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To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 More of the billions of tonnes of materials the world uses each year must be recycled and reused to keep climate change in check, researchers said on Tuesday. Only about a tenth of the nearly 93 billion tonnes of materials utilised annually - including minerals, metals, fossil fuels and biomass -... 

Radebe insists IRP to be approved soon, amid Nedlac uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2019 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has reiterated that Cabinet could soon approve the long-awaited update to South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, despite persistent suggestions that National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) sign-off of the document is still... 

Radebe insists IRP to be approved soon, amid Nedlac uncertainty

No pleasantries as KZN consumers challenge Eskom’s proposed tariff increase

By: African News Agency      18th January 2019 Instead of granting increases to Eskom’s “fat cats”, the state-owned energy supplier should be told to reclaim money stolen through corruption, representatives from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) were told on Thursday. “We propose a radical shift in how electricity is... 

AEMFC says will submit bid for Optimum assets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 An African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation- (AEMFC-) led consortium on Thursday announced that it would submit a bid for the Optimum Coal assets, which are currently in business rescue. State-owned AEMFC believed the Optimum Coal transaction would be fundamental to the country’s... 

AEMFC says will submit bid for Optimum assets
Coal stockpile

Optimum, Koornfontein preliminary business rescue plan to be submitted for creditor approval next week 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Legal adviser Bouwer van Niekerk expects to have a preliminary business rescue plan for Optimum Coal Mine and Koornfontein Mine submitted for creditor approval by the end of next week, he confirmed to Mining Weekly Online on Wednesday. The mines’ business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have been... 

Optimum, Koornfontein preliminary business rescue plan to be submitted for creditor approval next week

South Africa aims to finalise long-term energy plan next month – Radebe 

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 South Africa is aiming to finalise a long-term plan for the country's energy mix next month, and once that is done it will launch another round of renewable energy deals, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Wednesday. "We are aiming for February," Radebe told Reuters, when asked when the... 

South Africa aims to finalise long-term energy plan next month – Radebe
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Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Project Halo refutes allegations of favoritism in bid to acquire Optimum, Koornfontein mines 

By: African News Agency      16th January 2019 Project Halo – the consortium which came out as the preferred bidder in the highly-contested purchase of coal mine previously owned by the Gupta family – on Tuesday rejected allegations of impropriety in the way it secured the bid to acquire mine and other related assets.  Last year, Project Halo... 

Don’t hurt farmers with higher electricity tariffs, says Agri Western Cape 

By: Kim Cloete     15th January 2019 Sharp electricity tariff hikes would have a major detrimental effect on the agricultural sector, Agri Western Cape has said during public hearings into electricity tariffs. In its submission to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), Agri SA said high increases in electricity costs... 

Electricity increases will badly hurt the poor, say community leaders, residents  

By: Kim Cloete     15th January 2019 Community and faith leaders, as well as pensioners and residents, have called on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to oppose Eskom’s request for a tariff hike, with a projected overall increase of 45% to 2021. “If granted, this price increase will severely impact on all... 

Electricity increases will badly hurt the poor, say community leaders, residents

Merkel seeks to preserve jobs while phasing out coal plants

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Angela Merkel’s commission plotting Germany’s exit from coal faces a tricky balancing act: how to stop mining and burning the dirtiest fossil fuel without whipping up more voter anxiety over job losses. Germany’s chancellor meets with coal-state governors who sit on the commission on Tuesday in... 

Electric cars seen getting cleaner even where grids rely on coal

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Electric cars are better for the environment than traditional gasoline models, and that benefit will grow as power generators shift away from coal. That’s the conclusion of research by BloombergNEF, which found carbon dioxide emissions from battery-powered vehicles were about 40% lower than for... 

Goldman models risk of 1 000 basis point Eskom blowout for South Africa  

By: Reuters     15th January 2019 Investment bank Goldman Sachs said South Africa's rand could tumble 3.5% if State-run power utility Eskom suffers a major sell-off in its bonds, but it could also jump 4.5% if the firm's troubles improve. Goldman's analysts said an Eskom risk gauge used by the bank was now close to its most... 

