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Second Take

Low-carbon, energy crisis, renewables make headlines  

25th March 2020 Welcome to Second Take, the show that focuses on the issues behind the news. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks Exxaro’s energy transition to a low-carbon economy, Nersa needing to address the energy crisis and incentivising coal miners in the renewables transition.    

Low-carbon, energy crisis, renewables make headlines

Covid-19's impact on SA economy, businesses 

17th March 2020 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about what a State of National Disaster means for South Africa, how government is planning to limit the economic impact of the pandemic and how businesses are likely to affected. 

Covid-19's impact on SA economy, businesses

Data prices to fall 

12th March 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about Vodacom's agreement with the Competition Commission to reduce its data prices by 40% over a two-year period and what this means for other telecoms companies. 

Data prices to fall

Nersa’s concurrence on Ministerial determinations 

5th March 2020 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the process Nersa is likely to follow before giving its concurrence to two Ministerial determinations recently drafted by Minister Gwede Mantashe and how this is likely to impact on the timelines for securing... 

Nersa’s concurrence on Ministerial determinations

2020 Budget Speech 

27th February 2020 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about highlights from Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s 2020 Budget Speech and whether enough has been done to stave off a downgrade to junk status by Moody’s.   

2020 Budget Speech

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

SoNA: Ramaphosa announces plans to boost power generation ‘outside of Eskom’ 

14th February 2020 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa’s 2020 State of the Nation Address and measures he has proposed for dealing with South Africa’s electricity crisis.   

SoNA: Ramaphosa announces plans to boost power generation ‘outside of Eskom’

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

CESA proposes measures to get infrastructure investment going 

30th January 2020 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about a proposal by Consulting Engineers South Africa to inject private engineering skills into the public sector, as well as other measures to get more infrastructure investment projects going.   

CESA proposes measures to get infrastructure investment going

Electricity shortfall worse than previously thought 

23rd January 2020 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about a new report released by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research that shows that the country’s electricity supply shortfall for the next three years is likely to be worse than previously expected... 

Electricity shortfall worse than previously thought

Ramaphosa proclaims 'new era' of self-generation 

16th January 2020 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Business Unity South Africa’s statements to President Cyril Ramaphosa that inadequate electricity supply is the biggest risk for businesses and the South African economy and the President’s commitment to... 

Ramaphosa proclaims 'new era' of self-generation

Emergency electricity supply options 

12th December 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the tight electricity demand and supply situation and the options available to government to help bridge the gap.   

Emergency electricity supply options

Commission seeks to reduce high data costs 

5th December 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about the Competition Commission’s data services market inquiry findings, how it plans to ensure data costs are lowered and how telecoms operators have responded to the commission’s findings.   

Commission seeks to reduce high data costs

The state of Eskom 

29th November 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom’s interim results and what they reveal about the state of the company.  

The state of Eskom

Eskom’s new CEO 

20th November 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the challenges that lie ahead for Andre de Ruyter, who has been appointed Eskom’s new CEO, and what his top priorities will be.    

Eskom’s new CEO

SA’s water shortages 

13th November 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about the water supply challenges in South Africa, how government plans to address the situation and how the ongoing drought is affecting the agricultural sector.   

SA’s water shortages

SA’s second investment conference 

7th November 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the investment commitments announced during the second South Africa Investment Conference, the mood among investors and the commitments made by government to improve the business environment.   

SA’s second investment conference

SA’s fiscal risks rise 

30th October 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the deterioration in South Africa’s public finances, what Tito Mboweni said in his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) about Eskom and whether the MTBPS is enough to prevent South Africa’s rating from... 

SA’s fiscal risks rise

IRP 2019 broadly welcomed 

24th October 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the country’s general acceptance of the IRP 2019, the short-term gap in electricity supply that needs to be filled and what the next steps will be for implementing the plan.   

