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Eskom warns of load-shedding at short notice on Monday evening

By: News24Wire      9th May 2022 The power system will be severely constrained on Monday evening, with the possibility of load-shedding at short notice should there be any unit breakdowns, Eskom warned on Monday. load-shedding was suspended on Saturday, and the power system has recovered sufficiently to meet the demand during... 

ECSA elects its first female president

By: Darren Parker     6th May 2022 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) elected its first female president Refilwe Buthelezi following the sixth term council special meeting on May 5. ECSA has not had a female president since its inception, with ECSA stating on May 6 that the election of Buthelezi in the engineering and... 

Gordhan: Load-shedding 'might' move to Stage 1 – but Eskom sticks to status quo  

By: News24Wire      6th May 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Friday said that Eskom may downgrade load-shedding to Stage 1. The minister was delivering an address at the Just Transition Framework Multi-Stakeholder Conference. The two-day conference, which started on Thursday, is taking place in Gauteng and is... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Nersa to hold public hearings on municipal tariff benchmarks in May

By: Darren Parker     6th May 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will approve its yearly percentage guideline increase and review municipal tariff benchmarks at a public hearing on May 13. This follows the publication of a consultation paper on March 30 on the review of the municipal tariff guideline... 

Opinion: Sasolburg power station turnaround offers hope for keeping lights on

6th May 2022 In this opinion article, Sasol senior VP for the Sasolburg & Ekandustria operations Rightwell Laxa, and Sebenzana MD Andrew Carr, argue that old, coal-fired power stations similar to those used by Sasol and Eskom could achieve a much-needed maintenance turnaround by blending dwindling engineering... 

Parts of the power generation fleet have been in operation for close to 70 years
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Parts of the power generation fleet have been in operation for close to 70 years

Electricity generation procurement delays  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest delays in the procurement of new electricity generation capacity under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, as well as the Renewable Energy Independent Power... 

Photo Terence Creamer
Electricity generation procurement delays

Gordhan says Eskom restructuring will avert ‘protracted failure’ of utility  

By: Terence Creamer     5th May 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan acknowledged that Eskom is in crisis but has dismissed suggestions that the utility is broken and heading for a “protracted failure”, saying that the restructuring under way will result in the emergence of a “completely different entity”. Speaking at the... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Gordhan calls for ban on sale of scrap metal to protect SA's infrastructure

By: News24Wire      5th May 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says in order to to alleviate the risk of continued damage, theft and vandalism of freight rail infrastructure in the country, government should consider a temporary ban on the sale of scrap metal. Gordhan was replying to questions in the National... 

R745m Kusile fraud case against former Eskom managers postponed again

By: News24Wire      5th May 2022 The fraud and corruption case against former senior Eskom manager France Hlakudi and his co-accused was once again postponed in the Palm Ridge Specialised Crimes Court on Thursday. His co-accused are former Eskom group executive for the Group Capital Division, Abram Masango; businessperson... 

No need for ‘state of disaster’ for Eskom, we can go until Stage 8 load-shedding – Gordhan

By: News24Wire      5th May 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has shut down the possibly of declaring a state of disaster for Eskom as the utility habitually battles unit failures at its power stations, with this recent bout leading to a week-long stretch of State 2 load-shedding.   "There should… be a distinction... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Sick Dudu Myeni no-show in court, warrant of arrest issued against former SAA board chair  

By: News24Wire      4th May 2022 An illness kept former South African Airways board chairperson Dudu Myeni away from court on Wednesday, forcing a second postponement of her case relating disclosure of the identity of a protected witness at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry in 2020. A warrant of arrest was issued against... 

Former SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni
Former SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni

Eskom questions assertion that it is delaying IPP projects  

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2022 Eskom insists that it is processing budget quotes for independent power producers (IPPs) seeking to connect to the national grid, in line with agreed timelines, and that it is making every effort to debottleneck the process so that much-needed new generation capacity can be introduced speedily.... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

South Africa seeks to make climate finance deal global benchmark 

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2022 South Africa’s planned $8.5-billion climate finance deal with some of the world’s richest nations could serve as a blueprint for other coal-dependent countries, the head of its negotiating team said. The potential funding, which will be made available over three to five years, was announced at... 