Goldman models risk of 1 000 basis point Eskom blowout for South Africa

Organisations criticise ‘untransparent’ and ‘inefficient’ Eskom

By: Kim Cloete     14th January 2019 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has suggested that Eskom should be granted an electricity tariff increase of only 5% over the next three years and pushed for a radical overhaul of the utility. “We recommend a consumer price index tariff increase of 5% a year for the multiyear price... 

Salga warns of the dangers of raising electricity tariffs

By: Kim Cloete     14th January 2019 The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has rejected Eskom’s appeal for a 15% tariff increase over the next three years, saying the utility is "out of touch with reality". “There is already too much burden hanging over South African customers. We can’t expect them to pay,” Salga... 

Eskom warns of 'debt trap' as it pleads for 15% hike  

By: Kim Cloete     14th January 2019 Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe has apologised for the severe predicament Eskom is in, but has pleaded for an electricity tariff increase of 15% over the next three years.   Hadebe made the call at the opening of public hearings into electricity tariffs held by the National Energy Regulator of South... 

Eskom warns of 'debt trap' as it pleads for 15% hike
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Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe

BRPs to meet with Optimum, Koornfontein creditors to vote on proposed business rescue plans 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th January 2019 The joint business rescue practitioners (BRPs) of Optimum Coal Mine (OCM) and Koornfontein Mines (KFT) expect to convene meetings with creditors within the next few weeks to vote on the proposed business rescue plans for the mines. The meetings will take place once the BRPs have resolved... 

BRPs to meet with Optimum, Koornfontein creditors to vote on proposed business rescue plans

Kibo to focus on technical works, PPAs for its projects during 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th January 2019 With 580-million Africans still reliant on inefficient, unreliable and expensive energy sources, if any, Aim- and JSE-listed Kibo Energy will, this year, remain focused on the market opportunity this represents. This year will see Kibo fast-track the remaining technical work to complete an... 

Eskom is said to extend job cuts beyond top management tier  

By: Bloomberg     7th January 2019 Eskom Holdings will extend its strategy of trimming top executive positions to include lower ranking managers and finally the general workforce as South Africa’s cash-strapped power utility looks to cut costs, according to a person familiar with the plans. The state-owned company last month... 

Eskom may reinstate power cuts post mid-January

By: Bloomberg     20th December 2018 State-owned power utility may need to reinstate rolling power cuts after factories and businesses reopen following the summer holiday period, said Eskom Holdings CEO Phakamani Hadebe. The company is making progress in reducing unplanned outages and maintenance, he said in an interview on... 

Eskom warns of more coal trucks on the road during low-demand festive season

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th December 2018 Power utility Eskom has urged South African motorist to heed safety rules as the group will make use of the low-electricity demand during the festive season to intensify plant maintenance and fast-track the recovery of coal stock levels. Eskom said on Wednesday that this would result in a... 

Brian Dames steps down from Eskom task team

By: Mariaan Webb     19th December 2018 Brian Dames, the former CEO of cash-strapped Eskom, has stepped down from the newly appointed task team advising government on actions to resolve the State-owned power company's operational, structural and financial challenges. Dames is the CEO of Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Energy and... 

Eskom evaluating bids for mortgage business

By: Reuters     15th December 2018 Cash-strapped power utility Eskom is evaluating bids for its finance company that specialises in mortgage lending to employees, its spokesman said on Friday. State-run Eskom is scrambling to keep the lights on in Africa's most advanced economy and has been implementing frequent controlled power... 

Ramaphosa appoints high-level Eskom sustainability task team to resolve problems 

By: African News Agency      14th December 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a high-level task team to come up with solutions to the many challenges that Eskom faces, the Presidency said in a statement on Friday. And as a signal of the urgency of its task, the President has asked the Eskom sustainability task team to submit initial... 

 Ramaphosa appoints high-level Eskom sustainability task team to resolve problems
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Former Eskom CEO Brian Dames

Transfer of Eskom's debt to South African government credit neutral – Moody's

By: Reuters     14th December 2018  Power utility Eskom's request for government to take up R100-billion of its debt could cause the country's overall debt ratio to jump two%age points from the current 55.8%, ratings agency Moody's said on Friday. Moody's, the last of the top three ratings firms to still rate Pretoria's debt at... 

