Monthly Archives: October 2014

South Africa’s Energy Resource Base – Dominated by Coal

South Africa’s indigenous energy resource base is dominated by coal. Internationally, coal is the most widely used primary fuel, accounting for about 36 percent of the total fuel consumption of the world’s electricity production. About 77 percent of South Africa’s primary energy needs are provided by coal. This is unlikely to change significantly in the Continue Reading

Sasol Adopts a Forward-Looking Philosophy into Water Energy

Coal production, from mining to power generation, requires vast volumes of water.  Furthermore, pollution from coal mining can irreparably harm water resources. In South Africa—one of the world’s most water stressed countries and one of the largest producers and consumers of coal—the water-energy nexus is a topic of great concern. South Africa’s most important water stakeholders have a prime Continue Reading

South Africa’s Greatest Environmental Challenge: Acid Mine Drainage

South Africa’s coal-energy producers and regulators must contend with a major water quality concern: acid mine drainage. After a coal mine is abandoned, it often leaches highly acidic water, which then flows into surrounding ecosystems. To date, more than 6,000 mines have been abandoned in South Africa, with damages from acidic water requiring an estimated 30bn rand in clean-up Continue Reading