Yesterday, South Africa's power utility Eskom announced that its electricity supplies are under severe strain. This on the day that its CEO Brian Dames stepped down from his position. This latest issue facing Eskom follows an incident with one of its boilers on Sunday. Let's take a closer look this latest incident…
A boiler incident knocks Eskom’s electricity supply
One of Eskom’s boile... ››› more
“China slowdown threatens global growth”
“China economy running out of steam”
“Chinese stocks fall on growth slump”
These are the headlines journalists have splashed across the media over the last few months. And they normally follow these up headlines with a story about how Chinese growth rates are slowing; and how this could spell economic disaster for China and the world. A... ››› more
On Friday, the Department of Energy announced its prices of fuel come the start of April. Once again, the petrol price is rising. But the hike is much less than seen in recent months. Motorists of diesel vehicles will see a slight respite. Let's take a closer look at what you can expect to pay at the pumps come Wednesday…
The price of petrol will increase slightly
At the end of last week, t... ››› more
After doing so well this year, this week has been awful for the yellow metal. It's down below $1,300 again. So what's had such a bad effect on the price of gold? And what's in store for the yellow metal? Let's take a closer look at what's going on with gold…
Chinese PMI knocked gold hard
On Monday, China’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to an eight month low of 48.1, Sean Brodric... ››› more
Yesterday, the Department of Energy said that as of next month it's scrapping one of its fuel levies. The department introduced the inland transport levy in 2009 to compensate companies for bringing fuel inland from the coast. Let's take a closer look at what this means for motorists…
The Department of Energy will scrap the levy on 2 April
Robert Maake, director of fuel pricing mechanisms a... ››› more
Earlier today, Eskom revealed that it had appointed an acting chief executive officer. This follows the resignation of current CEO Brian Dames. He's due to step down from his post on Monday. Let's take a closer look at the changes at the helm of Eskom…
Collin Matjila will take over from Brian Dames
The former chairman of the National Energy Regulator of SA, Collin Matjila, is set to take ov... ››› more
For nearly ten weeks, the top three platinum producers in South Africa have been dealing with wide spread strike action. With these producers accounting for 40% of global production, it's hardly surprising that the supply of platinum is under pressure. But that's only one reason why the price of platinum is getting ready to soar. Read on to uncover three other reasons contributing to a supply sque... ››› more
In an effort to secure a new aid package from the International Monetary Fund, domestic consumers in Ukraine will pay 50% more for gas come the start of May. The Ukrainian state energy company, Naftogaz made the announcement yesterday. Let's take a closer look at why the government is putting through such a high increase…
The price of gas must rise to meet demands by the IMF
Ukraine is desp... ››› more
Governments are huge hoarders of gold and they continue to stock up. But where is all the gold coming from to satisfy this appetite? Demand for gold is strengthening. And after 2013 being awful for the yellow metal, its fortunes are changing this year. The gold price is up 10% so far this year. And with demand steadily growing and no abundant supplies, the price is going to rise…
Governments h... ››› more
The evidence is mounting as to why 2014 could be the year for silver. There are some solid fundamentals pointing towards its price heading higher this year. But what exactly is making silver look so good? Let's take a closer look at why your investment portfolio should have some exposure to silver…
Should you investin in silver?
The silver market is quite a volatile one, Peter Krauth in ... ››› more
South Africa's in crisis. This because Eskom has completely failed in the one job it needs to do: The production of electricity! Now, this week's Power-Gen Africa conference in Cape Town has directed politicians and the governments with one piece of advice: Stop short-term thinking and planning or else. Here's why…
The only way to curb SA’s electricity power generation problem is to think l... ››› more
With the Oscar Pritorius trial dominating the news at the moment, many people haven't noticed that there are some pretty big things happening around the world…
One of these is the fact that the old world super powers are flexing their muscles in a squabble over Crimea.
Simply put, there is a large portion of Russians living in Crimea who want to belong to Russia. But the western world is w... ››› more
Right now, the buzz word in the world of investing is renewable energy. And it's easy to see why: Green investing is BIG money. But what are the best ways to invest in these companies and what's actually available? Today, we look at your options…
Three ways to invest in the green investment trend
To decide which type of renewable energy investment vehicle is right for you, there are two k... ››› more
After much criticism by industry giants, yesterday the government passed through changes to law affecting minerals and resources in South Africa. Amongst other things, the law will see the government get a 20% slice of any new energy projects. Let's take a closer look at the changes…
The ANC push through amended mineral and resources law
The ANC has “used its parliamentary majority to pus... ››› more
After last week's impromptu load shedding, Eskom says the power situation remains tight, but it doesn't expect power outages. The power utility is struggling to keep South Africa's supply of electricity flowing as it contends with wet coal affecting the operation of generators. Let's take a closer look at the latest goings on with SA's power supply…
Eskom apologises for load shedding
On Fri... ››› more
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