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A main street of a poor neighbourhood in Cape Town during recent power cuts. EPA/Nic Bothma
How failing power utility is fuelling South Africa's economic crisis

South Africa's state power utility Eskom is the biggest challenge facing the country. Mess up Eskom, and you mess up the country. And it looks as though key players are doing just that...

By Mark Swilling 1 Nov 2019

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe
Coal remains primary energy source in IRP2019

The latest iteration of Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2019) reflects what Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has been saying for some time.

18 Oct 2019

Klipheuwel Wind Farm
Wind power is far more than just energy

Energy security remains a challenge in the continent, with the average electrification rate in Africa at only about 43%. Wind power therefore could be a game changer...

17 Oct 2019

Let the sunshine in - why solar power is essential
Let the sunshine in - why solar power is essential

Whether building an affordable home or a luxury condo, energy saving construction techniques are invaluable, as building an energy efficient house will not only cut costs in the end, but is environmentally responsible and aesthetically pleasing...

By Barry Bredenkamp 16 Oct 2019

Gwede Mantashe
#Windaba2019: IRP will bring certainty

There will be certainty about the country's energy mix after the long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is presented to cabinet next week,

By Nicci Botha 9 Oct 2019

Minerals and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe
Saving Eskom: Govt talks to coal and renewables about lowering prices

South Africa's limping economy is likely to be further crippled unless the price of electricity is brought down...

4 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

Freedom Won: The game-changers in energy storage solutions
Freedom Won: The game-changers in energy storage solutions

Freedom Won offers lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) energy storage solutions in an integrated, compact and stylish wall unit for residential, business and industrial use to protect against loadshedding and outages...

Issued by Freedom Won 25 Sep 2019

Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO of Sawea
IRP delayed again

The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) is disappointed that Cabinet has once again failed to approve the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update...

23 Sep 2019

DStv partnership in Mozambique brings solar power to rural areas
DStv partnership in Mozambique brings solar power to rural areas

Fenix Mozambique inaugurates Nampula branch in collaboration with FUNAE and DStv...

20 Sep 2019

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Our energy revolution needs the government's spark

We stand on the brink of an energy revolution. As a country, we need to seize this opportunity to really make it work. In order to do that we need collaborative thinking and action from both the government and industry...

By Terry Billson 20 Sep 2019

Circular cities of the world: What can green infrastructure do?
Circular cities of the world: What can green infrastructure do?

As the population of the world's cities grows, so too does resource and energy use as well as waste generation. We can combat these issues with a circular economy that uses nature as a template...

By Daniel Johnson 19 Sep 2019

Perdekraal East Wind Farm erects first turbine using local team
Perdekraal East Wind Farm erects first turbine using local team

Perdekraal East Wind Farm's first wind turbine has been erected, using a dominantly South African team...

11 Sep 2019

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Global investment in renewables to hit $2.6trn

Global investment in new renewable energy capacity this decade - 2010 to 2019 inclusive - is on course to hit $2.6trn, with more gigawatts of solar power capacity installed than any other generation technology...

6 Sep 2019

Lake Turkana Wind Power turbines. LTW
How Kenya's mega wind power project is hurting communities

Kenya recently launched the Lake Turkana Wind Power project, Africa's largest wind energy project and the biggest public-private investment in Kenyan history...

By Zoe Cormack 3 Sep 2019

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Airline passengers can reduce up to 80% of their CO2 emissions

Lufthansa Innovation Hub has launched its new Compensaid sustainability platform sustainability, which will make it possible for travellers to offset their individual carbon footprint using Sustainable Aviation Fuel...

21 Aug 2019

Maguga Dam is one of the hydro power projects in Eswatini
Eswatini moves forward with renewable energy plans

The Kingdom of Eswatini's reliance on imported power from its neighbours - Mozambique and South Africa - will be reduced after it issued a request for the qualification and development for a 40MW solar PV plant and a 40MW biomass-to-energy plant...

By Koketso Lediga 20 Aug 2019

Greater Tortue Ahmeyim LNG development. Photo credit: BP
Senegal on the cusp of an energy renaissance

After decades of struggles against a deficient power generation system, Senegal is now at the verge of a paradigmatic shift that could put many of its troubles to rest...

By Sebastian Wagner 8 Aug 2019

Electricity pylon. Wikimedia Commons
Lessons to be learnt from Ghana's excess electricity shambles

Access to energy plays a critical role in economic development. But bad government policies have affected energy security in many developing countries...

By Samuel Asumadu Sarkodie 5 Aug 2019

SA's maturing green energy sector attractive for investors
SA's maturing green energy sector attractive for investors

Since government launched the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) in 2011, green power projects have become increasingly appealing investments...

25 Jul 2019

Karen Breytenbach
IPPO's Breytenbach dismissed: Is this another case of politicking?

The head of the Independent Power Producers Office (IPPO), Karen Breytenbach, has been given her marching orders...

24 Jul 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

Kangnas Wind Farm celebrates first turbine lift
Kangnas Wind Farm celebrates first turbine lift

The first wind turbine lifting is a pivotal point in the construction of the wind farm, with the next major construction milestone being the arrival of the main transformer and the energisation of the substation...

23 Jul 2019

South Africa’s agriculture and food production industries are exempt from the carbon tax - for now. Shutterstock
South Africa's carbon tax matters - for the economy and tackling climate change

Carbon tax is likely to be an effective way of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, which lead to climate change and have negative consequences for human life...

By Mmatlou Kalaba & Heinrich Bohlmann 19 Jul 2019

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Vast subsidies keeping the fossil fuel industry afloat should be put to better use

Capitalism has often been identified as the underlying cause of the climate crisis...

By Alex Lenferna 16 Jul 2019

World's largest single-site solar project begins commercial operations
World's largest single-site solar project begins commercial operations

Abu Dhabi's new solar plant project has recently started its commercial operations as scheduled at Sweihan in Abu Dhabi...

12 Jul 2019

John Defterios
India's energy challenge

It is big, fast growing, with a young population and a middle class that is nearly as big as the entire US population...

By John Defterios 10 Jul 2019

Joe Keenan, CEO of BME
Evolving technology will change the face of mining

The modern world has seen services like electricity and motorised transport become available across all societies...

By Joe Keenan 8 Jul 2019

Sawea calls for finalised Integrated Resource Plan
Sawea calls for finalised Integrated Resource Plan

Pressure for the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to be released is mounting across all energy technologies, because a clear roadmap is essential to investor certainty, over a multi-decade time horizon...

5 Jul 2019

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