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Six arrested for allegedly stealing Eskom copper cables near Coligny substation
7th June 2023 By: News24Wire

Six suspects were arrested on Monday after Eskom copper cables were found in their vehicle on the N14 between Coligny and Ventersdorp. Police spokesperson Colonel Adéle Myburgh said 13 rolled... 


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Third parties to start selling electricity using Cape Town grid 
7th June 2023 By: Irma Venter

Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has announced that 15 commercial electricity suppliers will start wheeling electricity through Cape Town’s grid in July.  The city’s Mayoral Committee has... 


The project development pipeline in the Renewable Energy Grid Survey, with the advanced projects shown in red.
Renewable Energy Grid Survey points to 66 GW development pipeline in South Africa
6th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

A new survey of South Africa’s renewable-energy development pipeline, and its potential implications  for grid planning and investment, reveals that there is currently a 66 GW pipeline of wind and... 


Sanral to partially close N1 in Midrand for two days for powerline construction
2nd June 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The N1 highway between the Kosmosdal Samrand interchange and the Rooihuiskraal interchange, in Midrand, will experience partial road closures on June 10 and 11 to allow State-owned Eskom to perform... 


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Karpowership, distributed generation and grid investment updates
2nd June 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest updates on the actions South Africa is taking to address the electricity crisis, including positive developments on the distributed... 


City Power contractor arrested for 'sabotaging substation, nearly killing technicians working nearby'
1st June 2023 By: News24Wire

A City Power contractor has been arrested for allegedly sabotaging a substation in Johannesburg and nearly killing technicians working on the same network nearby. According to City Power CEO... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa
10 GW distributed generation pipeline to help close shortfall in time – Ramaphosa
31st May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

While warning of a difficult winter for electricity security, President Cyril Ramaphosa has again moved to highlight the success of a recent market reform that has enabled private distributed... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mining industry has critical role in closing energy supply gap – Mantashe
31st May 2023 By: Darren Parker

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe is convinced that mining companies can supplement State-owned Eskom’s supply of electricity, and that this would be critical for narrowing the... 


Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
Ramokgopa in conversation with Karpowership on five- to ten-year contracts
30th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa is having discussions with Karpowership about the potential for introducing the floating gas-to-power plants under a power purchase... 


Eskom Transmission Division MD Segomoco Scheppers
Eskom turns to EPC contracting as it seeks to pick up yearly powerline roll-out pace to 1 500 km
30th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom’s Transmission Division, which will form part of the separated National Transmission Company South Africa once established later this year, will begin relying more heavily on the engineer,... 


Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
76 hospitals already exempt from loadshedding, says Gordhan
30th May 2023 By: Darren Parker

The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has already initiated efforts, in collaboration with the Department of Health and State-owned utility Eskom, to identify 213 hospitals for exclusion from... 


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,... 


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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... 


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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... 


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