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South Africa: Survivor – Eskom Edition, in Two Easy Episodes

analysis By Dirk De Vos Our Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown, says privatisation has been rejected and Eskom’s chairman, Zola Tsotsi, also says privatisation of the utility will not happen. We should probably wait for Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene to present his medium-term budget policy statement next week, which will have to include how […]

South Africa: SA, Russia Nuclear Deal One of Many Energy-Related Agreements

The inter-governmental agreement regarding nuclear energy signed between South Africa and Russia is one of over 60 different energy related co-operation agreements signed by the Department of Energy on behalf of government. The agreements address different aspects of energy and the usage of different energy sources. “The Intergovernmental Agreement on Strategic Partnership in Nuclear Energy […]

South Africa: Where Is Nation’s Industrial Policy Positioned?

analysis By Saliem Fakir There are three aspects of energy supply that lend themselves to shifting the diversification of a national economy. The mix of supply should reduce dependence on any source, especially if the source creates a foreign dependence or a systems path-dependence that eventually leads to wider risks for the general economy. In […]

South Africa: Op-Ed – Eskom – Towards a Constructive Solution

Photo: Kendal power station, Eskom South Africa analysis By Dirk De Vos Bailing Eskom out, again, is not enough; we need to fix Eskom’s underlying structural problems. And at this critical stage we simply cannot afford another pointless debate about the merits (or not) of privatisation – its goes nowhere. But an interesting way around […]

Zuma says 67 South Africans dead in Synagogue building collapse

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By Adekunle Aliyu with Agency Report South Africa’s president announced Tuesday that 67 of his compatriots were among scores of worshippers killed in the collapse of a popular and controversial Nigerian megachurch. Declaring his nation in grief, Jacob Zuma said he was “greatly saddened to announce that 67 South Africans died and scores of others […]

South Sudan: Chinese Economic Engagement Continues Amid Conflict

analysis By Zhou Hang China’s economic engagement with South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, is growing rapidly since the latter’s independence in 2011. According to the Chinese and South Sudanese official statistics, around 100 to 140 Chinese enterprises currently operate in South Sudan. Since 2008, they have concluded agreements worth about 10 billion USD with […]

South Africa: Jinko Solar Opens R80 Million Factory in Cape Town

New York Stock Exchange-listed Chinese company Jinko Solar, the fourth-largest solar PV manufacturer in the world, unveiled an R80-million solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing plant in Cape Town on Tuesday. The factory – the company’s first outside of China – will produce up to 1 300 solar panels a day, translating to 120 megawatts (MW) […]

South Sudan: Govt Rejects Call for Oil Contract Suspension

Juba — The South Sudanese government says it would not relent to recent demands for suspension of all new oil contracts, arguing that such a decision was not in the country’s best interest. “We cannot agree that a moratorium on petroleum contracting is at this time in the best interests of the citizens of the […]

South Africa: How Eskom’s Coal Is Killing People On the Highveld

Recent research from the World Health Organisation reveals that air pollution is responsible for one in eight deaths globally. For people living on the Highveld in South Africa, these statistics represent a genuine threat. People in the Highveld suffer disproportionately from health problems directly related to pollution from Eskom’s coal-fired power stations in the region. […]

South Africa: AfDB Approves Loan for Solar Project

The African Development Bank has approved a US$ 142-million loan to help fund the construction of a $ 908-million, 100-megawatt (MW) concentrating solar power plant in the Northern Cape – the bank’s first loan for a renewable energy project by an independent power producer in South Africa. A consortium led by Spanish company Abengoa was […]

South Africa: Tina Joemat-Pettersson – Tainted Figure Will Chart SA’s Energy Course

“Winter is coming.” The gloomy tagline of TV show Game of Thrones, promising cold and darkness, was proclaimed by many social media commentators in response to the news that the controversial Tina Joemat-Pettersson is to take up the role of Minister of Energy. Contrary to apparently widespread belief, managing oversight of Eskom does not currently […]

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