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On 14 December 2016, the Minister of Energy, in consultation with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), published the Department of Energy’s determination notice for the Nuclear New Build Programme (Nuclear Programme). The Minister announced that 9 600MW of energy capacity should be procured and generated from nuclear energy under the Nuclear Programme. This determination replaces the determination which was gazetted at the end of 2015. Notably, the procuring agency of the nuclear…
An information memorandum on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power independent power producers procurement programme was published by South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) on 5 October 2016. The purpose of this memorandum is to describe the scope of the LNG-to-power IPP Programme for prospective and interested bidders and to highlight the opportunities the programme presents not only to such bidders but also the South African economy itself. Whilst the memorandum is not a…
The World Bank’s Doing Business Report is eagerly awaited each year as an indicator of the ease of doing business in various economies around the world. Released in October 2015, this year’s report presents data for 189 economies and aggregates information from ten areas of business regulation (such as starting a business, getting credit and enforcing contracts), to develop an overall ease of doing business ranking for each economy. This year the report ranked South…
The long awaited and controversial Carbon Tax Bill was published on Monday 2 November 2015 for public comment to the National Treasury by 15 December 2015. The Bill is a product of about five years of public participation following the 2010 edition of the Carbon Tax Policy Paper (later the updated Carbon Tax Policy Paper 2013 and the 2014 Carbon Offsets Paper). According to the Bill, the commencement date for the carbon tax laws is…