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Powerships: A solution for Africa's energy short-term supply?Article

Africa and its people cannot wait for governments and companies to agree on the design, pricing, and financing of energy projects with a long development time. African countries need energy now...

Andres Vega 9 Apr 2021

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RMIPPPP floating power stations raise questions on carbon emissionsArticle

Questions have been raised around governments' reasoning to include three Karpowership floating power plants to provide part of the 2,000MW tendered under the RMIPPPP....

24 Mar 2021

Gwede Mantashe, minister of mineral resources and energy
8 bidders for emergency power projects announcedArticle

Mineral resources and energy minister, Gwede Mantashe, has announced eight new preferred bidders for the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Programme (RMIPPP)...

19 Mar 2021

Several protests have trailed the privatisation of the power sector in Nigeria. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images
Nigeria's post-privatisation energy sector is a mess: here are some solutionsArticle

In the mid-1980s, most of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa made structural changes to their economies in return for funding from the World Bank...

Okechukwu Marcellus Ikeanyibe 26 Feb 2021

Janine Espin, managing director, EDS
Latest tender creates unease as the race to improve power supply in SA continuesArticle

The South African Department of Mineral Resources and Energy's (DMRE's) Independent Power Producers Programme Office (IPPPO) aims to procure 2,000MW of electricity in its latest request for proposal (RFP)...

Janine Espin 29 Oct 2020

James Wilson, CEO, The Amdec Group
Time to rethink Cape Town's unfinished elevated freewayArticle

Demolishing freeways in highly densified urban areas is a massive and costly undertaking. It requires a clear vision, bold risk taking, and a re-ordering of municipal priorities...

James Wilson 22 Sep 2020

Large infrastructure projects - galvanising government into action
Large infrastructure projects - galvanising government into actionArticle

South Africa is facing a recession of enormous proportions following the Covid-19 health crisis which exacerbated our existing economic woes. Infrastructure-led economic growth is generally considered to be a very effective way...

Charles Marais 15 Sep 2020

The map shows the location of the new Juno Wind Farm. Graphic: from the Supplementary Heritage Report by Sarah Winter and Nicolas Baumann (July 2019)
Giant turbine farm set to harvest West Coast windArticle

Appeals against plans for a huge new wind farm on the West Coast have been dismissed by Environment Minister Barbara Creecy, paving the way for the addition of up to 140MW of renewable energy into the national grid...

John Yeld 11 May 2020

Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO of Sawea
CTF losses PPA appealArticle

The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed the case brought by the Coal Transporters Forum (CTF) to set aside power purchase agreements (PPA's) with preferred bidders...

16 Mar 2020

Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe
IPP tender process is fair, open and transparentArticle

The tender process and the awarding of renewable energy Independent Power Producers (IPPs) contracts have no room for favouritism...

25 Feb 2019

Brenda Martin, CEO: Sawea
Gordhan suggests early round REI4P renegotiationArticle

An off-the-cuff comment by Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, about renegotiating the terms of first two rounds of SA's REI4P has raised concerns in the renewables sector...

18 Feb 2019

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: How to steal a million
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: How to steal a millionArticle

Tender fraud and corruption are probably endemic throughout the world but a case has recently been unearthed in Malta that is so diabolically clever, so deviously contrived that it makes the various SAA, SABC, SANRAL and other cadre-deployment shenanigans seem blunt and clunky in comparison...

Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 23 Aug 2018

Report: SA doesn't need R19bn coal IPP projects
Report: SA doesn't need R19bn coal IPP projectsArticle

Government's plans for two new IPP coal plants would cost South Africa an additional R19.68bn compared to a least-cost energy system...

30 May 2018

Civil society group to challenge coal power plant bids
Civil society group to challenge coal power plant bidsArticle

When the public hearings for the generation licence applications by the two preferred bidders under the first bid window of the coal baseload IPP take place, various civil society organisations will be there...

20 Mar 2018

Radebe nails down date for signing renewables deal
Radebe nails down date for signing renewables dealArticle

Energy minister, Jeff Radebe, said the renewable energy projects that have been on hold for two years will be signed next week...

9 Mar 2018

Loeriesfontein Wind Farm
SA wind energy industry anticipates conclusion of outstanding PPAs in Q1Article

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), together with the broader renewable power sector, anticipates the conclusion of the 26 outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the first quarter of 2018. ..

