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Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
‘Height of folly’ to develop overreliance on aged coal plants for future supply
23rd October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says attention should shift to adding new and cleaner generation to the loadshedding-prone electricity system, acknowledging that it would be the “height... 


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Still no solution
20th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

For decades now, the issue of the debt owed by municipalities to Eskom has not only remained an intractable problem but one that has grown in both scale and in its potential to create financial... 


Envusa's energy trading area.
Anglo's Envusa applies to trade 520 MW of green electricity with seven operations
19th October 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Renewables company Envusa Energy, which is owned jointly by Anglo American in partnership with EDF Renewables, this week lodged an application for a licence to trade electricity in South Africa’s... 


South Africa mulls Dutch, Danish entry to $8.5bn climate pact
18th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s Cabinet will consider a proposal on whether to include the Netherlands and Denmark in its landmark $8.5 billion climate-finance pact with some of the world’s richest nations.... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mantashe seeks to extend the life of Eskom’s coal-fired power stations
18th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has called on the private sector to “please and come talk to us” if they have any ideas on extending the life of South Africa’s fleet of... 


Eskom Primary Energy GM Dan Mashigo
South Africa should not be pushed into a corner on just energy transition funding – Eskom, SANEDI
18th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

While any funding of South Africa’s embattled energy sector is welcome, South Africa should not “be pushed into a corner” on how this money should be spent, says South African National Energy... 


Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis.
Tharisa extends out Karo platinum project commissioning timeline by 12 months
17th October 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The continued weakening of platinum group metal (PGM) prices and macroeconomics have resulted in the Karo platinum project timeline for commissioning being extended out by 12 months to June 2025,... 


Eskom supplied photo showing Kusile units in operation
Ramaphosa says loadshedding corner has been turned as another Kusile unit restarts
17th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

African National Congress President Cyril Ramaphosa claims that South Africa “has turned a definite corner as far as loadshedding is concerned”, adding that the levels and frequency of loadshedding... 


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Embattled Transnet seeks South Africa’s support to turnaround
16th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s embattled State-owned freight-rail and ports company identified areas that require immediate state support in a turnaround plan that is being submitted to the government. Transnet's... 


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EVs are coming, but can SA’s power grid support this rapidly rising technology?
13th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

Whether South Africans like it or not, electric vehicles – EVs, those zero-emission vehicles that must be plugged in to run – are coming. You may adore the purr of a powerful V6 engine, but... 


Trucks transporting coal
South Africa targets coal-smuggling syndicate across five provinces
12th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

The South African Revenue Service and other government agencies said they disrupted a coal smuggling syndicate operating across five of the country’s nine provinces. The search-and-seizure... 


Mpho Makwana will step down as Eskom chairperson at the end of October
MTN's Nyati to succeed Makwana as Eskom chair
9th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

Mpho Makwana will step down as chairman of South Africa’s beleaguered power utility at Eskom Holdings’ annual general meeting at the end of the month. He will be replaced by former MTN Group Ltd.... 


The Kusile power station
Kusile Unit 3 supplying 720 MW to grid, Eskom confirms
9th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has confirmed that Unit 3 at the Kusile coal-fired power station is currently providing 720 MW into the electricity grid using a temporary flue that bypasses the flue-gas desulphurisation... 


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Energy transition has potential to dramatically increase demand for steel
6th October 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

With local electricity grid constraints becoming more prevalent and given the global emphasis on decarbonisation, the ongoing energy transition, as well as loadshedding, are expected to present... 


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South Africa must give hero status to global-leading beneficiation green businesses
6th October 2023 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa needs to rally behind its local value-adding mineral beneficiation businesses that are taking the country into the new green era. One of those gems, Manganese Metal Company, is already... 


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Noxious trade-offs
6th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The decision by Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy to uphold a decision of the National Air Quality Officer (NAQO) to permit the Kusile power station to postpone its... 


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Krone-Endora at Venetia project expansion, South Africa – update
6th October 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Diamcor Mining plans to complete a term loan financing for and the continued advancement of the work programmes under way at Krone-Endora, besides other purposes. 


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TFR undertaking initiatives to address constraints, outgoing CEO says
5th October 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), as a division of Transnet, is affected by three major constraints hampering the entity; however, there are initiatives under way to mitigate this and some progress is... 


Energy Council of South Africa chairperson and Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Business, govt collaboration showing signs of success in addressing multiple crises
4th October 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Business is working to add more than 10 GW of generation capacity to the electricity system by the end of next year, which would effectively end loadshedding in South Africa, Sasol president and... 


Jason van der Poel and Hannah Milner
Opinion: Virtual Wheeling 101
4th October 2023

In this opinion article, Jason van der Poel and Hannah Milner of Webber Wentzel discuss Eskom’s virtual wheeling pilot and how the roll-out of the programme will enable companies with multiple... 


The Krone-Endora at Venetia mine
Diamcor seeks to raise C$5m
3rd October 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Canadian diamond mining company Diamcor Mining, which owns and operates the Krone-Endora at Venetia mine, in South Africa's Limpopo province, plans to complete a term loan financing of up to... 


NUM calls for halt of Eskom unbundling, JET to ensure fairness
2nd October 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called for a delay in the implementation of the just energy transition (JET) until such time that all stakeholders are convinced that such a move will be... 


