Wednesday, 30 November 2011 10:02

Teaming up to bring power to the people

The Kusile power station, which is one of two major coal-fired power stations currently being built by Eskom as part of their multi-billion rand expansion, is set to light up South Africa with its use of revolutionary new technology, powering South African homes and industry while complying with international clean-air standards.

Written by Nichelle Lemmer

In the future, Africa could be lit up by the lights of millions of households that will all have access to some form of electricity. Veerle Vandeweerd, the director of the environment and energy group at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is convinced that this is a reachable goal. She talked about her vision for Africa and other developing countries at a UNDP media conference that was held recently in Johannesburg.

Africa Electricity, a big tradeshow on electricity and energy, is scheduled to take place on 15 to 17 November at the Gallagher Convention Centre. The Middle East Electricity Committee, a portfolio within Informa Group, is set to host the event.
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 09:12

SANEA Energy Awards: Winners announced

According to Brian Statham, Chairman of SANEA, “The event itself was superb. Everything played out according to plan.” He further adds that: “There was a constant buzz of conversation going on between the people who had attended the event. This was excellent seeing that our motto is energy people working together.”
Keeping track of developments in the hydropower industry is now easy after the launch of a new database detailing all microhydro installations in eastern and southern Africa. The database was recently introduced to visitors at the Hydropower Africa conference in Johannesburg. The web-based programme provides information on current developments and the content will be updated by hydropower-industry professionals on a regular basis.
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 09:10

Companies must budget for an energy strategy

This past winter, when numerous extreme cold fronts were hitting South Africa and office workers around the country were tinkering with their individual heating units, has emphasised the need for implementing a workable energy strategy.
On 3 June, senior executives from the engine, power generation and related technologies company, Cummins Inc, visited their new African corporate headquarters as part of a pan-African tour to evaluate the progress of the company’s strategy to significantly grow its business across the continent.
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 10:32

Eskom executive committee financial report

After the annual results for the state-owned entity was released, it came to light that its executives had received an average of 109% increase on their salaries for the financial year that ended on 31 March 2011.
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 10:30

Power cuts predict dark future for Tanzania

Dar es Salaam – Times look tough for Tanzania as the country’s economy and people are still left in the dark until the country’s power shortages are resolved. The power crisis reached new heights in June, when the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco) announced a 12-hour power rationing schedule following a drastic drop in the water level of the Mtera Hydroelectric Dam in the Iringa region.
Nigeria’s National Council on Privatisation (NCP) has approved the shortlisting of 525 bids of firms seeking to take over the generation and distribution companies that will emerge from the privatisation of the country’s power monopoly, Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).