On the 17 July 2015 MISTRA and the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), hosted two parallel roundtables on Energy Choice and South African Innovations.
The keynote address was delivered by Sir Mark Walport, Chief Scientific Adviser for the government of the United Kingdom on Innovation: Managing risk, not avoiding it.
Roundtable 1: Roundtable on Energy Choice
The Energy Choice roundtable discussed South Africa’s identification of nuclear and shale gas as viable energy choice to address the “energy challenge”. The roundtable examined the available energy options and institutional capacity to bolster electricity supply and lower energy demand. A critical part of the deliberations at the workshop examined the reasoning behind the country’s strong focus on new nuclear and shale gas as long term energy options, despite numerous cost considerations, risk scenarios, environmental damage and global trends that disprove these choices.
· Words of welcome and Introduction: Mr
Joel Netshitenzhe (Executive
Director, MISTRA)Energy Choice RT JN.pdf
· Keynote Speaker: Sir Mark Walport (Chief Scientific Adviser, United Kingdom
· Energy Technologies: Mr Kevin
Nassiep (NACI Council Member) K Nassipe NACI.pdf
· Opening Remarks: Ms Tshilidzi Ramuedzisi (Chief Director: Planning, Department of
Energy) Tshilidzi Ramuedzisi.pdf
PANEL DISCUSSION: The nuclear and shale gas policy orientation and implications (including
relevance to the IRP and NDP).
· Legal, environmental and social ramifications of
fracking and nuclear: Dr David Fig (Biowatch
· Economics of Nuclear Energy and Technologies: Mr Tom Harris Tom Harris.pdf
of the gas market in South Africa:
Ms Wrenelle Stander (Sasol)
· Questionable nuclear build commitment, not
aligned with the IRP and NDP: Ms Ellen Davies (WWF)
· Environmental effects of shale gas fracking in
the USA, Botswana and South Africa: Mr
Jeffrey Barbee (Alliance Earth) Barbee.pdf
· Economics of Renewable Energy (solar and wind): Dr (Professor) Tobias Bischof-Niemz Bischof Niemz.pdf
Roundtable 2: The History of South African Innovations Colloquium
This MISTRA research project covers the evolution of South African systems of innovation from the pre-colonial era to the present. It takes a broad view of the system of innovation concept in order to capture institutional as well as technological change and innovation. This approach enables the grounding of systems of innovation in the relevant economic, political, cultural and historical contexts. From this perspective, the formation of systems of innovation over time may be seen as an ongoing process of evolution and mutation where local systems are constantly engaging with the regional and global environment, through exchange and collaboration, but also through conflict and subordination. In taking a long historical view of the evolution of systems of innovation, this research seeks to highlight the essential contingency of these systems and as a result open up the understanding of the current state of the South African system to the various possibilities of structural transformation.
To view programme for Roundtable 2: The History of South African Innovations Colloquium: The History of SA Innovations Colloquium Programme.pdf
Media Articles on the Energy Choice Roundtable:
Survival of the Unfittest. Op Ed by Velaphi Msimang Op Ed Velaphi Msimang.pdf
Nuclear Energy and Shale Gas may not be the best answer by Velaphi Msimang, The New Age, 17 July 2015 New Age Article.pdf
Warning on Nuclear Energy deal by Rapule Moatshe, Pretoria News, 18 July 2015 Pretoria News article.pdf