Energy & Mining Trends 2018

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#Budget2018: Nuclear deal proves a damp squib, while renewables reignite
#Budget2018: Nuclear deal proves a damp squib, while renewables reignite

In a media briefing prior to his Budget Speech, Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, confirmed that the nuclear deal is off the table for now because the country simply cannot afford it...

1 day ago

Lullu Krugel, chief economist at PwC
#BizFinFocus: PwC's economic take on what #Budget2018 will hold

While there has been an upward revision in growth for the year - 1.5-1.8% for South Africa - with business confidence also increasing, the country is still not where it needs to be by a long shot...

By Danette Breitenbach 3 days ago

Koeberg nuclear power station
Koeberg Unit 1 reaches 400 days of continuous operation

Unit 1 of the Koeberg nuclear power station reached a milestone of 400 days of continuous operation on Thursday, 07 December 2017...

14 Dec 2017

Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Photo: Egypt Today
Cairo, Moscow sign contract for Egypt's first nuclear plant

CAIRO - Egypt and Russia signed a contract for the building of Egypt's first nuclear power plant, during a visit to Cairo by President Vladimir Putin...

12 Dec 2017

Koeberg nuclear power station. Photo: Sunday Times
Eco warriors tackle proposed nuclear power station

The environmental authorisation to construct and operate a new nuclear power station in Duynefontein has been challenged...

14 Nov 2017

A cabinet reshuffle equals a nuclear deal
A cabinet reshuffle equals a nuclear deal

President Jacob Zuma's latest cabinet reshuffle is nothing more that a thinly-veiled smokescreen to get his crony, David Mahlobo into the energy portfolio...

By Nicci Botha 18 Oct 2017

Melita Steele, senior environmental campaigner: Greenpeace Africa. Photo:
Greenpeace slams new nuclear plant plans

Greenpeace Africa has responded with outrage to Eskom's nuclear plant plans....

16 Oct 2017

Koeberg nuclear power station
Eskom gets the environmental go-ahead for nuclear power station at Duynefontein

Eskom has been given the environmental green light for a nuclear power station at Duynefontein in the Western Cape.

13 Oct 2017

Nuclear deal could impact on SA's debt
Nuclear deal could impact on SA's debt

South Africa's debt could increase considerably because of the nuclear deal, even before it happens...

12 Oct 2017

Tina Eboka
Tina Eboka re-elected as HLG-MR vice-chair

Tina Eboka has been re-elected as vice chair of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency High-Level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG-MR)...

4 Aug 2017

Rostatom signs skills transfer MoU
Rostatom signs skills transfer MoU

Rosatom, has signed an MoU with African Young Generation in Nuclear, a new pan-African forum for young professionals working in the nuclear sector...

26 Jul 2017

Dr Rob Adam
Adam quits as Niasa boss

The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) has officially announced the resignation of its long-serving president, Dr Rob Adam...

1 Jun 2017

Swiss to vote on gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover
Swiss to vote on gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover

The Swiss will vote in a referendum on replacing the power from its ageing nuclear reactors with renewable sources...

22 May 2017

Koeberg nuclear power station. Source: Eskom
Eskom head: "No secret nuke deal"

Despite persistent conspiracy theories and media speculation, Eskom's nuclear boss is adamant there is no secret plan or corruption linked to the nuclear plan...

By Nicci Botha 19 May 2017

Government will not appeal nuclear ruling
Government will not appeal nuclear ruling

Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi will not appeal a decision by the Western Cape High Court to set aside Inter-governmental Agreements (IGAs) on nuclear...

15 May 2017

Source: Earthlife Africa Johannesburg
Nuclear deal still very much on the table despite judgement: Minister says

Although the government won't challenge the high court decision declaring the nuclear build deal unlawful, it will ensure its new agreements are watertight...

15 May 2017

Zelda la Grange. Image source:
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

Koeberg nuclear power station
Nuclear body responds to judgement

Necsa has reacted to the court ruling on the nuclear deal, saying claims that it had killed SA's nuclear build programme is an over reaction...

28 Apr 2017

Full story: Nuke deal court ruling
Full story: Nuke deal court ruling

Earthlife Africa and the Safcei have succeeded in blocking the unlawful and unconstitutional actions of the South African government in its nuclear deal...

28 Apr 2017

Breaking news: Court declares nuclear agreements unconstitutional
Breaking news: Court declares nuclear agreements unconstitutional

In a game-changing ruling, the Cape High Court has declared the nuclear build agreement between South Africa and Russia unlawful and unconstitutional...

26 Apr 2017

Tim Yeo, chair: New Nuclear Watch Europe
Can South Africa afford not to go nuclear?

My support for nuclear energy has been closely linked to my firm conviction about the need to cut carbon emissions to address climate change...

By Tim Yeo 4 Apr 2017

Eskom, Coega sign agreement on nuclear
Eskom, Coega sign agreement on nuclear

Eskom and the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) have signed a collaborative agreement on South Africa's nuclear new build programme...

16 Mar 2017

Why Gordhan's silence on South Africa's nuclear option is a good sign
Why Gordhan's silence on South Africa's nuclear option is a good sign

South Africa's Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan said very little about the energy sector in his recent budget speech...

By Hartmut Winkler 24 Feb 2017

Community-scale projects are Africa's energy future
Community-scale projects are Africa's energy future

The 17th annual African Utility Week will take place from 16-18 May 2017 at the CTICC in Cape Town...

21 Dec 2016

Finding on Thyspunt slammed by experts
Finding on Thyspunt slammed by experts

Eskom's announcement that the Council for Geoscience has confirmed there is nothing preventing a nuclear build at Thyspunt has been slammed by academics...

19 Dec 2016

Zambia and Russia sign nuclear deals
Zambia and Russia sign nuclear deals

Following a directive by President Edgar Lungu for the country to develop nuclear energy, Zambia and Russia have signed four memoranda of understanding (MoU) to turn Zambia into a hub of nuclear science for peaceful purposes.

By Rebecca Mushota 12 Dec 2016

Minister announces new Eskom Acting CEO
Minister announces new Eskom Acting CEO

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says she has approved Eskom Board's recommendation to appoint the current Group Executive: Generation, Matshela Koko, as acting Group Chief Executive of Eskom...

30 Nov 2016

SA's new energy plan sparks strong emotions. Here's why...
SA's new energy plan sparks strong emotions. Here's why...

The long-awaited updated South African IRP has been released for comment...

By Hartmut Winkler 30 Nov 2016

New nuclear energy to come on stream by 2037
New nuclear energy to come on stream by 2037

Cabinet has approved a draft base case energy plan which paves the way for gas and renewables to provide the biggest chunk of new capacity by 2050...

By Linda Ensor 23 Nov 2016

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