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SIU to freeze R11 million in Eskom exec’s bank account

May 7th 2021 at 10:11
The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) was granted an order to freeze R11 million held in a bank account linked to a senior manager at Eskom.
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South Africa is on the brink of load shedding again

May 6th 2021 at 10:00
Data published by Eskom this week shows that the utility has not been able to generate enough electricity to adequately meet peak evening demand.

Eskom doesn’t want to buy electricity from Karpowership – sources

May 6th 2021 at 08:45
Eskom doesn’t want to buy electricity from Karpowership which won most of a government emergency-power tender because it’s concerned about the cost and length of the contract.

Eskom is unhappy with government’s powerships deal: sources

May 6th 2021 at 06:45
Eskom doesn’t want to buy electricity from the company that won most of a government emergency power tender because it’s concerned about the cost and length of the contract, sources said.

Municipalities steal billions meant for free electricity

May 6th 2021 at 05:48
Billions designated for providing free basic electricity are disappearing in municipal budgets as wasteful and fruitless expenditure.

South Africa could get a load shedding β€˜safety net’ – but there are concerns around the deal

May 6th 2021 at 03:46
Eskom, South Africa’s state power utility, doesn’t want to buy electricity from the company that won most of a government emergency-power tender because it’s concerned about the cost and length of the contract, according to two people familiar with the situation.

Eskom rejects unions’ 15% pay hike demand

May 5th 2021 at 09:36
Eskom said on Wednesday that it is unable to agree to certain union demands over wage increases and declined to make an offer on basic salary until labour groups respond.

Eskom says it can’t afford worker wage demands

May 5th 2021 at 09:35
Eskom said the South African state utility is unable to agree to certain union demands over wage increases and declined to make an offer on basic salary until labour groups respond.

Criminals are destroying our network: Eskom

May 5th 2021 at 08:46
Eskom issued a start warning on Wednesday, saying it will increase β€œload reduction” measures in Gauteng to try to cope with threats to its distribution infrastructure from criminals.

Eskom warns of network overload in Gauteng

May 5th 2021 at 08:11
Eskom has issued a warning of a significant rise in network overloading as a result of increased illegal electricity activities in Gauteng.Β 

Massive wind farm comes online in the Eastern Cape – with power for up to 120,000 households a year

May 5th 2021 at 05:18
BioTherm Energy has announced the completion of its Golden Valley wind energy facility in the Eastern Cape.

Watch Latest: Sub-antarctic fur seal live rescue on Durban beach

May 4th 2021 at 12:20

An adorable, yet emaciated and exhausted, sub-antarctic fur seal swam many thousands of kilometres before washing up on a beach North of Durban and being taken into the care of rescue workers on Tuesday.

Marshall Security community support spokesperson, Andreas Mathios who was one of the first responders to arrive at the scene said that a man who was walking on the beach had spotted the seal. He told a friend who then called animal rescue workers for assistance.

β€œThe man spotted the seal which had been washed up onto the shore on Tuesday afternoon. The seal appeared to be motionless but when the NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) arrived at the scene together with workers from Ushaka Marine World in Durban it was established that the animal was still alive but in a docile state,” Mathios said.

Mathios said the rescue workers carefully approached the animal on the beach.

β€œUsing special marine nets and a carry box the seal was coaxed into the carry box by the team.,” Matthios said.

β€œOnce the seal was secured it was then carried to an awaiting vehicle and taken to Ushaka marine World for evaluation by medical personnel,” Mathios said.

Watch the video of the seal rescue here.

The South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) spokesperson, Ann Kunz, said it was not common for sub-antarctic fur seals to swim along the SA East Coast but two or three were usually spotted at this time of the year.Β 

β€œThe jury is still out whether it is a male or a female. Sometimes it is hard to tell. It is not a baby but it is young. This poor little one is very thin and in a poor condition, but we have seen them in a similar condition before and there is hope. They travel a very long way but there is always hope,” Kunz said.Β 

Kunz said the animal health team and vet had examined the seal.

β€œRight now the vet has given some antibiotics and we have left the seal to rest for the night.”

R1.4 billion in assets seized from former Eskom executives

May 4th 2021 at 07:07
The High Court has granted an order to freeze and seize assets worth R1.4 billion from former Eskom executives.

NPA freezes R1.4 billion in assets of former Eskom executives and associates

May 4th 2021 at 06:58
The Pretoria High Court of South Africa has awarded the National Prosecuting Authority's investigating directorate restraint order valued at R1.4 billion against former Eskom executives and former Tubular Construction Projects contractors.

