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No load-shedding planned for Wednesday, says Eskom

By: News24Wire      12th February 2020 Eskom has announced that load-shedding will not be implemented on Wednesday. "While the system remains vulnerable, several units have returned successfully and good progress has been made in replenishing emergency reserves," said the power utility in a power status update. It warned, however,... 

South Africa should brace for ‘toughest budget since 1994’, says PwC 

By: Simone Liedtke     11th February 2020 As the 2020 National Budget approaches, consumers should expect to tighten their belts further, particularly with continued fiscal drag set to blot the horizon amid a continuing economic slowdown, says multinational advisory firm PwC. Speaking at a pre-budget review on Tuesday, PwC lamented that... 

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

No load-shedding reprieve for Tuesday afternoon – Eskom

By: News24Wire      11th February 2020 Eskom will continue to implement stage 1 rotational load-shedding until 6 am on Wednesday due to a shortage of capacity and the need to replenish its emergency reserves. This means power cuts will not be suspended between 4 pm and 6 pm on Tuesday during peak traffic. It said it would provide an... 

No load-shedding reprieve for Tuesday afternoon – Eskom

Cosatu’s Eskom plan doesn’t diminish State’s liability, BNP says

By: Bloomberg     10th February 2020 A proposal by South Africa’s biggest labor-union federation to rescue debt-stricken Eskom Holdings with government workers’ pensions would amount to little more than a shifting of contingent liabilities, according to BNP Paribas South Africa. The Congress of South African Trade Unions’ proposal... 

Stage 1 load-shedding resumes

By: News24Wire      10th February 2020 Eskom resumed stage 1 load-shedding at 9am on Monday morning.  In a power update, the utility said the cuts are due to a shortage of capacity and the need to replenish emergency supplies. Eskom has not yet said whether cuts would continue for the remainder of the week. It will provide an update... 

 Stage 1 load-shedding resumes

Cosatu wants workers to have $6.9bn stake in Eskom

By: Bloomberg     10th February 2020 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the country’s biggest labor federation and a key ally of the ruling party, said it wants the R104-billion of Eskom Holdings’ debt held by the State pension fund manager to be converted into equity owned by workers. The proposal, made in an... 

Ramaphosa calls for SA, Germany to tackle energy challenges

By: African News Agency      6th February 2020 As German chancellor Angela Merkel began a state visit to South African on Thursday, president Cyril Ramaphosa called for greater cooperation between the two nations on clean energy, low carbon growth and skills training. Speaking after bilateral talks with Merkel, Ramaphosa said they had agreed... 

Load-shedding to continue until Friday, with high chance of weekend cuts

By: News24Wire      6th February 2020 Eskom says stage 2 rotational load-shedding will continue until Friday, with a "high probability of cuts" over the weekend.  The cuts are due to a shortage of capacity and a higher demand for electricity. The utility said it would not be able to suspend cuts for morning or afternoon peak traffic.... 

 Load-shedding to continue until Friday, with high chance of weekend cuts

Consensus is being reached over Eskom debt, Cosatu says

By: Bloomberg     6th February 2020 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the country’s biggest labour federation, said significant progress was made on Wednesday in its talks with government and business over its proposed plan to cut Eskom Holdings' debt. “There were broad in-principle agreements” said Matthew... 

SA’s electricity situation 

5th February 2020 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about power utility Eskom’s maintenance plans and how this is likely to affect load-shedding for the next 18 months, Eskom’s application to Nersa to recover R27-billion in additional funding from consumers and... 

SA’s electricity situation
SA’s electricity situation

Ramaphosa amenable to Eskom debt proposal 

By: Reuters     5th February 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa is "favourably disposed" to a proposal by the country's largest trade union federation to lower the debt of struggling state power utility Eskom, his spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Union federation Cosatu proposed at a meeting with Ramaphosa and business leaders on... 

Eskom to implement Stage 2 load-shedding continuously 

By: African News Agency      5th February 2020 Eskom said on Wednesday morning it would implement Stage 2 load-shedding continuously until Thursday morning as electricity capacity constraints did not allow it to give clients respite during morning and afternoon peak traffic periods. "Stage 2 rotational load-shedding is currently in effect... 

Eskom to implement Stage 2 load-shedding continuously

Mazars says Mboweni facing a daunting task as he prepares to deliver the 2020 Budget   

By: Simone Liedtke     4th February 2020 The upcoming National Budget is likely to be a “watershed moment” for South Africa, accounting and consulting group Mazars tax partner Bernard Sacks said on Tuesday. Speaking to media at a pre-Budget briefing, he said the Budget itself would, however, not be a “watershed Budget”. 

