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Kepco cancels investment in South African coal energy plant

16th October 2020 South Korea’s State-owned power utility Kepco will either cancel its investment in coal-driven South African independent power producer Thabametsi, or transition the project to gas. A statement issued on Friday by Seoul-based nongovernmental organisation Solutions for Our Climate said Kepco... 

Zambia's Maamba Collieries unveils state-of-the-art coal mining equipment

28th September 2020 Zambian Mines and Minerals Development Minister Richard Musukwa this weekend officially inaugurated Maamba Collieries’ (MCL's) most recent acquisition, a state-of-the-art, high technology surface miner, the company said on Saturday.  MCL thus became the first mining firm in Zambia to operate this... 

Eskom resumes rolling blackouts after generation units break down once more

1st September 2020 South African utility Eskom said on Tuesday it would be forced to resume rotational power cuts from midday to 22:00 due to breakdowns in its generating units which slashed power supply. "Eskom regrets to inform the public that due to a severely constrained generation system as a result of... 

Eskom reports lost income of R2.5bn in April

7th May 2020 Eskom's income has shrunk by about R2.5 billion in April as energy demand plummeted due to the country's national lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the power utility's CEO Andre de Ruyter said on Wednesday. "We have seen a reduction in cash-generation for April of some R2.5 billion.... 

Ramaphosa announces 21-day lockdown for South Africa

23rd March 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a national lockdown in South Africa as the government announced measures to curtail the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).  "The National Coronavirus Command Council has decided to enforce a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days with effect from midnight on... 

Minerals Council CEO says Mboweni is on the right path

27th February 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday said it believed Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has taken important steps to address South Africa’s economic crisis, building on the direction from President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address two weeks ago. “But it is just the... 

Numsa march against exploitation in Rustenburg mines

27th February 2020 About 100 members of the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) from Lanxess chrome mine in Rustenburg braved the scorching sun on Wednesday, to march against exploitation in the mines. Dressed in red union T-shirts they chanted as they snaked through Unie Street heading to the offices of the... 

Mboweni moots referendum on rescuing State-owned companies on Twitter

17th February 2020 After a short hiatus from Twitter, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is once again posting prolifically, using the platform at the weekend to call for a public debate, possibly a referendum, on the use of taxpayers' money to bail out failing State-owned enterprises. "We must develop a democratic... 

Transnet appoints Portia Derby as new Group CEO

1st February 2020 Portia Derby has been appointed group chief executive of Transnet, the department of public enterprises said on Friday night.  The appointment was made following "an extensive and rigorous search", the department said via an emailed statement. 

Numsa mourns death of worker at Tau Lekoa mine

27th January 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is mourning the death of a worker during a seismic incident which caused a rock fall at Tau Lekoa mine in North West province. In a statement late on Sunday, Numsa said it had informed management at the mine that it intended to be... 

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