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State blows hot on wind energy

7th March 2003 AFRICA’s first wind-energy research facility that will explore the use of wind energy for bulk electricity generation was opened by Public Enterprises Minister Jeff Radebe on February 21. 

South Africa

7th March 2003 What’s On provides you with information about conferences, exhibitions, seminars, training courses and other events pertaining to general industry and the mining sector. To include information about an upcoming event, email with key details. 

R100m E Cape windfarm on track for 2003

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th January 2003 A R100-million windfarm, in Kouga in the Eastern Cape, is on schedule and should be operational by the end of the year, project coordinator Dr Andries van der Linde tells Engineering News Online. 

World Bank backs E Cape power project

14th November 2002 A R100-million clean power generation plant is to be established in Kouga in the Eastern Cape. 

Renewable energy key to rural electricity supply difficulties

By: nkolola halwindi     1st November 2002 Electricity is often seen as the key to economic growth and social responsibility. However, often there is no power supply – for instance in the rural areas remote from the public grid, especially when the only available power generators are not reliable, while also consuming fuel and... 

Electricity giant seeks interconnected continent

25th October 2002 South African-based power utility Eskom describes itself as pioneering the rollout of the African Renaissance. 

Revised renewable-energy policy to come this month

By: Deborah Spicer     18th October 2002 Revisions to part one of the draft White Paper on the Promotion of Renewable Energy and Clean Energy Development relating to the promotion of renewable energy will be made this month. 

Traffic management gets hi-tech treatment

By: Karel Smrcka     18th October 2002 It is a commonplace to say that electronics, informatics, telematics and other scientific disciplines ending in ‘ics’ now govern our lives. 

Wind power still too costly

By: Keith Campbell     11th October 2002 Is wind power really too expensive an energy source for South Africa? A cost comparison with Brazil suggests that it still is too costly for South Africa. 

Effective energy storage with superconductivity

By: Karel Smrcka     4th October 2002 As an energy storage device, superconducting magnetic energy storage is a relatively simple concept. 

Gauteng to showcase projects during business week

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     4th October 2002 A week-long business outreach programme is to be held in Johannesburg next year to encourage collaboration between the public and private sectors in the Gauteng provincial government’s multibillion-rand Blue IQ infrastructure-development initiative. 

New R1,2bn coal-mine plan for Mpumalanga

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2002 An application for permission to build a new R1,2-billion coal-mine in Mpumalanga has been submitted to government by South Africa's largest coal producer, Mining Weekly can today report. 

Environmentalists slam SA’s renewable energy plan

23rd September 2002 Environmental groups have slammed government’s recently-released White Paper on the Promotion of Renewable Energy and Clean Energy Development, describing the targets set as ‘pathetic’ and out of step with the stated intent of policy. 

SA likely to join renewable-energy push

20th September 2002 South Africa would most probably join the European Union-led coalition of like-minded countries that have committed to increasing the use of renewable energies through quantified, time-bound targets. 

Big investment needed to meet world electricity backlog

By: Deborah Spicer     20th September 2002 A United Nations Foundation-sponsored programme to combat water wastage in eight African cities has shown such impressive results that a similar programme will be launched in Asia. 

Brazil test case on GM foods

By: Keith Campbell     13th September 2002 IT is likely that the issue of legal authorisation for the commercial growing of so-called genetically- modified organisms (GMOs) will be resolved in Brazil in the next few months. 

Coal can also be clean – utility

By: Zonika Botha     6th September 2002 The need to develop cleaner and more efficient fossil-fuel technologies and increasing the availability of renewable-energy resources is recognised globally. 

SA likely to join EU-led renewable-energy club

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2002 South Africa would most probably join the European Union-led coalition of like-minded countries that have committed to increasing the use of renewable energies through quantified, time-bound targets. 

Annan hails summit a success

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2002 UN secretary-general Kofi Annan said the international community must be careful not to expect a conference like the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to produce miracles. 

