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AfriForum to take legal action against defaulting municipalities

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2017 Civil rights organisation AfriForum on Friday said it would call on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to withdraw the licences of municipalities that have defaulted on their payments to power provider Eskom. “[We will be approaching] the courts in terms of the protection of... 

Eskom acknowledges payment extension decision for defaulting municipalities

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2017 Eskom has welcomed Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s decision to grant municipalities until the end of January to settle their arrear debt with the power utility. Brown on Thursday instructed the parastatal to allow municipalities until January 31 to settle arrears before switching off... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th January 2017 About 750 loads of wind turbine component sections are expected to be delivered to the Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms between January 12 and September this year. 

Power battle lines

By: Terence Creamer     20th January 2017 The delicate balancing of the factional interests within the African National Congress (ANC) was a significant feature of the National Executive Committee’s 105th anniversary statement. It was even apparent in this seemingly bland section dedicated to electricity, which reads as follows: “South... 

Tesla expects SA offering to become increasingly attractive as tariffs rise

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 Tesla has finally arrived in South Africa, even if in a somewhat unexpected guise. With the availability of the US company’s electric cars apparently still some way off, South Africans do, however, now have access to its energy storage solutions. The stationary, rechargeable lithium-ion battery... 

Eskom ordered to halt power cuts to towns 

By: Reuters     19th January 2017 South African power utility Eskom has been instructed to allow municipalities until January 31 to settle arrears before switching off lights, a Cabinet Minister said on Wednesday. Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said halting electricity supply to towns, who collectively owed more than... 

Eskom, IPP deadlock on renewables PPAs coming to a head 

     19th January 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the impasse between Eskom and renewables IPPs on the signing of power purchase agreements. 

Eskom continues with supply interruptions in North West

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2017 Eskom on Thursday said that unless defaulting municipalities meet its requirements of cash payments as negotiated, a written undertaking in the form of a council resolution that current accounts will be honoured going forward, and a payment plan for the arrears, it will continue to interrupt bulk... 

Cosatu calls for probe against defaulting North West municipalities

By: African News Agency      19th January 2017 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in North West on Wednesday called on the provincial government to investigate the municipalities who have failed to pay their Eskom electricity bills. Eskom interrupted its bulk electricity supply to the North West municipalities of Naledi,... 

Anglo shortlists bidders for some South African coal mines

By: Bloomberg     19th January 2017 Anglo American has shortlisted groups led by some of South Africa’s most prominent black businessmen as bidders for several of its South African coal mines as it focuses on diamonds, platinum and copper, two people familiar with the discussions said. Groups selected by Anglo include companies led... 

Committee calls for permanent solution to municipal electricity debt problem 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 The Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on Wednesday said it was concerned about Eskom’s plans to cut electricity to certain municipalities that were defaulting on payments and that it would hold a meeting with all the affected parties to find a lasting solution to... 

Davos boosts platinum fuel cell outlook with hydrogen council launch

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2017 Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) offer the most natural solution for emission-free vehicles, discharging only water and requiring negligible change to current driving and refuelling habits, which is why 13 leading energy, transport and industry companies this week chose Davos... 

IPPs ‘entitled’ to approach courts to force Eskom to sign PPAs 

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2017 A legal opinion secured by the South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) relating to the refusal by Eskom to conclude contracts with 37 independent power producers (IPPs) selected as preferred bidders by the Department of Energy (DoE) more than a year ago states that the IPPs “would be... 

Keaton’s Vanggatfontein continues consistent performance in Q3

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th January 2017 JSE-listed Keaton Energy achieved record cash generation from its Vanggatfontein operation, in Mpumalanga, during the third quarter of the year. Thermal coal sales to State-owned power utility Eskom remained consistent during the period to December 31, at 531 386 t, albeit down from 544 237 t in... 

Eskom cuts power to some defaulting municipalities in North West, Northern Cape

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 As part of its debt collection efforts, State-owned Eskom on Wednesday started interruptions of bulk electricity supply to some defaulting municipalities in North West and the Northern Cape. The municipalities of Naledi, Lekwa-Teemane and Kgetlengrivier, in North West, as well as the Ubuntu and... 

Gaia acquires 25% interest in Dorper wind farm

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2017 Infrastructure investment holding company Gaia Infrastructure Capital has transitioned its JSE-listing from special purpose acquisitions to the investment services sector after a R501-million acquisition of a 25.2% economic interest in Dorper wind farm. The acquisition became unconditional in... 

Exxaro concludes R3.6bn share repurchase scheme

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2017 JSE-listed Exxaro on Tuesday said all conditions precedent to the specific repurchase of shares from its black economic empowerment (BEE) partner Main Street 333 (MS333) have been met. Exxaro will acquire nearly 44-million ordinary shares from MS333 in a deal valued at around R3.5-billion. 

Eskom reports progress in municipal debt recovery

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom has suspended its planned interruption of bulk electricity supply to 21 municipalities that have made payments or had signed payment plans for outstanding debt. The parastatal on Tuesday said encouraging progress was being made in recovering some of the billions of... 

Fedusa takes aim at SoEs with Section 77 notice  

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2017 The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) is taking a stand against government’s alleged failure to appoint “suitably qualified, accountable, responsible and responsive” management at some of South Africa’s vital parastatals. A Section 77 Protest Action Notice has been lodged with the... 

