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Executive Mayor of Tshwane Cilliers Brink
City of Tshwane pushing ahead with plan to procure 1 000 MW by 2026
19th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The City of Tshwane is signalling its intention to proceed with plans to procure and/or revive 1 000 MW of electricity generation capacity by 2026 as part of a strategy aimed at improving security... 


Eskom CEO Dan Marokane
NTCSA on track to begin trading on July 1, Marokane says
14th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom CEO Dan Marokane has confirmed that the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) is on track to begin trading on July 1 and that the new entity was being set up to operate as a... 


Plans for piloting independent transmission projects model
Plans for piloting independent transmission projects model
14th June 2024

Amid all the political upheaval, work is continuing with plans to pilot a model for introducing independent transmission projects. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the prospects.   


Power lines
South Africa preparing to pilot independent transmission projects to bolster grid’s renewables capacity
13th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Treasury has confirmed that South Africa is moving to pilot a model that will enable the private sector to participate directly in the development and operation of transmission grid... 


Benchmarking study highlights slow pace of South Africa’s grid-connection system
Benchmarking study highlights slow pace of South Africa’s grid-connection system
12th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

A new benchmarking assessment of South Africa’s electricity grid access queueing mechanisms indicates that Eskom’s systems are slower and less transparent than those being implemented in developed... 


Eskom's Hex grid-battery installation
South Africa urged to integrate successful global grid-battery strategies to support roll-out
12th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa should consider ways to replicate strategies employed in regions such as South Australia and California to facilitate an accelerated uptake of grid batteries, which a new International... 


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Reflecting on Marokane's first 100 days as Eskom CEO
7th June 2024 By: Chanel de Bruyn

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer reflects on Dan Marokane's first 100 days in office as Eskom CEO and the direction Eskom is taking under his leadership.   


Plans for acceleration of Eskom’s transmission expansion falling into place – Scheppers
7th June 2024 By: Irma Venter

Eskom Transmission CEO Segomoco Scheppers says he believes the “pieces are falling into place” that will allow the power utility to “ramp up and move faster” in expanding the country’s constrained... 


Despite ‘visible progress’ on loadshedding front, Eskom boss says SA not out of the woods yet
7th June 2024 By: Irma Venter

On day 55 of no loadshedding in South Africa, on May 21, newly appointed Eskom boss Dan Marokane warned that the country was “not of out the woods yet” in terms of more reliable energy supply.... 


South Korea, African countries sign agreements on minerals, exports
5th June 2024 By: Reuters

Nearly 50 deals and agreements have been signed during South Korea's first summit with leaders from 48 African countries to cooperate in areas such as mining, energy and manufacturing, South... 


Wind, solar and battery
DMRE again delays bidding deadlines for procurement of new renewables and battery storage
31st May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has confirmed another extension to the bid submission deadlines for the current renewables procurement round, as well as the second battery... 


Electricity, logistics reforms in the spotlight as coalition govt looms
Electricity, logistics reforms in the spotlight as coalition govt looms
31st May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the coalition scenarios facing South Africa as the election results are being tallied and what this could mean for the reforms under way in... 


Nigeria secures $500m World Bank loan for electricity sector
31st May 2024 By: Reuters

Nigeria has secured a $500-million World Bank loan for its electricity sector to boost power distribution, after last month's hike in tariffs for top consumers in Africa's most populous nation. The... 


PCC executive director Dr Crispian Olver
Delayed coal decommissioning won’t ‘collapse our climate commitments’
27th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) is currently assessing the impact of South Africa’s decision to delay the decommissioning of the Hendrina, Grootvlei and Camden coal-fired power stations... 


Transmission infrastructure
Wheeling progressing in South Africa, the rest of Africa
27th May 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The use of national electricity grids to wheel power from renewable-energy projects to demand centres is growing in Africa and helping to drive greater scale in the building of renewable-energy... 


Transmission lines
DBSA is working on transmission auction office
24th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is negotiating with government ministries to establish an office that will manage auctions of transmission projects, a senior official at the... 


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Eskom seeks to reserve grid capacity for publicly procured IPP projects
24th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses Eskom's application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, seeking permission to preserve and reserve grid capacity for publicly... 


Image of Eskom Transmission CEO Segomoco Scheppers
Plans for acceleration of Eskom’s transmission expansion falling into place – Scheppers
23rd May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Eskom Transmission CEO Segomoco Scheppers says he believes the “pieces are falling into place” that will allow the power utility to “ramp up and move faster” in expanding the country’s constrained... 


Eskom group executive for distribution Monde Bala
Eskom seeks Nersa permission to reserve grid capacity for public IPP procurement rounds
21st May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has invited comment on Eskom’s application to preserve and reserve grid connection capacity for independent power producers (IPPs)... 


