BRICS On Friday, South African energy minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi, delivered a concise statement to the media resulting in a boost of confidence within the IPP market. A technical team was established in May this year to help the Department of Energy (DoE) to resolve the impasse on the signing of the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) between Independent Power Producers for Bid Window 3.5 and Bid Window 4 and Eskom, the Minister explained.“The technical team met and provided a report of its work this past Wednesday. In that meeting myself and my colleague in Cabinet, Minister Brown, were present and were supported by representatives from DOE, DPE, NT, ESKOM and the IPP Office,” Kubayi said.She added: “It was brought to our attention that Eskom has excess generation capacity of electricity and based on the current demand patterns the situation is projected to remain this way until 2021. Eskom has submitted a tariff application which is under consideration by the Regulator.“The Constitutional Court judgement with regard to the Regulatory Clearance Account (RCA) in favour of Nersa has also now paved the way for NERSA to implement tariff adjustments in line with the approved RCA.”“We further acknowledged that South Africa’s Renewable Energy Power Producer Procurement Programme is world renowned and our model has been adopted by many countries including developed countries.“While the programme has been a success, there are many lessons we have learnt and there are many areas of improvement to be looked at,” Kubayi said.Action pointsKubayi said that all the matters raised by the team and the recommendations put forward were assessed by her and her team.“After lengthy deliberations we came to a conclusion on the following actions;That the PPA for Bid Window 3.5 and 4 will be signed by the end of October 2017 Read more…DoE through the IPP office to engage with all affected parties for Bid Window 3.5 and 4 to re-negotiate not above 77c per kilowatt hour. This will greatly in assist in reducing the requirements for additional government guarantees that would impact negatively in the current economic climate and constraints in the fiscus.Eskom to ensure that all contracts are in place for signing on 28 October 2017That I as the Minister of Energy meet with all IPPs participants in all Bid Windows, to discuss issues of concerns from IPP and for government to give feedback on concerns before the date of signing.With regard to the review of the pace and scale of rollout under the circumstances of overcapacity up to 2021; the Departments agree that majority of the projects in Bid Window 3.5 and 4 will be commissioned closer to 2021 and will therefore have minimal contribution to the overcapacity up to 2021.With regard to the review of the level of participation by the historically disadvantaged, there is work underway in this regard that will inform the implementation of the programmeAll future programmes to be put on hold until a proper review is done and to allow the IEP and IRP to be concluded that will give us indication of the capacity we need.”“It is worth noting that, while taking this decision and communicating our stance as government, we are cognisant of the interdict by the Coal Sector and the Section 77 notice filed by COSATU at Nedlac. We are hoping that all parties will consider this position,” she said.Concluding remarksKubayi highlighted: “It must be noted that there are other issues that have been raised with us and will need to be addressed with the IPPs.“Of importance, is the lack of transformation particularly regarding local ownership of some of these projects.”She added: “This has to be reconsidered and adequately addressed. Allocations of projects and the ownership structure must be in line with South African transformation policies.”Adding to this, the Minister further noted that the issue of loan conditions given to black South African participants need to be reviewed as well in addition to addressing the need to restructure the community trust dividends.The Minister concluded: “Transformation of the Energy Sector is long overdue and we can’t compromise on it any longer.” Previous articleREIPPPP: rounds 3.5 and 4 PPAs to proceed come OctoberNext articleNigeria: unions oppose subsidiary electricity meter supply industry Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Featured image: Stock Finance and Policy Generation Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development