19 Jan 2018

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MSC Cruises introduces new ship to SA shores, grows local industryArticle

MSC Cruises has announced that it's bringing a bigger and more sophisticated ship, the MSC Musica, to South African shores in 2018...

23 Nov 2017

SA preferred bidder for Rugby World Cup 2023
SA preferred bidder for Rugby World Cup 2023Article

SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux has pledged that South Africa will deliver a "Triple Win" in the 2023 Rugby World Cup...

1 Nov 2017

Does South Africa's renewable energy plan signify progress or regression?
Does South Africa's renewable energy plan signify progress or regression?Article

The energy industry breathed a huge sigh of relief recently when energy minister Mmamoloko Kubayi announced that power purchase agreements (PPAs) for renewable energy from bid windows 3.5 and 4 will be signed by the end of October 2017...

Siyabonga Mbanjwa 17 Oct 2017

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Durban cruise terminal could be just what the African cruise industry needsArticle

"This won't be any old cruise terminal, it will be a new and iconic structure in Durban, with international-class cruise facilities that link up with existing tourist attractions..."

14 Aug 2017

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Stuttafords shutting up shopArticle

Stuttafords has finally closed shop, after a last-ditch effort to rescue the stores in Eastgate and Sandton failed this week...

4 Aug 2017

St Helena expecting influx of tourists with scheduled flights, new luxury hotel
St Helena expecting influx of tourists with scheduled flights, new luxury hotelArticle

The government of St Helena has announced that Airlink was the preferred bidder to fly passengers between SA and the island. To meet an anticipated influx of tourists to the remote destination, Mantis is developing a luxury hotel...

19 Jun 2017

Is nuke deal behind Eskom's filibusting on renewable PPAs?
Is nuke deal behind Eskom's filibusting on renewable PPAs?Article

The oh-so-delayed signing of PPAs between Eskom and renewable power producers has been postponed again...

Nicci Botha 11 Apr 2017

CER challenges IRP after cabinet reshuffle
CER challenges IRP after cabinet reshuffleArticle

The battle lines are even clearer between vested interest in coal and nuclear and the renewable energy supporters in South Africa after the cabinet reshuffle...

4 Apr 2017

Tribunal nod for PIC holding in Distell
Tribunal nod for PIC holding in DistellArticle

The Competition Tribunal has approved the Public Investment Corporation's (PIC) acquisition of Anheuser-Busch InBev's 26.5% stake in Distell...

Ann Crotty 30 Mar 2017

Eskom looks set to drag feet on signing PPAs - SAREC
Eskom looks set to drag feet on signing PPAs - SARECArticle

According to the SA Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), signs are already emerging that Eskom will drag its feet wherever possible to resist signing outstanding power purchase agreements with renewable producers...

17 Feb 2017

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Transnet appoints Ngqura liquid bulk terminal operatorArticle

The Port of Ngqura is poised to play a vital role in ensuring the security of South Africa's fuel supply, while creating a new petroleum trading hub for Southern Africa...

14 Dec 2016

Sarec responds to nuclear determination and procurement plans
Sarec responds to nuclear determination and procurement plansArticle

Sarec is disappointed to hear that the DoT and Nersa have seemingly rushed through a section 34 determination for the procurement of 9,600MW of nuclear energy...

Brenda Martin 14 Dec 2016

Renewables body calls for public participation in IEP and IRP
Renewables body calls for public participation in IEP and IRPArticle

SAREC has come out in cautious support of the update to the IEP and IRP, but feels there are still areas of concern...

25 Nov 2016

Eskom's heel dragging on renewable PPAs not economically motivated
Eskom's heel dragging on renewable PPAs not economically motivatedArticle

Eskom's refusal to sign PPAs with renewable energy suppliers flies in the face of the National Development Plan framework....

9 Nov 2016

Another R37m invested in V&A-operated cruise terminal
Another R37m invested in V&A-operated cruise terminalArticle

A further R37-million investment has been announced, which will see a facade upgrade and...

4 Nov 2016

Eskom challenged on power purchasing
Eskom challenged on power purchasingArticle

One of the renewable energy associations has officially complained about Eskom's apparent refusal to enter into power purchasing agreements...

17 Oct 2016

Kathu site in Northern Cape
Construction begins on 100MW Kathu solar projectArticle

Construction of the Kathu Solar Park in the Northern Cape began earlier this month with a ground breaking ceremony...

