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Ramaphosa says to speed up economic reforms, fix Eskom 

By: Reuters     15th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that he would use a new five-year term to speed up economic reforms and fix ailing state power firm Eskom, a week after his African National Congress party was re-elected with a reduced majority. Analysts have said reforms like cutting red tape and... 

Mnangagwa gets rid of Energy Minister amid power cuts, fuel crisis

By: African News Agency      15th May 2019 President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday night dropped energy and power development minister, Joram Gumbo, amid crippling fuel shortages and power cuts that have rocked Zimbabwe. Gumbo was has been moved to the less prominent portfolio of minister of state for presidential affairs. 

UCT GSB professor joins prestigious global initiative to end energy poverty

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2019 University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Professor Anton Eberhard has been appointed to the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty – a new initiative which aims to accelerate access to electricity to millions of under-serviced homes and businesses quickly and cost-effectively. The... 

Over 400 organisations, small businesses join class action against Eskom

By: News24Wire      7th May 2019 A law firm believes that its plans to launch a class action against Eskom over load-shedding are viable, despite a previous statement from the power utility that there are limited grounds for such a case to be successful. De Beer Attorneys in April called on businesses and organisations which... 

Over 400 organisations, small businesses join class action against Eskom

Partnership aims to enhance local fluid power sector

3rd May 2019 Incorporated fluid power technology provider Hyflo Southern Africa has been incorporated into engineering products and service provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) fluid technology division. 

OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIP

With access to BMG’s central support functions, including engineering, technical expertise and manufacturing skills, Hyflo can further improve its service to its customer base
OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIP With access to BMG’s central support functions, including engineering, technical expertise and manufacturing skills, Hyflo can further improve its service to its customer base

Fieldbus solution for pneumatic valves first step to smart assembly

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd May 2019 The incorporation of a fieldbus solution to control pneumatic valves could be an important step towards cloud-connected Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) innovations on the assembly line, says multinational motion and control technologies provider Parker Hannifin South Africa account manager... 

SELINA NAIDOO

Asset monitoring and management of an automated system remotely, from anywhere in the world, will create opportunities and solutions that were once only envisaged
SELINA NAIDOO Asset monitoring and management of an automated system remotely, from anywhere in the world, will create opportunities and solutions that were once only envisaged

Brokk introduces new hydraulic breaker series

3rd May 2019 Multinational remote-controlled demolition machines manufacturer Brokk has launched its own line of hydraulic breakers. The new Brokk Hydraulic Breaker (BHB) series is matched with the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots. Each robot is essentially designed from the... 

BROKK HYDRAULIC BREAKER SERIES

The breakers match the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots
BROKK HYDRAULIC BREAKER SERIES The breakers match the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots

Hydraulic fluid reduces energy consumption

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd May 2019 Multinational oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil’s Mobil DTE 10 Excel 46 hydraulic lubricant oil has reduced paper and plastics packaging manufacturing company Mpact Plastics’ energy consumption by 7%. Mpact Plastics – based in Pinetown, in KwaZulu-Natal – intended to reach the group’s national... 

ESSENTIAL OILS

When the oil reaches the end-of-life phase and must be disposed, high-performance oils can be formulated to have a reduced environmental impact
ESSENTIAL OILS When the oil reaches the end-of-life phase and must be disposed, high-performance oils can be formulated to have a reduced environmental impact

Company launched natural gas gensets at electricity show in Dubai

By: Halima Frost     26th April 2019 Global power leader Cummins launched its latest global offering – the HSK78G gas generator series – at the Middle East Electricity show, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, in the United Arb Emirates (UAE) last month. Cummins, also a sponsor of the event, displayed the new series at its stand... 

NEXT GEN GEN
Cummins launched the HSK78G gas generator series last month
NEXT GEN GEN Cummins launched the HSK78G gas generator series last month

Generator supplier helps combat load-shedding impact

By: Halima Frost     26th April 2019 With inconsistent power supply being an ongoing issue for companies in South Africa, electrical products supplier and local manufacturer Zest WEG Group offers synchronised generator sets (gensets) to the industry, which allow for continuous power supply, negating the start-up and shutdown dangers... 

HOT HOT HOT
The Doosan generator is one of the long term - mid range - solutions Zest WEG offers
HOT HOT HOT The Doosan generator is one of the long term - mid range - solutions Zest WEG offers

Company making inroads into embedded generation generators

By: Halima Frost     26th April 2019 The global trend of moving towards decentralised embedded generation has encouraged power solutions manufacturer Himoinsa to work with its research and development (R&D) teams to enable its generator sets, or gensets, to feed excess power back into the grid. Himoinsa has conducted R&D on this... 

