Eskom’s COO joins international research institute

Eskom’s chief operating officer, Jan Oberholzer, has been appointed onto the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). A seat on this board gives Eskom direct access to some of the most cutting edge energy research available, and offers the company a position to influence EPRI’s strategic direction and work programme. Phakamani […]

First images of supermassive black hole revealed, and South Africa played a role in this

The first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow was revealed live at an international media conference in Brussels, Belgium on 10 April 2019. The South African media was part of the conference via a video link hosted at the University of Pretoria. The black hole is at the centre of […]

No more load-shedding?

According to the minister of public enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, Eskom has committed itself to keeping the lights on this winter by adding additional generating units to the grid and limiting the amount of generating capacity lost to unplanned outages. Speaking to a large media contingent at a hurriedly arranged media briefing at the Lethabo power […]

Least-cost integrated resource planning with cost-optimal climate change mitigation

The University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre recently undertook an alternative technical assessment of South Africa’s electricity future to inform debate on IRP 2018, South Africa’s latest electricity plan, which is due to be released shortly. The authors used a similar modelling methodology, with the addition of an economic model to account for key […]

Analysis of the Updated Draft IRP2019 presented to Nedlac on 6 March 2019

. After several delays, the Draft IRP2019, updated by the Department of Energy (DoE) to incorporate the comments arising from the public participation process which closed on 26 October 2018, was finally submitted to Nedlac on 6 March 2019. This now enables Nedlac to commence its work of reviewing the Updated Draft IRP2019 and making […]

The Guptas’ last heist: Taking R1-billion out of South Africa

The Gupta family allegedly sucked the life out of Optimum mine and now their proxy is fighting for what is left over. A Gupta family company launched an urgent court bid last week which, if successful, would enable it to take more than R1-billion out of the country. The company, called Centaur Ventures, which is […]

Within budget and on time: Substation strengthens city’s distribution network

Sebenza substation, the city of Johannesburg’s biggest electrical project in a decade, was officially opened by the city’s mayor, Herman Mashaba, recently. In his speech, Mashaba said he was proud to announce that this substation, which will strengthen City Power’s distribution network had been built within budget and on time. This new substation, which is […]

US$100-million to help SA achieve its climate targets

The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has been granted funding to the value of US$100-million from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to establish the Embedded Generation Investment Programme (EGIP).  Embedded generation, under EGIP, is defined as the production of electricity from generation facilities which are connected to the national grid with or without wheeling […]

Wide-ranging post-SONA interview with Eskom CFO Calib Cassim reveals all…

. Considering its importance to the South African economy, many people are deeply concerned about Eskom’s financial status as a going concern. EE Publishers’ investigative editor and managing director, Chris Yelland caught up with Eskom’s new CFO to find out more about the utility’s financial position. Calib Cassim CA(SA) was appointed Eskom CFO in November […]

New pressures on Eskom’s plant performance and energy availability factor

. New pressures on Eskom’s generation plant performance and energy availability factor (EAF) are making themselves felt at Medupi, Kusile and a number of other coal-fired power stations, as a key Eskom contractor and service provider runs into severe financial difficulties. It has been established that Clyde Bergemann Africa (CBZ) has been unable to pay […]