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Regulation News

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2017 With South Africa’s signing of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations twenty-first Conference of the Parties in 2015 requiring it to have met certain greenhouse-gas emission reduction targets from a mitigation and an adaptation point of view by 2020, this year’s Industrial Efficiency... 

Concern regarding standard disposable cylinders

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 Speciality chemicals and gas supplier A-Gas highlights its concern regarding disposable cylinders being used as packaging to import hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and in some cases, flammable hydrocarbons (HCs), into South Africa. 

Concern regarding standard disposable cylinders
CYLINDER LEGALITIES Chris Phillips explains that there are currently no legalities around the banning of disposable cylinders, however A-Gas continues to lobby the DEA on this topic

Technology and environmental issues favouring LNG

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 With preferred bidders for the gas-to-power projects scheduled to be announced by government at the end of next month, the Southern African Gas Association (Saga) believes that there is a sense of urgency and willingness to adapt to using liquefied natural gas (LNG). 

LPG to impact on power demand positively

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 If households were to use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), this would have a positive impact on electricity demand during peak times, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGSASA) CEO Kevin Robertson says. 

LPG to impact on power demand positively
LP GAS AND CHEFS Chefs around the world cook on LP Gas because it is highly efficient, versatile and safe

Diversified fuel source required to fuel local facilities

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 South Africa requires a diversified fuel source for power generation, and natural gas is an ideal fuel, as several facilities in the country are compatible with natural gas to fuel power plants, and the resulting infrastructure will benefit other industries and end-users, says engineering... 

Diversified fuel source  required to fuel local facilities
Photo by Bloomberg
GAS-TO-POWER PROGRAMME The Department of Energy’s GPP will facilitate the construction of the base infrastructure to distribute gas to different sectors and industries

New Nersa chief insists regulator will not act illegally when determining 2017 power tariffs

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2017 Newly appointed National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) CEO Christopher Forlee insists that the Energy Regulator will not take any “illegal” decisions when making a determination in February about the trajectory of Eskom’s 2017 tariffs. Instead, any decision will seek to navigate the... 

New Nersa chief insists regulator will not act illegally when determining 2017 power tariffs
Photo by Duane Daws
Nersa CEO Christopher Forlee

Eskom again calls on defaulting municipalities to pay up

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th January 2017 Eskom on Thursday reiterated its call to defaulting municipalities to pay their outstanding debts and avoid electricity interruptions. The utility stressed that failure to honour the outstanding debt will compel it to reactivate the electricity interruptions, by issuing the schedule for the next... 

Eskom courts energy-intensive firms as it promises surplus to 2021

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th January 2017 Despite having connected more than 162 000 new customers to the grid in the last nine months, State-owned power provider Eskom has still experienced a 1%, or 2 252 GWh, drop in energy demand. For this reason, Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko has called on “energy-intensive” industry to reinvest in... 

Eskom courts energy-intensive firms as it promises surplus to 2021

Eskom recovers R979m from municipal defaulters, vows debt won't be written off

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th January 2017 Since November last year, Eskom has managed to collect R979-million from municipalities that were defaulting on payments to the utility. Eskom earlier this month started interruptions in bulk power supply to some nonpaying municipalities across the country, as defaulting municipalities’ debt to... 

Eskom recovers R979m from municipal defaulters, vows debt won't be written off
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Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko

DoE resumes IEP, IRP public consultations

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th January 2017 The Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) public consultation workshops on the updated draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will resume in Limpopo on Wednesday. This followed on the first series of public consultation sessions, which were held in Gauteng,... 

AfriForum to take legal action against defaulting municipalities

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2017 Civil rights organisation AfriForum on Friday said it would call on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to withdraw the licences of municipalities that have defaulted on their payments to power provider Eskom. “[We will be approaching] the courts in terms of the protection of... 

AfriForum to take legal action against defaulting municipalities

Eskom acknowledges payment extension decision for defaulting municipalities

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2017 Eskom has welcomed Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s decision to grant municipalities until the end of January to settle their arrear debt with the power utility. Brown on Thursday instructed the parastatal to allow municipalities until January 31 to settle arrears before switching off... 

IAEA says SA nuclear regulator effective, but warns on control gaps in health

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 South Africa's National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is in good shape, but the oversight of radiation safety in the country, which is the responsibility of the Directorate of Radiation Control of the Department of Health, could be improved. These were findings of an Integrated Regulatory Review... 

