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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... 

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. 

Increased storage crucial to mix
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. 

Noncarbon future epitomises ideal  energy mix
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. 

Divisionalisation first step in vertical separation
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). 

Clean coal can still play meaningful role in S Africa
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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. 

Microgrid solutions could combat load-shedding
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. 

Eskom fully supports South Africa’s lower-carbon trajectory
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 poised for year-long ‘rationalisation’ as it warns of R331m loss
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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... 

Six months set aside for merger of CEF’s oil and gas subsidiaries into ‘Newco’
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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 expects subdued commodity prices to weigh on recovery from Covid
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 Mabuza blames struggling municipalities for Eskom woes
Deputy President David Mabuza

Eskom, Sasol gear up for energy storage and renewables roll-outs  

6th August 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom's battery energy storage plans and Sasol's renewables roll-out. 

Eskom, Sasol gear up for energy storage and renewables roll-outs
Eskom, Sasol gear up for energy storage and renewables roll-outs

SACP calls for arrests and recovery of Eskom funds  

By: Sane Dhlamini     4th August 2020 The South African Communist Party (SACP) on Tuesday said while it welcomed the Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU’s) move to recover funds from former Eskom executives, former board members, members of the Gupta family and their associates, it called for the arrests of all those implicated in... 

SACP calls for arrests and recovery of Eskom funds

DPE welcomes Eskom’s move to recoup lost funds

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has welcomed State-owned power utility Eskom’s steps to recoup funds lost to State capture corruption. Eskom and the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) announced on August 3 that a set of summonses have been issued in the North Gauteng High Court to... 

Eskom initiates procurement process for first large-scale battery energy storage system 

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2020 Electricity utility Eskom has called for bids for the design and construction of a battery energy storage system (BESS) to be installed at the Skaapvlei substation at Vredendal, in the Western Cape, where the group’s 100 MW Sere wind farm is located. The system should have a minimum power... 

Eskom initiates procurement process for first large-scale battery energy storage system
The substation at the Sere wind farm in Vredendal

Sithole to assume PIC office on August 1

By: Simone Liedtke     31st July 2020 Newly-appointed Public Investment Corporation (PIC) CEO Abel Sithole will assume his duties from August 1. Sithole’s appointment was announced on May 27, following Cabinet approval. 

Eskom to cancel R14bn contract after probe findings

By: Bloomberg     31st July 2020 Eskom Holdings plans to cancel a contract to buy as much as R14-billion of fuel oil from Econ Oil & Energy, after a probe it commissioned found Econ’s fees had been inflated, a person familiar with the situation said. Nothemba Mlonzi, a director at Econ Oil, declined to comment because she said... 

Eskom targets Gauteng, KZN for illegal connections and load reduction drive

By: African News Agency      29th July 2020 Power utility Eskom said on Wednesday that it would be embarking on a roadshow to educate the public on issues impacting on the national power grid, such as illegal connections, infrastructure theft, meter tampering and illegal vending.  Education on load reduction would also form part of the... 

 Eskom targets Gauteng, KZN for illegal connections and load reduction drive

SAA rescue plan ready bar the funding, say administrators

By: Reuters     28th July 2020 A rescue plan for South African Airways (SAA) is ready and can be implemented once funding for the restructuring is found, the state-owned airline's administrators said on Tuesday. The administrators took over SAA in December after almost a decade of financial losses and published their... 

Power tariff set to rise to 128c/kWh in 2021 after Eskom wins Nersa battle over R69bn equity injection  

By: Terence Creamer     28th July 2020 In a scathing judgment made on July 28, the court has declared as illegal the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) decision to deduct a R69-billion equity injection into Eskom from its allowable revenue for the period 2019/20 to 2021/22, but has also instructed that the full... 

Power tariff set to rise to 128c/kWh in 2021 after Eskom wins Nersa battle over R69bn equity injection

SA Express employees still pleading for govt help with airline in provisional liquidation

By: News24Wire      28th July 2020 A group of employees at state-owned regional airline SA Express are still desperately hoping that government will be able to assist them in getting their unpaid salaries - last paid in February - as well as retrenchment packages. Unlike South African Airways, which is still in business rescue, SA... 

SA Express employees still pleading for govt help with airline in provisional liquidation

SAA administrators seek creditor fund accord

By: Bloomberg     27th July 2020 The administrators of South African Airways, the state-owned airline that’s in bankruptcy protection, want the government to ring-fence R16.4-billion that it has guaranteed can be used to pay creditors if the airline fails, a person familiar with the situation said. The administrators want an... 

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