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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... 

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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... 

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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
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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... 

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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... 

Image of Ineos Grenadier
The Ineos Grenadier

Busa committed to helping resolve challenges facing the country  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2021 There are a number of issues concerning the country that Business Unity South Africa (Busa) is currently tacking, CEO Cas Coovadia said during the Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) Infrastructure Indaba 2021, on September 28. Firstly, there is the issue of economic recovery. Coovadia said... 

An image of Midvaal Local Municipality executive mayor Bongani Baloyi during a webinar presentation
Midvaal Local Municipality executive mayor Bongani Baloyi outlines the relationship between engineering and politics, and how this must be managed.

Energy features strongly in IDC’s R24bn pipeline as Patel makes ‘go green’ call 

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2021 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is aiming to convert a significant portion of a R24-billion investment pipeline into commitments following a steep fall in both approvals and disbursements during its Covid-afflicted 2020/21 financial year. The development finance... 

A photo of IDC CEO TP Nchocho
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
IDC CEO TP Nchocho

Immediate introduction of new tariff methodology ‘not feasible’ 

By: Terence Creamer     27th September 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom says it is “not feasible” for the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to make a revenue determination, for implementation on April 1 2022, on the basis of a new methodology that has yet to be consulted or finalised. On September 24, Nersa... 

A sign on the door of a Nersa public hearing

BLSA CEO bemoans Icasa’s decision to end emergency spectrum  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2021 Businesses will now have to contend with the prospect of a major cut in bandwidth for those who connect through cellphone networks, as regulatory body Independent Communications Authority of South Africa  (Icasa) is moving ahead with a plan to terminate access to emergency spectrum at the end of... 

An image of Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso
Busi Mavuso

Risks linked to South Africa’s more ambitious decarbonisation pledge not yet ‘adequately addressed’ 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd September 2021 Minerals Council South Africa has signalled its support for South Africa’s transition to a low-carbon economy, but is concerned that the immediate risks associated with the country’s more ambitious decarbonisation targets are not being adequately addressed. CEO Roger Baxter told participants to a... 

Image from Daylin Paul’s photographic book, titled ‘Broken Land’, a visual narrative of the environmental and social impacts of coal in Mpumalanga
An image from Daylin Paul’s black and white photographic book, titled ‘Broken Land’, which offers a visual narrative of the environmental and social impacts of coal in Mpumalanga

Sasol triples 2030 decarbonisation target, makes net-zero by 2050 pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2021 Chemicals and energy group Sasol has announced a material acceleration of its decarbonisation plans, confirming that it will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% by 2030 rather than by the much-criticised 10% level to which it initially committed. CEO Fleetwood Grobler has also pledged... 

Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

Nkabane says South Africa will move ahead with nuclear procurement in 2022  

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2021 Deputy Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Dr Nobuhle Nkabane says that South Africa plans to issue a request for proposal (RFP) for a 2 500 MW nuclear programme by the end of March 2022 and complete the procurement in 2024. In an address to the sixty-fifth general conference of the... 

Photo of the Koeberg nuclear power station
The only allocation made in the IRP 2019 for nuclear relates to extending Koeberg's life

iREREP to have 30-year lead time, private sector to be responsible for technical and financing aspects 

By: Donna Slater     20th September 2021 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) launched its Integrated Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency Programme (iREREP) by opening its request for information (RFI) on September 20, saying its 30-year lead time is aligned with government’s National Infrastructure Plan 2050... 

Cabinet endorses more ambitious carbon pledge ahead of Glasgow summit  

By: Terence Creamer     20th September 2021 Cabinet has approved a revised – and more ambitious – Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) carbon mitigation target range for 2030 ahead of the upcoming COP26 gathering, which will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, in November. In a statement, Cabinet announced that South Africa had revised... 

A road to an Eskom power station
Photo by Creamer Media
Eskom plans to decommission 11 GW of coal by 2030

Production of facelifted Polo starts at Kariega plant, on sale in 2022 in SA 

By: Irma Venter     20th September 2021 Production of the new-look Polo has started at Volkswagen’s manufacturing plant in Kariega. Vehicle models typically receive a make-over in the middle of their lifecycle. 

Image of Polos leaving Kariega plant
The first shipment of the new-look Polo leaves the VWSA Kariega plant

Sasol, NRF call for energy transition and green economy solution proposals 

By: Donna Slater     17th September 2021 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol and the National Research Foundation (NRF) are requesting research proposals on science and engineering projects that can enable Sasol’s and South Africa’s energy transition, as well as the development of the country’s green economy. Of interest to... 

PetroSA mulls geothermal as way to offset ‘decommissioning liability monster’ 

By: Terence Creamer     17th September 2021 Embattled State-owned gas-to-liquids refiner PetroSA is considering plans to harness geothermal energy from its mature or depleted gas wells to produce electricity and delay decommissioning. Addressing a conference in Cape Town this week, Central Energy Fund (CEF) CEO Dr Ishmael Poolo reported... 

PetroSA refinery in Mossel Bay
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PetroSA refinery in Mossel Bay

Mercedes-Benz hands over final bus in 100-unit order from Putco 

By: Irma Venter     17th September 2021 Mercedes-Benz Buses has handed over the last unit in a 100-bus order from transport operator Putco. The delivery of this fleet was staggered into batches from December. 

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