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State Companies News

Eskom to buy ‘emergency’ coal, splurge on diesel as load-shedding risk returns 

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2018 South Africa’s power utility Eskom reports that it has received approval for the National Treasury from the “urgent procurement” of four-million tons of emergency coal to help address serious stock shortfalls at several of its 15 coal-fired power stations. More than 1.1-million tons have already... 

Regulator approves restart of NTP’s isotope production facility 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th November 2018 NTP Radioisotopes on Friday confirmed that the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) had given it the go-ahead to resume production of essential medical radioisotopes at its Pelindaba facility. NTP, which is a subsidiary of State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), will start with... 

Regulator approves restart of NTP’s isotope production facility

Treasury report finds Koko meddled to help Tegeta

By: African News Agency      16th November 2018 Former Eskom CEO Matshela Koko obstructed coal testing that would have compromised the contract Tegeta Exploration cinched with the power utility, according to a forensic report released by National Treasury on Friday. The report by Fundudzi Forensic Investigation Services details how Eskom... 

 Treasury report finds Koko meddled to help Tegeta
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Former Eskom CEO Matshela Koko

Malusi Gigaba named in bombshell Treasury report on rot at Eskom, Transnet 

By: News24Wire      16th November 2018 National Treasury has released a bombshell report of more than 600 pages detailing the extent of rot at Transnet and Eskom over the last six years – and says Malusi Gigaba compromised the procurement process of controversial new Chinese locomotives. The report, compiled after a forensic... 

Malusi Gigaba named in bombshell Treasury report on rot at Eskom, Transnet
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Former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

Eskom highlights risk of further debt accumulation as it gears up to defend big hikes 

By: Terence Creamer     14th November 2018 Debt-laden electricity utility Eskom is preparing for yet another bruising encounter with consumers in the coming months, during which it will seek to justify it latest R762-billion, three-year revenue application. If successful with its fourth multiyear price determination (MYPD4) application,... 

Eskom highlights risk of further debt accumulation as it gears up to defend big hikes

Court papers show Transnet executives 'colluded fraudulently'

By: News24Wire      13th November 2018 Court papers filed by Transnet to recover R189-million in inflated payments from Gupta-linked Regiments Capital have revealed collusion by senior executives of the State-owned firm, in allowing the transaction. Former Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama, ex-chief financial officer Anoj Singh, Robert... 

 Court papers show Transnet executives 'colluded fraudulently'

'It actually shocked me' that Zuma wanted Gama as Transnet CEO – Hogan 

By: News24Wire      12th November 2018 Former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan told the judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of State capture on Monday that former president Jacob Zuma wanted Siyabonga Gama as the Group CEO of Transnet, despite him facing allegations of misconduct. "It actually shocked me," Hogan... 

'It actually shocked me' that Zuma wanted Gama as Transnet CEO – Hogan
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Former Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan

Lazard says ‘inflection point’ reached making new renewables cheaper than existing coal 

By: Terence Creamer     9th November 2018 A new US study comparing the costs of energy from various generation technologies indicates that an “inflection point” has been reached where, in some cases, it is more cost effective to build and operate new renewable-energy projects than to maintain existing conventional generation plants. The... 

Lazard says ‘inflection point’ reached making new renewables cheaper than existing coal

Numsa demands bailout for Denel

By: Reuters     9th November 2018 South Africa's government must urgently inject at least R7-billion into struggling State-owned defence group Denel, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Friday. Denel reported a R1.7-billion for the 2017/18 financial year and is struggling to pay worker salaries and... 

Numsa demands bailout for Denel

Necsa’s annual report delayed to 2019 owing to auditing complications

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th November 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has confirmed, in a press release, that the completion of its 2017/2018 audit has been delayed. Parliament has granted the corporation an extension until February 15, 2019, to present its 2017/2018 annual report. “I am proud to say that in the... 

Gordhan warns of State capture 'fightback' across government entities

By: News24Wire      8th November 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has warned of a "determined and vigorous fightback" campaign from those opposed to efforts to implement clean governance at state entities. In his submission to the judicial commission of inquiry into State capture, Gordhan says there are still elements... 

Gordhan warns of State capture 'fightback' across government entities
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Zuma to Gordhan: 'Can we do what Dudu wants?'

By: News24Wire      8th November 2018 Former president Jacob Zuma called Pravin Gordhan, then finance minister, in 2015 to try and convince him to agree to an enormously expensive deal with airplane manufacturer Airbus because his close friend Dudu Myeni wanted it. In his 68-page sworn statement delivered to the judicial commission... 