DUCKS IN A ROW
If installed and maintained correctly, a genset can minimise operational costs on site
DUCKS IN A ROW If installed and maintained correctly, a genset can minimise operational costs on site

Generator company offers contingency planning assistance

26th April 2019 Temporary power generation supplier Aggreko highlights that developing a contingency plan is essential in helping a business stay afloat and prevent costly downtime in the event something unexpected does occur. An added bonus to putting a plan in place ahead of an emergency is that this will... 

MASTER PLAN
Aggreko helps clients plan for the unexpected
MASTER PLAN Aggreko helps clients plan for the unexpected

Compressor supplier offering containerised solution

26th April 2019 This month, compressor and generator rental company Rand-Air purchased four of sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco’s TwinPower generators as part of its rental offering its clients. This containerised generator solution gives a compact footprint, versatility, optimised... 

POWER LIFT
The containerized generators offer power to remote areas
POWER LIFT The containerized generators offer power to remote areas

South Africa brings forward Eskom bailout to avert default

By: Reuters     23rd April 2019 South Africa's government has had to bring forward the bailout of state power firm Eskom, after it rushed R5-billion to the struggling utility earlier this month to avert a default and said more cash could be needed soon. Eskom supplies more than 90% of electricity in Africa's most advanced... 

South Africa brings forward Eskom bailout to avert default

Partnership ensures reliable power transmission

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th April 2019 To ensure reliable power transmission, solar industry supplier Valsa is partnering with solar energy equipment suppliers A+Sun, SAT Control, Jinko Solar, Seraphim, Viasolis and electronics company Schweizer, as well as funding institutions, to provide funding for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. 

TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT
Valsa  brings the latest technology in panels and tracking systems to the market while localising some of the production
TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT Valsa brings the latest technology in panels and tracking systems to the market while localising some of the production

Load-shedding may cut growth close to zero, SARB says 

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2019 South Africa’s power cuts could bring economic growth for the year close to zero if they continue at the same severity seen in March, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said. The wave of rolling blackouts that started in November and are among the worst the country has yet experienced could... 

SARB deputy governor Kuben Naidoo
SARB deputy governor Kuben Naidoo

Eskom CEO says 'days of surprises' over as problems exposed 

By: Bloomberg     17th April 2019 Almost 15 months into the job, and the boss of South Africa’s state-owned electricity company is getting to grips with issues spanning corruption to defective power plants that threatened to collapse the grid. “The days of surprises are over,” Eskom Holdings CEO Phakamani Hadebe said in an... 

Impediments to small-scale embedded generation 

17th April 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the policy and regulatory impediments that are standing in the way of investment in small-scale embedded generation. 

Impediments to small-scale embedded generation
Impediments to small-scale embedded generation

New Kusile unit powers up, 8 months ahead of schedule 

By: News24Wire      16th April 2019 For the first time on Sunday Kusile Unit 3 produced power, according to an internal memo to Eskom staff. According to the note from Eskom's chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer, sent out to staff on Monday, the synchronisation of the unit happened eight months ahead of the scheduled December... 

 New Kusile unit powers up, 8 months ahead of schedule

High risk of load-shedding for Thursday evening  

By: News24Wire      11th April 2019 For the first time in almost three weeks South Africans may be faced with rotational power outages on Thursday evening, as Eskom again battles a shortage of capacity.  The power utility announced on Thursday afternoon that there is a high risk of Stage 1 load-shedding for Thursday evening between... 

High risk of load-shedding for Thursday evening

Goldman says Eskom's crisis leaves no time for unbundling plan  

By: Bloomberg     11th April 2019 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan to split the State-owned power utility into generation, distribution and transmission divisions will take longer than the government has to revive the business, according to Goldman Sachs Group. Eskom Holdings is focusing on trying to avoid... 

Manufacturing Indaba to focus on negative effects of power outages

By: African News Agency      11th April 2019 Organisers of the Manufacturing Indaba 2019 said on Thursday that this year's conference is set to unpack promising solutions that manufacturers can implement in an attempt to recover their losses resulting from the nation's rolling blackouts. Major concerns have surfaced among South African... 

Eskom to class action firm: We can’t be sued for load-shedding and here’s why  

By: News24Wire      9th April 2019 Eskom says that based on legal advice it has received, a law firm seeking to initiate a class action suit against it on behalf of companies which have been affected by load-shedding, has little ground to stand on. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said that the legal advice the power utility had... 

 Eskom to class action firm: We can’t be sued for load-shedding and here’s why

Winter plan to minimise load-shedding requires South Africans to use electricity efficiently, says Eskom 

By: African News Agency      8th April 2019 The State-owned power utility Eskom on Monday urged South Africans to use electricity efficiently to minimise load-shedding during cold weather conditions. Eskom said the demand for electricity was projected to increase and the power system was forecast to be tight for this week. The winter plan... 

