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Early-morning breakdowns, but Eskom not expecting load-shedding

By: News24Wire      22nd November 2019 Eskom said on Friday morning that it does not expect any load-shedding during the day, despite what it described as a constrained and vulnerable electricity system. Generating plants are still performing at very low levels of reliability, Eskom said, with some unplanned breakdowns at 06:00 on... 

Eskom says capacity in danger zone, but no load-shedding planned

By: News24Wire      21st November 2019 Unplanned outages at power producer Eskom are still above 10 000MW – about 20% of its nominal capacity, but the utility says it is not planning to institute load-shedding on Thursday.  The utility needs to use its emergency resources of diesel and pumped water storage schemes at a "high rate"... 

 Eskom says capacity in danger zone, but no load-shedding planned

Bondholders aren’t convinced Eskom’s new CEO is best pick

By: Bloomberg     19th November 2019 Bond investors aren’t showing much faith in Eskom Holdings’ new boss. Yields on the state electricity company’s 2021 dollar bonds jumped the most in more than three months after the appointment of Andre de Ruyter as CEO on Monday. The premium of two-year over ten-year dollar yields narrowed,... 

Andre de Ruyter appointed as Eskom CEO from January 15

By: Terence Creamer     18th November 2019 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announced on Monday that Andre de Ruyter had been appointed as the new CEO of Eskom and that he would commence duties on January 15, 2020, at a salary below that of the current compensation package. De Ruyter, who spent more than 20 years with energy and... 

Andre de Ruyter
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Andre de Ruyter

Eskom’s first outsourced transmission substation nears completion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th November 2019 Kangas Wind Farm on Monday reported that construction of the Groeipunt transmission substation was 80% complete and on track to be handed over to State-owned power utility Eskom in March 2020. The construction of the substation started in June and marked the first time that an independent power... 

Kangas Wind Farm's Groeipunt transmission substation
Kangas Wind Farm's Groeipunt transmission substation

Power supply tight, but low likelihood of load-shedding this week – Eskom

By: News24Wire      18th November 2019 There is a small chance that South Africans may be impacted by load-shedding this week, as struggling power utility Eskom continues to battle unplanned outages.  In an electricity status update on Monday morning, the power producer said unplanned outages at generation units were just below 9... 

 Power supply tight, but low likelihood of load-shedding this week – Eskom

Two rhino and a zebra electrocuted after Eskom pylon collapses in nature reserve

By: News24Wire      18th November 2019 Several animals at the Tshwane Rietvlei Nature Reserve were electrocuted after an Eskom electricity pylon collapsed, Tshwane's mayoral committee member for environment and agriculture, Dana Wannenburg said on Saturday. The animals are a female rhino, her calf and a zebra. 

Eskom says power system remains constrained and vulnerable

By: African News Agency      14th November 2019 Electricity company Eskom said it did not expect to implement rotational load-shedding on Thursday, but the system remained extremely constrained and vulnerable. "There is sufficient diesel for our open cycle gas turbines and water at the pumped storage schemes to supplement the shortage of... 

 Eskom says power system remains constrained and vulnerable

Failing cities stymie South African bid to revive growth

By: Bloomberg     14th November 2019 South African municipalities’ inability to provide consistent power is exacerbating supply disruptions by the debt-stricken state electricity utility, hobbling efforts to revive the nation’s economy. While State-owned Eskom Holdings has subjected the country to controlled, timed blackouts... 

Eskom fixing network after fatal storm leaves 15 000 without power

By: News24Wire      13th November 2019 Eskom said on Wednesday it was fixing the infrastructure that had been damaged by a severe storm and tornado that "wreaked havoc" in New Hanover, Pietermaritzburg, a day earlier. Technicians found that 15 networks in the Mpolweni, Dalton, Wartburg, Albert Falls and Swayimani areas had been... 

Unions balk as South African State-owned firms gear up to cut jobs 

By: Bloomberg     13th November 2019 South Africa’s post office is cutting several hundred jobs, the second state-owned company in as many days to detail plans to lay off workers as the government looks to slash its wage bill. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni signaled last month he’s intent on lowering the government’s payroll costs,... 

Eskom left in limbo as South Africa stalls appointment of CEO

By: Bloomberg     12th November 2019 Considering that South Africa’s debt-stricken and loss-making state power utility poses the biggest risk to the economy, appointing a permanent chief executive officer to turn it around is widely seen as a top priority for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration. Yet while the government... 

