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Eskom aims to finish work at Kusile Power Station by May 2022

Only one unit out of six at the Kusile Power Station which is under construction in Mpumalanga is online and contributing to the national grid. Eskom management briefed members of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises who conducted an oversight visit at the power station. Read the full article here.

Will green energy provide salvation for South Africa’s stuttering economy?

Energy ministers from 40 countries dialled into the International Energy Agency’s Clean Energy Transitions Summit in early July 2020. These countries account for 80% of the world’s energy demand. Among the politicians joining via video call was Gwede Mantashe, South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy. In his speech he confirmed South Africa’s commitment […]

COVID-19 and Low Carbon Electricity: Lessons for the Future

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the operation of power systems across the globe and offered a glimpse of a future electricity mix dominated by low carbon sources. The performance of nuclear power, in particular, demonstrates how it can support the transition to a resilient, clean energy system well beyond the COVID-19 recovery phase. Read the […]

Will there be a steady electricity supply over the next decade?

PRETORIA – Saturday, July 4, was the aphelion point for planet Earth. This is the point at which the Earth was at its furthest distance from the Sun, on its annual elliptical cycle. Also, June 20 was the shortest day of the year, but we are in the depths of winter and cold nights lie […]

Total will continue with its exploration in offshore SA

Years of work will determine the extent of the commercial prospects for SA, with the energy sector potentially benefitting. A ‘leopard’, a ‘catfish’ and ‘bullfrog’ are mooted as ways to secure South Africa’s energy needs. Read the full article here.

Global advances in renewable energy sector should halt SA’s rush to nuclear

SA is once again on the cusp of another major electricity production decision. We had better get this one right. Mineral resources & energy minister Gwede Mantashe recently announced that the government is pressing ahead with a nuclear build programme for SA as early as 2024. This despite ample reported evidence that renewables, particularly solar, […]

Egypt: African Development Bank approves 225 million euros budget support loan for electricity sector to bolster economic resilience and sustainability amid COVID-19

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org/) on Wednesday approved a 225 million euros loan to finance Egypt’s Electricity and Green Growth Support Program (EGGSP). The funding, provided in a challenging global context, will help meet the Government of Egypt’s financing requirements in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and support a […]