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Wind IPPs given some clawback relief as Eskom issues surprise force majeure notices

By: Terence Creamer     1st April 2020 In its force majeure notice to wind independent power producers (IPPs), Eskom has indicated that, should the system operator issue an instruction to a wind farm to reduce energy output during the period of the Covid-19 lockdown, the IPP would be granted an extension equivalent to the period of... 

Eskom gearing up to run philosophy maintenance ‘as a project’ following Covid-19 hiatus 

By: Terence Creamer     1st April 2020 State-owned electricity producer Eskom is gearing up to implement philosophy maintenance as a centralised project across its unreliable coal fleet, where ongoing breakdowns have increased the risk of growth- and confidence-sapping load-shedding. The utility’s board has given its approval for the... 

Eskom gearing up to run philosophy maintenance ‘as a project’ following Covid-19 hiatus

Mbalula provides clarity on aviation directives 

By: Simone Liedtke     31st March 2020 Since the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that South Africa would embark on a 21-day national lockdown, the majority of aviation activities have slowed dramatically, with all domestic airlines having halted passenger flights effective from the start of the lockdown. South Africa’s... 

Mbalula provides clarity on aviation directives
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Two unions jointly attack the government over regional airline SA Express 

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st March 2020 In a joint statement on March 31, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) have blasted the government over its handling of the crisis in State-owned regional airline SA Express. Their response was to a statement on the... 

Zimbabwe at last pays off debt to Eskom 

By: News24Wire      31st March 2020 Zimbabwe has paid off all its debts to Eskom and is now in a position to negotiate for a new deal, the country’s Minister of Energy, Fortune Chasi, tweeted on Monday evening. Eskom in the past threatened to cut off electricity supplies to Zimbabwe after its debt reached $33-million. In August... 

Zimbabwe at last pays off debt to Eskom

Covid-19 may exacerbate the abuse of power – Corruption Watch  

By: Sane Dhlamini     31st March 2020 Not-for-profit organisation Corruption Watch on Tuesday released its yearly corruption report with executive director David Lewis  saying South Africans should not expect corruption to lessen during the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s report is themed “The Writing is on the Wall” and shows... 

Covid-19 may exacerbate the abuse of power – Corruption Watch
Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis

Taxpayers urged to remain compliant during Covid-19 lockdown

By: Simone Liedtke     31st March 2020 The South African Revenue Services (Sars) has acknowledged the impact the spread of Covid-19 could have on businesses and people within an already struggling economy. Consequently, it has pledged its commitment to maintaining the essential services that it provides in efforts to mitigate the... 

Taxpayers urged to remain compliant during Covid-19 lockdown

Public Enterprises to study liquidation application by SA Express business rescue practitioners

By: News24Wire      30th March 2020 Allegations by the business rescue practitioners of SA Express that the government deliberately withheld financial support from them, and that the state's approach to the business rescue process was unconstructive are baseless, the Department of Public Enterprises has said.  The department on... 

Public Enterprises to study liquidation application by SA Express business rescue practitioners

Transnet avails designated properties to be used as quarantine sites, shelters

By: Simone Liedtke     30th March 2020 State-owned Transnet has designated properties across three provinces to be used as quarantine sites and shelters for the homeless during South Africa's 21-day lockdown period. Transnet, in partnership with local government authorities in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State, will support... 

No more taxpayers’ money for regional airline SA Express

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th March 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) issued a press release on March 29 regarding the business rescue process for State-owned regional airline SA Express. In it, the DPE stated it “noted” that the airline’s Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs) had made a court application to liquidate SA... 

Transnet scales back to only essential services, operations

By: Simone Liedtke     27th March 2020 In line with government’s implementation of a three-week lockdown of the country to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus, State-owned entity Transnet will be scaling down its transportation services and operations of non-essential cargo during this period. After consultation with various... 

Eskom postpones ‘philosophy maintenance’ as it shuts units in response to drop in demand 

By: Terence Creamer     27th March 2020 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has reported that demand dropped by more than 6 000 MW on the afternoon of March 26 as businesses shut in anticipation of the start of the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown. The utility also indicated that a further reduction in demand was anticipated for the... 

