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Medupi Power Station
Possibility of load shedding increasesArticle

Eskom says the possibility of load shedding has increased, as a belt that feeds the Medupi units snapped on Wednesday...

10 Sep 2020

How we should be fighting Eskom's massive debt
How we should be fighting Eskom's massive debtArticle

The effective end of South Africa's Covid-19 lockdown has been compounded by the resumption of rolling blackouts, or load shedding to use the government's double speak...

7 Sep 2020

Image: Wikipedia
Negotiating a just transition from coalArticle

It has been over three years since Eskom announced the imminent closure of five of its coal-fired power stations...

10 Jul 2020

South Africa can’t afford new nuclear infrastructure with state funds in these times of budget shortfalls and ballooning debt. GettyImages
Interpreting the South African government's mixed messages on nuclear powerArticle

On 14 June the South African Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy issued a controversial statement initiating a process that could lead to the construction of new nuclear power station...

Hartmut Winkler 2 Jul 2020

Medupi Power Station
Eskom commits to complete Medupi power station this yearArticle

Deputy President David Mabuza says Eskom has committed to completing the construction of Medupi power station this year, while Kusile will be completed by 2023...

29 Jun 2020

Kendal Power Station
DEFF orders Eskom to shut down Kendal unitsArticle

Eskom has been ordered by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) to stop operations at Unit 1 or 5 of the Kendal power plant, in Mpumalanga, within 30 days because of dangerously high levels of emissions....

20 May 2020

The first two of 24 new solar and wind farms under construction were completed in February but there’s still a long way to go to boost electricity supply. GettyImages
Power shortages will remain a big challenge in a post-Covid-19 South AfricaArticle

The decline in economic activity precipitated by the spread of Covid-19 and ensuing lockdown in South Africa is also affecting the country's electricity supply dynamics...

Hartmut Winkler 24 Apr 2020

4 major digital trends in construction for 2020
4 major digital trends in construction for 2020Article

From cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI), to 5G and mobility, a key trend in 2020 is the accelerated digitisation of construction companies...

Andrew Skudder 28 Feb 2020

Most proposed solutions don’t address the systemic problems facing Eskom, in particular its parlous finances. Shutterstock
South Africa's energy crisis has triggered lots of ideas: why most are wrongArticle

Since late last year South Africans have, once again, been subjected to power cuts by the power utility, Eskom. The need for what's called loadshedding - planned power outages - led to the recent resignation of Eskom's chairperson and a flurry of concern about the current and future reliability of electricity supply...

Seán Mfundza Muller & Mike Muller 23 Jan 2020

Former Eskom senior managers granted bail
Former Eskom senior managers granted bailArticle

Two former Eskom senior managers and two businessmen who were arrested for alleged fraud and corruption committed at Eskom's Kusile power station have been granted R300,000 bail each...

23 Dec 2019

Former Eskom employees nabbed for fraud
Former Eskom employees nabbed for fraudArticle

Two former Eskom senior managers are among those arrested for alleged fraud, corruption and money laundering worth R745 million...

20 Dec 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Eskom unbundling is not a step to privatisationArticle

Reconfiguring and spliting Eskom into three divisions is not aimed at privatising the embattled power utility, but these measures are rather aimed at stabilising the utility and getting it back on its feet...

26 Nov 2019

Panic over water in South Africa's economic hub is misplaced
Panic over water in South Africa's economic hub is misplacedArticle

It has been a hot, dry October in much of the interior of South Africa. And the rains have started later than usual...

Mike Muller 28 Oct 2019

Business survival guide during load shedding
Business survival guide during load sheddingArticle

The recent return of load shedding serves as a reminder that every business owner and manager need to factor an unreliable power supply into its business plan...

17 Oct 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Eskom is looking for smart partnershipsArticle

There are no plans to privatise Eskom, but during the process of unbundling, the power utility will start looking at partnerships to manage the coal-powered entity in a sustainable manner while the state retains full control over transmission and parts of generation...

11 Oct 2019

Jabu Mabuza
Eskom hopes to dodge load shedding this summerArticle

Eskom is hoping to avoid load shedding this summer, and if it becomes necessary it will not advance beyond Stage 1, promised the power utility's acting Group Chief Executive and Interim Executive chair Jabu Mabuza...

