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Cabinet to consider emergency power plan as Eskom asks for 5 000 MW breathing space

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said Cabinet would consider several emergency power supply options at its meeting on Friday. He indicated during a briefing at Eskom's Megawatt Park head office that the power utility needed 5 000 MW of additional supply to help it address a deficit that has... 

Cabinet to consider emergency power plan as Eskom asks for 5 000 MW breathing space

Eskom wants emission exemptions

By: Bloomberg     Updated 2 hours 1 minute ago Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s biggest polluter, has asked for additional emission exemptions at two of its biggest plants, a request that will increase environmental protests against the State-owned utility at a time when it’s already being slammed for rolling power cuts. Eskom, which is... 

Salvokop mixed-use development example of new, integrated urban development, says De Lille 

By: Simone Liedtke     11th December 2019 The establishment of Salvokop, in Tshwane, as a mixed-use development by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) would drive integration and act as a catalyst for private sector investment, Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille announced on Wednesday. She... 

Salvokop mixed-use development example of new, integrated urban development, says De Lille
Photo by Reuters
Patricia de Lille

Cape Town central train line still suspended as officials seek cable theft solution

By: News24Wire      Updated 3 hours ago Cape Town central train line still suspended as officials seek cable theft solution Train commuters on Cape Town's central line are still without rail services as continued fears over cable theft, safety and subsequent repairs have hindered Metrorail's services. 

Court dismisses Myeni's bid to have Outa withdraw from delinquency case

By: News24Wire      Updated 1 hour 46 minutes ago The High Court in Pretoria on Thursday dismissed former South African Airways (SAA) board chairperson Dudu Myeni's application challenging the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse's involvement in a case which seeks to have her declared a delinquent director. 

 Court dismisses Myeni's bid to have Outa withdraw from delinquency case
Former SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni

Cape Town to Mantashe: Avoid 'costly litigation' by allowing municipalities to buy their own electricity

By: News24Wire      Updated 2 hours 38 minutes ago The City of Cape Town has written to the minister of mineral resources and energy asking that it and other municipalities be permitted to buy electricity directly from independent power producers (IPPs), avoiding a pending court case.  Acting mayor Ian Neilson said in a statement on Wednesday... 

 Cape Town to Mantashe: Avoid 'costly litigation' by allowing municipalities to buy their own electricity
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe

Rainfall lifts Gauteng dam levels

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 3 hours ago Gauteng’s dam levels have increased following days of persistent rainfall, leaving some dams above the 100% level. The Department of Water and Sanitation estimates the province’s dams are at an average 111.3% full, a significant increase when compared with the 88.2% registered last week. 

South African mining revival threatened as power cuts take toll

By: Bloomberg     Updated 4 hours ago When South Africa’s State-owned utility announced record power cuts on Monday afternoon, Impala Platinum Holdings had two hours to hoist thousands of workers from 1 km deep shafts. The deepening crisis at debt-ridden Eskom Holdings shut down South Africa’s key mining industry for 24 hours,... 

South African mining revival threatened as power cuts take toll

Trade conditions to remain subdued for foreseeable term

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 58 minutes ago The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) says trade conditions remained in negative territory in November. The seasonally adjusted Trade Activity Index (TAI), as a measure of recent trade conditions, improved by one point to 43 in November.  

Juwi completes first stage of Agnew hybrid mini-grid

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 2 hours 57 minutes ago International project developer Juwi has successfully completed the first stage of the development of one of Australia’s largest hybrid renewable micro-grid projects. Juwi’s Australian subsidiary, Juwi Renewable Energy, had installed a 4 MW single axis tracking photovoltaic system at Gold... 

Juwi completes first stage of Agnew hybrid mini-grid
Gold Fields' hybrid renewable energy project at Agnew gold mine

Icasa to review end-user charter’s impact 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2019 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) plans to investigate whether the amended End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations are being adhered to. The authority is calling for public comments and submissions, within 30 days, on its intention to undertake a... 

Reliable, affordable data connectivity issues still plague Africa – Seacom

By: African News Agency      Updated 1 hour 51 minutes ago Despite developments on international subsea infrastructure, reliable and affordable data connectivity issues continue to plague Africa, with internet penetration only increasing in recent years largely due to the roll out of mobile networks, pan-African telecoms company Seacom says. Sixteen of... 

Load-shedding threatens critical cold storage, water management in agri sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 1 hour 58 minutes ago Industry association Agri SA on Thursday shared its view on how load-shedding has impacted on the agricultural sector. Agri SA Centre of Excellence chairperson Nicol Jansen says Eskom’s implementation of Stage 6 load-shedding on Monday evening caught the South African economy off guard,... 

