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Local tyre manufacturers drive more sustainable practices
Local tyre manufacturers drive more sustainable practices

The South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) and its members are leading the way in improving the industry's impact on the environment...

Issued by dotGOOD 17 Jun 2021

#StartupStory: Aquasky's Brendan Williamson on extracting water from the clear blue sky
#StartupStory: Aquasky's Brendan Williamson on extracting water from the clear blue sky

Necessity breeds innovation, and this was certainly the case during Cape Town's 2017/18 drought when dam levels reached alarming levels...

Sindy Peters 10 Jun 2021

Why Southern Africa's interior is an ideal place to generate solar energy
Why Southern Africa's interior is an ideal place to generate solar energy

Southern Africa is popularly associated with sunshine. Does that make the region exceptionally suited to solar energy generation?

Hartmut Winkler 10 Jun 2021

Concentrated solar power plant. Source Wikipedia
First CSP molten salt tower expected to electrify 210,000 SA homes during peak demand periods

Historically, fossil fuels have dominated the power generation landscape, thanks to their relative affordability and dispatchability. Over the last decade however, the picture has changed considerably...

12 May 2021

Cederberg wine farm installs solar energy plant to lower carbon footprint
Cederberg wine farm installs solar energy plant to lower carbon footprint

Building on its legacy of dedication to preserving the area's natural beauty and biodiversity, the move to solar is the farm's most measurable initiative to reduce its carbon footprint to date...

10 May 2021

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SA consumers express willingness to help combat sustainability issues

As Earth Day is observed around the world on 22 April, new research on sustainability commissioned by Mastercard reveals a marked increase in consumer passion for the environment...

22 Apr 2021

International Zinc Association looks to re-galvanise local zinc industry
International Zinc Association looks to re-galvanise local zinc industry

The R100bn Infrastructure Fund is good news for the Africa desk of the International Zinc Association (IZA), according to its head Simon Norton...

19 Apr 2021

Covid-19 to reshape building design as we know it
Covid-19 to reshape building design as we know it

The Covid-19 pandemic has generated renewed focus on health and wellness when it comes to where and how we work and live...

25 Mar 2021

Solar energy is an invaluable resource in rural areas like this facility in Gambia. Gavi/2018/Guido Dingemans
Solar technologies can speed up vaccine rollout in Africa. Here's how

There's hope that some industrialised countries will achieve near-universal vaccination against Covid-19 in the coming months...

Cyrus Sinai & Rob Fetter 23 Mar 2021

How the agri sector can reap the rewards of renewable energy solutions
How the agri sector can reap the rewards of renewable energy solutions

The lack of certainty around constant power supply has had and continues to have a massive impact on the agricultural sector...

11 Mar 2021

Thinking of going renewable? Here's how to assess which option is best for your business
Thinking of going renewable? Here's how to assess which option is best for your business

It is no secret that South Africa's energy crisis poses a threat to almost every industry in the country. However, we are past the point of highlighting government...

Deepak John 24 Feb 2021

Tygue Theron, head, business development, Energy Partners Intelligence
Eskom's proposed tariff restructure is not all doom and gloom

While Eskom's recently tabled tariff restructure programme is drawing a fair amount of criticism, it may ultimately improve the landscape for renewable energy in South Africa...

Tygue Theron 20 Feb 2021

Shoprite expands solar PV project and continues commitment to climate friendly operations
Shoprite expands solar PV project and continues commitment to climate friendly operations

The Shoprite Group now generates enough electricity to power over 1,100 households a year from solar energy, following the installation of rooftop photovoltaic panels at 19 sites...

18 Feb 2021

Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate - here's why
Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate - here's why

In a bid to ditch fossil fuels, some countries are considering carpeting deserts with solar panels...

Zhengyao Lu and Benjamin Smith 12 Feb 2021

#SONA2021: Eskom warns of power shortfall over next 5 years
#SONA2021: Eskom warns of power shortfall over next 5 years

One day after the country suffered another bout of load shedding, President Cyril Ramaphosa once again reiterated the importance of a reliable power supply in growing South Africa's economy in his Sona...

12 Feb 2021

Defy launches solar hybrid appliance range in SA
Defy launches solar hybrid appliance range in SA

The range includes a fridge and a chest freezer that run off a dual power source and also plug into the electricity grid...

12 Feb 2021

Growing solar in Africa
Growing solar in Africa

There has been great progress in developing Africa's solar markets over the years, with a growth of over 1.8GW in new solar, 1.4GW of which was from photovoltaic installations...

