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Don't let gold’s Brexit rally go to waste – Dixon

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 1 hour 40 minutes ago As Britain’s decision to leave the European Union gives an extra boost to the gold price’s strong showing this year, the real question is how to use the much-needed financial respite to make South African mines more sustainable.   The danger, according to SRK Consulting corporate consultant Roger... 

Altaaqa Global and Caterpillar Team Up to Power Cameroon and Empower Locals through Customer Development Program

     Updated 5 hours ago The program through Caterpillar University helps solve Cameroon’s energy challenge while facilitating the transfer of engineering and advanced technical knowledge to local professionals at state-of-the-art 50 MW project Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power, a leading global temporary power... 

S Africa still reliant on coal, struggling to transition to low-carbon economy

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2016 South Africa is the twelfth-greatest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the world, as well as the biggest polluter on the African continent, according to German political foundation Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) South Africa director Renate Tenbusch, speaking at a roundtable event on black... 

Despite El Niño, Omnia maintains agri sales volumes, chemicals division excels

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th June 2016 Despite the effects of the El-Niño weather phenomenon and the resulting drought this past year, JSE-listed Omnia’s Agriculture division maintained sales volumes, with revenue growing 13% to R8.22-billion. This was despite a 4% decrease in total volumes, said group CEO Rod Humphris on Tuesday,... 

Coal companies spend $95m on lobbying before bankruptcies

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2016 Five coal-mining companies spent $95-million to lobby US lawmakers and more than half a billion dollars on salaries for top executives in the decade before they filed for bankruptcy, according to a report by an environmental group. At the same time, the companies – Walter Energy, Patriot Coal,... 

Zimbabwe loses half its daily power supply after technical hitch

By: Reuters     28th June 2016 Zimbabwe lost half of its daily power supply on Tuesday after a technical hitch, the State power company said, disrupting business in an economy struggling to overcome a commodities downturn and severe drought. The power firm said a total of 800 MW of electricity was lost due to the fault on its... 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Coal report

     27th June 2016 This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the coal industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the global and South African coal markets and the role of coal in South Africa’s economy, with a particular focus on the role of coal in the generation of electricity. 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Water report

     27th June 2016 This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in South Africa’s water sector over the past 12 months. It provides details on South Africa’s water crisis, government planning and regulation, infrastructure, water supply, as well as prospects for the sector. 

Key trends shaping the wine industry in South Africa

     27th June 2016 Amid concerns around the productivity of wine farms due to economic challenges and unpredictable weather patterns, the sector expects reasonable harvest this year. Dawie Maree, Head of Information and Marketing at FNB Business Agriculture, says overall production for the year has not been... 

MBE Minerals Proves That Pneuflot Is Suited To All Ores

     27th June 2016 Pneumatic flotation technology is delivering outstanding results in field trials involving platinum group metals and iron ore, and will soon be put to the test in gold, rare earth and graphite circuits in southern Africa. Gregory Niekerk, business development manager at MBE Minerals, says that... 

Construction of Western Aqueduct continues according to plan

     27th June 2016 Durban’s largest ever bulk water pipeline, the Western Aqueduct, is making steady progress and reaching important milestones. Head of eThekwini Water and Sanitation, Ednick Msweli, said this week that the WA would have a significant impact on the future development of the eThekwini region.“With... 

Engineers faced with fast delivery challenge

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Consulting engineering and environmental consulting firm JG Afrika MD Paul Olivier reports that the consulting engineering industry is faced with an increased demand for fast project delivery from clients.  

Gas import tailwinds

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2016 In May, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson indicated that a request for proposals would be released during the current fiscal year for a floating storage and regasification unit and a gas-to-power programme, with an allocation of up to 3 126 MW. In other words, South Africa is preparing to... 

Graphite mine seeking $5.9m for plant upgrades, mechanisation and exploration

By: Oscar Nkala     24th June 2016 Zimbabwe's sole graphite mine is seeking joint venture partners or capital lenders willing to $5.9-million to fund plant upgrades and the purchase of equipment to start underground mining, as well as exploration projects to increase the operation's resource base.   Lynx Graphite board member... 

Microgrid technologies can help unlock electrification

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th June 2016 Large scale centralised generation will increase with the development of grid solutions, which will include an increase in focus on microgrid and standalone home systems, as well as off-the-grid, distributed generation solutions, expects advisory firm PWC Power, Capital Projects, and... 

Serious stresses remain at local level, but will they affect the elections?

By: Keith Campbell     24th June 2016 As is no doubt by now well known, the Institute for Security Studies recently reported that its violence monitoring project had identified 2 880 public protests in this country between 2013 and 2015, of which 53% had been violent. These protests are often, if not nearly always, described as... 

Slow economic growth challenges local engineering industry

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Infrastructure projects, consulting and project management services provider Aecom Africa CEO Carlos Poñe tells Engineering News that low economic growth in South Africa is a major challenge for the consulting engineering industry.  

UPS systems launched to support ICT, telecoms infrastructure 

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2016 Information and communication technology (ICT) multinational Huawei launched its range of uninterrupted power supply (UPS) systems in South Africa this month to enable ICT infrastructure, cellular towers and data centres to operate continuously regardless of grid stability. The range of... 

Eskom sees deeper cost cuts after workers' pay hike

By: Reuters     23rd June 2016 South African power utility Eskom's latest pay hike offer could lead the cash-strapped power utility into deeper cost cuts, the state-owned firm said on Thursday. Eskom confirmed that it had offered to pay 7% more to all blue-collar workers, upping its offer from 5.75%, during negotiations with... 

