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Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Self-use generation projects already in the pipeline

Minerals and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has already approved 75 applications from private companies wanting to generate energy for self use...

20 Feb 2020

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Environmental considerations for self-generation regime

Besides the obviouts dialogue about legislative amendments needed for mining companies to generate their own power, there is also the question of whether the minister consulted with other relevant departments in ensuring this policy decision is given due effect...

By Gillian Niven & Paula-Ann Novotny 18 Feb 2020

SDG7 under the spotlight at Africa Energy Forum 2020
SDG7 under the spotlight at Africa Energy Forum 2020

The 2020 Africa Energy Forum will take place in Barcelona, Spain from 30 June to 3 July under the overarching theme of 'Investment and impact'...

18 Feb 2020

Landmark investment secured for 60MW Djibouti Wind Farm Project
Landmark investment secured for 60MW Djibouti Wind Farm Project

Djibouti's electricity demand is expected to considerably increase due to various large-scale infrastructure projects including ports, free trade zones...

14 Feb 2020

Cape Town sought court intervention to buy electricity from independent power producers. Image source: Getty/Gallo
#Sona20: Ramaphosa confirms own use generation plan

In his State of the Nation Address (Sona), President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that the regulatory environment is to be changed in order to facilitate uncapped commercial and industrial distributed generation for own use....

14 Feb 2020

Nersa welcomes court decision on Eskom
Nersa welcomes court decision on Eskom

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has welcomed the decision by the High Court in Pretoria to dismiss an urgent relief sought by Eskom...

13 Feb 2020

David Morobe, executive general manager: impact investment, Business Partners
#BizFinFocus: Read the signs to forge ahead in a gloomy economy

Although the International Monetary Fund gave South Africa's economic growth prospects a downward revision for this year, 2020 could still hold significant opportunities for business owners who know where to look...

By David Morobe 12 Feb 2020

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Independent power generation offers investment opportunities

While Eskom's massive debt and lack of maintenance has resulted in load shedding and an inability to service the debt...

11 Feb 2020

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Can mines now generate their own power?

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, created a flurry of headlines when he told the Investing in African Mining Indaba that mines could generate their own electricity...

By Jason van der Poel, Mzukisi Kota & Alexandra Felekis 10 Feb 2020

Academic partnership brings Pan-African training programme for clean energy leaders to SA
Academic partnership brings Pan-African training programme for clean energy leaders to SA

A total of 11 South Africans among record number of participants selected for Open Africa Power...

Issued by UCT Graduate School of Business 7 Feb 2020

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Petrol price to come down in February

The petrol price will come down by 13 cents a litre this week...

4 Feb 2020

Minerals and Energy Mnister, Gwede Mantashe
#MiningIndaba2020: Mining industry must embrace 4IR

The demands of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) provide new growth opportunties for the mining industry, which must position itself, including reskilling the workforce, to take advantage of this new reality

By Nicci Botha 3 Feb 2020

Bringing critical power distribution out of the dark
Bringing critical power distribution out of the dark

As the trend towards digitisation becomes pervasive across many industries and operations, the benefits offered to power distribution systems should not be overlooked...

By Quintin Mccutcheon 31 Jan 2020

Most proposed solutions don’t address the systemic problems facing Eskom, in particular its parlous finances. Shutterstock
South Africa's energy crisis has triggered lots of ideas: why most are wrong

Since late last year South Africans have, once again, been subjected to power cuts by the power utility, Eskom. The need for what's called loadshedding - planned power outages - led to the recent resignation of Eskom's chairperson and a flurry of concern about the current and future reliability of electricity supply...

By Seán Mfundza Muller & Mike Muller 23 Jan 2020

Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO, Sawea
Sawea welcomes market-friendly approach

The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) supports the proposed market-friendly approach to the country's constrained energy supply, but strongly states that implementing the IRP 2019 should remain an imperative...

