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Trucks block South African road to Mozambique as fuel costs surge

By: Bloomberg     Updated 59 minutes ago Protesters in a city in South Africa’s north east blocked roads including a highway linking the country to Mozambique with trucks Wednesday morning as they demonstrated against fuel prices rising to a new record. The road between Mbombela, 350 km east of Johannesburg, and White River has been... 

Fuel prices to surge to new record, as general levy relief is trimmed to 75c/l 

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2022 As feared, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has announced big fuel price increases for implementation on July 6. Despite calls ahead of the announcement for the temporary reduction in the general fuel levy to be sustained at 150 c/l, Mantashe confirmed that the reprieve would... 

Fuel prices to surge to new record, as general levy relief is trimmed to 75c/l

GreenYellow secures contracts with Retailability, PPC Cement in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2022 Energy efficiency, services and solar photovoltaic solutions company GreenYellow has secured two contracts in South Africa, including a seven-year energy efficiency partnership agreement with retail investment holding company Retailability that will provide 16 GWh of annual energy savings,... 

Transnet, Sasol, Total, and the apartheid-era pricing deal. Why ConCourt agreed it should end

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2022 The Constitutional Court has ruled that Transnet was entitled to terminate a long-term pricing agreement, put in place in the apartheid era, and relating to the transportation of crude oil to Sasol and Total. Judge Mbuyiseli Madlanga handed down the judgment on Tuesday. 

Calls for petrol price deregulation display lack of knowledge – FRA 

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Increasing calls from the public for the petrol price to be deregulated speak of ignorance, warns Fuel Retailers Association (FRA) CEO Reggie Sibiya. “As fuel prices continue to rise, there is pressure on retailers to cut margins and be in competition with each other, which is absolutely... 

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Africa’s governments face stark choices as fuel prices scale new highs

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2022 African governments face stark choices over fuel prices as sanctions on Russian oil disrupt global markets for energy, according to one of the continent’s key suppliers. “There is no doubt that this has a disproportionate impact on the economies of Africa,” Fadi Mitri, head of Africa for Puma... 

Sustainable aviation fuels can be a potential green industry in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2022 Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) can contribute to a 65% reduction of emissions in the aviation industry by 2050, and South Africa has an excellent resource base to produce like-for-like replacements for fossil fuel-derived fuels that can be used with existing equipment and aeroplanes, says... 

Committee welcomes appointment of Jacob Mbele as DMRE director-general

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2022 Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo has welcomed the appointment of Jacob Mbele as director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), saying he believes Mbele’s illustrious career at the DMRE qualifies him for the position.... 

An image of Jacob Mbele, newly appointed director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy
Jacob Mbele

Just transition holds opportunities, but also risks for South Africa's liquid fuel value chain

By: Schalk Burger     8th June 2022 A just transition of the liquid fuels value chain to a low- and zero-carbon value chain presents opportunities for South Africa, but also holds risks in terms of timing and the impact of the transition on workers and employment. These were some of the impacts discussed by researchers and industry... 

Parly committee calls for long-term fix to soften the blow of fuel price hikes   

By: News24Wire      2nd June 2022 Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy has called on the government to undertake a "comprehensive review" of South Africa's fuel pricing regime. This comes after the National Treasury stepped in to provide relief to South African motorists ahead of this week's fuel price... 

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As fuel-levy reduction is extended, govt warns of R4.5bn fiscal hit  

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2022 The South African government has announced a two-month extension to the temporary reduction in the general fuel levy, but has warned that the R4.5-billion in foregone revenue will have an impact on the fiscal framework. In a joint statement Minister Enoch Godongwana and Gwede Mantashe announced... 

As fuel-levy reduction is extended, govt warns of R4.5bn fiscal hit

Agri SA proposes diesel rebate scheme increase to buffer food prices from fuel hike

By: Schalk Burger     31st May 2022 A targeted intervention to increase the diesel rebate to the agricultural sector would buffer the cost pressures that impact food prices, while also being a more sustainable option over the coming months given pressures to the fiscus, says agricultural industry organisation Agri SA chief... 

