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Aug 25, 2014
State-owned power utility Eskom has invited bids for the construction of the Borutho–Witkop portion of the 400 kV transmission lines that form part of the Medupi power station integration project. The Medupi power station integration project was part of the Eskom...
Aug 21, 2014
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Kusile
Engineering and construction services company Murray & Roberts (M&R) believes the re-engineering of its Energy & Industrial platform will allow the operating platform to achieve further growth in its specialist engineering, commissioning and asset support...
Aug 21, 2014
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Gavin Maxwell
A new online platform is being launched in a bid to link developers of small-scale African energy projects directly with investors and technical advisers with the aim of accelerating the deployment of such projects across the continent. Known as GENHUB-Africa, the...
Aug 21, 2014
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Cabinet has approved the ratification of the Grand Inga Treaty with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Thursday. The treaty would see South Africa buy over half of the power generated by the first phase of the...
Aug 20, 2014
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Tshediso Matona
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown announced on Wednesday that Cabinet had approved the appointment of Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) director-general Tshediso Matona as the new CEO of State-owned electricity producer Eskom. Brown made the announcement...
Aug 19, 2014
Five City Power employees have been arrested for allegedly stealing drums of cable worth R4.5-million from the Randburg depot in Johannesburg, the power utility said on Tuesday. The three electricians and two team leaders were arrested on Friday and charged with...
Aug 19, 2014
JSE-listed Altron subsidiary Powertech Transformers, in collaboration with State-owned power utility Eskom and the Department of Science and Technology, through the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Technology Localisation Implementation Unit (TLIU),...
Aug 18, 2014
Dr Nkosana Moyo
Mandela Institute for Development Studies founder and director Dr Nkosana Moyo has urged African governments and the private sector to embrace a different “architecture” for economic integration, arguing that the current all-inclusive model had all but “stalled”....
Aug 14, 2014
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Aug 13, 2014
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Aug 13, 2014
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Aug 12, 2014
 
 
 
Aug 11, 2014
South Africa’s power system was expected to be “extremely tight” over Monday’s evening peak owing to the cold weather, with demand forecast at 33 675 MW, while available capacity – including open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) – would be only 33 600 MW, State-owned power...
Aug 11, 2014
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State-owned power utility Eskom was owed about R10.85-billion by local municipalities as at the end of June this year, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan has revealed in a written reply to a question asked by the Inkhata Freedom...
Aug 07, 2014
Minister in The Presidency Jeff Radebe
Minister in The Presidency Jeff Radebe confirmed on Thursday that the National Planning Commission (NPC) would be retained alongside moves to institutionalise long-term planning within government. Speaking at the formal release of the five-year Medium-Term Strategic...
Aug 07, 2014
State-owned power utility Eskom on Thursday launched its MyEskom mobile app as part of its ongoing effort to improve customer service, transparency and communication. The app, which was available for Android and iOS devices, as well as through a mobile site, provided...
Aug 07, 2014
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says she has made a decision on her preferred candidate for the position of CEO of Eskom and will present the name at the next Cabinet meeting for approval. She indicated that a Cabinet committee would deliberate on the...
Aug 06, 2014
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In his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) in June, President Jacob Zuma fleetingly highlighted government’s support of a strategy to raise nuclear generation capacity in South Africa (quoting the potential for the addition of over 9 000 MW of nuclear capacity), while...
Aug 05, 2014
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Mike Peo
The investment banking business of Nedbank, which has a R20-billion exposure to South Africa’s renewable-energy market, expects to significantly increase funding limits in the South African energy space to create capacity for involvement in the upcoming coal and gas...
Aug 05, 2014
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Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown described the debate around the privatisation of Eskom as “misguided”, while an analyst urged Eskom bondholders to price in the “status quo” rather than to anticipate any near-term break-up of the State-owned electricity...
Aug 04, 2014
The National Union of Mineworkers handed over a memorandum to Eskom in Johannesburg on Monday demanding a 12% across-the-board salary increase. "We, the exploited workers of Eskom organised under the banner of the revolutionary home of all energy workers, the NUM,...
Jul 30, 2014
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Jul 30, 2014
South African electricity tariffs are likely to increase by more than the 8% already sanctioned for the year starting April 1, 2015, after the energy regulator determined on Wednesday that Eskom had under recovered R7.82-billion in revenue between 2010 and 2013. The...
Jul 29, 2014
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The Medupi power station project
Electricity producer Eskom has, for the first time, offered a detailed timeline for the synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6, which is officially scheduled for December 15, 2014. Addressing a joint meeting of the Portfolio Committees on Public Enterprises and Energy on...
Jul 29, 2014
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State-owned electricity producer Eskom reported on Tuesday that a five-point recovery plan was being introduced in a bid to place its underperforming power station fleet on a “sustainable path”. However, Eskom cautioned that an additional 7 400 MW of capacity would...
Jul 29, 2014
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown told the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Public Enterprises on Tuesday that the new Eskom CEO would be appointed within weeks. She said she was “treating the appointment of a permanent CEO with urgency”.
Jul 29, 2014
The first stage of the definitive mining feasibility study (DMFS) for Tanzania-focused mineral exploration and development company Kibo Mining’s Rukwa Coal to Power project (RCPP) would be completed by the end of November, the company reported on Tuesday. Kibo noted...
Jul 29, 2014
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A 1.2 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, positioned on the rooftop of a Cape Town office block, would feed excess electricity into the City of Cape Town’s electrical distribution network. The Black River Park solar project would sell electricity back to the city for...
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” performance...
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
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Jul 23, 2014
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President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday announced the composition of the ‘Energy Security Cabinet SubCommittee’, which he said would oversee the development of South Africa’s future energy mix. Delivering his Budget Vote in the National Assembly, Zuma said the committee...
Jul 22, 2014
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Nersa's Thembani Bukula
A standardised tariff for electricity resellers is needed to avoid consumers being overcharged, energy regulator National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) said on Tuesday. "The pressing problem right now is that there is a standardised tariff that they...
Jul 22, 2014
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Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel says government will be prioritising six ‘I’s as part of its “radical economic transformation” agenda for the coming five years. Delivering his Budget Vote in Parliament on Tuesday, Patel said the six components included...
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 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 Nation...
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 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 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 lawmakers...
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
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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 global...
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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