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May 29, 2015
Eskom said on Friday there was currently no planned load shedding as it had enough generating capacity to meet the demand. This follows the first full day without load shedding in a month after Eskom resumed power cuts on April 29, breaking a five-day streak of no...
May 29, 2015
GARETH WARNER South Africa should open up the energy generation space to bolster its economy and help secure more energy to meet current and future demand
Owing to the power crunch and rising power costs in South Africa, there is significant interest from commercial and light industrial users to offset their energy consumption using alternative energy systems. A key requirement to bolster commercial and residential...
May 27, 2015
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IMD World Competitiveness Center director Arturo Bris
South Africa slipped one position, from 52 to 53, in the latest world competitiveness ranking, which highlighted power and infrastructure shortfalls, high youth unemployment, as well as inadequate education and technical skills availability as key challenges to the...
May 27, 2015
Energy utility Eskom will implement stage 1 load-shedding this evening from 17:00 owing to a shortage of generating capacity while several units remain out of service for maintenance. The power outage was likely to continue until 22:00.
May 27, 2015
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While global economic factors impacted South Africa’s weak growth prognosis, there were binding constraints coming from the electricity supply uncertainties, said Reserve Bank (Sarb) deputy governor Francois Groepe. On Tuesday, Stats SA said the country’s GDP...
May 27, 2015
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
State-owned enterprises (SOEs) have the potential to stimulate “reindustrialisation and radical economic transformation”, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said during the Presidency’s budget vote debate on Tuesday. Ramaphosa said it made sense for the efforts of SOEs...
May 26, 2015
Owing to a shortage of generation capacity resulting from technical faults at some of its units, State-owned entity Eskom would implement stage 1 load-shedding from 17:00 on Tuesday. Load-shedding would likely continue until 22:00.
May 26, 2015
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When the Eskom board suspended four executives in March, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown based her support for the move largely on what she perceived as a lack of “credible information” flowing from the managers on a range of issues, including plant...
May 25, 2015
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May 22, 2015
May 21, 2015
May 21, 2015
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May 21, 2015
Following confirmation that the National Treasury was indeed considering private-investment options for Eskom, as well as an indication from African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mantashe that a “Chinese” model could be considered, which would allow...
May 21, 2015
JSE-listed Afrimat has reported a 5.1% increase in revenue to R1.99-billion for the year ended February, while its profit after tax soared by 22.9% to R200-million. On Thursday the openpit mining and materials company advised that, as in the prior year, the group...
May 21, 2015
Eskom said on Thursday it will implement stage 1 load shedding at 08:00 until 14:00 and then stage 2 will be implemented from 14:00 until 22:00 this evening. This is due to a shortage of generating capacity as several units are currently out of service due to...
May 20, 2015
The local metals and engineering sector cannot grow as a result of South Africa’s unreliable energy supply and the fact that, on average, energy costs in the sector account for about 8% of intermediary input costs, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of...
May 19, 2015
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Economic data released during the first quarter of the year show alarming trends in the metals and engineering sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Tuesday. The data also confirmed the organisation’s forecasts...
May 19, 2015
Eskom announced on Tuesday that it will implement stage 1 load-shedding at 16:00 and then move to stage 2 at 17:00 until 22:00 this evening. "This is due to the shortage of generating capacity as several units are currently out of service due to maintenance," the...
May 19, 2015
The Department of Energy (DoE) released a request for information (RFI) for gas-fired electricity generation on Tuesday, the outcome of which would guide the design of a 3 126 MW ‘Gas to Power Procurement Programme’. Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said that a...
May 19, 2015
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson reports that South Africa’s competitive-bidding model for the procurement of renewable-energy projects from independent power producers (IPPs) has delivered major cost reductions since its introduction in 2011. Speaking to...
May 18, 2015
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Tshediso Matona
The Eskom board and CEO Tshediso Matona have agreed to part ways, according to Eskom. Eskom said in a statement to the media that its board and CE, Tshediso Matona, have mutually agreed to part ways on an amicable basis.
May 18, 2015
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
The National Treasury confirmed on Monday that consideration was being given to the possibility of private investment in Eskom as part of efforts to improve the electricity utility’s financial sustainability. “Consideration is also being given to ring-fencing and...
 
 
 
