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Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort  

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2016 Located on a dead flat piece of land about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Upington and close to the Orange river, the curved solar collector mirrors, gleaming pipes and large molten-salt tanks of the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant stand in stark industrial contrast to the... 

SADC’s real state of power and the case for renewable energy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th May 2016 By Greg Austin Agility, flexibility and new thinking are required to solve the power-stressed Southern African region’s energy crisis 

Oceans economy initiative unlocking billions in investment, Zuma says in Port Elizabeth

By: African News Agency      8th April 2016 Nelson Mandela Bay executive mayor Danny Jordaan on Friday thanked President Jacob Zuma for bringing investment to the metro. Jordaan was speaking at the port of Port Elizabeth where Zuma and a number of ministers attended an event for an update on the implementation of Operation Phakisa, the... 

Large-scale solar farm entrenches Northern Cape as South Africa’s sun-power capital

By: David Oliveira     8th April 2016 Renewable-energy project developer Solar Capital last month inaugurated the second phase of its De Aar solar farm project, in the Northern Cape, with De Aar 3 adding 90 MW of capacity to the overall project. This was in addition to the first phase of the project, the 85 MW De Aar 1 solar farm,... 

Molten salt energy storage used in S Africa CSP project

     8th April 2016 The Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) project in the Northern Cape is one of the few CSP projects that use heat exchanger as a diffusion medium for the energy stored inside the molten salt. The R5-billion project has one of the highest solar radiation footprints in the world and is being... 

De Aar solar project expanded to 175 MW

     30th March 2016 Renewable-energy project developer Solar Capital last month inaugurated the second phase of its De Aar solar farm project, in the Northern Cape, with De Aar 3 adding 90 MW of capacity to the overall project. 

De Aar solar project expanded to 175 MW 

By: David Oliveira     17th March 2016 Renewable-energy project developer Solar Capital has inaugurated the second phase of its De Aar solar farm project, with De Aar 3 adding 90 MW of capacity to the overall project. This was in addition to the first phase of the project, the 85 MW De Aar 1 solar farm, which came on line in August 2014. 

'Our names will be on the Hakskeenpan stones forever'

By: News24Wire      3rd March 2016 “I think I picked up well over a thousand stones since I started here in 2010. I actually lost count after a few days, but if I were to guess it was way more than a thousand,” says Rista Isaacs as she bends and picks up a stone – it has become something of a habit. Isaacs stands next to... 

South African wind farms R12 billion investment, ready to produce electricity in July 2016

     5th February 2016 A consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power last night received the award for Best Wind Deal, Middle East and Africa at the annual Project Finance International awards dinner held at the Hilton, Park Lane in London. Considered to be the most prestigious event in the global project finance... 

Mainstream Consortium wins Best Wind Deal – Middle East and Africa at Annual

     4th February 2016 A consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power last night received the award for Best Wind Deal, Middle East and Africa at the annual Project Finance International awards dinner held at the Hilton, Park Lane in London. Considered to be the most prestigious event in the global project finance... 

N Cape Premier seeks debt deal with Eskom

By: News24Wire      2nd February 2016 Sylvia Lucas, the Premier of the Northern Cape, will lead a high-level meeting with power utility Eskom on Tuesday following power cuts to five municipalities last week. The Magareng, Thembelihle, Ubuntu, Dikgatlong and Renosterberg municipalities in the Northern Cape owe Eskom about R113-million... 

Eskom pulls plug on defaulting NC municipalities 

By: News24Wire      29th January 2016 Eskom on Friday interrupted power supply to five Northern Cape municipalities due to non-payment. The affected municipalities are Magareng, Thembelihle, Ubuntu, Dikgatlong and Renosterberg. 

Small business dept to hold stakeholder engagement over review of legislation

By: Natalie Greve     25th January 2016 The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) is embarking on a nationwide consultation process to solicit inputs from stakeholders on the review of the National Small Business Act and the National Small Business Amendment Act, as well as engage stakeholders on the proposed national minimum... 

Nersa cancels public hearings in three provinces

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has cancelled public hearings relating to Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application for the first year of the third multiyear price determination period, in the Free State, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. The hearings, which would have... 

Revolutionary New Maize Trials Planter

     13th January 2016 A unique and revolutionary eight-row precision planter, the first of its kind in South Africa, has been imported by Monsanto to accelerate the planting of maize yield trials and to improve data quality with more accurate precision planting technology. The project was initiated in February 2011... 

Cosatu calls for worker protection amid national heatwave

By: Natalie Greve     6th January 2016 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called on employers to adhere to health and safety regulations and protect workers from dehydration and heat stress amid a recent heatwave that has engulfed the country. “We call on all, especially on employers, in agriculture, construction,... 

Land Bank to help drought-hit farmers

By: News24Wire      8th December 2015 The Land Bank has stepped in to provide financial relief to drought-hit farmers who are facing a bleak Christmas. "Farmers genuinely need more state support right now," the Land Bank said in reply to a question in Parliament on what it would do to help farmers facing financial ruin because of the... 

De Aar solar project nears completion as solar becomes more attractive 

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th December 2015 As South African solar substructure company PiA Solar celebrates the installation of its one-millionth solar panel and the near-completion of a 90 MW Northern Cape solar farm, business development director Axel Pustet assured that renewable energy was fast becoming a more attractive alternative... 

NC wind project’s turbine foundations among the world’s greenest

     27th November 2015 The Northern Cape’s Loeriesfontein wind farm has announced that its wind turbine foundations comprise very low quantities of Portland cement in the concrete formulation, resulting in what is believed to be one of the world’s lowest carbon footprints for any wind farm foundation, according to... 

