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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.

Tel: +2711 622 3744

Email: newsdesk@engineeringnews.co.za

Editorial Insight

Call for radical change 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2014 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report raises some interesting and serious issues around future energy-use patterns and the outlook for electricity investments. For one, Energy Technology Perspectives 2014 (ETP 2014) states that electricity is set to rival oil as the world’s dominant... 

Top Priority 

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2014 With memories of the election fast fading, attention is now turning to the far more prosaic, yet vastly more important, matter of governance. For the new administration a critical success factor for the coming five years lies in finding credible and implementable strategies for dealing with South... 

Ability & Credibility

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2014 Not long after the May 24 inauguration of South Africa’s next President – who will be chosen during the first sitting of the country’s fifth democratically elected Parliament, probably on May 21 – citizens will receive a good sense of the priorities of the next administration when the composition... 

Multiple considerations

By: Terence Creamer     2nd May 2014 Recent interactions with some of the South African contributors to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working-group reports highlighted the increasing complexity of future investment choices, particularly in the energy milieu. For one, adaptation is likely to emerge as a... 

Movement at last

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2014 There has, at last, been some movement on the long awaited cogeneration and coal independent power producer (IPP) procurement programmes. Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins confirmed last week that a procurement programme for 800 MW of cogeneration capacity would be initiated in April and that... 

Sensible reaction

By: Terence Creamer     18th April 2014 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies took the high road when responding to news that Nigeria had officially surpassed South Africa as the continent’s largest economy. Following a rebasing of its gross domestic product (GDP), Nigeria’s statistician-general announced on April 6 that the West... 

Risk Hot Spots 

By: Terence Creamer     11th April 2014 Besides frighteningly frank warnings (which some have disparaged as being apocalyptical) about the threat posed by climate change to everything from food security to human health and ecosystems, one of the stand-out themes from the latest Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) report... 

Not without risks

By: Terence Creamer     4th April 2014 With South Africa poised to open the way for shale gas exploration, it was interesting the gain insight into the issue of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) from UK special representative on climate change Sir David King. King, who was born in Durban in 1939 and educated in Johannesburg at the... 

Crisis Committee

By: Terence Creamer     28th March 2014 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) is mobilising a high-level team to pursue a “strategic national response” to the problems associated with South Africa’s electricity shortages, which came into sharp focus again on March 6, when Eskom resorted to 14 hours of load shedding to stabilise the... 

Pain, but also change

By: Terence Creamer     21st March 2014 There has been much commentary about whether anything has in fact changed at Eskom over the past six years after the country descended into its first national load-shedding episode since 2008 – an event which felt like much like Yogi Berra’s proverbial “déjà vu all over again”. The arguments... 

Growth not enough 

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2014 The inaugural Africa Transformation Report has one key and unequivocal message: the resumption of growth in many African countries is a necessary yet insufficient ingredient to sustainable development. Six of the world’s fastest growing economies are currently in Africa, including Angola,... 

Next Finance Minister

By: Terence Creamer     7th March 2014 No matter who is appointed South Africa’s next Finance Minister – I personally hope Pravin Gordhan is willing to stay on – it will be important that the current momentum is sustained in three of critical areas: reducing the fiscal deficit; pressing ahead with procurement reforms; and galvanising... 

Complex debate 

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2014 There is no question that the issue of shale energy has emerged as a major topic of discussion for government, economic and energy leaders. It was, therefore, interesting to be offered a perspective into the role that unconventional oil and gas could play in future from an individual who keeps a... 

Municipal Remedy? 

By: Terence Creamer     21st February 2014 There is no question that the deterioration, even collapse, of municipal infrastructure lies at the heart of the recent surge in service delivery protests, which have, sadly, been characterised by loss of life, destruction of property and violence. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs... 

Seeing is believing

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2014 In the dying decades of apartheid, the anti-democracy scaremongers continually pointed to the “rest of Africa” as a cautionary tale of what South Africa could become in the event of majority rule. Fast-forward a few decades and the neighbourhood, which still has many serious problems, appears far... 

Financial stability the ‘first’ priority

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2014 In recent conversations with both the outgoing CEO of Eskom, Brian Dames, and the State-owned utility’s chairperson, Zola Tsotsi, it became clear that, more than anything else, next CEO will be expected to have the capacity to wrap his or her arms around the financial difficulties currently... 

Beyond ability

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2014 Without question, the job of Eskom CEO is a difficult one. The organisation is large and complex. It has real operational challenges, associated partly with the age of its plant, partly with the age of its primary-input sources and partly with the material maintenance backlog that prevails. Its... 

Forget it?

By: Terence Creamer     24th January 2014 The African National Congress’ 2014 election manifesto outlines a subtle, yet material, shift in thinking with regards the future structure and composition of the National Planning Commission (NPC). Under the heading ‘Building a Democratic Developmental State’, the manifesto has the following to... 

Power priorities

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2014 Despite having been a dominant social and economic theme since the load-shedding crisis of 2008, South Africa’s electricity balance remains precarious and, unhappily, we begin 2014 knowing full well that few of the uncertainties that prevailed five years ago have been resolved. As was the case... 

