Energy sector needs radical transformation
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Energy sector needs radical transformation

2014-06-17 21:35

Cape Town - Power constraints call for a "radical transformation" of the country's energy sector, President Jacob Zuma told South Africans on Tuesday.

"We need to respond decisively to the country's energy constraints, in order to create a conducive environment for growth," he said in his State of the Nation address.

"[The] situation calls for a radical transformation of the energy sector, to develop a sustainable energy mix that comprises coal, solar, wind, hydro, gas, and nuclear energy."

This would require structural changes in the manner in which government departments and state-owned companies and the industry as a whole addressed the energy problems.

The government also needed to identify innovative approaches to fast-track procurement and delivery by government in the energy sector.

A Cabinet sub-committee would be established to co-ordinate activities of the energy sector.

"It will also ensure Eskom receives the support it requires to fulfill its mandate."

Zuma signalled a firm commitment to further developing nuclear power and exploiting shale gas reserves.

"Work needs to be done at a technical level on all forms of energy, especially nuclear energy and shale gas, with regards to funding, safety, exploitation and local manufacture of components.

"Nuclear has the possibility of generating well over 9 000 MW, while shale gas is recognised as a game-changer for our economy."

He said shale gas options would be pursued "within the framework of our good environmental laws".

Among the urgent short-term steps that would be taken was speeding up work on the Medupi coal-fired power station.

"There are also some urgent activities we are engaging in the short-term. Progress at Medupi... will be accelerated. Plans for advancing the next large coal-fired power station... will be speeded up so the procurement process can commence," he said.


Comments
  • Joao Duarte - 2014-06-17 20:32

    more woffel…

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-06-17 20:48

      Hahahah. Throw the word 'radical' into any speech and 62% roll over - and still beg

      Koos Luerre - 2014-06-17 23:16

      The energy sector has already been transformed. Should it not be transformed back to its original state?

      JackRussel - 2014-06-17 23:35

      Guess who has shares in shale gas

      Brian Enslin - 2014-06-18 06:35

      Zuma says progress at Medupi will be accelerated ... Really? How are they going to accelerate all of a sudden? Structural labour relations issues will prevent that. Coal 3? As long as Eskom don't execute the management of that project and allow the project to be built without red tape in the spirit in which 1000's of other successful South African construction projects have been done. Then we might see something come online in time.

      Revelgen - 2014-06-18 09:48

      Zuma, you CAN'T improve the economy by simply spending more tax money extorted from fewer than 5 million SA taxpayers. You CAN'T fix the economy when you are still in bed with outdated, far-too-powerful trade unions. You CAN'T fix the economy when almost every ANC person who comes into power sees it as only an opportunity to enrich themselves and their families. And you CAN'T fix the government when it is headed by a crook. 62% of South African voters: you are idiots. There is no other word for it. Wake up, for Pete's sake.

  • Blinde Sambok - 2014-06-17 20:40

    It is in a mess because it was transformed in the first place!

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-06-17 20:48

      Beyond all recognition! Wicked Magic

  • Justin Pretorius - 2014-06-17 20:42

    "A Cabinet sub-committee would be established to co-ordinate activities of the energy sector." WTF!!!! MORE COMMITTEES???? THIS MAN IS AN UTTER JOKE!!

      Justin Pretorius - 2014-06-17 20:43

      Have the nuts to make a decision and not rely on "collective" nonsense. this is is just communist rhetoric trying to create more jobs for cronies within the regime

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-06-17 20:49

      What other avenues of 'job creation' are left?

      Zulu Mkhise - 2014-06-17 21:26

      It's called "job creation" getting the "Checkers- to check on the Checkers, who's checking on who's doing the work"

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-06-17 21:42

      And we are now at 'checkmate'

      Prego George - 2014-06-17 23:18

      Yes and nobody with any knowledge on it accept Ken Thats now Ken from KFC

      Jon Low - 2014-06-18 00:54

      "Tusk teams". Not one of them has ever completed their "tusk".

  • David Robert Lewis - 2014-06-17 21:22

    More Coal, more Oil, more Gas and yes, fracking the last remaining reserves of shale while exploiting the earth's precious resources as we tip our ecosystems to the brink of destruction. Such leadership, can't seem to put a finger wrong there. Do we have environmental laws? Nah, that's just our constitution, so we can ignore those dog-gone laws.

      Zulu Mkhise - 2014-06-17 21:51

      These "guys" have no clue.. There is absolutely NO incentive for a average person to "Go Green" Zuma is focusing on Sub Saharan Africa.. I have yet to read of significant "Go Green" projects in Africa..

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-06-17 21:57

      Well whatever it is, it is 10-50 years away from becoming a reality. Meanwhile we have not enough. Not just disrupting our baths and cooking and TV, nothing that any industry can count on and certainly no new industries to be established.

      Zulu Mkhise - 2014-06-17 22:05

      @ Lacrimosewolf.. Absolutely.. Eg.. Wind farms should have been in place 30 years ago, NOW we are only planning and implementing.. PS- They have not gone "live" as yet.. More delays. Anyhooo this is a discussion for another day.

