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Numsa rejects Eskom arbitration process

By: African News Agency      15th June 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Friday rejected Eskom's decision to engage in an arbitration process on the current wage dispute with workers unions, saying that such a decision was made without consulting them. Numsa, the National Union of Mineworkers (Num), and Solidarity... 

'High risk' of load shedding over weekend

By: News24Wire      15th June 2018 South Africa on Friday experienced its second consecutive day of load shedding, with power outages likely to continue over the weekend.  Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said that stage 1 load shedding started at 11:30 and would continue until 21:00 due to "multiple trips of its power generation... 

'High risk' of load shedding over weekend

Eskom obtains court interdict against workers pickets at power stations

By: African News Agency      15th June 2018 Eskom on Friday obtained a court interdict prohibiting the intimidation of workers and contractors who are not part of an ongoing wage strike, as well as the highjacking of coal trucks and the sabotaging of the power utility's electricity infrastructure.  On Thursday, generation and distribution... 

Eskom obtains court interdict against workers pickets at power stations

City of Johannesburg slams Eskom over power cuts

By: Reuters     15th June 2018 The city of Johannesburg said late on Thursday that State-owned electricity company Eskom had failed to give adequate notice before implementing scheduled power interruptions, or loadshedding, to relieve pressure on the grid in the face of a wage strike. "Despite the city receiving communication... 

Improved quality and productivity reduce production costs

15th June 2018 As the leading supplier of gases and welding equipment and machinery in sub-Saharan Africa, industrial gases company Afrox continues to provide innovative welding solutions to the Southern African market by introducing new products and technology. The latest of these is welding equipment... 

Improved quality and  productivity reduce  production costs
MULTIPURPOSE PIPE WELDING SOLUTION Miller Electric’s PipeWorx process improves quality and productivity

Mkhize discusses govt’s strategy towards municipal debt owed to Eskom 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2018 Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on Thursday briefed the Standing Committee on Public Accounts about government’s plans to resolve the challenge of debt owed by municipalities to State-owned power utility Eskom.  

Mkhize discusses govt’s strategy towards municipal debt owed to Eskom
Photo by Creamer Media
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize

Nersa grants Eskom R32.69bn in RCA application 

By: African News Agency      14th June 2018 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) on Thursday granted Eskom R32.69-billion following its regulatory clearing account (RCA) application for the multi-year price determination period from 2015 to 2017. The cash-strapped power utility had applied for a 19.9% tariff hike to recoup... 

Nersa grants Eskom R32.69bn in RCA application

Wage protests threaten South African power supply

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 About 1 000 union members picketed Eskom's headquarters on Thursday in a wage dispute that threatens the cash-strapped South African utility's ability to deliver power. There have been no reports of outages in Africa's most industrialised economy, but Eskom said that some plants had cut output,... 

Wage protests threaten South African power supply

SOURCE hydropanel launches in S Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2018 Zero Mass Water has launched its SOURCE hydropanel, which applies thermodynamics, materials science and controls technology to produce potable drinking water from only sunlight and air, in South Africa.  

SOURCE hydropanel launches in S Africa
Zero Mass Water's SOURCE hydropanel

Labour unions picket Eskom office in wage dispute

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 Hundreds of union members picketed outside the headquarters of Eskom on Thursday because of a wage dispute which has hurt the cash-strapped South African power utility's ability to deliver electricity to Africa's most industrialised economy. Labour unions, angered by Eskom's failure to raise... 

Labour unions picket Eskom office in wage dispute

Kenya's Centum to finalise power plant funding this year

By: Reuters     13th June 2018 Kenya's Centum Investment Company said on Wednesday a $2-billion, 1 000 MW coal-fired power plant it has a stake in is expected to reach financial close this year. The Amu Power consortium that includes Centum, won a contract to build the plant in Lamu. The project has attracted criticism from... 

Electricity situation ‘tense but stable’ – Eskom

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom’s power stations and other critical facilities continue to operate optimally, in line with the contingency measures put in place to ensure security of power supply during a period of “wildcat strikes”.  

Electricity situation ‘tense but stable’ – Eskom
Business as usual at Eskom, despite union protests

NUM, Numsa reject Eskom wage offer, want Ramaphosa to intervene

By: African News Agency      12th June 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday officially rejected Eskom's zero percent wage offer, saying that the state-owned power utility cannot plead poverty because it was "dealing with a self-imposed crisis". Last week, wage... 

