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Opinion: How can embedded generators help close South Africa's power supply gap?

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     18th April 2019 There has been no increase in overall electricity demand since South Africans first began experiencing load-shedding back in 2008. Yet the threat of rotational cuts remains, because of the precipitous decline in the energy availability factor (EAF) of Eskom’s coal fleet and the underinvestment in... 

Policy and regulatory malaise undermining efforts to address power deficit 

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2019 Lingering policy uncertainty and regulatory delays are continuing to impede the development of hundreds of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) projects, which are seen at the quickest and cheapest way for South Africa to address its current electricity supply deficit. The South African... 

Policy and regulatory malaise undermining efforts to address power deficit

Cost of decarbonising global energy system falls sharply, new report shows 

By: Terence Creamer     9th April 2019 Rapidly falling renewable-energy costs, together with emerging opportunities to electrify other energy end-uses such as transportation and heating, are continuing to reduce the investment premium associated with placing the world on a more climate-friendly path, a new international report... 

Cost of decarbonising global energy system falls sharply, new report shows

Economic growth in Africa below population growth for the fourth year in row 

By: Terence Creamer     8th April 2019 Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest economies, including South Africa, continued to act as a drag on the economic performance of the region in 2018, new analysis by the World Bank shows. The nineteenth edition of the bank’s bi-annual ‘Africa’s Pulse’ publication indicates that growth across the... 

Economic growth in Africa below population growth for the fourth year in row
Report says digital transformation has potential to accelerate development in Africa

Ministerial approval for new Mozambique electricity law pending

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2019 Mozambique’s Council of Ministers is expected to review a new proposed Electricity Law during its next Parliamentary session in July or August, law firm CGA chairperson Pedro Couto said on Wednesday. He noted that the Mozambique government had concluded the necessary public consultation process... 

Radebe willing to use his legislative powers to unlock short-term private power projects  

By: Terence Creamer     26th March 2019 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe signalled his willingness on Tuesday to use his legislative powers to facilitate the introduction of private electricity supply alternatives that could reduce the threat of load-shedding by Eskom in the short- to medium-term. Addressing the DLO Africa Power Roundtable... 

Radebe willing to use his legislative powers to unlock short-term private power projects
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

90 000 gold and platinum jobs at risk as Eskom hikes loom  

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa is ringing alarm bells over the threat posed to employment and production in the gold and platinum sectors as a result of recently approved electricity tariff increases, including the 13.8% hike to be implemented from April 1. In addition, the council is warning... 

90 000 gold and platinum jobs at risk as Eskom hikes loom

Eskom to seek special procurement dispensation to help it address ‘crisis’  

By: Terence Creamer     19th March 2019 Crisis-ridden power utility Eskom is approaching the Auditor-General and the National Treasury to seek approval for a special procurement dispensation that will allow it to accelerate the purchase of critical goods and services required to address ongoing breakdowns of its coal fleet. The... 

Eskom to seek special procurement dispensation to help it address ‘crisis’
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza

Mpact says rising power prices will place pressure on margins 

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2019 South African paper and plastics packaging group Mpact is forecasting further improvements in the operating performance of its paper business in 2019 as recent capital projects are optimised and fruit volumes improve following the recent Western Cape drought. In the short term, however, the group... 

Mpact says rising power prices will place pressure on margins

Energy Regulator sanctions 13.82% Eskom tariff hike for 2019 

By: Terence Creamer     7th March 2019 South Africa’s Energy Regulator has granted Eskom allowable revenue of R206.38-billion for 2019/20, which will translate into a tariff increase of 9.41% from April 1, exclusive of the 4.41% hike sanctioned following an adjudication, in 2018, of three Eskom regulatory clearing account (RCA)... 

Energy Regulator sanctions 13.82% Eskom tariff hike for 2019
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Nersa CEO Chris Forlee, Nersa regulatory member for electricity and piped gas Nomfundo Maseti, Nersa chairperson Jacob Modise and Nersa communications head Charles Hlebela

SABS to invest R300m in laboratory infrastructure as part of turnaround  

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2019 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), which is currently in administration, has initiated a process of renewing its laboratory infrastructure as part of a broader turnaround plan under way at the organisation. The SABS was placed in administration by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob... 

SABS to invest R300m in laboratory infrastructure as part of turnaround
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SABS Acting CEO Garth Strachan

New South African National Energy Association leadership announced

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th March 2019 The South African National Energy Association (Sanea) announced on Tuesday that it had appointed Kiren Maharaj as its new chairperson. Sanea is the South African member committee of the World Energy Council. 

New South African National Energy Association leadership announced
Kiren Maharaj

S&P revises Eskom outlook to stable in wake of govt’s R23bn-a-year pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     1st March 2019 Credit ratings agency S&P Global Ratings has revised its outlook on Eskom to stable from negative, following Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s announcement of R23-billion a year of additional funding to the debt-laden State-owned electricity utility. The ratings agency affirmed its 'CCC+' and 'zaB'... 

