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Eskom targets JETP funds and partnerships for 2 GW clean-energy pipeline
Eskom targets JETP funds and partnerships for 2 GW clean-energy pipeline
14th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Having recently confirmed a decoupling of its just energy transition strategy from the decommissioning of its coal-fired power stations, Eskom is aiming to finalise business cases for a pipeline of... 


Plans for piloting independent transmission projects model
Plans for piloting independent transmission projects model
14th June 2024

Amid all the political upheaval, work is continuing with plans to pilot a model for introducing independent transmission projects. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the prospects.   


Hardin Ratshisusu appointed acting commissioner of the National Consumer Commission
13th June 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has designated Hardin Ratshisusu as acting deputy commissioner and acting commissioner of the National Consumer Commission effective May 1. He... 


VW vehicles on the assembly line in South Africa
Volkswagen says carmakers seek to revive key South African rail line
13th June 2024 By: Bloomberg

Volkswagen and other automakers operating in South Africa are in talks with the state logistics company to revive a dilapidated rail line between the country’s commercial hub and a car export... 


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TNPA gets four new tugboats for Durban, East London ports
12th June 2024 By: Darren Parker

State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has taken delivery of the first four tugboats to boost marine fleet availability and shipping efficiencies at the ports of Durban and East... 


Solar PV
Solar installations slow in South Africa after blackouts ease
12th June 2024 By: Bloomberg

Repairs to South Africa’s coal-fired stations that have helped the State power utility avoid debilitating blackouts for three months straight is giving solar installers an unintended break. Until... 


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Event highlights gains, challenges in competition law space
12th June 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

As South Africa commemorates 25 years of the Competition Act, there has been much progress in the competition law landscape and the learnings and insights gleaned from this can be used to support... 


Stats SA Industry statistics director Nicolai Carson
Manufacturing production up 5.3% y/y in April
11th June 2024 By: Darren Parker

South Africa’s manufacturing production increased by 5.3% year-on-year in April, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has reported. Stats SA Industry statistics director Nicolai Carson said on June... 


Transmission lines, solar panels and wind turbines
Eskom seeks executive to lead renewables division
10th June 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s Eskom Holdings is looking for a manager to lead its clean energy projects even as the utility extends the use of coal plants to mitigate nationwide electricity shortages. The group... 


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Reflecting on Marokane's first 100 days as Eskom CEO
7th June 2024 By: Chanel de Bruyn

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer reflects on Dan Marokane's first 100 days in office as Eskom CEO and the direction Eskom is taking under his leadership.   


Solar panels in front of Komati power station cooling towers
Eskom ‘decouples’ renewables roll-out from coal station closure plan
6th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom CEO Dan Marokane reports that a decision has been made to “decouple” the closure of its coal stations from the building, in partnership, of new renewable energy generation capacity linked to... 


Eskom CEO Dan Marokane
Marokane says R285m spent on diesel in May compared with R2.8bn in May 2023
6th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom CEO Dan Marokane has rebuffed persistent suggestions that the utility is keeping loadshedding at bay owing to an “excessive” reliance on the diesel-fuelled open cycle gas turbines, reporting... 


TFR welcomes prison sentences for convicted cable thieves
6th June 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has welcomed the recent arrest and conviction of four men for theft of essential infrastructure on its rail network. The Thabazimbi Regional Court on May 31... 


Liquidity position of many municipalities at risk
5th June 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

National Treasury has released the ‘Local Government Revenue and Expenditure Report’ for the third quarter of the 2023/24 financial year, which shows an underperformance of actual collections... 


SABS technical committees
SABS expresses appreciation for voluntary technical committee chairpersons
5th June 2024 By: Darren Parker

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has acknowledged and recognised the voluntary work of committee chairpersons during an engagement session and workshop to synchronise the approach to... 


Demonstrations by climate activists
Green Connection petitions court to ‘force’ Nersa, DMRE to supply Karpowership information
5th June 2024 By: Darren Parker

Environmental activist nonprofit organisation the Green Connection has taken the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to court... 


Koeberg nuclear power station
NNR hosts new round of talks with public over Koeberg’s life extension
4th June 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has started with another round of hearings on June 3, owing to concerns about the last consultation process having been insufficient. The regulator conceded... 


South Africa achieves trade balance surplus of R10.5bn in April
31st May 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

South Africa recorded a preliminary trade balance surplus of R10.5-billion in April, the South African Revenue Services (Sars) reports. This surplus is attributed to exports of R169.5-billion and... 