22 Jan 2020

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) has conditionally approved the Boulders wind farm project. Image from the Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report by CES (copied for fair use).
Huge West Coast wind farm approved

The government has approved in principle the huge Boulders wind farm project on the West Coast peninsula near Paternoster, St Helena Bay and Vredenburg...

By John Yeld 22 Jan 2020

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China's investment in Africa's mineral resources

When it comes to energy, it's not just the traditional advocates of renewable energy that are leading the way, it is the world's major emerging economies such as China and India that are driving this clean energy transition...

20 Jan 2020

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Fair Cape saves electricity through solar-powered milking

The company hopes to roll solar power out to its production facility in the near future, further reducing its carbon footprint and its dependence on South Africa's power utility...

16 Jan 2020

How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe
How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's economic challenges are numerous, but one of the most pressing is electricity scarcity. Around 40% of the country's population has access to electricity...

By Ellen Fungisai Chipango 15 Jan 2020

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AfCFTA's impact on Africa's energy sector

The African Continental Free Trade Area agreement (AfCFTA) will constitute the world's largest free trade area, consolidating an integrated market of 1.3-billion consumers with a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of approximately $3.4trn...

14 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: 2020 - Africa's year for digital disruption

A number of macro trends are delivering unhindered economic progress on the African continent, driving momentum and positioning Africa as a significant component of the world market...

By Geoffrey White 14 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: How to succeed in agriculture in 2020

The broader agricultural economic environment is changing, and this would require us to revisit how we determine our success as well...

By Nico Groenewald 13 Jan 2020

Power cuts continued to plague some African countries. Shutterstock
Progress in rolling out of national power grids has stalled across Africa

The African Development Bank launched an initiative to speed up the supply of electricity in Africa in 2016...

By Carolyn Logan 10 Jan 2020

South Africa has huge 'green fuels' potential. But it needs to act now
South Africa has huge 'green fuels' potential. But it needs to act now

South Africa needs to seriously start thinking about shifting its energy focus. This is for two reasons...

By David Richard Walwyn and Rod Crompton 10 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: SA's transition to a cleaner, greener economy
#BizTrends2020: SA's transition to a cleaner, greener economy

South Africa is taking strides towards transitioning to a cleaner green economy, with the country's approved 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) being gazetted...

By Ntombifuthi Ntuli 9 Jan 2020

In some countries, as much as half of the generated electricity is lost in transmission. yelantsevv/Shutterstock.com
We calculated emissions due to electricity loss on the power grid - globally, it's a lot

When it comes to strategies for slowing the effects of climate change, the idea of reducing wasted energy rarely gets a mention. But our recent Nature Climate Change article makes the case that reducing wastage in the power sector, focusing specifically on the grid, can be a critical lever in lowering national emissions...

By Sarah Marie Jordaan & Kavita Surana 9 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Mining - the future in 2020: An optimistic forecast
#BizTrends2020: Mining - the future in 2020: An optimistic forecast

Mining remains one of the major contributors to the South African economy. In 2019, the mining industry saw a number of exciting developments. More interesting developments lie ahead...

By Athi Jara 6 Jan 2020

Why the outlook for fixing Nigeria's energy crisis isn't good
Why the outlook for fixing Nigeria's energy crisis isn't good

Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999. But it took another 16 years for power to change hands, with the All Progressive Congress clinching the office of the presidency in 2015...

By Nnaemeka Vincent Emodi 30 Dec 2019

Malawi solar energy project to add 46MW to local power supply
Malawi solar energy project to add 46MW to local power supply

After attracting $67m in investment, one of Malawi's first solar projects has reached financial close...

27 Dec 2019

Former Eskom senior managers granted bail
Former Eskom senior managers granted bail

Two former Eskom senior managers and two businessmen who were arrested for alleged fraud and corruption committed at Eskom's Kusile power station have been granted R300,000 bail each...

23 Dec 2019

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