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Sarec says Eskom dragging its feet in honouring Zuma’s renewables ‘injunction’ 

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) claims that Eskom has yet to issue any updated budget quotes for projects that President Jacob Zuma said in his State of the Nation address (Sona) would proceed, following a protracted impasse that arose as a result of the State-owned utility’s... 

ABB hopeful Zuma’s IPP declaration will unlock orders for locally assembled inverter stations 

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2017 The head of ABB South Africa is hopeful that renewable-energy-related orders, which all but dried up in 2016 as a result of Eskom’s refusal to sign new power purchase agreements, will resume in light of President Jacob Zuma’s announcement that the State-owned utility will sign all outstanding... 

ABB hopeful Zuma’s IPP declaration will unlock orders for locally assembled inverter stations
ABB South Africa CEO Leon Viljoen

Busa worried about Sona violence, agrees greater economic transformation is needed

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th February 2017 The events that unfolded at Thursday’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) by President Jacob Zuma, are of serious concern and undermine the country’s progress in and towards open, transparent and constructive dialogue, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Friday. “Democracy depends on... 

Sector charter for the defence industry agreed

By: Keith Campbell     10th February 2017 Stakeholders in the country’s defence industry have adopted the Defence Sector Charter, which is intended to promote black economic empowerment (BEE) in the sector. The decision was taken at a recent stakeholder consultation session, which was attended by industry experts, suppliers, trade union... 

IDC hopes to salvage wind-tower plant, but warns liquidation can’t be ruled out 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

IDC hopes to salvage wind-tower plant, but warns liquidation can’t be ruled out
Sections being manufactured at DCD Wind Towers plant, which has been shut since December

Eskom releases redacted version of Dentons report, but only to PAIA applicants 

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has agreed to release a redacted version of a “final report” compiled by international legal firm Dentons in July 2015, following a board-initiated probe into the operational and financial underperformance of the organisation at the time. However, the report... 

Eskom releases redacted version of Dentons report, but only to PAIA applicants
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom Chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane

Sona should focus on economic transformation – Basa  

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th February 2017 The Banking Association of South Africa (Basa) has urged President Jacob Zuma to address economic transformation in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday. Basa said in a statement that all sectors of society should introspect on their roles in economic transformation. 

Sona should focus on economic transformation – Basa
President Jacob Zuma

The big questions when Ministers meet on renewables standoff

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2017 When the Ministers responsible for seeking resolution to the current impasse in South Africa’s renewable-energy sector meet this month, they will be expected to weigh the serious legal and policy implications of backtracking from a Ministerial determination – as well as from one of the country’s... 

The big questions when Ministers meet on renewables standoff

Championing Delivery

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd February 2017 Founder of black-empowered consulting engineering firm PD Naidoo & Associates Pragalathan Dhanapalan (Dempsey) Naidoo may be retiring from Mott MacDonald, but the civil engineering industry and business world, he tells Tracy Hancock of Engineering News, has not yet seen the last of him. 

Diversified fuel source required to fuel local facilities

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 South Africa requires a diversified fuel source for power generation, and natural gas is an ideal fuel, as several facilities in the country are compatible with natural gas to fuel power plants, and the resulting infrastructure will benefit other industries and end-users, says engineering... 

Diversified fuel source  required to fuel local facilities
Photo by Bloomberg
GAS-TO-POWER PROGRAMME The Department of Energy’s GPP will facilitate the construction of the base infrastructure to distribute gas to different sectors and industries

Defence industry sector charter approved

By: Keith Campbell     1st February 2017 Stakeholders in the country’s defence industry adopted the Defence Sector Charter, which is intended to promote black economic empowerment in the sector, on Tuesday. The decision was taken at a stakeholder consultation session, which was attended by industry experts, suppliers, trade union... 

Eskom receives 27 nuclear RFI ‘acknowledgement’ forms

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2017 South African electricity utility Eskom has confirmed receipt of 27 ‘acknowledgement forms’ formally notifying the State-owned group of an intention to respond to its Nuclear New Build Programme request for information (RFI). It has also confirmed that notifications were received from major... 

Eskom receives 27 nuclear RFI ‘acknowledgement’ forms

New Nersa chief insists regulator will not act illegally when determining 2017 power tariffs

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2017 Newly appointed National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) CEO Christopher Forlee insists that the Energy Regulator will not take any “illegal” decisions when making a determination in February about the trajectory of Eskom’s 2017 tariffs. Instead, any decision will seek to navigate the... 