Winter plan to minimise load-shedding requires South Africans to use electricity efficiently, says Eskom

Uptick in demand for water-sector consulting

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Despite subdued demand for consulting engineering services in South Africa, engineering consulting firm SRK Consulting South Africa has noted an increase in demand for the group’s water-sector consulting services. “As the country faces a backlog in water infrastructure maintenance, it must also... 

THE MATZIKAMMA MUNICIPALITY 

The Matzikamma municipality coastline was deemed suitable for land-based aquaculture farming
THE MATZIKAMMA MUNICIPALITY The Matzikamma municipality coastline was deemed suitable for land-based aquaculture farming

'The whole country is counting on us': What Eskom boss told staff when stage 4 hit 

By: News24Wire      4th April 2019 "The whole country is counting on every one of us to do the right thing".  This is what Eskom's COO, Jan Oberholzer, wrote to staff in a memo mid-March when the power utility was implementing stage 4 load-shedding to keep the lights on.  

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Eskom provides system update 

4th April 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about a media briefing hosted by Eskom and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan at the Lethabo power station this week to update the country on the state of Eskom’s power system and whether the country is... 

Eskom provides system update
Eskom provides system update

Eskom’s financial woes not abating in sync with load-shedding risk 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd April 2019 The cautiously optimistic prognosis provided by Eskom on the outlook for electricity supply for the coming nine months has been more than offset by the State-owned utility’s disturbing assessment of its financial predicament. The group, which implemented ten days of confidence-sapping power cuts... 

Lethabo power station
Photo by Creamer Media's Terence Creamer
Lethabo power station

Load-shedding: Eskom's plan for winter and how it will keep the lights on 

By: News24Wire      3rd April 2019 Public Enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan says that Eskom has come up with a detailed winter plan that includes several possible scenarios. Gordhan said the first scenario was if no load-shedding was implemented. 

 Load-shedding: Eskom's plan for winter and how it will keep the lights on

Power cuts slow South African private sector activity in March – PMI 

By: Reuters     3rd April 2019 Activity in South Africa's private sector contracted sharply in March, a survey showed on Wednesday, with firms citing electricity blackouts as the main drag on business. IHS Markit's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) slipped to 48.8 from February's 50.2 as falls in new orders and employment saw... 

Power cuts slow South African private sector activity in March – PMI

Improved policy, regulation needed to help Eskom power SA, Brics Bank meeting told

By: African News Agency      2nd April 2019 Without alternative power generation capacity, unemployment will remain rampant in South Africa, Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) chief executive Patrick Dlamini said on Tuesday. "The policy makers, they have a decision to make, to make sure that you can be able to enable and sustain... 

Improved policy, regulation needed to help Eskom power SA, Brics Bank meeting told

Govt aid, tariffs may not be enough for debt-laden Eskom – Moody's  

By: News24Wire      2nd April 2019 Ratings agency Moody's on Tuesday said that government's financial support to embattled power utility Eskom and the announcement of recent electricity tariffs by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa may prove "insufficient to address the company's long-standing financial troubles". It... 

 Govt aid, tariffs may not be enough for debt-laden Eskom – Moody's

S Africans to know more about state of country's electricity supply tomorrow

By: News24Wire      2nd April 2019 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and chairperson of the Eskom board Jabu Mabuza are expected to brief the media on the state of South Africa's electricity supply tomorrow. The briefing is expected to be at a power station in Johannesburg. 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Eskom signs $180m loan agreement with NDB for renewables project  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st April 2019 The New Development Bank (NDB) and Eskom on Monday signed a $180-million loan agreement for the Renewable Energy Integration and Transmission Augmentation project. The loan agreement was signed by NDB VP and COO Xian Zhu and Eskom CFO Calib Cassim during the fourth yearly meeting of the NDB in... 

Eskom signs $180m loan agreement with NDB for renewables project

Load-shedding: We will know more by next week – Cabinet 

By: News24Wire      29th March 2019 Eskom and government will soon know more about what must be done to stabilise the grid, Cabinet said in a statement on Friday. It said that following a briefing by deputy president David Mabuza on developments at Eskom and electricity constraints, the Technical Review Panel – appointed by the... 

Load-shedding: We will know more by next week – Cabinet

Cabinet mulls further financial support for Eskom 

By: Reuters     29th March 2019 Cabinet this week discussed Eskom's financial woes and is looking at ways of giving further support to the troubled power utility, according to a statement released on Friday. "Cabinet also dealt with the financial situation of Eskom. Further options are being considered to support the power... 

Load-shedding cost billions – City of Cape Town

By: African News Agency      27th March 2019 The recent bout of load-shedding, which badly affected small businesses, is estimated to have cost billions of rands, the City of Cape Town said on Wednesday. In a statement the City said sentiment was unanimously shared across the sector that load-shedding has been crippling small businesses as... 

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