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Zimbabwe to cut power to mines, others over $77m in unpaid bills

By: Reuters     24th October 2019 Zimbabwe's State-owned electricity distributor, grappling with drought and ageing equipment, said on Thursday it will disconnect mines, farms and other users as it looks to recover $77-million in unpaid bills. The Southern African nation is experiencing daily power cuts lasting up to 18 hours... 

IRP 2019 broadly welcomed 

24th October 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the country’s general acceptance of the IRP 2019, the short-term gap in electricity supply that needs to be filled and what the next steps will be for implementing the plan.   

IRP 2019 broadly welcomed
IRP 2019 broadly welcomed

National Assembly approves lifeline for Eskom

By: African News Agency      23rd October 2019 The National Assembly on Tuesday approved a special appropriations bill granting Eskom an additional R59-billion bailout, with the African National Congress (ANC) prevailing against dissent from opposition members of Parliament (MPs) who want greater intervention to turn around the struggling... 

National Assembly approves lifeline for Eskom

Load shedding could trip up investment, warns Ramaphosa's adviser ahead of conference

By: News24Wire      22nd October 2019 Security of energy supply can be an advantage in securing investment, but in SA, load shedding is a "significant investment constraint," president Cyril Ramaphosa's economic adviser Trudi Makhaya has warned. The economist was speaking at Parliament on Tuesday, addressing journalists at a briefing... 

Trudi Makhaya
Photo by Reuters
Trudi Makhaya

South Africa deficits expected to widen on Eskom woes

By: Reuters     22nd October 2019 South Africa's finance minister is likely to raise the medium-term targets for budget deficits, a Reuters poll forecast on Tuesday, because of costs related to the state-owned power utility, Eskom. A poll of 14 economists surveyed in the past week predicted Finance Minister Tito Mboweni would... 

No load-shedding expected for Tuesday but system remains vulnerable – Eskom

By: African News Agency      22nd October 2019 The probability of load-shedding is low for the week but the system remains extremely constrained and vulnerable, power utility Eskom said on Tuesday. It said any unexpected shift such as unplanned breakdowns due to the vulnerability of the system could result in load-shedding at short notice. 

No load-shedding expected for Tuesday but system remains vulnerable – Eskom

Eskom seeks to recover R207m from Deloitte

By: African News Agency      22nd October 2019 Eskom is seeking the setting aside of awards for two contracts and the recovery of R207 716 243.80 for improperly-awarded work, during 2016, from auditing firm Deloitte Consulting.  The embattled state power supplier also wants its former chief financial officer Anoj Singh, and senior executive... 

Eskom acting group CEO Jabu Mabuza
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Eskom acting group CEO Jabu Mabuza

Investors turn defensive as Eskom’s day of reckoning approaches

By: Bloomberg     21st October 2019 Investors are prepared for the worst as the day of reckoning looms for Eskom Holdings, the State-owned power utility seen by Goldman Sachs Group as the biggest threat to the country’s economy. Yields on benchmark South African government notes are at their highest in three weeks, trumped only by... 

South Africa's energy mix still to lean on coal in next decade  

By: Reuters     18th October 2019 Coal will continue to play a significant role in South Africa's plan to boost electricity generation over the next decade, with more renewable energy also lined up, Mineral Resources & Energy minister Gwede Mantashe said on Friday. He said the additional capacity for the energy mix until 2030... 

Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

South Africans aren’t only ones in dark as Eskom rescue is awaited 

By: Bloomberg     18th October 2019 As South Africa enters its third day of blackouts, investors are still awaiting word from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration on how it’s going to fix the ailing State power company. The outages are being imposed by Eskom, the behemoth utility that’s been without a permanent CEO since... 

Cabinet approves IRP2019 

By: African News Agency      17th October 2019 Cabinet on Thursday announced it had approved the promulgation of the Integrated Resource Plan, South Africa's policy blueprint for the electricity sector. The IRP spells out a proposed energy mix for the country until 2030. In a statement, Cabinet said "most of the inputs" from experts in the... 

Cabinet approves IRP2019

Eskom to implement rotational powercuts for second day

By: African News Agency      17th October 2019 State power utility Eskom said it would apply rotational blackouts for a second day on Thursday, suppressing 2 000MW of demand at any given time between 9am and 11pm to avoid overwhelming the strained national grid. The powercuts have already affected ongoing national examinations for students... 

