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Eskom seeks urgent conversion of $8.5bn political declaration into commercial agreement 

By: Terence Creamer     10th November 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter reports that the State-owned utility has already taken some initial steps to ensure that the $8.5-billion political declaration signed at COP26 in early November is urgently converted into a practical commercial agreement to support its just transition programme.... 

Eskom rock statue at Megawatt park head office

Vodacom Group to acquire strategic stake in CIVH assets and create an InfraCo 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th November 2021 Information and communications technology (ICT) group Vodacom Group plans to acquire a strategic stake in Community Investment Ventures Holdings’ (CIVH) fibre assets under a newly formed InfraCo entity. The InfraCo will hold all material assets currently owned by CIVH subsidiaries carrier-grade... 

Vodacom in R41bn deal to acquire control of Vodafone Egypt 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th November 2021 Information and communications technology (ICT) giant Vodacom Group plans to acquire a controlling stake in Vodafone Egypt for R41-billion. The group, which announced on November 10 that it had agreed terms with Vodafone, will fund the acquisition of a 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt by issuing... 

The Vodacom logo

Procurement rules and liquidity constraints hold back Eskom’s maintenance roll-out  

By: Terence Creamer     9th November 2021 Liquidity constraints and procurement problems continue to impede Eskom’s reliability maintenance recovery (RMR) programme, with CEO Andre de Ruyter reporting that South Africa’s public procurement rules have undercut the utility’s efforts to swiftly appoint the competent contractors needed to... 

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

South Africa targets ‘highly concessional’ terms as it moves to negotiate $8.5bn climate deal 

By: Terence Creamer     9th November 2021 If South Africa is unable to secure highly concessional terms from the international partners that have offered $8.5-billion to support the country’s energy transition and to provide social protection for workers and communities associated with the coal value chain, it will not pursue the... 

Power liens with a coal-fired power station in the background

Govt promises to expedite driver-related policy changes in the road freight industry 

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2021 Government has committed to speeding up policy changes in the road-freight sector following recent protests by truck drivers against foreign nationals filling job opportunities they believe should go to local drivers, as well as what they view as the lack of regulation in the road-freight... 

Image of trucks on the N3

With South Africa set to breach 1 000 hours of load-shedding in 2021, concerns grow about finance for maintenance  

By: Terence Creamer     8th November 2021 With South Africa now officially experiencing its worst-ever year of rotational power cuts, there is growing concern about both the level and flow of financing for maintenance, as well as the utility’s capacity to implement. Initial calculations by Jarrad Wright, formerly of the Council for... 

A graph showing the number of hours of load-shedding since South Africa from 2007

KZN car owners quick sellers, WCape cash buyers – WeBuyCars 

By: Irma Venter     8th November 2021 According to data from WeBuyCars a vehicle is most likely to change ownership five to six times during its lifetime. “New car owners tend to keep their vehicles for six years, and second-hand car owners for three,” says WeBuyCars executive director Faan van der Walt. 

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Mercedes-Benz Vans takes taxi conversion in-house 

By: Irma Venter     8th November 2021 Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa (MBVSA) has taken the conversion of the Sprinter panel van into the Sprinter minibus taxi in-house at its Eastern Cape facility. “To deepen our commitment to the local taxi industry and in support of the South African economy, our 23-seater Sprinter Inkanyezi... 

Image of the Mercedes-Benz Vans conversion facility in East London
The Mercedes-Benz Vans conversion facility in East London

Namibia selects preferred bidder for pioneering $9.4bn green hydrogen project 

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2021 The Namibian government has stolen a hydrogen march on its larger neighbour South Africa announcing at COP26 the selection of HYPHEN Hydrogen Energy as the preferred bidder for a $9.4-billion green hydrogen project to be developed in the Tsau //Khaeb National Park, near the coastal town of... 

Artist impressions of components of the HYPHEN green hydrogen project planned for Namibia
Artist impressions of components of the HYPHEN green hydrogen project planned for Namibia

AI could reduce SA crime as early as 2023 – Aura 

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2021 When a social media site throws out an advert for a product you were just discussing over the phone, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that ‘they’ must be listening, says Aura CEO and co-founder Warren Myers. The truth, however, is that the site employed artificial intelligence (AI) to predict... 

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Warren Myers

South Africa tests market appetite for creation of gas import hub at Coega 

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2021 A request for information (RFI) has been issued to assess the implementation options and market appetite for the creation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import hub at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The RFI is designed as an information gathering exercise to inform a future procurement... 

RFI envisages an FSRU, similar to the one pictured, for the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape
RFI envisages an FSRU, similar to the one pictured, for the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape

Funding Africa’s $2.8tr net-zero transition by 2050 a ‘pressing issue’ 

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2021 Funding Africa’s transition to net zero by 2050 is one of the most pressing issues that Africa and the world must address, PwC states in a new report that estimates the cost of such a transition to be about $2.8-trillion. The ‘Africa Energy Review 2021’ calculates that $33-billion would be... 

