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Business, govt meet to discuss electricity, logistics reforms
8th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest meeting held between senior business leaders and President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Cabinet; the feedback provided on efforts to tackle... 

Transmission lines
Trading, transmission key factors in a liberalised South African electricity market
7th March 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

With the liberalisation of the South African electricity market, energy trading will become increasingly important. So highlighted Investec Project Finance Director Franca Sandham. She was... 

Kendal power station
Move to formalise deal on injecting private skills into Eskom amid plan to add and recover 10.6 GW by end-2025
6th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Government and business have set a goal of increasing South Africa’s electricity generation capacity by 10.6 GW by the end of 2025 as part of ongoing collaborative efforts to tackle growth-sapping... 

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M&R gets back on track with narrowed losses, lower debt
6th March 2024 By: Darren Parker

JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has reported a significant year-on-year reduction in its attributable loss for the six months ended December 31, 2023, signalling a positive turn in its financial... 

Transmission infrastructure in South Africa
New fund to finance cross-border electricity transmission in Southern Africa
6th March 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Southern African Power Pool’s (SAPP’s) Regional Transmission Infrastructure Financing Facility (RTIFF) will be managed by climate-focused blended finance fund manager Climate Fund Managers... 

Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay
Real progress being made against loadshedding in recent months, says Energy Council CEO
5th March 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The number of hours of loadshedding in South Africa has been cut by 67% over the past three-and-a-half months, Energy Council of South Africa CEO James MacKay highlighted on Monday evening. He was... 

National Treasury director-general Dr Duncan Pieterse
PPP reforms could avert need for prescribed-assets policy to increase private infrastructure investment – Pieterse
1st March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

National Treasury director-general Dr Duncan Pieterse says the reforms being proposed to facilitate greater private sector investment into infrastructure could obviate the need to introduce a... 

Eskom CEO Dan Marokane
Eskom board tasks Marokane with three priorities in his first 100 days as CEO
1st March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned power utility Eskom's board of directors has tasked incoming CEO Dan Marokane to prioritise three key areas – assessing the generation operational recovery plan, reviewing Eskom’s... 

Eskom power lines
KwaZulu-Natal municipalities now owe Eskom R1.5bn
29th February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The debt owed by municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal to Eskom have increased by R818-million between March 2023 and January this year, resulting in municipalities in the province now owing Eskom... 

Wind turbines, solar panels and transmission lines
Amplats signs renewable energy offtake agreement with Envusa Energy
28th February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has, through its wholly owned Rustenburg Platinum Mines (RPM) subsidiary, entered into a 20-year energy offtake agreement (EOA)... 

DA leader John Steenhuisen
Multi-Party Charter reveals its plans to end loadshedding if ANC can be ousted
28th February 2024 By: Darren Parker

The 11 political parties that are members of the Multi-Party Charter (MPC) for South Africa have voiced a unified plan to end loadshedding once and for all if only they could collectively oust... 

BCG highlights challenges, opportunities amid energy transition
28th February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Amid the global transition to cleaner energy sources, African countries face various challenges and opportunities pertaining to the adoption of renewable energy. Consulting firm Boston Consulting... 

Lineworkers work on a high-voltage powerline
Settling on funding solutions for expedited grid infrastructure set as a Just Energy Transition Investment Plan priority
27th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Finalising funding solutions for the expedited expansion of South Africa’s electricity transmission grid has been identified as a key priority for the Just Energy Transition (JET) project... 

Grid infrastrucuture
Ramokgopa says govt close to finalising structure for private grid financing
26th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says all the work being done by government on the financial structure to facilitate private investment into the country’s transmission infrastructure is... 

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Another 124 power plants registered with Nersa raising total to 1 087 since 2018
23rd February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) reports that a further 124 generation facilities were registered during the third quarter of its financial year from October to December,... 

Eskom's transmission infrastructure
Eskom eschews $2.5bn of cheap loans as climate pact flounders
23rd February 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s State power utility has failed to tap $2.5-billion of cheap loans to build critical transmission infrastructure that would help end the country’s crippling energy crisis. That’s... 

Power lines
RFP for private transmission investment to be launched in July
21st February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The South African government will release a request for proposals (RFP) in the coming months seeking private sector investment into a pilot electricity grid infrastructure project. The National... 

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi
100 MW of OCGT power to be available in Gauteng by April – Lesufi
20th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Johannesburg power utility City Power would, on behalf of the Gauteng government, add 100 MW of electricity capacity to the grid to assist the Gauteng province in its goal to reduce the impact of... 

