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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... 

Brian Molefe’s young wife boosted his pension payout

By: News24Wire      20th October 2017 Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe's marriage to Arethur Moagi in December 2016 boosted his pension payout, according to Sibusiso Luthuli, CEO of the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund (EPPF). Luthuli was briefing Parliament’s public enterprises committee as part of its state capture inquiry. 

Nersa releases dates and venues for upcoming Eskom hearings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has published the dates and venues for its upcoming public hearings into Eskom’s revenue application for the 2018/19 financial year. Eskom has applied for an allowable revenue of R219.5-billion, which would translate to a 19.9% average... 

Parly committee rejects BLF’s demand that it stop Eskom inquiry

By: African News Agency      20th October 2017 Parliament’s portfolio committee on Public Enterprises on Friday rebuffed a demand from Black First Land First (BLF) to stop its inquiry into Eskom, which the group termed a witchhunt against the Gupta family. Committee chairperson Zukiswa Rantho asked MPs how she should respond to the missive,... 

Eskom approval is last remaining hurdle for R2.3bn Seriti Coal deal

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2017 The black-empowerment consortium selected as the preferred bidder for Anglo American’s Eskom-tied coal operations is optimistic that the State-owned utility will approve the ceding of three coal supply agreements (CSAs) from Anglo to Seriti Coal by year-end. The R2.3-billion transaction was... 

Gamsberg zinc project a thumbs up for South Africa amid investment slowdown

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Amid low levels of capital project activities in South Africa, the $400-million Gamsberg zinc and lead project, in the Northern Cape, has become the largest mining project under execution in the country. “Commentators have noted that this significant investment in the South African mining... 

Lessons from China’s solar surge

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2017 Last year, when Eskom illegally put the brakes on the country’s hitherto successful renewables roll-out, new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity around the world grew by 50%, reaching over 74 GW. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Renewables 2017’ report indicates that the record year for... 

Eskom’s new R174bn grid plan includes R18bn for IPP connections

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom says all connection costs relating to 27 outstanding renewable-energy projects have been included in its latest Transmission Development Plan (TDP), which covers the ten-year period from 2018 to 2027. The renewable-energy projects were legally procured in... 

If Zuma removes me, I’ll accept it – Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      19th October 2017 I serve at the pleasure of the President, and If I’m fired, it will be at the pleasure of the President, South Africa’s deputy president said on Thursday. Cyril Ramaphosa was asked by opposition party members in the National Assembly to confirm or deny speculation that he was next in line to be... 

Steel and Vanadium complex finds new life as industrial park 

     19th October 2017 A closed steel complex in Mpumalanga is finding new vigour as an industrial park, by focusing on providing key facilities for specialist services companies. 

Outa accuses Eskom consultants of ‘gambling’ with public money

By: Kim Cloete     19th October 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has alleged that Eskom consultants Trillian Capital Partners have been “dabbling” in derivatives and losing billions of rands in the process. “Trillian has been dabbling in derivatives with our public money, racking up losses of R27-billion,” Outa... 

‘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... 

Opinion: No guarantee Zuma’s new ‘fission expedition’ will succeed

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2017 We know for certain what President Jacob Zuma’s latest Cabinet reshuffle was not. It was not about South Africa, or about good governance. It was not about doing what is necessary to place the economy back on a growth trajectory. It was not about dealing with the triple scourge of poverty,... 

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... 

Key witnesses in State capture inquiry will need to face the music, warns parliamentary committee chair

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2017 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises has started its keenly awaited inquiry into allegations of State capture, with a warning that key witnesses will not be allowed to shy away from appearing before Parliament. “We have a right to subpoena a witness if we think that witness has... 

Malmström raises EU’s concern over South Africa's stance towards renewables IPPs

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2017 European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström confirmed on Tuesday that she had communicated the European Union’s (EU’s) unhappiness over Eskom’s refusal to enter into contracts with renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs), some of which are European, directly with the South... 

McKinsey 'embarrassed' by failings in South Africa scandal

By: Reuters     17th October 2017 McKinsey said on Tuesday it was embarrassed by errors it made while working with South African utility Eskom on a R1.6-billion contract that is being investigated by Parliament and police over allegations of fraud. Privately-held McKinsey, the world's largest management consultancy, said it had... 

It's up to Gigaba to rebuild trust and confidence in mini budget – Coovadia

By: News24Wire      16th October 2017 The motives behind government’s failure to act in the national interest should be questioned as it undermines trust and service delivery in South Africa, Cas Coovadia, managing director of the Banking Association of South Africa (BASA), said on Monday. Coovadia in a statement called on Finance... 

Eskom suspends power cuts in MP municipality after receiving payment

By: African News Agency      16th October 2017 South African power utility Eskom on Monday suspended its planned supply interruption to the Govan Mbeki local municipality in Mpumalanga after it reached a payment agreement with the municipality. This comes after Eskom started cutting the power supply to Govan Mbeki Local municipality from... 

