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Wind energy industry warned of tough road ahead

By: Kim Cloete     12th July 2018 A leading economist has warned the wind energy industry that it will need to become even more competitive and lower the price of wind power in a stagnant and increasingly challenging South African energy sector.   “Our power sector is bankrupt. Whether we like it or not, this will impact the wind... 

As Eskom grapples with corporate plan, calls being made for radical restructuring 

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 In a concerted effort to save and stabilise State-owned power utility Eskom as well as other deteriorating State-owned entities (SoEs), Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announced in his Budget vote in May plans in the next 12 months that include the appointment of capable executive... 

As Eskom grapples with corporate plan, calls being made for radical restructuring

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 In a concerted effort to save and stabilise State-owned power utility Eskom as well as other deteriorating State-owned entities (SoEs), Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announced in his Budget vote in May plans in the next 12 months that include the appointment of capable executive... 

NDB, DBSA to establish framework for cooperation

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2018 The multilateral New Development Bank (NDB) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on general cooperation to formalise a framework of cooperation between the two organisations to promote initiatives that foster cooperation in areas of... 

20 years of the Africa Energy Forum: a catalyst for progress within the industry

24th May 2018 Just before the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) arrives in Mauritius from 19-22 June to celebrate its 20th anniversary, we hear from some of the energy industry’s most respected decision-makers on how the Forum provided a platform for the development of Africa’s energy sector. 

DBSA appoints new CFO

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 Boitumelo Mosako has been appointed CFO of development finance institution the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), effective April 1. Prior to joining the DBSA, she served as the CFO at the South African Bureau of Standards. 

Big fall in DBSA disbursements partly attributed to renewables stand-off 

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) recorded a sharp fall in disbursements to R12.4-billion in 2017, from a record R17.1-billion in 2016, but has promised to "step up" its role as a catalyst of development in 2018, setting a R20-billion disbursement target for the year. The development... 

DBSA committed to funding infrastructure projects throughout SADC

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 With low levels of electrification hindering economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa – where 78% of the population is reliant on biomass as their main energy source – $57-trillion will be required until 2030 to fund the continent’s infrastructure and energy projects, according to... 

Mandla Gantsho to replace Fani Titi as Kumba chair

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2017 Kumba Iron Ore chairperson Fani Titi is to step down from the board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed mining company from September 30 and will be replaced by Dr Mandla Gantsho, who has been appointed as chairperson designate. Gantsho will join the board on August 1 and will succeed Titi... 

Grand Inga hydropower project, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 Government has decided to more than double the size of its planned Inga 3 hydroelectric plant – the first stage of the much larger Grand Inga project. 

Fitch next to downgrade Eskom, Transnet to align with sovereign ratings

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2017 South African State-owned Eskom and Transnet have also been downgraded by ratings agency Fitch to align with the recent downgrade of South Africa’s sovereign rating. Eskom’s long-term local currency issuer default rating (IDR) and the senior unsecured local currency rating have been downgraded... 

NGOs unhappy about new bids for baseload coal 

By: Kim Cloete     13th October 2016 Nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) have criticised the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) decision to select preferred bidders under the first bid window for independent coal baseload power plants. The Life After Coal Network says the expansion of coal-fired power generation through the Coal... 

Johannesburg gears up to host Infrastructure Africa Business Forum

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2016 Infrastructure Africa and the African Development Bank (AfDB) are preparing to host the 2016 edition of the Infrastructure Africa Business Forum, incorporating side event, the Africa Inclusive Infrastructure Forum, at the Sandton Convention Centre from June 9 to 10. The two-day conference and... 

Towards growing African economies: Addressing the African power and water sectors

4th January 2016 The 16th annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and trade exhibition returns to Cape Town from 17-19 May 2016 will be a gathering of some 6000 engineers, stakeholders and solution providers from around the globe. The event will feature 250 exhibitors, over 220 speakers, a... 

Earthlife urges S Africa to cut reliance on coal-fired power stations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th October 2015 South Africa should not be allowed to create new coal-fired power stations if it is to tackle its carbon emissions and meet the global goal of keeping temperature increases below 2 °C, says South African environmental and antinuclear organisation Earthlife Africa energy policy officer Dominique... 

Energy should be accessible to all, but it should be sustainable – Mistra

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th October 2015 Governments need to deliberately decide that their renewable-energy strategies are energy access strategies and that these programmes are designed to not be grid-based, but rather based on a modular decentralised strategy to have many grids supplying energy where it is needed. This would create... 

African opportunities depend on economic corridors and additional infrastructure 

By: Simon Rees     30th September 2015 Sub-Saharan Africa continued to face transport bottlenecks and difficulties in bringing large-scale infrastructure projects to fruition, despite increased economic growth and growing population levels, delegates were told at a recent Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business infrastructure... 

Megaprojects pose deadline, budget risks for governments

By: Sashnee Moodley     11th September 2015 Megaprojects are often over budget and delayed and project planning is a crucial element in ensuring the successful delivery of such projects.  

Megaprojects pose deadline, budget constraints for governments  

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st September 2015 Megaprojects are often over budget and delayed and project planning is a crucial element in ensuring the successful delivery of such projects.  

