Power perceptions: How the media affects public perception

Electrical power generation and distribution have become emotive topics in South Africa due to periodic disruptions to supply over the last decade. Public opinions are often shaped by news coverage [1]  and in particular quality newspapers [2]. The Mail and Guardian newspaper was studied to determine how issues surrounding power generation have been covered. This […]

Eskom’s big blunder: How poor decisions and corruption caused load-shedding

South Africa is in the midst of an electricity crisis, which is curiously the result of plans by Eskom to prevent this exact scenario from happening. Energy analyst and EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland explained that Eskom was faced with two choices a few years ago: Spend money on maintenance of old power plants to […]

Section 12J: The secret to a more competitive tariff

Section 12J of the Income Tax Act was introduced by Treasury to encourage South Africans to invest in the local economy. This incentive is centred around the formation of a Section 12J Venture Capital Company (“Section 12J company”) which generally invests (similarly to private equity funds) into specific asset classes, be it, renewable energy, hospitality, […]

Nero fiddles, while the prospect of load shedding in South Africa continues

. Electricity customers and the public in South Africa experienced Stage 2 (2000 MW) manual rotating load shedding in late 2018 and Stage 4 (4000 MW) in February and March 2019. However, while Nero fiddles the prospect of further load shedding is set to continue in the months ahead. But there seems little sign that […]

Cutting energy costs with microgrids

As South Africans suffer another round of power interruptions, imposed upon them by the national power utility which is unable to generate sufficient electricity to keep the lights on, advanced technology offers a realistic, affordable and environmentally-friendly solution. Six months ago, Energize visited Eaton’s factory in Wadeville, Germiston, to see a sophisticated microgrid which had […]

Analysis of the Updated Draft IRP2019 presented to Nedlac on 6 March 2019

. After several delays, the Draft IRP2019, updated by the Department of Energy (DoE) to incorporate the comments arising from the public participation process which closed on 26 October 2018, was finally submitted to Nedlac on 6 March 2019. This now enables Nedlac to commence its work of reviewing the Updated Draft IRP2019 and making […]

Misdiagnosis means Eskom’s problems will persist

If you counted every hair on your head, that amount probably will not add up to the amount of times you have read and heard about the causes of the Eskom crisis. Corruption and state capture have been identified as the bedrock reasons why South Africans have been thrown into darkness over the past two […]