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Boiler-tube leaks playing big role in rise of unplanned losses to over 12 000 MW 

By: Terence Creamer     20th March 2019 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has confirmed that boiler-tube leaks are significant contributor to unplanned losses of more than 12 000 MW across its coal fleet. The underperformance of the coal fleet, including those units in commercial operation at the Medupi and Kusile projects, is... 

Boiler-tube leaks playing big role in rise of unplanned losses to over 12 000 MW
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Brics Bank to lend Eskom up to $780m 

By: Bloomberg     20th March 2019 The New Development Bank (NDB) plans to lend as much as $780-million to Eskom for infrastructure projects this year as the ailing power utility battles to keep power supply steady. Eskom, which on Wednesday entered a seventh day of controlled power cuts, is contending with operational and... 

Gauteng launches 2019 travel survey to assist with transport planning 

By: Irma Venter     20th March 2019 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport (DoRT) has launched a general household travel survey (GHTS) to assist it in determining travel needs and patterns within the province. The last survey was conducted in 2014. 

Gauteng launches 2019 travel survey to assist with transport planning
Photo by Dylan Slater
Dr Ismail Vadi

Criminals hinder South African building projects

By: Bloomberg     20th March 2019 A South African engineering contractors’ lobby group has asked the government to better enforce security as criminals have disrupted or vandalised R25.5-billion of construction projects across the country. Armed gangs “recently” disrupted the R1.65-billion Mtentu Bridge project, in the Eastern... 

AMSA disputes Numsa’s claims

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2019 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expressed its disappointment on Wednesday, following the publication of a statement by National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday, that claimed that some AMSA employees are forced to work even if conditions are dangerous. Numsa, which has... 

South Africa's FDI inflows reach five-year high in 2018

By: Reuters     20th March 2019 South Africa's foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows rose to a five-year high of R70.7-billion in 2018 from R26.8-billion the prior year, the central bank said on Wednesday, despite outflows in the final quarter of last year. The 2018 FDI inflows were the highest since 2013, when the country... 

SARB likely to hold rates on March 28

By: Reuters     20th March 2019 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) is expected to leave interest rates unchanged next week, and with a weak currency threatening to stoke inflation, it probably won't cut rates this year, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday. Inflation in Africa's most industrialized economy is currently below... 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa produces 500 000th W205 C-Class

By: Irma Venter     20th March 2019 The 500 000th W205 C-Class – the current model – rolled off the line at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) assembly plant in East London, in the Eastern Cape, on March 16. MBSA also this year celebrates 25 years of manufacturing the C-Class sedan and 25 years of women on the production line. 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa produces 500 000th W205 C-Class

Port of Durban records higher 2018 cargo volumes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 The Port of Durban has recorded volume growth in the container, liquid bulk and dry bulk sectors in 2018, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) reported on Wednesday. Container volumes increased by 9.5% year-on-year to 2.96-million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). Of this, container... 

Omnia expects positive full-year revenue growth but lower earnings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 In line with its stated strategy to become a more diversified and balanced business with exposure to global markets, Omnia Holdings has realised positive revenue growth in the 2019 financial year, to date. This included revenue growth in new markets owing to a focus on global expansion based on... 

Aveng appoints M&R veteran Jerome Govender MD for mining division

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2019 Construction major Aveng has appointed Jerome Govender MD for Moolmans – Aveng’s mining arm and one of the company’s two core businesses – effective April 1. Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack says Govender has the necessary skills and 25 years of construction industry experience to lead... 

Rising energy costs, rates and taxes worry property owners

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) members have expressed concern about matters that may affect the sustainability of their assets in South Africa and the association is taking every effort to help its members tackle the various challenges they face, Sapoa president Ipeleng Mkhari... 

Rovuma could propel Mozambique to top LNG producer globally – Standard Bank

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2019 An independent macroeconomic study undertaken by Standard Bank has found that the first phase of Area 4 concession’s Rovuma liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, in Mozambique, has the potential to deliver 15.2-million tonnes of LNG a year. The project is expected to attract between $27-billion... 

