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Africa's energy revolution is underway, but challenges remainAn energy revolution is happening in Africa where off-grid and mini-grid power generation is no longer a short-term fix, but rather a permanent solution. 12 Apr 2018 Read more

More nuanced approach needed in pursuing renewables, experts sayThe sharp decline in the cost of clean renewable energy globally has made it the obvious choice for African countries to generate new capacity, but a more nuanced approach is needed, taking an appropriate energy mix, costs, the variability of renewables and energy demand into account, experts argue. 11 Apr 2018 Read more

World Water Day: looking to nature for the answers"Nature or Water, exploring how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century" is the theme of this year's World Water Day which is on 22 March. The scientific discipline of biomimicry employs the same approach. 12 Mar 2018 Read more

Nuclear expert says nuclear build's contribution to South Africa's GDP will be "staggering""Nuclear energy is certainly not any more expensive than any other energy source" says nuclear expert Dr Anthonie Cilliers, explaining that "the large 9600MW nuclear programme has created an impression of a single expensive mega-project, when in fact the purpose of the fleet approach was to drive down costs over time and increase the learning rate. This should be broken up into smaller chunks, for example, should two nuclear reactors be added to the current plant at Koeberg, the cost would be no more than the guarantees already provided by treasury for the current IPP programme, whilst two nuclear reactors would produce more units of electricity per year (and more reliably) than the units on the IPP programme." 8 Mar 2018 Read more

Energy sector: why things are looking upThe energy sector is a clear winner emerging from the South African cabinet shuffle earlier this week says the editor of the energy trade publication ESI Africa, Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl. She explains: "President Cyril Ramaphosa's attempt to sweep his inherited cabinet clean on Monday night resulted in a watered down compromise to satisfy both party and state interests. However, a clear winner emerging is the energy sector, which can look forward to two 'new' faces: Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan, known for his deft ability at service delivery and turnaround of state departments, and long-standing cabinet member Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe, renowned for his firm leadership. These placements have shown Ramaphosa's commitment to ensuring reform at state-owned enterprises and specifically Eskom." 28 Feb 2018 Read more


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