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Eskom refuses to provide information on Tegeta claim settlement – AfriBusiness

By: Anine Kilian     23rd June 2017 Business rights watchdog AfriBusiness will consult with its legal team to determine the way forward after State-owned Eskom reportedly refused to provide it with information on the R2-billion fine imposed on Tegeta Resources’ Optimum coal mine. Following a period of arbitration, Eskom and Tegeta... 

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... 

Highest number of Renewable Energy installations in SA

     23rd June 2017 Specialist electrical contractor, Brand Engineering SA (Pty) Ltd, has carried out the highest number of utility scale solar Renewable Energy (RE) installations in the RE industry in South Africa.  It has become a key construction partner for RE developers, and is responsible for the generation of... 

Brown beefs up Eskom leadership with new board appointments

By: African News Agency      23rd June 2017   Public Enterprises Minister, Lynne Brown, on Friday announced the appointment of four new interim non-executive directors of Eskom in a bid to beef up the board of the embattled power utility. 

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... 

Tech watchers forecast major disruption on way for power utilities

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2017 The energy generation industry will be dramatically disrupted over the next ten to twenty years, and electricity could be close to free within the next twenty years. This will dramatically impact the power generation industry and will trigger a sea-change in the way it generates revenue, say... 

You must be choking all over again

By: Riaan de Lange     23rd June 2017 It is a balmy London Sunday afternoon. It is June 11. It is Groundhog Day. Well, for me it is. Just a few hours ago, an unwelcome event recurred. You might even say that it was “It's deja vu all over again”, to quote Yogi Berra. Yes, Yogi Berra, and not Yogi Bear. (Yogi Berra was an American... 

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... 

MPs to include State capture in Molefe probe

By: African News Agency      21st June 2017 Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday resolved to devote August to an in-depth probe of the circumstances surrounding Brian Molefe’s re-appointment to the helm of Eskom, including allegations of the Gupta family’s hold on the power utility. “The committee agrees that... 

Sarec disappointed by govt task team’s report to Parliament on renewables impasse

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st June 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) said the Department of Energy (DoE) and Eskom had failed to provide any certainty for renewables investors when reporting to Parliament, on Tuesday. An intergovernmental task team, comprising representatives of the DoE, the Independent Power... 

Brown accused of exaggerating renewable energy prices 

By: African News Agency      20th June 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and the Department of Energy were accused on Tuesday of exaggerating the price of renewable energy to win public support for Eskom’s contested nuclear expansion programme. Brown told Parliament’s portfolio committee on energy the actual current cost of... 

Busiest project bidding period ever – ELB

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2017 Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed ELB Group is having its busiest project bidding period ever, and is seeing a strengthening in base metals and great opportunities in gold. “In the last six months, we’ve experienced our busiest bidding period ever,” ELB Group CE Dr Stephen Meijers told Mining... 

Winter electricity tariffs, low prices prompt Samancor to switch out furnaces

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th June 2017 Chrome producer Samancor Chrome intends to switch out furnaces at its eMalahleni, Middelburg, Steelpoort and Mooinooi operations, owing to the higher winter tariffs charged by Eskom, paired with a “sudden” downturn in the chrome market. The recent downturn saw chrome ore prices dropping from... 

Gigaba announces ministerial meeting on economy, says fiscal consolidation will stay

By: African News Agency      16th June 2017 President Jacob Zuma has called a meeting of key ministers in a fortnight to devise a strategy to spur the South African economy out of recession, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Thursday. “The president has stressed the urgency of a co-ordinated response, and is convening a full-day... 

PTM kicks off Waterberg DFS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2017 Dual-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has started the engineering work component of its planned definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the Waterberg project. The scope of work included infill drilling, resource modelling, mine plan optimisation and infrastructure engineering, with the... 

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 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... 

NPC commissioner calls for energy-planning overhaul 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2017 A member of the National Planning Commission (NPC) has pointed to serious shortcomings in South Africa’s current energy planning processes and has called for future plans, including the highly contested Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, to be compiled by a new independent technical... 

Moody's downgrades South Africa's power utility Eskom

By: Reuters     14th June 2017 Ratings agency Moody's Investors Service downgraded South Africa's state-owned utility Eskom on Tuesday following the lowering of the country's credit rating last week and said the outlook for the power company was negative. Moody's downgraded the long-term corporate family rating of Eskom and... 

