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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... 


Standard Bank South Africa CEO Lungisa Fuzile
Standard Bank’s pipeline of private utility scale renewables projects stands at 4 GW
3rd October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Standard Bank reports that it has financed 400 MW of distributed generation since government’s recent decision to allow utility scale projects of any size to proceed without a licence even when... 


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Focus on microgrids while grid capacity issues are being resolved – Winde
3rd October 2023 By: Irma Venter

The current capacity constraints in Eskom’s transmission system can, to a degree, be countered by a focus on microgrids, says Western Cape premier Alan Winde. Speaking at Windaba Connect in Cape... 


LSF executive head Thami Moatshe
Study confirms South Africa can produce most components needed for the transmission, distribution value chain
2nd October 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

A study on value chain mapping of the South African transmission and distribution networks published by nonprofit the Localisation Support Fund (LSF) finds there are opportunities to localise... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
As Kusile unit returns early, South Africa misses renewables procurement deadline
1st October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has welcomed the earlier-than-expected return of Kusile Unit 3 coal-fired generation, but has also acknowledged that government simultaneously failed to... 


Electricity pylon
No daytime loadshedding expected over the weekend
29th September 2023 By: News24Wire

Due to the sustained improved performance of generation availability as well as the anticipated lower demand over the weekend, loadshedding will be suspended between 05:00 and 16:00 on Saturday and... 


The Presidency’s Rudi Dicks
JET pledges rise to $11.9bn as South Africa moves to finalise implementation plan
29th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The South African government has received additional pledges, worth nearly $3.5-billion, in support of its Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET IP), increasing the overall envelope of... 


Eskom evolving from traditional to virtual wheeling with Vodacom
29th September 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

State-owned power utility Eskom strategy development senior manager Mutenda Tshipala has noted that Eskom is evolving from the traditional electricity wheeling mechanism to virtual wheeling in... 


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Eskom reports initial success in avoiding prepaid meter catastrophe
29th September 2023 By: News24Wire

Eskom has finally started a national update for the 6.6-million prepaid electricity meters under its control before they all become non-operational late next year. The utility said that the update,... 


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SA’s wind-energy potential is vast and not geographically constrained
29th September 2023 By: Donna Slater

Despite no wind energy projects being selected as preferred bidders in the sixth bid window (BW6) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the South... 


a mobile cooling solution offered by Aggreko to a client
Supplemental solutions beneficial
29th September 2023

Temporary power generation supplier Aggreko, an official sponsor at this year’s Manufacturing Indaba being held at the Sandton Convention Centre, in October, states that climate change is a hot... 


Interim Eskom CEO Calib Cassim
Eskom aiming not to breach Stage 4 loadshedding this summer
27th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom is aiming to limit loadshedding to Stage 4 during the summer months to the end of March by restricting unplanned breakdowns to 14 500 MW during what is also its high-maintenance season, when... 


Ramokgopa underscores importance of engineers in tackling transmission, infrastructure challenges
27th September 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

South Africa and Africa face considerable transmission and infrastructure challenges, which are hindering energy security and, consequently, economic growth; however, there are interventions under... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Grid investment ‘fully funded’ for next three years, but scale-up requires alternative models
21st September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has indicated that it has sufficient funding for the coming three years for the grid infrastructure investments that will be pursued in line with its Transmission Development Plan, but says... 


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More licences approved for transmission company
21st September 2023

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's approval of two more licences required for the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA)... 


Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Gordhan criticises Eskom’s ‘elongated’ restructuring timelines, wants grid company trading from Nov
20th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has criticised Eskom’s “elongated” restructuring timeframes and has called for greater urgency and drive from the utility in completing the remaining... 


Image of Drakenstein municipality electro-technical engineering division planning and customer services manager Leon Laing.
Drakenstein municipality rolls out new, green switchgear
19th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Drakenstein municipality, in the Western Cape, has adopted Schneider Electric’s green RM AirSeT switchgear, which it says will reduce the municipality’s carbon footprint by using pure air... 


Power line
Eskom expects NTCSA to begin trading from April
19th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom expects the remaining suspensive conditions required for the operationalisation of the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) to be met by the end of its current financial year... 


