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LPG could plug backup energy gap

By: Cameron Mackay     24th April 2020 Research conducted by strategy agency Birguid shows that liquified petroleum gas (LPG) suppliers can approach State-owned power utility Eskom, as well as other independent power producers, to offer LPG supply as a backup energy source instead of diesel or petrol. Birguid researcher Patience... 

LNG market sees increased clean energy demand

24th April 2020 Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) increased by 12.5% to 359-million tonnes last year, which is a significant increase that bolsters LNG’s growing role in the transition to a lower carbon energy system. This is according to a LNG outlook report that was published by natural gas and... 

AN EVOLVING MARKET 

New spot-trading mechanisms and a wider variety of indices used for long-term contracts point towards LNG becoming an increasingly flexible commodity
AN EVOLVING MARKET New spot-trading mechanisms and a wider variety of indices used for long-term contracts point towards LNG becoming an increasingly flexible commodity

Opportune time for LPG growth

By: Cameron Mackay     24th April 2020 The local liquified petroleum gas (LPG) market is an underdeveloped industry and has significant growth potential, largely owing to its use as an energy source, says the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Safety Association of South Africa acting MD Nirvan Brijlal. Moreover, he highlights the... 

POTENTIAL UNLOCKED

LPG’s versatility in domestic, commercial and industrial applications, and impending supply capacity improvements, are significant factors signalling the potential for growth for the industry
POTENTIAL UNLOCKED LPG’s versatility in domestic, commercial and industrial applications, and impending supply capacity improvements, are significant factors signalling the potential for growth for the industry

Association improves technicians training

By: Cameron Mackay     24th April 2020 The Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Safety Association of South Africa has been investing in improving its LPG technicians’ installation training through collaboration with the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) as one of its mandates for the LPG sector. “This will enable us to ensure that... 

NIRVAN BRIJLAL

The industry is well regulated, with many safety standards in place
NIRVAN BRIJLAL The industry is well regulated, with many safety standards in place

NCC files matter with National Consumer Tribunal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th April 2020 The National Consumer Commission (NCC) has filed a matter against a company with the Consumer Tribunal (NCT) for prosecution. The NCC had received complaints of alleged unfair, unreasonable, unjust or unconscionable price increase against the company, whose name has not been revealed, on March 26... 

Decarbonising of local power generation sedate

By: Tracy Hancock     17th April 2020 Decarbonising South Africa’s electricity generation is no longer a technical challenge, it is a political and economic issue, says University of Pretoria Graduate School of Technology Management professor David Walwyn.  The Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) forecasts that it will take... 

RENEWED PROJECTION
The growing appeal of grid-tied and standalone rooftop solar systems may alter the Integrated Resource Plan’s 30-year projection for the decarbonising of South Africa’s electric power generation
RENEWED PROJECTION The growing appeal of grid-tied and standalone rooftop solar systems may alter the Integrated Resource Plan’s 30-year projection for the decarbonising of South Africa’s electric power generation

Restrictions eased on various industries as South Africa enters extended lockdown phase  

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2020 The South African government announced the easing of lockdown restrictions for parts of the logistics, retail, services, mining and energy sectors on April 16, as the country entered the second phase of what was initially meant to be a 21-day nationwide lockdown in response to the Covid-19... 

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Association aims to address storage hybrid projects

10th April 2020 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has announced that it will be creating a discussion platform to support members and the broader renewable energy sector, by addressing questions that are emerging in relation to wind and storage hybrid projects. 

NTOMBIFUTHI NTULI
There is a global wave of hybrid projects that use, among other things, wind and battery storage
NTOMBIFUTHI NTULI There is a global wave of hybrid projects that use, among other things, wind and battery storage

Mine to benefit from minigrid project

By: Mamaili Mamaila     10th April 2020 Electricity storage provider Bushveld Energy initiated the development of a minigrid project, at the Vametco mining and processing facility, in March last year. 

MIKHAIL NIKOMAROV 
The Vamecto minigrid project is unmatched in its ability to deliver long-duration storage and cycle multiple times a day
MIKHAIL NIKOMAROV The Vamecto minigrid project is unmatched in its ability to deliver long-duration storage and cycle multiple times a day

Storage key to exploiting renewables’ full potential

By: Mamaili Mamaila     10th April 2020 Energy storage is a key technology to unlock renewable-energy potential, says full-service renewable-energy provider New Southern Energy (NSE) MD John Deepak. 

 CHANGES OVERTIME 
A solar panel currently uses considerably fewer inputs, compared with a solar panel ten years ago
CHANGES OVERTIME A solar panel currently uses considerably fewer inputs, compared with a solar panel ten years ago

Storage should aim to address cost reduction

10th April 2020 Ensuring that renewable energy is a useful asset to the grid and that the companies that own and operate it are profitable, while also producing less expensive energy, is a complex job. 

