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Mar 31, 2015
South Africa's only nuclear plant, Koeberg
Updated 2 hours 2 minutes ago The Department of Energy (DoE) announced on Tuesday that the pre-procurement phase for South Africa’s proposed roll-out of a nuclear new build programme had been completed, following the latest in a series of workshops with vendor countries and their companies....
Mar 31, 2015
Updated 2 hours 17 minutes ago Aim-listed energy provider Ncondezi Energy has been granted an extension for meeting certain conditions relating to the conditional commercial deal signed between it and Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) for its 300 MW power plant. Ncondezi was establishing an...
Mar 31, 2015
Zola Tsotsi
State-owned electricity producer Eskom announced in the early hours of Tuesday morning that Zola Tsotsi had agreed to step down as a director and chairperson of the board and that Dr Ben Ngubane had been appointed acting chairperson. In a statement the utility...
Mar 30, 2015
Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi
The chairperson of South African power firm Eskom said he faced a vote of confidence by the utility's board late on Monday, after being accused of acting improperly by suspending the chief executive. State-owned Eskom has implemented regular power cuts this year to...
Mar 30, 2015
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has requested additional information to the final environmental-impact assessment (EIA) report submitted to it for the proposed construction of the 600 MW coal-fired independent power producer (IPP) plant and associated...
Mar 30, 2015
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There are no scheduled power outages for Monday, Eskom said. Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said Eskom expected the power grid to remain "moderate" throughout the day.
Mar 30, 2015
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Mar 30, 2015
DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa must provide the country and Parliament with a comprehensive report on the state of Eskom, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday. DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement he had written to Ramaphosa requesting that...
Mar 27, 2015
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Mar 27, 2015
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Mar 27, 2015
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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona
Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona's challenge to his suspension was struck from the roll at the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Friday. "The application is struck from the roll," Judge Benita Whitcher said.
Mar 27, 2015
Big cities across the world struggle with crime, and Zimbabwe’s Harare is no exception. Naison Gumpo, a journalism student studying in the capital, knows this only too well.
Mar 27, 2015
There is a high possibility of rolling blackouts on Friday, Eskom said on its Twitter account. "The load shedding prognosis today [Friday] remains high and is dependent on the performance of the power plant," the power utility tweeted.
Mar 27, 2015
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South African utility Eskom fired 1 000 workers at a power plant on Friday and its chief executive failed to overturn his suspension, worsening the turmoil at the company. Africa's most advanced economy is suffering its most severe power shortage since 2008 as...
Mar 26, 2015
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The presidency on Thursday said it would not entertain what it called rumours and gossip about operations at Eskom. "President Jacob Zuma has been kept fully briefed about the developments at Eskom and the attempts being made by the Minister of Public Enterprises, Ms...
Mar 26, 2015
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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona
Eskom questions why CEO Tshediso Matona's suspension should be lifted before the outcome of his case at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA), the Labour Court in Johannesburg heard on Thursday. "... This is frustrating the work of the...
Mar 26, 2015
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DA leader Helen Zille
President Jacob Zuma must explain why he instructed Eskom's chairperson to launch an inquiry into the utility's performance, which led to the suspension of top executives, DA leader Helen Zille said on Thursday. "The president's personal intervention begs the...
Mar 26, 2015
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South Africa's Eskom said striking workers had destroyed property at the Medupi power plant it is building and the State-owned utility closed the site on Thursday to assess the damage. Labour disruption and technical faults have increased costs at the long-delayed...
Mar 26, 2015
South Africa's Eskom will implement rolling power cuts from 12:00 to 22:00 on Wednesday, the power utility said on its official Twitter page. The state-owned power utility said it would cut 2 000 MW of electricity from the strained grid.
Mar 25, 2015
Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi
Eskom board chairperson Zola Tsotsi has not been removed, the power utility said on Wednesday. Eskom media desk was responding to questions on a report that the four executives, suspended earlier this month, were not suspended because they initiated an audit of the...
 
 
 
