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Regulation News

ELB, Eskom collaborate on stabilising Medupi dust plant

By: Simone Liedtke     26th July 2019 ELB Engineering Services has been successful in assisting State-owned Eskom’s Medupi power station, in Limpopo, to bring the dust handling plants under control, the company announced this week. Now that the plant is in a more stable condition, ELB has implemented a preventive maintenance... 

Advocate Sandra Coetzee appointed acting IPP Office head 

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2019 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) announced on Thursday that Advocate Sandra Coetzee had been appointed acting head of the Independent Power Producers Office (IPPO), pending the recruitment of a permanent replacement for Karen Breytenbach, who confirmed this week that she had left... 

Advocate Sandra Coetzee appointed acting IPP Office head
Advocate Sandra Coetzee

EIUG flags summer load-shedding risk as it welcomes R59bn Eskom bail-out

24th July 2019 In the statement below, the Energy Intensive User Group of Southern Africa (EIUG), which includes mining and industrial companies that collectively account for over 40% of the electrical energy consumed in South Africa, welcome government's R59-billion support for Eskom. However, the organisation... 

EIUG flags summer load-shedding risk as it welcomes R59bn Eskom bail-out

IRP to be out of date by time of Cabinet approval as a result of protracted talks 

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2019 The protracted nature of the ongoing consultation process for updating the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will result in the plan being immediately out of date when Cabinet finally approves it later this year. In fact, South African Independent Power Producer Association general-secretary Dave... 

IRP to be out of date by time of Cabinet approval as a result of protracted talks

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

By: Donna Slater     12th July 2019 The Pretoria-based headquarters of research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has almost doubled its commissioning of solar photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity because of its rooftop-mounted fixed-axis solar PV plant exceeding initial performance expectations.  

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

IRP will serve before Cabinet only in September as Nedlac process drags on 

By: Terence Creamer     11th July 2019 The long-awaited update to the Integrated Resource Plan for electricity is only likely to serve before Cabinet in September, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reported on Thursday. The minister said that the draft IRP was still being considered by the social partners at the... 

IRP will serve before Cabinet only in September as Nedlac process drags on
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Jobs spin-offs in focus as South Africa’s rooftop solar installed base grows beyond 400 MW  

By: Terence Creamer     25th June 2019 An analysis conducted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Energy Centre outlines significant potential to create thousands of fulltime jobs and to nurture hundreds of small enterprises by supporting the further deployment of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) plants.... 

Jobs spin-offs in focus as South Africa’s rooftop solar installed base grows beyond 400 MW

Producer achieves 35% emission reduction, supports carbon tax

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 Construction materials supplier AfriSam has reduced the company’s carbon emissions, per ton of cement produced, by 35% from 1990 to 2018 and is focusing on further carbon reductions, sustainability and the implementation of the carbon tax in South Africa. “The 35% is close to the targets being... 

Producer achieves 35% emission reduction, supports carbon tax
CARBON TAX COMPLICATIONS AfriSam has significantly reduced its carbon emissions

Eskom may be ‘too big to support’, S&P warns  

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2019 S&P Global Ratings has warned that, while South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility Eskom is currently considered too big to fail, it may well also be “too big to support”, owing to the costs associated with stabilising the group’s finances. Speaking during a webcast on Thursday, sovereign... 

Eskom may be ‘too big to support’, S&P warns

‘Blanket deviation’ does not exempt 1 MW to 10 MW projects from licensing process – Nersa  

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2019 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is ready to consider licence applications for small-scale embedded generator (SSEG) plants between 1 MW and 10 MW in line with the “blanket deviation” from the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) provided by former Energy Minister Jeff Radebe in a... 

‘Blanket deviation’ does not exempt 1 MW to 10 MW projects from licensing process – Nersa

Sector shows decline despite strong market growth

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st May 2019 Although the local chemicals sector has recently been characterised by strong market growth, it has shown a consistently weak performance, with its contribution to total manufacturing output having declined significantly over the past ten years, says the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)... 

Sector shows decline despite strong market growth
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RAW MATERIALS Domestic chemical firms face multiple challenges such as access to appropriately priced feedstock, as well as large volumes of raw chemical materials that continue to be imported and are subject to exchange rate fluctuations

In letter to nation, Radebe says he looks forward to new possibilities

30th May 2019 South Africa's longest-serving Cabinet Minister Jeff Radebe has made the following media statement after not being included in President Cyril Ramaphosa's 28-member executive team. 

