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Terence Creamer

Terence Creamer

Terence Creamer is the Editor of Engineering News and a Deputy Editor for Mining Weekly.

He also has editorial responsibility for Polity.org.za and Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa.

Tel: +2711 622 3744

Email: newsdesk@engineeringnews.co.za

Editorial Insight

Self help

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2021 Hidden among data-rich economic commentary and an array of analytical figures and tables, the World Bank’s most recent South Africa Economic Update includes an uplifting personal story about Davy Tsopo and his recent journey from ‘cleaner to cake maker’. Tsopo lost his job as a cleaner at a... 

Fresh uncertainty?

By: Terence Creamer     16th July 2021 One warning raised amid the euphoria generated by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s June 10 announcement that Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act would be amended to increase the licence-exemption cap from 1 MW to 100 MW and to allow for electricity wheeling and trading, was that the... 

Bridge to the future?

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2021 It doesn’t seem possible to resolve most societal problems until they are. This is especially true for something as complex and multifaceted as the restructuring of a well-entrenched, albeit crisis-ridden, electricity supply industry (ESI). The problem does not really lie in having to define the... 

Big unifying idea

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2021 South Africa does not lack for plans. What the country does lack, however, is a big unifying idea around which its plans, policies and programmes can cohere. A vision that shapes and directs not only public-sector resource allocations, but also provide the framework for private investment and... 

Growth Engines

By: Terence Creamer     25th June 2021 June could well go down as the month that South Africa finally turned the key on the starter motors of some important growth engines. The precise details of the regulatory reform that will lift the licence-exemption threshold on embedded or distributed generation plants from 1 MW to 100 MW still... 

Public paralysis

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2021 Images of the remarkable Gift of the Givers drilling for water outside the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, in Coronationville, Gauteng, may have been uplifting for many. It showed the power of an active and compassionate citizenry in responding to a devastating human-rights crisis. For... 

Light in the gloom

By: Terence Creamer     11th June 2021 The already fragile national mood has turned decidedly more sour over the past few weeks as the country descended, yet again, into confidence-sapping load-shedding, tightened lockdown rules in response to the third Covid-19 wave and confirmed its worst-ever official unemployment figure of 32.6%.... 

Remarkable appetite

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2021 The level of interest being shown in South Africa’s highly-disrupted renewables roll-out is more than a little noteworthy. Over 800 delegates logged into a virtual bidders conference last week, held to outline the rules governing South Africa’s much-anticipated fifth bid window of the Renewable... 

Irrational exuberance

By: Terence Creamer     28th May 2021 South Africa’s ongoing resistance to the energy transition is not only distressingly out of step with fast-moving developments, but is becoming a binding constraint on prospects for ending the country’s debilitating electricity crisis. Two issues currently that epitomise government’s hostility to... 

Beyond special deals

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2021 The downward trajectory in Eskom’s sales to industrial customers over the past decade and a bit tells a tale of what happens when tariffs, which were too low for too long, are forced to correct too quickly. The State-owned utility’s industrial sales have dropped by about 16 TWh, from 90 TWh in... 

Beyond the threshold

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2021 With the deadline looming for public comment on a draft amendment to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA), calls are growing for the reform to go beyond simply raising the licence-exemption threshold. Under the current regime, only sub-1 MW generation plants are exempt from the... 

Questionable motives

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2021 There is little doubt that many South Africans still have a great, albeit idealised, affection for Cuba, despite its many social, political and economic problems. This affinity is firmly rooted in the anti-apartheid struggle, when Cubans won the admiration of our liberation movements for showing... 

Irrational response

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2021 The immediate reaction to government’s announcement that three power ships had secured 1 200 MW of the 1 850 MW allocated to eight preferred bidders following the evaluation of bids received under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) was arguably one of... 

Green hydrogen pivot?

By: Terence Creamer     23rd April 2021 It’s early days yet, but the moves being made by South African energy and chemicals group Sasol to position itself as a green-hydrogen leader are not only interesting, but also critical if the company is going to navigate its way through a world that is becoming increasingly hostile to large... 

Historic opportunity

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2021 Have a listen to this for an energy roadmap: “We are a relatively small country located at the end of the world, but this moment calls us all to be ambitious and that’s exactly what we are trying to do. It’s what we did when we launched our Energy Efficiency Act. It’s what we did when we launched... 

Low and high ambition

By: Terence Creamer     9th April 2021 There will be some criticism and disappointment that South Africa’s draft updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) unveiled by Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy on March 30, is not aligned to an outcome that is premised on net-zero-emissions by 2050. Several... 

Ignorance is not bliss

By: Terence Creamer     2nd April 2021 A snapshot of what the world’s total final electricity consumption should look like in 2050 to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels has been published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) for the first time. Importantly, it is based on a portfolio... 

Reality bites

By: Terence Creamer     26th March 2021 The six-year gap in South Africa’s procurement of new electricity capacity is biting and will continue to do so for another five years at least, unless urgent action is taken to reform those aspects of the electricity supply industry that continue to hamper non-Eskom investment. True, the country... 

Bouncing forward?

By: Terence Creamer     19th March 2021 The rhetoric about the need for economies to use Covid-19 rescue and recovery packages to not only “bounce back” but to “bounce forward” by deploying fiscal resources to stimulate greater climate, health and social resilience is not yet being translated into action. A recent report, commissioned... 

