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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Coal can ‘reinvent itself’, CGS must play role in the energy transition – Mantashe 
25th October 2022 By: Nadine James

During his keynote address at the Council for Geoscience (CGS) Summit, held at the Durban International Convention Centre from October 25 to 27, Minerals and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe... 


Rand takes big hit as investors worry about Godongwana speech, Beijing developments
25th October 2022 By: News24Wire

On Tuesday morning, the rand approached R18.50/$ - trading at levels last seen in early 2020 as the country digested the implications of the first hard Covid-19 lockdown. The currency is under... 


A photo of the Koeberg power station
IAEA report on extending the life of the Koeberg nuclear plant lists issues to be addressed
24th October 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

As a result of a Promotion of Access to Information Act application by the Democratic Alliance (the official opposition in the South African Parliament but the ruling party in the Western Cape... 


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America's new nuclear power industry has a Russian problem
20th October 2022 By: Reuters

US firms developing a new generation of small nuclear power plants to help cut carbon emissions have a big problem: only one company sells the fuel they need, and it's Russian. That's why the US... 


Eskom lenders hire PwC as power cuts grip South African utility
19th October 2022 By: Bloomberg

Lenders to Eskom Holdings have hired financial advisers as South Africa’s State-owned power utility restructures its business. The banks asked consultants at PwC to assist them with negotiations,... 


Mantashe restates his positions on energy at conference, but highlights nuclear
18th October 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe delivered his third keynote address to his third international energy conference in Cape Town, in as many weeks, on Tuesday. This time it was to... 


Necsa CEO Loyiso Tyabashe
Necsa reports much reduced losses and that it is achieving turnaround
18th October 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) was successfully turning itself around, the State-owned entity’s CEO, Loyiso Tyabashe, has told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral... 


Africa needs to use all its energy sources to develop, says AU Commissioner
5th October 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Africa must make use of all its energy resources, as it needs to achieve development. So affirmed African Union (AU) Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy Amani Abou-Zeid in her keynote... 


Mantashe unexpectedly addresses oil conference on Monday
3rd October 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Although not programmed to do so, South African Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe addressed the Ministerial and VIP Symposium of the Africa Oil Week conference and Green Energy... 


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EIUG, SAPVIA, Busa welcome appointment of new Eskom board with balanced skills
3rd October 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Industry nonprofit the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) welcomes the "overdue reconstitution of the Eskom board" and says "the new board seems complete and well balanced in terms of its skills... 


Sacci calls for independent commission to select, recruit SOE board members, CEOs
29th September 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Business organisation the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) says changes to power utility Eskom's board of directors should take place within normal rotation principles in line... 


The Koeberg nuclear power station
R20bn Koeberg life-extension cost estimate of 2010 now ‘significantly different’
27th September 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has confirmed that the change to the schedule for replacing the six steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power station, will have an impact on the cost of the life-extension project, which... 


Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Eskom board to be reconstituted, restructured
27th September 2022 By: Darren Parker

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has announced that, following the finalisation of an extensive review, the board of State-owned Eskom would soon be reconstituted and restructured.... 


IEA launches Cost of Capital Observatory to improve borrowing costs transparency
23rd September 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Intergovernmental organisation the International Energy Agency (IEA) and several partners have launched a new tool, the Cost of Capital Observatory, to track financing costs for energy projects... 


eThekwini has R324bn plan to end power cuts
20th September 2022 By: Bloomberg

The South African municipality that includes the Port city of Durban, eThekwini, has laid out plans to attract R324-billion in power plant investments by 2035 amid the country’s worst-ever... 


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Eskom invites experts to join skills crowdsourcing platform
16th September 2022 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned power utility Eskom is developing a crowdsourcing digital platform to allow it to supplement its existing skills base to help address its operational challenges. It has invited... 


Eskom restarts sale process for R9bn home-loan book
9th September 2022 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s indebted power utility Eskom Holdings restarted the sale of its mortgage unit, one of many measures the utility is taking to stabilise its finances. Eskom “commenced with a process”... 


Ghana upgrades status of its nuclear power programme
5th September 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, has ordered that the Ghana Nuclear Power Programme Organisation (GNPPO) be transferred from the Ministry of Energy to the Office of the President, “World... 


Minerals Resource and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
A plan for a new State power company takes shape in South Africa
31st August 2022 By: Bloomberg

South Africa is forging ahead with a plan to create a new State-owned power company by converting three coal-fired plants into gas-burning generators to ease the nation’s energy crisis. State power... 


