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‘Generating’ powerful safety: Vital Engineering completes largest grating and handrail supply contract in Africa on Medupi and Kusile power stations

     Updated 7 hours ago Vital Engineering, a company dedicated to ensuring optimum human resource safety on site, has been closely involved in Eskom’s power generation projects, Medupi and Kusile. An established manufacturer of safety handrails, floor gratings and expanded metals, the company has supplied bespoke... 

Cities are ‘future hope’ for construction, infrastructure project spend

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st July 2016 The most significant new space and area of “future hope” for construction and infrastructure projects, not just in South Africa, but Africa more broadly, will be cities, provided that local government can focus on effective infrastructure delivery procurement processes, says professional services... 

Kathu concentrated solar power project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st July 2016 The project will involve the construction of a 100 MW greenfield concentrated solar power facility, in the Northern Cape. 

Eskom in surprise termination of Duvha contract talks

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2016 State-owned electricity utility Eskom reported on Thursday that it had terminated contract negotiations for the rebuild portion of the Duvha Unit 3 boiler recovery project after the “supplier was unable to meet the conditions precedent to enable agreement on the contract”. Eskom did not name the... 

Govt deals with about 4 000 tenders daily – Brown

By: News24Wire      29th June 2016 Government deals with approximately 4 000 tenders each day and it’s impossible to know what’s happening with every single tender, according to chief procurement officer Kenneth Brown. Brown, who was part of a panel discussion on the progress made by the national procurement office, said South... 

Waterberg rail supply disappoints Exxaro

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2016 Rail supply in the Waterberg region since the beginning of the year has been disappointing, Exxaro Resources said on Tuesday. The JSE-listed company reported receiving only 3.5 trains a week from Transnet Freight Rail instead of the required five, a situation likely to persist until the... 

Finalists Announced for 5th annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards

     28th June 2016 After receiving hundreds of entries and going through thousands of pages of nominations, motivations and verifications, the finalists for the 5th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards have been announced! Over the past four years, these awards have been identifying, recognising and celebrating... 

Call for investigation into alleged procurement irregularities at Eskom

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th June 2016 Nonprofit organisation Corruption Watch last week issued an urgent request to the National Treasury to investigate the manner in which State-owned power utility Eskom managed its contracts with existing suppliers and its general adherence to supply chain processes, including its vetting... 

Keaton reports R297m FY loss

By: David Oliveira     27th June 2016 South African coal miner Keaton Energy incurred a net loss of R297.3-million for the year ended March 31, compared with a net loss of R71.9-million the year before. The coal miner reported a headline loss a share of 26.9c, compared with headline earnings a share of 0.4c the year before. 

Eskom tackles recurring localised power outages 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th June 2016 With several recurring power outages, particularly across Gauteng in recent months, State-owned power utility Eskom is taking a three-pronged approach to recover, stabilise and improve the performance of the electricity distribution network. Illegal connections causing overloading, cable theft,... 

Eskom helping to shape entrepreneurial successes

     24th June 2016 Eskom was today able to meet the country’s electricity demands while performing the requisite maintenance on its power generating plants.   Eskom’s corporate social investment vehicle, the Eskom Development Foundation, believes that young people should be taught early on that instead of studying... 

Finalists Announced for 5th annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards

     24th June 2016 After receiving hundreds of entries and going through thousands of pages of nominations, motivations and verifications, the finalists for the 5th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards have been announced! Over the past four years, these awards have been identifying, recognising and celebrating... 

Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th June 2016 The last of the four units at the project has been synchronised to the grid. 

New nuclear programme localisation target likely to be 50%

By: Keith Campbell     24th June 2016 The South African government is looking at securing a local content level of 50% in the country’s proposed new nuclear power plant (NPP) programme. This was stated recently by South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) Board Chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm at a press briefing at the Necsa... 

Paleisheuwel photovoltaic power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th June 2016 The project will prevent the emission of more than 140 000 t/y of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. 

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... 

National Nuclear Regulator Convenes Milestone Workshop In Preparation For New Build

     23rd June 2016 New Nuclear Build faces many challenges all over the world and with a host of up-to-date regulatory requirements, the South African nuclear industry can expect more to come. Now is the time to be proactive. This was one of the key messages during the New Build regulatory preparatory workshop... 

Eskom denies Duvha irregularities, says contract to be awarded next week 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2016 State-owned electricity utility Eskom reported on Wednesday that it would conclude a process for appointing a supplier for the replacement of the 600 MW Duvha Unit 3 next week, while strenuously denying procurement irregularities. Eskom said three suppliers were participating in the commercial... 

