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Up to 72 000 energy transition jobs could be created in Mpumalanga by 2030, study shows 

By: Terence Creamer     8th December 2021 South Africa’s Mpumalanga province can compensate for a large share of the job losses that will arise in its declining coal sector and lay the foundations for the creation of a new clean-energy hub for the country by scaling up investments in renewable energy and accelerating coal... 

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Liquidity crunch again held up as key impediment to Eskom’s maintenance roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     7th December 2021 Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer has once again highlighted the utility’s liquidity crunch as a key constraint to the execution of its much-vaunted reliability maintenance programme, which is seen as key to reversing the poor operational performance of its aged coal fleet. The fleet’s energy availability... 

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer
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Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Deliberate action needed to change market concentration trajectory of South Africa’s economy – study 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th December 2021 An economic concentration study by the Competition Commission has revealed that, once markets are concentrated, they tend to become more concentrated and that more deliberate action is, therefore, required to change the trajectory of the economy. In addition, the report largely found South... 

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Nedlac to approach Constitutional Court next year over mandatory vaccination  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2021 The National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) would approach the Constitutional Court early next year about proposals to implement mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations. During a keynote address at the twenty-sixth Nedlac Summit, on December 7, Employment and Labour Minister Thulas... 

Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi
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Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi

Nersa gears up to release consultation paper on Eskom’s latest revenue application 

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will release a consultation paper on December 8 alongside Eskom’s fifth multiyear price determination application (MYPD5), which covers the three financial years from 2022/23 to 2024/25. The paper, which is currently being finalised, will... 

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The world’s first autonomous, emission-free container ship starts operations 

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2021 The world's first electric and self-propelled container ship – Yara Birkeland – has completed its maiden voyage in the Oslo fjord, Norway. “We are proud to be able to showcase the world's first fully electric and self-propelled container ship,” says Yara CEO Svein Tore Holsether. 

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The Yara Birkeland

Energy Regulator approves five LNG storage licences for DNG Energy 

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2021 The Energy Regulator has approved five site licences for the importation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by black-owned energy company DNG Energy. The Energy Regulator approved the site licences, along with the licence conditions and reasons for decision, at its meeting on December 6,... 

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South Africa needs to improve its ability to receive large container vessels, warns SAAFF 

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2021 A new generation of ultra-large container vessels has been sailing the oceans in recent years. Container ships such as the Madrid Maersk, COSCO Shipping Universe, OOCL Hong Kong and Ever Golden can carry more than 20 000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). These vessels measure around 400 m in... 

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DNG Energy commits to catalyse growth in commercial LNG 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2021 Liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier DNG Energy on December 3 announced its official entry into the South African market, after receiving its first gas shipment from the Netherlands at its plant in Germiston last week. The company is targeting the supply of LNG as an alternative fuel to diesel,... 

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Nersa ordered by court to decide Eskom’s 2022/23 tariff by Feb 25 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd December 2021 Judge Jody Kollapen has ordered that Eskom’s revenue application for the 2022/23 financial year be decided by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) by February 25 and that it be adjudicated in line with the multiyear pricing determination (MYPD) methodology published in 2016. The... 

Eskom presenting at a previous revenue application hearing
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Eskom presenting at a previous revenue application hearing

Latest Eskom, Nersa legal wrangling  

3rd December 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest legal wrangle between Eskom and Nersa, why Eskom sought the court's intervention against Nersa, some of the highlights of the judgment and the way forward. 

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Latest Eskom, Nersa legal wrangling coming to a head

New Ranger to spark big rise in production and exports from Ford’s Silverton plant 

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2021 Ford South Africa (SA) is on schedule with its R15.8-billion expansion programme to significantly boost its exports from the Silverton plant in Pretoria as from next year, says Ford Motor Company Africa president Neale Hill. Ford SA will produce the new-generation Ranger pick-up at the Tshwane... 

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Ford announces R600m investment in South African engine plant 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd December 2021 Automotive company Ford Motor Company on December 2 announced an investment of R600-million into its Struandale engine plant, in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth). This investment will support the launch of a new 3 litre V6 turbodiesel engine, as well as upgrades to the existing assembly line... 

Ford's Struandale engine plant
Ford's Struandale engine plant

South African food security linked to innovation, improving productivity in agriculture 

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2021 South Africa's food security is linked to the competitiveness of its agricultural production. Therefore, improving productivity through innovation and global best practices will support food security amid challenges, including climate change, local electricity and water supply constraints, as... 

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Households’ ability to incur, manage debt improving 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd December 2021 The Altron Fintech Household Financial Resilience Index (Afhri) for the second quarter has confirmed that the average household in South Africa enjoys a more advantageous disposition towards incurring and managing debt than before the Covid-19-pandemic. The results of the Afhri index released... 

Judge to rule next week on latest Eskom-Nersa legal wrangle 

By: Terence Creamer     1st December 2021 Judge Jody Kollapen has reserved judgment in Eskom’s application to have the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) rejection of its latest revenue application set aside as irrational and unlawful. Following a virtual hearing on December 1, Kollapen indicated that he expected to... 

