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Nersa grants Eskom extension on new tariff submission 

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved Eskom’s application for an extension, until April 1, 2017, to submit a new multi-year price determination (MYPD) application. The State-owned utility had originally been given three months, from March 1, to make a fresh... 

Eskom showing signs of operational stabilisation 

6th July 2016 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst speaks to Engineering News editor Terence Creamer about Eskom’s latest integrated results presentation. 

Eskom showing signs of operational stabilisation
Eskom showing signs of operational stabilisation

Eskom insists R1 600/t is the ‘total cost’ of Anglo coal to Tutuka 

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2016 State-owned electricity utility Eskom moved to clarify its statement that Anglo American’s New Denmark colliery had supplied coal to the Tutuka power station between April 2015 and May 2016 at R1 600/t – a level that group executive for generation Matshela Koko described as “unacceptable”. In a... 

Eskom insists R1 600/t is the ‘total cost’ of Anglo coal to Tutuka
Eskom group executive for generation Matshela Koko on its coal sourcing strategy and the 'unacceptable' cost of coal to Tutuka. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Eskom says it owns assets at some South African coal mines

By: Bloomberg     6th July 2016 South Africa’s power utility plans to transfer assets at coal mines it helped to pay for onto its own balance sheet, which will involve a “painful process” of discussions with companies including Anglo American and Exxaro Resources, an executive said. Lawyers for Eskom, South Africa’s biggest... 

Eskom says it owns assets at some South African coal mines

Molefe in forceful defence of Gupta-linked coal deal  

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe went on the offensive on Tuesday against critics of the State-owned utility’s recent coal contract with the Gupta-family-linked Tegeta Exploration and Resources, likening the role of the banks and the media in the “hullabaloo” to that of a “kangaroo court”. Speaking at the... 

Molefe in forceful defence of Gupta-linked coal deal
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe defends Tegeta coal deal, while slamming banks and media. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 5.6.2016

South Africa’s ‘messy’ political state hampers economic growth, coalition government increasingly likely

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th July 2016 South Africa’s “messy” political landscape is not aiding the country’s economic growth ambitions, Centre for Politics and Research executive director Prince Mashele said on Tuesday. “We are in a mess politically,” he told delegates at a Gordon Institute of Business (GIBS) discussion, pointing out... 

South Africa’s ‘messy’ political state hampers economic growth, coalition government increasingly likely

Eskom reports strong profit recovery despite another fall in yearly sales 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2016 Despite another, albeit modest, fall in electricity sales, State-owned electricity producer Eskom reported a strong recovery in its financial performance for 2016, with net profit rising to R4.6-billion from R200-million in 2015. At the interim stage, however, net profit stood at R11.3-billion,... 

Eskom reports strong profit recovery despite another fall in yearly sales

Tambo-Springs container terminal briefing moves ahead as Transnet offers zoning assurances

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2016 A briefing session will be held this week for potential bidders for a proposed inland Tambo Springs container terminal, earmarked for development as a public-private partnership (PPP) in eastern Gauteng. State-owned freight logistics group Transnet issued a request for proposals (RFP) in June,... 

 Tambo-Springs container terminal briefing moves ahead as Transnet offers zoning assurances

DoT CFO joins PRASA as acting group CEO 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st July 2016 The Department of Transport (DoT) has welcomed the appointment of Collins Letsoalo as acting group CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), effective immediately. Letsoalo was moving from his position as CFO at the DoT, assuming the role until PRASA’s board resolved several... 

Eskom in surprise termination of Duvha contract talks

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2016 State-owned electricity utility Eskom reported on Thursday that it had terminated contract negotiations for the rebuild portion of the Duvha Unit 3 boiler recovery project after the “supplier was unable to meet the conditions precedent to enable agreement on the contract”. Eskom did not name the... 

Eskom in surprise termination of Duvha contract talks

DoE ‘disturbed’ by SFF's disregard for governance processes in Chevron bid

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2016 Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Thabane Zulu has slammed the announcement by the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) of its intention to bid for Chevron’s South African assets, saying the government is “disturbed at the complete disregard for governance processes by the entity in question”. On... 

DoE ‘disturbed’ by SFF's disregard for governance processes in Chevron bid

GE, Transnet explore use of digital technologies to boost locomotive performance

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2016 Technology multinational GE reports that it is working with South Africa’s Transnet on ways to integrate its digital solutions into the locomotives it has already supplied, and is in the process of supplying, to the State-owned freight logistics group. The two companies are using GE’s newly... 

GE, Transnet explore use of digital technologies to boost locomotive performance
Photo by Duane Daws
GE South Africa CEO Thomas Konditi

Transnet pares back its capital investment plan 

30th June 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Transnet’s slowing capital investment and the impact of this on the economy. 

