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Transmission & Distribution News

Partnership ensures reliable power transmission

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th April 2019 To ensure reliable power transmission, solar industry supplier Valsa is partnering with solar energy equipment suppliers A+Sun, SAT Control, Jinko Solar, Seraphim, Viasolis and electronics company Schweizer, as well as funding institutions, to provide funding for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. 

Load-shedding may cut growth close to zero, SARB says 

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2019 South Africa’s power cuts could bring economic growth for the year close to zero if they continue at the same severity seen in March, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said. The wave of rolling blackouts that started in November and are among the worst the country has yet experienced could... 

Load-shedding may cut growth close to zero, SARB says
SARB deputy governor Kuben Naidoo

Eskom CEO says 'days of surprises' over as problems exposed 

By: Bloomberg     17th April 2019 Almost 15 months into the job, and the boss of South Africa’s state-owned electricity company is getting to grips with issues spanning corruption to defective power plants that threatened to collapse the grid. “The days of surprises are over,” Eskom Holdings CEO Phakamani Hadebe said in an... 

Impediments to small-scale embedded generation 

17th April 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the policy and regulatory impediments that are standing in the way of investment in small-scale embedded generation. 

Impediments to small-scale embedded generation
Impediments to small-scale embedded generation

New Kusile unit powers up, 8 months ahead of schedule

By: News24Wire      16th April 2019 For the first time on Sunday Kusile Unit 3 produced power, according to an internal memo to Eskom staff. According to the note from Eskom's chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer, sent out to staff on Monday, the synchronisation of the unit happened eight months ahead of the scheduled December... 

 New Kusile unit powers up, 8 months ahead of schedule

High risk of load-shedding for Thursday evening 

By: News24Wire      11th April 2019 For the first time in almost three weeks South Africans may be faced with rotational power outages on Thursday evening, as Eskom again battles a shortage of capacity.  The power utility announced on Thursday afternoon that there is a high risk of Stage 1 load-shedding for Thursday evening between... 

High risk of load-shedding for Thursday evening

Goldman says Eskom's crisis leaves no time for unbundling plan

By: Bloomberg     11th April 2019 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan to split the State-owned power utility into generation, distribution and transmission divisions will take longer than the government has to revive the business, according to Goldman Sachs Group. Eskom Holdings is focusing on trying to avoid... 

Manufacturing Indaba to focus on negative effects of power outages

By: African News Agency      11th April 2019 Organisers of the Manufacturing Indaba 2019 said on Thursday that this year's conference is set to unpack promising solutions that manufacturers can implement in an attempt to recover their losses resulting from the nation's rolling blackouts. Major concerns have surfaced among South African... 

Eskom to class action firm: We can’t be sued for load-shedding and here’s why 

By: News24Wire      9th April 2019 Eskom says that based on legal advice it has received, a law firm seeking to initiate a class action suit against it on behalf of companies which have been affected by load-shedding, has little ground to stand on. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said that the legal advice the power utility had... 

 Eskom to class action firm: We can’t be sued for load-shedding and here’s why

Winter plan to minimise load-shedding requires South Africans to use electricity efficiently, says Eskom 

By: African News Agency      8th April 2019 The State-owned power utility Eskom on Monday urged South Africans to use electricity efficiently to minimise load-shedding during cold weather conditions. Eskom said the demand for electricity was projected to increase and the power system was forecast to be tight for this week. The winter plan... 

Winter plan to minimise load-shedding requires South Africans to use electricity efficiently, says Eskom

Uptick in demand for water-sector consulting

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Despite subdued demand for consulting engineering services in South Africa, engineering consulting firm SRK Consulting South Africa has noted an increase in demand for the group’s water-sector consulting services. “As the country faces a backlog in water infrastructure maintenance, it must also... 

Uptick in demand for water-sector consulting
THE MATZIKAMMA MUNICIPALITY The Matzikamma municipality coastline was deemed suitable for land-based aquaculture farming

'The whole country is counting on us': What Eskom boss told staff when stage 4 hit 

By: News24Wire      4th April 2019 "The whole country is counting on every one of us to do the right thing".  This is what Eskom's COO, Jan Oberholzer, wrote to staff in a memo mid-March when the power utility was implementing stage 4 load-shedding to keep the lights on.  

 'The whole country is counting on us': What Eskom boss told staff when stage 4 hit
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Eskom provides system update 

4th April 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about a media briefing hosted by Eskom and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan at the Lethabo power station this week to update the country on the state of Eskom’s power system and whether the country is... 