      Jon Low - 2014-06-18 00:57

      Each wind turbine requires a concrete foundation the size of two Olympic swimming pools. As concrete weathers, it leaches huge and concentrated amounts of arsenic into ground water for the next century.

  • Zulu Mkhise - 2014-06-17 21:28

    Start by firing the Energy Minister, together with the Management of Eskom- who obviously did not see the shortages of demand coming.. I guess the Nando's lunch was more important than the items on the Agenda of that particular "meeting"..

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-06-17 23:48

      The energy story starts with Mbeki. Eskom asked Mbeki's govt for funding and permission to expand. 'Not important right now. Permission Denied'. Well, Mbeki did eventually apologise to the Nation. Probably the last politician who ever will. And promised us 25% hikes every year, for the next 10 years - which has now become 20 years or maybe even 50 years. Because of that one misguided decision, electricity has become the dictator of our future. Everything, every single plan is down the bucket (can't say toilet because many don't have them, you check), because of that one decision. This ANC still hasn't learnt how to count. Taken two census (censi?) but today act all worried that there's 36-50% unemployed. As with Eskom, the numbers were there, the facts were in. But that's not important right now. For a nation so vigilant and mindful of atrocities, I am surprised that ANC attained 62% this year. Whether they abstained or voted out of fear. For the most forgetful, absent-minded, spendthrift, careless Democratically elected government. They didn't ask to be elected, the people did. That is their unassailable defence. So,Viva, less power the people. No-one stopped to think that power in South Africa needs three prongs

      William MacFarlane - 2014-06-18 06:04

      Can people stop blaming nando's , KFC and other fast food outlets . Lay the blame squarely where it lies on incompetent and non functioning deployed cadres .

  • jungleboy - 2014-06-17 22:21

    Make a start by firing yourself then grt rid of the useless morons you appointed to run the energy sector. How long do you need before you realise how useless you are???

  • Kevin James - 2014-06-18 00:42

    Hold on wait.....and then they roll in their turnaround specialist, Tina Joemat Pettersen still fresh from the trail of destruction she single handedly perpetrated in the agriculture and fishing depts.

  • Jon Low - 2014-06-18 00:52

    "[The] situation calls for a radical transformation of the energy sector, to develop a sustainable energy mix that comprises coal, solar, wind, hydro, gas, and nuclear energy. This would require structural changes in the manner in which government departments and state-owned companies and the industry as a whole addressed the energy problems." He might as well be reading from a Turkish restaurant menu for all the sense he can make of it. Empty, empty rhetoric. "Transformation" (unlike "formation") means something that is already there must be changed to something else. We already have a mix all of the coal, solar, wind, hydro, gas, and nuclear energy options. So, what must it be "radically transformed" to? Geothermal? Animal dung? Steam turbines attached to all crematoriums?

  • Monza Mahuwa Mashicila - 2014-06-18 04:04

    ESKOM has to be the only business in the world that pleads with you not to use its product

      Henry Thomas - 2014-06-18 19:47

      Hey girl that is my line!!

  • James Lake - 2014-06-18 04:38

    Where the @#$& are the incentives to take your home off the grid and even get paid for putting power back into it?

      Yaj Chetty - 2014-06-18 10:21

      James, you are right. That is the way to go. But, no, our idiots in government can't see it.

  • Peter Webb - 2014-06-18 05:58

    Tell us something we dont know.

  • William MacFarlane - 2014-06-18 05:59

    More jobs for incompetent cadres , subcommittee to find and fast track new and innovative ways . Three things wrong with that statement .: 1. cANCer coundn't find their way out of a paper bag following the exit signs at any speed , never mind fast . 2. New and innovative are alien to them .

  • David Groenewald - 2014-06-18 06:51

    When ever they say "radical transformation" I get even more worried.

  • DrGonzoSA - 2014-06-18 07:50

    So let's put Tina in charge, FFS

  • Charnel Claassen Lamb - 2014-06-18 08:09

    AA + BBBEE = THE COMPLETE AND UTTER MESS OUR POOR COUNTRY HAS BEEN LEFT IN. Step down ANC and take your Eskom Dingbat Fat Cats that keep lining their pockets with our tarrif increases with you and let the smart intelligent people save our beloved South Africa.

  • Jenny Anderson - 2014-06-18 10:40

    anc was warned years ago about the power shortage to come and you guys sat in your asses and did nothing oh sorry eating kfc and nandos

  • Danie Van Rensburg - 2014-06-18 14:21

    When I hear radical transformation, it brings about the same feelings as when i see a taxi switching on its hazzard (emergency) lights. It means they are about to do something illegal or stupid, or perhaps both.

  • Darren Cooper - 2014-06-18 16:58

    Solar & wind are pipe dreams for our system. Nice to have as top up but useless to make up the current shortfall. Let the greenies sort themselves out with gardens full of solar panels to boil just 1 cup of water for their 'toil & trouble' concoctions. The poppy plant is 'natural' and kills more people than nuclear energy

  • Darren Cooper - 2014-06-18 16:58

    Solar & wind are pipe dreams for our system. Nice to have as top up but useless to make up the current shortfall. Let the greenies sort themselves out with gardens full of solar panels to boil just 1 cup of water for their 'toil & trouble' concoctions. The poppy plant is 'natural' and kills more people than nuclear energy

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