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Sasol aims to begin producing green hydrogen in Sasolburg from 2023  

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2021 Energy and chemicals groups Sasol aims to begin producing 6 t/d of green hydrogen at its facility in Sasolburg by 2023, VP for climate change Shamini Harrington reports. In a presentation delivered during the Africa Green Hydrogen Forum, Harrington said that the green hydrogen would be produced... 

Sasol also aims to repurpose Secunda to produce sustainable products
Sasol also aims to repurpose Secunda to produce sustainable products

Barloworld’s extensive restructuring pays dividends 

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2021 Diversified group Barloworld is finally reaping the rewards of an extensive restructuring process. Announcing its financial results for the year ended September 30, the group saw operating profit from continuing operations improve by 119% year-on-year to R4.3-billion. 

Image of Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela
Dominic Sewela

New legal showdown to focus on lawfulness of Nersa’s proposed options for determining 2022 Eskom tariff 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2021 As Eskom and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) head for another legal showdown, attention has turned to the legality and practicality of the regulator’s “preferred option” and timetable for ensuring that a tariff determination is made in time for implementation on April 1 next... 

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Eskom not holding up RMIPPPP projects, De Ruyter insists 

By: Terence Creamer     19th November 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has denied that the utility is delaying the introduction of new electricity capacity procured under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), as suggested by Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe in a recent... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Icasa temporarily halts Woan licensing process 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th November 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has temporarily suspended the licensing timetable for the release of the Wireless Open Access Network (Woan) spectrum. Reviewing the licensing timelines, issued on October 1, the authority said that the suspension is to allow the... 

Eskom officially declares Lethabo tower collapse an act of sabotage  

By: Terence Creamer     19th November 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has confirmed that the collapse of a distribution-line tower providing power to the coal conveyor system at the Lethabo power station, in the Free State, was a “deliberate act of sabotage”. The sabotage occurred at about 18:00 on Wednesday November 17 and was implemented... 

Eight of the H-frame tower’s 24-mm cable stays were deliberately cut either with a hacksaw or an angle grinder
Eight of the H-frame tower’s 24-mm cable stays were deliberately cut either with a hacksaw or an angle grinder

Final industrial masterplan for renewables expected by March 

By: Terence Creamer     18th November 2021 The South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM) is expected to be finalised for adoption before the end of March, following which it will become the country’s implementation plan for the industrialisation of the renewables value chain. Work is still under way to achieve consensus between... 

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Eskom beefs up security after suspicious incidents at Matimba and Lethabo  

By: Terence Creamer     18th November 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter reports that overt and covert security is being beefed up in and around the utility’s power stations following suspicious incidents at Matimba and Lethabo on November 17 that are suspected of not being “entirely coincidental”. In a briefing on the state of the system,... 

The Lethabo power station
The Lethabo power station

Not a ‘finance COP’, but ‘solid work programme’ in place for defining new climate-finance goal 

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2021 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says that, although COP26 was not the ‘finance COP’ hoped for ahead of the Glasgow meeting, it nevertheless did yield “a good, solid work programme” for defining the post-2025 finance goal and for ensuring that the prevailing... 

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

TNPA goes back to basics with new operational model structure 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2021 To create a transformed and sustainable world-class ports system, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has launched its new operational model (OM) structure so that it may “stimulate a transformed maritime economy through adaptable infrastructure that is fit-for-purpose”. The new OM seeks to... 

The Port of Durban, South Africa
The Port of Durban

Another round of load-shedding declared for this week 

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2021 Eskom has confirmed that Stage 2 load-shedding will be implemented from 14:00 on Wednesday November 17, until 5:00 on Saturday November 20. CEO Andre de Ruyter announced the latest round of load-shedding at the tail-end of a briefing initially called to warn of possible rotational power cuts,... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Earth & Wire unveils R500bn plan for 20 GW renewables fleet by 2035  

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2021 Emerging South African energy group Earth & Wire, which aims to sell electricity directly to private customers, is positioning itself to build a 20 GW portfolio of grid-connected wind and solar projects by 2035 at an estimated cost of R500-billion. Business development head Thomas Garner, who is... 

