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Large power users say options to alleviate pressures need to be urgently unlocked

By: Terence Creamer     12th December 2019 The Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa reiterated on Thursday that its members had several options available to alleviate South Africa’s electricity supply constraints, while warning that the risk of load-shedding would persist until new supply- and demand-side solutions were... 

Nersa to host hearings in February into Eskom’s latest R27.3bn claw-back claim  

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2019 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will host public hearings in February as part of its adjudication of Eskom’s latest Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application for the 2018/19 financial year. Eskom is looking to recoup R27.3-billion under the RCA mechanism, which is a... 

Nersa to host hearings in February into Eskom’s latest R27.3bn claw-back claim

Manufacturer targets product releases, skills development

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 Solar energy equipment supplier Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its thirtieth year of manufacturing in South Africa and aims to celebrate with product releases and support for even higher standards of solar equipment... 

OFF THE GRID

Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its 30th year of manufacturing in South Africa
OFF THE GRID Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its 30th year of manufacturing in South Africa

SA’s sun, wind resources enough to meet the country’s needs

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2019 Solar and wind resources can be used as bountiful energy sources for development, similar to how abundant coal resources in the late nineteenth- and throughout the twentieth- century powered industries and fuelled development, says energy solutions provider Energy Partners Solar CEO Manie de... 

Top-50 aspiration far off as South Africa slips to 84 in Doing Business ranking 

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2019 South Africa’s position in the World Bank’s latest ‘Ease of Doing Business Ranking’ has deteriorated, dropping to 84 out of the 190 countries surveyed, from 82 in the previous report. New Zealand once again topped the ranking, followed by Singapore and Denmark, while Somalia, Eritrea and... 

Top-50 aspiration far off as South Africa slips to 84 in Doing Business ranking

Rise in distributed-power allocation comes amid surging global rooftop solar growth 

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2019 The decision of government to increase the allocation for distributed generation in the Cabinet-approved Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2019) comes as the International Energy Agency (IEA) is forecasting a strong acceleration in the installation of distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems across... 

Rise in distributed-power allocation comes amid surging global rooftop solar growth

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised   

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2019 South Africa will release a request for information (RFI) in the coming weeks to test the market for solutions to close an immediate electricity supply gap of between 2 000 MW and 3 000 MW, which has emerged primarily as a result of a fall in the energy availability factor (EAF) from Eskom’s coal... 

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 allocations and the need for short-term supply solutions. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18.10.2019

Tariffs could rise materially in 2020 should Eskom prevail in court bid for urgent relief  

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2019 State-owned electricity utility Eskom’s decision to approach the courts for urgent relief in the form of a reversal of the Energy Regulator’s controversial March 7 decision to offset a government equity injection of R69-billion through a lowering of the utility’s return on assets could result in... 

Tariffs could rise materially in 2020 should Eskom prevail in court bid for urgent relief

Eskom seeks urgent relief against regulator’s latest ruling to ‘avoid financial disaster’  

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2019 State-owned electricity utility Eskom will apply for urgent interim relief against the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s most recent tariff determination, which it is taking on legal review, arguing that such relief is required to “avoid financial disaster”. The legal action follows... 

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim
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Eskom CFO Calib Cassim

Jobs Summit committee reports progress in various areas

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th October 2019 The Presidential Working Committee on the Jobs Summit, which held its monthly meeting on Monday, noted that substantial progress had been made in reforming and modernising South Africa’s visa regime, issuing water-use licences, releasing broadband spectrum, saving jobs in distressed firms and... 

Godongwana calls for ‘simple’ transfer of R250bn of Eskom debt to sovereign

By: Terence Creamer     1st October 2019 African National Congress (ANC) economic transformation committee head Enoch Godongwana outlined his preference for what he termed a “simple” transfer of R250-billion of Eskom debt to government, rather than pursuing the creation of a special purpose vehicle, partly financed through green... 

ANC economic transformation committee head Enoch Godongwana
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ANC economic transformation committee head Enoch Godongwana

If the health system is corruptible, we all suffer – Ramaphosa 

By: Sane Dhlamini     1st October 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday said if South Africa’s health care system is marred with unauthorised expenditure, the entire country would suffer the consequences. Ramaphosa was speaking at the launch of the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum, which is expected to fight the scourge of... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

If Sars fails, our democracy fails – Kieswetter 

By: Sane Dhlamini     26th September 2019 South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Edward Kieswetter on Thursday said that if Sars fails our democracy fails. He was addressing delegates at the eleventh Premier Corporate Governance conference in Montecasino organized by Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa. 

SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter
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SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter

Decentralised generation has big implications for distribution network

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2019 The electricity distribution network will become increasingly important – and has to become increasingly smart – to meet future electricity needs amid the growth of variable and decentralised generation, a range of experts say. The electricity distribution industry will have to change drastically... 