Transnet pares back its capital investment plan
Transnet pares back its capital investment plan

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions  

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet is optimistic of receiving positive responses to a tender for the development of an offshore supply base (OSSB) for the oil and gas industry in Saldanha Bay, reporting that around 120 people attended a tender site briefing this week. A request for proposals (RFP)... 

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions
Operation Phakisa programme director Ricky Bhikraj outlines the approach being taken to PPP projects at the Port of Saldanha. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

TFR to begin 14-day coal-line shutdown on July 11

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th June 2016 State-owned railways utility Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) announced on Wednesday that it would begin a 14-day total shutdown of the coal export line on July 11. The yearly maintenance shutdown would continue until July 24. On average, 230 000 t/day is railed down the corridor, which links the... 

TFR to begin 14-day coal-line shutdown on July 11

TNPA to add container capacity at Durban harbour as it puts dig-out port on hold 

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2016 Having pulled back from any immediate development of the so-called Durban Dig-Out Port (DDOP), Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is moving ahead with two more modest projects to expand the container capacity at the Port of Durban. Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama has indicated that the DDOP is... 

TNPA to add container capacity at Durban harbour as it puts dig-out port on hold
TNPA senior manager for planning and development Selvan Pillay on the berth-deepening and Salisbury Island projects to increase container capacity at the Port of Durban. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 28.6.2016

Transnet Engineering hands over passenger coaches to Botswana Railways

By: Samantha Herbst     27th June 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned freight logistics group Transnet on Monday released the last batch of passenger coaches to Botswana Railways at a handing-over ceremony in Salt River, Cape Town. This followed the initial staggered delivery of 22 coaches to the Botswana utility this year, which... 

Transnet Engineering hands over passenger coaches to Botswana Railways

Vandalised assets costing PRASA millions, raises concern over risk to new rolling stock

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th June 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on Monday said extensive, ongoing incidences of vandalism against, and theft of, its assets had severely impacted on services, threatened safety and cost the operator some R331-million it could ill afford to lose. The ongoing incidents of... 

Vandalised assets costing PRASA millions, raises concern over risk to new rolling stock
Photo by Duane Daws
PRASA acting CEO Nathi Khena

Call for investigation into alleged procurement irregularities at Eskom

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th June 2016 Nonprofit organisation Corruption Watch last week issued an urgent request to the National Treasury to investigate the manner in which State-owned power utility Eskom managed its contracts with existing suppliers and its general adherence to supply chain processes, including its vetting... 

Call for investigation into alleged procurement irregularities at Eskom
Photo by Duane Daws
Corruption Watch Director, David Lewis

Big ‘focus’ on ensuring rail OEMs meet local-content commitments 

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2016 A senior Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) official “promised” on Friday that the department was giving focused attention to ensuring that the local-content targets associated with Transnet’s R50-billion locomotive procurement programme were met. Chief director for industrial procurement Dr... 

Big ‘focus’ on ensuring rail OEMs meet local-content commitments

Icasa, SABS outline process for issuing of EMI/EMC certificates of compliance

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2016 Manufacturers and importers of electronic equipment can expect a “transparent, predictable and efficient process” when applying for Electromagnetic Interference/ Compatibility (EMI/EMC) Certificates of Compliance (CoCs), South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) CEO Dr Boni Mehlomakulu said on... 

Zulu wants small business development integrated into nine-point plan

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th June 2016 While the South African Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) is one of the lead departments for one of the priority interventions of government’s Nine-Point Plan to boost economic growth and create much-needed jobs – unlocking the potential of small, medium-sized and microenterprises... 

Zulu wants small business development integrated into nine-point plan
Photo by Duane Daws
LINDIWE ZULU The Department of Small Business Development has set a target of increasing the . . . jobs created by the small business sector from 7.1-million to 9.2-million by 2019

Protesting firefighters showed courage against exploitation – Numsa

By: News24Wire      16th June 2016 South African firefighters who went on strike in Canada were 'ruthlessly' exploited, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Thursday. "[Numsa] warmly congratulates the 301 fire-fighters who protested at the way they were being ruthlessly exploited while they were courageously... 

Protesting firefighters showed courage against exploitation – Numsa
Photo by Air Canada
Work on fire firefighters arrive in Canada

SAA scraps idea that it gave Mango cheap plane leases 

By: News24Wire      16th June 2016 Four days after South African Airways (SAA) said it sub-leased aircraft to its low-cost subsidiary Mango Airlines at a discounted cost, inadvertently raising concerns of collusion, the embattled airline did an about-turn and denied that it had done so. The change in tune came hours after... 

