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Eskom's Tutuka power station
Brace for a weekend of Stage 6 loadshedding
13th July 2023 By: News24Wire

Stage 6 loadshedding will continue to be implemented over the weekend in order to replenish emergency reserves, Eskom said in a statement on Thursday.  "The increase in the demand for electricity... 


Eskom power station
Eskom Generation mulling concession models as it seeks to improve coal plant performance
13th July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom’s generation business is currently weighing various concession models as the utility assesses ways to improve the performance of its breakdown-prone coal-fired power stations in a context of... 


Eskom Power Lines
Stalled South African power projects for 1 850 MW risk losing grid access
12th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

Companies yet to complete financing arrangements to build 1 850 MW of power-generation capacity in South Africa in terms of a government tender in 2021 may lose the right to connect to the national... 


Electricity infrastructure
Stage 6 loadshedding returns
12th July 2023 By: News24Wire

Less than a week after Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa said he was confident that Eskom had enough generating capacity to withstand the cold weather, the power utility announced the... 


BLSA CEO calls on govt to honour commitments in public-private partnership
11th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busisiwe Mavuso has stressed the importance of the commitment made by government in June to support the agreed collaboration between the State and... 


The Tutuka power station
Stages 2 and 4 load shedding to continue until further notice
10th July 2023 By: News24Wire

Eskom on Monday announced that Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will continue to be implemented until further notice. This was due to increased demand, it said. 


Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsh Ramokgopa
As cold front hits, Ramokgopa expects loadshedding intensity to remain in check as attention turns to reducing frequency of cuts
9th July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says the first part of the Energy Action Plan’s (EAP’s) two-part goal of reducing the intensity of loadshedding has been largely achieved as the plan... 


Solar panels in front of Komati's cooling towers
Eskom to launch solar, battery tenders in 2024 as part of Komati ‘repowering’
7th July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom reports that concessional funding of $497-million secured for the repowering and repurposing of the Komati coal power station, in Mpumalanga, is expected to become effective at the end of... 


Nersa approves five generation licence applications for BW6 bidders
7th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved generation licences for five preferred bidders of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy's Renewable Energy Independent... 


Electricity Pylons
Loadshedding on the horizon for the weekend as repairs delayed accreditation
6th July 2023 By: News24Wire

Varying stages of loadshedding will be implemented from Friday until Monday morning, Eskom said in a statement on Thursday.  Stage 1 loadshedding will remain in place until 16:00 on Thursday,... 


Hydro Power Equipment (HPE) director Ulrich Kienle.
Water power in underground mining has gone mainstream, says HPE
6th July 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The long-standing use of water to cool underground mines is increasingly providing the opportunity to apply the free water pressure head that this offers to energise mining equipment. High-pressure... 


Rand Water's Vereeniging operations
Rand Water weighed down by municipalities, electricity
5th July 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

Despite all efforts, Rand Water remains challenged by the nonpayment of municipalities for water provided and the ongoing power outages and loadshedding. While South Africa's national grid is... 


BESS system being tested
Grid storage uptake in South Africa lacks ‘direction or momentum’
5th July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

A new report published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) highlights that grid storage has yet to gain “direction or momentum” in South Africa, despite a growing... 


A grocery store aisle
Food producers warn of higher prices as infrastructure crumbles
5th July 2023 By: Reuters

South African food producers, among the biggest on the continent, are spending hundreds of millions of rand mitigating prolonged rolling power blackouts, water supply issues and crumbling... 


Rand Water Zuikerbosch Water Purification Plant
Power trips at Rand Water an Eskom issue, says entity's chief as water woes continue
5th July 2023 By: News24Wire

Water outages in Johannesburg and Tshwane are a result of loadshedding, says Teboho Joala, Rand Water's chief shared services officer and acting managing director. On Sunday, the municipalities... 


