The Jacob Marley column: Conferences

  Sir The recent annual AMEU convention caused me to reflect on the curious habit of congregating in what is styled a “conference” – although now often referred to by as many different nomenclatures as there are specialised fields for trooping together in these ritual gatherings. As the year draws to a close, there are […]

Temporary power in hostile environments

  Temporary power providers are familiar with working in hostile environments despite the trials that such locations present. They accept the challenge of operating in countries where the political, economic, social and security systems are fragile. The temporary power industry is no stranger to hostile environments. Lack of infrastructure drives the demand for temporary power.  […]

Baseload IPPP anticipated

  After the success of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) run by the Department of Energy (DoE), the release by the DoE of requests for proposals for gas, coal and hydro under the government’s baseload procurement programme is hotly anticipated. This article highlights some of the differences that we expect to […]

What does the future hold for South African manufacturing?

  A discussion panel on the future of manufacturing in South Africa heard that government has not pursued solutions sufficiently to enable the country to fulfill its manufacturing potential, resulting in the loss of over 300 000 jobs in the sector since the global financial crisis. Yet, at 11% of GDP, the sector still employs […]

Rich in energy resources, poor in supply

  Inadequate energy infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa restricts urgently needed improvements in living standards. Although the region is rich in energy resources, it is very poor in energy supply. Access to reliable and affordable energy is critical to the development of a region which accounts for 13% of the world’s population. Speaking at the launch […]

Energize Inbox, October 2014

  This month’s letters include responses to recent views articles. Send your letters to: energize@ee.co.za Our winning letter: re: Closing the gap: the lost 20% Brian Statham’s article (page 3, Energize, September 2014) refers. Small businesses pay an increasingly greater proportion of their income to taxes, levies and municipal rates and other charges. Many productive hours are […]

Municipalities instructed to improve service delivery

  The Department of Energy’s Dr. Wolsey Barnard, says South African municipalities need to improve electricity service delivery  and clear backlogs so that more residents can have access to electricity. Speaking at the opening of the 64th annual AMEU convention held at Gallagher Estate, in Midrand on 5 to 8 October 2014, Dr. Barnard, the […]

Does coal have a future?

  Coal’s future does not look bright in America. Rules already in place and others proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will make it increasingly difficult to build new coal-fired power plants unless they come with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, currently an expensive and technically challenging proposition. Europe, where coal has enjoyed […]