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Davies on Eskom: Smoke out anyone guilty of corruption

26th March 2019 It is "obvious" that load-shedding will have a dampening effect on the South African economy, the full extent of which will only be known in time, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has said. The minister was speaking on government's role in South Africa's economic recovery at an event hosted... 

SA needs to spend R1-trillion to grow power capacity by 2030 – Radebe

26th March 2019 South Africa will need to spend more than R1-trillion in the next 11 years to grow the country's energy production capacity, according to Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe. Radebe was speaking at the DLO Africa Power Roundtable on Tuesday in Johannesburg. The roundtable brings together government... 

Mining body says 90 000 jobs at risk from electricity price hikes

26th March 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa has said that as many as 90 000 jobs in the country's mining sector could be at risk "solely as a result" of recent electricity tariff increases. "Given the mining sector’s dependency ratio of 10 people supported by each mining job, the potential socio-economic... 

Zuma says nuclear could've solved load-shedding

22nd March 2019 Former president Jacob Zuma, whose administration has been blamed for the current power outages, has said the power crisis could have been averted if the country had built nuclear reactors.  In an interview with Business Day on Friday, Zuma said the costly nuclear build programme he supported... 

Black Management Forum questions 'lack of transparency' in appointing new Sars commissioner

22nd March 2019 The Black Management Forum (BMF) has said that it is concerned with what it deems to be a 'rushed and guarded' recruitment process in appointing a new commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (Sars). Last week Finance Minister Tito Mboweni reappointed Mark Kingon as the acting head of... 

'Signs are encouraging' load-shedding will be reduced – Eskom

22nd March 2019 Eskom will implement Stage 2 load-shedding on Friday, as strain on the national grid improves and “signs are encouraging” that there will be reduced rotational power cuts as available generating capacity improves, according to Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger. Stage 2 will be implemented... 

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

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... 

We only have ourselves to blame – Eskom COO

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... 

Mantashe gunning for illegal mining syndicate leaders

19th March 2019 Illegal mining operations and criminal syndicates steal, per annum, the equivalent of the total output of South Africa's legal gold mining operations in 2018. The Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, however, has a plan to take down the criminal syndicates and zama zamas. 

Eskom sets aside R50bn over 5 years for maintenance

19th March 2019 Eskom has set aside R50-billion over the next five years for maintenance as ageing infrastructure is unable to keep up with electricity demand, according to the power utility’s CEO Phakamani Hadebe. Hadebe said Eskom had been using its maintenance spend previously on generation alone but will now... 

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