NUM, Numsa reject Eskom wage offer, want Ramaphosa to intervene

Solidarity declares dispute with Eskom over wage offer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Monday declared a dispute with State-owned power utility Eskom.  

Solidarity declares dispute with Eskom over wage offer

Ncondezi power project in Mozambique nears JDA completion, financial close 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 The joint development agreement (JDA) for Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy’s integrated 300 MW power and coal mine project in Tete, Mozambique, is nearing completion.  

Egypt, Ethiopia agree to settle differences over Nile mega-dam

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 The leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt vowed on Sunday to iron out their differences over a dam Addis Ababa is building on the Nile River that Cairo fears threatens its water supplies. Talks over the Grand Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia's $4-billion hydroelectric project, have been deadlocked for months.... 

Botswana cancels plans to sell troubled power plant to Chinese firm

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Botswana has scrapped talks to sell a power station plagued by technical problems to a state-owned Chinese company linked to the plant's builder, an official document seen by Reuters showed. The 600 MW coal-fired Morupule B plant, which was commissioned in 2012 and built by China National... 

Energy discussion must be resolved soonest to spur economic transformation – Dr Yves Guenon

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 Certainty, particularly around South Africa’s future baseload energy supply must be achieved in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), in order to ensure supply security, which will, in turn, stimulate investment and economic transformation, Izibani consultancy founder and French South African... 

Eskom’s application to have tariff decision set aside increases uncertainty – EIUG  

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) has expressed concern that power utility Eskom’s decision to approach the courts to have the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) tariff determination for 2018/19 set aside will increase uncertainty regarding electricity prices. This will... 

Radebe hosts stakeholder forum; Eskom takes Nersa decision to court 

8th June 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest developments on the energy policy front, as well as Eskom’s turnaround. 

Radebe hosts stakeholder forum; Eskom takes Nersa decision to court
Terence Creamer on the latest energy developments and Eskom's turnaround. (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Energy efficient lighting system pilot project completed

By: Donald Makhafola     8th June 2018 Electrical solutions and lighting specialists Magnet Group, in partnership with electronic multinational Philips, completed a pilot project for the design and installation of an energy efficient lighting system at property investment company Growthpoint Properties’ head offices, in Johannesburg,... 

Energy efficient lighting system pilot project completed
EFFICIENT LIGHTING Lighting for circadian systems requires different metrics from those used for conventional architectural lighting

Industry pursuing better management of energy use

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There has been a growing trend among South African manufacturing plants to pursue energy reduction and manage its use better, says energy training services provider the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) training manager Yolanda de Lange. She explains that significant hikes in electricity rates... 

Industry pursuing better management  of energy use
YOLANDA DE LANGE The Energy Training Foundation is looking forward to expanding further into West Africa

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 It is vital for South Africa to maintain a manufacturing sector that is internationally cost competitive and can produce quality end-products, says Germiston-based material transfer solutions provider Weba Chute Systems MD Mark Baller. “The manufacturing industry has been under a lot of... 

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector
LATEST TECHNOLOGY Weba Chute Systems uses the latest techniques and technologies to ensure optimum accuracy during the design and engineering phases, which also facilitate improved efficiencies

Zest to enter renewables market

By: Shannon de Ryhove     8th June 2018 Local manufacturer of large electrical equipment and supplier of motors, drives and switchgear Zest WEG Group Africa has announced exclusively to Engineering News that it has recently restructured its business to include the renewable-energy industry. This move is strategically aligned with the... 

Laser machine in full production at fabrication company

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Machine tool supplier Puma Machine Tools completed the supply of its high-end laser profile JinFangYuan (JFY) 4020 machine to a Wadeville metals fabrication company last month. The machine, with a Trumpf TruDisk 3001 laser source, will be used to cut processing plates for the manufacturing of... 

Interwaste uses innovation to convert waste into energy

By: Donald Makhafola     8th June 2018 Waste management company Interwaste is continually exploring processes and technologies to divert waste from landfills and has created a variety of methods converting waste-to-energy. Interwaste director for business development and marketing Kate Stubbs says the first way to get value out of... 

Interwaste uses innovation to convert waste into energy
WASTE-TO-ENERGY Companies are committed to reduce their carbon emissions footprint and looking at alternative sources of fuel, as well as renewable energy

Energy efficiency could massively reduce global carbon emissions

8th June 2018 Renewable energy and energy efficiency are the cornerstone of the world’s solution to energy-related carbon emissions, and can provide over 90% of the energy-related carbon emission reductions required to keep global temperature rise to 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, says International... 

