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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... 

Electricity situation ‘tense but stable’ – Eskom

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom’s power stations and other critical facilities continue to operate optimally, in line with the contingency measures put in place to ensure security of power supply during a period of “wildcat strikes”.  

NUM, Numsa reject Eskom wage offer, want Ramaphosa to intervene

By: African News Agency      12th June 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday officially rejected Eskom's zero percent wage offer, saying that the state-owned power utility cannot plead poverty because it was "dealing with a self-imposed crisis". Last week, wage... 

Eskom scrambles with contingency plans as workers strike looms

By: African News Agency      12th June 2018 South African state-owned power utility Eskom said on Tuesday it had put in place contingency measures to mitigate the impact of a planned strike by workers unions over the company's proposal not to increase wages. "Eskom has noted the statements made by the trade unions about their intentions to... 

'No sacred cows': SAA boss plans deep cuts

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Six months into the job of running loss-making South African Airways, Vuyani Jarana is mapping out a punishing austerity plan. Jarana, who faces the daunting task of turning the flag carrier around, said layoffs and other cuts were unavoidable as he contends with a draining cost-to-income ratio... 

Solidarity declares dispute with Eskom over wage offer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Monday declared a dispute with State-owned power utility Eskom.  

Mobile application cost calculator for major household appliances to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

11th June 2018 The Department of Energy has implemented a programme to remove the highest energy-consuming appliances from the South African market. The programme is aimed at introducing appliances that are less energy consuming and compliant with the new Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS). The... 

Botswana coal miner sees opportunity in regional shortages

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Botswana’s sole operating coal mine will increase output almost threefold within seven years as it eyes export opportunities created by a shortage of the fuel that’s used to fire most of southern Africa’s power plants. Morupule Coal Mine in the east of the country will ramp up annual production... 

Eskom’s application to have tariff decision set aside increases uncertainty – EIUG  

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) has expressed concern that power utility Eskom’s decision to approach the courts to have the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) tariff determination for 2018/19 set aside will increase uncertainty regarding electricity prices. This will... 

Radebe hosts stakeholder forum; Eskom takes Nersa decision to court 

8th June 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest developments on the energy policy front, as well as Eskom’s turnaround. 

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2018 A string of corporate governance failures and climate change challenges have cranked up the pressure on companies to become better corporate citizens and take care of the environment they are operating in. The renewed emphasis on governance and sustainability is not limited to the private sector,... 

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2018 A string of corporate governance failures and climate change challenges have cranked up the pressure on companies to become better corporate citizens and take care of the environment they are operating in. The renewed emphasis on governance and sustainability is not limited to the private sector,... 

Policy posers 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2018 South African energy policymakers would be well advised to take note a few recent reports as they move to finalise the long-awaited update to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, as well as the Integrated Energy Plan (IEP). The first of these is titled ‘Status of Power System... 

Lesedi: The start of a new era

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th June 2018 16 May 2018 Lesedi Nuclear Services Rebrand Launch   

Basil Read enters new avenue with Savanna City residential development

By: Simone Liedtke     7th June 2018 As part of its turnaround strategy, construction group Basil Read on Thursday launched Basil Read Homes with the first of its 44 residential units on a land parcel at Savanna City, south of Johannesburg, which will, upon completion, boast about 18 399 integrated housing units. “This launch is a... 

Reinstatement of Eskom system reports seen as way to rebuild trust through transparency

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2018 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has re-launched its weekly system status report as part of broader efforts to rebuild trust with South African citizens, who remain skeptical about the utility’s ability to keep the lights on. The service, which is now available on Eskom’s website, was... 

Workers call for total shutdown of Eskom amid wage negotiations deadlock 

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday called for a total shutdown of South African state-owned power utility, Eskom, following another collapse in wage negotiations.  Eskom workers are demanding a 15% wage increase across the board in a one-year agreement, 80:20 percent contribution... 

Eskom must diversify its energy mix – MacColl  

By: Nadine James     7th June 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom should diversify its energy mix, Electric Power Research Institute senior regional manager Barry MacColl said during a panel discussion on South Africa’s energy policy, and specifically the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The panel, held on Thursday at the Mazars... 

Eskom to approach courts to have Nersa’s 5.23% tariff decision set aside 

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2018 State-owned electricity utility Eskom will, in the coming days, approach the courts to have the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) tariff determination for 2018/19 set aside, chairperson Jabu Mabuza confirmed on Thursday. The action would represent Eskom’s first-ever legal... 

