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Terence Creamer

Terence Creamer

Terence Creamer is the Editor of Engineering News and a Deputy Editor for Mining Weekly. He also has editorial responsibility for Polity.org.za and Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa.

Eskom board approves plan to operate Camden, Grootvlei and Hendrina to 2030

20th May 2024 The Eskom board has given its approval for the continued operation of the Camden, Grootvlei and Hendrina power stations to 2030 – a departure from the original decommissioning schedule that has reportedly been endorsed by Cabinet. In response to a question posed by Engineering News during an... 

Energy trader reports strong market demand for green electricity from 210 MW Hendrina Wind Farm

20th May 2024 Newly formed electricity trader Apollo Africa reports that it is experiencing strong demand from potential customers for the renewable electricity that will be produced from the grid-ready 210 MW Hendrina Wind Farm, being developed by Enertrag in the Mpumalanga province. Apollo Africa, which is... 

Energy trader reports strong market demand for green electricity from 210 MW Hendrina Wind Farm
Apollo Africa MD Jenna Harris

Today’s well-supplied market for critical minerals ‘may not be a good guide for future’

17th May 2024 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report describes the sharp decline in critical mineral prices over the past year as a double-edged sword, cautioning that, while it has been a boon for clean energy deployment and affordability, it is a bane for critical mineral investment and... 

Today’s well-supplied market for critical minerals ‘may not be a good guide for future’
Investment in certain minerals, notably copper and lithium, is falling short of what was required for transition to net-zero energy system

Two BW6 solar projects with a combined capacity of 360 MW reach commercial close

17th May 2024 Two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects selected as preferred bids under Bid Window 6 (BW6) of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’s) renewable energy procurement programme reached commercial close on April 30. The projects, which were part of a group of six PV projects to advance... 

Two BW6 solar projects with a combined capacity of  360 MW reach commercial close

City Power seeks funding, manufacturing partners for informal settlement ‘energy box’

17th May 2024 Johannesburg’s City Power is seeking manufacturing and venture capital partners to further develop and pilot a rugged ‘energy box’ concept in one of the city’s 312 informal settlements as a possible greener and safer alternative to the illegal connections that currently predominate. Chief... 

City Power seeks funding, manufacturing partners for informal settlement ‘energy box’
Chief engineer for renewable energy Paul Vermeulen

Solar rental firm begins testing roll-out model for underserved communities

17th May 2024 Local solar-as-a-subscription service provider Wetility is deploying a rooftop solar solution in a lower-income community as part of a proof-of-concept study to firm up the feasibility of extending the offering to other underserved areas. COO Franta Pour tells Engineering News that the company’s... 

Solar rental firm begins testing roll-out model for underserved communities

Green stimulus

17th May 2024 South Africa’s manufacturing sector is in dire need of stimulus. In its recently released ‘Industrial Policy & Strategy Review’, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) confirmed that the sharp fall in the share of manufacturing in the country’s GDP and employment has posed a... 

Green stimulus

Eyes turn to Union Buildings after NCOP approves Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill

16th May 2024 The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has approved the Electricity Regulation Amendment (ERA) Bill, which has far-reaching implications for the future structure and operation of an electricity supply industry that has hitherto been dominated by Eskom. The Bill received support from all... 

Eyes turn to Union Buildings after NCOP approves Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill
Photo by Creamer Media
President Cyril Ramaphosa may sign ERA Bill ahead of the elections

Ramaphosa acknowledges fear over NHI but describes signing as ‘pivotal moment’

15th May 2024 President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged the fear that his signing of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill into law had generated in and address during a signing ceremony held at the Union Buildings on Wednesday. However, he described the NHI as an opportunity to break with the prevailing... 

Ramaphosa acknowledges fear over NHI but describes signing as ‘pivotal moment’
President Cyril Ramaphosa signing the controversial NHI Bill into law at a Union Buildings ceremony

$2.2bn pledged to support clean-cooking access in Africa

14th May 2024 Pledges worth $2.2-billion to support clean-cooking access in Africa were made at a summit in France on Tuesday, convened by the International Energy Agency (IEA). It is estimated that more than one-billion people in Africa currently lack access to clean-cooking solutions and instead cook over... 

