Tag Archives: Africa

Africa: Why African Energy Choices Need to Be Low Carbon – for the Continent’s Own Sake

analysis By Mark New, University of Cape Town Africa is the , with the fastest growing population. Rapid and sustained economic development is needed to overcome poverty. This development will need energy, and lots of it. The challenge is to do this without warming the planet further, as this would cause additional dangerous climate impacts […]

South Africa: Minister Lynne Brown on Appointments at Eskom

press release Cabinet this week approved the appointments of Dr. Ben Ngubane as Chairperson of Eskom’s Board, Brian Molefe as Chief Executive and Anoj Singh as Chief Financial Officer of the State-Owned Company. “I welcome these appointments and they are part of my ongoing interventions to stabilise Eskom. “Dr. Ngubane has steadied the company since […]

South Africa: Who Will Pay for SA Nuclear Accidents, Asks Japanese Expert

By Dane Mcdonald Who pays in the event of a nuclear accident? This was the hypothetical question asked by a Japanese nuclear expert who was delivering a lecture on nuclear energy policy issues in the post-Fukushima nuclear accident era. Former vice chair of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, Dr Tatsujiro Suzuki, told Fin24 that South […]

South Africa: Guptagate – the Eskom Edition

analysis By Judith February South Africa’s state-owned enterprises are in crisis. One need only look at failures of corporate governance within South African Airways and the national broadcaster to understand how deep the rot runs. Telkom has fared marginally better with ‘below the radar’ leadership trying to fix the broken lines, metaphorically speaking. But in […]

South Africa: Geothermal Tech Is Expensive, but Should Still Be Part of Energy Mix

analysis By Taufeeq Dhansay, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University South Africa, the leading carbon emitter in Africa, has geothermal resources that can be used to generate electricity and reduce its carbon emissions. But, a recent study suggests that the potential cost is prohibitive, unless strong incentives are provided. South Africa is heavily dependent on coal and […]

Africa: Energy – Why the Grid Isn’t Always the Answer

analysis The World Bank recently announced that between May 2014 and May 2015, Kenya’s national . The electrification of poor settlements clearly . But in most cases the electrification of poor rural settlements has yet to spur the transformational economic growth – in productivity, manufacturing and off-farm employment – that many had hoped for. Evidence […]

South Africa: The Risks Attached to Nation’s Nuclear Energy Strategy

analysis By Vladimir Slivyak, Russian National Research University the Higher School of Economics According to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, the South African government has entered into a nuclear energy procurement process likely to be completed as early as 2016. So far, South Africa has signed Intergovernmental Framework Agreements on nuclear co-operation with Russia, France, China, […]

South Africa: What’s the Attraction of Nuclear Energy?

analysis The nuclear energy sector future looks to be in dire straits. Most of the current new builds are in China but in 2014, China paid $ 9-billion for nuclear while spending $ 83-billion on wind and solar. French nuclear company Areva, once the standard bearer for nuclear, is now technically bankrupt. Most telling is […]

South Africa: MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela Hands Over Energy Efficient Houses in Delft, 18 Aug

press release Thirteen (13) energy efficient houses will be handed over to beneficiaries of the Delft 3 and 5 housing project in Delft today, ensuring they will stay warm in winter without having to incur much heating costs. The project, when complete, will deliver 1951 units of which more than 820 have already been handed […]

Africa: Why the Fuel Subsidies Pump Should Be Switched Off

analysis By Max Bankole Jarrett Despite the climate challenge, we see that billions of dollars are still spent subsidising fuel consumption within Africa and providing exploration subsidies to international fossil fuel companies. In a “previous life”, I spent over a decade in international broadcasting interviewing politicians daily. One thing never ceased to amaze me during […]

Africa: Why the Fuel Subsidies Pump Should Be Switched Off

analysis By Max Bankole Jarrett Despite the climate challenge, we see that billions of dollars are still spent subsidising fuel consumption within Africa and providing exploration subsidies to international fossil fuel companies. In a “previous life”, I spent over a decade in international broadcasting interviewing politicians daily. One thing never ceased to amaze me during […]

South Africa: Power Shortage Causes Gautrain Delays

By Genevieve Quintal, News24 The Gautrain service between Midrand and Hatfield on Monday evening was experiencing delays due to a short in one of the two lines, a spokesperson for the high-speed link said. “There was a foreign object which fell onto the catenary (overhead line) which caused a short and actually cut the electricity […]

South Africa: A Carbon Tax for South Africa – Why a Pragmatic Approach Makes Sense

analysis By Saliem Fakir, Stellenbosch University The furore over the carbon tax in South Africa that is playing itself out both in public and behind closed doors is leading to an . General responses to the carbon tax have tended to be overly dramatic. For example, major emitters and users of fossil fuels say it […]

South Africa: Cosatu Statement On the Introduction of Nuclear Energy

press release The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has noted the plans to build 6 to 8 nuclear power stations. Reports indicate that the introduction of this technology will cost between 400 billion and 1 trillion rand to build. This large sum of money required for financing nuclear energy will come from the […]

South Africa: Anticipated Fuel Price Drop Could Be Short-Lived

Although an anticipated fuel and diesel price decrease will greatly help deeply indebted consumers, the relief might be only temporary, cautioned Debt Rescue CEO Neil Roets on Friday. The fuel price is expected to go down by 49 cents a litre and the price of diesel by 70c/litre in August. Earlier this week, the Automobile […]

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