Eskom provides system update
Eskom provides system update

Eskom’s financial woes not abating in sync with load-shedding risk 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd April 2019 The cautiously optimistic prognosis provided by Eskom on the outlook for electricity supply for the coming nine months has been more than offset by the State-owned utility’s disturbing assessment of its financial predicament. The group, which implemented ten days of confidence-sapping power cuts... 

Eskom’s financial woes not abating in sync with load-shedding risk
Photo by Creamer Media's Terence Creamer
Lethabo power station

Load-shedding: Eskom's plan for winter and how it will keep the lights on 

By: News24Wire      3rd April 2019 Public Enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan says that Eskom has come up with a detailed winter plan that includes several possible scenarios. Gordhan said the first scenario was if no load-shedding was implemented. 

 Load-shedding: Eskom's plan for winter and how it will keep the lights on

Power cuts slow South African private sector activity in March – PMI 

By: Reuters     3rd April 2019 Activity in South Africa's private sector contracted sharply in March, a survey showed on Wednesday, with firms citing electricity blackouts as the main drag on business. IHS Markit's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) slipped to 48.8 from February's 50.2 as falls in new orders and employment saw... 

Power cuts slow South African private sector activity in March – PMI

Improved policy, regulation needed to help Eskom power SA, Brics Bank meeting told

By: African News Agency      2nd April 2019 Without alternative power generation capacity, unemployment will remain rampant in South Africa, Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) chief executive Patrick Dlamini said on Tuesday. "The policy makers, they have a decision to make, to make sure that you can be able to enable and sustain... 

Improved policy, regulation needed to help Eskom power SA, Brics Bank meeting told

Govt aid, tariffs may not be enough for debt-laden Eskom – Moody's  

By: News24Wire      2nd April 2019 Ratings agency Moody's on Tuesday said that government's financial support to embattled power utility Eskom and the announcement of recent electricity tariffs by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa may prove "insufficient to address the company's long-standing financial troubles". It... 

 Govt aid, tariffs may not be enough for debt-laden Eskom – Moody's

S Africans to know more about state of country's electricity supply tomorrow

By: News24Wire      2nd April 2019 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and chairperson of the Eskom board Jabu Mabuza are expected to brief the media on the state of South Africa's electricity supply tomorrow. The briefing is expected to be at a power station in Johannesburg. 

S Africans to know more about state of country's electricity supply tomorrow
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Eskom signs $180m loan agreement with NDB for renewables project  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st April 2019 The New Development Bank (NDB) and Eskom on Monday signed a $180-million loan agreement for the Renewable Energy Integration and Transmission Augmentation project. The loan agreement was signed by NDB VP and COO Xian Zhu and Eskom CFO Calib Cassim during the fourth yearly meeting of the NDB in... 

Eskom signs $180m loan agreement with NDB for renewables project

Load-shedding: We will know more by next week – Cabinet 

By: News24Wire      29th March 2019 Eskom and government will soon know more about what must be done to stabilise the grid, Cabinet said in a statement on Friday. It said that following a briefing by deputy president David Mabuza on developments at Eskom and electricity constraints, the Technical Review Panel – appointed by the... 

Load-shedding: We will know more by next week – Cabinet

Cabinet mulls further financial support for Eskom 

By: Reuters     29th March 2019 Cabinet this week discussed Eskom's financial woes and is looking at ways of giving further support to the troubled power utility, according to a statement released on Friday. "Cabinet also dealt with the financial situation of Eskom. Further options are being considered to support the power... 

Load-shedding cost billions – City of Cape Town

By: African News Agency      27th March 2019 The recent bout of load-shedding, which badly affected small businesses, is estimated to have cost billions of rands, the City of Cape Town said on Wednesday. In a statement the City said sentiment was unanimously shared across the sector that load-shedding has been crippling small businesses as... 

 Load-shedding cost billions – City of Cape Town

City of Johannesburg intent on using licence to buy power from independent producer – Mashaba

By: News24Wire      27th March 2019 Eskom has barred the City of Johannesburg from increasing its energy capacity despite having a licence to purchase power generation from other producers, mayor Herman Mashaba told journalists on Tuesday.  Mashaba was speaking at a Democratic Alliance (DA) media briefing which party leader Mmusi... 

City of Johannesburg intent on using licence to buy power from independent producer – Mashaba
City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba

SA needs to spend R1-trillion to grow power capacity by 2030 – Radebe 

By: News24Wire      26th March 2019 South Africa will need to spend more than R1-trillion in the next 11 years to grow the country's energy production capacity, according to Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe. Radebe was speaking at the DLO Africa Power Roundtable on Tuesday in Johannesburg. The roundtable brings together government... 

