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Terence Creamer

Terence Creamer

Terence Creamer is the Editor of Engineering News and a Deputy Editor for Mining Weekly. He also has editorial responsibility for Polity.org.za and Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa.

By Terence Creamer

Investment in certain minerals, notably copper and lithium, is falling short of what was required for transition to net-zero energy system

Today’s well-supplied market for critical minerals ‘may not be a good guide for future’

17th May 2024

A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report describes the sharp decline in critical mineral prices over the past year as a double-edged sword, cautioning that, while it has been a boon for clean... 


Solar farm

Two BW6 solar projects with a combined capacity of 360 MW reach commercial close

17th May 2024

Two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects selected as preferred bids under Bid Window 6 (BW6) of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’s) renewable energy procurement programme reached... 


Chief engineer for renewable energy Paul Vermeulen

City Power seeks funding, manufacturing partners for informal settlement ‘energy box’

17th May 2024

Johannesburg’s City Power is seeking manufacturing and venture capital partners to further develop and pilot a rugged ‘energy box’ concept in one of the city’s 312 informal settlements as a... 


A Wetility installer

Solar rental firm begins testing roll-out model for underserved communities

17th May 2024

Local solar-as-a-subscription service provider Wetility is deploying a rooftop solar solution in a lower-income community as part of a proof-of-concept study to firm up the feasibility of extending... 


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Green stimulus

17th May 2024

South Africa’s manufacturing sector is in dire need of stimulus. In its recently released ‘Industrial Policy & Strategy Review’, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) confirmed... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa may sign ERA Bill ahead of the elections

Eyes turn to Union Buildings after NCOP approves Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill

16th May 2024

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has approved the Electricity Regulation Amendment (ERA) Bill, which has far-reaching implications for the future structure and operation of an electricity... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa signing the controversial NHI Bill into law at a Union Buildings ceremony

Ramaphosa acknowledges fear over NHI but describes signing as ‘pivotal moment’

15th May 2024

President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged the fear that his signing of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill into law had generated in and address during a signing ceremony held at the Union... 


IEA executive director Fatih Biro

$2.2bn pledged to support clean-cooking access in Africa

14th May 2024

Pledges worth $2.2-billion to support clean-cooking access in Africa were made at a summit in France on Tuesday, convened by the International Energy Agency (IEA). It is estimated that more than... 


Many households in informal settlements remain unelectrified

Salga energy head calls for post-election review of free basic electricity scheme

14th May 2024

The head of energy at the South African Local Government Association (Salga) has called for a review of both the size of the free basic electricity (FBE) allocation as well as the way the grant is... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa denies pre-election loadshedding respite is a ‘political ploy’

13th May 2024

President Cyril Ramaphosa has entered the politically charged discussion on the reasons behind the recent dramatic reduction in loadshedding ahead of what is expected to be a highly competition... 


Workers unstalling solar panels

South Africa aims to set up three JET-aligned skills development zones

10th May 2024

Three Just Energy Transition (JET) skills development zones focusing on renewables and grids, electric vehicles and green hydrogen value chains are proposed for implementation under the larger JET... 


IEA expects another record year for EVs in 2024

IEA expects another record year for EVs in 2024

10th May 2024

The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects electric vehicle (EV) sales to rise to a record 17-million in 2024, representing more than one in every five passenger cars sold, but with sales likely... 


NTCSA begins consultations on market code to govern shift towards competitive electricity industry

NTCSA begins consultations on market code to govern shift towards competitive electricity industry

10th May 2024

With the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) currently scheduled to be operationalised in July and efforts under way to ensure that the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) Amendment... 


Together with large-scale procurement, rising rooftop solar installations are offering greater market stability that could stimulate local manufacturing

Private renewables procurement may mitigate boom-bust cycles curbing South Africa’s green industrialisation

10th May 2024

The combination of public and private procurement of large-scale renewables in South Africa signals increased stability for manufacturers of key components, a new GreenCape report argues. Published... 


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Coalitions and reform

10th May 2024

With the 2024 election days away, attention is turning to the governance arrangements that will prevail nationally and in key battleground provinces following the poll and what these outcomes will... 


Battery storage

Deadline for latest battery procurement also extended as IPPs adjust to Eskom’s new grid access rules

9th May 2024

The deadline for South Africa’s recently launched third battery energy storage bidding round, or bid window three (BW3), has been extended by three months to October 31, following a recent deadline... 


Port of Durban container operations

TPT to continue to invest in Durban Pier 2 while legal spat over private partner plays out

8th May 2024

South Africa’s Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) says it will continue to invest in Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2 while legal proceedings around its selection of International Container... 


Power line and substation

NamPower grid-strengthening and battery storage project secures $138.5m World Bank backing

7th May 2024

The World Bank has approved a $138.5-million finance package to support the integration of renewable energy into Namibia’s electricity system by strengthening its transmission grid and integrating... 


Minister insists the recent period of no loadshedding is down to the improved performance of coal stations such as Matla (pictured)

Ramokgopa insists loadshedding not being ‘stage managed’ ahead of May 29 poll

6th May 2024

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa denies that the prevailing reprieve from loadshedding has been “stage managed” to improve the prospects of the governing African National Congress ahead... 


Wind and solar

Climate commission model points to the growth potential of green industrialisation

6th May 2024

The initial direct cost of placing South Africa on an energy transition pathway over the coming five years in line with its decarbonisation targets is calculated at a hefty R1.5-trillion in the... 


Nersa public hearing

Eskom says RCA application for only R9m not a signal of alignment with Nersa on calculations

3rd May 2024

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has initiated consultations on Eskom’s latest Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application for the 2022/23 financial year, where Eskom is... 


