Press Release: Earthlife Africa Welcomes Delay of Alcan Smelter

Earthlife Africa Jhb 17th of March 2008 In this time of electricity supply crisis, the reported (SABC, 17/03/08) construction delay of the Alcan smelter at Coega is to be welcomed as a first step towards a rationalised electricity supply and distribution system. For over two years, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg has been campaigning against the sale of bulk electricity to Alcan at low tariff rates. In late 2006, the Government & Eskom signed a host of deals with Alcan under the Developmental Electricity Pricing Programme (DEPP). These deals ensured Alcan 1350MW …

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Press Release: 10-point plan

M E D I A¬†¬†¬† A L E R T Emergency Programme ‚Äì Leaving it to Eskom again? Civil society launches 10-point plan Government‚Äôs ‚ÄòNational Electricity Emergency Programme‚Äô would benefit greatly from some consultation beyond the usual suspects. While it has been widely noted that the current crisis has come, in part, from ignoring pieces of the 1998 White Paper on Energy Policy, this hastily cobbled together plan does little to rectify this. A response that serves neglected policy objectives, such as addressing externalised costs, diversifying supply and improving energy …

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Press Release: Eskom may Delay Alcan Smelter until 2013

Earthlife Africa Jhb 17th of January 2008 According to an article in today‚Äôs Business Report (‚ÄúShelve new projects, Eskom warns‚Äù), Eskom financial director is asking the Government to stop marketing South Africa as a low-cost electricity investment centre. This would include delaying, until 2013, the controversial and proposed Alcan aluminium smelter at Coega. The Alcan was the subject of intense civil society, local Port Elizabeth, and international opposition in 2007. Eskom‚Äôs financial director, Mr. Bongani Nqwababa, is reported to have said, in regards to the Alcan smelter, that, “Eskom needs …

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