Rovuma could propel Mozambique to top LNG producer globally – Standard Bank
Standard Bank Southern Africa oil and gas head Paul Eardley-Taylor

Communications Minister removes Mohlaloga as Icasa chair

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has given effect to a National Assembly resolution and removed Rubben Mohlaloga as a councillor and chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). On March 19, the National Assembly resolved that Mohlaloga should be... 

Ceta to present five-year SMME strategy at summit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2019 The Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) will present its five-year strategy for progressing small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the built environment sector at the Ceta SMME Summit later this month. The summit will highlight the current SMME landscape in the... 

Fluor JV completes EPC work at Sasol’s US petrochem complex

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2019 NYSE-listed engineering construction multinational Fluor Corporation, in a joint venture (JV) with TechnipFMC, has completed its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) management services scope of work at Sasol’s petrochemicals complex, in Westlake, Louisiana, in the US. The JV... 

ACSA reports successful CBMT training for Cape Town communities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 Forty-five community members from the informal settlements of Freedom Farm and Malawi Camp this week graduated in Competency Based Modular Training (CBMT) in House Building. The training, which started in September 2018 at a cost of R1.3-million, marks the second such initiative for Airports... 

South African scientist wins Stockholm Water Prize

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2019 The Stockholm International Water Institute has announced South African scientist Dr Jacqueline King the winner of the Stockholm Water Prize, which many consider the “Nobel prize” for water. King will be the first African scientist to receive the award and she joins previous winners Professor... 

Dangote's Nigeria tomato plant resumes after years of idling

By: Bloomberg     20th March 2019 A tomato-paste factory owned by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, resumed production in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano after staying idle for more than two years over a supply disruption partly caused by a price dispute with farmers. The factory, with a capacity for 1 200 metric tons of... 

Climate challenge harder than it seems, JP Morgan executive warns

By: Bloomberg     20th March 2019 The world isn’t cutting carbon emissions anywhere near quickly enough, a senior executive at JP Morgan Asset Management told clients this week – and changing that will require far harder choices than most people realise. In his annual 'Energy Outlook' report, Michael Cembalest, chairperson of... 

Mogadishu jittery about withdrawal of AU troops

By: African News Agency      20th March 2019 Mogadishu is growing jittery about the planned withdrawal of African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops from Somalia, according to a report on Wednesday. On February 16, AMISOM commanders met in the Somali capital to agree on a plan to execute the mission’s new Concept of Operations (Conops), a... 

Novo Energy launches R130m gas compression facility 

20th March 2019 Energy solutions company Novo Energy earlier this month launched a R130-million large-scale natural gas compression facility, in Mpumalanga. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more. 

Novo Energy launches R130m gas compression facility

Accounting institute to investigate Jooste, La Grange in Steinhoff saga

By: African News Agency      20th March 2019 The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) on Tuesday, said that it would investigate two of its members implicated in 'alleged improper conduct' related to the Steinhoff accounting fraud saga. In heated discussions on the matter among various parliamentary committees on... 

Egypt, Nissan agree to produce 100 000 cars a year – Minister

By: Reuters     20th March 2019 Egyptian state-owned carmaker El Nasr Automotive Manufacturing and Japan's Nissan have reached an initial agreement to produce 100 000 cars a year in Egypt, the minister for public enterprises said on Tuesday. The agreement is part of efforts to boost the proportion of locally made auto... 

Eskom says will continue with rotating powercuts

By: African News Agency      20th March 2019 Eskom said on Wednesday it would press on with rotating blackouts, suppressing 2 000 MW of demand at a given time until 9 am, before doubling that to 4 000 MW till 11 pm to avoid tripping the entire national grid. "This is due to a shortage of capacity. Eskom’s maintenance teams are working round... 

 Eskom says will continue with rotating powercuts

Eskom provides update on electricity crisis 

20th March 2019 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza on Tuesday held a media briefing to discuss the current electricity crisis. Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer joins Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn in studio to discuss the highlights of the media briefing, as well... 

Eskom provides update on electricity crisis.

