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SAA remains a financial burden for South Africa, Treasury warns  

By: Bloomberg     10th May 2022 South Africa’s decision to sell a majority stake in the country’s loss-making national airline represents an ongoing financial risk to the state as the terms were skewed heavily toward the buyer, the National Treasury said. The finer print of the deal that saw the Takatso Consortium take a 51%... 

Kubayi prioritises faster delivery of housing in 2022/23 budget 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2022 Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has tabled her department’s Budget Vote for the 2022/23 financial year at a time when there is rising demand for reform on housing delivery and heightened attention on the portfolio following flood disasters in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. The... 

Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi
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Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi

OR Tambo jet fuel supply stable, emergency supply measures developed – ACSA  

By: Donna Slater     9th May 2022 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is implementing several emergency measures to secure a sustainable supply of jet fuel at the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA), in Johannesburg, and to prevent airlines from having to cancel flights because of not being able to get fuel from their... 

South Africa gearing up to negotiate ‘new paradigm’ climate finance deal  

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2022 South Africa aims to pursue a financing solution that embraces a “different paradigm” with regard to the allocation of risk, as well as return expectations and investment horizons, when negotiating the terms and conditions of a $8.5-billion climate finance offer made in November by several... 

Presidential Climate Finance Task Team head Daniel Mminele
Presidential Climate Finance Task Team head Daniel Mminele

Ramaphosa positive about electricity reform progress despite power cuts and procurement delays  

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa has attempted to put a positive gloss on the uneven progress being made under Operation Vulindlela to reform South Africa’s load-shedding-prone electricity supply industry. Writing in his weekly newsletter, he said that “a number of important, interconnected reforms are... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

2021 saw several new export records, soaring imports from India – Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2022 The value of new-vehicle and automotive component exports from South Africa increased by R31.8-billion, or 18.1%, to a record R207.5-billion in 2021, up from R175.7-billion in 2020. Last year’s vehicle and automotive component exports comprised 12.5% of total South African exports, down from the... 

Image of Dr Norman Lamprecht, the trade, exports and research executive at Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council
Dr Norman Lamprecht

Electricity generation procurement delays  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest delays in the procurement of new electricity generation capacity under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, as well as the Renewable Energy Independent Power... 

Photo Terence Creamer
Electricity generation procurement delays

Gordhan says Eskom restructuring will avert ‘protracted failure’ of utility  

By: Terence Creamer     5th May 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan acknowledged that Eskom is in crisis but has dismissed suggestions that the utility is broken and heading for a “protracted failure”, saying that the restructuring under way will result in the emergence of a “completely different entity”. Speaking at the... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

eCanter being homologated, two units set for local testing – DTBSA 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2022 The fully electric Fuso Canter (eCanter) light duty truck is currently undergoing homologation in South Africa, confirms Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) sales and marketing VP Maretha Gerber. As the vehicle is still going through the homologation process, no test units have yet... 

Image of the new-generation eCanter
The new-generation eCanter

Eskom questions assertion that it is delaying IPP projects  

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2022 Eskom insists that it is processing budget quotes for independent power producers (IPPs) seeking to connect to the national grid, in line with agreed timelines, and that it is making every effort to debottleneck the process so that much-needed new generation capacity can be introduced speedily.... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

South Africa seeks to make climate finance deal global benchmark 

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2022 South Africa’s planned $8.5-billion climate finance deal with some of the world’s richest nations could serve as a blueprint for other coal-dependent countries, the head of its negotiating team said. The potential funding, which will be made available over three to five years, was announced at... 

Daniel Mminele
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Daniel Mminele

April bakkie, truck sales in the red, car sales saved by the rental industry 

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2022 New-vehicle sales, although dented by the impact of the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal, managed to remain in positive territory in April, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. Domestic new-vehicle sales in April increased by 4.3%, to 37 107 units, compared with the same month last year. 

Image of a Toyota badge

DMRE details fresh electricity procurement delays in briefing of lawmakers  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2022 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) told lawmakers on Tuesday that the postponement of financial close on 25 wind and solar projects selected as preferred bids in October was the result of delays in the issuance of budget quotations from Eskom for connection to the grid. Bid... 

An image of power lines

Auria, Feltex in local JV to produce automotive flooring, acoustics and fibre-based products 

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2022 Global tier-one supplier of vehicle flooring, acoustic and fibre-based products, Auria Solutions, and Feltex Automotive, a regional manufacturer of automotive textiles and acoustic components, have announced a joint venture (JV) that will serve selected automotive original equipment manufacturers... 

