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Busa warns electricity tariff increases will hold industry back 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 5 hours ago Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has said it broadly opposes Eskom’s regulatory clearing account (RCA) application for 2018/19 and any future RCA applications that would result in electricity price increases excessively beyond those already granted by the National Energy Regulator of South... 

As South Africa prepares to resume renewables procurement, new global report points to rising popularity of auctions 

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 6 hours ago As South Africa prepares to restart its electricity procurement programmes, following a five-year hiatus, the global popularity of competitive auctions as the preferred instrument for procuring renewable energy has again been highlighted in a newly released report. Published by the International... 

As South Africa prepares to resume renewables procurement, new global report points to rising popularity of auctions

Glencore to harness heat energy from residual flare gas to generate electricity at Lydenburg smelter  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st February 2020 Glencore Operations South Africa (GOSA) on Tuesday signed an energy conversion service agreement with clean-tech company Swedish Stirling. Swedish Stirling will install, operate and maintain an estimated 9.9 MW facility at GOSA’s Lydenburg ferrochrome smelter.  

Glencore to harness heat energy from residual flare gas to generate electricity at Lydenburg smelter
Glencore's ferrochrome smelter, in Lydenburg

Inconsistencies between fiscal and other policies resulting in ‘austerity without consolidation’ 

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2020 Prevailing inconsistencies between fiscal policy and the rest of government policy lay at the heart of the South African government’s current financial crisis and was resulting in “austerity without fiscal consolidation”, University of the Witwatersrand adjunct professor of public economics... 

Inconsistencies between fiscal and other policies resulting in ‘austerity without consolidation’
University of the Witwatersrand adjunct professor of public economics Michael Sachs

I'm not dithering on more energy capacity, says Mantashe 

By: African News Agency      20th February 2020 Mineral Resources And Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Thursday said there was no deliberate delay on his part in bringing more renewable power to the grid to solve South Africa's energy crisis, but simultaneously declined to commit to timelines on signing up additional capacity. "One of the... 

Constitutional amendment only unlikely to deliver success, warns land panel 

By: Irma Venter     20th February 2020 South Africa had to put in place a 50- to 100-year food security plan, and then walk backwards to see what it can do to make that happen, says former Afrgri CEO Chris Venter. “However, this is not happening. We are not looking at the areas becoming increasingly drier in our country to see what we... 

Constitutional amendment only unlikely to deliver success, warns land panel

Mantashe says Ministerial Determinations needed to unlock IRP 2019 are finalised and await Nersa’s concurrence 

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe announced on Wednesday that the Section 34 Ministerial Determinations required to give effect to the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 had been finalised and were currently serving before the National Energy Regulator of South Africa in order to... 

Mantashe says Ministerial Determinations needed to unlock IRP 2019 are finalised and await Nersa’s concurrence
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

VWSA launches e-Golf project, with the aim to sell EVs from 2022 

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2020 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has taken the first step in the roll-out of its local electric mobility programme, through the launch of the e-Golf pilot project. The e-Golf pilot project will see six fully electric vehicles (EVs) being tested by motoring and lifestyle media, selected... 

VWSA launches e-Golf project, with the aim to sell EVs from 2022

New Concor chief sees surge in issuance of large tenders as sign of possible construction turnaround 

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2020 Newly appointed Concor CEO Lucas Tseki believes the strong flow of tenders in the last quarter of 2019 could signal that the domestic construction market is finally bottoming out. He is also cautiously optimistic that infrastructure-focused departments and State-owned enterprises (SOEs) are, at... 

New Concor chief sees surge in issuance of large tenders as sign of possible construction turnaround
Concor CEO Lucas Tseki

South Africa’s Astron ‘a nice short to have for the trading business’ – Glencore 

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2020 Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg on Tuesday described his company’s investment in Astron Energy oil refinery and fuel distribution station business in South Africa as “a nice short to have for the trading business”. The Chevron oil refinery in Cape Town and the Caltex brand now fall under Astron... 

Criticism, praise for Competition Commission’s aftermarket guidelines 

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2020 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has slammed the Competition Commission’s draft Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket Industry, published for comment last week. These guidelines will mean, for example, that car owners... 

Criticism, praise for Competition Commission’s aftermarket guidelines
Mike Mabasa

SAB, AB InBev unveil new R5.4bn empowerment scheme  

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2020 South African brewery company AB InBev on Monday announced details of its new black economic empowerment (BEE) scheme, where a new BEE ownership transaction will be implemented through a company called South African Breweries (SAB) Zenzele Kabili. The R5.4-billion SAB Zenzele Kabili transaction... 

SAB, AB InBev unveil new R5.4bn empowerment scheme
South African brewery company AB InBev on Monday announced details of its new black economic empowerment (BEE) scheme, where a new BEE ownership transaction will be implemented through a company called South African Breweries (SAB) Zenzele Kabili. The Ndlovu Youth Choir also performed for attending delegates and media. Camerawork: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Darlene Creamer.