Power lines
Updated loadshedding code includes up to 16 stages to reduce grid-collapse risk
4th July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

A new and updated edition of the loadshedding code of practice, which includes up to 16 stages of loadshedding, has been finalised by and expert group and delivered to the National Energy Regulator... 


The Tutuka power station
Eskom to implement Stages 1 and 3 loadshedding on Wednesday and Thursday
4th July 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Power utility Eskom will implement Stage 1 loadshedding from 05:00 to 16:00 and Stage 3 loadshedding from 16:00 to midnight on Wednesday and Thursday. Stage 3 loadshedding will also be implemented... 


Power lines
South Africa power outages may have reduced growth by 3.2 percentage points
4th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s energy crisis may have reduced the nation’s economic growth rate by as much as 3.2 percentage points last year and is likely to dampen output until at least early 2024, according to... 


Power lines
South Africa can’t afford to kick grid investment can down the road – Ramokgopa
2nd July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa argues that South Africa should give urgent attention to the strengthening and expansion of the transmission grid to avoid any further extension of the... 


Electricity Pylons
Loadshedding suspended (briefly) on Friday night - then it's Stage 3 at peak hours
30th June 2023 By: News24Wire

Stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 on Friday until midnight. After that, it will be suspended until 16:00 on Saturday.  Stage 3 loadshedding will then be implemented again over the... 


The Atto 3 is BYD’s first launched EV in South Africa
BYD launches Atto 3 EV in South Africa
30th June 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Build Your Dreams (BYD) has officially launched its battery-powered Atto 3 crossover model EV in the South African market. At a launch event in Melrose... 


Scatec is also currently building at the Kenhardt site in the Northern Cape
Scatec’s 273 MW Grootfontein projects become first BW5 solar projects to reach financial close
30th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Three solar photovoltaic (PV) projects bid under the much-delayed fifth bid window (BW5) of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), which was... 


Business for South Africa chairperson Martin Kingston
Private sector working with government on multiple work streams to end loadshedding
29th June 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The private sector is so far working with government on six of the ten energy crisis work streams, for which business raised R100-million to procure skills and expertise for donation on an arm's... 


Moody's name on the side of a building
Eskom debt plan can reduce South Africa risks, Moody’s says
29th June 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s plan to provide its struggling power utility debt relief and potentially write off municipalities’ arrears to Eskom Holdings will ultimately improve liquidity and cut funding risks... 


Battery storage
Bid submission deadline for battery storage programme postponed to 2 August
27th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has postponed the bid submission date for the public procurement of battery energy storage systems (BESS) from July 5 to August 2. The... 


Solar panels and power lines
Eskom’s ‘onerous’ new grid access rules receive cool reception
27th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom’s newly released Interim Grid Capacity Allocation Rules (IGCAR), formulated in response to surging demand for grid access in a context of acute grid scarcity, have received a cool reception... 


SACP provincial secretary Themba Mthembu, ANC provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo and Cosatu provincial secretary Edwin Mkhize addressing the media in Durban
KZN ANC, alliance partners to host energy summit
27th June 2023 By: Sane Dhlamini

The African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal, along with its alliance partners, the South African Communist Party and the Congress of South African Trade Unions, have agreed on the need for an... 


MTN CEO Charles Molapisi
MTN SA deploys ‘five-generation’ technology in IPP efforts
27th June 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

Telecommunications giant MTN South Africa is deploying multiple generation technologies, including solar, gas and battery energy systems, in one plant at its head office in Fairlands, Johannesburg,... 


Electricity demand and Eskom's forecast of how electricity demand during winter 2023 will deviate from its winter base case
Weather and winter tariff on large users helping to moderate electricity demand
26th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom is expecting demand for the rest of South Africa’s winter months to remain below levels initially assumed when the utility finalised its base case for the high-demand season (see graphic... 


South Africa must not be complacent with reduced loadshedding – BLSA CEO
26th June 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Any reduction in loadshedding is welcome, but South Africa must not let it lull the country into complacency, stresses business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso... 


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