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EIUG appoints Mondi as new CEO 

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2020 The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG), whose mining and manufacturing members account for over 40% of the electrical energy consumed in South Africa, announced the appointment of Fanele Mondi as its new CEO. Prior to joining the EIUG, Mondi worked at Eskom for over 23 years, 12 years of which... 

Eskom launches new ‘system status’ portal in bid to begin bolstering transparency 

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2020 South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom has added a new page to its website through which it is providing information relating to the status and performance of the power system, including the use of load-shedding as a mechanism to stabilise the national electricity grid. The webpage, which bears... 

Eskom launches new ‘system status’ portal in bid to begin bolstering transparency

Load-shedding to move to Stage 3 on Friday

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd September 2020 Power utility Eskom announced on Thursday afternoon that it would implement Stage 3 load-shedding from 08:00 to 22:00 on Friday. Load-shedding moved from Stage 2 to Stage 4 on Wednesday afternoon. 

Taxpayers note tax audit process improvement – PwC survey

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd September 2020 South Africa’s tax administration system has undergone significant change in terms of leadership, structure and policy over the past two years, professional services firm PwC reports. It notes that, more recently, the government has introduced several economic measures, including tax measures to... 

Eskom to move to stage 4 load shedding from 15:00, cuts to continue over weekend 

By: News24Wire      2nd September 2020 Power utility Eskom says it will move from stage 2 to stage 4 load shedding at 15:00 on Wednesday due to "exceptionally high demand". Stage 4 power cuts will continue until 22:00. Eskom said cold weather had placed additional demands on the country's grid which was already severely constrained... 

Eskom to move to stage 4 load shedding from 15:00, cuts to continue over weekend

Eskom: More load-shedding ahead, additional stages loom as utility battles breakdowns

By: News24Wire      2nd September 2020 Eskom has said in a statement that due to a severely constrained generation system as a result of multiple unit breakdowns, it will be implementing load-shedding again on Wednesday. A total of ten generation units have broken down at seven power stations in a matter of two days, with the power... 

Eskom: More load-shedding ahead, additional stages loom as utility battles breakdowns

State firms request bailouts over Covid-19  

By: Reuters     1st September 2020 South African State companies have requested billions of rand in funding from the government to help them weather the impact of the coronavirus crisis, a finance ministry presentation to parliament showed on Tuesday. Loss-making State companies have long been an Achilles heel for Africa's most... 

State firms request bailouts over Covid-19

OR Tambo International Airport expects passenger numbers to significantly increase next month

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th August 2020 OR Tambo International Airport (OR Tambo) will probably handle more than 210 000 passengers next month. That is the estimate of the airport’s management. The currently operating airlines have booked more than 2 500 take-off and landing slots at the airport (which is owned and operated by the... 

Unions blast DPE and SAA over severance package uncertainty and lack of salaries

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th August 2020 Two trade unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca), have fiercely attacked the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and the management of financially-beleaguered State-owned national flag carrier South African... 

Transnet signals intent to support domestic manufacture of rail despite global tender 

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2020 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has signalled its intention to support the localisation of rail manufacture, but is simultaneously proceeding with a global tender for the supply of 60 kg a metre of head hardened rail, which it describes as an interim solution for meeting its... 

Transnet signals intent to support domestic manufacture of rail despite global tender

Public Enterprises department reports unsolicited investor interest in SAA 

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th August 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises reported on Monday that the South African government had, by the start of this month, received more than ten unsolicited offers of interest in South African Airways and its subsidiaries. SAA is the State-owned national flag carrier, and its subsidiaries are... 

Public Enterprises department reports unsolicited investor interest in SAA

Eskom Transmission head says policy, legislative and regulatory changes needed to facilitate unit’s full independence  

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2020 The head of Eskom’s Transmission division has outlined some of the progress being made to establish an Independent Transmission System Operator (ITSO) but has also warned that full separation will take time and will also require major policy, legislative and regulatory changes. The creation of... 

Eskom Transmission head says policy, legislative and regulatory changes needed to facilitate unit’s full independence
Eskom Transmission CEO Segomoco Scheppers on the progress being made in setting up an Independent Transmission System Operator and the gaps that remain. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Increased storage crucial to mix

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st August 2020 With South Africa aiming to move towards more diversified energy generation systems as outlined in the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019), it is crucial to increase the country’s energy-storage capacities, says solar industry supplier Valsa Trading. 

