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Dear Colleagues,

“The Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in partnership with the Department of Mineral Resources, the South African Council for Geoscience and the International Seabed Authority, will host an important and strategic seminar on the work of the Authority, at DIRCO Head Office, 17 – 19 March 2015.
The subject is: “Exploration and Exploitation of the Deep Seabed Mineral Resources in the Area: Challenges for Africa, and Opportunities for Collaborative Research in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Atlantic Indian Ridge and the South-West Indian Ridge”. Since 2007, the Authority, in partnership with Government entities, has convened seminars in various regions of the world, including Indonesia, Brazil, Nigeria, Spain, Mexico, Jamaica (where the Authority is based) and in New York (at the United Nations).

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Dear Colleagues,

This is to bring to your attention an innovation, science and technology entrepreneurial initiative, which you are free to share with relevant contacts.

The U.S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative announces its annual Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition. The GIST Tech-I Competition provides an opportunity to address economic growth and innovation priorities by encouraging young science and technology entrepreneurs to accelerate the success of their venture, connect with a global community of like-minded innovators, and showcase their ideas internationally. Thirty finalists will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). Applications by young science and technology entrepreneurs are welcome through March 20, 2015 at 09:00 A.M. EDT. To apply, applicants should send an Executive Summary of their science or technology innovation along with a 90 second video explaining their idea or product/service to http://www.aaas.org/gist-tech-i. Application period closes March 20, 2015.

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Pretoria - Government says it is determined to flush out public servants who misrepresent their academic qualifications.

"Government would, in partnership with the Quality Councils and South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) ensure that scrutiny and verification of qualifications are rigorously applied to protect the credibility, integrity and reputation of employers from people who possess fake qualifications,” said Acting DG of the Department of Communications, Donald Liphoko.

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SACNASP is continuing to support Bright Beginnings Daycare Centre with essentials that they require. This morning we took badly needed food that would feed 51 children for a month. In conjunction with supplying food we are also working with them to help them with their assessment by the Department of Social Development.

Prof Pieter Marais, former President of the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) and former Executive Dean of the TUT Faculty of Science, passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, 30 January.

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World Coal

Tower of Power

Viewed for years as a hazardous gas requiring removal from underground mines, coal mine methane (CMM) has become a viable fuel source for generating electricity at the Appin and Tower coal mines in New South Wales, Australia read more…

AllAfrica.com

Kenya Focused On Developing Green Energy, Says Ruto

The Government plans to provide electricity to at least 70 percent of Kenyans in the next three years, Deputy President William Ruto has said."Kenya is looking forward to generate clean energy. In the next three years we will have 300 percent supply of electricity. We want it to reach 70 percent of our population." read more…

Christian Science Monitor

Africa's quiet solar revolution

The continent skipped land lines for mobile phones. Now a new generation of start-ups is trying to bring sun power to rural Africa – and leapfrog the fossil fuel era. The idea behind the latest effort isn't to tap the power of the sun to electrify every appliance in a household. Instead, it is to install a small solar panel not much bigger than an iPAD to power a few lights, a cellphone charger, and other basic necessities that can still significantly alter people's lives. read more...

AFKinsider

South Africa Moves Ahead With It Nuclear Energy Program

According to the South African government, it is making headway its nuclear energy-building program. "South Africa continues to make significant progress with various prospective nuclear-vendor countries towards the expansion in the nuclear energy development program based on a sustainable energy mix," the Presidency said. read more...

Process Helps Reduce Coal Emissions

The US Department of Energy offers grants to encourage companies to find ways to clean up their power plants.

The program has helped foster a number of technologies. A big part of Coal Creek's progress comes from a new technology called DryFining, developed by Great River Energy.
The DryFining process removes water from lignite coal before it's burned. The US Department of Energy reports that DryFining has reduced Sulfur Dioxide and Mercury emissions by more than 40 percent, Nitrogen Oxide by more than 20 percent, and Carbon Dioxide by four percent. read more…

Sidney Morning Herald

Energy-hungry India doubles down on coal

As President Barack Obama arrives in India on Sunday for talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US officials had hoped to announce a deal on climate change that would be a modest complement to the historic agreement the United States reached with China in November.

But little progress has been made because India and China are in very different places in their development, experts say. India's energy deficit is staggering. An estimated 300 million people – roughly equal to the population of the United States – live without power. The national power grid was completed just last year. read more...

Bloomberg

Botswana Coal Companies See Output Without New Rail Line

Coal explorers in Botswana are pressing ahead with plans to start production and use existing rail capacity to ports in South Africa and Mozambique instead of waiting for a line being built to Namibia, the mines lobby said. read more...

Xinhua

News Analysis: China's coal industry freezes over

Coal provides nearly two thirds of China's energy, but for mining companies, this winter could not be more chilly.
The government has done its best to save the day, but it is not enough to force up the price of coal, even in the short term and the outlook for the coming year is no better.
An already grim situation is made worse by weak demand, overcapacity and a large amount of imports, according to Jiang Zhimin, vice president of the National Coal Association (CNCA). read more...

BBC News

MPs: Ban fracking to meet carbon targets

An influential committee of MPs has called for a moratorium on fracking on the grounds that it could derail efforts to tackle climate change. The government's drive for shale gas should be put on hold because it would lead to more reliance on fossil fuels, the Environmental Audit Committee said. read more...

The Guardian

EU paper calls for binding CCS targets by 2030

European countries should be given binding targets for installing technology to capture and store carbon emissions, according to a new report for the European commission. The UN's climate science panel says such technology could have to account for over a fifth of the world's carbon cuts by 2050 and the new paper, produced by consultants for the EC, says there is a "genuine and urgent" need for it in Europe. read more...

