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Apr 08, 2014
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has again lowered its growth outlook for the South African economy and has listed the country among those large emerging economies whose growth outlook has been downgraded as a result of domestic policy weaknesses, tighter...
Apr 08, 2014
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African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, would have to begin in the Karoo to meet South Africa's growing energy needs despite resistance from environmental and other lobby groups, African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. He was speaking...
Apr 04, 2014
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South Africa’s sole nuclear power station Koeberg
South Africa’s sole nuclear power station Koeberg, which is located in the Western Cape, marks a major operations milestone today, April 4, which is the thirtieth anniversary of Unit 1 having been connected to the grid. Eskom, which operates the two-unit plant,...
Apr 04, 2014
As South Africa follows the world into an increasingly cashless economy, small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMME’s) and informal traders are getting a shot in the arm as business leverages innovative financial technologies to stimulate financial inclusion and...
Apr 03, 2014
South Africa’s power system would be stable on Thursday night and was expected to remain so over the weekend, energy utility Eskom said in its biweekly update on Thursday. This followed the failure of a boiler at Eskom’s Witbank-based Duvha power station on Sunday...
Apr 03, 2014
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Thembani Bukula
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) expects to make a determination on Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) balance submission in either April or May, but insists that there will be no tariff implications for consumers before April 1, 2015. The...
Apr 02, 2014
This publication contains insight into progress at the delayed Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo respectively, as well as at the Ingula pumped-storage scheme, which is under construction on the border between the Free State and...
Apr 01, 2014
Southern Africa country president Eric Léger
Global energy management specialist Schneider Electric is aiming to aggressively expand its Southern African footprint in the coming few years and has earmarked Angola, Mozambique and Zambia as priority territories for its regional business development. Southern...
Apr 01, 2014
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Mar 28, 2014
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Mar 28, 2014
CITY OF JOHANNESBURG The city is on its way to being one of the top ten greenest cities in Africa
The difficulties of accessing international financial assistance and meeting stringent borrowing conditions were a collective barrier to fully developing and rolling out climate change programmes for the City of Johannesburg, said city mayor Parks Tau at the C40...
Mar 27, 2014
Collin Matjila
State-owned electricity utility Eskom has named Collin Matjila as acting CEO with effect from April 1, 2014, with Brian Dames set to depart the company on March 31. Chairperson Zola Tsotsi emphasised Matjila’s “vast knowledge” of the electricity industry, noting...
Mar 26, 2014
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UK special representative on climate change Sir David King
UK special representative on climate change Sir David King believes South Africa is well placed to take advantage of strongly falling solar photovoltaic (PV) prices to deal cost effectively with its prevailing electricity shortfalls, while also lowering its carbon...
Mar 25, 2014
Alan Winde
The recent load shedding has cost the Western Cape economy, with businesses expressing concern that they are in for more growth-hampering power cuts. Speaking during question time in the Provincial Legislature, Western Cape Minister of Finance, Economic Development...
Mar 25, 2014
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South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) expects to finalise procurement documents for coal and cogeneration independent power producers (IPPs) before the end of this month and says the requests for proposals (RFPs) should be published in April, once internal...
Mar 24, 2014
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The Nkangala district municipality (NDM), in Mpumalanga, has refused State-owned power utility Eskom’s request to relax the conditions of its Kriel power station’s atmospheric emissions licence. Eskom had applied to amend the licence in November last year.
Mar 24, 2014
The Mogale City central business district (CBD) is set to get a facelift once the local municipality implements its Social Housing Policy, executive mayor Koketso Seerane said last week. The Gauteng-based city was currently finalising the Social Housing Policy, which...
Mar 20, 2014
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Nelisiwe Magubane
Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Nelisiwe Magubane will vacate her post at the end of March, eight months ahead of her official November 30 contract expiry date, owing to health reasons. In a surprise statement released on March 20, Minister Dikobe Ben...
Mar 19, 2014
Meetings were often held when there were significant input price changes
A Competition Commission investigation, initiated in 2010 into power cables companies, has unearthed cartel conduct by four firms and its findings have been referred to Competition Tribunal for adjudication. The probe, which included a May 6, 2010,...
Mar 18, 2014
The total energy capacity in Africa’s 54 member States is equal to that of Germany and Denmark alone, while 585-million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity. Putting these facts on the table, South Africa’s deputy director-general of energy, Dr...
 
