We survived masks and lockdown restrictions during the pandemic, only to be confronted by a new challenge: load shedding. With Eskom’s ageing infrastructure and the slow pace of the transition to renewable energy alternatives, load shedding is likely to become more frequent in the foreseeable future, and it will...
The economic challenges in South Africa are daunting for most businesses. When coupled with the impact of load-shedding, there are compelling reasons why many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are actively seeking out alternatives to the current reliance on a power grid that is not stable. Right now, a wait-and-see...
Johannesburg, South Africa-based renewable energy solution provider MetroWatt is now offering simple hybrid solar and battery-powered solutions for rent from as much as R2,800 ($164.51) a month as part of a new partnership with Huawei. The company says that these solutions are designed specifically to meet the energy needs of...
The President of the Republic Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo announced on Tuesday the commissioning of a new 13 MW solar power project in the Upper West Region of the West African country. According to Akufo-Addo, the Volta River Authority’s 13 MW Solar Power Project was first envisioned in February 2020, and...
Massive South African manufacturer Tiger Brands says it will soon begin rolling out solar power at its manufacturing sites. This marks a business-wide green energy initiative aligned with the business’ aim to reduce its energy intensity by 30% by 2030. Tiger Brands' new initiative represents a multi-million-rand investment with the...
Fuel prices in South Africa are expected to see a big drop on Wednesday as international oil prices have declined over the past month, with Brent crude currently at around $110 a barrel. This drop will bring some relief to South African motorists who have been dealing with a 10%...
South Africa's public energy utility Eskom has today announced that it has appointed two service providers to begin its battery energy storage project. According to Eskom, the project is focused on alleviating some of the pressure off of South Africa's electricity grid and works toward lessening the impact of load...
The Botswana Power Corporation (BCP) says that it wants to sell its excess electricity to South Africa's embattled power utility Eskom. In an announcement, the BCP says that it has started engaging with Eskom to begin the exporting process. This comes just after South African president Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the...
During a state of the nation address last evening, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa outlined a new set of plans in the hopes of addressing South Africa's ongoing energy crisis, which has led to widespread blackouts affecting the nation and has cost the national GDP billions. “There can no longer...
Eskom has reportedly asked the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for a 32.66% tariff increase which will see South Africans pay ridiculously high amounts of money for electricity. This comes at a time when South African citizens are also battling sky-high fuel prices and inflation. According to The...
South Africa's government has spent R1,981,000.00 ($116,147.34) on the procurement and installation of electricity generators at the homes of its Ministers since 2021 and a further R652,750.00 ($38,211.82) since the first half of 2022 to keep these generators running, according to the Democratic Alliance (DA) political party, citing the...
The Eskom strike officially ended on Tuesday after the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) accepted the 7% wage increase which was proposed by the utility after engaging in heated talks. According to News24, NUM energy sector coordinator Khangela Baloyi said...
South African Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, has announced adjustments in fuel prices for July. As of Wednesday (6 July 2022), the price of 93 unleaded petrol will increase by R2.37 ($0.15) and the price of 95 unleaded petrol will go up by R2.57 ($0.16), which will...
Bboxx, a Pan-African super platform providing access to essential products and services, and Orange Telecom have partnered to launch a new mini-grid project to help accelerate the provision of clean energy access for households across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The project utilises an ABC model (Anchor Business...
First National Bank (FNB), one of the biggest banks in South Africa, has announced additional eBucks incentives to help its customers offset the impact of high fuel prices which are set to take off from 1 July until 30 September 2022. FNB will give qualifying Retail and Commercial customers an...
Fuel prices the world over are skyrocketing as the Russia-Ukraine conflict draws on and continues to impact a world economy already weakened from COVID-19. Developing nations in Africa, already under immense strain, must new deal with heightened petrol, diesel, and kerosene prices as well as increasing inflation rates that...
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