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Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay
Eskom unbundling, ERA promulgation will demonstrate electricity reform ‘political will’
11th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay believes an expedited promulgation of the Electricity Regulation Amendment (ERA) Bill together with the unbundling of Eskom will send a clear signal... 


Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Gordhan insists unbundled distribution business to remain State-owned as he approves Eskom asset transfer
10th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has given an assurance that there is no plan to privatise any of the three Eskom entities of generation, transmission and distribution currently being... 


Koeberg
Koeberg Unit 1 now only scheduled to re-enter operation on November 3
10th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned electricity utility Eskom has confirmed that Unit 1 at the Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, is currently scheduled to return to service only on November 3. The unit... 


Presidency says progress being made to increase grant funding for Just Energy Transition Investment Plan
Presidency says progress being made to increase grant funding for Just Energy Transition Investment Plan
8th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Presidency is exploring several avenues for increasing the grant component in the financing of South Africa’s Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET-IP), following broad-based stakeholder... 


DMRE aims to unveil battery storage preferred projects in two months after receiving 17 bids
DMRE aims to unveil battery storage preferred projects in two months after receiving 17 bids
4th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

A total of 17 bids have been received in response to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’s) inaugural public procurement for battery energy storage system (BESS) projects. The... 


Electricity reforms prioritised amid uneven progress
Electricity reforms prioritised amid uneven progress
4th August 2023

South Africa’s electricity reforms are again being prioritised amid uneven progress. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer unpacks the developments.   


Power line and substation
Alternative funding models for South Africa’s R235bn grid investment outlined in new report
3rd August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

To unlock the estimated R235-billion in investment required to strengthen and expand the grid in a way that positions it to connect the 53 GW of new generation capacity that will be required by the... 


The August 1 meeting of South African Presidency and various government departments, with Business Unity South Africa, Business for South Africa, and Business Leadership South Africa
Presidency, business call for expedited passage during current Parliamentary term of Bill overhauling electricity market
2nd August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Presidency and organised business have called for the passage of the Electricity Regulation Amendment (ERA) Bill to be expedited within the sixth Parliament, following a meeting on August 1 to... 


Pan African Resources chairperson Keith Spencer.
Funding closes for gold project with potential to be shining modern mining exemplar
1st August 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Funding has closed for the gold-from-dumps mining project west of Johannesburg, which has the potential to make the surrounding towns thrive once again, and be a shining example of what modern... 


MTN, JRA partner to alleviate loadshedding traffic delays
1st August 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

JSE-listed MTN and the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) have partnered to ensure traffic lights near the telecommunications group’s base stations are operational during loadshedding. MTN is now... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa
One-year progress report says rooftop installations have doubled since start of Energy Action Plan
31st July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Despite ongoing loadshedding, President Cyril Ramaphosa has moved to highlight some of the implementation progress under the Energy Action Plan (EAP), which marked its first anniversary in late... 


Eskom logo
Bid to interdict Eskom's new grid rules fails
31st July 2023 By: News24Wire

Renewable energy company G7 has failed to interdict Eskom from applying its new grid access rules. Had the interdict been granted, the progress of new energy projects, both those planned by the... 


Power Lines
Energy Regulator approves 25-year transmission licence for NTC with two more approvals to follow
28th July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s Energy Regulator, the highest decision-making body of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), has approved a 25-year transmission licence for the National Transmission... 


Loadshedding candles
Stage 4 overnight on Friday - and a weekend of loadshedding ahead
28th July 2023 By: News24Wire

Stage 4 loadshedding will continue to be implemented until 05:00 on Saturday, Eskom has said. Thereafter, various stages of loadshedding will be implemented until 05:00 on Monday. Breakdowns have... 


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Another turbulent week for electricity in S Africa
28th July 2023

It’s been another turbulent week on the electricity front, with ongoing high levels of loadshedding, the launch of a law suit against Eskom’s grid queuing rules and false and confusing statements... 


ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster
ArcelorMittal South Africa pins hopes on renewables demand after confirming big loadshedding-induced loss
27th July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

ArcelorMittal South Africa, which slumped to a R448-million loadshedding-induced loss in the interim period to June 30, expects renewable energy and regional infrastructure projects to stimulate a... 


BUSA VP Adrian Gore
CEOs from 115 companies pledge to help rebuild South Africa
27th July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

CEOs from over 115 leading corporations operating in South Africa and which collectively employ 1.2-million people and have a combined market value R11-trillion, have formally pledged to help the... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Ramokgopa attacks climate finance pact
25th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s electricity minister attacked the country’s groundbreaking $8.5-billion climate finance pact with some of the world’s richest nations whereby it will close some coal-fired power... 


Power lines
Loadshedding bumped to Stage 5
24th July 2023 By: News24Wire

Power utility Eskom has announced that Stage 5 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 on Monday. This was "due to further delays in returning generating units to service", as well as "the... 


The Koeberg station
Ramokgopa ‘worried and extremely upset’ over Koeberg outage slips
23rd July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says he is “worried and also extremely upset” about developments at the Koeberg nuclear power station, where fears have increased that both units could... 


Power lines
Any interdict of Eskom’s new grid rules would create ‘problem’ for renewables roll-out
23rd July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The South African government has expressed concern that its plans for the addition of new renewables capacity could be disrupted should a legal challenge launched against Eskom’s recently announced... 


Electricity Pylons
Enter the weekend on Stage 5 as Eskom battles to meet rising demand
21st July 2023 By: News24Wire

Due to higher than anticipated demand, Stage 5 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 today until midnight on Friday, Eskom said in a statement. Thereafter, Stage 4 loadshedding will be... 


Power lines running above informal settlement in Cape Town
South Africa urged to elevate universal electricity access to status of education to fight extreme poverty
20th July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Calls are growing for government to overhaul its free basic energy (FBE) scheme amid indications that fewer than a quarter of qualifying indigent households are benefiting from the 50-kWh-a-month... 


An Eskom power station
Stage 4 loadshedding returns on Wednesday after eight generating units break down
19th July 2023 By: News24Wire

Two days after announcing an improvement to the system after several generating units returned to service at the weekend, Eskom has now announced that Stage 4 load shedding will return on Wednesday... 


Power lines with Koeberg in the background
Eskom system operator doesn’t foresee grid instability should both Koeberg units be offline simultaneously
19th July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom’s system operator GM, Isabel Fick, does not foresee the Western Cape power grid being materially destabilised if both of Koeberg’s two nuclear reactors are out of service simultaneously later... 


External view of the NEC XON SolaMD containerised BESS installed at the Clapham pump station in Limpopo
Battery energy storage system installed at Limpopo pump station
19th July 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

Energy solutions provider NEC XON Systems and the Lebalelo Water User Association (LWUA) have partnered to install an emergency battery energy storage system (BESS) at the Clapham pump station, in... 


A Fitch Ratings logo
Fitch maintains South Africa's ratings, says an ANC election loss won't mean new economic policies
18th July 2023 By: News24Wire

On Monday, Fitch again maintained its "BB-" credit rating on South Africa – despite now expecting no economic growth this year. The US credit rating agency kept its "stable" outlook on South... 


IPP Office head Bernard Magoro
Grid still seen as key risk for upcoming renewables round despite reduction in govt guarantee
18th July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The government-default component of the government guarantees extended to the independent power producers (IPPs) that will be selected to build new solar and wind projects under the upcoming... 


Light bulb
Loadshedding reduced further as six generating units come back online
17th July 2023 By: News24Wire

Loadshedding will be reduced to Stages 1 and 3 from 5:00 on Tuesday, following the return to service of six generating units over the weekend, Eskom said in a statement on Monday. However, Stage 4... 


Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Ramokgopa deeply worried about prospect of both Koeberg units being unavailable due to Unit 1 outage slip
17th July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has expressed deep concern that another delay to the return to service of Koeberg Unit 1 could result in both of the nuclear power station’s units... 


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