DA to report minister Brown to public protector and ethics committee over Eskom contract

By: African News Agency      16th October 2017 The Democratic Alliance (DA) will ask Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to investigate Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown for any role she played in awarding lucrative oil contracts worth R1.2-million from Eskom “to her lover and close business associate” despite their lack of expertise in... 

Eskom must implement ‘aggressive’ cost cutting, EIUG says as it urges Nersa to reject 19.9% hike

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2017 Eskom’s application for a 19.9% tariff hike from April 1, 2018, is unacceptable and will result in the partial or full closure of plant capacity and increase unemployment, the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) states in a written submission to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa... 

DEA grants environmental authorisation for new 4 000 MW nuclear plant

By: Reuters     13th October 2017 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has granted authorisation to State-owned power utility Eskom to build a new 4 000 MW nuclear power plant in the Western Cape, according to a letter seen by Reuters. Construction at Duynefontein, close to South Africa's only existing nuclear site... 

SA weighs market opportunities as utility-scale battery storage prospects improve

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Following the release of an energy storage technoeconomic study, ‘The South Africa Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment’, advocating that South Africa requires market preparation to take advantage of growth opportunities in the stationary and mobility value chains of energy storage,... 

Self-starters share secrets to success in the South African mining sector

By: Ilan Solomons     13th October 2017 There are many ways for entrepreneurs to enter the mining industry, including as project developers, service providers and product suppliers – all of which hold great opportunities and challenges, states mining investment advisory company MX Mining Capital Advisors director Dr Mike Seeger. The... 

Fiscal storm warning

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2017 In the World Bank’s tenth and most recent ‘South Africa Economic Update’, the risk of “fiscal slippage” is highlighted as arguably the country’s most worrying immediate downside risk. The report points to signs of revenue under-collection amid ongoing upward expenditure pressures as the 2019... 

SA weighs market opportunities as utility-scale battery storage prospects improve

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Following the release of an energy storage techno-economic study ‘The South Africa Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment’, advocating that South Africa requires market preparation to take advantage of growth opportunities in the stationary and mobility value chains of energy storage,... 

Sanral overhauls procurement strategy in bid to facilitate transformation

By: Irma Venter     13th October 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has launched a draft transformation policy that seeks to have a “snowball effect” on the larger South African construction industry, says CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma. “This policy is going to trigger a review of our supply chain management... 

Powertech Switchgear land a big deal with Eskom

     13th October 2017 The tender for Eskom’s distribution and transmission MV AIS switchgear was issued in 2015 and Powertech Switchgear seized the opportunity to submit on tender obligation. The tender was awarded in March 2017 and Powertech Switchgear managed to gain five years of supply. Eskom requirement is to... 

Eskom’s credibility, sustainability challenges 

     12th October 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the leadership, credibility and sustainability challenges facing State-owned Eskom. 

Political change could spark a surge in investment, says Goldman Sachs

By: Kim Cloete     12th October 2017 South Africa has the potential to achieve a 3% economic growth rate, and 5% in the medium term, if the constitutionalists in the African National Congress (ANC) are elected to lead the country, says Goldman Sachs Southern Africa MD Colin Coleman. “With the right leaders in the right... 

Eskom facing threats on multiple fronts, Maritz acknowledges

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2017 Eskom’s newest interim group CEO Sean Maritz has acknowledged that the utility is facing threats on multiple fronts in light of rapid changes to the global electricity landscape and the constrained outlook for domestic electricity sales. However, in a statement calling for “space and time to... 

MPs dismayed as chief procurement officer silent on Eskom contracts

By: African News Agency      11th October 2017 Acting chief procurement officer Willie Mathebula apologised to Parliament’s standing committee on finance on Wednesday for giving a “sub-standard presentation” after members expressed dismay that he claimed no direct knowledge of the withdrawal of a damning report on Eskom’s coal contracts with... 

Testimony in Parly probe into Eskom / Gupta links to start next week

By: African News Agency      11th October 2017 The list of names of witnesses to be called to testify at a parliamentary inquiry into state capture at South Africa’s sole power utility, Eskom, has been finalised and the probe officially kicks off on October 17, a statement from the national legislature said on Wednesday. “The Portfolio... 

SA black consumer body urges regulator to reject Eskom’s tariff hike application

By: African News Agency      11th October 2017 The National Black Consumer Council (NBCC) on Wednesday said that it opposed Eskom’s proposed application for a 20% electricity tariff increase next year. TheNBCC urged the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to reject the troubled power utility’s application and rather grant it “a... 

McKinsey says will pay back fees if South African court finds Eskom deal illegal 

By: Reuters     10th October 2017 McKinsey will repay fees it earned for six months' work last year at South African State utility Eskom if a high court finds the deal was unlawful, the global consultancy said on Tuesday. Eskom had given McKinsey and its local partner Trillian until Tuesday to repay R1.6-billion ($117-million) in... 

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... 

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