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Finance Minister denies Eskom partial exemption in terms of financial reporting 
7th June 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has decided not to grant State-owned utility Eskom a partial exemption from disclosing irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure and material losses from... 


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Karpowership, distributed generation and grid investment updates
2nd June 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest updates on the actions South Africa is taking to address the electricity crisis, including positive developments on the distributed... 


PCC says the transmission grid should be moved to the centre of electricity planning
Climate commission calls for revised IRP to upscale renewables allocation to 60 GW by 2030
1st June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) is recommending that the next edition of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which is currently under review, caters for the building of between 50 GW and... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mining industry has critical role in closing energy supply gap – Mantashe
31st May 2023 By: Darren Parker

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe is convinced that mining companies can supplement State-owned Eskom’s supply of electricity, and that this would be critical for narrowing the... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mantashe, regulator lose court bid against anti-nuclear activist
29th May 2023 By: News24Wire

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe and the National Nuclear Regulator have lost a court bid concerning an anti-nuclear activist. In January this year, the Western Cape High Court... 


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SAFCEI critical of govt’s new nuclear procurement plans
26th May 2023 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

Multifaith environmental justice organisation, South African Faith Communities Environment Institute, has decried the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s plans to procure more nuclear... 


Eskom's Lethabo power station
BLSA reiterates call for govt to stick to Necom's Energy Action Plan
22nd May 2023 By: Schalk Burger

It is critical that government consolidates around the National Electricity Crisis Committee (Necom) plan and delivers on the implementation timelines as they stand now. "Given that there is 3 GW... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Government pursuing every megawatt of generation it can find, says Ramakgopa
19th May 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

It was “inevitable” that South Africa would have to use powerships to help deal with the country’s power supply crisis, Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa told delegates in his closing... 


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Stage 8 loadshedding a strong possibility
19th May 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses Eskom's latest State of the System update, with warnings that the country is likely to dip into Stage 8 loadshedding this winter; the actions Eskom... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
South Africa needs oil, gas, nuclear, as well as renewables – Mantashe
17th May 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

Delivering the keynote address at the Enlit Africa conference in Cape Town on Wednesday, South African Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reported that the current moratorium on... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mantashe outlines procurement schedules, including for nuclear, as he confirms IRP delay
16th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has pulled back from his statement that the release of the revised Integrated Resource Plan, which he has dubbed IRP 2023, is imminent,... 


African nuclear body launches safeguards upgrade programme for the continent
12th May 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE) has launched a five-year programme to strengthen nuclear safeguards across the continent. Designated simply “Uplifting Nuclear Safeguards in... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mantashe says release of ‘IRP 2023’ for comment is imminent
9th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reports that an updated version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity will be released imminently for public consideration.... 


An aerial view of the Kusile power station
South Africa must stick to plans to deal with electricity crisis – BLSA
24th April 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The National Energy Crisis Committee (NECOM), set up under the Presidency, has brought together the best people and put together a plan that has the best chance of resolving the country's greatest... 


The Komati coal-fired power station and solar panels
Pendulum swing from coal to renewables will spell disaster – NSBE
21st April 2023 By: Darren Parker

A “pendulum swing” from coal to renewable energy will not guarantee baseload grid stability in the foreseeable future, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) president Mdu Mlaba has said.   “It... 


Outa calls on National Treasury to abandon Eskom exemption
20th April 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has submitted written comments to the National Treasury on its proposal to exempt State-owned utility Eskom from disclosing irregular, fruitless and... 


G7 countries wish to develop a global commercial nuclear fuel market
18th April 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The five nuclear energy-using member countries of the Group of Seven major democratic economies (G7) on Sunday issued a joint statement announcing their intent to create a global commercial nuclear... 


Eskom has appointed Bheki Nxumalo group executive for generation
Bheki Nxumalo appointed Eskom generation head
14th April 2023 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned power utility Eskom has appointed Bheki Nxumalo group executive for generation, with immediate effect. He will report directly to the Eskom Group acting CE Calib Cassim. Nxumalo's... 


