Geomaticians’ role in climate change and population development

After 25 years of democracy in South Africa, it is sobering to realise that not a lot has been achieved. Some goals like housing and electricity distribution have advanced significantly, but others like education and job creation have receded. The ebb and flow of politics and economics, nationally and internationally, seem to give progress a […]

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 […]

Analysis: Eskom unveils next stage of restructuring and turnaround plan

. A leaked Eskom vision and strategy document, apparently prepared by the Boston Consulting Group for Eskom, has revealed the next steps of a long-awaited restructuring and turnaround plan for the embattled utility.  The document was presented on 22 August 2019 to the Eskom Executive Forum, a group of about 600 senior Eskom managers and […]

Pyrrhic victory for fired former Necsa board members

. It was a somewhat hollow victory for former Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) board members Kelvin Kemm, Pamela Bosman and Phumzile Tshelane, in a judgement handed down in the North Gauteng High Court by Hon. Justice A J Mtati in Pretoria on Friday 16 August 2019. Phumzile Tshelane and Kelvin Kemm This […]

Little-known tax incentives boost business case for renewable energy

South Africa’s government, energy regulator and Eskom have often been criticised for obstructing the introduction of distributed, small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) which would help businesses to cut costs and ensure the stability of their power supply during load shedding. But, in fact, there are significant and far-sighted tax breaks put in place by National Treasury […]

How the renewable energy industry can improve our quality of life

The renewable energy industry, in addition to providing access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy, can improve people’s quality of life by helping to mitigate climate change, alleviate poverty, fight hunger, increase access to healthcare, education, and clean water, and protect life on land and in water.  The Columbia Centre on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a […]

Nedbank and EE Publishers seminar: Enabling a viable gas energy sector in SA

. Nedbank and EE Publishers are hosting a morning seminar on: “Enabling a viable gas energy sector in SA” This is the 3rd in a series of important infrastructure seminars from Nedbank & EE Publishers DATE: Wednesday 18 September 2019 TIME: 09h00 to 14h30 (see detailed programme below) VENUE: Nedbank Main Auditorium, 135 Rivonia Road, Sandton, […]

Constitutional Court ruling ushers in new era for energy regulation in South Africa

A recent judgment of South Africa’s Constitutional Court involving the country’s energy regulator signals a new found willingness by the courts to scrutinise the way regulators set prices and tariffs. This added level of regulatory accountability can only bode well for major sectors of South Africa’s economy that are subject to economic regulation. The statutory […]

On the brink of a death spiral

With debt approaching R450-billion and an operating deficit of R20,7-billion for the 2018/2019 financial year, and the utility being unable to cover its operational and debt-servicing costs with revenue from sales of electricity, Eskom is on the brink of a death spiral. This is the implication from the figures presented at Eskom’s recent Integrated Results […]