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Energy justice a useful metric for shaping broad, effective policies for a just transition

By: Schalk Burger     22nd June 2021 A just energy transition that mitigates the risks and captures the benefits of renewable energy in developing countries can be achieved through a broad policy framework developed using energy justice as a key set of metrics, say development academics University of Hamburg political science... 

PPC mulls several low-carbon opportunities as it shows signs of business stabilisation 

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2021 Cementitious products manufacturer PPC is considering several initiatives aimed at lowering the carbon footprint of its operations and products as its far-reaching organisational and financial restructuring begins yielding results and creates space for the JSE-listed group to start focusing on... 

PPC mulls several low-carbon opportunities as it shows signs of business stabilisation
PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen

100 MW reform ‘precursor’ to new market-driven electricity supply industry – De Ruyter 

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has described the decision to lift the licence-exemption cap on own- or embedded-generation plants from 1 MW to 100 MW as not only positive for addressing South Africa’s immediate electricity shortages, but also as “the precursor to the development of a new electricity... 

100 MW reform ‘precursor’ to new market-driven electricity supply industry – De Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Kibo Energy seeks to sell coal assets as its focus shifts to renewables

By: Simone Liedtke     17th June 2021 Africa and UK-focused energy company Kibo Energy’s primary focus going forward will be on renewable energy opportunities, part of which will see Kibo jointly develop a portfolio of waste-to-energy projects in South Africa. Kibo, therefore, intends to appoint specialist advisers to assist it in... 

Large methane leak detected over South Africa coal mining region

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2021 A cloud of methane was detected by satellite near coal mines in South Africa, drawing attention to a lesser-known environmental risk that comes from using the dirtiest fossil fuel. The potent greenhouse gas — methane traps roughly 84 times more heat than carbon dioxide in its first two decades in... 

Large methane leak detected over South Africa coal mining region

VW CEO chides G7 Leaders for failing to set coal phase-out date

By: Bloomberg     15th June 2021 Volkswagen’s CEO criticized Group of Seven (G7) leaders for failing to set a firm date to phase out coal power, saying it’s senseless to let electric vehicles run on dirty energy. “That’s not enough, @G7. Disappointing outcome,” VW CEO Herbert Diess tweeted Tuesday. “We need to exit coal much... 

Reinvestment in South Africa needed to ‘plant the seeds’ for a better future, says Exxaro 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 2021 Reinvestment is needed to “plant the seeds” and create a better future for South Africa, says diversified miner Exxaro Resources projects and technology executive head Johan Meyer. This is especially critical considering that Covid-19 has made it more challenging to secure investments, but also... 

Reinvestment in South Africa needed to ‘plant the seeds’ for a better future, says Exxaro

Infrastructure and import substitution at heart of new master plan’s vision for steel revival  

By: Terence Creamer     11th June 2021 A new master plan aimed at stabilising South Africa’s steel industry and creating a platform for the revival of the country’s embattled downstream steel fabricators was signed by representatives from business, labour and government on Friday. The ceremony, which took place amid the constant hum... 

Infrastructure and import substitution at heart of new master plan’s vision for steel revival
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel outlines the main pillars of the Steel Industry Master Plan at a signing ceremony held at Hall Longmore’s factory in Wadeville, in Gauteng. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Investors with $41tr ask G7 to stop subsidising fossil fuels

By: Bloomberg     10th June 2021 A coalition of investors overseeing a combined $41-trillion of assets have called on world leaders to set more ambitious greenhouse-gas emissions targets and end support for fossil fuels. DWS Group, Legal and General Investment Management and Pacific Investment Management Co were among 457... 

Hawks, Eskom investigators nab syndicate selling illegal prepaid electricity with 'ghost machines'

By: News24Wire      10th June 2021 The Hawks have uncovered a well-organised syndicate selling illicit prepaid electricity on a large scale, costing Eskom millions in revenue, and arrested seven suspects. The Hawks pounced on the suspects, aged 28 to 67, in the early hours of Wednesday in Gauteng. 

