Evaluating the risks of South Africa’s energy sector to the country

Energy is a key risk in any economy and particularly in South Africa due to its energy intensive nature and low readiness for the energy transition.  The South African National Energy Association’s (SANEA’s) second South African Energy Risk Report has begun to track the progress made in the energy sector to help make South Africa […]

Addressing a national climate change adaptation strategy

Recent severe weather events, which resulted in the loss of life and the destruction of property in Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa, have raised concerns about climatic changes in the region. The Department of Environmental Affairs published its draft National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy document recently which outlines the Department’s goals, vision, objectives and […]

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 […]

Large-scale South African solar water-heating projects save money and the environment

Industry uses more energy in the form of heat than as electricity, giving South African companies the perfect opportunity to exploit the country’s abundant solar and wind resources to produce power and heat for the re-industrialisation of the country. Speaking at the launch of two of Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative’s (Soltrain’s) […]

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 […]

Global energy spending stabilised last year, says IEA

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) annual benchmark for tracking energy investment, World Energy Investment 2019 reports that in 2018, global energy investment stabilised at over US$1,8-trillion after three years of decline. The report provides a full picture of today’s capital flows and what they might mean for tomorrow’s energy sector. It assesses whether the frameworks […]

Minister invites Nordic companies to invest in SA’s energy sector

Speaking to representatives from the governments of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden at a breakfast prior to the opening of the 2019 African Utility Week conference and exhibition in Cape Town, Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, said that South Africa has a distinguished relationship with the Nordic countries which supported the country during its […]

Open letter on the boiler and mill problems at Medupi and Kusile

. * Mr Alex Ham worked for Eskom for 30 years, where he held the position of Chief Engineer: Power Station Design. During this period, he was responsible for the overall design of Eskom’s Lethabo, Majuba, Matimba and Kendal power stations. During the latter part of his career, he was appointed Executive Director: Technology. He […]