PwC energy strategy and infrastructure head James Mackay
PwC energy strategy and infrastructure head James Mackay

Ramaphosa says $8.5bn just transition partnership could become model for others 

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa says the initial $8.5-billion to be mobilised over the next three to five years in support of South Africa’s just transition to a low-carbon economy, will facilitate the implementation of the country’s ambitious emission-reduction goals and develop a model for a just... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

VWSA to introduce ID.4 EV test fleet in SA next year 

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2021 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has taken the next step in its electric mobility strategy, which kicked off in 2020 with the launch of an electric-Golf test fleet.  The e-Golfs were used for research purposes and testing by motoring media, as well as Volkswagen dealers in an effort to gain... 

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The ID.4

Urgent need to address grid constraints in high-yield renewables areas - Magoro 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2021 Grid constraints in South Africa’s high-yield renewable-energy areas need to be addressed urgently, Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office CEO Bernard Magoro has again warned. Reflecting on the lessons learned from the most recent renewables procurement round during a Power Futures Lab webinar,... 

IPP Office CEO Bernard Magoro
IPP Office CEO Bernard Magoro

$8.5bn climate package an ‘important first step’ in South Africa’s just transition 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2021 Eskom CEO Andrè de Ruyter describes the $8.5-billion (R131-billion) financing package announced at COP26 as “an important first step” in light of the fact that South Africa’s energy transition is expected to require investments of between $30- and $35-billion over the coming 15 years. He says... 

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

October new-vehicle sales up by 6.1%, exports drop by 30% 

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2021 October new-vehicle sales and exports were heavily impacted by the three-week strike in the steel and engineering sector, as well as the return of load-shedding, which affects the local automotive industry’s ability to plan and grow, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. This was in... 

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South Africa signs R131bn concessional climate pledge for low-carbon transition  

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa on November 2 announced that South Africa had signed a political declaration with the governments of France, Germany, the UK and the US, as well as the leadership of the European Union, to establish a partnership to mobilise an initial $8.5-billion, or R131-billion, over... 

A photo of President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

NBI study sees role for gas in South Africa’s transition to low-carbon economy 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd November 2021 A new National Business Initiative (NBI) study offers support for gas as a transition fuel in South Africa’s shift from coal in the production of electricity and synthetic fuels (synfuels). The study stresses, however, that this role should be confined in the electricity sector to the provision... 

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Report says LNG imports will lower gas lock-in risk

Naamsa appoints new president, expects market recovery only in 2023 

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2021 Ford Motor Company Africa president Neale Hill has taken over the reins at Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council until 2023. He succeeds Toyota South Africa Motors president and CEO Andrew Kirby. The new manufacturing original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) VP at the automotive industry body... 

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Neale Hill

Irregular expenditure albatross weighs as heavily on Transnet as R8.4bn loss  

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2021 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet reported a loss of R8.4-billion for the year to March 31, 2021, and also received an audit qualification for the period relating to its ongoing irregular-expenditure problem. The loss, which is the first to be reported by the group for more than a... 

Photo of the Transnet logo

Sharp production drop at VW, Daimler as semiconductor shortage takes toll 

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2021 Two German automakers this week reported that they have been heavily impacted by the global semiconductor shortage and that the problem is likely to persist beyond this year. Volkswagen (VW) saw third-quarter vehicle deliveries decline by 26%, to 1.1-million vehicles. 

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Eskom sets out R178bn grid investment plan to 2031  

29th October 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom's latest R178-billion Transmission Development Plan for 2022 to 2031, why it is important for Eskom to invest so much in the transmission grid and the risks that could hamper the implementation of the plan. 

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Eskom sets out R178bn grid investment plan to 2031

EV revolution to be felt in SA in 2022, but affordability concerns linger 

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2021 South African new-vehicle buyers will have a choice of about 20 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2023. This is a significant jump from the current four models available in local showrooms. While electric cars have been rapidly gaining traction abroad, especially in Europe and China, South... 

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Mantashe announces well priced round five renewables projects ending long hiatus  

By: Terence Creamer     28th October 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe finally ended a destructive near seven-year disruption to the procurement of renewable energy in South Africa, when he announced the names of 25 wind and solar preferred bidders on Thursday night. The bidders are expected to build  2 583 MW of... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Nersa to oppose Eskom’s move to have MYPD5 rejection set aside 

By: Terence Creamer     28th October 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has notified the Gauteng division of the High Court that it will oppose Eskom’s application to have the regulator’s decision to reject the utility’s fifth multiyear price determination (MYPD5) revenue application reviewed and set aside. Eskom... 

