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As South Africa prepares to resume renewables procurement, new global report points to rising popularity of auctions 

By: Terence Creamer     21st February 2020 As South Africa prepares to restart its electricity procurement programmes, following a five-year hiatus, the global popularity of competitive auctions as the preferred instrument for procuring renewable energy has again been highlighted in a newly released report. Published by the International... 

New Concor chief sees surge in issuance of large tenders as sign of possible construction turnaround 

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2020 Newly appointed Concor CEO Lucas Tseki believes the strong flow of tenders in the last quarter of 2019 could signal that the domestic construction market is finally bottoming out. He is also cautiously optimistic that infrastructure-focused departments and State-owned enterprises (SOEs) are, at... 

Consortium makes Richards Bay gas-to-power proposal in response to DMRE’s call for emergency solutions  

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2020 A black-empowered consortium that includes companies with extensive gas-to-power experience has made a formal submission to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in which plans for power generation plants capable of adding between 300 MW and 3 300 MW to South Africa’s grid within... 

Raubex

24th January 2020 Firmly entrenched as an Africa-based diversified heavy engineering company, Raubex Group continues to excel as a world-class player in the heavy construction sector, with a focus on infrastructure development. Founded by industry legend Koos Raubenheimer in 1974, the company has a proud record of... 

SA mining showing ‘steady improvement’, but concerns linger 

By: Nadine James     13th December 2019 It was a mixed bag for the South African mining sector in the South African mining sector, with announcements of renewed investment and newly commissioned operations interspersed with announcements of retrenchments and divestments. This dichotomy is underlined by Eversheds Sutherland partner and... 

Government reaffirms support for rural, township economies

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th December 2019 To improve access to information and bring economic infrastructure support closer to township and rural-based enterprises, government is expanding incubators and digital hubs to townships and rural areas, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

Foundry company plans further expansion into Zambia

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     4th December 2019 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie’s Zambian branch will expand its workshop into a fully equipped heavy machine and fabrication shop with fabrication facilities to cater for other industries. Thos Begbie Zambia MD Piet du Preez highlights this as the medium- to... 

$11bn green-energy initiative takes shape in South Africa 

By: Bloomberg     16th September 2019 A plan to establish the world’s largest green-energy financing initiative is being threshed out in South Africa, which needs to reduce its environmental footprint and find innovative ways to fund debt-stricken state power utility Eskom Holdings. The plan being formulated by Meridian Economics, a... 

Renewable-energy transmission

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     9th August 2019 At the Data Center Dynamics conference in San Francisco, in the US, the following is reported: "At this year’s Data Center Dynamics conference . . . speaker after speaker took to the stage to lament how utility companies refuse to provide even the largest corporations with the renewable energy... 

SA urged to home in on green-hydrogen export niche

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2019 The technology to produce green hydrogen, which is produced by electrolysing water using renewable energy, in South Africa is becoming cost-effective enough to develop the capacity to sell the product in local and international industrial markets, says technical advisory services firm Kambuku... 

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