A DECADE IN 
Valsa Trading has been in the photovoltaic solar industry in South Africa for more than ten years
A DECADE IN Valsa Trading has been in the photovoltaic solar industry in South Africa for more than ten years

Noncarbon future epitomises ideal energy mix

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st August 2020 In about 2060, the ideal energy mix would be one with only non-carbon sources, such as wind, solar, pumped hydro and hydrogen, says global energy advisory UL. 

JAMES TRUDEAU
It is “very critical” that Eskom increases its energy storage capacities to support a more diversified energy portfolio
JAMES TRUDEAU It is “very critical” that Eskom increases its energy storage capacities to support a more diversified energy portfolio

Divisionalisation first step in vertical separation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st August 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom says divisionalisation is but the “first step” in the vertical separation of the utility into three businesses under Eskom Holdings and that it is aligned with the restructuring roadmap released by the Department of Public Enterprises. 

SLIGHT UNCERTAINTY 
The outcomes from the Independent Electricity Management Operator Bill will impact the future of both the supply and demand dynamics of the electricity industry
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
SLIGHT UNCERTAINTY The outcomes from the Independent Electricity Management Operator Bill will impact the future of both the supply and demand dynamics of the electricity industry

Clean coal can still play meaningful role in S Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st August 2020 Coal is relatively cheap and widely available; therefore, if it is used cleanly and efficiently, it can be a vital part of the economic development of South Africa, says the IEA Clean Coal Centre (IEACCC). 

GROWTH POINT 
About 18 000 jobs were created during the peak of construction at Eskom’s Medupi power plant
Photo by Creamer Media
GROWTH POINT About 18 000 jobs were created during the peak of construction at Eskom’s Medupi power plant

Microgrid solutions could combat load-shedding

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st August 2020 Microgrid solutions with battery energy storage systems are ideal to ensure stable and sustainable power by harnessing solar and other renewable energy resources, says technology solutions provider Hitachi ABB Power Grids. 

GREEN ENERGY SOLUTIONS 
Hitachi ABB’s intelligent solutions for a more dynamic grid will also contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 of affordable, reliable and clean energy
GREEN ENERGY SOLUTIONS Hitachi ABB’s intelligent solutions for a more dynamic grid will also contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 of affordable, reliable and clean energy

Eskom fully supports South Africa’s lower-carbon trajectory

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st August 2020 The Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) signals an important move to a range of fuel options for power generation in South Africa, which State-owned power utility Eskom supports. 

PHASING IN THE GREEN 
Eskom proposes to continue adopting a phased and prioritised approach to achieve compliance to the Minimum Emission Standards regarding particulate matter
PHASING IN THE GREEN Eskom proposes to continue adopting a phased and prioritised approach to achieve compliance to the Minimum Emission Standards regarding particulate matter

South Africa starts talks with potential buyers of State airline 

By: Bloomberg     20th August 2020 South Africa’s government has started talks with private entities interested in buying into the country’s insolvent national carrier, which needs at least R10-billion rand to resume operations. A team from the Department of Public Enterprises and advisers from FirstRand Ltd.’s Rand Merchant Bank... 

South Africa starts talks with potential buyers of State airline

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
Changes on the cards at CEF, Necsa (Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Denel made R1.7bn annual loss, ministry says 

By: Reuters     19th August 2020 South Africa's state defence firm Denel made a R1.7-billion loss in the 2019/20 financial year, the ministry that oversees the company said on Wednesday. Denel, which makes equipment from armoured vehicles to missiles for the South African armed forces and clients around the world, is suffering a... 

Denel made R1.7bn annual loss, ministry says

Eskom replaces energy chief 

By: Bloomberg     19th August 2020 Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s monopoly power utility, shuffled some senior managers weeks after missing its own target for restricting power outages. Bheki Nxumalo has moved from his position as head of generation to the post of a group executive overseeing new projects and will be replaced by... 

Eskom replaces energy chief

Necsa poised for year-long ‘rationalisation’ as it warns of R331m loss 

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2020 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) expects to formally initiate a year-long rationalisation of the State-owned enterprise in September, while warning of a likely R331-million loss for the current financial year. Addressing lawmakers on Tuesday chairperson David Nicholls... 

Necsa chairperson David Nicholls
Photo by Creamer Media
Necsa chairperson David Nicholls

OR Tambo International Airport is ready for the resumption of domestic leisure travel

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th August 2020 The management at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) has given the assurance that it is ready and able to handle domestic air passengers, now that the country has moved to Level 2 of the national lockdown, allowing domestic leisure travel. OR Tambo is owned and operated by the... 