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Forum says OR Tambo jet fuel shortage to be largely resolved by month-end

By: Schalk Burger     27th May 2022 The Jet Fuel Forum (JFF) has said the jet fuel shortage at OR Tambo International Airport should largely be resolved by the end of the month, as additional fuel will be made available to airlines whose suppliers are currently unable to fulfil their contractual obligations. On May 24, the JFF said... 

Low oil output barely enough to cover petrol imports – Nigeria FinMin

By: Reuters     27th May 2022 Low crude oil production means Nigeria is barely able to cover the cost of imported petrol from its oil and gas revenues, Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed told Reuters on Thursday. Ahmed added in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos that she hoped Nigerian oil production would average... 

Govt mulls extending fuel levy intervention as major fuel hikes loom – Gungubele  

By: News24Wire      26th May 2022 Government is still deliberating whether to continue with its fuel price relief intervention introduced in March, as the latest data from the Central Energy Fund shows a marked increase expected for June. With the hopes that global energy prices would stabilise by the end of May, government... 

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South Africans face fuel price surge as levy concession ends

By: Bloomberg     26th May 2022 South Africans face record high gasoline prices in June as a subsidy to help motorists counter the impact of high crude costs exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine comes to an end. With a weighting of almost 5% in South Africa’s inflation basket, the expected jump in pump costs is likely to... 

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South African-German consortium to research catalysts needed to produce green jet fuel  

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2022 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has teamed up with Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) to lead a consortium of German and South African partners that will research and optimise the catalysts required to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a commercial scale through... 

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CARE-O-SENE consortium announced at a function hosted at Sasol’s Sandton head office this week

Mantashe says fuel levy cut won't be extended beyond May  

By: News24Wire      20th May 2022 Petrol prices may surge by more than R3.50 a litre in the first week of June, with Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, saying that the general fuel levy cut will fall away at the end of May. The levy was cut by R1.50 a litre for April and May as government sought to relieve... 

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe

June's fuel price hike will be a shock 'never seen before', warns AA 

By: News24Wire      17th May 2022 According to the latest data from the Central Energy Fund, petrol and diesel prices currently look set for large increases in the first week of June. Adding to the blow is the return of the full general fuel levy, which government cut by R1.50 per litre for two months. The levy is supposed to be... 

Project launched to fast-track energy, water transition

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition to a decarbonised, green and inclusive economy, as well as a vibrant job market. SAIA is a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and... 

A photo of Lee-Hendor Ruiters speaking at teh launch of the The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project which was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Flanders, in Belgium, and the United Nations Industrial Development Corporation
LEE-HENDOR RUITERSThe South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition

OR Tambo jet fuel supply stable, emergency supply measures developed – ACSA  

By: Donna Slater     9th May 2022 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is implementing several emergency measures to secure a sustainable supply of jet fuel at the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA), in Johannesburg, and to prevent airlines from having to cancel flights because of not being able to get fuel from their... 

Nigerian airlines suspend plans to ground local flights over cost of jet fuel

By: Reuters     9th May 2022 Nigerian airlines have suspended plans to ground all local flights due to the soaring cost of jet fuel just hours before the move was due to take effect, the airline operators association said on Sunday. The Airline Operators of Nigeria has been under pressure from the government, consumer... 

Cold boxes being precooled in preparation for gas

By: Darren Parker     3rd May 2022 JSE-listed Renergen reported on May 3 that it was making “strong” progress in terms of the commissioning of Phase 1 of the Virginia gas project, which comprises exploration and production rights of 187 000 ha of gas fields across Welkom, Virginia and Theunissen, in the Free State. Cold boxes –... 

Diesel price to rise on Wednesday, but petrol price to decrease

By: Donna Slater     3rd May 2022 The price of both grades of petrol will decrease by 12c/ℓ on May 4, while 0.05% sulphur diesel will increase by 98 c/ℓ and 0.005% sulphur diesel will increase by 92c/ℓ. Illuminating paraffin will increase by 79.6 c/ℓ, while liquid petroleum gas will rise by 69c/kg.  

