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World treaty to ban and reduce mercury poison comes into force 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2017 It is rated as one of the top ten chemical poisons endangering human health and the natural world. Tiny drops of this poison can be found in human teeth, in fresh fish, in light bulbs, paints, batteries and even cosmetics. And it is in the air, water and soil everywhere, in varying amounts. 

Parliamentary State capture probe hits first hurdle

By: African News Agency      16th August 2017 The investigation into State capture by Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday hit its first hurdle as it was confirmed to members that the legislature would not pay for an independent evidence leader. Acting chairperson Zukiswa Rantho told MPs she had asked the chair... 

Parliamentary State capture probe hits first hurdle

Outa lays corruption charges against former Eskom board director 

By: African News Agency      15th August 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has laid a criminal complaint with the police against former Eskom director, Mark Pamensky. Outa chief operating officer Ben Theron on Tuesday said the charges related to Pamensky’s conduct while at Eskom and a business ”linked to the Gupta business empire.” 

AfDB’s sustainable energy fund to support first utility-scale solar PV project in Lesotho

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2017 The African Development Bank- (AfDB-) managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa) has approved a $695 500 grant to NEO I SPV, a subsidiary of independent power producer OnePower Lesotho, to support the preparation of a bankable business case for the development of the winning project of the... 

AfDB’s sustainable energy fund to support first utility-scale solar PV project in Lesotho

Outa commends Nersa’s decision on Eskom secrecy application

By: Anine Kilian     11th August 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has welcomed the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) decision to overrule State-owned Eskom’s application to omit some of its operating costs during its next multiyear price determination (MYPD) tariff application. Eskom had applied to... 

Company ships dryers and convection oven

     11th August 2017 Global manufacturer of thermal-processing equipment Thermal Product Solutions has shipped two Gruenberg dryers to a prominent diesel engine manufacturer. The drying ovens – whose shipment was announced in March – will be used to dry diesel particulate filters after they are washed during the... 

Company ships dryers and convection oven
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FUELLING INDUSTRIES Two Gruenberg drying ovens will be used by a prominent diesel engine manufacturer to dry diesel particulate filters

Eskom to sell more surplus power in major turnaround

By: Reuters     10th August 2017 South African power utility Eskom is to start selling more of its surplus capacity as new plants come on line, its acting chief executive said on Thursday, marking a shift from two years ago when the company had to conserve power because of shortages. South Africa had regular power cuts in 2015... 

Zim staves off punitive action by Eskom, again – report 

By: News24Wire      2nd August 2017 Zimbabwe government officials have held "tough negotiations" with managers at Eskom to prevent South Africa’s power utility cutting off supplies over a $40-million debt. Cash-strapped Harare has been given another chance not to default on a repayment plan, which had seen Eskom threatening to cut... 

DBSA committed to funding infrastructure projects throughout SADC

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 With low levels of electrification hindering economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa – where 78% of the population is reliant on biomass as their main energy source – $57-trillion will be required until 2030 to fund the continent’s infrastructure and energy projects, according to... 

SADC sees growth in electricity generation capacity  

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 Mainland member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) plan to add 30 646 MW of new electricity generation capacity by 2022. Addressing delegates at the SADC Infrastructure Week, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday, SADC Secretariat transport senior programme officer Mapolao Mokoena... 

Eskom CFO Anoj Singh placed on special leave

By: African News Agency      28th July 2017 Eskom’s chief financial officer Anoj Singh was placed on special leave on Thursday, amid mounting allegations of improper financial dealings by the power utility with companies in the Gupta business empire, “The Board of Directors of Eskom has taken a decision to grant Chief Financial Officer, Mr... 

Eskom CFO Anoj Singh placed on special leave

African countries embrace alternative energy sources

     28th July 2017 With African governments realising that long-term power solutions will not come in the form of one technology, South Africa’s Department of Energy is advocating advances in coal, renewable energy, gas and nuclear technologies, says global engineering, procurement, construction and consulting... 

African countries embrace  alternative energy sources
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IMPROVED ALTERNATIVES Kenya is making use of diverse alternative energy sources, such as geothermal electricity

Gas industry will provide foreign investment opportunity

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 From a fuel and foreign investment perspective, growing a gas industry is a major direct foreign investment opportunity for South Africa, says engineering consultancy WSP Africa power generation director Wayne Lindecke. He adds that the gas-to-power programme (GPP) is a catalyst to significantly... 