Six months set aside for merger of CEF’s oil and gas subsidiaries into ‘Newco’ 

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2020 The process of merging the State-owned entities of PetroSA, Igas and the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) into an “integrated national petroleum company” will formally begin on September 1, with six months having been set aside for the creation of a Newco that is “commercially viable”. All three... 

The PetroSA GTL refinery in Mossel Bay
Photo by Creamer Media
The PetroSA GTL refinery in Mossel Bay

Eskom to implement rolling power cuts as generation units break down  

By: African News Agency      18th August 2020 South African utility Eskom said on Tuesday it would implement rolling blackouts from 4pm until 10pm, and again the following day, after breakdowns in some generation units left the electricity system severely constrained. In a statement, Eskom said six generators had been returned to service at... 

Eskom to implement rolling power cuts as generation units break down

DPE welcomes investigative unit’s seizure of assets from former Transnet exec

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th August 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has welcomed the Special Investigative Unit’s (SIU’s) work, which has led to the seizure of assets belonging to one of State-owned Transnet's former executives. The order, made by the Special Tribunal established under the SIU and Tribunals Act, was for... 

Power system severely constrained for this week ahead as return of generation units delayed, says Eskom

By: African News Agency      17th August 2020 Embattled State-owned power utility Eskom has warned that the power system will be severely constrained for the week ahead as the return to service of generation units has been delayed. "Eskom wishes to inform the public that the power system will be severely constrained this coming week due to... 

Power system severely constrained for this week ahead as return of generation units delayed, says Eskom

Airports company assures that its airports are safe despite need for ILS recertification

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th August 2020 State-owned Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) issued a clarification and assurance on Thursday regarding operational safety at their airports. This followed reports that some of their airports had been or would be closed due to the need to recertify their instrument landing systems (ILS).... 

Stage 2 load-shedding to continue, Eskom says

By: African News Agency      14th August 2020 Despite successfully returning four generation units to service, Eskom on Thursday has said this will not stave off load-shedding and has announced that it will continue to implement Stage 2 load-shedding until 10pm on Thursday and between 8am and 10pm on Friday. "This load-shedding has been... 

 Stage 2 load-shedding to continue, Eskom says

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
Risk of load-shedding could worsen

More German experts coming to help reactivate South African industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th August 2020 The German embassy in South Africa expects further technical experts from that country to arrive in South Africa, subject to the approval of the South African government. The first contingent of these experts, sent to help reactivate and upgrade German-owned factories and service companies in... 

Eskom to resume rolling power cuts due to generation unit breakdowns

By: African News Agency      13th August 2020 South Africa's electricity utility Eskom said on Thursday it would implement rotational powercuts from 8am to 10pm  due to an increase in breakdowns of its generation units, warning that the blackouts could continue into the weekend. "The delay of the return to service of two units at Duvha and... 

 Eskom to resume rolling power cuts due to generation unit breakdowns

Despite Covid-induced demand slump, load-shedding surpasses 2019 levels and risk of more cuts rises  

By: Terence Creamer     12th August 2020 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) reported on Wednesday that load-shedding during 2020 had already surpassed that of 2019, which had hitherto been the country’s worst-ever year for load-shedding. In addition, it again warned that, absent urgent action, the risk of... 

Despite Covid-induced demand slump, load-shedding surpasses 2019 levels and risk of more cuts rises

SAA business rescue process has four elements, reports Public Enterprises

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th August 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) on Wednesday assured that it was “working around the clock” to implement the business rescue process for the State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA). The implementation conditions for the airline’s business rescue plan were met... 

Transnet CEO expects subdued commodity prices to weigh on recovery from Covid 

By: Terence Creamer     12th August 2020 Transnet CEO Portia Derby warned on Wednesday that the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa and the rest of Africa was likely to be negatively affected by still-subdued commodity prices and the serious deterioration in public finances across the continent, which had resulted in... 

Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Transnet CEO Portia Derby

Deputy President Mabuza blames struggling municipalities for Eskom woes

By: News24Wire      7th August 2020 Deputy President David Mabuza has blamed the failure of municipalities to pay their debt to Eskom for ongoing service delivery issues. In replies to written questions from the National Council of Provinces submitted on 5 August, Mabuza said municipalities experiencing severe electricity... 

Deputy President David Mabuza
Deputy President David Mabuza
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