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Eskom seeks to unlock 1 000 MW in Mpumalanga land-lease process  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th April 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the launch by power utility Eskom of a bidding process for land in Mpumalanga, which can be leased by private generators to produce electricity; how much electricity this is likely to add to the South African... 

Seifsa calls for extensive consultation on draft preferential procurement regulations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th April 2022  Industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has prepared a submission in response to the draft Preferential Procurement Regulations published by the National Treasury for public comment, owing to the fact that State organs are key markets to which... 

Eskom aiming to unlock 1 000 MW through Mpumalanga land lease bidding process 

By: Terence Creamer     12th April 2022 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has initiated a bidding process for the leasing of generation land in Mpumalanga to independent power producers (IPPs) and CEO André de Ruyter indicates that there is sufficient grid capacity available to support renewables projects with a combined capacity... 

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

Mavuso notes positive signs of increased investment in South Africa

By: Darren Parker     11th April 2022 A recent uptick in the frequency of meetings between foreign companies and relevant government departments were encouraging because such meetings typically preceded investment in the country, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso said in her weekly newsletter on April 11. She said that... 

Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso
Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso

Transnet prepares to resume locomotive procurement to close gap left by halted 10-64 programme 

By: Terence Creamer     11th April 2022 Transnet CEO Portia Derby has confirmed that the State freight logistics group is preparing to procure a significant number of locomotives again, after having halted purchases under the “irregular and unlawful” R50-billion ’10-64’ programme. Derby tells Engineering News that, while a settlement... 

Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Transnet CEO Portia Derby

Opinion: Transnet’s private sector invitation appealing from afar but far from appealing

8th April 2022 In this opinion article, Mirai Rail MD Pulane Tshabalala-Kingston argues that Transnet’s invitation to private bidders for 16 rail slots signals a key milestone. However, she argues that the capital and lending markets are unlikely to have the appetite to finance the scale of undertaking... 

Mirai Rail MD Pulane Tshabalala-Kingston
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Mirai Rail MD Pulane Tshabalala-Kingston

Don't take chances, warns Kieswetter as Sars aims to deal with the 'morally corrupt'

By: News24Wire      8th April 2022 The South African Revenue Service saw nearly two-million taxpayers who tried for refunds that were not allowed – some of which were "downright criminal", Commissioner Edward Kieswetter has said. And it's not only fraudsters and tax evaders who came under the microscope. In addition to an... 

Sars Commissioner Edward Kieswetter
Photo by Donna Slater
Sars Commissioner Edward Kieswetter

Kenya Airways, SAA plan investor search for pan-African carrier

By: Bloomberg     8th April 2022 Kenya Airways and South African Airways (SAA) are planning a series of investor roadshows to help find a financial backer for a combined airline group they aim to create next year. The campaign to attract a majority investor for a holding company to be modeled on British Airways and Iberia owner... 

Retaining refining capacity could pose long-term risks for South Africa

By: Darren Parker     8th April 2022 South Africa’s oil refining capacity has always been rather small when considered on a global scale, but there was some sense of national pride and of security in knowing that the country could deliver – even if most of the crude input had to be imported. While local refineries were never able to... 

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SABC apologises to Ntshavheni for chiming in on analogue switch-off case

By: News24Wire      6th April 2022 The South African Broadcasting Corporation board has apologised to Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni for jumping the gun in airing its concerns about the broadcaster's state of readiness for the planned analogue television signal switch-off. "The SABC... 

Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni

Bayoglu unconvinced the energy transition will benefit the majority

By: Darren Parker     6th April 2022 Mining investment group Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu has expressed concern about job losses in the fossil fuel sector as State-owned Eskom proceeds with its just energy transition. “When we do the just transition, we’re talking about 90 000 jobs that will be lost,” he said during a discussion at the... 

Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu

Uasa approaches court to ensure Denel pays employees

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2022 Trade union Uasa has brought an urgent Labour Court application against State-owned defence group Denel to order it to honour all outstanding contractual obligations and effect payment of Uasa members’ full remuneration from August 1, 2020, to date within 14 days of the order. It also seeks an... 

Transnet sides with ConCourt, goes with original BEE criteria in tenders

By: News24Wire      4th April 2022 Transnet's board has sided with the Constitutional Court with respect to government's broad-based black economic empowerment tender regulations, opting for a policy change that will allow it to procure goods and services in line with the original iteration of the contested Preferential Public... 