Load-shedding threatens critical cold storage, water management in agri sector

Tongaat to ask JSE for resumed trade only late in January

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2019 JSE-listed sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has decided to only ask the JSE to lift the suspension in the trading of its shares after it publishes its trading statement for the six months ended September 30. The company in its results for the year ended March 31, published on Tuesday, indicated... 

Metair completes Romanian battery factory, mulls sale of energy storage business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2019 JSE-listed automotive components maker Metair has successfully completed the installation of the company’s first lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing and assembly facility in Bucharest, Romania. The facility will start producing cells from the second quarter of next year, at a capacity of... 

Bell Equipment completes BEE transaction

By: Simone Liedtke     11th December 2019 In demonstrating its ongoing commitment to transformation and black economic empowerment (BEE) ownership in South Africa, machine industry company Bell Equipment’s Bell Equipment Company South Africa (Becsa) and Bell Equipment Sales South Africa (Bessa) subsidiaries have entered into transactions... 

Manufacturing key to 4IR, economic prosperity

By: Simone Liedtke     11th December 2019 Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) organising committee MD Namir Hourani says the manufacturing sector is key to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of GMIS, in Pretoria, on Tuesday, he explained that the sector –... 

Manufacturing key to 4IR, economic prosperity
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
GMIS organising committee MD Namir Hourani

South Africa risks becoming a ‘forgotten country,’ top banker warns

By: Bloomberg     11th December 2019 South Africa must move quickly to implement the reforms needed to salvage its status as an investment destination and breathe life into the struggling economy, a senior banker said. “South Africa is rapidly becoming a forgotten country and has stopped being talked about as an investment... 

Goldman Sachs names new head of Johannesburg office

By: Reuters     11th December 2019 US investment bank Goldman Sachs has appointed Jonathan Penkin as head of its Johannesburg office, the bank's base for sub-Saharan Africa where the current chief executive is retiring at the end of the year. Penkin, who will relocate to Johannesburg, will be named CEO of Goldman Sachs... 

Cape Town to spend R65m on new transport facility in Somerset West

By: African News Agency      11th December 2019 The Cape Town council said on Wednesday it would spend approximately R65-million to construct a new public transport interchange in Somerset West. Mayoral committee member for transport Felicity Purchase said this was the biggest public investment in the central business district in recent years,... 

Global airline sector to increase its profits next year, but African airlines to continue losses

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 1 hour 51 minutes ago The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has forecast that the world airline industry will achieve its eleventh consecutive year of profit next year. The industry’s 2020 profit is predicted to come to $29.3-billion, up from the $25.9-billion expected for this year (this latter figure... 

Alphabet's Loon agrees airspace deal with Uganda for internet balloon service

By: Reuters     11th December 2019 Loon, a unit of Google's owner Alphabet, which uses high-altitude balloons to provide mobile internet to remote areas, has signed a key access airspace agreement with Uganda. The deal grants Loon overflight rights crucial to its plans to provide floating balloon-enabled internet services in... 

Uganda's Umeme gets $70m loan for national grid expansion

By: Reuters     Updated 1 hour 47 minutes ago Umeme, the Ugandan power distributor, said on Thursday it has secured $70-million in a syndicated loan to fund infrastructure upgrades and grid expansion. The loan was agreed with the World Bank's private lending arm IFC, South Africa's Standard Bank and Dutch development bank FMO. 

African cities bet on new technology to fix growing water shortages

By: Reuters     11th December 2019 From solar-powered ground pumps to 3D-printed filters, new technology can help solve water shortages in African cities facing rapid growth, entrepreneurs and policymakers said. These were among the solutions discussed at a summit hosted by the Islamic Development Bank in Senegal's capital Dakar... 

Emergency electricity supply options 

Updated 2 hours 31 minutes ago Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the tight electricity demand and supply situation and the options available to government to help bridge the gap.   

Emergency electricity supply options

Eskom to continue with rotational blackouts on Thursday

By: African News Agency      Updated 4 hours ago Power utility Eskom said it would continue with rolling blackouts on Thursday, suppressing up to 2 000 MW of demand on a staggered basis until 11 pm to avoid collapsing the strained national grid. In the latest update on the electricity crisis which saw it implement unprecedented Stage 6... 