Eskom continues with supply interruptions in North West

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2017 Eskom on Thursday said that unless defaulting municipalities meet its requirements of cash payments as negotiated, a written undertaking in the form of a council resolution that current accounts will be honoured going forward, and a payment plan for the arrears, it will continue to interrupt bulk... 

Cosatu calls for probe against defaulting North West municipalities

By: African News Agency      19th January 2017 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in North West on Wednesday called on the provincial government to investigate the municipalities who have failed to pay their Eskom electricity bills. Eskom interrupted its bulk electricity supply to the North West municipalities of Naledi,... 

Committee calls for permanent solution to municipal electricity debt problem 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 The Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on Wednesday said it was concerned about Eskom’s plans to cut electricity to certain municipalities that were defaulting on payments and that it would hold a meeting with all the affected parties to find a lasting solution to... 

Eskom cuts power to some defaulting municipalities in North West, Northern Cape

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 As part of its debt collection efforts, State-owned Eskom on Wednesday started interruptions of bulk electricity supply to some defaulting municipalities in North West and the Northern Cape. The municipalities of Naledi, Lekwa-Teemane and Kgetlengrivier, in North West, as well as the Ubuntu and... 

Eskom cuts power to some defaulting municipalities in North West, Northern Cape

Outa questions timing of publication of energy efficiency strategy, requests extension for comments

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday called for an extension for public comments on the new post-2015 National Energy Efficiency Strategy (Nees), which was gazetted on December 23. The organisation believes the timing of the gazette’s release and the rationality of publishing an... 

Outa questions timing of publication of energy efficiency strategy, requests extension for comments

Astral says Eskom cutting municipal electricity supply would be ‘catastrophic’ for Standerton operations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th January 2017 Eskom’s plan to cut power to the Lekwa local municipality, in Mpumalanga, will interrupt poultry producer Astral’s feed and poultry operations in Standerton with “catastrophic” results, the company has warned. Astral has received notification that Eskom plans to start interruptions of its bulk... 

Astral says Eskom cutting municipal electricity supply would be ‘catastrophic’ for Standerton operations

Nersa gets new boss

By: News24Wire      11th January 2017 Christopher Forlee will take over the helm as chief executive officer of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). Nersa announced on Monday that Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson made the appointment for a period of five years, effective from 1 January 2017. He will also be... 

Nersa gets new boss
Nersa CEO Christopher Forlee

Kibo Mining unfazed by management restructuring at Tanzanian Electric Supply Company

By: African News Agency      5th January 2017 Kibo Mining has said that it was not fazed by the ongoing changes and restructuring at the Tanzanian Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) which were seen as threatening to its Mbeya Coal to Power Project (MCPP). This comes after Tanzania president John Magufuli promptly sacked Tanesco MD Felchesmi... 

Kibo Mining unfazed by management restructuring at Tanzanian Electric Supply Company

Court dismisses Afriforum’s interdict, Eskom to cut off defaulting municipalities

By: African News Agency      5th January 2017 The North Gauteng High Court on Thursday dismissed with costs AfriForum’s application to prevent Eskom from cutting off power of more than seven municipalities who are billions of rand in arrears. This comes after AfriForum and AfriBusiness sought to interdict Eskom’s planned reduction of the... 

Court dismisses Afriforum’s interdict, Eskom to cut off defaulting municipalities

AfriForum to challenge Eskom's right to cut power to municipalities

By: News24Wire      3rd January 2017 AfriForum and its commercial interest group AfriBusiness will apply for an urgent interdict in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday to prevent Eskom from cutting electricity to five municipalities that have not paid their bills. In a statement, the lobby group said it was not fair to cut power... 

AfriForum to challenge Eskom's right to cut power to municipalities

RTMC supports initiatives to improve compliance in road users

By: Sane Dhlamini     20th December 2016 The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has come out in support of municipal initiatives to improve compliance, which will see local traffic departments confiscating cell phones, as well as imposing heavy fines on drivers who do not have licenses. RTMC CEO Advocate Makhosini Msibi said... 

RTMC supports initiatives to improve compliance in road users

South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator hosts international nuclear mission

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2016 An Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited South Africa from December 5 to December 15. The purpose of the IRRS mission was to examine South Africa’s nuclear regulatory system and compare it with the IAEA’s safety standards and... 