Energy Council of South Africa joins World Energy Council
19th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Energy Council of South Africa has become a member of the United Nations-affiliated global body the World Energy Council (WEC), which will serve to strengthen the standing of the Energy Council... 

Global alliance aiding realisation of S Africa’s JET
16th February 2024

The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) recognises the important role the African Energy Indaba has played over the years as a platform for key conversations on the green energy... 

Former IPP Office head now sees definite role for private sector in grid development
15th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The former head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office, Karen Breytenbach, believes there is a compelling case for the injection of private sector investment to accelerate the... 

Wind, solar, batteries
Innovative 128 MW solar-wind-battery project achieves financial close
14th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The 128 MW Oya Energy hybrid project, which will combine variable renewables and batteries to produce dispatchable electricity daily between 5:00 and 21:30 for injection into South Africa’s... 

SAWEA CEO Niveshen Govender
IRP deadline extension an opportunity for more renewables ambition in line with SoNA vision - SAWEA
12th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The recent extension of the deadline for responses to the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) presents an opportunity to incorporate the vision presented by President Cyril Ramaphosa in... 

The Durban Container Terminal
Business stakeholders find ‘election-oriented’ SoNA wanting
9th February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Business stakeholders agree that President Cyril Ramphosa was right to emphasise economic reforms in his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on February 8, as these are critical to turning around... 

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Loadshedding, logistics, water crises key themes of SoNA 2024
9th February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses some of the key themes that emerged during President Cyril Ramaphosa's final State of the Nation Address of the current administration and how... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa moots ‘innovative investment models’ for grid as he reiterates support for power and logistics reform
8th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

President Cyril Ramaphosa used his final State of the Nation Address ahead of upcoming elections to reiterate government’s commitment to reforms in the country’s failing power and logistics... 

ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster
AMSA sees plausible pathway for salvaging longs unit, but ready to reverse closure deferral if urgent progress is not made
8th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has deferred the wind-down of its long-products business by six months amid widespread concern regarding the detrimental impact of the closure on... 

An Actom high-voltage equipment yard
Actom secures Selebi-Phikwe solar plant contract
8th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Electromechanical equipment manufacturer Actom High Voltage has secured a contract to supply and deliver high-voltage equipment for the Selebi-Phikwe solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, which is... 

Locomotives operating on Transnet Freight Rail's rail lines
Clear commitment to reform implementation needed in SoNA – Mavuso
5th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to show a clear commitment to the hard work of reform implementation during his... 

Nersa formally publishes licences for new grid company
2nd February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has officially published on its website the three licences required for the operationalisation of the National Transmission Company South... 

Power lines with the Kendal power station in the background
DMRE to remodel draft IRP 2023 in light of new information, curtailment plans
1st February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Many of the submissions the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has received from the first round of public engagements about the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) in... 

Scatec CEO Terje Pilskog
New renewables platform Lyra Energy poised to change South Africa's energy landscape
31st January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Renewable energy company Scatec, financial services firm Standard Bank and asset management company Stanlib have established new renewable energy platform Lyra Energy to offer a low-risk, flexible... 

Eskom Distribution MD Monde Bala
Eskom backs Necom-level consultation on use of electricity tokens to upscale virtual wheeling
30th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom Distribution MD Monde Bala has signalled the utility’s willingness to consider the integration of an Electricity Credit Token (ECT) financial instrument to accelerate the implementation of a... 

Wind farm
IPPO ‘engaging’ with Eskom on implications of new curtailment rules for current renewables bid window
30th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO) reports that it is engaging with Eskom on its newly released curtailment addendum to the latest Generation Connection Capacity Assessment (GCCA 2025) –... 

Cape Town’s Copperheads unit recovers 53 km of stolen cable, 1.2 t of metal
Cape Town’s Copperheads unit recovers 53 km of stolen cable, 1.2 t of metal
29th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Town’s (CoCT’s) specialist metals theft unit, the Copperheads, has recovered more than 53 km of stolen cable during the last six months of 2023. The unit says it executed 404... 

Substation with wind turbines in the background
Eskom’s new curtailment addendum unlocks 3 470 MW of grid for wind in Western and Eastern Cape
27th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has taken a major step in unlocking much-needed grid capacity for wind projects in the Western and Eastern Cape provinces by publishing the highly-anticipated curtailment addendum to its... 

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