Eskom to continue with rotational blackouts on Thursday

OptiPower making progress on EC wind farm project, welcomes benefits of M&R buyout  

Updated 4 hours ago Transmission and distribution services provider OptiPower Projects, which was recently acquired by Murray & Roberts, is progressing with its work on the Golden Valley Wind Farm, in the Eastern Cape. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

OptiPower making progress on EC wind farm project, welcomes benefits of M&R buyout

Ramaphosa: 'There has been a measure of sabotage' behind power cuts 

By: News24Wire      11th December 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that sabotage contributed to recent uninterrupted load-shedding. Ramaphosa is briefing the media on Eskom after cutting short an official visit to Egypt. The president said that while a number of factors contributed to recent rotational power cuts, including... 

Ramaphosa: 'There has been a measure of sabotage' behind power cuts
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Top gold sector investor demands more action on carbon emissions

By: Reuters     11th December 2019 South Africa's biggest money manager has written to 22 gold mining companies asking them to disclose data on the emissions they cause, adding to pressure on the resources sector to tackle climate change. Investec Asset Management, which manages around £111-billion, including over $1-billion in... 

'I am not the minister responsible for Eskom' – Mantashe says he is not to blame for blackouts 

By: News24Wire      11th December 2019 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says South Africans should not blame him for Eskom's woes, pointing out that the power utility is actually part of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan's area of responsibility. The minister, who faced widespread criticism this week, was... 

'I am not the minister responsible for Eskom' – Mantashe says he is not to blame for blackouts
Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Edenville inks two key coal supply contracts

By: Simone Liedtke     11th December 2019 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has signed two new significant contracts to supply washed coal from the company’s flagship Rukwa coal project, in western Tanzania. The two contracts are for the supply of up to 6 000 t and up to 3 000 t, respectively, of washed coal a month to industrial customers in... 

Newly appointed South African army chief dies

By: African News Agency      11th December 2019 The chief of the South African army, lieutenant-general Thabiso Collin Mokhosi, died on Tuesday morning at Unitas Hospital following a short illness.  Mokhosi was promoted to the position on November 1.  

Mining companies resuming operations after Stage 6 load-shedding impact 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2019 JSE-listed Harmony Gold has resumed shifts at its nine South African underground gold mines from Tuesday afternoon, after power utility Eskom had returned to lower stages of load-shedding. London-listed Petra Diamonds also resumed its South African mining operations on Tuesday, albeit at a 20%... 

Mining companies resuming operations after Stage 6 load-shedding impact

Eskom’s Oberholzer: ‘Grid has been abused for far too long and we’re now reaping the reward’ 

By: News24Wire      11th December 2019 South Africa's national electricity grid has been abused for too long and both Eskom and the country are now suffering the consequences of a management approach that all but ignored the health of the system. "The electricity system has been abused for far too long. For at least ten years the... 

 Eskom’s Oberholzer: ‘Grid has been abused for far too long and we’re now reaping the reward’
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Eskom implements Stage 2 load-shedding on Wednesday

By: News24Wire      11th December 2019 Electricity company Eskom said it was implementing Stage 2 load-shedding until 11 pm on Wednesday as capacity remained constrained, albeit at a lesser level than earlier in the week, adding that the probability for further rolling blackouts remained high for the rest of the week. "Load-shedding... 

Eskom implements Stage 2 load-shedding on Wednesday

Eskom: Multiple systems failures but grid remains stable and ‘won’t collapse’

By: News24Wire      11th December 2019 Eskom, the beleaguered national electricity utility, is suffering from multiple system failures at power stations around the country brought about by poor planning, old and malfunctioning infrastructure, an acute lack of skills and a loss of institutional expertise. Internal Eskom status updates... 

 Eskom: Multiple systems failures but grid remains stable and ‘won’t collapse’

Blackouts weighing heavily on business cycle - SACCI

By: African News Agency      11th December 2019 South Africa's rotational blackouts are placing the country's prospects of economic recovery under severe pressure and weighing heavily on businesses, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) has said.  "We have received many complaints from businesses in the retail and other... 

SANDF splashes R20.5m on luxury German cars, but says funding shortfall is impacting on maintaining military base in Centurion

By: News24Wire      11th December 2019 While the South African National Defence Force was unable to maintain the Thaba Tshwane military base in Centurion due to "predominantly a lack of funds", it has managed to find the cash to spend R20.5-million on "luxury vehicles", valued at over R600 000 each, for senior management in the... 

SANDF splashes R20.5m on luxury German cars, but says funding shortfall is impacting on maintaining military base in Centurion
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