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‘Optimistic outlook’ for Volvo to start electric truck sales in South Africa in 2024 

By: Irma Venter     Updated 7 hours ago Volvo Trucks South Africa (SA) should start the local testing of electric trucks within the next two years, says Volvo Trucks SA product support senior manager Erica Parry. “Sales will be determined by various factors but, most importantly, the investment and availability of charging facilities... 

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Thungela lowers production guidance owing to deteriorating rail performance  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th October 2021 JSE-listed coal exporter Thungela Resources says that, following an initial recovery in the performance of Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) subsequent to the yearly maintenance shutdown in July, rail performance has continued to deteriorate in the second half of the year. Thungela consequently... 

Renergen, Argonon agreement to potentially establish helium spot market 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2021 South African natural gas and helium producer Renergen has inked a helium forward sale agreement with helium trading company Argonon Helium US for 100 000 units over 19 years, with each unit representing a thousand standard cubic feet (mcf) of helium at 99.999% purity and in liquid form. Argonon... 

Overhead view of Renergen's Virginia gas project, in outh Africa's Free State
Renergen's Virginia gas project

Creecy says a climate finance breakthrough is key to COP26 success 

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2021 South Africa’s Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says a breakthrough is needed at COP26 on the issue of climate finance, warning that the failure of developed countries to honour their $100-billion-a-year commitments has led a breakdown of trust. Addressing a virtual... 

South Africa’s Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
South Africa’s Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

IEA warns of energy market turbulence, underinvestment  

15th October 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the release of the International Energy Agency's (IEA's) latest World Energy Report and warnings of more energy market turbulence unless higher levels of investment are made to both meet demand and decarbonise... 

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IEA warns of energy market turbulence, underinvestment

Eskom seeks urgent court order to have 2022/23 tariff application adjudicated by Nersa 

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has approached the Gauteng High Court to have the regulator’s recent decision to reject its revenue application for the period 2022/23 to 2024/25 set aside for being “patently irrational and unlawful”. Eskom approached the court this week for a review of the... 

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim, who deposed the  founding affidavit, speaking at a previous Nersa hearing
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Eskom CFO Calib Cassim, who deposed the founding affidavit, speaking at a previous Nersa hearing

Eskom aiming to secure concessional funding for R400bn just energy transition project pipeline 

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2021 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has identified a pipeline of ‘just energy transition’ projects valued at about R400-billion that it will seek to fund using concessional finance raised from international financiers that have committed to supporting decarbonisation initiatives in developing... 

Photo of Eskom's rock-man statue at Megawatt Park

R11bn Phase 2 of employment stimulus programme to focus on pathways to sustainable employment 

By: Schalk Burger     14th October 2021 The second phase of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP) will include the establishment of a new Social Employment Fund, which aims to support 50 000 work opportunities for common good in communities provided by organisations outside of the State. It will also include the... 

Icasa intends to oppose litigation by Telkom on the temporary spectrum 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th October 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has resolved to oppose Telkom’s litigation to stop the expiry of the temporary Covid-19 spectrum allocation. In August, the authority directed the various telecommunications companies to return the temporary spectrum it assigned to... 

IEA warns of more energy market volatility as transition investment lags 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2021 There is a looming risk of more turbulence ahead for energy markets, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warns in its latest World Energy Outlook publication. “The world is not investing enough to meet its future energy needs, and uncertainties over policies and demand trajectories create a... 

IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol
IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol

South Africa has potential to unlock decarbonised chemicals sector, new study shows 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2021 If South Africa can unlock disruptive technology, in particular green hydrogen, it could decarbonise its petrochemicals and chemicals sectors and become a leading global producer of green fuels and chemicals for both domestic use and export. The outlook for South Africa’s crude refineries,... 

Sasol is studying the production of sustainable aviation fuels using green hydrogen at Secunda (pictured) instead of hydrogen from coal
Sasol is studying the production of sustainable aviation fuels using green hydrogen at Secunda (pictured) instead of hydrogen from coal

Steel strike could lead to job cuts 

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2021 South Africa’s ongoing steelworker strike is likely to lead to job cuts, further hammering an industry that’s been in decline for several years, according to the country’s main employer body. The week-long walkout by as many as 300,000 members and allies of the National Union of Metalworkers of... 

A photo of Numsa members on strike

DBSA, Pimco conclude R3bn issuance under UNECA green energy programme 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th October 2021 As part of its Sustainable Development Goal Seven (SDG7) Programme, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) announces that the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and Pimco have reached terms on their issuance of R3-billion of debt securities, which signals the first... 