New Nersa chief insists regulator will not act illegally when determining 2017 power tariffs
Photo by Duane Daws
Nersa CEO Christopher Forlee

Opinion: How Minister Brown can address Eskom’s conflicting interests 

     30th January 2017 In this article, Mark Pickering argues that the short answer to the current impasse between Eskom and renewables generators is to instruct Eskom to comply with the law and sign the agreements. The longer answer, however, will involve a more complex restructuring of the utility. 

Opinion: How Minister Brown can address Eskom’s conflicting interests
Mark Pickering

South Africa signs social economy MoU with Flanders, ILO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th January 2017 The Department of Economic Development on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Flanders and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), aimed at advancing South Africa’s social economy. Speaking at a media briefing on Monday, Economic Development Minister... 

South Africa signs social economy MoU with Flanders, ILO
Photo by Duane Daws
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

Digital solutions to drive next wave of industrial productivity – Immelt

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2017 The next wave of industrial productivity will be driven by digital solutions, GE CEO Jeff Immelt argued during a visit to South Africa this week, adding that industrial firms would, therefore, have little option but to rethink their strategies in a digital context. The US multinational is in the... 

Digital solutions to drive next wave of industrial productivity – Immelt
Photo by Duane Daws
GE CEO Jeff Immelt

Exxaro will support any ‘sustainable’ plan for restarting Arnot 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2017 Mining group Exxaro says it will be guided by Eskom on the future of the Arnot coal mine, in Mpumalanga, which was closed after Eskom’s contentious December 31, 2015, decision not to renew a 40-year coal supply agreement (CSA) with Arnot, an Eskom-tied mine operated by Exxaro. The termination of... 

Exxaro will support any ‘sustainable’ plan for restarting Arnot
Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko on Arnot, Matla and Exxaro's empowerment structure. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Eskom talks tough on renewables, coal 

     26th January 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom’s continued reluctance to sign power purchase agreements for new renewables capacity and its aim to use its coal procurement as leverage to transform the coal industry. 

Eskom talks tough on renewables, coal
Eskom talks tough on renewables, coal

France’s EDF declares intention to respond to Eskom’s nuclear RFI

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2017 The French nuclear industry, led by electricity utility EDF, formally declared its intention on Wednesday to submit a response to the Nuclear New Build Programme request for information (RFI), which was released by South Africa’s Eskom on December 20. The announcement by EDF followed reports that... 

France’s EDF declares intention to respond to Eskom’s nuclear RFI
EDF's Flamanville 3 reactor under development in north-western France

South Africa has much to do as risk of ratings downgrade remains

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th January 2017 South Africa still had much to do to avoid potentially being downgraded to junk status in the year ahead, with the country having already “dodged some bullets” at the end of last year. During a panel discussion at Deloitte’s Africa Outlook 2017, Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) MD Konrad Reuss said the... 

South Africa has much to do as risk of ratings downgrade remains

Anglo confident of ‘favourable outcome’ with Eskom on sale of three tied coal mines  

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2017 Mining group Anglo American says it has held discussions with and continues to engage with Eskom, government and potential bidders on its plan to exit its Eskom-tied mines – Kriel, New Denmark and New Vaal. Responding to Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko’s insistence that Eskom had assets at the... 

Anglo confident of ‘favourable outcome’ with Eskom on sale of three tied coal mines
Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko on Anglo American's proposed exit of Eskom-tied coal mines. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Eskom will appoint a permanent CEO soon – Lynne Brown 

By: African News Agency      24th January 2017 Public Enterprise Minister Lynne Brown on Tuesday, said that Eskom would appoint a permanent chief executive office (CEO) within the first quarter of this year. Eskom’s top job became vacant at the end of December, when former CEO Brian Molefe resigned following his implication in possible... 

Eskom will appoint a permanent CEO soon – Lynne Brown
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprise Minister Lynne Brown

Revisions to public procurement regulations to further boost economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th January 2017 The revised Preferential Procurement Regulations, which were gazetted on January 20, have introduced prequalification criteria, which allow the advancement of selected categories of people by limiting competition. The restriction will limit the inclusion of well-established companies, unless they... 

Revisions to public procurement regulations to further boost economy
Photo by Dylan Slater
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

Eskom, IPP deadlock on renewables PPAs coming to a head 

     19th January 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the impasse between Eskom and renewables IPPs on the signing of power purchase agreements. 

Eskom, IPP deadlock on renewables PPAs coming to a head
Eskom, IPP deadlock on renewables PPAs coming to a head

IPPs ‘entitled’ to approach courts to force Eskom to sign PPAs 

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2017 A legal opinion secured by the South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) relating to the refusal by Eskom to conclude contracts with 37 independent power producers (IPPs) selected as preferred bidders by the Department of Energy (DoE) more than a year ago states that the IPPs “would be... 