Daniel Mminele
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Daniel Mminele

Police recover stolen copper in Devland, Johannesburg

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2022 The South African Police Services (SAPS) raided the premises of a scrap metal dealer in Devland, near Johannesburg, and found a large cache of stolen copper cables. Working on a tip-off, the police officers searched a property and discovered copper cables belonging to Transnet Freight Rail (TFR),... 

Zuma replaced Ramatlhodi with inexperienced 'Gupta minister' Zwane to do their bidding – Zondo

By: News24Wire      29th April 2022 It was clear that former president Jacob Zuma replaced Ngoako Ramatlhodi as mineral resources minister because he refused to cooperate with the Gupta family’s wishes, the State Capture Inquiry has found. "... Ramatlhodi had consistently refused to have anything to do with the Guptas and was not... 

Mosebenzi Zwane
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Mosebenzi Zwane

Eskom sets up project team to deal with Zondo report recommendations 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th April 2022 Power utility Eskom has announced that it has established a project team, supported by its internal and external lawyers, to review the report issued by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture and to ensure appropriate actions are taken to address the recommendations... 

Vehicle with an Eskom logo

Presidency receives fourth part of Zondo Commission's report into State capture

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th April 2022 The Presidency on April 29 received the fourth part of the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture.   Secretary of the Commission Professor Itumeleng Mosala handed over the report to acting Director-General in The Presidency Thami Ngwenya at the Union... 

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo
Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

Zondo Commission granted another extension to finalise outstanding reports

By: News24Wire      28th April 2022 The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has granted the State Capture Inquiry another extension to finalise the reports.  News24 previously reported that commission chairperson Chief Justice Raymond Zondo had approached the court for a six-week extension to finish the last part of the report. Part... 

Image of Chief Justice Raymond Zondo
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Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

Blame game amplified amid ongoing load-shedding  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th April 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the finger pointing that is normal after any bout of load-shedding; the most recent blame game being amplified as a result of an ugly showdown during a Parliamentary oversight visit to Eskom's Megawatt Park;... 

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Blame game amplified amid ongoing load-shedding

Eskom seeks indemnity from Karpowership in power-purchase pact

By: Bloomberg     26th April 2022 South Africa’s bid to secure 2 000 MW of so-called emergency electricity has hit an obstacle, with the State power utility asking the biggest winner of the tender to indemnify it against any adverse outcomes from corruption allegations, two people familiar with the situation said. A losing... 

Seifsa, Eskom discuss private generation as key to solving South Africa's power challenges

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2022 Industry organisation the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) this week held a meeting with State-owned power utility Eskom, during which greater private sector investment into electricity generation capacity was identified as a key enabler to resolving the... 

Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini
Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini

South Africa’s ANC suggests State firm ownership model is dying 

By: Bloomberg     25th April 2022 South Africa’s government should halt bailouts for State entities and review its ownership of more than 700 companies, according to a draft economic policy document compiled by the ruling party. The current model for state firms “is dying,” the African National Congress, which is due to hold its... 

Parliamentary committee urges Denel, Armscor to find solutions to their challenges

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2022 The Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans this week visited the facilities of State-owned Armscor and Denel as part of an oversight programme and urged the entities to explore new avenues to use their assets and find solutions to the challenges they are facing. During the visit to... 

City of Joburg progressing mayoral priorities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st April 2022 The Johannesburg multi-party government is aiming to mitigate problems and issues in the city such as unemployment, economic challenges, water and electricity issues, and to provide economic and social opportunities and service delivery for citizens, through its ‘The Golden Start’ programme of... 

An image of Johannesburg executive mayor Dr Mpho Phalatse
Dr Mpho Phalatse

Transnet prepares to invite bids for Richards Bay LNG terminal 

By: Terence Creamer     21st April 2022 The State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) reports that a request for proposals (RFP) will be issued in the coming months for the development of a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Port of Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. TNPA has confirmed with Engineering News that it... 

An LNG Tanker

SA to move to Stage 2 load shedding on Thursday night 

By: News24Wire      21st April 2022 Load shedding will be reduced from Stage 3 to Stage 2 at 22:00 on Thursday evening, Eskom announced. Stage 2 will continue until Friday evening. A generation unit each at the Majuba, Matimba and the Arnot power stations have returned to service since Wednesday night, while a single unit at Tutuka... 