$2.2bn pledged to support clean-cooking access in Africa
IEA executive director Fatih Biro

Salga energy head calls for post-election review of free basic electricity scheme

14th May 2024 The head of energy at the South African Local Government Association (Salga) has called for a review of both the size of the free basic electricity (FBE) allocation as well as the way the grant is assigned, arguing that many indigent households are currently not benefiting from the scheme as... 

Salga energy head calls for post-election review of free basic electricity scheme
Many households in informal settlements remain unelectrified

Ramaphosa denies pre-election loadshedding respite is a ‘political ploy’

13th May 2024 President Cyril Ramaphosa has entered the politically charged discussion on the reasons behind the recent dramatic reduction in loadshedding ahead of what is expected to be a highly competition election and amid allegations that the reprieve is being staged managed to improve the governing... 

Ramaphosa denies pre-election loadshedding respite is a ‘political ploy’
President Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa aims to set up three JET-aligned skills development zones

10th May 2024 Three Just Energy Transition (JET) skills development zones focusing on renewables and grids, electric vehicles and green hydrogen value chains are proposed for implementation under the larger JET Investment Plan (JET-IP), for which pledges of $11.5-billion have been made by several developed... 

South Africa aims to set up three  JET-aligned skills development zones

IEA expects another record year for EVs in 2024

10th May 2024 The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects electric vehicle (EV) sales to rise to a record 17-million in 2024, representing more than one in every five passenger cars sold, but with sales likely to remain highly concentrated in the Chinese, European and US markets. Sales rose by 35% last year... 

IEA expects another record year for EVs in 2024

NTCSA begins consultations on market code to govern shift towards competitive electricity industry

10th May 2024 With the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) currently scheduled to be operationalised in July and efforts under way to ensure that the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) Amendment Bill is passed by the current Parliament, work is now advancing on the market code for the future... 

NTCSA begins consultations on market code to govern shift towards competitive electricity industry

Private renewables procurement may mitigate boom-bust cycles curbing South Africa’s green industrialisation

10th May 2024 The combination of public and private procurement of large-scale renewables in South Africa signals increased stability for manufacturers of key components, a new GreenCape report argues. Published ahead of the release of the much-anticipated South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM),... 

Private renewables procurement may mitigate boom-bust cycles curbing South Africa’s green industrialisation
Together with large-scale procurement, rising rooftop solar installations are offering greater market stability that could stimulate local manufacturing

Coalitions and reform

10th May 2024 With the 2024 election days away, attention is turning to the governance arrangements that will prevail nationally and in key battleground provinces following the poll and what these outcomes will mean for South Africa generally and the economy specifically. Pre-election polling has persistently... 

Coalitions and reform

Deadline for latest battery procurement also extended as IPPs adjust to Eskom’s new grid access rules

9th May 2024 The deadline for South Africa’s recently launched third battery energy storage bidding round, or bid window three (BW3), has been extended by three months to October 31, following a recent deadline extension for the concurrent second battery bidding round from April 30 to June 6. Independent... 

Deadline for latest battery procurement also extended as IPPs adjust to Eskom’s new grid access rules

TPT to continue to invest in Durban Pier 2 while legal spat over private partner plays out

8th May 2024 South Africa’s Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) says it will continue to invest in Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2 while legal proceedings around its selection of International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI), of the Philippines, for a 25-year partnership at what is South Africa’s largest... 

TPT to continue to invest in Durban Pier 2 while legal spat over private partner plays out
Port of Durban container operations

NamPower grid-strengthening and battery storage project secures $138.5m World Bank backing

7th May 2024 The World Bank has approved a $138.5-million finance package to support the integration of renewable energy into Namibia’s electricity system by strengthening its transmission grid and integrating a second utility scale battery storage system into the country’s network. The initiative, which is... 

NamPower grid-strengthening and battery storage project secures $138.5m World Bank backing

Ramokgopa insists loadshedding not being ‘stage managed’ ahead of May 29 poll

6th May 2024 Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa denies that the prevailing reprieve from loadshedding has been “stage managed” to improve the prospects of the governing African National Congress ahead of the May 29 poll, attributing it instead to “orchestrated” engineering efforts undertaken by Eskom... 