The energy-efficient Lion ferrochrome smelter.
Fourth-quarter ferrochrome price slightly up
2nd October 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The European benchmark ferrochrome price for the fourth quarter of 2023 is $1.53/lb, 1.32% up on the third quarter of 2023, Merafe Resources advised its shareholders on Monday. The main focus of... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
As Kusile unit returns early, South Africa misses renewables procurement deadline
1st October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has welcomed the earlier-than-expected return of Kusile Unit 3 coal-fired generation, but has also acknowledged that government simultaneously failed to... 


CUTTING EMISSIONS
Countries that are heavily reliant on coal for baseload power should look to implement clean coal technologies in their carbon emission strategies
Practical JET implementation
29th September 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

Negative pressures – such as lower coal prices, loadshedding and poor logistics performance by State-owned freight company Transnet – have impacted on coal miners’ approach to the just energy... 


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Windaba focuses on wind energy sector impact
29th September 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

The twelfth edition of Windaba, hosted by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), will focus on the impact of wind energy, its role in the energy mix, and related industry and energy... 


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SA’s wind-energy potential is vast and not geographically constrained
29th September 2023 By: Donna Slater

Despite no wind energy projects being selected as preferred bidders in the sixth bid window (BW6) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the South... 


Interim Eskom CEO Calib Cassim
Eskom aiming not to breach Stage 4 loadshedding this summer
27th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom is aiming to limit loadshedding to Stage 4 during the summer months to the end of March by restricting unplanned breakdowns to 14 500 MW during what is also its high-maintenance season, when... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa alongside Discovery CEO Adrian Gore at a joint government-business meeting at Discovery Place, Sandton.
Roadmap to ‘fundamentally reform’ freight logistics sector by end of October
27th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Government has committed to finalise a Freight Logistics Roadmap, outlining a sequenced set of actions to fundamentally reform the logistics system, by the end of October. The commitment was made... 


The Kendal power station
Krutham calls for rethink of how JET activities are included in municipal budgets
27th September 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Financial and policy advisory company Krutham, formerly Intellidex, has recommended that the Presidential Climate Commission, with the support of the National Treasury and the Auditor-General of... 


Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Creecy upholds decision allowing Kusile to bypass pollution system, with tighter conditions
26th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has upheld the decision of the National Air Quality Officer (NAQO) to permit the temporary operation of the Kusile coal power station... 


Electricity Minister Kgosietsho Ramokgopa says Eskom has provided a response to the issues raised in the appeal
Early Kusile restart uncertain as Creecy adjudicates emissions appeal
22nd September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Fisheries, Forestry and the Environment (DFFE) has confirmed that Minister Barbara Creecy is still adjudicating an appeal of the National Air Quality Officer’s (NAQO’s) decision... 


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Resources Watch
21st September 2023

This week: Copper 360's debut Rietberg mine takes a 220% mineral resource leap; Pan African proposes dividend, expands renewables, heads beyond 200 000 oz/y; and, Manganese beneficiator wheeling... 


Power lines
Energy Regulator approves two outstanding licences for new grid company
18th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved the two licence applications required for the operationalisation of the National Transmission Company of South Africa (NTCSA),... 


Ironveld smelter
Ironveld’s new power generation capability enables continuous furnace operation
18th September 2023 By: Darren Parker

Iron producer Ironveld confirmed in a September 18 operational update that the successful implementation of newly installed power generation at its Rustenburg facilities, in South Africa, had... 


The Atlantis OCGT plant
Diesel supply problem blamed for low OCGT use during intense loadshedding week
17th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has confirmed that problems in the diesel supply chain last week meant that it did not operate its open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) as “hard” as it would have done normally in a context where... 


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Employment of the best person for the job is absolutely non-negotiable
15th September 2023 By: Martin Creamer

African Rainbow Minerals Dr Patrice Motsepe is correct to demand in the loudest possible voice that South Africans must insist once and for all that the principle of employing the best person for... 


Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay
Energy Council CEO sees 2023 as a turning point in the energy crisis, but warns of slow decarbonisation progress
14th September 2023 By: Darren Parker

Industry body the Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay has said there is sufficient reason to believe that loadshedding could end as early as the end of 2024, but warns that South Africa... 


Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots.
Pan African proposes dividend, expands renewables, heads beyond 200 000 oz/y
13th September 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The first 10 MW solar plant at Evander gold-mining operation of Pan African Resources is reducing group all-in sustaining costs (AISC) by more than $10/oz with this number set to increase in coming... 


Former Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
SIU’s Mothibi says contents of private Eskom investigation ‘cannot be ignored’
12th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Special Investigating Unit head Advocate Andy Mothibi says the fact that former Eskom CEO André de Ruyter did not receive board authorisation to commission a private intelligence investigation into... 


The seminar will be co-hosted with the JSE
South Africa to co-host grid financing seminar with JSE in September
10th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that he is planning to co-host a seminar with the JSE in September to unpack various financing options for the expansion of South Africa’s... 


The Kusile power station
Nine people arrested at the Kusile power station for theft of coal, fraud
8th September 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Power utility Eskom reports that nine people were arrested at the Kusile power station on September 7 for theft of coal and fraud. Eight of the nine were weighbridge operators employed by Eskom... 


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On-The-Air (08/09/2023)
8th September 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer talks about platinum, commodities and clean electricity. 


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