Eskom CFO Calib Cassim and CEO Dan Marokane
Not out of the woods yet, but there is visible progress – Eskom CEO
21st May 2024 By: Irma Venter

On day 55 of no loadshedding in South Africa, newly appointed Eskom boss Dan Marokane warns that the country is “not of out the woods yet, but we have visible progress towards where we want to be,... 


Apollo Africa MD Jenna Harris
Energy trader reports strong market demand for green electricity from 210 MW Hendrina Wind Farm
20th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Newly formed electricity trader Apollo Africa reports that it is experiencing strong demand from potential customers for the renewable electricity that will be produced from the grid-ready 210 MW... 


Engineering News editor Terence Creamer
NCOP votes to pass Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill
17th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the significance of the National Council of Provinces' (NCOP's) vote to pass the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill; if the Bill is likely to... 


Investment in certain minerals, notably copper and lithium, is falling short of what was required for transition to net-zero energy system
Today’s well-supplied market for critical minerals ‘may not be a good guide for future’
17th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report describes the sharp decline in critical mineral prices over the past year as a double-edged sword, cautioning that, while it has been a boon for clean... 


Alboricah Rathupetsane
Opinion: Time to open the floodgates on infrastructure development
16th May 2024

In this article, Stellenbosch University PhD student and Centre for Sustainability Transitions junior researcher Alboricah Rathupetsane writes about the impact of extreme weather events on South... 


A man standing on a podium at last years Enlit Africa Event
Organisers expect record attendance at event
10th May 2024 By: Halima Frost

With ballooning foot traffic, demonstrated by an increase in attendance of 81% from 2022 to 2023, the organisers of this year’s Enlit Africa anticipate a “bumper event that will be attended by... 


An air-cooled condensers designed and manufactured by IWC
Cooling company to highlight new concepts
10th May 2024 By: Halima Frost

After two successful webinars that unpacked the use of air-cooled condensers (ACC) for recoverable energy in power generation, thermal solutions specialist Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) aims to... 


Battery storage
Deadline for latest battery procurement also extended as IPPs adjust to Eskom’s new grid access rules
9th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The deadline for South Africa’s recently launched third battery energy storage bidding round, or bid window three (BW3), has been extended by three months to October 31, following a recent deadline... 


Power line and substation
NamPower grid-strengthening and battery storage project secures $138.5m World Bank backing
7th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The World Bank has approved a $138.5-million finance package to support the integration of renewable energy into Namibia’s electricity system by strengthening its transmission grid and integrating... 


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Eskom takes City Power to court over R1bn debt
6th May 2024 By: Sashnee Moodley

State power utility Eskom has said it has "no choice" but to approach the Johannesburg High Court to force City Power to pay just over R1-billion in unpaid debt. Eskom noted that City Power began... 


Minister insists the recent period of no loadshedding is down to the improved performance of coal stations such as Matla (pictured)
Ramokgopa insists loadshedding not being ‘stage managed’ ahead of May 29 poll
6th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa denies that the prevailing reprieve from loadshedding has been “stage managed” to improve the prospects of the governing African National Congress ahead... 


Wind and solar
Climate commission model points to the growth potential of green industrialisation
6th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The initial direct cost of placing South Africa on an energy transition pathway over the coming five years in line with its decarbonisation targets is calculated at a hefty R1.5-trillion in the... 


Electricity lightbulb
The lights are on in South Africa and many people are suspicious
3rd May 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa is enjoying a rare streak of uninterrupted electricity right before elections, drawing more suspicion than praise in a nation that’s become accustomed to the daily power cuts that have... 


Joburg has 312 informal settlements where illegal connections pose an electrocution risk
City Power seeks funding, manufacturing partners for informal settlement ‘energy box’
30th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Johannesburg’s City Power is seeking manufacturing and venture capital partners to further develop and pilot a rugged ‘energy box’ concept in one of the city’s 312 informal settlements as a... 


Electrical specialist says load curtailment in Ekurhuleni should be respected, or more outages may ensue
25th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

With the City of Ekurhuleni having entered into a load curtailment agreement with national power utility Eskom, this mandatory energy reduction has been met with some protest by businesses, but... 


NTCSA begins consultations on market code to govern shift towards competitive electricity industry
NTCSA begins consultations on market code to govern shift towards competitive electricity industry
19th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

With the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) currently scheduled to be operationalised in July and efforts under way to ensure that the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) Amendment... 


The above image depicts the Legrand track busways which provide localised power to machines, removing the need to run power cables and extension cords across the floor, preventing potential fire and tripping hazards
Track busways more efficient than traditional systems
19th April 2024

Electrical and digital specialist Legrand avers that its track busway system is an efficient and flexible alternative to traditional power distribution systems that lack flexibility in adapting to... 


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