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Mining executives can use inspiring climate narratives to engage stakeholders

Too often mining companies frame their "climate narrative" around compliance. Instead they should aspire to be more inspiring...

By Lucas Chaumontet 11 Feb 2020

Floating nuclear plant provides first power
Floating nuclear plant provides first power

The floating nuclear power plant (FNPP) has delivered its first 10-million kWh of electric power into the isolated network of the Chauny-Bilibino hub in Russia's Far East autonomous region of Chukotka...

28 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

Collaboration offers Ghanain students nuclear education opportunity in Russia
Collaboration offers Ghanain students nuclear education opportunity in Russia

Three key Ghanaian universities and Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) will start working together to help upcoming engineers, physicists, doctors and researchers from Ghana to receive Master's and postgraduate education in nuclear subjects in Russia...

10 Jan 2020

#BestofBiz 2019: Energy & Mining
#BestofBiz 2019: Energy & Mining

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

Court to hear CoCT's plea to buy power from sources other than Eskom
Court to hear CoCT's plea to buy power from sources other than Eskom

On 11 and 12 May 2020, the City of Cape Town will ask the Court for a declaratory order that will enable it to choose the type of power that it provides. Currently, it is determined that the City must procure its electricity from Eskom...

15 Nov 2019

IRP 2019 and the slow transition to a low-carbon economy
IRP 2019 and the slow transition to a low-carbon economy

The Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP2019) is the latest addition to the array of legal instruments South Africa has adopted to transition to a low-carbon economy and as part of its commitment to adapt to and mitigate against climate change under the international climate change framework...

By Gillian Niven, Paula-Ann Novotny and Jeanique Pretorius 12 Nov 2019

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

South Africa's future energy mix: wind, solar and coal, but no nuclear

South Africa has a new energy plan which covers 2019 to 2030. It follows cabinet's recent adoption of a new Integrated Resource Plan for electricity generation...

By Hartmut Winkler 30 Oct 2019

Minister of Innovation and Technology of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Getahun Mekuria Kuma.and Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev,
Ethiopia and Russia sign peaceful atomic energy deal

Russia and Ethiopia have signed an intergovernmental framework agreement on cooperation in the peaceful use of atomic energy on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Economic Forum in Sochi...

24 Oct 2019

Nuclear presents greater opportunities than just energy generation
Nuclear presents greater opportunities than just energy generation

Apart from electricity generation, nuclear technology offers Africans unique and exciting opportunities to benefit health services, agriculture, education, scientific research and industry...

18 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 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 27 Sep 2019

Muloni Irene Nafuna, Ugandan energy minister and Nikolay Spassky, deputy director general of Rosatom
Russia and Uganda sign nuclear energy deal

Uganda has signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy with the governments of the Russian Federation...

19 Sep 2019

World's first floating nuclear power plant docks in Russia
World's first floating nuclear power plant docks in Russia

The floating power unit Akademik Lomonosov has arrived at the port of its permanent location in Pevek, Chukotka, in Russia's Far East, where it is being docked to start operations by the end of this year...

16 Sep 2019

Gwede Mantashe, minister of energy and mineral resources, Image credit: GovernmentZA
Nuclear still a possibility in SA energy plan

The government is considering further implementing nuclear power in the country's long-term energy strategy, said Gwede Mantashe, minister of mineral resources and energy, at a round table engagement in Johannesburg...

22 Aug 2019

Francesca de Gasparis, Safcei executive director
Call for more vigilance in energy procurement projects

Major energy procurement projects need independent oversight at all stages - pre-procurement, procurement and post-procurement - to prevent further state capture...

21 Aug 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 23 Jul 2019

Environmental activists celebrate court ruling against a proposed nuclear deal for South Africa. EPA/Nic Bothma
South Africa's nuclear research facility - Pelindaba - needs to be repurposed

Located 33km west of South Africa's capital city Pretoria, the Pelindaba precinct has been home to South Africa's nuclear research corporation since the 1960s...

By David Fig 17 Jul 2019

Gaopalelwe Santswere, executive chairman of SAYNPS. Image Chege Publishing
Why nuclear should be considered as a viable option for economic growth

President Cyril Ramaphosa rightly pointed out in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) the devastating effects of climate change on our planet and motivated for adding more renewable and clean energy to our national energy mix.

By Gaopalelwe Santswere 24 Jun 2019

Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe
#AUW2019: Coal still critical to IRP, Radebe says

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe's vague promise that South Africa's long-overdue energy blueprint, the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), will be "concluded imminently" did, however, clearly indicate that coal would still play a prominent role in the country's energy mix...

By Nicci Botha 15 May 2019

Phumzile Tshelane
Necsa CEO removed from office

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has removed Phumzile Tshelane as chief executive officer and board member of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa)...

14 May 2019

Koeberg nuclear power station
Is the SA public in the dark about Koeberg?

The recent revelations by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan that three separate safety incidents had occurred at Koeberg Power Station in 2014 and 2015 should raise red flags for South African citizens...

8 Apr 2019

A barman using candle light as another rolling blackout affects large parts of South Africa’s biggest city, Johannesburg. Epa/Kim Ludbrook
Why restructuring South Africa's power utility won't end the blackouts

Recent poweer cuts and the announcement that South Africa's power utility Eskom will be receiving R23bn a year in government support for the foreseeable future are symptomatic of operational and financial crises at the utility...

29 Mar 2019

Former President Jacob Zuma.
How Zuma's nuclear deal triggered the Eskom crisis

In the midst of the rolling blackouts last week, former President Jacob Zuma went on record as saying that his pet project nuclear deal with Russia would have averted the crisis at Eskom...

27 Mar 2019

Andrew Kenny
Why solar and wind power are ruinously expensive

South Africa faces an energy calamity on two fronts. First is the disaster of Eskom. Second, and potentially worse, is the disaster of our REIPPPP and our lunatic IRP 2018 (Integrated Resource Plan)....

By Andrew Kenny 18 Mar 2019

There’s no painless way for South Africans to deal with the power utility crisis. Shutterstock
Explainer: why South Africa's energy generator is in so much trouble

Eskom is by far the largest of South Africa's many state owned companies. This near monopoly power utility is in crisis. It's the single largest threat to South Africa's economy...

By Rod Crompton 13 Feb 2019

#BestofBiz 2018: Energy & Mining
#BestofBiz 2018: Energy & Mining

Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Energy & Mining site over the past year below...

18 Dec 2018

Necsa board replaced

General financial misconduct, not adhering to shareholder instructions and repetitive legislative non-compliance are among a litany of challenges...

10 Dec 2018

Changing the energy landscape
Changing the energy landscape

The affordability and availability of renewable energy presents South Africa with a unique opportunity to cut its carbon emissions drastically,..

By James McKay 23 Nov 2018

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