 SA needs to spend R1-trillion to grow power capacity by 2030 – Radebe
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

DA mayors to ask minister permission to bypass Eskom 

By: African News Agency      26th March 2019 Democratic Alliance (DA) mayors will petition Energy Minister Jeff Radebe under Section 34 of the Electricity Regulation Act for permission to procure electricity directly from independent power producers (IPPs), DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Tuesday. Maimane said it would allow councils run by... 

 DA mayors to ask minister permission to bypass Eskom

Mining body says 90 000 jobs at risk from electricity price hikes

By: News24Wire      26th March 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa has said that as many as 90 000 jobs in the country's mining sector could be at risk "solely as a result" of recent electricity tariff increases. "Given the mining sector’s dependency ratio of 10 people supported by each mining job, the potential socio-economic... 

 Mining body says 90 000 jobs at risk from electricity price hikes
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter

Kibo provides update on four key projects

By: Simone Liedtke     25th March 2019 JSE- and Aim-listed Kibo Energy on Monday confirmed that it is developing four key projects – two thermal coal power projects, in Botswana and Mozambique; a UK-focused flexible energy portfolio; and an advanced coal-to-power project, in Tanzania – in parallel. The projects fall in line with the... 

Sacci, SBI urge govt to do more to resolve Eskom’s troubles  

By: Simone Liedtke     25th March 2019 The recent round of rolling blackouts plaguing South Africa, and uncertainty about the longer-term power supply situation in South Africa are having a devastating impact on business, says South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) CEO Alan Mukoki. Although Eskom does not expect to... 

Mboweni questions need to hold onto State assets 

By: Bloomberg     25th March 2019 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said a discussion must begin on whether the government needs to retain control of all the assets it owns given the poor state of the national finances. Mboweni has asked Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan for a list of noncore State assets and has been... 

Mboweni questions need to hold onto State assets
Photo by Reuters
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Zuma says nuclear could've solved load-shedding 

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2019 Former president Jacob Zuma, whose administration has been blamed for the current power outages, has said the power crisis could have been averted if the country had built nuclear reactors.  In an interview with Business Day on Friday, Zuma said the costly nuclear build programme he supported... 

Zuma says nuclear could've solved load-shedding

'Signs are encouraging' load-shedding will be reduced – Eskom

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2019 Eskom will implement Stage 2 load-shedding on Friday, as strain on the national grid improves and “signs are encouraging” that there will be reduced rotational power cuts as available generating capacity improves, according to Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger. Stage 2 will be implemented... 

 'Signs are encouraging' load-shedding will be reduced – Eskom
Photo by Creamer Media
Eskom Spokesperson Andrew Etzinger

Brics Bank to lend Eskom up to $780m 

By: Bloomberg     20th March 2019 The New Development Bank (NDB) plans to lend as much as $780-million to Eskom for infrastructure projects this year as the ailing power utility battles to keep power supply steady. Eskom, which on Wednesday entered a seventh day of controlled power cuts, is contending with operational and... 

Eskom says will continue with rotating powercuts

By: African News Agency      20th March 2019 Eskom said on Wednesday it would press on with rotating blackouts, suppressing 2 000 MW of demand at a given time until 9 am, before doubling that to 4 000 MW till 11 pm to avoid tripping the entire national grid. "This is due to a shortage of capacity. Eskom’s maintenance teams are working round... 

 Eskom says will continue with rotating powercuts

Eskom provides update on electricity crisis 

20th March 2019 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza on Tuesday held a media briefing to discuss the current electricity crisis. Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer joins Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn in studio to discuss the highlights of the media briefing, as well... 

Eskom provides update on electricity crisis
Eskom provides update on electricity crisis.

Eskom, government plans for Stage 5 and Stage 6 load-shedding to stave off national blackouts  

By: News24Wire      19th March 2019 Eskom and government have started planning for Stage 5 and Stage 6 load-shedding, according to officials who say that there is a race against time to ensure that a national blackout and grid collapse does not happen.  Stage 5 and Stage 6 load shedding imply shedding 5 000 MW and 6 000 MW... 

 Eskom, government plans for Stage 5 and Stage 6 load-shedding to stave off national blackouts

We only have ourselves to blame – Eskom COO 

By: News24Wire      19th March 2019 Eskom only has itself to blame for the lapse of a contract for early detection of maintenance failures, according to Eskom chief operations officer (COO) Jan Oberholzer. There are currently seven generating units which have broken down due to boiler tube leaks as Eskom struggles to maintain its... 

 We only have ourselves to blame – Eskom COO
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