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November mining production down 5.6% y/y  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th January 2019 South Africa’s mining production decreased by 5.6% year-on-year in November. Statistics South Africa on Tuesday reported that the largest contributors to the decrease had been the iron-ore, gold, diamonds and other non-metallic minerals sectors. 

Electricity increases will badly hurt the poor, say community leaders, residents  

By: Kim Cloete     15th January 2019 Community and faith leaders, as well as pensioners and residents, have called on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to oppose Eskom’s request for a tariff hike, with a projected overall increase of 45% to 2021. “If granted, this price increase will severely impact on all... 

'Find it in your heart, Eskom' – public's pleas on 'unbearable' tariff hikes  

By: News24Wire      15th January 2019 Granting power utility Eskom the 15% annual tariff hike it has asked for will only add pressure to already struggling households, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) heard on the second day of public hearings.  The energy regulator, which sets prices and tariffs for Eskom,... 

Electric forklifts for fast-growing drinks producer

15th January 2019 Multi-national beverage manufacturer, Kingsley Beverages, has become the first largescale company in South Africa to make the switch from internal combustion-engine forklifts to more productive and efficient electric machines from Linde. With a fleet of more than 80 forklifts the company has... 

Merkel seeks to preserve jobs while phasing out coal plants

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Angela Merkel’s commission plotting Germany’s exit from coal faces a tricky balancing act: how to stop mining and burning the dirtiest fossil fuel without whipping up more voter anxiety over job losses. Germany’s chancellor meets with coal-state governors who sit on the commission on Tuesday in... 

Electric cars seen getting cleaner even where grids rely on coal

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Electric cars are better for the environment than traditional gasoline models, and that benefit will grow as power generators shift away from coal. That’s the conclusion of research by BloombergNEF, which found carbon dioxide emissions from battery-powered vehicles were about 40% lower than for... 

Salga warns of the dangers of raising electricity tariffs

By: Kim Cloete     14th January 2019 The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has rejected Eskom’s appeal for a 15% tariff increase over the next three years, saying the utility is "out of touch with reality". “There is already too much burden hanging over South African customers. We can’t expect them to pay,” Salga... 

UN warns of rising levels of toxic brine as more desalination plants are built

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2019 The fast-rising number of desalination plants globally, now almost 16 000, quench a growing thirst for fresh water but create a “salty dilemma” on how to deal with all the chemical-laden left-over brine, authors of a recently published United Nations- (UN-) backed paper say. In the paper, the... 

Mining needs to embrace Industry 4.0

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th January 2019 Challenges faced by the mining industry today like increasing production costs, depressed commodity prices and the high cost of electricity, are forcing the mining sector to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution as it brings industrial transformation. Such developments will bring the training... 

Eskom warns of 'debt trap' as it pleads for 15% hike  

By: Kim Cloete     14th January 2019 Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe has apologised for the severe predicament Eskom is in, but has pleaded for an electricity tariff increase of 15% over the next three years.   Hadebe made the call at the opening of public hearings into electricity tariffs held by the National Energy Regulator of South... 

We must apologise to South Africans for 'avoidable' challenges – Eskom CEO 

By: News24Wire      14th January 2019 Eskom's 15% tariff increase for the next three years may seem steep, but Eskom has run into challenges which it cannot solve alone, CEO Phakamani Hadebe said. The executive made opening remarks at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's (Nersa) nationwide public hearings, which kicked off... 

Hydrogen leap needed to aid platinum’s future 

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2019 A South African decision to step firmly into the hydrogen age, like so many other countries are doing, has great potential benefit for the country. Because South Africa has better combined solar and wind resources than just about any other country, it is well positioned to generate hydrogen using... 

RTS Africa fills a gap in the local hydrogen generation market with Nel Hydrogen Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers

11th January 2019 With its wide range of industrial uses and applications, hydrogen is a very important molecule. This gas is essential in many sectors such as chemicals, refining, metallurgical applications; as well as glass and electronics manufacturing to name a few. When it comes to the bulk manufacturing of... 

Eskom is said to extend job cuts beyond top management tier  

By: Bloomberg     7th January 2019 Eskom Holdings will extend its strategy of trimming top executive positions to include lower ranking managers and finally the general workforce as South Africa’s cash-strapped power utility looks to cut costs, according to a person familiar with the plans. The state-owned company last month... 

Ramaphosa appoints high-level Eskom sustainability task team to resolve problems 

By: African News Agency      14th December 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a high-level task team to come up with solutions to the many challenges that Eskom faces, the Presidency said in a statement on Friday. And as a signal of the urgency of its task, the President has asked the Eskom sustainability task team to submit initial... 

Climate ideals clash with coal realities at Polish-led UN talks

By: Reuters     14th December 2018 Delegates at UN climate talks in the Polish city of Katowice point to the mining museum next to the conference venue as the proper place for coal, which provides 80% of the country's electricity. Poland's decision to host the negotiations to revive the 2015 Paris agreement on phasing out fossil... 

Upcoming protest not the first amid talks of transition away from coal – SAWEA

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has defended the industry’s job creation potential. This comes ahead of a peaceful march by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which is planned for November 17, to protest potential job losses in the coal-fired power generation sector as a... 