Northwave was one of the first cycling shoe companies to really get behind the idea of keeping your feet comfortable year round when they put Gore-Tex liners into their cycling boots back in 2004. But after almost a decade and a half they’ve come around to the idea that keeping our feet warm & dry isn’t the only concern for serious cyclists riding through the winter. So Northwave is ditching the stiff winter boot concept and moving over to a new flexible design that pairs a flexible Climaflex Collar to a performance low-cut shoe. The result is comfortable full range of motion at the ankle, combined with full weather protection.Northwave Extreme RR & XCM GTXNow with an eleven shoe range containing eight shoes that get their asymmetric dial adjustable uppers, and six with the new Climaflex cuff, Northwave has every type of cold weather rider covered.The Extreme GTX is the new top of the line winter cycling shoe and pretty much starts its life with the same construction as the Extreme RR or new Ghost XC. That means that the fit & feel of the shoe is analogous to a top-level road or cross country shoe, with Northwave’s asymmetric XFrame dial lacing system with its Dyneema cable, a supple synthetic upper, and a light & stiff carbon outsole.But instead of just extending the cuff up to offer ankle coverage, the Extreme GTX shoes get the new Climaflex Collar. Designed as a flexible neoprene cuff lined with a GoreTex membrane, it is easy to get onto the foot, yet closes relatively snugly against your leg. That waterproof liner is also some interesting tech as it looks to be the first use of GoreTex’s Kelvin membrane in cycling shoes. Duratherm Kelvein laminates the waterproof, breathable membrane to hollow fibers for more insulation rating the shoes for use down to -15°C (5°F) & up to 5°C (41°F).The idea is that it allows a complete range of ankle motion so your pedaling stroke isn’t impacted just because the temperature drops. We tried the shoes on and they are easy to slip into, and fit close to the leg of most of the people we saw wear them. Full flexibility is indeed there, but the cuff is not tight enough to eliminate all gaps at extreme ankling angles. Instead, the extended cuff is designed to be worn under the cuff of a pair of tights to create a full seal while still allowing range of motion.Besides the XFrame lacing, ClimaFlex cuff, GoreTex Kelvin, the road going RR and off-road XCM get their own carbon soles with tread optimized for cold weather use. They also get Arctic footbeds that mix layers of fleece and aluminum to reflect heat back into the foot to keep your toes warm.Both shoes come in a 39-48 size range (half sizes from 39.5-45.5) and are available only in black for 280€. The road RR should weigh around 365g per shoe, while the mountain XCM tips the scales at 448g. Both versions are heading out through distribution channels as we type, so should be available within a week or two from now.Northwave Flash & Raptor Arctic GTX & GTXComing down from the top end Extreme GTX shoes, Northwave continues a broad range of the new ‘winter shoes, not winter boots’ concept. Also using Northwave’s SLW2 dial closure (with no plastic internal parts, and fine adjustment) & same Dyneema cable, the road Flash and off-road Raptor names get more options.Flash/Raptor Arctic GTX combine the new flexible ClimaFlex cuff with Arctic level insulation and a GoreTex membrane, with a slightly more affordable upper and simple cable loop (middle above) still rated down to -10°C (14°F). If you don’t need so much insulation, the Flash/Raptor GTX (rear above, camo) drop the extra insulation while keeping the ClimaFlex cuff and GoreTex membrane for comfortable riding in the cold & wet down to -3°C (27°F)Northwave Flash & Raptor THCompletely new to the winter line-up for Northwave this year are a set of insulated shoes that share some tech from the high top shoes, but stick