Commercial terrorism at Eskom

May 4th 2021 at 02:21
There are astounding levels of corruption at Eskom and there has to be civil and criminal consequences to the people who are found guilty. - Bernard Hotz

Here is the official petrol price for May

May 1st 2021 at 05:06
The Department of Energy has published the latest fuel price adjustments for May 2021, showing a slight decrease for both petrol and diesel.

South African powership deal β€œtainted by corruption” – DNG Energy

April 30th 2021 at 10:38
DNG Energy, a South African gas company, sued to halt the government’s award of emergency power supply contracts, alleging that the process was tainted by corruption.

South Africa power contracts face legal challenge over β€˜corruption’

April 30th 2021 at 07:59
DNG Energy, a South African gas company, has sued to halt the government’s award of emergency power supply contracts, alleging that the process was tainted by corruption.

Expect a drop in petrol prices next week

April 30th 2021 at 06:24
Fuel prices have made a turnaround from last month, with across-the-board price reductions in all fuel types expected when the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy announces adjustments for May.

Eskom warns of electricity supply problems if wage negotiations go south

April 30th 2021 at 04:54
Embattled power utility Eskom says it will commence its regular wage talks with the company’s recognised labour representative unions starting on 4 May 2021.

Schools and other government buildings in South Africa to be solar powered: minister

April 30th 2021 at 03:33
Mineral Resources and Energy minister Gwede Mantashe says that his department is working with the Department of Public Works to integrate renewable energy sources into government buildings.

Big stink about South African powerships – but energy committee votes against probe

April 29th 2021 at 04:27
Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy has voted against an investigation into the Department of Energy's Risk Mitigation IPP Procurement Programme.

Proposed changes for how petrol prices are calculated in South Africa

April 29th 2021 at 02:44
Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy held a series of meetings in April to discuss South Africa's basic fuel price.

Huawei deepens dive into electric cars

April 29th 2021 at 02:38
Huawei is in talks to take control of a Chinese car maker's electric vehicle unit, two people said, in what is seen as a strategic shift for the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker.

Good news for businesses and homes who want to get off Eskom grid

April 26th 2021 at 07:06
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe has published new embedded generation regulations which could help businesses and private individuals reduce their reliance on Eskom.

New energy rules for South Africa will help businesses and households move off Eskom’s grid

April 26th 2021 at 04:42
Mineral Resources and Energy minister Gwede Mantashe has published new embedded generation regulations for public comment, in a move that is expected to help limit the impact of load shedding.

Climate change is hurting South Africa’s economy: Ramaphosa

April 26th 2021 at 03:12
President Cyril Ramaphosa says that tackling climate change is a national priority for South Africa, even as it continues to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mantashe raises power licence threshold – but it’s not nearly enough

April 26th 2021 at 02:19
South Africa plans to lift the licensing threshold for small-scale power generation projects to 10MW from 1MW, a boost to firms anxious to curb their reliance on the ailing Eskom, but industry experts had hoped for more.

South Africa seeks extradition of former Eskom contractor

April 23rd 2021 at 02:32
South African prosecutors are seeking the extradition of a British national who’s been implicated in a fraudulent deal with Eskom.

Eskom withdraws services from parts of Soweto following attacks

April 22nd 2021 at 10:09
Eskom has temporarily withdrawn its services in Orlando East in Soweto after violent attacks and damage cause to Eskom vehicles.

Government’s powerships deal under fire in parliament

April 21st 2021 at 12:00
Officials from the department of mineral resources & energy appeared before a parliamentary portfolio committee on Tuesday to brief it on the Karpowership contract to supply power from vessels to South Africa.

Shoprite plans to build its own utility-scale wind and solar plants to meet energy needs

April 21st 2021 at 09:07
The Shoprite Group is aiming to have renewable energy to fuel 25% of its operational needs in the next five years.

Dirty powership blunder – solar, wind, and batteries are cheaper and better

April 21st 2021 at 06:40
Government’s decision to use three liquid natural gas powerships for emergency power is a mistake which will cost South Africa dearly in the long term – energy expert.

Oracle cut Eskom off – what is happening now

April 20th 2021 at 08:23
Oracle has cut off essential technical services to Eskom - here is how the power utility is dealing with the situation and preventing blackouts.

World’s solar tech leader partners with South African solar PV panel maker

April 20th 2021 at 08:10
LONGi Solar, said to be the world’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) technology company, is partnering with Durban-based solar PV panel manufacturer, ARTsolar.

Oracle cuts Eskom IT support

April 18th 2021 at 03:34
Software giant Oracle has cut Eskom off from essential technical services the utility has previously said were crucial to its operations.

This graph shows how petrol taxes have ballooned in South Africa over the last 10 years

April 16th 2021 at 11:00
Civil society group Outa has published a breakdown of South Africa's fuel taxes as the country faces record high petrol prices.

