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Risk of total blackout not keeping me awake at night, says acting Eskom boss
26th May 2023 By: Irma Venter

The risk of a total blackout in South Africa is not keeping him awake at night, says Eskom acting CEO Calib Cassim, but rather any escalation in loadshedding beyond Stage 6. “One of the biggest... 


IPP Office head Bernard Magoro
To unlock scarce grid capacity South Africa begins rethinking approach to curtailment
24th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

With insufficient grid capacity having been identified as the main constraint to the public procurement of the 28 GW of new electricity capacity allowed for by 2030 under various Ministerial... 


Eskom's Lethabo power station
BLSA reiterates call for govt to stick to Necom's Energy Action Plan
22nd May 2023 By: Schalk Burger

It is critical that government consolidates around the National Electricity Crisis Committee (Necom) plan and delivers on the implementation timelines as they stand now. "Given that there is 3 GW... 


Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Enviro department evaluating EIAs for renewables projects with a combined capacity of 9 789 MW
19th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy reports that the department’s environmental impact assessment section is currently processing applications for renewable-energy... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Government pursuing every megawatt of generation it can find, says Ramakgopa
19th May 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

It was “inevitable” that South Africa would have to use powerships to help deal with the country’s power supply crisis, Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa told delegates in his closing... 


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Stage 8 loadshedding a strong possibility
19th May 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses Eskom's latest State of the System update, with warnings that the country is likely to dip into Stage 8 loadshedding this winter; the actions Eskom... 


SAWEA CEO Niveshen Govender
SAWEA calls for coordinated approach to public procurement programme
18th May 2023 By: Darren Parker

To ensure success in the public procurement programme, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has called for a coordinated approach but warns that more work needs to be done.   The... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
South Africa needs oil, gas, nuclear, as well as renewables – Mantashe
17th May 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

Delivering the keynote address at the Enlit Africa conference in Cape Town on Wednesday, South African Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reported that the current moratorium on... 


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Risk of total blackout not keeping me awake at night, says acting Eskom boss
16th May 2023 By: Irma Venter

The risk of a total blackout in South Africa is not keeping him awake at night, says Eskom acting CEO Calib Cassim, but rather any upgrade in loadshedding beyond stage six. “One of the biggest... 


EASY ASSEMBLY
A SKID is a prefabricated substation that creates an easily transportable design that can be quickly energised
Firms partner to deliver SKID substations to miner
12th May 2023

Local medium voltage (MV) ac motor and transformers manufacturer ArmCoil Afrika and engineering services company Schneider Electric have partnered on the provision of a skid mobile substation... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa denies JETP ‘incoherence’ or being forced to transition from coal
11th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

President Cyril Ramaphosa has denied that there is any incoherence in his Cabinet regarding the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) with developed countries that have agreed to extend... 


Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Numsa condemns Gordhan’s appeal against loadshedding exemption
11th May 2023 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa has criticised Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan for his decision to appeal the High Court judgment which orders public schools,... 


Electricity pylon
Impending power, water cuts threaten businesses owing CoJ
10th May 2023 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

Businesses in the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) have been alerted to the possibility of having their electricity or water disconnected, owing to the sizable monetary debt owed to the municipality. The... 


Ramokgopa: Running diesel plants may be costly, but loadshedding is far worse
10th May 2023 By: News24Wire

Eskom will likely exceed its diesel budget this financial year, but the cost of load shedding to the economy would be far worse, said Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa. The minister was... 


An Eskom power station
Short-term solutions to energy challenges lie with private sector, incentives
9th May 2023 By: Schalk Burger

It will take about three years to improve the energy availability factor of State-owned power utility Eskom's coal-fired power stations to an acceptable level of about 65%, as generator units must... 


Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Private sector injects R340m in support of South Africa’s localisation drive
9th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

A new public-private initiative has been launched in an effort to support the growth and development of South Africa’s manufacturing sector, whose recovery from the Covid lockdowns is currently... 


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We can't compensate, 'but we empathise': Eskom says it's not to blame for power outages in Mahikeng
9th May 2023 By: News24Wire

Eskom says it can't commit to compensating businesses affected by power cuts in Mahikeng.  The power utility's customer relations manager, Ezekiel Baruti, told News24 that the power outages, which... 


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Treasury engages municipalities on debt owed to Eskom
5th May 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the longstanding and growing problem of municipalities' outstanding debt to power utility Eskom: the  National Treasury's engagement with... 


A group of men who attended the Utility CEO Forum at the previous Enlit Africa Exhibition
Event to focus on JET
5th May 2023 By: Bonginkosi Tiwane

With this year’s Enlit Africa event themed ‘The Multi-dimensional, multi-sectoral energy transition’, Enlit Africa content head Claire Volkwyn says this was the natural progression following last... 


