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Energy-saving lighting installed at Boxer DC
Published: 02 Nov 18
Magnet has added another energy-saving lighting installation to its repertoire, with the completion of an installation for the new Boxer Superstores distribution centre (DC) in East London, the company indicated in a statement in October. “Following the success of Magnet’s lighting installation for Boxer Superstores in over 80 stores nationwide since 2015, the Magnet team was awarded the contract to design and supply an energy efficient lighting system for the new 16 000 mᶟ Boxer distribution centre in East London,” explains Magnet lighting solutions engineer and MARS product specialist Kaylen Reddy. “Magnet’s locally-manufactured MARS LED lighting system, that ensures maximum energy savings, without compromising on lux levels, was selected for this project.
New Eskom report warns of possible generation gaps in coming five years
Published: 31 Oct 18
Eskom’s newly released Medium-Term System Adequacy Outlook (MTSAO) report highlights several risks to South Africa’s electricity supply for the period 2018 to 2023 and indicates that additional capacity will be required during the period to restore generation adequacy should the energy availability factor (EAF) from the coal fleet fall below 75%. The document tests six EAF scenarios across two demand forecasts: a moderate demand scenario, represented by average yearly growth of 1.9%; and a low demand scenario of 0.64% a year over the five-year period.
Maintaining a ‘triple bottom line’ key to responsible investment
Published: 30 Oct 18
To be considered an ethical, investors must weigh up the development impact, sustainability and profitability in equal portion according to Namrata Thapar. “In my view profitability and strong environmental, social and governance practices go hand in hand,” said IFC’s Global Head of Mining during a presentation at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne today.
Offgrid firm BBOXX targets two new African markets with EDF – CEO
Published: 30 Oct 18
UK-based off-grid power company BBOXX is looking to enter two new African markets in partnership with France's EDF Group next year as it capitalises on growing interest in the sector from large energy companies, its chief executive said on Monday. The two companies announced last week that the French power utility had taken a 50% stake in BBOXX's operation in Togo, where it won a tender to bring electricity to 300,000 households without access to the national grid.
Richard’s Bay IDZ gate wins AfriSam-SAIA sustainable architecture award
Published: 29 Oct 18
The Richard’s Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) entrance gate in KwaZulu-Natal has won a seminal sustainable design award, in the sustainable architecture category, at the biennial AfriSam-South African Institute of Architects (AfriSam-SAIA) Awards for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation, which were held on Friday, in Cape Town. The fluid concrete form of the building is a reference to the Umhlatuze municipality’s animal, a fish eagle, that is swooping down. The building’s form is also a counterpoint to the rigid, orthogonal geometry of the typical industrial steel shed typology which will be the predominant form within the estate.
Fossil Fuel Foundation sees clean coal as a solution for South Africa
Published: 29 Oct 18
The Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) has advocated strongly for coal to be retained as a sustainable part of South Africa's energy mix for the short to medium term. “Contrary to the popular belief that ‘coal is dead’, South Africa’s coal resources are abundant and can provide low-emitting, cost-effective reliable and sustainable power well into the future with the correct technology,” the FFF said during public hearings into the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018.  
Business concerned about coal sector job losses
Published: 26 Oct 18
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Black Business Council (BBC) have called for amendments to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018, telling Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Energy, on Friday, that the draft plan, with its emphasis on renewable energy rather than coal, would lead to job losses and reverse empowerment gains.  “Black people are the face of unemployment in South Africa. Some of our members who are engineers are unemployed. We can’t destroy jobs in coal mines and in power stations. We have to create them,” said Seponono Kekana, on behalf of the NSBE.
Legaro’s 78 Corlett drive building achieves highest green star rating
Published: 26 Oct 18
Lifestyle and commercial property developer Legaro has been given an award for developing South Africa’s highest-rated green building, 78 Corlett drive, in Melrose North. The award was presented at the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) eleventh Green Building Convention gala dinner earlier this month.
CSIR points to 30 000 net jobs gain in electricity to 2030, despite fall in coal jobs Has PDF
Published: 26 Oct 18
An analysis of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) recommended plan in the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 (IRP 2018) shows that there will be a 30 000 net increase in employment in the electricity industry to 2030, despite a 100 000 fall in coal jobs over the period. In its formal response to the draft document, the comment period for which closes today, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) said the plan would result in reduction in coal jobs even with the contested inclusion of two new coal-fired independent power producer (IPP) projects with a combined capacity of 1 000 MW.
Last of four mines to be completed
Published: 26 Oct 18
Petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol forecasts it will complete the 10.5-million-ton-a-year Impumelelo colliery - formerly known as the Brandspruit mine - replacement project by June next year. The project involves the construction of a new 8.5-million-ton-a-year coal mine, which is upgradeable to 10.5-million tons a year. The No 4 and No 2 coal seams will be mined simultaneously at the project, with the thinner and more complex No 2 seam lying below the No 4 seam. The final shaft depth ...
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