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This SOLA Group project was the first utility-scale project to be registered after the licence-exemption cap was lifted
Electricity reform bears fruit with 1 185 generators now registered with Nersa
7th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) reports that it registered a further 98 generation facilities – with a combined capacity of 908 MW and an investment value of R17.3-billion –... 


The Vredendal solar park
Two more solar projects from delayed BW5 set to begin construction in early 2024
6th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Two 75-MW apiece solar photovoltaic (PV) projects bid under the much-delayed Bid Window Five (BW5) of South Africa’s public renewables procurement programme have officially advanced to commercial... 


SOLA Group CEO Dom Wills
Pioneering 195 MW solar plant to sell clean electricity to multiple customers nationwide
6th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South African independent power producer the SOLA Group has started construction on a pioneering 195 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Free State, which will wheel and sell clean electricity... 


A turbine at sunrise at Red Rocket's Roggeveld Wind Farm
Red Rocket confirms initial 500 MW of interest in 2 000 MW virtual wheeling renewables scheme
6th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Independent power producer (IPP) Red Rocket reports that it has signed up customers for 500 MW of the 2 000 MW of capacity it aims to deploy over the coming three years as part of an innovative... 


The Koeberg nuclear power station
Both Koeberg units to be offline from July unless NNR approves Eskom’s licence decoupling request in Jan
4th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) will decide in January whether to grant Eskom’s request for the Koeberg Unit 1 and Unit 2 licences to be separated to reflect a later commercial operation date... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mantashe says special Cabinet meeting will consider IRP update after Ministers request time to ‘apply their minds’
30th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe confirmed that an update of the Integrated Resource Plan, which he has previously dubbed ‘IRP2023’, had served before Cabinet on November 29,... 


Four utility-scale battery projects worth R10bn selected following inaugural public tender
Four utility-scale battery projects worth R10bn selected following inaugural public tender
30th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The South African government has selected preferred bidders for the development of four utility-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) projects in the Northern Cape, with a combined investment... 


How the Umoyilanga hybrid renewables-battery project is designed to work
75 MW Umoyilanga hybrid project reaches financial close under much-delayed risk-mitigation round
30th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Umoyilanga hybrid renewables-battery project, which will supply 75 MW of dispatchable electricity daily from 05:00 to 21:30 when built, has officially achieved commercial and financial close... 


Electricity pylons
Night loadshedding drops to Stage 5
30th November 2023 By: News24Wire

Eskom announced a marginal drop in loadshedding on Thursday due to improved generation recovery and emergency reserves.  Stage 3 loadshedding kicked in at 10:00, and will continue until 16:00, when... 


A steel section being made
Finding immediate steel alternatives a concern as AMSA prepares to wind down longs unit
29th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has indicated that it will enter discussions with buyers of its noncommodity long-steel products in an effort to limit the disruption that is set to arise because... 


Busa president and Discovery CEO Adrian Gore
Gore warns of ‘plateauing’ pace of delivery on power, logistics, crime reforms
29th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Business Unity South Africa (Busa) president Adrian Gore has warned that the pace of delivery across the joint initiatives being taken with government on electricity, logistics and crime is... 


ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster
ArcelorMittal SA CEO sees no way of avoiding longs closure, says wind down to start in Jan
28th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster believes there is no immediate prospect of addressing the structural issues undermining the financial viability of the group’s long-products business... 


A lit candle
Eskom to implement Stage 6 every night until Saturday to replenish emergency reserves
28th November 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Power utility Eskom says it will implement Stage 6 loadshedding from 20:00 on Tuesday night until 05:00 on Wednesday morning, to replenish emergency reserves. Stage 6 will be implemented every... 


Image of MTN South Africa CEO Charles Molapisi
MTN enhances network resilience to alleviate loadshedding impact
28th November 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

Telecommunications group MTN has achieved several milestones as it continues to spearhead its comprehensive modernisation project across a number of provinces to bolster network resilience against... 


The Newcastle Works
3 500 jobs at risk as ArcelorMittal mulls closure of longs units at Newcastle, Vereeniging
28th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa has indicated that it may close its long-products business, which could result in the loss of 3 500 direct and contractor jobs at its Newcastle and... 


