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Managing the socioeconomic impacts of SA’s lower-carbon economy transition

     30th August 2017 In this opinion piece, Jarredine Morris argues that it is important that the socioeconomic impacts, including the impact on employment, are assessed as South Africa transitions to a lower-carbon electricity sector   

48 municipalities still owe Eskom billions – Minister

By: News24Wire      30th August 2017 Forty-eight municipalities still owe Eskom-billions of rand in combined debt, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen said on Tuesday. Twenty of those municipalities had registered progress in terms of compliance, he said following a quarterly Presidential... 

48 municipalities still owe Eskom billions – Minister

Brown tells Eskom to come clean on Trillian in two days

By: African News Agency      29th August 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Tuesday, gave Eskom a 48-hour deadline to heed her instruction to clarify its relationship with Trillian, her spokesman said. “In June, Minister Brown requested Eskom’s board to clarify issues relating to its Trillian relationship. Following further... 

Outa lays charges against Singh

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th August 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has taken legal aim at State-owned power utility Eskom’s suspended CFO Anoj Singh following revelations that the power utility had allegedly lied about some of the payments made to Gupta-linked firm Trillian. Outa COO Ben Theron on Tuesday said charges of... 

Outa lays charges against Singh
Photo by Duane Daws
Suspended Eskom CFO Anoj Singh

Botswana reaffirms commitment to 100 MW solar project

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2017 The Botswana government has assured potential renewable-energy investors that it will follow through with the implementation of a proposed 100 MW utility-scale solar project, for which it received 166 responses to a call for expressions of interest (EoI) released earlier this year. The Botswana... 

Botswana reaffirms commitment to 100 MW solar project

Kibo finalises transmission line bid for MCPP

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th August 2017 Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Mining has concluded the final bid clarification for the construction of the transmission line that will evacuate power from the Mbeya power plant to State-owned Tanesco’s Mbeya substation. The power plant forms part of Kibo’s Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), which... 

Kibo finalises transmission line bid for MCPP
Kibo CEO Louis Coetzee

Barloworld to install 7 MW solar power installation at Namibia mine

By: Anine Kilian     28th August 2017 Gold producer B2Gold has appointed Caterpillar and Cat dealer Barloworld to supply a 7 MW solar power plant at the Otjikoto mine, in Namibia. The full system, including Cat photovoltaic (PV) solar modules and the Cat microgrid master controller (MMC), will be used to reduce reliance on a heavy... 

Zambian President tells Glencore unit to accept new power prices

By: Reuters     28th August 2017 Zambian President Edgar Lungu has told Glencore's Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) unit to accept higher electricity prices caused by the removal of state energy subsidies, his spokesman said on Saturday. Copperbelt Energy Corp (CEC), which buys power from the State-owned electricity company and sells... 

DoE solar water heating programme delayed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th August 2017 The procurement processes for the installation of solar energy systems under the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) Solar Water Heating programme has not yet started, with no systems installed during the 2015/16 and 2016/17 financial years. In response to a Parliamentary question, Energy Minister... 

Ncondezi confident of finding a partner for power plant project by year-end

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th August 2017 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy is hoping to complete the process of signing on a partner to assist with the development of its proposed 300 MW Ncondezi coal-fired power project, in Tete, Mozambique, by the end of this year. Ncondezi is seeking a partner capable of providing a leadership role in the... 

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade and value chains across SADC region

By: Anine Kilian     25th August 2017 It is common cause that industrialisation across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is key to diversifying the regional economy away from its current reliance on the export of raw commodities and to supporting economic growth and employment creation. There is broad... 

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade and value chains across SADC region

AfDB’s sustainable energy fund to support PV project in Lesotho

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th August 2017 The African Development Bank- (AfDB-) managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa) has approved a $695 500 grant to NEO I SPV, a subsidiary of independent power producer OnePower Lesotho, to support the preparation of a bankable business case for the development of the winning project of the... 

AfDB’s sustainable energy fund to support PV project in Lesotho
Photo by Bloomberg
WINNING PROJECT The 20 MW solar photovoltaic project is expected to become the first utility-scale solar PV project in Lesotho

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade and value chains across SADC region

By: Anine Kilian     25th August 2017 It is common cause that industrialisation across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is key to diversifying the regional economy away from its current reliance on export of raw commodities and to supporting economic growth and employment creation. There is broad acceptance that SADC... 