Date of production restart still unsure – Toyota SA boss 

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2022 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) says it is following a “systematic and meticulously phased plan” to restart production at its Prospecton assembly plant, south of Durban, after the facility suffered extensive flood damage two weeks ago. TSAM says the approach is designed to ensure a safe... 

Image of TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby
Andrew Kirby

Polarium opens lithium-ion battery assembly plant in Cape Town 

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2022 Swedish energy storage specialist Polarium has opened a lithium-ion battery assembly plant in Montague Park, Cape Town. The facility is the group’s third in the world, with a plant each in Mexico and Vietnam. 

Image of Polarium CEO Stefan Jansson
Stefan Jansson

PwC highlights impact of floods, prices increases, inflation on South Africa's economy 

By: Schalk Burger     28th April 2022 Risk and advisory services firm PwC South Africa has flagged the impact of the floods, especially on manufacturing and transport; rising labour costs; and inflation as the key factors affecting the country's economic outlook. The eThekwini metropolitan municipality reports that most of its 1 152... 

Glencore guides higher full-year ferrochrome output with coal marking time 

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is guiding 3% higher ferrochrome performance for the whole of this year, with no change to its coal production guidance. Full-year guidance for nickel is also up by the same three percentage points but full-year 2022 zinc guidance has been reduced... 

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Gary Nagle

Outa asks High Court to overturn Nersa's decision to grant Karpowership generation licences  

By: Schalk Burger     28th April 2022 Civil organisation Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has filed a review application in the North Gauteng High Court to have the decision by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to grant floating gas-power ship company Karpowership-linked independent power producers generation... 

One of Karpowership's powerships

Blame game amplified amid ongoing load-shedding  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th April 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the finger pointing that is normal after any bout of load-shedding; the most recent blame game being amplified as a result of an ugly showdown during a Parliamentary oversight visit to Eskom's Megawatt Park;... 

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Blame game amplified amid ongoing load-shedding

Two beneficiaries of Project Ntinga begin supplying parts to VWSA 

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2022 Two new black-owned suppliers have joined the Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) supplier base after completing a mentoring programme offered by the company. KPL Die Casting and Thekwini Wire, both beneficiaries of VWSA’s Project Ntinga, have begun supplying parts for the Polo and Polo Vivo... 

Image of Thekwini Wire’s Brandon Naidoo (quality assurance), Patrick Image of Moodley (director), Bala Moodley (director), Merrilyn Nxasana (supervisor) and Yogesh Govender (machine setter)
From left to right is Thekwini Wire’s Brandon Naidoo (quality assurance), Patrick Moodley (director), Bala Moodley (director), Merrilyn Nxasana (supervisor) and Yogesh Govender (machine setter)

Bill for KZN floods repair stands at almost R3bn – PRASA 

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2022 The direct cost to restore passenger rail services in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) following the recent floods, stands at an estimated R2.6-billion to R2.9-billion, says the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). In addition to this, the loss of fare revenue owing to the suspension of train... 

Image of flood damage to the rail system in KZN in 2022

Progress being made to clear way for 4.5 GW of distributed generation, Presidency assures  

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2022 Constraints to implementing a more streamlined registration process for distributed generation power plants below 100 MW have been fully scoped and are being addressed systematically under the aegis of Operation Vulindlela, the head of The Presidency’s project management office has confirmed. In... 

Image showing solar PV and wind

Documentary seeks to ignite conversation on Mpumalanga’s just transition 

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2022 A new documentary, highlighting both the fears and potential of pursuing a so-called just transition in the coalfields of South Africa, has been released on YouTube. The 30-minute video includes interviews with community members, workers and businesspeople from the Steve Tshwete and Emalahleni... 

Image of Mpumalanga coal station on the horizon
Image from the documentary of a Mpumalanga coal station on the horizon, clouded by dust and pollution

We owe the board and management of Eskom our full support, Ramaphosa asserts  

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2022 “We owe the board and management of Eskom our full support as they work to turn the utility around,” President Cyril Ramaphosa writes in his weekly newsletter. Published against the backdrop of a recent bout of Stage 4 load-shedding and fresh finger-pointing over who is to blame for intensifying... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Cities need holistic approach to inclusive, sustainable development, SACN says 

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2022 Urban information and research network the South African Cities Network (SACN) has published its fifth 'State of Cities' report, which recommends that cities take a whole-of-government and all-of-society approach to meet their objectives of becoming more economically and socially inclusive,... 

