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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 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
Mar 19, 2015
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Mar 19, 2015
Mar 18, 2015
 
 
 
Mar 18, 2015
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
Power utility Eskom is racing to recruit as many skilled people as possible, regardless of their skin colour, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday. Responding to questions in the National Assembly, he told MPs he was not aware of so-called "backroom",...
Mar 18, 2015
Engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon will provide engineering, design and construction supervision services for Zambia Electricity Supply Commission’s (Zesco’s) $200-million World Bank-funded Lusaka transmission and distribution...
Mar 18, 2015
Eskom did not foresee a need for rolling power cuts on Wednesday, although the electricity system remained constrained. "Should we experience an unanticipated fault, there might be the need to implement load shedding," Eskom's media desk said.
Mar 18, 2015
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ASX-listed gas developer Sunbird Energy on Wednesday announced the execution of a gas sales term sheet with South African power utility Eskom, over its planned Ibhubesi development, off the country’s West Coast. Under the term sheet executed with Eskom, the planned...
Mar 17, 2015
Graham Kerr
The BHP Billiton spin-off company South32, with large South African energy coal resources, would be keen to help State power utility Eskom solve some of its primary energy issues, South32 CEO-elect Graham Kerr said on Tuesday. Kerr was speaking to the media in a...
Mar 17, 2015
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One of the main reasons given for the recent suspension of Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona and three other senior executives related to a “lack of credible information” surrounding the poor performance of the existing coal-fired power plants. In response, the Eskom board...
Mar 16, 2015
Mar 13, 2015
Energy solutions provider Mitochondria Energy Company (MEC) will unveil a 100 kW fuel-cell solution, which was installed at the Chamber of Mines’ (CoM’s) Johannesburg offices, later this month. MEC CEO Anthea Bath told Mining Weekly Online that the natural...
Mar 13, 2015
NUM general secretary Frans Baleni
The unity of all unions is of utmost importance as South Africa moves into this year's wage negotiation season, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday. This was especially so in the mining, energy, and construction sectors, general secretary Frans...
Mar 12, 2015
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To reduce the economic impact of the current energy crisis, the Western Cape government (WCG), the City of Cape Town and businesses in the region have agreed to work together to find innovative solutions for alternative energy generation. Short-term solutions...
 
 
 
 
Mar 12, 2015
Mar 12, 2015
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Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi
Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi announced the shock suspension on Thursday of four senior executives, including CEO Tshediso Matona and FD Tsholofelo Molefe, after a board decision to institute a three-month inquiry into the state of the troubled business. Executive...
Mar 11, 2015
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Although some companies looking to invest in Africa and, more so, South Africa, remain “extremely bullish” about the development of the continent, further investment in key economic drivers is needed. These include agriculture, which will triple in size, topping...
Mar 10, 2015
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Energy Minister Tima Joemat-Pettersson
No minister, no deputy minister, no director general, late paperwork, and a broken air conditioning system marked the start on Tuesday of an energy department briefing on South Africa's electricity crisis. Opposition MPs serving on Parliament's energy portfolio...
Mar 09, 2015
Standard and Poor’s (S&P’s) was unlikely to change South Africa’s sovereign rating in the near term, the ratings agency said on Monday. Speaking at a briefing, in Rosebank, S&P sovereign ratings senior director Christian Esters said South Africa, which currently held...
Mar 09, 2015
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Secunda (pictured) and Sasolburg have about 400 MW of additional near-term power capacity
Energy and chemicals group Sasol is working with the Eskom War Room on a possible public–private partnership (PPP) to build a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility along the South African coast, which would facilitate the importation of gas to be used by both...
Mar 09, 2015
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Opportunity for Eskom to obtain coal previously exported.
Top South African coal analyst Xavier Prevost has come out in strong support of power utility Eskom buying coal previously exported from Glencore’s Optimum colliery, which is earmarked for closure. XMP Consulting’s Prevost told Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online...
Mar 09, 2015
Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona
The power system was stable on Monday morning, power utility Eskom said. "If anything unexpected happens, we may need to go into load shedding, but as the situation stands, we are fine at this stage," its media desk said.
Mar 06, 2015
Scheduled blackouts are unlikely to happen on Friday and the weekend, Eskom said. "Our aspiration is not to have loadshedding today and the weekend," spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said.
Mar 06, 2015
JOAN MACNAUGHTON Many countries were also struggling to balance the energy trilemma of energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability
Sub-Saharan Africa is still faced with the challenge of providing citizens access to electricity and an additional $450-billion will need to be invested to ensure that people in urban areas have access to electricity by 2040.
 
