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Large power users say options to alleviate pressures need to be urgently unlocked

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago The Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) reiterated on Thursday that its members had several options available to alleviate South Africa’s electricity supply constraints, while warning that the risk of load-shedding would persist until new supply- and demand-side solutions were... 

Large power users say options to alleviate pressures need to be urgently unlocked
Mines such as Gold Fields are ready to invest in power projects

Eskom wants emission exemptions 

By: Bloomberg     12th December 2019 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... 

Eskom wants emission exemptions

MTN argues Commission's data recommendations not based on bigger view  

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 7 hours ago Telecommunications giant MTN on Thursday argued that the Competition Commission has localised their recommendations to an area that accounts for only a third of the operators current data revenue, with MTN’s pricing realistically deemed “in the middle of the road”. The issuance of the Competition... 

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

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2019 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

South African mining revival threatened as power cuts take toll 

By: Bloomberg     12th December 2019 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

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

By: News24Wire      12th December 2019 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, avoiding a pending court case. Acting mayor Ian Neilson said in a statement on Wednesday that if... 

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

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

By: News24Wire      12th December 2019 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. For the last month, commuters from areas such as Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain have been forced to make use of... 

Parliament seeking submissions on the Defence Amendment Bill

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th December 2019 The National Assembly’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans has called for written submissions from “stakeholders and interested parties” on the Defence Amendment Bill (Bill 18 of 2017). The National Assembly is the lower house of the South African Parliament. “The objective of... 

Trade conditions to remain subdued for foreseeable term

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2019 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.  

Rainfall lifts Gauteng dam levels

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2019 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. 

Growthpoint, Investec venture buys RMB Westport portfolio

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2019 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Investec African Properties (Giap) has successfully acquired the RMB Westport Real Estate Development Fund. The entity houses the assets developed and owned by Reit RMB Westport’s inaugural property development fund.  

Reliable, affordable data connectivity issues still plague Africa – Seacom

By: African News Agency      12th December 2019 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... 

Juwi completes first stage of Agnew hybrid mini-grid

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2019 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

Zambia's power supply deficit worsens as water levels sink

By: Reuters     12th December 2019 Zambia's electricity supply shortage increased to 810 MW in November from around 750 MW in September, State power firm Zesco said on Thursday, adding it would quickly commission new power plants to plug the gap. Africa's second-biggest copper producer has seen electricity supply dwindle due to... 

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

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th December 2019 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... 

Global airline sector to increase its profits next year, but African airlines to continue losses
Photo by IATA
Alexandre de Juniac

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

By: Reuters     12th December 2019 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. 

Farmers reeling from latest bout of load-shedding 

By: News24Wire      12th December 2019 Eskom's current load-shedding has struck in the middle of the Western Cape's fruit season, further hobbling a key industry that depends on a regular electricity supply, Geoff Jacobs, president of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said on Wednesday. The Western Cape fruit sector earns... 

 Farmers reeling from latest bout of load-shedding

Eskom: We have 'non-firm' power contracts with Zim and Zambia  

By: News24Wire      12th December 2019 Eskom's chief operations officer, Jan Oberholzer, has confirmed to journalists that the power utility entered into contracts to supply power to Zimbabwe and Zambia - but only if it is available. The executive was responding to questions from media, following a briefing by President Cyril... 

 Eskom: We have 'non-firm' power contracts with Zim and Zambia
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

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

By: News24Wire      12th December 2019 The High Court in Pretoria on Thursday dismissed former South African Airways 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

Emergency electricity supply options 

12th December 2019 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      12th December 2019 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  

12th December 2019 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

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

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... 

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... 

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... 

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 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,... 

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... 

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... 

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

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... 

'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

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... 

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.  

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