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Opinion: South African steel industry is an industry in distress

6th March 2020 In this opinion piece, South African Iron and Steel Institute secretary-general Charles Dednam outlines the difficulties being faced by the domestic steel industry and calls for the creation a ‘level playing field’ to enable the steel industry to contribute more fully in stimulating value-added... 

Nersa aiming to grant concurrence on Ministerial determinations within three months 

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa will release a consultation paper, possibly next week, which will formally initiate the public-participation process required to secure the regulator’s concurrence on two Section 34 Ministerial determinations that have been drafted by Mineral... 

Nersa aiming to grant concurrence on Ministerial determinations within three months

IRP to be reviewed frequently, says DMRE

By: Kim Cloete     3rd March 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) says it has started with its work to implement the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) 2019 from a policy and regulatory point of view. A Section 34 determination is needed to operationalise the IRP 2019, which supports a diverse energy mix. 

IRP to be reviewed frequently, says DMRE

Cosatu’s plan on Eskom is immoral – Cape Chamber of Commerce

By: Sane Dhlamini     24th February 2020 The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry labelled the Congress of South African Trade Unions’ plan to save ailing power utility Eskom using Government Employees Pension Fund funds as immoral. Cosatu recently suggested saving Eskom by using R250-billion from the Public Investment Corporation,... 

Cosatu’s plan on Eskom is immoral – Cape Chamber of Commerce
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President of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Geoff Jacobs

As South Africa prepares to resume renewables procurement, new global report points to rising popularity of auctions 

By: Terence Creamer     21st February 2020 As South Africa prepares to restart its electricity procurement programmes, following a five-year hiatus, the global popularity of competitive auctions as the preferred instrument for procuring renewable energy has again been highlighted in a newly released report. Published by the International... 

As South Africa prepares to resume renewables procurement, new global report points to rising popularity of auctions

Eskom’s survival cannot be based on continuing tariff increases, says Minerals Council

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st February 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa has reiterated the significant job losses that may result from power utility Eskom being granted the additional R27.3-billion in revenue it is seeking. In a media release issued ahead of a submission at public consultations held by the National Energy Regulator... 

Eskom’s survival cannot be based on continuing tariff increases, says Minerals Council
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Minerals Council South Africa chief economist Henk Langenhoven

Electricity sector developments 

21st February 2020 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest developments in South Africa’s electricity sector, with Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe having announced this week that the Section 34 Ministerial Determinations required to... 

Electricity sector developments
Electricity sector developments

New energy paradigm can drive Africa’s development

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2020 Africa can meet its major sustainable energy and development goals without becoming more energy intensive, as it has a unique opportunity to use renewable energy, natural gas and energy efficiency to meet its development needs and provide reliable and modern energy services. This is the... 

New energy paradigm can drive Africa’s development

Energy institute to focus on IRP at Indaba

By: Cameron Mackay     21st February 2020 The publication of the long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) in October last year will be a significant focus area for State-owned energy researcher the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba. “The publication of the IRP provides... 

Energy institute to focus on IRP at Indaba
BARRY BREDENKAMP We certainly don’t have to re-invent the wheel, there are many African countries doing exceptional work in this area, and we can learn from them

Indaba increases prospect of project funding

By: Cameron Mackay     21st February 2020 The Africa Energy Indaba provides an ideal opportunity for State-owned export credit agency (ECA) the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) to become more involved in the funding of significant energy infrastructure projects. “The Indaba raises the ECIC’s profile as an... 

Indaba increases prospect of project funding
ATTRACTING THE GLOBE The ECIC’s mandate from government is to make local exports attractive to international buyers to attract foreign income, stimulate local economic growth and create jobs

Eskom CEO says it wants hand in negotiating IPP pricing 

By: African News Agency      18th February 2020 Eskom wants to play a role in negotiating the price at which new and existing independent power producers sell electricity to the embattled utility, CEO Andre de Ruyter told MPs on Tuesday, "It is very important that [with] the roll-out of the new IPP programme that Eskom, as the ultimate buyer... 

 Eskom CEO says it wants hand in negotiating IPP pricing
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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Renewables bodies call for clear timelines after Ramaphosa commits to restarting IPP procurement

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2020 South Africa’s wind and solar industry bodies have welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s commitment, made in his 2020 State of the Nation Address (SoNA), to restarting the long-delayed Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). However, they have also called on... 

Renewables bodies call for clear timelines after Ramaphosa commits to restarting IPP procurement
South African Wind Energy Association CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli

GE’s gas power unit makes emergency-power submissions to DMRE 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2020 The newly created gas power unit of General Electric (GE) has confirmed that it has made both direct and indirect submissions to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in response to a request for information (RFI) issued in December for 3 000 MW of emergency electricity solutions... 

