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Load-shedding forces South African miners to halt work

By: Bloomberg     10th December 2019 South Africa’s biggest platinum and gold mining companies are scaling back some operations as record power cuts, now in their sixth day, start to cripple key parts of the economy. Eskom Holdings on Monday moved to Stage 6 load-shedding from 18:00 local time, meaning it cut 6 000 MW from the... 

Stage 4 load-shedding to continue until 11pm on Tuesday

By: News24Wire      10th December 2019 After implementing stage 6 load-shedding for the first time on Monday, Eskom says it will continue with stage 4 load-shedding on Tuesday until 11pm.  Stage 4 allows for up to 4 000MW to be cut from the national grid.  

 Stage 4 load-shedding to continue until 11pm on Tuesday

Association calls for more small-scale embedded generation as load-shedding persists  

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2019 The most recent bout of load-shedding in the country has provided further evidence of embattled power utility Eskom’s “increasing inability to supply the level of electricity required” by South Africa’s households and industries, the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) said... 

Association calls for more small-scale embedded generation as load-shedding persists

Load-shedding raises risk of another South African recession 

By: Bloomberg     9th December 2019 South Africa’s flagging economy could face a second recession in as many years due to a new wave of nationwide power cuts. Eskom Holdings, the State-owned power utility seen by Goldman Sachs Group as the biggest threat to the country’s economy, started a fifth day of rolling blackouts on Monday... 

Power cuts to continue on Monday, with high risk for rest of week – Eskom

By: News24Wire      9th December 2019 Eskom announced on Sunday evening that stage 2 rotational power cuts would continue overnight and all day on Monday. The struggling power utility said it expected load-shedding to stop at 23:00 on Monday.  There is a high likelihood that power rationing will be implemented for the rest of the week.  

 Power cuts to continue on Monday, with high risk for rest of week – Eskom

Ramaphosa: We will take drastic steps to save State companies – just look at SAA 

By: News24Wire      9th December 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa used his weekly newsletter to say that the implementation of business rescue at South African Airways is a sign that government was prepared to take "drastic steps" to save South Africa’s ailing State-owned entities.  The resolve we have shown in putting SAA into... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Samancor to cut chrome ore, ferrochrome output

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th December 2019 A continued deterioration in market conditions, depressed prices and higher electricity tariffs has prompted Samancor Chrome to reduce its chrome ore and ferrochrome production levels for 2020. It has not yet announced the extent of the planned production cuts. 

Power cuts may last the weekend if rain persists

By: Reuters     6th December 2019 Many South Africans could be without electricity this weekend if rain continues, state power utility Eskom said on Friday, after announcing it would cut up to 4 000 MW of power as wet weather makes it difficult for power stations to use coal. Coal handling problems have led to generating units... 

Eskom to implement stage 4 load-shedding from 2pm  

By: News24Wire      6th December 2019 Eskom has confirmed that it will implement stage 4 load-shedding from 14:00 on Friday, despite already using diesel-powered open cycle gas turbines and pumped storage schemes to supplement capacity.  Stage 4 allows for up to 4 000 MW - just under 10% of Eskom's nominal capacity - to be cut from... 

Eskom to implement stage 4 load-shedding from 2pm

Load-shedding to resume on Friday, continue overnight – Eskom

By: News24Wire      6th December 2019 After instituting rotational power cuts overnight, Eskom announced on Friday morning that stage 2 load-shedding would again start at 09:00 and continue until 06:00 on Saturday morning.  Stage 2 load-shedding allows for up to 2 000 MW to be cut from the national grid. 

Load-shedding to resume on Friday, continue overnight – Eskom

Stage 2 load-shedding this afternoon, says Eskom 

5th December 2019 Eskom has warned of Stage 2 load-shedding this afternoon due to a "shortage of capacity". It tweeted the warning from its official account on Thursday afternoon. The power utility recently said no load-shedding was planned until March, although load-shedding could be implemented if absolutely... 