Energy efficiency could massively reduce global carbon emissions
CLEAN ENERGY The world must work together in adopting strong policies, mobilising capital and driving innovation across the energy system

Demand rising for funding for grid-tied renewables

By: Schalk Burger     8th June 2018 Financing to build renewable-energy systems for use by businesses in South Africa is growing, with many projects showing good financial viability and return on investment, says financial institution Absa renewable-energy head Justin Schmidt. The return on investment for well-designed energy... 

Demand rising for funding for grid-tied renewables
JUSTIN SCHMIDT Most companies will rely on more than one source of energy, and the most compelling business cases currently are grid-tied solutions

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2018 A string of corporate governance failures and climate change challenges have cranked up the pressure on companies to become better corporate citizens and take care of the environment they are operating in. The renewed emphasis on governance and sustainability is not limited to the private sector,... 

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa

Eltherm’s EHT regulates cold, prevents heat loss

8th June 2018 Electrical heat tracing (EHT) can provide significant cost reductions and energy conservation as it regulates temperature ensuring that during uncharacteristically cold days, other costly sources such as flange or gas heaters do not have to be used to compensate for unplanned heat loss, says EHT... 

Eltherm’s EHT  regulates cold,  prevents heat loss
REDUCING COSTS Electrical heat tracing helps to ensure that pumps do not malfunction

Companies to submit plans to reduce energy consumption

By: Donald Makhafola     8th June 2018 South Africa-based companies consuming over 400 TJ of energy a year will be required to submit energy management plans to the Department of Energy (DoE) to demonstrate how they are reducing energy consumption and their carbon emissions footprint if draft legislation is promulgated in its current... 

Companies to submit plans to reduce energy consumption
RENEWABLE The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa seeks to support companies to improving the capacity of the South African industry to use its natural energy efficiently ahead of looking for renewable energy

Eco Aire delivers tailored ecofriendly HVAC solutions

8th June 2018 Air conditioning supplier Eco Aire distributes ecofriendly solutions that limit the release of harmful gases into the atmosphere, and use and reuse energy responsibly in heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Eco Aire designs and manufactures residential, commercial and industrial air... 

Eco Aire delivers tailored  ecofriendly HVAC solutions
ECOFRIENDLY SOLUTION Eco Aire has been the agent for Hitachi's VRF systems in South Africa for 20 years

VSD compressor saves up to 28% energy cost

By: Donald Makhafola     8th June 2018 Owing to its unlimited starts per hour without a decrease in motor life, the variable-speed drive (VSD) compressors of compressor supplier Tru Compressor have been designed to save up to 28% on energy costs in their motor life span. “In a conventional air-compressor, starting up the drive motor... 

Reinstatement of Eskom system reports seen as way to rebuild trust through transparency

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2018 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has re-launched its weekly system status report as part of broader efforts to rebuild trust with South African citizens, who remain skeptical about the utility’s ability to keep the lights on. The service, which is now available on Eskom’s website, was... 

Reinstatement of Eskom system reports seen as way to rebuild trust through transparency
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom system operator Bernard Magoro

Workers call for total shutdown of Eskom amid wage negotiations deadlock 

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday called for a total shutdown of South African state-owned power utility, Eskom, following another collapse in wage negotiations.  Eskom workers are demanding a 15% wage increase across the board in a one-year agreement, 80:20 percent contribution... 

Eskom must diversify its energy mix – MacColl  

By: Nadine James     7th June 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom should diversify its energy mix, Electric Power Research Institute senior regional manager Barry MacColl said during a panel discussion on South Africa’s energy policy, and specifically the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The panel, held on Thursday at the Mazars... 

Eskom to approach courts to have Nersa’s 5.23% tariff decision set aside 

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2018 State-owned electricity utility Eskom will, in the coming days, approach the courts to have the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) tariff determination for 2018/19 set aside, chairperson Jabu Mabuza confirmed on Thursday. The action would represent Eskom’s first-ever legal... 

Eskom to approach courts to have Nersa’s 5.23% tariff decision set aside
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Eskom's restructuring, 'Gupta-risation' of coal and improving primary-energy security and costs. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd: Recorded: 7.6.2018

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