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Eskom’s just energy transition project pipeline investments to cost more than R180bn

By: Darren Parker     1st April 2022 Power utility Eskom has identified a pipeline of about 15 projects in support of it’s just energy transition (JET) strategy, but substantial financing of about R180-billion to R199-billion will be needed for the projects to be implemented, Eskom JET GM Mandy Rambharos has said. Speaking at the... 

Sars revenue collection increased to R1.56tr in 2021/22 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st April 2022 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) collected R1.56-trillion in tax revenue for the 2021/22 financial year. This represents a 25% year-on-year increase on the R1.25-trillion collected in the 2020/21 financial year.  

Transnet moves to sell 16 rail slots to private operators 

By: Terence Creamer     1st April 2022 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has officially launched the much-anticipated bidding process for 16 rail slots, which will be sold to third-party operators for a period of two years on a take-or-pay basis. A bid submission date of May 31 has been set and Transnet expects to announce... 

Six slots are being sold on the container corridor from Durban to the City Deep inland terminal pictured here
Photo by Creamer Media
Six slots are being sold on the container corridor from Durban to the City Deep inland terminal pictured here

Eskom welcomes 20-year jail sentence for two fraudsters 

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2022 State-owned power utility Eskom said its efforts to root out corruption and fraud gained a significant boost when the Palm Ridge Commercial Crimes Court this week sentenced a former Eskom employee and a supplier to an effective 20 years’ imprisonment after being found guilty on 53 counts of fraud... 

Transnet board amends supply chain policy to allow preferential procurement

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2022 State logistics agency Transnet's board of directors has approved an addendum to its supply chain management policy to allow Transnet to include specific provisions for preferential procurement in its procurement processes, effective from March 25. The board resolved to continue applying the... 

Gauteng municipality owes Eskom R732m, urges residents to pay municipal bills  

By: News24Wire      29th March 2022 The Rand West City municipality has given non-compliant residents some leeway after Eskom warned about blackouts.  The municipality owes Eskom R732-million, which has been accumulated over the past 12 years. The mayor, Gladys Khoza, said the municipality was failing to collect revenue in... 

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Solidarity to lay fraud charges against Zuma and others 

By: Sane Dhlamini     28th March 2022 Trade union Solidarity has said it will lay charges of corruption, theft, fraud and mismanagement of State funds against 19 alleged State capturers, including former president Jacob Zuma, at the Brooklyn Police Station on Tuesday. Solidarity chief executive Dr Dirk Hermann said the criminal... 

Image of former president Jacob Zuma while appearing at the State capture commission
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Former president Jacob Zuma while appearing at the State capture commission

Commodity boom remains untapped as South Africa fights rail woes

By: Bloomberg     28th March 2022 South Africa is missing out on some of the riches on offer from the commodities boom as a rail network beset by problems hobbles its exports. While coal prices recently soared to a record and iron ore is historically high, miners are being forced to stockpile supplies as state-owned Transnet... 

A Transnet Freight Rail train transporting coal to port

South Africa’s electricity plan ‘underestimating’ new generation needs, former Eskom CEO warns 

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2022 South Africa’s current Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is significantly underestimating what new capacity should be being built to cater for the decommissioning of the coal-fired power stations and any future demand growth, African Rainbow Energy and Power (AREP) CEO Brian Dames has warned.... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter (with mic) speaks during an energy transition breakaway session at the South Africa Investment Conference 2022
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter (with mic) speaks during an energy transition breakaway session at the South Africa Investment Conference 2022

Human settlements dept implements policy changes  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th March 2022 The Department of Human Settlements will, from April 1, implement a number of policy amendments, Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi outlined at a briefing on March 25. This follows the department’s visits to all nine provinces, where it engaged with leaders in the provinces, visited... 

TFR calls for investigation into alleged kidnapping, murder at Richards Bay Junction

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2022 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has received reports that security guards employed by a third-party company to guard Transnet property in the Richards Bay Junction area and surrounds were allegedly involved in a confrontation with two men. The two men were allegedly captured by the guards... 

Godongwana rules out creation of a new State bank

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2022 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana ruled out the creation of a new state bank, saying the country lacked the money needed to back it. The government-owned Post Bank already accepts deposits and if another lender were to be established, it would have to be self-funded, Godongwana told lawmakers on... 

