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Eskom rolls out new smart meter technology to fight electricity theft

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2017 With South Africa losing R20-billion a year to electricity theft, State-owned power utility Eskom is deploying new technologies in a bid to mitigate theft-related losses. Addressing media during a tour of Eskom’s Research and Innovation Centre in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Eskom anti-electricity... 

If Koko returns, it won’t be as acting CEO, Brown avers, as she unveils interim board

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has called on the new interim leadership of embattled power utility Eskom to give priority attention to addressing the management of contracts, conflicts of interest and the quality of coal being supplied to its power stations. Speaking following the Eskom... 

If Koko returns, it won’t be as acting CEO, Brown avers, as she unveils interim board
Photo by Duane Daws
Zethembe Khoza, Lynne Brown, Ben Martins and Johnny Dladla

Bolting technology supplier establishes base in South Africa 

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 German bolting technology company ITH officially opened its South African office in October last year, in order to service long-standing customers based in Africa, while also looking to expand geographically and grow its customer base and market share, says ITH South Africa GM Gys Nell. “We... 

Bolting technology supplier establishes base in South Africa
ITH South Africa GM Gys Nell discusses the background, aims and offering of the ITH group. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Joint venture to boost localisation and skills development

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 STEAG EOH Energy Services, a strategic joint venture (JV) – formed in February by JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH and German energy group STEAG Energy Services – has been actively pursuing opportunities in the local energy market, while identifying areas for localisation and skills... 

Dladla appointed acting Eskom CEO ahead of closely watched AGM 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2017 The board at State-owned power utility Eskom announced on Thursday that Johnny Dladla had been appointed acting group CEO with immediate effect. The position of CEO and acting CEO has been vacant since late May, when a decision was made to rescind the highly controversial reappointment of Brian... 

Dladla appointed acting Eskom CEO ahead of closely watched AGM
Johnny Dladla

Municipality reduces GHG by using buses

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 The City of Johannesburg metropolitan municipality aims to achieve 25% less greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, an operational cost efficiency with gas at R7/l for bus equivalents, and over three phases create more supply chain opportunities using its ‘green’ Metrobus fleet. 

Eskom confirms tariff application, says necessary for financial sustainability 

By: African News Agency      14th June 2017 Eskom should achieve financial sustainability in seven years, but that was conditional on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) agreeing to tariff increases of some 20%, the utility’s chief financial officer said on Wednesday. “We believe we should be able to navigate Eskom to the... 

Eskom downgrade has AMSA CEO worried about steel

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2017 With ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service cutting State power utility Eskom’s credit to two notches below investment grade on Wednesday, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Wim de Klerk expressed his concern about the downgrade’s impact on the local steel industry. Addressing delegates at a... 

Eskom downgrade has AMSA CEO worried about steel
ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Wim de Klerk

Eskom issues fresh threat of disconnection to defaulting municipalities

By: African News Agency      14th June 2017 About half of the country’s munipalities who entered into agreement with Eskom to pay off their electricity arrears are defaulting and will again face the threat of disconnection, the power utility’s chief financial officer told Parliament on Wednesday. “The current status is that out of 62, 31... 

IRP draft hinders cogeneration opportunities  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 An unintended consequence of the recently published draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for energy is that because it excludes cogeneration as a viable technology, cogenerators will be unable to participate in the energy market without Ministerial consent, says Paper Manufacturers Association of... 

IRP draft hinders cogeneration opportunities
Photo by Bloomberg
OVERLOOKED ENTITY The impact of the DoE IRP draft excludeing cogeneration as a viable, green technology raises concerns forpulp and paper industry

Lighting system a resounding success

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 Electrical solutions provider Magnet Group is seeing much success from its MARS light-emitting-diode (LED) lighting system since its launch in August 2015. Magnet lighting solutions engineer and MARS product specialist Kaylen Reddy informs that the MARS LED lighting range is based on advanced... 

Local embedded generation requires management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 Although embedded power generation is gaining traction nationwide, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) national project manager Alf Hartzenburg says the benefits of such generation have to be managed. Embedded generation entails... 

Local embedded generation requires management
Photo by Bloomberg
SELF-SUFFICIENT The proliferation of embedded generation has led to a decrease in electricity sales this year

Eskom to make final ‘double digit’ tariff application for 2018/19 this month

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom says it will make a final revenue application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) this month, but has confirmed that the application will be for a “double digit” tariff increase for implementation on April 1, 2018. Business news website... 

