The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
During African Utility Week, which took place in Cape Town last week, the winners of the African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards 2019 were announced.
The African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa conference and exhibition will take place in Cape Town in partnership with the SA Ministry of Energy.
Large nuclear projects are historically hard to manage and expensive to complete, an expert of the World Nuclear Association has told African Utility Week.
Almost every ecosystem on earth has figured out how to grow and develop while contributing to the system they live in, explains a bio-mimicry expert.
Renewable energy, coal and the addition of gas-to-power is all SA needs to ensure an affordable and sufficient power generation mix, according to the Siemens CEO.
Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has pledged her support for the 3.7 GW gas infrastructure development programme started by her predecessor.
The first day of the African Utility Week in Cape Town has been marred by events surrounding returning Eskom CEO Brian Molefe.
It’s a tough environment in which to find funding for new nuclear projects, says Anurag Gupta, director and global sector head for power at KPMG.
Gas-fired power stations offer a speedy solution to SA’s electricity supply problems but the supply chain is complex, says an industry insider.
Transmission system interconnectivity and leveraging South Africa’s and other African natural resources is becoming an important requirement, says an expert.
Big companies may have funds to help address water challenges in Africa, but they must get community input in the process, says a Coca-Cola executive.
Innovative financing models are accelerating Africa’s energy revolution, which is seeing rapid progress in off-grid and distributed power solutions, says an expert.
Nuclear energy cannot be developed in a corrupt environment. Nonetheless, persistent concerns about its feasibility are down to "propaganda", according to energy expert Des Muller.
SA needs policy certainty - especially on energy policy - to attract significant infrastructure investment, says Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe.
While Zambia is currently embroiled in a political crisis, it is about to show the world that Africa can leapfrog power technology.
Eskom chairperson Ben Ngubane has announced that the power utility will partner with Huawei on smart meter innovation while CEO Brian Molefe skipped the opening address.
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and South Africa’s stalled nuclear procurement programme will feature prominently at the African Utility Week in Cape Town this week.
South Africa’s nuclear programme will probably cost less than the mooted R1trn, say experts, who caution against simply taking numbers which are not based on specifics.
Energy adviser Ted Blom says South Africa lost out on a 3% to 5% GDP growth since government introduced new policy tariffs for electricity.
The Norwegian government has had a strong presence at the African Utility Week in Cape Town, to provide possible solutions to SA’s electricity crisis.
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