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Gauteng ploughs billions into infrastructure
Gauteng ploughs billions into infrastructure

The Gauteng Provincial Government will over the next three years invest more than R44bn in infrastructure development, while provincial municipalities spend R94bn over the next five years...

3 days ago

Lynne Brown, public enterprises minister. Source: Miningmx/Martin Rhodes
What Lynne Brown and Eskom said in Parliament is 'perjury': Zizi Kodwa

The ANC has described presentations by Eskom and by Public Enterprise Minister Lynne Brown to Parliament on Tuesday as "incoherent", disingenuous and amounting "to perjury"...

By Natasha Marrian 24 May 2017

It may be time for Eskom's board to resign or be fired: Pravin Gordhan
It may be time for Eskom's board to resign or be fired: Pravin Gordhan

Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan - an MP and a member of the public enterprises committee - said on Tuesday, 23 May, members of the Eskom board "have let SA down more often than not", and the time might have arrived for them to resign or be dismissed...

By Linda Ensor 24 May 2017

Wayne Lindeke
LNG's potential as an African power source

With six of the top 10 global oil and gas discoveries in 2013 made in Africa, it would seem logical that this would be the answer to the continent's power crisis

By Wayne Lindecke 23 May 2017

Resistance to hydropower is evaporating as science takes centre stage
Resistance to hydropower is evaporating as science takes centre stage

Big dams have a bad reputation. They're often associated with social disruption and environmental damage...

By Mike Muller 23 May 2017

Marius Oosthuizen, lecturer: strategic foresight (leadership, strategy & ethics) at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)
#AUW2017: Trends shaping the future of utilities

Marius Oosthuizen, a lecturer in strategic foresight at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), led delegates during the final keynote session of this year's African Utility Week in a scenario planning exercise, unpacking some of the trends shaping the future of utilities.

By Sindy Peters 23 May 2017

#AUW2017: All the 2017 African Utility Week Industry Awards winners
#AUW2017: All the 2017 African Utility Week Industry Awards winners

The 2017 African Utility Week Industry Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Contribution to Power, as well as Young Energy Leader awards, were won by women, reflecting the invaluable contribution women are making to the power and water industries...

22 May 2017

South Africa's power utility is hoping for a tariff hike. It may not get it
South Africa's power utility is hoping for a tariff hike. It may not get it

South Africa's National Energy Regulator (Nersa) is soon to decide if the country's power utility, Eskom, should be granted an exemption from a long list of regulatory reporting requirements when it submits a new tariff application next month...

By Stephen Labson 22 May 2017

Borrowing to cover utility debt a slippery slope: World Bank report
Borrowing to cover utility debt a slippery slope: World Bank report

It is always better for power utilities to be self-sufficient and not depend on government subsidies to avoid becoming trapped in a vicious spiral when debt gets out of control...

18 May 2017

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The CEO of South Africa's power utility is back. Why the move can't be justified

The return of Brian Molefe as CEO of South Africa's largest state owned enterprise, the power utility Eskom, has caused outrage...

By Seán Mfundza 18 May 2017

Regional power pools hold the key to sustainability
Regional power pools hold the key to sustainability

Regional collaboration is key to securing energy supply and minimising costs, but regional integration in a mutually beneficial manner remains a challenge, said Ben Martins, deputy minister of state enterprises.

By Nicci Botha 17 May 2017

Dr Ben Ngubane, Eskom chairman. Source: Miningmx
No-show Molefe sidesteps difficult questions at #AUW2017

Brian Molefe was a no-show at African Utility Week. Not surprising, given his track record of not pitching at this event when there's a bullet to be dodged...

By Nicci Botha 17 May 2017

Brian Molefe, reinstated Eskom CEO
Molefe back at the helm of Eskom

Brian Molefe's return to his desk at Eskom today, after his resignation when his links to the Gupta family were revealed in the public protector's State of Capture report, has more than raised a few eyebrows.