IRP 2019 broadly welcomed

Electricity tariffs tussle and the return of load-shedding 

17th October 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom’s plan to take another Nersa determination on legal review, the renewed threat of load-shedding and the best way for the country to deal with the threat to South Africa’s economy.   

Electricity tariffs tussle and the return of load-shedding

Presidential Commission on Climate Change 

10th October 2019 Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer tells Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn more about Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy’s plans to finally establish the proposed Presidential Commission on Climate Change, what South Africa’s proposed just transition to a low-carbon... 

Presidential Commission on Climate Change

Transnet dealing with State Capture 

3rd October 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Transnet’s results, the transport utility’s actions in response to State Capture and what this signals in terms of South Africa’s State-owned enterprises in general. 

Transnet dealing with State Capture

24th Nedlac Summit 

27th September 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the twenty-fourth Nedlac Summit, Nedlac’s role in the economy and whether or not a social compact is needed for reigniting economic growth. 

24th Nedlac Summit

Govt to review coal, IPP contracts 

19th September 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe’s announcement that government plans to review Eskom’s coal contracts, as well as the contracts entered into with independent power producers in the... 

Govt to review coal, IPP contracts

MeerKAT contributes to significant radio astronomy discovery 

12th September 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about how South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array contributed to a significant discovery in the Milky Way and the role of radio astronomy in promoting education. 

MeerKAT contributes to significant radio astronomy discovery

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

Mboweni targets private-sector led growth for SA 

29th August 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the economic policy document released by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni earlier this week, what the response has been and what the likelihood is that the plan will be adopted by government. 

Mboweni targets private-sector led growth for SA

IRP to be approved soon 

22nd August 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the announcement by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe that the long-awaited Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) should be approved by Cabinet soon, what stakeholders will be looking for in the... 

IRP to be approved soon

IDC’s role in helping SA economy grow 

15th August 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel’s plans to have the Industrial Development Corporation make a bigger contribution to help the South African economy grow. 

IDC’s role in helping SA economy grow

CEO Circle selects first medium-sized businesses to nurture into national champions  

8th August 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the CEO Circle’s announcement of the first seven medium-sized black businesses to be nurtured into “national champions”, other initiatives that are under way to support the business environment in South Africa... 

CEO Circle selects first medium-sized businesses to nurture into national champions

Eskom’s financial predicament 

31st July 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the financial challenges facing Eskom amid high debt levels, limited opportunities to raise revenue and cut costs, as well as the prospect that it may have to seek more tariff increases in future. 

Eskom’s financial predicament

Eskom support, IPP Office changes and load-shedding 

25th July 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the R59-billion support package approved for Eskom this week, the surprise announcement that the head of the IPP Office had been asked to leave her post and concerns that South Africa may again face... 

Eskom support, IPP Office changes and load-shedding

Water, sanitation challenges 

19th July 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s plans to deal with corruption within the Department of Water and Sanitation, as well as the funding challenges facing the... 

Water, sanitation challenges

4IR summit 

11th July 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about the inaugural Digital Summit for South Africa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution and what steps will be taken by the various stakeholders after the summit. 

4IR summit

SA invests in its passenger rail services 

3rd July 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about government’s investment in Metrorail, the theft and vandalism that continues to plague Metrorail and the Gautrain Management Agency’s proposals to increase non-fare revenue. 

SA invests in its passenger rail services

Africa’s rules of origin 

27th June 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about the need for Africa to implement simple and transparent rules of origin and the need to consolidate the various sets of rules of origin on the continent into a single set. 

Africa’s rules of origin

R230bn in Eskom funding confirmed 

21st June 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the confirmation by President Cyril Ramaphosa that Eskom will receive R230-billion in funding from government over a ten-year period. 

R230bn in Eskom funding confirmed

SAA, Eskom faced with leadership challenge 

13th June 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the leadership and financial challenges facing South African Airways and Eskom and what decisions will have to be made by government soon to assist these entities. 

SAA, Eskom faced with leadership challenge
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