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 […]

Drone registration fees to be amended

As part of a various amendments under the “Twentieth Amendment of the Civil Aviation Regulations, 2019”, Part 101: Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) fees are being adjusted. The amendments follow recommendations made by the Civil Aviation Regulations Committee (CARCom), to amend the Civil Aviation Regulations, 2011. Also to be amended are the Technical Standards, including […]

Electricity supply challenges are credit negative, with metros most affected

Municipalities in South Africa are heavily dependent on surpluses from the sale of electricity [1]. In FY2018, surpluses [2] from electricity distribution comprised roughly 44% and 46% of gross operating balance for rated metropolitan municipalities (metros) and local municipalities, respectively, leaving municipalities vulnerable to supply and demand dynamics in the sector. Over the past two […]

Staying ahead of Hurricane Dorian with geo-information

As Hurricane Dorian moves north in the Atlantic Ocean, brushing the United States’ Southeast coast with strong waves, winds, and rain, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) is providing comprehensive scientific capabilities and information that decision makers, emergency responders and communities can use to help them prepare, cope and recover from the storm. The USGS’s […]

ICT Infrastructure 2019 presentations

ICT Infrastructure 2019 took place on 28 and 29 August at Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Experienced professionals from across the IT and electrical engineering industry provided rich insights throughout the two-day event, educating delegates and inspiring rich debates during networking occasions. The presentations from the conference can be downloaded by clicking on the […]

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 […]

Deadly air: How Eskom’s coal-fired power stations are killing people

Eskom’s reliance on coal for electricity generation is proving to be deadly. According to new NASA satellite data analysis, Mpumalanga is the second worst SO2 emission hotspot in the world, beaten only by Russia’s enormous  smelters. This is due to the density of coal-fired power plants there. Although experts in medical research say that high […]