Monthly Archives: June 2015

Is Coal Worth More to SA than Gold?

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Coal has leapfrogged gold as South Africa’s most important resource, contributing more to gross domestic product, according to StatsSA. As the resource has become critical for electricity generation in South Africa, a protracted coal mining strike could leave the economy in a worse state than if gold-sector negotiations turn sour. Xavier Prévost, senior coal analyst at XMP Continue Reading

The Truth About Water and Fracking

Hydraulic fracking has the potential to pollute streams and wells, according to a massive new report from the Environmental Protection Agency that also concluded that even though pollution already has happened, it is not widespread. It is the largest review to date of the controversial oil and gas extraction technique. Although the report said fracking has not caused widespread Continue Reading

Renewable Energy in South Africa is Quietly Stealing a March on Coal

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Although still heavily dependent on fossil fuels, South Africa has been quietly creating one of the world’s most progressive alternative energy plans. Solar, biomass and wind energy systems are popping up all over the country and feeding clean energy into the strained electrical grid. “It is set to completely transform these deep rural communities in terms of Continue Reading

South African Power Plants Face 17 Million Tonne Coal Shortfall

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South Africa’s state power utility Eskom doesn’t not have enough coal in stock to meet its generation needs beyond 2016, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said Wednesday. According to Reuters, the 17 million tonne coal shortfall will become obvious this year at Matla, Tutuka and Hendrina power stations, while Kriel and Arnot Power Stations will began Continue Reading