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade  and value chains across SADC region

Morocco receives funding for hybrid renewable-energy plants

By: Dylan Slater     25th August 2017 A loan to the value of $25-million has been granted to Morocco for investment in renewable-energy projects to help the country generate solar power through an innovative hybrid concentrated solar power (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) solution.  

Zambia to get first wind power plant

By: African News Agency      24th August 2017 The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has approved a $1.05-million grant to support a feasibility study for Zambia’s first wind power plant. The funding was awarded to renewable power project developer, Access Power and its strategic partner, EREN Renewable Energy (EREN RE),... 

Tribunal hears settlement agreement involving wire cable industry association

By: Anine Kilian     23rd August 2017 The Competition Tribunal is considering a settlement agreement involving the Association of Electric Cable Manufacturers South Africa (AECMSA), which has admitted to fixing the selling price of electric power cables, largely affecting State-owned power utility Eskom, as well as large industries... 

Guptas sell Tegeta to Swiss owner

By: News24Wire      23rd August 2017 Gupta-owned Oakbay Investments has sold Tegeta Exploration and Resources to Swiss-based Charles King SA for R2.97-billion, it announced on Wednesday. This is the second sale announced by the Guptas this week. They announced on Monday that Oakbay would sell its media assets, broadcaster ANN7 and... 

Guptas sell Tegeta to Swiss owner

ConCourt ruling opens way for Nersa to process further clawback claims – Eskom

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2017 The Constitutional Court has refused an application by several Eastern Cape businesses for leave to appeal a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling relating to implementation of the Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) mechanism in South Africa’s multiyear price determination (MYPD) electricity... 

ConCourt ruling opens way for Nersa to process further clawback claims – Eskom

Himoinsa

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd August 2017 As a global corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes power generation equipment globally, Himoinsa adds incomparable application and engineering know-how, excellent design and service capabilities, delivering value beyond the equipment it produces. 

Himoinsa

Kibo to hold formal negotiations with potential MCPP investors

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2017 Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Mining will, in the coming weeks, hold formal negotiations with infrastructure investors that have expressed an interest in making an equity investment in the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), in Tanzania. Kibo, which is headed up by CEO Louis Coetzee, expects to work... 

Tlou secures mining licence for Lesedi CBM project

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2017 Aim- and ASX-listed Tlou Energy has been granted a mining licence for its Lesedi coal-bed methane (CBM) gas project, in Botswana. “The mining license for the Lesedi CBM project was the first application of its kind to be lodged in Botswana. The awarding of the licence by the Ministry [of Mineral... 

Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2017 Spearheaded by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI), aimed at accelerating regional trade and unlocking the economic potential of the continent, now has nine African presidents on board, with ten projects in the spotlight as Africa... 

Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents

African conference strives to boost bioenergy industries

     18th August 2017 Global conference organiser Centre for Management Technology (CMT) notes that its Biomass Trade & Bioenergy Africa conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton on September 28 and 29. CMT hopes that the conference will further development of the African biomass and bioenergy... 

African conference  strives to boost  bioenergy industries
GORGE FARM The commercial vegetable farm in Naivasha, Kenya, hosts a biogas plant as part of a larger renewable energy project - the Gorge Farm Energy Park

Asian giant proceeds with latest nuclear expansion project with Russia

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 The ASE Group of Companies, a subsidiary of Russia’s State-owned Rosatom nuclear energy group, has announced that key contracts for Stage III of India’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant (NPP) had been signed on the last day of July. The contracts cover priority design work, and working design and... 

Cape firm launches compact solar-powered battery system

By: Dylan Slater     18th August 2017 Cape Town-based energy storage solutions company BlueNova Energy has launched its first, fully integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) system – the CompactHybird – onto the South African market.  

Cape firm launches compact solar-powered battery system
COMPACT HYBRID The CompactHybrid renewable-energy solution is designed to be aesthetically pleasing for household use

Carbon capture tech will recycle ferroalloys sector’s emissions

     18th August 2017 South African green-technology company Swayana is collaborating with US-based carbon recycling company LanzaTech to introduce its proprietary carbon capture technology to South Africa. Swayana, a level 2 broad-based black economic-empowerment company established in 2016, uses carbon-footprint... 