Radebe hints at possible Saudi investment to boost South Africa's oil refining capacity

By: Kim Cloete     7th November 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has called for a collaborative approach to attract investment in oil refining hubs throughout the continent and has hinted that Saudi Arabian investment in refining capacity in South Africa may soon become a reality. “In South Africa we believe the time has come for an... 

Energy-saving lighting installed at Boxer DC

2nd November 2018 Magnet has added another energy-saving lighting installation to its repertoire, with the completion of an installation for the new Boxer Superstores distribution centre (DC) in East London, the company indicated in a statement in October. “Following the success of Magnet’s lighting installation... 

Offgrid firm BBOXX targets two new African markets with EDF – CEO

By: Reuters     30th October 2018 UK-based off-grid power company BBOXX is looking to enter two new African markets in partnership with France's EDF Group next year as it capitalises on growing interest in the sector from large energy companies, its chief executive said on Monday. The two companies announced last week that the... 

Will Cars Eventually Run on Water?

29th October 2018 Electriq~Global launches water-based fuel to power electric vehicles An Australian-Israeli startup has found a way to use water in order to power electric vehicles  

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... 

Draft Companies Amendment Bill

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th October 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (“DTI”) has published the Companies Amendment Draft Bill (the “Bill”) for public comment. Interested parties may submit comments to the DTI by 20 November 2018. The Bill seeks to make amendments to Companies Act No. 71 of 2008 (the “Companies Act”). The reason... 

Salga calls for new electricity demand forecasts

By: Kim Cloete     26th October 2018 The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has called for a reduced demand forecast for electricity to be included in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018, in line with the slowdown in electricity sales and a drop in customer demand. Salga says the forecasts contained in the draft... 

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments  

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an end to South Africa's proverbial 'investment strike', when he unveiled firm investment commitments of R290-billion across a diverse range of sectors, from mining and energy to infrastructure and manufacturing, at a well attended and vibrant investment... 

Shake-up at US energy regulator raises specter of coal bailout

By: Bloomberg     26th October 2018 An untimely resignation has given one Kentucky Republican a second shot at saving coal. Neil Chatterjee, former energy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has been tapped to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after Chairman Kevin McIntyre stepped down this week due to... 

LafargeHolcim cuts full-year earnings forecast as costs bite

By: Reuters     26th October 2018 LafargeHolcim increased its sales outlook for 2018 but reduced its profit expectations as the world's largest cement maker reported better-than-expected earnings during its third quarter. The Swiss company said on Friday it now expected annual sales to grow in the 4% to 6% range, up from its... 

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2018 The rapid developments around the concept of the mine of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are sending mixed reactions over jobs in what is a struggling sector. However, stalling or adopting what is inevitable, in a slow fashion, will deliver penalties for the economy on an... 

Debt-trap diplomacy?

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th October 2018 I have made no bones about my cynicism about Chinese generosity towards African countries, which has taken the form of top-dollar freebies, government and State-owned company loans and investment in infrastructure. As I have said before, my uneasiness heightened when it came to light that Sri... 

SEZ to boost stainless steel industry

By: Thabi Madiba     26th October 2018 The Limpopo-based export-oriented mega mineral energy complex, in a special economic zone (SEZ), in which Chinese State-owned companies are set to invest, is “the biggest thing on the horizon” in the local stainless steel industry, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association... 

South Africa prepares for an electrified future

By: Paige Müller     26th October 2018 Amid the conclusion of this year’s Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC), founder and director Winstone Jordaan tells Engineering News that South Africa is poised to adopt electrified transport. “Without any doubt in my mind, we are heading for an electric future. This means we must find better, cleaner... 

Industry growth demands maintenance skills

By: Tracy Hancock     26th October 2018 With the growth in wind energy utilities, the demand to install, repair and maintain such facilities in Africa, including South Africa, is on the rise, says Knowledge Pele (KP) Academy head Richard Setati. He tells Engineering News that many reports and commentators attest to the overall growth... 

Klawer awaits PPA signature, while Roggeveld surges ahead

By: Tracy Hancock     26th October 2018 Having received preferred bidder status three years ago, Cape Town-based wind farm developer G7 Renewable Energies’ Klawer wind farm project awaits a power purchase agreement (PPA) signature before undertaking the 18 months of construction needed to add 5 MW of electricity to the national grid. 

Wind energy investors watching S Africa closely

By: Tracy Hancock     26th October 2018 For the last several years, from the wind industry’s perspective, the South African government has done everything it can to discourage investor confidence; however, that has changed with the new government, states Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). 

IRP decision time

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 The comment period for the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 has closed and it’s now up to the Department of Energy (DoE) to sift through the responses and assess whether or not any adjustments should be made before asking Cabinet to approve the final version. The draft has been generally... 

O’MEGA1 floating solar plant, France

By: Sheila Barradas     26th October 2018 The project entails the construction of the first floating solar power plant in France and the most powerful in Europe.  

Grand Inga hydropower project, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Sheila Barradas     26th October 2018 Government has given two groups of investors a four-week deadline to submit a joint proposal on the development of the multibillion-dollar Inga 3 hydropower plant. 

Imaloto independent power producer coal-fired power plant project, Madagascar

By: Sheila Barradas     26th October 2018 Bushveld Minerals has announced that the Imaloto project is on track to deliver electricity to south-western Madagascar by 2021. 

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