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South Africa's carbon emission targets not nearly ambitious enough
South Africa's carbon emission targets not nearly ambitious enoughArticle

To hear President Ramaphosa's address to the Virtual Leaders' Summit on Climate Change, you'd think SA was going "above and beyond" when it comes to...

Robyn Hugo 11 May 2021

Herman de Kock, executive head of sales, Nedbank Business Banking
Key growth opportunities in a struggling South African economyArticle

It is over a year since Covid-19 made its formal entrance into the global economy, and with second and third waves taking root across the world, business owners are rightfully asking where growth will come from in 2021...

Herman de Kock 10 May 2021

Powering the economy through alternative energy
Powering the economy through alternative energyArticle

South Africa is finalising the much-anticipated Hydrogen Society Roadmap as the country shapes its industrialisation and economic pathway...

5 May 2021

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RES4Africa presents new study in support of SA energy reformArticle

RES4Africa Foundation, in cooperation with CESI S.p.A., has released the Fostering RE within an Independent Network System scenario...

30 Apr 2021

Why renewable energy won't end energy poverty in Zimbabwe
Why renewable energy won't end energy poverty in ZimbabweArticle

Zimbabwe is one of the African countries that hopes renewable energy technologies will help to address their energy problems...

Ellen Fungisai Chipango 30 Apr 2021

African sovereign wealth funds double down on governance to power growth and prosperity
African sovereign wealth funds double down on governance to power growth and prosperityArticle

A new study covering 11 African countries shows that most have a sovereign wealth fund or are in the process of establishing one...

28 Apr 2021

In conversation with Neale Hill on Ford's R1bn investment
In conversation with Neale Hill on Ford's R1bn investmentArticle

I spoke with Ford South Africa's managing director, Neale Hill, about the funding and the effects it will have on vehicle production and employment in the country...

Naresh Maharaj 22 Apr 2021

Uganda, Tanzania sign $3.5bn oil pipeline deal
Uganda, Tanzania sign $3.5bn oil pipeline dealArticle

Uganda, Tanzania and oil firms Total and China National Offshore Oil Corporation have signed agreements to kickstart the construction of a $3.5bn 1,440 Kilometers long crude oil pipeline...

14 Apr 2021

How small businesses can tackle the loadshedding dilemma
How small businesses can tackle the loadshedding dilemmaArticle

Small businesses have little hope of surviving the economic impact of the pandemic, if they at the same time have to worry about having reliable access to electricity....

18 Mar 2021

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Offshore wind energy could help solve SA's energy woesArticle

It's time for South Africa to tap into its abundant offshore wind energy resources to overcome its reliance on coal, an ageing infrastructure and to help address future electricity shortages...

15 Mar 2021

Deputy president, David Mabuza
Eskom opts for passive headcount reduction. Will be be enough?Article

Eskom plans to shed more than 4,000 jobs by 2030, but given the precarious state of the power utility, is that going to be enough?

15 Mar 2021

2020 a slow year for dealmaking in Africa, but post-pandemic opportunities look promising - Part 2
2020 a slow year for dealmaking in Africa, but post-pandemic opportunities look promising - Part 2Article

In Part 1 of this series, we analysed merger-and-acquisition data in sub-Saharan Africa - here we look at country specific M&A activity in SA, Ethiopia and Ghana...

Wildu du Plessis and Morne van der Merwe 18 Feb 2021

Koeberg nuclear power station
What is it about nuclear energy that its opponents don't want you to know?Article

The recent spate of anti-nuclear media coverage coincides with the Nersa's public consultation process on procuring 2,500MW of nuclear energy...

Des Muller 15 Feb 2021

Defy launches solar hybrid appliance range in SA
Defy launches solar hybrid appliance range in SAArticle

The range includes a fridge and a chest freezer that run off a dual power source and also plug into the electricity grid...

12 Feb 2021

Wandisile Mandlana, partner, Bowmans South Africa
The challenges and opportunities in the African mining sectorArticle

After the wrap of the Virtual Mining Indaba, Wandisile Mandlana, partner, Bowmans South Africa shares some insights what we have seen on the ground in Africa - looking at the challenges faced in 2020 and opportunities identified for 2021 and beyond...

Wandisile Mandlana 5 Feb 2021

Sowing the seeds of industrial farming in Mozambique
Sowing the seeds of industrial farming in MozambiqueArticle

Commercial farming is one of the highest-growth sectors in Mozambique, yet only 16% of land suitable for agriculture is being cultivated...