One of Earth & Wire's development sites in the Eastern Cape
One of Earth & Wire's development sites in the Eastern Cape

Report warns that industrialisation-through-localisation could stunt South Africa’s development  

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2021 The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) has published a hard-hitting critique of South Africa’s localisation policy, warning that it could raise the cost of doing business, reduce export competitiveness and constrain future development. Titled ‘The Siren Song of Localisation: Why... 

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Big business says Eskom resignations would only ‘make a bad situation worse’ 

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2021 Business Leadership South Africa says it disagrees with those calling for the resignation of Eskom CEO André de Ruyter and his leadership team following the most recent intense period of load-shedding. In a statement, BLSA noted that the State-owned utility had had ten CEOs in ten years, creating... 

Eskom logo on a sign.

DTIC to submit EV policy to Cabinet before the end of the year – Mlota  

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) should present a refined new-energy vehicle (NEV) policy to Cabinet before the end of the year, says DTIC automotives chief director Mkhululi Mlota. The DTIC in May issued a Draft Green Paper on the Advancement of New-Energy Vehicles in... 

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Mkhululi Mlota

Mamabolo appoints team to look at EVs, green transport deployment in Gauteng govt 

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2021 Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo has appointed Gauteng Transport Authority head Jack van der Merwe to lead a team to investigate the possibility of rolling out green transport, including electric vehicles (EVs), within the structures of the provincial... 

Jack van der Merwe
Jack van der Merwe

CSIR says fall in renewables tariffs points to need for higher deployments 

By: Terence Creamer     12th November 2021 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) says the tariffs achieved during the fifth bid window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) confirm its previous analysis showing that renewable energy is the lowest cost generation option... 

Figure showing the fall in renewable energy tariffs in South Africa

De Ruyter sees transparency as key as Eskom walks load-shedding tightrope 

By: Terence Creamer     12th November 2021 As Eskom exited one of its most intensive periods of load-shedding on Friday November 12, CEO Andre de Ruyter promised greater transparency in future on both the state and performance of the power system given the likelihood that the risk of disruption will persist for the coming three to four... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Peugeot drives into South African one-ton bakkie market with new Landtrek   

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2021 Peugeot has unveiled its newest addition to the local market in the form of the Landtrek one-ton pickup. “The new Landtrek enables Peugeot to make a comeback in a market where it has a very strong heritage, fuelled by numerous racing victories. It personifies the DNA of legendary models such the... 

Image of the new Peugeot Landtrek
The new Peugeot Landtrek

Medium-term budget  

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the key highlights from Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana's maiden mini-Budget, the spending pressures ahead of the February budget and the Minister's approach to State-owned companies. 

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Medium-term budget

Liquid Intelligent Technologies launches OneVoice for Cloud PBX 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th November 2021 Pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies has launched One Voice for Cloud PBX, a collaboration and unified communications tool that enables organisations and their employees to remain connected even when working remotely. Initially offered in six key African markets, with... 

Liquid intelligent Technologies One Voice Screengrab
Liquid Intelligent Technologies Chief Digital Officer David Behr discusses the launch of the new One Voice for Cloud PBX. Date recorded: 11.11.2021.

Godongwana describes commodity windfall as temporary as he holds consolidation line 

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2021 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana indicated on Thursday that government regarded the revenue windfall that had arisen as a result of higher commodity prices as temporary and confirmed that fiscal consolidation would, thus, be sustained to reduce the Budget deficit and stabilise the national debt.... 

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
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Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

Debt servicing costs contribute huge chunk of medium-term expenditure 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th November 2021 Government’s rising debt service costs, at about R1-trillion over 2022/23 to 2024/25, is crowding out spending on service delivery functions. Debt service costs will, on average, consume 21c of every rand collected in revenue over the medium term.  These costs will average R334-billion a year. 

No immediate Eskom debt solution, as Minister outlines ‘tough love’ stance on SOEs  

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2021 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana offered no new insight in his maiden address to lawmakers into how government intended approaching the issue of Eskom’s R400-billion debt burden, which has been labelled unsustainable by the utility, and also refrained from making any new provisions for... 

Eskom power lines

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
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