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Eskom’s biggest union demands 15% wage hike as power cuts worsen
13th April 2023 By: Bloomberg

The biggest labour union at South Africa’s Eskom Holdings wants a 15% wage increase even as the utility fails to generate adequate electricity to meet the country’s needs, resulting in nationwide... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
South Africa should not shy away from costs of fixing power crisis – Minister
12th April 2023 By: Reuters

South Africa should not shy away from spending to fix the country's power crisis, its electricity minister told Reuters, ahead of a cabinet decision later this month on his proposals to end the... 


Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Controversial Eskom exemption withdrawn 'for now'
5th April 2023 By: News24Wire

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana told MPs on Wednesday that he has decided to withdraw the exemption of Eskom from the Public Finance Management Act "for now" to have further consultation with the... 


Egyptian nuclear regulator OKs construction of the country’s third nuclear reactor
3rd April 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA) has issued the construction licence for the third reactor (Unit 3) of the country’s four-reactor nuclear power plant (NPP) at El... 


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Koeberg life extension milestone and setbacks
24th March 2023

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest milestone achieved in the replacement of steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power station; the snags that have delayed the project;... 


Unit 1 steam generator being moved to the storage building
Eskom says ‘unexpected challenges’ during Koeberg Unit 1 outage will delay restart
22nd March 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The first Unit 1 steam generator at the Koeberg power station has been removed from the containment building and placed into an on-site storage building – a development that Eskom describes as a... 


Uganda committed to developing nuclear power to help meet its future energy needs
20th March 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has reaffirmed his government’s policy of including nuclear power in the country’s future energy mix, World Nuclear News has reported. He was addressing the second... 


The Koeberg power station in the Western Cape
NNR considering comments on Koeberg licence extension
20th March 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The sixty-day period for public comment on Koeberg nuclear power station operating beyond its licenced timeframe in 2024 has lapsed on March 16. The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) will now... 


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Progress being made in reforming South African electricity sector, assures Presidency official
13th March 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

Major changes were indeed under way in the country’s electricity sector, South African Presidency project management head Rudi Dicks assured the RES4Africa Energy Security Conference in Cape Town,... 


Growing African interest in nuclear power signalled by conference this month in Uganda
2nd March 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

Calculations by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) were that, in Africa, some 600-million people and 10-million small businesses lacked a dependable electricity supply. Nor did... 


A cutaway image of the ST80-HTS compact spherical tokamak
UK company to build prototype nuclear fusion energy system on UK government agency site
13th February 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

UK nuclear fusion power company Tokamak Energy and the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA, the government agency responsible for British nuclear fusion energy research and development) have jointly... 


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Can SA finally turn the switch on its power crisis in 2023?
10th February 2023 By: Darren Parker

Stage 4 to 6 loadshedding has become more commonplace over the past few months, with many analysts expecting it to continue and possibly worsen before South Africa’s energy crisis has abated.... 


The Koeberg nuclear power station
DMRE promises urgency as Koeberg seeks to secure ongoing supply of Westinghouse fuel
3rd February 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) says it is working with other departments to expedite negotiations on a new nuclear cooperation agreement with the US, following the expiry of... 


Daniel Mminele
South Africa says finalising climate plan as Mminele quits
3rd February 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa is finalising an implementation plan for an $8.5-billion climate finance deal with some of the world’s richest countries even as the head of the Presidential Climate Finance Task Team... 


The Koeberg power station
Eskom weighs nuclear fuel impact after US-South Africa pact ends
26th January 2023 By: Bloomberg

Power utility Eskom is examining how the suspension of a pact that enables it to import nuclear fuel components from the US will affect its sole atomic plant. The Agreement for Cooperation in... 


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AfriForum kicks off Project AfriEnergy with solar PV guide
24th January 2023 By: Donna Slater

Civil rights organisation AfriForum has launched the first phase of the organisation’s three-phase plan – Project AfriEnergy – to help solve the prevailing electricity crisis in South Africa.   The... 


Artist’s impression of a six-module VOYGR SMR power plant
US small modular nuclear reactor has achieved design certification from regulator
24th January 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued its so-called ‘Final Rule’ for the NuScale Power (NuScale) small modular nuclear reactor (SMR), completing the certification process for... 


High Court dismisses Mantashe’s firing of NNR communities board member
23rd January 2023 By: Donna Slater

The Western Cape High Court has declared Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe’s decision to dismiss National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) board member responsible for communities Peter... 


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