UAE ratifies extradition treaty as South Africa pursues Guptas

By: Bloomberg     9th June 2021 The United Arab Emirates Embassy in South Africa said it has ratified an extradition treaty with the African country. The treaty was signed on April 11, the embassy said in a statement on Wednesday. Clayson Monyela, a spokesman for the South African Department of International Relations and... 

Eskom moves to Stage 4 load-shedding from 14:00 to 22:00 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th June 2021 Load-shedding will be increased to Stage 4 from 14:00 this afternoon until 22:00 tonight, after which it will revert to Stage 2, Eskom has announced. It says this is due to additional breakdowns of a unit at Medupi and two units at the Duvha power station, together with the high winter demand, as... 

Eskom moves to Stage 4 load-shedding from 14:00 to 22:00

Stage 2 load-shedding to start at 10:00, to continue until Sunday

By: News24Wire      9th June 2021 Stage 2 load-shedding will start from 10:00 on Wednesday morning until 22:00 on Sunday night, Eskom announced. This is due to delays in returning generation units to service at Kusile, Tutuka, Duvha, Kendal and Koeberg power stations. 

Stage 2 load-shedding to start at 10:00, to continue until Sunday

Eskom warns Stage 1 load-shedding likely to be implemented all week  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2021 Eskom will implement Stage 1 load-shedding from 17:00 to 22:00 this evening and will likely continue to do so for the rest of the week. The State-owned power utility confirms that the grid is constrained owing to the loss of two generating units at the Kusile power station, and one each at the... 

Load-shedding suspended for Friday afternoon, but to continue until Sunday   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th June 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom has announced that load-shedding will be suspended from 12:00 to 17:00 on June 4, to allow Parliament to pass a series of Appropriation Bills. The Deputy Speaker of Parliament requested that the utility suspend power cuts during this timeframe, as passing these... 

Load-shedding suspended for Friday afternoon, but to continue until Sunday

South Africa’s just transition must accommodate myriad of considerations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd June 2021 As South Africa seeks to scale up the move away from being reliant on coal-fired energy towards cleaner energy forms, the resultant just transition process to enable this must be cognisant of a number of different stakeholders. This was indicated during a ‘Key priorities and challenges for a Just... 

Public Enterprises committee welcomes De Ruyter’s clearance on racism allegations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd June 2021 Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises chairperson Khaya Magaxa has welcomed the announcement by Eskom’s board that it has cleared CEO Andre de Ruyter of racism allegations. Magaxa says the utility can now move on with turning the power utility around and meet its responsibilities.  

Wage dispute at South Africa's Eskom to go to mediator 

By: Reuters     2nd June 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom has declared a dispute over wages with labour unions after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on pay increases, its spokesperson said on Wednesday. Eskom said it made a final offer of 1.5% increase in the basic salary, which unions rejected. 

Stage 2 load-shedding to continue until Friday evening  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2021 Stage 2 load-shedding will continue to be implemented until Friday evening, State-owned power utility Eskom confirms. This is owing to further breakdowns of generating units at the Majuba and Arnot power stations and delays with returning units to service at the Arnot and Tutuka power stations.  

Stage 2 load-shedding to continue until Friday evening

Regulator to make decision on Eskom’s latest R8.4bn RCA claim by end-August 

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has published a new regulatory clearing account (RCA) application from Eskom, through which the State-owned utility is seeking to recoup R8.4-billion in cost and revenue variances for the 2019/20 financial year. The application is the first... 

 Regulator to make decision on Eskom’s latest R8.4bn RCA claim by end-August

Seriti assumes management of SAEC assets

By: Donna Slater     1st June 2021 Miner Seriti Resources has completed all of the conditions precedent in respect of its acquisition of South32’s South African Coal Holdings (SAEC), with the transaction now closed and Seriti assuming management of these operations from June 1. SAEC has been renamed Seriti Power, and comprises... 