Eskom insists Koeberg not affected by manufacturing anomalies afflicting French reactors 

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2016 South African electricity utility Eskom insisted on Tuesday that the Koeberg nuclear power station, located in the Western Cape, is not affected by manufacturing anomalies that have afflicted the French nuclear industry this year, resulting in several reactor outages. The State-owned company... 

Eskom insists Koeberg not affected by manufacturing anomalies afflicting French reactors

Sars commissioner faces fraud charges

By: Sane Dhlamini     12th December 2016 Nonprofit anticorruption organisation Corruption Watch (CW) has laid criminal charges against South African Revenue Services (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane for fraud and corruption. The charges relate to the matter involving alleged fraud and corruption committed by senior Sars employees, Jonas... 

Sars commissioner faces fraud charges
Photo by Duane Daws
SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane

Fitch revises Eskom outlook to negative

By: African News Agency      9th December 2016 Fitch Ratings on Thursday revised the outlook on Eskom to negative from stable and affirmed its long-term local-currency issuer default rating at BBB-. Fitch said the revision followed the change in outlook on South Africa’s long-term local-currency issuer default rating to negative from stable... 

Fitch revises Eskom outlook to negative

Eskom hunts electricity thieves after 29 deaths and 82 injuries over 3 years 

By: African News Agency      9th December 2016 Eskom on Thursday requested the help of the public to bring to book electricity thieves who are allegedly responsible for the deaths of 29 people and for the serious injuries suffered by 82 others in Kwazulu-Natal over the past three years. Eskom said the deaths and injuries were as a result of... 

Eskom hunts electricity thieves after 29 deaths and 82 injuries over 3 years

Importance of energy efficiency highlighted at DoE conference

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 The importance of energy efficiency as part of policy is increasing in many countries, subsequently making it important to develop and maintain well founded indicators to better inform policymaking. 

Importance of energy efficiency highlighted at DoE conference
Photo by Simone Liedtke
ENERGY CONFERENCE The conference was hosted by the Department of Energy, in partnership with the National Business Initiative and Business Unity South Africa

Public consultations for IRP, IEP get under way as DoE attracts criticism over timelines, pricing basis 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2016 Planned nationwide public consultations got under way in Boksburg on Wednesday for the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) long-awaited draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), drawing some industry criticism regarding timelines and an outdated pricing structure.... 

Public consultations for IRP, IEP get under way as DoE attracts criticism over timelines, pricing basis

Outa objects to handling of IRP public consultation process 

By: African News Agency      6th December 2016 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Tuesday accused the department of energy of giving the public too little time to weigh in on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which sees South Africa adding 20 gigawatt of nuclear energy to its power grid over the next three decades. “Outa has... 

Outa objects to handling of IRP public consultation process

Eskom outlook still negative, but could change – Moody’s

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th December 2016 Ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service has affirmed State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ba1 senior unsecured and senior unsecured medium-term notes’ ratings, while simultaneously assigning to Eskom a national scale rating of A2.za. The outlook on both ratings is negative. In its statement,... 

Eskom outlook still negative, but could change – Moody’s

Bushveld Energy upbeat about IRP, but concedes challenges remain

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th December 2016 While independent power producers await government’s updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) with bated breath, as it could possibly impact on the roll-out of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), electricity storage provider Bushveld Minerals is excited... 

Bushveld Energy upbeat about IRP, but concedes challenges remain

Eskom reiterates 50%-plus black ownership requirement for coal suppliers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th December 2016 State-owned electricity provider Eskom on Monday reiterated its commitment to procure coal for its power stations from companies that have a black ownership of more than 50%, throughout the life of the mine. This comes after Exxaro Resources recently revealed a new black economic empowerment... 

Eskom reiterates 50%-plus black ownership requirement for coal suppliers

Illegal electricity connections tripping up service delivery in Cape Town

By: African News Agency      5th December 2016 The City of Cape Town’s electricity services department is facing an uphill battle to prevent illegal connections to the grid, the city said on Sunday. Last week, attempts to disconnect illegal users resulted in violent protest action in Schaapkraal and the Philippi horticultural area. 

Outa calls for forensic audit of Eskom 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Monday called on the public to “rally” for a full forensic audit of State-owned electricity generator Eskom, following “yet another vote of no-confidence on Eskom’s financials and governance manifesting in a Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) downgrade”. S&P’s... 

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