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JUWI Renewables South Africa MD Richard Doyle
Opinion: Embracing renewable energy – a catalyst for sustainable mining
6th July 2023

In this article, JUWI Renewables South Africa MD Richard Doyle shares insights from a recent Africa Energy Forum panel discussion during which experts from the renewable energy and mining sectors... 


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Energy giants must commit to no-carbon solutions, not low-carbon stalling
30th June 2023 By: Martin Creamer

People were allowed to smoke freely until smoking in public places was restricted on health grounds. This was done because inhaling of smoke was declared a human health risk. The risk created by... 


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Least-cost foundation
30th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

There is no question that South Africa truly does need to update its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), with the demand, supply and technology cost assumptions in the prevailing 2019 edition having... 


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We must go all out to make South Africa a country of choice
23rd June 2023 By: Martin Creamer

We South Africans can do nothing about our past but we can do something about our future and among the key needs is for us is to have a sense of common purpose around the rebuilding of this... 


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Explaining is losing
23rd June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The hackneyed political phrase ‘if you're explaining, you're losing’, probably best describes the predicament in which the South African government finds itself currently on a range of topics. The... 


Cosatu head of policy Lebogang Mulaisi
Opinion: Presidential Climate Commission’s electricity recommendations – a reflection from labour
21st June 2023

In this article, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) head of policy Lebogang Mulaisi writes that the Presidential Climate Commission's electricity recommendation signals a potential... 


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Well done to South Africa’s private sector for showing positive climate commitment
16th June 2023 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa shows some good signs in wanting to fight climate change. Some government departments take achieving carbon neutrality as seriously as it should be taken. But overall, it is the... 


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Move on
16th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South Africans are beyond exhausted when it comes to power disruptions and are entirely fed up with false promises. Amid the fatigue and annoyance, it is possible to be convinced by solutions that... 


Infrastructure Finance Advisory Institute director Bongani Mankewu
Opinion: Economy heavily dependent on freight rail demonopolisation, passenger rail devolution
15th June 2023

The pragmatism of the National Logistics Crisis Committee can yield an innovative complementary funding model for freight and passenger rail networks in South Africa, writes Infrastructure Finance... 


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South Africa’s very willing private sector must be allowed to help our economy
9th June 2023 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s private sector is showing great willingness to help to revive the South African economy and it is noteworthy that in many areas the public sector is working alongside business and... 


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Power of reform
9th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

For several years, certain forward-looking commentators argued that by making only a minor amendment to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act South Africa could unleash much-needed... 


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We must start rolling out the red carpet to investors and cease rolling out the red tape
2nd June 2023 By: Martin Creamer

One day journalists asked the head of a big mining group why he was no longer investing in South Africa but investing very heavily in South America. His reply was: “When I go to South America to... 


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Vital overhaul
2nd June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

One of the ironies about South Africa’s use of competitive bidding for just about all public procurement, from the purchase of office stationery to diesel locomotives, is that it hardly ever... 


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Give mining a new deal and it’ll strike a mighty blow against poverty
26th May 2023 By: Martin Creamer

There is no doubt that mining, with its multiplicity of forward, backward and lateral linkages, is a poverty buster in waiting. Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer MP was spot on when... 


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Action, not distraction
26th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Political and social turbulence has swirled fiercely ever since former Eskom CEO André de Ruyter appeared in that explosive television interview in February, and has intensified with the release of... 


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