Minister rejects plan for giant coal mine in Gauteng

2019-10-23 09:50

Barbara Creecy, minister of forestry, fisheries and environmental affairs, has dealt a major blow to mining groups Anglo Operations and Canyon Coal.

Coal will 'be around for a long time', says Mantashe on energy mix

2019-10-18 11:09

Mineral resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has said over the next decade the country will rely on coal, hydro, gas and renewable energy.

Mantashe: I'm no coal fundamentalist

2019-10-08 15:46

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.

ANALYSIS: Bleak outlook for SA coal

2019-09-17 11:21

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.

SA will rely on coal for decades, key miner says

2019-08-28 09:30

Seriti Resources, poised to become Africa’s second biggest coal producer, is betting that South Africa will rely on coal for decades even as the country biggest implements carbon taxes and is under pressure to improve air quality.

The real (and unaccounted) costs of coal power

2019-08-26 11:39

Measuring the cost of pollution is hard, as the effect is not limited to one territory or even country. However, perhaps most alarming is the hidden health costs for future generations, as evidence in recent research.

Supreme Court of Appeal sends coal company packing

2019-07-24 11:53

No mining will take place in Mabola Protected Environment for now.

Mantashe on energy plan: My department is no lobby group

2019-07-16 15:42

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe told Parliament that the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy was still on course to conclude the Integrated Resource Plan by September.

ANALYSIS: 'Baptism of fire' for environment minister as govt taken to court over air quality

2019-06-13 06:00

Environmental activists acknowledge that their court action is a "baptism of fire" for the new minister, who is just two weeks into her job.

Death in the Highveld: Landmark case shows how burning coal is killing people

2019-06-11 12:48

New research revealed in court papers shows that we can no longer ignore the impact of burning coal on air pollution deaths in the Highveld.

 

Ferial Haffajee: It's Greta vs. Gwede as SA announces new energy plan

2019-10-20 15:59

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?

Load shedding: 4 ‘quick fixes’ that can help Eskom keep the lights on

2019-10-16 14:05

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 farm could be cheaper than coal

2019-09-21 08:00

The world’s biggest offshore wind park will probably in the next decade generate power more cheaply than by burning coal.

SA coal exports seen waning as renewables gather pace

2019-09-16 15:08

South Africa’s thermal-coal exports are expected to drop as its main export hub faces growing competition and new cheaper energies proliferate, according to a US research group.

Seriti Resources may turn to equipment makers as coal IPOs shunned

2019-08-27 09:50

The mining group, poised to become SA’s second-biggest coal producer, may take funding from equipment suppliers and hold off on a listing as the fuel is being shunned by financiers because of its environmental impact.

Eskom, Sasol drive sulphur emissions in Kriel to second highest on earth - Greenpeace

2019-08-19 07:33

The area around coal-fired plants owned by South Africa's state power utility Eskom ranks as the world's second-largest hotspot of sulphur dioxide emissions, according to Greenpeace.

Axing of renewable energy office head a major setback, say energy experts

2019-07-24 05:00

Energy experts say the axing of the head of the Independent Power Producer’s office Karen Breytenbach will be a major setback to South Africa’s renewable energy programme that will send the wrong signals to potential investors.

What an old Swedish warship can teach SA about Medupi and Kusile

2019-06-14 21:00

Spoiler: it sank, writes Marelise van der Merwe.

5 tips for Eskom to fix its debt problem, from Greenpeace

2019-06-11 15:20

Decommissioning coal-fired power plants is among the recommendations from non-governmental environmental organisation Greenpeace Africa to Eskom to help turnaround the debt-ridden power utlity.

Mpumalanga NGOs take government to court over 'deadly air quality'

2019-06-10 13:49

Environmental NGOs have launched litigation demanding that government clean up the air in the Mpumalanga Highveld area, home to 12 coal-fired Eskom power plants.

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