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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... 

LNG storage
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... 

Sasol's head office
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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... 

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille

By leveraging three resource advantages Mpumalanga can be global just transition ‘flagship’ 

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2022 Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has highlighted three key resource advantages that he argues could transform the coal province of Mpumalanga into a global “flagship” of the just energy transition. In an address to the Mpumalanga Energy Summit, De Ruyter argued that the province’s skilled human... 

Eskom will begin its just energy transition efforts in earnest at the Komati power station
Eskom will begin its just energy transition efforts in earnest at the Komati power station

Africa new-vehicle sales starting to recover – AAAM 

By: Irma Venter     24th May 2022 Sales of new vehicles in Africa have started to recover from a “disastrous” pandemic-hit 2020, says the African Association of Motor Manufacturers (AAAM). Fresh vehicle sales statistics, compiled for AAAM by the Africa Automotive Data Network for Africa (AADN), show that 2021 sales increased to... 

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David Coffey

Sanral to restart, wrap up adjudication process on cancelled tenders by end September  

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 2022 The board of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has instructed Sanral management to readvertise and award the R17.47-billion in tenders the board cancelled earlier in May, citing “material irregularities”, within the next four months. Speaking at a media conference in... 

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Sanral chairperson Themba Mhambi talks about the issues identified with the agency's construction bid evaluation process. Video and editing: Kutlwano Matlala

Joburg aims to partner with IPPs on R26bn electricity investment strategy  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2022 The City of Johannesburg says it plans to partner with independent power producers (IPPs) on a R26-billion electricity investment strategy, which is designed to end load-shedding and place City Power on a more financially and environmentally sustainable footing. The strategy involves a... 

Joburg skyline
Joburg skyline

Nersa confirms registration of first two 100 MW projects  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed the registration of the first two 100 MW projects following the August 2021 amendment of Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act allowing sub-100 MW projects to proceed without a licence. Both solar photovoltaic projects are... 

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Forum set up to improve cooperation between Eskom, Transnet and domestic industrialists 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2022 A new forum comprising Eskom, Transnet and domestic industrialists is to be established to improve collaboration between the two large infrastructure-focused State-owned companies and domestic manufacturers and suppliers. The initiative was unveiled by Ministers Pravin Gordhan and Ebrahim Patel... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
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Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Gordhan reports yet another sabotage incident at Hendrina power station 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2022 A day after Eskom confirmed incidents of sabotage at its Tutuka power station, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan alleged that another incident of sabotage had taken place at the Hendrina power station. The Hendrina incident raises to six the number of incidents of suspected sabotage that... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Is the steel master plan delivering?  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about whether the steel master plan is delivering; the lack of demand that is negatively impacting on the industry and how localisation could help to boost demand; and the electricity supply and rail and port... 

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Is the steel master plan delivering?

‘Almost inconceivable’ cancellation of Sanral projects to lead to ‘major delays’, says Concor CEO  

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2022 The cancellation of R17.47-billion in tenders by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), will lead to major delays in the execution of these projects, warns Concor CEO Lucas Tseki. The tenders that the Sanral board cancelled are the Mtentu Bridge Wild Coast project, on the N2,... 

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Lucas Tseki

Mantashe open to meeting with opposition to seek short-term solutions to power crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has described as “constructive” a proposal by the opposition Democratic Alliance for a meeting to discuss short-term solutions to the country’s ongoing load-shedding crisis. In his Budget Vote address, Mantashe outlined the initiatives his... 

Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
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Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Fanaroff dismisses infrastructure versus localisation dichotomy as ‘factually wrong’  

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2022 The “either-or” narrative pitting accelerated infrastructure delivery against localisation has been challenged by Dr Bernie Fanaroff, who played a central role in the development of the Steel Master Plan, which identifies localisation as one of several instruments to be used to revive the... 

Dr Bernie Fanaroff
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Dr Bernie Fanaroff

Pivot to citizen-owned renewables could save City Power, energy specialist says ahead of indaba 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2022 Johannesburg could turn around the lossmaking performance of City Power, end load-shedding and improve the green credentials of its manufacturing industry by purchasing 80% of its wholesale electricity from large-scale, citizen-owned solar and wind plants at a cost below that purchased from Eskom... 

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Decision on e-tolls ‘imminent’; scrap metal exports must be banned – Mbalula 

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2022 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has yet again promised that a decision on the future of e-tolls in Gauteng is imminent. Delivering his department’s budget vote on Wednesday, he noted that the matter was on Cabinet’s radar, and that a pronouncement would be made once the final decision had been... 

