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Risk of load-shedding will be low during lockdown - Mantashe  

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2020 Security of energy supply remains critical during the Covid-19 lockdown period, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reiterated on March 25. The supply of fuel to critical and essential services, as well as the supply of coal to Eskom for electricity supply and liquid fuels... 

South Africa's Eskom says coal stocks healthy ahead of lockdown

By: Reuters     25th March 2020 South African power utility Eskom said on Wednesday that coal stocks at its power stations were healthy, with at least 20 days of supplies at all stations, before a nationwide lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak starting at midnight on Thursday. Eskom said all its activities were considered... 

South Africa's Eskom says coal stocks healthy ahead of lockdown

DMRE, petroleum and mining industries developing framework to execute lockdown

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe met with the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) and the Minerals Council South Africa on March 24 to consolidate plans to deal with the impact of Covid-19. The meeting follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on the... 

DMRE, petroleum and mining industries developing framework to execute lockdown
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Eskom: No power cuts expected this week, but keep reducing demand

By: News24Wire      23rd March 2020 Power utility Eskom says it is not planning to implement load-shedding during this week. With South Africa's electricity system still constrained and vulnerable, however, the utility says it may need to implement rotational power cuts at short notice should the system performance deteriorate.... 

 Eskom: No power cuts expected this week, but keep reducing demand

Privatisation slowly becoming reality

By: Tracy Hancock     20th March 2020 The type of participants attending this year’s Power & Electricity World Africa & The Solar Show are proof that Africa seeks to become less reliant on governments for its electricity supply, says event organiser Terrapinn Power & Electricity World Africa conference producer Caroline Mubima.... 

Privatisation slowly becoming reality
DRIVEN DISCUSSION The growing adoption of electric vehicles is one trend expected to dominate discussion at Power & Electricity World Africa 2020

Eskom graft probe widens into contracts with global partners

By: Bloomberg     16th March 2020 Eskom Holdings contracts with five international companies will be scrutinized by South African state investigators as part of a widening probe into graft at the debt-laden State-owned utility. The probe will review agreements with North American engineering services firms WSP Global and Black &... 

Eskom seizes assets from Emfuleni to recover millions in arrears

By: African News Agency      11th March 2020 Eskom on Tuesday began implementing an attachment order against the Emfuleni municpality in response to its failure to pay millions in arrears, with the sheriff seizing cars, furniture and other moveable assets. A court order in 2018, gave Eskom the go ahead to recover R615-million in arrears... 

South African court sides with Eskom in 2018/19 tariff dispute 

By: Reuters     10th March 2020 A South African court on Tuesday sided with State power utility Eskom in a dispute with energy regulator Nersa over electricity tariffs in the 2018/19 financial year. The court "set aside" Nersa's tariff decision and granted Eskom leave to apply to Nersa for additional expenses it incurred in... 

Eskom moves to Stage 4 load-shedding after Koeberg unit trips

By: African News Agency      10th March 2020 South African power utility, Eskom, on Tuesday announced Stage 4 load-shedding from 14:00 after Koeberg Power Station's unit 1 tripped. "The unit has been disconnected from the grid due to a fault on the turbine side, however, the nuclear reactor remains safe. The teams are investigating the root... 

Legal threats set to stymie South African unions’ Eskom plan

By: Bloomberg     10th March 2020 A plan proposed by South Africa’s biggest labor group to get pension funds and state lenders to refinance part of the state power utility’s gargantuan debt faces hurdles that may be impossible to overcome. Under the Congress of South African Trade Unions’ so-called social compact, Eskom Holdings... 

No load-shedding expected on Friday, says Eskom

By: News24Wire      6th March 2020 No load-shedding was expected on Friday and over the weekend, Eskom said. "Even though the generation system remains constrained, Eskom does not expect to implement load-shedding this weekend although unplanned breakdowns remain above the 10 500 MW mark," the State-owned power utility said via a... 

 No load-shedding expected on Friday, says Eskom

Cosatu urges private pension use to help to save Eskom 

By: Bloomberg     3rd March 2020 South Africa’s biggest labour federation said private pensions must be used alongside those of government workers as part of a plan to rescue the state power company from crippling debt and spur economic growth. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) advocated the use of so-called... 

South African economy enters recession as Q4 GDP contracts 1.4% 

By: Reuters     3rd March 2020 South Africa’s gross domestic product contracted 1.4% in the fourth quarter of 2019, following a revised 0.8% contraction in the third quarter, data from Statistics South Africa showed on Tuesday. Economists polled by Reuters had predicted a contraction of 0.1% in quarter-on-quarter and... 