S&P revises Eskom outlook to stable in wake of govt’s R23bn-a-year pledge

Energy Regulator to announce Eskom tariff decision on March 7 

By: Terence Creamer     27th February 2019 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will announce its decision on Eskom’s fourth multiyear price determination (MYPD4) application, as well as the State-owned utility's 2017/18 regulatory clearing account (RCA) submission on Thursday March 7. The determination will be released... 

Energy Regulator to announce Eskom tariff decision on March 7
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Nersa panel members listen to presentations during recent public hearings into Eskom's revenue application

NTP Radioisotopes faces heavy losses this year but is confident of regaining market share  

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th February 2019 NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, is expected to make a loss this year of R224-million, in comparison to profits of R108-million last year and of R184-million in 2017. This was stated in a written reply to a Parliamentary question... 

NTP Radioisotopes faces heavy losses this year but is confident of regaining market share
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An aerial view of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation complex at Pelindaba, which contains the NTP facilit

Event set to dissect the future of African energy

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The eleventh edition of the Africa Energy Indaba – which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 to 20 this year – will focus on the future prospects and direction of energy on the African continent from an energy provision and investment point of view.... 

Event set to dissect the future of African energy
Photo by Duane Daws
AFRICA’S ENERGY FUTURE The Africa Energy Indaba will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 and 20 this year

Power utility business models set to change

15th February 2019 According to Africa Energy Indaba organiser Siyenza, African power utilities must respond appropriately to impending forces to prevent being surpassed by technological and market change. The organiser explains that several disruptive forces are set to threaten the traditional power utility... 

Power utility business models set to change
Photo by Duane Daws
A CHANGING FUTURE Several disruptive forces are set to threaten the traditional power utility business model

Battle lines drawn as opposition parties contest Ramaphosa’s Eskom unbundling plan  

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2019 The future structure of South Africa’s debt-laden electricity producer Eskom emerged as the central topic during the debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s February 7 State of the Nation Address (SONA), in which he announced that the utility would be split, under Eskom Holdings, into three... 

Battle lines drawn as opposition parties contest Ramaphosa’s Eskom unbundling plan

Industry shares sentiments on Eskom, energy landscape following SoNA 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2019 Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Thursday evening, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said it concurred on the urgent need to implement an effective turnaround strategy at Eskom.  The organisation also welcomed the general thrust of policies mapped out... 

Industry shares sentiments on Eskom, energy landscape following SoNA

Steel group to approach Nersa for power-tariff relief  

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2019 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) says it will submit site-specific applications to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to secure tariff relief from Eskom for its operations in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. The submissions will be made in line with... 

Steel group to approach Nersa for power-tariff relief
AMSA CEO Kobus Verster on the threat posed by power hikes and on the group's plan to approach the regulator for relief. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 7.2.2019

Nersa to make Eskom tariff decision before March 15  

By: Terence Creamer     5th February 2019 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) says it will make a ruling on Eskom’s heavily contested revenue application before March 15, but has not committed to a firm date for the release of the determination. Full-time regulatory member Nomfundo Maseti, who chaired the marathon... 

Nersa to make Eskom tariff decision before March 15
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom CFO Calib Cassim pictured during the marathon Gauteng leg of nationwide public hearings, which started in Cape Town on January 14

Eskom’s own survival at risk should big hikes be permitted, EIUG warns  

By: Terence Creamer     5th February 2019 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) has added its voice to the overwhelming chorus of societal opposition to Eskom’s latest tariff submission, warning on Tuesday that above-inflation hikes would have “immediate, catastrophic and irreversible” consequences for South Africa’s mining and... 

Eskom’s own survival at risk should big hikes be permitted, EIUG warns
Photo by Dylan Slater
Nersa panel members listen to submissions during the marathon Gauteng leg of the regulator's nationwide public hearings process

Busa calls for inflation-linked Eskom hikes until power market is restructured  

By: Terence Creamer     4th February 2019 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has urged the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to suspend its methodology for setting power tariffs and to grant Eskom only inflation-linked increases until the electricity supply industry has been restructured. In a presentation during Gauteng... 

Busa calls for inflation-linked Eskom hikes until power market is restructured
Photo by Dylan Slater
BUSA’s Martin Kingston

Eskom warns of R20bn losses this year and next, even after big hikes  

By: Terence Creamer     4th February 2019 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is warning that its loss for 2018/19 will be worse, at R20-billion, than the R15-billion loss it had projected earlier and that it will be followed by another big loss in 2019/20 even if it receives hikes it is currently seeking from the regulator. CFO Calib... 

Eskom warns of R20bn losses this year and next, even after big hikes
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom CFO Calib Cassim

Eskom revises tariff upwards as it unveils shock changes to Nersa submission  

By: Terence Creamer     1st February 2019 Embattled electricity utility Eskom has made shock adjustments to its revenue application currently before the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), which, if approved, would translate into tariff increases that are even higher than the 15% a year hikes sought in its initial... 

Eskom revises tariff upwards as it unveils shock changes to Nersa submission
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom CFO Calib Cassim

Opinion: Will unbundling Eskom ensure a sustainable electricity system?  