Eskom wants OEM ‘boots on ground’ to help stabilise poor performing coal fleet  

By: Terence Creamer     21st April 2022 Eskom has confirmed that it intends procuring engineering and maintenance services from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the coming months to supplement its skills base at power stations that have become prone to repeated unplanned breakdowns. CEO André de Ruyter said the strategy was... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

'Low' chance of a total blackout, says Eskom 

By: News24Wire      20th April 2022 There is a low likelihood of a total blackout, or collapse of the power system, Eskom said on Wednesday. The power utility provided a system update as Stage 4 load shedding persists. 

Andre de Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Andre de Ruyter

Load-shedding downgraded to Stage 3 on Wednesday night  

By: News24Wire      20th April 2022 Load-shedding will be reduced from Stage 4 to Stage 3 at 22:00, and remain in force until Friday, Eskom announced on Wednesday. Six generation units have been returned online over the past 24 hours, with three more units set to return on Thursday. A generation unit each at the Arnot and Kendal... 

Electricity Pylons

DMRE says it has no knowledge of Eskom’s standard offer to secure power from private generators  

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2022 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) says it is unaware of Eskom’s ‘standard offer’ instrument, through which the utility claims it could potentially secure an immediate 500 MW from private generators with surplus electricity. Eskom CEO André de Ruyter listed the standard offer... 

Power Lines

Eskom warns of 101 days of load-shedding this winter in 'extreme' case  

By: News24Wire      19th April 2022 There can be as many as 101 days of load-shedding this winter, in the "extreme case", according to an Eskom official. Eskom on Tuesday provided an update on the state of the power system, this after load-shedding escalated to Stage 4 in the morning due to failing generating units. In its... 

Electricity pylons

Former PRASA boss must be reinstated, arbitration hearing finds

By: News24Wire      19th April 2022 Axed Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO Zolani Matthews is free to return to his office following an arbitration ruling in his favour. Matthews was placed on precautionary suspension in November last year over a security clearance issue which was related to his dual citizenship.... 

De Ruyter in ‘call to arms’ appeal for cutting of red tape binds on new and existing capacity  

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2022 Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has appealed for an immediate easing of regulatory impediments to the introduction of both immediately available capacity of about 500 MW and the accelerated procurement, or introduction, of the generation capacity required to ease the now constant risk of load-shedding.... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

Load-shedding jumps to Stage 4

By: News24Wire      19th April 2022 Eskom has announced that load-shedding has immediately jumped to Stage 4 on Tuesday morning after more generation units failed.  The power utility said the jump from Stage 2 happened at 7:20 after Majuba Unit 5 and Tutuka Unit 4 tripped.  

Eskom building

Transnet regains capacity at Port of Durban in wake of cyclone Issa

By: Donna Slater     14th April 2022 Following the destruction caused by cyclone Issa earlier this week, Transnet is building capacity at its various Durban terminals that were impacted by severe weather and flooding. The severe weather conditions impacted on Transnet’s ability to conduct operations, while many employees were... 

An image of a Transnet locomotive
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Diesel locomotives shunt wagons at Transnet's Durban container terminal - seen here a week before the region was hit by cyclone Issa, causing widespread destruction, disruption and resulting in several hundred deaths.

Transnet signals force majeure as it moves to amend coal railing contracts

By: News24Wire      14th April 2022 Transnet will amend railing agreements with coal exporters as the State-owned enterprise continues to struggle with persistent security and legal issues which it believes constitute a force majeure. In a statement released by Thungela Resources, South Africa's largest producer of export coal, the... 

Transnet train

Eskom to seek gas-supply bids for OCGT plants, still mulling coal-to-gas conversions  

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2022 Electricity utility Eskom will issue a request for proposals (RFP) “imminently” for the supply of gas to the Ankerlig and Gourikwa open-cycle gas turbine (OCGT) power stations in the Western Cape, which currently produce electricity using diesel. CEO André de Ruyter confirmed the preparation for... 

The Ankerlig OCGT plant in Atlantis
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The Ankerlig OCGT plant in Atlantis
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