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Positive reaction to Radebe’s lifting of licence restraints on small-scale power plants 

By: Terence Creamer     15th May 2019 Industry has reacted positively to revelations that Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has written to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) indicating that it should begin to license small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) projects with capacities of above 1 MW. Business Day reported on... 

Sanedi launches two solar heating system projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2019 South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) on Wednesday launched the first solar district heating system in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) Junction Campus, as well as the largest solar process heat system in sub-Saharan Africa at the Klein Karoo... 

Sanedi launches two solar heating system projects

Nersa slams Mashaba’s ‘misleading’ statement on municipal tariff increase 

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th May 2019 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa on Wednesday hit back against City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba, following his statement that Nersa was rewarding corruption at State-owned power utility Eskom with a municipal tariff increase. The City of Johannesburg issued a statement on... 

Nersa slams Mashaba’s ‘misleading’ statement on municipal tariff increase
City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba

Eskom 'too big to fail' and won't be privatised, Ramaphosa tells investors 

By: News24Wire      15th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated at an investment conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday that struggling power utility Eskom would not be privatised, adding it was "too big to fail".  Ramaphosa was delivering his first major post-election economic address at a conference hosted by the... 

 Eskom 'too big to fail' and won't be privatised, Ramaphosa tells investors
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Zimbabwe platinum mines to ride out power cuts, gold output less secure 

By: Reuters     15th May 2019 Power imports are cushioning platinum mining companies against Zimbabwe's worst blackouts in three years, but gold mines could face production cuts as they continue to rely on an unstable national grid, industry officials said. State utility ZETDC this week started indefinite rolling power cuts... 

Ramaphosa says to speed up economic reforms, fix Eskom 

By: Reuters     15th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that he would use a new five-year term to speed up economic reforms and fix ailing state power firm Eskom, a week after his African National Congress party was re-elected with a reduced majority. Analysts have said reforms like cutting red tape and... 

Ramaphosa says to speed up economic reforms, fix Eskom
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Mnangagwa gets rid of Energy Minister amid power cuts, fuel crisis

By: African News Agency      15th May 2019 President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday night dropped energy and power development minister, Joram Gumbo, amid crippling fuel shortages and power cuts that have rocked Zimbabwe. Gumbo was has been moved to the less prominent portfolio of minister of state for presidential affairs. 

Swedish Foreign Minister outlines goal to be 100% reliant on renewables

By: Kim Cloete     14th May 2019 The Nordic countries have brought their renewable energy expertise to South Africa for African Utility Week and shown how serious they are about reducing carbon emissions. Sweden’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Niklas Johansson, on Tuesday said the European country had the most stringent... 

Finding fossil fuel investors is becoming harder, says Hadebe 

By: Kim Cloete     14th May 2019 With a crackdown on carbon emissions, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find investors that support fossil fuels, says Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe. “The truth is, how will we fund fossil fuels if we remain on them? The trend in financial markets is that you see fewer and fewer investors... 

Finding fossil fuel investors is becoming harder, says Hadebe
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Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe

Release of updated IRP imminent, says Radebe, as he allays coal producers' fears  

By: Kim Cloete     14th May 2019 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has promised that the update of the Integrated Resource Plan, which reflects the government’s policy blueprint for the power sector, will be concluded "very shortly". He told delegates attending the African Utility Week and PowerGEN Africa forum, in Cape Town, on... 

Release of updated IRP imminent, says Radebe, as he allays coal producers' fears
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Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

East African company Société Pétrolière expands LPG business

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2019 East African Société Pétrolière (SP) has, through the installation of eight liquified petroleum gas (LPG) storage and cylinder filling plants, doubled Rwanda’s LPG storage and filling capacity. Each of these facilities has a storage capacity of 20 m3 and is capable of filling about 1 000 bottles... 

South African nuclear corporation CEO axed  

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th May 2019 South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane has been dismissed from his post and removed from the State-owned organisation’s board. This was announced on Tuesday by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe in a short press release. The decision was made because of the serious... 

South African nuclear corporation CEO axed
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Jeff Radebe

CER urges Ramaphosa to appoint environment-focussed Cabinet  

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th May 2019 In anticipation of next week’s Cabinet announcement, law clinic the Centre for Environmental Rights has requested that President Cyril Ramaphosa make environmental governance a priority and appoint committed Ministers to lead institutional reform. The CER has written to Ramaphosa with... 