Eskom postpones ‘philosophy maintenance’ as it shuts units in response to drop in demand

Carrier suspends operations days after issuing safety assurances

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th March 2020 State-owned regional airline SA Express, which is currently in business rescue, suspended its operations on Wednesday March 18. This was because of “adverse recent developments including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.”  

Covid-19 forces SAA to cut services

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th March 2020 State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA), which was undergoing business rescue, has scaled down its capacity because of the fall in air passenger demand. This is the result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has severely affected the global air transport industry. Under these... 

Industry reaction to Minister’s call for higher levels of clean-coal investment

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 There is much scepticism domestically and internationally about the potential for clean-coal technology (CCT). In South Africa, however, there has been an amplification in recent months of calls for accelerated efforts to be made to finding innovative solutions to the serious environmental and... 

Industry reaction to Minister’s call for higher levels  of clean-coal investment
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POWER PLANT OPTIMISATION Eskom’s Kusile power station’s use of the wet flue gas desulphurisation technology ensures lower emissions

SAA business rescue plan to be published in May, acting CEO steps down

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2020 The business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for South African Airways (SAA) have been given an extension to May 29 to publish the business rescue plan for the airline. The business plan was previously set to be published on March 31, amid a national lockdown to try to prevent the further spread of... 

Transnet appoints new acting CFO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2020 State-owned freight utility Transnet has appointed Mark Gregg-Macdonald acting CFO following the resignation of acting CFO Mohammed Mahomedy. The utility is in the process of recruiting a permanent group CFO. 

South Africa's Eskom says coal stocks healthy ahead of lockdown

By: Reuters     25th March 2020 South African power utility Eskom said on Wednesday that coal stocks at its power stations were healthy, with at least 20 days of supplies at all stations, before a nationwide lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak starting at midnight on Thursday. Eskom said all its activities were considered... 

South Africa's Eskom says coal stocks healthy ahead of lockdown

SAA has also suspended its African regional flights

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd March 2020 On Friday and Saturday, South African Airways (SAA) suspended all its regional flights – that is, flights to other African countries – until May 31. This followed the airline’s suspension of all its international flights earlier on Friday. This decision was taken “to support the Government... 

SAA has also suspended its African regional flights
Photo by SAA
An Airbus A320 of SAA

Eskom: No power cuts expected this week, but keep reducing demand

By: News24Wire      23rd March 2020 Power utility Eskom says it is not planning to implement load-shedding during this week. With South Africa's electricity system still constrained and vulnerable, however, the utility says it may need to implement rotational power cuts at short notice should the system performance deteriorate.... 

 Eskom: No power cuts expected this week, but keep reducing demand

Public Enterprises, business rescue practitioners battle over SA Express

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has expressed, in a statement, its concern about the direction that the business rescue process for State-owned regional airline SA Express was taking. “[T]he Business Rescue Practitioners [BRPs] are planning to ‘ground’ the airline without first... 

ACSA has started implementing air travel restrictions at its airports 

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2020 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) announced on Friday that it had, in conjunction with the other appropriate authorities, implemented the air travel restrictions decreed by the government, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. These restrictions apply to air travellers from designated high... 

SAA gives reasons for its suspension of all its international flights  

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2020 State-owned South African Airways (SAA) has explained why it has suspended all its international flights until May 31. (The suspension was announced on Friday and took immediate effect.) “In support of efforts by Government to deal with this [Covid-19] pandemic, and in the best interests of our... 

SAA gives reasons for its suspension of all its international flights
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An Airbus A330 widebody airliner of SAA

SAA suspends all international flights until end of May

By: News24Wire      20th March 2020 Troubled state-owned airline South African Airways has announced that it is immediately suspending all international operations until 31 May 2020 in light of a government travel ban aimed at stopping transmission of the novel coronavirus.  In a statement issued by SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali,... 

SAA suspends all international flights until end of May

Public Works building Beitbridge fence, securing quarantine facilities 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2020 The Department Of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has undertaken several measures within its mandate, in response to the spread of Covid-19. As part of an ongoing process, the department has identified 37 State-owned properties in various provinces which could possibly be used as... 

