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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... 

Mining downturn results in profile expansion for consulting firm

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 International consulting engineering and scientists consultancy SRK Consulting’s local non-mining contracts have become its main revenue contributor, contributing to about 40% to 50% of the firm’s overall workload over the past three years. “The company’s growth in non-mining work is not just in... 

Unbundling Eskom

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     29th June 2018 It should be evident to everybody that State-owned electricity utility Eskom is in the following condition: (a) The road transport coal supply contractors have for years been ripping off the system – the trucks get loaded with good-quality coal, which is driven to an export depot. They then pick... 

Davies dissolves SABS board after ‘unpersuasive’ representations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th June 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies announced on Thursday that he had dissolved the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) board with immediate effect, owing to its failure to exercise its fiduciary duties in terms of the Standards Act and the Public Finance Management Act. The... 

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... 

Exxaro expects H1 thermal coal output to rise 1%

By: Reuters     28th June 2018 Exxaro Resources Ltd expects coal production for the half year to June 30 to increase by 1.7% to 23.52-million tonnes, the South African coal miner said on Thursday. It expects thermal coal output to rise by 1% to 22.307-million tonnes and metallurgical coal to increase by 12% compared with the... 

Renewable energy brings power and jobs to Clanwilliam

By: African News Agency      27th June 2018 The Western Cape town of Clanwilliam’s first retail shopping centre to be opened on Thursday is an example of how renewable energy is aiding economic development in small towns with limited access to the national grid, an energy company executive said on Wednesday. SOLA Future Energy installed a... 

Starting Eskom wage talks at 0% may have been 'tactically wrong' - Jabu Mabuza 

By: African News Agency      25th June 2018 Eskom Chairperson Jabu Mabuza on Monday said it may have been “tactically wrong” to start wage negotiations with unions representing employees at the power utility at zero per cent. “When you deal with the issues of wages, I think we could have handled this issue better as Eskom. It was perhaps... 

Local business must lead on investment, says Jabu Mabuza

By: African News Agency      25th June 2018 Jabu Mabuza, the chair of Eskom and Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), said on Monday that local businesses needed to affirm their confidence in the country’s economy for international investment to take hold. “Foreign direct investment will only come about at the back of local investment,”... 

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... 

New-look IPP bid documents will need to strike delicate balance

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2018 The new bid documentation being prepared by the Department of Energy (DoE) for future independent power producer (IPP) procurement rounds will have to strike a delicate balance between sustaining investor interest and responding to society’s demand for increased socioeconomic benefits. In fact,... 

Nontechnical issues present the main obstacles to nuclear’s role in future energy mix

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 Key issues regarding the future of nuclear power in South Africa were raised at the National Nuclear Regulator’s recent 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference, held in northern Johannesburg. The conference took place over three days.  

Skills development and in-house training crucial for boiler industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     22nd June 2018 Stainless steel fabricator and welding services firm Hlakani Engineering strongly advocates the importance of skills development and in-house training, says director Gerhard Holtshauzen, as this significantly improves boiler making and other skills. “We provide people with a chance to become a... 

Nontechnical issues present the main obstacles to nuclear’s role in future energy mix

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 Key issues regarding the future of nuclear power in South Africa were raised at the National Nuclear Regulator’s recent 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference, held in northern Johannesburg. The conference took place over three days.  

Conflicting strategies?

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2018 Eskom may have a technical case for reviewing the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) tariff determination for 2018/19. However, it’s not fully clear how the move gels with its intention to claw back energy-intensive customers lost over the past decade and a bit largely as 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... 

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... 

Trade unions to respond to Eskom's 4.7% wage offer increase

By: African News Agency      20th June 2018 Trade unions involved in wage negotiations with Eskom will give a joint response to the power utility's revised 4.7 percent wage offer when the talks resume for the second day on Wednesday morning. In a joint statement, the National Union of Mineworkers, the National Union of Metalworkers of... 

Trade unions to debate Eskom's 4.7% wage offer increase

By: News24Wire      20th June 2018 All recognised trade unions at Eskom met with South Africa's power utility on Tuesday to restart wage talks and would debate the new offer, the unions said. In a joint statement, the National Union of Mineworkers, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, and Solidarity said they met... 

Eskom wage talks off to a bad start – union

By: News24Wire      19th June 2018 Talks between Eskom and unions got off to a bad start on Tuesday, with the power producer reneging on its earlier agreement to include "high-powered" members in its delegation, a union spokesperson said. "The talks started this morning, but we are not happy with Eskom’s failure to honour its... 

Saica to start disciplinary proceedings against former Eskom CFO Anoj Singh

By: News24Wire      19th June 2018 The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) announced on Tuesday it will start disciplinary proceedings against former Eskom CFO Anoj Singh. This follows a period of investigation and the professional body's decision to issue charges of misconduct against the chartered accountant. 

NUM slams claims of 'sabotage' by Eskom

By: African News Agency      18th June 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday said that Eskom was lying to the public that workers affiliated to the trade union were responsible for sabotaging work being done at the power utility's power stations across the country.  This comes as Eskom last week began implementing... 

