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Cape Town mayor objects to Eskom’s request for 20.5% tariff hike

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2022 Cape Town is asking South African state-owned power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. to withdraw its request for a 20.5% increase in tariffs for 2022/23, saying residents of the country’s second-largest city can’t afford the hike. “That is totally unfordable, unfair and will do profound damage to... 

Suspected cable thief killed in shootout with police at Mpumalanga power station

By: News24Wire      13th January 2022 Three suspected cable thieves have been arrested and one died after a shootout with police in Mpumalanga. Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said police were informed that the trio was stealing copper cables at Matla Power Station in Kriel on Wednesday. 

Electricity supply restored in most of Kenya after nationwide blackout -Kenya Power

By: Reuters     11th January 2022 Power supply has been restored in most parts of Kenya, which earlier experienced a nationwide outage after a high voltage transmission line connecting the capital broke, state-controlled utility Kenya Power said on Tuesday. Kenya Power reported a blackout occurred at 0745 GMT, after towers... 

Eskom calls for community help to combat theft, vandalism of its assets 

By: Schalk Burger     10th January 2022 State-owned power utility Eskom requests that community members play an active role in preventing criminal activities and minimise vandalism of its assets. Eskom continues to experience high incidents of theft and vandalism of its distribution infrastructure around the country. The perpetrators... 

Eskom expects clarity on transmission unit start early this year

By: Bloomberg     3rd January 2022 Power utility Eskom Holdings expects clarity early this year around the start of its independent transmission unit, which still awaits licence approvals and the sign-off of creditors. Separating the business, with generation and distribution arms to follow, is part of the company’s strategy to... 

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Eskom splits off transmission division 

By: Reuters     20th December 2021 South African power utility Eskom said on Monday it had executed the separation of its transmission division, subject to certain conditions, in line with an end-December deadline set in a restructuring plan. President Cyril Ramaphosa said in 2019 that the debt-laden utility would be split into... 

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Eskom set to halve FY loss to R9bn, but R392bn debt remains ‘unsustainable’ 

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom expects to cut its full-year loss to R9.1-billion in 2021/22, from R18.9-billion in 2020/21, but warns that its debt position remains unsustainable despite some positive financial momentum during the six months to September 30, including a reduction in its... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Eskom to release Mpumalanga land to catalyse investments in sub-100 MW renewables projects  

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2021 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has announced that Eskom is preparing to release land in the coal-rich Mpumalanga province for sub-100 MW distributed electricity projects that can now be built without a licence and wheel electricity through the grid for self-consumption, or for sale to... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Central Termica de Temane power project in Mozambique reaches financial close

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2021 Independent power company Globeleq, energy and chemicals multinational Sasol and Mozambique State-owned power utility Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) have announced financial close of the Central Termica de Temane (CTT) power project. Located at Temane, in the Inhambane province, CTT comprises... 

Bedfordview power restored ahead of schedule

By: Schalk Burger     3rd December 2021 Power utility Eskom has restored supply to the Bedfordview substation, two days ahead of schedule. Supply was restored to the substation and affected customers at about 22:00 on December 2. 

Emalahleni owes Eskom over R5 billion, urges its customers to pay or face darkness  

By: News24Wire      3rd December 2021 The Emalahleni local municipality in Mpumalanga has revealed that it owes Eskom over R5-billion for unpaid electricity. It has, therefore, handed over to its lawyers the accounts of some 30 defaulting customers, in a quest to collect the revenue and pay the debt. Emalahleni's communications... 

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Illegal connections: About 700 Soweto homes in the dark after Eskom disconnects its power  

By: News24Wire      1st December 2021 About 700 houses in Diepkloof Zone 3, Soweto, are in the dark after Eskom disconnected its power supply to the area. Eskom accused residents of illegally connecting electricity to their homes and disconnected them last week. Eskom Gauteng spokesperson Amanda Qithi said they disconnected power in... 

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Eskom estimates it will take four or five days to restore power to Bedfordview following cable theft

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom on November 30 said an attempted cable theft incident has affected supply to the Bedfordview substation, which supplies the City of Ekurhuleni’s (CoE's) Bedfordview customers. Given the extent of the damage, it may take four to five days to restore supply. 

South Africa seeks to end policy ambiguity delaying Eskom rescue

By: Bloomberg     29th November 2021 South Africa will soon agree on a comprehensive, unified approach to turning around Eskom Holdings, which is saddled with R402-billion in debt, according to the minister who oversees the state power utility. Eskom, which depends on coal for the bulk of its electricity generation, has subjected... 

Eskom's bondholders signal caution ahead of debt talks

By: Bloomberg     22nd November 2021 As Eskom Holdings prepares to talk to investors about plans to address a multibillion-dollar debt load, the performance of the company’s bonds already suggests some skepticism from bondholders. The yield premium of Eskom’s 2028 dollar bonds without a government guarantee over those with state... 

Load-shedding to be suspended tonight as units return to service  

By: News24Wire      19th November 2021 Eskom says load-shedding will be suspended from 21:00 on Friday as seven generation units have returned to service. A unit each at Kendal, Camden and Grootvlei power stations as well as two units each at Majuba and Matimba power stations have returned to service. Overnight, two units at Majuba... 

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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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Eskom, load-shedding in the headlines

AMEU responds to allegations that some municipalities ignored load-shedding instructions

11th November 2021 In this editorial, the Association of Municipal Electricity Utilities (AMEU) responds to allegations by power utility Eskom that some municipalities had ignored instructions to implement load-shedding last weekend and that that had contributed to the utility having to implement Stage 4... 

