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Nersa confirms registration of 105 more generators as overall number rises to 1 415 

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2024 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) reports that it registered a further 105 generation facilities during the period from January to March 2024, raising to 1 415 the number of facilities registered since the system was introduced in 2018. In a statement, Nersa said the newly... 

Solar PV facilities made up 99 of the registrations, with total capacity of 499 MW and an investment cost of R9.9-billion
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Solar PV facilities made up 99 of the registrations, with total capacity of 499 MW and an investment cost of R9.9-billion

Eskom seeks to reserve grid capacity for publicly procured IPP projects  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th May 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses Eskom's application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, seeking permission to preserve and reserve grid capacity for publicly procured IPP projects, as well as the implications should permission be granted. 

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Eskom seeks to reserve grid capacity for publicly procured IPP projects

Plans for acceleration of Eskom’s transmission expansion falling into place – Scheppers 

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 2024 Eskom Transmission CEO Segomoco Scheppers says he believes the “pieces are falling into place” that will allow the power utility to “ramp up and move faster” in expanding the country’s constrained power grid. Grid expansion will enable Eskom and independent power producers to bring much-needed... 

Image of Eskom Transmission CEO Segomoco Scheppers
Segomoco Scheppers

As municipal debt programme falters, Eskom CFO calls for mechanism to ensure the utility gets paid 

By: Irma Venter     22nd May 2024 Municipal debt remains one of Eskom’s biggest challenges, says Eskom CFO Calib Cassim. “At the end of March, we were sitting at around R75-billion of municipal arrears owing to us. That has grown in the last financial year in the region of R15-billion. 

Calib Cassim and Eskom CEO Dan Marokane
Calib Cassim and Eskom CEO Dan Marokane

Eskom seeks Nersa permission to reserve grid capacity for public IPP procurement rounds 

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2024 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has invited comment on Eskom’s application to preserve and reserve grid connection capacity for independent power producers (IPPs) participating in public procurement processes implemented in line with Section 34 of the Electricity Regulation... 

Eskom group executive for distribution Monde Bala
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Eskom group executive for distribution Monde Bala

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

By: Terence Creamer     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... 

Eskom head of generation Bheki Nxumalo
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Eskom head of generation Bheki Nxumalo

NCOP votes to pass Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the significance of the National Council of Provinces' (NCOP's) vote to pass the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill; if the Bill is likely to face any opposition; and what further actions can be expected once the Bill becomes law.   

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer
NCOP votes to pass Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill (Camera: Shadwyn Dickinson; Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

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

By: Terence Creamer     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... 

Many households in informal settlements remain unelectrified
Many households in informal settlements remain unelectrified

Air freight leads recovery in logistics sector in March – Ctrack index 

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2024 After a notable decline in the first two months of the year, the Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) in March increased to an index level of 119.7. This is an increase of 1.1% compared with February, and just marginally up on a year ago. 

Air freight leads recovery in logistics sector in March – Ctrack index

Battery storage procurement faces some delays 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th May 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses South Africa's approach to procuring battery storage, the delays that some of the battery storage bid windows face and the likely market reaction to these delays. 

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Battery storage procurement faces some delays

Auto exports soar to new record; shift to EVs sees drop in catalytic converter numbers 

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2024 Despite a tough domestic economy undermining a recovery in new-vehicle sales to pre-pandemic levels, record vehicle exports in 2023 ensured that the South African automotive sector still managed to outperform the rest of the manufacturing sector, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council... 

Image of Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council chief trade and research officer Dr Norman Lamprecht
Norman Lamprecht

Climate commission model points to the growth potential of green industrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     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... 

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Reigniting growth in South Africa's real economy  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd May 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer talks about the highs and lows of South Africa's real economy in the 30 years of democracy, as well as what could be done to reignite the manufacturing sector in particular. 

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Reigniting growth in South Africa's real economy

SA’s largest boat builder eyes growing share of global ocean-cruising catamaran market  

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2024 It’s easy to overlook the sheer magnitude of Robertson and Caine’s (R&C’s) operations in Cape Town. The company’s ten boat-building factories and assembly lines are dotted across the city – from Woodstock to Paarden Island to Montagu Gardens, with the latter also housing a substantial warehouse.... 

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Lower income consumers are being priced out of the car market – TransUnion 

By: Irma Venter     2nd May 2024 TransUnion Africa CEO Lee Naik says a tough economic environment characterised by cost-of-living challenges, high fuel costs and currency depreciations have resulted in a notable decline in vehicle sales and financing in South Africa. However, while this contraction is expected to persist,... 

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Cape Town targeting this year as starting date for turning waste into power 

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2024 The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says it is moving closer to turning landfill waste into energy, with two projects that are designed to produce electricity from the combustion of landfill gas moving towards implementation. Landfill gas, primarily made up of methane, is produced when organic matter,... 

Image of a landfill

Draft Gas Master Plan released amid supply ‘cliff’ warnings 

By: Terence Creamer     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... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Cape Town budgets R5.3bn for water and sanitation capital projects  

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2024 The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says its total proposed budget for water and sanitation for the upcoming 2024/25 financial year is R18.5-billion. Of this, R5.3-billion will be spent on capital projects, while R13.2-billion is allocated to operations. 

View of the Cape Flats Managed Aquifer Recharge Programme
View of the Cape Flats managed aquifer recharge project

Eskom anticipates limited winter loadshedding amid generation improvements   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2024 Newly appointed Eskom group CEO Dan Marokane has provided assurances that loadshedding during the upcoming winter months will likely be contained at Stage 2, thanks to improvements in generation performance across the coal-fired power station fleet. As of April 26, Eskom has marked 30... 

