Solar PV industry association SAPVIA and EE Publishers reach strategic agreement

  The South Africa Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and EE Publishers, the region’s leading energy and electricity sector publisher, have reached an agreement for EE Publishers’ Energize magazine to be the official publication and voice for SAPVIA in Southern Africa. In addition, EE Publishers’ Vector magazine, which covers electrical installations and contracting, switchgear and drives, […]

Confusion reigns at Surveyor-General offices

This article has been updated since its initial publication. Uncertainty and confusion currently reign at South Africa’s Surveyor-General offices which are responsible for managing South Africa’s cadastral information and services. The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) has officially confirmed that the Chief Director: Cadastral Spatial Information Siyabonga Mdubeki has been suspended pending […]

Eskom has over-recovered R7,6-billion in renewables-related costs since 2014

  Acknowledgement: This article was published here by Engineering News, and is republished with permission. Mike Levington, SAPVIA member and MD of energy resources company Navitas Holdings, reveals that because R38,5-billion of renewable energy purchases is already factored into the average Eskom sales tariff, Eskom has over-recovered some R7,6-billion through IPP tariffs since 2013/14. The […]

Eskom borrows a further US$1,5-billion from Chinese bank

  Eskom has signed a US$1,5-billion (approximately R19,6-billion) loan agreement with the China Development Bank (CDB). This is the second such loan the power utility has negotiated with CDB, the first being for $500-million last year.  The period over which these amounts may be drawn by Eskom is said to be five years, with a […]

Eskom told to restart R4-billion Duvha tender

  The Johannesburg high court interdicted Eskom on Friday from continuing with a controversial R4-billion tender to replace power station Duvha’s damaged boiler. Eskom awarded the contract to Chinese firm Dongfang in March, even though it quoted R1-billion more than its rivals. But in April losing bidders General Electric, along with Murray & Roberts, approached […]

New Eskom board reveal marred by more Gupta questions

  Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Friday, 23 June 2017, reappointed four Eskom directors who, exactly a week ago, she said she wanted to get rid of. The four directors retained at Eskom’s annual general meeting on Friday are joined by four new nonexecutives and new acting CEO Johnny Dladla, and include chief financial […]

Eskom board appoints acting CEO

  Eskom has announced the appointment of Johnny Dladla as Acting Group Chief Executive with immediate effect. Dladla has 22 years of experience within the power utility,  including five years as CEO of Eskom Enterprises and its subsidiaries. Dladla, a Chartered Marketer, has studied across a range of critical fields including finance and accounting at Harvard Business School, […]

Large scale energy storage test and demonstration facility launched

  Eskom’s Research Testing & Development (RTD) department has established a battery test and demonstration facility at its Research and Innovation Centre in Rosherville. The objective of this facility is to compare different technologies and supplier products under identical conditions and to identify which of these products is suitable for Eskom’s future needs for energy […]

Eskom seeks 20% tariff increase

  Eskom wants its clients to pay on average 19,9% more for electricity from 1 April next year and proposes that municipalities pay 27,3% more for bulk electricity purchases from 1 July, 2018. This comes against the background of controversy about an aborted irregular R30-million pension benefit for its former CEO Brian Molefe, after serving […]

In memoriam: Bennie de Lange

  Barend Jacobus (Bennie) de Lange  passed away in hospital on 21 May 2017 after a battle with cancer. His memorial service was held on 26 May at the Dutch Reformed Church in Springs North. Bennie served the Highveld branch of the Association of Municipal Electrical Utilities (AMEU) in a voluntary position as secretary, a position he […]

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