An image of solar PV panels and wind turbines

Bidding process initiated for Ngqura manganese export terminal 

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2021 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for service providers able to offer a technical solution for a proposed greenfields manganese export terminal at the deep-water Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The CDC has been appointed as the implementing agent... 

Transnet building at Port of Ngqura
Transnet building at Port of Ngqura

CoJ signs deal with Kelvin Power Station for extra 100 MW 

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2021 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the privately-owned Kelvin Power Station to increase electricity supply for the city by 100 MW. CoJ executive mayor Mpho Moerane signed the PPA on October 8 alongside Gauteng Premier David Makhura and CoJ Environment and... 

A photo of the Kelvin power station
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The Kelvin power station

Ramaphosa lends his weight to plans for raising concessional funding for ‘just transition’ 

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa has doubled down on his argument that South Africa needs to act with “urgency and ambition” in transitioning to a low-carbon economy, but stressed that such increased ambition could not be achieved without financial support from developed economies. In his latest weekly... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Wind industry to approach DMRE with pitch for unlocking domestic value-chains from $8bn roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     8th October 2021 The domestic wind industry plans to approach the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) with a series of recommendations for boosting local content and direct South African involvement in the deployment of 4 300 MW of new wind capacity over the coming three years. The proposals focus... 

Photo of a blade being attached to a wind rotor
Domestic supply chain to be stretched as some 800 turbines are manufactured, transported, and installed over the coming three years

Ramaphosa supports green hydrogen export ambitions  

8th October 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa throwing his weight behind South Africa’s green hydrogen export ambitions and encouraging South Africa to embrace green energy and decarbonisation. 

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Ramaphosa supports green hydrogen export ambitions

Transnet building pipeline of transactions for private sector participation 

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2021 Transnet CEO Portia Derby says the State-owned group received a “fantastic” response to its two recent requests for information (RFIs) for private participation at the ports of Durban and Ngqura and that several other private sector participation (PSP) transactions are under development. The... 

Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Transnet CEO Portia Derby

Ramaphosa moots possible hydrogen partnership with Namibia as he punts Boegoebaai export hub 

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa stands ready to be a major exporter of green hydrogen and has described the special economic zone (SEZ) proposed for development at Boegoebaai, in the Northern Cape, as a major step towards realising the country’s potential to be a global leader in... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

The taxi industry welcomes the proposed single ticketing system – NTA 

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2021 The National Taxi Alliance (NTA) welcomes the proposed roll-out of a single integrated ticket that can be used across all modes of public transport, says NTA spokesperson Theo Malele. He believes that such a system will create “healthy competition” in the public transport space. 

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Infrastructure Fund says its first R5.4bn will ‘catalyse’ projects worth R21bn  

By: Terence Creamer     6th October 2021 The Infrastructure Fund has submitted four projects, collectively valued at R21-billion, for National Treasury approval and is finalising four more, valued at nearly R85-billion, for submission in 2022. Infrastructure Fund head Mohale Rakgate reports that the fund itself will contribute... 

Infrastructure Fund head Mohale Rakgate
Infrastructure Fund head Mohale Rakgate

World Bank ups South Africa’s 2021 growth forecast to 4.6% 

By: Terence Creamer     6th October 2021 The World Bank expects South Africa to grow by 4.6% in 2021, an upward revision from its 3% April forecast and also a significant improvement on the bank’s 2.6% growth projection published in October last year. “Growth in South Africa is projected to rebound from -6.4% in 2020 to 4.6% in 2021,... 

Fair and broad access to effective and safe Covid vaccines would be key to strengthening Africa’s economic recovery – World Bank
Fair and broad access to effective and safe Covid vaccines would be key to strengthening Africa’s economic recovery – World Bank

Local EV appetite is growing, but perception problems remain – AutoTrader survey 

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2021 The newest AutoTrader South African Electric Vehicle Buyers Survey indicates that local electric vehicle (EV) appetite has grown year-on-year, says AutoTrader CEO George Mienie. AutoTrader is one of South Africa’s largest digital automotive marketplaces. 

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George Mienie

De Ruyter says 'substantial' concessional finance available to support just energy transition 

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter said on Tuesday that the message of the climate envoys who visited South Africa in the run up to the COP26 climate talks in Scotland was that there is “substantial concessional financing available” to enable South Africa to pursue a just energy transition. He indicated,... 

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Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Macadamia factory success is testament to what collaboration can achieve  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th October 2021 Macadamia farming is a sunrise industry, holding much promise for farmers, the economy and consumers alike, particularly as the market is experiencing exponential growth in demand, says Marquis Macadamias director Roelof van Rooyen. Discussing the inner workings of macadamia farming and... 

