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 […]

The crisis at Kusile and the titanic Eskom continues…

. Eleven years after construction started on Eskom’s massive 4800 MW Kusile coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga province, South Africa, not one of its six 800 MW generator units is currently delivering power into the grid. Construction started at Kusile in 2008, and all six generation units were planned to be in commercial service by […]

Assessing legal risks in moving to the cloud

Many businesses are moving to cloud computing to reap the benefits it provides, from scalability and agility to the ability to analyse data and interpret it in such a way that can help meet client demands. However, before moving any business functions to the cloud, a business must assess legal issues that will have an […]

Africa’s energy landscape transitions to base load-capable renewables

The advent of renewables, new storage technologies present Africa’s utilities with an opportunity to increase capacity and efficiency while re-kindling their appeal to investors.  There has been a clear and rapid evolution in Africa’s energy and energy infrastructure landscape over the last decade. While much of this new technology has challenged the traditional dominance and […]

Barbara Creecy faces first major court action as SA’s new minister of environmental affairs

. Just days after World Environment Day on Wednesday 5 June 2019, South Africa’s new Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environmental Affairs, Barbara Creecy, faces a huge wake-up call as environmental justice groups  launch a major legal action demanding that government clean up the air in the Mpumalanga Highveld. On Friday 7 June 2019, groundWork […]

Impacts and health effects of air pollution by Eskom, Sasol Synfuels and Natref

. A new study report on the air quality and health effects of air pollution by Eskom, Sasol Synfuels and Natref in and around South Africa’s Highveld Priority Area (HPA) provides shocking evidence of the harmful effects caused by these organisations to the environment and to human health. The study report by Dr Gray is […]

Evaluating the risks of South Africa’s energy sector to the country

Energy is a key risk in any economy and particularly in South Africa due to its energy intensive nature and low readiness for the energy transition.  The South African National Energy Association’s (SANEA’s) second South African Energy Risk Report has begun to track the progress made in the energy sector to help make South Africa […]