GE’s gas power unit makes emergency-power submissions to DMRE
An example of a GE trailer-mounted mobile gas-powered solution than can be deployed as an emergency solution

Business urges Ramaphosa to use SoNA to clear way for private energy generation ‘at scale’ 

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2020 Organised business has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to use his upcoming State of the Nation Address (SoNa) to announce that the regulations needed to enable “private sector energy generation at scale” will be put in place urgently by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe so as... 

Business urges Ramaphosa to use SoNA to clear way for private energy generation ‘at scale’
President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his State of the Nation Address on Thursday evening

South Africa should brace for ‘toughest budget since 1994’, says PwC 

By: Simone Liedtke     11th February 2020 As the 2020 National Budget approaches, consumers should expect to tighten their belts further, particularly with continued fiscal drag set to blot the horizon amid a continuing economic slowdown, says multinational advisory firm PwC. Speaking at a pre-budget review on Tuesday, PwC lamented that... 

South Africa should brace for ‘toughest budget since 1994’, says PwC
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Eskom loses R69bn urgent-relief battle, but war continues   

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2020 Judge Jody Kollapen on Monday turned down Eskom’s application for urgent relief in relation to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s controversial treatment, in its most recent tariff determination, of the R69-billion in government support announced in the 2019 Budget. Kollapen said the... 

Eskom loses R69bn urgent-relief battle, but war continues
CLICK ABOVE TO LISTEN: Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer speaks to CapeTalk's Refilwe Moloto about the legal showdown between Eskom and Nersa. Recorded: 11.02.2020

AMSA says regulatory changes could open way for 100 MW Vanderbijl solar farm 

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2020 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) believes there is potential to develop a 75 MW to 100 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant adjacent to its Vanderbijlpark mill, in Gauteng. The JSE-listed company is also convinced that such a project could proceed relatively quickly should South... 

AMSA says regulatory changes could open way for 100 MW Vanderbijl solar farm
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AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

SA’s electricity situation 

5th February 2020 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about power utility Eskom’s maintenance plans and how this is likely to affect load-shedding for the next 18 months, Eskom’s application to Nersa to recover R27-billion in additional funding from consumers and... 

SA’s electricity situation
SA’s electricity situation

Opinion: Can mining companies currently generate own power without licenses? 

4th February 2020 In this article, Webber Wentzel partners Jason van der Poel, Mzukisi Kota and Alexandra Felekis outline when it is, and when it is not, permissible for mining firms to proceed to produce their own power without a license. 

Opinion: Can mining companies currently generate own power without licenses?
Mineral Resources and Energy minister Gwede Mantashe said this week that, Depending on the circumstances, self-generation plant may only require registration and not licensing

Eskom warns of upcoming daytime power cuts to municipality

By: News24Wire      4th February 2020 Eskom has warned that it will disconnect power to customers in the Northern Cape's Khâi-Ma Local Municipality next week due to a breach of payment conditions. The municipality includes the town of Pofadder. 

Eskom warns of upcoming daytime power cuts to municipality

Eskom defends request for R27bn tariff increase from regulator 

By: African News Agency      4th February 2020 South Africa's cash-strapped power utility Eskom has defended its request for an additional R27-billion in tariffs, saying it needs to recover prudently-incurred costs for the 2018/2019 financial year. Last year Eskom said Nersa's decision to award the utility lower tariff increases than it had... 

Eskom defends request for R27bn tariff increase from regulator

Eskom and Nersa resume normal hostilities as RCA hearings begin 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2020 Outside of the courts, Eskom and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) have resumed normal hostilities on their more customary playing field of public hearings, with initial oral representations heard on Monday into the State-owned utility’s latest Regulatory Clearing Account... 

Eskom and Nersa resume normal hostilities as RCA hearings begin
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Nersa kicked off public hearings into Eskom's RCA applicaiton for 2019 in Cape Town on Monday

Mining companies can generate own power without licenses – Mantashe 

By: News24Wire      3rd February 2020 Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe told delegates at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday that government had conceded that it must allow mining companies to produce energy for their own use.  is remarks echoed sentiments from an address he made on Sunday evening about... 

 Mining companies can generate own power without licenses – Mantashe
Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Kendal given another two months to comply with air-pollution standards

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom reported on Friday that it had received a letter from Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy granting its emissions-breaching Kendal power station another two months to comply with the country’s minimum emission standards (MES). Kendal has been... 

Kendal given another two months to comply with air-pollution standards

Eskom’s transition to ‘philosophy maintenance’ will increase load-shedding risk for at least 18 months  

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2020 The board at State-owned electricity utility Eskom has sanctioned a proposal to migrate the group’s unreliable coal fleet to a ‘philosophy maintenance’ model, whereby generation units are serviced in strict adherence with prescribed maintenance schedules in a bid to break the cycle of unplanned... 

