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Labour department, IDC launch round two of the Innovation Fund

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th May 2024 The Department of Employment and Labour, in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), has announced the launch of the second round of the National Pathway Management Network’s (NPMN’s) Innovation Fund, an initiative of the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention (PYEI).... 

Nersa extends deadline for comment on Eskom’s move to reserve grid for public IPPs 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2024 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has extended to June 17 the deadline for comment on Eskom’s application to preserve and reserve grid capacity for independent power producers (IPPs) participating in public procurement processes implemented in line with Section 34 of the... 

Grid infrastrucutre

TNPA signs terminal operator agreement with Mnambithi Terminals in transformation deal

By: Darren Parker     23rd May 2024 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has signed a terminal operator agreement (TOA) with Mnambithi Terminals for the development of a liquid bulk facility at the port’s Maydon Wharf precinct, in KwaZulu-Natal. The project is expected to result in improved operational efficiencies... 

executive sod turning ceremony

TFR operating company head raises concern over ‘high tariff’ signalled in draft Network Statement  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2024 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) CEO Russell Baatjies has added his voice to industry-wide concerns being expressed about the high rail tariffs that would arise should the methodology included in a draft Network Statement be implemented. The Network Statement was released for public comment in March... 

Transnet train
Transnet Freight Rail CEO Russell Baatjies tells MIPA chairperson Warwick Lord about his misgivings over the proposed rail tariff methodology, while underling efforts being made to keep TFROC and TRIM separated during the unbundling process. Editing: Shadwyn Dickinson. Recorded: 23.05.2024

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)

Eskom says key revision number rollover project on track

By: Sabrina Jardim     16th May 2024 State-owned Eskom says its key revision number rollover project is progressing well, with 3.61-million, or 52%, of the 6.9-million prepayment meters already recoded as of May 15. The main Eskom meter recoding project in all the nine provinces started in August 2023 after a successful pilot in... 

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

By: Terence Creamer     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... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Genuine progress, not electioneering, behind the easing of loadshedding, council says 

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2024 The current loadshedding reprieve is not a result of excessive diesel burning to pacify voters but rather a consequence of government and business coming together to made headway in solving South Africa’s electricity crisis, Energy Council of South Africa (ECSA) CEO James Mackay has said.... 

pylon at sunset

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

By: Terence Creamer     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... 

Port of Durban container operations
Port of Durban container operations

South Africa to provide new coal-plant closure timeline to secure secure $2.6bn

By: Bloomberg     8th May 2024 South Africa will provide a new timeline for the shutdown of coal-fired power plants in a bid to secure about $2.5-billion in climate finance, an agency in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office said. The timetable to be proposed to the Climate Investment Funds in June aims to ensure the country... 

Eskom coal fired station

Denel displays guided weapons, landward defence systems at Defence Service Asia

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2024 State-owned defence technology company Denel is displaying its guided weapons and landward defence systems at the Defence Service Asia (DSA) exhibition this week. Its Umkhonto surface-to-air missile can be launched from naval vessels or ground-based launchers. It travels at more than twice the... 

Eskom takes City Power to court over R1bn debt   

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th May 2024 State power utility Eskom has said it has "no choice" but to approach the Johannesburg High Court to force City Power to pay just over R1-billion in unpaid debt. Eskom noted that City Power began to default on payments in October 2023 and that it did not receive any payment for March, this year. 

Eskom logo

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

By: Terence Creamer     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... 

Minister insists the recent period of no loadshedding is down to the improved performance of coal stations such as Matla (pictured)
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)

The lights are on in South Africa and many people are suspicious

By: Bloomberg     3rd May 2024 South Africa is enjoying a rare streak of uninterrupted electricity right before elections, drawing more suspicion than praise in a nation that’s become accustomed to the daily power cuts that have dragged on for years. The country is currently in its fourth successive week of no outages — the... 

Electricity lightbulb

TFR ramps up coal trains to 28 a week

By: Darren Parker     3rd May 2024 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has embarked on a ramp up of GF-class coal trains from 21 a week to 28 a week, supported by an injection of locomotives. This is part of Transnet’s recovery plan initiatives, and a commitment made to the City of uMhlathuze leadership and other stakeholders... 

Coal train

Biofibre project to enhance competitiveness

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2024 Government economic programme Coega Development Corporation, in partnership with scientific and technology research organisation Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have embarked on an initiative known as the Biofibre Hub Project. Positioned within the expansive 9 003 ha Coega... 

MANUFACTURING POTENTIAL
The Biofibre Hub Project seeks to harness the potential of plant-based fibres, particularly bast and leaf fibres, to innovate in the automotive sector and beyond
MANUFACTURING POTENTIAL The Biofibre Hub Project seeks to harness the potential of plant-based fibres, particularly bast and leaf fibres, to innovate in the automotive sector and beyond

Short-term insurance product extended to SMMEs

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2024 The State-owned Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) has significantly expanded its mandate to support manufacturing projects, with a notable enhancement through the establishment of the Export Passport Insurance Facility. This initiative underscores the ECIC’s commitment to... 