South African economy enters recession as Q4 GDP contracts 1.4%

Likelihood of load-shedding grows as more generation units trip

By: News24Wire      2nd March 2020 Eskom says that while it still does not expect to implement rotational load-shedding on Monday, the likelihood of power cuts has increased. "Overnight some generation units tripped unexpectedly, further reducing available capacity. We are utilising more emergency generation reserves than... 

 Likelihood of load-shedding grows as more generation units trip

No load-shedding expected on Friday, says Eskom

By: Reuters     28th February 2020 Load-shedding was not expected on Friday, Eskom has said. The power utility said it was using emergency reserves to supplement generation capacity during peak demand. "We remind customers that as the generation system remains constrained, vulnerable and unpredictable, load-shedding could be... 

No load-shedding expected on Friday, says Eskom

Eskom power cut derails Western Cape train service, Mbalula not impressed

By: African News Agency      27th February 2020 Commuter trains throughout the Western Cape came to a halt on Thursday as Eskom disconnected power to Metrorail due to unpaid bills, causing transport chaos in the province. Limited service was restored by late afternoon after the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), which owns... 

Cities to receive grant funding in efforts to boost infrastructure development

By: Simone Liedtke     26th February 2020 Cities will receive grant funding through the integrated city development grant to institutionalise an effective system for preparing programmes and projects. This is in an effort to continue expanding the tools available for South African provinces and municipalities to improve spending, after... 

Cities to receive grant funding in efforts to boost infrastructure development

R16.4bn allocated to cover SAA’s debt and debt costs 

By: Terence Creamer     26th February 2020 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced on Wednesday that R16.4-billion would be allocated to South African Airways over the medium term to “repay the airline’s guaranteed debt and to cover debt-service costs”. Speaking to lawmakers, Mboweni said the “SAA Sword of Damocles has now fallen on us”,... 

R16.4bn allocated to cover SAA’s debt and debt costs

Charge copper thieves with economic sabotage, says Mbalula 

By: African News Agency      25th February 2020 Copper thieves should be charged with economic sabotage rather than common theft, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula suggested in Parliament on Tuesday. Mbalula told the portfolio committee on transport that stolen copper rail cables were exported to India through Mozambique by syndicates, and... 

 Charge copper thieves with economic sabotage, says Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

No power cuts planned for Tuesday after generation units return to service

By: News24Wire      25th February 2020 Eskom says it does not expect to have to implement power cuts on Tuesday after additional generation units returned to service overnight. The utility, in a morning power alert, said that the generation system had held up well since Sunday with emergency reserves at adequate levels. Eskom has... 

 No power cuts planned for Tuesday after generation units return to service

Industry strongly opposed to further tariff increases for Eskom 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th February 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) on Monday hosted the last of its public hearings on Eskom’s regulatory clearing account (RCA) application for the 2018/19 financial year, with various organisations having expressed their opposition to the granting of further tariff increases... 

Mboweni’s budget unlikely to stop South Africa’s march to junk

By: Bloomberg     24th February 2020 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s budget this week is unlikely to convince Moody’s Investors Service that he has a credible plan to rein in government debt. Of 19 economists surveyed by Bloomberg this month, 14 expect Moody’s to downgrade the country to junk this year and nine of those say it’ll... 

No load-shedding expected on Monday as outlook is positive, says Eskom

By: African News Agency      24th February 2020 No load-shedding is expected on Monday, as the power generation outlook is positive, with four generation units returning to service, Eskom said. "With the planned return of four generation units, as well as adequate emergency reserves, Eskom does not expect to implement rotational load-shedding... 

 No load-shedding expected on Monday as outlook is positive, says Eskom

Stage 2 load-shedding to continue until Sunday as breakdowns increase

By: News24Wire      21st February 2020 Eskom says that stage 2 load-shedding will continue until 6 am on Sunday morning due to a loss of additional units. "While we expect three generation units to return to service [on Friday], we lost a further two units last night to unplanned breakdowns," the utility said in an power update.... 

 Stage 2 load-shedding to continue until Sunday as breakdowns increase

New energy paradigm can drive Africa’s development

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2020 Africa can meet its major sustainable energy and development goals without becoming more energy intensive, as it has a unique opportunity to use renewable energy, natural gas and energy efficiency to meet its development needs and provide reliable and modern energy services. This is the... 

New energy paradigm can drive Africa’s development

LED company aims to benefit from trade agreement at Indaba

By: Cameron Mackay     21st February 2020 This year’s Africa Energy Indaba will provide light-emitting-diode (LED) technology provider Grandstage Trading with opportunities to explore how it will achieve its objectives through the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), which will be a significant topic... 

