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Kibo provides update on four key projects

By: Simone Liedtke     25th March 2019 JSE- and Aim-listed Kibo Energy on Monday confirmed that it is developing four key projects – two thermal coal power projects, in Botswana and Mozambique; a UK-focused flexible energy portfolio; and an advanced coal-to-power project, in Tanzania – in parallel. The projects fall in line with the... 

Sacci, SBI urge govt to do more to resolve Eskom’s troubles 

By: Simone Liedtke     25th March 2019 The recent round of rolling blackouts plaguing South Africa, and uncertainty about the longer-term power supply situation in South Africa are having a devastating impact on business, says South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) CEO Alan Mukoki. Although Eskom does not expect to... 

Mboweni questions need to hold onto State assets

By: Bloomberg     25th March 2019 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said a discussion must begin on whether the government needs to retain control of all the assets it owns given the poor state of the national finances. Mboweni has asked Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan for a list of noncore State assets and has been... 

Mboweni questions need to hold onto State assets
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Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Zuma says nuclear could've solved load-shedding

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2019 Former president Jacob Zuma, whose administration has been blamed for the current power outages, has said the power crisis could have been averted if the country had built nuclear reactors.  In an interview with Business Day on Friday, Zuma said the costly nuclear build programme he supported... 

Zuma says nuclear could've solved load-shedding

'Signs are encouraging' load-shedding will be reduced – Eskom

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2019 Eskom will implement Stage 2 load-shedding on Friday, as strain on the national grid improves and “signs are encouraging” that there will be reduced rotational power cuts as available generating capacity improves, according to Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger. Stage 2 will be implemented... 

 'Signs are encouraging' load-shedding will be reduced – Eskom
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Eskom Spokesperson Andrew Etzinger

Brics Bank to lend Eskom up to $780m 

By: Bloomberg     20th March 2019 The New Development Bank (NDB) plans to lend as much as $780-million to Eskom for infrastructure projects this year as the ailing power utility battles to keep power supply steady. Eskom, which on Wednesday entered a seventh day of controlled power cuts, is contending with operational and... 

Eskom says will continue with rotating powercuts

By: African News Agency      20th March 2019 Eskom said on Wednesday it would press on with rotating blackouts, suppressing 2 000 MW of demand at a given time until 9 am, before doubling that to 4 000 MW till 11 pm to avoid tripping the entire national grid. "This is due to a shortage of capacity. Eskom’s maintenance teams are working round... 

 Eskom says will continue with rotating powercuts

Eskom provides update on electricity crisis 

20th March 2019 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza on Tuesday held a media briefing to discuss the current electricity crisis. Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer joins Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn in studio to discuss the highlights of the media briefing, as well... 

Eskom provides update on electricity crisis
Eskom provides update on electricity crisis.

Eskom, government plans for Stage 5 and Stage 6 load-shedding to stave off national blackouts  

By: News24Wire      19th March 2019 Eskom and government have started planning for Stage 5 and Stage 6 load-shedding, according to officials who say that there is a race against time to ensure that a national blackout and grid collapse does not happen.  Stage 5 and Stage 6 load shedding imply shedding 5 000 MW and 6 000 MW... 

 Eskom, government plans for Stage 5 and Stage 6 load-shedding to stave off national blackouts

We only have ourselves to blame – Eskom COO 

By: News24Wire      19th March 2019 Eskom only has itself to blame for the lapse of a contract for early detection of maintenance failures, according to Eskom chief operations officer (COO) Jan Oberholzer. There are currently seven generating units which have broken down due to boiler tube leaks as Eskom struggles to maintain its... 

 We only have ourselves to blame – Eskom COO

Eskom sets aside R50bn over 5 years for maintenance

By: News24Wire      19th March 2019 Eskom has set aside R50-billion over the next five years for maintenance as ageing infrastructure is unable to keep up with electricity demand, according to the power utility’s CEO Phakamani Hadebe. Hadebe said Eskom had been using its maintenance spend previously on generation alone but will now... 

 Eskom sets aside R50bn over 5 years for maintenance
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Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe

Eskom needs 'crisis reaction' – Mabuza

By: News24Wire      19th March 2019 Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza says the operational side of Eskom requires “crisis reaction” as well as time and speed to fix the current load-shedding situation. He was briefing the media on Tuesday, along with Minister of Pubic Enterprises Pravin Gordhan as the country entered the fifth... 

 Eskom needs 'crisis reaction' – Mabuza
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Eskom Chairperson Jabu Mabuza

'No magic formula to solve power crisis' – Gordhan

By: News24Wire      19th March 2019 There is no magic formula to solve the current load-shedding crisis and the Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan is unable to say when the rotational blackouts will be over. Gordhan was briefing the media on Tuesday, along with senior Eskom officials as the country entered its fifth... 

