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Jul 28, 2014
Updated 4 hours ago According to forecasts, electricity demand is expected to increase significantly over the evening peak on Monday owing to cold weather, with “no cushioning” should anything unexpected occur, energy utility Eskom has cautioned. “We urge customers to reduce their...
Jul 25, 2014
Blue Label Telecoms, in conjunction with online partner Prepaid24, has launched a new mobile app to enable users to recharge electricity and airtime on the go and at any time. The Prepaid24 Mobile App, which is available for Android, Blackberry or Windows device...
Jul 25, 2014
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Mike Rossouw
Eskom’s appointment of former mining executive Mike Rossouw on a one-year, extendable assignment appears to be closely associated with Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s appeal for “extraordinary” steps to be taken to deal with the “unsatisfactory”...
Jul 25, 2014
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Global revenues from solar energy operations could double from $59.84-billion in 2013 to $137-billion in 2020, new analysis from Frost & Sullivan shows. The consultancy’s ‘Global Solar Power Market’ report says the total global installed solar photovoltaic (PV)...
Jul 25, 2014
Consultancy Frost & Sullivan’s African Utility Market Intelligence Report has highlighted an urgent need for power and water utilities to expand and improve their generation and distribution capacities. This finding is based on the consultancy’s analysis of the...
Jul 24, 2014
Jeff Radebe
Cabinet approved the five-year Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) of government on Wednesday, which would serve as the “building block towards the 2030 vision in the National Development Plan (NDP)”. The MTSF, which covers the period 2014 to 2019, reportedly...
Jul 24, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
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The country's financial institutions should assist government to cost and fund the intended nuclear build programme, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa suggested on Thursday. Addressing members of the parliamentary Press Gallery Association (PGA), Ramaphosa said...
Jul 24, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
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Jul 22, 2014
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Jul 22, 2014
 
 
 
Jul 22, 2014
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Anti-fracking lobby group Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) and social rights group AfriForum hand delivered a letter to President Jacob Zuma this week calling on him to declare a fresh moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in South Africa, or face possible legal...
Jul 22, 2014
The Ilanga II
The University of Johannesburg (UJ) will participate in the Sasol Solar Challenge 2014 with its latest solar car, the Ilanga II. Ilanga is the isiZulu word for the sun.
Jul 22, 2014
The Vanderbijlpark plate mill, which is to be upgraded
Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reports that it is planning an upgrade to its plate mill at Vanderbijlpark in quarter four 2014, which will enable it to produce heavy plates of up to 11 t for South Africa’s emerging wind-tower manufacturing...
Jul 21, 2014
Financial close for bid window three under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has been extended from the end of July to November, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson revealed on Monday. Delivering her...
Jul 21, 2014
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson placed significant emphasis on the development of gas, including shale gas, and nuclear in her inaugural Energy Budget Vote to lawmakers in Cape Town on Monday. In an address framed by President Jacob Zuma’s State of the...
Jul 18, 2014
The South African-German Energy Partnership is introducing European Energy Manager (EUREM) training to South Africa. The aim of this energy partnership initiative, with the financial support of the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy, is to enable...
Jul 18, 2014
PHILIP KILFOIL Many regulatory authorities dealing with radioactive materials are not experienced or resourced enough to carry out proper inspections
The importance of safely transporting and using radioactive sources, such as iridium 192 and selenium 75, used in non destructive testing (NDT) procedures, was highlighted during the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Technical Meeting on Radiation Safety...
Jul 17, 2014
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
South Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is optimistic that the first commitment by the ‘New Development Bank’, which was officially approved for establishment by the governments of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa at the sixth Brics Summit in...
Jul 17, 2014
State-owned power utility Eskom on Thursday said it was heading for a major project milestone at Medupi, in Limpopo, as the parastatal started the blow-through on the Unit 6 boiler warm-up lines last week. The cleaning of the system lines to remove any foreign matter...
Jul 16, 2014
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has reiterated that critical talks are under way within government to address Eskom’s financial problems, adding that the issue is being addressed “not as an Eskom problem but as a national priority”. Addressing...
 
 
 