Strong flow of water, sanitation projects for SMEC South Africa

     22nd June 2016 The Water & Environment sector of SMEC is engaged in a range of projects in South Africa, demonstrating its experience and track record in this highly competitive sector. Apart from its general capabilities, the Water & Environment sector also boasts specialist skills such as hydrology and water... 

Eskom takes city to court over Wescape development

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2016 Eskom has slammed the decision of Anton Bredell, the provincial minister of local government, environmental affairs and development, and the Cape Town City Council to amend the urban edge to include land for the Wescape development on the west coast. The power utility has taken Bredell and the... 

Eskom tariff hike gives businesses the shivers

     22nd June 2016 Local ICT Infrastructure company BT-SA has warned that the 9.4% Eskom tariff hike will have a huge effect on businesses, especially if they fail to streamline their energy consumption. Incorporating smart office or home technology into a new or existing structure makes it easier to reduce energy... 

Eskom welcomes conviction of former boss on fraud and money laundering 

By: African News Agency      21st June 2016 Eskom on Monday welcomed the conviction of its former senior manager, Dawid Malherbe, who was found guilty of fraud and money laundering by the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Cape Town on Friday last week. Malherbe was arrested in 2013 after Eskom alerted the Hawks of suspected... 

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. 

Eskom gets new hydro plant fully linked to grid

By: Reuters     20th June 2016 Eskom hailed a milestone in its efforts to overcome South Africa's chronic electricity shortages on Sunday, saying it had linked up the last of four units at its new Ingula hydro-electric power plant to the grid. "We look forward to Ingula rapidly nearing commercial completion and meeting the... 

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”. 

Exports seen as key to improving prospects for SA capital equipment manufacturers

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) says domestic manufacturers of capital equipment stand a better chance of being sustainable in the country’s struggling economy by opening up export channels and liaising with foreign customers to build stronger ties in international... 

Govt prioritises fight against acid mine water in Gauteng 

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 Government’s acknowledgment of the severity of acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Witwatersrand, Gauteng, and the subsequent priority given to taking steps to alleviate the problem are of “significant importance”, states Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) CEO Mariette Liefferink. After... 

Exports seen as key to improving prospects for SA capital equipment manufacturers

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) says domestic manufacturers of capital equipment stand a better chance of being sustainable in the country’s struggling economy by opening up export channels and liaising with foreign customers to build stronger ties in international... 

Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th June 2016 Unit 4 of the Ingula pumped-storage power station has come into commercial operation. 

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... 

Businesses turn to new technology for crucial energy savings

     14th June 2016 DESPITE a promise by parastatal Eskom of no load-shedding for the foreseeable future, soaring energy prices have forced businesses continue to cut energy consumption. The issue has become particularly crucial for companies bearing the ISO 50001 energy management standard certification, which... 

Entries open for 2016 Eskom Business Investment Competition

By: Anine Kilian     13th June 2016 The Eskom Development Foundation will officially open entries for the yearly Business Investment Competition (BIC) on June 14, with R1.3-million on offer across all sectors. The competition is open to local, black-owned and registered enterprises that have been operating for more than 24 months... 

Task team to tackle Sandton traffic signal outages 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th June 2016 A new task team has been formed to improve traffic signals and traffic flow in and out of Sandton with the main aim of having all traffic signals “working and synchronised” optimally. The Sandton Central Traffic Signal Forum comprised the Sandton Central Management District (SCMD), State-owned... 

Joint team drives better traffic signals in Sandton Central

     13th June 2016 A task team comprising Sandton Central Management District, Eskom, Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department and Traffic Freeflow is putting its drive behind improving traffic signals and traffic flow in South Africa’s financial hub. The Sandton Central Traffic... 

Ingula power station’s unit 4 goes into commercial operation

By: African News Agency      13th June 2016 The first unit – unit 4 – of the Ingula pumped-storage power station on the escarpment of the Little Drakensberg mountain range straddling the border of KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State has come into commercial operation, Eskom said on Sunday. Eskom’s group capital division handed over the unit... 

Eskom refutes allegations of ‘blindsiding’ Exxaro in the Arnot coal contract 

By: African News Agency      13th June 2016 Eskom on Sunday dismissed reports that it had “blindsided” Exxaro Resources in respect of the Arnot power station coal supply contract and threatened to take the matter to the Press Ombudsman. “Despite a sensationalist headline titled ‘How Eskom bailed out the Guptas’ the City Press newspaper... 

Eskom outlines its position on coal contract to Gupta-linked firm 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th June 2016 In a seeming effort to preempt a City Press report raising questions about the award, by State-owned electricity utility Eskom, of a multimullion-rand coal contract to the Gupta-family-linked Tegata Exploration and Resources, in which President Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, is a shareholder, Eskom... 

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