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NGO Criticises Eskom Over Parties

Environmental NGO, Greenpeace, has described the millions Eskom spent on its staff parties as ‘unacceptable’.

In a press statement, Greenpeace, points out that, “It is completely unacceptable that Eskom spends money on parties, while the people of this country face skyrocketing electricity prices, and more than 12 million South Africans still don’t have access to electricity.”

Are Climate Change Meetings Helping the Climate or Contributing to the Acceleration of Environmental Change?

Climate change is a well-debated topic of our time and the sense of urgency to reach agreements on how to curb this change has heightened over the last two decades. Over this time span, governments around the world have been trying to reach consensus on a legal mechanism to reduce green house gas emissions. However, the carbon footprints of these same conferences are very large and are often the equivalent to the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of a small town for a year (2).

Reconciling Sustainable Development and Climate Change Mitigation Within South Africa’s Energy Sector

The international climate summit, Congress of the Parties (COP17), in November/December 2011 and the upcoming sustainable development conference, Rio+20, from 20–22 June, highlight key national choices that will help determine the fate of the planet and its people. In South Africa (SA), for example, the energy sector falls at the intersection of human development and the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs), making it an essential aspect of poverty alleviation and the stabilisation of our climate system.

Greenpeace Slams SA’s Nuclear Plans

Environmental organisation, Greenpeace, has demanded that the government halts all discussions aimed at expanding nuclear power production in South Africa.

The organisation states that its activists blockaded the premises of the Industrial Development Corporation where the conference on 'Nuclear Power's Future for Africa' was underway.

The organisation’s anti-nuclear campaigner, Ferrial Adam, has been quoted as saying that, "If you have a combination and a proper mix of energy with solar and wind, you don't have to get stuck on having a large base load."

Power from the Wind in South Africa

Three blades - each the length of a tennis court - revolve atop a wind energy tower reaching 50 metres into the sky, equal in height to a 17-storey building. There are four such turbines whirling in the hot, dry and windy landscape near Darling, a town in the Western Cape, generating seven gigawatt hours of green energy per year. This first commercial wind farm in South Africa (SA), reflecting the collaborative efforts of international donors, government agencies and the private sector, shows that wind energy is feasible.

Govt to Electrify All Houses By 2014

The Department of Energy promises to provide all citizens with electricity by its 2014 deadline.

The department states that it is intensifying its electrification programme to homes that are far away from the national grid.

This emerged at the Africa-EU Energy Partnership conference being held in Cape Town, where the department also said that its resource plan will deal with increasing energy capacity by 2030.

Mozambique's Gas Holds Promise for SA's Energy Security

An Energy Planning Colloquium hosted by South Africa's (SA) Department of Energy was held from 29-30 March, served to highlight the challenges the country faces in meeting its high energy demand. As defined by the Minister of Energy, Dipuo Peters, and the Minister in the Presidency, responsible for the National Planning Commission, Trevor Manual, this included ensuring energy security and efficiency; competitive energy pricing; and lastly, encouraging growth while reducing carbon emissions in the sector.

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