Barbara Creecy faces first major court action as SA’s new minister of environmental affairs

. Just days after World Environment Day on Wednesday 5 June 2019, South Africa’s new Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environmental Affairs, Barbara Creecy, faces a huge wake-up call as environmental justice groups  launch a major legal action demanding that government clean up the air in the Mpumalanga Highveld. On Friday 7 June 2019, groundWork […]

Impacts and health effects of air pollution by Eskom, Sasol Synfuels and Natref

. A new study report on the air quality and health effects of air pollution by Eskom, Sasol Synfuels and Natref in and around South Africa’s Highveld Priority Area (HPA) provides shocking evidence of the harmful effects caused by these organisations to the environment and to human health. The study report by Dr Gray is […]

Redefined SI measurement standards come into effect

On World Metrology day, 20 May, four of the seven base units comprising the International System of Units (SI) changed. While this revision underlies all measurements in science, it will not affect our everyday lives. A metre will still be a metre, a litre of petrol will still be a litre of petrol, and one […]

SA ready to embrace modern electricity generating technologies, minister tells conference

South Africa is ready to embrace modern electricity generating technologies to improve security of supply and increase access to electricity to all its citizens.  In his keynote address at the opening of the 2019 Africa Utility Week and Powergen Africa 2019 in Cape Town, Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, said the conference offered a […]

Minister axes nuclear head over “serious charges”

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has removed Phumzile Tshelane from his position as the Chief Executive Officer and Board member of Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa) with effect from 11 May 2019. Radebe says he took the decision based on the “serious nature of the charges” Tshelane was facing, along with a board resolution and […]

Appointment of acting electricity regulator questioned as legal challenges mount

. Ms Nomfundo Maseti has been re-appointed acting electricity regulator board member at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) with effect from 1 March 2019, after her previous term as acting electricity regulator board member expired on 28 February 2019. This is the second 12-month term by Maseti as acting electricity regulator at […]

ICASA paid but lack of new policy turns SA’s world of communications topsy-turvy

Withholding ICASA’s quarterly funding, withdrawing the draft ECA Amendment Bill and negating on the promise to publish a revised communications policy by 30 April is turning plans for South Africa’s broadband and communications for all in disarray! After ICASA told South Africa on Tuesday (29 April) that it would take the Minister of Communications to […]

So where is the money from China? Still coming says the DPE…

Despite assurances by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni that a R7-billion tranche of the R35-billion government guaranteed loan from the China Development Bank (CDB) to Eskom (that was due end March 2019) would be drawn on in the course of April 2019, the funds have still not been received. However, a statement issued by the Department […]

Standard Bank withdraws funding of new coal IPP projects in SA

. Further to information received from reliable sources last year, and published by EE Publishers in an article in September 2018, Standard Bank has now explicitly confirmed to EE Publishers in writing that “as things stand presently, Standard Bank is not involved in the financing of either the Thabametsi or Khanyisa [new coal IPP] projects”. […]