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Municipalities owed R139bn for services – Cogta

By: News24Wire      15th August 2018 Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Zweli Mkhize has revealed that municipalities are owed R139-billion for municipal services rendered. He said that the outstanding billions made it difficult for them to pay money owed to Eskom. Mkhize was responding to questions in the... 

Lazard drafting plan to bolster Eskom's balance sheet – sources

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 State-owned power firm Eskom has hired financial adviser Lazard to draft a plan to shore up its balance sheet as it struggles to emerge from a financial crisis, two banking sources told Reuters. Cash-strapped Eskom is critical to Africa's most industrialised economy as it supplies more than 90%... 

Eskom vows to take disciplinary action against striking workers

By: African News Agency      13th August 2018 Eskom on Monday vowed to take disciplinary action against its workers who embarked on industrial action and damaged infrastructure last week as the power utility and unions failed to reach an agreement in protracted wage negotiations. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)... 

Eskom vows to take disciplinary action against striking workers

Company appoints resellers to install sealing systems

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Distributor and maintenance contractor Southern Africa Master Distributors (SAMD), which is the Africa representative for sealing solutions provider Beele Engineering, has trained and appointed resellers in key industries to install Beele Engineering products, says SAMD sales and marketing... 

Company appoints  resellers to install  sealing systems
Photo by Creamer Media
SOLAR SEALING Southern Africa Master Distributors is in negotiations to supply Beele Engineering products for a solar plant, in the Northern Cape

Energy access a catalyst for economic growth, says green energy company 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2018 Access to cheaper and reliable energy, through renewable energy technology, would be a catalyst for boosting the African continent’s gross domestic product (GDP) in a sustainable way, green energy technology provider New Southern Energy (NSE) CEO David Masureik told Engineering News Online in a... 

Energy access a catalyst for economic growth, says green energy company
New Southern Energy CEO David Masureik speaks to Engineering News Online about renewable energy projects and Africa's energy future. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Power system recovery to take 30 days, load-shedding risk remains high 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2018 State-owned Eskom expects it will take up to 30 days for the power system to recover from the effects of the recent industrial action, which interrupted continuous processes at the power stations. During the 30-day recovery period, the risk of load-shedding remains high, it warned on Friday. 

Power system recovery to take 30 days, load-shedding risk remains high

Numsa takes Eskom's latest wage offer back to members

By: African News Agency      3rd August 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Friday that it would take the latest wage offer made by power utility Eskom to its members for ratification.  This, as Numsa, together with other trade unions, met with the management team of Eskom on Thursday under the auspices... 

Numsa takes Eskom's latest wage offer back to members
Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim

Solidarity accepts Eskom's latest wage offer

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Thursday said its members had accepted power utility Eskom's wage offer. In a statement, the union said "it would now do everything within its power to stabilise the power grid", after members indicated they would accept an offer of a 7.5% wage increase for this year, 7%... 

Eskom postpones power interruptions to the Emfuleni municipality 

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2018 South African power utility, Eskom on Thursday said it has postponed the planned power interruptions to the Emfuleni municipality following a court interdict lodged by a group of local businesses in the greater Vaal area, in Gauteng. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said the businesses have asked... 

Eskom offers investors up to $1.5bn of 10-year bonds – source

By: Reuters     2nd August 2018 South Africa's struggling state-owned power firm Eskom offered investors up to $1.5-billion of ten-year bonds on Thursday, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. Separately, Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said Eskom was planning a foreign bond sale and that the firm's chief executive... 

Eskom workers down tools at some South African power stations

By: Reuters     30th July 2018 Workers at some of South African State-owned utility Eskom's power stations have downed tools after an impasse over wages but supply has not been disrupted, spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said on Monday. A spate of controlled blackouts was triggered last month following worker-led protests after the... 

Eskom workers down tools at some South African power stations

Eskom confident of raising R72bn despite qualified audit  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2018 Financially stressed electricity producer Eskom expressed confidence on Monday that it would be able raise the R72-billion it required for the 2019 financial year, despite having received a qualified audit opinion for the 2018 financial year, reporting a R2.3-billion loss and nearly 20-billion in... 