Eskom group CEO Dan Marokane
Eskom group CEO Dan Marokane unpacks the loadshedding forecast for winter 2024

Work starts on market code for future competitive electricity industry  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th April 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the work that has started on a market code for a competitive electricity industry in South Africa; what still needs to be done to transition to a multimarket framework; and where South Africa is in its reform journey.   

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Terence Creamer discusses the work that has started on a market code for a competitive electricity industry in South Africa

‘No operational issues’ as Golden Arrow tests electric Explorer bus 

By: Irma Venter     25th April 2024 Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) says it will probably make a final decision in the third or fourth quarter of this year on whether it will acquire any Lion’s Explorer E electric buses from MAN Truck & Bus South Africa (MAN SA). MAN SA in September provided GABS with its first Lion’s Explorer E... 

Image of the MAN Lion’s Explorer E electric bus
The MAN Lion’s Explorer E electric bus

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

By: Terence Creamer     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

Efforts to boost local manufacture of renewable energy components  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th April 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses South Africa's plans to stimulate local manufacturing around solar, wind and batteries. 

Efforts to boost local manufacture of renewable energy components
Efforts to boost local manufacture of renewable energy components

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

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 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... 

A person using candles during power cuts
NRS Association management committee chairperson Vally Padayachee explains the reason for the new loadshedding standard at a Nersa briefing. Recorded & Editing by Shadwyn Dikinson. 16.4.2024

Volkswagen to invest R4bn to produce third model at Kariega plant 

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2024 Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) will invest R4-billion in its manufacturing plant in Kariega, in the Eastern Cape. The investment will be used to prepare the plant for the addition of a third model to the company’s production line-up from early 2027. 

VWA chairperson and MD Martina Biene
VWA chairperson and MD Martina Biene

South Africa’s ranking in World Energy Trilemma Index falls 

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 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... 

Power lines over an informal settlement

Millennials, Gen-Zs want cars, but are struggling to afford them – WesBank 

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2024 Young South Africans, aged 35 and younger, are demonstrating a growing preference for private mobility. This is evident in recent WesBank data that shows a consistent increase over the past three years in the number of vehicle finance applications for new and pre-owned cars by Millennials and... 

Millennials, Gen-Zs want cars, but are struggling to afford them – WesBank

Tiger Brands unveils brand new Black Cat peanut butter factory in Krugersdorp 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2024 Food processing company Tiger Brands has unveiled a new peanut butter manufacturing facility for its Black Cat brand in Chamdor, Krugersdorp. Having moved from another facility in Randfontein, the company has invested R300-million in the new facility that offers more space, increased peanut... 

Jars of Black Cat peanut butter

Electricity outlook for winter  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th April 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the halt in loadshedding over recent weeks; what South Africans should expect for the higher-demand winter period; and the longer-term outlook for South Africa's electricity sector. 

Electricity outlook for winter
Electricity outlook for winter

Cape Town takes second stab at rolling out electric buses for its MyCiTi service 

By: Irma Venter     10th April 2024 The City of Cape Town should have battery electric buses (e-buses) operational on its MyCiTi bus service by 2027, says Urban Mobility MMC Rob Quintas. It will be the city’s second stab at rolling out the zero-emission technology, following an unsuccessful attempt as an early adopter in 2018. 

Image of a MyCiTi station

Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest developments with regard to the procurement of new electricity generation capacity and storage. 

Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines
Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines

Bell Equipment advances contract manufacturing initiative 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2024 Heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment has been growing its business organically by investing in the development and enhancement of products, increasing market share in key regions, such as the Middle East, and growing the Bell Heavy Industries (BHI) contract manufacturing business. Bell... 

Bell Equipment Model 200 Grader
Bell Equipment Model 200 Grader

BLSA calls for immediate reworking of IRP, describing assumptions as ‘spurious’ 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd April 2024 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), whose members include the largest domestic and foreign companies operating in South Africa, has added its voice to a growing chorus of opposition to the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) and has called for it to be “revised immediately”.... 

Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busisiwe Mavuso
Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busisiwe Mavuso

Rail, ports reforms gaining traction  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th March 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the key reforms being pursued across the rail and ports sectors; the recent publication of a rail network statement and the subsequent concerns raised; and Transnet's owns recovery plan. 

Rail, ports reforms gaining traction
Rail, ports reforms gaining traction

Record yet uneven renewables growth recorded in 2023, Irena report shows 

By: Terence Creamer     27th March 2024 Despite record renewable-energy installations of 473 GW last year, the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) says the pace of deployment remains well below that needed to match the global goal of tripling capacity by 2030. In addition, the geographic distribution of new investment was... 

Installing solar panels
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Solar photovoltaic installations surged by 32.2%, or 346 GW, last year

Solar PV body questions technology costs and build limits in draft IRP 

By: Terence Creamer     26th March 2024 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) questions both the cost assumptions used for the technology in the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023), as well as the 900 MW yearly build limit placed on distributed solar in its formal submission to the department. SAPVIA’s... 

Solar panels

Toyota adds Hilux, Fortuner hybrids to its local production line-up  

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2024 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has added the Hilux double-cab and Fortuner 48 V mild hybrids to its local production line-up at its Durban plant in KwaZulu-Natal. The addition of the new models brings Toyota’s local hybrid production tally to three, adding to the existing Corolla Cross hybrid... 

Image of the Hilux 48 V mild hybrid
The Hilux 48 V mild hybrid

Independent power producer body rejects an IRP that ‘plans to fail’  

By: Terence Creamer     20th March 2024 The South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA) has added its voice to a growing chorus of opposition to the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023), the comment deadline for which is on March 23. In its formal comment on the draft, SAIPPA argues that the document is... 

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