Fikile Mbalula
Fikile Mbalula

Creecy offers provinces help to process EIAs for 100 MW embedded projects 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2022 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy reports that she has written to provincial environment MECs to enquire whether they require any assistance in processing environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for embedded-generation projects that could help relieve pressure on the... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Sanral cancels R17.5bn in tenders, citing ‘material irregularities’ 

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2022 The board of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has cancelled tenders to the value of R17.47-billion, citing “material irregularities”. The tenders which the Sanral board did not approve are the Mtentu Bridge Wild Coast project, on the N2, valued at R3.4-billion; the... 

Image of the proposed Mtentu bridge on the N2 Wild Coast project
Image of the proposed Mtentu bridge on the N2 Wild Coast project

Eskom compiling ‘consolidated proposal’ for ending load-shedding crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2022 Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has revealed that the utility is compiling a “consolidated proposal” on how to end the ongoing electricity crisis, including how to introduce much-needed new generation capacity in the shortest possible time. The State-owned utility estimates the current shortfall to be... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

Opening of new Cape Town call centres to boost the city’s R14bn industry 

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2022 The opening of new call-centre sites in Cape Town shows that the city’s business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is shining brighter than ever, says City of Cape Town Economic Growth MMC James Vos. Teleperformance’s Observatory site currently hosts 1 500 staff, servicing four clients from the... 

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IPP Office head says stakeholder alignment key to regular, investment-promoting procurement rhythm 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2022 The head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office believes that improved stakeholder management and alignment are key to overcoming delays to the introduction of urgently required new electricity capacity and to creating the predictable “procurement rhythm” required to attract... 

IPP Office head Bernard Magoro
IPP Office head Bernard Magoro

Emissions reduction tech at Kusile contributes to move to Stage 4 load-shedding  

By: Darren Parker     16th May 2022 State-owned utility Eskom was forced to implement Stage 4 load-shedding on the evening of May 16 after Unit 2 at the Kusile power station tripped, Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said. The tripped Kusile unit removed 720 MW of generating capacity from the already constrained grid. 

Kusile
Kusile

Port of Maputo unveils rehabilitated berths; new masterplan looks at further expansion 

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2022 Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi last week inaugurated 1 058 m of rehabilitated berthing area – comprising berths 6, 7, 8 and 9 – at the Port of Maputo. The berths, rehabilitated, expanded and dredged to depths of up to –16 m, are now fully operational, allowing the port to receive and... 

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The Port of Maputo

City of Cape Town moves to plastic water meters as theft rises sharply  

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2022 The City of Cape Town has reported “a notable increase” in the theft of water meters reported across the city over the past eight months.  A total of 3 341 incidents have been reported from July 1, last year, to April 30, this year. 

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Godongwana says work under way to unblock R54bn embedded generation pipeline  

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2022 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana reports that work is under way with the private sector to unblock the remaining obstacles to investment of about R54-billion in embedded generation projects. Speaking during a presentation of Operation Vulindlela’s first quarter progress report, Godongwana said... 

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

DWS commits to responsibly manage budget  

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th May 2022 As the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) tables its budget for the next three financial years, Minister Senzo Mchunu has committed to ensuring that the department manages its significant budgets responsibly and effectively. On May 13, Mchunu tabled a combined budget of R111.25-billion for... 

Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu
Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu

Winter load-shedding outlook  

13th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the outlook for load-shedding this winter, why the electricity system is in a precarious state, power utility Eskom's heavy reliance on its open-cycle gas turbine plants and the utility's calls for additional... 

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Winter load-shedding outlook

DBSA, IDC and NEF team up to mobilise finance for just transition to low-carbon economy 

By: Terence Creamer     12th May 2022 The CEOs of three leading South African development finance institutions (DFIs) have established a collaborative platform, known as the DFI CEOs Forum, that aims to support the financing of the country’s just transition to a low-carbon economy and climate resilient society by 2050. Led by... 

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Eskom sets August 2024 target date for return of damaged Medupi 4 

By: Terence Creamer     12th May 2022 Electricity utility Eskom has set a target date of August 2024 for the return to service of Medupi Unit 4, the generator of which was “catastrophically” damaged during an explosion on August 8, 2021. Acting generation MD Rhulani Mathebula, who has stepped into the role following the resignation... 

Eskom acting generation MD Rhulani Mathebula
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Eskom acting generation MD Rhulani Mathebula
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