26 Jan 2021

Tygue Theron, head of business development, Energy Partners Intelligence
#BizTrends2021: Sustainable energy evolution opens opportunities for SA businesses

There were a a number of significant developments in the local energy space in 2020 and, while this sector generally tends to shift relatively slowly, 2021 is likely to bring with it some of the most progressive changes...

Tygue Theron 14 Jan 2021

Simon Webber, lead portfolio manager, Schroders
Why everyone is talking about hydrogen

Renewable energy can and will decarbonise power generation. Renewable energy and batteries can and will decarbonise the automotive sector...

Simon Webber 13 Jan 2021

Retrofitting unused spaces can help South African cities adapt to climate change
Retrofitting unused spaces can help South African cities adapt to climate change

There are two approaches to dealing with climate change: slowing it down, and adapting to it...

Jan Hugo and Chrisna du Plessis 5 Jan 2021

AfDB approves Desert-to-Power technical support programme
AfDB approves Desert-to-Power technical support programme

The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently approved a Desert-to-Power (D2P) technical support programme that aims to advance the rollout of solar generation in G5 Sahel countries...

28 Dec 2020

New analysis shows major cities on track to meet 1.5°C target of Paris Agreement
New analysis shows major cities on track to meet 1.5°C target of Paris Agreement

The latest analysis from C40 Cities of climate action plans from 54 cities, representing more than 200 million residents - including Johannesburg, has confirmed that they will deliver their fair share of greenhouse gas emission reductions...

22 Dec 2020

Real tangible investments that can impact SA's economy
Real tangible investments that can impact SA's economy

Renier de Wit of Gaia and Gaia Venture Capital Ltd discusses the ins and outs of the fund's investment approach, its underlying assets, and the importance of this tax-deductive dispensation...

21 Dec 2020

Amazon announces 26 new utility-scale wind, solar energy projects
Amazon announces 26 new utility-scale wind, solar energy projects

The 26 new wind and solar projects are located in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, the UK, and the US...

11 Dec 2020

Cape Town is deploying rooftop solar plants to reduce load shedding
Cape Town to plug in to IPPs

To ease the burden on South Africa's ailing power infrastructure, the Department of Energy made the decision to allow the country's major cities to buy electricity directly from independent power producers (IPPs). Cape Town is planning to take full advantage of the opportunity...

2 Dec 2020

Africa must be at the heart of climate negotiations
Africa must be at the heart of climate negotiations

In 2020, countries were to come forward with plans for stronger emissions cuts to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement...

23 Nov 2020

Ford SA starts Project Blue Oval, a renewable energy programme
Ford SA starts Project Blue Oval, a renewable energy programme

Project Blue Oval is a renewable energy programme for Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa's Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria...

13 Nov 2020

We found a way to turn urine into solid fertiliser - it could make farming more sustainable
We found a way to turn urine into solid fertiliser - it could make farming more sustainable

If rolled out worldwide, our method could replace a quarter of all the synthetic nitrogen fertiliser used in agriculture...

Prithvi Simha, Björn Vinnerås and Jenna Senecal 10 Nov 2020

AGL Energy Limited undertook a successful transformation of an old coal plant to a modern flexible gas engine power plant to support more renewables into the South Australian power system
Breathing new life into Eskom's old power stations

Eskom has called for proposals to repurpose its decommissioned coal-fired power stations, providing opportunities to devise creative solutions to what would otherwise become a major financial burden for the utility...

10 Nov 2020

Niveshen Govender, CEO, Sapvia
Renewable energy's role in rebuilding our economy

While much has been said about how renewables will help to bolster our economy, it is not the silver bullet that will address all our developmental challenges.

9 Nov 2020

Zuneid Yousuf, chairman, African Green Resources.
Why the mining sector is vital to green industry

Back in May 2019, the World Bank launched its Climate-Smart Mining initiative. It was the first fund dedicated to making mining for minerals climate-smart and sustainable...

Zuneid Yousuf 17 Sep 2020

Paul Nel, energy lead, Zutari
Fossil fuel-based energy mix remains a challenge for South Africa

The main challenge facing South Africa is its fossil fuel-based energy mix that is heavily dependent on the mining industry for supplying coal and employment opportunities...

Paul Nel 3 Sep 2020

Tetra Pak reacts to demand for sustainable packaging solutions
Tetra Pak reacts to demand for sustainable packaging solutions

Tetra Pak Southern Africa continues to adapt its value chain to support the circular economy and meet growing demand for sustainable packaging from retailers and food and beverage producers...

