South African coal faces bleak outlook

South Africa’s coal mining industry is on the brink of permanent decline as the country’s main export markets prepare to reduce reliance on imports and global divestment from fossil fuels increases at an exponential rate. Eskom and Sasol, which together take nearly two thirds of the 250-million t of coal produced by South African mines […]

South African coal exports outlook: Approaching long-term decline

. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), a respected international energy think-tank, published an important new report on 16 September 2019 on the future outlook for South African coal exports, which points to an industry in long-term decline with significant risks ahead. The Executive Summary of the IEEFA report is provided below […]

Data helps governments, entrepreneurs expand access to clean electricity in East Africa

Nearly 840-million people worldwide do not have access to electricity and most of them reside in sub-Saharan Africa. In East Africa the numbers are staggering: Nearly 13-million people in Kenya (25%), 38-million people in Tanzania (68%) and 31-million people in Uganda (78%) lack access to electricity. Using data to link growing electricity demand with clean […]

Without ongoing financial support from government, Eskom will collapse

Eskom’s chairperson and acting CEO, Jabu Mabuza, says that the power utility is no longer able to borrow money from financial institutions – because it is struggling to meet the commitments on its massive existing debt – and that its only short-term option is to turn to the shareholder (i.e. the South African government) for […]

Electricity supply challenges are credit negative, with metros most affected

Municipalities in South Africa are heavily dependent on surpluses from the sale of electricity [1]. In FY2018, surpluses [2] from electricity distribution comprised roughly 44% and 46% of gross operating balance for rated metropolitan municipalities (metros) and local municipalities, respectively, leaving municipalities vulnerable to supply and demand dynamics in the sector. Over the past two […]

No loadshedding this summer, we hope, says Eskom

  Eskom says no loadshedding since March and the synchronisation of the final generating unit at Medupi shows that its turnaround strategy is working. Speaking at the power utility’s latest State of the System briefing recently, Jabu Mabuza, the chairman and acting group chief executive, said that the utility’s nine-point plan is bearing fruit. No […]

Awarded OHS management certification

HV Test has successfully achieved certification to the first international standard for Occupational Health and Safety ISO 45001: 2018. This certificate was granted after an intense audit by QAS International. The new ISO 45001:2018 was published in March 2018 by the International Organisation for Standardisation body (ISO). It confirms excellence and good practices in occupational […]

Tips on choosing a solar PV installer

Solar PV systems which are not installed properly most often cause leaky roofs, a common complaint from solar homeowners. Finding qualified professional installers who offer excellent service at a competitive price is essential. This is how to go about it Select a Green Card accredited installer The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) urges end-users […]

Digitalisation and its impact on African economies

Siemens and Frost & Sullivan conducted a comprehensive research project outlining the current state of industries across the continent and identifying challenges and opportunities. The study, titled “The dawn of digitalisation and its impact on Africa”, considers growth predictions and where the adoption of smart technology would be most beneficial in expanding industries to drive […]