Eskom talks to get coal for Kusile plant drag on for 13 years

By: Bloomberg     19th March 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom has yet to agree a supply contract for the bulk of coal needed for its newest power station, more than a decade after approving a plan to negotiate with Anglo American. In 2007, an Eskom committee signed off on the start of talks with Anglo for as much as... 

SAA cuts services in response to Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th March 2020 State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) announced on Wednesday that it had scaled down its capacity because of the fall in air passenger demand. This is the result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has severely affected the global air transport industry. Under these... 

SAA cuts services in response to Covid-19

SAA scraps 162 flights amid Coronavirus crisis

By: News24Wire      18th March 2020 National carrier South African Airways is scaling down its capacity, as coronavirus impacts consumer demand, the airline said in a statement issued on Wednesday. The airline is cancelling as much as 162 flights between 17 March and 31 March 2020. Of these 38 are international and 124 are... 

 SAA scraps 162 flights amid Coronavirus crisis

Emfuleni municipality reaches agreement to settle debt owed to Eskom

By: Simone Liedtke     18th March 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom, led by CEO André de Ruyter, met with senior officials of the Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) and executive mayors on Tuesday to resolve issues around the debt owed by municipalities to Eskom. The meeting was convened by... 

Emfuleni municipality reaches agreement to settle debt owed to Eskom
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

SA Express to halt all flights for an indeterminate time

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th March 2020 State-owned regional airline SA Express, which is currently in business rescue, announced on Wednesday that it would suspend its operations the following day, Thursday March 18. This was because of “adverse recent developments including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.” The suspension will... 

SA Express to halt all flights for an indeterminate time
Photo by SA Express
A Bombardier CRJ-700 of SA Express

Eskom graft probe widens into contracts with global partners

By: Bloomberg     16th March 2020 Eskom Holdings contracts with five international companies will be scrutinized by South African state investigators as part of a widening probe into graft at the debt-laden State-owned utility. The probe will review agreements with North American engineering services firms WSP Global and Black &... 

Economy will be severely impacted by coronavirus - Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      16th March 2020 With South Africa's economy already feeling the pinch of the Covid-19 pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that government is on the verge of finalising a comprehensive package of interventions to mitigate the expected impact. The president announced this in an address to the nation... 

Economy will be severely impacted by coronavirus - Ramaphosa

No immediate power tariff impact, but first court ruling portends material future hikes 

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2020 The Eskom tariff increase for 2020/21 tabled before lawmakers this week provides no scope for any further hikes this year beyond those already sanctioned for April 1 by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) in previous price determinations and regulatory clearing account (RCA)... 

No immediate power tariff impact, but first court ruling portends material future hikes

SA Express reassures public about its safety and regulatory compliance

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th March 2020 State-owned regional airline SA Express, which is currently under business rescue, has assured that its aircraft meet all safety requirements. It did so in a press release issued on Thursday. That press release also revealed that the airline’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) had submitted a... 

SA Express reassures public about its safety and regulatory compliance
Photo by SA Express
A Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jet airliner of SA Express

National nonrevenue water programme in development

By: Darren Parker     13th March 2020 The State-owned Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is spearheading a programme targeting the creation of  a centralised national office to tackle non-revenue water projects for municipalities while seeking innovative funding solutions. DBSA product development specialist Johann Lübbe and... 

National nonrevenue water programme in development
IN THE PIPELINE The national non-revenue water central office and programme should be fully operational by the end of 2021

SAA gets unlikely help from coronavirus hit

By: Bloomberg     12th March 2020 While international airlines have been blindsided by the impact of the coronavirus on global travel, the outbreak may bring unexpected benefits for South African Airways as it battles to lower costs. A sharp reduction in international flights has deflated the price of leasing jets and made it... 

SAA says adhering to safety protocols on Covid-19

By: African News Agency      12th March 2020 National carrier South African Airways said on Thursday its operational health and safety procedures were in line with the World Health Organisation’s protocols to protect its passengers and crew from contracting Covid-19. On Wednesday WHO declared the coronavirus disease a pandemic as it... 

 SAA says adhering to safety protocols on Covid-19
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