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IEA executive director Fatih Birol
Invest in grids today or face gridlock tomorrow, IEA warns
17th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is warning that investment in transmission and distribution infrastructure is failing to keep pace with renewables projects, and is leading to a large and... 


Calgro M3 CEO Wikus Lategan
Calgro M3 in good position to realise growth when interest rates turn
16th October 2023 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed residential property development and investment company Calgro M3 grew its revenue by 13.5% to R688.9-million, increased cash by 11.2% to R191.9-million, maintained net debt to equity at... 


BII, ILX Management to co-fund $500m of sustainable development
16th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

British International Investment (BII) and the Netherlands-based ILX Management plan to co-fund as much as $500-million in debt of sustainable development projects across Africa, Asia and the... 


Green Hydrogen
Three coastal provinces move to partner on green hydrogen ahead of finalisation of country strategy
15th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Eastern, Northern and Western Cape provinces have agreed to team up in a bid to position South Africa as a global hub for the production of green hydrogen and derivative products, as well as to... 


Image of the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town
Tygerberg Hospital to be redeveloped in multibillion-rand PPP project
13th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

Requests for proposals (RFPs) to redevelop the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town are expected to go out next year, says Western Cape government Department of Health and Wellness communication deputy... 


Digital twins helping to save engineering hours on infrastructure projects
13th October 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Infrastructure engineering software company Bentley Systems has described 2023 as a groundbreaking year for infrastructure intelligence, with organisations globally overcoming the ever-growing... 


An mage of ACTOM Signalling's equipment next to a railway line
Local manufacturers poised to support sector
13th October 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

Local manufacturers are well positioned to support the South African railway and transportation sector through products, services and maintenance support tailored to the specific needs of the... 


An image of law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr corporate and commercial practice director and mining and minerals sector head Vivien Chaplin
Rail protocol ratification approved
13th October 2023

The South African Cabinet formally approved the submission of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol to the Cape Town Convention (LRP) to Parliament for ratification, in June 2023. Formal ratification is... 


Railway project midway to completion
13th October 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

Japan-based railway signal and track maintenance equipment manufacturer Hayashi Soji is midway through the second phase of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) railway project in South... 


Neglect, mismanagement threaten S Africa's once-promising transport infrastructure, warns Cesa
13th October 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

South Africa boasts extensive road and railway systems, along with well-equipped ports and airports, some of which are comparable to infrastructure in developed nations. However, a lack of... 


The Westown development
Balwin extends KZN footprint with new lifestyle estate at Westown
12th October 2023 By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

JSE-listed large-scale residential property developer Balwin Properties announced on Wednesday that it has concluded agreements to develop a 1 260-apartment lifestyle estate in the larger Westown... 


Photo of a hydrogen storage tank, a solar photovoltaic panel and wind turbines
Africa can and should harness its hydrogen potential for development
11th October 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Harnessing the potential for renewable energy and green hydrogen production, or replacing carbon atoms with hydrogen atoms in the energy value chain, can build peace and stability in Africa,... 


Johannesburg Water Brixton Tower
City of Joburg outlines ambitious plans to mitigate water shortages
10th October 2023 By: Sane Dhlamini

Joburg Water Networks Senior Manager Logan Munsamy on Tuesday laid out a range of plans that the municipality would undertake as it deals with critical water supply challenges across various... 


Power lines
Only 28 of the 136 munis owing Eskom R58bn-plus approved to participate in write-off scheme
10th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Only 28 municipalities have to date been given approval by the National Treasury to participate in the Eskom Municipal Debt Relief Support Programme, which was announced in the February Budget as... 


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... 


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