Why isn’t Eskom claiming damages from contractors?

  Why isn’t Eskom claiming liquidated damages from contractors Hitachi Africa and Alstom for the Medupi debacle? Despite an apparent lack of funds to pay for clean water, roads and other essential services, the government, in the form of the Department of Public Enterprise (DPE) shows a marked lack of interest in recovering taxpayers’ money […]

The Jacob Marley column: An alternative theory on service delivery

  Sir It cannot have escaped the notice of many that the good folk in several towns and villages throughout the country are daily on the march in some form of protest or another. Recently, the Bekkersdal populace (not Oom Schalk’s people, I presume), went protesting against municipal corruption and those in the environs of […]

British wind farms paid not to generate electricity

  by Roger Lilley, editor According to the UK’s Telegraph newspaper, the British government is paying £30-million a year to the operators of the country’s offshore wind farms to keep the turbines off the grid during the windiest weather. This, in the face of electricity shortages in the UK. The article, published on 23 February […]

Video: The state of energy in Africa

Following the recent IMF Annual Meeting, CNBC Africa hosted a special panel discussion and debate at the Wits Business School in Johannesburg to discuss South Africa’s role in the global energy market. The discussion focused on the state of energy in Africa and how the business sector is addressing these challenges and the implications of […]

Power developments in Africa, Jan/Feb 2014

  Botswana explores more thermal The Botswana government has invited bids to develop a new 300 MW coal-fired power station. Australian mining company, African Energy, wants to win the deal, using its Sese coal project, 50 km south of Francistown, Botswana’s second biggest city in the northeast. The Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources […]

Integrated resource plan for electricity 2010-2030: Update report

  Compiled by Mike Rycroft, features editor The DoE has issued the first update of the IRP 2010 which contains significant changes to the original plan. The plan has been issued for public comment and it is anticipated that it will be submitted to cabinet by March 2014. This article summarises some of the main […]

A new CEO of what? Reflections on Eskom’s leadership dilemma…

  by Chris Yelland, investigative editor, EE Publishers On 5 December 2013, Eskom announced the resignation of its CEO, Brian Dames, three years after he assumed the position following the controversial axing of the previous CEO, Jacob Maroga, who also held the position for only three years. Whatever the reasons for their early departures, clearly […]

A call to unbundle Eskom

by John Whybrow This article examines the generation and distribution of electricity in this present volatile environment, and proposes that Eskom should be unbundled, as was recommended in 2010 by a former CEO, into two separate entities which together comprise the utility’s core business. There is good reason for separating generation from distribution, and in […]

Predictions for the global energy and environment market

Frost and Sullivan has released its three big predictions for the global energy and environment market. Based on a “2013 Search for Growth” survey which involved 1835 executives in more than 40 countries, the insight highlights new areas of growth. According to the new findings, urbanisation and smart cities will drive changing market dynamics for […]

Medupi’s delays threaten to stifle the economy

by Roger Lilley, editor Recent events indicate that Eskom should concentrate on generating power and leave new build projects to professional project managers. The Medupi power station is two years late for a number of reasons, a major contributor being the boiler protection software which is part of the plant’s control and instrumentation system, and […]