13 Oct 2016

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#THINCAfrica: dedicated cruise terminal at V&A to support maritime trade, cruise tourismArticle

TNPA awarded the V&A Waterfront preferred bidder status for an estimated R179 million investment which will cover the construction and operation of a dedicated cruise terminal...

12 Sep 2016

Engineering consultancy downplays links with Rosatom
Engineering consultancy downplays links with RosatomArticle

WorleyParsons says it does not enjoy a particularly close relationship with Russian nuclear vendor Rosatom...

Carol Paton 5 Jul 2016

CoCT to issue prospectus for Foreshore Freeway Precinct development
CoCT to issue prospectus for Foreshore Freeway Precinct developmentArticle

On Friday, 8 July, the City of Cape Town will issue the prospectus for the development of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct in the CBD...

30 Jun 2016

Government punts its progress on 9-point plan
Government punts its progress on 9-point planArticle

Nenegate and the subsequent fallout did have a positive spin-off in that it forced government, big business and labour to play nicely and come up with a plan...

21 Jun 2016

De Aar solar farm Source: Phelan Energy Group
Sunny side up - how renewables can save the worldArticle

The environmental change sweeping our world is happening much faster than previously imagined, concluded the GEO-6 study carried out by UNEP this year...

2 Jun 2016

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Acwa fires up concentrated solar plantsArticle

By midyear, 47 renewable energy projects are expected to be delivering about 7,000MW of power to SA's electricity grid, representing about R194bn in private investment...

Charlotte Mathews 18 May 2016

Power producers to contribute 7,000MW
Power producers to contribute 7,000MWArticle

The contribution of independent power producers under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP) is expected to grow to about 7,000MW...

12 May 2016

Construction to start on Kathu Solar Park
Construction to start on Kathu Solar ParkArticle

The Kathu Solar Park project has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Eskom...

11 May 2016

Electricity programme to be expanded
Electricity programme to be expandedArticle

Efforts are being stepped up to alleviate electricity supply constraints, with government preparing to expand the Independent Power Producer (IPP) initiative, said National Treasury...

25 Feb 2016

Ferro Metals turns to court for a ruling on its tailings supplies
Ferro Metals turns to court for a ruling on its tailings suppliesArticle

International Ferro Metals SA (IFM SA), the domestic subsidiary of the London-listed ferrochrome producer put into business rescue in August, has applied to court to compel Anglo American Platinum's Rustenburg Platinum Mines (RPM) to continue supplying IFM with UG2 concentrator tailings under their 2010 contract...

Charlotte Mathews 8 Jan 2016

Changes to existing Preferential Procurement Policy
Changes to existing Preferential Procurement PolicyArticle

The South African government is to change tendering laws drastically in early 2016. It has released its Draft Regulations outlining changes to the existing Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA)...

7 Dec 2015

RMS St Helena was the first passenger vessel to call at South African ports this season with her arrival in Cape Town in October. The RMS St Helena is a unique cargo-passenger ship that sails to the stunning island of St Helena. She is one of the last working Royal Mail ships in the world. Her final voyages are in 2016.
SA's ports are gearing up for the 2015/16 cruise seasonArticle

With at least eight luxury cruise lines and over ten passenger vessels set to ferry both domestic and international tourists across the country's port cities...

23 Nov 2015

Minister announces new 1500MW solar project
Minister announces new 1500MW solar projectArticle

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has announced that a new 1500 Megawatts project will soon be launched in the Northern Cape to add to South Africa's growing renewable energy programme...

6 Oct 2015

Minister announces 10 small-scale IPPs
Minister announces 10 small-scale IPPsArticle

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has announced the ten preferred bidders in the department's Small Projects Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers (IPPs) Programme...

6 Oct 2015

NERSA to hold renewable energy hearings
NERSA to hold renewable energy hearingsArticle

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) will hold public hearings on the renewable energy power plant license applications next week...

3 Sep 2015

Conference to re-energise Africa
Conference to re-energise AfricaArticle

The upcoming International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) is expected to re-energise Africa by finding solutions to accelerate the global scale-up of renewable energy...

1 Sep 2015

Putting wind in the sails
Putting wind in the sailsArticle

With Eskom's conventional power infrastructure foundering, alternate sources of energy are looking more attractive. The ground breaking at an 80MW wind farm in the Northern Cape brings the country a step closer to effectively harnessing renewable energy...

Nicci Botha 28 Jul 2015

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