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Ramaphosa says without ‘genuine consensus’ social compact implementation will fail  

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa says the delay in the finalisation of the comprehensive social compact that he promised to deliver within 100 days of his February State of the Nation Address (SONA) is owing to the fact that full agreement on a common objective has not yet been reached. Writing in his... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

With half of SA’s exports at carbon-tariff risk, new report calls for 190 GW renewables push  

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2022 With almost half of South Africa’s exports at risk as the country’s key trade partners prioritise imports from low-carbon economies, a new report urges South Africa to roll-out at least 190 GW of renewables by 2050 to sustain its economic competitiveness and lay the basis for employment creation.... 

A solar farm

Creecy announces EIA exemption for solar PV projects in low-, medium-risk areas 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2022 To get more energy generation capacity on line quicker, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) will implement exemptions from environmental-impact assessment (EIA) requirements for certain energy projects. The department has earmarked solar photovoltaic (PV) power... 

Fossil fuel projects will not secure any part of $8.5bn just transition funding 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2022 Climate envoys from those developed countries that have entered into a Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) with South Africa have confirmed that their governments will not fund fossil-fuel projects, even if such projects form part of the broader investment plan currently being compiled by... 

Presidential Climate Finance Task Team head Daniel Mminele
Presidential Climate Finance Task Team head Daniel Mminele

Ramaphosa reflects on how far transformation has come  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2022 Since the launch of government’s Black Industrialists Programme in 2015, coupled with efforts from the Industrial Development Corporation, the National Empowerment Fund and other agencies, more than 900 black industrialists have been supported, to the value of R55-billion. In turn, this has... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Scatec confident R16.4bn solar-battery project will lay renewables ‘intermittency’ debate to rest 

By: Terence Creamer     20th July 2022 Renewable-energy solutions provider Scatec is optimistic that its R16.4-billion solar-battery project in the Northern Cape will finally address long-standing questions about the so-called “intermittency” of renewables. The project, which achieved financial close this week, will couple 540 MW of... 

Preparatory work under way for Kenhardt projects, in the Northern Cape
Preparatory work under way for Kenhardt projects, in the Northern Cape

Itac should conduct verification of designated products, services, consultancy advises 

By: Schalk Burger     19th July 2022 Trade compliance body the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) should be empowered to conduct verification of products and services that have been designated under localisation regulations to ensure that South Africa gains the expected benefits of localisation,... 

Conference finds opportunities are abundant for renewable-energy suppliers   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2022 There is a huge opportunity for South African suppliers to cater to the growing renewable-energy market in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), particularly if they establish themselves within special economic zones (SEZs), consultancy XA International Trade Advisors noted on July 19. XA International... 

A photo of solar panels, wind turbines and power pylons
Africa House director Duncan Bonnett unpacks the potential to supply into renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa

Eskom approaches court for review of Nersa’s treatment of regulatory asset base, warning it could trigger loan covenants 

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2022 Electricity utility Eskom will challenge the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) most recent revenue determination in court but will restrict the challenge to the regulator’s approach to determining its regulatory asset base (RAB). The challenge is the latest in a growing number... 

Eskom challenges Nersa's approch to calculating its regulatory asset base
Eskom challenges Nersa's approach to calculating its regulatory asset base

Volvo SA to add new EV to line-up; expects tight supply to ease in 2023 

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2022 Volvo Car South Africa (Volvo SA) will soon add a second battery electric vehicle (EV) to its local EV portfolio – the XC40 P6 Recharge. The local arm of the Swedish manufacturer currently offers the XC40 P8 Recharge to the South African market. 

Image of Volvo SA's electrified vehicle line-up

Creecy criticises lack of climate finance progress since COP26  

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2022 South Africa’s environment Minister Barbara Creecy has criticised the lack of progress, since COP26, in the area of climate finance support for developing countries, arguing that there has been a failure to promote “adequate ambition”. Speaking at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin,... 

South Africa’s environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
South Africa’s environment Minister Barbara Creecy

BMW adds i4, iX3 to local EV portfolio; electrified vehicle production under consideration at Rosslyn 

By: Irma Venter     15th July 2022 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has expanded its electric vehicle (EV) range with the addition of the i4 and iX3. The BMW i4 is a four-door gran coupé and the German car maker’s first purely electric model focused squarely on driving dynamics from the outset.  

Image of the BMW i4 M50
The BMW i4 M50

ITSSA to disband as the project has realised its mandate – CEO 

By: Irma Venter     15th July 2022 The Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa (ITSSA) has disbanded as it has fulfilled its mandate, says CEO Dr Paul Vorster. An ITSSA annual general meeting in July confirmed a decision taken by the society’s board in June to close out the project. 

