processes and value propositions. Increasingly, these directives are aimed at local government, which is ultimately responsible for our most immediate and life sustaining civil services. The form and function of local government is […]

The energy wars are over, and sustainability has won

  South Africa’s unique position in its electricity sector causes a fact not yet universally acknowledged to be increasingly self-evident to us: renewable energy is the way to go. It is cheap, clean and able to support a modern economy. It creates jobs, supports rural development, and is supremely compatible with long term sustainability (which in our […]

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