South Africa seen as attractive market amid surging global solar PV deployment

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2016 A new study assessing the future role of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the global electricity system suggests that the technology’s installed base could grow to between 1 760 GW and 2 500 GW by 2030 and identifies South Africa as among the most attractive markets for deployment. Solar PV capacity... 

Report highlights need for spatial transformation in South African cities

By: Anine Kilian     22nd June 2016 Deputy Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Andries Nel has stressed that cities must use public resources in the most effective, transparent and accountable manner. Speaking at the launch of the State of South African Cities Report 2016, on Wednesday, he pointed out that local... 

Denham, GreenWish ink renewable-energy partnership

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd June 2016 Global energy-focused private equity firm Denham Capital and renewable-energy investment company GreenWish Partners have entered into a strategic partnership to develop, build and finance a 600 MW renewable-energy portfolio across sub-Saharan Africa by 2020. The partnership would unlock the... 

Gas turbine coupling developed for GE generators

     22nd June 2016 The constant increase in demand for electrical power around the world requires more generating capacity to be installed for both local and national use. One of the most efficient and controllable sources of energy is produced by aeroderivative gas turbine engines that are reconfigured by... 

Emperors Palace launches rooftop solar PV plant 

     22nd June 2016 Emperors Palace, in Boksburg, Gauteng is underway with construction of one of the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic plants in South Africa. Completion of the rooftop plant is set for August this year. Mia Breytenbach tells us more. 

Africa uniquely placed to develop a diverse and sustainable energy mix

     22nd June 2016 Africa is uniquely placed to build a sustainable, renewable energy matrix with immense potential, says Rentia van Tonder, Head: Power at Standard Bank.  “However, how quickly, efficiently and at what cost the continent builds this energy infrastructure will be influenced by sovereign wealth,... 

Momentum grows for solar-diesel hybrid microgrids in Zambia

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 Amid an ongoing drought that has resulted in a severe power crisis in Zambia, the framework conditions for investment in solar power projects have become more attractive. New analysis ‘Power crisis and consequences for solar energy in the Zambian mining sector’ published by the Deutsche... 

Presidency reports on progress with 9-point plan

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 The South African Government is making steady progress in the implementation of its Nine Point Plan to reignite growth and create jobs, the Presidency said on Monday. The plan, which forms part of of the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), was announced by President Jacob Zuma... 

Power station fault and cable theft cause outages in Joburg

By: News24Wire      20th June 2016 A fault at a power station and cable theft resulted in power outages in two areas in and around Johannesburg on Monday, Eskom said. “Earlier today the Kelvin power station experienced a fault, which meant that it could not energise its supply areas in Johannesburg,” Eskom said in a statement. 

Engenamic, Wits drive electrical energy agenda for Africa

By: Anine Kilian     17th June 2016 Sustainable access to energy is can help assist in the development of related infrastructure, as well as contributing to industrialisation and economic growth, project advisory company Engenamic CEO Ian Mckechnie said on Friday. Commenting on a capacity building programme – enableAFRICA – which... 

LG Chem approves the Ingeteam hybrid inverter for use with the RESU Series batteries

     17th June 2016 LG Chem, a leading energy storage system manufacturer, has approved the use of its RESU 6.4 EX battery with the Ingeteam INGECON® SUN STORAGE 1Play hybrid inverter. With a capacity of 6.4 kWh, the lithium-ion battery made by LG Chem is designed for residential and commercial use, storing... 

Engenamic and Wits University drive electrical energy capacity-building agenda for Africa

     17th June 2016 “Energy, and sustainable access to energy (in particular electrical energy), is a great development enabler, enabling other infrastructure and development, industrialization, and economic growth. It also facilitates access to the evolving global “digital or knowledge-based economy”, which access... 

Illegal connections trip Eskom supply to parts of Jhb 

By: News24Wire      17th June 2016 Illegal connections overloaded the electricity grid causing power outages across parts of Johannesburg this week, Eskom said on Friday. Eskom said communities should “refrain from connecting themselves illegally, to use electricity sparingly and stop buying electricity from ghost vendors”. 

On-The-Air (17/06/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2016 Botswana taking steps to export electricity to South Africa; There is a new way of mining and this has the potential to make mining saver and more productive; Mining has been given a boost with the reopening of Joburgs once world renowned Research Organisation. 

Always do the sums when dealing with emotive social issues

By: Kelvin Kemm     17th June 2016 The issue of land and land claims continues to irritate me. Much of it is so unreasonable.  It is also, of course, highly emotive, so people are often scared to even venture into the discussion. In any debate, on almost any topic, one should, early on, carry out the mathematical calculations. As... 

Pioneer Foods, Energy Partners in national solar programme

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th June 2016 Food and beverage manufacturer Pioneer Foods, in conjunction with energy solutions service provider Energy Partners’ solar division, has rolled out a solar programme, which is about 60% complete.      The programme entails the installation of large commercial solar systems with a combined size of... 

Positive Shocks?

By: Terence Creamer     17th June 2016 Various interesting points are made in the commentary associated with S&P Global Ratings’ June decision to affirm South Africa’s investment-grade rating, while sustaining its negative outlook. The country’s political situation is highlighted as being of particular concern, arguably displacing the... 

Prioritise labour-intensive industries – EU Chamber

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 The European Union Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Southern Africa (EUCCIISA) believes that the manufacturing sector and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) should prioritise less complex, labour-intensive production – as opposed to high-end, high-precision production –  to increase... 

Ramaila power station project, Iraq

By: Sheila Barradas     17th June 2016 The project involves the construction of a new plant to balance Rumaila’s power requirements with the production of electricity using the Rumaila oilfield’s resources. 

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