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Parly committee rejects BLF’s demand that it stop Eskom inquiry

By: African News Agency      20th October 2017 Parliament’s portfolio committee on Public Enterprises on Friday rebuffed a demand from Black First Land First (BLF) to stop its inquiry into Eskom, which the group termed a witchhunt against the Gupta family. Committee chairperson Zukiswa Rantho asked MPs how she should respond to the missive,... 

‘Absolutely no need' for nuclear, Dames says in State-capture testimony

By: Kim Cloete     18th October 2017 Former Eskom CEO Brian Dames has revealed that he faced a breakdown in communication between the board and management, as well as death threats during his time at the state utility.  He has also told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises that there is "absolutely no need" for... 

Evidence of blatant corruption at Eskom unpacked at Parliament’s inquiry into State capture

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2017 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises has kicked off its inquiry into alleged State capture with a report revealing “overwhelming evidence of grand corruption”, governance failure and a stream of irregularities at Eskom, South Africa’s largest State-owned entity. Research... 

Key witnesses in State capture inquiry will need to face the music, warns parliamentary committee chair

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2017 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises has started its keenly awaited inquiry into allegations of State capture, with a warning that key witnesses will not be allowed to shy away from appearing before Parliament. “We have a right to subpoena a witness if we think that witness has... 

DA to report minister Brown to public protector and ethics committee over Eskom contract

By: African News Agency      16th October 2017 The Democratic Alliance (DA) will ask Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to investigate Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown for any role she played in awarding lucrative oil contracts worth R1.2-million from Eskom “to her lover and close business associate” despite their lack of expertise in... 

Eskom facing threats on multiple fronts, Maritz acknowledges

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2017 Eskom’s newest interim group CEO Sean Maritz has acknowledged that the utility is facing threats on multiple fronts in light of rapid changes to the global electricity landscape and the constrained outlook for domestic electricity sales. However, in a statement calling for “space and time to... 

Black Business Council says Eskom CEO musical chairs doesn’t inspire confidence 

By: African News Agency      9th October 2017 The Black Business Council (BBC) said on Monday that it was concerned by the sudden change of leadership at State-owned power utility Eskom, saying that government must give the enterprise some space and not meddle in its affairs. This comes after Eskom last week appointed its chief information... 

Brown has received report from Eskom on Trillian

By: African News Agency      4th October 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Wednesday told MPs she had received a report from Eskom about its dealings with Trillian and McKinsey which she demanded after it emerged that the power utility had lied to Parliament, but made plain that she will not act against the leadership of... 

Eskom to appoint new board, CEO in November – Minister

By: Reuters     4th October 2017 South Africa's scandal-plagued power supplier Eskom will appoint a new board and begin the search for a new CEO at a special meeting in November, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown told lawmakers on Wednesday. Eskom, which is at the centre of allegations of improper dealings in government... 

Brown receives outstanding information on Eskom’s relationship with Gupta-linked Trillian

By: African News Agency      20th September 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has received answers from Eskom to outstanding questions about its relationship with Trillian, a Gupta-linked company, her office said on Wednesday. “Minister Brown last night received Eskom’s responses to her queries. She noted  progress and Eskom will... 

Brown not satisfied with Eskom’s Trillian report, wants more details

By: African News Agency      8th September 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s office on Friday said she has studied the report provided to her by Eskom to clarify its relationship with Trillian, a Gupta-linked company, but wanted more information from the power utility. According to sources, Eskom’s report contained several gaps,... 

Pluck the strings and weep

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     8th September 2017 On May 8, 2016, supporters of the green movement reached a moment of nirvana – the state of perfect peace, highest happiness and liberation from the repeating cycle of birth, life and death. Not since the end of Margaret Thatcher had their dreams been so realised. The huge event was this: on a... 

Denel ends controversial Asia joint venture

By: Keith Campbell     8th September 2017 South Africa's State-owned Denel defence industrial group has exited the Denel Asia joint venture (JV) company. This was announced on by Denel acting Group CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe, addressing the recent media briefing about the company's financial results, at the group's head office in Centurion,... 

Caution creeps in as renewables industry digests implications of 77c/kWh tariff cap

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2017 South Africa’s solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind industry bodies have added a degree of caution to their initial positive reactions to an announcement by Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi regarding the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 26 renewable-energy projects that have been on... 

Kubayi sets 77c/kWh price cap and October deadline for signing of 26 renewables projects

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi opened the window on Friday for the signing of contracts for 26 renewable-energy independent power producer (IPP) projects that have been on hold since 2015 when Eskom indicated it was no longer willing to enter into further power purchase agreements (PPAs), owing... 

Brown extends Eskom deadline, demands more info

By: News24Wire      1st September 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has extended the 48-hour deadline given to Eskom on Tuesday. She has asked the state utility to provide more information regarding payments and business relations related to the Gupta-linked Trillian firm. 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – fourth window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – fourth window. 

Brown urges recapitalisation of SA Express amid questions over waste

By: African News Agency      30th August 2017 South African Express CEO Victor Xaba was forced to concede on Wednesday that the loss-making airline did not take firm enough action on irregular spending, after Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown reiterated that it needed a cash injection from the State. “Let’s say in all fairness not... 

Brown tells Eskom to come clean on Trillian in two days

By: African News Agency      29th August 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Tuesday, gave Eskom a 48-hour deadline to heed her instruction to clarify its relationship with Trillian, her spokesman said. “In June, Minister Brown requested Eskom’s board to clarify issues relating to its Trillian relationship. Following further... 