Eskom’s transition to ‘philosophy maintenance’ will increase load-shedding risk for at least 18 months
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Wind and solar bodies urge Minister to urgently publish determinations needed to kick-start power procurement 

By: Terence Creamer     28th January 2020 The heads of South Africa’s wind and solar industry bodies urged Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday to publish, without delay, the Ministerial determinations required to unlock the procurement of much-needed electricity capacity in line with the Integrated Resource... 

Wind and solar bodies urge Minister to urgently publish determinations needed to kick-start power procurement

South Africa improves in corruption index but still has serious problems – report  

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd January 2020 Despite its score advancing a notch in the Corruption Perceptions Index, from 43 to 44, South Africa still ranks among countries that are deemed to have a serious corruption problem. Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis said this year’s report highlighted the importance of the... 

South Africa improves in corruption index but still has serious problems – report
Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis

‘Significantly enhanced' shareholder scrutiny to be expected, Eskom’s De Ruyter says

By: Terence Creamer     22nd January 2020 Eskom’s new CEO is not overly troubled by the prospect of shareholder intrusion in the State-owned electricity utility, saying that a high level of shareholder scrutiny is to be expected given the current crisis at the organisation. The only way to ensure that the shareholder does not assert its... 

‘Significantly enhanced' shareholder scrutiny to be expected, Eskom’s De Ruyter says
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

South Africa consolidates FDI recovery with inflows of $5bn in 2019 

By: Terence Creamer     20th January 2020 A new United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) report estimates that foreign direct Investment (FDI) flows to Africa rose by 3% to $49-billion ($47-billion) in 2019, with South Africa consolidating on the recovery it recorded in 2018, when inflows more than doubled from... 

South Africa consolidates FDI recovery with inflows of $5bn in 2019
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has set a target of attracting R1.2-trillion in investment by 2023

Despite IRP gaps, the outlook for solar in SA has strengthened

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2020 One of the first questions posed to Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe after Cabinet finally approved the 2019 edition of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2019) in October related to the ongoing capacity addition gaps for solar photovoltaic (PV). While the IRP 2019 envisages... 

Despite IRP gaps, the outlook for solar in SA has strengthened

Green Scorpions deadline looms for Eskom’s emissions-breaching Kendal power station 

By: Terence Creamer     15th January 2020 State-owned electricity utility Eskom, which is struggling to keep the lights on as a result of high levels of unplanned breakdowns across its coal fleet, could be forced to shut down units at the Kendal power station at the end of January unless ongoing noncompliance with the country’s minimum... 

Green Scorpions deadline looms for Eskom’s emissions-breaching Kendal power station
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Kendal power station

Clarity on emergency procurement of 3 000 MW expected only by end Feb  

By: Terence Creamer     8th January 2020 Hundreds of potential respondents to a request for information (RFI) – issued in December by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) for supply and demand solutions to South Africa’s prevailing power deficit – descended on Centurion on Wednesday for a briefing ahead of the... 

Clarity on emergency procurement of 3 000 MW expected only by end Feb

DMRE hosts briefing ahead of launch of emergency power programme 

By: Terence Creamer     7th January 2020 A briefing session will be held on Wednesday for potential respondents to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s request for information for power generation solutions that can be “grid connected in the shortest time at the least possible cost”. The responses will be used to inform a... 

DMRE hosts briefing ahead of launch of emergency power programme

Eskom mulls new maintenance strategy that would leave 5 000 MW gap for two years  

By: Terence Creamer     6th January 2020 The Eskom board will, before the end of January, consider a new approach to the maintenance of its ailing coal fleet – one premised on creating more time and space for intensive maintenance and repair, whereby the utility makes a firm commitment to only a minimum level of supply that falls well... 

Eskom mulls new maintenance strategy that would leave 5 000 MW gap for two years
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Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Applications for self-generation being fast tracked – Ramaphosa

By: Mariaan Webb     18th December 2019 As calls grow for urgent action on electricity self-generation in the wake of the recent devastating power cuts, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that his government was fast-tracking applications that would allow industry and businesses to produce and use its own power. In an opinion... 

Mantashe says DMRE moves with ‘necessary speed’ on IRP implementation 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th December 2019 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday hit back at criticism about the implementation of the Integrated Resources Plan 2019 (IRP 2019), which was promulgated in October. “We have moved with the necessary speed to ensure the implementation of the IRP, particularly given... 

Mantashe says DMRE moves with ‘necessary speed’ on IRP implementation
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Cabinet wants De Ruyter to take over at Eskom sooner 

By: African News Agency      17th December 2019 The final Cabinet meeting of 2019 mandated Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to negotiate with Andre de Ruyter to take up his duties as the new Eskom CEO earlier than the set date. De Ruyter, currently CEO of packaging firm Nampak, was set to take up the Eskom top job on January 15.... 

Cabinet wants De Ruyter to take over at Eskom sooner
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Newly appointed Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter
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