South African Conversations on Infrastructure

14th July 2015 DIALOGUES OVER THE YEARS Over the past three years of Dialogues, role players and stakeholders have faced many hurdles in the race to develop South Africa’s infrastructure. Some have cleared these hurdles and others have not. Going forward, achieving a better performance requires teamwork... 

African leaders join forces on infrastructure 

By: Kim Cloete     5th June 2015 African leaders are working together on major infrastructure projects on the continent, helped by business and political leaders, including former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Strategic Infrastructure Initiative (ASII) hopes to draw billions of dollars to... 

Government outlines plans for forging new generation of ‘active’ black industrialists

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th May 2015 There are growing indications that the South Africa government is seeking to change gears in the area of black economic empowerment (BEE), with the departments of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Economic Development planning to leverage public procurement, incentive schemes and development... 

Government outlines plans for forging new generation of ‘active’ black industrialists

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th May 2015 There are growing indications that the South Africa government is seeking to change gears in the area of black economic empowerment (BEE) , with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Economic Development Department planning to leverage public procurement, its incentive schemes and... 

Hospital engineers receive industry best practice injection

By: David Oliveira     22nd May 2015 Healthcare infrastructure norms and standards developer Infrastructure Unit Support Systems (IUSS) is in the process of developing and publishing a set of healthcare infrastructure standards and norms, to act as a built environment best practice guideline. The IUSS is a structural collaboration... 

Lack of funding appetite for infrastructure projects in PFS stage, forum hears  

By: Natalie Greve     13th May 2015 Infrastructure delivery in South Africa remains hobbled, not by a lack of project pipeline but rather by a lack of investment apetite in projects that have not yet been proved at the bankable feasibility stage, the Captains of Construction Leadership forum heard on Wednesday. “We are sitting with... 

SADC contributes $3.5m to regional interconnector project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2015 The Southern Africa Development Community’s (SADC’s) Project Preparation and Development Facility (PPDF) – managed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) – on Monday approved $3.5-million towards the development of the multicountry regional interconnector transmission line project. As... 

Transnet, DBSA partner to accelerate private sector partnerships

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2015 State-owned Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has agreed to part with skills and funding to accelerate parastatal Transnet’s multibillion-rand private sector participation (PSP) infrastructure investment programme. The development bank would provide funding and expertise for the PSP... 

Preparations under way for specialised R1bn black-industrialists incentive 

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2015 The development of a specific support framework for black industrialists has been flagged for the first time in the latest version of the South African government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). The 2015 document – the seventh iteration of the yearly plan – was launched by Trade and... 

Graaff-Reinet-based freshwater fish farming and processing initiative, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th April 2015 The Commercial Phase 1 of the initiative is increasing the number of aquaculture production facilities to enable it to produce 2 640 t/y of catfish. 

Graaff-Reinet aquaculture project moves ahead to give rise to catfish processing facility

By: Tracy Hancock     30th March 2015 The construction of an additional three on-site ponds, a commercial-scale hatchery and preprocessing line, with a combined valued of R23.5-million, has started in Graaff-Reinet, in the Eastern Cape, and is said to justify the establishment of a processing facility in the area once complete. The... 

Wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th March 2015 The project involves the construction of three wind farms with a combined capacity of 360 MW, in the Northern Cape. 

Black industrialists to get financial boost through DFI credit, DTI grants

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th March 2015 Access to finance for South Africa’s black industrialists could become easier as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announces several State-led support initiatives as part of its Black Industrialists Development Programme. Unpacking the DTI’s plans for black industrialist development,... 

South Africa Climate Innovation Center kicks off its national program and joins the World Bank’s global network of innovation centers

25th March 2015 The Climate Innovation Center South Africa will kick off its national program with a world-class conference on Green Technologies and Innovations for Inclusive Growth on March 25 and 26. The scaled-up CIC South Africa is the newest member of the World Bank/infoDev’s global network of Climate... 

Xina Solar One parabolic trough plant project, South Africa

20th March 2015 Abengoa has announced that $660-million in project financing has been secured for the Xina Solar One project. 

enX Group announces a proposed R211m equity capital raising and BBBEE transaction as prelude to expansion drive

16th March 2015 Publicly traded industrial energy company enX Group has announced details of an intended R211m equity capital raise and Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment transaction. The transaction, once concluded, will significantly strengthen its financial and liquidity position and empowerment... 

Mainstream says work to begin this month on three more SA wind projects 

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2015 Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power reports that construction will begin this month on three new South African wind farms, which recently reached financial close following the third bid window under the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement... 

More solar thermal projects, with storage, set to enter SA power mix

By: Terence Creamer     23rd January 2015 South Africa is poised to add yet more concentrating solar power (CSP) capacity, with two additional preferred projects named by the Department of Energy (DoE) and two others reaching financial close in December. The development brings to seven the number of active CSP projects being pursued by... 

More solar thermal projects, with storage, set to enter SA power mix 

By: Terence Creamer     8th January 2015 South Africa is poised to add yet more concentrating solar power (CSP) capacity, with two additional preferred projects named by the Department of Energy (DoE) and two others reaching financial close in December. The development brings to seven the number of active CSP projects being pursued by... 

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