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$100-million loan for African infrastructure spending

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in March signed a $100-million loan agreement aimed at furthering the DBSA’s infrastructure financing activity across Africa. This flexible credit line will focus on DBSA’s four strategic sectors:... 

High Court dismisses applications to have power interruptions declared unconstitutional

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th May 2017 The Pretoria High Court this week dismissed applications by AfriForum and other businesses to have Eskom’s scheduled electricity interruptions to defaulting municipalities declared unconstitutional, confirming the parastatal’s right to do so. “Astral, Bridgestone, AfriForum and Mediclinic had... 

High Court dismisses applications to have power interruptions declared unconstitutional

Gordhan lays into Eskom board over Molefe

By: African News Agency      23rd May 2017 Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday called for the Eskom board to be fired and a full investigation into not only Brian Molefe’s return to the power utility, but his actions in his previous job at Transnet. Gordhan told Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises, of... 

Gordhan lays into Eskom board over Molefe
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Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

Eskom wants to keep lights on this winter 

By: News24Wire      19th May 2017 Eskom is promising to keep the lights on this winter, it said in a statement issued on Friday afternoon. It undertook to do this despite severe weather conditions that have already started to grip the country. 

 Eskom wants to keep lights on this winter

Five mobile transformers delivered to Mkondeni unit

19th May 2017 Five mobile transformers were delivered to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Mkondeni unit in KwaZulu-Natal in March.  The plan to purchase the five 132/88-22/11KV mobile transformers started in 2011 and was followed by a rigorous procurement process. Industrial corporation Siemens was awarded... 

Five mobile transformers delivered to Mkondeni unit
ALTERNATIVE POWER Five mobile transformers delivered to Eskom’s Mkondeni unit can be used to replace existing equipment during scheduled maintenance

Young innovative entrepreneurs offer renewable-energy solutions

By: Johane Turkstra     19th May 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Development Foundation’s yearly Business Investment Competition (BIC) continues to discover businesses bringing about positive socioeconomic changes to the benefit of communities and the country. The latest such business is solar energy company Lamo Solar, which... 

Young innovative  entrepreneurs offer  renewable-energy solutions
LAMO SOLAR Co-owners Tshibvumo Sikhwivhilu and Elmond Khoza

African countries look to minigrids to light up rural areas

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2017 African countries are increasingly looking towards minigrids to provide people living in remote areas access to electricity. Government officials from Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria have told delegates at the African Utility Week, in Cape Town, this week, that minigrids are the way to go for many... 

Molefe could 'obstruct' investigations – DA

By: News24Wire      16th May 2017 The reinstatement of Brian Molefe as Eskom CEO places him in a "position to frustrate or obstruct" any investigations against him, the Democratic Alliance (DA) says in court papers. The party on Monday brought an application in the High Court in Pretoria, asking it to rule Molefe's reinstatement... 

Molefe could 'obstruct' investigations – DA
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Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

DA to file urgent interdict against Molefe’s reappointment

By: African News Agency      15th May 2017 The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Monday it would be filing for an urgent interdict at the North Gauteng High Court in a bid to stop Brian Molefe’s reappointment as Eskom chief executive. DA spokesperson for public enterprises, Natasha Mazzone, said that Molefe was not a “fit and proper”... 

DA to file urgent interdict against Molefe’s reappointment

Huawei's SA OpenLab to focus on safe city, smart grid solutions

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2017 Information and communication technology multinational Hauwei has launched an OpenLab in South Africa that will focus on safe city and smart grid technologies, says Huawei South Africa deputy CEO Alex Du. The research and development laboratory is one of seven Huawei OpenLabs that will be opened... 

Nuclear is too expensive, too controversial

By: Nadine James     12th May 2017 Implementing a nuclear build programme in South Africa would be extremely difficult because of the associated expenses as well as the controversy surrounding nuclear power, says financial services company Thomson Reuters. “Globally, government decisions regarding nuclear programmes are delayed... 

Nuclear is too expensive, too controversial
ROBERT FISH The costs associated with constructing the necessary infrastructure added to the costs of importing most of the nuclear technology, fuel and materials, will incur large amounts of debt

Eskom board to report this week on probe into acting CEO 

By: African News Agency      11th May 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Wednesday said she was expecting the Eskom board to report back to her this week on a forensic investigation into the awarding of contracts worth around R1-billion to the stepdaughter of the utility’s acting chief executive Matshela Koko. “At the moment... 