 Eskom to implement rotational powercuts for second day

Electricity tariffs tussle and the return of load-shedding 

17th October 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom’s plan to take another Nersa determination on legal review, the renewed threat of load-shedding and the best way for the country to deal with the threat to South Africa’s economy.   

Electricity tariffs tussle and the return of load-shedding
Electricity tariffs tussle and the return of load-shedding

Zimbabwe starts further power cuts due to Eskom outages

By: Bloomberg     16th October 2019 The power blackouts announced by South Africa’s Eskom Holdings will exacerbate power shortages in neighbouring Zimbabwe. Eskom’s cuts will affect imports that Zimbabwe receives from Africa’s largest power utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution said on Twitter Wednesday. The southern African... 

Eskom musn't use load-shedding to get more money – DA

By: News24Wire      16th October 2019 The Democratic Alliance has warned Eskom of using load-shedding as a bargaining chip for the debt-laden utility to secure more money from government and clients. Less than a month ago, the official opposition warned of a growing risk of power cuts, alleging that Eskom had warned municipalities... 

 Eskom musn't use load-shedding to get more money – DA

Rand tumbles 1% as Eskom plans nationwide power cuts

By: Reuters     16th October 2019 South Africa's rand tumbled more than 1% on Wednesday to its softest level in a week after state power utility Eskom said it would implement nationwide blackouts for the first time in more than six months due to capacity shortages. The rand was 1% weaker at 15.0550 per dollar, its lowest since... 

Rand tumbles 1% as Eskom plans nationwide power cuts

Load-shedding blamed on broken conveyor belt at Medupi   

By: News24Wire      16th October 2019 Eskom has blamed the severe power constraints in South Africa, and which is triggering Stage 2 load-shedding, on a broken coal conveyor belt at the Medupi power station. In addition, five electricity generating units are unavailable due to boiler tube leaks. The utility also said that there are... 

Medupi Power Station
Medupi Power Station

Eskom warns of load-shedding today

By: News24Wire      16th October 2019 In a statement on Wednesday morning, Eskom warned that Stage 2 load-shedding could be implemented from 9:00 to 23:00 today. Eskom said that it is experiencing a "shortage of capacity", and that more details will follow. 

 Eskom warns of load-shedding today

DPWI continues pursuit of resolving outstanding debt on municipal rates, services 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2019 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) on Tuesday reiterated that it remains resolute in its commitment to settle all verified debts within 30 days of receipt of the statements, invoices and reconciliation signoffs. Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille... 

SAA in talks with potential partners  

By: Reuters     14th October 2019 Embattled State-owned airline is open to outside investment and in talks with a number of potential partners, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday. In September, the cash-strapped national airline said a government cash injection of R5.5-billion had been approved for the 2019/20 financial... 

SAA in talks with potential partners

Ramaphosa pours cold water on South African power-plant sale 

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2019 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa poured cold water on proposals by his Finance Minister Tito Mboweni that State power utility Eskom Holdings sell some of its power plants to help settle its debt. “South Africa is not inherently in the business of selling power stations,” Ramaphosa told... 

Eskom’s risk premium eases as Treasury offers bailout conditions

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2019 Credit default swaps for Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s state-owned power company, are trading near the cheapest level in almost three years relative to the sovereign risk after the Treasury published proposed conditions for funds to bail out the utility. That suggests investors are comfortable a... 

Zimbabwe quadruples electricity prices to fund power investment

By: Reuters     9th October 2019 Zimbabwe has increased the average electricity tariff by 320% to let the State power utility ramp up production and improve supplies at a time of daily rolling power cuts, the national energy regulator said on Wednesday. Power cuts lasting up to 18 hours have hit mines, industry and homes and,... 

Two mammoth power plants are sinking Eskom and South Africa

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2019 South Africa’s economy was roaring along in 2007 on the back of the global commodities boom when power shortages struck, bringing mines and smelters to a halt. Then-President Thabo Mbeki publicly apologized for prevaricating about adding generation capacity despite repeated warnings that supply... 

Kusile power station
Photo by Bloomberg
Kusile power station

Court rules Newcastle’s power will stay on

By: African News Agency      8th October 2019 The Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday granted an urgent interim interdict declaring that state power supplier Eskom should not cut power supply to Newcastle Municipality as it would be “catastrophic”. The municipality and the KwaZulu-Natal department of cooperative governance and traditional... 