20 Aug 2020

Linda Mashiri
#WomensMonth: Women have to prove themselves in the engineering field, says Linda Mashiri

The world is going green. Solar energy is now the way to go for affordable electricity and even those without access to the utility grid, says Linda Mashiri, a solar design engineer at IMPower.

Nicci Botha 17 Aug 2020

Niveshen Govender, chief operating officer, Sapvia.
Solar energy body responds to Mantashe's budget speech

There is no need to go back to the drawing board. Players in the renewables sector are ready to implement new generation capacity and get bid window 5 of the REIPPPP underway...

28 Jul 2020

The future is positive
The future is positive

Ian Mann, one of South Africa's most respected strategy and leadership consultants, shares his fact-based views on why the world is getting better...

Ian Mann, Issued by SAICA 23 Jul 2020

Electric vehicles could add to carbon emissions and load shedding: but there's a solution
Electric vehicles could add to carbon emissions and load shedding: but there's a solution

South Africa's well positioned to adopt electric vehicles but this isn't a solution in itself because the vehicles would still depend on electricity generated from carbon-emitting coal power stations...

MJ (Thinus) Booysen and Mark Apperley 10 Jul 2020

Breede River Valley becomes solar power hotspot
Breede River Valley becomes solar power hotspot

"The fact that there is relatively little rain in the region puts it among some of the best places for solar generation in the country."

8 Jul 2020

President Muhammadu Buhari raises his fist during an inspection of honour guards on parade to mark Democracy Day in Abuja, on June 12, 2019.
Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images
Buhari's Covid-19 economic plan: old wine in new wineskins

Covid-19 is increasingly wreaking havoc on the health of Nigerians, but its economic impact may well be more devastating...

Stephen Onyeiwu 25 Jun 2020

Ramaphosa opens infrastructure symposium, laying path for SA beyond Covid-19
Ramaphosa opens infrastructure symposium, laying path for SA beyond Covid-19

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also African Union chairperson, presented the opening keynote address at the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium of South Africa...

24 Jun 2020

Energy storage technology will make blackouts in Africa ancient history
Energy storage technology will make blackouts in Africa ancient history

How can African countries build an electrical system that can both integrate a large amount of inexpensive, but intermittent, renewable energy, while at the same time ensure resiliency for the continent's blackout-prone grids?

Risto Paldanius 17 Jun 2020

The first two of 24 new solar and wind farms under construction were completed in February but there’s still a long way to go to boost electricity supply. GettyImages
Power shortages will remain a big challenge in a post-Covid-19 South Africa

The decline in economic activity precipitated by the spread of Covid-19 and ensuing lockdown in South Africa is also affecting the country's electricity supply dynamics...

Hartmut Winkler 24 Apr 2020

Why Nigeria's hotel sector is set for a good year, despite challenges
Why Nigeria's hotel sector is set for a good year, despite challenges

As one of Africa's largest economies, Nigeria has made significant strides in diversifying its oil-dependent economy, focusing on sectors such as technology, tourism, transport, and electricity, from gas to renewables...

1 Apr 2020

Another year of success for the Johannesburg Homemakers Expo
Another year of success for the Johannesburg Homemakers Expo

In a world that is better connected than ever before, the InHabit-themed Johannesburg Homemakers Expo proved to be the place to be this past leap-day weekend...

Issued by HOMEMAKERS 3 Mar 2020

Windhoek-based Caterserve goes off-grid
Windhoek-based Caterserve goes off-grid

Namibian food manufacturer Caterserve, which produces over 1,000 bottles of tomato sauce and mayonnaise daily, has installed a 200kW battery-solar off-grid system...

2 Mar 2020

Renewable energy the way to go
Renewable energy the way to go

Nedbank recently financed South Africa's first commercial floating solar farm. This innovative development was installed at Marlenique farm near Simondium, Paarl...

Issued by Nedbank Business Banking 12 Feb 2020

Achieving digital ecosystems in rural Africa remains a challenge
Achieving digital ecosystems in rural Africa remains a challenge

Creating a digital ecosystem in rural areas requires collaboration with local suppliers if long-term success is to be achieved...

7 Feb 2020

Togo breaks ground on West Africa's largest solar PV project
Togo breaks ground on West Africa's largest solar PV project

Togo broke ground on its 50MW Mohamed Bin Zayed Photovoltaic Solar Power Complex in Blitta this month...

6 Feb 2020

Looking ahead to 2020 - the year to explore uncharted markets
Looking ahead to 2020 - the year to explore uncharted markets

Competition has become increasingly fierce. In 2019, we saw the expansion of price wars and the battle to remain relevant. It has become clearer that the companies that will survive are those which over the years have invested in...

Xolile Sizani 22 Jan 2020

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