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Eskom: reality versus conspiracy
Eskom: reality versus conspiracy
30th November 2018 By: Terence Creamer

Albeit on the margins, the unfolding narrative suggesting that the current leaders within government and at Eskom are part of a grand conspiracy to weaken the State-owned utility to the point where... 


Spikes and opportunities
Spikes and opportunities
23rd November 2018 By: Terence Creamer

As an oil price taker, South Africa should be deeply concerned about the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) warning of possible “damaging price spikes in the 2020s” should the current weak... 


Building bridges to future
Building bridges to future
16th November 2018 By: Terence Creamer

By circumstance rather than design, the end states of several of South Africa’s largest – and most troubled – State-owned companies (SoCs) are becoming increasingly discernible. National carrier... 


Powering a jobs compact
Powering a jobs compact
9th November 2018 By: Terence Creamer

The recent comment period on the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 (IRP 2018) proved useful in bringing to the fore a number of important issues relating to the future of electricity generation... 


Industry at a crossroads
Industry at a crossroads
2nd November 2018 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s electricity sector, from generation to distribution, is at a crossroads. The traditional business model is being disrupted and not merely by the introduction of utility-scale... 


IRP decision time
26th October 2018 By: Terence Creamer

The comment period for the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 has closed and it’s now up to the Department of Energy (DoE) to sift through the responses and assess whether or not any adjustments... 


Supportive climate
Supportive climate
19th October 2018 By: Terence Creamer

South Africans were naturally preoccupied on October 8 with whether or not Nhlanhla Nene’s offer to resign as Finance Minister would be accepted by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who subsequently... 


Electrically mobile
Electrically mobile
12th October 2018 By: Terence Creamer

Following a somewhat questionable hiatus in September, petrol and diesel prices resumed their sheer climbs in October, leaving motorist with the financial equivalent of altitude sickness. The... 


Recovery is the key word
Recovery is the key word
5th October 2018 By: Terence Creamer

“It’s still in the morning, it’s not a midnight special,” President Cyril Ramaphosa jested ahead of his speech at the Union Building last month to unveil the contents of government’s economic... 


On the mend?
On the mend?
28th September 2018 By: Terence Creamer

Business confidence is at debilitating low levels and trust between government and business remains fragile after the abusive Zuma years. Nevertheless, there are some encouraging signs that the... 


Promise amid the gloom
Promise amid the gloom
21st September 2018 By: Terence Creamer

Analogies between the state of South Africa and Bafana Bafana were easy to make after the team’s disappointing draw with Libya in Durban earlier this month. As with the national team, the... 


‘We can’t do expensive’
‘We can’t do expensive’
14th September 2018 By: Terence Creamer

During a recent panel discussion on the ‘electricity utility of the future’ the Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa’s Piet van Staden made the point that industry could deal with... 


Join the least-cost highway
Join the least-cost highway
7th September 2018 By: Terence Creamer

The release of a draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) for public comment, is an extremely positive development. Likewise, the document’s acknowledgement that the least-cost new build option... 


Power Shifts
Power Shifts
31st August 2018 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity nerds such as myself are bracing themselves for a breathless few months, with significant developments on the horizon. Much of the focus will be on the updated Integrated Resource Plan... 


Milestones & Opportunities
Milestones & Opportunities
24th August 2018 By: Terence Creamer

Fresh analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), showing that the combined installed base of wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generators breached the one-terawatt mark at the end of June,... 


Wood for the trees
Wood for the trees
17th August 2018 By: Terence Creamer

Asset manager Stanlib is currently flighting a fascinating series of radio adverts, which pose the question: Was your money ready for this week? The fast-paced spots, which air on Fridays, pull... 


Tipping point?
Tipping point?
10th August 2018 By: Terence Creamer

The dust has well and truly settled on of the tenth Brics summit, hosted in Johannesburg last month. While the event was generally viewed as positive from a South African perspective, it failed to... 


Has anything changed?
Has anything changed?
3rd August 2018 By: Terence Creamer

It would arguably be easier for a novice cyclist to take on Tour de France’s fabled Alpe d'Huez ascent than for the new leadership at Eskom to restore credibility. Besides load-shedding and extreme... 


Tight & Loose?
Tight & Loose?
27th July 2018 By: Terence Creamer

The national security veto included in the Competition Amendment Bill, tabled before Parliament last week, has attracted much attention and criticism. Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel... 


Time to embrace  a Wild Boars spirit
Time to embrace a Wild Boars spirit
20th July 2018 By: Terence Creamer

The evacuation of the 12 members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand serves as a powerful reminder of just what is possible when people unite... 


Rediscovering Mandela
Rediscovering Mandela
13th July 2018 By: Terence Creamer

The great leadership challenge of our times is to make the correct decisions, and implement them, in a world that is increasingly failing to recognise that the destiny of all humanity is as tightly... 


Derisking Eskom
Derisking Eskom
6th July 2018 By: Terence Creamer

The term ‘too big to fail’ came to the fore during the so-called Great Recession, which arose after America’s sub-prime mortgage crisis triggered the collapse of Lehman Brothers in late 2008. The... 


Think demand
Think demand
29th June 2018 By: Terence Creamer

At any gathering where South Africans convene to deliberate on the country’s economic predicament, one well-worn narrative will inevitably arise. It begins with the statement that South Africa is... 


Conflicting strategies?
Conflicting strategies?
22nd June 2018 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom may have a technical case for reviewing the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) tariff determination for 2018/19. However, it’s not fully clear how the move gels with its... 


Power shift
Power shift
15th June 2018 By: Terence Creamer

One of the more interesting exchanges during the recent gathering of energy stakeholders in Johannesburg arose as a result of a question posed to Energy Minister Jeff Radebe by Wits Business School... 


Policy posers
Policy posers
8th June 2018 By: Terence Creamer

South African energy policymakers would be well advised to take note a few recent reports as they move to finalise the long-awaited update to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, as... 


Liquid fuels in focus
Liquid fuels in focus
1st June 2018 By: Terence Creamer

With so much attention having been paid, correctly, to electricity in South Africa over the past ten-and-a-bit years other energy subsectors, such a liquid fuels, have been left to evolve in... 


‘Essential foundation’
‘Essential foundation’
25th May 2018 By: Terence Creamer

In a new book published by the World Bank and UCT Press, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan for crafting a new social compact with business, labour and civil society is described as an “essential... 


Promise and perils
Promise and perils
18th May 2018 By: Terence Creamer

While President Cyril Ramaphosa was having a breakfast meeting with his Economic Cluster Ministers at Genadendal last week, to deliberate on ways to deliver on the $100-billion-investment goal, the... 


No deal without  trade-offs
No deal without trade-offs
11th May 2018 By: Terence Creamer

Over the past couple of months megaphone, or more accurately, Twitter, diplomacy seems to have borne a degree of fruit. Images of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong... 


Refusing to accept defeat
Refusing to accept defeat
4th May 2018 By: Terence Creamer

A new academic study, titled ‘Structural Transformation in South Africa: moving towards a smart, open economy for all’, offers a brutal, and somewhat depressing, assessment of the state of... 


Fighting chance
Fighting chance
27th April 2018 By: Terence Creamer

The new, credible boards appointed at South Africa’s largest and most troubled State-owned companies (SoCs) – Denel, Eskom, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa and South African Airways – must be... 


Why business should care about inequality
Why business should care about inequality
20th April 2018 By: Terence Creamer

South African business needs to sit up and take note of new analysis that not only confirms South Africa as the world’s most unequal country, but that extreme inequality is now a major constraint... 


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