Eskom to make final ‘double digit’ tariff application for 2018/19 this month
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom CFO Anoj Singh

Eskom and Huawei team up to deliver smart grid by 2030

By: David Oliveira     2nd June 2017 To take better advantage of the increasing adoption of smart grid technology, State-owned power utility Eskom announced a partnership with global information communication technology (ICT) company Huawei at the African Utility Week, which took place in Cape Town last month. The Huawei-Eskom... 

$100-million loan for African infrastructure spending

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in March signed a $100-million loan agreement aimed at furthering the DBSA’s infrastructure financing activity across Africa. This flexible credit line will focus on DBSA’s four strategic sectors:... 

High Court dismisses applications to have power interruptions declared unconstitutional

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th May 2017 The Pretoria High Court this week dismissed applications by AfriForum and other businesses to have Eskom’s scheduled electricity interruptions to defaulting municipalities declared unconstitutional, confirming the parastatal’s right to do so. “Astral, Bridgestone, AfriForum and Mediclinic had... 

High Court dismisses applications to have power interruptions declared unconstitutional

Gordhan lays into Eskom board over Molefe

By: African News Agency      23rd May 2017 Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday called for the Eskom board to be fired and a full investigation into not only Brian Molefe’s return to the power utility, but his actions in his previous job at Transnet. Gordhan told Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises, of... 

Gordhan lays into Eskom board over Molefe
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Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

Eskom wants to keep lights on this winter 

By: News24Wire      19th May 2017 Eskom is promising to keep the lights on this winter, it said in a statement issued on Friday afternoon. It undertook to do this despite severe weather conditions that have already started to grip the country. 

 Eskom wants to keep lights on this winter

Five mobile transformers delivered to Mkondeni unit

     19th May 2017 Five mobile transformers were delivered to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Mkondeni unit in KwaZulu-Natal in March.  The plan to purchase the five 132/88-22/11KV mobile transformers started in 2011 and was followed by a rigorous procurement process. Industrial corporation Siemens was awarded... 

Five mobile transformers delivered to Mkondeni unit
ALTERNATIVE POWER Five mobile transformers delivered to Eskom’s Mkondeni unit can be used to replace existing equipment during scheduled maintenance

Young innovative entrepreneurs offer renewable-energy solutions

By: Johane Turkstra     19th May 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Development Foundation’s yearly Business Investment Competition (BIC) continues to discover businesses bringing about positive socioeconomic changes to the benefit of communities and the country. The latest such business is solar energy company Lamo Solar, which... 

Young innovative  entrepreneurs offer  renewable-energy solutions
LAMO SOLAR Co-owners Tshibvumo Sikhwivhilu and Elmond Khoza

African countries look to minigrids to light up rural areas

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2017 African countries are increasingly looking towards minigrids to provide people living in remote areas access to electricity. Government officials from Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria have told delegates at the African Utility Week, in Cape Town, this week, that minigrids are the way to go for many... 

Molefe could 'obstruct' investigations – DA

By: News24Wire      16th May 2017 The reinstatement of Brian Molefe as Eskom CEO places him in a "position to frustrate or obstruct" any investigations against him, the Democratic Alliance (DA) says in court papers. The party on Monday brought an application in the High Court in Pretoria, asking it to rule Molefe's reinstatement... 

Molefe could 'obstruct' investigations – DA
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

DA to file urgent interdict against Molefe’s reappointment

By: African News Agency      15th May 2017 The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Monday it would be filing for an urgent interdict at the North Gauteng High Court in a bid to stop Brian Molefe’s reappointment as Eskom chief executive. DA spokesperson for public enterprises, Natasha Mazzone, said that Molefe was not a “fit and proper”... 

DA to file urgent interdict against Molefe’s reappointment

Huawei's SA OpenLab to focus on safe city, smart grid solutions

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2017 Information and communication technology multinational Hauwei has launched an OpenLab in South Africa that will focus on safe city and smart grid technologies, says Huawei South Africa deputy CEO Alex Du. The research and development laboratory is one of seven Huawei OpenLabs that will be opened... 

Nuclear is too expensive, too controversial

By: Nadine James     12th May 2017 Implementing a nuclear build programme in South Africa would be extremely difficult because of the associated expenses as well as the controversy surrounding nuclear power, says financial services company Thomson Reuters. “Globally, government decisions regarding nuclear programmes are delayed... 

