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Electricity crisis continues to bite as winter approaches
12th May 2023

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the state of play in the electricity sector as winter approaches, with growing fears of a grid collapse and uncertainty about the role of the... 

JP Morgan now expects SA 2023 GDP decline on deeper power cuts
JP Morgan now expects SA 2023 GDP decline on deeper power cuts
12th May 2023 By: Reuters

JPMorgan in a research note on Friday said it now forecast a 0.2% decline in South Africa's 2023 gross domestic product (GDP) versus a previous forecast for 0.3% growth, citing expectations for... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa denies JETP ‘incoherence’ or being forced to transition from coal
11th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

President Cyril Ramaphosa has denied that there is any incoherence in his Cabinet regarding the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) with developed countries that have agreed to extend... 

Manufacturing production down 1.1% y/y in March
11th May 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Manufacturing production decreased by 1.1% year-on-year in March, with the petroleum, chemical products, rubber and plastic products and ·textiles, clothing, leather and footwear being the largest... 

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Cabinet assures SA of govt effort to ‘prevent attempts to collapse national grid’
11th May 2023 By: Thabi Shomolekae

Cabinet stressed on Thursday that government is working closely with embattled State-owned enterprise Eskom to fast-track the repair of power station units that have resulted in Stage 6... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Numsa condemns Gordhan’s appeal against loadshedding exemption
11th May 2023 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa has criticised Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan for his decision to appeal the High Court judgment which orders public schools,... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa asked to shed light on electricity crisis in parliamentary Q&A
11th May 2023 By: News24Wire

With the country still hampered by loadshedding, and with no end in sight, it is perhaps no surprise the focus of President Cyril Ramaphosa's question session on Thursday will be the energy crisis.... 

Former Eskom interim chairperson Professor Malegapuru Makgoba
Lack of action by law enforcement agencies prompted private Eskom investigation – Makgoba
10th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Former Eskom interim chairperson Professor Malegapuru Makgoba believes there would have been no reason for former CEO André de Ruyter to pursue a privately funded intelligence investigation of... 

Ramokgopa: Running diesel plants may be costly, but loadshedding is far worse
10th May 2023 By: News24Wire

Eskom will likely exceed its diesel budget this financial year, but the cost of load shedding to the economy would be far worse, said Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa. The minister was... 

Eskom acting CEO Calib Cassim
Eskom Head in China as South Africa grapples with acute outages
10th May 2023 By: Bloomberg

Eskom’s acting chief executive officer travelled to China, as the South African State-owned utility implements record power cuts that are hobbling the nation’s economy. Calib Cassim accompanied... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mantashe says release of ‘IRP 2023’ for comment is imminent
9th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reports that an updated version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity will be released imminently for public consideration.... 

Minerals Council South Africa outgoing CEO Roger Baxter
Emerging miners highlight impact of energy, logistics constraints on economic growth
8th May 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The South African economy is limited to 1.5% potential growth a year because there is no productivity growth. National productivity has declined for five years consecutively, highlighting the... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
DPE to appeal loadshedding exemption ruling made by High Court
8th May 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has said his department will lodge an urgent appeal to set aside the judgment handed down by the North Gauteng High Court on May 5 that schools, hospitals... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Gordhan to lodge 'urgent appeal' against loadshedding exemption ruling
8th May 2023 By: News24Wire

Government will lodge an urgent appeal against a ruling that it prevent loadshedding for schools, healthcare facilities and police stations within 60 days. This step is to avoid "undue risk" to the... 

Eskom coal power station
Treasury says technical assessment of coal stations to be completed by July
8th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Treasury has confirmed that the once-off independent review of Eskom’s 14 coal fired power stations is under way and should be concluded by July. The review was announced by Finance... 

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Loadshedding starts to weigh on private sector debt servicing ability
8th May 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Experian Business Debt Index (BDI) declined sharply to 0.996 in the fourth quarter of last year, following a reading of 1.591 in the third quarter, reflecting intense and more frequent... 

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Rampant corruption at Eskom drags down South Africa
8th May 2023 By: Bloomberg

On a late Thursday afternoon last November, in the midst of rolling blackouts implemented by South Africa’s state-owned electricity company, a contractor at a power station in the eastern... 

Eskom signage
Emergency five-year power procurement awaiting Eskom board approval
5th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

A procurement and funding strategy empowering Eskom to proceed with a five-year emergency procurement programme has been finalised and will be presented to the State-owned utility’s board for... 

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Ramokgopa says 'frank' talks held with JETP partners on possible coal decommissioning delay
5th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that “open and frank” discussions have been held with those countries that have agreed to extended $8.5-billion in concessional funding to... 

Eskom's Lethabo power station
Loadshedding will be reduced to Stages 3 and 4 over the weekend
5th May 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Power utility Eskom says that, as a result of lower weekend demand and the return to service of some generating units, Stage 3 and 4 loadshedding will be implemented this weekend. Since yesterday... 

Enertrag South Africa project development head Mercia Grimbeek
South Africa urged to explore co-location of wind and solar to maximise limited grid capacity
3rd May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Co-locating wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities at a single grid connection point could help maximise the use of South Africa’s existing, albeit constrained, transmission network capacity... 

Power lines
Treasury begins engagements with municipalities on conditions for writing off R57bn debt owed to Eskom
3rd May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Treasury is embarking on provincial roadshows to communicate the 14 conditions under which the debt owed to Eskom by municipalities can be written off over the coming three years. As... 

The Tutuka power station
More Stage 6 loadshedding as breakdowns approach 19 000 MW
3rd May 2023 By: News24Wire

Stage 6 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 on Tuesday until 05:00 on Thursday, Eskom said in a statement.  After that, stages will vary between 4 and 6 until late on Friday.  

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer
Eskom keeps Oberholzer on for longer to help SA through power crisis
3rd May 2023 By: News24Wire

Jan Oberholzer, Eskom's first and last COO, will stay at the troubled power utility for a while longer following his retirement in April, specifically to help see it through SA's loadshedding... 

Complaint against Karpowership consultants dismissed by DFFE
3rd May 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s environment ministry dismissed a complaint by a nonprofit against Karpowership’s plan to moor a ship-mounted power plant off the nation’s west coast, a rare win for the Turkish... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mantashe: Govt's plans to end loadshedding not about 'mobilising votes'
3rd May 2023 By: News24Wire

Dealing with loadshedding is not about "mobilising votes", according to Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe. The minister was answering questions from members of Parliament's... 

The Microgrid Centre of Excellence (CoE) has been launched by the CSIR in partnership with Power Africa
Microgrid centre of excellence established at CSIR
2nd May 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

A Microgrid Centre of Excellence (CoE) has been launched at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in partnership with Power Africa, a US government-led initiative coordinated by... 

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DA hits back at Mantashe for blaming the private sector for loadshedding
2nd May 2023 By: Thabi Shomolekae

The Democratic Alliance on Tuesday said that no amount of blame shifting will hide the undeniable fact that Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe has, since his appointment, failed to advance... 

SAWEA CEO Niveshen Govender
SAWEA says nearly 1 000 MW of private wind projects now registered with Nersa
2nd May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Wind projects with a combined capacity of 984 MW have been registered with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), a development that the South African Wind Energy Association... 

Minister in The Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
Cabinet targets 1 000 MW of demand-side savings as winter approaches
28th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Cabinet reports that a target has been set to save about 1 000 MW, or the equivalent of one stage of loadshedding, through demand side management (DSM) measures, but has provided no details as to... 

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