NamPower calls for bids for Anixas II power station’s construction

By: Donna Slater     31st May 2021 Namibian power utility Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower) has called for bids for the engineering, procurement and construction of the 50 MW Anixas II power station. The power station will make use of dual-fuel technologies to be used in an internal combustion reciprocating engine plant.  

Eskom warns of high probability of load-shedding for the rest of this week 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st May 2021 Power utility Eskom will implement Stage 2 load-shedding from 16:00 on Monday afternoon until 05:00 on Tuesday morning. It has also warned that there is a possibility that load-shedding would continue throughout the week. The utility noted that it has had to resort to load-shedding as a result of... 

Eskom warns of high probability of load-shedding for the rest of this week

Eskom should not probe CEO over racism allegation, advocate says

By: Bloomberg     31st May 2021 Eskom Holdings CEO Andre de Ruyter should not be subjected to an investigation over racism allegations leveled by the company’s now fired chief procurement officer, an advocate hired to make a ruling on the CPO’s conduct said. By setting up the probe in response to allegations leveled by the CPO,... 

Four energy scenarios that may define Southern Africa’s energy transition

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2021 Four vastly different energy transition scenarios, from very ambitious to the least ambitious, were posited by management advisory Africa International Advisors integrated energy practice leader Henry Gilfillan this week. The four scenarios, presented during a webinar on hydrogen, gas and... 

South Africa may need to save indebted State firms, Finance Minister says

By: Bloomberg     27th May 2021 South Africa’s cash-strapped State companies may struggle to refinance their debts, requiring the government to provide support, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said. The ten most-indebted State firms have an estimated R289.9-billion in loans maturing by the end of March 2025, Mboweni said in a... 

South Africa may need to save indebted State firms, Finance Minister says
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

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

Eskom warns of highly likely nationwide power cuts

By: Reuters     25th May 2021 South African power utility Eskom said there was a high probability it would have to implement nationwide electricity cuts on Tuesday owing to breakdowns at a number of its generation units. "While no loadshedding is anticipated at this point, Eskom could be forced to implement Stage 1 or, if... 

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... 

Eskom debt solution remains a ‘work in progress’ despite reduction to R401bn
Photo by Creamer Media
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Numsa, NUM says Eskom fails to 'engage meaningfully' in wage negotiations

By: Donna Slater     20th May 2021 Labour unions the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on May 20 said State-owned power utility Eskom's management team had refused to "engage meaningfully" in ongoing wage negotiations. In a joint statement, the unions said Eskom was... 

Judge to rule after South Africa sued over Sasol, Eskom pollution

By: Bloomberg     20th May 2021 A judge is set to rule after the first ever case filed against the government over its alleged failure to crack down on air pollution emitted by power plants operated by Eskom Holdings and refineries owned by Sasol. The case was filed in the Pretoria High Court by groundWork, an... 

Judge to rule after South Africa sued over Sasol, Eskom pollution

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... 

Mantashe again swats away calls for 50 MW licence-exemption cap on distributed plants
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

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

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 approves higher Duvha coal price, facilitating South32 mine sale to Seriti
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

NUM rails against Eskom's claims on average staff salary

By: News24Wire      12th May 2021 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has disputed claims by Eskom in a statement that the average salary of an Eskom employee stood at R737 000 per annum, contending that employees negotiating their salaries at a bargaining unit could not earn more than R650 460. The union said that the... 

Eskom places senior coal procurement manager on suspension

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th May 2021 Power utility Eskom has placed a senior manager in its coal procurement division on preliminary suspension, citing alleged corruption. This follows a whistle-blower tip-off to Eskom. 

Indebted Eskom balks at power deal offered by Turkish generator

By: Bloomberg     6th May 2021 Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s State power utility, doesn’t want to buy electricity from the company that won most of a government emergency-power tender because it’s concerned about the cost and length of the contract, according to two people familiar with the situation. Meeting the terms of... 

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