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ARB lifts FY profit, despite flat revenue

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 6 hours ago JSE-listed ARB Holdings has maintained its revenue at R2.5-billion for the year ended June 30, while gross profit rose 8.4% year-on-year, owing to disciplined trading practices. The company on Friday said its electrical division's revenue remained constrained as a result of the limited government... 

African conference strives to boost bioenergy industries

     18th August 2017 Global conference organiser Centre for Management Technology (CMT) notes that its Biomass Trade & Bioenergy Africa conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton on September 28 and 29. CMT hopes that the conference will further development of the African biomass and bioenergy... 

Auctions steam ahead

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2017 South Africa may be on the global sidelines currently with regard to the procurement of new renewable generation capacity, chiefly because of Eskom’s refusal to enter into new power purchase agreements. Nevertheless, as a relatively early adopter (some might even say pioneer) of the auction... 

Nthabiseng Kubheka

     18th August 2017 This week we profile Nthabiseng Kubheka, an executive project director at GE Power, a provider of technology, solutions and services across the energy value chain   

Organisation lobbies government to kick-start biogas market

By: Nadine James     18th August 2017 The Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) is liaising with national government departments to create an enabling environment for the biogas industry, thereby establishing a viable biogas market. Sabia chairperson Jason Gifford explains that the organisation’s working groups are in... 

Exxaro H1 headline earnings rise on higher coal sales

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2017 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources has posted headline earnings of R2.79-billion for the six months ended June 30, compared with headline earnings of R1.10-billion in the first half of 2016. Revenue rose 10% year-on-year to R10.74-billion, while group net operating profit increased by 35% to... 

Eskom tariffs in the spotlight 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s decision not to grant Eskom’s request for a deviation from the tariff methodology for its upcoming price determination application and how industry is likely to... 

World treaty to ban and reduce mercury poison comes into force 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2017 It is rated as one of the top ten chemical poisons endangering human health and the natural world. Tiny drops of this poison can be found in human teeth, in fresh fish, in light bulbs, paints, batteries and even cosmetics. And it is in the air, water and soil everywhere, in varying amounts. 

Parliamentary State capture probe hits first hurdle

By: African News Agency      16th August 2017 The investigation into State capture by Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday hit its first hurdle as it was confirmed to members that the legislature would not pay for an independent evidence leader. Acting chairperson Zukiswa Rantho told MPs she had asked the chair... 

Electricity intensive firms to approach Nersa for new job-saving tariff deal

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2017 The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) will approach the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) before the end of September with a proposal for structural changes to Eskom’s tariff for large power users by removing existing cross-subsidies to assist businesses whose future... 

Lonmin unveils design proposal for Marikana memorial park; showcases new apartments

By: Anine Kilian     15th August 2017 Platinum producer Lonmin on Tuesday unveiled its proposed design for a Marikana memorial park and announced the occupation of its infill apartments a day before the fifth anniversary of the Marikana massacre.  Thirty-four miners died and at least 70 were injured on August 16, 2012, when police... 

Outa lays corruption charges against former Eskom board director 

By: African News Agency      15th August 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has laid a criminal complaint with the police against former Eskom director, Mark Pamensky. Outa chief operating officer Ben Theron on Tuesday said the charges related to Pamensky’s conduct while at Eskom and a business ”linked to the Gupta business empire.” 

Eskom electrifies 800 households in Klipheuwel community

By: Anine Kilian     14th August 2017 State-owned Eskom is aiming to achieve universal access to electricity by 2020 and more than 4 000 new households across the Western Cape have been connected to the grid since January.   Cape Town executive mayor Patricia de Lille officially switched on electricity for close to 800 households in... 

Outa commends Nersa’s decision on Eskom secrecy application

By: Anine Kilian     11th August 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has welcomed the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) decision to overrule State-owned Eskom’s application to omit some of its operating costs during its next multiyear price determination (MYPD) tariff application. Eskom had applied to... 

Eskom given 30 days to meet Nersa requirements for 2018 tariff application 

By: Terence Creamer     11th August 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has refused Eskom’s request to deviate from key aspects of the multiyear price determination (MYPD) methodology, as well as the minimum information requirements for a tariff application (MIRTA) and has given the utility until the end of August... 

Eskom postpones planned R21 road closure

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th August 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom has postponed its planned road closure on the R21 until further notice. Initially, certain sections surrounding the Flying Saucer interchange and Olifantsfontein drive on the R21 freeway were scheduled to be closed for the replacement of the Apollo-Croydon... 

Eskom to sell more surplus power in major turnaround

By: Reuters     10th August 2017 South African power utility Eskom is to start selling more of its surplus capacity as new plants come on line, its acting chief executive said on Thursday, marking a shift from two years ago when the company had to conserve power because of shortages. South Africa had regular power cuts in 2015... 