A photo of Eskom CFO Calib Cassim presenting its case at a previous tariff hearing
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
A photo of Eskom CFO Calib Cassim presenting its case at a previous tariff hearing

DoT moves to ban foreigners from driving SA registered trucks using foreign permits  

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2021 The Department of Transport (DoT) anticipates that foreign nationals will soon be unable to drive South African registered trucks while in possession of foreign professional driving permits (PDPs). The DoT in April published an amendment to the Road Traffic Act regulations, which incorporates a... 

Image of a  painted truck on a road surface

Global supply chain disruptions, civil unrest take toll on Metair 

By: Irma Venter     27th October 2021 Metair warns that the second half of its 2021 financial year will continue to be dominated by the impact of Covid-19, as well as the “severe effect” of global supply-chain disruptions and the global shortage of semi-conductors. Metair manufactures, assembles, distributes and retails energy... 

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Renewables developer warns of a grid-induced crisis akin to South Africa’s 2008 generation crisis  

By: Terence Creamer     27th October 2021 Growing constraints on South Africa’s power grid could precipitate a crisis similar to the one experienced in 2008, when it became apparent that the country had run short of generation capacity, the head of a leading domestic renewable-energy company warned on Wednesday. African Clean Energy... 

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Cell C achieves improved H1 performance 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th October 2021 Mobile operator Cell C has reported improvements in profitability and operational efficiencies during the six months to June 30, 2021, as steady progress is made in the company’s phased turnaround. With the implementation of a new operating model and network strategy, along with new customers... 

Eskom’s R178bn grid plan points to ‘scary’ step change in expansionary capex 

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has outlined a R178-billion grid investment plan for the coming ten years, which is premised on a dramatic acceleration of expansionary capital expenditure. The Transmission Development Plan (TDP) for the period 2022 to 2031 is largely geared towards... 

Eskom group executive for transmission Segomoco Scheppers
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom group executive for transmission Segomoco Scheppers

Isuzu updates govt on R1.2bn plant investment, new D-Max ready for 2022 launch 

By: Irma Venter     26th October 2021 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) this week welcomed the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel to its plant in Struandale, Gqeberha. Patel previously visited Isuzu in 2019, shortly before the announcement that the Japanese manufacturer would invest R1.2-billion into its... 

Image of Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel and IMSAf CEO Billy Tom
Ebrahim Patel and Billy Tom

First Corolla Cross hybrid electric vehicle rolls off the line at TSAM's KwaZulu-Natal plant 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th October 2021 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) on October 26 officially launched the Corolla Cross production line at its assembly plant in Prospecton, KwaZulu-Natal.  The plant is able to produce 111 Corolla Cross vehicles a day, or about 30 000 units a year, for export to more than 40 countries.  

A photo of President Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of Toyota South Africa Motors' new Corolla Cross production line in KwaZulu-Natal
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
President Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of Toyota South Africa Motors' new Corolla Cross production line in KwaZulu-Natal

Diesel and load-shedding feature in summer outlook as Eskom's maintenance recovery takes longer than envisaged  

By: Terence Creamer     25th October 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom says its reliability maintenance recovery (RMR) interventions have not yet succeeded in stabilising the performance of its unpredictable coal fleet and that more than year of ongoing maintenance is needed to address the poor performance of its generation... 

From left to right: Jan Oberholzer, Segomoco Scheppers, Phillip Dukashe and Monde Bala at the Eskom State of the System briefing. CEO Andre de Ruyter was not present as he was travelling to the COP26 climate talks
Eskom's Segomoco Scheppers, Jan Oberholzer and Phillip Dukashe on the outlook for the system this summer and the status of the reliability maintenance recovery programme. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. 25.10.2021

ETGL expands its logistics business into the tractor, motorbike sectors 

By: Irma Venter     25th October 2021 ETG Logistics (ETGL) has announced that it is expanding its product and service offering to the farming and automotive sectors. ETGL is the logistics vertical of ETG, a global conglomerate with business interests across various industries. 

An image of Belarus tractors from Minsk Tractor Works
The range of tractors from Minsk Tractor Works

Aspen starts local manufacture of anaesthetics at flagship Gqeberha site 

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has officially opened multinational specialty pharmaceutical company Aspen’s general anaesthetics production line at its flagship manufacturing site in Gqeberha. This manufacturing capability will convert Aspen’s Gqeberha facility into one of... 

Pic of Aspen's SVP2 Facility in Port Elizabeth
Aspen's SVP2 Facility in Port Elizabeth

South Africa to set up finance workstream to assess climate-finance offers  

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2021 The South African government is set to establish a high-level technical workstream, which will work under the direction of a Cabinet subcommittee, to evaluate possible concessional finance offers that could be made in support of the country’s just energy transition strategy. The workstream is yet... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
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