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NUM welcomes removal of Eskom general manager in Free State

By: African News Agency      4th January 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Free State region on Thursday welcomed the removal or transfer of Eskom general manager in the province, Lindi Mthombeni. The union has been pleading with the power utility for months to remove Mthombeni, saying that workers had lost trust in her and... 

Central Energy Fund appoints interim CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st December 2018 The board of the Central Energy Fund (CEF) has appointed Sakhiwo Makhanya as an interim CEO, with effect from December 10, succeeding former acting CEO Godfrey Moagi, whose contract expired on December 9. Prior to his appointment as an interim CEO, Makhanya served as strategic assignments... 

Eskom may reinstate power cuts post mid-January

By: Bloomberg     20th December 2018 State-owned power utility may need to reinstate rolling power cuts after factories and businesses reopen following the summer holiday period, said Eskom Holdings CEO Phakamani Hadebe. The company is making progress in reducing unplanned outages and maintenance, he said in an interview on... 

Eskom warns of more coal trucks on the road during low-demand festive season

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th December 2018 Power utility Eskom has urged South African motorist to heed safety rules as the group will make use of the low-electricity demand during the festive season to intensify plant maintenance and fast-track the recovery of coal stock levels. Eskom said on Wednesday that this would result in a... 

Brian Dames steps down from Eskom task team

By: Mariaan Webb     19th December 2018 Brian Dames, the former CEO of cash-strapped Eskom, has stepped down from the newly appointed task team advising government on actions to resolve the State-owned power company's operational, structural and financial challenges. Dames is the CEO of Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Energy and... 

Hitachi to acquire ABB's power grids unit valued at $11bn

By: Bloomberg     17th December 2018 Hitachi agreed to buy ABB’s power grids division in a deal that values the entire business at $11-billion, a plan that’s aimed at turning the Japanese conglomerate into a top global provider of equipment for electricity networks. ABB will return proceeds of $7.6-billion to $7.8-billion through... 

Eskom evaluating bids for mortgage business

By: Reuters     15th December 2018 Cash-strapped power utility Eskom is evaluating bids for its finance company that specialises in mortgage lending to employees, its spokesman said on Friday. State-run Eskom is scrambling to keep the lights on in Africa's most advanced economy and has been implementing frequent controlled power... 

Ramaphosa appoints high-level Eskom sustainability task team to resolve problems 

By: African News Agency      14th December 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a high-level task team to come up with solutions to the many challenges that Eskom faces, the Presidency said in a statement on Friday. And as a signal of the urgency of its task, the President has asked the Eskom sustainability task team to submit initial... 

 Ramaphosa appoints high-level Eskom sustainability task team to resolve problems
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Former Eskom CEO Brian Dames

Transfer of Eskom's debt to South African government credit neutral – Moody's

By: Reuters     14th December 2018  Power utility Eskom's request for government to take up R100-billion of its debt could cause the country's overall debt ratio to jump two%age points from the current 55.8%, ratings agency Moody's said on Friday. Moody's, the last of the top three ratings firms to still rate Pretoria's debt at... 

Fourways office park goes solar

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th December 2018 To convert Willow Wood Office Park, in Fourways, Gauteng, to using solar energy, Heartwood Properties has partnered with SolarSaver, which offers a rent-to-own model that does not require any capital outlay, to reduce the building’s footprint and save on electricity costs. All indications are... 

Eskom debt swap not an option – Ramaphosa  

By: Reuters     14th December 2018 A debt swap for cash-strapped state power company Eskom would spiral the country into more debt, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday, adding there was a need to look at other options to shore up the company's balance sheet. Eskom, which has had to implement power cuts due to... 

Self-sustaining clean energy system developed

By: Paige Müller     14th December 2018 Sustainable energy specialist Hyson Sustainable Energy – situated in Krugersdorp – has developed and patented a fully self-sustaining, energy-producing tower, says Hyson Sustainable Energy MD Sally Hall. “The Hyson Sustainable Energy ‘Power Tower’, which was provisionally patented just seven... 

Self-sustaining clean  energy system developed
Photo by Bloomberg
ZERO EMISSIONS The Hyson Sustainable Energy ‘Power Tower’ allows for the recycling of liquefied carbon dioxide and water used in the energy generation process, resulting in zero harmful emissions

Solar PV uptake expected to double

By: Paige Müller     14th December 2018 Energy supply from solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is increasing at a rapid rate in South Africa, with PV grid installation expected to double in the 2018/19 period, says renewable-energy solutions supplier Genesis Eco-Energy director and solar energy association South African Photovoltaic... 