LED company aims to benefit from trade agreement at Indaba
CHRISTINE MASAITI An important factor of the discussions at the indaba which could be of great benefit is encouraging the public to move to LED lighting technology

Company launches lithium solar battery range

21st February 2020 Lithium iron phosphate batteries – the battery of the future – provide powerful solutions to consumers and commercial enterprises alike, particularly in solar installations.  For South Africans, however, taking advantage of these batteries has been hindered by a high price tag as a result of... 

Company launches lithium solar battery range
SUNNY SIDE UP With the Max Li range, home owners and small businesses will have a battery solution to help use solar technology - be it off-grid or grid-tied

'We'll make it happen' : Mantashe says plan for new power utility a 'reality'

By: News24Wire      20th February 2020 Despite President Cyril Ramaphosa not bringing up the establishment of a new power generating entity in his economics-heavy State of the Nation Address, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says the plan is a "reality". Mantashe on Thursday briefed the media on the energy-related... 

 'We'll make it happen' : Mantashe says plan for new power utility a 'reality'
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Nigeria to review privatisation of power assets after supply fails to improve

By: Bloomberg     20th February 2020 Nigeria will review the sale of power assets to private investors after they have been unable to improve power supply in Africa’s most populous country. The buyers of the assets are making technical and commercial losses and only distribute a fraction of existing capacity to end-users, the Power... 

Eskom to resume rolling blackouts after few days reprieve

By: News24Wire      20th February 2020 South Africa's electricity utility Eskom said on Thursday it would resume rotational power cuts from 9 am after a few days' reprieve and this would likely continue over the weekend. Eskom, which supplies about 95 percent of the country's electricity, has been forced to intermittently apply... 

 Eskom to resume rolling blackouts after few days reprieve

Eskom asks customers to reduce demand as likelihood of power cuts grows

By: News24Wire      19th February 2020 Eskom has warned of an increased possibility of power cuts later on Wednesday after it lost additional generation capacity due to unplanned breakdowns at some of its power plants.  While the utility is not currently implementing load-shedding, it urged customers to keep reducing demand and use... 

 Eskom asks customers to reduce demand as likelihood of power cuts grows

Eskom CEO says it wants hand in negotiating IPP pricing 

By: African News Agency      18th February 2020 Eskom wants to play a role in negotiating the price at which new and existing independent power producers sell electricity to the embattled utility, CEO Andre de Ruyter told MPs on Tuesday, "It is very important that [with] the roll-out of the new IPP programme that Eskom, as the ultimate buyer... 

 Eskom CEO says it wants hand in negotiating IPP pricing
Photo by Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

South Africa’s ‘Energy War Room’ to meet for first time

By: Bloomberg     18th February 2020 South Africa’s Energy War Room, a grouping of the main cabinet ministers responsible for the power industry, will meet for the first time this week since being reconstituted by President Cyril Ramaphosa in December as the country battles an electricity crisis that’s stalling economic growth. The... 

Eskom needs cash injection to avoid debt crisis – CEO

By: Reuters     18th February 2020 Ailing power utility Eskom urgently needs more cash to stabilise its ballooning debt pile with the funds coming from a rise in tariffs or new equity, new CE Andre de Ruyter told lawmakers on Tuesday. Eskom, which supplies 90% of South Africa's power but has struggled to meet demand, had a bid for... 

Eskom needs cash injection to avoid debt crisis – CEO
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Mboweni moots referendum on rescuing State-owned companies on Twitter

By: African News Agency      17th February 2020 After a short hiatus from Twitter, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is once again posting prolifically, using the platform at the weekend to call for a public debate, possibly a referendum, on the use of taxpayers' money to bail out failing State-owned enterprises. "We must develop a democratic... 

Mboweni moots referendum on rescuing State-owned companies on Twitter
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

No load-shedding planned for Monday, says Eskom

By: News24Wire      17th February 2020 Eskom says it is not planning to implement power cuts on Monday, after it replenished its emergency reserves of water and diesel over the weekend.  This comes after the power utility halted stage 2 load-shedding ahead of schedule at 9 pm on Sunday. The prognosis for the week ahead is that the... 

 No load-shedding planned for Monday, says Eskom

No load-shedding planned for Friday; no news yet for the weekend

By: News24Wire      14th February 2020 Eskom says it is not planning to institute rotational power cuts on Friday as it has seen a "number of improvements in the power system". However, in a statement issued on Thursday afternoon, it did not yet indicate what the outlook might be for the weekend. However, it did ask customers to keep... 

No load-shedding planned for Friday; no news yet for the weekend
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