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Ramaphosa gearing up for a major announcement on energy  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th July 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about how Stage 6 load-shedding has led to a lot of behind-the-scenes activity and discussions on the energy crisis; what the President is likely to announce; and whether this will be enough to end load-shedding. 

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Ramaphosa gearing up for a major announcement on energy

Business outlines 10-point plan for unlocking 15 GW of new electricity capacity 

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2022 Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) has outlined a set of ten interventions that it believes could unlock much-needed investment into new generation and storage capacity over the coming two years and should be included as part of President Cyril Ramaphosa comprehensive plan for tackling... 

Cas Coovadia
Cas Coovadia

IRP 2019 implementation to continue while plan is reviewed, consulted and updated 

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2022 Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) director-general Jacob Mbele has confirmed that the Integrated Resource Plan of 2019 (IRP 2019) will continue to be implemented while it is reviewed, consulted, and updated – a process that is set to continue well into 2023. Speaking during a... 

DMRE director general Jacob Mbele
DMRE director general Jacob Mbele

South Africa has competitive advantages to develop green hydrogen, says Sasol   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th July 2022 South Africa has quite a few competitive advantages that will serve it well in entering the green hydrogen manufacturing space, Sasol low-carbon energy solutions business developer Zanele Salman has said. She spoke during a Saldanha Bay Innovation Campus webinar, the third in a series that... 

Sasol's refinery in Secunda
Sasol low-carbon energy solutions business developer Zanele Salman discusses why South Africa is well positioned for green hydrogen manufacturing

Mercedes-Benz South Africa sets goal of 50% EV sales by 2026 

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2022 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) aims for electric vehicles (EVs) to be 50% of its sales in the domestic market by 2026, says Mercedes-Benz Cars co-CEO and MBSA executive director Mark Raine. He acknowledges this to be a rather bullish sentiment in a market that sold a total of 218 EVs in 2021,... 

Image of Mercedes-Benz Cars co-CEO and MBSA executive director Mark Raine.
Mark Raine

Small IPPs consider legal action after programme is cancelled  

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2022 Some of the preferred bidders that participated in the Small Renewable Independent Power Producer Programme (Smalls), which has subsequently been terminated, are considering legal action against Eskom and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to have the projects reinstated or to... 

Image showing a wind turbine and solar panels

Mahindra semi-knockdown facility reaches 10 000-unit mark 

By: Irma Venter     12th July 2022 The 10 000th locally assembled Pik Up has rolled off the line at the Mahindra semi-knockdown line in Durban. This follows four years after the local arm of the Indian manufacturer opened its assembly facility at the Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone. 

Mahindra's 10 000th locally assembled Pik Up
Mahindra's 10 000th locally assembled Pik Up

City of Cape Town reinstalls in-road warning lights, aims to expand system  

By: Irma Venter     12th July 2022 The City of Cape Town’s Urban Mobility Directorate has reinstalled in-road warning lights at two pedestrian crossings along Buitengracht street in Cape Town.  These intersections form part of major pedestrian routes between the central business district (CBD) and Green Point, and are frequented... 

Image of in-road warning lights at two pedestrian crossings along Buitengracht street in Cape Town
The in-road warning lights at a pedestrian crossing along Buitengracht street

Eskom confirms big Koeberg leadership changes amid ongoing Unit 2 delays  

By: Terence Creamer     11th July 2022 Amid ongoing delays in returning Koeberg Unit 2 to service, as well as delays to the steam generator replacement (SGR) programme across both Koeberg’s reactors, Eskom has announced the resignation of its chief nuclear officer, Riedewaan Barkadien. COO Jan Oberholzer said on Monday that Barkadien,... 

The Koeberg nuclear power station behind power lines
The Koeberg nuclear power station

Joburg ‘war room’ providing real-time Tour de France data analysis and broadcast graphics 

By: Terence Creamer     11th July 2022 Dimension Data’s Bryanston Campus, in Johannesburg, is currently the site of a ‘war room’ that has been set up specifically to deliver real-time graphics and digital analysis to the broadcasters of the 2022 edition of the Tour de France cycle race, as well as the race organisers. Staffed by a... 

NTT, which owns Dimension Data, is technology partner to the Amaury Sport Organisation, the owner and operator of the Tour de France.
NTT, which owns Dimension Data, is technology partner to the Amaury Sport Organisation, the owner and operator of the Tour de France.