4 Sep 2019

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30 Aug 2019

Medupi's last unit produces first power
Medupi's last unit produces first powerArticle

Medupi's Unit 1 has produced its first power attaining 190MW, making it the last of the six units of Medupi Power Station to be synchronised to the national grid...

29 Aug 2019

GVK-Siya Zama appoints new MD to oversee Gauteng operations
GVK-Siya Zama appoints new MD to oversee Gauteng operationsArticle

Pherdy le Roux has been appointed as the new managing director of GVK-Siya Zama's Gauteng operation...

3 Jul 2019

Medupi Power Station. Photo: Wikipedia
Medupi's fourth unit is ready for commercial operation. But at what cost?Article

While Eskom hails Medupi's Unit 3 attaining commercial operation status as a major milestone, it cannot be forgotten that the power station's construction programme has been a litany of corruption, technical failures and mounting costs...

1 Jul 2019

Paul Grota
3 trends energising Africa's power sectorsArticle

In a 2015 report, McKinsey estimated that if every country in Africa had to build to meet their current electricity demand, the region would require about $490bn of capital for new generating capacity - and a further $345bn for transmission and distribution infrastructure...

Paul Grota 11 Jun 2019

Eskom chief executive, Phakamani Hadebe
#AUW2019: Investors won't fund fossil fuelsArticle

Even if the country remained committed to long-term coal-fired energy in a world rapidly transforming to green energy, it would have difficulty finding investors to build the infrastructure...

Nicci Botha 17 May 2019

Image source: Getty/Gallo
#AUW2019: Is the Eskom debt trap real?Article

Energy experts Ted Blom and Dr Grové Steyn differ in their opinion on the nature of the Eskom debt burden and thrashed it out in a panel discussion at the African Utility Week...

Nicci Botha 15 May 2019

Too scared to come to work: Unauthorised absence after a strike
Too scared to come to work: Unauthorised absence after a strikeArticle

Strikes are frequently characterised by violence and non-striking employees are often apprehensive to report for duty, but can such employees be dismissed simply for failing to report for duty during such times...?

Fiona Leppan and Merrick Steenkam 26 Apr 2019

Professor Makgopa Tshehla
Can South Africa learn lessons from the mega mistakes of Eskom's mega projects?Article

Kusile and Medupi power stations continue to come under fire as poorly managed and ill-designed, remaining years behind completion dates amidst drastically rising costs that now stand at R300bn...

Makgopa Tshehla 15 Apr 2019

Consumers should generate their own electricity and become 'prosumers'
Consumers should generate their own electricity and become 'prosumers'Article

South Africans should be allowed, and in fact encouraged, to generate their own electricity...

Prof Wikus van Niekerk 2 Apr 2019

How loadshedding affects the residential market
How loadshedding affects the residential marketArticle

The hows and whys of loadshedding and how it affects the property market...

Issued by Private Property South Africa 1 Apr 2019

A barman using candle light as another rolling blackout affects large parts of South Africa’s biggest city, Johannesburg. Epa/Kim Ludbrook
Why restructuring South Africa's power utility won't end the blackoutsArticle

Recent poweer cuts and the announcement that South Africa's power utility Eskom will be receiving R23bn a year in government support for the foreseeable future are symptomatic of operational and financial crises at the utility...

29 Mar 2019

Eskom blames corruption and ageing infrastructure for load shedding
Eskom blames corruption and ageing infrastructure for load sheddingArticle

Malfeasance, coupled with ageing infrastructure and decreasing expenditure on maintenance, have been blamed for Eskom implementing load shedding over the past five days...

19 Mar 2019

Eskom team to submit report in month's time
Eskom team to submit report in month's timeArticle

Eskom's Technical Review Team is expected to produce a preliminary report within four weeks, Cabinet said...

14 Mar 2019

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Renewable energy programme will not collapse EskomArticle

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the financial and operational challenges faced by power utility Eskom are not caused by the independent power producer (IPP) programme...

8 Mar 2019

Keeping South Africa’s lights on will come at a cost. Shutterstock
South Africa takes important next steps to solving its power crisisArticle

In his maiden budget speech, South Africa's Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, confirmed the depth of the financial crisis at South Africa's power utility Eskom...

