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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... 

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

Zambia's CEC confirms reduced power supply to Glencore's copper miner

By: Reuters     14th August 2017 Copperbelt Energy Corp (CEC), Zambia's main supplier of power for its mines, confirmed on Sunday that it has restricted the amount of electricity it supplies to Glencore unit Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) because of a dispute over tariffs. Mopani said on Saturday that it has suspended operations in... 

Zambia's CEC confirms reduced power supply to Glencore's copper miner

Outa commends Nersa’s decision on Eskom secrecy application

By: Anine Kilian     11th August 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has welcomed the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) decision to overrule State-owned Eskom’s application to omit some of its operating costs during its next multiyear price determination (MYPD) tariff application. Eskom had applied to... 

Rust-prevention sealing system ideal for corrosive environments

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Engineering components manufacturer Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) range of sealing products includes the Rust-Anode cold galvanisation system, designed for rust prevention in diverse industries, says BMG seals business unit manager Marc Gravett. He explains that Rust-Anode is the first active cold... 

Rust-prevention  sealing system ideal for corrosive environments
MULTIPURPOSE PRODUCT Rust-Anode is perfect for applications where an anti-corrosion seal would be beneficial

Eskom to sell more surplus power in major turnaround

By: Reuters     10th August 2017 South African power utility Eskom is to start selling more of its surplus capacity as new plants come on line, its acting chief executive said on Thursday, marking a shift from two years ago when the company had to conserve power because of shortages. South Africa had regular power cuts in 2015... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today the chase is... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

Rail is the future of Africa’s industrialisation

     4th August 2017 Rail infrastructure upgrades remain a core focus of the ongoing industrialisation of Africa, where the transportation of goods and commodities is often difficult and costly, owing to underinvestment in rail infrastructure, says multinational power and engine manufacturer and distributor Cummins. 

Zim staves off punitive action by Eskom, again – report 

By: News24Wire      2nd August 2017 Zimbabwe government officials have held "tough negotiations" with managers at Eskom to prevent South Africa’s power utility cutting off supplies over a $40-million debt. Cash-strapped Harare has been given another chance not to default on a repayment plan, which had seen Eskom threatening to cut... 

Mayor Mashaba vows to end residents' billing woes

By: News24Wire      2nd August 2017 Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has vowed to take charge of the billing crisis residents have been complaining about for years. "I promised the residents that they would get our very best to relieve them of the misery they have endured at the hands of our billing system. Unfortunately, to date,... 

SADC sees growth in electricity generation capacity  

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 Mainland member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) plan to add 30 646 MW of new electricity generation capacity by 2022. Addressing delegates at the SADC Infrastructure Week, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday, SADC Secretariat transport senior programme officer Mapolao Mokoena... 

Zambia's Konkola halts operations at Nchanga mine after cable theft

By: Reuters     26th July 2017 Zambia's Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) said on Tuesday it was halting operations indefinitely at its Nchanga underground mine (NUG) in Chingola state due to theft of high voltage cables. Konkola, a subsdiary of London-listed Vedanta Resources, said it had also evacuated its 991 workers. The company... 

Public Protector to investigate Brian Molefe over R30m ‘golden handshake’

By: African News Agency      24th July 2017 Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has agreed to investigate disgraced former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, for the R30 million “golden handshake” he received was awarded by the beleaguered power utility. Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Natasha Mazzone on Monday said her party requested the... 

Developed economy methodologies not the key to solving Africa’s energy poverty

By: Anine Kilian     19th July 2017 To overcome energy poverty, Africa will have to stop relying on Western solutions, that are appropriate for developed economies, to ensure access to electricity for citizens. Energy Security Services Africa head Gareth Gregory on Wednesday told delegates at the PowerGen Africa conference, in... 

