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No load-shedding reprieve for Tuesday afternoon – Eskom

By: News24Wire      11th February 2020 Eskom will continue to implement stage 1 rotational load-shedding until 6 am on Wednesday due to a shortage of capacity and the need to replenish its emergency reserves. This means power cuts will not be suspended between 4 pm and 6 pm on Tuesday during peak traffic. It said it would provide an... 

World emissions kept in check as rich nations kick coal habit

By: , Bloomberg     11th February 2020 Global emissions from energy held steady in 2019 for the first time in three years as developed nations continued to move away from coal power and toward renewable energy and natural gas. Even as the world economy grew, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions remained at 33.3-billion tons.... 

Eskom loses R69bn urgent-relief battle, but war continues   

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2020 Judge Jody Kollapen on Monday turned down Eskom’s application for urgent relief in relation to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s controversial treatment, in its most recent tariff determination, of the R69-billion in government support announced in the 2019 Budget. Kollapen said the... 

Eskom loses R69bn urgent-relief battle, but war continues
CLICK ABOVE TO LISTEN: Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer speaks to CapeTalk's Refilwe Moloto about the legal showdown between Eskom and Nersa. Recorded: 11.02.2020

Google abandons plans to buy stake in Africa’s biggest wind park

By: , Bloomberg     10th February 2020 Vestas Wind Systems is shopping for a new buyer for its 12.5% stake in Africa’s largest wind farm after Google dropped plans to purchase it following project delays. The Danish turbine manufacturer blamed the Alphabet unit’s decision to pull out on “delays relating primarily to the transmission... 

Cosatu’s Eskom plan doesn’t diminish State’s liability, BNP says

By: , Bloomberg     10th February 2020 A proposal by South Africa’s biggest labor-union federation to rescue debt-stricken Eskom Holdings with government workers’ pensions would amount to little more than a shifting of contingent liabilities, according to BNP Paribas South Africa. The Congress of South African Trade Unions’ proposal... 

Stage 1 load-shedding resumes

By: News24Wire      10th February 2020 Eskom resumed stage 1 load-shedding at 9am on Monday morning.  In a power update, the utility said the cuts are due to a shortage of capacity and the need to replenish emergency supplies. Eskom has not yet said whether cuts would continue for the remainder of the week. It will provide an update... 

 Stage 1 load-shedding resumes

Cosatu wants workers to have $6.9bn stake in Eskom

By: , Bloomberg     10th February 2020 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the country’s biggest labor federation and a key ally of the ruling party, said it wants the R104-billion of Eskom Holdings’ debt held by the State pension fund manager to be converted into equity owned by workers. The proposal, made in an... 

South Africa to fast-track continental infrastructure projects

By: , Bloomberg     10th February 2020 South Africa will fast-track four continent-wide infrastructure projects in which it’s involved, including a $14-billion dam on the Congo river, President Cyril Ramaphosa said as the country assumed the chair of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa. The country will drive the Inga III power... 

Consortium makes Richards Bay gas-to-power proposal in response to DMRE’s call for emergency solutions  

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2020 A black-empowered consortium that includes companies with extensive gas-to-power experience has made a formal submission to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in which plans for power generation plants capable of adding between 300 MW and 3 300 MW to South Africa’s grid within... 

Consortium makes Richards Bay gas-to-power proposal in response to DMRE’s call for emergency solutions
The proposed site of the Mhlathuze Energy project

Excavation and loading fleet adds new machines

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2020 Mining contractor WEGO Africa added another SANY SY500 excavator to its pre-existing fleet of four, in addition to acquiring two new SANY SY956 front-end loaders, at the end of last year. The new equipment was transported by road from Johannesburg, in Gauteng, to an iron-ore and manganese mine in... 

Excavation and loading fleet adds new machines
CAN YOU DIG IT A fifth SY500 excavator has been added to the mining contractor’s fleet

New forklift models for South African market

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2020 Local forklift and compressor distributor Avir is introducing four new Chinese JAC forklift models to South Africa this year. One of these new models is a special edition 3 t forklift for loading and offloading in steep-gradient conditions. 

New forklift models for South African market
RAISING THE BAR The new models of JAC forklifts will enter the South African market this year

Ramaphosa calls for SA, Germany to tackle energy challenges

By: African News Agency      6th February 2020 As German chancellor Angela Merkel began a state visit to South African on Thursday, president Cyril Ramaphosa called for greater cooperation between the two nations on clean energy, low carbon growth and skills training. Speaking after bilateral talks with Merkel, Ramaphosa said they had agreed... 

AMSA says regulatory changes could open way for 100 MW Vanderbijl solar farm 

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2020 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) believes there is potential to develop a 75 MW to 100 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant adjacent to its Vanderbijlpark mill, in Gauteng. The JSE-listed company is also convinced that such a project could proceed relatively quickly should South... 

