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Terence Creamer

Terence Creamer

Terence Creamer is the Editor of Engineering News and a Deputy Editor for Mining Weekly.

He also has editorial responsibility for Polity.org.za and Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa.

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Email: newsdesk@engineeringnews.co.za

Transnet to pursue ‘just and equitable’ settlements with rail OEMs awarded ‘unlawful’ contracts

17th January 2019 Having determined the procurement of 1 064 diesel and electric locomotives to be “irregular and unlawful”, Transnet has communicated its intention to review contacts awarded to four original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in 2015. The State-owned freight logistics group has also indicated that it... 

Agri-hub seen as key post-mining-economy jobs driver in west Gauteng

14th January 2019 An ambitious plan to develop Gauteng’s West Rand into an agri-industrial hub, primarily producing high-value crops for domestic and export markets, is starting to take shape and is expected to be officially launched during the first quarter of 2019. The initiative has been branded ‘Bokamoso Ba... 

Enforcing local procurement rules would help offset weak demand

14th December 2018 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) wants government to take decisive action in 2019 to ensure that departments and State-owned companies (SoCs) honour their obligations to purchase designated steel products from domestic manufacturers. The organisation is also... 

100 MW CSP project, developed by black-owned IPP, enters commercial operation

14th December 2018 A new 100 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, developed by black-owned independent power producer (IPP) Emvelo, officially entered into commercial operation this week, providing Eskom with a new dispatchable generation option at a time of severe supply-side constraints. Located in Upington,... 

R695m nitrophosphate investment dubbed a fertiliser ‘game changer’

14th December 2018 Diversified chemicals group Omnia says its innovative nitrophosphate plant under construction in Sasolburg will materially improve the company’s overall competitiveness in the production of fertilisers, despite an upward revision to the project’s capital cost. Omnia reported last month that the... 

IRP policy adjustment urged to cater for ‘reliable, carbon-free’ CSP

14th December 2018 Spanish technology group Sener, which has overseen the construction of three concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa and 29 in total internationally, is urging the South African government to reconsider CSP’s exclusion from the final version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).... 

Wood for the trees

14th December 2018 With so many urgent problems to deal with at Eskom, it has become difficult to see wood for the trees. As is to be expected in a crisis, the focus is very much on the short-term remedies. Besides the possible debt bail-out, it’s about shoring up immediate coal stocks, fixing badly maintained... 

Back to the future for Eskom as it seeks to plug 1.3bn ton coal hole

13th December 2018 State-owned electricity producer Eskom is going back to the future as it seeks to close an estimated 1.3-billion ton coal shortfall that it calculates will arise over the remaining life of its coal-fired power station fleet. The shortfall calculation takes account of the decommissioning of the... 

Revamped auto scheme seeks to raise local content to 60% by 2035

7th December 2018 South Africa’s revamped automotive industry framework places local content at the centre of any future support for the industry, with government having set a target of raising local content from less than 40% currently to 60% by 2035. The local-content target is outlined in the newly released... 

Concern persists despite Carbon Tax Bill’s tax-free allowances of up to 95%

7th December 2018 South Africa’s National Treasury has included several transitional tax-free allowances in the Carbon Tax Bill tabled in Parliament in late November. The allowances will result in an effective carbon tax rate of between R6/t and R48/t for carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) emissions released by... 

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