IPPs ‘entitled’ to approach courts to force Eskom to sign PPAs

Fedusa takes aim at SoEs with Section 77 notice  

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2017 The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) is taking a stand against government’s alleged failure to appoint “suitably qualified, accountable, responsible and responsive” management at some of South Africa’s vital parastatals. A Section 77 Protest Action Notice has been lodged with the... 

Fedusa takes aim at SoEs with Section 77 notice

Sarec slams Eskom for distorting facts in calculating renewables-related loss 

By: Terence Creamer     12th January 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has slammed as a “blatant distortion of facts” Eskom’s claim that the country suffered a net economic loss of R9-billion in 2016 as a result of the State-owned utility’s purchases of power from the country’s renewable-energy plants. It has also... 

Sarec slams Eskom for distorting facts in calculating renewables-related loss

Comair CEO raises questions on State airlines merger 

By: News24Wire      12th January 2017 It is unclear what a merger between the three State-owned airlines SAA, Mango and SA Express would achieve that cannot be achieved by each airline individually, Erik Venter, CEO of Comair, told Fin24. This was in reaction to a parliamentary response by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown.... 

CSIR responds to Eskom claim of R9bn renewables-related economic loss in 2016 

By: Terence Creamer     11th January 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has responded to Eskom’s claim that buying power from the country’s renewable-energy plants resulted in a net economic loss of R9-billion in 2016 – a trend that could persist for the next five years, owing to the country’s surplus supply... 

CSIR responds to Eskom claim of R9bn renewables-related economic loss in 2016

PRASA must get house in order or face collapse – Untu 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd December 2016 The United National Transport Union (Untu) has lashed out against South African railway services, including the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and Transnet, stating that it needed to provide proper service, or face “total collapse”. The union said that a number of incidences in the... 

PRASA must get house in order or face collapse – Untu

Rate of growth in social investment by SA corporates stalled in 2016

By: Dylan Slater     16th December 2016 Private sector companies and State-owned enterprises in South Africa spent R8.6-billion on social development during 2015/16, representing a 6% increase in nominal growth from the previous year, according to corporate social investment (CSI) and sustainability consultancy Trialogue.  

Rate of growth in social investment by SA corporates stalled in 2016
HANDBOOK LAUNCH Trialogue director Cathy Duff presents the findings of research into South African corporate social investment expenditure

Umkhonto missile export programme now in its final stages

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2016 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced at the end of last month that extensive testing of the Denel Dynamics Umkhonto (“Spear”, in English) naval surface-to-air missile, for an export customer, would take place early next year. The Umkhonto forms part of the armament... 

New African owners of Ibhubesi gas prospect aim to settle Ankerlig supply deal in 2017

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2016 The new African owners of the Ibhubesi Gas Project (IGP), off South Africa’s West Coast, report that negotiations with Eskom for the supply of gas to the Ankerlig power station are ongoing, with the conclusion of a gas supply agreement (GSA) targeted for the second quarter of 2017. The project... 

New African owners of Ibhubesi gas prospect aim to settle Ankerlig supply deal in 2017
Sunbird executive chairperson Kerwin Rana

UN, Coca-Cola upskill 25 000 women entrepreneurs 

By: Anine Kilian     14th December 2016 The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), together with The Coca-Cola Company, on Wednesday celebrated the upskilling of 25 000 female micro entrepreneurs in South Africa, achieved through the entities’ project to empower women entrepreneurs through a... 

UN, Coca-Cola upskill 25 000 women entrepreneurs
Department of Small Business Development Edith Vries talks to Engineering News Online about female entrepreneurs in South Africa

Eskom insists Koeberg not affected by manufacturing anomalies afflicting French reactors 

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2016 South African electricity utility Eskom insisted on Tuesday that the Koeberg nuclear power station, located in the Western Cape, is not affected by manufacturing anomalies that have afflicted the French nuclear industry this year, resulting in several reactor outages. The State-owned company... 

Eskom insists Koeberg not affected by manufacturing anomalies afflicting French reactors

Gordhan lashes Eskom in address to Numsa

By: African News Agency      13th December 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday criticised State-owned enterprises for obstructing government’s objectives through corruption, as he addressed the tenth conference of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa). “Not all boards are working for us…They must work for South Africa... 

Gordhan lashes Eskom in address to Numsa
Photo by Reuters
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

Sars commissioner faces fraud charges

By: Sane Dhlamini     12th December 2016 Nonprofit anticorruption organisation Corruption Watch (CW) has laid criminal charges against South African Revenue Services (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane for fraud and corruption. The charges relate to the matter involving alleged fraud and corruption committed by senior Sars employees, Jonas... 

Sars commissioner faces fraud charges
Photo by Duane Daws
SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane
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