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The Kusile power station
Kusile Unit 3 supplying 720 MW to grid, Eskom confirms
9th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has confirmed that Unit 3 at the Kusile coal-fired power station is currently providing 720 MW into the electricity grid using a temporary flue that bypasses the flue-gas desulphurisation... 


newly constructed Hazeldean boulevard
Balwin opens newly built dual carriageway in Pretoria
9th October 2023 By: Darren Parker

JSE-listed Balwin Properties inaugurated a newly built dual carriageway on October 6. It is hoped that the new carriageway will alleviate traffic congestion in the Hazeldean area in Pretoria East.... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
‘Instrument’ being studied to open rooftop solar to poorer households
9th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says that work is under way on the creation of an “instrument” that will allow poorer households to participate in the ongoing roll-out of rooftop solar... 


Eskom group executive for distribution Monde Bala
Eskom expects to roll out virtual wheeling scheme before end of 2024
6th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity utility Eskom expects to formally roll-out a virtual wheeling scheme, which it has been piloting with mobile telecoms group Vodacom since August, to the rest of the market before the... 


African Rail Industry Association CEO Mesela Kope-Nhlapo
Rail industry needs all hands on deck if it is to be saved – industry association
6th October 2023 By: Darren Parker

The resignation of Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) CEO Siza Mzimela just days after Transnet group CEO Portia Derby announced that she will be stepping down has highlighted the urgent need for key... 


Johannesburg bridge collapse: Safety MMC says it was a 'disaster waiting to happen'
5th October 2023 By: News24Wire

The City of Johannesburg's MMC for Public Safety, Mgcini Tshwaku, warned that the collapse of a pedestrian bridge on Wednesday would have turned into a major disaster if it occurred during peak... 


Standard Bank South Africa CEO Lungisa Fuzile
Standard Bank’s pipeline of private utility scale renewables projects stands at 4 GW
3rd October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Standard Bank reports that it has financed 400 MW of distributed generation since government’s recent decision to allow utility scale projects of any size to proceed without a licence even when... 


Zambia, DRC kick off major road project
3rd October 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Presidents of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia have broken ground at the Lualapa river bridge site, marking the start of the Kasomeno-Mwenda Toll Road (KMTR) project. The new... 


Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) was refuelled with hydrogen produced by Sasol, using an Air Products dispensing technology
Fuel cell electric vehicle demonstration seen as catalyst for nascent green hydrogen economy
2nd October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

In a milestone for South Africa’s nascent green hydrogen economy, three large corporates have teamed up to showcase the potential of using domestically produced hydrogen as a zero-emission... 


The Presidency’s Rudi Dicks
JET pledges rise to $11.9bn as South Africa moves to finalise implementation plan
29th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The South African government has received additional pledges, worth nearly $3.5-billion, in support of its Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET IP), increasing the overall envelope of... 


Eskom evolving from traditional to virtual wheeling with Vodacom
29th September 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

State-owned power utility Eskom strategy development senior manager Mutenda Tshipala has noted that Eskom is evolving from the traditional electricity wheeling mechanism to virtual wheeling in... 


Green Hydrogen container
Export component of South Africa’s green hydrogen strategy will seek to lock in price subsidies
29th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The initial export component of South Africa’s yet-to-be-approved Green Hydrogen Commercialisation Strategy is not premised on the trade of scarce renewable electrons – converted into molecules or... 


DBSA highlights its contribution to infrastructure development in Africa
29th September 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Development finance institution (DFI) the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) head of energy, environment and information and communications technology (ICT) Mathapelo Malao has emphasised... 


WBHO makes strong return, warns of potential contractor shortage for IPP jobs
29th 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.” 


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SA’s wind-energy potential is vast and not geographically constrained
29th September 2023 By: Donna Slater

Despite no wind energy projects being selected as preferred bidders in the sixth bid window (BW6) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the South... 


BHP CEO Mike Henry
Small set of common ESG standards should govern access to capital for critical minerals investment - BHP
28th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

BHP CEO Mike Henry has called for a “small set of common standards” covering environmental, social, and governance (ESG) to underpin the access to capital required to unlock investment in the... 


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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... 


TP Nchocho
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,... 


Power line
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... 


Power lines
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... 


BASIC NEEDS
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... 


Grid connection point with wind turbine in the backgound
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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