NTOMBIFUTHI MDLULI
These projects collectively contribute to employment
NTOMBIFUTHI MDLULI These projects collectively contribute to employment

RAF launches campaign to deal with unfinalised claims 

By: Sabrina Jardim     2nd May 2024 Amid a current backlog of around 321 000 unfinalised claims, the Road Accident Fund (RAF) has launched a campaign to reduce claims submitted before April 2021 that have yet to be finalised. The campaign calls claimants to submit all outstanding documents to ensure that the RAF has all the... 

Motsepe-backed GoSolr plans $537m South Africa expansion

By: Bloomberg     2nd May 2024 GoSolr, a company backed by South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe and the continent’s biggest bank, plans to spend R10 billion to roll out a model of renting solar panels and batteries to homes in the nation plagued by blackouts. The two-and-a-half-year-old company seeks to install about 500... 

Patrice Motsepe
Patrice Motsepe

Transnet aims to defend its decision to partner with ICTSI at the DCT

By: Darren Parker     29th April 2024 State-owned Transnet has defended its decision to select Phillipines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) as the preferred bidder for the establishment of a partnership to manage the upgrade and development of Pier 2 at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT). Following the... 

DCT Pier 2

Transnet volumes, revenue up, but falls short of recovery targets

By: Darren Parker     26th April 2024 State-owned Transnet has reported a 1.5% year-on-year improvement in the total rail volumes reaching 151.7-million tonnes at the end of March 2024, showcasing improvement in operational performance. However, this figure still fell 1.8% short of Transnet’s recovery plan target of 154.4-million... 

Transnet freight train

Electrical specialist says load curtailment in Ekurhuleni should be respected, or more outages may ensue

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2024 With the City of Ekurhuleni having entered into a load curtailment agreement with national power utility Eskom, this mandatory energy reduction has been met with some protest by businesses, but electrical control equipment provider CBI-electric:low voltage engineering executive Dr Andrew Dickson... 

Outa demands information on Sanral, Ceta tenders

By: Darren Parker     24th April 2024 Nonprofit watchdog the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has accused the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) of keeping contracts with questionable companies secret, which it says is in line with a government... 

Sanral road (hopefield interchange)

TNPA issues RfP for Cape Town port liquid bulk terminal

By: Schalk Burger     24th April 2024 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has issued a request for proposals (RfP) for the appointment of a terminal operator to acquire, operate, maintain, refurbish or build and transfer a liquid bulk terminal over a 25-year concession period at the Port of Cape Town. “The liquid... 

The Port of Cape Town
The Port of Cape Town

Nelson Mandela University-led consortium to develop green hydrogen feasibility study

By: Darren Parker     22nd April 2024 A consortium led by Nelson Mandela University and boutique consultancy firm Ikigai Group has won a UK Government grant under the South Africa-UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (Pact) programme to deliver an innovative feasibility study to explore the viability of green hydrogen... 

Green hydrogen symbol on a tank

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

South Africa contingency reserves won't be spent on Eskom, Transnet – Godongwana

By: Reuters     18th April 2024 South Africa will use future drawdowns of its Gold and Foreign Exchange Contingency Reserve Account to curb its debt burden, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana said, adding he was pondering tax hikes and expenditure cuts in the next post-election budget. Africa's most industrialised nation is... 

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

Eskom says modest R9m RCA request not a signal of alignment with Nersa on calculations 

By: Terence Creamer     17th April 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... 

Nersa public hearing

Treasury extends deadline for Budget Facility for Infrastructure submissions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th April 2024 The National Treasury has extended the deadline for submissions to the Budget Facility for Infrastructure (BFI) to May 17 to allow more time for project sponsors to package and submit their proposals. The department earlier published a call for proposals for consideration under the BFI. 

Eskom mulls private, foreign options on R390-billion grid build

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2024 South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom said it’s in talks with government ministries over private and foreign options to fund a R390-billion expansion of its transmission network as more renewable generation comes online. Eskom supplies more than 80% of electricity to the continent’s most... 

Power lines

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

CoJ promulgates reviewed municipal planning by-law

By: Darren Parker     9th April 2024 The City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ’s) Development Planning Department has promulgated the recently reviewed municipal planning by-law. The provisions of the reviewed by-law enable the city to simplify procedures and processes for land development applications, mechanisms to provide engineering... 

Johannesburg

Eskom aims to keep breakdowns below 14 GW this winter as it cuts diesel budget 

By: Terence Creamer     9th April 2024 State-owned electricity utility Eskom will reduce planned maintenance to 3 000 MW during the upcoming winter season and will seek to keep unplanned breakdowns to below 14 000 MW in a bid to navigate the high-demand period with limited loadshedding. During the summer period, from September to the... 

Eskom to ramp down planned maintenance to 3 000 MW in winter
Photo by Creamer Media
Eskom to ramp down planned maintenance to 3 000 MW in winter

CDE criticises govt’s lack of ambition in its job creation strategy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th April 2024 South Africa faces an unemployment crisis, and the African National Congress’ (ANC’s) manifesto promise of 3.5-million work opportunities, is considerably inadequate to address this, independent policy research and advocacy organisation the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) executive... 

South Africa taps business to create office to end rail monopoly 

By: Bloomberg     8th April 2024 South Africa has asked companies to help it set up an office to facilitate the entry of private operators onto the continent’s biggest rail network for the first time. In a letter sent last month to Business Unity South Africa, the Department of Transport asked the country’s biggest corporate... 

Rail tracks
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