 'No magic formula to solve power crisis' – Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Gordhan, Mabuza to shed light on SA’s power crisis

By: News24Wire      19th March 2019 Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan and the chairperson of the Eskom Board, Jabu Mabuza, will hold a media briefing to give an update on electricity supply problems on Tuesday morning in Johannesburg.  South Africans have faced five consecutive days of load-shedding, including power... 

 Gordhan, Mabuza to shed light on SA’s power crisis
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Eskom board chairperson Jabu Mabuza

Water supply, economic activity under threat as Eskom struggles to supply power

By: African News Agency      19th March 2019 South Africa's State-owned electricity company Eskom continued implementing rolling blackouts on Tuesday as its crippled generating units struggled to supply enough power in a crisis likely to further hurt the ailing economy. In its latest statement Eskom said it was implementing "stage 2"... 

Water supply, economic activity under threat as Eskom struggles to supply power

Eskom's 'perfect storm' and how the power utility is managing the crisis 

By: News24Wire      18th March 2019 South Africa has been oscillating between Stage 2 and Stage 4 load shedding since Friday, cutting up to 4 000 MW from the national grid per day. The rolling blackouts are expected to continue until Wednesday, with demand expected to taper off towards the end of the week, as Thursday is a public... 

 Eskom's 'perfect storm' and how the power utility is managing the crisis

Eskom to implement 'Stage 4' load-shedding from 09:00 to 23:00

By: African News Agency      18th March 2019 Eskom said on Monday it would commence Stage 4 rotational load shedding from 09:00 to 23:00 and continue into Tuesday due to a shortage of capacity.   Stage 4 load-shedding requires the state-owned utility, which supplies 95% of South Africa's electricity, to rotationally take 4 000 MW of demand... 

Eskom to implement 'Stage 4' load-shedding from 09:00 to 23:00

'Stage 4 load-shedding is unacceptable, disruptive to economy' – Gordhan

By: News24Wire      18th March 2019 Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan has said that his department and National Treasury will assist embattled power utility Eskom to fast-track the procurement of "essential goods and services" required to urgently repair generating units at local stations. South Africans suffered two... 

'Stage 4 load-shedding is unacceptable, disruptive to economy' – Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Eskom confirms Stage 2 load-shedding to last until Sunday 

By: News24Wire      15th March 2019 Eskom has said that stage 2 load-shedding will continue until Sunday and the risk of power cuts remains high until the middle of next week. The national power utility said the cuts were due to a shortage of generation capacity caused by plant breakdowns and the need to manage diesel and water... 

 Eskom confirms Stage 2 load-shedding to last until Sunday

Eskom confirms will implement rotational powercuts for second straight day

By: African News Agency      15th March 2019 South Africa's State-owned electricity utility Eskom said on Friday it would implement Stage 2 rotational powercuts or load-shedding from 8 am to 11 pm due to a shortage of capacity. Eskom generates, transmits and distributes approximately 95 percent of the electricity used in South Africa and... 

Eskom confirms will implement rotational powercuts for second straight day

Stage 2 load-shedding to come this afternoon, says Eskom

By: News24Wire      14th March 2019 Stage 2 load-shedding will be implemented from 3pm, Eskom has said. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe tweeted an update at 2:30pm. No further details were given.  

 Stage 2 load-shedding to come this afternoon, says Eskom

Transnet to raise pipeline tariff by 10.95%

By: Simone Liedtke     11th March 2019 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa has granted freight logistics group Transnet a 7.69% increase in its allowable revenue to R5.68-billion for 2019/20, which translates to a 10.95% increase in pipeline tariffs. Should Energy Minister Jeff Radebe decide to use the pipeline tariff as a... 

Eskom struggles and tariff hikes strengthen case for distributed generation – SAWEA study

By: Simone Liedtke     11th March 2019 Commissioned against the backdrop of volatility and uncertainty in the electricity landscape, a new study by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has highlighted the role that distributed generation renewable energy (DG-RE) could play in the South African electricity market. The... 

High risk of loadshedding on Monday - Eskom

By: News24Wire      11th March 2019 Eskom has announced there is a high risk of rotational load-shedding on Monday, caused by a shortage of capacity due to the loss of generating units at our power stations. The power utility said the cuts would only be implemented if "absolutely necessary". 