Marquis Macadamias Africa nut processing
Marquis Macadamias shares insight on the industry and company

COP26 must unlock climate support from developed to developing countries – Creecy 

By: Terence Creamer     4th October 2021 South Africa’s Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says the COP26 climate talks scheduled for Glasgow, Scotland, in November need to prioritise the securing of finance, technology and capacity building support from developed to developing countries. Addressing a... 

 	Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

National Treasury to disburse R3.9bn to Sasria to assist with unrest claim payouts 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th October 2021 The National Treasury says R3.9-billion will be disbursed to the South African Special Risk Insurance Association (Sasria) following the conclusion of the recently tabled Special Appropriation Bill Parliamentary processes. This is intended to assist Sasria in meeting its obligations until the end... 

New-vehicle sales gain momentum in September, some models in short supply 

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2021 The South African new-vehicle market continued to recover some momentum in September, following the disruptions experienced in the economy during July, says WesBank. “Building on August sales successes, September sales . . . provided some reassurance for a stronger final quarter.” 

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Eskom says Nersa’s MYPD5 rejection creates ‘regulatory vacuum’ 

By: Terence Creamer     1st October 2021 State-owned utility Eskom says the rejection, by the Energy Regulator, of its latest allowable-revenue application has created a regulatory vacuum for the electricity supply industry. “Eskom is accordingly considering how to proceed, and is taking advice on its position following the National... 

Eskom branding on a board outside Megawattpark

US envoy says grants and concessional loans will be needed to support South Africa’s ‘ambitious’ energy transition 

By: Terence Creamer     1st October 2021 US Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Dr Jonathan Pershing has described South Africa’s latest climate pledge as “extraordinary” and says the US and other donor countries will seek to support South Africa’s ambition to transition to a decarbonised economy “by the middle of this century” with... 

US Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Dr Jonathan Pershing during a Zoom briefing on Friday
US Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Dr Jonathan Pershing during a Zoom briefing on Friday

New-vehicle sales up 15.8% in September, exports tank by 57% 

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2021 The South African new-vehicle market continued its gradual recovery during September, but the knock-on effects of the July riots, as well as the subsequent cyberattack on Transnet, were still visible in vehicle exports numbers, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. “Much will depend on... 

Image of vehicles waiting to be exported at the Durban harbour

Implications of Eskom's rejected revenue application unpacked   

1st October 2021 The Energy Regulator has rejected Eskom’s latest revenue application for the three-year tariff cycle starting in 2022 and has proposed that it be submitted again under a new methodology. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer unpacks the development and its implications.   

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Implications of Eskom's rejected revenue application unpacked

RMIPPPP preferred bidder confirms delay to end-Jan 

By: Terence Creamer     1st October 2021 One of the preferred bidders participating in South Africa’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) has confirmed that government has delayed the deadline of financial close to end of January. The delay was foreseen, but not confirmed by September 30, which was... 

Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe named the initial eight RMIPPPP preferred bidders on March 18

Eskom mulls legal options as Energy Regulator rejects MYPD5 application 

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2021 The Energy Regulator has voted to reject Eskom’s fifth multiyear price determination (MYPD5) application for the three financial years from 2022/23 to 2024/25 and will now request the utility to make a new one-year submission "preferably based on the principles of a new [methodology] approach... 

A photo of a mic at a Nersa hearing
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Nersa will hold public hearings on its proposed new price determination methodology from October 25 to 29

Strike threatens nascent recovery under way in metals sector, Seifsa warns 

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2021 A protracted strike in the metals and engineering sector would severely undermine the nascent recovery under way in the industry following what was a deep Covid-linked slump in 2020, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) warned on Thursday. Speaking at the... 

Marching Numsa workers
The 2014 Numsa strike cost the industry R300-million directly

UHURU urges South Africa to consider biohydrogen options 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2021 The hype around hydrogen is being driven by agendas and not facts in South Africa, says biomass-focused energy company UHURU Energy, which is urging the country to consider biohydrogen options. UHURU biohydrogen lead Philip Riekert says the company believes that hydrogen is being promoted as a... 

UHURU Africa plants for biomass feedstock
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
UHURU Africa plants for biomass feedstock

First Grenadiers to arrive in SA in October next year 

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2021 The first Ineos Grenadier vehicles destined for customers will arrive in South Africa in October next year, says Ineos Automotive South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa head Tim Abbott. If the name sounds familiar, it is because Abbott is the former boss of the BMW group in South Africa and... 

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The Ineos Grenadier
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