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Macsteel confirms court challenge against ‘unlawful’ extension of safeguard duties 

By: Terence Creamer     27th May 2021 Opposition to the extension of safeguard duties on steel imports is intensifying, with the country’s leading merchant challenging the extension of the duties in court and with others even questioning the economic benefits of sustaining a primary steel producer in the form of ArcelorMittal South... 

Macsteel confirms court challenge against ‘unlawful’ extension of safeguard duties

Following long period of disruption, potential renewables bidders show strong interest in South Africa again 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2021 South Africa’s renewable-energy procurement programme, which finally resumed again on April 12 following a seven-year disruption, continues to attract strong interest with some 800 people, including representatives from over 300 registered bidders, participating in a virtual bidders conference on... 

IPP Office head Bernard Magoro speaks during the bidders conference
IPP Office head Bernard Magoro speaks during the bidders conference

LHDA calls for tender submissions for Polihali Transfer Tunnel construction 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2021 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LDHA) has advertised the tender for the construction of the Polihali Transfer Tunnel, with the tender advertisement for the construction of the Polihali Dam expected in due course. Interested construction firms have until August 30 to submit tenders. 

Transnet aims to implement three private sector participation projects this year  

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2021 Freight logistics group Transnet expects to proceed with three private sector participation (PSP) projects before the end of the year, with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan confirming that the State-owned group’s new strategy is to drive volume growth “by developing key strategic... 

Transnet aims to implement three private sector participation projects this year

DWS sets out MTEF budget for Vaal clean-up 

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has set aside R1.1-billion over the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) period for the refurbishment of the Vaal River wastewater treatment plants. A further R700-million, over the MTEF period, has been set aside to add more capacity on the sewer... 

Eskom debt solution remains a ‘work in progress’ despite reduction to R401bn 

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2021 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan reported on Tuesday that, while Eskom was able to reduce its debt by R83-billion, from R484-billion to R401-billion, during the 2021 financial year, efforts to find a lasting solution to the State-owned utility’s unsustainable debt remained a “work in... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Photo by Creamer Media
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

50 MW reform won't hurt Eskom and would stimulate recovery, leading proponent outlines in submission 

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2021 The organisation whose initial analysis indicated that reforming Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act to exempt embedded generation projects of at least 50 MW in size from the country’s cumbersome licencing process could unlock 5 000 MW of new capacity within five years has made its... 

50 MW reform won't hurt Eskom and would stimulate recovery, leading proponent outlines in submission

DPWI, SIU launch Infrastructure Built Anti-Corruption Forum  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2021 Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia De Lille and Special Investigating Unit (SIU) head Advocate Andy Mothibi on May 24 launched the new Infrastructure Built Anti-Corruption Forum (IBACF). They were also joined by Public Prosecutions Deputy National Director Advocate Rodney De Kock... 

Minister Patricia De Lille
Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille outlines the forum, its members, and its importance.

EIUG rejects ‘arbitrary licensing threshold’ as 10 MW versus 50 MW debate rages 

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2021 Large electricity consumers have again called for proposed amendments to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act, which governs the registration and licensing of distributed-generation plants, to be “meaningful” in a context where load-shedding cost the economy up to R160-billion in 2020... 

EIUG rejects ‘arbitrary licensing threshold’ as 10 MW versus 50 MW debate rages

Urgent need to ramp up private vaccination sites to match dose delivery schedule 

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2021 The number of private vaccination sites will need to be ramped-up aggressively in the coming weeks if South Africa is to reach the daily inoculation tempo of 192 000 required by the start of June to position the country to consume the millions of vaccine doses that have been secured for its... 

Urgent need to ramp up private vaccination sites to match dose delivery schedule

Naamsa assessing industry readiness to implement Competition Commission’s aftermarket guidelines 

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 Naamsa | the Automotive Business Council says the local automotive industry is assessing its state of readiness to implement the Automotive Aftermarket Guidelines on July 1. These Guidelines were published by the Competition Commission of South Africa on December 10 and aim to provide improved... 

Mikel Mabasa
Mikel Mabasa

Patel sets target to localise R200bn of additional production  

21st May 2021   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the target set by Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel to localise R200-billion of additional production over a five-year period to displace non-oil imports; how business is responding in... 

Patel sets target to localise R200bn of additional production
Patel sets target to localise R200bn of additional production

Operation Vulindlela ‘close to resolving’ debate on easing path for distributed power projects  

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2021 Deputy Finance Minister David Masondo reports that Operation Vulindlela is close to resolving an ongoing policy discussion within government on the reforms needed to increase electricity supply “by allowing the private sector to invest more freely in its own generation”. Delivering his Budget... 

