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Standard Bank South Africa CEO Lungisa Fuzile
Standard Bank’s pipeline of private utility scale renewables projects stands at 4 GW
3rd October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Standard Bank reports that it has financed 400 MW of distributed generation since government’s recent decision to allow utility scale projects of any size to proceed without a licence even when... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
As Kusile unit returns early, South Africa misses renewables procurement deadline
1st October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has welcomed the earlier-than-expected return of Kusile Unit 3 coal-fired generation, but has also acknowledged that government simultaneously failed to... 


Electricity pylon
No daytime loadshedding expected over the weekend
29th September 2023 By: News24Wire

Due to the sustained improved performance of generation availability as well as the anticipated lower demand over the weekend, loadshedding will be suspended between 05:00 and 16:00 on Saturday and... 


The Presidency’s Rudi Dicks
JET pledges rise to $11.9bn as South Africa moves to finalise implementation plan
29th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The South African government has received additional pledges, worth nearly $3.5-billion, in support of its Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET IP), increasing the overall envelope of... 


Eskom evolving from traditional to virtual wheeling with Vodacom
29th September 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

State-owned power utility Eskom strategy development senior manager Mutenda Tshipala has noted that Eskom is evolving from the traditional electricity wheeling mechanism to virtual wheeling in... 


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Eskom's summer outlook
29th September 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses Eskom's system outlook for the high-maintenance summer months; the early return of units at Kusile and the impact of that decision on pollution;... 


Interim Eskom CEO Calib Cassim
Eskom aiming not to breach Stage 4 loadshedding this summer
27th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom is aiming to limit loadshedding to Stage 4 during the summer months to the end of March by restricting unplanned breakdowns to 14 500 MW during what is also its high-maintenance season, when... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa alongside Discovery CEO Adrian Gore at a joint government-business meeting at Discovery Place, Sandton.
Roadmap to ‘fundamentally reform’ freight logistics sector by end of October
27th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Government has committed to finalise a Freight Logistics Roadmap, outlining a sequenced set of actions to fundamentally reform the logistics system, by the end of October. The commitment was made... 


TP Nchocho
IDC reports surge in disbursements to R17.8bn despite economic headwinds
26th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has reported a 147% surge in disbursements to R17.8-billion for 2022/23, up from only R7.2-billion in the prior year – a performance that is within... 


Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Creecy upholds decision allowing Kusile to bypass pollution system, with tighter conditions
26th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has upheld the decision of the National Air Quality Officer (NAQO) to permit the temporary operation of the Kusile coal power station... 


Lightbulb
Eskom suspends loadshedding over the long weekend
22nd September 2023 By: News24Wire

Due to the sustained improved performance of generation availability as well as the anticipated lower demand over the long weekend, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented at 16:00 this afternoon... 


Electricity Minister Kgosietsho Ramokgopa says Eskom has provided a response to the issues raised in the appeal
Early Kusile restart uncertain as Creecy adjudicates emissions appeal
22nd September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Fisheries, Forestry and the Environment (DFFE) has confirmed that Minister Barbara Creecy is still adjudicating an appeal of the National Air Quality Officer’s (NAQO’s) decision... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Grid investment ‘fully funded’ for next three years, but scale-up requires alternative models
21st September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has indicated that it has sufficient funding for the coming three years for the grid infrastructure investments that will be pursued in line with its Transmission Development Plan, but says... 


Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Gordhan criticises Eskom’s ‘elongated’ restructuring timelines, wants grid company trading from Nov
20th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has criticised Eskom’s “elongated” restructuring timeframes and has called for greater urgency and drive from the utility in completing the remaining... 


Power line
Eskom expects NTCSA to begin trading from April
19th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom expects the remaining suspensive conditions required for the operationalisation of the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) to be met by the end of its current financial year... 