Africa’s energy future lies in solar energy, says CEO 

By: Anine Kilian     19th July 2017 The future of Africa’s energy sector must rest in solar power if it is going to overcome the obstacles it currently faces, according to Zimbabwe-based renewable energy company Samansco CEO Nyasha Bamhare. Addressing delegates at the PowerGen Africa conference, which is taking place in Sandton... 

Request for SIU probe of Eskom submitted to President Zuma

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown confirmed on Tuesday that she had submitted a formal request to President Jacob Zuma for the establishment of a Special Investigations Unit (SIU) investigation into allegations of impropriety at State-owned utility Eskom. Speaking on the sidelines of the... 

Request for SIU probe of Eskom submitted to President Zuma
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

Africa’s energy funding costs, capital access, risk profile under the spotlight

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th July 2017 Aligning power generation and distribution projects with the host country and government’s mandate is a step forward in attracting more internal and external financing to develop comprehensive energy and power infrastructure. This is one of the messages emerging from this year’s PowerGen Africa... 

Temporary mobile transformer helps Loeriesfontein connect to the grid

By: Samantha Herbst     18th July 2017 The Northern Cape-based Loeriesfontein Wind Farm has been making use of a mobile transformer to allow for an early connection to the grid for the commissioning of the turbines – a temporary solution until the wind farm can connect to the Helios substation, which is the permanent grid connection.... 

Temporary mobile transformer helps Loeriesfontein connect to the grid

Energy storage solutions to be leveraged in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 The decreasing cost of energy storage solutions presents many opportunities for South Africa to manage the key issue of localised peak load power generation more efficiently, says green energy solutions provider Freedom Won cofounder and director Antony English. 

Energy storage solutions to be leveraged in South Africa
ANTONY ENGLISH AND LIZETTE KRIEL The co-founders of Freedom Won are confident that demand for energy storage will continue to grow in South Africa in the long-term

Event to facilitate meaningful and relevant debate

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 The POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa advisory board has gone to great lengths to ensure that this year’s conference programme is tailored to meaningfully address the issues most relevant to Africa’s power generation sector and supported by a showcase of suppliers who can practically assist in... 

Event to facilitate meaningful  and relevant debate
Photo by Bloomberg
PLOTTING FUTURE PATHS Creative thinking is needed to devise a representative power-generation portfolio that leverages all the options available

Focus shifts to power distribution

     14th July 2017 Global professional services provider Accenture resources MD and associate director Ken Robinson – who will be speaking at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa – says South Africa’s generation crisis is largely under control, but that power supply challenges loom in distribution. 

Focus shifts to  power distribution
FOCUS ON DISTRIBUTION The backlog in municipal power infrastructure maintenance is growing and could result in more blackouts, especially in rural areas and small towns

New solutions make LNG to power a reality in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Marine and energy solutions provider Wärtsilä will present solutions that provide a way for the South African government to realise its liquefied natural gas (LNG)-to-power ambitions in a realistic, cost-effective and swift manner at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

New solutions make LNG to power a reality in Africa
NEW AVENUES New technologies enable the delivery of smaller volumes of liquefied natural gas to almost any coastal location

New variable-speed drive showcased at European expo

     14th July 2017 Last month multinational industrial machinery manufacturer Voith exhibited power industry  solutions at the POWER-GEN Europe 2017 conference and exhibition, and  one of the main features was its new variable speed drive (VSD), the VECO-Drive, intended to enhance the efficiency of rotating... 

New variable-speed  drive showcased  at European expo
DRIVING FORCE The VECO-Drive increases input speed and generates a high output speed for compressors or pumps

Power crucial to Africa’s economic development

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 With strong correlations between electric capacity and economic development, access to reliable and cost-effective power is crucial to enabling nations to harness the productive capabilities of their people and obtain meaningful growth, says engineering, procurement and construction company Black... 

Power crucial to Africa’s economic development
WEBB MEKO POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa is the ideal platform to shift the conversations surrounding new power technology into meaningful action

Competition aims to unearth African energy startups

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2017 A competition aimed at identifying innovative startups in the field of electricity access in Africa has been launched, following an agreement between energy multinational Enel and Swiss-based Seedstars World, which facilitates startup competitions in more that 75 countries. Dubbed the ‘Africa... 

