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Eskom’s operational and financial crisis 

15th February 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the operational and financial crisis facing Eskom, the immediate priorities for overcoming the crisis and what impact the proposed unbundling of Eskom is likely to have on the utility in the short term. 

Banks urge Ramaphosa to put politics aside in fixing State firms  

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2019 A lobby group representing South African banks urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to prioritise the country’s wider interests rather than securing votes for the ruling African National Congress if he is to boost confidence in the economy before May elections. Ramaphosa’s plan to split its troubled... 

Load-shedding 'not likely' on Friday – Eskom

By: African News Agency      15th February 2019 Eskom was not likely to implement load shedding on Friday, the power utility said. "Due to further improvement in generation performance and the notable strides made in replenishing water and diesel reserves, Eskom is not likely to implement load shedding on Friday. We thank South Africans and... 

Load-shedding 'not likely' on Friday – Eskom

Event set to dissect the future of African energy

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The eleventh edition of the Africa Energy Indaba – which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 to 20 this year – will focus on the future prospects and direction of energy on the African continent from an energy provision and investment point of view.... 

Event set to dissect the future of African energy
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AFRICA’S ENERGY FUTURE The Africa Energy Indaba will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 and 20 this year

Power utility business models set to change

15th February 2019 According to Africa Energy Indaba organiser Siyenza, African power utilities must respond appropriately to impending forces to prevent being surpassed by technological and market change. The organiser explains that several disruptive forces are set to threaten the traditional power utility... 

Power utility business models set to change
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A CHANGING FUTURE Several disruptive forces are set to threaten the traditional power utility business model

SA company receives multibillion-dollar contract

15th February 2019 Construction and engineering company Clough, a wholly owned subsidiary of South African engineering company Murray & Roberts - and part of the Clough Salini Impregilo Joint Venture (JV) - has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the multibillion Australian dollar civil works for the... 

SA company receives  multibillion-dollar contract
SO MUCH DAM WATER The Snowy 2.0 project with reuse water through a pumping system to keep the grid running

Energy capacity shortfalls stunting Africa’s industrialisation efforts

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 Insurance company the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) says there are significant shortfalls and backlogs in Africa’s installed energy capacity, which is stunting the continent’s efforts to industrialise and expand its local economies. ECIC COO Mandisi Nkuhlu stresses... 

Energy capacity shortfalls stunting Africa’s industrialisation efforts
UPDATING INFRASTRUCTURE The ECIC is aiding Mozambique State utility Electricidade de Mocambique in a project to finance the rehabilitation of the country’s electricity infrastructure in northern Mozambique and in Maputo

Ramaphosa sets up cabinet committee to manage Eskom daily

By: African News Agency      14th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa said a special cabinet task team has been established to deal with the Eskom crisis and provide him with reports daily on the State of the power grid and "what actions need to be taken to ensure energy supply". Responding to the debate on the State of the nation address,... 

Ramaphosa sets up cabinet committee to manage Eskom daily
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa rules out any privatisation of Eskom

By: African News Agency      14th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday emphatically ruled out privatising any part of Eskom as government moves to split the struggling power utility into three separate entities. In reply to the parliamentary debate on his state of the nation address, Ramaphosa urged critics of the plan to... 

Ramaphosa rules out any privatisation of Eskom
President Cyril Ramaphosa

SA infrastructure think tank slams Eskom's hiring of foreign engineers

By: African News Agency      14th February 2019 The Infrastructure Research Development Centre (IRDC) said on Thursday it opposed the government's decision to bring in external engineers to investigate the crisis at State utility Eskom's power stations. Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday told Parliament that a panel of... 

SA infrastructure think tank slams Eskom's hiring of foreign engineers

Load shedding: This is an emergency – Gordhan 

By: News24Wire      13th February 2019 No one could have anticipated the return of load shedding four days ago, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has said, referring to the present state of Eskom as an "emergency". The minister was briefing the portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday about the crisis at Eskom. 

 Load shedding: This is an emergency – Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Gordhan: Those responsible for Eskom's failures may soon be in 'orange uniforms'

By: News24Wire      13th February 2019 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has said that government plans to hold those responsible for Eskom's failures to account. Gordhan said there would be litigation against those responsible for the poor design of Medupi and also suggested that, in terms of corruption, some people might... 

 Gordhan: Those responsible for Eskom's failures may soon be in 'orange uniforms'
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

South Africa not planning to privatise Eskom after split – Gordhan

By: Reuters     13th February 2019 South Africa is not planning to privatise embattled power utility Eskom after the firm is split into three separate entities of generation, transmission and distribution, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday. "At no stage has the president said, or the government... 

