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Cape quakes no concern for Koeberg

Last week’s tremor has anti-nuclear campaigners questioning the safety of Koeberg, although the nuclear facility said the plant is designed to sustain a magnitude-seven earthquake

Koeberg could power on to 2044

After three decades’ use, South Africa’s only nuclear power plant could see its lifespan extended by 20 years — despite objections

Solar stuck where sun don’t shine: State spends R289m to store solar water heaters

The national solar water heater programme is set to take off once again this year, but meanwhile the government is spending millions on storing heaters that have yet to be installed

Big deal over ‘strange’ coal mine meeting

When the wannabe buyer and the seller of a mine got together with the mineral resources department, criticism of advantage followed

Jacob Zuma’s secret nuke ‘stitch-up’

As the government scrambles to limit fallout, we reveal how Jacob Zuma grabbed control of the R1tn deal and negotiated directly with Vladimir Putin.

‘Secretive’ department must come clean

The department of mineral resources has promised to streamline the system for public access to information after it initially didn't comply.

R120-billion clean power boom

Bids will bring 3 750 megawatts of alternative energy on to the grid within the next three years at a total cost of R120-billion.

Fuel shortages well into January

Fuel shortages at petrol stations in inland provinces will probably last until around the third week in January, the energy department said.

AmaDiba win major battle in war against Xolobeni miners

An Australian company's right to mine the protected Xolobeni dunes on the Wild Coast has been revoked, after a battle by the local AmaDiba community.

New energy laws may scare off investors

Green lobbyists fear that draft regulations on electricity generation released by government recently, may undermine investment into renewable energy.

Renewable energy gets a kick-start

So far renewable energy investment has been stalling because private providers had no incentive to generate their own electricity.

Good news for motorists as petrol price set to drop

The retail price of petrol will decrease by between 25 cents and 29 cents a litre on Wednesday October 1, it was announced on Friday.

Replacing petrol pumps to take ‘several months’

The South African Petroleum Industry Association said the replacement of older petrol pumps, which are unable to reflect a price of more than R9,99, would take several months. Roughly 18 500 petrol pumps, or about 30% of all South Africa's pumps, need to be replaced. These pumps do not have digital readings.

Four miners killed in two accidents at Goldfields

Gold Fields said on Tuesday that four miners had been killed in two separate underground accidents at its Driefontein and South Deep gold mines on the West Rand. Vishnu Pillay, head of Gold Fields's South African operations, said the company deeply regretted the loss of life and said safety was still their number one priority.

More misery for motorists as petrol price set to rocket

The retail price of petrol will increase by between 66 cents and 68 cents a litre (c/l) on Wednesday April 2, the Department of Minerals and Energy announced on Friday. This follows an increase of 61c/l last month, and 17c/l the month before. The retail price of a litre of 95 octane unleaded petrol in Gauteng increases to R8,91 and to R8,67 at the coast -- new highs.

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Pay-TV inquiry probes the Multichoice monopoly

Africa’s largest subscription television operator says it is under threat amid the emerging popularity of global platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime

Covid-overflow hospital in ruins as SIU investigates

A high-level probe has begun into hundreds of millions of rand spent by the Gauteng health department to refurbish a hospital that is now seven months behind schedule – and lying empty

​No apology or comfort as another Marikana mother dies without justice

Nomawethu Ma’Bhengu Sompeta, whose funeral will be held this weekend, was unequivocal in calling out the government for its response to the Marikana massacre

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