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Wealthy countries have an obligation to support climate action in poor countries – Ramaphosa
26th June 2023 By: Thabi Shomolekae

President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Monday that with improved funding for the country’s Just Energy Transition, government will be able to invest substantially in strengthening the country’s... 


Transmission infrastrucutre
South Africa considering ways to tap private liquidity to accelerate grid expansion
25th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa confirmed that the National Energy Crisis Committee (Necom) was considering a public–private partnership model to accelerate the building of the... 


Enpower Trading CEO James Beatty
Energy trading firm believes revenue-neutral wheeling model can help curb municipal grid defection
23rd June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Regulator-licensed South African electricity trader Enpower Trading is promoting wheeling and trading over municipal networks as a way of combatting the trend of “off-grid flight”, which poses a... 


Small businesses are struggling to keep operating during loadshedding
Small businesses need support as they take heavy strain from loadshedding crisis
21st June 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Up to 64% of small businesses in South Africa's townships stop operating when there is loadshedding, about 60% have had to reduce employee numbers to survive and about 7% have permanently shut... 


Eskom power lines and substation
Eskom’s new grid queuing rules governed by ‘first ready, first served’ approach
20th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned electricity utility Eskom is preparing to issue updated grid queuing rules that will outline how it plans to manage scarce grid connection capacity in a way that avoids “hogging” of... 


Eskom's head office
South Africa seeks a way to allow Eskom to take on green debt
15th June 2023 By: Reuters

South Africa's finance ministry has appointed a consultant to come up with a plan by August to allow utility Eskom to accept-billions in loans designed to help it cut its carbon emissions when the... 


Manufacturing confidence still constrained by loadshedding
14th June 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Confidence levels in the manufacturing sector remain near the low levels reached during previous business cycles, as loadshedding weighs on sentiment, financial services firm Absa's Manufacturing... 


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Cape Town’s draft energy strategy sets goal of adding 650 MW within five years
14th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Cape Town’s energy strategy, which has been released for public comment, envisages the addition of 650 MW of new independent generation within five years in line with the city’s stated goal of... 


Eskom Power station
Presidency outlines criteria to be used before revising coal decommissioning schedule
9th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Presidency has moved to outline the criteria that will be used before any decision is made to delay the decommissioning of certain coal-fired power stations to take account of the prevailing... 


Traffic lights affected by loadshedding
Daytime loadshedding is back this weekend
9th June 2023 By: News24Wire

Stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 until midnight on Friday, as per previous notices, Eskom said in a statement. But after that, Stage 1 loadshedding will kick in from 05:00 until... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa chaired a meeting of Ministers and CEOs at the Union Buildings on June 6
Top CEOs sign up to help tackle South Africa’s energy, transport and crime crises
7th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

CEOs from some of South Africa’s largest companies – including Sasol’s Fleetwood Grobler, Anglo American’s Nolitha Fakude, former Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo, Toyota South Africa’s Andrew Kirby,... 


The project development pipeline in the Renewable Energy Grid Survey, with the advanced projects shown in red.
Renewable Energy Grid Survey points to 66 GW development pipeline in South Africa
6th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

A new survey of South Africa’s renewable-energy development pipeline, and its potential implications  for grid planning and investment, reveals that there is currently a 66 GW pipeline of wind and... 


The Majuba power station
No loadshedding during the day until further notice, with Stage 3 every evening
6th June 2023 By: News24Wire

Loadshedding will be suspended from midnight to 16:00 every day until further notice, with Stage 3 implemented over the evening peak, due to "further improvement on the available generation... 


Pele Energy Group Founders (from left to right): Thapelo Motlogeloa, Gqi Raoleka, Fumani Mthembi, Obakeng Moloabi and Boipelo Moloabi
Private offtake market adds new impetus to black energy group’s pioneering IPP journey
6th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The journey by South Africa’s Pele Energy Group (PEG) from fledgling energy investor to that of a pioneering black-owned and -managed independent power producer (IPP) is receiving fresh impetus... 


