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.
Some smelters that are "hugely costly" or "technically dangerous" to restart will be supported with reduced production.
Exxaro was hit by lower demand from Eskom's Medupi power station after a conveyor belt broke.
In this interview, Chris Yelland of EE Business Intelligence explores wide-ranging issues with Minister Gwede Mantashe, including the War Room, emergency procurements, IRP 2019 and the need for new generation capacity.
Calls are made for the coal industry to 'fight back' against those who wish to see the country become less reliant on coal for electricity.
Government has no plans to scrap costly contracts with renewable energy independent power producers, but is trying to renegotiate the contracts down, said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.
A cost cutting and revenue generation plan as part of the South African Bureau of Standards turnaround plan is expected to be ready by January 21, 2020, members of Parliament heard.
The apartheid government founded Sasol in the 1950s as a means to use the country’s large coal reserves as a source of fuel using technology developed by scientists in Nazi Germany.
The 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg has set a new global standard in how environmental policy is measured. With energy being an essential part of shaping sustainability, how does Energy and Mineral Resources minister Gwede Mantashe’s blueprint released on Friday measure up?
Energy expert Ted Blom says Eskom has four quick wins that can save South Africa from further load shedding.
The world’s biggest offshore wind park will probably in the next decade generate power more cheaply than by burning coal.
The inhabitants of Emba, as the town is known, are tied to Sasol in a complicated embrace.
Mining company Exxaro expects its headline earnings to improve between 5% and 19%, however ebitda is projected to decline on lower export prices for coal.
Deloitte Africa's leader in energy resources and industrials, Andrew Lane, told Fin24 that decarbonisation would become a much more prominent issue for South Africa in the coming years and that every bit of progress was significant.
Coal industry players at a conference in Cape Town lament that the industry is "under attack".
South Africa's energy sector is the most coal-dependent of all G20 countries, a new report has found.
Electricity generated from coal-fired plants is set to fall by a record 3% this year, raising chances for slowing global carbon dioxide emissions growth, according to a report released by Carbon Brief.
Barbara Creecy, minister of forestry, fisheries and environmental affairs, has dealt a major blow to mining groups Anglo Operations and Canyon Coal.
Mineral resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has said over the next decade the country will rely on coal, hydro, gas and renewable energy.
Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe said a golden opportunity lay ahead for wind energy investors to exploit, as off-grind energy solutions would boost the country’s energy consumption without burdening the national energy grid.
South Africa’s coal mining industry appears to be on the brink of permanent decline as the country’s main export markets prepare to reduce reliance on imports and global divestment from fossil fuels increases at an exponential rate.
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