(Left to right) Bernard Sacks, Graham Molyneux, Bongiwe Mbunge, Mike Teuchert and David French.
The video looks at some of the highlights from Mazars tax partner Bernard Sacks' presentation during a panel discussion, giving media some insight into the South African economy and what to expect ahead of the National Budget later this month, while also briefly discussing what can potentially solve power utility Eskom’s challenges. Video: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd.

Eskom confirms Stage 2 load-shedding will continue until Thursday 

By: African News Agency      4th February 2020 Eskom confirmed on Tuesday that it would continue with Stage 2 load-shedding until Thursday morning. The embattled power utility, which has a total generating capacity of 46 000 megawatt, said unexpected outages cost it 11 389 megawatt on Tuesday morning. Stage 2 load-shedding allows Eskom to... 

Eskom confirms Stage 2 load-shedding will continue until Thursday

Eskom warns of upcoming daytime power cuts to municipality

By: News24Wire      4th February 2020 Eskom has warned that it will disconnect power to customers in the Northern Cape's Khâi-Ma Local Municipality next week due to a breach of payment conditions. The municipality includes the town of Pofadder. 

Eskom warns of upcoming daytime power cuts to municipality

Eskom defends request for R27bn tariff increase from regulator 

By: African News Agency      4th February 2020 South Africa's cash-strapped power utility Eskom has defended its request for an additional R27-billion in tariffs, saying it needs to recover prudently-incurred costs for the 2018/2019 financial year. Last year Eskom said Nersa's decision to award the utility lower tariff increases than it had... 

Eskom defends request for R27bn tariff increase from regulator

Solar power overwhelming choice of self-generating mines – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2020 The new potential self-generation electricity projects being proposed by Minerals Council South Africa members are overwhelmingly solar power projects, along with some solar-diesel hybrid power projects for overnight operations, and “a little bit” of baseload coal. “The vast majority are... 

Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Business lobby welcomes union proposals on Eskom

By: Bloomberg     3rd February 2020 South Africa’s main business lobby group welcomed proposals by the nation’s biggest labour union federation to rescue debt-stricken power utility Eskom Holdings. The Congress of South African Trade Unions on Monday presented its plan to the so-called President’s Working Council, which includes... 

Eskom to halt power cuts between 4pm and 6pm to ease traffic congestion

By: News24Wire      3rd February 2020 Eskom says it will suspend rotational load-shedding between 4pm and 6pm on Monday to "help ease traffic congestion". Power cuts will then resume at 6pm and continue until 6am on Tuesday. "Suspending load-shedding during the peak traffic hours is a pilot programme aimed at achieving an appropriate... 

Eskom to halt power cuts between 4pm and 6pm to ease traffic congestion

Absa’s PMI at lowest level since September 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2020 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) started the year on the back foot and declined further in January, decreasing by 1.9 points to 45.2, the lowest level since September 2019. The performance of the five major subcomponents was mixed, Absa said on Monday, noting that two... 

State looking to create power generation entity 'outside of Eskom'  

By: News24Wire      3rd February 2020 Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe told reporters on the sidelines of the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town that the government hoped to create a new power generation entity distinct from Eskom. Mantashe told reporters during a briefing after his address that he... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Load-shedding set to resume at 9am, continue over weekend

By: News24Wire      31st January 2020 Eskom says stage 2 load-shedding will resume at 9am and continue over the weekend until 6am on Monday.  This comes after the power utility implemented power cuts from 9pm on Thursday until 6am on Friday due to a constrained power system and the depletion of emergency diesel and water reserves.   

 Load-shedding set to resume at 9am, continue over weekend

Accessories developed to complement range

31st January 2020 A range of communications accessories has been developed to complement electrical and digital building infrastructure supplier Legrand’s three uninterruptible power supply (UPS) ranges. These devices include network interfaces for real time control of the UPS and for managing numerous events that... 

MORE UPS THAN DOWNS
The Legrand UPS range is complemented by the recently launched communications accessories
MORE UPS THAN DOWNS The Legrand UPS range is complemented by the recently launched communications accessories

IMF says South Africa has no fiscal space, must push reforms

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2020 South Africa has no fiscal space left and must implement strong budget consolidation and state-owned company reforms to ensure its debt sustainability, the International Monetary Fund said. The October medium-term budget policy statement showed gross government debt would surge to 80.9% of gross... 