Loadshedding suspended until Stage 4 kicks in on Tuesday evening
6th June 2023 By: News24Wire

Eskom has announced that loadshedding has been suspended until 16:00 on Tuesday "due to an improvement in available generation capacity".  However at 16:00, it will immediately jump to Stage 4... 


The Kendal power station is one of four being prioritised for technical support
Private sector technical teams to begin work at four troubled coal stations
5th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Private sector support teams, assembled with the support of the R100-million Resource Mobilization Fund (RMF), will be deployed soon across four troubled coal-fired power stations to assist Eskom... 


Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Ramokgopa describes five-year emergency powership term as ‘non-negotiable’
2nd June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has reiterated his position that any procurement of electricity from powerships should be limited to a maximum of five years, describing such a term as... 


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Karpowership, distributed generation and grid investment updates
2nd June 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest updates on the actions South Africa is taking to address the electricity crisis, including positive developments on the distributed... 


Stage 6 to continue until Friday
1st June 2023 By: News24Wire

Stage 6 load shedding will be implemented from 16:00 on Thursday until 05:00 on Friday, Eskom said in a statement.  This will be followed by varying stages of load shedding over the weekend. 


PCC says the transmission grid should be moved to the centre of electricity planning
Climate commission calls for revised IRP to upscale renewables allocation to 60 GW by 2030
1st June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) is recommending that the next edition of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which is currently under review, caters for the building of between 50 GW and... 


Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Ramokgopa says 2GW of powership capacity to be procured for five years
1st June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa confirmed with lawmakers this week that government intends pushing ahead with the procurement of electricity from powerships, amid ongoing... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa
10 GW distributed generation pipeline to help close shortfall in time – Ramaphosa
31st May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

While warning of a difficult winter for electricity security, President Cyril Ramaphosa has again moved to highlight the success of a recent market reform that has enabled private distributed... 


Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan
'Impossible and vague': Gordhan moves to appeal order to curb loadshedding impact on hospitals
31st May 2023 By: News24Wire

Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday applied for leave to appeal to the order issued earlier in May that all hospitals, clinics, schools and police stations should be spared... 


Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
Ramokgopa in conversation with Karpowership on five- to ten-year contracts
30th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa is having discussions with Karpowership about the potential for introducing the floating gas-to-power plants under a power purchase... 


JSE Origination and Deals Head Samuel Mokorosi and Copper 360 chairperson Shirley Hayes at last month's Copper 360 listing.
JSE pushing hard to attract junior miners, exploration companies to list, says Mokorosi
30th May 2023 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is going all out to attract junior mining and exploration companies, making it easier for companies to get on to the exchange and to remain on the... 


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South Africa plans for payments continuity if power grid buckles
30th May 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s central bank is working on a contingency plan to ensure the country’s payments system remains in operation in the event the nation’s electricity grid collapses. The South African... 


Eskom Transmission Division MD Segomoco Scheppers
Eskom turns to EPC contracting as it seeks to pick up yearly powerline roll-out pace to 1 500 km
30th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom’s Transmission Division, which will form part of the separated National Transmission Company South Africa once established later this year, will begin relying more heavily on the engineer,... 


One of Tiger Brands' beverage production lines
Tiger Brands taking strain amid loadshedding, rising costs, flat demand
30th May 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The JSE share price of branded food, home care and personal care products manufacturer Tiger Brands fell by nearly 16% on May 30, following the release of its financial results for the six months... 


Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
76 hospitals already exempt from loadshedding, says Gordhan
30th May 2023 By: Darren Parker

The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has already initiated efforts, in collaboration with the Department of Health and State-owned utility Eskom, to identify 213 hospitals for exclusion from... 


Corridor Africa technologies developing solutions for telcos loadshedding challenges
30th May 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

Smart technology and innovative telecommunications solutions provider Corridor Africa Technologies is developing solutions to safeguard mobile network operators (MNOs) against the adverse impacts... 


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