Carbon capture tech will recycle ferroalloys sector’s emissions
IMMITATION GAME LanzaTech’s Chinese facility will produce fuel grade ethanol from captured steelmaking off-gas and Swayana hopes to implement this strategy in South Africa

Organisation lobbies government to kick-start biogas market

By: Nadine James     18th August 2017 The Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) is liaising with national government departments to create an enabling environment for the biogas industry, thereby establishing a viable biogas market. Sabia chairperson Jason Gifford explains that the organisation’s working groups are in... 

Organisation lobbies  government to kick-start  biogas market
AGRICULTURAL BENEFITS A booming biogas industry will create jobs and ensure greater job security within the agricultural sector

South Africa supplying critical medical radioisotope to 50 countries

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 South African nuclear company NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa), has increased its production of, and its share in the global market for, the Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) radioisotope, the company announced recently.... 

Wind body aims to use mentoring scheme to support gender transformation

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has launched a programme to connect leading women in the energy sector with senior students at South African universities and young professionals currently entering the energy sector. The WindAc Africa Mentoring Programme seeks to promote the... 

Wind body aims to use mentoring scheme to support gender transformation
GROWING ENERGY The WindAc Africa Mentoring Programme moves to specifically grow future energy leaders within the wind sector

Study urges South Africa to find energy-storage niche 

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th August 2017 With energy storage considered to be the “new wave” in the energy sector and increasingly becoming a reality, South Africa needs to prepare itself if it wishes to take advantage of the energy storage growth opportunities within the energy storage stationary value chain and the mobility value... 

Study urges South Africa to find energy-storage niche
Photo by Bloomberg
Tesla powerpacks and inverters at the Southern California Edison Company's Mira Loma energy storage system facility in California, in the US.

Eskom tariffs in the spotlight  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s decision not to grant Eskom’s request for a deviation from the tariff methodology for its upcoming price determination application and how industry is likely to... 

Eskom tariffs in the spotlight
Eskom tariffs in the spotlight

World treaty to ban and reduce mercury poison comes into force 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2017 It is rated as one of the top ten chemical poisons endangering human health and the natural world. Tiny drops of this poison can be found in human teeth, in fresh fish, in light bulbs, paints, batteries and even cosmetics. And it is in the air, water and soil everywhere, in varying amounts. 

Parliamentary State capture probe hits first hurdle

By: African News Agency      16th August 2017 The investigation into State capture by Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday hit its first hurdle as it was confirmed to members that the legislature would not pay for an independent evidence leader. Acting chairperson Zukiswa Rantho told MPs she had asked the chair... 

Parliamentary State capture probe hits first hurdle

Electricity intensive firms to approach Nersa for new job-saving tariff deal

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2017 The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) will approach the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) before the end of September with a proposal for structural changes to Eskom’s tariff for large power users by removing existing cross-subsidies to assist businesses whose future... 

Electricity intensive firms to approach Nersa for new job-saving tariff deal
EIUG chairperson Dr Tsakani Mthombeni

Outa lays corruption charges against former Eskom board director 

By: African News Agency      15th August 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has laid a criminal complaint with the police against former Eskom director, Mark Pamensky. Outa chief operating officer Ben Theron on Tuesday said the charges related to Pamensky’s conduct while at Eskom and a business ”linked to the Gupta business empire.” 

AfDB’s sustainable energy fund to support first utility-scale solar PV project in Lesotho

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2017 The African Development Bank- (AfDB-) managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa) has approved a $695 500 grant to NEO I SPV, a subsidiary of independent power producer OnePower Lesotho, to support the preparation of a bankable business case for the development of the winning project of the... 

AfDB’s sustainable energy fund to support first utility-scale solar PV project in Lesotho

Eskom electrifies 800 households in Klipheuwel community

By: Anine Kilian     14th August 2017 State-owned Eskom is aiming to achieve universal access to electricity by 2020 and more than 4 000 new households across the Western Cape have been connected to the grid since January.   Cape Town executive mayor Patricia de Lille officially switched on electricity for close to 800 households in... 

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