Gas-to-power a more favourable alternative energy source

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 The nuclear procurement programme was rejected in the High Court earlier this year and opens the way for greater advocacy around the gas-to-power programme, says oil and gas specialist Lizel Oberholzer. “The focus on nuclear energy generation has come at the cost of the development of other... 

Gas-to-power a more favourable alternative energy source
LIZEL OBERHOLZER The importation of LNG remains the biggest opportunity for growth in the gas sector, says Oberholzer

Shale gas still a power resource option

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 Global leading engineering, consulting and construction company Black & Veatch sub-Saharan Africa business development director Webb Meko says successful exploration for shale gas could make up for South Africa’s lack of natural gas as a power resource. “Concerns about the possible detrimental... 

Shale gas still a power resource option
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PICTURESQUE POTENTIAL A large amount of untapped shale gas in the Karoo basin provides both opportunities and challenges for South Africa’s gas economy

Eskom tariffs in AMSA’s action plan crosshairs as losses spike  

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) will approach the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) directly with a request for discounted electricity tariffs as part of a multi-pronged business sustainability action plan unveiled after the JSE-listed group slumped to a... 

Eskom tariffs in AMSA’s action plan crosshairs as losses spike
AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk on seeking a new electricity tariff deal from Eskom and Nersa. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 27.7.2017

US electric industry knew of climate threat decades ago – report

By: Reuters     25th July 2017 The US electric industry knew as far back as 1968 that burning fossil fuels might cause global warming, but cast doubt on the science of climate change and ramped up coal use for decades afterward, an environmental watchdog group said on Tuesday. The California-based Energy and Policy Institute,... 

Botswana coal mine stalls as farmers reject compensation deal

By: Reuters     24th July 2017 Development of a new 1.35-million-tonne-a-year coal mine in Botswana has stalled due to a dispute over compensation payable to farmers holding surface rights in the proposed mining area, the company developing the mine said on Monday. The open cast mine is meant to supply coal to a new 300 MW... 

Public Protector to investigate Brian Molefe over R30m ‘golden handshake’

By: African News Agency      24th July 2017 Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has agreed to investigate disgraced former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, for the R30 million “golden handshake” he received was awarded by the beleaguered power utility. Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Natasha Mazzone on Monday said her party requested the... 

New association launched to support emerging truck operators 

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 The newly launched Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa) aims to assist in meaningfully transforming the local truck and freight industry, with a long-term view of ensuring work for women and black truck owners and operators. This is according to Tasa convener Mary Phadi, who was... 

New association launched to support emerging truck operators
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Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa convener Mary Phadi

Opinion: Another look at South Africa’s electricity generating options 

     21st July 2017 In this opinion article, economic risk consultant Rob Jeffrey calls for a re-evaluation for the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2016 planned and recommended electricity mix going forward Energy is the critical component of the country’s future policy mix. Electricity is the necessary... 

Opinion: Another look at South Africa’s electricity generating options
Rob Jeffrey

State capture casts long shadow over Eskom’s results  

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2017 South Africa’s worst kept corporate secret was confirmed on Wednesday, when Eskom reported a sharp fall in after-tax profits to R888-million in 2017, from over R5-billion in the previous financial year. However, the results were overshadowed by serious allegations of corruption and... 

State capture casts long shadow over Eskom’s results
Interim Eskom CEO Johnny Dladla on his first 21 days and his main priorities for the embattled utility. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 19.7.2017

Hybrid solutions key for Africa’s energy growth  

By: Anine Kilian     19th July 2017 Solar photovoltaic (PV) hybrid technology is fast becoming a cost- and energy efficient solution for remote locations throughout sub-Saharan Africa. There is huge demand for electricity across the continent; however, poor and unreliable grid infrastructure is becoming a major challenge for... 

Africa’s energy future lies in solar energy, says CEO 

By: Anine Kilian     19th July 2017 The future of Africa’s energy sector must rest in solar power if it is going to overcome the obstacles it currently faces, according to Zimbabwe-based renewable energy company Samansco CEO Nyasha Bamhare. Addressing delegates at the PowerGen Africa conference, which is taking place in Sandton... 

Request for SIU probe of Eskom submitted to President Zuma

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown confirmed on Tuesday that she had submitted a formal request to President Jacob Zuma for the establishment of a Special Investigations Unit (SIU) investigation into allegations of impropriety at State-owned utility Eskom. Speaking on the sidelines of the... 

Request for SIU probe of Eskom submitted to President Zuma
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

Africa’s energy funding costs, capital access, risk profile under the spotlight

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th July 2017 Aligning power generation and distribution projects with the host country and government’s mandate is a step forward in attracting more internal and external financing to develop comprehensive energy and power infrastructure. This is one of the messages emerging from this year’s PowerGen Africa... 

