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Eskom warns inflation-linked hike will trigger request for more government support 

By: Terence Creamer     21st January 2022 State-owned utility Eskom warns that an inflation-linked hike will force it to seek yet more support from the National Treasury, amid overwhelming calls for the energy regulator to reject its request for a 20.5% tariff hike from April 1 and to implement a single-digit increase instead.... 

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim
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Eskom CFO Calib Cassim

Telkom halts spectrum interdict application to expedite review 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st January 2022 Telecommunications group Telkom has agreed to halt its application for an urgent interdict to prevent the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) from moving ahead with the spectrum auction in March. The company said an agreement was reached with all the respondents on the... 

SA to get $750-million World Bank loan to boost economic recovery  

By: News24Wire      21st January 2022 The World Bank announced on Friday morning that it had approved South Africa’s request for $750-million (about R11.4-billion) loan.  "This loan will support the government of South Africa’s efforts to accelerate its Covid-19 response aimed at protecting the poor and vulnerable from the adverse... 

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Renewable alternatives critical to support Mpumalanga’s decarbonisation drive  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th January 2022 The transformation and decarbonisation of the South African energy system is gathering momentum; however, a regional plan is required for the coal mining region of Mpumalanga, to prevent considerable economic and socioeconomic losses and ensure a just transition, and a push for renewable energy... 

Audi rolls out ultrafast 150 kW EV charging network in South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2022 Audi South Africa (SA) is partnering with GridCars to install ultrafast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country. In doing this, the local arm of the German car maker says it will become the first EV brand to invest in this technology at publicly accessible sites.  

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Global FDI strongly rebounded in 2021 – Unctad 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th January 2022 Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows showed a strong rebound in 2021 with growth of 77% to an estimated $1.65-trillion, compared with $929-billion in 2020, reports United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad). Investment flows not only recovered but surpassed the... 

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Eskom says some industrial customers require ‘urgent’ assistance, but urges targeted subsidies 

By: Terence Creamer     19th January 2022 Eskom has acknowledged that urgent interventions are needed to assist certain large industrial customers, some of which are competing with international companies whose electricity is subsidised, to navigate the transition to cost-reflective electricity tariffs. In a presentation on the third day... 

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim at a previous Nersa hearing
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Eskom CFO Calib Cassim at a previous Nersa hearing

Ramaphosa, billionaire Soon-Shiong open NantSA vaccine production campus in Cape Town 

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2022 The NantSA vaccine manufacturing campus at Brackengate, in Cape Town, could soon produce its first Covid-19 vaccine, says NantWorks founder and CEO Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong. President Cyril Ramaphosa and Soon-Shiong on Wednesday officially opened the NantSA facility. 

Image of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong cut the ribbon on the NantSA facility
President Cyril Ramaphosa and Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong cut the ribbon on the NantSA facility

Eskom sustains 20.5% request despite big updates to cost assumptions 

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2022 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has submitted major updates to the cost assumptions included in its latest allowable revenue application but has nevertheless sustained its request for a 20.5% tariff hike for its upcoming 2022/23 financial year. In a presentation delivered on the second day... 

Eskom's OCGT power station at Atlantis in the Western Cape
Eskom requests more for diesel costs as it lowers EAF assumption for 2022/23 to only 62%

Green ammonia team aims for bankable project proposal within 18 months  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th January 2022 Since announcing plans to build a green ammonia export plant in Nelson Mandela Bay, the partners behind the project Hive Hydrogen, Built Africa and Afrox subsidiary Linde have witnessed a great deal of interest in this first-of-its-kind undertaking. The R75-billion project heralds a new area for... 

Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe
Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe

Long-term solutions required for continuing supply chain disruptions – Tata Africa boss 

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2022 There is no end in sight for the current supply-chain disruptions affecting truck brands, says Tata International Africa and Tata Africa Holdings MD Len Brand. “These disruptions that will eventually put pressure on vehicle prices, resulting in a negative impact on truck sales.” 

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Len Brand

Affordability concerns come to fore as Eskom outlines case for 20.5% hike 

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2022 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has again insisted that its 2022/23 allowable revenue application, together with already approved regulatory clearing account (RCA) determinations, will translate to a hike of 20.5% in the standard tariff from April 1 if granted in full by the regulator.... 

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim
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Eskom CFO Calib Cassim

Green hydrogen best long-term opportunity to decarbonise hard-to-abate carbon emitters – Gungubele 

By: Donna Slater     17th January 2022 Hard-to-abate carbon emissions-intensive sectors – such as heavy-duty transport, aviation, maritime and heavy industries – may be able to reduce their emissions through the use of green hydrogen produced at a deep-water harbour facility in Boegoebaai, 60 km north of Port Nolloth. The Boegoebaai... 