Grace Goodrich 3 Feb 2021

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Finding space for both wind farms and eagles in South AfricaArticle

Energy generation around the world is shifting towards renewable sources in response to the climate emergency. The aim is that future energy will be clean, green and sustainable...

Megan Murgatroyd & Arjun Amar 7 Jan 2021

AfDB approves funding for mini-grid advancement in Africa
AfDB approves funding for mini-grid advancement in AfricaArticle

The African Development Bank (AfDB) earlier this month approved a $7m grant from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) for technical assistance in setting up the Africa Mini-Grid Market Acceleration Programme...

31 Dec 2020

AfDB approves Desert-to-Power technical support programme
AfDB approves Desert-to-Power technical support programmeArticle

The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently approved a Desert-to-Power (D2P) technical support programme that aims to advance the rollout of solar generation in G5 Sahel countries...

28 Dec 2020

First refinancing transaction for Bokpoort CSP concluded with R5bn deal
First refinancing transaction for Bokpoort CSP concluded with R5bn dealArticle

Located in the Northern Cape, the ACWA Power Solafrica Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant has achieved refinancing in a R5bn deal with its project financiers, led by Investec Bank...

17 Dec 2020

Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan
Eskom still faces resistance to transitionArticle

Eskom is still facing significant resistance from former managers and from some still in its employ in its transition from the grips of state capture, which has led to financial and operational difficulties...

9 Dec 2020

ERRP to revitalise post-Covid building industry
ERRP to revitalise post-Covid building industryArticle

The government's plans for construction industry revitalisation through the South African Economic Reconstruction and Economic Plan (ERRP) are in line with the global trend...

David Gelb & Stephen Arrow 9 Dec 2020

Climate change is best tackled through lots of small-scale solutions - here are 9 reasons why
Climate change is best tackled through lots of small-scale solutions - here are 9 reasons whyArticle

Massive amounts of public money are being mobilised to kickstart economies out of COVID-induced recessions...

Charlie Wilson, Caroline Zimm, Simon De Stercke 4 Dec 2020

Cape Town is deploying rooftop solar plants to reduce load shedding
Cape Town to plug in to IPPsArticle

To ease the burden on South Africa's ailing power infrastructure, the Department of Energy made the decision to allow the country's major cities to buy electricity directly from independent power producers (IPPs). Cape Town is planning to take full advantage of the opportunity...

2 Dec 2020

R1.3m ploughed into environmentally friendly youth projects
R1.3m ploughed into environmentally friendly youth projectsArticle

Thirteen youth-led projects are set to benefit from the Driving Force for Change initiative, intended for projects that tackle issues of climate change, waste management and biodiversity loss...

27 Nov 2020

Cabinet approves measures to address threatened biodiversity
Cabinet approves measures to address threatened biodiversityArticle

Cabinet has approved the updated National Protected Areas Expansion Strategy and the revised National Biodiversity Framework in an effort to assist in addressing threats to biodiversity...

25 Nov 2020

UCT's Dr Jiska de Groot a co-recipient of the 2020 Newton Prize
UCT's Dr Jiska de Groot a co-recipient of the 2020 Newton PrizeArticle

A research team exploring renewable energy use in off-grid informal settlements in South Africa has won the Chair's Prize in the 2020 Newton Prize Awards...

10 Nov 2020

Celebrating a decade of green economy growth
Celebrating a decade of green economy growthArticle

Since the official launch on 5 November 2010, GreenCape has leveraged its funding partnerships and industry networks to facilitate ~R41bn worth of investment into the South African green economy, supporting the creation of ~19,000 direct green jobs...

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Recovery of the print, imaging and document industry is complex and long but encouragingArticle

Chris de Beer, Africa Regional manager at Infosource says he sees an extended recovery period for the print, imaging, and document industry in the region...

Chris de Beer 14 Oct 2020

Lagos only gets about 10% of its electricity needs, leaving its 20-million inhabitants to their own devices. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images
What Nigeria's poor power supply really costs and how a hybrid system could work for businessArticle

Nigeria faces the triple challenge of providing reliable power supply, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and keeping energy affordable to consumers...

Samuel Ayokunle Olówósejéjé 23 Sep 2020

Sawea, Sapvia launch skills development programme
Sawea, Sapvia launch skills development programmeArticle

Two of the renewable sector's representative bodies have collaborated to launch an innovative programme to drive change, enhance the local skills base and ensure South Africa reaps the full benefits of a decarbonised economy...