City Power has denied any Stage 8, but reviews schedule for higher stages of loadshedding
As Eskom outlines worsened prognosis, City Power confirms loadshedding schedule review amid ‘Stage 8’ uproar
27th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Having outlined an improving power system prognosis for the working week on Sunday, following the shock implementation of Stage 6 on Friday November 24, Eskom has since reported that the outlook... 


Graphics confirm 2023 as loadshedding’s annus horribilis
Graphics confirm 2023 as loadshedding’s annus horribilis
27th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South Africans are already painfully aware that 2023 has been a devastating year for power disruptions, with the latest bout of Stage 6 loadshedding having provided yet another traumatic reminder... 


Cars parked at traffic lights amid power outages
Stage 4 loadshedding all week, says Eskom
27th November 2023 By: News24Wire

Due to the increasing demand combined with insufficient generating capacity and the need to manage the emergency reserves, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 today until 05:00 on... 


Residents in areas such as Joburg have complained that the latest episode of Stage 6 has felt more intense than previous bouts
De-escalation in loadshedding forecast for coming week as country emerges from renewed Stage 6 trauma
26th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom is forecasting a de-escalation in the intensity of rotational power cuts for the coming week following the traumatic return of Stage 6 on Friday November 24 and complaints in certain... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Black Friday loadshedding triggered by depletion of reserves and heat-wave demand spike
24th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa attributed the “unwelcome” ramp up in the intensity of loadshedding to Stage 6 to a need for Eskom to rebuild its emergency reserves that had been... 


Traffic due to loadshedding
Eskom declares Stage 6 loadshedding during Black Friday
24th November 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Eskom has announced that it will implement Stage 6 loadshedding from 12:00 on Friday to 05:00 on Monday. The declaration came amid 'Black Friday', during which retailers experience a surge in... 


Photo of Terence Creamer
Loadshedding and port congestion make headlines
24th November 2023

Creamer Media editor Terence Creamer discusses the lagging procurement of new electricity generation and addition of crucial grid infrastructure, as well as the dire situation at Transnet's ports... 


Sapia executive director Avhapfani Tshifularo
Petroleum industry significantly impacted on by loadshedding
21st November 2023 By: Darren Parker

The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) says the ongoing loadshedding crisis has significantly impacted on its members, with widespread power outages affecting various sectors of... 


Workers installing solar panels
New $1.8bn-plus concessional loan package signed to support JET-IP
21st November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa has confirmed the signing of three new policy loan agreements – worth more than $1.8-billion – in support of the country’s Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET-IP), the... 


Komati Power Station
South Africa’s quest for energy security threatens climate goals
21st November 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa is likely to prioritise energy security over its decarbonisation aspirations to avoid further damage to its economy, said James Mackay, the chief executive officer of the Energy... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Next renewables bid window ‘will not be location agnostic’
19th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that the country’s next renewables bidding round will “not be location agnostic” and will seek to direct projects to areas where there is... 


Lineworkers seen working on an Eskom transmission line
Eskom’s hockey-stick shaped grid deployment plan comes under scrutiny
16th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The hockey-stick-curve shape of Eskom’s ten-year execution plan for delivering much-needed new transmission infrastructure continues to come under intense scrutiny from domestic industry, with... 


Loadshedding affecting traffic lights
Stage 3 loadshedding to be implemented until Saturday morning
16th November 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Power utility Eskom says the shortage of generation capacity requires the implementation of Stage 3 loadshedding from 16:00 today until 05:00 on Saturday. Unplanned outages are currently at 17 391... 


Wind farm with substation in foreground
New Eskom curtailment framework to unlock 4 GW of grid capacity in wind-rich provinces
15th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has confirmed that it will release a curtailment addendum to its recently published Generation Connection Capacity Assessment (GCCA) that will unlock 4 GW of connection capacity immediately... 


The Koeberg nuclear power station
Eskom says Koeberg Unit 1 being started as another resumption target is missed
15th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom reports that it has received permission from the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) to restart Koeberg Unit 1, but has once again missed a recently updated target date for grid synchronisation. 


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