Eskom gives Zimbabwe month-end deadline to pay up 

By: African News Agency      8th May 2017 Eskom said on Monday that it had given the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) until the end on this month to honour its increasing debt or it would be forced to cut electricity supply to that country. Zimbabwe owes the South African power utility R603-million, of which R119-million is... 

African Utility Week organisers clinch four awards

5th May 2017 Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser Spintelligent, which owns and organises the African Utility Week, has won four major awards at the Respect, Opportunities, Achievement, Recognition (Roar) Organiser and Exhibitor Awards, which took place in Johannesburg on January 26. The... 

African Utility Week  organisers clinch  four awards
AWARD WINNING EVENT African Utility Week is the joint winner in the Best Trade Exhibition 6 001 m2 to 12 000 m2 category

New Development Bank invited to join Africa’s power push

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th May 2017 African Development Bank Group (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina has invited the New Development Bank (NDB) to support Light up and power Africa – the first of five top priorities of AfDB’s continental transformation agenda. Speaking at the second annual meeting of the NDB, in New Delhi, last... 

New Development Bank invited to join Africa’s power push
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CONNECTION AIM The African Development Bank’s New Deal on Energy for Africa advocates the ultimate objective of achieving universal access to electricity within ten years

Renewable microgrids the future of African power system – research institution

By: Nadine James     5th May 2017 Self-sustaining renewable microgrids could foreseeably drive the development of Africa’s power system, resulting in quick, cost-effective electrification that enhances power security, says South African national research institution, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). CSIR... 

Renewable microgrids the future of African power system – research institution
SUBSISTENCE POWER A power system based on renewable technologies would be vastly different to the current system as an individual wind turbine could be used to generate cheap electricity for a microgrid in a remote village

Astral to pay Eskom directly for electricity

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th May 2017 The North Gauteng High Court has allowed poultry producer Astral and another industrial customer to make direct monthly electricity payments into power utility’s Eskom account. Earlier this year, Astral said Eskom’s plan to cut power to the Lekwa local municipality, in Mpumalanga, where its feed... 

African countries must create conducive environment to attract more infrastructure investment

By: Shirley le Guern     4th May 2017 Development finance institutions, banks and private investors are collectively sitting on trillions of dollars in capital that could be invested into African infrastructure projects if they were offered returns commensurate with the perceived higher risk environment, Africa50 CEO Alain Ebobisse... 

ABB clinches $30m contract to upgrade DRC electricity link

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th May 2017 Automation technology company ABB has been contracted by the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) national electricity company Société nationale d'électricité (SNEL) to partially upgrade its Inga-Kolwezi high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission link. The $30-million contract... 

Off-grid solutions prove highly effective for specified needs

28th April 2017 With more than 600-million people in Africa lacking access to clean, affordable and reliable energy, new technological developments such as off-grid solutions are becoming increasingly important. Power generation company Cummins specialises in the design and manufacture of pre-integrated... 

Off-grid solutions prove highly effective for specified needs
QSK 95 HEDGEHOG Cummins specialises in the design and manufacture of pre-integrated generator sets from 8 kVA to 3 300 kVA

Brown grants Eskom more time to reconsider Molefe’s pension payout

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has granted Eskom’s board more time to resolve, through a mutually beneficial consultation process, issues around a pension payout to its former CEO Brian Molefe.   Brown on Sunday turned down the board’s proposal to award Molefe a R30-million pension... 

Eskom connects more households to the grid

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th April 2017 State-owned electricity provider Eskom has connected 47 402 more households across the Eastern Cape to the electricity grid during the financial year ended March 31, at a cost of R830-million. Further, in Mpumalanga, over 120 households in kaMajika near Hazyview received electricity in their area... 

Wind body questions unjustified constraints in power-mix base case

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st April 2017 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has rejected the current base case scenario used for the 2016 updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Update for Electricity, calling for the scenario to be remodelled as a “least-cost energy plan” and re-issued for consultation. The public... 