Solar PV uptake expected to double
Photo by Creamer Media
NO THREAT POSED The adoption of renewable-energy systems neither poses an immediate nor a significant threat to workers in the local coal industry

Off-grid rural home concept launched in Rwanda

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2018 UK-based solar-power venture company Bboxx has launched its 2020 solar-powered off-grid home concept in Rwanda. The Bboxx Tomorrow’s Rural Home has a 50 W photovoltaic panel mounted on the roof and can be bought on a three-year payment plan. The home was created by Bboxx and partners using smart... 

Off-grid rural home concept launched in Rwanda
MODERN RURAL HOME The Bboxx rural home is designed to bring the on-grid experience in an off-grid location

Odourless treatment process produces energy, creates jobs

By: Cameron Mackay     14th December 2018 A new labour-based upgrade for wastewater management plants and acid mine drainage plants below ground – the upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor (UASB) process – can be used to produce potable water and energy while reducing costs and creating job opportunities, says engineering and... 

Odourless treatment process produces energy, creates jobs
HYSON CELLS The upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor process is below ground, which allows for natural insulation of the cone structures

Taking a profitcentric approach to navigation of energy transition

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2018 With the expected implementation of the Carbon Tax Bill in 2019 amid rising energy prices, companies must develop new energy strategies to curb their energy consumption, says financial advisory firm PSG Group subsidiary Energy Partners engineering head Barry Drotsche. The ideal strategy to... 

LHWP Phase II ensures employment opportunities in January 2019

By: Cameron Mackay     14th December 2018 The start next month of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II advance infrastructure construction at Polihali, where the Phase II dam will be built, and Katse village, which was constructed in Phase I as housing for consultants and contractors, will bring eagerly anticipated... 

LHWP Phase II ensures employment opportunities in January 2019
LESOTHO HIGHLANDS WATER PROJECT The road infrastructure works will help improve access to basic services and facilities, as well as reduce travelling time and stimulate local business ventures

LHDA workshop places contractors in better bidding position

By: Cameron Mackay     14th December 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) held successful workshops for South Africa- and Lesotho-based small and medium-sized registered contractors to place them in a better position to bid for construction projects on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). Held in several towns... 

LHDA workshop places  contractors in better  bidding position
WATER PROVIDES CONTRACTS Workshops were successfully held to ensure that small businesses can bid for construction projects on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project

Cabinet to assess municipal electricity debt management plan in Feb

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2018 The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) on Thursday said Cabinet would, in February, consider a detailed implementation plan to deal with the more than R14-billion in debt owned by municipalities to power utility Eskom. This plan is part of CoGTA’s municipal... 

Back to the future for Eskom as it seeks to plug 1.3bn ton coal hole 

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2018 State-owned electricity producer Eskom is going back to the future as it seeks to close an estimated 1.3-billion ton coal shortfall that it calculates will arise over the remaining life of its coal-fired power station fleet. The shortfall calculation takes account of the decommissioning of the... 

Back to the future for Eskom as it seeks to plug 1.3bn ton coal hole
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Primary energy division GM Dan Mashigo

Eskom signs R1.5bn AFD loan agreement  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th December 2018 Eskom and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) on Thursday signed a R1.5-billion loan agreement to support the electricity utility’s investments in extending and strengthening its power transmission grid along the west coast of South Africa. This loan constitutes the first tranche of a... 

New Necsa board to consider important issues 

13th December 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about the changes that have been made to the board and management of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation and what the entity’s new board will need to focus on going forward. 

New Necsa board to consider important issues
New Necsa board to consider important issues

Prequalification for construction of Phase 2 works on LHWP to launch in January

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) will kick 2019 into gear with the launch in January of the prequalification for construction of the Phase 2 main works of the Polihali dam and Polihali transfer tunnel. “The call for expressions of interest for the construction of the 165-m-high... 

Minerals Minister defends coal, complains about high electricity prices  

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th December 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has defended the role of coal in the country's energy mix and complained about the harmful effect of high electricity prices on the local beneficiation of minerals. He was delivering the keynote address at the launch, in Pretoria, of a book – The Future... 

Minerals Minister defends coal, complains about high electricity prices

Kibo renews MoU with Mozambique utility

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2018 JSE- and Aim-listed Kibo Energy has renewed and expanded its memorandum of understanding with Mozambican State-owned electricity utility Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM), to advance the financing, construction and operation of the Benga coal independent power project, in Mozambique. Kibo CEO... 

