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Treasury says Pension Funds Act changes encourage infrastructure investment 

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 3 hours ago 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. 

Opinion: What does the climate debt guarantee deal mean for South Africa’s energy transition?

4th July 2022 In this opinion article, international law firm CMS Africa infrastructure and projects senior consultant Gavin Noeth interrogates the recent climate debt guarantee deal offered to South Africa by wealthy nations including the US, the UK, Germany, France and the European Union. 

CMS Africa infrastructure and projects senior consultant Gavin Noeth
CMS Africa infrastructure and projects senior consultant Gavin Noeth

Cesa challenges Sanral’s decision to cancel tender

1st July 2022 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is challenging the decision by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) board to cancel critical infrastructure tenders worth R17.5-billion on the basis that the adjudication process was flawed owing to the involvement of... 

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TENDER DEBACLE Cesa is challenging Sanral’s decision to cancel 17.5-billion in tenders

Batteries and decentralised power seen as key way to boost security of supply

By: Cameron Mackay     1st July 2022 Industry body the South African Energy Storage Association chairperson Mikhail Nikomarov emphasises the importance of a decentralised power system and the benefits it can provide, and how this can be supported using battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the local market. “Energy storage... 

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Reform, State capability, corruption must be addressed before South Africa can progress – Mavuso

By: Donna Slater     24th June 2022 Three critical issues stand in the way of South Africa moving forward in terms of developing and attracting investment, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso said at the Southern Africa France Business Forum on June 22. Hosted by Business France, French Foreign Trade Advisors and the... 

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Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso

Cabinet encourages more S Africans to vaccinate as it ends mask mandate 

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd June 2022 Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said on Thursday that while Cabinet welcomed a significant drop in Covid-19 cases in the country, it is urging more South Africans to vaccinate against the virus, as South Africa joins the many countries that have done away with mask-wearing.  Joining... 

Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla
Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla

Operation Vulindlela making progress in driving priority structural reforms  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st June 2022 The Presidency’s Operation Vulindlela (OV) has made markable process on accelerating implementation of priority structural reforms since its establishment in October 2020. Presidency project management office head Rudi Dicks addressed delegates during the Manufacturing Indaba, held in Sandton on... 

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Presidency private office director Saul Musker explains how far Operation Vulindlela has come with assisting structural reform

Climate change conference president in South Africa to discuss just energy transition

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th June 2022 The President of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), Alok Sharma of the UK, arrived in South Africa on Sunday, to support the implementation of the South Africa Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP). He will depart the country on Tuesday. The JETP was announced at... 

COP26 President Alok Sharma
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COP26 President Alok Sharma

Proposals made to end worsening load-shedding  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about warnings that load-shedding could become much worse if urgent action is not taken, proposals by Meridien Economics and other experts on how to end load-shedding and the need for political will and coordination... 

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Proposals made to end worsening load-shedding

New report outlines strategy for ending load-shedding by early 2024, but delivery hinges on ‘substantial political will’ 

By: Terence Creamer     13th June 2022 A comprehensive strategy for drastically reducing, or even eliminating, the scourge of rotational power cuts in South Africa by early 2024 has been outlined in a new public-interest report published by Meridian Economics. The authors warn, however, that load-shedding is poised to rise to extreme... 

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Solving Eskom’s inability to meet demand requires multistakeholder participation – EIUG

By: Donna Slater     10th June 2022 The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) says that the task of mitigating risks related to the system performance and defining future electricity supply is too complex to be resolved by power utility Eskom alone, but instead requires active participation by other stakeholders as well. EIUG CEO... 

Committee welcomes appointment of Jacob Mbele as DMRE director-general

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2022 Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo has welcomed the appointment of Jacob Mbele as director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), saying he believes Mbele’s illustrious career at the DMRE qualifies him for the position.... 

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Jacob Mbele

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

Busa urges Nersa to continue momentum of registering more distributed generation projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th June 2022 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has welcomed the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) registration of new electricity generation facilities under the so-called 100 MW reform. “The fact that registration processes for the 16 new generation facilities were processed within 19... 

No final decision yet for Eskom’s Thyspunt licence application, says NNR

By: Donna Slater     7th June 2022 A final decision into Eskom’s nuclear installation site licence (NISL) for its proposed Thyspunt nuclear power station cannot be made, owing to “information gaps and outdated data” relating to the application under consideration by the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR). Eskom submitted the... 

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

Company performs complex breakdown repair on rotor

3rd June 2022 Electro-mechanical services and repairs company Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) recently performed comprehensive repairs to the rotor of an aging 30 MW generator which had failed during operation at JSE-listed forest group Sappi’s Saiccor pulp mill in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal. 

