Finally! New Eskom CEO appointed

The Department of Public Enterprises has announced that Andre de Ruyter, the CEO of Nampak has been appointed CEO of Eskom. The Department says he will take up his new position on 15 January 2020. Apparently, de Ruyter has a lot of experience in energy-related business having worked at Sasol for over 20 years. Click […]

Government’s roadmap to “reform” SA’s electricity industry

On Tuesday 29 October 2019, South Africa’s Department of Public Enterprises published its “Roadmap for Eskom in a reformed electricity supply industry“. The report states that Eskom will be divided into three operational entities; that power stations will compete with one another to reduce the cost of electricity to users for the good of the […]

Explosive letter sent to Parliament’s energy oversight committee by Necsa board

An explosive letter, dated 17 October 2019, from the current Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) board to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Minerals and Energy, reveals startling new information relating to the misuse of Necsa’s funds by the former board under fired former chairman Kelvin Kemm and former CEO Phumzile Tshelane. The letter […]

Nedbank / EE seminar: ICT infrastructure to support an effective ICT ecosystem in SA for utilities of the future

Nedbank and EE Publishers are hosting a morning seminar on: ICT infrastructure to support an effective ICT ecosystem in SA for utilities of the future This is the 5th in a series of important infrastructure seminars from Nedbank & EE Publishers DATE: Tuesday 26 November 2019 TIME: 09h00 to 14h30 (see detailed programme below) VENUE: […]

Offshore wind to become a US$1-trillion industry

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that offshore wind power will expand impressively over the next two decades, boosting efforts to decarbonise energy systems and reduce air pollution as it becomes a growing part of electricity supply. Europe is set to be the engine of growth for this flourishing renewable energy technology, followed closely by […]

Greater flexibility in electricity generation essential, delegates hear

Renewable energy has changed everything because renewable energy is the cheapest technology for generating electricity in most parts of the world today. This, according to panelists at a recent seminar held in Johannesburg, will make fossil fuel-fired and nuclear power generation redundant, particularly when coupled with energy storage technologies whose prices are decreasing rapidly too. […]

Medupi magic fails Eskom and South Africa – the stuff of nightmares

Following major problems that brought Eskom’s Medupi power station to its knees during the height of the load shedding last week, Medupi’s power station manager, Rudi van der Wal, is leaving Eskom to take up a position overseas. Van der Wal had resigned before the mess started, and was due to leave in about two […]

Government urged to expedite IRP

The minister of mineral affairs and energy, Gwede Mantashe, says the long-awaited integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity will go before Cabinet this week. Business Unity South Africa’s (BUSA’s) president Sipho Pityana, is urging the government to expedite the gazetting of a least-cost, least-regret option which will power the economy and create and sustain jobs. Pityana […]