 
May 18, 2015
Eskom will implement stage 1 load shedding at 16:00 on Monday and then move to stage 2 at 17:00 until 22:00. "This is due to a shortage of generating capacity as several units are currently out of service due to maintenance," Eskom said on Monday....
May 18, 2015
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
The government has resorted to withholding payments to municipalities that owe Eskom money in an effort to stabilise the finances of the state utility. Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said Treasury had taken steps to persuade municipalities to conclude payment plans...
May 15, 2015
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has asked for clarity on government’s position of selling off parts of Eskom. The DA shadow minister of public enterprises‚ Natasha Mazzone‚ on Friday said she wants the chairperson of the portfolio committee on public enterprises to...
May 15, 2015
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Eskom said the infrastructure upgrades in Soweto were aimed at minimising the need for load shedding and to stop the debt of R4bn from increasing any further, the utility said on Friday. Eskom acting CEO Brian Molefe apologised to the residents of Soweto for the...
May 15, 2015
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The electricity system would remain significantly constrained over the weekend, State-owned utility Eskom has said. “[While] certain areas will be without electricity for a certain period, about 96% of South Africans will still continue to receive power supply,” it...
May 15, 2015
GAME PLAN Eskom's strategic focus points could include ensuring the viability of projects before commissioning and ensuring their completion on time and within budget
Power utilities need to master the act of balancing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, says global growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Programme manager for energy and environment, Johan Muller, adds that maintenance can be managed, provided a utility’s...
May 15, 2015
The first yearly European EnergyManager (EUREM) training in sub-Saharan Africa was successfully completed in March and the training will feature new courses as from this month.
May 15, 2015
HOLISTIC OFFERING Structa’s subsidiaries provided significant quality, sufficient capacity and a quick production turnaround on the Kusile and Medupi flue ducting
Steel products and related services company Structa Group’s manufacturing, machining and refurbishment services subsidiaries Turnmill Proquip Engineering and One Steel Engineering are supplying flue-ducting material to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile power...
May 15, 2015
CHRIS WHELAN There is a strong push in the Western Cape to pursue gas turbines to supplement national baseload power generation
The use of gas turbines should, ideally, be conceptualised and the related infrastructure constructed as soon as possible in the Western Cape to overcome current electricity undercapacity issues and grow future demand, says business leadership organisation Accelerate...
May 15, 2015
ACCELERATED IMPLEMENTATION Generation implementation can be reduced through strategic anticipation of the correct corridors to unlock generation access capacities for the grid
The key to successful grid expansion and transformation is State-owned power utility Eskom’s ability to rapidly respond to the new generation footprint. Therefore, the power utility should be able to expand the transmission grid as soon as new generation access is...
 
 
 
 
May 15, 2015
REINVENTING THE MODEL Staff in capital build services should cover specialisation in industrial relations, procurement, information technology systems and finance for projects
State-owned power utility Eskom has to implement changes in several key areas to ensure efficient electricity generation and operational management, combined with cost improvements, says management consulting technology services and outsourcing company Accenture...
May 15, 2015
ON TRACK The scope of work of the South African SGR consortium at the Koeberg nuclear power station include removal and off-loading of the old steam generators
Technical resources provider, Lesedi Nuclear Services, remains on track to complete its portion of the steam generator replacement (SGR) project in 2018 at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape. Lesedi Nuclear Services,...
May 15, 2015
INTEGRATED APPROACH The South African power sector opportunities include designing a dynamic system that can manage the incorporation of alternative energy technologies
While South Africa has to resolve the current power supply problems, the country needs to change its mindset and approach to the power system, as the system allows for ample opportunity to create space for additional growth, states State-owned power utility Eskom...
May 15, 2015
FUTURE BACKBONE The transmission corridors were identified in support of Strategic Integrated Project 10 pertaining to electricity transmission and distribution
South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in collaboration with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) and State-owned power utility Eskom, has confirmed the final position of the five strategic...
May 15, 2015
HENK LANGENHOVEN The manufacturing and mining sectors stand to lose the most in production during an unplanned power outage
The impact of load-shedding and other power outages on the productivity of the metals and engineering industries might soon cripple some local companies’ ability to fulfil export orders, according to employer federation the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation...
May 15, 2015
SYSTEM BLUEPRINT The six Council for Scientific and Industrial Research campuses will demonstrate how a primarily renewables-based energy system can be designed and operated
As renewable energy has become increasingly cost competitive as an alternative new-build option in South Africa in the past five years, South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is streamlining its energy-research...
May 15, 2015
URS REINHARD Residential rooftop solar photovoltaic solutions that feed into the national grid are the right thing to do to alleviate the power crisis
A mass supply of electricity from rooftop-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions in residential households is the only immediate solution to supplement and bring relief to the strained national power grid, which is currently facing undercapacity issues, says...
May 15, 2015
ACCESS ALTERNATIVE Inspections and maintenance at some power stations are performed using ropes, reducing the need for expensive, and time-consuming traditional access systems
Rope access use can assist in speeding up maintenance and shortening the duration of shutdowns and planned outages at State-owned electricity entity Eskom’s coal-fired power stations, states industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists marketing...
May 15, 2015
MEGA-DELIVERY The Medupi ACC drive order was the single biggest order received by the Sumitomo group worldwide, and became a material reference project
Gearbox designer and manufacturer Hansen Transmissions South Africa has completed the supply of 384 Hansen M4 air-cooled condenser (ACC) drives each to State-owned power utility Eskom’s coal-fired Medupi power station, in Limpopo, and the Kusile power station, in...
May 14, 2015
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has responded coolly to suggestions that Eskom could be privatised in the near future, saying on Thursday that, until an “end state” had been determined for the energy sector as a whole, it would be difficult to determine an...
 
 
 
 
May 14, 2015
Tshwane executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa
Presenting a “balance sheet” of the capital city’s shortcomings and achievements, Tshwane executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa on Thursday delivered his State of the Capital Address (SoCA) at the city’s iconic Freedom Park, underlining achievements made in the...
May 14, 2015
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Eskom’s goal of producing power from the massive Medupi project is “slowly inching towards target”‚ having run for six days without tripping during the current test phase. This comes as South Africa is experiencing daily load-shedding of electricity to consumers‚ as...
May 14, 2015
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Great concern was expressed in Parliament over millions of households which could be without services due to a decision by Treasury to freeze funds to municipalities which owe money to Eskom. This national grant to municipalities funds - among others - basic...
May 13, 2015
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Eskom’s group executive for generation, Mongezi Ntsokolo, was at pains to assure South Africans that the utility was working hard to sort out the country's shortage in electricity supply, when addressing delegates at an African Utility Week panel discussion on...
May 13, 2015
Power utility Eskom will implement stage 1 load-shedding from 16:00 on Wednesday. Load-shedding would likely continue until 22:00.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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