Category Archives: DoE

South African government misses nuclear deal court deadline (again)

News24 Wire, 24 May, 2016.

arthlife SA and Safcei claim that Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson acted unconstitutionally in not submitting the government’s nuclear deal with Russia to Parliament.

The government must respect the rules and commit to following the timeframes, leading environmentalists said after the state once again failed to submit answering affidavits in the court case regarding its nuclear energy agreement with Russia.

Earthlife SA and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (Safcei) claim that Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson acted unconstitutionally in not submitting the government’s nuclear deal with Russia to Parliament.

Following the Department of Energy (DoE) and Joemat-Pettersson’s failure to meet the original May 13 deadline to submit answering affidavits, the State Attorney on Monday said they could also not meet the 20 May Rule 30A notice deadline, a rule that prohibits further delays.

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Electricity beyond the grid PWC study

PwC May, 2016.

Electricity beyond the grid: Accelerating access to sustainable power for all

Energy transformation means the time is right for policy-makers to reappraise their approach to energy access. Advances in technology are rapidly changing the options available beyond the grid. Falling solar technology costs have spurred the growth of standalone home systems and are changing the economics of mini-grid systems…


Energy: Report punts off-grid solutions for rural areas

LegalBrief and BDLive, 24 May, 2016.

The private sector is leapfrogging inefficient state-owned power utilities in Africa to deliver electricity to rural communities, according to a report by consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers released last week. According to a BDlive report, the report said about 634m people lack access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, compared with about 526m in Asia. ‘The pay-as-you-go solar home system business model can become the starting point for a wider range of commercial relationships and activity, and will drive economic growth,’ the report said. PwC manager Georg Baecker said rural electrification could be accelerated by policy makers having an integrated energy plan, creating an enabling environment for off-grid solutions, promoting the growth of mobile payments, creating energy funds to promote off-grid power, and appointing a champion to drive results.

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THICK END OF THE WEDGE: Trillion-rand nuclear build scares more than crows

Peter Bruce, BDLive, 27 May, 2016

A TRILLION rand,” Eskom CEO Brian Molefe told a young reporter for Radio 702 the other day, “is just a scarecrow. People get overwhelmed by it. I think our approach to finance is a little bit on the pedestrian side.”

Molefe was defending the government’s plan to build nuclear reactors capable of producing about 9,600MW of electricity. His strong support for the programme is music to the ears of President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family, which hopes, along with Zuma’s son, Duduzane, to profit from what would be the biggest single nuclear order ever.

Zuma is desperate to nail the programme down and place the order before he leaves office in 2019. He has privately agreed with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin that Russian reactors would be used. Because of this secrecy and because of extensive corruption in Russia and, increasingly, in SA, the nuclear build is already deeply tainted.

It is Molefe’s enthusiasm for nuclear that has triggered speculation that Zuma may soon try to appoint him finance minister as the president has battled to find traction for the project in the National Treasury so far. The Treasury says the country can only order what it can afford…

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DoE unveils S.Africa’s first compulsory energy efficiency label

ESI Africa, 17 May, 2016.

South Africa’s Department of Energy today launched a new energy efficiency label that will become mandatory for household appliances.

Energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson revealed the new label at African Utility Week in Cape Town saying that a culture of saving energy was still “at a rudimentary phase” in South Africa.

Joemat Pettersson said it was an “uncomfortable truth that South Africa is among the least energy efficient countries in the world. When there is loadshedding, South Africans
look for more energy, rather than saving energy.”

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