Vancouver Observer

Fossil fuel divestment fever hits UBC and other Canadian campuses

Can universities really force a change in the world's fossil fuel companies? More than 220 University of British Columbia professors think so. In a key faculty vote this week, the educators signed a petition pledging they will cast their ballots to urge UBC to sell off the university's holdings of the world's "200 most polluting" fossil fuel stocks. They want the university's corporate stocks in oil, coal and gas divested, all in the next five years. read more...

World Coal

Coal still king… just

Coal was the major source of power last year in the UK, according to the latest GB Electricity Market Summary by energy analyst, EnAppSys, despite growing challenge from gas and renewables. read more...

Moneyweb

The cost of Eskom's three power station headaches – Duvha Unit 3, Majuba and Lethabo

Eskom is quick to blame lower than applied for electricity tariffs for its financial woes and doesn't hesitate to remind consumers of this fact. It's urgently looking for R3 billion extra to augment its depleted diesel budget, and warns of regular load shedding if it doesn't get it. The National energy regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is however mandated to only grant the revenue if an efficient operator needs to provide electricity for the country. read more...

Mining.com

Glencore likely to slash spending on coal, oil — HSBC

Global miner and commodities trader Glencore (LON:GLEN) may have to slash planned spending on coal and oil projects this year as prices for both commodities have reached record lows, HSBC analyst Ash Lazenby wrote in a note Tuesday.

Glencore, the world's biggest exporter of thermal coal, has budgeted $3 billion to invest on fossil fuel and oil projects and operations through to the end of 2016. read more...

Business Report

A new record for SA coal exports

Exports from South Africa's Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), the world's largest single facility for the fuel, rose to a record in 2014.

The terminal shipped 71.2 million tons last year compared with 70.2m tons a year earlier….. It also received 72.4m tons by rail, 2.8 percent more than in 2013. This is the second year that deliveries and exports have exceeded 70m tons. The target for shipments was 72m tons. read more...

Financial Mail

OIL AND GAS: Reading the earth's palm

IF STEPHEN Larkin, CEO of a small but highly innovative oil and gas exploration company called African New Energies (ANE), is correct, Southern Africa could well have world-scale oil and gas deposits in south eastern Namibia, bordering Botswana and the Kalahari Desert.

A study on the ground late last year appears to confirm a satellite surveillance process that significant but as yet unquantified oil and gas deposits exist in the Gobabis area in abundance, taking the find from speculative to possible. read more...

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CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS - 2015
Provisional Dates
GLOBAL OVERVIEW OF CLEAN COAL TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORLD TODAY: WORKSHOP REVIEWING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE AS FOUND IN EUROPE, INDIA AND CHINA.
Presented by: Professor Michel Valdelievre (Total, France) Venue: The Hub, Wits. Contact Lesley Stephenson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
18-20 February
NON-RENEWABLE RESOURCES OF SOUTHERN AFRICA: FF in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia, Tanzania, DRC, Congo and Kenya.
Venue: Glen Hove Conferencing, Melrose, Johannesburg, Gauteng
11-12 March
SOUTHERN AFRICAN ELECTRICITY II: ELECTRICITY AND THE ECONOMY – A CONFIDENCE CRISIS? – CAN SOUTH AFRICA PLAN FOR GROWTH OR IS THIS THE END OF THE INDUSTRIALISED ECONOMY?
Venue: Glen Hove Conferencing, Melrose, Johannesburg, Gauteng
25-26 March
GAS/SHALE GAS CONFERENCE III
Venue: Glen Hove Conferencing, Melrose, Johannesburg, Gauteng
23 April
JUNIOR COAL MINING VENTURES – JCMV X
Venue: Glen Hove Conferencing, Melrose, Johannesburg, Gauteng
28 May
INFRASTRUCTURE AND LOGISTICS FOR COAL IN SOUTHERN AFRICA: IMPACT ON TRADE AND MARKETING
Venue: Glen Hove Conferencing, Melrose, Johannesburg, Gauteng
18 June
OPTIMISATION OF INDUSTRIAL BOILERS - OIB VIII
Venue: Glen Hove Conferencing, Melrose, Johannesburg, Gauteng
30 July
IMPLICATIONS OF THE NATIONAL ENERGY PLANS: The Outlook for South Africa and a Roadmap for the Industrial Community
Venue: Glen Hove Conferencing, Melrose, Johannesburg, Gauteng
27 August
LIMPOPO COAL AND MINERAL COMMODITIES CONFERENCE III
Venue: Polokwane, Limpopo Province
14-18 September
ELECTRICITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT: IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Venue: Glen Hove Conferencing, Melrose, Johannesburg, Gauteng
8 October
20th SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY IN ENERGY (STASE) CONFERENCE: Window on Research & Developments in Fossil Fuel and Energy in Southern Africa
Venue: TBC
12 & 13 November
21st ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
Venue: Johannesburg Country Club, Auckland Park, Gauteng
23 October

CONTACT DETAILS FOR CONFERENCE EVENT ENQUIRIES
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INDUSTRIAL COURSES - 2015
Provisional Dates
Coal Sampling and Quality Assessment - CHMT 7005 16-20 February
Economic Geology of SA Coal – MINN 7028 16-20 March
Coal Extraction & Exploitation – Mining, Handling, Storage – MINN 7047 11-16 May
Coal and the Environment – MINN 7048 21-25 September

CONTACT DETAILS FOR COURSE ENQUIRIES

Technical enquiries:
Professor Rosemary Falcon +27 11 717 7387 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Administration enquiries:
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Industrial (non-academic) enquiries:
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