NTP awaits NNR’s signature of approval to restart production

By: Simone Liedtke     7th November 2018 State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane remains hopeful that production at its subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes’ facility will resume within the next two weeks, pending approval from the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR). Production at the facility was shut... 

NTP awaits NNR’s signature of approval to restart production
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(Left) Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane and (Right) Necsa board chairperson Kelvin Kemm

Eskom operating costs continue to increase

By: African News Agency      7th November 2018 Power utility, Eskom on Wednesday said their operating costs have continued to increase dramatically while output has remained largely unchanged despite efforts to curb expenditure. Eskom said their Board of Directors had decided to review the company’s organisational design to enhance... 

 Eskom operating costs continue to increase

Nothing sinister about the new fleet of vehicles, PRASA spokesperson says

By: African News Agency      7th November 2018 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on Wednesday in response to media speculation on its new fleet, said installation of tracking devices had delayed sending vehicles it acquired recently to operational areas.  Media reports said that a total of 174 brand-new vehicles, which were... 

Eskom issues senior managers with retrenchment notice 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2018 The board at State-owned electricity utility Eskom has approved a process that could result in the retrenchment of senior managers, the company confirmed on Wednesday. Eskom said in a statement that, despite efforts to curb expenditure, operating costs had continued to increase dramatically,... 

Eskom issues senior managers with retrenchment notice

Morwe signals strategy shift as he prioritises restoration of trust amid ‘turbulance’ 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2018 Transnet acting CEO Tau Morwe is prioritising the restoration of trust, internally and externally, which he acknowledges has been affected by the “turbulence” associated with recent action taken by the board to tackle corruption and recover money “siphoned” from the State-owned company. However,... 

Morwe signals strategy shift as he prioritises restoration of trust amid ‘turbulance’

Ramaphosa says shutting SAA could collapse public finances

By: Reuters     6th November 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday that closing down struggling State-owned South African Airways (SAA) could collapse the country's public finances as the government would have to service its debts immediately. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said last week that his preference would be to... 

Ramaphosa says shutting SAA could collapse public finances

Transnet veteran Morwe steps in as acting CEO for next six months 

By: Terence Creamer     6th November 2018 Freight logistics group Transnet has appointed Tau Morwe as acting CEO for the six-month period from November 1, 2018, to April 30, 2019. The appointment has been approved by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and follows on from the State-owned company’s decision to dismiss Siyabonga... 

Transnet veteran Morwe steps in as acting CEO for next six months
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Tau Morwe

Leaked Eskom report implicating Brown, Gigaba is 'scandalous, embarrassing' – chair 

By: News24Wire      5th November 2018 The leaking of the Eskom draft preliminary inquiry report which has reportedly implicated former minister Lynne Brown and Malusi Gigaba is "scandalous and embarrassing", chairperson of the Public Enterprises Portfolio Committee Zukiswa Rantho has said. Rantho spoke to Fin24 by phone on Monday... 

 Leaked Eskom report implicating Brown, Gigaba is 'scandalous, embarrassing' – chair
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Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

DPE says State airline should prepare for equity partner 

By: Reuters     5th November 2018 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) said on Sunday that struggling State-run South African Airways (SAA) should reduce its cost base and prepare for a strategic equity partner in the near future. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni had said on Thursday that SAA, which has not generated a profit... 

DPE says State airline should prepare for equity partner

Nugent Commission will reveal if Sars misrepresented revenue collection – Treasury 

By: News24Wire      2nd November 2018 Treasury cannot say if the South African Revenue Service (Sars) had intentionally withheld VAT refunds in an effort to misrepresent revenue collections, members of Parliament heard. Treasury officials on Friday responded to public comments made on the mini budget to the Standing Committees on... 

Nugent Commission will reveal if Sars misrepresented revenue collection – Treasury

Sars 'notes' Moyane dismissal

By: African News Agency      2nd November 2018 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) on Friday said it has "noted" the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that he has fired suspended tax commissioner, Tom Moyane. In a terse statement, Sars said any enquiries in this regard must be directed to the Office of the Presidency. 

Sars 'notes' Moyane dismissal

Big power users call for inflation-linked tariff ‘compact’ and industry review 

By: Terence Creamer     1st November 2018 The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) has called for an electricity price compact that sustains tariff increases as close to consumer price inflation as possible for the coming five years. The proposal is made in a precursor to the EIUG’s official response to Eskom’s latest revenue application,... 