AMSA says regulatory changes could open way for 100 MW Vanderbijl solar farm
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

Load-shedding to continue until Friday, with high chance of weekend cuts

By: News24Wire      6th February 2020 Eskom says stage 2 rotational load-shedding will continue until Friday, with a "high probability of cuts" over the weekend.  The cuts are due to a shortage of capacity and a higher demand for electricity. The utility said it would not be able to suspend cuts for morning or afternoon peak traffic.... 

 Load-shedding to continue until Friday, with high chance of weekend cuts

Transnet plans to boost the volume of coal transported by rail to Eskom 

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2020 State-owned Transnet says it is planning to ramp up the amount of coal it transports by rail to power utility Eskom's power stations to 32.5-million tonnes over the next five years, starting with a small increase over the next year. Chief customer officer Mike Fanucchi on Wednesday said Transnet... 

Transnet plans to boost the volume of coal transported by rail to Eskom

Consensus is being reached over Eskom debt, Cosatu says

By: , Bloomberg     6th February 2020 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the country’s biggest labour federation, said significant progress was made on Wednesday in its talks with government and business over its proposed plan to cut Eskom Holdings' debt. “There were broad in-principle agreements” said Matthew... 

DRC to benefit from rise in global copper demand  

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2020 Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines chairperson Robert Friedland is capitalising on the rising need for more copper globally, with a mission to restore the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC's) position as the number one producer of copper metal in the world. Friedland told the 2020 Investing... 

DRC to benefit from rise in global copper demand
Ivanhoe Mines chairperson Robert Friedland addresses the Investing in African Mining Indaba. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

SA’s electricity situation 

5th February 2020 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about power utility Eskom’s maintenance plans and how this is likely to affect load-shedding for the next 18 months, Eskom’s application to Nersa to recover R27-billion in additional funding from consumers and... 

SA’s electricity situation
SA’s electricity situation

Ramaphosa amenable to Eskom debt proposal 

By: Reuters     5th February 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa is "favourably disposed" to a proposal by the country's largest trade union federation to lower the debt of struggling state power utility Eskom, his spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Union federation Cosatu proposed at a meeting with Ramaphosa and business leaders on... 

Eskom to implement Stage 2 load-shedding continuously 

By: African News Agency      5th February 2020 Eskom said on Wednesday morning it would implement Stage 2 load-shedding continuously until Thursday morning as electricity capacity constraints did not allow it to give clients respite during morning and afternoon peak traffic periods. "Stage 2 rotational load-shedding is currently in effect... 

Eskom to implement Stage 2 load-shedding continuously

Mazars says Mboweni facing a daunting task as he prepares to deliver the 2020 Budget   

By: Simone Liedtke     4th February 2020 The upcoming National Budget is likely to be a “watershed moment” for South Africa, accounting and consulting group Mazars tax partner Bernard Sacks said on Tuesday. Speaking to media at a pre-Budget briefing, he said the Budget itself would, however, not be a “watershed Budget”. 

Mazars says Mboweni facing a daunting task as he prepares to deliver the 2020 Budget
The video looks at some of the highlights from Mazars tax partner Bernard Sacks' presentation during a panel discussion, giving media some insight into the South African economy and what to expect ahead of the National Budget later this month, while also briefly discussing what can potentially solve power utility Eskom’s challenges. Video: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd.

Hydrogen fuel cell technology ‘not too far away’ – Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     4th February 2020 Even though society had begun to move towards battery electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell technology would be the real disrupter of the electric vehicle market, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman predicted on Tuesday. Sibanye-Stillwater is the world’s largest primary producer of platinum,... 

Hydrogen fuel cell technology ‘not too far away’ – Sibanye-Stillwater
Photo by Creamer Media
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Turkey's Karpowership looks to plug South African power gap 

By: Reuters     4th February 2020 Turkey's Karpowership, one of the world's largest powership firms, has submitted a plan to South Africa to provide "several" ships capable of plugging a severe power shortage in the country, a senior company official said on Tuesday. South Africa's State-owned power utility Eskom has regularly... 

ARB expects to report higher interim earnings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th February 2020 Investment company ARB Holdings expects its earning per share (EPS) for the six months ended December 31, to be between 31.39c and 33.60c, which is between 35% and 45% higher than the EPS of 23.25c reported for the corresponding period in 2018. Moreover, the company expects it headline earnings... 

Opinion: Can mining companies currently generate own power without licenses? 

4th February 2020 In this article, Webber Wentzel partners Jason van der Poel, Mzukisi Kota and Alexandra Felekis outline when it is, and when it is not, permissible for mining firms to proceed to produce their own power without a license. 

