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Workers must play central role in shaping just energy transition, unions insist  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2022 As South Africa continues on its journey towards realising a just energy transition (JET), workers and unions have expressed their support for the move and for alternative sources of energy to be part of the energy mix, provided that labour plays a significant role, that its views are taken on... 

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Ramaphosa outlines six steps to tackle electricity deficit in disrupted Budget Vote speech  

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined six steps for addressing the country’s electricity shortfall in a Budget Vote speech that was delayed and disrupted by opposition Members of Parliament who objected to the address from proceeding in light of a criminal complaint having been lodged against... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

First electric minibus to start testing in Stellenbosch early next year 

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2022 GoMetro has convened a project team consisting of companies and researchers to test the first electric minibus in South African conditions by January next year. GoMetro, a global mobility management technology company with its head office in Cape Town, has collected data on taxi operations across... 

First electric minibus to start testing in Stellenbosch early next year

Here’s one idea for ending load-shedding within two years  

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2022 As Eskom consults a range of experts to assess potential solutions for resolving the load-shedding crisis, independent energy analyst Clyde Mallinson has a proposal that he believes will end rotational power cuts in two years without creating stranded assets or increasing tariffs. The proposed... 

Independent energy analyst Clyde Mallinson
Independent energy analyst Clyde Mallinson

Transnet’s interpretation of third-party access will see no investment – ARIA 

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2022 African Rail Industry Association (ARIA) CEO Mesela Nhlapo says the association has serious concerns regarding the restrictive terms and conditions Transnet has imposed on the use of the national rail network by private third-party freight operators. A key element of the newly unveiled National... 

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SA first, Ghana second in Standard Bank’s newly launched Africa trade index  

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2022 Standard Bank’s newly launched Africa Trade Barometer places South Africa at the top of the list of ten countries, followed by Ghana and Mozambique in second and third places. Kenya is placed fourth, Tanzania fifth, Uganda sixth, Namibia seventh, Nigeria eight, Zambia ninth, with Angola taking up... 

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Philip Myburgh

IMF says Ukraine war is setting back Africa’s economic recovery, climate plans  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2022 All positive momentum gained in recovering from Covid-19 in sub-Saharan Africa has been lost, as monetary policies are focused on preservation rather than growth amid volatile market conditions globally, International Monetary Fund (IMF) assistant director for Africa Papa N’Diaye said this week.... 

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New coal ‘inconsistent’ with spirit of $8.5bn climate partnership, US Treasury warns  

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2022 Any public steps by South Africa that were suggestive of new coal having a place in the country’s future energy mix would be inconsistent with the intentions of the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JET-P) signed at COP26 in November, US Treasury climate counselor John Morton has cautioned. The... 

New coal ‘inconsistent’ with spirit of $8.5bn climate partnership, US Treasury warns

2021 confirmed as most intensive load-shedding year yet as Eskom’s EAF continues to fall 

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2022 The Council for Scientific and industrial Research (CSIR) has confirmed that 2021 surpassed 2020 as South Africa’s most intensive load-shedding year to date, as the performance of Eskom’s coal fleet continued to deteriorate. Load-shedding occurred for 1 169 hours, or 13% of the year, with an... 

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Eskom coal-fired power plant

Nersa registers 16 more distributed projects to add 211 MW 

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved the registration of a further 16 distributed generation projects with a combined capacity of 211 MW and a collective investment value of R3.65-bilion. The approvals were made during a regulator executive committee meeting on June... 

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Corolla Cross announced as South Africa’s 2022 Car of the Year 

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2022 The Toyota Corolla Cross has been named as the 2022 Car of the Year (COTY) by the South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ). The category winners for this year’s competition are: Compact Category: Toyota Urban Cruiser                   Compact Family Category: Toyota Corolla Cross... 

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The Corolla Cross

Renergen nears financing close for Virginia gas’ Phase 2  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2022 JSE-listed emerging helium and natural gas producer Renergen has signed a retainer letter with the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) for a possible $500-million loan to finance the Phase 2 development of the company’s Virginia gas project, in the Free State province of South... 