to a low-cut shoe for use in less extreme climates.Again you get the exact same lower construction of the Flash & Raptor GTX shoes, but ditch the GoreTex liner and extended cuff. The Flash & Raptor TH then use 200g Thinsultae insulation to keep your feel cozy for late fall & early spring riding when wet roads & trails are less of a concern, rated for 0-15°C (32-59°F) riding.Available for 160€ in either the road Flash TH or mountain Raptor TH, the shoes get the same reinforced construction, mid-level carbon reinforced soles & SLW2 dial closure of the high top shoes. The Flash TH weighs 293g and the Raptor TH 378g, with the broader 37-48 size range (half sizes from 39.5-45.5) range as the Flash/Raptors with the extended cuff.X-Cross GTX, Outcross Plus GTX & YetiNot to be left out, Northwave does carry over a few actual winter boots, even as they push the shoes over boots ideal. The X-Cross GTX (front above) is the latest update to their long running winter mountain bike boot, keeping things simple with the more rigid upper. The Yeti then is the shoe if your winter riding is even more extreme. With ratings down to -20°C (-4°F) Northwave themselves said they don’t expect a lot of riders to be looking for this kind of deep winter boot. But for those who ride in the coldest of winters, a proper expedition-level winter mountain bike boot is a must.The last of the new winter shoes is a lower cost Outcross Plus GTX which pairs a more flexible reinforce nylon mountain bike sole with a 2-velcro strap, 1 dial closure and a GoreTex liner.Northwave.com
View Comments Alexander Hanson(Photo provided by the National Theatre) West End stars Alexander Hanson and Joanna Riding will take on the roles of Ben Stone and Sally Durant Plummer in the upcoming return run of the National Theatre’s Olivier-winning production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies. They take over for Philip Quast and Imelda Staunton, who originated the roles in the production. Dominic Cooke directs the musical, set to run from February 12 through April 6, 2019 at the Olivier Theatre.Hanson is an Olivier nominee for his turn in Trevor Nunn’s acclaimed staging of Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s A Little Night Music. Hanson made his Broadway debut reprising that performance.Riding is a two-time Olivier winner for Carousel and My Fair Lady. She was also nominated for her turns in Guys and Dolls, The Witches of Eastwick and The Girls.They will be joined by original stars of Cooke’s staging, including Janie Dee as Phyllis Rogers Stone, Peter Forbes as Buddy Plummer and Tracie Bennett as Carlotta Campion, along with Julie Armstrong as Christine Donovan, Lindsay Atherton as Young Carlotta, Rosanna Bates as Young Emily, Jeremy Batt as Young Theodore, Billy Boyle as Theodore Whitman, Anouska Eaton as Young Deedee, Vanessa Fisher as Young Stella, Caroline Fitzgerald as Sandra Crane, Geraldine Fitzgerald as Solange LaFitte, Bruce Graham as Roscoe, Adrian Grove as Sam Deems, Harry Hepple as Young Buddy, Aimee Hodnett as Young Sandra, Dawn Hope as Stella Deems, Liz Izen as Deedee West, Alison Langer as Young Heidi, Sarah-Marie Maxwell as Young Solange, Ian McIntosh as Young Ben, Claire Moore as Hattie Walker, Gary Raymond as Dimitri Weismann, Rohan Richards as Kevin, Joanna Riding as Sally Durant Plummer, Lisa Ritchie as Young Hattie, Myra Sands as Emily Whitman, Gemma Sutton as Young Sally, Monica Swayne as Young Christine and Christine Tucker as Young Phyllis. Felicity Lott will play Heidi Schiller from February 22 until mid-April, after which Josephine Barstow will assume the role.The ensemble will include Kaye Brown, Liz Ewing, Alyn Hawke, Jasmine Kerr, Ian McLarnon, Tom Partridge, Michael Remick and Liam Wrate.The National’s Follies features Olivier-winning costume design by Vicki Mortimer, with choreography by Bill Deamer, musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, additional orchestrations by Josh Clayton, musical director Nigel Lilley, lighting design by Paule Constable and sound designer by Paul Groothuis.Gear up for the London return of Follies with Tracie Bennett’s showstopping performance of “I’m Still Here” at the Olivier Awards ceremony.
