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Africa’s Energy Future Contested

As outlined President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address in February 2015, the energy crisis in South Africa, with regular ‘load-shedding’ due to shortages of power from the monopoly utility Eskom, is now at the top of the political agenda, with ongoing disputes about who is responsible and when the situation can be fixed.

The long-term strategy to exit the crisis and begin a transition to a sustainable energy system is also marked by strong disagreements between utility and government officials and their critics.

State of the Nation 2015: Mining and Energy

Putting aside all the controversies surrounding President Jacob Zuma’s delivery of the 2015 State of the Nation address, the speech is worth analysing.
 
Such an assessment should reflect on the government’s own stated priorities, but also evaluate its success in engaging with important public policy concerns at this pivotal point in South Africa’s history. During the 2015 Mining Indaba, concluded just hours before, Mineral Resources Minister, Ngoako Ramatlhodi, assured investors that South Africa is open for business.

Use Gas Safely at Home this Summer

During one of the recent cold nights in Johannesburg, my friend and his family decided to put on their gas heater. Shortly thereafter, he noticed a small fire around the cylinder head. Instinctively, he closed the nozzle and threw the whole cylinder out. Fortunately, that was the end of their ordeal, but they are now scared of using their gas appliances again. This story illustrates a lack of understanding about gas energy usage and underlines the importance of how this energy source can be used safety at home.

Governments' Nuclear Plan Ignores its Own Energy Advice

Despite public outrage at the secretive procurement agreements signed by Energy Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, and various nuclear vendor countries in September 2014, the government is forging ahead with its 9 600MW nuclear plans. On 26 November 2014, the Department of Energy announced that it has successfully concluded a second nuclear vendor parade workshop with delegations from China, France, South Korea and the United States of America. The first nuclear vendor parade workshop was held with the Russian state owned Rosatom in late October 2014.
 

Renewables, Gas, to Become Major Energy Sources

According to Lynley Donnelly, gas and renewables are expected to be Africa's two major sources of energy growth, but it depends on fixing an energy sector that is poor in supply.

In an article titled ‘Renewables, gas expected to be Africa's major energy sources’, Donnelly emphasises the fact that gas and renewable power are expected to be the two major sources of energy growth on the African continent in the coming years.

Women and Household Energy

In South Africa, the month of August is dedicated to celebrate women’s emancipation and achievements. However, many poor women remain trapped and affected by lack of energy safety in their own homes. Take the story of my colleague Sibongile. As she told the Move Magazine, she was holding her 8-month-old daughter when she went to get her milk from a pot on the stove. She moved the pot, the paraffin stove exploded and within seconds flames spread wildly through the shack. She cried for help and threw water on it, but the flames climbed even higher. She heard her baby cry.

SA Electricity Industry and the UK, NZ, Chile and Brazil

The challenge for all electricity sectors is to ensure an adequate supply of electricity at an affordable price. All countries have their own challenges, degrees of private sector involvement and of political intervention, but nowhere in the world is the system as archaic as in South Africa (SA).

Earthlife Africa: Finance Officer

Earthlife Africa  (ELA) Johannesburg is an environmental non-governmental organisation (NGO) that seeks a better life for all people without exploiting other people or degrading their environment. Sustainable Energy and Livelihoods Project (SELP) is a new project of ELA-Jhb focussing on the sustainable use of natural resources for sustainable livelihoods within communities.

SELP seeks to appoint a Finance Officer, based in Johannesburg.

The Officer will oversee and manage the project's finances and reporting.

The Finance Officer reports to the Project Coordinator.

Earthlife Africa: Community Education Officer

Earthlife Africa  (ELA) Johannesburg is an environmental non-governmental organisation (NGO) that seeks a better life for all people without exploiting other people or degrading their environment. Sustainable Energy and Livelihoods Project (SELP) is a new project of ELA-Jhb focussing on the sustainable use of natural resources for sustainable livelihoods within communities.

SELP seeks to appoint a Community Education Officer, based in Johannesburg.

SA Needs Another Medupi and Kusile

South Africa should already be planning another power station of the size of Medupi or Kusile, which are both 4 800MW coal-fired power stations.

Commentators say that unplanned power cuts continued on 10 March 2014 as South Africa returned to work under the shadow of last week’s first official load shedding since the rolling electricity cuts of 2008.

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