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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

Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus
Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus

A comprehensive B2B Recruitment Focus from December 2018 to February 2019 will ensure that Bizcommunity is the go-to destination for all the B2B news you'll need to plan your HR and recruitment strategies in 2019...

Issued by 23 Oct 2018

Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe
Parliament welcomes inputs into draft IRP 2018

The Portfolio Committee on Energy has began public hearings into the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018), which serves to guide government's plan for electricity provision within the energy mix...

18 Oct 2018

Gaopalelwe Santswere
South Africa risks losing its strategic nuclear leading role

South Africa risks losing its permanent seat at the International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors if Egypt brings its recently signed 4,800MW nuclear power contract on line...

By Gaopalelwe Santswere 17 Oct 2018

The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!
The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!

Feeling a bit state-capsized, swept along by more waves than a cryptocurrency chart? Here are some life-saving festive content ideas...

Issued by 15 Oct 2018

A look at Eskom's management strategy
A look at Eskom's management strategy

Professor PMD Rwelamila, a specialist in management systems, provides insight into the failure of Eskom to adopt sound project management strategies...

3 Oct 2018

Roadmap for Angola: 2019 and Beyond
Roadmap for Angola: 2019 and Beyond

The government revised the growth forecast to 2.2% in August, compared to 4.9% in the previous forecast, and the IMF forecast 2.3% of economic growth...

28 Sep 2018

Deputy Energy Minister, Thembi Majola. Photo: Radio Havana Cuba
SA argues for safe use of nuclear

Efforts to strengthen nuclear security should not hamper the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful means, says Energy Deputy Minister, Thembi Majola...

19 Sep 2018

South Africa is the only African country that has nuclear power. The Koeberg nuclear reactor cooling tower. Shutterstock
Why nuclear energy should be part of Africa's energy mix

Africa has the least nuclear power of any continent in the world, with the exception of where nuclear power is banned...

By Oluwole Olutola 17 Sep 2018

Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe
Energy Portfolio Committee welcomes draft IRP

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy says the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) policy certainty to the country...

5 Sep 2018

Deputy Chief Justice Ray Zondo looks into state capture in South Africa’s energy sector. EPA-EFE
Key questions the Zondo inquiry needs to pose about the nuclear deal

South Africa is emerging from a debilitating period where politicians and their benefactors systematically placed pliable individuals into key positions at state institutions to gain undue influence and ultimately financial advantage...

By Hartmut Winkler 31 Aug 2018

Is Africa ready for nuclear energy?
Is Africa ready for nuclear energy?

Years back, nuclear energy was a fancy option limited to the industrialised world. In due course, nuclear could be an energy source for much of Africa, where only South Africa currently has a nuclear power plant...

By Laura Gil 30 Aug 2018

Photo: Shutterstock
South Africa's new energy plan is imminent. What to look out for

The South African Ministry of Energy is to release an updated electricity plan this month...

By Hartmut Winkler 20 Aug 2018

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Russian President Vladimir Putin. Egypt seems likely to be the next African country with nuclear energy. EPA
Why nuclear power for African countries doesn't make sense

Over the last few years, reports have surfaced of a range of African countries planning nuclear power plants...

By Hartmut Winkler 7 Jun 2018

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe
Does SA have a nuclear deal with the Russians?

Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, has said that South Africa no longer has an arrangement to procure nuclear energy with Russia...

By Andre van Wyk 5 Jun 2018

Des Muller
#AUW2018: Nuclear is still the cheapest energy around

It's true that building a nuclear power plant is a lengthy and costly exercise, but in the long run it's the cheapest of all the energies to produce...

By Nicci Botha 21 May 2018

Loyiso Tyabashe, Eskom's senior manager for nuclear
#AUW2018: Eskom will continue with nuclear planning for now

If nuclear is not included in the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) due out in August, then "we will close up shop and move on to the next technology"...

By Nicci Botha 18 May 2018

Makoma Lekalakala, director for Earthlife Africa, and Liz McDaid, climate change coordinator for Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI)
Two SA women awarded Goldman prize for halting SA-Russia nuclear deal

Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid are the recipients of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize...

23 Apr 2018

Koeberg nuclear power plant. Photo: Peter Titmuss
Nuclear power no more expensive than other energy

A fleet approach to nuclear energy is far more pragmatic and affordable than the mega project idea touted in the past...

9 Mar 2018

Koeberg's Unit 1 shut down for refuelling
Koeberg's Unit 1 shut down for refuelling

After a record 400 days without interruption - a milestone that was achieved in December 2017 - Eskom's Koeberg Nuclear Power Station Unit 1 has been shut down for refuelling...

27 Feb 2018

#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...

22 Feb 2018

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