Tag Archives: Africa

South Africa: Eskom Tariff Increase Would Be Catastrophic for Consumers – Expert

If Eskom’s tariff increase is approved, it would be a catastrophe for the consumer and would see millions more plunged into debt followed by a slew of bankruptcies for businesses and private individuals, according to a debt expert. The National Energy Regulator (Nersa) said on Wednesday that they would announce their decision as to whether […]

South Africa: French Hypocrisy On Whose Lives Matter

opinion By Dominique Doyle On the 7th of January 2015 the Yemenese branch of Al-Qaeda took responsibility for a brutal attack on the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo. Eleven people were gunned down and a further eleven people were injured. The attackers justified their violent actions because they found the way in which the newspaper […]

South Africa: An Unenlightened Vision for Energy Security Casts a Pall Over Our Future

opinion By Glenn Ashton · Our most recent round of load shedding, coupled to Eskom’s current application to increase power tariffs by over 25 percent, has raised the level of public anger and frustration with both the national power utility and government. Eskom has now ineluctably demonstrated its incapacity to deliver on its mandate to […]

Africa: Renewable Energy Gains Ground

“A key feature of 2014 was the continuing spread of renewable energy to new markets. Investment in developing countries, at $ 131.3 billion, was up 36% on the previous year and came the closest ever to overhauling the total for developed economies, at $ 138.9 billion, up just 3% on the year. Indonesia, Chile, Mexico, […]

South Africa: Petrol Price Remains Unchanged

Pretoria — The price of petrol will remain unchanged next month, the Department of Energy says. The main factors for the unchanged fuel price include the Rand depreciating slightly against the US Dollar and the international price of Brent crude oil experiencing a slight increase during the period under review. The department said while the […]

West Africa: Gulf of Guinea – Who Will Win the Oil Battle?

analysis By Barthélemy Blédé and André Diouf Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana are eagerly awaiting the a verdict from the Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, set to be delivered tomorrow, 25 April. The two countries are caught in a dispute over their maritime boundary. The real issue, however, is the control of […]

South Africa: Load Shedding Shelved for Now: Eskom

By Mthulisi Sibanda Johannesburg — ESKOM said it had stopped load shedding despite the electricity supply system remaining vulnerable. Load shedding stopped on Thursday evening but restoration of power took longer in some areas Related Topics South Africa: South Africa – Wading Into Hard… Zimbabwe: Xenophobia – Last Six Buses Arrive Namibia: Nampower to Probe […]

Africa: Renewable Energy Needs Africa’s Attention

Ethiopia, one of the countries already investing in renewable energy, especially in wind, geothermal and hydroelectric power, is one of the proponents of financing for the Clean Energy Corridor. The country plans to generate 800 megawatts of wind power, one gigawatt of geothermal power and is constructing a 6,000 MW hydroelectric plant, which will be […]

South Africa: Stage 1 Load Shedding Underway

Eskom says stage 1 load shedding, which started at 8am, is expected to continue until 10pm. The electricity supply system remains very constrained and vulnerable due to a shortage of generation capacity as several units are currently out of service due to planned and unplanned outages. Related Topics South Africa: Zuma Calls On Foreigners to… […]

South Africa: South Africa Rebuffs U.S. Over Nuclear Explosives


Photo: Douglas Birch/Center for Public Integrity The Pelindaba Nuclear Research Centre was built during the apartheid era, when South Africa’s officials developed a number of nuclear bombs for use against their enemies. Now South Africa stores nearly a quarter ton of uranium there. By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith This report on the stand-off […]

South Africa: How Pretoria Needs to Fix Its Electricity Crisis


Photo: Sello Ntoane/Earthlife On World Environment Day, 5th June; protesters gathered outside Eskom for a series of pickets demonstrating how hazardous Nuclear is to the environment. guest column South Africans have in recent years joined the ranks of those on the continent suffering from regular power cuts. While the government has accepted responsibility for failing […]

South Africa: Government Welcomes German Loan to Eskom

Pretoria — Government has welcomed a R4 billion loan granted to Eskom by the German Development Bank (KfW). “South Africa’s plan to secure its power system by scaling up renewable energy generation and strengthen its transmission network has been boosted by a massive loan granted by the German Development Bank. Related Topics South Africa: Eastern […]

Africa: Geothermal Energy Can Help Developing Countries Boost Food Security – FAO

A new report released today by the United Nations agricultural agency says that the heat energy generated by the earth’s core can be used for cost efficient, sustainable food production and processing in developing countries. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report says that geothermal energy can help prevent the huge post-harvest currently faced by […]

Africa: For Developing Countries, New Opportunities in Geothermal Energy

press release Rome — New report explores uses of natural heat for food production and processing – Geothermal energy, the flow of heat energy radiating from the earth’s core, provides unique opportunities for cost efficient, sustainable food production and processing in developing countries, says a new report published by FAO today. Related Topics Africa: Civil […]

Africa: Sovereign Wealth Fund Doubts

analysis By Louise Redvers Sovereign wealth funds smell of success, but are they right for countries with high-spending demands? Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) seem to be the new must-have accessory for African governments – especially those with freshly discovered oil and gas reserves. Related Topics Africa Africa: African Champs Ivory Coast Draw Ghana… Africa: Africa, […]

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