National rail policy to support local industry, manufacturing  

By: Schalk Burger     3rd June 2022 The National Rail Policy White Paper has a deliberate bias towards local manufacturing to ensure industrialisation and the local production of steel, railway lines, rolling stock and supplies, and the State and private sector operators should procure all supplies from South African manufacturers,... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Mercedes-Benz SA to sell Sandown Motor Holdings to Motus  

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2022 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will dispose of the passenger car business of its Gauteng West own-retail operations, as well as a portion of its commercial vehicle business, held in Sandown Motor Holdings (SMH), to the Motus Group. The value of the deal is not disclosed. SMH is a wholly-owned... 

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Rail White Paper stresses private sector participation, move to standard gauge  

By: Schalk Burger     3rd June 2022 The National Rail Policy White Paper will see the rail network opened to participation by the private sector, along with a progressive national move to standard gauge to increase the average speeds of trains, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on... 

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Three risk mitigation projects finally advancing  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd June 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest developments in the Risk Mitigation energy procurement programme, what the prospects are for all the energy procurement projects that are under way, efforts to streamline processes for both utility... 

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Three risk mitigation projects finally advancing

Mantashe confirms IRP 2019 review, but offers no timing specifics 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2022 Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reported on Thursday that the Integrated Resource Plan of 2019 (IRP 2019), which is widely acknowledged to be out of date, would be reviewed. However, he said he could not yet provide a timeframe for the publication of the update or indicate... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Solar-battery hybrids worth R16bn only projects to cross ‘emergency procurement’ finishing line  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2022 The South Africa government and Eskom have signed agreements with three of the 11 projects named as preferred bidders in March 2021 under the much-delayed Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP). The 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) and associated... 

Scatec CEO Terje Pilskog
Scatec CEO Terje Pilskog

Toyota, Woven Planet develop portable hydrogen cartridge prototype 

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2022 Japanese mobility group Toyota and its subsidiary Woven Planet have developed a working prototype of a portable hydrogen cartridge.  This cartridge design is set to facilitate the everyday transport and supply of hydrogen energy to power a broad range of daily life applications in and outside of... 

Toyota's prototype of the portable hydrogen cartridge
The portable hydrogen cartridge prototype

KwaZulu-Natal floods slash exports, slow down new-vehicle sales momentum 

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2022 Domestic new-vehicle sales in May inched up 2.1%, to 39 177 units, compared with the same month last year. Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says this marginal growth reflects the damage caused by the severe floods in KwaZulu-Natal in April, as well as the myriad of headwinds increasingly... 

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Net-zero road transport by 2050 still possible as EVs set to quintuple by 2025 – BloombergNEF 

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2022 The road transport sector can still reach the target of net-zero emissions by 2050 through electrification, but urgent action is required from policymakers and industry participants­ ­– this according to research company BloombergNEF’s (BNEF’s) latest yearly Long-Term Electric Vehicle Outlook... 

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Feasibility study of Namibia’s gigawatt-scale green hydrogen project to start this year 

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2022 The preferred bidder for a gigawatt-scale green hydrogen-to-ammonia project near the coastal town of Lüderitz, in Namibia, is aiming to conclude an implementation agreement with government by August, opening the way for a full-scale feasibility study to enable the implementation of the... 

Artist impression of the Hyphen electrolyser facilities proposed for development near  Lüderitz, in Namibia
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Artist impression of the Hyphen electrolyser facilities proposed for development near Lüderitz, in Namibia

Contracts for ‘emergency’ power procurement programme to be signed on June 2  

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2022 Power purchase agreements arising from the much-delayed Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme will be signed on June 2, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy revealed on Tuesday. The DMRE did not indicate whether all 11 projects would be signed, saying only... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.

As fuel-levy reduction is extended, govt warns of R4.5bn fiscal hit  

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2022 The South African government has announced a two-month extension to the temporary reduction in the general fuel levy, but has warned that the R4.5-billion in foregone revenue will have an impact on the fiscal framework. In a joint statement Minister Enoch Godongwana and Gwede Mantashe announced... 

As fuel-levy reduction is extended, govt warns of R4.5bn fiscal hit

South Africa’s unemployment rate improves modestly to 34.5% in the first quarter 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2022 The official South African unemployment rate has decreased by 0.8 of a percentage point to 34.5%  in the first quarter of this year, compared with the unemployment rate of 35.3% in the fourth quarter of 2021. Statistics South Africa statistician-general Risenga Maluleke on May 31 shared the... 