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Industrial gas consumers ‘staring down barrel of gun’ as big July hike looms 

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2022 A court application to have the energy regulator’s 2021 approval of Sasol Gas’s maximum gas prices set aside as irrational is but the latest clash in what has been a long-running saga over the way domestic gas prices are set in a market bereft of competition. This time, however, the stakes for... 

IGUA-SA executive officer Jaco Human
IGUA-SA executive officer Jaco Human

Moove rolls into Kenya, broadens vehicle finance to bikes and trucks 

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2022 Africa mobility fintech company Moove has launched operations in Nairobi, Kenya, its first city in East Africa and sixth on the continent.  To expand the company’s vehicle and product offerings to customers, the company has partnered with Uber to allow ride-hailing and delivery drivers to... 

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A Moove motorcycle taxi (Boda Boda)

Al Attiyah, Baumel win Dakar 2022 in SA-built Hilux 

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2022 Nasser Al Attiyah and Mattieu Baumel have won the 2022 Dakar rally in their South African-built Gazoo Toyota Hilux. Al Attiyah and Baumel led the 4 000 km two-week race across the Saudi Arabian Desert from start to finish, ultimately winning the race by 27 minutes from Sebastien Loeb and Fabian... 

Image of Nasser Al Attiyah and Mattieu Baumel in their South African-built Gazoo Toyota Hilux
Nasser Al Attiyah and Mattieu Baumel in their South African-built Gazoo Toyota Hilux

Electricity sector outlook  

14th January 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the difficulties in the South African electricity sector in 2021, the issues that are still facing Eskom, whether there are any signs of hope for the sector this year and what should be done to begin dealing... 

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Electricity sector outlook

IEA sees South Africa’s 100 MW reform offering some short-term supply relief 

By: Terence Creamer     14th January 2022 South Africa’s new policy allowing power plants smaller than 100 MW to connect to the grid for self-consumption and sell power into the grid without applying for a generating licence may help address capacity issues in the short term, the International Energy Agency (IEA) states in a new report.... 

IEA says renewables are set to supply more than 60% of net demand growth in Africa between 2022 and 2024
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IEA says renewables are set to supply more than 60% of net demand growth in Africa between 2022 and 2024

DWS prioritises Sedibeng water project 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2022 The Sedibeng Regional Sewer Sanitation Scheme, which remains central to resolving the issues that affect the Vaal River System in the Emfuleni local municipality, has been prioritised by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and is part of the immediate scope of works that will be... 

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Court declares AARTO Amendment Act unconstitutional  

By: Irma Venter     13th January 2022 The High Court has declared the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Act, on which the planned demerit system for traffic offences is based, unconstitutional and invalid. The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) challenged the constitutional validity of AARTO... 

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Toyota SA does it again – sales leader for 42nd year with market share at 25.4% 

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2022 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) last year marked 42 years – out of 61 years in the local market – as the best-selling automotive brand in South Africa, while it also recorded a remarkable market share of 25.4%, up from the 23.7% of 2020. This means that one in every four vehicles sold locally... 

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The Hilux is once again South Africa's top selling vehicle

Full EVs 65% of all new-car sales in Norway; in SA its 0.2%, hybrids included 

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2022 The Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association (NEVA) reports that the Scandinavian country set a new record for electric vehicle (EV) sales in 2021, with 64.5% of all new cars sold fully electric. The association says last year turned out to be the year “EV sales skyrocketed in Norway, where... 

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The Tesla Model 3

World Bank forecasts South African growth of only 2.1% in 2022 

By: Terence Creamer     11th January 2022 The World Bank is forecasting that growth in South Africa will slow to only 2.1% in 2022 amid decelerating global and regional growth, reflective of continued Covid-19 flare-ups, diminished fiscal support, and lingering supply bottlenecks. The bank’s latest ‘Global Economic Prospects’ report,... 

World Bank warns that low Covid-19 vaccination rates in Africa pose a threat of renewed and more severe outbreaks
World Bank warns that low Covid-19 vaccination rates in Africa pose a threat of renewed and more severe outbreaks

Climate concerns dominate ‘long-term risks’ – WEF  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th January 2022 The World Economic Forum (WEF) has highlighted climate action failure, growing social divides, heightened cyber-risks and uneven global recovery as the foremost risks the world will be facing in coming years. Launching the ‘Global Risks 2022’ report on January 11, which was compiled in... 

WEF president Børge Brende
WEF executives comment on the top global risks in the short, medium and long-term

Busa’s offer of resources to NPA may include private prosecutors 

By: Terence Creamer     11th January 2022 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has resolved to support the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) with resources to enable it to “urgently prepare cases” against those identified in a recently released report arising from the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture.... 