Eskom’s biggest labour unions want 15% increase for workers

April 16th 2021 at 06:06
The two biggest unions representing workers at Eskom Holdings are seeking 15% wage increases, adding to the woes confronting the loss-making South African power utility.

Sasol reveals renewable energy procurement plans

April 15th 2021 at 16:19
This will mitigate or reduce our Scope 2 carbon footprint in Secunda by at least around 2.4 million tonnes of CO2: CEO Fleetwood Grobler.

Here is the expected petrol price for May

April 15th 2021 at 03:10
Mid month data published by the Central Energy Fund points to yet another petrol price hike in May - though at lower levels recorded over the last few months.

Ramaphosa considers changing ministries for some state-owned companies

April 15th 2021 at 02:28
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa is considering changing the ministries responsible for some of its biggest state-owned companies, including power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd, to better align them with their functions, people familiar with the matter said.

It’s time to change how South Africa’s petrol price is calculated

April 14th 2021 at 11:00
Providing cheaper fuels to South African citizens will not happen with the flick of switch but will require a multi-faceted, multi-departmental approach with the involvement of the private sector, says the Automobile Association (AA).

Government wants to introduce new rules for lightbulbs in South Africa – what you should know

April 14th 2021 at 08:37
South Africans have until 30 April 2021 to comment on the recently gazetted specifications for general service lamps.

Sasol and Toyota planning massive β€˜green’ highway project for South Africa

April 14th 2021 at 06:21
Sasol plans to develop the use of green hydrogen by fuel cell vehicles on a major South African freight route as the company examines ways to lower its own emissions.

Eskom implements Stage 2 load-shedding

April 13th 2021 at 12:04
Eskom has announced it will implement Stage 2 load-shedding on Tuesday night due to a shortage of generation capacity.

Powerships: Consumers will carry considerable risk

April 13th 2021 at 09:00
Government’s proposed deal with Karpowership to buy electricity generated on its three floating power stations over a period of 20 years will expose consumers to considerable risk.

Eskom is selling some of its high-rise buildings – which will be turned into flats

April 13th 2021 at 04:07
By: SA News
As part of its efforts to raise funds from the disposal of non-core property, Eskom has announced the sale of two buildings to the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation.

Load shedding returns – stage 2 from 9pm

April 13th 2021 at 01:08
Eskom will implement load shedding from 9pm on Tuesday evening as it fights breakdowns at its power plants. The power cuts - at stage 2 - will last until 5am on Wednesday.

White appointments at Eskom based on performance and delivery – De Ruyter

April 12th 2021 at 09:17
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has denied wrongdoing in the appointments of a number of senior employees at the power utility over the course of 2020.

21 reasons why Eskom suspended its procurement boss

April 11th 2021 at 09:30
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has listed a number of charges being faced by suspended Eskom procurement boss Solly Tshitangano.

Uganda, Tanzania, oil firms sign accords for building $3.5bn pipeline

April 11th 2021 at 08:51
Pipeline will help ship crude from fields in western Uganda to international markets.

Concerns over price of electricity from powerships

April 11th 2021 at 00:59
While Eskom is currently slated to pay low tariffs for electricity from Karpowership's three vessels, this could fluctuate wildly over the course of the next 20 years.

Eskom CEO De Ruyter hits out at racism accuser

April 9th 2021 at 09:00
A fallout between top executives at Eskom took a new turn, with the utility’s CEO accusing its now-suspended chief procurement officer of facilitating R8-billion of deals with a company suspected of fraud.

New push for a fuel price cap in South Africa

April 9th 2021 at 08:12
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says that government should relook at the introduction of a fuel price cap, as petrol prices reach record highs in South Africa.

Eskom CEO hits back at racism accuser

De Ruyter accuses suspended exec of facilitating R8bn in deals with company suspected of fraud.

It’s about competence, not about race – Andre De Ruyter

April 9th 2021 at 05:59
Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter has hit back at accusations of racism and abuse of power by suspended Eskom CPO Solly Tshitangano, labelling them as β€œspurious” and β€œdefamatory”. Β 

Eskom paid R26.00 for one-ply toilet rolls which cost R3.99 at Checkers

April 8th 2021 at 11:54
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter said the utility spent obscene amounts buying basic day-to-day goods, like R26 for a one-ply toilet roll and R51 per black refuse bag.

Parliament gives Eskom deadline to finish racism investigation against De Ruyter

April 8th 2021 at 06:29
Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) has suspended its inquiry into allegations of racism and impropriety against Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter.

