Monthly Archives: October 2012

Coal is used as a fuel for manufacturing.  It is a key ingredient in manufacturing products such as tar, synthetic rubber, petroleum and steel.  The iron industry uses coke ovens to melt iron ore.  This is an almost pure carbon residue of coal and is used as a fuel in smelting metals.  Then these coals are transported Continue Reading

Eskom Price Increases

If Eskom gets its way, South Africans will on average be paying just over double the current electricity price by 2018, after annual increases of 16% every year until then.  If the regulator grants the increases, power will cost around eight times more in 2018 than it did in 2008, when parts of the country Continue Reading

Social and Economic Benefits of Coal Mining

Often ignored are the social and economic benefits of coal mining.  These benefits go far beyond the energy it provides and the products like steel and cement that are made from coal. Coal mining supports local communities and provides a big boost to regional and national economies. The presence of coal mining supports economies in Continue Reading

Coal – the most reliable, affordable energy source

Whether we realize it or not, electricity from coal powers the lives of millions of South Africans.  Domestic reserves of coal have provided the largest source of electricity that South African families and businesses have depended upon each and every day.  But many people don’t realize that.  Many of us take electricity for granted and give little thought to Continue Reading