Eskom’s “licence to kill” must be revoked

Eskom’s latest attempt to avoid pollution standards has been met with vigorous opposition. The Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle Campaign (the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), groundWork, and Earthlife Africa), the Highveld Environmental Justice Alliance Network (HEJN), and the Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance (VEJA) submitted strongly worded opposition to Eskom’s latest round of applications for […]

SA mines must decarbonise, decentralise and digitise

South African mines must adopt and invest in renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures as part of their sustainability measures. This will require a programme of decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitisation. The minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, speaking to the Energy and Mining Sectors session at the recent Investing in Mining Indaba, held at Cape Town’s […]

Mines need to transition to cleaner, more efficient forms of energy

Speaking at a breakfast meeting at the recent Mining Indaba in Cape Town, Nkululeko Buthelezi, the interim chairperson of the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), said that South Africa’s economy is energy intensive and since the mining sector is a member of the Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG), it is important that clean […]

BUSA responds to Eskom’s latest tariff increase application

Using the established multi-year price determination (MYPD) application system, Eskom has applied to the national energy regulator, Nersa, for tariff increases in excess of three-times the current inflation rate for the next three successive years. In response, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) has made the following submission to Nersa regarding the power utility’s fourth multi-year price […]

Managing expectations and opposition to the restructuring of Eskom

. There has been much speculation in the media on the pending restructuring and unbundling of Eskom. It is expected that President Cyril Ramaphosa will be giving some direction in this regard in his forthcoming state-of-the-nation address on Thursday 7 February 2019. For more than a year, in order to secure ongoing funding, there has […]

FirstRand joins exodus of banks withdrawing funding of new coal-fired power plants in SA

. FirstRand Bank has joined the exodus of local banks that were funding new coal-fired power plants in South Africa, and in particular the Thabametsi and Khanyisa independent power producer (IPP) projects. These two projects are included in the draft integrated resource plan for electricity, Draft IRP 2018, for completion in 2023 and 2024. The […]

The role of private sector participation in sub-Saharan Africa’s energy sector

The organisers of the 2019 Africa Energy Indaba, which is set to take place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 19 and 20 February, say that there is a strong correlation between electricity consumption and economic growth. However, electricity inaccessibility and unremitting power shortages hamper initiatives for economic growth and raising the standard of living […]

Persistence, hard work and determination pay off

Growing up in a low-income household, Lindiwe Mkwanazi was determined to get a well-paying job so that she could help to support her family. She worked hard at school and obtained a matric with university exemption. She continued her studies in drafting and passed with distinction. To complete her drafting qualification and be able to […]

Independent research reveals extent of Eskom’s violation of air quality laws

The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) commissioned a study in late-2018 to assess Eskom’s state of (non)compliance with its air emission licences (AELs). It was found that – in its own monthly emission reports over a 21-month period – Eskom revealed nearly 3200 exceedances of its daily AEL limits for particulate matter (PM), sulfur dioxide […]

Prestigious double accolade for energy efficiency achievements

Netcare won two coveted awards at the 2018 South African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC) conference. The private healthcare group was recognised with the Commercial Corporate Company of the Year and Commercial Energy Project of the Year awards at the recent 13th annual SAEEC conference that took place in Kempton Park, near Johannesburg, recently. The SAEEC […]