Big power users call for inflation-linked tariff ‘compact’ and industry review
Dr Tsakani Mthombeni

Load-shedding spectre returns as unplanned outages rise  

By: Terence Creamer     1st November 2018 The spectre of load-shedding, which has haunted South Africa and its economy since 2008, but has lifted somewhat in recent years, appears to have returned. State-owned electricity producer Eskom confirmed with Engineering News Online on Thursday that the system had become vulnerable once again,... 

Load-shedding spectre returns as unplanned outages rise

Russian rail group aims to develop newly acquired Boksburg factory into global narrow-gauge hub

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2018 Leading Russian rail engineering group Transmashholding (TMH) confirmed on Wednesday that it, together with its South African partner Mjisa, had completed the acquisition of a 45 000 m2 rail manufacturing facility in Gauteng, South Africa. Black empowerment company Mjisa, which is led by Mafika... 

Russian rail group aims to develop newly acquired Boksburg factory into global narrow-gauge hub
Mjisa Investments director Sam Bhembe, TMH International CEO Martin Vaujour and TMH Africa CEO Jerome Boyet

Sell SAA, it won't fly – economist 

By: News24Wire      31st October 2018 South African Airways (SAA) is a "vanity project" that the economy cannot afford and it should be sold, members of Parliament (MPs) have heard. The standing and select committees on finance on Wednesday heard submissions from the public on the mini budget. The mismanagement of loss-making... 

Sell SAA, it won't fly – economist

New Eskom report warns of possible generation gaps in coming five years  

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2018 Eskom’s newly released Medium-Term System Adequacy Outlook (MTSAO) report highlights several risks to South Africa’s electricity supply for the period 2018 to 2023 and indicates that additional capacity will be required during the period to restore generation adequacy should the energy... 

New Eskom report warns of possible generation gaps in coming five years

Transnet suspends former supply chain officer for misconduct

By: African News Agency      31st October 2018 Transnet said on Wednesday that it has suspended its former group supply chain officer, Edward Thomas, pending investigations into various serious allegations of misconduct involving a number of contracts. Transnet said that Thomas, currently group general manager for finance, was informed on... 

'I was there when Cabinet approved nuclear programme' – Ramaphosa 

By: News24Wire      30th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has said he was in the Cabinet meeting where the decision was taken to issue a request for proposals for the nuclear build programme in 2015. This is according to a written reply from the president in response to a question from Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier – who... 

 'I was there when Cabinet approved nuclear programme' – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

DA to tackle Eskom's 'monopoly' via new bill

By: News24Wire      29th October 2018 Introducing competition in the energy sector will keep electricity prices down, according to the Democratic Alliance (DA). DA leader Mmusi Maimane on Monday announced plans at a briefing to address "Eskom's monopoly" in the energy sector, through the introduction of a private member's bill known... 

 DA to tackle Eskom's 'monopoly' via new bill

Gordhan says anti-graft efforts face 'dangerous fightback'

By: Reuters     29th October 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Sunday that efforts to clean up corruption in state-owned companies (SOCs) faced "dangerous" resistance which threatened the country's sovereignty. Gordhan, a former finance minister, has been tasked by President Cyril Ramaphosa with cleaning up... 

Rail industry plagued by theft, vandalism

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2018 Train collisions accounted for the highest number of safety incidents in the rail sector during 2017/18, the Railway Safety Regulator’s (RSR’s) annual ‘State of Safety’ report, shows. Other prominent incidents included fires, platform train interchange incidents, people being struck by trains and... 

Manufacturer supplies stainless steel diesel field stoves to SANDF

26th October 2018 Manufacturer and exporter Desert Wolf plays an instrumental role in project teamster, which is the new South African National Defence Force (SANDF) project to upgrade the complete field kitchen facilities for the defence force and is currently supplying it with a range of stainless steel diesel... 

Manufacturer supplies stainless steel diesel field stoves to SANDF
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Mboweni doubts SAA will find equity partner in current state 

By: Reuters     25th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Thursday that he doubted that the government would find an investor to take an equity stake in struggling State-run South African Airways (SAA) in its current financial state. "I doubt you are going to find an equity partner who will come into SAA in this... 

I will try to protect Treasury from political meddling – Mboweni 

By: African News Agency      24th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Wednesday said he would strive to protect the National Treasury from political interference but conceded that he would be naive to think he could succeed. "I thought one thing I am going to try to do is provide political protection to National Treasury or to the... 

I will try to protect Treasury from political meddling – Mboweni
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

SAA allocated R5bn for debt relief

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th October 2018 State-owned South African Airways (SAA) will receive R5-billion through a special appropriation Bill to settle debt redeeming between now and March 2019. The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), which was released by the National Treasury on Wednesday, stated that the funds would help to... 

SAA allocated R5bn for debt relief
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