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LONG ROAD AHEAD

3rd August 2018 Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe only just managed to guide the utility through to the there end of its horrific 2018 financial year, during which it nearly run of cash and almost had its bonds suspended. The journey ahead for Hadebe remains equally treacherous, as has already been seen from the false... 

Square Kilometre Array project, Africa and Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd August 2018 A French consortium, comprising five research organisations and seven private companies, has joined the SKA Organisation. 

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... 

AMSA studies new Vanderbijl electric arc furnace as it moves to restart Vereeniging mill 

By: Terence Creamer     1st August 2018 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), which announced its first interim profit in six years and may be on track to deliver its first full year profit since 2010, has initiated a study for the construction of a new electric arc furnace (EAF) at its Vanderbijlpark mill and has also... 

Anglo completes sale of New Largo to Seriti

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 Anglo American subsidiary Anglo American Inyosi Coal has completed the sale of the New Largo thermal coal project and the closed Old New Largo colliery, in South Africa, to New Largo Coal, which is co-owned by Seriti Resources, Coalzar and the Industrial Development Corporation. The cash... 

Risk of rotational load shedding high on Wednesday – Eskom 

By: African News Agency      1st August 2018 South Africa's power utility, Eskom, on Wednesday, said that the risk of Stage 1 rotational load shedding remained high but will only be implemented if "absolutely necessary". Eskom said it did not implement load shedding on Wednesday morning, adding that the electricity system remained... 

EIUG calls on Eskom to end impasse, resolve conflict

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa is concerned about the continuing industrial conflict at State-owned Eskom, it said in a statement on Wednesday. It called on the power utility and its unions to find a way to end the impasse, and to “show responsibility in respect of... 

South Africa faces power cuts as Eskom power units down – internal report 

By: Reuters     31st July 2018 Fifteen units are currently down at nine South African power stations, taking over 6 000 MW of power or 13% of Eskom's output off the national grid, an internal document seen by Reuters showed on Tuesday. Eskom provides more than 90% of the power for Africa's most industrialised economy, but the... 

Eskom faces risk of loadshedding as coal delivery disruption hits power stations

By: African News Agency      30th July 2018 Eskom has reported that coal delivery at some of its power stations was disrupted due to a workers' protest in the early hours of Monday morning, leaving the South African power utility at risk of yet more load-shedding.  Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe tweeted that coal trucking at Majuba and... 

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... 

Treasury says has received draft report on Eskom coal contract

By: News24Wire      30th July 2018 South Africa's National Treasury has received the draft forensic report on alleged irregularities in the awarding by state power utility Eskom of a coal contract to Tegeta and in logistics firm Transnet’s procurement of locomotives from China South Rail, it said at the weekend. The Treasury said... 

Anglo draws line in sand for thermal coal

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2018 Anglo American has drawn a line in the sand for its thermal coal portfolio. With 14 more years of life in existing assets, the company made it clear this week that it would engage in incremental expansion where it made sense, but not in long-term growth projects. Anglo has halved its footprint in... 

South Africa’s wind industry calls for standard metrics for employment in the energy sector 

By: Kim Cloete     27th July 2018 The South African wind industry has called for a standardised metric to determine employment in the energy sector.   Currently all South African coal power-related employment studies use the metric employees or jobs as opposed to the more internationally applied metric person-years, which is used... 

Funding a vital link across 912kms

27th July 2018 Railway infrastructure is key to the growth of any economy – all the more, if you are exporting coal across international trade waters. Thanks to the revamped and extended Nacala Logistics Corridor, the Moatize coal mine in the northwest Tete region of Mozambique can now export greater volumes of... 

Lack of investment stymies SA coal producers

By: Nadine James     27th July 2018 A lack of investment is hindering the South African coal industry’s ability to capitalise on a period of relatively stable demand for thermal and metallurgical coal locally and abroad, says XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost. The local coal industry is experiencing a challenging... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 Eskom has signed a loan agreement with the China Development Bank for the Kusile power station. 

China loans to Africa energy, infrastructure projects almost trebled between 2016 and 2017

By: African News Agency      26th July 2018 The value of Chinese loans to energy and infrastructure projects in Africa almost trebled between 2016 and 2017 to nearly $9-billion and the impact of this lending is increasingly visible in Africa, law firm Baker McKenzie said at the sidelines of a Brics summit. Baker McKenzie, participating at... 