No load-shedding expected on Tuesday – Eskom

By: African News Agency      12th November 2019 Power utility Eskom said on Tuesday it did not expect to implement rotational powercuts although the system remained constrained, with generating plants performing at very low levels of reliability.  Years of inadequate maintenance of its infrastructure have left Eskom's generating units... 

 No load-shedding expected on Tuesday – Eskom

Fixing Eskom is about more than South Africa, AfDB says 

By: Bloomberg     11th November 2019 South Africa’s struggling power utility must be fixed because energy security in the region largely depends on it, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB). Eskom Holdings, which is buckling under R450-billion of debt, is “too big to fail” because it powers Africa’s most-industrialized... 

Electricity system remains constrained and vulnerable – Eskom

By: African News Agency      11th November 2019 South Africa's electricity system remains extremely constrained and vulnerable as generating plants perform at very low levels of reliability, with a probability of rotational blackouts being implemented if there is any unexpected deterioration, power company Eskom said on Monday. Eskom said it... 

Electricity system remains constrained and vulnerable – Eskom

OptiPower making progress on EC wind farm project, welcomes benefits of M&R buyout 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th November 2019 Transmission and distribution services provider OptiPower Projects, which was recently acquired by Murray & Roberts (M&R), is progressing with its work on the Golden Valley Wind Farm, in the Eastern Cape. The 120 MW Golden Valley project is a BioTherm Energy development, comprising 48 2.5 MW... 

OptiPower making progress on EC wind farm project, welcomes benefits of M&R buyout

High chance of load-shedding later today – Eskom

By: News24Wire      8th November 2019 Eskom announced on Friday morning that South Africa's national power system remains "tight and vulnerable" with a high risk or rotational power cuts later in the day.  This comes after the power utility terminated stage 2 load-shedding at 05:00 on Friday morning. The utility did not say when... 

 High chance of load-shedding later today – Eskom

Gautrain resumes full train service after power outage left morning commuters stranded

By: African News Agency      8th November 2019 Commuter service Gautrain resumed full services on Friday after hundreds of passengers were earlier left stranded when a power outage forced trains to stop running halfway between Johannesburg and Pretoria and on the route between the Sandton district and OR Tambo International Airport. "We are... 

Gautrain resumes full train service after power outage left morning commuters stranded

African power utilities owe Eskom more than R600m in outstanding payments – DA

By: African News Agency      7th November 2019 Electricity company Eskom is owed R632-million in outstanding payments by other African State-owned power utilities, the main opposition Democratic Alliance said on Thursday, citing public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan. Gordhan's response to questions in parliament showed that neighbouring... 

African power utilities owe Eskom more than R600m in outstanding payments – DA

Anglo American says Eskom poses a major risk for investors 

By: Bloomberg     6th November 2019 South Africa’s beleaguered State power utility and regulatory uncertainty are the biggest risks for investors wanting to put their money in the country, according to Anglo American. The challenges presented by Eskom Holdings “probably represents our single most-important risk we deal with,” Anglo... 

Eskom bonds punished as investors clamour for faster turnaround

By: Bloomberg     6th November 2019 Some investors are getting out of Eskom Holdings dollar bonds amid concern South Africa is taking too long to implement a turnaround plan and explain what it will do about the utility’s $35-billion of debt. Yields on the struggling power company’s dollar bonds due 2025 climbed to a one-month high... 

Eskom ramps up emergency generation to keep power on

By: News24Wire      6th November 2019 After some its generating units failed over the weekend, South Africa's power supply was running dangerously low by Wednesday morning. Eskom is now battling an electricity shortfall of 12 000MW due to these breakdowns and unplanned maintenance. Eskom urged customers to use power sparingly, by... 

Eskom ramps up emergency generation to keep power on

Moody's lowers Eskom's junk rating on restructuring doubts

By: Reuters     5th November 2019 Moody's pushed state power firm Eskom's credit rating deeper into subinvestment territory on Tuesday, saying a government plan to reorganise the cash-strapped South African firm would be hard to implement without explicit support from the cabinet. Moody's cut Eskom's long-term corporate family... 

Moody's lowers Eskom's junk rating on restructuring doubts

Electricity situation constrained but no rolling blackouts expected – Eskom

By: African News Agency      5th November 2019 South Africa's electricity system is severely constrained and will remain so until at least Thursday, although rotational blackouts to avoid tripping the grid are not expected, state utility Eskom said late on Monday. Eskom was forced to implement rolling power cuts – or load-shedding – earlier... 