South Africa not planning to privatise Eskom after split – Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Eskom 'technically insolvent', won't last beyond April 2019 – committee hears

By: News24Wire      13th February 2019 Eskom is "technically insolvent" and will cease to exist at the current trajectory by April 2019, the portfolio committee on public enterprises heard. The department of public enterprises (DPE) briefed members of the portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday, where the issues at... 

Eskom 'technically insolvent', won't last beyond April 2019 – committee hears

Eskom and the multi-billion rand mega projects that could have saved SA 

By: News24Wire      13th February 2019 Corruption and State capture are major reasons why coal plants Medupi and Kusile are not delivering electricity as planned and why South Africa is facing crippling blackouts, say energy experts. Kusile and Medupi, the third and fourth largest coal power plants in the world, were originally due to... 

 Eskom and the multi-billion rand mega projects that could have saved SA

Eskom to implement Stage 3 load shedding

By: African News Agency      13th February 2019 Eskom will implement Stage 3 load shedding on Wednesday from 8am to 11pm as a result of a shortage of capacity, the power utility said. The shortage was a result of a number of generating units that are out of service due to breakdowns, it said. 

Eskom to implement Stage 3 load shedding

Outa calls for bold decisions to end load shedding

By: African News Agency      12th February 2019 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Tuesday called on government to make bold interventions to minimise load shedding by the State-owned power utility. This as Eskom on Monday unexpectedly began cutting off power supply with stage 4 load shedding after six power generating units tripped.... 

Outa calls for bold decisions to end load shedding

Eskom to take 3 000 MW off the grid in rotational powercuts

By: African News Agency      12th February 2019 State power company Eskom said it would implement rolling blackouts for a third straight day on Tuesday, taking 3 000 MW off the load at any given time to ease pressure on the national grid. It said generating units that had broken down unexpectedly had returned to service, but emergency reserves... 

Eskom to take 3 000 MW off the grid in rotational powercuts

Ramaphosa says Eskom power cuts 'most worrying'

By: Reuters     12th February 2019 South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday the prospect of more power cuts by utility Eskom were "most worrying". The cash-strapped company warned of wider controlled power cuts on Monday after six additional generating units unexpectedly went offline. 

Ramaphosa says Eskom power cuts 'most worrying'
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Gordhan meeting Eskom executives over power crisis 

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is meeting executives from state power firm Eskom on Monday to find solutions to the country's electricity crisis, Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe told Reuters. Eskom said on Monday it would cut 4 000 MW from the national grid from 13:00 after six... 

Gordhan meeting Eskom executives over power crisis
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Moody's says split plan does little to solve South Africa's Eskom financial woes 

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 The South African government's plan to split struggling state power company Eskom into three entities does little to address the company's financial difficulties, credit ratings agency Moody's said in a research report. "The move paves the way for a more transparent group with more clearly... 

DA calls for parliamentary debate on Eskom

By: African News Agency      11th February 2019 As Eskom resumed load-shedding, the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday demanded a parliamentary debate on the crisis gripping the power utility. Senior DA MP Natasha Mazzone said it was imperative that it takes place before Thursday, when President Cyril Ramaphosa will reply to the debate on the... 

DA calls for parliamentary debate on Eskom

Stage 2 load-shedding to start at 09:00

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2019 Power utility Eskom on Monday said Stage 2 load-shedding would start at 09:00 and would likely continue until 22:00.   "Although a number of generating units have returned to service as per the nine-point recovery plan, regrettably additional units continue to trip. This results in a shortage of... 

Stage 2 load-shedding to start at 09:00

Eskom says risk of rotational power cuts high for Monday

By: African News Agency      11th February 2019 State power utility Eskom said the risk for staggered powercuts was high for Monday after implementing the first loadshedding since early December on Sunday. "The probability of rotational loadshedding remains high tomorrow as a result of a shortage of capacity due to a number of generating units... 

Eskom says risk of rotational power cuts high for Monday

Ramaphosa promises ‘meaningful consultation’ as he confirms split of Eskom into three units 

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed on Thursday that South Africa’s embattled State-owned electricity producer would be split, under Eskom Holdings, into three separate entities – generation, transmission and distribution – in an effort to bring credibility to the turnaround of the utility and to... 

