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Eskom debt swap not an option – Ramaphosa 

By: Reuters     Updated 2 hours 44 minutes ago 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... 

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... 

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

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

Eskom implements Stage 1 load shedding

By: African News Agency      7th December 2018 State power utility Eskom said on Friday it would again effect rotational powercuts to reduce demand and avoid a collapse of the grid, but that this would be on a lower scale than in recent days. "Eskom will be implementing Stage 1 rotational load shedding from 09:00 and this is likely to... 

Eskom implements Stage 1 load shedding

Ventilation key to genset safety

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     7th December 2018 Gensets that are stored indoors should be stationed in a well ventilated area to avoid the temperature of the genset rising too high, says fire risk management and support company ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. 

Ventilation key  to genset safety
MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK Generators can be a potential source of fire ignition, owing to the high temperatures of the manifold, if not stored correctly

'Treasonous' tweets won't help Eskom out of current 'crisis' 

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan reported that a Cabinet task team would be appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa soon to finalise a road map for turning around the debt-laden utility, which he acknowledged was in the midst of an operational “crisis”. The “small” task team would work... 

'Treasonous' tweets won't help Eskom out of current 'crisis'
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Eskom confirms another full day of load shedding

By: News24Wire      6th December 2018 It looks increasingly likely that load shedding will continue all week, after Eskom on Thursday said its maintenance crews were still struggling to repair broken power generating units.  Stage 2 load shedding will take place between 09:00 and 22:00 on Thursday. Stage 2 allows for up to 2000... 

 Eskom confirms another full day of load shedding

EVs to become main driver of battery storage deployment over next decade, says Fitch Solutions

By: Simone Liedtke     5th December 2018 The electric vehicle (EV) market is set to become the main driver of surging battery storage deployment over the next decade, following increasing ambitions by developed and emerging markets to decarbonise their transport sectors, and will have a substantial disruptive effect on how energy is... 

Eskom signals components of turnaround plan 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th December 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about signals from Eskom as to some components of its turnaround plan and how this is likely to impact on consumers. 

Eskom signals components of turnaround plan
Eskom signals components of turnaround plan

Eskom to implement rolling power cuts

By: African News Agency      5th December 2018 State power utility Eskom said on Wednesday it would implement rotational powercuts from 9 am to 10 pm as a result of a shortage of capacity due to a number of generating units still being out of service due to breakdowns. "Our maintenance teams continue to work hard to bring the units back to... 

Eskom to implement rolling power cuts

How power utility Eskom is hobbling South Africa's economy  

By: Bloomberg     5th December 2018 It’s deja vu for South Africa as a chronic power deficit plunges large tracts of the country into darkness and casts a pall over the already struggling economy. Eskom Holdings, which supplies most of the nation’s electricity, has instituted daily rolling blackouts since November 29 to avert a... 

How power utility Eskom is hobbling South Africa's economy

Eskom implements Stage 2 load shedding

By: African News Agency      4th December 2018 Eskom on Tuesday said it was implementing load shedding across South Africa as it seeks to manage an electricity shortfall. "As a result of a shortage of capacity due to a number of generating units still out of service due to breakdowns, Eskom will be implementing Stage 2 rotational load... 

Eskom implements Stage 2 load shedding

AfDB, fund provide $200m in joint financing to support Nigeria electrification project

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd December 2018 The African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) board of directors has approved a $150-million sovereign loan to the Nigerian government to finance the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP). The financing will support rural electrification efforts in Nigeria by facilitating private sector development and... 

South Africa faces more power cuts, raising Ramaphosa reform risk

By: Reuters     3rd December 2018 South Africa faces more power cuts, electricity utility Eskom warned on Monday as it sought to prevent the collapse of its power grid in a test for President Cyril Ramaphosa's reforms. Eskom implemented a fifth day of controlled power cuts on Monday, putting more strain on an economy already... 

South Africa faces more power cuts, raising Ramaphosa reform risk

Eskom starts stage 2 load shedding

By: News24Wire      3rd December 2018 Eskom on Monday morning commenced with stage 2 load shedding, saying the rotational power cuts would likely continue until 22:00. This after it had on Sunday warned of a full day of load shedding on Monday, saying a number of power generating units were still out of service. 

Eskom starts stage 2 load shedding

Almost half of coal power plants seen unprofitable to operate  

By: Bloomberg     30th November 2018 The surge in coal prices in the past three years is cutting into the profitability of power stations that burn the fuel, a prominent forecaster said. About 42% of the world’s coal generation capacity is losing money, according to Carbon Tracker, an energy researcher that advocates for climate... 

S&P maintains Eskom's CCC+ credit rating

By: African News Agency      30th November 2018 Standard & Poor’s on Thursday maintained Eskom's foreign and local currency long-term credit ratings at CCC+, below sub-investment status. The rating agency also affirmed Eskom’s ‘zaB’ and ‘zaB’ long and short-term national scale ratings. 

Eskom to implement Stage 1 load-shedding until 22:00

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2018 Power utility Eskom on Thursday said it would implement Stage 1 load-shedding from 12:00 to 22:00. This is as a result of increased generation plant being out for planned maintenance and unplanned outages. 