Outa lays charges against Singh

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th August 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has taken legal aim at State-owned power utility Eskom’s suspended CFO Anoj Singh following revelations that the power utility had allegedly lied about some of the payments made to Gupta-linked firm Trillian. Outa COO Ben Theron on Tuesday said charges of... 

New Transnet, DBSA finance scheme set up to support African rail exports

By: Terence Creamer     28th August 2017 State-owned entities Transnet and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have agreed to create a new facility that will extend favourable financing to African and Middle Eastern buyers of Transnet Engineering’s (TE’s) rail rolling stock and port equipment. The financing scheme will be... 

Gordhan calls for urgency on State capture probe as Guptas dump assets

By: News24Wire      23rd August 2017 Pravin Gordhan, former finance minister and current African National Congress MP, asked Parliament on Wednesday to look into the disposal of assets by the Gupta family as part of its inquest into State capture. Although Gordhan did not mention any names, it can be assumed that he was referring to... 

Outa lays corruption charges against former Eskom board director 

By: African News Agency      15th August 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has laid a criminal complaint with the police against former Eskom director, Mark Pamensky. Outa chief operating officer Ben Theron on Tuesday said the charges related to Pamensky’s conduct while at Eskom and a business ”linked to the Gupta business empire.” 

AfriBusiness supports renewable energy  

By: Anine Kilian     4th August 2017 Business rights watchdog AfriBusiness this week said it supports the stance of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on renewable energy and welcomes possible court action against State-owned Eskom. This court action is being considered as a result of the refusal by Eskom and the national government... 

New association aims to support emerging truck operators

By: Ilan Solomons     4th August 2017 The newly launched Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa) aims to assist in meaningfully transforming the local truck and freight industry, with a long-term view of ensuring work for women and black truck owners and operators. This is according to Tasa convener Mary Phadi, who was... 

SPEED DATING

     4th August 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba checks his watch as Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) secretary-general Angel Gurría readies to depart the National Treasury, in Pretoria, for his next engagement. Gurría had earlier handed over the OECD’s fifth and latest survey of South... 

Leading power firms showcase new technologies to Africa

     3rd August 2017 75 international exhibitors and over 2,800 delegates converged at the Sandton Convention Centre for the fifth annual POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa in July, to explore power solutions and discuss strategies and technologies for power sector growth on the continent. With the urgent need for... 

Brown sacks personal assistant over Gupta links

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Wednesday asked her personal assistant Kim Davids to resign after details of her ties to the controversial Gupta family emerged. ”This past week I have been confronted by allegations against Ms Davids. In the interest of fairness, I asked Ms Davids to... 

Eskom CFO Anoj Singh placed on special leave

By: African News Agency      28th July 2017 Eskom’s chief financial officer Anoj Singh was placed on special leave on Thursday, amid mounting allegations of improper financial dealings by the power utility with companies in the Gupta business empire, “The Board of Directors of Eskom has taken a decision to grant Chief Financial Officer, Mr... 

State capture is about ‘stealing State resources’ – Gordhan  

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th July 2017 Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday that State capture was about “stealing State resources” and that it was a no-go area for him and his former deputy Mcebisi Jonas. Gordhan and Jonas both addressed a seminar organised by the University of Johannesburg, on State capture,... 

Minister Brown says ‘Gupta freebie’ allegations against officials must be probed

By: African News Agency      26th July 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says she is fully behind investigations by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) into allegations of corruption levelled against officials in her department.  Brown’s personal assistant, Kim Davids, this week became the latest official to... 

New association launched to support emerging truck operators 

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 The newly launched Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa) aims to assist in meaningfully transforming the local truck and freight industry, with a long-term view of ensuring work for women and black truck owners and operators. This is according to Tasa convener Mary Phadi, who was... 

Hold my hand, you silly girl

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st July 2017 On the November 26, 2011, I wrote: "After a recent tour, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba has said the December 2013 deadline for the Medupi power station, in Lephalale, Limpopo, to start delivering power still stands. 'I have no intention of allowing any delays to the target of December... 

State capture casts long shadow over Eskom’s results  

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2017 South Africa’s worst kept corporate secret was confirmed on Wednesday, when Eskom reported a sharp fall in after-tax profits to R888-million in 2017, from over R5-billion in the previous financial year. However, the results were overshadowed by serious allegations of corruption and... 

Brown acknowledges cost competitiveness of renewables as she calls for deal that goes ‘beyond price’ 

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who in June criticised the high cost of renewable energy, offered a tacit acknowledgement on Tuesday of the growing competitiveness of solar and wind, while calling for a long-term deal with the renewable-energy sector to avoid job losses in the energy... 

Visions of African super grid at POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa

     18th July 2017 Urging faster, more innovative power generation and distribution, pan-African power experts attending POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa this week predict that Africa could share infrastructure, knowledge and skills to take affordable, reliable and cleaner power across the continent. Speaking at the... 

Minister orders deep dive Eskom probe

     18th July 2017 The Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown, has ordered a ‘deep dive’ independent investigation into Eskom’s affairs over for the past ten years, as well as several short-term investigations by the new Eskom interim board. Opening the POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa power sector stakeholder... 

Eskom showcases turnaround technologies at POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2017

     17th July 2017 Eskom is set to showcase its advanced technologies and operating models at Africa’s premier power sector conference and expo in Sandton this week. As the host utility at POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa, Eskom will lead sessions for pan-African power sector stakeholders, illustrating how its new... 

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