BMW’s Selumane appointed as CEO of transformation fund 

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2020 Jabulani Selumane has been appointed as CEO of the Automotive Industry Transformation Fund (AITF).   Selumane, a mechanical engineer by training, has more than ten years’ experience in the automotive industry. Prior to that he worked at Barloworld. 

BMW’s Selumane appointed as CEO of transformation fund

Bushveld sees battery storage potential beyond EVs  

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2020 While the energy transition is gaining a lot of traction, integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo laments that the battery storage narrative is “still dominated by electric vehicles (EVs)”. He tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly that there is still a lack of... 

Bushveld sees battery storage potential beyond EVs
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo chats to Engineering News & Mining Weekly about the energy transition, how vanadium plays a role in this as well as how this fits into the company's growth plans. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

SoNA came at ‘crucial time’ says panel 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th February 2020 The 2020 State of the Nation Address (SoNA) came at “a crucial time” for South Africa, which is faced with a stagnated economy defined by challenges such as lack of capacity in State-owned enterprises (SOEs), high unemployment and electricity supply constraints, a panel agreed on Friday morning... 

Metals, engineering sector set for ‘unremarkable’ growth this year  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th February 2020 Last year was generally challenging for both the domestic and global economy, as weakening demand, manufacturing and trade and investment restrained progress, with extended negative implications for the metals and engineering (M&E) sector, which is poised for “unremarkable” growth this year.... 

Metals, engineering sector set for ‘unremarkable’ growth this year
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Dr Michael Ade

SARB starts process of selling African Bank stake 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2020 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has published a request for proposals (RFP) to appoint a transaction adviser relating to the future sale of its shareholding in JSE-listed African Bank. SARB acquired a 50% shareholding in African Bank in 2016, as part of African Bank’s restructuring, after... 

Ramaphosa announces far-reaching actions to boost power generation ‘outside of Eskom’ 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday announced far-reaching and practical interventions to address South Africa’s growth- and confidence-sapping electricity crisis, including several steps to “significantly increase generation capacity outside of Eskom”. He also warned, however, that... 

Ramaphosa announces far-reaching actions to boost power generation ‘outside of Eskom’
President Cyril Ramaphosa

GE’s gas power unit makes emergency-power submissions to DMRE 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2020 The newly created gas power unit of General Electric (GE) has confirmed that it has made both direct and indirect submissions to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in response to a request for information (RFI) issued in December for 3 000 MW of emergency electricity solutions... 

GE’s gas power unit makes emergency-power submissions to DMRE
An example of a GE trailer-mounted mobile gas-powered solution than can be deployed as an emergency solution

Power supply, SOEs central to organisations’ concerns leading up to SoNA 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th February 2020 South African organisations are universal in their calling for President Cyril Ramaphosa to take decisive action around, particularly, South Africa’s constrained power supply, high employment and the state of State-owned enterprises (SOEs). This comes ahead of Ramaphosa delivering his State of... 

Power supply, SOEs central to organisations’ concerns leading up to SoNA

Solidarity to take GEPF, PIC to task should they use State pensions to fund Eskom 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th February 2020 Solidarity has sent a letter of demand to the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) and the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), requesting that the trustees and boards of these institutions not accept any proposals related to providing financing to power utility Eskom. At a media briefing... 

Solidarity to take GEPF, PIC to task should they use State pensions to fund Eskom
Solidarity CE Dr Dirk Hermann

Govt, SOEs urged to appreciate South Africa’s consulting engineers 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2020 Closing the infrastructure gap in South Africa is closely linked to infrastructure development on the rest of the continent, as it is to the creation of value chains that can advance Africa’s industrialisation, ultimately contributing to greater job creation, says Nelson Mandela University (NMU)... 

Govt, SOEs urged to appreciate South Africa’s consulting engineers

Business urges Ramaphosa to use SoNA to clear way for private energy generation ‘at scale’ 

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2020 Organised business has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to use his upcoming State of the Nation Address (SoNa) to announce that the regulations needed to enable “private sector energy generation at scale” will be put in place urgently by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe so as... 

Business urges Ramaphosa to use SoNA to clear way for private energy generation ‘at scale’
President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his State of the Nation Address on Thursday evening

South Africa should brace for ‘toughest budget since 1994’, says PwC 

By: Simone Liedtke     11th February 2020 As the 2020 National Budget approaches, consumers should expect to tighten their belts further, particularly with continued fiscal drag set to blot the horizon amid a continuing economic slowdown, says multinational advisory firm PwC. Speaking at a pre-budget review on Tuesday, PwC lamented that... 

South Africa should brace for ‘toughest budget since 1994’, says PwC
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Patel asked to brief lawmakers on government’s response to ongoing steel job cuts 

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2020 The opposition Democratic Alliance has written a letter to Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel calling on him to brief lawmakers about developments at steel group ArcelorMittal South Africa, which recently warned of additional job cuts at the company. AMSA confirmed on February 6 that,... 