Eskom still committed to interrupting power supply to defaulting municipalities

By: Anine Kilian     16th January 2017 State-owned Eskom has started interruptions in power supply to some defaulting municipalities owing to nonpayment of municipal accounts. The North Gauteng High Court earlier this month dismissed civil rights organisation AfriForum’s legal bid to prevent Eskom from interrupting power supply to... 

IPPs want solution for all 26 outstanding renewables projects, not only some 

By: Terence Creamer     13th January 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) indicated on Friday that, while it welcomed indications that Eskom was willing to reopen lines of communication on 26 outstanding renewables projects, it could only entertain a solution that remained faithful to the procurement process already... 

Eskom takes issue with negative reporting on nuclear expansion plans

By: African News Agency      13th January 2017 Eskom on Friday said the public discourse on its nuclear procurement plans was biased, lacked intellectual depth and failed to grasp the technical complexities or the social benefits of the programme. Responding to an article in Business Day, Eskom’s head of corporate affairs, Chose Choeu,... 

F4SD wants municipal officials fired for not paying Eskom 

By: African News Agency      13th January 2017 Municipalities must fire officials responsible for failing to honour arrangements to pay their debts to Eskom, the Forum 4 Service Delivery (F4SD) said on Friday. “We are concerned that all residents,including those who pay for their electricity will be affected when Eskom starts to cut... 

Astral says Eskom cutting municipal electricity supply would be ‘catastrophic’ for Standerton operations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th January 2017 Eskom’s plan to cut power to the Lekwa local municipality, in Mpumalanga, will interrupt poultry producer Astral’s feed and poultry operations in Standerton with “catastrophic” results, the company has warned. Astral has received notification that Eskom plans to start interruptions of its bulk... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 The Khobab Wind Farm has completed all 61 of its wind turbine foundations ahead of schedule. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 Eskom connected the first power-generating unit of the new Kusile coal-fired power station at the end of December 2016. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 The second unit of Eskom's Medupi coal-fired power station was loaded to full capacity in December 2016. 

Sarec slams Eskom for distorting facts in calculating renewables-related loss 

By: Terence Creamer     12th January 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has slammed as a “blatant distortion of facts” Eskom’s claim that the country suffered a net economic loss of R9-billion in 2016 as a result of the State-owned utility’s purchases of power from the country’s renewable-energy plants. It has also... 

Wescoal ‘leaps’ into 2017 following a successful 2016

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th January 2017 With a successful 2016 under its belt, JSE-listed Wescoal is optimistic of the year ahead as it leverages a series of milestones and initiatives to support its aspirations for eight-million tons a year of run-of-mine (RoM) and its revenue diversification strategy. During the past year, Wescoal... 

Gordhan to act against municipalities which owe Eskom money 

By: News24Wire      12th January 2017 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said National Treasury will act against municipalities which have failed to settle their debt to Eskom, Fin24’s sister publication Netwerk24 reported. In a letter to Democratic Alliance MP for the Free State David Ross, Gordhan raised his concern over Eskom’s... 

Water shortages still a concern despite recent rainfall

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2017 South Africa will need ten times as much rainfall as the amount of rain it received in the past week to pull the country out of its water shortage crisis, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said on Wednesday. Despite the mid-summer rainfalls, South Africa remains a long way from being... 

CSIR responds to Eskom claim of R9bn renewables-related economic loss in 2016 

By: Terence Creamer     11th January 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has responded to Eskom’s claim that buying power from the country’s renewable-energy plants resulted in a net economic loss of R9-billion in 2016 – a trend that could persist for the next five years, owing to the country’s surplus supply... 

Guptas fail to sell SA companies by end of 2016 

By: News24Wire      11th January 2017 The Guptas’ intention to dispose of their shares in all their South African businesses by the end of 2016 has not come to fruition, their family spokesperson confirmed this week. "The Gupta family remains committed to disposing of its shareholdings in South Africa as soon as is practically... 

Eskom expects net economic loss to South Africa from renewables for next five years 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2017 Amid growing frustration around the pending amendments to the Integrated Resource Plan and the impact this will have on future renewable-energy projects in South Africa, State-owned power provider Eskom on Wednesday revealed that the economy has suffered a R9-billion net loss for 2016, owing to a... 

Nersa gets new boss

By: News24Wire      11th January 2017 Christopher Forlee will take over the helm as chief executive officer of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). Nersa announced on Monday that Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson made the appointment for a period of five years, effective from 1 January 2017. He will also be... 

Surprise move to make Eskom nuke procurer ‘unlawful’, court told

By: News24Wire      11th January 2017 The environmentalist groups taking the Department of Energy (DoE) to court over the nuclear procurement programme claim its decision in late 2016 to make Eskom the nuclear energy procurer was unlawful. This view is contained in an answering affidavit filed by Earthlife SA and the Southern African... 

Cutting power to municipalities will impoverish rural towns – AfriForum

By: Anine Kilian     10th January 2017 Civil rights organisation AfriForum has warned of the repercussions of the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling, last week, that certain defaulting municipalities’ electricity supply may be cut by power utility Eskom, saying this will impoverish these rural towns. The North Gauteng High Court last... 

Sanco urges Cogta to place municipalities defaulting on Eskom payments under administration

By: African News Agency      9th January 2017 The cooperative governance and traditional affairs department (cogta) should place municipalities that have failed to pay their overdue Eskom debt under financial administration, the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) said on Sunday. “Invoking section 139 to allow intervention by... 

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