CER urges Ramaphosa to appoint environment-focussed Cabinet
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Release of IRP 'imminent' – Energy Minister

By: African News Agency      14th May 2019 South Africa's Integrated Resource Plan, which will set out South Africa's future energy mix, would be "concluded imminently", Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday. Speaking at African Utility Week taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Radebe said the IRP was still... 

Release of IRP 'imminent' – Energy Minister
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Global energy investment out of step with security of supply, climate needs  

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2019 A new report on global energy investment in 2018 points to an ongoing misalignment between approved expenditure on new fuel and power projects and meeting the twin goals security of supply and decarbonisation. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘World Energy Investment 2019’ report,... 

Global energy investment out of step with security of supply, climate needs
IEA executive director Fatih Birol

UCT GSB professor joins prestigious global initiative to end energy poverty

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2019 University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Professor Anton Eberhard has been appointed to the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty – a new initiative which aims to accelerate access to electricity to millions of under-serviced homes and businesses quickly and cost-effectively. The... 

South Africa urged to use seasonal advantage to secure lower LNG prices from Mozambique 

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2019 South Africa is failing to fully grasp the energy and economic significance of the impending development of the enormous gas reserves discovered in northern Mozambique since 2010, Standard Bank oil and gas specialist Paul Eardley-Taylor argues. Between 150- to 200-trillion cubic feet of gas has... 

South Africa urged to use seasonal advantage to secure lower LNG prices from Mozambique

Davies approves Bojanala SEZ recommendation

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2019 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Monday notified the public and interested parties of his intention to designate the Bojanala Special Economic Zone. The public and interested parties will have 30 days from the date of the publication of the notice in the Government Gazette to support... 

Zimbabwe starts rolling power cuts, hitting mines, industry

By: Reuters     13th May 2019 Zimbabwe has started rolling power cuts lasting up to eight hours that will also hit mines, a schedule from the State power utility showed on Monday, after reduced output at both the largest hydropower plant and ageing coal-fired generators. The power cuts will add to mounting public anger... 

Zimbabwe starts load-shedding as drought hits Kariba Dam power station

13th May 2019 Zimbabwe started implementing load-shedding on Monday, after the government announced it was facing critical power shortfalls and had to introduce rotational power cuts in order to "balance the power supply available and the demand". Power utility supplier the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission &... 

Zimbabwe starts load-shedding as drought hits Kariba Dam power station

Bids open for Optimum, Koornfontein coal mines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2019 The business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for the Optimum coal mine and the Koornfontein mines have put the assets back up for sale. The BRPs, along with major creditors, have set the closing date for the structured sales process at June 18.  

Bids open for Optimum, Koornfontein coal mines

Eskom task team mulling new debt-relief options as it comes to terms with depth of crisis  

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2019 The Eskom Sustainability Task Team – which has already had its proposal for the unbundling of the utility into three separate units accepted by government – is now finalising an updated report for President Cyril Ramaphosa which will include a financial recovery plan for the State-owned entity.... 

Eskom task team mulling new debt-relief options as it comes to terms with depth of crisis

New products for the agriculture industry being launched

10th May 2019 Engineering components supplier Bearing Man Group (BMG) will be exhibiting at Grain SA’s Nampo Harvest Day this year being held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville in the Free State. The BMG stand will showcase the company’s range of agricultural components, which has been carefully selected for... 

New products for the  agriculture industry  being launched
BOER MAAK N PLAN The Boer Slim/Smart Farming initiative offers a range of products developed with and for local farmers

Construction of nuclear plants will reinvigorate local manufacturing 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     10th May 2019 One of the main objectives of government is to reinvigorate the local manufacturing sector and one of the ways to achieve that is to forge ahead with the construction of nuclear plants, says nuclear project management company Nuclear Africa CEO Dr Kelvin Kemm. 

Construction of nuclear plants will reinvigorate local manufacturing
POWER SAFETY Nuclear energy is the cheapest and safest way of producing power out of all the energy sources available in South Africa

Unreliability of coal power stations calls for a nuclear solution

By: Mamaili Mamaila     10th May 2019 With coal power stations starting to reach the end of their lives, owing to insufficient maintenance, the country’s only option going forward will have to be nuclear energy, says University of the Witwatersrand radiation and health physics unit director Professor James Larkin. 

