New report assesses SA companies and banks’ response to climate risks

. The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) launched the fifth assessment in its Full Disclosure Series today, 25 November 2019. The new report, entitled “Full Disclosure 5: The Truth About South African Banks’ and Companies’ Ability to Identify and Address Climate Risks”, considers South African banks’ and companies’ disclosure of and engagement with climate risks. […]

The fourth industrial revolution: Are we fit to face the future?

Rapid urbanisation, demographic and social change, climate change and resource scarcity, technological breakthroughs in the energy sector, and economic shifts are major disruptors in South Africa’s energy and social structures. The fourth industrial revolution is likely to introduce disruptive elements to every aspects of our lives. The generation, distribution and sale of electricity will not escape […]

BUSA wishes Eskom’s new CEO every success

The appointment of Andre de Ruyter, as chief executive officer of Eskom, is important for stabilising the management, operations and finances of the utility, who’s debt poses the single biggest threat to the South African economy. Although the position of chief executive officer of Eskom is probably one of the most difficult in the country, […]

Nedbank / EE seminar: ICT infrastructure to support an effective ICT ecosystem in SA for utilities of the future

Nedbank and EE Publishers are hosting a morning seminar on: ICT infrastructure to support an effective ICT ecosystem in SA for utilities of the future This is the 5th in a series of important infrastructure seminars from Nedbank & EE Publishers DATE: Tuesday 26 November 2019 TIME: 09h00 to 14h30 (see detailed programme below) VENUE: […]

Greater flexibility in electricity generation essential, delegates hear

Renewable energy has changed everything because renewable energy is the cheapest technology for generating electricity in most parts of the world today. This, according to panelists at a recent seminar held in Johannesburg, will make fossil fuel-fired and nuclear power generation redundant, particularly when coupled with energy storage technologies whose prices are decreasing rapidly too. […]

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 […]