Busa CEO Cas Coovadia
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Busa CEO Cas Coovadia

New-vehicle sales up 22.1%, exports pummelled by civil unrest, Transnet cyberattack 

By: Irma Venter     10th January 2022 New-vehicle sales rebounded strongly in the domestic market in 2021, gaining 22.1% to reach 464 122 units for the year, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. This follows a 29.2% drop in 2020, in a year where sales were heavily impacted by the outbreak of Covid-19. 

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Greater policy certainty needed to ensure reforms, fixed investment, business confidence in 2022 

By: Schalk Burger     10th January 2022 The challenge this year will be to reduce policy uncertainty further, as confidence-building is said to be the cheapest form of economic stimulation, and accelerated economic reforms, higher fixed investment and stronger business confidence need to be backed by policy certainty, the North-West... 

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BMW proposes the prospect of on-the-fly vehicle colour changes  

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2022 BMW this week unveiled the iX Flow featuring E Ink at the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. The Munich-based premium car manufacturer is offering the prospect of a future technology that uses digitisation to adapt the exterior of a vehicle to different situations and individual wishes.  

Image of the BMW iX Flow featuring E Ink
When stimulated by electrical signals, the electrophoretic technology brings different colour pigments to the surface, causing the body skin to take on the desired colouration

Mercedes-Benz unveils its vision for electric mobility – a 1 000 km car 

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2022 Are electric vehicles with their currently limited range suitable for one of life’s more iconic events – the road trip? Mercedes-Benz thinks so. The German car maker used this month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to lift the veil on a vehicle capable of tackling distances much longer... 

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The Vision EQXX

Project management skills sorely needed to advance $20tr project economy  

By: Simone Liedtke     6th January 2022 The value of project-oriented economic activity over the next decade is likely to reach $20 trillion, says nonprofit organisation Project Management Institute (PMI). The company’s ‘Talent Gap’ report predicts that the number of jobs requiring project management-oriented skills, from economic... 

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Project Management Institute's Ashwini Bakshi discusses project management and the project economy. Video: Recorded on Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Eskom set to halve FY loss to R9bn, but R392bn debt remains ‘unsustainable’ 

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom expects to cut its full-year loss to R9.1-billion in 2021/22, from R18.9-billion in 2020/21, but warns that its debt position remains unsustainable despite some positive financial momentum during the six months to September 30, including a reduction in its... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Eskom to release Mpumalanga land to catalyse investments in sub-100 MW renewables projects  

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2021 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has announced that Eskom is preparing to release land in the coal-rich Mpumalanga province for sub-100 MW distributed electricity projects that can now be built without a licence and wheel electricity through the grid for self-consumption, or for sale to... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Eskom to engage on way forward after being denied permission to delay air-quality compliance  

By: Terence Creamer     14th December 2021 Eskom says the decision by government to refuse several applications for the postponement of the implementation of some of the air-quality compliance timelines set in legislation will result in the immediate shutting of 16 000 MW of capacity and have a “very significant impact on Eskom's ability... 

An Eskom power station
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Difficult road to air-quality compliance for Eskom

Sasol confirms major downward revision to Secunda’s output amid ongoing coal problems 

By: Terence Creamer     14th December 2021 Chemicals and energy group Sasol has announced a significant downward revision to its 2022 production forecast from its Secunda operations in Mpumalanga, owing to ongoing coal production problems. The JSE-listed company told shareholders on Tuesday that output from Secunda would be between... 

Sasol Secunda
Sasol Secunda

Hydrogen-powered mobility to only take off after 2030 – Fitch Solutions 

By: Donna Slater     14th December 2021 While it expects hydrogen to be a major disruptor for the mobility ecosystem, the nascent maturity of the technology means that it will only “really see a meaningful impact” in decarbonising the transportation system towards the end of the decade, says Fitch Solutions principal autos analyst... 

Hydrogen-powered mobility to only take off after 2030 – Fitch Solutions

Eskom insists it has applied for a 20.5% tariff hike, as Nersa table shows 32.15% 

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom continues to maintain that its revenue application, including the implementation of regulatory clearing account (RCA) decisions already made, would translate to a 20.5% increase in the standard tariff on April 1, rather than the 32.15% hike outlined in a ‘pro... 

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Nersa hearings into Eskom's revenue application will be held virtually between January 17 and 21

South Africa boasts Shelby Heritage production capacity  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th December 2021 Quiet and unassuming, nestled in the seaport town of Gqeberha, there exists a factory, founded by Jimmy Price, where iconic American Shelby Heritage cars are produced for the local and global market. Through the Hi-Tech Automotive factory, the full range of Shelby Mustang conversions are... 

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Shelby cars

Energy expert makes case for solar-wind-storage only IRP with game changing ‘superpower’  

By: Terence Creamer     10th December 2021 An Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) comprising only solar, wind and storage (SWS) would deliver not only a load-shedding-free electricity supply industry but also create the platform for new industries to be built on near-zero-marginal-cost excess green electricity, a South African energy expert... 

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