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Dube-Ncube congratulates CHEM Energy for opening S Africa’s first fuel cell factory 

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th September 2020 KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has congratulated CHEM ENERGY, a subsidiary of Taiwanese conglomerate CHEM Corporation, which has opened its $200-million fuel cell production factory in KwaZulu-Natal at the Dube TradePort Special... 

Opinion: The eight commandments to digitising your shop floor workforce

28th August 2020 In this opinion piece, PwC South Africa smart manufacturing lead Vinesh Maharaj writes about digitising the shop floor. The eight commandments to digitising your shop floor workforce bundles insights, examples and lessons learned from PwC’s experience in digital transformation in an operations... 

Eskom Transmission head says policy, legislative and regulatory changes needed to facilitate unit’s full independence  

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2020 The head of Eskom’s Transmission division has outlined some of the progress being made to establish an Independent Transmission System Operator (ITSO) but has also warned that full separation will take time and will also require major policy, legislative and regulatory changes. The creation of... 

Fécamp Offshore Wind Farm, France

By: Sheila Barradas     21st August 2020 Éolien Maritime France plans to build a 471 MW wind farm in the eastern part of La Manche. 

Eskom to implement rolling power cuts as generation units break down  

By: African News Agency      18th August 2020 South African utility Eskom said on Tuesday it would implement rolling blackouts from 4pm until 10pm, and again the following day, after breakdowns in some generation units left the electricity system severely constrained. In a statement, Eskom said six generators had been returned to service at... 

Western Cape’s Breede River Valley becoming prime location for solar project implementation

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th August 2020 The Western Cape ’s Breede River Valley is rapidly becoming a hot spot for the implementation of solar energy applications, EP Solar CEO Manie de Waal says. While recognised as a top tourist destination and fruit- and wine-producing valley, the region is now a top destination for renewable-energy... 

Caledonia lifts second-quarter output, Central Shaft project progressing slower than planned

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2020 NYSE- and Aim-listed Caledonia Mining has reported a 30% year-on-year increase in profit to $9.2-million for the quarter ended June 30. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) were $9.6-million, which was 35% higher than the Ebitda of $7.1-million reported for... 

Despite Covid-induced demand slump, load-shedding surpasses 2019 levels and risk of more cuts rises  

By: Terence Creamer     12th August 2020 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) reported on Wednesday that load-shedding during 2020 had already surpassed that of 2019, which had hitherto been the country’s worst-ever year for load-shedding. In addition, it again warned that, absent urgent action, the risk of... 

Sasol sets sights on large-scale renewables procurement as it pulls trigger on embedded generation projects  

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2020 Chemicals and energy group Sasol intends issuing, during its current financial year, a request for proposals (RFP) for wind and solar projects with a combined capacity of between 200 MW and 300 MW having received a strong response to a market-testing request for information (RFI) issued in May.... 

Impact of Digitalisation on Africa’s Energy Sector in a Post COVID World

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th August 2020 COVID-19’s negative repercussions on Africa’s economies have highlighted the importance of achieving energy security to be capable of enduring pandemics and realising a post-crisis economic recovery. Clean energy and the innovative technologies that accompany it, represent a critical catalyst for... 

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