Electricity situation constrained but no rolling blackouts expected – Eskom

Eskom to cut power supply to Govan Mbeki Municipality if R50m bill isn't settled 

By: News24Wire      4th November 2019 Residents in Secunda, Bethal, Trichardt, Kinross and Evander are on the verge of being left in the dark after the Govan Mbeki municipality once again failed to settle an arrears account of R50-million. Eskom sent an urgent notice to municipal manager Felani Mndebele, informing him that Eskom... 

Eskom says IRP 2019 calls for accelerated grid investment

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2019 State-owned electricity producer Eskom is warning that the generation roadmap contained in the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) will require a material acceleration in the pace of investment in grid infrastructure so that the renewable-energy plants envisaged in the plan can be integrated... 

Eskom says IRP 2019 calls for accelerated grid investment

Thousands affected as Eskom cuts power to non-payers in Gauteng

By: News24Wire      31st October 2019 On Thursday, Eskom cut electricity supply to Lakeside Extension 1 and 2 of Orange Farm in the Vaal Area, after local households failed to pay their bills, or refused to buy electricity tokens. Almost 2 700 households are affected. Eskom says it increasingly disconnecting non-paying customers... 

 Thousands affected as Eskom cuts power to non-payers in Gauteng

NUM threatens more power cuts over Eskom split

By: Reuters     31st October 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) threatened on Wednesday to cause more power cuts over the government's decision to forge ahead with a plan to break up struggling State power firm Eskom. Eskom produces more than 90% of South Africa's electricity and the country has endured several rounds... 

Eskom COO sees some light at the end of the tunnel, despite utility's debt burden

By: Kim Cloete     30th October 2019 Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer says he sees some light at the end of the Eskom tunnel as long as the utility gets financial assistance from government. He told delegates attending the Southern Africa Power Summit, in Cape Town, that Eskom has excellent engineers and specialists but was struggling with... 

Eskom COO sees some light at the end of the tunnel, despite utility's debt burden

Treasury keeps Eskom debt-relief powder dry as it awaits unbundling progress 

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2019 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni did not unveil a debt-relief plan for struggling power utility Eskom in his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement, announcing instead that any debt restructuring would be negotiated only once the utility had reduced costs and made unbundling progress. The total cost of... 

Treasury keeps Eskom debt-relief powder dry as it awaits unbundling progress

SOEs adding to govt spending pressure; e-tolls to remain 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th October 2019 South African Airways is one of a number of State-owned enterprises adding to spending pressures on government, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni reiterated on Wednesday. He pointed out that the airline was insolvent and, in its current configuration, unlikely to ever generate sufficient cash flow... 

No load-shedding on Wednesday, low probability for the week

By: African News Agency      30th October 2019 No load-shedding was expected for Wednesday after generating plant performance improved and the probability of load-shedding remained low for the rest of the week, Eskom said. "Eskom has not implemented rotational load-shedding for the past ten days and the probability of load-shedding is low for... 

No load-shedding on Wednesday, low probability for the week

Eskom stations to be clustered into ‘competing’ units, as timeframe is set for transmission separation 

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2019 The South African government has opted for an evolutionary approach to the restructuring of Eskom, the details of which are provided in a ‘special paper’ released by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday. Titled a ‘Roadmap for Eskom in a Reformed Electricity Supply Industry’, the... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Municipality will not be bypassed, says Eskom

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2019 State-owned Eskom on Tuesday clarified information reported by local media houses on Monday, involving power delivery directly to Harrismith’s 100 biggest power users, to bypass the local Maluti-a-Phofung municipality, owing to its debt to Eskom. The utility stated in a media release that the... 

Eskom: Low chance of load-shedding after 'significant progress towards full recovery'

By: News24Wire      28th October 2019 Eskom says it is does not expect to have to institute rotational power cuts this week, after making "significant progress towards full recovery" with several generating units now again operational.  In its first power alert of the new week, the utility also announced that water reserves for... 

 Eskom: Low chance of load-shedding after 'significant progress towards full recovery'

Eskom and a group of businesses strike a landmark deal, sidelining the local municipality

By: News24Wire      28th October 2019 A landmark agreement between Eskom and businesses in a Free State town may sideline more dysfunctional municipalities in future. Rapport reports that the Harrismith Business Forum signed a contract with Eskom on Friday whereby the power utility will deliver power directly  to the town's 100... 

 Eskom and a group of businesses strike a landmark deal, sidelining the local municipality

Eskom’s electricity system improves after last week's supply constraint

By: African News Agency      25th October 2019 South Africa's main electricity provider Eskom said on Friday its system had made significant progress towards full recovery after severe supply constraints last week. The State-owned utility implemented rotational blackouts last week to avoid tripping the national grid, which it said had come... 

Eskom’s electricity system improves after last week's supply constraint
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