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Eskom spent R47.4bn on diesel in the past ten years 

By: News24Wire      6th May 2019 Between 2009 and 2019, cash-strapped Eskom paid 48 suppliers R47.4-billion for diesel that was burnt to keep the lights on. In response to a Public Access to Information Act request, Eskom provided News24 with its diesel expenditure for the past ten years as well as the names of the suppliers it... 

ANC wants banks to be forced to fund South African coal mines  

By: Bloomberg     6th May 2019 South Africa’s banks should be forced to invest in new coal mines in the country, the ruling African National Congress’s head of economic transformation said. Nedbank Group and Standard Bank Group have said “they are not going to put money in coal any more,” Enoch Godongwana said in an interview... 

ANC wants banks to be forced to fund South African coal mines

Egypt expects giant solar park to be fully operational in 2019

By: Reuters     6th May 2019 Egypt expects the 1.6 GW solar park it is building in the south of the country to be operating at full capacity in 2019, the investment ministry said in a statement on Sunday. The $2-billion project, set to be the world's largest solar installation, has been partly funded by the World Bank, which... 

Urbanisation prompts investment opportunities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 Urbanisation in Africa will increase significantly, compared with the rest of the world, and this will result in several significant investment opportunities, says fully black-owned private equity company Agile Capital CEO Tshego Sefolo. These investment opportunities will manifest in the... 

Urbanisation prompts  investment opportunities
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AFRICAN POSSIBILITIES Agile Capital is actively looking to invest in new opportunities in Africa

Africa gains traction as trade destination

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 Africa, as a trade and export destination, is looking increasingly attractive from a South African perspective, and represents an opportunity for growth for many South African companies, says research and consulting specialist Africa House MD Liz Whitehouse. Africa offers South African companies... 

Africa gains traction as trade destination
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MAKING PROGRESS Several industries and factors are driving growth in sub-Saharan Africa, including agricultural development and power

Energy solutions provider aims for Africa expansion

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 Electrical house (eHouse) solutions and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure provider TGOOD Africa is expanding its business into Africa and aims to establish offices in Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia in the next nine to twelve months. The company’s head office for its sub-Saharan... 

Energy solutions provider aims for Africa expansion
SPECIFIC SOLUTION TGOOD’s electrical houses are built according to clients’ specifications

PowerGen, AUW co-location brings more conversation and connection

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     3rd May 2019 This year’s African Utility Week (AUW) will welcome the generation sector through the co-location of the electricity industry forum PowerGen Africa for complete discussions ranging from the power sector planning to smart city delivery. “With the concentration of senior decision-makers... 

PowerGen, AUW co-location brings more conversation and connection
JEFF RADEBE Will provide the Ministerial address at this years AUW

Possible solution to SA’s power challenges

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     3rd May 2019 Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, in combination with energy storage products, can offer solutions to some of South Africa’s challenges, which include load-shedding, rising power prices and no grid availability in certain areas, says solar PV and energy storage system provider IBC SOLAR South... 

Possible solution to  SA’s power challenges
SUPPORT SYSTEM Solar photovoltaic in combination with storage products can provide a reliable energy source

Company to focus on hydropower at AUW

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     3rd May 2019 South Africa-based independent power producer Renewable Energy Holdings (REH) aims to focus on the role hydropower plays in the Southern Africa power sector at this year’s African Utility Week (AUW). “Hydropower is a very stable resource to add to the grid, especilly when compared with solar... 

Company to focus on  hydropower at AUW
STABILITY Hydropower is a very stable resource to add to the grid compared to solar power

BMG World accredited as Eaton’s exclusive warranty centre in Africa

3rd May 2019 The well-established partnership between engineering consumables and components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG) and power management solutions provider Eaton Hydraulics has been enhanced with the accreditation of BMG’s Johannesburg head office facility - BMG World - as the exclusive Eaton... 

BMG World accredited as Eaton’s exclusive warranty centre in Africa
NICKY MULLER The warranty centre’s local team is headed up by Muller and has benefited from a recent skills upliftment programme

Hydraulic fluid reduces energy consumption

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd May 2019 Multinational oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil’s Mobil DTE 10 Excel 46 hydraulic lubricant oil has reduced paper and plastics packaging manufacturing company Mpact Plastics’ energy consumption by 7%. Mpact Plastics – based in Pinetown, in KwaZulu-Natal – intended to reach the group’s national... 

Hydraulic fluid reduces energy consumption
ESSENTIAL OILS When the oil reaches the end-of-life phase and must be disposed, high-performance oils can be formulated to have a reduced environmental impact

Partnership aims to enhance local fluid power sector

3rd May 2019 Incorporated fluid power technology provider Hyflo Southern Africa has been incorporated into engineering products and service provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) fluid technology division. 

