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From the 17th to the 19th of June 2020, Cape Town will play host to the first ever Agritech Africa exhibition and conference, aimed at accelerating agricultural advancements on the African continent.  Taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), the event is expected to draw thousands of professionals in the field…
Rooftop farms may be next big thing in agri-business – Signium Africa (www.signium.co.za) City-wide hydroponic rooftop farming co-operatives have the potential to become the next big thing in commercial agriculture. The prediction comes from Signium Africa, an executive search and talent management company with a large book of agri-business clients in…
Business and individuals are under-insured for the impact of weather catastrophes Just little more than a year after devastating weather catastrophes hit South Africa, KZN, Gauteng and East London have once again been battered by torrential rain and hailstorms, causing devastating floods, mudslides and a tragic loss of life.  Mandy…
African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa to gather 10 000+ in Cape Town in May“Honestly, I think the business model for energy investment needs to change” says Penny Herbst, Director Strategy for Africa GreenCo. “There are far too many players that are comfortable with the same structures for investment, selling to…
The Chamber believes South Sudan’s leadership also has an obligation to creating an enabling environment of investors to put more money into the country JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, April 21, 2019/ -- South African and African private sector participants have an amazing opportunity to invest in South Sudans’ peace and make…
By Paula-Ann Novotny, an Associate at Webber Wentzel On 5 April 2019, the Minister of Environmental Affairs gave notice of her intention to require any person who lawfully conducted a hazardous waste management activity on 1 July 2009, when the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Waste Act) came into force, to apply for…
By Alessandra Pardini, a Partner at Webber Wentzel Power shortages and a transition to a lower-carbon future, in line with SA’s Paris Agreement commitments, will require the country to harness new technologies. Energy storage, which will be a critical element of a modern power system, offers potential for local industrialisation and job…
The organisers of African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa, have announced that they have entered into a media partnership with the weekly news publication and online portal, The Mail & Guardian, in the run-up to the event that is taking place from 14-16 May in Cape Town. The South African…
Alexandra Felekis, Partner, Webber Wentzel Government is looking at ways to accelerate new power projects while the private sector is examining new technologies and financing options to ease SA through its current power shortfall, it emerged at the DLO Africa Power Roundtable The most important development highlighted in discussions at…
Monday, 01 April 2019 09:08

Time to take back our power!

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We all celebrated this past Sunday when we were informed that we would have a reprieve from rolling blackouts. That for now, our lights would stay on. But for how long? The current energy crisis, according to Minister Gordhan, will take up to two years to ‘fix’, despite government not…
By Michael Evans & Megan Adderley, Partners at Webber Wentzel Webber Wentzel helped achieve a significant victory for the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) when Judge Meyer of the Pretoria High Court on 26 March2019, dismissed a declarator and interdict application brought by the Coal Transporters Forum (CTF).  The CTF sought to set aside the…
ESI Africa premium media partner at African Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa "Whether you want to call it load-shedding, a blackout, load-shifting or load sharing, remember that this affects everyone. We are in this together so join your neighbourhood Whatsapp or Facebook group to stay informed.” So says Nicolette Pombo-van…

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