IMF says South Africa has no fiscal space, must push reforms

Eskom implements stage 2 load-shedding

By: News24Wire      30th January 2020 Eskom will implement stage 2 load-shedding from 21:00 on Thursday until 06:00 on Friday due to depleting emergency resources, the power utility said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.  "We have been using pumped storage schemes and open cycle gas turbines extensively over the past few days in... 

Eskom implements stage 2 load-shedding

Eskom continues cutting power to non-paying users in Gauteng

By: News24Wire      30th January 2020 Power utility Eskom says it is continuing with a campaign it started late last year in Gauteng to cut off power to users that have failed to pay or rigged illegal connections. "If you want to avoid being disconnected, come forward. Even if you have rigged your meter, you can come forward, collect... 

Eskom continues cutting power to non-paying users in Gauteng

Cosatu wants infrastructure funded by pensions

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2020 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), a key ruling party ally, is pushing senior members of government to consider its proposals to rescue the State’s indebted power utility before next month’s budget. In addition to suggestions it made in a November document that civil servants’... 

Eskom warns of risk of load-shedding on Thursday evening

By: News24Wire      30th January 2020 Eskom has warned of a heightened risk of load-shedding on Thursday evening.  In a power update, the utility said that while it has sufficient generating capacity for the day, it may need to institute rotational power cuts in the evening to let it replenish its emergency water and diesel reserves.  

 Eskom warns of risk of load-shedding on Thursday evening

Unplanned Eskom breakdowns are still high – so where's all the load-shedding?

By: News24Wire      28th January 2020 In late October last year, Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan published Eskom's long-awaited road map, a 66-page overview of how the state intends to start turning around the key power producer. Eskom said that keeping unplanned breakdowns below 9 500MW - about 20% of its total nominal... 

 Unplanned Eskom breakdowns are still high – so where's all the load-shedding?

De Ruyter says getting independents onto power grid will be costly

By: Bloomberg     28th January 2020 Andre de Ruyter, Eskom Holdings’ CEO, said that while he favours letting companies generate their own power there will be significant initial costs if they are to sell their excess generation into the South African grid. Frustrated by regular power cuts, mining and industrial companies have been... 

Eskom CEO plans operations overhaul; slower breakup mulled 

By: Bloomberg     27th January 2020 The head of South Africa’s State power company will this week present a draft plan to change how the utility operates, as local media reported he’s considering unbundling the utility at a slower pace than envisaged by the government. Stabilising Eskom is the government’s top priority. The company... 

Low risk of load-shedding on Monday despite volatile grid – Eskom

By: News24Wire      27th January 2020 There is a low risk of load-shedding on Monday, Eskom has said, despite a volatile power system.  The utility, in a power update on Monday morning, said breakdowns at generating units stood at 13 392 MW at 07:30, about a quarter of its total nominal capacity and still far above its goal of 9... 

 Low risk of load-shedding on Monday despite volatile grid – Eskom

Mboweni: Investors at Davos most worried about Eskom, fiscal sustainability 

By: News24Wire      24th January 2020 Investors' key concerns about South Africa at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland were Eskom and fiscal sustainability, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has said. Speaking at a press conference at the WEF, Mboweni said the South African delegation had nonetheless had "many fruitful... 

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni
Photo by World Economic Forum/Greg Beadle
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Pay or we switch off the lights, Eskom warns West Rand power suppliers

By: News24Wire      24th January 2020 Eskom has warned that it will disconnect supply to Westrand Power Distributors owing to unpaid bills amounting to over R18-million. The power disconnection would affect areas such as Krugersdorp, Roodepoort, Randfontein and Riverlea. Eskom senior manager for customer service, Daphne Mokwena,... 

 Pay or we switch off the lights, Eskom warns West Rand power suppliers

Electricity shortfall worse than previously thought 

23rd January 2020 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about a new report released by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research that shows that the country’s electricity supply shortfall for the next three years is likely to be worse than previously expected... 

Electricity shortfall worse than previously thought
Electricity shortfall worse than previously thought

Eskom, Treasury seek renewal of $1bn loan facility

By: Bloomberg     23rd January 2020 Eskom Holdings and South Africa’s National Treasury are in talks with banks to renew a R15-billion government-guaranteed loan facility that the indebted state power utility announced in February last year. While the lenders are reluctant to renew the facility given the parlous state of Eskom’s... 

Index shows policy uncertainty remains elevated

By: Simone Liedtke     20th January 2020 The Policy Uncertainty Index (PUI), as published by the North West University (NWU) Business School, increased to 53.6 index points in the fourth quarter of 2019, from 53.1 index points in the third quarter. The business school points out that “negative factors outweighed positive ones” in the... 

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