Cape Town pushes ahead with plans for more renewable energy

By: Kim Cloete     26th July 2018 The City of Cape Town is working hard to meet its target for renewable energy to make up 20% of total energy used in the city by 2020. It is also following international blueprints and plans to implement more renewable energy projects, says City of Cape Town energy executive director Kadri Nassiep. 

Solid start for M&D Construction Group on ground-breaking housing development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 M&D Construction Group, a leading South African building and civil-engineering construction contractor, has commenced work on a large development that will provide affordable housing to many low income earners and tenants in Vosloorus, Gauteng. Importantly, this project aims to deliver an... 

South Africa opens door to future Russian nuclear power deal

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 South Africa cannot afford large-scale expansion of its nuclear power fleet but would still be open to future nuclear deals with Russia, the ruling party's Treasurer General said on Thursday shortly before President Vladimir Putin arrived for the Brics summit. The nuclear project was prioritised... 

2018 Metals and Engineering Indaba to contribute in shaping policy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 Delegates attending the 2018 Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton on 20 and 21 September will have an opportunity to influence economic policies that have a direct impact on the businesses they operate. The Indaba, now in its fourth year of... 

Eskom’s financial position 

25th July 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom’s latest financial results, the utility’s need to raise more debt and what can be expected from Eskom in terms of the publication of a new long-term corporate plan. 

Greenpeace, DA scrutinise Eskom, China Bank’s R33bn loan agreement 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th July 2018 Nonprofit organisation Greenpeace has expressed its disappointment at China choosing to support “dirty, dead-end coal” in South Africa, especially since China has an emerging and strengthening leadership on climate change. This comment follows after State-owned power utility Eskom on Tuesday... 

Labour Unrest And Strike Protection

25th July 2018 Perfect Word Consulting (Pty) Ltd During June, parts of Johannesburg were plunged into darkness – not from load shedding, but due to striking Eskom workers damaging company property during a one-day wage strike. 

Eskom leaders hint at need for independent system operator 

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2018 South Africa’s cash-strapped electricity utility Eskom is considering far-reaching changes to its business model as part of an in-depth review, being undertaken ahead of the finalisation of a new corporate plan. Chairperson Jabu Mabuza already flagged this week that the new corporate plan, which... 

South Africa signs $14bn trade agreements with China 

By: African News Agency      24th July 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday that the South African government had signed several agreements, including memorandums of understanding on investments, amounting to $14.7-billion with China. Various government departments signed agreements with the Chinese government in areas such as... 

Biotechnology disinfectant for industrial water treatment

24th July 2018 Local biotechnology company Biodx’s Decont-A biodegradable disinfectant, which has been tested and proven under operating conditions in industrial, power generation and mine water treatment applications, helps to reduce the energy and chemical costs associated with the cleaning and treatment of... 

LEIP MoU signed, 101 669 potential jobs created

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd July 2018 Up to 101 669 jobs could be created during the first five years of construction of the Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park (LEIP), which Eco-Industrial Solutions (EIS) CEO Deshika Kathawaroo on Monday said would “fundamentally change” the Limpopo province’s contribution to South Africa’s strategic... 

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 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 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... 

The elephant in the substation

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     20th July 2018 Everybody knows that renewable energy is great for us all: it is free, it does not pollute, it keeps big bad Eskom on its toes and it  represents huge investments in South Africa. What is there not to love? The bids for various wind power farms (this is the amount for which Eskom has to buy power... 

Redstone concentrated solar thermal power plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2018 Acwa Power has signed an investment agreement with South Africa’s Central Energy Fund regarding the project. 

Revolutionary solar-power desalination plant could provide cheaper option, but it needs space

By: News24Wire      18th July 2018 The new solar-powered desalination plant under construction at Witsand on the southern Cape coast will produce water at a cost of only R7 to R8 a kilolitre. This is less than a quarter of the cost of water from Cape Town's temporary desalination plant at Strandfontein. Water from the... 

SA Integrated Resource Plan nears completion

18th July 2018 Pan-African progress updates as Africa’s stakeholders convene in Sandton for key power sector summit South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), expected to be finalised in the course of the next month, will give Eskom and other power stakeholders clarity and direction, says Eskom Chairman... 

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... 

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