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Report proposes replication of collaborative water model in electricity sector
20th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

A new PwC report makes the case for replicating a collaborative infrastructure model that has been used in South Africa’s Limpopo province to provide bulk water to both mines and some 400 000... 

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IPG confirms increase in just energy transition funding to $9.3bn
20th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The enlarged International Partners Group (IPG) has reaffirmed its commitment to extend concessional funding to South Africa in support of the country’s Just Energy Transition Investment Plan... 

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Cabinet approves Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan
20th November 2023 By: Darren Parker

Cabinet has approved the Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan (JET-IP), Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni announced in a briefing in Pretoria on November 20. “The implementation... 

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Eskom to add synchronous condensers to network, including repurposed Camden and Grootvlei generators
20th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom is preparing to introduce 11 synchronous condensers – seven new and four repurposed – across its transmission system to support grid stability as the penetration of variable renewable-energy... 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Next renewables bid window ‘will not be location agnostic’
19th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that the country’s next renewables bidding round will “not be location agnostic” and will seek to direct projects to areas where there is... 

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Eskom's TDP in the spotlight
17th November 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Creamer Media editor Terence Creamer discusses Eskom's update on the implementation of its Transmission Development Plan (TDP), as well as the implications for industry and developers.   

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Eskom’s hockey-stick shaped grid deployment plan comes under scrutiny
16th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The hockey-stick-curve shape of Eskom’s ten-year execution plan for delivering much-needed new transmission infrastructure continues to come under intense scrutiny from domestic industry, with... 

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New Eskom curtailment framework to unlock 4 GW of grid capacity in wind-rich provinces
15th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has confirmed that it will release a curtailment addendum to its recently published Generation Connection Capacity Assessment (GCCA) that will unlock 4 GW of connection capacity immediately... 

The 20 MW/100MWh Hex BESS site, in Worcester in the Western Cape
Eskom’s Hex battery the first of eight utility-scale projects being deployed across four provinces
9th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has officially started operating the first of eight utility-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) projects being introduced as part of Phase 1 of a World Bank-funded programme to add... 

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South Africa still weighing impact of charging Eskom interest
9th November 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa is still assessing the effect of adding interest to a R254-billion debt relief package for state-owned Eskom Holdings as the company prepares to split into three, according to a... 

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Municipalities owing Eskom R56.8bn apply to participate in debt write-off scheme
1st November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Treasury has confirmed that a total of 67 municipalities, which collectively owe Eskom R56.8-billion, or 97% of the municipal arrears debt of over R58-billion owed to the utility at... 

Tshwane mayor Cilliers Brink
Energy independence crucial to addressing city’s financial distress – Tshwane Mayor
31st October 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The most important thing for the City of Tshwane is to rescue it from financial distress, and key to this mission is maintaining energy independence, executive mayor Cilliers Brink emphasised in a... 

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South Africa's energy transition gathers pace
27th October 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Speakers across a range of disciplines and domains have said that South Africa's electricity market is transitioning to a more pluralistic market that will also include a much larger range of... 

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Inside the Energy One Stop Shop and its drive to fast-track electricity projects
27th October 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

The Energy One Stop Shop (EOSS), officially launched by Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel on July 27, is in the ramp-up phase of a four-stage process aimed at fast-tracking the... 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Distribution crisis requires attention on same ‘scale and intensity’ as generation shortfall
24th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has described South Africa’s highly fragmented electricity distribution industry as a threat to energy security that warrants attention “on the scale and... 

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Eskom targets 1 000 MW as it launches cross-border standard purchase offer
24th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom is aiming to contract for 1 000 MW of additional electricity imports from it regional neighbours using a cross-border standard offer programme (CBSOP),... 

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Top bond investor slams South Africa bid to fix State firms
24th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

Futuregrowth Asset Management, a South African money manager overseeing more than R190-billion of fixed-income assets, says the government’s draft legislation meant to address inefficiencies at... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa says battle against coal syndicates gaining traction
24th October 2023 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

President Cyril Ramaphosa has hailed the efforts by law enforcement agencies and the South African Revenue Service to bust coal smuggling syndicates operating in the country. Planned search and... 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
‘Height of folly’ to develop overreliance on aged coal plants for future supply
23rd October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says attention should shift to adding new and cleaner generation to the loadshedding-prone electricity system, acknowledging that it would be the “height... 