Eskom confident of raising R72bn despite qualified audit
Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza explains why IPPs do not pose a financial risk to the utility. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 23.07.2018

Eskom in talks with government over firm's headcount

By: Reuters     23rd July 2018 Power utility Eskom said on Monday it was in discussions with the government to look at the cash-strapped firm's headcount in effort to boost productivity. "These are discussions we are having with our shareholder," said CEO Phakamani Hadebe, during the State-owned company's results presentation... 

Eskom reports R19bn in irregular expenditure, net loss of R2.3bn 

By: African News Agency      23rd July 2018 South Africa's cash-strapped state power utility Eskom has uncovered R19-billion in irregular expenditure going as far back as 2012, its chairperson Jabu Mabuza said on Monday in a statement accompanying the company's results for the year ended March 31. The entity also reported a net loss after... 

Eskom reports R19bn in irregular expenditure, net loss of R2.3bn
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Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza

Eskom blames illegal connections for Soweto power failures

By: African News Agency      20th July 2018 Parts of Soweto have gone without electricity for several days, but Eskom has simply said there is nothing it can do because the power failures are caused by "illegal connections". Residents of Zola, Emndeni, Zondi, and Mofolo residents have taken to social media to vent their frustrations about... 

Eskom cuts power to defaulting Free State municipalities 

By: African News Agency      17th July 2018 Residents at Tokologo, Masilonyana and Nala municipalities in the Free State will face power cuts due to the councils' failure to honour their debt payment agreements with Eskom, the power utility said on Tuesday. ''The next payments for Tokologo, Masilonyana and Nala Local municipalities were... 

One arrested as Eskom stolen cables worth R5m discovered in Johannesburg 

By: Reuters     13th July 2018 An investigation team from Eskom recovered stolen Eskom infrastructure worth R5-million, the power utility said on Friday. One person was arrested when the team and members of the SA Police Service made the discovery of the infrastructure, which included aluminium and copper cables, in... 

Ramaphosa embarks on Eskom overhaul

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 A month after Cyril Ramaphosa took the helm of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) in December, he called an urgent meeting with then-President Jacob Zuma and senior ministers to save state power firm Eskom. Ramaphosa understood sweeping changes were needed at the struggling... 

Ramaphosa embarks on Eskom overhaul
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Eskom ups pay rise offer to 6.7%, NUM says ready to strike

By: Reuters     6th July 2018 South Africa's State-run power utility Eskom has raised its latest pay rise offer to 6.7% from around 6% to three unions it is in negotiations with, a source with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday. The NUM source earlier said its members were demanding as much as 12% but... 

Eskom ups pay rise offer to 6.7%, NUM says ready to strike

Cooperative governance minister tackles municipality debt, electricity distribution

By: African News Agency      6th July 2018 South African municipalities are buckling under the pressure of non-payment for services which has resulted in dwindling revenue, threatening delivery of service to communities, the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) said late on Thursday after its minister Zweli Mkhize met... 

Key enviro assessment launched for SA gas and power networks

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute are undertaking a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for the development of a phased gas pipeline network and the expansion of the electricity grid infrastructure (EGI) corridors.... 

Rights group AfriBusiness says Eskom undertakes not to cut power in Musina

By: African News Agency      5th July 2018 Rights group AfriBusiness said on Thursday state power utility had undertaken not to cut power to Musina in Limpopo, narrowly avoiding an urgent court interdict over a move that would have impacted paying electricity customers. AfriBusiness said it had made the urgent application after notice by... 

Côte d'Ivoire eyes biomass power generation from cocoa waste

By: Reuters     3rd July 2018 The world's top cocoa producer Côte d'Ivoire plans to build a 60 MW to 70 MW capacity biomass power generation plant running on waste from cocoa pods, part of its aim of developing 424 MW of biomass power generation capacity by 2030. The plant, which will enable Côte d'Ivoire to diversify its... 

Eskom secures R1.35bn loan from KfW to integrate Northern Cape renewables into the grid

By: Simone Liedtke     29th June 2018 State-owned Eskom has entered into a R1.35-billion loan facility with German development bank KfW to support further investments in Eskom's transmission network in the Northern Cape in order to integrate renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) projects. This funding will also allow for... 

