SA Department of Energy in quandary as SunEdison files for bankruptcy protection

  After months of financial uncertainty, international solar giant SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE; OTC: SUNEQ), and some of its international subsidiaries, have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US on 21 April 2016. This uncertainty has seen its share price tumble from a high of US $33,45 in July 2015 to $0,34 before filing […]

South Africa on the cusp of an energy revolution

  A recent lecture on the democratisation of power generation and the outlook for utilities into the future, given by Shaun Nel of The Eton Group, gave interesting insight into the effect consumer expectations, big data and apps can have on conventional utilities, and indicated that the future utility should be focused on the needs […]

Geomatics Profession Act ushers in new era

  The Geomatics profession is a multidisciplinary sector of special competency required for the establishment and sustenance of geospatially enabled societies, planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes. The thrust of positioning and geospatial information management becomes undoubtedly the nucleus of Geomatics practice and its continuous development. The principles of the Geomatics profession as […]

Karoo uranium, fossil energy development defies water scarcity and reason

  Renewable energy flourishes while South Africa leadership pursues risky, costly conventional fuels path. Credit: This article is published with permission from Circle of Blue, the news and science centre that reports on the competition between water, food, and energy globally.  It is fitting that the magnificent Karoo is the stage for another of the momentous energy […]

Special report: Murder on SA’s Wild Coast escalates conflict over water, land, mining

Opposition leader assassinated in one of world’s dangerous clashes over industrial development. Credit: This article is published with permission from Circle of Blue, the news and science centre that reports on the competition between water, food, and energy globally.  On 22 March 2016, assassins murdered Sikhosiphi Rhadebe, the chairman of the Amadiba Crisis Committee. For ten years […]

The problem with SA’s nuclear industry

  My view on the proposed nuclear new build in South Africa is that the country has to get the planning right first. To this end, there should be a transparent update every year of the Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and the Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP). Yet we do not even have the […]

South Africa locks onto coal despite water risks and grim market trends

  Credit: This article is published with permission from Circle of Blue, the news and science centre that reports on the competition between water, food, and energy globally.  South Africa’s allegiance to coal mining and coal-fired power generation in an era of rising concern about water supply and quality, and weakening national and global demand, is causing […]

The future of electric utilities discussed

  The electric utility business, which was mostly stable and predictable in the past, is now seeing similar technological and societal challenges as were experienced by the mainframe computer industry in the 1980s and the film camera industry in the 1990s; namely the need to adapt to modern technologies and customer demands. There are many […]

Conceived in the resource-rich 20th century, SA’s two immense power plants stumble

  Credit: This article is published with permission from Circle of Blue, the news and science center that reports on the competition between water, food, and energy globally.  Conceived in the resource-rich, ecologically stable, and capital-abundant 20th century, South Africa’s two immense coal-fired Medupi and Kusile power stations were viewed as reasoned answers to South Africa’s growing demand for electricity, […]