Sense and nonsense

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2013 On the whole, the draft update on South Africa Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for the 20-year period from 2010 through to 2030 appears to be a most sensible document. It begins by taking account of the fact that electricity demand has not grown anywhere near the pace envisaged when the plan was... 

Flatlining?

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2013 The adjectives used to describe South Africa’s third-quarter growth statistics spoke volumes: dismal, disastrous, disappointing and disturbing. The figures were always expected to be bad, mainly owing to the fact that the reporting period coincided with protracted strikes in the automotive... 

Age of efficiency? 

By: Terence Creamer     29th November 2013 It may be the least thrilling component of the energy equation, but energy efficiency is beginning to emerge from the shadows as policymakers and business people alike start to discover and appreciate its true value. In fact, the International Energy Agency’s latest World Energy Outlook (WEO)... 

Creative Cures?

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2013 When it comes to fines for anticompetitive conduct, it's a case of being damned if you do and damned if you don't. The issue of remedies has always been, and will always be, controversial. Many are demanding harsher punishments to match the pernicious nature of the crime, while others caution... 

Educating for Competitiveness

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2013 Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe last week acknowledged that achieving sustainable competitiveness has never been a more pressing challenge for South Africa. But he also stressed the disproportionate importance of mathematics and science education in attaining that goal. Speaking at the... 

Africa Unite!

By: Terence Creamer     8th November 2013 The message surrounding the virtues of greater economic integration across Africa is not new. However, the conversation appears to be shifting from rhetoric to implementation – albeit at a pace that does adequately reflective of the urgency required. African Development Bank (AfDB) president... 

Pushing the Plan

By: Terence Creamer     1st November 2013 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan reinforced government's stated commitment to the highly contested National Development Plan (NDP) in his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) address to lawmakers, indicating that the plan offered a platform for dealing with a number of the domestic... 

Thaw in relations

By: Terence Creamer     25th October 2013 The European Union’s (EU’s) frustrations with South Africa boiled over in July when European Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht used extremely strong language to criticise South Africa’s decision to terminate the bilateral investment treaties (BITs) it has with a number of European countries.... 

Engineering census

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2013 An ambitious survey has been launched in a bid to determine the size and composition of South Africa’s population of engineers, technologists and technicians, as well as to assess the true nature of the skills gaps that are constraining the roll-out of the country’s multibillion-rand National... 

Flows and ebbs 

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2013 The latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff report on South Africa, which was published last week following Article IV Consultations that took place between May 22 and June 4, make for unhappy reading. Particularly startling was the warning that any prolonged halt to capital inflows into... 

Weighing the options

By: Terence Creamer     4th October 2013 The Department of Energy (DoE) has formally launched the much-anticipated public-consultation phase for the formulation of an Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) for South Africa, which it says should be published during the course of 2014. In July Cabinet endorsed a draft Integrated Energy Planning... 

Value in value chains

By: Terence Creamer     27th September 2013 There is broad stakeholder support for South Africa’s desire to increasingly extract economic value from its infrastructure programmes by raising local-content levels. There is also a commitment from large companies, such as miners and manufacturers, to interrogate ways of doing likewise,... 

Rail revival?

By: Terence Creamer     20th September 2013 There is genuine concern that State-owned engineering services company Transnet Engineering (TE) could undermine private South African businesses seeking to supply railways equipment not only to Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), but into the rest of Africa. These concerns stem from fears that the... 

The case for 

By: Terence Creamer     13th September 2013 Only days after the Alliance Summit of the African National Congress, the South African Communist Party and the Congress of South African Trade Unions reaffirmed the position that South Africa required a “well-resourced State-led industrial and trade policy”, one of the world’s leading... 

Beyond access to services

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2013 The statement in Government’s 2012 Development Indicators Report that the evidence suggests life has changed for the better in South Africa since 1994 and the country is steadily making progress has been given little credence or publicity. Released last month by Minister in The Presidency for... 

Lack of Urgency?

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2013 As the Department of Energy (DoE) moves to revise South Africa's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity and finalise a larger Integrated Energy Plan to 2050, some are calling for South Africa’s electricity planning and investment paradigm to be overhauled, while others are calling for... 

Resilience & Risk

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2013 There is tremendous concern about the possible impact that slowing economic growth in China could have on Africa, owing to the fact that Chinese demand for resources has provided a critical underpin for recent economic expansion in a number of African countries. However, African Development Bank... 

Pressing energy issues

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2013 Two long-awaited and potentially landscape altering energy-related documents were released last week. First, the Department of Energy (DoE) released the Draft Integrated Energy Planning Report for public consultation and announced that it will host stakeholder consultations in various parts of... 

Public Capital

By: Terence Creamer     9th August 2013 The latest statistics showing the capital expenditure performance of South Africa’s public sector make for interesting reading. Published by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), the Capital Expenditure by Public Sector Survey shows that a combined R202.2-billion was invested on capital programmes... 

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