Tag Archives: Africa

Africa: Five People Who Can Change Africa’s Energy Path

analysis Five international experts in the energy sector will spend a week in October sharing insights and knowledge with leaders from about 12 to 15 African countries working in the power sector, in an effort to boost energy development on the continent. The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (GSB) course – headed […]

Africa: Ten Ways to Finance Energy in Africa

column By Caroline Kende-Robb Can we stave off catastrophic climate change while building the energy systems needed to power growth, create jobs and lift millions of people out of poverty? That’s a crucial question for Africa. No region has done less to contribute to the climate crisis, but no region will pay a higher price […]

South Africa: Wind Energy No Longer a Minor Player in SA

By Adam Wakefield Wind energy is around half of all renewable energy currently produced in South Africa. As we lurch from one day of load shedding to the next, the sector is showing no sign of losing speed, rather the opposite. Johan van den Berg, CEO of the SA Wind Energy Association, told News24 in […]

South Africa: Energy Body Says No to Electricity Hike

Photo: Eskom, which imposes rolling blackouts on an almost daily basis due to inadequate electricity capacity, is facing a funding gap to 2018 of up to R200 billion. By Adam Wakefield, News24 Eskom’s request for an additional increase in electricity prices has been declined by the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) on Monday. Making […]

South Africa: Eskom to Implement Stage 2 Load Shedding

press release Eskom will implement stage 2 load shedding from 16h00 today, which is likely to continue until 22h00 this evening. This is due to increased electricity demand as a result of the cold front that is currently sweeping through parts of the country as well as a shortage of generation capacity resulting from technical […]

South Africa: Expect Big Petrol Price Hike – AA

Based on unaudited daily fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund, fuel price increases are set to continue in July, the Automobile Association (AA) said on Thursday. It expects the price of petrol to increase by between 43 cents and 46c cents a litre, while diesel and illuminating paraffin will be less affected, […]

Africa: Shining Light On Refugees’ Energy Needs

By Elizabeth Blunt London — When refugee crises strike, energy provision is well down the list of priorities, and ad hoc solutions tend to persist for years, even when they are unsatisfactory, expensive, damaging to the environment, and in all ways unsustainable. Dadaab, a complex of camps in northern Kenya that is home to a […]

Africa: An Extractive Affair – the World’s Poorest Country Loses Millions to Tax Dodging

analysis By Chisomo Manthalu And Tissie Msonkho ActionAid has released a new investigative report that reveals that cash-strapped Malawi lost over $ 43 million to one company in tax in the last six years. A new investigation we have released today, An Extractive Affair, has found that our government has lost out on more than […]

South Africa: Electricity Tariff Hike Will Cripple SA – Seifsa

By Adam Wakefield Eskom’s proposed 25% electricity price hike, if approved, will further cripple the already bleeding South African economy, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Tuesday. “The metals and engineering sector has been struggling for more than five years, owing to fierce import competition from Asian economies, industrial […]

South Africa: Load Shedding to Blame for CEO Confidence Drop

Many CEOs believe the general public are not getting the full story behind the national power crisis and the true state of the power stations and their level of deterioration. This was one of the reasons why the Merchantec CEO Confidence Index recorded a significant decrease of 11.7%. The index recorded a positive score of […]

South Africa: Localised Energy Generation Is Solution to Eskom Crisis, but We Need Managed Localism

analysis By Saliem Fakir Two forms of anarchism will further imperil the energy crisis – first there’s Eskom’s anarchic pursuit of large power stations like the nuclear plant. Second, there’s the fact that those citizens and corporations who can afford it, are following their own path in response to the financial crisis and mismanagement within […]

Africa: Africa Needs Clean Energy Investment to Get Power to All – Panel


“This is a moment for human solidarity,” says Africa Progress Panel chair Kofi Annan, introducing the panel’s 2015 report. and also “Africa’s moment … ( Resource: “The effects of climate change are being felt all over the planet, but not equally” – Kofi Annan ) By Megan Rowling Barcelona — African governments should aim to […]

Africa: Panel Calls for Ten-Fold Boost in Power for Africa

Photo: Kofi Annan, head of the Africa Progress Report, has launched the organisation’s annual, saying: “We categorically reject the idea that Africa has to choose between growth and low-carbon development.” (file photo) Cape Town — Africa can boost its capacity to generate power – and, as a result, economic growth and jobs – without precipitating […]

South Africa: Kganyago Worries About Extra Eskom Tariff Hike

SA Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago expressed concern on Thursday over Eskom’s extra tariff hike request to a total 25.3% increase for the 2015/16 financial year. He said at the end of the bimonthly Monetary Policy Committee meeting on Thursday that the MPC, in a split decision, decided to keep the repurchase rate on hold […]

Africa: Decarbonizing Development?

Decarbonizing Development, a new report from the World Bank, lays out a target of “zero carbon future” by the end of the century. The target year goal is the most conservative of the options laid out for negotiations in the climate summit in Paris in December. Such a long transition can rightly be criticized by […]

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