Decentralised generation has big implications for distribution network

Cabinet considers, but fails to approve, IRP update  

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2019 While Cabinet considered the much-anticipated update to South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan for electricity at its meeting on Wednesday, Minister in The Presidency Jackson Mthembu said discussions had not yet been concluded. Mthembu attributed the extension of Cabinet-level deliberations on... 

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu
Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu

Mantashe expects IRP to go before Cabinet next week

By: Terence Creamer     13th September 2019 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says he expects the long-awaited update to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to be considered for approval by Cabinet at its next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday September 18. The IRP has not been updated since the IRP2010 was officially... 

Mantashe expects IRP to go before Cabinet next week

Proactively managing South Africa’s energy transition

10th September 2019 In this article, South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA) members Tommy Garner and Brenda Martin outline the organisation’s approach to the energy transition and explains the programme it is launching to manage the transition. 

Tommy Garner and Brenda Martin
Tommy Garner and Brenda Martin

Eskom confident of avoiding load-shedding 

6th September 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about the state of South Africa’s electricity system and whether the country faces more load-shedding over the summer months. 

Eskom confident of avoiding load-shedding
Eskom confident of avoiding load-shedding

Eskom confident of avoiding summer load-shedding but does not rule it out  

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2019 State-owned power utility Eskom on Wednesday said it was unlikely that there would be any load-shedding over the next seven months as the utility’s generation performance was starting to improve. The embattled utility had managed to avoid load-shedding for 164 consecutive days, with an average... 

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer
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Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Plant maintenance can trigger load-shedding, Eskom warns   

By: News24Wire      4th September 2019 Eskom will attempt to avoid load-shedding in the coming summer months, the power utility said on Wednesday. It has now been 164 days since the last bout of load-shedding. However, plant maintenance which often takes place during the summer time may trigger outages, the utility said as it... 

Eskom chairperson & acting CEO Jabu Mabuza
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Eskom chairperson & acting CEO Jabu Mabuza

Carbon tax awareness leads to gas conversions, growth for company

By: Cameron Mackay     30th August 2019 Increased demand for converting to the use of natural gas from heavy fuel oils for energy solutions has led to opportunities for compressed natural gas supplier Virtual Gas Network. The introduction of the Carbon Tax Act in June this year has led to an increase in awareness in the industrial and... 

ACCESS FOR GROWTH

Importing and increased access to LNG would allow for downstream development and could help Virtual Gas Network become a national gas distributor
ACCESS FOR GROWTH Importing and increased access to LNG would allow for downstream development and could help Virtual Gas Network become a national gas distributor

Public debt ‘explosion’ now constraining South Africa’s growth prospects 

By: Terence Creamer     28th August 2019 A new report on South Africa’s public finances draws a direct link between the “explosion” in the country’s public debt over the past ten years, from R990-billion in 2009 to R3-trillion currently, and the economy’s poor growth performance and outlook. Titled ‘Running out of Road: South Africa’s... 

Public debt ‘explosion’ now constraining South Africa’s growth prospects

BLSA urges Parly to restore confidence in the Office of the Public Protector

By: Thabi Madiba     6th August 2019 Business Leadership South Africa on Tuesday called on Parliament to urgently strengthen and restore confidence in the Office of the Public Protector. The BLSA said it was concerned about the recent rulings and pronouncements by different courts, including the Constitutional Court, that have been... 

BLSA urges Parly to restore confidence in the Office of the Public Protector

EIUG calls for urgent overhaul of industrial power tariffs to stem job losses  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2019 The Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa is calling for urgent consideration to be given to the development of industrial tariffs for large power users, in the light of the threat being posed to domestic mining and industrial firms by steeply rising electricity tariffs. In a statement... 

EIUG calls for urgent overhaul of industrial power tariffs to stem job losses

As steel consumption plumbs ten-year lows, AMSA seeks power-tariff relief 

By: Terence Creamer     1st August 2019 JSE-listed steel group ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is continuing to pursue tariff relief from electricity producer Eskom as part of broader efforts to navigate an increasingly hostile domestic steel market. The group, which is in consultation with its labour unions that could result in as... 

AMSA CEO Kobus Verster
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AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

Eskom’s review of Nersa rulings draws direct link between debt surge and ‘inadequate tariff’ 

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2019 State-owned electricity utility Eskom’s court papers challenging two recent price determinations by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) include a detailed financial analysis showing a direct correlation between its surging debt levels and what it describes as years of “chronic... 

Eskom’s review of Nersa rulings draws direct link between debt surge and ‘inadequate tariff’

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... 

Eskom's Medupi power station
Eskom's Medupi power station

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
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... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
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... 

CARBON TAX COMPLICATIONS 
AfriSam has significantly reduced its carbon emissions
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)... 

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
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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
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