WC Department of Health office wins green building accolades

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2016 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has been recognised by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for its work on a R128-million regional office building currently under construction for the Department of Health in Bellville, Western Cape. The building, located... 

WC Department of Health office wins green building accolades
Department of Health office building, Bellville

Eskom outlines its position on coal contract to Gupta-linked firm 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th June 2016 In a seeming effort to preempt a City Press report raising questions about the award, by State-owned electricity utility Eskom, of a multimullion-rand coal contract to the Gupta-family-linked Tegeta Exploration and Resources, in which President Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, is a shareholder, Eskom... 

Eskom outlines its position on coal contract to Gupta-linked firm
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom Chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane

Enel’s South Africa unit connects another 66 MW solar plant to grid

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2016 The renewable-energy unit of Italian energy group Enel reports that its 66 MW Tom Burke photovoltaic (PV) plant in South Africa’s Limpopo province has been connected to the grid, raising its installed capacity in the country to nearly 160 MW. Country manager in South Africa Lamberto Dai Pra’ adds... 

Enel’s South Africa unit connects another 66 MW solar plant to grid

Eskom a threat to SA’s economy, warns Outa 

By: News24Wire      3rd June 2016 Eskom must be taken to task for its unacceptable conduct which is crippling South Africa’s ability to be a competitive and thriving economy, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse's (Outa's) energy specialist consultant Ted Blom charged on Friday. The civil action organisation said the public’s trust... 

Eskom a threat to SA’s economy, warns Outa

Small enterprises urged to contribute to defence sector charter

By: Keith Campbell     3rd June 2016 Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) have been urged to provide inputs for the development of the Defence Industry Sectoral Charter, which will seek, among other things, to advance black economic empowerment in the local defence industry. The call was made by Department of Defence (DoD)... 

Armscor committed to assisting local SMMEs

By: Keith Campbell     3rd June 2016 South African defence acquisition and disposal, research and development (R&D) agency Armscor Chairperson, retired Vice Admiral Refiloe Mudimu, has pledged the organisation's support for local small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), especially black-owned ones, seeking to enter the defence... 

Transnet invites private sector bids to build and operate new Gauteng inland port

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2016 Stated-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has issued a request for proposals (RFP) inviting private logistics companies to design, build, operate, maintain and eventually hand over an inland container terminal, earmarked for Tambo-Springs, in eastern Gauteng. The 20-year concession would be... 

Transnet invites private sector bids to build and operate new Gauteng inland port
Photo by Duane Daws
The City Deep inland port

French nuclear envoy expects ‘spring’ release of South Africa’s much-debated RFP

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2016 The French remain optimistic that South Africa’s nuclear request for proposals (RFP), which was initially expected for release before the end of March, will be issued before the end of the year, probably during South Africa’s “spring”, or France’s “fall”. Special envoy of the French President for... 

French nuclear envoy expects ‘spring’ release of South Africa’s much-debated RFP
Photo by Duane Daws
Special nuclear envoy of the French President Dr Pascal Colombani

Land Bank to be placed under the department of agriculture

By: African News Agency      31st May 2016 The African National Congress (ANC) has resolved to move the Land Bank to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries after it was placed under the Treasury, the party said on Tuesday. “It is moving to agriculture, where it belongs. The bank was transferred to national Treasury to stabilise... 

R47m spent to service empty government buildings, MPs told

By: News24Wire      31st May 2016 Over R47-million a year is spent on rates and taxes for unused government buildings around the country, the public works department has said. An additional R12-million a year is spent keeping the lights on and water running. 

‘Steel committee’ to be set up to monitor AMSA’s ‘fair pricing’ pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2016 Government would, within weeks, finalise a “fair pricing” agreement with steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and establish a “steel committee” to monitor implementation of the formula, which would be based on a basket of selling prices in Europe, Asia and North America. Department of... 

‘Steel committee’ to be set up to monitor AMSA’s ‘fair pricing’ pledge
Garth Strachan, Dean Macpherson and Dean Subramanian debate the fair-pricing steel 'deal'. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 26.5.2015

Eskom, CSIR sign strategic partnership agreement

24th May 2016 Power utility Eskom and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have signed a partnership agreement aimed at synergising the research capabilities of the two State-owned organisations in support of Eskom’s strategic and operational needs.   The five-year agreement was aimed at... 

Transnet appoints chief information officer

24th May 2016 Transnet has appointed Makano Mosidi chief information officer (CIO), effective June 1. Mosidi will report to group CE Siyabonga Gama in line with the group’s objective of ensuring that digitalisation is central to driving innovation efficiency and cost effectiveness across all operations. She is... 

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