 
Mar 25, 2015
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday cast the probe into Eskom's top management as a bid by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to find the faultlines in the running of the utility. "These are not squabbles... they were requested to be on leave of...
Mar 25, 2015
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Energy thought leader at Eskom Mike Rossouw
The key performance indicators (KPIs) for Eskom power station managers are being reworked to ensure a recovery in plant energy availability factor (EAF), which has fallen from over 85% in 2010 to below 75%. Energy thought leader at Eskom Mike Rossouw said on...
Mar 25, 2015
Mar 25, 2015
South Africa's Eskom will cut 2 000 MW of electricity from 14:00 to 20:00 on Wednesday, the power utility said on its official Twitter account. "Any additional changes on the already vulnerable and constrained power system could lead to a change," the state-owned...
Mar 25, 2015
Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi
The board at Eskom will vote on Wednesday on whether to remove chairperson Zola Tsotsi, deepening a leadership crisis at the power utility as chronic power cuts hobble South Africa's economy. Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown told parliament the power...
Mar 25, 2015
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Workers at South Africa's Eskom Medupi power plant have embarked on a one day strike, protesting against poor living conditions and demanding higher pay at the facility which is under construction, a local radio reported on Wednesday. "They are doing this especially...
Mar 25, 2015
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Outgoing Eskom executive Steve Lennon
The immediate cash flow constraints facing struggling South African power utility Eskom are threatening to jeopardise the renewal of several short-term power purchase agreements, which currently collectively contribute 704 MW to the supply-stressed grid. The...
Mar 25, 2015
Electricity cuts by South Africa's ailing power utility Eskom cost the economy between $1.7-billion and $6.8-billion a month, according to a presentation by the Department of Public Enterprises to Parliament on Wednesday. "Load-shedding between stages one and three...
Mar 24, 2015
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Trade union Solidarity believes State-owned power utility Eskom does not share Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s views that the struggling parastatal needs to ensure that the right skills are attracted, regardless of race. In an open letter to Ramaphosa regarding...
Mar 24, 2015
Mike Rossouw
Power utility Eskom needs to change its structure from a top-down approach, to a bottom-up strategy, as the former was creating “enormous problems”. Speaking at the Power & Electricity World Africa 2015 conference, in Johannesburg, Eskom adviser and thought leader...
 
 
 
 
Mar 24, 2015
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In a recent State of the System update, Eskom indicated that its gas turbine stations Ankerlig and Gourikwa used 148-million litres of diesel in power generation in November 2014. The turbines use diesel fuel in a gasified form. The National Energy Regulatory of...
Mar 24, 2015
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
South Africa's Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Tuesday the temporary suspensions of key officials at the state-owned power utility Eskom was a concern, but the firm's financial stability was on course. Standard & Poor's (S&P) downgraded the struggling Eskom to...
Mar 24, 2015
No blackouts are scheduled for Tuesday, Eskom said. "The power grid is stable so far, there are no plans to loadshed. However, we expect power to be constrained later in the afternoon as demand for electricity rises," said spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe.
Mar 24, 2015
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) should decline any more tariff increases for Eskom in 2015, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Monday. Nersa confirmed Eskom was formalising an application to reopen the multi-year price determination, allowing...
Mar 23, 2015
International energy management specialist Schneider Electric’s first-ever Survey on Electrical Counterfeiting in Africa has shown that cables, switches and breakers used on the continent were the electrical products that were most likely counterfeit. The survey,...
Mar 23, 2015
State-owned electricity utility Eskom has clarified that its proposal for a “selective reopener” of the third multiyear price determination (MYPD3) would be pursued for the remaining three years of the five-year determination period, which began on April 1, 2013 and...
Mar 23, 2015
Zola Tsotsi
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday called on Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to fire electricity utility Eskom’s chairperson Zola Tsotsi, as the majority of the board “wants him out”. The NUM cited media reports, alleging that Tsotsi was...
Mar 23, 2015
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A third and final nuclear vendor parade workshop, scheduled for the last week of this month, will see vendor countries Canada and Japan presenting their nuclear technology offerings to government in a bid to clinch major contracts related to South Africa’s...
Mar 21, 2015
Embattled electricity producer Eskom has confirmed that it has initiated a “selective reopener” of the third multiyear price determination (MYPD 3) from the 2015/16 financial year onwards. The reopener would seek an upward adjustment in electricity tariffs to cover...
Mar 20, 2015
State-owned electricity utility Eskom reported on Friday that the control and instrumentation (C&I) works contract with Alstom at the Kusile power station project would be “consensually terminated” as from April 17, 2015. ABB South Africa had been selected to...
 
 
 
 
Mar 20, 2015
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Eskom Advisory Panel
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and his team of high-powered advisers have at last started to take steps to communicate developments at the hitherto opaque electricity ‘war room’. Ramaphosa met with members of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) at the Union...
Mar 20, 2015
Standard & Poor's (S&P's) has downgraded Eskom's long-term credit rating to BB+ following the suspension of four of its senior officials, it said on Thursday. This had led the ratings agency to have less confidence in the company's corporate governance arrangements...
Mar 20, 2015
RENEWABLES The African Development Bank supports countries by implementing projects in investment plans
Through its climate investment fund (CIF), the African Development Bank (AfDB) now supports one regional and 25 national investment plans across Africa.
Mar 19, 2015
China has successfully localised foreign nuclear technology and has used this as the base from which to develop its own nuclear power plant (NPP) design. This was reported by State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) Assistant VP He Weipeng on Thursday. "At...
Mar 19, 2015
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Sunbird Energy executive chairperson Kerwin Rana
State-owned electricity utility Eskom has confirmed that it will enter into commercial negotiations with Sunbird Energy and PetroSA for the supply of indigenous natural gas from the Ibhubesi field, off South Africa’s west coast, to the diesel-sapping Ankerlig power...
 
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