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Faster-than-ever renewable electricity growth supports emergence of a new global energy economy 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2021 Stronger policies and raised climate goals leading into COP26 are driving renewables to new records, but faster deployment across all key sectors is needed to reach net zero, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says in a new report. It adds that the growth of the world’s capacity to generate... 

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Aspen SA closer to launching own-branded vaccine, called Aspenovax, for Africa 

30th November 2021 Pharmaceutical company Aspen’s wholly-owned South African subsidiary, Aspen SA Operations, has signed a nonbinding term sheet with Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, two of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, that will form the basis for the negotiation... 

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PPC to invest R664m to 2025 to kick-start decarbonisation journey 

By: Terence Creamer     29th November 2021 JSE-listed building materials group PPC has outlined a new decarbonisation strategy that includes firm targets for implementation by 2025 and 2030 and also outlines a long-term aspirational goal of transitioning its operations to net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. The strategy is... 

PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen
PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen

E-toll decision to be announced in February budget – Mbalula 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th November 2021 In a State of Transport Entities briefing on November 26, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula confirmed the likelihood of a decision on e-tolls being announced by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana when he delivers the Budget speech in February next year. He mentioned that discussions regarding... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Tourism sector concerned as UK reinstates travel restrictions against South Africa 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th November 2021 Various tourism entities have expressed their concern over the UK’s “knee-jerk” reaction to institute a temporary red list ban on six African countries, including South Africa. Following announcements on November 25 that a new Covid-19 variant called B1.1.529 has been identified in Botswana,... 

Global glass company Ardagh to acquire Consol for R10.1bn 

By: Simone Liedtke     26th November 2021 Global glass and metal packaging supplier Ardagh Group intends to acquire 100% of the ordinary shares of South African glass manufacturer Consol Holdings for R10.1-billion. The transaction will include Consol’s operations in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia.  

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Just transition, green hydrogen in focus again   

26th November 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa's answers to sceptical questions from lawmakers in Parliament about the R131-billion just transition financing offer announced on the sidelines of COP 26, about what South Africa... 

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Just transition, green hydrogen in focus again

South Africa won’t be ‘short-changed’ in climate finance talks, Ramaphosa insists  

By: Terence Creamer     25th November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa says that government will not allow itself to be “short-changed” or lumped with conditions that will undermine its developmental objectives when negotiating the details of an $8.5-billion climate-finance package with developed countries over the coming months. Responding... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Auto industry welcomes the introduction of cleaner fuels in 2023 – Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2021 Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says it welcomes the announcement of the next step in government’s clean fuels programme, set to become effective in September 2023. The Department Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) earlier this year gazetted the introduction of the next phase of the... 

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Ramaphosa to chair inter-Ministerial committee to oversee R131bn just transition offer 

By: Terence Creamer     25th November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa will chair an inter-Ministerial committee that is being established to coordinate further work on the country’s just transition plan, as well as the R131-billion climate-finance offer made to South Africa at the recent COP26 climate gathering. Following a briefing on the... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa still tracking well on renewed digital migration efforts 

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th November 2021 South Africa is firmly on the path to digital migration, said Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni during a monthly update on the country’s long-delayed transition from analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television under the broadcasting digital... 

Study identifies green iron and bunker fuel as key initial domestic markets for green hydrogen 

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2021 Developing green hydrogen export capacity at the ports of Saldanha Bay and Ngqura would have decarbonisation spinoffs for nearby hard-to-abate sectors, a new Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) study shows. Produced as a follow-up to an earlier research report that assessed... 

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Ford unveils the brand-new, set to be made-in-South Africa Ranger bakkie  

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2021 The new Ranger bakkie – or the new Ranger midsize truck, as it is known in the US – finally broke cover on Wednesday. Production of the pickup is set to start at Ford South Africa’s Silverton plant in Pretoria next year for the local market, as well as for more than 100 export markets. 

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Namibia may launch second green-hydrogen bidding process in early 2022 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2021 The Namibian government may release a second request for proposal (RFP) early next year for the development of another large-scale green-hydrogen complex, having announced a preferred bidder for the first such project in early November. Presidential Economic Adviser James Mnyupe told delegates to... 

Namibian President Hage Geingob
Namibian President Hage Geingob

PPC delivers strong interim performance following repositioning efforts  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd November 2021 Building materials and solutions provider PPC delivered a solid performance for the six months ended September 30 against generally challenging conditions, supported by the significant progress made in achieving the company’s strategic objectives which saw it capture volume growth, improve cost... 

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Roland van Wijnen

Construction group reports on progress with MeerKAT radio telescope extension project

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd November 2021 South African black-owned construction group Concor has reported on its progress in building the foundations and infrastructure for the MeerKAT extension project, which it is undertaking in conjunction with OptiPower. MeerKAT is South Africa’s world-leading radio telescope array (and also a... 

The MeerKAT project is situated about 90 km from Carnarvon with its remote location in an arid area.
The MeerKAT project is situated about 90 km from Carnarvon with its remote location in an arid area.

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. 

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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
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