Electricity generation master plan to be tabled before Cabinet next week, Mantashe says  

By: News24Wire      8th October 2019 Mineral and Energy Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe says that the latest iteration of the state's long-term plan for electricity generation will be tabled before Cabinet next week. If approved by Cabinet, it will be gazetted soon after. The Integrated Resource Plan describes the state's plan... 

Mineral and Energy Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mineral and Energy Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Former German company now South African owned

By: Simone Liedtke     4th October 2019 Composite insulators and related products manufacturer Pfisterer has completed its rebranding initiative and is now known as Vexila. The rebranding follows after Pfisterer, which was solely owned by the German group Pfisterer, decided to exit the South African market owing to a strategic... 

Vexila CEO Gary Whalley
Vexila CEO Gary Whalley

Panel systems order fast-tracked for Zimbabwe delivery

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 Local industrial component supplier ElectroMechanica delivered pre-assembled irrigation pump panel systems for use in agricultural applications last month. The panels are scheduled for installation and commissioning, in Zimbabwe, by the end of this month. 

OPEN AND SHUT CASE 
The pump panels were assembled, wired and packaged in seven days
OPEN AND SHUT CASE The pump panels were assembled, wired and packaged in seven days

‘No future without Eskom’, says Mabuza  

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd October 2019 Given the socioeconomic challenges facing South Africa, State-owned Eskom chairperson and acting CE Dr Jabu Mabuza on Thursday reiterated the power utility’s support for an energy mix that is based on providing reliable energy to the country. This should be a “practical energy mix”, he told... 

Eskom chairperson and acting CE Jabu Mabuza
State-owned Eskom chairperson and acting CE Dr Jabu Mabuza on Thursday spoke at the Joburg Indaba, and reiterated the power utility’s support of an energy mix that is based on providing reliable energy to the country. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Fully committed to undertakings on climate – Minerals Minister  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2019 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, who is expected to submit the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) next week, told the Joburg Indaba on Thursday that he hoped to gazette the IRP to give South Africans another chance to comment on the document. With pressure building up globally... 

Gwede Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe at Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

South Africa debt-to-GDP could reach 95% by 2024, IIF says

By: Reuters     3rd October 2019 South Africa's public debt could rise as high as 95% of gross domestic product by 2024 if the government doesn't restructure the state-run utility Eskom and implement a workable growth plan, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) said in a report. The report, released late on Wednesday,... 

South Africa debt-to-GDP could reach 95% by 2024, IIF says

South32's Fraser stresses importance of reliable, competitively priced electricity 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd October 2019 An overarching challenge to businesses of all sizes in South Africa, is the lack of reliable and competitive power, says South32 COO Mike Fraser. The reliable and competitive supply of power, he adds, “is critical” to the country’s future industrial growth and the creation of jobs. 

South32 COO Mike Fraser
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
South32 COO Mike Fraser

ANC shies away from endorsing asset sales

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2019 South Africa’s ruling party approved a range of proposals to revive economic growth, but stopped short of endorsing Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s controversial plan to sell some state assets. There was “broad consensus” among members of the African National Congress’s National Executive... 

All mobility heading to electric future; solar and storage seen as key enablers

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2019 The Department of Science and Innovation’s (DSI’s) electric mobility initiative uYilo director Hilten Parmar on Tuesday highlighted that worldwide all forms of mobility, including personal, freight, aviation and marine transport, were moving towards the use or inclusion of electric systems. The... 

Eskom’s stand-alone credit rating cut deeper into junk at Fitch

By: Bloomberg     1st October 2019 Eskom Holdings’ stand-alone credit profile was downgraded one-notch at Fitch Ratings, signaling the South African power utility’s worsening ability to repay debt without additional government support. Weakening revenue growth, profit-margin compression because of lower tariff increases, and... 

Eskom’s stand-alone credit rating cut deeper into junk at Fitch

October is deadline for Eskom with CEO, rescue plan awaited

By: Bloomberg     30th September 2019 Debt-laden South African power utility Eskom Holdings has narrowed its search for a new chief executive officer as the government finalizes a plan to rescue the business. The measures are key in a state effort to overhaul what’s seen as the biggest threat to South Africa’s economy: the company... 

Eskom’s CEO-shortlist candidates include former executive Maroga 

By: Bloomberg     26th September 2019 South African power company Eskom Holdings has shortlisted three candidates for chief executive officer to lead the loss-making utility out of its debt crisis, according to three people familiar with the process. Andy Calitz, who started his career as an electrical engineer at Eskom, made the... 

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