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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... 

The above image depicts one of the three mini-substations by Trafo Power Solutions which are in an IP54 configuration – ensuring that the units are completely sealed from dust and water that could occur in the copper/zinc mine
Mini-substations, transformers supplied to DRC
19th April 2024

With its experience in Africa and its agility in executing projects rapidly, electrical equipment supplier Trafo Power Solutions is supplying three mini-substations and two transformers to a... 

The above image depicts one of the solar plants engineered by JUWI
Energy grid impedes excess power transmission
19th April 2024 By: Lynne Davies

South Africa’s current electricity transmission grid is generally constrained in the Cape provinces and unable to facilitate the connection of new utility-scale generation including that from solar... 

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VW Africa laments power outages in ECape; Patel says Electricity Minister is tackling the problem
17th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) last week suffered four power outages at its Kariega plant, says VWA MD and chairperson Martina Biene. This happened while there was no loadshedding scheduled for the... 

IIoT a potential solution for mitigating illegal connection challenges
15th April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Illegal connections are one of the leading causes of electricity-related injuries and deaths in South Africa, while also posing a risk of fires and electrocutions in communities. It also adds to... 

Power lines
Eskom mulls private, foreign options on R390-billion grid build
12th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom said it’s in talks with government ministries over private and foreign options to fund a R390-billion expansion of its transmission network as more... 

Electricity outlook for winter
Electricity outlook for winter
12th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the halt in loadshedding over recent weeks; what South Africans should expect for the higher-demand winter period; and the longer-term outlook for... 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Ramokgopa says ‘degree of convergence’ reached with NTCSA on unlocking private participation in grid
9th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that a “degree of convergence” has been reached between his Ministry and the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) regarding private... 

Power lines
All conditions met for separation of NTCSA, but April deadline for full operationalisation missed
4th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

All the suspensive conditions opening the way for the National Transmission Company of South Africa (NTCSA) to be constituted as a separate, distinct and wholly-owned subsidiary of Eskom Holdings... 

A coal-fired power plant operated by Eskom
Draft IRP 2023 lacks environmental, health, climate commitments, says Life After Coal
27th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Coal phase-out campaign the Life After Coal Campaign, in its comments on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023, said the plan has fundamental flaws and expressed skepticism in the plan's... 

NTCSA unbundling secures lender consent, Ramokgopa confirms
25th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that Eskom’s eight “lender groups” have given their consent to the establishment of the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) as a... 

The company's offerings underscore its commitment to excellence and reliability
Company leverages offering, expertise to ‘redefine’ S Africa’s energy industry
22nd March 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

As South Africa’s energy sector continues to grapple with climate change and an increasing demand for electricity, electromechanical equipment manufacturer ACTOM is making significant strides in... 

IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching
IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching
20th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the fast-approaching deadline for public comment on the draft Integrated Resource Plan of 2023 and stakeholders' likely reaction. 

Unconstrained IRP would have far more wind and solar PV, analysis shows
Conclusions in opaque IRP 2023 are ‘incorrect and economically damaging’
19th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

In an excoriating assessment of the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023), Meridian Economics points to serious problems with the modelling and cost assumptions used by the Department of... 

Energy Regulator approvals mark another step towards NTCSA’s operationalisation
Energy Regulator approvals mark another step towards NTCSA’s operationalisation
18th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s Energy Regulator has taken another set of decisions opening the way for the operationalisation of a separate grid company in South Africa ahead of the far-reaching legislative... 

Power lines
South Africa’s next energy challenge: A R390-billion grid upgrade
15th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa is facing a monumental challenge as it seeks to end years of rolling electricity outages that have hobbled the economy: It needs to build and fund a R390-billion expansion of the... 

Andrea Ranieri, Alessandra Governanti, Louise Paulsen, Lasad Jaouani and Manuele Battisti at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Impofu Wind Farms
Construction begins on wind farms to supply Secunda oxygen plants
13th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Enel Green Power (EGP) South Africa has started construction of three new wind farms in the Eastern Cape, which will provide electricity to Air Liquide and Sasol in Secunda, Mpumalanga, through a... 

Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago
South Africa should get off global regulator's 'grey list' in 2025, says Kganyago
13th March 2024 By: Reuters

South Africa's central bank governor said on Wednesday that he was confident the country would be removed from an international financial crime watchdog's "grey list" next year, given the work that... 

Wind turbine at sunrise
IPPO confirms May 30 renewables bid deadline as it moves to accommodate grid quotes and curtailment
13th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO) has confirmed that the deadline for submissions under Bid Window Seven (BW7) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme... 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
South Africa won’t need Electricity Minister by end of 2024
12th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa said an anticipated improvement in electricity supply should see him out of a job by the end of 2024. The country, which has been plagued by crippling... 

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