Every couple of years, legal aid administrators from around the world meet with concerned academics. In June, they gathered in Helsinki. This was less eventful than the previous conference in New Zealand. There, a government minister used his welcoming speech to announce the inquiry that led to the demise of the host organisation and its chief executive. These International Legal Aid Group (ILAG) conferences, socially pleasurable for delegates other than those given notice of their departure, have aided communication and the spread of ideas for almost 20 years. They also provide a good indicator of what is happening around the world. The major change from previous years was the silence of the English. Since ILAG started meeting in 1992, our Legal Services Commission and Ministry of Justice have been big players. Steve Orchard, the former and still revered chief executive of the Legal Aid Board, attended regularly. Hitherto, at some stage in the proceedings, the English delegation stood up to inform their audience of the latest developments in franchising, competitive tendering, CLACS, CLANS (once touted bodies whose initials no longer merit translation) and the work from the Legal Aid Board/Legal Services Commission in-house research arm. In 2007, the government even sent solicitor general Vera Baird to attend the ILAG conference in Antwerp. Alas, we have joined our predecessors, the Americans, as countries that once led the world on legal aid developments. There is little chance of spinning the current cuts as anything other than a slashing of entitlement to the poor and powerless. Wisely perhaps, no English official tried to do so. In our absence, the Scots emerged in full force. Not without schadenfreude at the sad fate of their cousins south of the border, the Scots set out how they had been able to control their budget and extend eligibility. And they had a point. The Scots are hoping to deliver their cuts without the draconian slash-and-burn tactics adopted by Kenneth Clarke. Their line is that you can reduce expenditure but not services. In consequence, few Scottish lawyers are great fans of the Scottish Legal Aid Board, which has been happy to squeeze remuneration – use a few public defenders to encourage the profession to keep in line; and tighten up on merits tests for legal aid. However, Scottish managers claim to have won a significant battle in getting the Scottish government to look at legal aid as an element within the whole justice system and one which has identifiable social and economic benefits. Notably, they have avoided, at least to date, the siren calls of grand gestures like franchising and competitive tendering that so seduced the English without delivering very much. The conference revealed another new development. The 86 delegates came from 26 countries. Legal aid may be on the ropes in countries such as the US, Canada, Australia and the UK but, elsewhere, albeit from a low base, others are hastening to build their legal aid provision. Brazil, for example, is expanding its national network of public defenders at a rapid rate. China was represented in force at the conference. The stimulus for many of these other countries is, in one way or another, human rights and the standards of international human rights treaties. Brazil has expressly enacted a statutory commitment to defence of ‘the fundamental rights of the needy encompassing individual, collective, social, economic, cultural and environmental rights’. For countries in, or aspiring to join, the EU, there is the extra incentive to meet requirements for defence rights in criminal cases because of the EU programme to protect the rights of suspects and defendants. This was one issue on which the otherwise contented Scots were on the back foot – a recent Supreme Court decision has required them belatedly to establish a police station duty solicitor scheme. The European Convention has, of course, provided some measure of defence for criminal and public law from the current round of English cuts. Overall, international conventions on fair trial rights are beginning to play a larger role both in the expansion and reduction of legal aid services. Some of the most interesting Helsinki discussion related to the use of new technology and the web. The Dutch government has even invested in a consortium of organisations that run a website named Innovating Justice. This is designed to keep the Dutch at the cutting edge of new developments in the delivery of legal services. Even more interesting is the development of various forms of online dispute resolution (becoming known as ODR), where the medium becomes the message: the net provides the resolution of the dispute. Understandably, the US leads the world in this area. You can get online legal assistance with sites such as Legal Zoom offering document preparation. Chicago-Kent University has developed a programme, A2j, which goes one step beyond and helps you, should you wish, to build a programme that takes the user through a legal process (for example, changing their name). This provides an avatar to guide you. At the moment, she is a static cartoon rather than the fully mobile versions that infiltrated Pandora’s Eden in the movie, Avatar. However, things will clearly develop that way. Helsinki is a pretty agreeable location in which to spend a couple of days reviewing the global direction of legal aid. Finland actually has an excellent legal aid scheme that combines salaried and private providers. Publicly funded legal services have been delivered in Helsinki for over 120 years, probably longer than anywhere else in the world. For the silenced English, attendance provided all too short a respite from the chill winds that cross our once fertile, but now barren, legal aid landscape. Join our LinkedIn Legal Aid sub-group Roger Smith is director of the law reform and human rights organisation Justice
Super Falcons captain, Rita Chikwelu recently put pen to paper extending her stay with Swedish side, Kristianstad according to reports coming out of the club.The Super Falcons midfielder who alongside Onome Ebi led Nigeria to her ninth Women’s Africa Cup of Nations title (AWCON) in December, will now remain with the Swedish side for another year. Thus extending her stay at the Vilans IP Stadium until the end of the 2018-19 season.Having joined from fellow Swedish side, Umea in 2016, Chikwelu who is in her ninth season in Sweden scored five goals as her side finished fourth on the log with 39 points from 22 games last season.Also, information from the club’s website reveals that the Super Falcons Captain will now wear the no. 18 jersey in the new season which resumes in April.Related