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Second member resigns from Ramaphosa's Eskom task team 

By: News24Wire      10th January 2019 A second member of President Cyril Ramaphosa's task team on Eskom has stepped down, the Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko confirmed to Fin24. Diko told Fin24 on Thursday via Whatsapp that Sy Gourrah of Actom had asked to leave the task team in December. 

Ramaphosa appoints high-level Eskom sustainability task team to resolve problems 

By: African News Agency      14th December 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a high-level task team to come up with solutions to the many challenges that Eskom faces, the Presidency said in a statement on Friday. And as a signal of the urgency of its task, the President has asked the Eskom sustainability task team to submit initial... 

Gigaba distances himself from Gupta deals

By: African News Agency      13th March 2018 Embattled Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday distanced himself from business dealings between the Gupta family and State-owned enterprises during the four years he held down the public enterprises portfolio, and insisted he granted them no help in obtaining South African citizenship.... 

On third day of Eskom probe, Parly names new chair for public enterprises committee

By: African News Agency      20th October 2017 The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament on Friday announced the appointment of a new chairperson for the legislature’s public enterprises committee, on the third day of its probe into allegations of widespread impropriety at South Africa’s national power utility, Eskom. It said Lungi... 

‘Absolutely no need' for nuclear, Dames says in State-capture testimony

By: Kim Cloete     18th October 2017 Former Eskom CEO Brian Dames has revealed that he faced a breakdown in communication between the board and management, as well as death threats during his time at the state utility.  He has also told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises that there is "absolutely no need" for... 

Brian Dames: Gigaba adviser lured me to meet Guptas

By: News24Wire      18th October 2017 Former Eskom CEO Brian Dames said he was asked to meet “some people” who turned out to be the Guptas by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s adviser Siyabonga Mahlangu. “It was somewhere in Midrand and there was one other individual: I assume it was one of the brothers,” he said. “I was very angry... 

‘You are too late’ – Dames on State capture inquiry

By: News24Wire      18th October 2017 Former Eskom chief executive Brian Dames told Parliament’s State capture inquiry on Wednesday that while the process is a great move, it was too late. “You are too late,” he said. “You should have done this a long time ago.” 

Evidence of blatant corruption at Eskom unpacked at Parliament’s inquiry into State capture

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2017 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises has kicked off its inquiry into alleged State capture with a report revealing “overwhelming evidence of grand corruption”, governance failure and a stream of irregularities at Eskom, South Africa’s largest State-owned entity. Research... 

Black Business Council says Eskom CEO musical chairs doesn’t inspire confidence 

By: African News Agency      9th October 2017 The Black Business Council (BBC) said on Monday that it was concerned by the sudden change of leadership at State-owned power utility Eskom, saying that government must give the enterprise some space and not meddle in its affairs. This comes after Eskom last week appointed its chief information... 

Africa’s top utility projects and power professionals honoured at African Utility Week in May

15th April 2015 Cape Town utility event to gather more than 5000 power professionals Africa’s leading utility, energy and water professionals and projects are to be honoured again at the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa that is taking place in Cape Town from 12-14 May this year. Designed to... 

Africa’s top utility projects and power professionals honoured at African Utility Week in May

4th February 2015 Cape Town utility event to gather more than 5000 power professionals. Africa’s leading utility, energy and water professionals and projects are to be honoured again at the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa that is taking place in Cape Town from 12-14 May this year. Designed to... 

IDC retains Qhena as CEO

By: Sapa     29th January 2015 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has retained Geoffrey Qhena as its CEO for the next five years, the Economic Development department said on Thursday. Qhena was reappointed after steering the IDC to expand its level of investments and enter the green energy sector, the department said... 

Cabinet makes major changes to State-owned company boards 

By: Chantelle Kotze     11th December 2014 Cabinet on Thursday announced sweeping changes to the composition of the nonexecutive boards of State-owned power utility Eskom and transport utility Transnet. 

Dropping the ball

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st November 2014 I really wanted to go on stage. I wanted to be an actor. To this day, I weep, real tears, in stage productions. The last stage production I saw was Ons Vir Jou. By the time we came to the theme song, I was a snivelling wreck. I blindly asked for a tissue – it was handed over by the person next to... 

The case for a time-of-day tariff for biogas

5th September 2014 Proponents of concentrated solar power (CSP) claim that CSP is the only renewable technology that is able to store energy. It has been claimed that CSP, combined with thermal energy storage (TES), enables CSP power stations to supply electricity even when the sun is not shining. But CSP's ability... 

Cabinet appoints Public Enterprises DG Matona as new Eskom CEO 

By: Terence Creamer     20th August 2014 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown announced on Wednesday that Cabinet had approved the appointment of Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) director-general Tshediso Matona as the new CEO of State-owned electricity producer Eskom. Brown made the announcement following an ordinary meeting... 

Brown says decision on Eskom CEO, bailout will be made within weeks 

By: Terence Creamer     7th August 2014 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says she has made a decision on her preferred candidate for the position of CEO of Eskom and will present the name at the next Cabinet meeting for approval. She indicated that a Cabinet committee would deliberate on the appointment next week and that the... 

Brown promises Eskom CEO appointment by mid-August

By: Terence Creamer     29th July 2014 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown told the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Public Enterprises on Tuesday that the new Eskom CEO would be appointed within weeks. She said she was “treating the appointment of a permanent CEO with urgency”. 