Eskom to implement Stage 1 load-shedding until 22:00

SAPP to prioritise Malawi, Tanzania, Angola for regional grid integration 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th November 2018 The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) will prioritise connecting Malawi, Tanzania and Angola to the regional electricity grid by 2021, with an additional 22 000 MW of electricity generation capacity to be added to the regional grid by 2022. The SAPP currently serves around 300-million people,... 

'Debt-driven' Eskom not ruling out load shedding for remainder of year

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 Weak financial ratios, reduced generation performance and low coal stock levels have again raised the spectre of load shedding for power utility Eskom. Announcing the interim financial results for the six months ended September 30, CEO Phakamani Hadebe warned that although liquidity had improved,... 

 'Debt-driven' Eskom not ruling out load shedding for remainder of year

Parly committee adopts Eskom inquiry report, recommends top executives testify before Zondo

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises has adopted its final report into allegations of State capture at Eskom and Transnet, which recommends that some of power utility's former board chairs and top executives be requested to appear before the ongoing judicial commission of... 

Parly committee adopts Eskom inquiry report, recommends top executives testify before Zondo

Eskom, AfDB sign loan agreement to expand power pool in Southern Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2018 The African Development Bank group (AfDB) and South African power utility Eskom on Tuesday signed a loan agreement to the value of nearly R2.9-billion, or about $25-million, to improve power transmission across Southern Africa. This project contributes to the realisation of the AfDB’s New Deal on... 

Eskom, AfDB sign loan agreement to expand power pool in Southern Africa
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Eskom acting CFO Calib Cassim

Eurasian Resources Group secures electricity supply for DRC copper mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2018 Diversified natural resources group Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) has concluded an agreement with electricity company Société Nationale d’Électricité (SNEL) for the supply of 41 MW of electricity for its Frontier mine, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). SNEL will source the... 

Audit outcomes of State-owned entities continue to regress

By: Kim Cloete     22nd November 2018 The audit outcomes of State-owned entities (SOEs) have regressed over the past financial year compared with both the previous year and 2014/15. The 2017/18 general report for the Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) said there was an increase in noncompliance of the 16 SOEs it audited. It also... 

Eskom warns its debt could reach R550bn 

By: African News Agency      21st November 2018 Eskom's financial situation will remain dire for the next few years with a risk its debt burden would grow from R400-billion to some R550-billion in the foreseable future, the power utility's CEO Phakamani Hadebe conceded on Wednesday. "The institution is really under severe financial strain,"... 

 Eskom warns its debt could reach R550bn
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe

Eskom ordered to keep Musina's lights on

By: African News Agency      20th November 2018 The North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday ruled in favour of business organisation Sakeliga to interdict Eskom from interrupting electricity supply after Musina and other municipalities failed to settle their debts. "The first respondent be interdicted and restrained from implementing it's decision... 

Electricity access finance not enough to meet 2030 global energy goals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th November 2018 The finance required to close electricity and clean cooking access gaps remains “drastically short” of what is needed to meet global energy goals by 2030, international energy organisation Sustainable Energy for All states in its latest report. Titled ‘Energizing Finance: Understanding the... 

Zambia plans to transform state power utility into viable firm

By: Reuters     16th November 2018 Zambia has started implementing measures aimed at transforming State-owned Zesco into a viable and efficient public power utility company, the government said on Thursday. Zesco has in the recent past been experiencing serious operational challenges, the chairman of the team put in place to... 

South Africa must consider charging strategies before investing in EVs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2018 South Africa needs to develop controlled charging strategies before it embarks on large-scale investment in electric vehicles (EVs), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research research engineer Paseka Mabina said during the South African Energy Efficiency Confederation conference, on... 

Energy industry steadily embracing digitalisation, 4IR

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2018 Internet traffic data has grown from 2 TB in 1987 to 1.1 zettabytes, or 1.1 ZB, in 2017, meaning digitalisation is already upon us, and not a distant dream, said national Cleaner Production Centre industrial energy efficiency project manager Alfred Hartzenburg. Speaking at the South African... 

Municipal debt to Eskom climbs to R17bn

By: African News Agency      13th November 2018 The debt owed to Eskom by South Africa's municipalities continues to grow and had now reached R17-billion, Cooperative Governance Minister Zweli Mkhize told MPs on Tuesday.. "We have noted that debt stood at R14.3-billion and currently has gone up to R17-billion and that's just for Eskom and a... 

USAID transmission roadmap guides electricity development in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2018 A roadmap to unlock electricity trade, published by US Agency for International Development (USAID), could guide leaders in identifying and focusing on specific projects that will bring electricity to millions of people, while bringing down the cost of power and driving economic growth. The... 

USAID transmission roadmap guides electricity development in Africa

Is there a risk of load-shedding this summer? 

7th November 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom’s plant performance challenges, whether there is a risk of load-shedding and the importance of determining the future energy availability factor at Eskom’s coal-fired power plants. 

Is there a risk of load-shedding this summer?
Is there a risk of load-shedding this summer?

African Development Bank plans R10bn in loans to Eskom 

By: Reuters     7th November 2018 The African Development Bank plans to lend South African power utility Eskom around R10-billion ($720-million) in 2019 and 2020, the bank's president Akinwumi Adesina said. "We plan to lend around $620-million for the Medupi power plant, and around $100-million for Eskom's transmission network,... 

African Development Bank plans R10bn in loans to Eskom
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AfDB president Akinwumi Adesina
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