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Greenpeace cofounder Moore backs nuclear power 

By: Christy van der Merwe     3rd March 2008 Adding a green voice to the promotion of nuclear power generation, ecologist, environmentalist, and cofounder of Greenpeace, Dr Patrick Moore affirmed his environmental support for nuclear power while in Johannesburg on Monday, and stated that there was "every reason to choose nuclear power... 

Areva seeks to grow automation business in SA power industry 

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     29th February 2008 French energy company Areva Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Automation has identified South Africa as an important country for the company's growth in upcoming years, following the recent completion of Eskom's new National Control Centre in collaboration with Areva... 

Another coal-fired station needed to fill pre-nuclear gap 

By: Terence Creamer     29th February 2008 State-owned power utility Eskom would need to develop a third new coal-fired power station in South Africa beyond the 12 units, or 8 766 MW, to be built at Medupi, in Limpopo, and at ‘Project Bravo', in Mpumalanga, in order to fill an expected base-load gap that would arise before the... 

Institute’s head warns that transmission, distribution problems should not be overlooked 

By: Terence Creamer     29th February 2008 The president of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAiEE), Ian McKechnie, has appealed for a more “holistic” response to the current electricity emergency and the evolving response plans. 

The clock is ticking away towards the launch of SA's space agency  

By: Keith Campbell     29th February 2008 The fact that the creation of a South African Space Agency is now only a matter of months away is attracting international interest, including proposals for technological cooperation, to this country. 

World Cup bosses point to progress amid division speculation  

By: Dennis Ndaba     29th February 2008 Media speculation regarding divisions within the 2010 FIFA World Cup’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) did not hamper the sixth inspection by football’s world governing body FIFA, and the LOC, to establish South African preparedness for the Confederations Cup in 2009 and for the 2010... 

Joburg mayor unveils plan to save 745 MW over 18 months  

By: Matthew Hill     28th February 2008 The City of Johannesburg, which uses one-tenth of capacity constrained Eskom's generation capacity, has plans to make some 745 MW of electricity available to the national grid over the next 18 months through supply side and demand-side interventions, mayor Amos Masondo revealed on Thursday.... 

M&R promises proactive engagement with competition body in construction sector probe 

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2008 Leading South African construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R), which is listed in the JSE and has a market capitalisation of more than R30-billion, says it has adopted a "proactive" policy of engagement with South Africa's competition authorities, which have initiated an... 

SA ponders satellite launch options 

By: Keith Campbell     28th February 2008 The fact that all the leading players in Outer Space have, or are developing, national launch capabilities, has resulted in debate within and between government departments and institutions about South Africa exploring the establishment of its own satellite launch capability. "This has... 

Imperial writes off R1,5bn amid restructuring 

By: Matthew Hill     27th February 2008 Diversified group Imperial Holdings, which has just about halved its market capitalisation on the JSE over the past 12 months, has had to make some tough decisions, leading to a far-reaching portfolio rationalisation and a R1,5-billion write off. CEO Hubert Brody apologised to investors for the... 

AECI plans 25-MW gas-fired power plant 

By: Matthew Hill     26th February 2008 Chemicals, explosives and property company AECI said on Tuesday that it was looking to build a R200-million, 25-MW gas-fired power station at its Modderfontein site, near Johannesburg, which it could commission in two years. However, the project depended on the availability of gas Graham Edwards,... 

International workshop to promote science centres starts in Gauteng 

By: Christy van der Merwe     25th February 2008 Johannesburg was abuzz with scientific brainstorming as the fifth, four-day international workshop on enhancing change through science centres kicked off on Monday, with delegates sharing ways to make science centres ‘more friendly’ and accessible to the general public. The... 

AltX-listed firm studies Eastern Cape wind power options 

By: Matthew Hill     22nd February 2008 AltX-listed flooring and chemicals company Safic has taken a proactive stance in light of South Africa's power crisis and is studying the feasibility of building a wind turbine power station at its East London plant, which could become the third such facility in the country. CEO Fred Platt... 

A ‘Maponya Mall’ in every province. That’s the vision of a black business icon 

By: Dennis Ndaba     22nd February 2008 “I would like to be afforded an opportunity to build more malls through out the country,” the father of township retail and entrepreneur extraordinaire Richard Maponya announces casually in an exclusive interview with Engineering News at the comfort of his patio in Hyde Park, in... 

ArcelorMittal still bullish on domestic demand despite power worries 

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     22nd February 2008 Steel giant ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Rick Reato said last week that the outlook for domestic demand remains “very bullish” going forward into 2008 and that the company expected an equilibrium between supply and demand. 

Power utility looks to minimise negative impact on wildlife 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     22nd February 2008 State-owned power utility Eskom launched a research project aimed at preventing vultures and other birds from being electrocuted on power lines at Skeerpoort, in the Hartebeespoort Dam in the North West province. 

SA Defence Electronics Company Fills Gap In World Markets 

By: Keith Campbell     22nd February 2008 Specialist South African radar and related systems company Reutech Radar Systems (RRS) hopes to be able to win export orders for its new RSR 900 StealthRad family of radars in the near future. 

Eskom says in talks with govt over details of R60bn loan 

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     21st February 2008 State-owned power utility Eskom said on Thursday said that it would be engaging with government over the next few days on the details of the R60-billion worth of financial support offered in the National Budget. CE Jacob Maroga praised the State's speed in countering the current crisis... 

