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Renewed focus on South Africa's Just Energy Transition Partnership  

24th June 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the fresh attention this week on the $8.5-billion Just Energy Transition Partnership (JET-P) between South Africa and various developed countries; the importance of South Africa finalising a JET-P investment... 

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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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The latest developments on the electricity front  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th June 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the progress being made with the registration of distributed generation projects; load-shedding; Eskom consulting with experts about possible energy sector solutions; and President Cyril Ramaphosa's six-point... 

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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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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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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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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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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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Blame game amplified amid ongoing load-shedding  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th April 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the finger pointing that is normal after any bout of load-shedding; the most recent blame game being amplified as a result of an ugly showdown during a Parliamentary oversight visit to Eskom's Megawatt Park;... 

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Political will needed to resolve South Africa's energy crunch  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd April 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest bout of load-shedding, what Eskom can do to improve the situation, what can be done more broadly to inject more energy into the system and what is needed to improve the outlook for the energy sector... 

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Eskom seeks to unlock 1 000 MW in Mpumalanga land-lease process  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th April 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the launch by power utility Eskom of a bidding process for land in Mpumalanga, which can be leased by private generators to produce electricity; how much electricity this is likely to add to the South African... 

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New renewables procurement round started  

8th April 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the start of Bid Window 6 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme; the reconfirmation of the deadline for Bid Window 5 and the announcement of a new deadline for the Risk... 

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Link between renewables and peace and security  

1st April 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about how Russia's invasion of Ukraine has crystallised thinking globally around the energy transition, what this means for South Africa, the importance of critical minerals in the energy transition and steps taken... 

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The just energy transition  

25th March 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the South Africa Investment Conference, during which the energy transition emerged as a theme; discussion around a just energy transition; and the uncertainty in the energy market. 

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Inflation, security of supply concerns as fuel prices rise  

18th March 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the impact of rising fuel prices on domestic inflation and what options South Africa is considering to limit that impact; security of supply concerns and the big decisions that need to be made with regard to... 

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South Africa's energy crisis  

11th March 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about what led to the latest bout of load-shedding, the cost to Eskom of having to burn huge amounts of diesel at its open cycle gas turbines, the outlook for the electricity generation sector for the rest of this... 

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Energy sector developments  

4th March 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's decision on the electricity tariff for 2022/23; the discussions at various local energy sector gatherings; South Africa's just energy transition; and the... 

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Budget 2022 highlights  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd February 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the highlights of Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana's maiden Budget speech. 

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South Africa's changing electricity supply industry  

18th February 2022   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the release of the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill and the Electricity Pricing Policy for public comment; changes that are under way at Eskom to align it with the future structure of the electricity... 

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Ramaphosa emphasises role of the private sector in the economy  

11th February 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address, his emphasis of the role of the private sector in the economy and the reaction of some business sections. 

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Eskom's latest round of load-shedding unpacked  

4th February 2022 Eskom instituted its first round of load-shedding this week after a short period of reprieve. Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer joins me to discuss the causes of the latest cuts and the prognosis for 2022.   

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Eskom state of the system update  

28th January 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the highlights of Eskom's latest state of the system briefing, Eskom's maintenance backlogs and the outlook for load-shedding for this year. 

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Electricity tariff hearings  

24th January 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the key themes that emerged during the public hearings, hosted by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, into Eskom's latest revenue application, the way forward and what is needed for South Africa to... 

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Electricity sector outlook  

14th January 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the difficulties in the South African electricity sector in 2021, the issues that are still facing Eskom, whether there are any signs of hope for the sector this year and what should be done to begin dealing... 

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Clean energy and climate change on South Africa's radar   

7th January 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses decarbonisation as an opportunity to create quality employment; South Africa's need to transition to clean energy without creating job losses and ghost towns in areas where fossil fuels provide the overwhelming economic support; and South Africa's... 

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Eskom requests 20.5% increase in tariff application for 2022/23  

9th December 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom's tariff application of 2022/23, the initial confusion about whether Eskom's request might be higher than 20.5% and the consultation process by Nersa. 

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Latest Eskom, Nersa legal wrangling  

3rd December 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest legal wrangle between Eskom and Nersa, why Eskom sought the court's intervention against Nersa, some of the highlights of the judgment and the way forward. 

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Just transition, green hydrogen in focus again   

26th November 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa's answers to sceptical questions from lawmakers in Parliament about the R131-billion just transition financing offer announced on the sidelines of COP 26, about what South Africa... 

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Eskom, load-shedding in the headlines  

19th November 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about load-shedding continuing to present a danger, how the leadership of Eskom is handling the intense pressure it is facing, whether the policy and regulatory environment is supportive of a speedy resolution to... 

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Medium-term budget  

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the key highlights from Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana's maiden mini-Budget, the spending pressures ahead of the February budget and the Minister's approach to State-owned companies. 

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Energy sector developments  

5th November 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest energy sector developments, including load-shedding, new procurements, a climate-finance announcement and the creation of a new energy council. 

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Eskom sets out R178bn grid investment plan to 2031  

29th October 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom's latest R178-billion Transmission Development Plan for 2022 to 2031, why it is important for Eskom to invest so much in the transmission grid and the risks that could hamper the implementation of the plan. 

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Countdown to COP26  

22nd October 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the final countdown to COP26, the South African government's negotiating stance and its plans to canvass a just energy transition financing facility. 

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IEA warns of energy market turbulence, underinvestment  

15th October 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the release of the International Energy Agency's (IEA's) latest World Energy Report and warnings of more energy market turbulence unless higher levels of investment are made to both meet demand and decarbonise... 

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Ramaphosa supports green hydrogen export ambitions  

8th October 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa throwing his weight behind South Africa’s green hydrogen export ambitions and encouraging South Africa to embrace green energy and decarbonisation. 

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Implications of Eskom's rejected revenue application unpacked   

1st October 2021 The Energy Regulator has rejected Eskom’s latest revenue application for the three-year tariff cycle starting in 2022 and has proposed that it be submitted again under a new methodology. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer unpacks the development and its implications.   

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Sasol's revised decarbonisation commitments 

23rd September 2021 Sasol has announced revised and accelerated decarbonisation commitments. Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer unpacks the significance of the 2030 target and the group’s promise to be net-zero by 2050.   

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Energy transition opportunities, risks  

17th September 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the need for South Africa to compile a clear country commitment to net-zero and to find a common vision and action plan around the just transition, as well as about the growth potential for hydrogen and energy... 

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