A person using candles during power cuts

Stage 16 loadshedding code seeks to reduce human error, not a signal for imminent surge in cuts – Nersa

3rd May 2024

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has belatedly moved to quell concern that its recent approval of a new loadshedding code of practice, which increases the number of potential... 


Power lines over an informal settlement

South Africa falls in World Energy Trilemma Index

3rd May 2024

South Africa has fallen to sixty-ninth from sixty-fourth on the World Energy Council’s (WEC’s) latest World Energy Trilemma Index which ranks more than 100 countries against the three key... 


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In the weeds

3rd May 2024

South Africa has gone some way in starting to reform its electricity industry, which has been failing the country visibly for nearly two decades. As these changes are published, consulted and... 


Mulilo chairperson Jan Oberholzer with new CEO Jan Fourie

New Mulilo CEO says South Africa’s renewables, storage markets poised for exponential growth

2nd May 2024

Independent power producer Mulilo reports that Jan Fourie has officially assumed the role of CEO, where he will oversee the company’s growth ambitions in South Africa’s public-procurement and... 


Solar farm

Two BW6 solar projects with a combined capacity of 360 MW reach commercial close

30th April 2024

Two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects selected as preferred bids under Bid Window 6 (BW6) of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’s) renewable energy procurement programme reached... 


Chief engineer for renewable energy Paul Vermeulen

City Power seeks funding, manufacturing partners for informal settlement ‘energy box’

30th April 2024

Johannesburg’s City Power is seeking manufacturing and venture capital partners to further develop and pilot a rugged ‘energy box’ concept in one of the city’s 312 informal settlements as a... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Draft Gas Master Plan released amid supply ‘cliff’ warnings

29th April 2024

South Africa’s much-delayed draft Gas Master Plan (GMP2024) has been released for public comment by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, amid indications that the gap between... 


A Rolls-Royce SAF test flight

Contract negotiations for Secunda sustainable aviation fuel project may be concluded by mid-2024

26th April 2024

Contractual negotiations are under way between the developers of the HySHiFT sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project, in Mpumalanga, and the intermediary company set up under Germany’s H2Global... 


South African fossil fuel subsidies hit record R118bn in 2023 – IISD

South African fossil fuel subsidies hit record R118bn in 2023 – IISD

26th April 2024

A new study has found that South Africa's fossil fuel subsidies tripled between 2018 and 2023, rising to R118-billion from R39-billion over the period, with subsidies having been increased largely... 


Globeleq CEO Mike Scholey

Globeleq says R5.7bn Red Sands will be largest standalone battery storage project in Africa

26th April 2024

Leading African independent power producer Globeleq says the 153 MW/612 MWh Red Sands project, which was recently awarded preferred bidder status under South Africa’s inaugural battery storage... 


FLYING THE FLAG: While manufacturing, mining and agriculture have had periods of strength, they have not yet played the developmental role needed to overcome joblessness, poverty and inequality

Can South Africa turn around 30 years of real economy underperformance?

26th April 2024

In this essay, Terence Creamer reflects on the factors that have shaped South Africa’s real-economy sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture over the past 30 years and considers ways to end... 


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Reflect and recommit

26th April 2024

Memories are short and it often feels like they are becoming shorter not only because of the flood of information associated with the 24-hour news cycle but also second-by-second social media... 


FLYING THE FLAG: While manufacturing, mining and agriculture have had periods of strength, they have not yet played the developmental role needed to overcome joblessness, poverty and inequality

Can South Africa turn around 30 years of real economy underperformance?

26th April 2024

In this essay, Terence Creamer reflects on the factors that have shaped South Africa’s real-economy sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture over the past 30 years and considers ways to end... 


A Wetility installer

Solar rental firm begins testing roll-out model for underserved communities

25th April 2024

Local solar-as-a-subscription service provider Wetility is deploying a rooftop solar solution in a lower-income community as part of a proof-of-concept study to firm up the feasibility of extending... 


Workers unstalling solar panels

South Africa aims to set up three JET-aligned skills development zones

24th April 2024

Three Just Energy Transition (JET) skills development zones focusing on renewables and grids, electric vehicles and green hydrogen value chains are proposed for implementation under the larger JET... 


IEA expects another record year for EVs in 2024, but sales remain concentrated

IEA expects another record year for EVs in 2024, but sales remain concentrated

23rd April 2024

The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects electric vehicle (EV) sales to rise to a record 17-million in 2024, representing more than one in every five passenger cars sold, but with sales likely... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa

Ramokgopa describes IPP surpluses as low-hanging fruit amid delay in finding contractual solution

22nd April 2024

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa describes surplus electricity arising from existing renewable energy facilities as “low hanging fruit” in improving the supply-demand balance and reports... 


NTCSA begins consultations on market code to govern shift towards competitive electricity industry

NTCSA begins consultations on market code to govern shift towards competitive electricity industry

19th April 2024

With the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) currently scheduled to be operationalised in July and efforts under way to ensure that the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) Amendment... 


A Nordex wind turbine

Concrete towers for Impofu wind farm to bolster local content

19th April 2024

Enel Green Power South Africa has confirmed that the Nordex manufacturing facility being set up in Humansdorp, in the Eastern Cape, will produce concrete wind tower sections for the three new wind... 


Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busisiwe Mavuso

BLSA calls for immediate reworking of IRP, describing its assumptions as ‘spurious’

19th April 2024

Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), whose members include the largest domestic and foreign companies operating in South Africa, has added its voice to a growing chorus of opposition to the... 


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