 Stage 2 load-shedding this afternoon, says Eskom

Municipal debt to Eskom grows by over R1bn in a month  

By: News24Wire      3rd December 2019 Overdue debt owed to Eskom by municipalities increased by some R1.2-billion in September to R26.4-billion by the end of October, Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts heard from the inter-ministerial task team aimed at resolving the debt owed to the power utility.  The meeting took... 

 Municipal debt to Eskom grows by over R1bn in a month

AfDB approves $210m financing for Nigeria transmission, distribution project

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2019 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $210-million financing package to the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the Nigeria Transmission Expansion Project (NTEP1), which seeks to rehabilitate and upgrade the nation’s power lines and improve both distribution and supply. The project,... 

Eskom says unplanned breakdowns could lead to load-shedding on Monday 

By: African News Agency      2nd December 2019 Power utility Eskom warned on Monday that unplanned breakdowns in its system could result in load-shedding at short notice. "The system remains constrained and vulnerable, with generating plants performing at very low levels of reliability. With unplanned breakdowns at 9 100MW, the probability of... 

 Eskom says unplanned breakdowns could lead to load-shedding on Monday

Debt relief and more tariff hikes in focus as Eskom warns of yet another R20bn loss 

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2019 Troubled State-owned power utility Eskom warned on Thursday that its record R20-billion loss of 2018/19 would be repeated in 2019/20 and said that planned cost-savings and already-secured fiscal transfers would have to be accompanied by debt relief and further tariff hikes if the debt-laden group... 

Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza
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Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza

Conlog invests R110m in factory at Dube TradePort SEZ

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th November 2019 Durban-based electronics manufacturing company Conlog has invested R110-million in a smart electricity meter manufacturing plant in the Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The 12 000 m2 development, located at the now fully-subscribed Dube TradeZone 1, is a significant expansion of... 

South Africa's power sector reform timeline 'optimistic' – S&P

By: Reuters     27th November 2019 The timeline for South Africa's plan to overhaul its power sector by breaking up loss-making State utility Eskom over the next three years is "somewhat optimistic", S&P Global Ratings said on Tuesday. President Cyril Ramaphosa promised in February that he would split Eskom into units for... 

South Africa's power sector reform timeline 'optimistic' – S&P

Ramaphosa tells workers at Medupi 6 times that Eskom will not be privatised  

By: News24Wire      26th November 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa told workers and staff at Medupi power station six times in an address that Eskom would not be sold off or privatised. The ballooning costs of the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations have put Eskom's balance sheet under severe pressure, but Ramaphosa scaled back... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa & Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
President Cyril Ramaphosa & Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Free State electricity utility to meet with Eskom as power cutoff looms

By: News24Wire      26th November 2019 Centlec, the Free State utility that provides electricity to customers in the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, which includes Bloemfontein, says it will meet with Eskom to discuss the paying of its debts.  On Monday Eskom warned that it would interrupt daytime power to three Free State... 

 Free State electricity utility to meet with Eskom as power cutoff looms

Vedanta warns it may have to process ore outside South Africa 

By: Reuters     26th November 2019 Vedanta, one of South Africa's biggest international investors, will process its zinc ore elsewhere unless the country can fix its power problems, the CEO of Vedanta unit Vedanta Zinc International said. South Africa has suffered rolling blackouts and the debts of state power company Eskom have... 

Vedanta Zinc International CEO Deshnee Naidoo
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Vedanta Zinc International CEO Deshnee Naidoo

Eskom warns it will stop providing daytime power to Bloemfontein unless it gets paid  

By: News24Wire      25th November 2019 Eskom has warned that it will begin regular scheduled interruptions to three municipalities in the Free State, including the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality where Bloemfontein is, unless it gets paid for the provision of electricity.  The other two affected municipalities are the Mafube and... 

Eskom warns it will stop providing daytime power to Bloemfontein unless it gets paid

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... 

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

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
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