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     30th January 2019 That Eskom needs to be restructured is no longer in question. In its current form, the organisation poses a systemic risk to the South African economy and is ‘too big to fail’. The real question is what form this restructuring should take. For sure, the generation assets need to be separated from... 

Opinion: Will unbundling Eskom ensure a sustainable electricity system?
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Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz

SAIIA, Brookings launch Foresight Africa report   

By: Sane Dhlamini     28th January 2019 The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Brookings Institution’s Africa Growth Initiative (AGI) launched the Foresight Africa report on Monday, in Johannesburg, highlighting the top priorities for the continent in 2019.  AGI senior fellow and director Brahima Coulibaly... 

SAIIA, Brookings launch Foresight Africa report
AGI senior fellow and director Brahima Coulibaly & ISS senior research consultant Liesl Louw-Vaudran on the Foresight Africa report (Camera: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling)

World Bank says Eskom debt restructuring should be coupled to power market reform  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd January 2019 World Bank country director Paul Noumba Um believes the South African government is moving in the “right direction” by pursuing discussions on possible debt relief for Eskom in conjunction with plans for restructuring the utility and overhauling the architecture of domestic power market. He also... 

World Bank says Eskom debt restructuring should be coupled to power market reform
World Bank country director Paul Noumba Um on restructuring of Eskom and the need for power-market reform. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer

Home Affairs Committee proposes cell phone ban for DoH staff   

By: Sane Dhlamini     14th January 2019 Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs chairperson Hlomani Chauke on Monday called on the Department of Home Affairs (DoH) to consider an outright ban on cell phone usage by front line staff during working hours at all branches. This follows numerous complaints made to the committee from members of... 

Home Affairs Committee proposes cell phone ban for DoH staff

Central Energy Fund appoints interim CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st December 2018 The board of the Central Energy Fund (CEF) has appointed Sakhiwo Makhanya as an interim CEO, with effect from December 10, succeeding former acting CEO Godfrey Moagi, whose contract expired on December 9. Prior to his appointment as an interim CEO, Makhanya served as strategic assignments... 

Back to the future for Eskom as it seeks to plug 1.3bn ton coal hole 

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2018 State-owned electricity producer Eskom is going back to the future as it seeks to close an estimated 1.3-billion ton coal shortfall that it calculates will arise over the remaining life of its coal-fired power station fleet. The shortfall calculation takes account of the decommissioning of the... 

Back to the future for Eskom as it seeks to plug 1.3bn ton coal hole
Photo by Dylan Slater
Primary energy division GM Dan Mashigo

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of 25 000 comments on Thyspunt, Duynefontyn applications 

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2018 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) reports that is has received over 25 000 comments from affected parties and the general public in response to two nuclear installation site licence (NISL) applications received from Eskom on March 2016. The applications are for the Thyspunt site, in the... 

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of 25 000 comments on Thyspunt, Duynefontyn applications
Koeberg in the Western Cape is South Africa's only nuclear power stations

Another Eskom equity injection mooted amid R15bn loss warning   

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2018 South Africa’s debt-laden electricity utility Eskom is in discussions with government about yet another equity injection, as well as various possible “debt-relief” options, as part of a turnaround plan, which chairperson Jabu Mabuza insists needs to be implemented immediately if the company is to... 

Another Eskom equity injection mooted amid R15bn loss warning
Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza on the utility's dire financial position and the board's proposed turnaround plan. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. 28.11.18

Eskom says it is not load shedding

By: African News Agency      19th November 2018 Eskom on Monday said it was not implementing load shedding but the power grid was stretched with a low possibility of load shedding for the rest of week. "We will keep our customers informed if there are any changes to the system. Eskom would like to thank its customers for assisting in keeping... 

Eskom says it is not load shedding

Eskom’s monopoly plunging South Africa into power shortages – DA

By: African News Agency      19th November 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom needs a firm plan of action to make it more efficient and productive and its monopoly on electricity must be broken, the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Monday. Eskom was forced to implement an emergency blackout on Sunday, referred to as stage one... 

Eskom’s monopoly plunging South Africa into power shortages – DA

Eskom to buy ‘emergency’ coal, splurge on diesel as load-shedding risk returns 

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2018 South Africa’s power utility Eskom reports that it has received approval for the National Treasury from the “urgent procurement” of four-million tons of emergency coal to help address serious stock shortfalls at several of its 15 coal-fired power stations. More than 1.1-million tons have already... 

Eskom to buy ‘emergency’ coal, splurge on diesel as load-shedding risk returns
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe

Eskom highlights risk of further debt accumulation as it gears up to defend big hikes 

By: Terence Creamer     14th November 2018 Debt-laden electricity utility Eskom is preparing for yet another bruising encounter with consumers in the coming months, during which it will seek to justify it latest R762-billion, three-year revenue application. If successful with its fourth multiyear price determination (MYPD4) application,... 

Eskom highlights risk of further debt accumulation as it gears up to defend big hikes
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