Korean company wins major contract for Egyptian nuclear power plant
29th August 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

South Korean company Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) will construct the ‘turbine islands’ for Egypt’s first nuclear power plant (NPP), at El Dabaa, on the country’s Mediterranean coast, some... 


US President approves extension of nuclear cooperation agreement with South Africa
26th August 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

US President Joe Biden has approved the proposed agreement with South Africa to extend the two countries’ agreement on cooperation regarding the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. This approval took... 


Japan’s PM expresses clear support for nuclear and renewable energy
25th August 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has affirmed that nuclear energy is as important to the country’s ‘Green Transformation’ (GX) as is renewable energy. He was addressing, via video, the second... 


The Koeberg nuclear power station
Eskom warns of load-shedding risk as Koeberg Unit 2 is shut again
19th August 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity utility Eskom reported on Friday that Unit 2 of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, which was returned to service earlier this month following an extended outage, was shut down after one... 


California proposing to extend the life of its nuclear power plant
17th August 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Governor of the US State of California, Gavin Newsom of the centre-left Democratic Party, has circulated draft legislation among the State’s lawmakers that would extend the life of California’s... 


Vaughn Harrison, attorney at Thomson Wilks Inc in alliance with the DWF Group
Opinion: A bird's eye view of the future of SA's energy landscape post COP 26
17th August 2022

In this article, attorneys Vaughn Harrison and Lucrecia Sadhaseevan write about South Africa’s energy landscape post COP 26, as well as the documents and processes that frame South Africa’s just... 


Bill Gates’ TerraPower raises $750m for cheaper nuclear
15th August 2022 By: Bloomberg

Bill Gates-backed TerraPower raised at least $750-million to advance efforts to develop small-scale nuclear reactors, including a major investment from South Korean conglomerate SK Group. SK will... 


An artist’s cutaway impression of the STEP facility, showing the spherical torus
UK atomic agency selects engineering consortium to help deliver nuclear fusion project
12th August 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), which is that country’s agency for the development of nuclear fusion power, has selected a consortium, led by design, engineering and project management... 


Giant US corporation to use small modular nuclear reactors to power one of its plants
11th August 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

US-based global multinational materials science company Dow, most famous for its chemical production (concentrated in subsidiary Dow Chemicals), has announced that it had signed a Letter of Intent... 


Polls show German public support for operating nuclear reactors for longer than planned
10th August 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Two separate opinion polls undertaken in Germany have both shown that the greater number of those polled want the life of the country’s three remaining nuclear power reactors to be extended, “World... 


The steam generators, which arrived in late 2020, were not installed during the extended maintenance of Unit 2.
Eskom confirms restart of Koeberg Unit 2 after delays
8th August 2022 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned electricity utility Eskom has confirmed that Unit 2 at the Koeberg nuclear power station was returned to service at 20:24 on Sunday, August 7. “The unit is currently loading and will... 


An Eskom-owned power station
South Africa set to take over part of Eskom’s R396bn debt
28th July 2022 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s Treasury is finalising a plan to take over a portion of Eskom Holdings' R396-billion debt as part of a process to place the struggling electricity company on a sustainable footing, a... 


Koeberg Koeberg nuclear power station with zebras in the foreground
Eskom submits safety case in support of keeping Koeberg going
27th July 2022 By: Darren Parker

Public entity the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has confirmed that State-owned Eskom has submitted the safety case in support of its application to extend the operational life of the Koeberg... 


Regional welding institute supports creation of an African School of Nuclear Excellence
27th July 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) highlighted on Wednesday that it was cooperating with the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation to promote the creation of an African School of... 


Treated water from wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant cleared for discharge into the sea
25th July 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) of Japan has given formal approval to the plan of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to discharge into the sea treated water from the disabled and... 


Russia’s nuclear giant starts building Egypt’s first reactors
21st July 2022 By: Bloomberg

Russia’s State-controlled Rosatom began construction of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant as the North African nation balances its ties with the Kremlin and western allies who have sanctioned... 


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Eskom faces growing financial strain, S&P Global says
20th July 2022 By: Reuters

South African power utility Eskom faces increased financial pressure from lower than anticipated tariffs, rising diesel costs and the impact of labour disruptions, all which could lead to the need... 


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