Partnership aims to enhance  local fluid power sector
OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIP With access to BMG’s central support functions, including engineering, technical expertise and manufacturing skills, Hyflo can further improve its service to its customer base

Fieldbus solution for pneumatic valves first step to smart assembly

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd May 2019 The incorporation of a fieldbus solution to control pneumatic valves could be an important step towards cloud-connected Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) innovations on the assembly line, says multinational motion and control technologies provider Parker Hannifin South Africa account manager... 

Fieldbus solution for  pneumatic valves first  step to smart assembly
SELINA NAIDOO Asset monitoring and management of an automated system remotely, from anywhere in the world, will create opportunities and solutions that were once only envisaged

Brokk introduces new hydraulic breaker series

3rd May 2019 Multinational remote-controlled demolition machines manufacturer Brokk has launched its own line of hydraulic breakers. The new Brokk Hydraulic Breaker (BHB) series is matched with the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots. Each robot is essentially designed from the... 

Brokk introduces new hydraulic breaker series
BROKK HYDRAULIC BREAKER SERIES The breakers match the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots

NUM calls for reskilling of Eskom workers to equip them for clean-energy jobs  

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called for greater attention to be given to the reskilling of Eskom workers “so that they can be absorbed” into clean-energy technology work opportunities. In a statement released following a meeting of its national executive committee in Gauteng, the... 

NUM calls for reskilling of Eskom workers to equip them for clean-energy jobs

Nedbank reports ‘overwhelmingly positive’ response to pioneering renewable-energy bond 

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2019 Financial services group Nedbank reported an “overwhelmingly positive” market response on Tuesday to its pioneering listing of a renewable-energy bond on the Green Bond Segment of the JSE. Nedbank became the first South African bank to list such an instrument on the bourse’s platform, which was... 

Nedbank reports ‘overwhelmingly positive’ response to pioneering renewable-energy bond
Bruce Stewart (holding Vuvuzela) at the listing on April 30 of the Nedbank Renewable Energy Bond

Activists slam South Africa's decision to pump water to coal mines

By: Bloomberg     30th April 2019 South African environmental groups have challenged the government’s decision to grant permission for a water project which aims to supply developments for its future coal reserves. Authorizing a part of the Mokolo Crocodile (West) Water Augmentation Project, which would pump water to the... 

Egypt pushes ahead with plans for nuclear power

By: African News Agency      30th April 2019 Egypt is pushing ahead with plans to build a nuclear power station. The country’s Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA) has approved the site of Al Dabaa in the first step of the licensing process required to build a nuclear station, Al Monitor reported on Tuesday. ENRA is... 

Eskom attributes load-shedding-free period to improved plant performance 

By: Terence Creamer     29th April 2019 State-owned electricity utility Eskom reported on Monday that an improvement in plant performance had enabled it to avoid load-shedding for 36 consecutive days since the declaration of an extended period of rotational power cuts in March. However, COO Jan Oberholzer reiterated that the risk of... 

Eskom attributes load-shedding-free period to improved plant performance
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Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Upcoming Windaba to extend gaze beyond South Africa to rest of continent

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th April 2019 The ninth edition of the yearly Windaba conference will expand its focus from the role that wind energy can play in improving electricity security and development in South Africa to the generation technology’s potential in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. The 2019 gathering takes place in Cape... 

Upcoming Windaba to extend gaze beyond South Africa to rest of continent

EDF puts energy-challenged Africa at the centre of its 2030 development strategy

By: Simone Liedtke     29th April 2019 Africa is at the heart of French energy solutions provider EDF’s ambition to triple its activity outside of Europe, as well as to double its renewable energy capacity globally, by 2030; however, there are various challenges facing the continent, and the company aims to help address these through... 

EDF puts energy-challenged Africa at the centre of its 2030 development strategy
EDF senior VP for Africa Valérie Levkov

Zambia sets sights on yet more solar as another 34 MW is connected to grid 

By: Terence Creamer     29th April 2019 The 34 MW Ngonye solar photovoltaic plant, in Zambia, has been connected to the country’s grid and has started operations. Once fully up and running, the facility is expected to produce about 70 GWh of electricity yearly and help the Southern African country diversify its power mix away from its... 

Zambia sets sights on yet more solar as another 34 MW is connected to grid

Guinea boosts power output to foster bauxite refining

By: Reuters     29th April 2019 Guinea expects to boost its energy production capacity by nearly four-fold over the next six years as it pushes mining companies to refine their bauxite output locally, the energy minister said on Friday. The West African nation, Africa's biggest producer of the aluminium ore, is in the midst of... 

Tanesco gives Kibo green light to develop MCPP

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th April 2019 Aim- and JSE-listed Kibo Energy has received formal notice from the Tanzania Electric Supply Company to develop the Mbeya coal-to-power project for the export market. This enables the company to engage with African power pools regarding offtake agreements.  