Transnet granted PPPFA exemption until new regulations promulgated

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2022 The National Treasury has granted State-owned logistics agency Transnet an exemption to comply with the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) regulations. This is an interim arrangement to ensure compliant business continuity at Transnet after Treasury advised that organs of State... 

Eskom considering taking on climate funds as equity injection

By: Bloomberg     22nd March 2022 State power company Eskom is planning to propose that some of the funding the country secured to help tackle climate change take the form of loans to the government that could be converted to equity in the utility when needed. The arrangement would enable Eskom to access the $8.5-billion pledged... 

Court orders government to clean up air in coal belt

By: Reuters     18th March 2022 A South African court on Friday upheld a complaint by activists that poor air quality in the coal belt is a breach of constitutional rights, giving the environment minister a year to enforce a clean air plan. South Africa's coal belt, east of the capital Pretoria and main city Johannesburg is... 

Eskom's Duvha power station
Eskom's Duvha power station

Power outages across Pretoria as municipal workers embark on a strike

By: News24Wire      18th March 2022 Several parts of Pretoria have been left without electricity amid an "illegal" strike by City of Tshwane staff. At least four regions have been affected during three days of outages. The affected areas included Kwaggasrand, Westpark, Saulsville, Danville, Laudium, Valhalla, Erasmia, Rua Vista,... 

Power lines

Human error at Koeberg nearly led to 'devastating consequences'   

By: News24Wire      17th March 2022 Eskom nearly lost 920 MW of power to the grid when an individual at nuclear power station Koeberg cut the wrong valve. The incident was reported in Eskom's newsletter to employees, Shutdown Times, on Tuesday. While carrying out required maintenance on Unit 2, someone cut the valve of Unit 1,... 

Koeberg Nuclear Power Station

AMSA shuts furnace over rail troubles and grapples with pricing impacts of Russia-Ukraine conflict

By: News24Wire      17th March 2022 Transnet's poor performance has forced ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) to shut off a blast furnace for three weeks while the steelmaker has also warned customers that the Russia-Ukraine conflict is pushing key input prices skyward. The curveballs come just a month after the group, South... 

Eskom sees R20.9bn of extra diesel costs on coal outages

By: Bloomberg     17th March 2022 Indebted State-owned power utility expects running costs for its diesel-fed turbines, which are used to keep the lights on when coal-powered plants break down, to surge as it struggles to keep up with maintenance. Eskom Holdings sees about a third of its coal-fired capacity being unavailable at... 

Nersa and DFFE insist Transnet remains compliant after serious theft-induced fuel spills 

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) and the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and the Environment (DFFE) both insist that Transnet Pipelines remains compliant with its licence conditions and with environmental legislation in relation to its response to recent theft-induced fuel... 

The Transnet Multiproduct Pipeline runs from Durban to Heidelberg
Photo by Creamer Media
The Transnet Multiproduct Pipeline runs from Durban to Heidelberg

Drones successful in deterring railway cable theft syndicates 

By: Donna Slater     15th March 2022 Johannesburg-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator and developer UAV & Drone Solutions (UDS) proposes that government departments and State-owned entities (SOEs) use, to a far greater extent, the services it provides to curb critical infrastructure theft and vandalism. Cable theft for... 

An image of a drone and stolen cables
UAV & Drone Solutions provides eyes in the sky, day or night, to deter infrastructure criminals and identify areas of concern

SCA clarifies Eskom’s right to payment for municipal electricity used

By: Donna Slater     14th March 2022 Power utility Eskom achieved a significant legal victory against municipalities when the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on March 9 affirmed its right to payment for services rendered to municipalities. This was the conclusion of a court case between Eskom and the Free State province, in which the... 

Creecy wants climate commission to oversee consultations on air quality disputes  

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2022 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa to request that the Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) be allowed to oversee public consultations on appeals that have arisen in relation to air-quality compliance by Eskom power stations.... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Eskom CEO holds talks on potential projects with World Bank

By: Bloomberg     11th March 2022 The head of South Africa’s state power utility held discussions with the World Bank as it explores options for transitioning from coal-fired stations to cleaner sources of energy. Eskom Holdings CEO Andre de Ruyter travelled to the bank’s headquarters for the talks earlier this week. The utility... 

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