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NERSA Grants Eskom Eight Percent Hike

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has granted Eskom an eight percent electricity tariff hike.

NERSA chairperson, Cecilia Khuzwayo, points out that, "The decision of the energy regulator is based on facts."

Khuzwayo states that the third multi-year price determination [MYPD3] will be eight percent over the next five years, adding this meant the total revenue approved for the five-year period amounted to R906 553.

Foundation to Help Burn Victim

A five-year-old girl who sustained horrific burns to her body last year will undergo the same high-tech skin transplant as Pippie Kruger, thanks to a donation from her organisation, the "Pippie's Gesiggie" Foundation.

Celiwe Maseko's dress caught alight when a burning match fell on it, and she suffered burns to her back, stomach and thighs.

The foundation says it will pay R240 600 for Celiwe's new skin, which, just like Pippie's, will be grown in a laboratory by Genzyme in Boston, Massachusetts.

Solar Energy Could Save SA Billions

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says South Africa could save up to R3.7 billion per year by changing completely to solar-powered energy-efficient light bulbs.

In its latest report, the UN agency, which assessed what gains could be achieved by 80 countries should they shift to solar-powered alternatives, argues that should South Africa change over, the country would be able to repay the conversion costs in nine months.

Greenpeace: SONA Ignores Electricity Crisis

Environmental group, Greenpeace, says South Africans face ‘sharply’ increasing electricity prices and an impending water crisis - something the president seems to have missed in his State of the Nation Address.

The organisation argues that while government’s estimated R47 billion investment in renewable energy projects is a step in the right direction, this amount is insignificant when compared to the well-over R200 billion being spent on new coal-fired power stations - or the estimated R1 trillion for the planned nuclear programme.

Eskom Accused of Spying on Activists

Environmental organisation, Greenpeace, has claimed that power utility, Eskom, spied on the activities of green organisations in the country.

Earthlife Africa director, Tristen Taylor, points out that, "The spying is [reminiscent] of the apartheid government's tactics."

Taylor says that green organisations want an apology from Eskom, not to them only, but to the nation as a whole, adding that this is illegal.

In addition, he, along with representatives of Greenpeace, briefed reporters on their move to withdraw from Eskom's NGO forum.

EnerGcare: Project Manager

Restio Energy was established in response to the growing need for innovative, sustainable and commercially based solutions to Africa's growing energy challenges. Its vision is to contribute to an Africa free from energy poverty, offering intelligent solutions that enable the sustainable transition to renewable energy.

Public Hearings Focuses on Electricity Price

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) held its public hearings into Eskom's proposed electricity price increases on 21 January 2013 in Bloemfontein.

At a recent hearing in Durban, NERSA was warned that as many as 35 000 people in the sugar cane industry could lose their jobs if Eskom is granted a 16 percent electricity increase.

The South African Cane Growers' Association also cautioned that the increase could result in the closure of four mills.

Mozambique Regional Gateway Programme: Programme Administrator

The Mozambique Regional Gateway Programme (MRGP) is a five-year programme that contributes to the improvement of the Southern African transport (roads, rail, and ports) energy and information communication technology regional infrastructure network that uses Mozambique as a transit route for international trade.

MRGP seeks to appoint a Programme Administrator. This position is based in the MRGP Programme Management Unit, Pretoria, South Africa.

Responsibilities:

100 iShacks for South African Squatters

With the iShack, squatters get a solid dwelling that is fitted with enough solar panels to keep the lights on at night and provide power for important equipment such as mobile phone chargers.

It is an initiative from researchers at the University of Stellenbosch, which they hope can alleviate poverty across the country and beyond South Africa's borders too.

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