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Planned next steps in the Public Private Growth Initiative, following the industry’s 5-year plan as presented to Minister Dlamini-Zuma

Yesterday, representatives of 14 sectors of the South African economy met in Cape Town with the Minister of Planning in the Presidency, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The purpose of the meeting was to provide these business leaders the opportunity to present their respective sectoral Five-Year- High-Level-Growth-Plans, to stimulate the economy. This session followed several earlier engagements with the Minister during the last few months as well as a meeting with President Ramaphosa in August during which he mandated the initiative to go ahead.READ MORE

Include ‘important’ nuclear in SA’s electricity mix, says Parly committee

by Melanie Gosling

The energy portfolio committee has come out in strong support of including nuclear power in South Africa’s future electricity mix.This is in stark contrast to the latest government plan for South Africa’s future electricity mix – the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 – which contains no nuclear power because of its high cost.

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Renewables sector rubbishes union’s job loss claims

By Admire Moyo, ITWeb’s business editor

The South African renewable energy sector will  tens of thousands of jobs rather than cause job losses.

This is the assertion made by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) on behalf of the local renewables industry.READ MORE

Investment Pledge

Publication: Engineering News

Wind energy industry commits to investing in South Africa

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Stop-start government approach puts a spoke in the wheel of renewable energy boom

By Melanie Gosling

11 November 2018

South Africa’s renewable energy programme has the potential to become the country’s single biggest infrastructure project, bringing in R25bn a year in direct foreign investment, delegates heard at the Windaba wind energy conference in Cape Town. But there are obstacles to this being realised. One is the debilitating ‘stop-start’ nature of the government’s renewable energy programme. READ MORE

New coal plants to cost SA R19bn, push out renewables

By Admire Moyo, ITWeb’s business editor.
Johannesburg, 15 Jun 2018

Thabametsi and Khanyisa are the preferred bidders within the first bid window of the coal- baseload IPP procurement programme.

Two planned coal plants will cost SA about R19.68 billion over the course of their lifetime, and force cheaper and cleaner renewable energy alternatives out of the system for years to come.READ MORE