Catrina Godinho & Lauren Hermanus 22 Feb 2019

Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan
Panel of experts to assess Eskom's challengesArticle

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says the Eskom board will appoint a panel of experts to do an assessment of all the power supply challenges that the utility has encountered over the past few days...

14 Feb 2019

There’s no painless way for South Africans to deal with the power utility crisis. Shutterstock
Explainer: why South Africa's energy generator is in so much troubleArticle

Eskom is by far the largest of South Africa's many state owned companies. This near monopoly power utility is in crisis. It's the single largest threat to South Africa's economy...

Rod Crompton 13 Feb 2019

Eskom leaves the country in the dark
Eskom leaves the country in the darkArticle

Eskom is this morning implementing rotational load shedding for a third consecutive day...

12 Feb 2019

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No leave for Eskom managers till load shedding is sortedArticle

All senior Eskom managers have been ordered to cancel their holiday leave to meet Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan's 10-day deadline to sort out the causes of the current load shedding crisis...

6 Dec 2018

Lesley Jeffrey, principal geologist (coal), SRK Consulting (SA)
SA's energy economy must look ahead to replace coal jobsArticle

As South Africa's largest mining contributor to gross domestic product, the coal sector may be facing considerable job losses as the country's latest energy plan looks to cleaner power generation options...

1 Nov 2018

Wind turbines used to generate electricity on a wind farm in South Africa. Shutterstock
Why South Africa can't make a massive shift to renewables - yetArticle

There's a lively debate raging in South Africa about the extent to which renewables should replace coal, particularly given the threat of climate change...

Hartmut Winkler 25 Oct 2018

A look at Eskom's management strategy
A look at Eskom's management strategyArticle

Professor PMD Rwelamila, a specialist in management systems, provides insight into the failure of Eskom to adopt sound project management strategies...

3 Oct 2018

What the construction sector's dire state of affairs means for companies and the economy
What the construction sector's dire state of affairs means for companies and the economyArticle

The recent suspension of the shares of two South African construction companies, after they filed for business rescue, is a reflection of the distressed state of the country's construction sector...

Clive Rumsey 30 Aug 2018

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South Africa's new energy plan is imminent. What to look out forArticle

The South African Ministry of Energy is to release an updated electricity plan this month...

Hartmut Winkler 20 Aug 2018

Despite challenges, Eskom improves operational performance
Despite challenges, Eskom improves operational performanceArticle

Eskom continued to deliver improved operational performance in the financial year ended 31 March 2018, despite the financial and governance challenges facing the company...

24 Jul 2018

Grové Steyn, managing director of Meridian Economics
Energy transition's impact on jobs needs standardised metricsArticle

In March this year the National Union of Metal Workers went to court to prevent the energy minister from signing the much-delayed renewable energy purchase agreements on the basis that there would be huge job losses...

Nicci Botha 20 Jul 2018

Rethinking the value of infrastructure in South Africa
Rethinking the value of infrastructure in South AfricaArticle

The NDP notes that to "achieve sustainable and inclusive growth by 2030, South Africa needs to invest in a strong network of economic infrastructure"...

Mathieu du Plooy 21 Jun 2018

Mpumalanga students receive R30m in bursaries
Mpumalanga students receive R30m in bursariesArticle

Sixty students from Mpumalanga have received bursaries worth R30 million to cover tuition, accommodation costs, books and a living stipend for four years from GE's Steam Power, in collaboration with Eskom...

24 Apr 2018

Eskom’s pilot wind-farm facility at Klipheuwel. The utility must seriously consider in-house renewable projects.
Why South Africa's power utility should boost its output of in-house renewablesArticle

South Africa has exceptionally favourable conditions for solar and wind power generation...

Hartmut Winkler 9 Apr 2018

Murray & Roberts aims to seal deal with US firm
Murray & Roberts aims to seal deal with US firmArticle

Murray & Roberts expects to finalise the acquisition of a US oil and gas engineering and construction firm within the next four months, according to group CE Henry Laas...

Nick Hedley 1 Mar 2018

Paul Fitzsimons, GIBB power and energy services sector general manager.
No silver bullet in SA's energy mix debateArticle

There is no objective truth when it comes to determining the ideal energy mix for South Africa...

Paul Fitzsimons 25 Oct 2017

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