Africa is at the forefront of the energy transition with some of the greatest challenges and best opportunities in the world. Without doubt, innovation and the ability to deliver and deploy the most effective solutions at scale will be fundamental to developing a sustainable energy future for Africa.
The Group of 20 (G20) leaders have called for more collective action to achieve strong, sustainable and balanced growth that can be universally beneficial.
Africa’s growing appeal as a business destination is attracting a wave of regional and international companies looking for new business on the continent. Leading industrial manufacturers will be heading for INDUTEC this year; the influential 10-events-in-one SA Industry and Technology Fair, which takes place from 20-22 May 2015 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg.
The benefits of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as an alternative to traditional biofuels have been widely documented. LPG is a safe, reliable and cost-effective alternative to conventional power supply – for both domestic and industrial use – yet only 3% of South Africans are currently using it as an additional source of energy. How can we increase LPG usage in the broader community and in so doing, help address South Africa’s energy poverty issues?
At the World Design Capital 2014, Bavaria showed how design has had a positive impact on their citizens and shared stories through installations, films, lectures and conventional exhibits. These included examples of public/private collaborations and innovations; urban planning and renewal; sustainable solutions for housing, agriculture, energy and climate change; public sector responses to urbanisation; and community building and social cohesion within burgeoning cities.
The City of Cape Town, through this year has highlighted the role of design in solving social, cultural, environmental and economic challenges, and will have a digitally interactive exhibition giving visitors different views and perspectives of the city on a giant floor exhibit.
South Africa’s economy is growing and so is the countries’ energy consumption. Could the development of natural gas as a source of energy, be a solution to South Africa’s energy needs? Cape Business News took part in a media round-table discussion with Shell South Africa to find out more about the development of LNG technology and transport in South Africa.
Barloworld Power, Caterpillar’s southern African dealer for Energy and Transportation, has been selected to supply MaK propulsion engines and Cat generators to the Transnet National Ports Authority in South Africa for its new fleet of tugs.
The Portfolio Committee on Energy received a briefing from the Department of Energy on the liquid fuels sector and fuel pricing.