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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

South Africa: Nation Faces More Widespread Power Cuts

Johannesburg – With the increase in electricity demand, load shedding remains a reality for the near future for South Africa, says power utility Eskom. Speaking to the media on Thursday, Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona said the country had just about exhausted the electricity reserve margin and any slight pressure might trigger power cuts. Matona spent […]

South Africa: Power Supplier Announces Rolling Blackouts

Johannesburg — Eskom took to social media on Friday to announce it had implemented stage one rolling blackouts. “Due to the electricity demand that has exceeded the supply; Eskom implemented load shedding Stage 1 from 11h00 until 22h00 tonight,” it posted on the social media website Twitter shortly before noon. “Schedules for Eskom customers are […]

South Sudan: Govt Generated U.S$3.3 Billion From Oil Exports, Says Official

Juba — South Sudan received $ 3.376 billion as revenue from oil exports in 2014, petroleum minister Stephen Dhieu Dau disclosed on Thursday. He said $ 884 million of the money made was paid to Sudan, $ 781 million repaid loans and $ 1.711 billion (or $ 1,711 million) was retained as net amount. “Indeed, […]

South Africa: Petrol Price To Drop By Over R1

The price of 93 and 95 octane petrol will decrease by R1.27 and R1.23 a litre on Wednesday, the energy department said on Friday. The price of diesel would decrease by between R1.04 and R1.05 per litre. The price of illuminating paraffin would decrease by R1.44 per litre. Liquefied petroleum gas would decrease by R2.10/kg. […]

Nigerians want FG to partner South Korea on electricity, transportation

Seoul – Nigerian civil servants had urged the Federal Government to partner with South Korea on electricity and transportation to ensure effective and efficient power supply and transport system in the country. Some of the 30 Nigerian civil servants undergoing E-Government capacity development training in South Korea made the call in an interview  on Tuedasy […]

South Africa: Coal, Nuclear and Gas Lobbies Hold Back Progress Made On Carbon Policy

South Africa has made good progress on climate policy, but that could be held up by a new emerging political economy in the country that can only be described as “more coal, more nuclear, and more gas”, said Saliem Fakir of the WWF . Sadly for South Africans, while there is an understanding of the […]

South Africa: Early Christmas Gift for Motorists

The price of all grades of petrol will fall by 69 cents a litre in December, said the Department of Energy (DoE) on Friday. A litre of petrol will cost R12.47, while it cost R12.06 at the coast. The price of Diesel 0.05% Sulphur will decrease by 53.3 cents a litre, while that of Diesel […]

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