Nuclear is too expensive, too controversial
ROBERT FISH The costs associated with constructing the necessary infrastructure added to the costs of importing most of the nuclear technology, fuel and materials, will incur large amounts of debt

Eskom board to report this week on probe into acting CEO 

By: African News Agency      11th May 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Wednesday said she was expecting the Eskom board to report back to her this week on a forensic investigation into the awarding of contracts worth around R1-billion to the stepdaughter of the utility’s acting chief executive Matshela Koko. “At the moment... 

Eskom gives Zimbabwe month-end deadline to pay up 

By: African News Agency      8th May 2017 Eskom said on Monday that it had given the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) until the end on this month to honour its increasing debt or it would be forced to cut electricity supply to that country. Zimbabwe owes the South African power utility R603-million, of which R119-million is... 

African Utility Week organisers clinch four awards

     5th May 2017 Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser Spintelligent, which owns and organises the African Utility Week, has won four major awards at the Respect, Opportunities, Achievement, Recognition (Roar) Organiser and Exhibitor Awards, which took place in Johannesburg on January 26. The... 

African Utility Week  organisers clinch  four awards
AWARD WINNING EVENT African Utility Week is the joint winner in the Best Trade Exhibition 6 001 m2 to 12 000 m2 category

New Development Bank invited to join Africa’s power push

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th May 2017 African Development Bank Group (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina has invited the New Development Bank (NDB) to support Light up and power Africa – the first of five top priorities of AfDB’s continental transformation agenda. Speaking at the second annual meeting of the NDB, in New Delhi, last... 

New Development Bank invited to join Africa’s power push
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CONNECTION AIM The African Development Bank’s New Deal on Energy for Africa advocates the ultimate objective of achieving universal access to electricity within ten years

Renewable microgrids the future of African power system – research institution

By: Nadine James     5th May 2017 Self-sustaining renewable microgrids could foreseeably drive the development of Africa’s power system, resulting in quick, cost-effective electrification that enhances power security, says South African national research institution, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). CSIR... 

Renewable microgrids the future of African power system – research institution
SUBSISTENCE POWER A power system based on renewable technologies would be vastly different to the current system as an individual wind turbine could be used to generate cheap electricity for a microgrid in a remote village

Astral to pay Eskom directly for electricity

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th May 2017 The North Gauteng High Court has allowed poultry producer Astral and another industrial customer to make direct monthly electricity payments into power utility’s Eskom account. Earlier this year, Astral said Eskom’s plan to cut power to the Lekwa local municipality, in Mpumalanga, where its feed... 

African countries must create conducive environment to attract more infrastructure investment

By: Shirley le Guern     4th May 2017 Development finance institutions, banks and private investors are collectively sitting on trillions of dollars in capital that could be invested into African infrastructure projects if they were offered returns commensurate with the perceived higher risk environment, Africa50 CEO Alain Ebobisse... 

ABB clinches $30m contract to upgrade DRC electricity link

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th May 2017 Automation technology company ABB has been contracted by the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) national electricity company Société nationale d'électricité (SNEL) to partially upgrade its Inga-Kolwezi high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission link. The $30-million contract... 

Himoinsa

By: Zandile Mavuso     28th April 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

Off-grid solutions prove highly effective for specified needs

     28th April 2017 With more than 600-million people in Africa lacking access to clean, affordable and reliable energy, new technological developments such as off-grid solutions are becoming increasingly important. Power generation company Cummins specialises in the design and manufacture of pre-integrated... 

Off-grid solutions prove highly effective for specified needs
QSK 95 HEDGEHOG Cummins specialises in the design and manufacture of pre-integrated generator sets from 8 kVA to 3 300 kVA

Brown grants Eskom more time to reconsider Molefe’s pension payout

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has granted Eskom’s board more time to resolve, through a mutually beneficial consultation process, issues around a pension payout to its former CEO Brian Molefe.   Brown on Sunday turned down the board’s proposal to award Molefe a R30-million pension... 

Eskom connects more households to the grid

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th April 2017 State-owned electricity provider Eskom has connected 47 402 more households across the Eastern Cape to the electricity grid during the financial year ended March 31, at a cost of R830-million. Further, in Mpumalanga, over 120 households in kaMajika near Hazyview received electricity in their area... 

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