In letter to nation, Radebe says he looks forward to new possibilities
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Jeff Radebe

Nersa to host workshop to clarify licensing process for small-scale power plants 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd May 2019 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) says it will, in due course, host a stakeholder workshop in order to provide clarity on the processes it will follows, as well as information it requires, in order to register or licence small-scale embedded generators (SSEGs). In a statement... 

Nersa to host workshop to clarify licensing process for small-scale power plants

Nuclear is a solution to Eskom’s woes 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th May 2019 The success of all the countries that have undertaken large nuclear programmes shows that nuclear energy is a credible solution to State-owned power utility Eskom’s power challenges, says retired Eskom chief nuclear officer David Nicholls. 

Nuclear is a solution to Eskom’s woes
Retired Eskom Chief Nuclear Officer David Nicholls discusses the power utility, scan the barcode with your phones QR reader, or go to ‘Video Reports’ on www.engineeringnews.co.za/ Camerawork: Christo Greyling. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 24.04.2019

Sakeliga welcomes Radebe's decision on private electricity generation

By: African News Agency      16th May 2019 Business organisation Sakeliga on Thursday welcomed Energy Minister Jeff Radebe's decision to allow private businesses to generate their own power and feed it into the grid. The energy department this week confirmed Radebe gave the National Energy Regulator of South Africa the go ahead to licence... 

Sakeliga welcomes Radebe's decision on private electricity generation
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Energy in focus following elections 

16th May 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa’s focus on Eskom and South Africa’s energy sector as he considers the appointment of a new Cabinet, as well as the changes on the regulatory front with regard to small-scale embedded... 

Energy in focus following elections
Energy in focus following elections

Positive reaction to Radebe’s lifting of licence restraints on small-scale power plants 

By: Terence Creamer     15th May 2019 Industry has reacted positively to revelations that Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has written to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) indicating that it should begin to license small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) projects with capacities of above 1 MW. Business Day reported on... 

Positive reaction to Radebe’s lifting of licence restraints on small-scale power plants

Nersa slams Mashaba’s ‘misleading’ statement on municipal tariff increase 

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th May 2019 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa on Wednesday hit back against City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba, following his statement that Nersa was rewarding corruption at State-owned power utility Eskom with a municipal tariff increase. The City of Johannesburg issued a statement on... 

Nersa slams Mashaba’s ‘misleading’ statement on municipal tariff increase
City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba

Eskom 'too big to fail' and won't be privatised, Ramaphosa tells investors 

By: News24Wire      15th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated at an investment conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday that struggling power utility Eskom would not be privatised, adding it was "too big to fail".  Ramaphosa was delivering his first major post-election economic address at a conference hosted by the... 

 Eskom 'too big to fail' and won't be privatised, Ramaphosa tells investors
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Eskom task team mulling new debt-relief options as it comes to terms with depth of crisis  

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2019 The Eskom Sustainability Task Team – which has already had its proposal for the unbundling of the utility into three separate units accepted by government – is now finalising an updated report for President Cyril Ramaphosa which will include a financial recovery plan for the State-owned entity.... 

Eskom task team mulling new debt-relief options as it comes to terms with depth of crisis

Nersa sets May 24 deadline for comment on overhauled SSEG exemption rules

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2019 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa has finally released a consultation paper for an updated Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice for certain categories of small-scale embedded generators, which was submitted to the regulator for its concurrency by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe... 

Nersa sets May 24 deadline for comment on overhauled SSEG exemption rules

Agri SA says concerned by Nersa’s reluctance to register small-scale embedded generator projects 

By: African News Agency      6th May 2019 Agricultural industry association Agri SA said on Monday it was concerned about what it called the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's (Nersa) reluctance to register small-scale embedded generator (SSEG) projects.  In a statement, Agri SA said its members had the potential to supply the... 

Long period of backsliding masks genuine promise South Africa still holds

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2019 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of political inclusion, it was the age of income inequality, it was the epoch of human dignity, it was the epoch of neglect and corruption, it was the season of electricity access, it was the season of load-shedding, it was the... 

Long period of backsliding masks genuine promise South Africa still holds

Bank report points to transport being next decarbonisation frontier 

By: Terence Creamer     24th April 2019 Newly released research by international banking group HSBC outlines a scenario for reducing transport emissions by 76% by 2040 through combining technology and regulation in a way that results in electricity, hydrogen and biofuels replacing oil as the primary fuel feedstock across transport... 

Bank report points to transport being next decarbonisation frontier

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... 

Opinion: How can embedded generators help close South Africa's power supply gap?
LOAD PROFILE: The household load does not match the solar system’s daytime production profile

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
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
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
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