Brown acknowledges cost competitiveness of renewables as she calls for deal that goes ‘beyond price’ 

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who in June criticised the high cost of renewable energy, offered a tacit acknowledgement on Tuesday of the growing competitiveness of solar and wind, while calling for a long-term deal with the renewable-energy sector to avoid job losses in the energy... 

Brown acknowledges cost competitiveness of renewables as she calls for deal that goes ‘beyond price’

Opinion: Hybrid energy solutions can boost viability of African mines

     18th July 2017 In this opinion article, juwi Renewable Energies MD Greg Austin reflects on prospects in Africa for bilateral power purchase agreements for both grid-connected and behind-the-meter hybrid energy solutions 

Opinion: Hybrid energy solutions can boost viability of African mines
juwi Renewable Energies MD Greg Austin

Black-led energy investment firm encouraged by moves to restore IPP policy certainty 

By: Terence Creamer     17th July 2017 The head of a black-managed and led JSE-listed energy investment company says he is encouraged by the framework outlined by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba for re-establishing policy certainty for the electricity sector and for independent power producers (IPPs). IPPs have been left in limbo since... 

Black-led energy investment firm encouraged by moves to restore IPP policy certainty
Hulisani CEO Marubini Raphulu

Decentralise, find optimal mix

     14th July 2017 Decentralisation of generation and determining the optimal energy mix for available resources and needs are crucial for addressing Africa’s energy challenges, say industry experts on the advisory board of the upcoming POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and exhibition in Johannesburg. 

Decentralise, find  optimal mix
Photo by Duane Daws
NIGEL BLACKABY The nuclear question, optimal use of renewables and funding for independent power producer programmes are key issues for discussion

Event to facilitate meaningful and relevant debate

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 The POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa advisory board has gone to great lengths to ensure that this year’s conference programme is tailored to meaningfully address the issues most relevant to Africa’s power generation sector and supported by a showcase of suppliers who can practically assist in... 

Event to facilitate meaningful  and relevant debate
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PLOTTING FUTURE PATHS Creative thinking is needed to devise a representative power-generation portfolio that leverages all the options available

Focus shifts to power distribution

     14th July 2017 Global professional services provider Accenture resources MD and associate director Ken Robinson – who will be speaking at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa – says South Africa’s generation crisis is largely under control, but that power supply challenges loom in distribution. 

Focus shifts to  power distribution
FOCUS ON DISTRIBUTION The backlog in municipal power infrastructure maintenance is growing and could result in more blackouts, especially in rural areas and small towns

New variable-speed drive showcased at European expo

     14th July 2017 Last month multinational industrial machinery manufacturer Voith exhibited power industry  solutions at the POWER-GEN Europe 2017 conference and exhibition, and  one of the main features was its new variable speed drive (VSD), the VECO-Drive, intended to enhance the efficiency of rotating... 

New variable-speed  drive showcased  at European expo
DRIVING FORCE The VECO-Drive increases input speed and generates a high output speed for compressors or pumps

Finalisation of ‘lowest cost’ IRP included in growth action plan 

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2017 The finalisation of the “lowest cost” Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity has been included in a list of energy-related interventions unveiled by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba as part of ‘Government’s Inclusive Growth Action Plan’ published on Thursday. Likewise, the National Treasury... 

Finalisation of ‘lowest cost’ IRP included in growth action plan

Civil society, business speak out against Eskom for MYPD noncompliance 

By: Anine Kilian     7th July 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has requested the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to reject State-owned power utility Eskom’s application for permission to omit critical statistics in its upcoming Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD) electricity price application. The... 

Civil society, business speak out against Eskom for MYPD noncompliance
Eskom financial planning and economic regulation GM Calib Cassim

Eskom expects DFIs to form ‘backbone’ of capital-raising effort in coming three years

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom indicated that funding from development finance institutions (DFIs) is likely to form the backbone of its capital-raising effort over the coming five years, during which its debt is expected to peak at R500-billion. However, Eskom followed fellow State-owned... 

Eskom expects DFIs to form ‘backbone’ of capital-raising effort in coming three years
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom interim CEO Johnny Dladla

Eskom board confident of turnaround

By: African News Agency      6th July 2017 Eskom’s newly-reconstituted board on Thursday expressed its support on the strides made by executive management in turning around the company’s operational and financial performance, as well as the overall strategy of sustaining this momentum. This comes after a two-day board induction session... 

Eskom board confident of turnaround
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom interim chairperson Zethembe Khoza
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