Johannesburg skyline

So you bought your first EV – how do you now look after it? 

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2022 The continuing global mobility movement away from fossil fuels means that more of us will drive battery electric vehicles (BEVs) sooner than we probably may imagine. Experts have spoken about consumers’ range anxiety – will my BEV make it to my destination before the juice runs out? – or the fear... 

image of the BMW iX BEV
The BMW iX BEV

Political will needed to resolve South Africa's energy crunch  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd April 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest bout of load-shedding, what Eskom can do to improve the situation, what can be done more broadly to inject more energy into the system and what is needed to improve the outlook for the energy sector... 

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Political will needed to resolve South Africa's energy crunch

Transnet prepares to invite bids for Richards Bay LNG terminal 

By: Terence Creamer     21st April 2022 The State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) reports that a request for proposals (RFP) will be issued in the coming months for the development of a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Port of Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. TNPA has confirmed with Engineering News that it... 

An LNG Tanker

Eskom wants OEM ‘boots on ground’ to help stabilise poor performing coal fleet  

By: Terence Creamer     21st April 2022 Eskom has confirmed that it intends procuring engineering and maintenance services from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the coming months to supplement its skills base at power stations that have become prone to repeated unplanned breakdowns. CEO André de Ruyter said the strategy was... 

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

No date yet for start of production – Toyota SA 

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2022 The flood damage to the Toyota assembly plant in Prospecton, Durban, has not yet been fully quantified, with a forecast on the resumption of production to be provided once all the appropriate assessments have been completed, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM). Production was suspended... 

Image of the flooded Toyota plant in Durban in April 2022
Part of TSAM's Prospecton site in Durban shortly after the April 12 floods

Magway secures its first big (Fortune 500) customer 

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2022 UK-based sustainable logistics company Magway has secured its first commercial customer in the form of a large Fortune 500 multinational group, says CEO and founder – and South African – Rupert Cruise. Magway is a zero-emission delivery system (when powered by renewable energy), consisting of... 

Image of the Magway system
The Magway system

DMRE says it has no knowledge of Eskom’s standard offer to secure power from private generators  

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2022 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) says it is unaware of Eskom’s ‘standard offer’ instrument, through which the utility claims it could potentially secure an immediate 500 MW from private generators with surplus electricity. Eskom CEO André de Ruyter listed the standard offer... 

Power Lines

Durban harbour is fully functional, Gordhan says 

By: Darren Parker     19th April 2022 From the perspective of State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), Durban harbour is fully functional, with gradual improvements expected to take place where gaps in functionality occur, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said during a media briefing on April 19. “Ships are... 

The Durban harbour

KZN floods see Grindrod suspend operations at five sites for several weeks 

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2022 JSE-listed freight and logistics group Grindrod says its container depots, terminals and warehouse facilities in and around central Durban have been heavily impacted by the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal, with operations at five sites suspended – “and likely to be so for several weeks”. “We are... 

Image of the Matola Terminal
The Matola Terminal in Maputo

De Ruyter in ‘call to arms’ appeal for cutting of red tape binds on new and existing capacity  

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2022 Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has appealed for an immediate easing of regulatory impediments to the introduction of both immediately available capacity of about 500 MW and the accelerated procurement, or introduction, of the generation capacity required to ease the now constant risk of load-shedding.... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

‘Extensive damage’ to plant, but no injuries reported – Toyota SA 

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2022 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) says it has suffered “extensive damage” at its Prospecton assembly plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, owing to widespread flooding in the coastal province in the past week. The local arm of the Japanese manufacturer adds, however, that the extent of the impact cannot yet... 

Toyota's flooded Prospecton plant

Eskom warns of load-shedding risk when work week resumes after long weekend  

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2022 Eskom has indicated that there is a threat of a resumption of load-shedding after the Easter long weekend given its assessment that more than 9 700 MW of capacity is currently “at risk” of tripping in addition to that which is currently unavailable owing to planned or unplanned outages.... 

Eskom will released water from the Ingula lower dam this weekend to unlock storage potential
Eskom will released water from the Ingula lower dam this weekend to unlock storage potential
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