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Energy Council of South Africa joins World Energy Council
19th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Energy Council of South Africa has become a member of the United Nations-affiliated global body the World Energy Council (WEC), which will serve to strengthen the standing of the Energy Council... 


Eskom's Megawatt Park head office
Loadshedding to reduce to Stage 2 from 10:00 on Friday
16th February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Eskom has announced that it will be reducing loadshedding to Stage 2 from 10:00 on Friday, following the return of additional generating units. The utility says emergency reserves are also adequate... 


Komati Power Station
South Africa’s inaugural Grid Emission Measure highlights coal dependence
14th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa produced its inaugural official gauge of the carbon intensity of its electricity production, confirming its status as one of the world’s top producers per capita of greenhouse gases.... 


Loadshedding affecting traffic lights
Eskom to downgrade loadshedding to Stages 3 and 4 from Tuesday
12th February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Power utility Eskom plans to downgrade loadshedding to Stage 3 from 05:00 on Tuesday. This will be followed by Stage 4 loadshedding from 16:00 on Tuesday to 05:00 on Wednesday. This pattern will be... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Ramokgopa denies President’s pre-Stage 6 SoNA assertions caused embarrassment and insists loadshedding ‘corner has been turned’
11th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has move to defend the statement made by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Thursday night that “the end of... 


The Durban Container Terminal
Business stakeholders find ‘election-oriented’ SoNA wanting
9th February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Business stakeholders agree that President Cyril Ramphosa was right to emphasise economic reforms in his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on February 8, as these are critical to turning around... 


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Loadshedding, logistics, water crises key themes of SoNA 2024
9th February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses some of the key themes that emerged during President Cyril Ramaphosa's final State of the Nation Address of the current administration and how... 


petrol pumps
Petrol, diesel prices to go up by more than 70c/ℓ on Wednesday
6th February 2024 By: Darren Parker

Both 93 and 95 unleaded petrol (ULP) and lead replacement petrol (LRP) are going to cost an additional 75c/ℓ from February 7. The cost of diesel is also going to increase. For 0.05% sulphur diesel,... 


Locomotives operating on Transnet Freight Rail's rail lines
Clear commitment to reform implementation needed in SoNA – Mavuso
5th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to show a clear commitment to the hard work of reform implementation during his... 


Power lines with the Kendal power station in the background
DMRE to remodel draft IRP 2023 in light of new information, curtailment plans
1st February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Many of the submissions the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has received from the first round of public engagements about the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) in... 


A burning candle
Night loadshedding escalates to Stage 3 
29th January 2024 By: News24Wire

Loadshedding will jump to Stage 3 at 16:00 Monday after a delay in the return to service of two generating units. "Over the past 24 hours, five generation units were taken offline for repairs.... 


City of Tshwane approves report to lease two power stations to independent producers
26th January 2024 By: News24Wire

The City of Tshwane could be closer to an "energy-secure" metro, having approved a second report allowing it to proceed with the 40-year lease of its Rooiwal and Pretoria West power stations to... 


Big divergence as African electricity demand flatlined over the past three decades and India and South East Asia's surged
Africa’s flatlining electricity trajectory requires urgent intervention – IEA
24th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report on electricity highlights that per person electricity demand across Africa has been stagnant for three decades, making the continent a worrying... 


BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso
South Africa must build renewable energy momentum, and then move on to other sectors – Mavuso
22nd January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The rapid pace at which South Africa is building renewable energy projects, driven by private sector investment, is viewed as positive in the global context, including at the recently held World... 


Dan Marokane
Marokane to officially report for duty as Eskom CEO on March 1
19th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has announced that Dan Marokane – who was named group CEO on December 8, almost a full year after André de Ruyter formally resigned – will assume office on March 1, 2024. Previously, Eskom... 


An image of delegates at COP28
Reliable electricity must be prioritised over transition
19th January 2024

The sheer urgency of addressing energy insecurity in Africa demands that a reliable grid is prioritised first and other energy concerns, such as transitioning to renewable-energy sources, second,... 


AN image of Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay
Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill essential to resolving energy crisis
19th January 2024

The Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill will accelerate South Africa’s shift towards a decentralised, modern, and low-carbon energy system, says industry association Energy Council of South... 


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Proposed new IRP met with some skepticism
12th January 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the background to the publication for public comment of the latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP); the main changes in the IRP 2023, compared with... 


Busa energy and environment desk head Happy Khambule
Busa warns that lack of detail in IRP 2023 makes it impossible to assess plan’s credibility
8th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Business Unity South Africa (Busa) will approach the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to secure the technoeconomic information that has been used to inform the assumptions... 