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MECHANICAL REBUILD Generator rotor undergoing dimensional checks in M&C mechanical rebuild

Karpowership slates South African government over project delays

By: Bloomberg     2nd June 2022 Karpowership, the world’s biggest supplier of floating gas-fired power plants, said some South African government agencies have stalled its projects and their conduct isn’t conducive to creating an attractive investment environment. The Turkish company in March last year won the right to supply... 

For the economy to recover, 'we must improve Eskom's performance' - ANC 

By: News24Wire      30th May 2022 The chairperson of the ANC's economic transformation committee, Mmamoloko Kubayi, says the party's policy conference will have to figure out how to help Eskom improve financially and operationally. The ANC will hold a policy conference in July. 

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

Enlit Africa is back

27th May 2022 Enlit Africa returns to Cape Town as a live conference and exhibition from June 7 to 9 this year, focusing on the current opportunities and challenges in the energy sector – from self-generation for municipalities and gas exploitation to renewable and energy storage solutions for the commercial... 

Hydro project achieves commercial operation

27th May 2022 The Nyamwamba 11, 7.8MW hydropower project reached its PPA Commercial Operation Date (COD) on March 17, 2022. 

Eskom vs municipalities that owe billions: ConCourt to rule on 'human catastrophe'

By: News24Wire      24th May 2022 Eskom has approached the Constitutional Court to argue that it should not be compelled to provide two of South Africa's most indebted municipalities with more electricity than provided for in supply agreements.  The power utility is seeking leave to appeal a high court ruling from August 2020... 

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

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

South Africa must cut red tape to close energy gap, ANC suggests

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2022 South Africa must accelerate plans to generate more electricity itself, buy more energy from private producers and make it easier for power-hungry mining companies to build their own plants, according to a draft economic policy document compiled by the nation’s governing party. Projects outlined... 

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

Project launched to fast-track energy, water transition

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition to a decarbonised, green and inclusive economy, as well as a vibrant job market. SAIA is a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and... 

A photo of Lee-Hendor Ruiters speaking at teh launch of the The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project which was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Flanders, in Belgium, and the United Nations Industrial Development Corporation
LEE-HENDOR RUITERSThe South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition

Busa welcomes Operation Vulindlela progress, but calls for further advances

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th May 2022 Business organisation Business Unity South Africa (Busa) says in a statement that business has taken note of the report from Operation Vulindlela on the progress made in implementing some of the structural reforms required to attract investment and put the country on a path to sustained and... 

Nersa to hold public hearings on municipal tariff benchmarks in May

By: Darren Parker     6th May 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will approve its yearly percentage guideline increase and review municipal tariff benchmarks at a public hearing on May 13. This follows the publication of a consultation paper on March 30 on the review of the municipal tariff guideline... 

Electricity generation procurement delays  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest delays in the procurement of new electricity generation capacity under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, as well as the Renewable Energy Independent Power... 

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Electricity generation procurement delays

Progress being made to clear way for 4.5 GW of distributed generation, Presidency assures  

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2022 Constraints to implementing a more streamlined registration process for distributed generation power plants below 100 MW have been fully scoped and are being addressed systematically under the aegis of Operation Vulindlela, the head of The Presidency’s project management office has confirmed. In... 

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We owe the board and management of Eskom our full support, Ramaphosa asserts  

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2022 “We owe the board and management of Eskom our full support as they work to turn the utility around,” President Cyril Ramaphosa writes in his weekly newsletter. Published against the backdrop of a recent bout of Stage 4 load-shedding and fresh finger-pointing over who is to blame for intensifying... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

DMRE says it has no knowledge of Eskom’s standard offer to secure power from private generators  

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2022 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) says it is unaware of Eskom’s ‘standard offer’ instrument, through which the utility claims it could potentially secure an immediate 500 MW from private generators with surplus electricity. Eskom CEO André de Ruyter listed the standard offer... 

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De Ruyter in ‘call to arms’ appeal for cutting of red tape binds on new and existing capacity  

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2022 Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has appealed for an immediate easing of regulatory impediments to the introduction of both immediately available capacity of about 500 MW and the accelerated procurement, or introduction, of the generation capacity required to ease the now constant risk of load-shedding.... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

Connection delays increasing demand for standby power

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 As South Africa’s energy needs rebound on the back of improved economic activity, it is evident that standby power will be needed for the foreseeable future, as the connection of enough embedded generation and renewable-energy projects to the national grid is taking place too slowly. The grid can... 

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The grid cannot cope with additional power supply and, thus, with the last bidding round issued by the Independent Power Producers Office, certain projects were not allowed to proceed
JANINE ESPIN The grid cannot cope with additional power supply and, thus, with the last bidding round issued by the Independent Power Producers Office, certain projects were not allowed to proceed

Cogta declares provincial disaster in KZN

By: Sane Dhlamini     14th April 2022 The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has declared the KwaZulu-Natal floods, which have claimed the lives of over 300 people and displaced many families, a provincial disaster in line with the Disaster Management Act. President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the province on... 

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