Civil society, business speak out against Eskom for MYPD noncompliance 

By: Anine Kilian     7th July 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has requested the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to reject State-owned power utility Eskom’s application for permission to omit critical statistics in its upcoming Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD) electricity price application. The... 

Civil society, business speak out against Eskom for MYPD noncompliance
Eskom financial planning and economic regulation GM Calib Cassim

Blockchain will have big impact on electricity sector, KPMG asserts

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2017 A number of new technology developments are expected to impact the global electricity sector, including virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT), however, tax, audit and advisory firm KPMG South Africa senior manager Nevellan Moodley says... 

Increased battery efficiency for electric forklift fleets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2017 Industrial battery management system (BMS) developer Balancell has turned electric forklift batteries into smart connected devices for increased lifespan and efficiency.  

Increased battery efficiency for electric forklift fleets
TOGETHER FOR LONGER Individual cell monitoring and balancing extend the life of industrial batteries

Eskom board confident of turnaround

By: African News Agency      6th July 2017 Eskom’s newly-reconstituted board on Thursday expressed its support on the strides made by executive management in turning around the company’s operational and financial performance, as well as the overall strategy of sustaining this momentum. This comes after a two-day board induction session... 

Eskom board confident of turnaround
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom interim chairperson Zethembe Khoza

Sacked City Power MD denies corruption allegations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th July 2017 Former City Power MD Sicelo Xulu, who was relieved from his position by City of Johannesburg (CoJ) Mayor Herman Mashaba this week, denied media reports that he was corrupt or that there was any corruption within the municipal entity. Mashaba earlier this week said a forensic report tabled in... 

City Power MD fired 

By: News24Wire      4th July 2017 The managing director of Johannesburg’s power utility City Power has been relieved from all his contractual responsibilities, City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Monday. In a statement, Mashaba said a forensic report tabled in front of City Power’s board last week detailed serious... 

Outa to oppose Eskom’s bid to deviate from normal electricity price application 

By: African News Agency      4th July 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) said on Tuesday that it would be opposing Eskom’s bid to deviate from the Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD), which will set electricity prices for 2018. This comes after Outa convinced the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) to hold a public hearing on... 

Mashaba opens criminal case against building contractor 

By: News24Wire      4th July 2017 City of Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba on Monday announced that he had opened a criminal case against a substation contractor who was awarded contracts worth R212-million. “I will ensure that those found wanting, following these investigations, will face the full might of the law and that any stolen... 

Company leads by example in new green premises

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 Engineering consultant WSP Africa will be moving into its new head office in Knightsbridge office park in Bryanston, in September, providing its clients with a stellar example of a sustainable building project.  

Company leads by example  in new green premises
MATHIEU DU PLOOY South Africa has a very strong environmental stance, supported by powerful legislation

Women in energy efficiency look to expand mentorship programme

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th June 2017 Following the initial success of the Southern African Females in Energy Efficiency (Safee) mentorship programmes in the past year, Safee’s potential objectives are to establish the mentorship programme in other provinces, as well as host Safee chapters at various tertiary institutions in the... 

South Africa needs to find middle ground for electricity conundrum – former EIUG chair 

     29th June 2017 If South Africa wants to prevent its deindustrialisation and find middle ground between the sustainability of State-owned Eskom and the affordability of electricity, a few “holy cows will have to be slaughtered”, former Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa chairperson Piet van... 

South Africa needs to find middle ground for electricity conundrum – former EIUG chair

Billions more in municipal coffers – Stats SA

By: African News Agency      29th June 2017 The revenue collected by municipalities across South Africa increased by R27-billion in the financial year ending June 2016, in comparison with the previous year, according to the Financial Census of Municipalities results released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) on Wednesday. The report,... 

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