• SA Urged to Switch to Renewable Energy

    Greenpeace anti-nuclear activists have unfurled a banner at the 2nd Nuclear Industry Congress Africa 2015 in Sea Point which read ‘nuclear investments cost the Earth’.
    The banner hung for a short while in the hotel foyer where delegates were registering for the congress, until hotel security asked activists, perched on a ledge above it, to come down.

    Greenpeace’s Melita Steele, says that their intention have been to ‘communicate directly with the congress delegates, which we did, so we came down’.

    “In fact nuclear projects are a distraction from the real solution to the crisis: investments in renewable energy. It would take at least 15 years for new nuclear projects to deliver electricity to the grid, which is far too little, far too late and comes at far too high a price.”

    To read the article titled, “Renewable energy can resolve urgent problems,” click here.

    IOL News
  • Eskom Infringing on Rights of South Africans: ELA

    Earthlife Africa Johannesburg says Eskom is infringing on the rights of South Africans to access electricity by threatening load-shedding and possible blackouts in the near future.

    The organisation’s Makoma Lekalakala, says the current crisis is an opportunity for Eskom and the Department of Energy to accelerate the renewable energy programme in South Africa.

    Lekalakala states that, “The crisis with Eskom is an opportunity for them to say to South Africans, we realise that, and we're now moving from coal-generated electricity because it is at the centre of all the problems that we have, and that they are going to invest more in renewable energy technology.”

    To read the article titled, “Eskom infringing on rights of South Africans,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Eskom Blamed for Electricity Problems

    Earthlife Africa Johannesburg has criticised Eskom for failing to apologise to South Africans for the ongoing electricity problems when it held a press briefing on Thursday, 15 January 2015.

    The group’s energy policy officer, Dominique Doyle, points out that, "The closest the public came to an apology is chief executive officer, Tshediso Matona, stating that Eskom is now opting to do the right thing, thereby acknowledging that Eskom has been doing the wrong thing."

    Doyle argues that instead of apologising, the power utility transferred the blame to the public by threatening higher electricity tariffs and to cut off indebted communities.

    To read the article titled, “Eskom shifts blame to public, says body,” click here.

    Fin 24
  • WB to Invest in Electricity Production

    This summer, the World Bank announced that it will allocate US$5 billion in aid to Africa to help the continent optimise its potential for electricity production. The initiative focuses on hydroelectric power, among other sources.

    Although its regional economies are expanding rapidly, Africa still suffers from significant deficiencies in electrification, a factor which hinders development.

    There is a plethora of initiatives both private and public aiming to increase access to electricity, but the scale of the task at hands is daunting.

    To read the article titled, “Less than 10 percent of rural sub-Saharan Africans have access to electricity. what's being done to change that?,” click here.

    Global Voices Online
  • Boeing, SAA, to Develop Tobacco Biofuel

    United States aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, has teamed up with South African Airways (SAA) to develop jet fuel from a tobacco plant as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions and promote green energy in South Africa.
    In a joint press statement, the companies say the jet fuel will be made from a hybrid tobacco plant known as Solaris, which will be produced by alternative jet fuel maker SkyNRG.
    They say the test farming of the plants, which are nicotine-free, is under way in South Africa, with biofuel output expected in the ‘next few years’.
    To read the article titled, “SAA to develop tobacco biofuel with Boeing,” click here.

  • Funding to Boost Solar Power Project

    The Development Bank of Southern African (DBSA) has signed a R1.4 billion contract with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support development of a solar power project in the Northern Cape.
    In a press statement, Jacky Mashapu, points out that, "We are encouraged by the EIB's trust and confidence towards our investment strategy in supporting SA's power generation infrastructure to improve the security of energy supply."
    Mashapu says that the country's energy sector faced a number of problems and needed an energy mix to accelerate economic growth.
    To read the article titled, “R1.4 billion deal for solar power project,” click here.

    Sowetan Live
  • Court Urged to Halt ‘Illegal’ Smelter

    The environmental activist grouping, Earthlife Africa, had asked the Gauteng High Court to halt smelting operations at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) Pelindaba plant on the grounds that they were illegal.

    The organisation, which wants the smelter to shut down, argues that the possibility exists that it could be turned to commercial use which would result in South Africa becoming ‘a nuclear waste junkyard’.

    Earthlife Africa has been in a decade-long dispute over the smelter which was constructed to decontaminate radio-active metal by smelting and mixing it with scrap metal.

    To read the article titled, “Earthlife Africa tells court Pelindaba smelter ‘illegal’,” click here.

  • South Africa Warned Against Fracking

    Environmental and anti-nuclear organisation, Earthlife Africa says fracking will have negative environmental consequences in the long-term.

    President Jacob Zuma, in his State of the Nation Address, announced the possibility of pursuing shale gas, which is recognised as a game changer for the economy.

    Earthlife Africa Johannesburg project coordinator, Tristen Taylor, points out that, “What we are discovering from shale gas field in the United States is that the decline rate is very high.”

    To read the article titled, “Fracking will have environmental consequences: Earthlife Africa,” click here

    SABC News
  • Eskom Announces Electricity Supply Emergency

    Power utility, Eskom, has declared an emergency as four generating units developed ‘technical problems’.
    Eskom spokesperson, Andrew Etzinger, has requested large industrial consumers to reduce their electricity consumption by 10 percent.
    Etzinger states that as per regulatory protocols available to Eskom, they have declared an emergency, which requires all large industrial users to reduce their load.
    To read the article titled, “Eskom declares electricity supply emergency,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • NGO Warns on Fracking in Botswana

    Survival International, a British-based NGO, says the world should pay attention to the potential threat that hydraulic fracturing for gas has for the indigenous Khoisan people of Botswana.

    The organisation, which aims to protect the rights of indigenous tribes, reported yesterday that large parts of Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve – home to Africa’s last hunting Khoisan – had been opened up to international companies for the controversial practice of fracking.

    It warns that if the Botswana government’s plans go ahead, it could be the first country in Southern Africa to carry out the extraction of gas from deep underground.

    To read the article titled, “Fracking puts Khoisan at risk, claims NGO,” click here.

    The Post
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