Census 2011 reveals boom in backyard shacks: HSRC Review

Jackie Borel-Saladin and Ivan Turok discuss trends in housing and urbanisation revealed by the latest Census 2011 statistics. One of the interesting trends to emerge within the overall picture of rapid urbanisation in the major cities is the sharp growth in backyard shacks. These, often vulnerable, households are not typically provided with access to basic services. The result is that existing service delivery is overwhelmed by the additional demand from these households that it was not designed or resourced to meet…. Read moreCensus 2011 reveals boom in backyard shacks: HSRC Review

SANEA lecture: Providing LPG to poor households in Greater Cape Town

George Tatham, Managing Director Kayagas will be speaking about Kayagas’ operations in Cape Town. They supply about 125 000 poor households in Greater Cape Town with LPG and touch the lives of half a million Capetonians each day, giving them access to a modern, safe and cost effective thermal fuel. It also addresses governments policy objectives by: Helping deal with energy poverty in urban and peri-urban settlements. Reducing pressure on the electricity grid, and reduces capital send to expand generating capacity… Read moreSANEA lecture: Providing LPG to poor households in Greater Cape Town

Fire detectors can help to prevent shack fires

Shack fires are an unremitting scourge facing urban townships. In South Africa, between 2000 and 2010, over 230 000 people were made homeless by fires. Growing urban populations together with inadequate services, in particular electricity and water, means urban shack fires will continue to take their toll. There is an urgent need for effective solutions to address the major causes. Last year, the City responded to 1,177 fire incidents in informal settlements around Cape Town. According to the City 3,480… Read moreFire detectors can help to prevent shack fires

ERC Seminar Series: Sustainable communities and equity – Opportunities and challenges in California’s climate change legislation

Chris Benner – Associate Professor, Community and Regional Development, Department of Human Ecology, University of California Davis In 2008, California passed landmark legislation (SB 375) designed to help meet required greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, through promoting integrated land use, housing and transportation planning. Metropolitan regions in California are now required to produce a Sustainable Community Strategy that demonstrates how they will reach these GHG targets by reducing sprawl and increasing transit oriented development. Social equity advocates see SB 375 as… Read moreERC Seminar Series: Sustainable communities and equity – Opportunities and challenges in California’s climate change legislation

Anton Eberhard: The folly of big coal, big nuclear and big networks

National Planning Commissioner Anton Eberhard will present the keynote address he gave at South Africa’s Electricity Supply Conference in mid-August. Titled Towards a secure, competitively priced and environmentally sustainable electricity future. Or the three follies indicated in the title. The keynote address began: “Some years ago, a senior Eskom Executive told me that at the heart of Eskom’s business model was ‘big coal, big nuclear and big networks’. I can’t think of a more Neanderthal business model.” Eberhard is also Professor at the… Read moreAnton Eberhard: The folly of big coal, big nuclear and big networks

New report: The current and future role of paraffin in South Africa

Health and safety issues related to paraffin have long been a critical issue in South Africa and yet it remains an overlooked policy issue. This report was commissioned by the Paraffin Safety Association (PASASA) – which has since expanded its mandate to become the Household Safety Association (HESASA). Through wide-ranging interviews with public, private and academic stakeholder,s as well as focus groups with low-income paraffin users, the report investigates what the future role of paraffin could and should play in South Africa…. Read moreNew report: The current and future role of paraffin in South Africa

SANEA Lecture: Quantifying the Energy Needs of the South African Transport Sector

Quantifying the Energy Needs of the South African Transport Sector – Wednesday 14 August 2013 Please join our own Adrian Stone from the Energy Research Centre at this SANEA Lecture Transport is a large consumer of energy (±30% of Total Final Consumption) in South Africa and vital for economic development. Supply interruptions are costly to the economy and careful long-term planning is required to ensure that there is sufficient infrastructure to support the efficient functioning and growth of the transport… Read moreSANEA Lecture: Quantifying the Energy Needs of the South African Transport Sector

ERC Seminar Series: Serving communities, innovating change: Engineers without Borders UCT

Serving communities, innovating change: Engineers without Borders UCT EWB UCT was initiated as a response to the inaccessibility of engineering and design solutions in impoverished parts of Cape Town. They are currently working on 9 innovative projects including the following energy-related solutions; Biodigester installation Solar Geyser Project Township caterers project The development of a solar-powered irrigation system Come & listen to some of their on the ground experiences from designing  & implementing these projects. Matt Docherty & Tumelo Gabaraane Please… Read moreERC Seminar Series: Serving communities, innovating change: Engineers without Borders UCT

In conversation with the DoE: challenges implementing community benefits in the RE IPPPP

Louise Tait and Holle Wlokas from the ERC and Sue Soal from CDRA attended a high level meeting with the Department of Energy’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Unit, which comprises representatives from the Department of Energy and National Treasury, to discuss issues pertaining to the community benefit requirements in the RE IPPPP. Two representatives from GIZ’s SAGEN programme also attended the meeting. The DoE’s Renewable Energy Independent Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP) includes requirements for independent power producers (IPPs) to make financial contributions… Read moreIn conversation with the DoE: challenges implementing community benefits in the RE IPPPP

New report released on community benefits in the RE IPPPP

The EPD team have launched a new publication in collaboration with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) titled: Making Communities Count: maximising local benefit potential in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP). In South Africa, independent power producers (IPPs) of renewable energy are invited to bid to take part in a large-scale, innovative, government-led scheme which aims to not only increase the share of renewable energy in the national grid, but also to… Read moreNew report released on community benefits in the RE IPPPP