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July 16, 2018

RENEWABLE ENERGY GIVES POWER AND JOBS TO CLANWILLIAM

The Western Cape town of Clanwilliam’s first retail shopping centre to be opened on Thursday is an example of how renewable energy is aiding economic development in small towns with limited access to the national grid, an energy company executive said on Wednesday.

SOLA Future Energy installed a solar photovoltaic system providing the additional power for the Cedar Mill Mall that state-owned power utility Eskom could not supply.

Eskom indicated that it was able to supply only 250 kVA of continuous power due to constraints on the grid, while the mall’s developers, Noble Property, needed at least 500 kVA to get the project off the ground.

“The solution was to [...]

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July 5, 2018

WHO GETS THE LAND?

The first day of public hearings on whether or not land should be expropriated without compensation, has yielded mixed reactions from those who came to make submissions.

The hearings kicked off in the Northern Cape town of Springbok on Tuesday and will also start in Limpopo on Wednesday.

Parliament’s Joint Constitutional Review Committee has been tasked to determine whether or not Section 25 of the Constitution should be amended.

According to Section 25 of the Constitution, property may be expropriated for a public purpose or in the public interest.

It also states that subject to compensation, the amount, time it takes and manner of payment, should [...]

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March 16, 2018

ENERGY DEPT NEEDS R1 TRILLION FOR NUCLEAR PLANS

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene confirmed that nuclear plans will remain on the table but will only be implemented at a pace the country can afford.

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says the Energy Department will need a budget of R1 trillion for its nuclear plans.

Nene confirmed that nuclear plans will remain on the table but will only be implemented at a pace the country can afford.

The Finance Minister gave his first public address in Tshwane on Monday at a Fedusa conference.

“Which means we must not move away from the existing plans and we’re sitting with the IPPs as we speak on renewable energy, some of them that are due to be signed quite soon, some of [...]

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February 12, 2018

Chile’s Pristine Skies Are Key To Astronomy’s Next Generation Of Telescopes

Long known for its copper, sea bass and merlot wine, Chile’s most profound export may be data that its astronomical observatories mine nightly from its pristine skies.

Credit: ESO Exoplanet hunters at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.

Because Chile’s ground-based window onto our Milky Way’s galactic center is arguably unmatched, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) first set up shop here more than a half century ago. Today, their 15 member states enjoy facilities at three major observatories.

“ESO spends 80 million euros [$100 million] a year for its operations in Chile and is the biggest astronomical operation here,” astrophysicist Fernando [...]

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