Cosatu wants facts before talks on Eskom job cuts

By: Bloomberg     26th April 2019 South Africa’s largest labour federation is prepared to discuss reducing workers at the nation’s power utility if it’s given proof of over-staffing and that job cuts would save Eskom Holdings. Until now, proposals to turn around the debt-ridden, loss-making utility have been met with fierce... 

Company launched natural gas gensets at electricity show in Dubai

By: Halima Frost     26th April 2019 Global power leader Cummins launched its latest global offering – the HSK78G gas generator series – at the Middle East Electricity show, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, in the United Arb Emirates (UAE) last month. Cummins, also a sponsor of the event, displayed the new series at its stand... 

Company launched natural gas gensets at electricity show in Dubai
NEXT GEN GEN Cummins launched the HSK78G gas generator series last month

Generator supplier helps combat load-shedding impact

By: Halima Frost     26th April 2019 With inconsistent power supply being an ongoing issue for companies in South Africa, electrical products supplier and local manufacturer Zest WEG Group offers synchronised generator sets (gensets) to the industry, which allow for continuous power supply, negating the start-up and shutdown dangers... 

Generator supplier helps combat load-shedding impact
HOT HOT HOT The Doosan generator is one of the long term - mid range - solutions Zest WEG offers

Company making inroads into embedded generation generators

By: Halima Frost     26th April 2019 The global trend of moving towards decentralised embedded generation has encouraged power solutions manufacturer Himoinsa to work with its research and development (R&D) teams to enable its generator sets, or gensets, to feed excess power back into the grid. Himoinsa has conducted R&D on this... 

Company making inroads into embedded generation generators
DUCKS IN A ROW If installed and maintained correctly, a genset can minimise operational costs on site

Generator company offers contingency planning assistance

26th April 2019 Temporary power generation supplier Aggreko highlights that developing a contingency plan is essential in helping a business stay afloat and prevent costly downtime in the event something unexpected does occur. An added bonus to putting a plan in place ahead of an emergency is that this will... 

Generator company offers contingency planning assistance
MASTER PLAN Aggreko helps clients plan for the unexpected

Compressor supplier offering containerised solution

26th April 2019 This month, compressor and generator rental company Rand-Air purchased four of sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco’s TwinPower generators as part of its rental offering its clients. This containerised generator solution gives a compact footprint, versatility, optimised... 

Compressor supplier offering containerised solution
POWER LIFT The containerized generators offer power to remote areas

Long period of backsliding masks genuine promise South Africa still holds

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2019 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of political inclusion, it was the age of income inequality, it was the epoch of human dignity, it was the epoch of neglect and corruption, it was the season of electricity access, it was the season of load-shedding, it was the... 

Long period of backsliding masks genuine promise South Africa still holds

Firm plans to deploy 400 natural-gas refuelling sites across SA

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2019 Natural-gas distributor Delta Natural Gas (DNG) Energy is rolling out 400 natural gas refuelling sites across South Africa for the taxi and freight industries, which will provide an immediate cost reduction of 25% for these industries and reduce their carbon emissions, says DNG Energy CEO... 

BBOXX launches community solar power concept in Togo

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2019 Next-generation utility BBOXX on Thursday launched its Tomorrow’s Connected Community concept, in Togo. The concept is aimed at unlocking the economic potential of entire communities in developing countries through access to energy.  

BBOXX launches community solar power concept in Togo

CSIR analysis highlights positive contribution of renewables during 2019 load-shedding periods  

By: Terence Creamer     24th April 2019 South Africa’s fleet of utility-scale variable renewable energy plants contributed to limiting the extent of load-shedding instituted by Eskom during the first quarter of 2019 by 46%, new analysis by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research research shows. The report adds that, absent... 

CSIR analysis highlights positive contribution of renewables during 2019 load-shedding periods

Bank report points to transport being next decarbonisation frontier 

By: Terence Creamer     24th April 2019 Newly released research by international banking group HSBC outlines a scenario for reducing transport emissions by 76% by 2040 through combining technology and regulation in a way that results in electricity, hydrogen and biofuels replacing oil as the primary fuel feedstock across transport... 

Bank report points to transport being next decarbonisation frontier

Sanedi’s reflective roof coatings pilot moves to scale

By: Schalk Burger     24th April 2019 The South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) on Wednesday announced that its Cool Surfaces Project has moved from collaboration to a completed, scaled-up project in Groblershoop, in the Northern Cape. Reflective roof coatings have reduced the indoor daytime temperatures at a... 

Sanedi’s reflective roof coatings pilot moves to scale
Reflective coating

Vanggatfontein coal deliveries to Eskom interrupted as striking miners dismissed 

By: Simone Liedtke     24th April 2019 Production at Wescoal’s Vanggatfontein mine, in Mpumalanga, will be suspended for six to eight weeks after the mining contractor dismissed its 274 employees at the mine following unlawful industrial action – that turned violent – earlier this month. The mining contractor and Wescoal have, on... 

Vanggatfontein coal deliveries to Eskom interrupted as striking miners dismissed

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