Ramokgopa insists loadshedding not being ‘stage managed’ ahead of May 29 poll
Photo by Creamer Media
Minister insists the recent period of no loadshedding is down to the improved performance of coal stations such as Matla (pictured)

Climate commission model points to the growth potential of green industrialisation

6th May 2024 The initial direct cost of placing South Africa on an energy transition pathway over the coming five years in line with its decarbonisation targets is calculated at a hefty R1.5-trillion in the Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET-IP). Less visible, however, are the socioeconomic costs... 

Climate commission model points to the growth potential of green industrialisation

Eskom says RCA application for only R9m not a signal of alignment with Nersa on calculations

3rd May 2024 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has initiated consultations on Eskom’s latest Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application for the 2022/23 financial year, where Eskom is requesting R9-million, its lowest RCA application since the utility began making yearly submissions... 

Eskom says RCA application for only R9m  not a signal of alignment with Nersa on calculations

Stage 16 loadshedding code seeks to reduce human error, not a signal for imminent surge in cuts – Nersa

3rd May 2024 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has belatedly moved to quell concern that its recent approval of a new loadshedding code of practice, which increases the number of potential stages from eight to 16, represented a signal that the prospect for higher levels of loadshedding was... 

Stage 16 loadshedding code seeks to reduce human error, not a signal for imminent surge in cuts – Nersa

South Africa falls in World Energy Trilemma Index

3rd May 2024 South Africa has fallen to sixty-ninth from sixty-fourth on the World Energy Council’s (WEC’s) latest World Energy Trilemma Index which ranks more than 100 countries against the three key dimensions of energy security, equity, and environmental sustainability. The index is included in the ‘World... 

South Africa falls in World Energy Trilemma Index

In the weeds

3rd May 2024 South Africa has gone some way in starting to reform its electricity industry, which has been failing the country visibly for nearly two decades. As these changes are published, consulted and implemented, however, it becomes increasingly apparent that South Africa is really only at the end of the... 

In the weeds

New Mulilo CEO says South Africa’s renewables, storage markets poised for exponential growth

2nd May 2024 Independent power producer Mulilo reports that Jan Fourie has officially assumed the role of CEO, where he will oversee the company’s growth ambitions in South Africa’s public-procurement and private-offtake markets for both renewable energy and battery storage. Fourie, who is an electrical... 

New Mulilo CEO says South Africa’s renewables, storage markets poised for exponential growth
Mulilo chairperson Jan Oberholzer with new CEO Jan Fourie

Two BW6 solar projects with a combined capacity of 360 MW reach commercial close

30th April 2024 Two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects selected as preferred bids under Bid Window 6 (BW6) of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’s) renewable energy procurement programme reached commercial close on April 30. The projects, which were part of a group of six PV projects to advance... 

Two BW6 solar projects with a combined capacity of 360 MW reach commercial close

City Power seeks funding, manufacturing partners for informal settlement ‘energy box’

30th April 2024 Johannesburg’s City Power is seeking manufacturing and venture capital partners to further develop and pilot a rugged ‘energy box’ concept in one of the city’s 312 informal settlements as a possible greener and safer alternative to the illegal connections that currently predominate. Chief... 

City Power seeks funding, manufacturing partners for informal settlement ‘energy box’
Chief engineer for renewable energy Paul Vermeulen

Draft Gas Master Plan released amid supply ‘cliff’ warnings

29th April 2024 South Africa’s much-delayed draft Gas Master Plan (GMP2024) has been released for public comment by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, amid indications that the gap between demand and supply will grow steeply from 2026 onwards when Sasol ceases to supply Gauteng and... 

Draft Gas Master Plan released amid supply ‘cliff’ warnings
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Contract negotiations for Secunda sustainable aviation fuel project may be concluded by mid-2024

26th April 2024 Contractual negotiations are under way between the developers of the HySHiFT sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project, in Mpumalanga, and the intermediary company set up under Germany’s H2Global scheme, known as Hintco, which enters into long-term purchase contracts for clean hydrogen and... 