Tangible opportunity

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2021 Globally, countries are increasingly  prioritising the development of local capacity to improve the resilience of their energy systems in times of crisis. This trend is reflected in the World Energy Council’s upcoming ‘World Energy Issues Monitor 2021’, to be released next week, and has been... 

One-stop-border boost?

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2021 One of the unsung highlights of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s Budget 2021 speech was his announcement that the border posts at South Africa’s six busiest land borders were to be upgraded and expanded. It was also heartening to hear that these one-stop border posts will be developed using a... 

Tariff tussle

By: Terence Creamer     26th February 2021 Much attention is, quite correctly, being given to the 15.68% tariff increase granted to Eskom by the energy regulator following a court order arising as part of an ongoing battle over the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) treatment of a R69-billion equity injection. This... 

Wake-up call

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2021 It is positive that South Africa has been working on a hydrogen strategy since 2007. It is equally positive that this work has started to deliver solid thought leadership regarding the production and export of green hydrogen and tradable green-hydrogen derivatives such as ammonia, kerosene,... 

Welcome development

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2021 The importance of Eskom’s endorsement of a lifting of the generation licensing cap from 1 MW to 50 MW cannot be overstated. CEO Andre de Ruyter expressed support for the proposal, made by Meridian Economics in January, during a webinar this month, explaining that distributed investments could... 

Promise of progress

By: Terence Creamer     5th February 2021 A leaked slide on the implementation of the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) included as part of a larger presentation made during the African National Congress’ (ANC’s) January lekgotla offers visibility, at last, of government’s approach to the procurement of utility-scale projects.... 

Escalating crisis

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2021 During a recent briefing on the escalating humanitarian crisis in the gas-rich Cabo Delgado province, of northern Mozambique, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Valentin Tapsoba related that, during his 26 years at the agency, he had “seldom been exposed to such desolation, heard... 

Poverty setback

By: Terence Creamer     22nd January 2021 The Global Economic Prospects report, released by the World Bank earlier this month, makes for disturbing reading. The report states that the Covid-19 pandemic has precipitated a dramatic fall in per capita income, pushing millions more into extreme poverty and reversing the downward... 

Good news amid the bad

By: Terence Creamer     15th January 2021 The prognosis for stable electricity supply remains precarious and has deteriorated following the unplanned early shutdown of Unit 1 at the Koeberg nuclear power station during the first week of January. Consumers also face the unhappy prospect of yet more tariff hikes above those already... 

2020’s brutal lessons

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2020 While the glow from the embers of this historic year remain visible, the fire of 2020 is now truly dying – not a moment too soon for many, no doubt. Nevertheless, it would be an opportunity missed not to reflect on the lessons from the year, no matter how brutal many are. The first, surely, is... 

North-South divide?

By: Terence Creamer     4th December 2020 Editorial Insight 4 December 2020 The energy policy stance of North Africa’s largest economy, Egypt, is not only increasingly aligned with the global energy transition but is also beginning to diverge materially from that of Southern Africa’s largest economy, South Africa. 

Framework urgently needed

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2020 For years, South Africans have had a vague awareness that some of Eskom’s coal stations are approaching the end of their useful lives and that decommissioning is inevitable. That future prospect is fast becoming an imminent reality. Over the coming five years, Eskom will officially decommission... 

Baffling distraction

By: Terence Creamer     20th November 2020 While South Africa is distracting itself with a post-2030 nuclear mirage, much of the rest of the world is preparing to ride a very real energy wave that will help them recover immediately from the Covid-19 crisis and create the energy platforms needed for long-term growth and development. As a... 

Debt compact?

By: Terence Creamer     13th November 2020 For some time now, Eskom has been arguing that its debt load, which stood at R484-billion at the end of March, could only be considered sustainable if it were reduced to less than half that level, or to around R200-billion. Until then, the State-owned utility’s going-concern status could be... 

Grid(un)locked

By: Terence Creamer     6th November 2020 Most of us have probably not fully grasped the scale and significance of the changes set to unfold in the South African electricity sector over the coming decade. For energy planners, however, the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP2019) represents the most dramatic reset of the industry since the... 

Some progress

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2020 Despite much head scratching over the timelines provided in the Reconstruction and Recovery Plan for the commissioning of much-needed electricity supply, October otherwise proved to be an important month helping to provide greater definition around the future of the electricity industry and the... 

Thriving sustainably

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2020 In his powerful new documentary ‘A Life On Our Planet’, veteran natural history broadcaster Sir David Attenborough offers an authoritative yet disturbing witness statement on the harm humanity has inflicted on the planet over his lifetime – he is 93. But he also uses the platform to offer a... 

Beyond tariffs

By: Terence Creamer     16th October 2020 There are growing signals that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), trading under which stalled as a result of the lockdowns instituted across the continent to contain the coronavirus pandemic, is slowly coming back to life. Ahead of the pandemic, trading under the arrangement was... 

Voice of the vulnerable

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2020 In a helpful recent article, Bloomberg’s Akshat Rathi outlined how the term ‘carbon neutrality’ can have strikingly different meanings depending on who is using it. For California, Rathi writes, achieving carbon neutrality by 2045 involves cutting all greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, including... 

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