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Vodacom to complete Midrand campus solar PV installation by year-end
28th September 2023

African connectivity, digital and financial services company, Vodacom is on track to finalise the transformation of its Midrand campus, in Gauteng, into a 10.5 gigawatt-hours-a-year grid-based... 

Interim Eskom CEO Calib Cassim
Eskom aiming not to breach Stage 4 loadshedding this summer
27th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom is aiming to limit loadshedding to Stage 4 during the summer months to the end of March by restricting unplanned breakdowns to 14 500 MW during what is also its high-maintenance season, when... 

FNB senior economist Siphamandla Mkhwanazi
Civil confidence, profitability looking up, at least in the short term
27th September 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

FNB and the Bureau for Economic Research’s Civil Confidence Index (CCI) has increased by two index points to 43 in the third quarter of the year. That is 19 points higher than the third quarter of... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa alongside Discovery CEO Adrian Gore at a joint government-business meeting at Discovery Place, Sandton.
Roadmap to ‘fundamentally reform’ freight logistics sector by end of October
27th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Government has committed to finalise a Freight Logistics Roadmap, outlining a sequenced set of actions to fundamentally reform the logistics system, by the end of October. The commitment was made... 

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IDC reports surge in disbursements to R17.8bn despite economic headwinds
26th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has reported a 147% surge in disbursements to R17.8-billion for 2022/23, up from only R7.2-billion in the prior year – a performance that is within... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Creecy upholds decision allowing Kusile to bypass pollution system, with tighter conditions
26th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has upheld the decision of the National Air Quality Officer (NAQO) to permit the temporary operation of the Kusile coal power station... 

Professor Mohamed Mostafa
Opinion: Innovations in ecofriendly pavement solutions
22nd September 2023

In this article, University of KwaZulu-Natal Sustainable Transportation Research group head Professor Mohamed Mostafa writes about the growing use of sustainable materials in road construction... 

Electricity Minister Kgosietsho Ramokgopa says Eskom has provided a response to the issues raised in the appeal
Early Kusile restart uncertain as Creecy adjudicates emissions appeal
22nd September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Fisheries, Forestry and the Environment (DFFE) has confirmed that Minister Barbara Creecy is still adjudicating an appeal of the National Air Quality Officer’s (NAQO’s) decision... 

The Gautrain fleet.
Empowered group keen to see Gautrain run by South Africans from 2026
20th September 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The Strategic Partners Group (SPG) is the empowerment partner in the Gautrain, the rapid rail link owned by the Gauteng provincial government and run by the Bombela Concession Company (BCC). When... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Gordhan criticises Eskom’s ‘elongated’ restructuring timelines, wants grid company trading from Nov
20th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has criticised Eskom’s “elongated” restructuring timeframes and has called for greater urgency and drive from the utility in completing the remaining... 

Avca summit in London to unpack sustainable investment strategies in Africa
19th September 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Pan-African industry association the African Private Capital Association (Avca) will host the second edition of the Sustainable Investing in Africa Summit, at the Sheraton Grand, Park Lane, London,... 

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Eskom expects NTCSA to begin trading from April
19th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom expects the remaining suspensive conditions required for the operationalisation of the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) to be met by the end of its current financial year... 

Sassda has identified and placed a focus on the following projects that can positively impact the local conversion of stainless steel
Stainless steel sector fights for right to supply local parastatal projects
18th September 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

The use of local stainless steel is crucial to driving demand and the subsequent beneficiation of this highly prized metal, but work still needs to be done to cement the correct specifications of... 

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Energy Regulator approves two outstanding licences for new grid company
18th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved the two licence applications required for the operationalisation of the National Transmission Company of South Africa (NTCSA),... 

The Atlantis OCGT plant
Diesel supply problem blamed for low OCGT use during intense loadshedding week
17th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has confirmed that problems in the diesel supply chain last week meant that it did not operate its open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) as “hard” as it would have done normally in a context where... 

Misa remains an important vehicle for government to advance its efforts towards meeting the basic needs of South African citizens
Govt has more work to do – Minister
15th September 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

The Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (Misa) last month celebrated ten years of “building a stronger and more resilient nation”, as it continues to deliver municipal services that are... 

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Renewables hosting capacity of existing Western Cape grid could be doubled with 10% curtailment
14th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

An assessment by two leading European transmission system operators (TSOs) of an Eskom-generated grid analysis shows that the capacity of the existing Western Cape grid to host variable renewable... 

Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
Cabinet consulted on IRP update, but further input required before public release
14th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Cabinet was consulted on the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity during its meeting on September 13, but the document will be further consulted and revised before it is released... 