Electrical institute's head calls for more ‘holistic' response to power crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2008 The president of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAiEE), Ian McKechnie, has appealed for a more "holistic" response to the current electricity emergency and the evolving response plans. Speaking exclusively with Engineering News on the sidelines of a SAiEE function... 

SA will need yet another coal-fired station to fill gap ahead of nuclear's introduction - Eskom 

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2008 State-owned power utility Eskom would need to develop a third new coal-fired power station in South Africa beyond the 12 units, or 8 766 MW, to be built at Medupi, in Limpopo, and at ‘Project Bravo', in Mpumalanga, in order to fill an expected base-load gap that would arise before the... 

Construction firm eyes bigger slice of power projects market  

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     18th February 2008 Construction firm Group Five CEO Mike Upton said on Monday that there would be "fairly significant" opportunities for the company in the development of small to medium gas or diesel-fired power plants that could counteract the current power supply shortages. When asked about what growth... 

Gauteng aims for greater predictability and incentives in rationing schemes 

By: Guy Copans     15th February 2008 Gauteng Local Government MEC Qedani Dorothy Mahlangu says that the provincial government is trying to respond to the electricity crisis gripping Gauteng by ensuring that stakeholders, including municipalities, civil society and citizens, in general, change their mindset and behaviour by... 

Eskom vets 45Mt emergency coal procurement plan 

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2008 State power utility Eskom announced on Thursday that it was going to procure an additional 45-million tons of emergency coal over the next two years to increase stockpiles at its power stations to at least 20 days. These purchases were also likely to come in at vastly improved prices when... 

ArcelorMittal still bullish on domestic demand despite power worries  

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     13th February 2008 Steel giant ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Rick Reato said that the outlook for domestic demand remained "very bullish" going forward into 2008 and that the company expected an equilibrium between supply and demand. He noted that the positive outlook on future demand formed the basis... 

Deloitte wants Treasury to introduce alternative energy incentives in upcoming budget 

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     12th February 2008 Financial services firm Deloitte director for tax Duane Newman said in a pre-budget briefing on Tuesday that he would hope to see some incentives in the alternative energy space in the context of the current power supply crisis. Newman commented that he would like to see "support for these... 

Recapitalisation of Eskom ‘inevitable' – Erwin 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2008 The recapitalisation of electricity utility Eskom's balance sheet by the South African government was "inevitable", Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin has confirmed, adding that a decision on the matter would be made during the course of 2008. 

Gas-energy firm claims it can offer relief to domestic users 

By: Leandi Kolver     8th February 2008 Natural energy company, Go Gas says that it has the answer to the worsening energy crisis in South Africa. 

Business confidence continues downward trend, Sacci warns of recession 

By: Christy van der Merwe     6th February 2008 The business confidence index for January 2008 dipped to 93,8 points - the lowest level since October 2003, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) reported on Wednesday. Sacci economist Richard Downing said that this was probably still not capturing the full extent of... 

DME launches energy efficiency campaign 

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     5th February 2008 The Department of Minerals and Energy's national energy efficiency campaign, which forms part of the integrated national response plan to the current power crisis, was launched on Tuesday. 

State departments migrate to new R454m network 

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th February 2008 The South African government, through the State Information Technology Agency (Sita), has deployed its next-generation network (NGN), which will link government departments and replace the Government common core network (GCCN), as well as allow Sita to expand its client base and provide... 

SA engineers ready to offer growth-sustaining solutions to power crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     5th February 2008 Consulting engineers had a pivotal role to play in supporting Eskom and government in developing and deploying both the immediate demand- and supply-side responses to the prevailing electricity crisis, as well as mitigating the potential growth impacts on the economy as a whole, newly-installed... 

Hudaco reports earnings jump, sees slower growth in ‘08 

By: Christy van der Merwe     1st February 2008 Branded industrial product importer and distributor Hudaco, which released its full year results on Friday, cautioned that growth was expected to slow in 2008, owing to infrastructure constraints. 

Bravo's coal, long-lead contracts within six months - Eskom 

     1st February 2008 Embattled power utility Eskom confirmed on Friday that it planned to conclude contracts for both the coal and the long-lead items for its R80-billion-plus ‘Project Bravo' coal-fired power station within the next six months and begin construction immediately thereafter. 

Ford to invest R1,5bn in SA to expand production 

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2008 Vehicle manufacturer Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) will invest more than R1,5-billion in the local production of a new generation pick-up, as well as the Puma diesel engine. The investment will kick off in 2009, and will be split between the company's vehicle assembly plant... 

Govt confident power problems won't deter investment 

By: Matthew Hill     29th January 2008 Government and industry officials insisted on Tuesday that South Africa's current electricity supply catastrophe was only temporary, and that it would not deter potential future investments. 

SA moves to assure energy-heavy investors 

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2008 The South African government stressed on Friday that its policy of seeking to attract large industrial investors had not been altered by the prevailing electricity crisis, and that Eskom, which is wholly State-owned, would honour its offtake commitments to the existing smelters, as well as to the... 

Govt outlines plan to save 3 500 MW 

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     25th January 2008 Two top government officials, the Minister of Public Enterprise Alec Erwin and Minister of Minerals and Energy Buyelwa Sonjca, on Friday acknowledged that South Africa’s current power supply situation had to be treated as a “national electricity emergency” and outlined mandatory... 

SA may invoke 'emergency measures' if coal supply does not improve 

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2008 The South African government warned on Friday that it might invoke 'emergency measures' to safeguard the delivery of improved quality and quantities of the coal supply to power utility Eskom, indicating the current supply situation to be unsatisfactory and a key cause of... 

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