Greenpeace States Eskom Should Get Rid of Coal Power Stations

A recently published study by Greenpeace Africa has urged Eskom to start phasing out its coal power stations and open IPP auctions for renewable energies.

A study commissioned by Greenpeace Africa titled ‘Eskom: A road-map to powering the future‘ has recommended that the struggling power utility get rid of its coal power stations.

With reports that Eskom’s debt will reach a quite staggering R500 billion, the future of the state-owned company looks increasingly uncertain.

Eskom relies on coal due to the local market producing it relatively cheaply and the significant infrastructure geared towards coal power.

Greenpeace Africa’s senior political adviser Happy Khambule said: “Fundamental reforms of the South African electricity sector and Eskom’s business model are inevitable and urgent.

“This report presents a road-map with solid options for the country’s electricity supply industry crisis, outlines a realistic and sustainable future for Eskom, and ensures that all crucial functions of the South African electricity system improve.”

The negative environmental impact of coal power stations and doubts over its long-term viability as a power source led Prof. Dr. Uwe Leprich, the author of the study, to conclude Eskom needs to start phasing it out.

Key recommendations for Eskom reform include:

  • The gradual phase-out of coal-fired power generation from Eskom to new generation companies (GenCos)
  • The refinancing of Eskom through the decommissioning of coal-fired power stations older than 40 years, and the sale of all remaining coal-fired power plants
  • The retention by Eskom of the important role of the transmission system operator with the possibility of operating its own grid-supporting (non-coal) power plants
  • The opening of the IPP auctions for renewable energies to Eskom as well in order to make it a significant part of the utility’s business model
  • The possibility for Eskom to participate in the newly created six regional electricity distributors
  • The opportunity for Eskom to create new services for end-use customers on the basis of the digitization revolution that is evolving all over the world

To read the full study, click here.

Government sued for air pollution

The recommendation comes in the wake of environmental justice group groundWork and Mpumalanga community organisation Vukani Environmental Justice Movement in Action taking the South African government to the Pretoria High Court over a perceived violation of citizens’ constitutional right to clean air.

“Living in Witbank, one of the most polluted areas in the country, has hugely affected our health and lives,” says Vusi Mabaso, Chairperson of Vukani.

“Both government and industry have continuously failed to deal with the problem, irrespective of our efforts to engage with them to ensure they take steps to protect human health.

“Together with groundWork, Vukani has decided to use litigation to push government to take urgent steps to deal with the high air pollution and in the interest of our health and to protect our right to clean air.”

 

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We Will Be Attending WERC’s 2018 Global Workforce Symposium in Seattle

Worldwide ERC will be hosting its 2018 Global Workforce Symposium in Seattle, USA, and our Director, Rene Stegmann, will be representing Relocation Africa throughout the event.

The Symposium is an annual event, and will be taking place at the Washington State Convention Center from 17 to 19 October.

The international mobility community will be gathering for three days to share distinct global perspectives, network, benchmark, collaborate, reconnect with industry peers, and build mobility solutions for today and the future.

The event will host a number of sessions, including those relating to Government Affairs Immigration; Regulations and Compliance; Global Compensation Collection; Corporate Benchmarking; GDPR; Global Mobility; Diversity; Housing Trends; and AI in the Mobility Space. For a full list of sessions, click here.

Click here to view the list of sponsors and here for the list of exhibitors. Attendance is free for first-time corporate attendees. To register go to: https://www.worldwideerc.org/events-directory/gws/home.

To arrange a meeting with Rene Stegmann, click the link here: https://calendly.com/relocationafrica-18/denverseattle2018/10-10-2018.

For information as to how Relocation Africa can help you with your Mobility, Immigration, Research, Remuneration, and Expat Tax needs, email marketing@relocationafrica.com, or call us on +27 21 763 4240.

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Russia for Election Interference

The United States has announced that it will be imposing new sanctions on 24 Russian entities and individuals for meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, as well as for conducting a series of damaging cyber attacks against the U.S.

But the move is already prompting calls for more tough action against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government, particularly from Democrats who have lambasted President Donald Trump as overly reluctant to issue sanctions, and to decry Moscow’s interference in the affairs of western governments.

The Trump administration has come under fire for what critics say is a slow response to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and Trump has faced blowback for not more forcefully condemning Russia in the aftermath of this month’s nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England. The sanctions announced Thursday appeared intended to counteract that narrative.

“The administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyber activity, including their attempted interference in U.S. elections, destructive cyberattacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “These targeted sanctions are a part of a broader effort to address the ongoing nefarious attacks emanating from Russia.”

Mnuchin added that Treasury is planning to impose additional sanctions “to hold Russian government officials and oligarchs accountable for their destabilizing activities by severing their access to the U.S. financial system.”

 

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Sources: Politico [1]. Image sources: Gage Skidmore [1].