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 […]

Which energy sources for SA? Nuclear, renewables, coal…

  As an energy manager, an energy measurement and verification professional I have been involved in the energy field for more than 20 years. I am therefore very conscious of the need for energy efficiency, and to limit the impact on the environment. I am however not an expert in any specific field regarding the […]

Installing renewable energy is not an indulgence, it is the right thing to do

  The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), which was established by the South African government’s department of energy in 2011, is widely accepted as one of the best programmes this country has implemented. Prior to 2011, the electricity supply industry consisted of one major electricity generator, Eskom, and some power was imported […]

Will changing Eskom’s chairman give us more power?

  Eskom has announced the departure of its non-executive chairman, Zola Tsotsi. The power utility’s website reports Tsotsi as saying that his departure is “in the interest of the company and the country and was done in order to allow the board to focus on the core issues facing Eskom”. Dr. Ben Ngubane has been […]

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