What does the future hold for South African manufacturing?

  A discussion panel on the future of manufacturing in South Africa heard that government has not pursued solutions sufficiently to enable the country to fulfill its manufacturing potential, resulting in the loss of over 300 000 jobs in the sector since the global financial crisis. Yet, at 11% of GDP, the sector still employs […]

Rich in energy resources, poor in supply

  Inadequate energy infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa restricts urgently needed improvements in living standards. Although the region is rich in energy resources, it is very poor in energy supply. Access to reliable and affordable energy is critical to the development of a region which accounts for 13% of the world’s population. Speaking at the launch […]

Municipalities instructed to improve service delivery

  The Department of Energy’s Dr. Wolsey Barnard, says South African municipalities need to improve electricity service delivery  and clear backlogs so that more residents can have access to electricity. Speaking at the opening of the 64th annual AMEU convention held at Gallagher Estate, in Midrand on 5 to 8 October 2014, Dr. Barnard, the […]

Does coal have a future?

  Coal’s future does not look bright in America. Rules already in place and others proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will make it increasingly difficult to build new coal-fired power plants unless they come with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, currently an expensive and technically challenging proposition. Europe, where coal has enjoyed […]

The Jacob Marley column: Shedding the albatross

  Sir The more things change, the more they stay the same. I was cast into a melancholy frame of mind recently about my contemporary friend Sam Coleridge, a dreamy kind of fellow, who was given to devising fanciful rhymes about many things. He is celebrated for his Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which many […]

The Jacob Marley column: Closer ties

  Sir A recent front-page headline in a well-known business daily stated: “State set for tighter control of Eskom”. The article referred to the newly appointed CEO reportedly telling Parliament that Eskom would be “more tightly controlled by the department in future”.  Unsure of the implications of that, I sought the counsel of the Ghost […]

To extend or replace: That is the question

  All power plant has an operational lifetime  and at some stage will reach the state where it no longer meets performance requirements. At this point the decision must be taken whether to replace or extend lifetime by rebuilding, overhaul or other means. This applies at the moment to existing aging utility power plant but […]