Diverse approach needed to solve energy crisis
5th May 2023 By: Bonginkosi Tiwane

As a vast continent, with 54 countries and more than 1 000 languages, Africa’s approach to electrification and industrialisation should be both intricate and collaborative, says Frost & Sullivan... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa
Key energy plan will be developed in a year's time, says Ramaphosa
4th May 2023 By: News24Wire

President Cyril Ramaphosa has issued a gazette indicating a key section in law - which will allow the long-awaited Integrated Energy Plan to be developed - will come into effect. This comes after... 


Enertrag South Africa project development head Mercia Grimbeek
South Africa urged to explore co-location of wind and solar to maximise limited grid capacity
3rd May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Co-locating wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities at a single grid connection point could help maximise the use of South Africa’s existing, albeit constrained, transmission network capacity... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mantashe: Govt's plans to end loadshedding not about 'mobilising votes'
3rd May 2023 By: News24Wire

Dealing with loadshedding is not about "mobilising votes", according to Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe. The minister was answering questions from members of Parliament's... 


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Amendment Bill points to significant change in SA's electricity sector
26th April 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the significant changes the Electricity Regulation Act Amendment Bill is likely to bring about; the unbundling progress already made under the... 


Eskom power station
No immediate clarity on how coal extensions will be aligned to R254bn debt-relief conditions
25th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

No immediate clarity has been provided as to how the current proposal to extend the life of certain coal stations beyond their scheduled retirement dates has been aligned with the conditions of a... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mantashe doubles down: Loadshedding can be over by year-end - but take Karpowership 'seriously'
25th April 2023 By: News24Wire

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe still believes loadshedding could be over by the end of the year if emergency power procurement through Karpowership, along with other measures,... 


An aerial view of the Kusile power station
South Africa must stick to plans to deal with electricity crisis – BLSA
24th April 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The National Energy Crisis Committee (NECOM), set up under the Presidency, has brought together the best people and put together a plan that has the best chance of resolving the country's greatest... 


Aberdare's product offering
Aberdare launches e-commerce platform, to add battery storage solution to its portfolio
21st April 2023 By: Darren Parker

Cable manufacturer Aberdare has launched a new e-commerce platform to enable the online sale of its products. “As we look forward to the digital future, it is imperative that we adapt to ensure we... 


The Komati coal-fired power station and solar panels
Pendulum swing from coal to renewables will spell disaster – NSBE
21st April 2023 By: Darren Parker

A “pendulum swing” from coal to renewable energy will not guarantee baseload grid stability in the foreseeable future, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) president Mdu Mlaba has said.   “It... 


An image of the Strategic National Smart Grid Vision for the South African Electricity Supply Industry launch
Smart grid can mitigate system challenges
21st April 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

The integration of smart technology can ensure reliability and efficiency of the country’s electricity grid.  A smart grid system will be able to effectively manage challenges associated with... 


An image of electricity poles potentially connected to a smart grid
Smart grid offers benefits for all stakeholders
21st April 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

Implementing a smart grid system in South Africa offers a range of benefits for power generators, electric utilities, customers and society, says UP specialist energy industry consultant Dr Willem... 


Outa calls on National Treasury to abandon Eskom exemption
20th April 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has submitted written comments to the National Treasury on its proposal to exempt State-owned utility Eskom from disclosing irregular, fruitless and... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa at the fifth edition of the South African Investment Conference
Ramaphosa underlines commitment to energy and freight reforms as he unveils new R2tr investment target
13th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled a new investment target of R2-trillion for the five-year period to 2028 at the fifth edition of the South African Investment Conference on Thursday, where he also... 


An Eskom logo at the entity's head office
Eskom’s biggest union demands 15% wage hike as power cuts worsen
13th April 2023 By: Bloomberg

The biggest labour union at South Africa’s Eskom Holdings wants a 15% wage increase even as the utility fails to generate adequate electricity to meet the country’s needs, resulting in nationwide... 


Electricity pylons
Loadshedding bumped to Stage 6
12th April 2023 By: News24Wire

Stage 6 loadshedding will be rolled out from 16:00, Eskom said on Wednesday afternoon. It will continue until 05:00 on Thursday, when Stage 5 will kick in until 16:00 on Thursday. The pattern will... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
South Africa should not shy away from costs of fixing power crisis – Minister
12th April 2023 By: Reuters

South Africa should not shy away from spending to fix the country's power crisis, its electricity minister told Reuters, ahead of a cabinet decision later this month on his proposals to end the... 


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