Minister in The Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
Cabinet approves Green Hydrogen Commercialisation Strategy
19th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Cabinet has approved the Green Hydrogen Commercialisation Strategy (GHCS) for implementation, with the goal of positioning South Africa as a major producer and exporter of green hydrogen.... 

South Africa mulls Dutch, Danish entry to $8.5bn climate pact
18th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s Cabinet will consider a proposal on whether to include the Netherlands and Denmark in its landmark $8.5 billion climate-finance pact with some of the world’s richest nations.... 

Eskom interim CEO Calib Cassim
Unlocking grid immediately through curtailment a priority, Cassim confirms
18th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom interim CEO Calib Cassim has described unlocking grid connection capacity, using curtailment, as an urgent priority while Eskom and other stakeholders assess funding options to expand the... 

Inside the Energy One Stop Shop and its drive to fast-track electricity project applications
Inside the Energy One Stop Shop and its drive to fast-track electricity project applications
18th October 2023

The Energy One Stop Shop, or EOSS, which was officially launched by Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel in July, is in the ramp-up phase of a four-stage process aimed at... 

DMRE director-general Jacob Mbele
Energy crisis being addressed, but implementation is slow, admits DMRE DG
18th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

One of the biggest positive developments over the last 12 months has been the “convergence of ideas on what we need to do to resolve the energy crisis”, says Department of Mineral Resources and... 

IEA executive director Fatih Birol
Invest in grids today or face gridlock tomorrow, IEA warns
17th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is warning that investment in transmission and distribution infrastructure is failing to keep pace with renewables projects, and is leading to a large and... 

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Ramaphosa rules out privatisating State companies
17th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated that his administration wasn’t moving to privatize state-owned companies as the government initiates reforms to clean up their balance sheets and revive their... 

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Municipalities approved so far for Eskom debt relief owe a combined R26.69bn
13th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Treasury has confirmed that the collective debt owed to Eskom by the 28 municipalities approved for participation under the Eskom Municipal Debt Relief Support Programme represents... 

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Eskom's virtual wheeling plans in the spotlight
13th October 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer discusses Eskom's plans to roll-out a new virtual wheeling platform that could unlock renewables supply to companies with operations spread across the country. 

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Municipal credit risk poses big challenge as Eskom gears up to implement virtual wheeling
12th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The credit risk associated with municipalities in arrears to Eskom poses a challenge to the roll-out of the utility’s proposed virtual wheeling platform and is also likely to limit the ability of... 

Sars Commissioner Edward Kieswetter
Former Eskom employees targeted in Sars coal syndicate raids
12th October 2023 By: News24Wire

The South African Revenue Service led a large-scale government search and seizure operation against several alleged members of coal smuggling syndicates across the country on Thursday, including... 

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Only 28 of the 136 munis owing Eskom R58bn-plus approved to participate in write-off scheme
10th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Only 28 municipalities have to date been given approval by the National Treasury to participate in the Eskom Municipal Debt Relief Support Programme, which was announced in the February Budget as... 

Mpho Makwana will step down as Eskom chairperson at the end of October
MTN's Nyati to succeed Makwana as Eskom chair
9th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

Mpho Makwana will step down as chairman of South Africa’s beleaguered power utility at Eskom Holdings’ annual general meeting at the end of the month. He will be replaced by former MTN Group Ltd.... 

Eskom group executive for distribution Monde Bala
Eskom expects to roll out virtual wheeling scheme before end of 2024
6th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity utility Eskom expects to formally roll-out a virtual wheeling scheme, which it has been piloting with mobile telecoms group Vodacom since August, to the rest of the market before the... 

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Government taking too long to wrap up power projects – Ramokgopa
5th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says he “laments” the time it takes for government to go from issuing requests for proposals (RFPs) to announcing preferred bidder status and reaching... 

Energy Council of South Africa chairperson and Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Business, govt collaboration showing signs of success in addressing multiple crises
4th October 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Business is working to add more than 10 GW of generation capacity to the electricity system by the end of next year, which would effectively end loadshedding in South Africa, Sasol president and... 

Jason van der Poel and Hannah Milner
Opinion: Virtual Wheeling 101
4th October 2023

In this opinion article, Jason van der Poel and Hannah Milner of Webber Wentzel discuss Eskom’s virtual wheeling pilot and how the roll-out of the programme will enable companies with multiple... 

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