 
Jul 15, 2014
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State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has issued tenders opening the way for formal investigations into the rail requirements to link the the coal-rich Waterberg region with domestic and export coal markets. Transnet Capital Projects is seeking consultants...
Jul 14, 2014
National electricity use is expected to subside moderately from Tuesday as weather conditions improve, energy utility Eskom said in a biweekly status update on Monday. However, electricity demand was expected to increase significantly over the evening peak on Monday,...
Jul 14, 2014
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Jul 14, 2014
State-owned power utility Eskom will extend a new programme to counter the sharp increase in electricity theft, which costs it R4.1-billion a year in revenue, to all provinces following the success of a pilot programme in Limpopo. Eskom senior manager for energy...
Jul 12, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
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Jul 11, 2014
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Interim Eskom CEO Collin Matjila
State-owned power utility Eskom spent a massive R10.5-billion on diesel fuel in 2013/14 to enable it to operate its two open-cycle gas turbines (OCGT) in the Western Cape. The expenditure was well up on the R5-billion spent in the prior year and a full R8.1-billion...
Jul 11, 2014
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The Medupi power project
Electricity producer Eskom has revealed that it has received cumulative contractor claims at Medupi and Kusile worth R50-billion. But group executive for the capital division Dan Marokane stresses that many of the claims are “concurrent”. He also suggests that...
Jul 11, 2014
A 500 ℓ to 2 000 ℓ integrated multi-energy source water heating system can be used in the healthcare, hospitality and up-market residential markets in South Africa, says Nobel solar water heater local distributor Enerjetic director Peter Strydom. The system uses...
Jul 11, 2014
The 2014 class of interns at the Denel Dynamics Engineering Academy of Learning (EAL) is now well into meeting the challenge that has been given to it. The EAL is based at the main Denel Dynamics facility in Centurion, south of Pretoria, in Gauteng and serves to take...
 
 
 
 
Jul 11, 2014
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Government’s Gas Utilisation Master Plan (Gump), Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) underline that gas is not only a substitutable alternative to coal but a definitive and substantial part of South Africa’s energy mix.
Jul 10, 2014
Consultancy Frost & Sullivan’s African Utility Market Intelligence Report has highlighted an urgent need for power and water utilities to expand and improve their generation and distribution capacities. This finding is based on the consultancy’s analysis of the...
Jul 10, 2014
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Commercial operations have started at Scatec Solar’s 40 MW Linde solar photovoltaic (PV) project, located near Hanover in South Africa’s Northern Cape and incorporating solar-tracking technology. The project is the Norwegian group’s second utility-scale solar...
Jul 09, 2014
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The joint developers of the R3-billion Jeffreys Bay wind farm, situated alongside the N2 in Eastern Cape, have lauded South Africa’s transparent and well-run renewable-energy bidding programme and indicated on Wednesday that they would be participating in the...
Jul 09, 2014
Kenyan power producer KenGen said it aims to complete a 15-billion shilling ($171-million) rights issue by end-2014 and hopes to have a commitment from the government by August on the amount of financial support it will provide. In February, KenGen said it planned to...
Jul 08, 2014
South Africa's state owned power utility Eskom is "sitting on a time bomb" for not allowing its workers to strike, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) warned on Tuesday, signalling workers there may embark on a wildcat, or unofficial, stoppage. Industrial action...
Jul 08, 2014
Banking group Standard Bank has confirmed the provision of $170-million in debt financing to support the construction of a 118 MW gas-fired power plant being developed by Gigawatt in Ressano Garcia, Mozambique. Gigawatt, which is a Mozambican company, has signed a...
Jul 04, 2014
Independent power producer Ipsa has secured a £500 000 short-term loan from Radix International for the next six months at an interest rate of 1% a month. This would provide working capital until such time as the company had completed the installation of two...
Jul 04, 2014
South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE), which has invited potential coal independent power producers (IPPs) to register their prospective projects by July 25, plans to use the information to gauge alignment between the location of the proposed projects and...
Jul 04, 2014
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Egypt's electricity prices began to rise this month under a plan to eliminate power subsidies within five years, the electricity minister said on Thursday, as the government seeks to cut a gaping deficit and reduce its reliance on Gulf States' aid. The plan will see...
 
 
 
 
Jul 04, 2014
SPEED UP The aim of the Biopark is to accelerate the commercialisation of biotechnology
Phase 1 of the Innovation Hub’s Biopark@Gauteng is already filled to capacity, says Innovation Hub research, development and innovation GM Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela. The ten companies in Phase 1 of the Life Sciences Enterprise project will be able to move...
Jul 04, 2014
Russian State-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom has reiterated its willingness to cooperate with South African companies if it is chosen to build nuclear power plants in this country. In line with the Integrated Resource Plan 2010, which outlines the country’s...
Jul 04, 2014
SOLAR SUPPLY Helukabel supplied more than three-million metres of its Solarflex PV1-F solar cable to solar energy projects in South Africa
Germany-based cable manufacturing specialist Helukabel has supplied a significant portion of several million metres of cable to the renewable-energy sector in South Africa in the past year, Helukabel South Africa MD Doug Gunnewegh tells Engineering News. Helukabel...
Jul 04, 2014
MARKET NICHE Applications of the tape range include general and mining cable jointing and cable termination
Local manufacturer of cable accessories and connectivity solutions provider Tank Industries will launch a new range of high-quality rubber and polyvinyl-chloride tapes for low- and medium-voltage cable applications this month. “Applications of the Plymouth brand of...
Jul 03, 2014
African countries should be targeting minimum investment levels of 25% of gross domestic product to sustain economic growth and to improve prospects for job creation and poverty reduction. But a new United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) report...
 
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