CAMM founding director and GIBS economics lecturer Dr Adrian Saville, Business Unity South Africa CEO Cas Coovadia, Industry Insight CEO Elsie Snyman, PPC South Africa and Botswana MD Njombo Lekula, CAMM research associate Francois Fouche, and Cement and Concrete South Africa CEO Bryan Perrie
New report highlights how imported cement destabilises the economy
13th September 2023 By: Darren Parker

The negative impact on the South African economy caused by substituting local cement production with imported cement was highlighted in a report released by cement manufacturer PPC in conjunction... 

CAMM founding director and GIBS economics lecturer Dr Adrian Saville
Economist gives bleak outlook for South Africa’s economic future
13th September 2023 By: Darren Parker

In a stark assessment of South Africa's economic performance Centre for African Management and Markets (CAMM) founding director and Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) economics lecturer Dr... 

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WBHO makes strong return, warns of potential contractor shortage for IPP jobs
13th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) is back, “and we are back on a very strong footing”, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. “We had an exceptional year in a difficult period.” 

FNB senior economist Siphamandla Mkhwanazi
Mixed sentiments arise in latest FNB/BER Building Confidence Index
13th September 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The First National Bank/Bureau for Economic Research (FNB/BER) Building Confidence Index has increased by six points to 34 in the third quarter of the year, with improved sentiment across the board... 

Growthpoint notes V&A Waterfront rebound, improving fundamentals for industrial, retail sectors
13th September 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

International property company Growthpoint Properties has reported a 1.3% year-on-year increase in distributable income per share to 157.6c for the financial year ended June 30. Revenue increased... 

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Construction index records positive quarter-on-quarter progress
13th September 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed diversified miner and materials supplier Afrimat finds in its latest construction index that eight of the nine constituent indicators of the index recorded real growth rates in the... 

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Bell looks to diversify production at Richard Bay plant through BHI launch
12th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

Bell Equipment is set to launch a new business, called Bell Heavy Industries (BHI), at the Mining Indaba in February next year. BHI will be an arm of Bell Equipment Company South Africa, which is... 

Former Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
SIU’s Mothibi says contents of private Eskom investigation ‘cannot be ignored’
12th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Special Investigating Unit head Advocate Andy Mothibi says the fact that former Eskom CEO André de Ruyter did not receive board authorisation to commission a private intelligence investigation into... 

Government aims to help derisk Northern Cape green hydrogen projects
11th September 2023 By: Darren Parker

Northern Cape Economic Development, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency acting project management unit manager Shawn Modise has said the government aims to play a key role in derisking green... 

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South Africa to co-host grid financing seminar with JSE in September
10th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that he is planning to co-host a seminar with the JSE in September to unpack various financing options for the expansion of South Africa’s... 

Sustainability, transformation highlighted as core agendas at Sanral SAICE 2023 awards
8th September 2023 By: Darren Parker

South Africa’s civil engineers must “insist on being invited to the table” and unite to “push the sustainability agenda terms of infrastructure development”, South African Institution of Civil... 

Deputy President Paul Mashatile
Nedlac mulls new social compacting models after failure of ‘big trade-off’
8th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

With South Africa’s social partners having failed to agree the social compact that President Cyril Ramaphosa called for in his 2022 State of the Nation Address, participants to the 28th National... 

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Solar streetlights installed along Gqeberha street
8th September 2023 By: Halima Frost

Lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder has supplied its solar lighting highmast the SOLARFLOOD solution for the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, along a stretch of Stanford road in Gqeberha, in the... 

solar panels on the roof of Static Powers's factory as part of a 1.1 MW solar photovoltaic grid-tied system
Group installs 1.1 MW solar system at manufacturing facility
8th September 2023 By: Halima Frost

After a year of planning and installing alternating-current and direct-current solutions, standby equipment manufacturer Static Power has commissioned a 1.1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) grid-tied... 

A solar alternating current (ac), low-voltage/medium-voltage, step-up skid or ‘E-House' on show at Turnkey modular's manufacturing site in Germiston
First skid delivered to Free State client
8th September 2023 By: Halima Frost

Prefabricated deployment solutions developer Turnkey Modular rolled out the first of multiple solar alternating current (ac), low-voltage/medium-voltage, step-up skid or ‘E-Houses’ in July for... 

Scatec CEO Terje Pilskog
Kenhardt hybrid plant to prove competitiveness of dispatchable renewables – Scatec CEO
7th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The global head of renewable-energy group Scatec is “extremely enthusiastic” about the market opportunities in South Africa, where he says variable wind and solar generation offer the cheapest and... 

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G7 Renewable Energies withdraws case against Eskom's interim grid rules
7th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

G7 Renewable Energies has withdrawn its High Court review against Eskom's Interim Grid Capacity Allocation Rules (IGCAR), following what it describes as “meaningful industry engagements” that have... 

Climate change, regionalisation to impact on global steelmaking
7th September 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Global body World Steel Association director-general Dr Edwin Basson contends that signficant trends such as climate change and the need to decarbonise industrial activity, as well as... 

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