Posts tagged as UCT

South Africa’s electricity crisis: The way ahead for Eskom

South Africa’s electricity crisis is worse than most people believe. Eskom, the state-owned power utility which supplies the country with 95% of the electricity consumed is effectively insolvent and has no way of getting out of its predicament without a massive financial bailout from the government. Those who believe it can save itself are either […]

SA takes important steps to solving its power crisis

South Africa’s power utility Eskom is on the brink of collapse. It owes foreign and local lenders more than R400-billion, it receives insufficient income from the sale of electricity to service its repayment commitments, is owed about R35-billion in overdue arrear debt by direct users and municipalities and is bogged down by two enormous “ill-designed” […]

SA perspective in highly acclaimed World Nuclear Industry Status Report

Prof. Emeritus Anton Eberhard from the University of Cape Town’s graduate school of business provides a view from a South Africa perspective in his foreword to Mycle Schneider Consulting’s highly acclaimed World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2018. The report provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on age, operation, production and construction. […]

Total transparency is essential with nuclear power for SA

  When considering a project as large as a nuclear power station new-build, absolute transparency is essential. David Nicholls, Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, speaking to EE Publisher’s Chris Yelland recently, said Eskom will do what it can to avoid secrecy and will publish information publicly. If the power utility wishes to allay fears about lack […]

Managing power regulation and reform in Africa

  The University of Cape Town’s graduate school of business (GSB) offers a course on power sector reform each October. The course seeks to answer the question “How do we reform the power sector and deliver sustainable, affordable services to everyone, while still accelerating economic growth?” Prof. Anton Eberhard, the programme director for GSB’s “Managing power […]

Research centre launch establishes wide domain for AI research

  The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has partnered with five South African universities to launch the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR) on 24 May 2016. Based at the CSIR and chaired at the University of Cape Town, the centre aims to build research capacity in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), […]