Storms in South Africa's Cape fail to stem water shortages

By: Reuters     13th June 2017 South Africa's tourist capital Cape Town remains gripped by critical water shortages despite being lashed by torrential rains last week in the region's worst storm in 30 years, officials said on Tuesday. More than eight people were killed and thousands forced from their homes after gale force... 

Parliament to investigate Eskom over graft allegations

By: Reuters     13th June 2017 South Africa's Parliament will begin an investigation next week into State-run utility Eskom amid allegations of mismanagement in issuing government tenders, a legislator said on Monday. Eskom has been at the centre of infighting in the ruling African National Congress (ANC) since Brian Molefe,... 

No word yet on interim Eskom CEO as Ngubane resigns as chair

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th June 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has announced that Dr Ben Ngubane has resigned as nonexecutive director and chairperson of the Eskom board with immediate effect. “Dr Ngubane formally tendered his resignation, which I accepted,” Brown said in a statement released late on Monday night. 

Transnet sets up special review committee as locomotive-contract heat is turned up

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has established a special committee to review the company’s procurement processes, with a specific focus on the locomotive acquisition programme. The programme, and specifically the procurement of 359 electric locomotives from China South Rail (CSR),... 

Industry trends shift towards efficient, intelligent strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 The main feature of global demand for energy is a shift to maximising efficiency through delivering energy at the lowest cost per kilowatt per hour, says independent process industry consultant Santosh Gunpath. He tells Engineering News that this was evident from his interactions with industry... 

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... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 Eskom announced on June 1 that Unit 4 had been synchronised to the grid. 

Residential solar PV poses significant threat to utility model 

By: David Oliveira     9th June 2017 Increasing environmental awareness was driving South Africans to invest in a more sustainable future by installing solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop panels, global professional service company Accenture resources associate director Ashley Maistry said at the African Utility Week, held in Cape Town... 

Eskom establishes large-scale battery test and demonstration facility  

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom’s research, testing and development (RTD) department has unveiled a battery testing and demonstration facility – the only one of its kind in South Africa.   The objective of the facility, based at Eskom’s Research and Innovation Centre in Rosherville, Johannesburg,... 

Decision to be made this month on Eskom request to deviate from methodology in next tariff submission

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2017 The electricity subcommittee at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will, on June 19, deliberate on Eskom’s request that the regulator condone the utility’s deviation from the multiyear price determination (MYPD) methodology and minimum information requirements for tariff... 

New approaches needed for utilities, municipalities

     8th June 2017 Utilities and municipalities need to innovate and be optimised to address SA’s power challenges and stay relevant, say experts Speaking ahead of the POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and exhibition in Johannesburg, key industry stakeholders have highlighted the need for utilities and... 

Construction costs in Johannesburg set to rise 7.5%

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2017 Johannesburg has been ranked fourth among the top five global cities where construction costs will increase over the next year, with the cost of construction set to rise about 7.5% over 2017/18, against a global average of 3.5%, professional services company Turner & Townsend’s ‘International... 

Phosa condemns charter tinkering, urges growth negotiations  

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2017 Stop tinkering with sector charters and instead negotiate them in a manner that creates room for sizable growth, African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee member Dr Mathews Phosa urged on Wednesday. Delivering the keynote address at the Junior Indaba, the former premier of... 

Hulisani overhauls management to align with strategy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th June 2017 JSE-listed investment holding company Hulisani has appointed its current CIO Marubini Raphulu as its new CEO, effective July 1. Raphulu takes the reins from Hulisani co-founder Malungelo Zilimbola, who will continue to serve as a member of the board in a nonexecutive role and who will remain... 

Eskom wants Nersa to consider two outstanding RCA applications in wake of court ruling 

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom believes the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) to upheld an appeal by National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) and Eskom relating to implementation of a clawback mechanism in South Africa’s tariff-setting methodology opens the way for... 

Gauteng’s dam levels take a dip

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th June 2017 Gauteng’s decreasing dam levels week-on-week, along with below-average winter rainfalls, are starting to worry the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), which, on Tuesday called on stakeholders to use water sparingly. “As the system operating forum plan to meet this month to consider the... 

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... 

Brown studying Molefe’s legal challenge to dismissal as Eskom boss

By: African News Agency      5th June 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown is studying court documents filed by Brian Molefe to challenge his dismissal as CEO of Eskom, her office said on Monday. “We have received Mr Molefe’s documents. Minister’s Brown’s legal team is studying it,” her spokesperson Colin Cruywagen said. 

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