Policy demands on South Africa ‘contradictory’ in the wake of downgrades

By: Simone Liedtke     8th April 2020 While ratings agencies have indicated that changes in economic policies and practices could reverse the country's downgrade to junk status, research organisation Trade and Industrial Strategies (Tips) found that these policy demands on South Africa were “contradictory”. In a policy brief... 

Unemployment beneficiaries wait while Nedlac discussions progress

By: Donna Slater     7th April 2020 Many employers are waiting for greater clarity regarding unemployment benefits for their staff that have been temporarily laid off during the national lockdown, which is enforced from March 27 to April 16 to curb the spread of Covid-19, according to business law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH).... 

Gillian Lumb
Gillian Lumb

Insight: Navigating South Africa’s Covid-19 excessive-pricing regulations

7th April 2020 In this article, Herbert Smith Freehills competition law team of Stewart Payne, Natasha Rachwal, Nick Altini and Leana Engelbrecht unpack the various regulatory responses instituted by the South African government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic with a particular focus on the... 

Bowmans outlines tax impact of Covid-19 on mining companies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd April 2020 During the 21-day lockdown period, mining operations in South Africa will scale down significantly, and the effect on deep-level mines will probably be the most significant, says specialist legal provider Bowmans tax executive Adéle de Jager. The majority of mines have been placed into care and... 

Local project scarcity causes loss of top-class engineers

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2020 The scarcity of public-sector projects is leading to massive retrenchments and the loss of South Africa’s world-class consulting engineers to foreign markets, says law firm LNP Attorneys CE Nikita Lalla. “Insufficient project implementation is causing the engineering and construction sector... 

NIKITA LALLA
There is an abundance of talking without timeous, practical implementation
NIKITA LALLA There is an abundance of talking without timeous, practical implementation

Adopt QCBS mindset – Cesa 

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2020 Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is embarking on a focused marketing drive in the second quarter of this year as part of a renewed effort to raise awareness surrounding quality cost-based selection (QCBS) within the public and private sectors. QCBS is the notion that... 

CHRIS CAMPBELL
Cesa will be embarking on a concentrated marketing drive to promote quality cost-based selection
Cesa CEO Chris Campbell discusses some of the key concerns facing the consulting engineers sector in South Africa. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 06.03.2020

Covid-19 may exacerbate the abuse of power – Corruption Watch  

By: Sane Dhlamini     31st March 2020 Not-for-profit organisation Corruption Watch on Tuesday released its yearly corruption report with executive director David Lewis  saying South Africans should not expect corruption to lessen during the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s report is themed “The Writing is on the Wall” and shows... 

Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis
Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis

Law firm offers free legal advice for Covid-19 queries

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2020 South African law firm LNP Attorneys is offering to assist companies and individuals in understanding and managing Covid-19. It has established a "hotline" that is being used to advise companies and members of the community on any legal queries they may have regarding the impact of the virus on... 

Nikita Lalla
Nikita Lalla

Covid-19 forces SAA to cut services

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th March 2020 State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA), which was undergoing business rescue, has scaled down its capacity because of the fall in air passenger demand. This is the result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has severely affected the global air transport industry. Under these... 

Company transforming amid difficulties

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 JSE-listed sugar producer Tongaat Hulett is striving to reconstruct its business to be innovative, resilient and cost effective. 

TRANSFORMATION IN SIGHT 
The three main shareholders in Uzinzo hold 65%
TRANSFORMATION IN SIGHT The three main shareholders in Uzinzo hold 65%

Mill closures, continued market decline a concern for growers

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 With two sugar mills closing down and being mothballed for the 2020/21 season, growers are concerned that the remaining 12 mills might potentially struggle to successfully complete this season’s harvest, says the South African Canegrowers’ Association (SA Canegrowers). 

THE NUMBERS GAME 
The South African cane-growing sector comprises 21 500 cane growers – of which 20 200 are small-scale growers, producing about 20% of the 19-million tons of cane a year
THE NUMBERS GAME The South African cane-growing sector comprises 21 500 cane growers – of which 20 200 are small-scale growers, producing about 20% of the 19-million tons of cane a year

Lack of port development a concern

By: Tracy Hancock     27th March 2020 While there is some movement in the development of South Africa’s port infrastructure by the private sector, the overall stagnation of its development is concerning, law firm Bowmans ports, transport and logistics head Andrew Pike tells Engineering News. He says this lack of activity may largely... 

ANDREW PIKE The Port of Durban is often congested with trucks that should be transporting up to five or more containers a day but only manage one, if lucky
ANDREW PIKE The Port of Durban is often congested with trucks that should be transporting up to five or more containers a day but only manage one, if lucky

Industry reaction to Minister’s call for higher levels of clean-coal investment

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 There is much scepticism domestically and internationally about the potential for clean-coal technology (CCT). In South Africa, however, there has been an amplification in recent months of calls for accelerated efforts to be made to finding innovative solutions to the serious environmental and... 

