SA nuclear medicine facility to restart again after another two-week shutdown

Following a lengthy period of shutdown in 2017 and 2018 which resulted from safety scares, the production of radioisotopes by NTP Radioistopes (SOC) started up again in November 2018 and ran until February this year, at which point it was stopped again for a short period to ensure that the system is working properly and […]

SAIEE lightning safety webinar

The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) is planning to hold a webinar on the topic of lightning safety on 26 March 2019 from 18h00 to 19h00. The webinar will focus broadly on the topic of lightning, with particular attention being given to practical safety guidelines, basic physics of lightning (including video footage), injury […]

The advantages of corporate power producer agreements

Baker McKenzie, a specialist global law firm based in Johannesburg, hosted a seminar recently which considered the benefits of corporate power producers’ agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) in South Africa. Principal benefits for corporates include protection from load-shedding, the ever-increasing tariffs, unreliable electricity supply, compliance to clean energy and low emission targets, and […]

Analysis of the Updated Draft IRP2019 presented to Nedlac on 6 March 2019

. After several delays, the Draft IRP2019, updated by the Department of Energy (DoE) to incorporate the comments arising from the public participation process which closed on 26 October 2018, was finally submitted to Nedlac on 6 March 2019. This now enables Nedlac to commence its work of reviewing the Updated Draft IRP2019 and making […]

“Consumers, prosumers, prosumagers,” reveals dramatic changes coming

The electricity sector has entered a phase of unprecedented change. Three of the industry’s pillars are moving simultaneously: generation, consumption and trading arrangements. These changes will bring about new and exciting opportunities for those who dare to embrace the challenge of environmentally-friendly, distributed and stored energy, electric vehicles and innovative trading options. In Consumers, prosumers, […]

SABS turnaround plan re-introduces customer-specific requirement testing

Acting SABS chief executive officer Garth Strachan reported to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry that the turnaround plan, approved by the minister of Trade and Industry in January, had brought back stability to the entity and that the SABS had reintroduced customer-specific requirement (CSR) testing. According to Strachan, a key element in […]

The Guptas’ last heist: Taking R1-billion out of South Africa

The Gupta family allegedly sucked the life out of Optimum mine and now their proxy is fighting for what is left over. A Gupta family company launched an urgent court bid last week which, if successful, would enable it to take more than R1-billion out of the country. The company, called Centaur Ventures, which is […]

Foreword to the Department of Energy’s annual report for 2017/2018

The National Development Plan is our nation’s overarching plan that seeks to fulfil the aspirations of the majority of South Africans, and black people in particular. It underpins our developmental endeavours and informs the policies and strategies spearheaded by government. It is the blueprint and programme to build on our achievements, and to decisively confront […]