State capture at heart of Eskom’s load-shedding woes – Maimane

By: News24Wire      18th June 2018 Diversifying the energy mix, reducing demand and putting an end to the Eskom monopoly in the energy sector are some of the proposals the Democratic Alliance (DA) has made to mitigate load-shedding. Speaking during a briefing at Parliament on Monday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane stressed that... 

Num denies reports it wanted to postpone wage talks with Eskom

By: African News Agency      18th June 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) on Monday slammed reports that it had called for the postponement of wage negotiations with power utility Eskom because of its congress this week.  "The Num congress is starting on Wednesday at the Birchwood Hotel and that will not affect the wage... 

The all-Africa Employee Engagement Awards & Conference announces 2018 winners

18th June 2018 The inaugural Africa wide Employment Engagement Awards and Conference hosted 150 people at the 2018 Awards and Conference yesterday at the Hyatt in Rosebank Johannesburg. It was a unique opportunity for business leaders to champion continent-wide achievements and innovative approaches to engaging... 

Optimal funding for the The Roggeveld Wind Project: Generating power at the lowest bid tariff

18th June 2018 By Mphokolo Makara and Daniel Zinman Roggeveld, loosely translated from Afrikaans, means rye fields which were once plentiful in the area where a 140MW wind farm project has recently reached financial close under the fourth round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer... 

Eskom says low probability of day-time load-shedding

By: African News Agency      18th June 2018 State electricity company Eskom said on Monday there is a low probability of rotational load-shedding during the day as a result of power station units being returned to the system after last week's wage strike, but the probability was higher for the evening peak period due to increased demand.... 

Eskom says power system will take up to 10 days to recover from strike impact

By: News24Wire      18th June 2018 State electricity company Eskom said late on Sunday its power system remained constrained and would take up to ten days to recover from the effects of last week's wage strike. Eskom warned consumers to work on the assumption that rolling power interruptions, or loadshedding, implemented over the... 

Numsa rejects Eskom arbitration process

By: African News Agency      15th June 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Friday rejected Eskom's decision to engage in an arbitration process on the current wage dispute with workers unions, saying that such a decision was made without consulting them. Numsa, the National Union of Mineworkers (Num), and Solidarity... 

Surge protection for your residential appliances with DEHN

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2018 Across South Africa, citizens will remember the rolling blackouts of 2014 and 2015 with varying shades of discomfort depending on whether they could, or could not, afford generators for their homes. When national utility provider Eskom was unable to match energy supply to demand, the result was a... 

'High risk' of load shedding over weekend

By: News24Wire      15th June 2018 South Africa on Friday experienced its second consecutive day of load shedding, with power outages likely to continue over the weekend.  Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said that stage 1 load shedding started at 11:30 and would continue until 21:00 due to "multiple trips of its power generation... 

Eskom obtains court interdict against workers pickets at power stations

By: African News Agency      15th June 2018 Eskom on Friday obtained a court interdict prohibiting the intimidation of workers and contractors who are not part of an ongoing wage strike, as well as the highjacking of coal trucks and the sabotaging of the power utility's electricity infrastructure.  On Thursday, generation and distribution... 

City of Johannesburg slams Eskom over power cuts

By: Reuters     15th June 2018 The city of Johannesburg said late on Thursday that State-owned electricity company Eskom had failed to give adequate notice before implementing scheduled power interruptions, or loadshedding, to relieve pressure on the grid in the face of a wage strike. "Despite the city receiving communication... 

Power shift

By: Terence Creamer     15th June 2018 One of the more interesting exchanges during the recent gathering of energy stakeholders in Johannesburg arose as a result of a question posed to Energy Minister Jeff Radebe by Wits Business School Energy Leadership Centre director Dr Rod Crompton. Crompton, who is a former full-time regulator at... 

Mkhize discusses govt’s strategy towards municipal debt owed to Eskom 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2018 Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on Thursday briefed the Standing Committee on Public Accounts about government’s plans to resolve the challenge of debt owed by municipalities to State-owned power utility Eskom.  

Nersa grants Eskom R32.69bn in RCA application 

By: African News Agency      14th June 2018 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) on Thursday granted Eskom R32.69-billion following its regulatory clearing account (RCA) application for the multi-year price determination period from 2015 to 2017. The cash-strapped power utility had applied for a 19.9% tariff hike to recoup... 

Wage protests threaten South African power supply

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 About 1 000 union members picketed Eskom's headquarters on Thursday in a wage dispute that threatens the cash-strapped South African utility's ability to deliver power. There have been no reports of outages in Africa's most industrialised economy, but Eskom said that some plants had cut output,... 

Labour unions picket Eskom office in wage dispute

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 Hundreds of union members picketed outside the headquarters of Eskom on Thursday because of a wage dispute which has hurt the cash-strapped South African power utility's ability to deliver electricity to Africa's most industrialised economy. Labour unions, angered by Eskom's failure to raise... 

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