Patel asked to brief lawmakers on government’s response to ongoing steel job cuts

PwC says downside scenario playing out for Ramaphosa term 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th February 2020 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) says President Cyril Ramaphosa has not fully lived up to expectations on any of the positive scenarios envisioned by the consultancy two years ago. Instead, PwC’s “coming up short” scenario has played out, which is at least still better than the “mouldy mess”... 

Eskom loses R69bn urgent-relief battle, but war continues   

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2020 Judge Jody Kollapen on Monday turned down Eskom’s application for urgent relief in relation to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s controversial treatment, in its most recent tariff determination, of the R69-billion in government support announced in the 2019 Budget. Kollapen said the... 

Eskom loses R69bn urgent-relief battle, but war continues
CLICK ABOVE TO LISTEN: Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer speaks to CapeTalk's Refilwe Moloto about the legal showdown between Eskom and Nersa. Recorded: 11.02.2020

SAA business rescue team defends plan to cut airline’s routes 

By: Bloomberg     10th February 2020 Administrators for South Africa’s loss-making State airline have defended their decision to cut routes as part of a turnaround plan, after objections from President Cyril Ramaphosa, government and labour unions. South African Airways (SAA) will halt service to nine international cities, including... 

SAA business rescue team defends plan to cut airline’s routes

Regional airline SA Express objects to business rescue ruling by court 

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2020 State-owned regional airline SA Express has reacted strongly to the ruling by the Johannesburg High Court on Thursday that it be placed in business rescue. The airline stated in a press release on Friday that it was seeking further legal advice on the matter. The company headed its release “SA... 

Mining sector found to be highly exposed to water risks 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2020 The mining sector has come out tops as the industry most likely to be affected most by the world’s worsening water crises, and South Africa’s mining sector is not immune. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has warned of the water risks facing the mining industry after an exhaustive analysis of... 

Mining sector found to be highly exposed to water risks

Consortium makes Richards Bay gas-to-power proposal in response to DMRE’s call for emergency solutions  

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2020 A black-empowered consortium that includes companies with extensive gas-to-power experience has made a formal submission to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in which plans for power generation plants capable of adding between 300 MW and 3 300 MW to South Africa’s grid within... 

Consortium makes Richards Bay gas-to-power proposal in response to DMRE’s call for emergency solutions
The proposed site of the Mhlathuze Energy project

SAA hacks its route network to try and become viable again 

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th February 2020 The Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs) for State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) announced major changes to the airline’s route network on Thursday. “In line with SAA’s commitment to conserve cash, and create a viable platform for a successful future, key measures need... 

SAA hacks its route network to try and become viable again

AMSA says regulatory changes could open way for 100 MW Vanderbijl solar farm 

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2020 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) believes there is potential to develop a 75 MW to 100 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant adjacent to its Vanderbijlpark mill, in Gauteng. The JSE-listed company is also convinced that such a project could proceed relatively quickly should South... 

AMSA says regulatory changes could open way for 100 MW Vanderbijl solar farm
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

AMSA slumps to R3.3bn loss amid ‘exceptionally difficult’ conditions 

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2020 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) slumped to a R3.3-billion headline loss in 2019, which the JSE-listed group described as an exceptionally difficult one for the South African economy and also the most challenging for the world steel industry since the global financial crisis of... 

AMSA slumps to R3.3bn loss amid ‘exceptionally difficult’ conditions
Wind-down of the Saldanha Works, in the Western Cape, to be largely completed by the end of the first quarter

Scopa seeks to have former PRASA board members declared ‘delinquent’ 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th February 2020 The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has committed to table a resolution with the National Assembly asking that Parliament declare the former interim board members and previous board members of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) as delinquent directors to prevent their... 

PRASA administrator appoints technical advisory team  

By: Irma Venter     5th February 2020 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo has appointed a panel of technical advisors to assist him during his 12-month tenure. The rail entity says the technical advisory team will provide PRASA with much-needed technical expertise, while also supporting... 

PRASA administrator appoints technical advisory team

Low dissolving wood pulp prices overshadow Sappi’s packaging successes 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2020 A good performance from JSE-listed Sappi’s European and North American packaging and specialities segments, as well as the graphic paper business, was not enough to offset the impact from markedly lower dissolving wood pulp (DWP) prices in the company’s first quarter ended December 31. CEO... 

Low dissolving wood pulp prices overshadow Sappi’s packaging successes
Sappi CEO Steve Binnie

Mazars says Mboweni facing a daunting task as he prepares to deliver the 2020 Budget   

By: Simone Liedtke     4th February 2020 The upcoming National Budget is likely to be a “watershed moment” for South Africa, accounting and consulting group Mazars tax partner Bernard Sacks said on Tuesday. Speaking to media at a pre-Budget briefing, he said the Budget itself would, however, not be a “watershed Budget”. 

Mazars says Mboweni facing a daunting task as he prepares to deliver the 2020 Budget
The video looks at some of the highlights from Mazars tax partner Bernard Sacks' presentation during a panel discussion, giving media some insight into the South African economy and what to expect ahead of the National Budget later this month, while also briefly discussing what can potentially solve power utility Eskom’s challenges. Video: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd.
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