Seriti Resources interested in Optimum Coal as it looks to export

By: Reuters     6th June 2018 South African miner Seriti Resources wants to move into exporting coal and would be interested in buying the assets and quotas of the Gupta family's Optimum Coal, its CEO said. Bidding for Optimum Coal would pit Seriti, which has ambitions to become a black-owned mining champion, with bigger... 

Multistakeholder initiative launched to address sustainable mine closure challenges

By: Nadine James     5th June 2018 Private and public sector entities officially launched a sustainable mine closure collaborative platform, called the Mine Water Coordinating Body (MWCB), at the Nedbank-New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) Business Foundation Networking Forum, hosted in Sandton, on Tuesday. The MWCB... 

Another two South African wind projects reach financial close

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2018 A further two South African wind farms, with a combined investment value of R6.6-billion, have reached financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects on April 4. Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power announced on Tuesday that construction... 

Build your own electricity connection to the power grid

4th June 2018 The huge demand for new electricity connections in the business sector caused a backlog in infrastructure delivery at Eskom in the past and, resulting in longer waiting periods for some customers.  Having now addressed the backlog, and committed to facilitating faster connections going forward,... 

Prepare for greater generation competition, Radebe tells Eskom

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has hinted at possible dramatic changes in the structure of South Africa’s electricity supply industry, which is currently dominated by Eskom, a vertically integrated State-owned utility. During a recent stakeholder gathering the Minister responded strongly in the... 

Eskom welcomes declaration of Ingula nature reserve

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 State-owned Eskom’s Ingula pumped storage scheme, in the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, and its associated land, has formally been declared a nature reserve. The Ingula nature reserve is Eskom’s third following the establishment of the Koeberg nature reserve and the Majuba nature reserve, which... 

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Friday that South Africa would launch a fifth Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) bid window in November with the aim of procuring a further 1 800 MW of renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs).... 

On-The-Air (01/06/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2018 Former Energy Director-General Nelisiwe Magubane this week called for clean coal technology to be introduced to stave off litigation; Vigorous new investment in junior mining is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year and The positive role platinum can play to clean the world’s air... 

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... 

Active seal solution to mitigate corrosion

By: Melissa Zisengwe     1st June 2018 Companies and industries affected by corrosion should consider Afrisun’s High Ratio Calcium Sulfonate Alkyd (HRCSA) coating to mitigate the threat of corrosion at production plants in the metal- and industrial sectors, says local corrosion solution provider Afrisun Coating Enterprises CEO Quentin... 

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... 

Civil society seeks to protect Mpumalanga water source from coal mining impact

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2018 New legal proceedings have been launched in the Mbombela High Court against Atha-Africa Ventures’ proposed development of the Yzermyn coal mine inside a protected area and strategic water resource area, in Mpumalanga. A coalition of eight community and civil society organisations have lodged a... 

BLSA lifts Eskom’s suspension

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st May 2018 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has lifted its suspension of Eskom, reinstating the electricity utility’s full membership in the organisation. Eskom’s membership was suspended in September 2017 in the wake of serious allegations of State capture and corruption.  

Commission approves NBC, ECM merger without conditions

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2018 The Competition Commission has approved the proposed transaction, whereby newly-incorporated company North Block Complex (NBC) intends to acquire Exxaro Coal Mpumalanga (ECM) in respect of its mining and processing business, the transferred business, without conditions. The transferred business,... 

Coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid silicosis repeat

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2018 South Africa’s coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid ending up in the same litigious space as the gold mining sector with silicosis. Earlier this month, a class action settlement was reached with thousands of mineworkers suffering from silicosis and/or... 

Two coal IPPs would cost S Africa an additional R20bn, not in public interest – report 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 A report released by the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (ERC) shows that government’s planned independent power producer (IPP) coal plants – Thabametsi and Khanyisa – would cost South Africa an additional R19.68-billion compared with a least-cost energy system.  

Govt, business welcome S&P’s ratings decision

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th May 2018 Government and business leaders have expressed relief at ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) decision on Friday night to not further downgrade South Africa’s investment grade rating, but rather affirm long-term foreign and local currency debt ratings at ‘BB’ and ‘BB+’ respectively. According... 

NNR sets the record straight on application fees paid by Eskom for NISL

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2018 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) says the payment of application fees by any applicant to the NNR does not automatically secure a nuclear authorisation. This follows reports by media earlier this week that State-owned Eskom's payment of nuclear installation site licence (NISL) application... 

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