No immediate Eskom debt solution, as Minister outlines ‘tough love’ stance on SOEs  

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2021 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana offered no new insight in his maiden address to lawmakers into how government intended approaching the issue of Eskom’s R400-billion debt burden, which has been labelled unsustainable by the utility, and also refrained from making any new provisions for... 

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Eskom seeks urgent conversion of $8.5bn political declaration into commercial agreement 

By: Terence Creamer     10th November 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter reports that the State-owned utility has already taken some initial steps to ensure that the $8.5-billion political declaration signed at COP26 in early November is urgently converted into a practical commercial agreement to support its just transition programme.... 

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Load-shedding escalates to Stage 4 until Friday  

By: News24Wire      8th November 2021 Stage 4 load-shedding will start at 13:00 on Monday, Eskom has announced. This follows a "major incident" in Zambia that affected power supply from Cahora Bassa, the power utility said on Sunday. Stage 4 will last until Friday morning, after which Stage 2 will continue until Saturday. Total... 

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Stage 2 load-shedding to continue throughout the week 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th November 2021 Power utility Eskom has announced that, owing to insufficient generation capacity and the inability to replenish emergency reserves over the past weekend, Stage 2 load-shedding will continue to be implemented throughout the week of November 8 to 13. Eskom notes that, on November 7, a unit each at... 

Traffic in South Africa is affected by load-shedding

Stage 2 load-shedding to start at 11:00, situation could worsen over the weekend

By: News24Wire      5th November 2021 Stage 2 load-shedding will start at 11:00 on Friday, Eskom announced Three units at the Kendal power station were taken off and it is anticipated that the fourth and remaining unit will also be shut down. The conveyor belts supplying these units are currently not running due to a power fault. 

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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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Energy sector developments

India, UK International Solar programme seeks to connect 140 countries

By: Schalk Burger     4th November 2021 The International Solar Alliance (ISA) on November 3 unveiled plans for the first transnational network of solar power grids, known as the Green Grids Initiative – One Sun One World One Grid (GGI-OSOWOG), at COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland. The initiative is aimed at connecting 140 countries to... 

Urgent need to address grid constraints in high-yield renewables areas - Magoro 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2021 Grid constraints in South Africa’s high-yield renewable-energy areas need to be addressed urgently, Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office CEO Bernard Magoro has again warned. Reflecting on the lessons learned from the most recent renewables procurement round during a Power Futures Lab webinar,... 

IPP Office CEO Bernard Magoro
IPP Office CEO Bernard Magoro

South Africa signs R131bn concessional climate pledge for low-carbon transition  

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa on November 2 announced that South Africa had signed a political declaration with the governments of France, Germany, the UK and the US, as well as the leadership of the European Union, to establish a partnership to mobilise an initial $8.5-billion, or R131-billion, over... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Eskom to implement Stage 2 load-shedding from 16:00

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd November 2021 Power utility Eskom will implement Stage 2 load-shedding from 16:00 on November 2 to 05:00 on November 3. This follows after a unit at the Kusile power station tripped on Tuesday afternoon. A unit each at the Matimba and Arnot power stations had also failed to return to service. 

Eskom warns of load-shedding threat

By: News24Wire      2nd November 2021 On Tuesday morning, Eskom warned that load-shedding may be implemented at short notice should any further breakdowns occur,  or should some of the generating units not return to service as expected. It asked that South Africans reduce their power use, as the electricity system is "severely... 

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Eskom says it will stop power cuts from 20:00 on Friday

By: Reuters     29th October 2021 State-owned monopoly power supplier Eskom said on Friday it would lift all planned power cuts - locally called "load-shedding" - in the country from 8pm local time. The company, which runs a fleet of ageing thermal coal-fired power plants, had been implementing power cuts ranging from two to... 

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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Eskom sets out R178bn grid investment plan to 2031

Renewables developer warns of a grid-induced crisis akin to South Africa’s 2008 generation crisis  

By: Terence Creamer     27th October 2021 Growing constraints on South Africa’s power grid could precipitate a crisis similar to the one experienced in 2008, when it became apparent that the country had run short of generation capacity, the head of a leading domestic renewable-energy company warned on Wednesday. African Clean Energy... 

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Eskom’s R178bn grid plan points to ‘scary’ step change in expansionary capex 

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has outlined a R178-billion grid investment plan for the coming ten years, which is premised on a dramatic acceleration of expansionary capital expenditure. The Transmission Development Plan (TDP) for the period 2022 to 2031 is largely geared towards... 

Eskom group executive for transmission Segomoco Scheppers
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Eskom group executive for transmission Segomoco Scheppers

South Africa to set up finance workstream to assess climate-finance offers  

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2021 The South African government is set to establish a high-level technical workstream, which will work under the direction of a Cabinet subcommittee, to evaluate possible concessional finance offers that could be made in support of the country’s just energy transition strategy. The workstream is yet... 

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

How South Africa plans to secure backing for its ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ at COP26 

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2021 South Africa aims to meet with other governments and multilateral finance institutions on the sidelines of the upcoming COP26 gathering to progress talks on raising concessional funding, in phases, for a Cabinet-endorsed ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ to fund green projects in the... 

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Cabinet wants ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ to fund green projects in the electricity, automotive and hydrogen sectors.

Municipalities central to resolving energy security issues, says panel  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2021 During the closing panel of the Electricity Forum, Manufacturing Circle executive director Philippa Rodseth said municipalities were the missing piece of the energy security puzzle and an elephant in the room in terms of South Africa achieving a just energy transition. From an industrialisation... 

Energy transition holds greatest promise for growth, job creation and development 

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2021 A transition away from fossil fuel-based electricity to renewable-based electricity in South Africa can contribute significantly to job creation, growth and increased availability of electricity to support other commercial activities, four investment and energy specialists noted during a... 

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