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New Eskom board reveal marred by more Gupta questions

  Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Friday, 23 June 2017, reappointed four Eskom directors who, exactly a week ago, she said she wanted to get rid of. The four directors retained at Eskom’s annual general meeting on Friday are joined by four new nonexecutives and new acting CEO Johnny Dladla, and include chief financial […]

Eskom funding may be muffling dissenting voices on nuclear

  The lure of millions in Eskom funding appears to have muzzled two research institutions previously highly critical of the state-owned utility’s plans to procure a fleet of nuclear power stations. In the case of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) amaBhungane understands that the CSIR’s Energy Centre has been effectively gagged since […]

Using bird-resistant insulators on high-voltage transmission lines

Ararat Wind Farm, Australia’s third largest wind farm, uses enhanced silicone polymer (ESP) insulators on the 132 kV powerline to reduce weight, improve speed of installation and increase span lengths. These insulators are also bird resistant which is critical because the powerline is located in a high bird strike zone. The Ararat wind farm, which […]

EIUG: No nuclear needed anytime soon

  The persistent speculation on a possible nuclear power investment in South Africa being progressed on an urgent basis is concerning, given the scale and inflexibility of such an irreversible commitment in a fast changing world.  Reassurances that we will only embark on such a programme at a scale and pace which the economy can […]

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