Green Hour Podcasts

31 December 2017

Green Hour Podcasts

In 2011 The Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation  (SAEEC) joined forces with Gareth Burley, on Kingfisher FM in Nelson Mandela Bay, to start a national conversation on energy efficiency called The Green Hour radio show.  The show won two prestigious awards in 2012 namely the International Association of Energy Engineers Best Community Project and Eskom’s eta Award in the Energy Efficiency Awareness category.  Green Hour (GH) show topics are selected on the basis that they show case champions in our communities that have made sustainable differences and to share their energy saving tips. The Green Hour continues to share these good news stories and inspire others on Wednesday mornings at 08h00 live on Kingfisher FM, 103.8 and 107.5, in Nelson Mandela Bay. You can also listen live via streaming on via your cell phone or computer.
For more information on The Green Hour please contact Gareth at or on 0413689740 
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Green Hour interview from the Nuclear Africa Conference with Tim Yeo
Tim Yeo, former UK parliamentarian and Chair of New Nuclear Watch, will be back in the country on the 27 March to partake in the Nuclear Africa conference taking place between the 29 -30 March.
Tim, was here last year to release an economic report developed by the Trusted Source Group that assessed the economic consequences for South Africa if Government were to go ahead with the Nuclear build program. 
Tim is here, this year to speak on the consequences of Brexit for the UK’s nuclear programme and the broader implications for Nuclear in Europe. Based on this understanding, Tim will delve into why it is critical that South Africa continue with its nuclear build programme if it stands any chance of radically industrialising the country.
He will also touch on the importance of having a competitive and transparent tender process if South Africa is to get a good deal - A lesson the UK learnt the hard way through its Hinkley project. 


Green Hour interview for World Water Day
Water, as we all know, is running out in many parts of South Africa. And the thought of not having water to drink, wash in, prepare food with, is terrifying. But for so many South Africans, living without safe drinking water has become the day-to-day norm. Interview with Tony Davidson from the Rotary SafeWater Project, who speaks about what it takes to ensure safe water for families and communities across South Africa. 


Interview (part 1 & 2) with Nuclear specialist Ben Heard from Australia
Ben is a PhD Candidate at the University of Adelaide and is recognized globally as a leading voice for the use of nuclear technologies to address the most pressing global challenges.
Ben’s Key talking points: 
“A comprehensive review of the feasibility of 100% renewable-electricity systems”
  • Many modelled scenarios have been published claiming to show that a 100% renewable electricity system is achievable, there is no historical evidence that demonstrates that such systems are feasible. 
  • Of the studies published to date, 24 have forecast regional, national or global energy requirements at sufficient detail to be considered potentially credible.
  • Ben has critically reviewed these studies using four novel feasibility criteria for reliable electricity systems needed to meet electricity demand this century.
    • (1) consistency with mainstream energy demand forecasts; 
    • (2) simulating supply to meet demand reliably at hourly, half-hourly, and five-minute timescales, with resilience to extreme climate events; 
    • (3) identifying necessary transmission and distribution requirements; 
    • (4) maintaining the provision of essential ancillary services. 
  • Evaluated against these objective criteria, none of the 24 studies provides convincing evidence that these basic feasibility criteria can be met. 
  • Strong empirical evidence of feasibility must be demonstrated for any study that attempts to construct or model a low-carbon energy future based on any combination of low-carbon technology. 
  • Based on this review, efforts to date seem to have substantially underestimated the challenge and delayed the identification and implementation of effective and comprehensive decarbonisation pathways.


Part 1


 Part 2



   Interview with Eskom Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe on the following:
  • The Eskom’s brand campaign POWERING YOUR WORLD was officially launched this month.
  • Through this campaign we seek to educate South Africans on the origination of electricity; the 6900 processes it takes to bring electricity to South Africans.
  • Eskom staff works 24 hours/ 365 days to ensure that South Africans enjoy the benefits of electricity. 
  • To date Eskom has 4000 fulltime employees but has brought on 3000 consultants to work South Africa out of load shedding.
  • Thank you to the staff’s dedication South Africa hasn’t had load shedding in 17 months.
Through the sacrifices the Eskom staff put in, there are numerous dangers they face on a daily basis to ensure that the 6900 processes of generation, transmission and distribution are a continuous success.
The country’s energy status is very stable to the point that we are able to supply neighbouring countries with electricity which has been boosting South Africa’s economy.
South Africa’s President touched base on Eskom’s contribution to the economy, I think it would an interesting discussion if you also touched base on how Eskom is improving the economy.
The aim of this brand campaign is to get South Africans to keep in mind the process it took to bring electricity to their homes; to the point where they start appreciating the true value of electricity.


Interviews with the winners at the Clean Tech SA Awards:

  GCIP Martin Interview


  GCIP Sandiswa Interview


  GCIP Yolandi Interview



GH 174 - NMB Chamber wins case against NERSA

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GH176 - 2016 World Enviro Day with IWMSA (Waste Management)


GH175 - University Green Car Project (NMMU)


GH173- Nicholas


GH173- Global Clean Tech Innovation 


GH174 - My Power Station


GH173- Sizwe


Interview with the WWF CEO on the Earth Hour 


GH152 - DoE


GH151 - Eco-Logic Awards


GH150 - SpecSavers


GH147 - SAEE member Microcare celebrate 25 years of local Solar
Component Manufacturing


GH145 - Eskom's NEW Time of Use Adjustment - Deon Conradie


GH144 - Update on the PSEE project           


GH143 - Another company takes responsibility for their energy needs - Magnetic Storm


GH142 - African Energy Awards

GH140 - SAEE Patron of the year 2014



GH138 - Air Pollution


GH137 - Loadshedding options


GH 136 - Coega

GH135 - SAEE President on loadshedding and 2015 outlook 


GH134 - Dr Guy Preston


GH133 - Youth ecopreneur John Lucas


GH132 - Miss Earth 

GH131 - Rob Jeffrey Econometrix


GH130 - DUCT ecologic award winners               


GH129 - Transnet Port Terminals green project


GH128 - Hotel Verde


GH126 - Females in Energy Efficiency (FEE)


GH125 - eWaste week


GH124 - Carel Snyman EV


GH123 - Dr Mark Rawlins Enerserv

GH122 - Nedbank Kerri Savin


GH 119 - GBCSA eta Award winner 2013
GH118 - GreenStuff interview


GH 117 - Lil Green Monster interview
GH116 - eta Awards winner Don Boroughs







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