15 May 2017

NERSA launches probe into Eskom over PPA impasse
NERSA launches probe into Eskom over PPA impasse

The National Energy Regulator's electricity sub-committee has launched a formal investigation into Eskom's conduct...

12 May 2017

Eskom report on CEO's step-daughter's contracts due this week
Eskom report on CEO's step-daughter's contracts due this week

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown expects to receive a report from the Eskom board on an inquiry into allegations against Eskom CEO Matshela Koko at the end of the week...

By Linda Ensor 12 May 2017

Technology transforming energy landscape in Africa
Technology transforming energy landscape in Africa

According to Webb Meko, business development director, sub-Saharan Africa, Black & Veatch, the next generation of energy infrastructure is being spurred by new technology that places energy solutions directly into the hands of consumers and businesses...

10 May 2017

Mozambique's gas boom dream under threat
Mozambique's gas boom dream under threat

The small, palm-fringed fishing town of Palma was meant to become a symbol of Mozambique's glittering future, transformed by one of the world's largest liquefied natural gas projects...

By Susan Njanji and Adrien Barbier 9 May 2017

PAUWES masters programmes open for admissions
PAUWES masters programmes open for admissions

The admissions process for the Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES) masters programmes, starting in September 2017, is now open...

9 May 2017

Challenges, opportunities in the African power sector
Challenges, opportunities in the African power sector

After years of not being a priority, energy policy is starting to move to center-stage in Africa...

8 May 2017

Startups can help Africa meet its energy needs. But they need to be encouraged
Startups can help Africa meet its energy needs. But they need to be encouraged

Energy access remains a huge problem for most people living on the African continent...

By Fred McBagonluri 5 May 2017

It only takes a few countries to kickstart a decarbonisation revolution
It only takes a few countries to kickstart a decarbonisation revolution

In 2016, more renewable energy was added to the global grid than ever before, and at a lower cost. A global energy revolution is clearly underway...

By Markus Hagemann and Andrzej Ancygier 2 May 2017

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2017 African Utility Week Industry Awards finalists announced

Zelda la Grange, former SA President Nelson Mandela's personal assistant, is guest speaker at the awards...

2 May 2017

Public Enterprises Minister blocks Molefe's millions
Public Enterprises Minister blocks Molefe's millions

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has pulled the plug on a move by Eskom to give its former chief executive, Brian Molefe, a R30.1-million pension payout...

24 Apr 2017

Former Eskom CEO, Brian Molefe
Eskom "shocked" at Treasury report leak

Eskom, said it was "shocked" that a preliminary Treasury report had once again been leaked before the power utility had submitted its comments...

21 Apr 2017

Dan Etete, Nigeria's former minister of petroleum resources
Two oil giants could face trial in Italy over Nigerian deal

A Milan court is to decide whether to go ahead with criminal proceedings against Shell and ENI over rights to a Nigerian oilfield...

By Jan-Philipp Scholz 20 Apr 2017

Boris Dzhingarov
Solar energy for Zambia can end poverty in sub-Saharan Africa

When electricity reaches Zambia through the solar market, we could see a dramatic decrease in poverty and a surge in creative entrepreneurs contributing to a thriving economy...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 19 Apr 2017

Koeberg's Unit 2 undergoing routine maintenance
Koeberg's Unit 2 undergoing routine maintenance

Koeberg power station has shut down its Unit 2 for routine maintenance after a record uninterrupted run of 492 days...

19 Apr 2017

Kagera River. Source: wikipedia
80mw power project to benefit three countries

Over 7,000 households in Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi are set to benefit from 80 megawatts of electricity from the Rusumo Falls hydro-electric project...

By Alvar Mwakyusa 18 Apr 2017

Record amount of renewables capacity added in 2016: UN
Record amount of renewables capacity added in 2016: UN

The world added a record 138.5-gigawatts of renewable power capacity in 2016 despite a 23% drop in investment, reflecting the falling cost of clean energy, the UN announced on Thursday, 6 April...

10 Apr 2017

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