Ramaphosa to announce comprehensive action plan to tackle load-shedding  

By: Terence Creamer     11th July 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa says that he will, in the coming days, announce a comprehensive set of actions to achieve much faster progress in tackling load-shedding, which has worsened significantly over the past three years and has intensified in recent weeks to the point of being implemented at... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

VWSA celebrates production of 500 000th unit of current Polo 

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2022 Less than five years since the launch of the current Polo model, Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has seen the 500 000th unit roll off the production line at its Kariega plant, in the Eastern Cape. The current Polo was launched in January, 2018, with a refreshed model introduced  at the start... 

image of 500 000th Polo produced at VWSA's plant

Transnet to invest R16.1bn in Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Saldanha ports  

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2022 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will invest R16.1-billion at the Mossel Bay, Saldanha and Cape Town ports in a seven-year capital investment programme. The capital investment programme will see R2.2-billion flow to the Port of Mossel Bay, R8.4-billion to the Saldanha harbour and... 

Image of the port of Cape Town
The port of Cape Town

An update on renewables procurement, energy solutions as load-shedding continues  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th July 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about load-shedding continuing to dominate headlines, the energy solutions that have been proposed and an update on South Africa's renewables procurement programme. 

Photo of Terence Creamer
An update on renewables procurement, energy solutions as load-shedding continues

Eskom confirms strong flow of grid-connection applications for Bid Window 6 of renewables programme 

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2022 Eskom’s Grid Access Unit reports that it has received payments for 179 cost estimate letters, or CELs, and has issued 53 such letters, following the April 6 issuance of a request for proposals (RFP) for Bid Window Six (BW6) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme... 

IPP Office head Bernard Magoro addressing the Bidders Conference
IPP Office head Bernard Magoro addressing the Bidders Conference

Cape Town rolls out pilot project to give QR codes, residence certificates to informal homes 

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2022 The City of Cape Town’s Informal Settlements Department have marked a thousand structures in the Bosasa Phase 2 development in Mfuleni with a Quick Response (QR) code and city-specific paint. Field maps have also been created to indicate the associated number of each structure. 

Image of an informal settlement

Volkswagen reveals its new made-in-South-Africa Amarok 

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2022 Volkswagen on Thursday lifted the veil on its new Amarok bakkie, set to replace the current Amarok after 12 years in the marketplace early next year. The current Amarok was launched in South Africa in November, 2010, and has sold 41 422 units in the local market. 

Image of the 2023 Amarok
The 2023 Amarok

NPC calls for declaration of ‘energy emergency’ to facilitate rapid building of generation and storage over 24 months  

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2022 The National Planning Commission (NPC) has called for the declaration of an ‘energy emergency’ to override any red tape currently preventing the construction of new electricity capacity, as well as to make it possible to build 10 000 MW of new generation and 5 000 MW of new storage capacity over... 

Wind and solar installations

Just Transition Framework means South Africa can ‘proceed apace’ with $8.5bn partnership  

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa says the publication of the Just Transition Framework will enable South Africa to “proceed apace with harnessing the benefits” of the Just Energy Transition Partnership concluded with the US, the UK, Germany, France and the European Union in late 2021. The partnership... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Drakenstein municipality explores IPP procurement to combat load-shedding 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2022 The Drakenstein municipality in the Western Cape – encompassing Paarl, Wellington, Mbekweni, Gouda, Saron, Hermon and Simondium – reports that it is exploring the procurement of electricity from independent power producers (IPPs) to mitigate the negative impact of ongoing load-shedding by Eskom.... 

wind turbine

Treasury says Pension Funds Act changes encourage infrastructure investment 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2022 The National Treasury has published amendments to Regulation 28 of the Pension Funds Act that encourages infrastructure investments by retirement funds, while still leaving the final investment decision to fund trustees. The amendments will take effect on January 3, 2023. 

Power lines

Eskom working on grid-access Web portal to improve connection visibility 

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2022 Electricity utility Eskom is developing a Web-based portal that will offer real-time visibility of locations in South Africa where new generators can be immediately or easily connected to the grid. The utility has, for the past three years, been arguing that between 4 000 MW and 6 000 MW of... 

Power lines

Fuel prices to surge to new record, as general levy relief is trimmed to 75c/l 

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2022 As feared, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has announced big fuel price increases for implementation on July 6. Despite calls ahead of the announcement for the temporary reduction in the general fuel levy to be sustained at 150 c/l, Mantashe confirmed that the reprieve would... 

Fuel prices to surge to new record, as general levy relief is trimmed to 75c/l

Focus on ‘core underlying issues’ to tackle load-shedding crisis – EIUG  

By: Terence Creamer     1st July 2022 Ending the current restrictions to the addition of new generation capacity and addressing Eskom’s deteriorating generation performance are key to arresting intensifying load-shedding, the Energy Intensive Users Group (EUIG) asserts. CEO Fanele Mondi said in a statement the recent illegal... 

A power line tower

City of Cape Town pursues reinstatement of joint rail enforcement unit  

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2022 The City of Cape Town says it is keen to help revive the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) rail enforcement unit (REU), which operated as a three-way government partnership between October 2018, and July 2020.  The REU was launched by then Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande at a... 

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