POWER PLANT OPTIMISATION
Eskom’s Kusile power station’s use of the wet flue gas desulphurisation technology ensures lower
emissions
Photo by GE
POWER PLANT OPTIMISATION Eskom’s Kusile power station’s use of the wet flue gas desulphurisation technology ensures lower emissions

African automotive industrialisation requires political will, ecosystem

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 Increasing the motorisation rate in Africa from about 42 vehicles per 1000 people to at least the world average of 180 vehicles per 1000 people provide an opportunity for industrialisation, economic growth, balance of payments and job creation in Africa, says industry body African Association of... 

DAVE COFFEY
Regional cooperation is important to ensure sustainable automotive industrialisation that benefits of all participating countries
DAVE COFFEY Regional cooperation is important to ensure sustainable automotive industrialisation that benefits of all participating countries

NCC, Competition Commission investigate companies involved in alleged price gouging

By: Donna Slater     26th March 2020 The National Consumer Commission (NCC) working jointly with the Competition Commission have launched an investigation into allegations of price gouging by 30 retailers from different provinces. Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel in mid-March published a list of 22 critical... 

Motshekga says no date set yet for schools reopening 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2020 Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on March 26 assured South Africans that pupils would catch up on all lost work once schools reopen. Learners had not been in school since the President declared an emergency shutdown of schools, effective March 18.  

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

Business organisations, labour say lockdown is a responsible decision

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th March 2020 Business organisation Sakeliga says the next three weeks will be the most acute challenge ever faced by businesses in South Africa, while the Small Business Institute questions whether all small businesses that need help will be supported.  Sakeliga adds that the health and prosperity of millions... 

Airline body thanks regulators for showing flexibility

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd March 2020 The global airline industry’s representative organisation, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has expressed gratitude to aviation regulators around the world for showing flexibility regarding non-safety-critical regulations, in order to support air transport around the world.... 

Treasury finding other means of hosting scrap metal, e-cigarette tax workshops

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2020 The National Treasury has cancelled workshops that were meant to discuss export taxes on scrap metals and the taxation and regulation of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), respectively, in line with government’s declaration of a national state of disaster owing to Covid-19. Stakeholders were... 

Africa can develop on low-carbon growth path

By: Tracy Hancock     20th March 2020 Choosing between a low-carbon future and Africa’s economic growth is a false dichotomy, as these goals do not need to be in competition, says independent power producer Pele Energy Group founder Fumani Mthembi, a speaker at this year’s Power & Electricity World Africa. “The global investment... 

SUNNY DISPOSITION
The global investment sector is increasingly more interested in funding renewable-energy projects, such as solar farms, as opposed to coal projects
SUNNY DISPOSITION The global investment sector is increasingly more interested in funding renewable-energy projects, such as solar farms, as opposed to coal projects

Collaboration needed in electrical sector

By: Tracy Hancock     20th March 2020 South Africa’s entire electrical sector needs a “shake up” and a lot more collaboration, Electrical Conformance Board of South Africa (ECBSA) MD Peter Pedrick has learnt since taking up his position in May last year. Historically, South Africa was internationally recognised for its effective... 

FIRE STARTER
There has been a significant rise in fire damage in South Africa over the past ten years amid a lack of regulation policing and governance
FIRE STARTER There has been a significant rise in fire damage in South Africa over the past ten years amid a lack of regulation policing and governance

South Africa gazettes regulations around Covid-19 management  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2020 The South African government has gazetted regulations related to the current state of disaster that was announced on Sunday. The regulations are effective immediately.  

South Africa gazettes regulations around Covid-19 management

Covid-19 presents ‘clear and present danger’ to South African economy  

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2020 Market trends and other economic data confirm that the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic now poses “a clear and present danger” to the South African economy, North West University Business School Professor Raymond Parsons said in a statement. According to Parsons, the ripple effects from the... 

Covid-19 presents ‘clear and present danger’ to South African economy

AfCFTA to ensure tariff liberalisation by July 1

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2020 One of the African Continental Free Trade Area’s (AfCFTA’s) immediate tasks is to ensure that the tariff schedule listing all products covered by the agreement for tariff liberalisation and the indispensable rules of origin are finalised to ensure that the implementation date of July 1 is met.... 

Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Fikile Majola
Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Fikile Majola

Economy will be severely impacted by coronavirus - Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      16th March 2020 With South Africa's economy already feeling the pinch of the Covid-19 pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that government is on the verge of finalising a comprehensive package of interventions to mitigate the expected impact. The president announced this in an address to the nation... 

Economy will be severely impacted by coronavirus - Ramaphosa

Airlines need the help of regulators to address the effects of Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th March 2020 Airlines around the world are experiencing serious falls in demand, as a result of the effects of the rapidly-spreading Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) disease, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported. IATA is the representative body for the global airline industry.  

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