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Local poultry producers remain at odds with chicken importers on tariffs 

By: Donna Slater     30th May 2022 In an ongoing dispute between chicken importers and local chicken farmers about lowering the prices of poultry products, trade movement FairPlay founder Francois Baird has challenged chicken importers to reveal their “substantial” profits and how much they have invested in expanding their... 

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Transnet increasing rail and port capacity allocation for emerging miners 

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2022 To reduce barriers to entry, improve the ease of doing business and support transformation of the mining sector, measures are to be implemented to increase rail and port capacity allocation for emerging miners, Transnet announced on Monday. Improving access to loading facilities, and simplifying... 

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Rail capacity allocation for emerging miners to be increased.

Ashok Leyland sets its sights on Southern Africa, appoints ETGL as distributor 

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2022 Indian truck manufacturer Ashok Leyland has announced a distribution partnership with ETG Logistics (ETGL), which will include ETGL operating Ashok Leyland dealerships in six countries in Southern Africa. The agreement will cover countries such as Zambia, South Africa and Mozambique. 

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Ashok Leyland's 1.5 t truck set to make its debut in South Africa

Ineos Grenadier now available to order, pricing from R1.4m 

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2022 South African customers can now order their Ineos Grenadier online, with the starting price for the base model set at R1.41-million.  The vehicle launches as a five-seat sports-utility vehicle, with permanent four-wheel drive, two-speed transfer case and centre-locking differential included as... 

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The Ineos Grenadier range

Power sector’s gas demand ‘insufficient’ to act as anchor in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     27th May 2022 There is insufficient demand for gas in the power sector to “anchor” demand for the fuel in the broader South African energy sector, as gas will have only a limited peaking support role in a system transitioning from coal to renewables, analysis by Meridian Economics shows. Presented by... 

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LNG storage

Unlocking the 100 MW reform projects  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the progress being made to advance the 100 MW reform and the efforts to simplify the registration process for these projects. 

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Unlocking the 100 MW reform projects

‘Worst first’ road repair strategy no solution amid rapid deterioration  

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2022 A lack of preventive maintenance is by far the biggest contributor to the deterioration of the South African road network, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer. “It is purely because the infrastructure is not being maintained. And,... 

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EV sales surging, but future growth needs battery, minerals diversification – IEA 

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2022 Despite electric car sales remaining strong this year, future growth will demand greater efforts to diversify battery manufacturing and critical mineral supply to reduce the risk of bottlenecks and price increases, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).  Sales of electric cars (including... 

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Nersa to implement Operation Vulindlela recommendation to drop PPA as 100 MW registration requirement 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed that it will implement the Operation Vulindlela recommendation that power purchase agreements (PPAs) should not be a requirement for registration of embedded generation projects below 100 MW. The regulator tells Engineering News... 

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AIDC EC, partners roll out Kaizen programme 

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2022 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has partnered with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to roll out a Kaizen implementation programme aimed at improving the competitiveness of component suppliers within the province’s automotive industry. Kaizen... 

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JICA QPI project leader Kimiaki Jin, TWIMS executive director Dr Justin Barnes and Kobe University Graduate School of Economics (development economics) Professor Keijiro Otsuka

Mamabola publishes route for Phase 1 of proposed Gautrain expansion 

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2022 Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo has made public the preferred route for Phase 1 of the proposed expansion of the 80-km Gautrain system, in what is called the Gauteng Rapid Rail Integrated Network (GRRIN) project.   This route has been published in the Gauteng... 

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South African-German consortium to research catalysts needed to produce green jet fuel  

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2022 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has teamed up with Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) to lead a consortium of German and South African partners that will research and optimise the catalysts required to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a commercial scale through... 

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CARE-O-SENE consortium announced at a function hosted at Sasol’s Sandton head office this week

De Lille emphasises importance of infrastructure for long-term development 

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2022 Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille, during her budget vote speech to Parliament on May 24, emphasised the importance of building and maintaining infrastructure to support national economic development objectives. "Infrastructure is vital for the wellbeing of our... 

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Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille
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