Contract negotiations for Secunda sustainable aviation fuel project may be concluded by mid-2024
A Rolls-Royce SAF test flight

South African fossil fuel subsidies hit record R118bn in 2023 – IISD

26th April 2024 A new study has found that South Africa's fossil fuel subsidies tripled between 2018 and 2023, rising to R118-billion from R39-billion over the period, with subsidies having been increased largely in response to the surge in fuel prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Titled... 

South African fossil fuel subsidies hit record R118bn in 2023 – IISD

Globeleq says R5.7bn Red Sands will be largest standalone battery storage project in Africa

26th April 2024 Leading African independent power producer Globeleq says the 153 MW/612 MWh Red Sands project, which was recently awarded preferred bidder status under South Africa’s inaugural battery storage public procurement round, will be the largest standalone battery energy storage system (BESS) in Africa... 

Globeleq says R5.7bn Red Sands will be largest standalone battery storage project in Africa
Globeleq CEO Mike Scholey

Can South Africa turn around 30 years of real economy underperformance?

26th April 2024 In this essay, Terence Creamer reflects on the factors that have shaped South Africa’s real-economy sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture over the past 30 years and considers ways to end the economy’s persistent underperformance 

Can South Africa turn around 30 years of real economy underperformance?
FLYING THE FLAG: While manufacturing, mining and agriculture have had periods of strength, they have not yet played the developmental role needed to overcome joblessness, poverty and inequality

Reflect and recommit

26th April 2024 Memories are short and it often feels like they are becoming shorter not only because of the flood of information associated with the 24-hour news cycle but also second-by-second social media commentary that often distorts not only the present, but also the past. As South Africa marks 30 years... 

Reflect and recommit

Can South Africa turn around 30 years of real economy underperformance?

26th April 2024 In this essay, Terence Creamer reflects on the factors that have shaped South Africa’s real-economy sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture over the past 30 years and considers ways to end the economy’s persistent underperformance 

Can South Africa turn around 30 years of real economy underperformance?
FLYING THE FLAG: While manufacturing, mining and agriculture have had periods of strength, they have not yet played the developmental role needed to overcome joblessness, poverty and inequality

Solar rental firm begins testing roll-out model for underserved communities

25th April 2024 Local solar-as-a-subscription service provider Wetility is deploying a rooftop solar solution in a lower-income community as part of a proof-of-concept study to firm up the feasibility of extending the offering to other underserved areas. COO Franta Pour tells Engineering News that the company’s... 

Solar rental firm begins testing roll-out model for underserved communities

South Africa aims to set up three JET-aligned skills development zones

24th April 2024 Three Just Energy Transition (JET) skills development zones focusing on renewables and grids, electric vehicles and green hydrogen value chains are proposed for implementation under the larger JET Investment Plan (JET-IP), for which pledges of $11.5-billion have been made by several developed... 

South Africa aims to set up three JET-aligned skills development zones

IEA expects another record year for EVs in 2024, but sales remain concentrated

23rd April 2024 The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects electric vehicle (EV) sales to rise to a record 17-million in 2024, representing more than one in every five passenger cars sold, but with sales likely to remain highly concentrated in the Chinese, European and US markets. Sales rose by 35% last year... 

IEA expects another record year for EVs in 2024, but sales remain concentrated

Ramokgopa describes IPP surpluses as low-hanging fruit amid delay in finding contractual solution

22nd April 2024 Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa describes surplus electricity arising from existing renewable energy facilities as “low hanging fruit” in improving the supply-demand balance and reports that discussions are under way to assess ways to make this energy available to the grid. Speaking... 

Ramokgopa describes IPP surpluses as low-hanging fruit amid delay in finding contractual solution
Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa

NTCSA begins consultations on market code to govern shift towards competitive electricity industry

19th April 2024 With the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) currently scheduled to be operationalised in July and efforts under way to ensure that the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) Amendment Bill is passed by the current Parliament, work is now advancing on the market code for the future... 

NTCSA begins consultations on market code to govern shift towards competitive electricity industry
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