Operation Vulindlela ‘close to resolving’ debate on easing path for distributed power projects

New research shows South Africa well-placed to export ‘green iron’ to EU 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2021 Initial research conducted for the Deep Decarbonisation Pathways (DDP) project in collaboration with the National Business Initiative (NBI) indicates that there is an emerging opportunity for South Africa to produce so-called “green iron” for export to international steelmakers seeking to... 

New research shows South Africa well-placed to export ‘green iron’ to EU

Shoprite to expand solar-powered refrigeration fleet by 39 trucks 

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2021 The Shoprite Group will, by the end of June, have added 39 solar-powered refrigerated rigid trucks to its existing solar-powered fleet of 749 trailers, says group sustainability manager Sanjeev Raghubir. “It’s the first time we are adding solar-power nitrogen refrigerated rigid trucks to our... 

A Shoprite solar-powered refrigerated trailer
A Shoprite solar-powered refrigerated trailer

Hire jobless geologists to capture much-needed exploration data – LEI   

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2021 A strong call for unemployed geology graduates to be contracted to capture historic exploration data electronically has been made by Letaba Elihle Investments (LEI) principal geology consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase. In a Zoom interview with Mining Weekly Ntshangase also called on South... 

LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase
LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele Ntshangase interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

WRC embarks on siltation programme to ease strain on dam storage 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2021 The Water Research Commission (WRC) is embarking on an ambitious programme to ensure the effective siltation management and improved storage capacity of 320 State-owned, Department of Water and Sanitation- (DWS-) managed large dams. The three-year National Dam Siltation Management Strategy in... 

Defence cuts affecting the SANDF, says Minister 

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th May 2021 Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has warned that defence cuts are severely affecting the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), while security within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region has deteriorated. She was addressing the House of... 

Defence Minister warns Parliament about crisis in local defence industry, especially Denel  

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th May 2021 In her address to the National Assembly on Tuesday, introducing the debate for her 2021 budget vote, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula warned the assembled parliamentarians that defence cuts were endangering the country’s defence industry. The State-owned defence... 

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

DCDT tables budget of R3.7bn for year, outlines 7 key priorities 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2021 The Department of Telecommunications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) has tabled a budget of R3.7-billion for the 2021/22 financial year, with seven priorities outlined for the year ahead. The Broadcasting Digital Migration (BDM); the release of spectrum; an infrastructure investment and mass... 

Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

Mantashe again swats away calls for 50 MW licence-exemption cap on distributed plants  

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has again swatted aside calls for a 50 MW licence-exemption threshold for distributed-generation plants, describing such calls, which have been made by organised business and even endorsed by Eskom, as “academic” in light of a departmental... 

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

DTIC publishes draft green paper on electric vehicle production 

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has issued a Draft Green Paper on the Advancement of New-Energy Vehicles in South Africa. New-energy vehicles (NEVs) includes hybrids, battery electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel-cell vehicles. 

DTIC publishes draft green paper on electric vehicle production

Patel says vision for R200bn in additional localisation has top-level corporate backing 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that an “accord” had been reached at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to drive progressive localisation of up to R200-billion of additional production over a five-year period. Delivering his virtual... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

No place for new coal in $5tr/y transition to net-zero by 2050 – IEA study 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 A new and far-reaching study of how to transition the global energy system to one with net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 highlights the need for a dramatic acceleration in the pace and scale of renewable-energy and grid investment, while simultaneously halting new fossil-fuel supply projects and... 

No place for new coal in $5tr/y transition to net-zero by 2050 – IEA study

Business wants jobs and competitiveness prioritised amid 20% import-substitution request 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2021 Organised business is preparing to intensify engagements with government and labour over growing calls for higher levels of localisation and industrialisation, including in the country’s infrastructure roll-out, as well as in response to a “request” by Trade, Industry and Competition Minister... 

Business wants jobs and competitiveness prioritised amid 20% import-substitution request

Eskom approves higher Duvha coal price, facilitating South32 mine sale to Seriti  

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2021 State-owned electricity producer Eskom confirmed on Monday that the Duvha coal supply agreement (CSA) had been increased to facilitate the sale of South32’s majority shareholding in South32 SA Energy Coal Holdings (SAEC) to black-owned resources group Seriti. The utility also announced that the... 