Wind body questions unjustified constraints in power-mix  base case
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ARTIFICIAL CONSTRAINT The South African Wind Energy Association says the 2016 updated Integrated Resource Plan has unjustified artificial constraints on connection rates for wind and solar photovoltaic

Clamp an effective cable-theft solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Banding and Identification Solutions Africa is seeing a rise in demand from the electric power sector for its Ultra-Lok open-end clamp, owing to cable theft causing substantial disruptions in South Africa’s power supply. 

Integrated energy solutions Africa’s answer

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 While several large-scale energy projects in Africa are progressing positively, growing global interest in sustainability and renewable energy highlights the need to actively pursue other low-cost, fast-tracked integrated energy solutions that will benefit Africans without access to electricity,... 

More than half a million rand worth of copper recovered in Tshwane

By: African News Agency      20th April 2017 The newly established anti-cable theft unit arrested 12 suspected cable thieves and recovered several tons of copper valued at more than half a million rand over the Easter weekend, Tshwane Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga said on Thursday. He said the weekend arrests were in addition to 67 other... 

Electricity supply programme of R2.4bn for Ekurhuleni informal settlements

By: African News Agency      19th April 2017 A R2.4-billion programme for electricity in informal settlements across Ekurhuleni will be completed by the end of this financial year covering 16 000 households, Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mzwandile Masina announced. The legalities on the roll-out of the programme in privately owned informal... 

SA urged to focus on producing components for battery supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2017 South Africa can use the development and local production of various battery components in global energy storage supply chains to develop local industrial capacity, says University of the Western Cape South African Institute for Advanced Material Chemistry director Professor Vladimir Linkov.... 

City Power calls on residents not to buy electricity meters from unauthorised sellers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th April 2017 With a spike in the theft of electricity meters in the residential areas of the West Rand, Johannesburg electricity utility City Power has appealed to residents to refrain from buying electricity meters from unauthorised resellers. “This is supporting the illegal trade of stolen meters and... 

Least-cost base case essential starting point for IRP process – Sawea

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th April 2017 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has rejected the current base case scenario used for the 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Update for Electricity, calling for the scenario to be remodelled as a “least-cost energy plan” and re-issued for consultation. The public participation... 

Least-cost base case essential starting point for IRP process – Sawea

CSIR’s formal IRP submission deviates dramatically from Base Case 

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) formal input into the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) public consultation process, which ended on March 31, proposes a new-build mix that deviates materially from the IRP Base Case released by the Department of Energy (DoE) in November.... 

CSIR’s formal IRP submission deviates dramatically from Base Case

US launches partnership with African electricity company

By: African News Agency      5th April 2017 The US Department of State, in partnership with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), officially launched the African Utility Power Sector Exchange (AUPSE) on Tuesday with a summit in Washington, DC, attended by African and US utility CEOs. The summit was opened by acting Special Envoy and... 

Eskom and Botswana Power Corporation seal long-term power supply deal

By: African News Agency      5th April 2017 Eskom, which has excess capacity of about 4 000 MW, on Wednesday said it has signed a three-year “firm power supply agreement” with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC). The power utility said the move was is in line with its plan to increase electricity exports to neighbouring states. 

Bushveld’s Lemur, Sinohydro to build coal-fired power plant in Madagascar

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th April 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ Lemur Resources subsidiary has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese State-owned hydropower engineering and construction company Sinohydro Corporation to codevelop an initial 60 MW independent power producer (IPP) coal-fired power plant and an... 

Sustainable industry dispels misconceptions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Contrary to the misconceptions about the paper industry being detrimental to the environment, Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony posits that the sector is “incredibly sustainable” and shows a circular economy in action. Whether made from virgin... 

Eskom board probes allegations of impropriety against acting chief executive

By: African News Agency      30th March 2017 Eskom's board on Thursday said it had initiated a probe into allegations that acting CE Matshela Koko’s stepdaughter’s shareholding in Impulse International – a company which won nine tenders from the power utility worth a billion rand. In a statement Eskom said its “board resolved, in its... 

Eskom considers special pricing deals for energy-intensive companies 

30th March 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom considering, once again, entering into special pricing deals with energy-intensive firms in light of the energy surplus and stagnant electricity demand. 

Eskom considers special pricing deals for energy-intensive companies
Eskom considers special pricing deals for energy-intensive companies

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