SAIEE appoints Sicelo Xulu CEO after ‘intense’ consideration process

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2018 The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) has appointed Sicelo Xulu CEO on a three-year term, starting in 2019. He will succeed Stan Bridgens, who held the position for about 12 years.  

SAIEE appoints Sicelo Xulu CEO after ‘intense’ consideration process
New SAIEE CEO Sicelo Xulu

Tanzania to sign deal this week for $3bn power plant – President

By: Reuters     12th December 2018 Tanzania will sign a deal this week for the construction of a $3-billion hydroelectric power plant, the president said in remarks broadcast on state television on Tuesday. President John Magufuli did not name the company awarded the contract for the power plant and dam to be built in the Selous... 

New Necsa board has important issues to consider

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th December 2018 Major decisions are going to have to be taken about the future of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), new Necsa board chairperson Dr Rob Adam told Engineering News Online on Tuesday. A totally new board for the corporation was announced by the government on December 6, the new... 

New Necsa board has important issues to consider
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Necsa chairperson Dr Rob Adam

Big coal wants consumers to pay for fixing its pollution problem  

By: Bloomberg     11th December 2018 Some of the world’s biggest fossil-fuel producers are calling on taxpayers to help them kick their pollution habit. The world’s biggest oil, natural gas and mining companies are stepping up their campaign to deploy carbon capture and storage, or CCS, as way to slow global warming. But with a... 

15 on Orange’s PVT energy system now fully operational

By: Simone Liedtke     11th December 2018 The newly installed Solarus energy system on the roof of the 15 on Orange Hotel, in Cape Town, is now fully operational. According to a statement issued on Tuesday, the hybrid photovoltaic and thermal (PVT) project is currently the largest in Cape Town and is a system that provides the luxury... 

15 on Orange’s PVT energy system now fully operational
The newly installed Solarus energy system on the roof of the 15 on Orange Hotel, in Cape Town

In Eskom's case, does Mboweni feel a photo is worth 1 000 words?

By: Bloomberg     11th December 2018 Not long after Eskom told fund managers in London that the troubled power utility planned to ask South Africa’s National Treasury to assume R100-billion of its debt, the country’s new Finance Minister Tito Mboweni tweeted a picture of a sieve. The tweet, two days later, may have been a simpler... 

No load shedding scheduled for Tuesday but risk remains high, says Eskom

By: African News Agency      11th December 2018 Power utility Eskom said on Tuesday that it will not implement Stage 1 rotational load shedding from 9am as usual, but warned that the electricity system remains tight and the risk of load shedding still remained high should power station units fail to return as planned. Eskom had said on Monday... 

No load shedding scheduled for Tuesday but risk remains high, says Eskom

DLO Energy Resources invests in 30 MW solar plant in Nigeria

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th December 2018 South African clean energy development company DLO Energy Resources Group is investing in a solar farm project in Nigeria’s Kaduna state to power its green industrial zone. DLO MD and founder Linda Mabhena-Olagunju and Kaduna state Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai this week signed a memorandum of... 

DLO Energy Resources invests in 30 MW solar plant in Nigeria
From L-R: Kaduna Power Supply Company MD Dr Abdulkareem Mayere, Linda Mabhena-Olagunju and special adviser to the governor Jimi Lawal

South Africa needs to bail out Eskom, says former Eskom adviser Rothschild 

By: Reuters     10th December 2018 The South African government needs to "bite the bullet" and bail out struggling state-run power firm Eskom, which has asked for R100-billion ($7-billion) in government support, the chief executive of Rothschild & Co in South Africa told Reuters. Rothschild advised Eskom in 2008 when it last... 

Eskom says no load shedding scheduled for Monday, but risk remains high 

By: African News Agency      10th December 2018 Power utility Eskom said on Monday that it will not implement Stage 1 rotational load shedding from 9am as usual, but warned that the electricity system remains tight and the risk of load shedding still remained high should power station units fail to return as planned. The troubled power utility... 

Eskom says no load shedding scheduled for Monday, but risk remains high

Energy Minister 'very confident' in new Necsa board

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 The new chairperson of the board of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), Dr Rob Adam, has given the assurance that the new board and interim CEO would be able to restore the beleaguered entity. He was talking, via video link, at a media briefing in Pretoria on Friday.... 

Energy Minister highlights 'defiance' by Necsa CEO, board chairperson

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe confirmed at a media briefing on Friday that South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane had been subject to "precautionary suspension". The CEO is an ex-officio member of the Necsa Board. A totally new Necsa Board was announced this week.... 

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