Ramaphosa promises ‘meaningful consultation’ as he confirms split of Eskom into three units
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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Sort out Eskom or beneficiation will suffer, warns Mantashe

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has expressed concern about progress in beneficiating minerals, while Eskom is still battling. “If we don’t sort out Eskom problems, we are going to be in trouble with beneficiation. There must be an arrangement for certain categories of customers for an... 

South Africa to unveil Eskom support package in coming days – Ramaphosa

By: Reuters     5th February 2019 South Africa will in the coming days unveil a package of measures to shore up State-owned Eskom's finances and address structural issues facing the struggling power firm, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday. "In the coming few days we will be announcing a package of measures to stabilise as... 

Unions oppose potential split of Eskom 

By: Reuters     5th February 2019 South African trade union federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Tuesday that it opposed a proposal to split up Eskom into three different entities, adding that it would not solve the struggling utility's governance and debt problems. "We don't support unbundling... 

Expect some tough announcements on Eskom soon – Davies 

By: News24Wire      5th February 2019 Eskom is in deep trouble financially and operationally and South Africa is facing enormous challenges in the electricity industry, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies said on Tuesday. Davies was a guest speaker at a round table discussion hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry on... 

Expect some tough announcements on Eskom soon – Davies
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Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies

Unbundle Eskom to make it sustainable – CEO  

By: News24Wire      4th February 2019 Decisions that need to be taken at Eskom might end up being painful, but they have to be taken, the power utility’s CEO, Phakamani Hadebe told delegates at Mining Indaba 2019 on Monday. Of his appointment as Eskom CEO, he told delegates that nothing prepares one to deal with an institution where... 

 Unbundle Eskom to make it sustainable – CEO
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Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe

Corruption Watch files Eskom board delinquency papers

By: Bloomberg     4th February 2019 South African civil-society organization Corruption Watch said it has launched an application in the High Court of Pretoria to have former Eskom board members declared delinquent. The application “focuses on the violation of fiduciary duties and gross negligence on the part of former board... 

Eskom says gets R15bn loan from lending consortium

By: Reuters     1st February 2019 South Africa's struggling power firm Eskom has agreed a R15-billion loan facility with a consortium of local and international banks, it said on Friday, an important step as it tries to close a funding gap before the end of March. Eskom is vital to the health of Africa's most industrialised... 

Next generation of ‘smart lighting’ to be showcased at Taiwan expo

By: Simone Liedtke     1st February 2019 Energy efficiency is critical to sustaining smart cities, especially amid increasing urbanisation. Subsequently, the lighting industry’s focus seems to have shifted from replaceable lighting to special niche lighting, which includes aspects of smart lighting and the use of light-emitting diodes... 

Next generation of ‘smart lighting’ to be showcased at Taiwan expo
Photo by Simone Liedtke
ON DISPLAY Industrial lighting company ShinyU Lighting Company puts its products on show

Eskom laments poor quality of coal  

By: Kim Cloete     31st January 2019 Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer has called on coal mining companies to "play ball" and improve the quality of the coal they supply to the utility. He has also outlined the massive challenges facing the utility and said Eskom was holding out for the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to... 

Eskom laments poor quality of coal

Mashaba to meet business over proposed Eskom tariff hike, Numsa to picket 

By: African News Agency      31st January 2019 Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said he was meeting the business community on Thursday to discuss the likely impact of a proposed 15 percent annual tariff increase by State power utility Eskom over the next three years. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said it would... 

Mashaba to meet business over proposed Eskom tariff hike, Numsa to picket
Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba

How South Africa could fix distressed Eskom

By: Bloomberg     31st January 2019 South Africa’s government will announce within a month how it plans to fix Eskom Holdings, the embattled state utility that supplies more than 90% of the nation’s power. There are no easy remedies. The company is R419-billion in debt, is losing money hand over fist, has way more staff than it... 

Minerals Council's Langenhoven warns of tipping point for mining if electricity tariffs increase by 15% a year  

By: Nadine James     30th January 2019 State-owned utility Eskom’s proposed tariff increases would cost some 150 000 direct mining jobs, all but eliminate the gold sector and, as a consequence, reduce Eskom’s mining client base by around 36%, thereby exacerbating the utility’s “death spiral”, Minerals Council South Africa chief... 

Minerals Council's Langenhoven warns of tipping point for mining if electricity tariffs increase by 15% a year
Minerals Council South Africa chief economist Henk Langenhoven discusses the impact of Eskom’s proposed tariff increases on South Africa's mining sector. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer.
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