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Eskom: We have 'non-firm' power contracts with Zim and Zambia   

By: News24Wire      12th December 2019 Eskom's chief operations officer, Jan Oberholzer, has confirmed to journalists that the power utility entered into contracts to supply power to Zimbabwe and Zambia - but only if it is available. The executive was responding to questions from media, following a briefing by President Cyril... 

Uganda's Umeme gets $70m loan for national grid expansion

By: Reuters     12th December 2019 Umeme, the Ugandan power distributor, said on Thursday it has secured $70-million in a syndicated loan to fund infrastructure upgrades and grid expansion. The loan was agreed with the World Bank's private lending arm IFC, South Africa's Standard Bank and Dutch development bank FMO. 

Eskom wants emission exemptions 

By: Bloomberg     12th December 2019 Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s biggest polluter, has asked for additional emission exemptions at two of its biggest plants, a request that will increase environmental protests against the State-owned utility at a time when it’s already being slammed for rolling power cuts. Eskom, which is... 

Eskom wants emission exemptions

Emergency electricity supply options 

12th December 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the tight electricity demand and supply situation and the options available to government to help bridge the gap.   

Emergency electricity supply options
Emergency electricity supply options

Cape Town to Mantashe: Avoid 'costly litigation' by allowing municipalities to buy their own electricity

By: News24Wire      12th December 2019 The City of Cape Town has written to the minister of mineral resources and energy asking that it and other municipalities be permitted to buy electricity directly from independent power producers, avoiding a pending court case. Acting mayor Ian Neilson said in a statement on Wednesday that if... 

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

Eskom to continue with rotational blackouts on Thursday 

By: African News Agency      12th December 2019 Power utility Eskom said it would continue with rolling blackouts on Thursday, suppressing up to 2 000 MW of demand on a staggered basis until 11 pm to avoid collapsing the strained national grid. In the latest update on the electricity crisis which saw it implement unprecedented Stage 6... 

Eskom to continue with rotational blackouts on Thursday

Cabinet to consider emergency power plan as Eskom asks for 5 000 MW breathing space 

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said Cabinet would consider several emergency power supply options at its meeting on Friday. He indicated during a briefing at Eskom's Megawatt Park head office that the power utility needed 5 000 MW of additional supply to help it address a deficit that has... 

Cabinet to consider emergency power plan as Eskom asks for 5 000 MW breathing space

Ramaphosa: 'There has been a measure of sabotage' behind power cuts  

By: News24Wire      11th December 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that sabotage contributed to recent uninterrupted load-shedding. Ramaphosa is briefing the media on Eskom after cutting short an official visit to Egypt. The president said that while a number of factors contributed to recent rotational power cuts, including... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Eskom’s Oberholzer: ‘Grid has been abused for far too long and we’re now reaping the reward’  

By: News24Wire      11th December 2019 South Africa's national electricity grid has been abused for too long and both Eskom and the country are now suffering the consequences of a management approach that all but ignored the health of the system. "The electricity system has been abused for far too long. For at least ten years the... 

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Eskom implements Stage 2 load-shedding on Wednesday 

By: News24Wire      11th December 2019 Electricity company Eskom said it was implementing Stage 2 load-shedding until 11 pm on Wednesday as capacity remained constrained, albeit at a lesser level than earlier in the week, adding that the probability for further rolling blackouts remained high for the rest of the week. "Load-shedding... 

Eskom implements Stage 2 load-shedding on Wednesday

Eskom: Multiple systems failures but grid remains stable and ‘won’t collapse’

By: News24Wire      11th December 2019 Eskom, the beleaguered national electricity utility, is suffering from multiple system failures at power stations around the country brought about by poor planning, old and malfunctioning infrastructure, an acute lack of skills and a loss of institutional expertise. Internal Eskom status updates... 

 Eskom: Multiple systems failures but grid remains stable and ‘won’t collapse’

DMRE’s promise of urgent action on power supply fails to include timelines

By: Terence Creamer     10th December 2019 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) announced on Tuesday that the much-anticipated request for information (RFI) for emergency supply- and demand-side solutions to close the gap left by Eskom’s underperforming coal-fired power stations, both old and new, would be published soon.... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Ramaphosa cuts short Egypt trip over power crisis

By: Reuters     10th December 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa cut short his state visit Egypt so he could return home and meet with utility Eskom, local news agency EWN said on Tuesday, over a deepening power crisis that has seen six straight days of nationwide blackouts. Opposition political party, the Democratic Alliance, and... 

Ramaphosa cuts short Egypt trip over power crisis

Mines halt operations countrywide as Eskom asks for 20% power savings  

By: News24Wire      10th December 2019 Several mining companies in South Africa have had to temporarily shut down domestic operations after receiving requests by Eskom to reduce their load on the national power system. This comes after Eskom instituted stage 6 load-shedding for the first time on Monday evening. Stage 6 was downgraded... 

Load-shedding: Cape Town warns that water supply may be intermittent at Stage 6

By: News24Wire      10th December 2019 Capetonians who are seeing red over load-shedding should also prepare for possible interruptions to their water supply should Eskom decide to move to Stage 6, it emerged on Tuesday. Citizens around the country were caught by surprise when the power utility moved to Stage 6 on Monday evening. On... 

Load-shedding: Cape Town warns that water supply may be intermittent at Stage 6

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... 

Load-shedding forces South African miners to halt work

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
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
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
Photo by Creamer Media
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
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