 
 
 
Mar 06, 2015
Malawi plans to increase the country's power generation capacity from the current 351 MW to 800 MW in the next three years. The additional capacity will be installed by the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) and independent power producers (IPPs),...
Mar 06, 2015
PHUMZILE TSHELANE Vendor countries provided an array of solutions and government will use the information to put a procurement strategy in place
South Africa is in a pre-procurement process regarding nuclear energy and is close to submitting environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for areas selected for the deployment of nuclear power.
Mar 05, 2015
The $200-million ‘loop line 1’ project to expand the capacity of the gas pipeline from Mozambique to South Africa has been completed, the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investments Company (Rompco) has confirmed. Rompco is the gas transport joint venture set up in...
Mar 04, 2015
More than half CEOs surveyed as part of the latest Merchantec CEO Confidence Index, said load-shedding was negatively impacting businesses, as it lowered productivity and raised costs. The index, released on Wednesday, showed that 76.2% of CEOs felt that...
Mar 04, 2015
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South Africa’s State-owned railways utility Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) says it remains confident of concluding take-or-pay contracts with 36 coal-line customers before the end of its financial year, which concludes on March 31. Spokesperson Sandile Simelane tells...
Mar 03, 2015
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Finance MEC Barbara Creecy
The Gauteng government has set aside R10-billion of its R95.3-billion 2015/16 budget to fund its five development corridors, which are being pursued across the so-called ‘City Region’. Gauteng, which is South Africa’s smallest province by area, is also the country...
Mar 03, 2015
The power grid will be severely constrained for the rest of the week, parastatal Eskom said on Tuesday. "It is possible that we may go through today [Tuesday] without implementing any load shedding," spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said.
Mar 03, 2015
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has acknowledged that South Africa requires “much higher levels of economic growth” to address unemployment and poverty. He also stresses that any economic expansion would need to be supported by the accelerated implementation of the...
Mar 02, 2015
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Mar 02, 2015
City Power, the City of Johannesburg’s electricity utility, has spent more than R267-million over the past four years to replace low voltage copper overhead power lines (LV), it said on Monday. The LV lines with aerial bundle conductors (ABC) will reduce power...
 
 
 
 
Mar 02, 2015
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State-owned electricity utility Eskom announced that first power was produced at 11:03 on Monday March 2, 2015, from Medupi Unit 6, marking a major milestone for the coal-fired power station project, which has been plagued by delays and cost overruns associated with...
Mar 02, 2015
There is a moderate chance that rolling blackouts may be implemented this week, power utility Eskom said on Monday. "The system is currently constrained but stable. One could say there is a 50:50 chance of implementing load shedding," spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said.
Feb 27, 2015
China’s investment in African resources remains at a relatively early stage and is likely to increase further over the next decade, despite the economic slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy, reports South African financier Standard Bank. China’s economy...
Feb 27, 2015
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Gas has the potential to account for more than 40% of the electricity generated in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) from 2020 onwards, a new report by McKinsey & Company shows, adding that, by 2040, gas-fired capacity could be responsible for more than 700 terawatt-hours in...
Feb 27, 2015
No blackouts were scheduled for Friday, Eskom said. "The system is collectively stable at the moment with a medium to high possibility of load shedding. The reason being we still have not recovered some of the generating units down for maintenance," spokesperson...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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