Financial markets driven by politics, rather than economic fundamentals – Peregrine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2019 The world is in an era of populism and nationalism, marked by the rapid rise of politicians echoing the message of a “selfish” State, effectively making the geopolitical landscape a treacherous one, says Peregrine Treasury Solutions. Corporate treasury manager Bianca Botes noted in a release... 

NUM says Ramaphosa assured union no jobs would be lost in Eskom unbundling

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Tuesday confirmed that it had met with President Cyril Ramaphosa, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Energy Minister Jeff Radebe this week. The union noted, however, that it still needed to consult with its members employed at Eskom, on the... 

Phaswana to retire as Mondi joint chairperson

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2019 LSE- and JSE-listed packaging and paper group Mondi on Tuesday announced that Fred Phaswana, joint chairperson of the boards of Mondi Limited and Mondi, has informed the boards of his decision to retire. Phaswana will retire after the completion of the company’s proposed simplification, which is... 

Davies hails Hisense’s R72m investment in Atlantis factory expansion

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2019 Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies has hailed Hisense’s investment of R72-million into its refrigeration and television production lines at its factory in Atlantis, in Cape Town, as an “important achievement” and “another example of the fruits of South Africa’s successful partnership... 

Greenpeace opposes Eskom’s application to postpone air quality legislation compliance

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2019 Nonprofit organisation Greenpeace Africa on Tuesday reaffirmed its opposition to State-owned Eskom’s application for further postponements and/or suspensions from air quality legislation. The organisation explained that, in the interests of realising the Constitutional right to a healthy... 

Greenpeace opposes Eskom’s application to postpone air quality legislation compliance
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Greenpeace global air pollution unit lead analyst Lauri Myllyvirta

Numsa members continue strike at AMSA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has met with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to help resolve the strike at steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA). The union said in a statement on Tuesday that it had been unable to reach an... 

Imperial roof collapse inquiry to take a recess, reconvene in June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2019 The Imperial Logistics construction structural collapse inquiry will go on recess and reconvene on June 18. The Department of Labour (DoL) in January launched an investigation into the causes of the roof collapse of a building, which was under construction on the premises of Imperial Logistics,... 

Eskom to seek special procurement dispensation to help it address ‘crisis’ 

By: Terence Creamer     19th March 2019 Crisis-ridden power utility Eskom is approaching the Auditor-General and the National Treasury to seek approval for a special procurement dispensation that will allow it to accelerate the purchase of critical goods and services required to address ongoing breakdowns of its coal fleet. The... 

Eskom to seek special procurement dispensation to help it address ‘crisis’
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza

Eskom, government plans for Stage 5 and Stage 6 load-shedding to stave off national blackouts  

By: News24Wire      19th March 2019 Eskom and government have started planning for Stage 5 and Stage 6 load-shedding, according to officials who say that there is a race against time to ensure that a national blackout and grid collapse does not happen.  Stage 5 and Stage 6 load shedding imply shedding 5 000 MW and 6 000 MW... 

 Eskom, government plans for Stage 5 and Stage 6 load-shedding to stave off national blackouts

We only have ourselves to blame – Eskom COO 

By: News24Wire      19th March 2019 Eskom only has itself to blame for the lapse of a contract for early detection of maintenance failures, according to Eskom chief operations officer (COO) Jan Oberholzer. There are currently seven generating units which have broken down due to boiler tube leaks as Eskom struggles to maintain its... 

 We only have ourselves to blame – Eskom COO

Menar’s Canyon offers Eskom cheaper coal on open-book basis  

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2019 Coal mining company Canyon Coal, a Menar group company, is prepared to offer coal to State-owned electricity utility Eskom at a cheaper price on an open-book basis from two new projects. The Menar group, which does not supply coal to Eskom at present, employs 3 500 people on a R7-billion asset... 

Menar MD and Canyon Coal executive chairperson Vuslat Bayoğlu talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photos: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Mapisa-Nqakula cancels meeting with Mozambique counterpart

By: African News Agency      19th March 2019 The Defence and Military Veterans Minister has announced the cancellation of a meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday with her counterpart from neighbouring Mozambique, which has been hit by the deadly Cyclone Idai that has left a trail of death and destruction. "Owing to unforeseen... 

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