Tag Archives: Africa

Africa: Drop in Oil Prices May be Blessing in Disguise

analysis Dianna Games — The massive drop in petroleum prices may be a blessing in disguise for many African countries As oil prices dipped below $ 50 a barrel in January, Nigeria’s finance minister put a brave face on her country’s revenue crisis. Nigerians, she said, should start thinking of Africa’s largest oil producer as […]

South Africa: Eskom Chairman Resigns

Photo: Johannesburg at night (file photo). Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi has resigned, the electricity provider confirmed on Tuesday. “It happened overnight following a presentation he gave to the board,” said spokesman Khulu Phasiwe.” More on This Opposition Party Demands Answers from Deputy… Eskom and Government Keeping SA in the Dark… Deputy President to Convene Summit […]

South Africa: Eskom and Government Keeping SA in the Dark On Operation Breaking Dawn

press release By Mmusi Maimane Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Eskom need to take the nation into their confidence and be frank about the possibility of a national blackout. Documents show that Eskom is running simulation exercises in preparation for a national blackout. These simulation exercises are being run under the codename Breaking Dawn, under […]

South Africa: Govt Moves Ahead with Nuclear Plans

The government is making progress on its nuclear new build programme, and is in discussions with various prospective nuclear vendor countries to expand the programme. It had held consultations with a number of nuclear vendor countries recently, namely the United States, Republic of Korea, Russia, France, Japan and China, the Department of Energy said on […]

South Africa: Deputy President Welcomes Business’s Commitment to Eskom

Pretoria — Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed Business Leadership South Africa’s commitment to help government address the difficulties facing Eskom. “Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed Business Leadership South Africa’s commitment to help government address the difficulties arising from the constrained supply of electricity in the country and the issues facing Eskom,” said the […]

Africa: Disconnecting the Minerals-Energy-Climate Dots

analysis By Patrick Bond Intersectionality missing-in-action at Cape Town’s Alternative Mining Indaba Can Africans with dot-connecting talents now more forcefully consider an eco-socialist model? We need to recover the socialist traditions of Fanon, Lumumba, Cabral, Rodney, Ruth First, Sankara and Chris Hani; and to these add environmentalist, feminist and other intersectional activisms. Or perish. Related […]

South Africa: Electricity Crisis – Is ‘Power’ Really Going to ‘The People’?

analysis By Dale T. Mckinley AMANDLA NGAWETHU! We hear it all the time and many regularly shout it. Indeed, ‘Power to the People!’ has been a crucial part of South Africa’s political vocabulary for decades, first as the sole preserve of those in the anti-apartheid struggle, but now as an almost generic democratic slogan. While […]

East Africa: EA Leaders Discuss Utility, Air Space Sharing Potential

EAST African leaders have agreed to join electricity grids to facilitate power sharing and also establish mechanism on keeping peace and security in the region. During their one-day meeting on the Northern Corridor Integration Project in Kigali, Rwanda on day, the Heads of State also deliberated on air space sharing. Related Topics Burundi: What Dissident’s […]

Africa: ‘African Continent Needs U.S.$3.2 Trillion to Meet Energy Requirements By 2035’

By Sulaimon Salau THE African continent would require about $ 3.2 trillion cummulative investment to meet the energy demand occassioned by growing population by 2035. The Managing Director, Africa, Electrical Sector, Eaton, Shane kilfoil, who disclosed this at its inaugural West Africa Technology Day in Lagos, said about 55 per cent of Africa’s population currently […]

Central Africa: Central Africa Bets On Regional Solution to Energy Shortages, Poverty

By Elias Ntungwe Ngalame Yaounde, Cameroon — Central African governments are pushing forward with a cross-border response to meet the region’s swelling need for new energy supplies, which aims to fight poverty and climate change at the same time. Large parts of Central Africa have big potential to generate hydro-electric power, which could help pull […]

Africa: For South Africa’s Electricity Supply, a Muddle Through, a Meltdown or a Miracle?

opinion By Patrick Bond Likely, worst-case and best-case scenarios for a power-cut country South Africa is losing its power, literally: it’s a process called “load shedding” that will last for the foreseeable future. The state energy utility Eskom is careening out of control, begging for an emergency $ 4.5 billion bailout within the $ 120 […]

South Africa: An Epidemic of Load-Shedding

analysis By Mark Heywood We’re not just shedding electricity. South Africa is shedding its most valuable assets left, right and centre, and we’re going to pay the price. The Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines load-shedding as “the interrupting of an electricity supply to avoid excessive load on the generating plant”. The online Dictionary.com adopts a […]

South Africa: Power Utility Reimplements Blackouts

Photo: Eskom Megawatt Park (file photo). Johannesburg — Eskom will implement stage one loadshedding from mid-Tuesday morning, the parastal announced. The utility posted on its Twitter feed shortly after 9am: “Eskom will implement loadshedding stage 1 from 10.30am today. It is likely to continue until 10pm. We will give updates throughout the day”. Earlier on […]

Africa: IMF Downgrades Global Growth Forecast, Despite Cheaper Oil

Despite a sharp decline in oil prices, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest economic outlook today lowered growth expectations for this year and the next for most countries due to slowdown in investment, and urged governments and central banks to pursue economic stimulation policies and structural reforms to boost growth. According to its […]

South Africa: Blackouts the ‘Right Thing to Do’, Power Supplier Says

Photo: South Africa’s power system is expected to be constrained “for a long time”, Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona has said (file photo). Johannesburg — Scheduled blackouts were the “right thing” to do, Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona said on Thursday. “We have arrived at a turning point where can either continue to do the same things […]

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