 
 
 
Mar 17, 2014
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Improving energy infrastructure on the African continent will unleash investments, drive jobs and drive down pollution, US Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman has told the Power-Gen Africa conference in Cape Town. An upbeat Poneman said while energy costs in...
Mar 17, 2014
Inga dam
The World Bank is likely to approve $73-million next week to fund an expansion of the Inga hydroelectric dam in Democratic Republic of Congo, a bank official said on Friday. The decision will be a relief to investors, particularly mining companies which have been...
Mar 14, 2014
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Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa CEO Stephen Moore
Corporate activity at an international level has resulted in the disappearance of Hitachi Power Africa (HPA), which was controversially associated with the African National Congress’s Chancellor House, and the emergence of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa...
Mar 14, 2014
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About 250 MW from the Moatize IPP would be consumed by the mine, with the 50 MW balance to be fed into Mozambique's grid
A 25-year concession contract was signed on Friday opening the way for the development of a 300 MW, $1-billion coal-fired independent power producer (IPP) project in the Tete province of Mozambique, about 1 500 km north of Maputo. The contract was conclude between...
Mar 14, 2014
TIME CONTROL Electrical specialist Legrand’s new generation of digital time switches is suited for air-conditioning systems, thermostats and pressure sensors
France-based electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand has extended its range of time switches with the launch of a new generation of digital time switches for industrial, commercial and domestic environments. This range was launched at the...
Mar 13, 2014
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Business Unity South Africa (Busa) announced on Thursday that it intended mobilising a “strategic national response” to the problems associated with South Africa’s electricity shortages, which came into sharp focus again on March 6, when Eskom resorted to 14 hours of...
Mar 11, 2014
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Outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dames addressing the media in Johannesburg on Tuesday
Outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dames reported on Tuesday that the utility was considering restarting some of the energy-saving programmes that were suspended in late 2013 as a result of funding constraints. Speaking at a briefing hosted by the South African Chamber of...
Mar 11, 2014
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Kendal power station
State-owned power utility Eskom has applied to postpone the date by which sixteen of its power stations have to comply with the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (AQA) minimum emission standards, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)...
Mar 11, 2014
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Mar 10, 2014
Mining and energy solutions firm Cronimet Mining were recently selected to proceed to the next round of approval for independent power producers (IPPs) to bring six 5 MW South African projects on line. Should Cronimet receive approval to bring 30 MW of production...
Mar 07, 2014
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Zola Tsotsi and Brian Dames at the post-load-shedding briefing on Friday
Eskom confirmed on Friday that it had decided to extend “at risk” short-term electricity purchases from independent power producers (IPPs) and municipal generators to the end of May, despite not having received regulatory approval to do so. However, it was still in...
Mar 07, 2014
The load-shedding website operated by State-owned power utility Eskom was indicating that “no load shedding” was taking place on Friday morning, having shown ongoing rotational shedding throughout the day and night on Thursday. Eskom also formally lifted, at 22:00...
Mar 07, 2014
Mar 07, 2014
Power Evacuation 220 kV transmission lines will evacuate electricity from the Rusumo Falls hydroelectric plant
Construction of transmission lines to evacuate power from a regional hydroelectric project in East Africa, which was hanging on the balance following the withdrawal of financing by key partners, is now back on track. After six months of uncertainty, the African...
Mar 07, 2014
Atmospheric and speciality gas technology manufacturer Air Products South Africa says there has been an increase in the use of modified atmospheric packaging (MAP) – its gas-based food packaging technique. Air Products speciality gas sales manager Arthi Govender says...
Mar 06, 2014
JSE- and NYSE-listed miner Sibanye Gold on Thursday said that despite South African electricity utility Eskom’s request to reduce its power consumption by 10%, Sibanye did not expect any production losses. The company, which was last year spun out of gold major Gold...
Mar 06, 2014
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As energy utility Eskom on Thursday instituted nationwide load-shedding for the first time since 2008, a report released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) revealed that the volume of electricity consumed in January increased by 2.8% year-on-year, exceeding a 1.2%...
Mar 06, 2014
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The loss of three units at Kendal, pictured, a key reason for SA's load-shedding relapse
State-owned electricity producer Eskom, which declared its fourth power emergency of the 2013/14 summer maintenance season on Thursday morning, began implementing load shedding from 9:00, causing shops to shut, disrupting cellular networks and raising fresh concerns...
Mar 06, 2014
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State-owned electricity producer Eskom, which declared its fourth power emergency of the 2013/14 summer maintenance season on Thursday morning, began implementing load shedding from 9:00. It was the first time that the utility had resorted to rotational load shedding...
 
 
 
 
Mar 06, 2014
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State-owned electricity producer Eskom has declared the fourth power emergency of its summer maintenance season and has warned that rotational load shedding is a strong possibility. The emergency, which was attributed to losses associated with relentless rain in...
Mar 05, 2014
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The Free Market Foundation (FMF) is seeking council in an attempt to mandate government to implement the 1998 White Paper on Energy Policy, which had been adopted under Section 198 of the Constitution, FMF executive director Leon Louw said on Wednesday. During a...
Mar 05, 2014
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Professor Rosemary Falcon
South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom was being fed the dregs after coals were washed for export to India which was why efficiencies were so low and maintenance was an issue, Wits University coal researcher Professor Rosemary Falcon said on Wednesday....
Mar 04, 2014
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Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa
Exploration for shale gas in the Karoo has taken another step, with the final regulations being consolidated, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has revealed. “The Minister of Mineral Resources is now ready to consolidate. We’re looking at...
Mar 03, 2014
The Medupi power station site.
The first phase of the Mokolo and Crocodile Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP), which is under construction partly to provide water from Mokolo dam to the Medupi power station, is behind schedule, Eskom has confirmed. However, the State-owned power utility insists...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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