Opinion: Can mining companies currently generate own power without licenses?
Mineral Resources and Energy minister Gwede Mantashe said this week that, Depending on the circumstances, self-generation plant may only require registration and not licensing

Eskom confirms Stage 2 load-shedding will continue until Thursday 

By: African News Agency      4th February 2020 Eskom confirmed on Tuesday that it would continue with Stage 2 load-shedding until Thursday morning. The embattled power utility, which has a total generating capacity of 46 000 megawatt, said unexpected outages cost it 11 389 megawatt on Tuesday morning. Stage 2 load-shedding allows Eskom to... 

Eskom confirms Stage 2 load-shedding will continue until Thursday

Eskom warns of upcoming daytime power cuts to municipality

By: News24Wire      4th February 2020 Eskom has warned that it will disconnect power to customers in the Northern Cape's Khâi-Ma Local Municipality next week due to a breach of payment conditions. The municipality includes the town of Pofadder. 

Eskom warns of upcoming daytime power cuts to municipality

Kibo reaffirms commitment towards sustainable energy for Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th February 2020 JSE- and Aim-listed Kibo Energy says 2020 will be an exciting year for the company as it seeks to meet current energy needs without compromising future generations. Kibo is developing three coal power projects, in Tanzania, Botswana and Mozambique, and holds a 60% interest in MAST Energy... 

Thousands of jobs wait for next wind farm bid round, says association

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th February 2020 Thousands of jobs await a Ministerial determination to give the green light for the next round of wind farms to be built. South Africa Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) says South Africa’s energy transition is poised to unlock economic growth and deliver thousands of much-needed jobs at a time... 

Eskom defends request for R27bn tariff increase from regulator 

By: African News Agency      4th February 2020 South Africa's cash-strapped power utility Eskom has defended its request for an additional R27-billion in tariffs, saying it needs to recover prudently-incurred costs for the 2018/2019 financial year. Last year Eskom said Nersa's decision to award the utility lower tariff increases than it had... 

Eskom defends request for R27bn tariff increase from regulator

Anglo American to decide fate of South African thermal coal assets this year

By: Reuters     4th February 2020 Global miner Anglo American will decide this year whether to sell its South African thermal coal business, CE Mark Cutifani told Reuters on Monday. Anglo American and other mining companies have come under growing pressure to reduce their exposure to coal because of concern over climate change.... 

Solar power overwhelming choice of self-generating mines – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2020 The new potential self-generation electricity projects being proposed by Minerals Council South Africa members are overwhelmingly solar power projects, along with some solar-diesel hybrid power projects for overnight operations, and “a little bit” of baseload coal. “The vast majority are... 

Solar power overwhelming choice of self-generating mines – Minerals Council
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Eskom and Nersa resume normal hostilities as RCA hearings begin 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2020 Outside of the courts, Eskom and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) have resumed normal hostilities on their more customary playing field of public hearings, with initial oral representations heard on Monday into the State-owned utility’s latest Regulatory Clearing Account... 

Eskom and Nersa resume normal hostilities as RCA hearings begin
Photo by Creamer Media
Nersa kicked off public hearings into Eskom's RCA applicaiton for 2019 in Cape Town on Monday

Business lobby welcomes union proposals on Eskom

By: , Bloomberg     3rd February 2020 South Africa’s main business lobby group welcomed proposals by the nation’s biggest labour union federation to rescue debt-stricken power utility Eskom Holdings. The Congress of South African Trade Unions on Monday presented its plan to the so-called President’s Working Council, which includes... 

Minister keen to get generation outside of Eskom going soonest  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe is keen to get electricity generation going outside of Eskom as fast as possible with a view to creating a competitive environment that will lower the cost of electricity. Speaking at a media conference at the Investing in African Mining... 

Minister keen to get generation outside of Eskom going soonest
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Video: Minerals Council chairperson Mgojo talks about electricity self-generation 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd February 2020 Minerals Council South Africa chairperson Mxolisi Mgojo on Monday told delegates and media attending the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2020, in Cape Town, that the council had been speaking to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and... 

Video: Minerals Council chairperson Mgojo talks about electricity self-generation
Minerals Council South Africa chairperson Mxolisi Mgojo discusses electricity self-generation at the 2010 Investing in African Mining Indaba. Video and editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Video: Baxter discusses mining industry's electricity self-generation plan 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd February 2020 Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter on Monday stressed that the reliability of electricity supply was critical for the mining industry. This followed an announcement by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe earlier in the day that government would make it easier for... 

Video: Baxter discusses mining industry's electricity self-generation plan
During a media briefing held at the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2020, in Cape Town, on Monday, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter spoke about how mining companies were seeking reliable electricity supply. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.
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