Slow response to blame for marginal rise in positive audit outcomes 

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th November 2015 The potential improvement in the audit outcomes of South Africa’s 468 national and provincial departments and public entities is being hindered by a slow response in addressing the recommendations tabled by the Auditor-General (AG) South Africa in prior years. Around 73% of those audited during... 

Rooibos output to be impacted by drought, price increase imminent 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th November 2015 Consumers can expect to pay up to 90% more for Rooibos next year, as the current drought sweeping through parts of the country is expected to cause a “devastating” decline in output, the South African Rooibos Council warned on Thursday. Marked in a recent report released by the United Nation’s... 

Recent rains in KZN not enough - Umgeni Water

By: News24Wire      12th November 2015 The rainfall in KwaZulu-Natal over the past two days was insufficient to increase dam levels, an Umgeni Water official said. KwaZulu-Natal experienced heavy rainfall this week, but Umgeni Water spokesperson Shami Harichunder said on Thursday the 4mm and 10mm rainfalls was “insufficient”. 

Department of Water provides relief to drought hit areas

By: African News Agency      12th November 2015 The Department of Water and Sanitation said on Wednesday that it has deployed water tankers to provide water to areas that had been hardest hit by the drought. These include rural areas in the KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Limpopo province, which have been declared disaster areas. Other provinces... 

Gauteng learners dominate at Eskom science fair

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th October 2015 At the thirty-fifth State-owned power utility Eskom Expo International Science Fair held earlier this month, learners from Gauteng excelled and took home the most number of prizes valued at over R2.5-million. 

SKA antennae positioner snags first prize at Steel Awards

By: Samantha Herbst     4th September 2015 The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa project's radio antennae positioner took top honours at this year’s Southern African Institute of Steel Construction Steel Awards, which took place on Thursday night at Emperor’s Palace, in Ekurhuleni. This year marked the second in a row that the overall... 

Some mining companies collude with zama zamas – SAHRC

By: News24Wire      21st August 2015 Some mining companies collude with zama zamas (illegal miners) when it was not commercially viable to formally use mines belonging to them. That's according to a report by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). 

DoC unpacks digital migration progress to portfolio committee 

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th August 2015 South Africa’s Northern Cape will become the first province to transition from analogue to digital broadcasting as the Department of Communications (DoC) moves to implement the final stages of the years-overdue digital terrestrial television project. In a phased approach over the next 36 months,... 

Clear policy guidelines will eliminate confusion between artisanal and illegal mining

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st July 2015 While artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) plays a fundamental role in the South African economy, as it helps reduce poverty and creates jobs for rural communities, the artisanal mining aspect has been labelled as illegal. This is because of the blurred delineation of artisanal and illegal... 

Nuclear energy procurement process to start this month, budget not revealed 

By: Shirley le Guern     14th July 2015 The procurement process for South Africa’s new build nuclear energy programme will start in the second quarter of this year and be completed by the end of the 2015 financial year with the selection of either a single or a group of strategic partners, the Department of Energy (DoE) has revealed.... 

Spanish renewables group showcases solutions in SA

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2015 Engineering and technology group Sener showcased its active renewable energy solutions at an event sponsored by the Spanish Embassy in South Africa in Pretoria, Gauteng, last month. Sener has been working in South Africa since 2013, when it started construction on the 50 MW Bokpoort thermosolar... 

Trans Hex widens full-year profit, as S African ops recover

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2015 JSE-listed Trans Hex on Monday posted a surge in earnings for the financial year ended March 31, as the South African operations recovered from losses in the prior year. The group recorded a R190.5-million profit for the year, a significant increase from the R22.7-million recorded in 2014. 

Prieska solar power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     29th May 2015 The project involves the construction of an 86 MW wind farm near Douglas, in the Northern Cape. 

Study finds 50 dams infested with harmful bacteria

     29th May 2015 A study jointly funded by the Department of Science and Technology and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has found that harmful cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, which is toxic to humans, is widespread in South Africa’s 50 largest dams. The study, through the use of... 

Xtract gets major discount on O’Kiep acquisition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th May 2015 Aim-listed Xtract Resources has successfully renegotiated the deed of assignment for the acquisition of the O'Kiep copper sulphide tailings project, in the Northern Cape, which would result in a reduced cash payment of $2.88-million, a 28% reduction from the initial $4-million payment. Xtract... 

BlueRock completes upgrade of Kareevlei plant, resumes commercial mining

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2015 With trial mining, stockpiling and a new plant now completed, 18 months of hard work have come to fruition as Aim-listed diamond miner BlueRock Diamonds accelerates commercial production at its Kareevlei tenements, in the Northern Cape. With a new £300 000 fully operational plant in commercial... 

The Infrastructure Specialist Group Has Stable First Year

     19th May 2015 “The Infrastructure Specialist Group, as a new entity, has delivered a stable yet optimistic performance in a tough economic environment in its first year” stated Chief Executive Officer, Albert Weber. “We have managed our revenue and improved our operational efficiencies in our three well... 

Grid expansion to unlock new capacity

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 The key to successful grid expansion and transformation is State-owned power utility Eskom’s ability to rapidly respond to the new generation footprint. Therefore, the power utility should be able to expand the transmission grid as soon as new generation access is needed, says Eskom strategic... 

LPG, nitrogen system commissioned for Bokpoort CSP project

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th May 2015 Gases and welding products supplier Afrox has commissioned its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supply system for the $565-million Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) project, in the Northern Cape.  

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