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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nedbank withdraws funding for new coal IPPs

. Nedbank lived up to its slogan as the “green” bank in a decision to  withdraw its funding of two proposed new coal-fired power stations in South Africa, Thabametsi and Khanyisa. This decision fits with the banking group’s commitment to “green” funding, responsible lending and supporting sustainability initiatives. The bank says its initial proposal for […]

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 […]

Memo from chairman of Necsa subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes slams misinformation

. In a memo to staff today, Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd chairman Dr Namane Magau slammed misinformation in certain media [apparently emanating from fired former Necsa chairman Dr Kelvin Kemm and suspended former CEO Phumzile Tshelane] claiming that there are plans to somehow privatise NTP Radioisotopes (NTP). […]

Is a shortage of coal really the cause of loadshedding?

Eskom has repeatedly said that the shortage of coal at some power stations, together with breakdowns resulting from previously deferred maintenance, has resulted in the power utility having less power generation capacity than what is needed to meet the country’s demand. To protect the system from total collapse, we have been told, the utility needs at […]

Were corrupt officials behind Eskom’s policy of coal from 51% black-owned mines?

When Eskom’s chairman Jabu Mabuza stated that everybody is to blame for the current load shedding last week, there was quite a reaction. The week before, at Eskom’s interim results presentation, he made another strange statement that went mostly unnoticed. Mabuza told journalists and analysts that Eskom doesn’t have a policy that coal suppliers must be majority […]

SAIEE appoints new CEO

The SAIEE has appointed Sicelo Xulu as its new CEO. He will taking over the reins form Stan Bridgens, who has held this position for more than 12 years. Sicelo Xulu is a fellow of the South African Institution of Energy Efficiency (SAIEE). He served as president of the AMEU from 2014 to 2016. Xulu […]

Correction issued regarding Eskom’s RCA recovery

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has published its Reasons for Decision (RfD) documents on Eskom’s regulatory clearing account (RCA) applications for Year 2 (2014/15), Year 3 (2015/16) and Year 4 (2016/17) of the third multi-year price determination (MYPD3). On 14 June 2018, the regulator approved a total RCA balance of R32,69-billion for […]