Parties agree to delay PPA signing for now

Contrary to earlier media reports, the High Court in Pretoria has not granted an interdict preventing Eskom from signing the 27 outstanding power producer agreements (PPAs). Instead, the court decided to postpone the matter until 27 March when the matter will be heard in full. The minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, announced on 8 March […]

An overview of the South African energy sector

The following article is compiled from a speech Chris Yelland, the MD of EE Publishers, gave to the South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’) SDA Workshop recently. The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is meant to provide some direction for the energy sector to financiers, industrialists, manufacturers and suppliers regarding the way ahead up to 2020. […]

Eskom celebrates 95 years

Eskom celebrated its 95th anniversary on 1 March 2018. Commenting on the Eskom’s journey of contributing to the growth and development of the people of South Africa and its economy, Eskom’s Interim Group Chief Executive, Phakamani Hadebe said that the power utility is proud of its achievements over the years, including the electrification of 100 […]

Exhibitions company celebrates 50 years

This is an exciting time in South Africa’s history to be celebrating 50 years of achievement and success. So says Gary Corin, Managing Director of Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery at the company’s recent 50th anniversary celebration. Speaking at the celebratory event, attended by industry partners, exhibitors, suppliers, and media, among others, Corin said that this country has entered […]

Best Technical Article awards for 2017 announced

Each year, EE Publishers selects a technical article, written by a local author, from each of its four magazines and presents the author with the Best Technical Article Award. The awards for 2017 are listed below. EngineerIT Chris Burger and Dr. Moshe Masonta, from the CSIR Meraka Institute won EngineerIT’s Best Technical Article Award for […]

Eskom gets another S&P downgrade following 2018 Budget

S&P Global Ratings has again downgraded the long-term debt of Eskom. The power utility’s debt has been rated ‘CCC+’, the seventh rung of non-investment grade, with a negative outlook. It was previously classed as ‘B-‘, the sixth rung of junk debt. In a media statement S&P said the cash-strapped power utility remains at risk of a default in […]

Wind industry anticipates the signing of outstanding PPAs

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has issued a statement in response to President Ramaphosa’s Cabinet reshuffle this week, which ushered Cabinet veteran Minister Jeff Radebe into the energy portfolio with immediate effect. The association welcomes the appointment of three key ministers who are directly concerned with achieving South Africa’s energy security, regaining investor confidence […]

Blockchain’s role in an energy revolution

The international energy industry is about to go through another major revolution. Blockchain will change the way energy systems operate, offering new ways for private financiers to invest in distributed energy generation with a low-cost, secure payment mechanism. Speaking at the recent South African National Energy Association’s (SANEA’s) Energy Rendezvous event, PwC’s Paul Mitchell said […]