Tshwane Mayor Cilliers Brink
'We have been doing nothing for 10 years': Idle Tshwane power stations cost the City billions
19th September 2023 By: News24Wire

Around R300-million is spent annually on salaries for staff and maintenance at the Rooiwal and Pretoria West power stations, which have not been operational for more than a decade. On Monday,... 


R107m Steenbras Dam scheme upgrade in the works to help Cape Town ease loadshedding
18th September 2023 By: News24Wire

A R107-million refurbishment of the Steenbras Hydro Pumped Storage Scheme is on the pipeline, with Capetonians hoping it will bring further relief from load shedding. This week, the City of Cape... 


Power lines
Energy Regulator approves two outstanding licences for new grid company
18th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved the two licence applications required for the operationalisation of the National Transmission Company of South Africa (NTCSA),... 


The Atlantis OCGT plant
Diesel supply problem blamed for low OCGT use during intense loadshedding week
17th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has confirmed that problems in the diesel supply chain last week meant that it did not operate its open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) as “hard” as it would have done normally in a context where... 


Eskom's Megawatt Park
Further reprieve from Stage 6 over the weekend, Eskom says
15th September 2023 By: News24Wire

Loadshedding will be reduced to Stages 2 and 4 over the weekend, Eskom said in a statement on Friday afternoon. Stage 4 loadshedding was implemented at 14:00 and will continue until 05:00 on... 


Solar PV panels
SA imported an entire Eskom power station's worth of solar panels - in just 6 months
15th September 2023 By: News24Wire

South Africa quadrupled its solar panel imports from China in the first half of 2023 to 3.4GW – which, at peak production, amounts to nearly the generation capacity of Eskom's Duvha or Matla power... 


Electricity pylons
High loadshedding stages 'temporary', as government assures it has measures to tackle blackouts
14th September 2023 By: News24Wire

Cabinet has been given the assurance that the current higher stages of loadshedding are temporary. This is according to Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, who said Cabinet had... 


Grid connection point with wind turbine in the backgound
Renewables hosting capacity of existing Western Cape grid could be doubled with 10% curtailment
14th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

An assessment by two leading European transmission system operators (TSOs) of an Eskom-generated grid analysis shows that the capacity of the existing Western Cape grid to host variable renewable... 


Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay
Energy Council CEO sees 2023 as a turning point in the energy crisis, but warns of slow decarbonisation progress
14th September 2023 By: Darren Parker

Industry body the Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay has said there is sufficient reason to believe that loadshedding could end as early as the end of 2024, but warns that South Africa... 


Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
Cabinet consulted on IRP update, but further input required before public release
14th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Cabinet was consulted on the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity during its meeting on September 13, but the document will be further consulted and revised before it is released... 


National Treasury director-general Dr Duncan Pieterse
Pieterse says results of State configuration review could be made known before November
12th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

New National Treasury director-general Dr Duncan Pieterse reports that recommendations arising from a joint review by the National Treasury and the Presidency regarding the configuration of... 


City of Cape recommends green light for R107m Steenbras refurbishment
12th September 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee is recommending the approval of a R107-million investment over the next few years to refurbish the Steenbras Hydro Pumped Storage Scheme. The 108-month... 


Former Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
SIU’s Mothibi says contents of private Eskom investigation ‘cannot be ignored’
12th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Special Investigating Unit head Advocate Andy Mothibi says the fact that former Eskom CEO André de Ruyter did not receive board authorisation to commission a private intelligence investigation into... 


Cars at an intersection
Stage 6 overnight, with higher stages of loadshedding all week
12th September 2023 By: News24Wire

Stage 5 loadshedding will continue until 16:00 on Tuesday - followed by Stage 6 overnight until 05:00 Wednesday, Eskom said in a statement.  This comes as four generating units have gone offline.  


Eskom's Arnot power station
Non-stop Stage 4 until further notice after breakdowns
11th September 2023 By: News24Wire

Due to breakdowns at Arnot, Duvha and Grootvlei power stations, as well as the delay in returning generating units to service, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 12:00 on Monday until... 


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