Wind turbines and solar PV panels
South Africa's new energy plan is 'shoddy' and will probably fail – analysts
6th January 2024 By: News24Wire

South Africa's new energy generation plan lacks detail and leaves many unanswered questions, according to some energy analysts. The long-awaited draft of the Integrated Energy Plan (IRP) of 2023... 


Particulate matter is soot generated while burning coal and emitted through the plants’ stacks or chimneys
Eskom soot pollution is at a 31-year-high, 42 times worse than China
19th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

Coal-fired power plants operated by South Africa’s state utility are emitting pollutants that primarily cause respiratory diseases such as asthma at almost 42 times the intensity of those in... 


An Eskom run coal-fired power station
Eskom set for seventh full-year loss as power cuts grip South Africa
13th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s Eskom Holdings is on track to post its seventh consecutive full-year loss as the utility crumbles under the weight of its debt pile and high financing costs, poor plant performance... 


COP28 president Dr Sultan Al Jaber
COP28 ends with deal on transition away from fossil fuels
13th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

The COP28 climate talks in Dubai ended in a deal that saw a commitment to transition away from all fossil fuels for the first time. The president of this year’s UN-sponsored summit, the UAE’s... 


Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
Ntshavheni confirms draft IRP 2023 contains ‘significant’ revisions, but offers no clarity on consultation process
11th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has confirmed that the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) approved by Cabinet for public comment includes two time horizons as well as significant... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has confirmed that the IRP update contains a revised decommissioning schedule for Eskom’s aged coal power stations.
IRP update approved by Cabinet includes new coal decommissioning schedule
10th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that Cabinet has approved the release of an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for public comment and also confirms that the document contains... 


Dan Marokane
Eskom's new CEO confirmed
8th December 2023 By: News24Wire

Daniel Leseja Marokane has been appointed as chief executive officer of Eskom. On Friday afternoon, Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan said Marokane would join Eskom no later than 31... 


Eskom's Megawatt Park office
South Africa set to pick Dan Marokane as new Eskom CEO
7th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

Dan Marokane is expected to be appointed as the new CEO of South Africa’s state power utility Eskom Holdings after an almost year-long search for a candidate, according to people familiar with the... 


Eskom Komati power station
Eskom acknowledges difficult trade-offs ahead as it pursues energy transition
7th December 2023 By: Darren Parker

State-owned utility Eskom is expecting to have to make “difficult trade-offs” in its pursuit of a just energy transition (JET) strategy, as it grapples with ongoing short-term operational struggles... 


Eskom's Duvha power station in Mpumalanga
Eskom, Sasol pollution harms children, government studies find
6th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

Two studies ordered by South Africa’s government into the impact of air pollution on community and child health showed emission limits it imposed on companies that emit the toxins are insufficient.... 


Renew-e managing partner and co-founder Etienne Rübbers
Opinion: How many jobs will the JET create in Mpumalanga?
5th December 2023

In this opinion article, Renew-e managing partner and co-founder Etienne Rübbers argues that where the green energy jobs are created will be important in ensuring that the energy transition is just. 


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Ramaphosa concerned developed countries not meeting climate funding obligations
4th December 2023 By: Sane Dhlamini

President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed concern that the developed economies are still not meeting their obligations to support developing countries with the finance, technology and capacity... 


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South Africa warns others not to go from electricity to darkness
1st December 2023 By: Bloomberg

One of the architects of South Africa’s groundbreaking deal with rich nations to move more quickly away from coal sounded a note of caution to other countries considering similar agreements.... 


A glass glob perched on green moss signifying a global drive to a greener economy
COP 28 to host fossil fuels debate
1st December 2023 By: Halima Frost

This year’s Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, referred to globally as COP 28 and being held from November 30 to December 12 in Dubai in the... 


An African Stove Company cookstove which is helping rural areas reduce their emissions
Financial backing boosts decarbonisation initiative
1st December 2023

Financial institution Standard Bank announced last month it had finalised an agreement to support global carbon project developer The African Stove Company (TASC) with funding for what is believed... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mantashe says special Cabinet meeting will consider IRP update after Ministers request time to ‘apply their minds’
30th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe confirmed that an update of the Integrated Resource Plan, which he has previously dubbed ‘IRP2023’, had served before Cabinet on November 29,... 


City Power has denied any Stage 8, but reviews schedule for higher stages of loadshedding
As Eskom outlines worsened prognosis, City Power confirms loadshedding schedule review amid ‘Stage 8’ uproar
27th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Having outlined an improving power system prognosis for the working week on Sunday, following the shock implementation of Stage 6 on Friday November 24, Eskom has since reported that the outlook... 


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