Eskom secures R1.35bn loan from KfW to integrate Northern Cape renewables into the grid

World Bank approves $2.1bn loans for Nigerian projects

By: Reuters     29th June 2018 The World Bank said on Thursday it had approved a total of $2.1-billion in concessionary loans to fund projects in Nigeria aimed at improving access to electricity and promoting governance. The projects approved by the International Development Association (IDA), the bank's low-interest arm, are... 

With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The integrated national electrification programme (INEP) of the Department of Energy (DoE) is set to change in scope and character as it nears its initial goals of electrifying most communities in South Africa that were not connected to the national grid. Energy Deputy Minister Thembisile Majola... 

With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

Eskom raises wage offer to unions – Numsa

By: Reuters     28th June 2018 South Africa's State power utility Eskom has raised its wage increase offer for this year to 6.2% from 4.7% previously, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Thursday. Numsa said in a statement that three unions negotiating with Eskom were demanding a 9% increase in... 

Eskom raises wage offer to unions – Numsa

Southern Africa's natural gas potential 

28th June 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the recent meeting between Southern African energy Ministers about Southern Africa's energy potential and how to unlock that potential. 

Southern Africa's natural gas potential
Southern Africa's natural gas potential

Restructuring Eskom top of South Africa's agenda – Nene

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 Restructuring State-run power firm Eskom is "on top of the agenda" for South Africa, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Friday, though he said recent outages likely had very little impact on the economy. Africa's most industrialised economy suffered power outages earlier in June because of... 

Restructuring Eskom top of South Africa's agenda – Nene
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

Zambia aiming for power prices that reflect costs by end 2018

By: Reuters     21st June 2018 Zambia plans to introduce electricity tariffs that reflect the cost of production by the end of this year, a senior government official said on Thursday, a move that could increase costs for economically vital mining firms that currently pay a flat price. In 2015 and 2016, Zambia experienced a... 

Eskom wage negotiations enter final day

By: African News Agency      21st June 2018 Wage negotiations between Eskom and trade unions will on Thursday enter the final day after workers rejected the 4.7% wage offer from the embattled power utility. Trade unions on Wednesday said they presented a consolidated wage proposal to Eskom as talks resumed for a second day this week after... 

Eskom wage negotiations enter final day

Cost competitiveness key for a thriving energy sector

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2018 The number of power projects across Africa and South Africa has grown in the last few years and has given rise to many opportunities, but also challenges, Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies executive director Saul Levin said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Manufacturing Indaba, in Sandton, he... 

More calls for Eskom to be restructured

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th June 2018 A South Africa-focused panel discussion at the Africa Energy Forum, in Mauritius, on Wednesday, concluded that while State-owned Eskom, as a dominant player in South Africa’s energy sector, needed to be restructured, so too did the energy industry as a whole. Panel moderator and publication house... 

Energy forum panelists reiterate need for regional integration in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th June 2018 A panel of speakers at the 2018 Africa Energy Forum, in Mauritius, on Wednesday, agreed that Ministers of energy in Africa and other stakeholders should focus on regional power integration, and what would work accordingly, rather than debating country-specific suitable energy resources and... 

AfDB pledges $12bn for Africa’s energy development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has placed access to sustainable energy development at the heart of its strategy, with the biggest priority ensuring improved access to electricity across the continent. AfDB power, energy, green growth and climate change VP Amadou Hott told delegates at the... 

Global interest in investing in African energy sector picking up – Minister

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2018 The willingness and interest to invest in the African energy sector is picking up globally, says Mauritius Deputy Prime Minister and Energy and Public Utilities Minister Ivan Collendavelloo. Speaking at the Africa Energy Forum, now in its twentieth year, in Mauritius, on Tuesday, he said the... 

Nigeria power generation drops after ruptured gas pipe shuts six power stations

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 Nigeria experienced a sharp drop in power after a gas pipeline rupture caused six power stations to halt operations temporarily, the electricity grid operator said, underscoring the chronic instability of the country's power infrastructure. The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), the grid... 

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