Eskom to temporarily close section of R21 on Sunday to replace transmission line

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom will be temporarily shutting down certain sections of the R21 highway on Sunday to complete the replacement of the Apollo-Croydon transmission line. This Sunday, there will be temporary road closures between 05:00 and 18:00 at the Flying Saucer interchange and... 

BBBEE Commission initiates investigation into 17 companies for possible fronting 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2017 Investigations have been initiated by the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Commission against 17 firms for possible fronting practices. Any of the entities found to be in violation of the BBBEE Act in terms of ownerships structures and noncompliance with the Codes of Good Practice... 

Gigaba orders forensic investigation into Tegeta report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th August 2017 National Treasury is set to undertake a forensic investigation into the Tegeta report which it handed over to Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa). The investigation deals with the processes related to coal supply contracts awarded to Gupta-linked Tegeta Exploration and... 

AfriBusiness supports renewable energy  

By: Anine Kilian     4th August 2017 Business rights watchdog AfriBusiness this week said it supports the stance of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on renewable energy and welcomes possible court action against State-owned Eskom. This court action is being considered as a result of the refusal by Eskom and the national government... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today, the chase is... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today the chase is... 

Electrical surgery

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     4th August 2017 It has long been clear to me that it is about time that State-owned power utility Eskom was sliced up and sold. You have to understand that I am a great supporter of Eskom; I worked for the utility and I greatly admire some of its systems, in particular, the distribution maintenance systems.... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The project continues to closely manage contractor productivity. 

New association aims to support emerging truck operators

By: Ilan Solomons     4th August 2017 The newly launched Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa) aims to assist in meaningfully transforming the local truck and freight industry, with a long-term view of ensuring work for women and black truck owners and operators. This is according to Tasa convener Mary Phadi, who was... 

Resources Watch  

     3rd August 2017 Kumba CEO concerned by Minister’s reneging; Sishen productivity leaps by 57%; And, Eskom tariffs in AMSA’s action plan crosshairs as losses spike 

Leading power firms showcase new technologies to Africa

     3rd August 2017 75 international exhibitors and over 2,800 delegates converged at the Sandton Convention Centre for the fifth annual POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa in July, to explore power solutions and discuss strategies and technologies for power sector growth on the continent. With the urgent need for... 

Zim staves off punitive action by Eskom, again – report 

By: News24Wire      2nd August 2017 Zimbabwe government officials have held "tough negotiations" with managers at Eskom to prevent South Africa’s power utility cutting off supplies over a $40-million debt. Cash-strapped Harare has been given another chance not to default on a repayment plan, which had seen Eskom threatening to cut... 

DBSA committed to funding infrastructure projects throughout SADC

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 With low levels of electrification hindering economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa – where 78% of the population is reliant on biomass as their main energy source – $57-trillion will be required until 2030 to fund the continent’s infrastructure and energy projects, according to... 

Reserve Bank governor warns of deeper recession

By: African News Agency      1st August 2017 South African Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago warned on Tuesday that the country’s economic recession could deepen unless there was policy certainty on mining and agriculture, the two sectors that contributed to growth in the first quarter. “At the moment these two sectors are facing... 

IDC reports strong rise in support for black industrialists as disbursements fall  

By: Terence Creamer     31st July 2017 South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has announced that its funding approvals have increased to a record R15.3-billion in 2017, but also confirmed that it would not meet a five-year target, set in 2015, of R100-billion in approvals by 2020. Presenting the financials in... 

Rope access enhances cost-effectiveness of NDT inspection

     31st July 2017 Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) is an ideal form of preventative maintenance, and is used extensively by electricity utility Eskom during shutdowns. The effectiveness of NDT is enhanced even further by rope access, which ensures the rapid deployment of skilled technicians to carry out such critical... 

Gigaba says worried about influence of Gupta family 

By: Reuters     28th July 2017 South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Friday he was worried about the influence of a wealthy family accused of using its friendship with President Jacob Zuma to secure contracts with state-owned companies. Gigaba's unusually strong comments came the day after power utility Eskom... 

Eskom CFO Anoj Singh placed on special leave

By: African News Agency      28th July 2017 Eskom’s chief financial officer Anoj Singh was placed on special leave on Thursday, amid mounting allegations of improper financial dealings by the power utility with companies in the Gupta business empire, “The Board of Directors of Eskom has taken a decision to grant Chief Financial Officer, Mr... 

Gas beneficial in diversifying energy mix

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 Gas can be used to supplement the variable nature of renewables, thereby adding to a steadily diversifying energy mix in South Africa, says advisory firm KPMG South Africa energy economist Requier Wait. Variable renewable energy (VRE) is nondispatchable, owing to the fluctuating nature of, for... 

Gas-to-power a more favourable alternative energy source

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 The nuclear procurement programme was rejected in the High Court earlier this year and opens the way for greater advocacy around the gas-to-power programme, says oil and gas specialist Lizel Oberholzer. “The focus on nuclear energy generation has come at the cost of the development of other... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th July 2017 Eskom is focusing on maintaining momentum of construction progress on Units 4 to 1. 

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