 High risk of loadshedding on Monday - Eskom

Electricity tariff increases will have severe economic ramifications for South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     8th March 2019 The decision by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to grant State-owned Eskom an effective tariff increase of 13.82% for 2019/20, has been met with hostile reactions, with various parties condemning the decision, saying that it will have severe ramifications for the South... 

Electricity tariff increases will have severe economic ramifications for South Africa

Nersa announces Eskom tariff hikes 

8th March 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the electricity tariff increases announced by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), if Eskom’s governance failings were taken into account in Nersa’s determination and what this means for... 

Nersa announces Eskom tariff hikes
Terence Creamer discusses Nersa's tariff increase announcement. (Camera & Editing: Creamer Media's Christo Greyling)

Watch out for load-shedding at short notice – Eskom

By: News24Wire      8th March 2019 Eskom says load-shedding could be implemented at short notice on Friday, as the power systems remains tight and vulnerable.  "[....] while Eskom is making every effort to limit load-shedding, it could be implemented at short notice should there be a shift in plant performance. This could include... 

Watch out for load-shedding at short notice – Eskom

High risk of load-shedding on Thursday as SA awaits news of tariff hikes

By: News24Wire      7th March 2019 There is a high risk of load-shedding on Thursday but it will only be implemented if "absolutely necessary", says Eskom.  In a tweet, the power utility said it would continue to provide regular updates, but did not specify the reason for the increased risk.  

High risk of load-shedding on Thursday as SA awaits news of tariff hikes

Busa says it hopes timeframe for Eskom task team can be extended

By: African News Agency      7th March 2019 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Wednesday that it hoped the timeframe for the engineering task team mandated with investigating a host of issues at embattled power producer Eskom could be extended.  The team is set to start its work on Monday and has to deliver its report to public... 

Eskom warns of high risk of rotational powercuts

By: African News Agency      6th March 2019 State-owned electricity company Eskom warned on Wednesday that the risk of rotational powercuts to ease pressure on the grid remained high. Cash strapped Eskom, which supplies about 95 percent of South Africa's electricity, has struggled to meet demand and was forced to implement rolling... 

Eskom warns of high risk of rotational powercuts

Medium risk of rotational load-shedding on Tuesday – Eskom

By: African News Agency      5th March 2019 Eskom said there was a medium risk of rotational load-shedding on Tuesday. "There is an increased risk for load-shedding today due to the loss of additional generating capacity. We continue to encourage residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly during this period," the power utility... 

Medium risk of rotational load-shedding on Tuesday – Eskom

Gordhan names Eskom technical review team 

By: African News Agency      5th March 2019 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday appointed the promised technical review team that will conduct a rapid review of operations and maintenance at Eskom's power plants. The team of 11 experts is headed by Tsakani Mthombeni, the chairperson of the Energy Intensive Users Group... 

Gordhan names Eskom technical review team
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Low chance of load-shedding for Monday – Eskom

By: News24Wire      4th March 2019 Eskom has announced there is a low risk of rotational load-shedding on Monday.  In a power alert, the utility encouraged residents and businesses to keep using electricity sparingly. It did not provide further information.  

 Low chance of load-shedding for Monday – Eskom

High risk of load-shedding for Friday and weekend, says Eskom

By: African News Agency      1st March 2019 The risk of load-shedding for Friday and the weekend is high, according to Eskom.  The power producer made the announcement via an emailed statement late on Thursday night.  

 High risk of load-shedding for Friday and weekend, says Eskom

More meetings with labour planned on Eskom 

By: African News Agency      28th February 2019 The special Cabinet committee on Eskom will hold more meetings with organised labour to discuss the contentious restructuring of the struggling power utility into three units, according to a statement issued on Thursday. "The meeting with labour reported on the problems with Eskom’s operations... 

More meetings with labour planned on Eskom

Mabuza says Koko leaked Eskom documents to help Trillian, McKinsey

By: African News Agency      25th February 2019 Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza told the Zondo Inquiry on Monday that former acting chief executive, Matshela Koko, leaked confidential documents to third party companies that wanted to do consulting business with Eskom. Resuming his testimony on Monday, Mabuza reiterated his allegation that emails... 

Mabuza says Koko leaked Eskom documents to help Trillian, McKinsey
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Eskom Chairperson Jabu Mabuza

Eskom was the 'main stage in the theatre of corruption', says Mabuza 

By: African News Agency      22nd February 2019 Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza told the Zondo Inquiry on Friday that the current board of directors discovered that the power utility was "the main stage in the theatre of corruption" when it was appointed in January 2018. Asked by evidence leader Vincent Maleka to detail the state of affairs when... 

Eskom was the 'main stage in the theatre of corruption', says Mabuza
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Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza
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