Tshwane Mayor Cilliers Brink
'We have been doing nothing for 10 years': Idle Tshwane power stations cost the City billions
19th September 2023 By: News24Wire

Around R300-million is spent annually on salaries for staff and maintenance at the Rooiwal and Pretoria West power stations, which have not been operational for more than a decade. On Monday,... 


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Energy Regulator approves two outstanding licences for new grid company
18th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved the two licence applications required for the operationalisation of the National Transmission Company of South Africa (NTCSA),... 


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South Africa's grid capacity constraints
15th September 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the various grid-related funding proposals and delivery mechanisms being considered by South Africa and what this could mean for adding much-needed... 


Growthpoint South Africa CEO Estienne de Klerk
Growthpoint wheels first renewable electricity through Cape Town pilot project
15th September 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties South Africa has become the first party in South Africa to wheel renewable electricity through Cape Town’s energy grid, in... 


Electricity pylons
High loadshedding stages 'temporary', as government assures it has measures to tackle blackouts
14th September 2023 By: News24Wire

Cabinet has been given the assurance that the current higher stages of loadshedding are temporary. This is according to Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, who said Cabinet had... 


Grid connection point with wind turbine in the backgound
Renewables hosting capacity of existing Western Cape grid could be doubled with 10% curtailment
14th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

An assessment by two leading European transmission system operators (TSOs) of an Eskom-generated grid analysis shows that the capacity of the existing Western Cape grid to host variable renewable... 


Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay
Energy Council CEO sees 2023 as a turning point in the energy crisis, but warns of slow decarbonisation progress
14th September 2023 By: Darren Parker

Industry body the Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay has said there is sufficient reason to believe that loadshedding could end as early as the end of 2024, but warns that South Africa... 


Government aims to help derisk Northern Cape green hydrogen projects
11th September 2023 By: Darren Parker

Northern Cape Economic Development, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency acting project management unit manager Shawn Modise has said the government aims to play a key role in derisking green... 


The seminar will be co-hosted with the JSE
South Africa to co-host grid financing seminar with JSE in September
10th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that he is planning to co-host a seminar with the JSE in September to unpack various financing options for the expansion of South Africa’s... 


rows of solar pv panels in an aray
Firm offers immediate solar solutions
8th September 2023

Solar energy company SunSource Solutions remains committed to not only providing immediate solutions to South Africa's energy challenges but also contributing to a more sustainable and... 


A 20m high streetlight with a solar panel on top installed along Stanford Road in Gqeberha with the area in the background
Solar streetlights installed along Gqeberha street
8th September 2023 By: Halima Frost

Lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder has supplied its solar lighting highmast the SOLARFLOOD solution for the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, along a stretch of Stanford road in Gqeberha, in the... 


A solar alternating current (ac), low-voltage/medium-voltage, step-up skid or ‘E-House' on show at Turnkey modular's manufacturing site in Germiston
First skid delivered to Free State client
8th September 2023 By: Halima Frost

Prefabricated deployment solutions developer Turnkey Modular rolled out the first of multiple solar alternating current (ac), low-voltage/medium-voltage, step-up skid or ‘E-Houses’ in July for... 


Scatec CEO Terje Pilskog
Kenhardt hybrid plant to prove competitiveness of dispatchable renewables – Scatec CEO
7th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The global head of renewable-energy group Scatec is “extremely enthusiastic” about the market opportunities in South Africa, where he says variable wind and solar generation offer the cheapest and... 


South Africa wants $8.5bn climate plan wrapped up by COP28
7th September 2023 By: Bloomberg

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy said she expects the long-delayed implementation plan for an $8.5-billion climate pact with some of the world’s richest nations to be... 


Power lines
G7 Renewable Energies withdraws case against Eskom's interim grid rules
7th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

G7 Renewable Energies has withdrawn its High Court review against Eskom's Interim Grid Capacity Allocation Rules (IGCAR), following what it describes as “meaningful industry engagements” that have... 


 Jan Oberholzer
As new Mulilo chair, Jan Oberholzer hopes to support 5 GW expansion
6th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South African independent power producer Mulilo Energy has appointed former Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer as its new non-executive chairperson as it gears up to grow its renewables and battery storage... 


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An updated IRP and Eskom's restructuring make headlines
1st September 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe's plan to take an updated Integrated Resource Plan through Cabinet processes soon and the... 


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