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Repurposing of Eskom power stations key in SA's just transition  

20th November 2020   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about plans by Eskom to repurpose and repower three coal-fired power stations that are due for decommissioning, why it is important for creating a just transition framework and the need for South Africa to determine... 

Repurposing of Eskom power stations key in SA's just transition

Sasol working to reset business for low-carbon world 

13th November 2020 Financially and environmentally beleaguered energy and chemicals group Sasol is working to reset its business for a low-carbon world. Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer unpacks the emerging strategy. 

Sasol working to reset business for low-carbon world

Eskom's losses, tariffs back in the spotlight 

6th November 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about power utility Eskom's unsustainable debt position and financial loss and the tariff increases it is seeking.  

Eskom's losses, tariffs back in the spotlight

Medium-term budget highlights 

29th October 2020   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the new fiscal framework presented by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni during his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement, on Wednesday; what this could mean for public sector wages and South Africa's credit rating;... 

Medium-term budget highlights

Eskom's State of the System briefing 

23rd October 2020 Eskom delivered its State of the System briefing this week. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer attended the session and unpacks the prognosis for electricity supply for the summer months. 

Eskom's State of the System briefing

Ramaphosa announces a renewables-led recovery plan 

16th October 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the unveiling of the Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, the role of electricity and renewable energy in that plan and whether South Africa will be able to solve its power crisis within the next two years.   

Ramaphosa announces a renewables-led recovery plan

Growing determination for municipalities to build, procure own electricity  

9th October 2020 There is a growing determination among some municipalities to begin building and procuring their own electricity to reduce their dependence on Eskom. Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer unpacks the prospects in this regard. 

Growing determination for municipalities to build, procure own electricity

SA making the shift from coal to renewables 

1st October 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about a just transition in South Africa's energy sector and how the country should go about preparing the way for that transition. 

SA making the shift from coal to renewables

SA's transition to renewables 

25th September 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the role of renewables in South Africa's energy system, concerns that some industries and people may be left behind during this transition and some of the solutions being considered. 

SA's transition to renewables

Some positive movement on the electricity front 

17th September 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's concurrence with a Ministerial determination that paves the way for the resumption of regular procurement and the significance of Eskom having signalled its support... 

Some positive movement on the electricity front

South Africa's green hydrogen production potential 

10th September 2020   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the global interest in green hydrogen and what South Africa needs to do to become a world leader in green hydrogen. 

South Africa's green hydrogen production potential

Engineers, contractors still struggling despite SA's infrastructure-led recovery plan 

4th September 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about why government is prioritising an infrastructure-led economic recovery and the fact that this has yet to result in new work or projects for the construction secftor. 

Engineers, contractors still struggling despite SA's infrastructure-led recovery plan

DMRE starts procurement process for 2 000 MW of electricity capacity 

27th August 2020  Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the process initiated by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy to procure 2 000 MW of electricity capacity to fill an emergency supply gap and what this process says about the how the department... 

DMRE starts procurement process for 2 000 MW of electricity capacity

Changes on the cards at CEF, Necsa 

20th August 2020  Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the restructuring and rationalisation plans for the Central Energy Fund group of companies and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation. 

Changes on the cards at CEF, Necsa

Risk of load-shedding could worsen 

14th August 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about new analysis published by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research that shows that load-shedding in 2020 has surpassed that of 2019 and, if urgent action is not taken, South Africa is likely to face... 

Risk of load-shedding could worsen

Eskom, Sasol gear up for energy storage and renewables roll-outs  

6th August 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom's battery energy storage plans and Sasol's renewables roll-out. 

Eskom, Sasol gear up for energy storage and renewables roll-outs

Electricity tariffs to increase 

30th July 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about a recent court judgment that declared the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's (Nersa's) decision to deduct a R69-billion equity injection into Eskom from its allowable revenue for the period 2019/20 to... 

Electricity tariffs to increase

Mozambique's $20-billion LNG megaproject 

23rd July 2020   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the debt financing secured for a $20-billion LNG megaproject in Mozambique and the risks and opportunities this holds for Mozambique and South Africa, 

Mozambique's $20-billion LNG megaproject

Load-shedding returns 

16th July 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the return of load-shedding, what Eskom is doing to address the situation and how South Africa can move beyond the cycle of power disruptions. 

Load-shedding returns

South Africa's just transition 

9th July 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about South Africa's efforts to ensure a just transition and how the proposed repurposing of Eskom's power stations fits into that. 

South Africa's just transition

More SA corporates pursuing self-generation 

2nd July 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the South African companies that are seeking to generate renewable energy to supply power for their operations in order to reduce emissions and ensure available power supply. He also talks about what is... 

More SA corporates pursuing self-generation

SA puts infrastructure at centre of recovery plan 

25th June 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement that infrastructure will be put at the centre of South Africa's pandemic recovery plan and what is needed to ensure that an infrastructure-led recovery takes place. 

SA puts infrastructure at centre of recovery plan

The IEA's Sustainable Recovery Plan 

19th June 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the International Energy Agency's newly released Sustainable Recovery Plan, the agency's proposal that massive new renewables deployments are needed over the next three years and what South African policymakers... 

The IEA's Sustainable Recovery Plan

What the fall in renewables costs means for energy systems and South Africa 

11th June 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the fall in the costs of new wind and solar energy projects and what this means for electricity and energy systems, as well as what this is likely to mean for South Africa. 

What the fall in renewables costs means for energy systems and South Africa

Green energy's role in the post-Covid-19 global economic recovery 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about governments and international organisations' calls to integrate clean energy into their post-Covid-19 economic recovery plans. 

Green energy's role in the post-Covid-19 global economic recovery

Emergency electricity generation capacity procurement  

28th May 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy's announcement that it is preparing bid documentation for the emergency procurement of 2 000 MW of electricity generation capacity and other options for closing... 

Emergency electricity generation capacity procurement

Eskom provides update on power system, maintenance and financial balancing act 

22nd May 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the outlook for the power system as the country heads into the high-demand winter months, its maintenance plans, its restructuring and financial balancing acts and how it is being affected by Covid-19. 

Eskom provides update on power system, maintenance and financial balancing act

South Africa's nuclear energy plans 

14th May 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the Departmentof  Mineral Resources and Energy's short to medium-term plans. 

South Africa's nuclear energy plans

South Africa's economic predicament 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th May 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News editor Terence Creamer about the economic predicament South Africa finds itself in as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and what could be done to offset the worst-case scenario. 

South Africa's economic predicament

Eskom seeks to repurpose three coal-fired power stations 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th April 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News editor Terence Creamer about Eskom's plans for repurposing three coal-fired power stations, in Mpumalanga, that are due to close in the next few years. 

Eskom seeks to repurpose three coal-fired power stations

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
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