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Coega achieves R1bn SMME procurement spend for 2023/24
31st May 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The Coega Development Corporation’s (CDC’s) Small, Medium-Sized and Microenterprises (SMME) Development Programme has achieved procurement spend of over R1-billion for the 2023/24 financial year.... 


Electricity, logistics reforms in the spotlight as coalition govt looms
Electricity, logistics reforms in the spotlight as coalition govt looms
31st May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the coalition scenarios facing South Africa as the election results are being tallied and what this could mean for the reforms under way in... 


Representatives from the AFC, Alstom and MetroKin sign MoU
Africa Finance Corporation signs MoU with Alstom to deliver rail project in the DRC
30th May 2024 By: Darren Parker

Infrastructure financier the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and sustainable mobility company Alstom have signed a memorandum of understanding to propel the development of the Kinshasa MetroKin... 


SABS publishes voluntary national standard for plain language
30th May 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) in March adopted and published the South African National Standard (SANS) 24495 – Plain Language. South Africa has been implementing the principles of... 


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Nedbank, Transnet mediation over swaps terminated
28th May 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Mediation between financial services group Nedbank and State-owned Transnet, in respect of interest rate swap transactions (swaps) between the parties that took place in December 2015 and March... 


Labour department, IDC launch round two of the Innovation Fund
27th May 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The Department of Employment and Labour, in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), has announced the launch of the second round of the National Pathway Management Network’s... 


Grid infrastrucutre
Nersa extends deadline for comment on Eskom’s move to reserve grid for public IPPs
26th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has extended to June 17 the deadline for comment on Eskom’s application to preserve and reserve grid capacity for independent power producers... 


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TNPA signs terminal operator agreement with Mnambithi Terminals in transformation deal
23rd May 2024 By: Darren Parker

State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has signed a terminal operator agreement (TOA) with Mnambithi Terminals for the development of a liquid bulk facility at the port’s Maydon Wharf... 


Transnet train
TFR operating company head raises concern over ‘high tariff’ signalled in draft Network Statement
23rd May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) CEO Russell Baatjies has added his voice to industry-wide concerns being expressed about the high rail tariffs that would arise should the methodology included in a... 


Eskom group executive for distribution Monde Bala
Eskom seeks Nersa permission to reserve grid capacity for public IPP procurement rounds
21st May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has invited comment on Eskom’s application to preserve and reserve grid connection capacity for independent power producers (IPPs)... 


Eskom head of generation Bheki Nxumalo
Eskom board approves plan to operate Camden, Grootvlei and Hendrina to 2030
20th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Eskom board has given its approval for the continued operation of the Camden, Grootvlei and Hendrina power stations to 2030 – a departure from the original decommissioning schedule that has... 


Engineering News editor Terence Creamer
NCOP votes to pass Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill
17th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the significance of the National Council of Provinces' (NCOP's) vote to pass the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill; if the Bill is likely to... 


Eskom says key revision number rollover project on track
16th May 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

State-owned Eskom says its key revision number rollover project is progressing well, with 3.61-million, or 52%, of the 6.9-million prepayment meters already recoded as of May 15. The main Eskom... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa denies pre-election loadshedding respite is a ‘political ploy’
13th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

President Cyril Ramaphosa has entered the politically charged discussion on the reasons behind the recent dramatic reduction in loadshedding ahead of what is expected to be a highly competition... 


pylon at sunset
Genuine progress, not electioneering, behind the easing of loadshedding, council says
9th May 2024 By: Darren Parker

The current loadshedding reprieve is not a result of excessive diesel burning to pacify voters but rather a consequence of government and business coming together to made headway in solving South... 


Port of Durban container operations
TPT to continue to invest in Durban Pier 2 while legal spat over private partner plays out
8th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) says it will continue to invest in Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2 while legal proceedings around its selection of International Container... 


Eskom coal fired station
South Africa to provide new coal-plant closure timeline to secure secure $2.6bn
8th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa will provide a new timeline for the shutdown of coal-fired power plants in a bid to secure about $2.5-billion in climate finance, an agency in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office said.... 


Denel displays guided weapons, landward defence systems at Defence Service Asia
6th May 2024 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned defence technology company Denel is displaying its guided weapons and landward defence systems at the Defence Service Asia (DSA) exhibition this week. Its Umkhonto surface-to-air... 


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