Eskom debt swap not an option – Ramaphosa  

By: Reuters     14th December 2018 A debt swap for cash-strapped state power company Eskom would spiral the country into more debt, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday, adding there was a need to look at other options to shore up the company's balance sheet. Eskom, which has had to implement power cuts due to... 

Cabinet to assess municipal electricity debt management plan in Feb

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2018 The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) on Thursday said Cabinet would, in February, consider a detailed implementation plan to deal with the more than R14-billion in debt owned by municipalities to power utility Eskom. This plan is part of CoGTA’s municipal... 

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

By: Terence Creamer     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... 

Back to the future for Eskom as it seeks to plug 1.3bn ton coal hole
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Primary energy division GM Dan Mashigo

Minerals Minister defends coal, complains about high electricity prices  

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th December 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has defended the role of coal in the country's energy mix and complained about the harmful effect of high electricity prices on the local beneficiation of minerals. He was delivering the keynote address at the launch, in Pretoria, of a book – The Future... 

Minerals Minister defends coal, complains about high electricity prices

Kibo renews MoU with Mozambique utility

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2018 JSE- and Aim-listed Kibo Energy has renewed and expanded its memorandum of understanding with Mozambican State-owned electricity utility Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM), to advance the financing, construction and operation of the Benga coal independent power project, in Mozambique. Kibo CEO... 

Big coal wants consumers to pay for fixing its pollution problem  

By: Bloomberg     11th December 2018 Some of the world’s biggest fossil-fuel producers are calling on taxpayers to help them kick their pollution habit. The world’s biggest oil, natural gas and mining companies are stepping up their campaign to deploy carbon capture and storage, or CCS, as way to slow global warming. But with a... 

In Eskom's case, does Mboweni feel a photo is worth 1 000 words?

By: Bloomberg     11th December 2018 Not long after Eskom told fund managers in London that the troubled power utility planned to ask South Africa’s National Treasury to assume R100-billion of its debt, the country’s new Finance Minister Tito Mboweni tweeted a picture of a sieve. The tweet, two days later, may have been a simpler... 

South Africa needs to bail out Eskom, says former Eskom adviser Rothschild 

By: Reuters     10th December 2018 The South African government needs to "bite the bullet" and bail out struggling state-run power firm Eskom, which has asked for R100-billion ($7-billion) in government support, the chief executive of Rothschild & Co in South Africa told Reuters. Rothschild advised Eskom in 2008 when it last... 

Eskom should weigh selling its crown jewels, FirstRand CEO says

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 State-owned Eskom should consider selling two coal-fired plants that rank among the world’s biggest to repair the state-owned utility’s finances, according to the head of South Africa’s biggest bank by market value. The supplier of almost all of South Africa’s power is being battered by declining... 

Process that will ‘drastically’ cut the power needed to reprocess mining waste edging closer to commercialisation

By: Tracy Hancock     7th December 2018 Energy efficiency in the mining and minerals processing sector continues to be a hot topic, especially in South Africa, where increases in the cost of energy sources – namely electricity, diesel and coal – along with that of labour, exceed inflation.   

Process that will ‘drastically’ cut the power needed to  reprocess mining waste edging closer to commercialisation

Ventilation key to genset safety

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     7th December 2018 Gensets that are stored indoors should be stationed in a well ventilated area to avoid the temperature of the genset rising too high, says fire risk management and support company ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. 

Ventilation key  to genset safety
MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK Generators can be a potential source of fire ignition, owing to the high temperatures of the manifold, if not stored correctly

Eskom to increase OCGT use at certain power stations

7th December 2018 Although the risk of rotational load-shedding during the festive season is high, State-owned power utility Eskom will resort to increasingly using open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) at certain power stations to minimise the risk of load-shedding. 

'Treasonous' tweets won't help Eskom out of current 'crisis' 

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan reported that a Cabinet task team would be appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa soon to finalise a road map for turning around the debt-laden utility, which he acknowledged was in the midst of an operational “crisis”. The “small” task team would work... 

'Treasonous' tweets won't help Eskom out of current 'crisis'
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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