Mixed views in summit postmortem

5th September 2002 As the remaining delegates left the Earth Summit today, many wondered if they had just experienced the last-ever global mega-conference. 

Energy hurdle cleared, Joburg Summit deal in sight

3rd September 2002 Only the divisive issue of women's health stood in the way of a global agreement on slashing poverty and mending the planet as the Earth Summit enters its penultimate day today. 

R300 000 funding for a World Summit waste plan

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 In efforts to minimise the amount of waste produced at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the Development Bank of South Africa has invested R300 000 in the Zero Waste programme devised by environmental group EarthLife Africa (ELA). 

SA releases renewable-energy policy

By: Martin Czernowalow     27th August 2002 The Department of Minerals and Energy last week released the draft White Paper on the promotion of renewable energy. 

Cape wind farm begins producing

26th August 2002 In a sub-Saharan African first, the blades of South Africa's first modern wind turbine started turning this week. 

'The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind'

By: Kelvin Kemm     23rd August 2002 With all the attention on the World Summit for Sustainable Development it is worthwhile to again mention that issues are usually more complicated than they first appear. 

State sets renewable energy targets

By: Deborah Spicer     23rd August 2002 While the difficulty of setting renewable-energy targets has been demonstrated by talks leading up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), different levels of government in South Africa have begun to propose targets for the portion of total energy use that should come from... 

Greening the 'green' summit

20th August 2002 The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and other agencies are getting on board to ensure that the global conference on sustainable development to be held in Johannesburg by the end of August does not contribute to harm the global environment. 

Summit organisers tilting at windmills

By: Kelvin Kemm     16th August 2002 Something that really irritates me is when someone twists science. It irritates me even more when that twisting is done to con the public. 

Leaders probe role of technology in development

16th August 2002 THE African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States-European Union (EU) Forum on Research for Sustainable Development, which took place in Cape Town in July, was the first gathering of the representatives of the 78 member states of the ACP Group and the 15 members of the EU, to specifically... 

Green energy investors conference planned

By: Zonika Botha     16th August 2002 The Cape Town-based green energy service company, Agama Energy, is planning to host an international investors’ conference in South Africa next year to help facilitate the introduction of green energy into the energy supply industry (ESI). 

Rural communities still to embrace solar stove

By: vanessa vasques     2nd August 2002 Imagine buying a fully operational stove for under R200. Not many of us could even fathom such a thing, but even more unthinkable is the fact that the manufacturer is trying its best to keep the cost of the stove even lower than this, and yet so few people are using them, especially those for... 

African green-energy zones promoted

By: vanessa vasques     2nd August 2002 The Utility Initiative for Africa is a renewable energy project currently being undertaken by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). 

Renewable energy targets disappointing

By: vanessa vasques     2nd August 2002 Representing the sustainable energy sector locally, the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (Sessa) believes there are a number of issues within this industry which need to be highlighted, the least of which is the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). 

Five-year deadline for putting policy into practice

By: vanessa vasques     2nd August 2002 The draft White Paper on the promotion of renewable energy and clean energy development was released by the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) for public comment in June this year. 

Moves to bridge techno divide

30th July 2002 The meeting in Cape Town, in which the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states and the European Union (EU) seek to meet the challenges of research, science and technology for sustainable development head on, draws to a close today. 

Green energy plan for Joburg summit

By: Zonika Botha     18th July 2002 A Cape Town-based green energy service company will be facilitating a pilot project under the auspices of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to supply green electricity to two of the venues – the Ubuntu Village and the Expo Centre – at next month’s World Summit... 

UN calls for ‘green’ growth in Africa

8th July 2002 Africans are likely to suffer increasing pollution, ill-health and loss of farmland unless the continent adopts "clean" technologies and the world does more to fight global warming, the United Nations said on Thursday. 

Renewable Energy White Paper released

21st June 2002 Minerals and Energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka released the Draft White Paper on the Promotion of Renewable Energy and Clean Energy Development for public comments on Friday. 

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