Sasol opens 2023 engineering, science degree bursary programme

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2022 Chemical and energy multinational Sasol says applications for its corporate bursary programme for the 2023 academic year are now open to high-performing mathematics and science learners currently in Grade 12, who are invited to apply for an all-inclusive bursary to study engineering and science... 

Mbalula says measures put in place to resolve jet fuel shortage at OR Tambo

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2022 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and the departments of Transport and Mineral Resources and Energy have been mandated to put measures in place to address the jet fuel shortage experienced at OR Tambo International Airport, in Johannesburg. The jet... 

bpSA donates R8m towards KZN flood relief

By: Donna Slater     29th April 2022 Petroleum producer bp Southern Africa (bpSA), through its ongoing partnership with the Solidarity Fund, is donating R8-million to help support relief efforts in KwaZulu-Natal, following severe and widespread destruction in the province as the result of cut-off low weather phenomenon of April 12.... 

OR Tambo faces jet fuel crunch, says oil industry body

By: Reuters     26th April 2022 Jet fuel supplies at one of Africa's busiest airports, OR Tambo International in Johannesburg, are running low after transportation of the product was hit by flood damage to railway lines, South Africa's oil industry body SAPIA said on Tuesday. 

Europe’s energy rush spurs Sasol to quicken green hydrogen plan 

By: Bloomberg     26th April 2022 Europe’s scramble to find new sources of energy to reduce its reliance on Russia has given Sasol, South Africa’s biggest fuel producer, a new purpose to accelerate its green hydrogen plans. Sasol is focusing on green hydrogen -- made by machines called electrolyzers that are powered by the wind... 

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Sasol benefits from higher prices, warns of impact of KZN floods on Q4 production

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2022 JSE-listed petrochemicals giant Sasol says its financial performance for the nine months ended March 31 was underpinned by a favourable macroeconomic environment, with a higher crude oil price, refining margins and chemicals prices. The higher price were driven by prevailing geopolitical... 

Petrol price currently on track for a cut in May

By: News24Wire      21st April 2022 According to the latest data from the Central Energy Fund, the petrol price may be lowered in the first week of May. Diesel users may still face a hike, though. With more than a week to go before fuel prices are fixed, the current data show that 95 octane petrol is set to be lowered by around 34c... 

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Green hydrogen production a key part of Sasol’s net-zero strategy 

By: Darren Parker     8th April 2022 Energy and chemicals company Sasol senior sustainability manager Viran Pillay has reiterated that the group already has the technology to produce green hydrogen, which will form a key part of its strategy to transitioning from being the second-largest greenhouse-gas emitter in South Africa to... 

Green hydrogen production a key part of Sasol’s net-zero strategy

ST Energies signs MoU for filling station solar solution

By: Schalk Burger     8th April 2022 French fuel and energy multinational ST Energies has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Shell filling station in Worcerster, in the Western Cape, to implement a sustainable solar solution that will allow the station to achieve carbon-neutral status. The initiative is designed to... 

Retaining refining capacity could pose long-term risks for South Africa

By: Darren Parker     8th April 2022 South Africa’s oil refining capacity has always been rather small when considered on a global scale, but there was some sense of national pride and of security in knowing that the country could deliver – even if most of the crude input had to be imported. While local refineries were never able to... 

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ST Energies invests in Matola supply chain to ease energy constraints in South Africa

By: Donna Slater     1st April 2022 Energy firm ST Energies has invested into a supply and storage contract with the Matola region, in Mozambique, to embed diverse energy supply chains in South Africa, supporting existing regional supply chains to help South Africa mitigate its over-reliance on domestic demand from the Port of... 

Link between renewables and peace and security  

1st April 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about how Russia's invasion of Ukraine has crystallised thinking globally around the energy transition, what this means for South Africa, the importance of critical minerals in the energy transition and steps taken... 

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Link between renewables and peace and security

Fuel levy lowered by R1.50/litre until end of May

By: News24Wire      31st March 2022 The general fuel levy will be cut by R1.50 per litre from Wednesday next week to 31 May 2022, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced on Thursday. This will reduce the levy for petrol from R3.85 per litre to R2.35 per litre. The levy on diesel will be reduced from R3.70 per litre to R2.20 per... 

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