22 Sep 2020

Roger Baxter, CEO, SA Minerals Council
Issues facing mining and impeding economic potentialArticle

Energy security and cost, logistical port and rail bottlenecks, regulatory uncertainty, modernisation, social tensions with communities and organised labour, and crime, including illegal mining are some of the key issues...

18 Sep 2020

Load shedding is here to stay
Load shedding is here to stayArticle

While South Africans celebrate the lifting of many Covid-19 restrictions and the full reopening of the economy, the news is not all good as Eskom has reported a severely constrained power system, resulting in continued load shedding...

3 Sep 2020

Ryan Collyer, acting CEO of Rosatom Central and Southern Africa
Africa's economic prosperity depends on inclusive energy mixArticle

Energy sustainability is not just an opportunity to transform societies and grow economies, it is also a necessity - a prerequisite to meet Africa's growing energy demand and to reduce the global carbon footprint...

19 Aug 2020

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Digitalisation and Africa's renewable energy sector post-CovidArticle

Clean energy and the innovative technologies that accompany it, represent a critical catalyst for the continent's economic recovery from the Covid pandemic, ultimately making a prominent mark on Africa's energy sector in a post-Covid world...

4 Aug 2020

Niveshen Govender, chief operating officer, Sapvia.
Solar energy body responds to Mantashe's budget speechArticle

There is no need to go back to the drawing board. Players in the renewables sector are ready to implement new generation capacity and get bid window 5 of the REIPPPP underway...

28 Jul 2020

Dr Godfrey Gandawa, special scientific advisor, Mixcorp
Powering mining with renewable energyArticle

The 56MW Agnew Hybrid Renewable Project, launched in May 2020, is set to provide Australia's mining industry with up to 50% more renewable energy.

23 Jul 2020

Medupi Power Station
Eskom commits to complete Medupi power station this yearArticle

Deputy President David Mabuza says Eskom has committed to completing the construction of Medupi power station this year, while Kusile will be completed by 2023...

29 Jun 2020

Mongezi Veti, executive head:sustainability, Exxaro
Towards a sustainable low-carbon futureArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic has taken us back to a time where the world didn't have poor air quality and greenhouse gases. As countries worldwide went into lockdown, a noticeable difference in our environment began to emerge.

Mongezi Veti 25 Jun 2020

Wind power in SA's post-Covid economic recovery
Wind power in SA's post-Covid economic recoveryArticle

The South African government needs to accelerate the implementation of its renewable-energy-heavy Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) as part of the country's post-Covid-19 economic recovery package...

22 Jun 2020

Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO, Sawea
Renewable energy a key component of SA's economic recoveryArticle

It is expected that the energy demand will start ramping up as the country eases the lockdown and additional energy capacity will be required...

19 May 2020

Tom Alweendo, Namibia’s minister of mines and energy.
Namibia's plans for greater energy securityArticle

To improve its energy security, Namibia is planning to grow its upstream industry by reviewing its policies in a bid to court private sector investors...

Nicci Botha 18 May 2020

Government must urgently amend energy supply chain to reflect post Covid-19 reality
Government must urgently amend energy supply chain to reflect post Covid-19 realityArticle

Government needs to insist on more local content in the supply chain to ensure energy security for South Africa. This is the call by energy players who anticipate a changed global economic reality post-Covid-19...

14 Apr 2020

Why Nigeria's hotel sector is set for a good year, despite challenges
Why Nigeria's hotel sector is set for a good year, despite challengesArticle

As one of Africa's largest economies, Nigeria has made significant strides in diversifying its oil-dependent economy, focusing on sectors such as technology, tourism, transport, and electricity, from gas to renewables...

1 Apr 2020

Being water-smart must become the new normal for business
Being water-smart must become the new normal for businessArticle

It requires seeing and doing things differently to reduce, reuse and "create water"...

Ettienne Thiebaut 20 Mar 2020

Dr Angela Wilkinson, secretary general of the World Energy Council
Are we heading for a modern jazz, unfinished symphony or hard rock energy transition?Article

There is no one-size-fits-all solution with energy transition, but we also don't need to reinvent the wheel every time, says Dr Angela Wilkinson, the World Energy Council (WEC) secretary general and CEO...

Nicci Botha 9 Mar 2020

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The role of SSEGs and municipalities in long-term energy resilienceArticle

In an attempt to move away from centralised generation and distribution monopolies, we are seeing governments and power generators embrace more localised and integrated electricity systems...

Mohammed Patel 28 Feb 2020

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

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

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