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

Creecy assures South Africa will contribute to global climate change mitigation efforts 

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2021 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says steps are being taken to ensure South Africa contributes its “fair share” to the global climate change mitigation effort with its newly-established Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission. The commission will advise... 

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

Sasol moves to sell big stake in Rompco pipeline to a Reatile-led consortium 

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2021 Energy and chemicals group Sasol confirmed on Friday that it had entered into a R5-billion agreement with a Reatile-led consortium for the sale of a 30% stake in the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Company (Rompco), the joint venture that owns the 865-km gas transmission pipeline from southern... 

Sasol moves to sell big stake in Rompco pipeline to a Reatile-led consortium

Understanding, implementation of circularity needed to overcome waste crisis – panel  

By: Donna Slater     13th May 2021 Although they agreed that the concept of a circular economy was not new in South Africa, a panel of experts participating in a webinar hosted by Creamer Media this week, also agreed that more needed to be done by government to expand on the implementation of circular economy principles to produce... 

Understanding, implementation of circularity needed to overcome waste crisis – panel
Understanding, implementation of circularity needed to overcome waste crisis – panel

Nersa to assess new NPA between Eskom, Hillside smelter  

13th May 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about a new Negotiated Pricing Agreement (NPA) between Eskom and the Hillside aluminium smelter, what the process will be for Nersa to adjudicate the NPA and if there are likely to be more such NPAs with other... 

Nersa to assess new NPA between Eskom, Hillside smelter
Nersa to assess new NPA between Eskom, Hillside smelter

Volvo SA prices first electric car at R1.2m; launches online store 

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2021 Volvo Car South Africa (Volvo SA) has announced local pricing for the Swedish brand’s first all-electric vehicle, the XC40 P8 Recharge sports-utility vehicle. Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge orders are being taken from this month. 

The Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge
The Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge

Eskom highlights financial limitations as it mulls industrial applications for discounted tariffs 

By: Terence Creamer     12th May 2021 State-owned electricity producer Eskom confirms that it has been approached by customers in various industrial sectors with regard to possible applications for discounted Negotiated Pricing Agreements (NPAs), but says its weak financial position prevents widespread implementation. The first NPA... 

 Eskom highlights financial limitations as it mulls industrial applications for discounted tariffs

Transformation of SEZs into truly special zones key to their success – CDE  

By: Donna Slater     11th May 2021 In a new report, the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) is calling on government to change or adapt special economic zones (SEZs) into areas that are “actually and truly special”, offering a modified labour market regime to attract companies and investment. CDE executive director Ann... 

CDE executive director Ann Bernstein
CDE executive director Ann Bernstein outlines the organisation's vision to transform special economic zones into those that are truly “special”

Regulator gears up to evaluate new discounted tariff deal for Hillside smelter  

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has invited stakeholder comment on a proposed 10-year negotiated pricing agreement (NPA) between Eskom and the Hillside aluminium smelter, in KwaZulu-Natal, which is owned by South32 and is Eskom’s largest single customer. The proposed NPA is... 

The Hillside aluminium smelter
The Hillside aluminium smelter

Vehicle exports decline by R27bn; component exports reach new record 

By: Irma Venter     11th May 2021 The value of total automotive exports from South African declined by R26-billion, or 12.9%, from the record R201.7-billion reported in 2019, to R175.7-billion in 2020.  This is according to the Automotive Industry Export Council’s newly released 2021 Automotive Export Manual. 

Norman Lamprecht
Norman Lamprecht

‘New normal’ of elevated renewables deployments outlined in new market update 

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2021 The International Energy Agency (IEA) has revised upwards, by 25%, its forecasts for renewable-energy capacity additions for 2021 and 2022 relative to those published in November, arguing that the platform is now in place for a “new normal” of elevated levels of yearly deployments. In its... 

‘New normal’ of elevated renewables deployments outlined in new market update

Redstone CSP reaches financial close, to start commercial operations in late 2023  

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2021 Saudi energy generation and desalination company Acwa Power says construction has started on the 100 MW Redstone concentrated solar power (CSP) project after achieving financial close on the R11.6-billion project. Acwa, which is the lead shareholder in Redstone expects commercial operations to... 

Redstone CSP reaches financial close, to start commercial operations in late 2023

Nersa urges stakeholders to join it in opposing Eskom’s latest court challenge 

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa announced on Monday that it would oppose an Eskom High Court application seeking to review and set aside the Energy Regulator’s latest regulatory clearing account determination. In an unusual step, the regulator also urged other stakeholders to join... 

Nersa urges stakeholders to join it in opposing Eskom’s latest court challenge
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