Electricity supply challenges are credit negative, with metros most affected

Municipalities in South Africa are heavily dependent on surpluses from the sale of electricity [1]. In FY2018, surpluses [2] from electricity distribution comprised roughly 44% and 46% of gross operating balance for rated metropolitan municipalities (metros) and local municipalities, respectively, leaving municipalities vulnerable to supply and demand dynamics in the sector. Over the past two […]

No loadshedding this summer, we hope, says Eskom

  Eskom says no loadshedding since March and the synchronisation of the final generating unit at Medupi shows that its turnaround strategy is working. Speaking at the power utility’s latest State of the System briefing recently, Jabu Mabuza, the chairman and acting group chief executive, said that the utility’s nine-point plan is bearing fruit. No […]

Awarded OHS management certification

HV Test has successfully achieved certification to the first international standard for Occupational Health and Safety ISO 45001: 2018. This certificate was granted after an intense audit by QAS International. The new ISO 45001:2018 was published in March 2018 by the International Organisation for Standardisation body (ISO). It confirms excellence and good practices in occupational […]

Tips on choosing a solar PV installer

Solar PV systems which are not installed properly most often cause leaky roofs, a common complaint from solar homeowners. Finding qualified professional installers who offer excellent service at a competitive price is essential. This is how to go about it Select a Green Card accredited installer The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) urges end-users […]

Digitalisation and its impact on African economies

Siemens and Frost & Sullivan conducted a comprehensive research project outlining the current state of industries across the continent and identifying challenges and opportunities. The study, titled “The dawn of digitalisation and its impact on Africa”, considers growth predictions and where the adoption of smart technology would be most beneficial in expanding industries to drive […]

Seven things the new Eskom CEO will need to do

At the end of July debt-laden power utility Eskom advertised for a new CEO after Phakamani Hadebe stepped down citing the “unimaginable” demands of the job and its impact on his health. The power utility has had ten CEOs in as many years. The job ad said at the time that the new head would oversee […]

Unleashing renewable power for African economic development

South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers’ Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), demonstrates the country’s commitment to a more sustainable future growth path. The State’s support of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures simultaneously aims to encourage skills development and stimulate job creation. The Windaba conference and exhibition (8 – 9 October 2019, CTICC, Cape Town) under […]