Action in energy arena needed

Business Report, Liz McDaid, Robert Fischer, Yvette Abrahams 18 December 2012.

Once the brouhaha around who will lead the ANC for the next five years is out of the way, those at Mangaung this week have a bigger dilemma on their hands.

With rising unemployment, an ever widening gap between rich and poor, and mounting social unrest, the ANC is arguably in one of the toughest spots it has been in since coming to power. It has to act decisively to deliver on its promises of a better life for all or risk losing credibility.

One opportunity for decisive action lies in the energy sector, where many of these challenges converge. Key decisions here will have massive impacts on national debt, social equity and job creation in the years to come, to say nothing of environmental consequences.

Access to modern energy services is considered to be a key aspect for improved economic development and reducing inequality. The many economic and social benefits that accrue to humanity in general and the poor in particular, from access to electricity, for example, are covered by a vast body of respected research…

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Updates on the roll out of large-scale renewable energy in South Africa – 6 September Cape Town seminar

EGI-SA 31 August 2012.

You are invited to attend the following seminar:


Updates on the roll out of large-scale renewable energy in South Africa


Hosted by:          Million Climate Jobs Campaign & AIDC

Date:                  Thursday, 6th September 2012

Time:                  9am – 2pm

Venue:                Vineyard Hotel, Newlands (directions)


We have a great group of guest speakers – each person will have 20 minutes to speak and 20 minutes for follow up questions. And there will be a tea break, and lunch after to help us digest all the information!


Please RSVP so that proper arrangements for catering can be made.  RSVP to Thembeka:  by end of Tuesday, 4th September.




9:00 Registration
9:25 – 9:30 Welcome
9:30 – 10:15 Saliem Fakir – WWF
  • Overview of the roll out of renewables in South Africa
  • What obstacles to RE roll out have been removed; what still remain
10:15 – 11:00 Robert Fischer – Project 90 by 2030
  • Detail on what tenders have been approved in various provinces, including Western Cape
  • Water impacts of different energy technologies
11:00 -11:45 Louise Tait – Energy,Poverty & Development department, Energy Research Centre, UCT
  • Overview of the LED (local economic development) component of the RE tenders and concerns of community impact
11:45 – 12:15 Tea
12:15 – 13:00 Liz McDaid – SAFCEI/Green Connection
  • Jobs update on renewables
  • Update on electricity pricing and NERSA MYPD public hearings
13:00 – 13:45 Hilton Trollip – City of Cape Town
  • Analysis of existing IRP and developing IEP
  • Status of Free Basic Electricity roll out plus link to Free Basic Alternative Energy
13:45 – 14:00 Closing remarks