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CEO Henry Laas
M&R 'still in race’ to regain RUC as it seeks to rebuild from 2023 shock
31st August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Downscaled engineering and contracting group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is continuing with efforts to regain control of RUC, the Australian mining services business it lost when its Australian holding... 

Eskom interim CEO Cassim Calib, Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub and Vodacom South Africa CEO Sitho Mdlalose
Vodacom, Eskom sign historic first virtual wheeling agreement
30th August 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

Telecommunications giant Vodacom and South African State-owned power utility Eskom on Wednesday signed a first-of-its-kind virtual wheeling agreement that moves the JSE-listed firm closer to its... 

Eskom powerlines
Transitional arrangements will enable new grid company to function as buyer and system operator – DPE
30th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has confirmed that transitional arrangements are being put in place to ensure that the National Transmission Company of South Africa (NTCSA) will be able... 

Electricity pylons
Distribution is ‘albatross’ of power system – Ramokgopa
28th August 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s electricity distribution system is “an albatross” beset by fighting between the national power utility and municipalities as the government takes steps to stabilize the grid,... 

Grid infrastrucuture
Eskom mulling new curtailment approach to unlocking grid capacity as it pursues 47 priority projects
25th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned utility Eskom has confirmed that it is prioritising 47 grid-related projects within its larger R210-billion Transmission Development Plan (TDP) that it believes could collectively add... 

A view of a Kusile stack through a maze of metal scaffolding
Emissions requirement postponed for Kusile
25th August 2023

The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) announced in June that the National Air Quality Officer (NAQO) has granted State-owned power utility Eskom a postponement to meet... 

Judgment in favour of power utility welcomed
25th August 2023

State-owned power utility Eskom in July said it was pleased with the Johannesburg High Court judgment dismissing with costs, the interdict application by green energy supplier G7 Renewable Energies... 

A solar and battery powered microgrid developed and built by Eskom at the Swartkop dam in the Northern Cape
Microgrid roll-out gaining traction
25th August 2023 By: Halima Frost

After the successful commissioning of State-owned power utility Eskom’s third microgrid, at the Swartkop dam, in the Northern Cape, the company aims to launch its next two microgrids at Nomalengena... 

Eskom acting CEO Calib Cassim
Eskom gets R16bn tranche of State help with debts
22nd August 2023 By: Reuters

South Africa's Treasury has paid R16-billion to heavily indebted power utility Eskom, the first tranche of a debt relief package that will wipe off more than half its liabilities, acting CEO Calib... 

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Sihle Zikalala
DPWI details efforts to support energy security
21st August 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Sihle Zikalala on August 20 said the department was supporting efforts by the Electricity Minister to improve energy security. Among its efforts, the... 

Renewable energy and fossil fuel power infrastructure
TIPS sets out to create a South Africa-focused Just Transition Transaction Framework
21st August 2023 By: Darren Parker

Independent, nonprofit economic research institution Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) has launched research on a proposed Just Transition Transaction Framework. During a webinar on... 

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
R30bn distribution backlog poses risk to supply beyond current generation shortfall – Ramokgopa
20th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has acknowledged that South African cities and towns face the real prospect of ongoing power interruptions even if the balance between supply and... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Brics energy ministers agree to cooperate to improve access, reduce emissions
18th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Energy Ministers and officials from the Brics bloc met in Sandton on Friday to discuss potential areas of collaboration for improving access to secure and affordable energy, while transitioning to... 

Power lines
Eskom making virtual wheeling strides but says national framework still required
17th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom reports that it has made material advances in developing what it calls a ‘virtual wheeling product’ that will allow one or more generators to transact with multiple offtakers, including those... 

Electricity meter
Johannesburg starts prepaid meter update before it all goes dark next year
17th August 2023 By: News24Wire

City Power has begun its installation and reset of prepaid electricity meters in Johannesburg before they all stop working next year. The electricity entity began visiting customers in residential... 

Transmission lines
Urgent electricity bill - key to solving SA's power crisis - delayed by admin bungle
16th August 2023 By: News24Wire

An urgent piece of legislation that is key to overcoming SA's energy crisis has yet to be introduced into Parliament, it emerged on Wednesday, raising the fear that it will not be passed this year.... 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Loadshedding: No special treatment for Joburg during Brics summit, says Ramokgopa
14th August 2023 By: News24Wire

Johannesburg will get no special treatment from Eskom when it hosts a major Brics summit later this month, Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has said.  The 15th Brics summit will take... 

Power line
Godongwana provided PFMA consent for unbundling of Eskom’s distribution unit in 2022
13th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Government has again moved to dismiss suggestions that the unbundling of the Eskom generation, transmission and distribution businesses into three separate entities can be regarded as... 

Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay
Eskom unbundling, ERA promulgation will demonstrate electricity reform ‘political will’
11th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay believes an expedited promulgation of the Electricity Regulation Amendment (ERA) Bill together with the unbundling of Eskom will send a clear signal... 

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Koeberg, battery storage and Eskom's unbundling make headlines
11th August 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest developments with regard to the Koeberg nuclear power station, a big battery storage programme and the unbundling of Eskom. 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Gordhan insists unbundled distribution business to remain State-owned as he approves Eskom asset transfer
10th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has given an assurance that there is no plan to privatise any of the three Eskom entities of generation, transmission and distribution currently being... 

Presidency says progress being made to increase grant funding for Just Energy Transition Investment Plan
Presidency says progress being made to increase grant funding for Just Energy Transition Investment Plan
8th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Presidency is exploring several avenues for increasing the grant component in the financing of South Africa’s Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET-IP), following broad-based stakeholder... 

Electricity reforms prioritised amid uneven progress
Electricity reforms prioritised amid uneven progress
4th August 2023

South Africa’s electricity reforms are again being prioritised amid uneven progress. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer unpacks the developments.   

Power line and substation
Alternative funding models for South Africa’s R235bn grid investment outlined in new report
3rd August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

To unlock the estimated R235-billion in investment required to strengthen and expand the grid in a way that positions it to connect the 53 GW of new generation capacity that will be required by the... 

ABB invests R10m in local medium-voltage switchgear manufacturing capability
2nd August 2023 By: Darren Parker

Technology company ABB has invested more than R10-million to complete additional technology transfer that brings the manufacture of UniGear ZS1 medium-voltage switchgear to South Africa. This move... 

Power lines
Grid expansion is a major opportunity to develop small business capacity, says Stellenbosch researcher
2nd August 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

For South Africa to be energy secure by 2032, it needs to bring 53 GW of electricity into the energy system, which, in turn, requires 14 000 km of new transmission lines to be built in a decade.... 

Power pylons
Eskom slaps conditions on emergency bidders to stop grid hogging
2nd August 2023 By: Bloomberg

Eskom Holdings has imposed conditions to access the national grid on 1 850 MW worth of projects in South Africa that developers including Karpowership and Electricite de France SA have struggled to... 

The August 1 meeting of South African Presidency and various government departments, with Business Unity South Africa, Business for South Africa, and Business Leadership South Africa
Presidency, business call for expedited passage during current Parliamentary term of Bill overhauling electricity market
2nd August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Presidency and organised business have called for the passage of the Electricity Regulation Amendment (ERA) Bill to be expedited within the sixth Parliament, following a meeting on August 1 to... 

Karpowership, Mulilo have South African grid-access rights extended
31st July 2023 By: Bloomberg

Eskom Holdings has extended the right of least two companies to connect to South Africa’s power grid, keeping the struggling projects alive. Karpowership, a Turkish provider of electricity from... 

Power line and substation
Eskom sanguine about Nersa decision to approve three grid licences separately, but Presidency concerned
30th July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The head of Eskom’s transmission division says he was not surprised by the decision of the Energy Regulator to approve only one of the three licence applications made by the National Transmission... 

Power Lines
Energy Regulator approves 25-year transmission licence for NTC with two more approvals to follow
28th July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s Energy Regulator, the highest decision-making body of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), has approved a 25-year transmission licence for the National Transmission... 

Loadshedding candles
Stage 4 overnight on Friday - and a weekend of loadshedding ahead
28th July 2023 By: News24Wire

Stage 4 loadshedding will continue to be implemented until 05:00 on Saturday, Eskom has said. Thereafter, various stages of loadshedding will be implemented until 05:00 on Monday. Breakdowns have... 

UK development entity to invest in new Tanzanian electricity transmission grid
28th July 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

Tanzania’s North East Grid electricity transmission project is to receive investment and development assistance from UK State-owned company Gridworks. The British concern, a subsidiary of UK... 

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Another turbulent week for electricity in S Africa
28th July 2023

It’s been another turbulent week on the electricity front, with ongoing high levels of loadshedding, the launch of a law suit against Eskom’s grid queuing rules and false and confusing statements... 

IFC VP for Africa Sérgio Pimenta
IFC ready to support private grid investment in South Africa
25th July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The World Bank’s private sector financier, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has indicated a willingness to fund public–private partnerships (PPPs) aimed at expanding and strengthening... 

Power lines
Loadshedding bumped to Stage 5
24th July 2023 By: News24Wire

Power utility Eskom has announced that Stage 5 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 on Monday. This was "due to further delays in returning generating units to service", as well as "the... 

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