Material for boiler ducting supplied to power stations

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 Manufacturing, machining and refurbishment services engineering company Turnmill Proquip Engineering, a subsidiary of suppliers of steel products and related services Structa Group, is producing material for boiler ducting for cold and hot air and supplying it to State-owned power utility Eskom’s... 

Nersa requests more information before making Eskom tariff determination

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2014 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has requested additional information from Eskom relating to its regulatory clearing account (RCA) application arising from the second multiyear price determination period (MYPD2), which was in operation between 2010 and 2013. For this reason,... 

Eskom execs forego bonuses ahead of likely request for more support 

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2014 Senior executives at State-owned electricity supplier Eskom have agreed to forgo their bonuses for the financial year 2013/14 in light of the financial constraints afflicting the utility and ahead of possible Cabinet deliberations on additional future support for the utility. The identities of... 

Eskom makes headway in CEO selection

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th May 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom’s board is making headway in its process to appoint a new CEO. The utility on Friday said it was likely to make its submission soon to Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown as the process of appointment was at an “advanced stage”. 

Eskom obliged to sell power to SADC 

By: Ilan Solomons     16th May 2014 Although South Africa’s power system is severely constrained, State-owned power utility Eskom will continue to sell electricity to neighbouring countries, says Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi. Tsotsi, who was speaking at the quarterly state-of-the-system briefing at the utility’s Megawatt Park head... 

Eskom braces for tough winter  

By: Ilan Solomons     16th May 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom will scale down its plans to repair power plants during winter to ensure the country has sufficient electricity supply during this period, Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins said during a New Age breakfast briefing, held in Midrand, Johannesburg, last month. He... 

Power utility should continue investment – consulting group

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th May 2014 Despite differing views in industry, State-owned power generation utility Eskom can still generate sufficient power to keep the lights on, even while functioning on a tight reserve margin and with industry not firing on all cylinders, states global growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan... 

Busa says other funding options should be explored as new Eskom hike looms

By: Natalie Greve     14th May 2014 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has expressed concern over State-owned power utility Eskom’s latest efforts to appeal for an interim tariff increase, saying in a statement on Wednesday that the sluggish growth of the South African economy could not bear above-inflation increases in... 

No finality on Eskom ‘support’, but DPE confirms immediate R25bn shortfall 

By: Terence Creamer     24th April 2014 Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) director-general Tshediso Matona confirms that the interdepartmental task team established to find a solution to Eskom’s financial problems has agreed that further support will be required. However, he says it is premature to place a monetary value to that... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

28th March 2014 Progress at Medupi continues. 

Matjila named acting Eskom CEO as Dames prepares to depart

By: Terence Creamer     27th March 2014 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has named Collin Matjila as acting CEO with effect from April 1, 2014, with Brian Dames set to depart the company on March 31. Chairperson Zola Tsotsi emphasised Matjila’s “vast knowledge” of the electricity industry, noting that he had previously been... 

Magubane to leave DoE early owing to health concerns 

By: Terence Creamer     20th March 2014 Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Nelisiwe Magubane will vacate her post at the end of March, eight months ahead of her official November 30 contract expiry date, owing to health reasons. In a surprise statement released on March 20, Minister Dikobe Ben Martins reported that Magubane’s... 

Resources Watch  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th March 2014 Wits says research on South Africa’s ‘future mine’ needs to begin now. Eskom is in talks with miners in a bid to replenish dry, coarse coal stocks. And, ARM’s Patrice Motsepe admits abandoning potential African projects amid ‘ethical’ issues. 

Security company installs infrared system on helicopter 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th March 2014 Security company Protea COIN’s helicopter is now operating with a forward-looking infrared system fitted by local company Challenge Air. 

Search on for funds to resume private power contracts, saving schemes

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2014 State-owned electricity producer Eskom and government are assessing ways to secure the financial resources necessary to enable the utility to resume power-saving schemes, as well as to contract with those municipalities and independent power producers (IPPs) able to supply electricity into South... 

Busa calls for new ‘SA first’ response to power crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2014 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) announced on Thursday that it intended mobilising a “strategic national response” to the problems associated with South Africa’s electricity shortages, which came into sharp focus again on March 6, when Eskom resorted to 14 hours of load shedding to stabilise... 

Eskom mulls restart of some suspended savings schemes in wake of load shedding 

By: Terence Creamer     11th March 2014 Outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dames reported on Tuesday that the utility was considering restarting some of the energy-saving programmes that were suspended in late 2013 as a result of funding constraints. Speaking at a briefing hosted by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dames said... 

Eskom in talks with miners in bid to replenish dry, coarse coal stocks  

By: Terence Creamer     11th March 2014 Electricity utility Eskom and the Chamber of Mines (CoM) are in talks about urgently replenishing stockpiles of coarse coal at its power stations, as these stocks have been depleted over the past two weeks as much of the country has experienced a protracted period of wet weather. On March 6, the... 

Eskom warns ‘tight’ system remains vulnerable to future emergencies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th March 2014 On the back of its first load-shedding event in over six years, Eskom has warned the system will remain constrained, saying on Friday that the risk of “emergency conditions” developing would remain well into April, owing to high levels of planned maintenance over the coming months. In fact,... 

Eskom to procure ‘at risk’ short-term IPP power while longer-term deal is debated 

By: Terence Creamer     7th March 2014 Eskom confirmed on Friday that it had decided to extend “at risk” short-term electricity purchases from independent power producers (IPPs) and municipal generators to the end of May, despite not having received regulatory approval to do so. However, it was still in discussions with government... 

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