Unreliability of coal power stations calls for a nuclear solution
UPSKILLING It is difficult to create new programmes and qualifications when there is so much resistance towards the industry from government in terms of having nuclear energy play a more important role in the power sector

Necsa releases new OSCAR version

By: Mamaili Mamaila     10th May 2019 State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Necsa’s) radiation reactor theory department hosted the release of the fifth version of the Overall System for the Calculation of Reactors (OSCAR-5) at the user group workshop last month in Hartbeespoort, in the North West. 

Necsa releases new OSCAR version
NEXT GENERATION The OSCAR-5 system aims to respond to the challenging demands of the modern reactor analysis environment

Kibo presents power station DFS to Mozambique govt 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2019 Johannesburg- and London-listed Kibo Energy’s Benga power plant project, in Mozambique, is advancing “well ahead” of its development schedule, CEO Louis Coetzee said on Thursday, reporting that the definitive feasibility study for the coal-fired power station had been presented to the Energy... 

Zimbabwe warns of power cuts as dam levels fall, ageing plants stutter

By: Reuters     9th May 2019 Zimbabwe's state-owned power utility on Thursday warned it may ration electricity supplies as low water levels reduce output from its biggest hydro plant, while ageing coal-fired generators are shuttered or running at reduced capacity. Power cuts would hit the mining sector – which contributes... 

Nersa sets May 24 deadline for comment on overhauled SSEG exemption rules

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2019 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa has finally released a consultation paper for an updated Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice for certain categories of small-scale embedded generators, which was submitted to the regulator for its concurrency by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe... 

Nersa sets May 24 deadline for comment on overhauled SSEG exemption rules

South Africa’s energy transition won’t be ‘just’ in absence of inclusive social dialogue  

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2019 South African Federation of Trade Unions general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has called for urgent social dialogue on South Africa’s “inevitable” energy transition from coal to renewable energy, warning that the country’s current framework will fail to deliver a just outcome for workers and poor... 

South Africa’s energy transition won’t be ‘just’ in absence of inclusive social dialogue
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Saftu general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi

Eberhard calls for renewables to play a far greater role in South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     7th May 2019 Energy expert Anton Eberhard has called for renewable energy to play a far greater role in South Africa, adding that solar and wind energy had saved the country from what could have been a far darker place during the recent spate of load-shedding. “Independent power producers have mitigated... 

Eberhard calls for renewables to play a far greater role in South Africa
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Anton Eberhard

Over 400 organisations, small businesses join class action against Eskom

By: News24Wire      7th May 2019 A law firm believes that its plans to launch a class action against Eskom over load-shedding are viable, despite a previous statement from the power utility that there are limited grounds for such a case to be successful. De Beer Attorneys in April called on businesses and organisations which... 

Over 400 organisations, small businesses join class action against Eskom

Energy dept launches updated Wind Atlas for South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2019 Department of Energy (DoE) acting director-general has launched the Wind Atlas for South Africa (WASA) High-Resolution Wind Resource Map, which has expanded its coverage to all nine provinces of the  country.   Addressing delegates at a seminar in East London, the acting director-general... 

Energy dept launches updated Wind Atlas for South Africa

Jeka Energy completes solar PV power plant for Air Products

By: Simone Liedtke     7th May 2019 Jeka Energy has completed the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) roof-mounted power plant for Air Products’ Kempton Park facility.   

IEA says world cannot ‘press pause’ on renewables, as capacity growth stalls  

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2019 The International Energy Agency has expressed concern over the “unexpected flattening” of renewable-energy capacity additions in 2018, which, at 180 GW, remained in line with additions recorded in 2017. It was the first time since 2001 that year-on-year additions of renewable energy failed to... 

IEA says world cannot ‘press pause’ on renewables, as capacity growth stalls

SABS hosts wind energy technical meeting

By: Simone Liedtke     6th May 2019 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is hosting 40 international delegates of the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC’s) technical committee 88 (TC 88) at the SABS’s plenary meeting on May 6 and 7. The IEC’s Renewable Energy Conformity Assessment will then meet on May 9 and... 

Agri SA says concerned by Nersa’s reluctance to register small-scale embedded generator projects 

By: African News Agency      6th May 2019 Agricultural industry association Agri SA said on Monday it was concerned about what it called the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's (Nersa) reluctance to register small-scale embedded generator (SSEG) projects.  In a statement, Agri SA said its members had the potential to supply the... 

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