• The most expensive coal power station in the world

    Background

    Medupi is a large coal power station located in the Limpopo Province near the town of Lephalale. The power-station will be powered by 6 x 800 Mega Watt (MW) steam-powered turbines to produce a maximum demand of 4,800MW of power.…

  • Decentralisation the only solution to sustainable development

    The topic sustainable development has been theorised and kicked around more often than most in the last 10 years. If one researches sustainable development and tries to find a conclusive definition one ventures into a quagmire of differing definitions. Two popular definitions include:

    WWF’s definition: “Improvement of the quality of human life within the carrying capacity of ecosystems”

    Brundtland Commission: “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”

    What we are seeing more and more is that current definitions of sustainable development no longer include the concept of “growth”.…

  • Sustainability Issues from Ineffective National Power Grids

    Before the oil crisis in the 1970’s the consumption of liquid fossil fuels increased in SADC counties due to the fact oils were inelastic to demand and considered an infinite resource. These countries thus developed along fossil fuel energy sources making them vulnerable in the oil crisis.…

  • Interview with Nothemba Sonkwele

    interview-Nothemba-Sonkwele

    Tell us a little about yourself; what are your interests? Do you work in the green industry?

    My name is Nothemba Sonkwele; I work for Neotel Service Delivery department in Midrand, South Africa. I want to ensure that the way we do business is sustainable for both the Neotel business, and the environment.…

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