Electricity, water and other price hikes announced for Pretoria

April 8th 2021 at 03:56
The City of Tshwane has announced the proposed increases to rates and tariffs in its draft 2021/22 Medium-Term Revenue and Expenditure Framework - which will see price hikes for electricity, water and other services in the coming months.

South Africa to focus on shift to low-emission and electric cars from 2030

April 8th 2021 at 03:05
The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment says that South Africa will make a push towards low-emission vehicles in the 2030s.Β 

ANC implicated in Eskom corruption probe

April 8th 2021 at 02:33
An oil blending and storage company secured deals to supply Eskom with fuel oil worth more than R15-billion at inflated prices by paying inducements, including donations to the ANC, an investigation has found.

An Eskom deal worth billions was won by making payments to the ANC: report

April 8th 2021 at 01:28
An oil blending and storage company secured deals to supply South Africa’s state power utility with fuel oil worth more than R15 billion ($1 billion) at inflated prices by paying inducements, including donations to the ruling party, a forensic investigation has found.

Pay up, Eskom

April 7th 2021 at 02:15
Eskom should pay the pending dues for the software that they use, Oracle South Africa said amidst a payment spat between the two companies.

Terror attacks bring Mozambique gas projects to a halt

April 6th 2021 at 18:01
Dozens of South African oil, gas and construction companies affected in what is a massive setback for the entire region.

You’ll now pay R313 tax every time you fill up with petrol

April 6th 2021 at 11:10
South Africans can expect to pay significantly more at the petrol pumps from Wednesday (7 April), as a significant petrol price increase and new taxes take effect.

Why South Africa selected powerships over solar power and battery storage

April 6th 2021 at 09:21
Energy expert Chris Yelland delves into the government’s decision to select powerships over solar, wind, and battery storage for two thirds of its new energy programme.

Why South Africa’s electricity blackouts are set to continue for the next five years

April 6th 2021 at 08:47
By: Eyaaz

South Africa is once more experiencing periodic power cuts. These typically take the form of scheduled supply interruptions, for two to four hours a day, whenever the country’s electricity system is overloaded. Such overloading currently happens on 40-50 days a year. Eskom, the country’s power utility, recently admitted that such interruptions are likely to persist […]

The post Why South Africa’s electricity blackouts are set to continue for the next five years appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

South Africa β€˜needs gas as a transition fuel to renewables’

April 6th 2021 at 06:43
A key funder of South Africa’s renewable energy drive is backing natural gas as the fuel needed to help the country bridge the transition from coal power generation to the use of wind and solar.

Government wants South Africa to move to gas to beat load shedding

April 6th 2021 at 03:09
Mineral Resources and Energy minister Gwede Mantashe has published a Liquefied Petroleum Gas rollout strategy for public comment.

5 important things happening in South Africa today

April 6th 2021 at 01:57
City of Joburg is trying to push through the R200 prepaid service charge once again; higher fuel prices to hit tomorrow; Eskom warns of catastrophic consequences if Oracle discontinues its services; and the Gupta seem like they will slip the State Capture Commission's net.

Eskom taking contingency steps after R7 billion Oracle dispute

April 5th 2021 at 11:52
Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd has taken steps to protect its operations from disruptions after a contractual dispute with Oracle Corp’s South African unit put its technical support services at risk.

Eskom warns of β€œcatastrophic consequences” in battle with Oracle

April 5th 2021 at 10:26
Eskom has warned that South Africa can be plunged into total darkness if Oracle is not stopped from withdrawing its services because of a payment dispute.

Electricity price shock for Joburg residents possible

April 4th 2021 at 03:00
Johannesburg residents could soon be paying R200 more for electricity each month even before they start using it.

Powerships for South Africa – what to expect

April 3rd 2021 at 01:00
Energy expert Chris Yelland delves into the details of the 3 powerships which will provide power to South Africa’s electricity grid.

Government and businesses to look at massive β€˜Hydrogen Valley’ project in South Africa

April 2nd 2021 at 05:00
Mining giant Anglo American says it will complete a feasibility study to develop a β€œhydrogen valley” anchored in the platinum group metals-rich Bushveld geological area in South Africa.

Here is the official petrol price for April

April 1st 2021 at 12:00
The Department of Energy has published the latest fuel price adjustments for April 2021, showing a massive increase at the pumps for motorists.

Why South Africa’s power crisis will last for years to come

March 31st 2021 at 12:30
The decreasing performance of the existing Eskom plants is evident in the steady decline of the energy availability factor. On average, 35% of Eskom’s power plants are standing idle at any particular time.

Eskom’s Kusile power station is now half-finished – 13 years after construction started

March 31st 2021 at 06:24
Eskom has announced that another unit at its coal-fire powered Kusile Power Station has achieved commercial operation status, bringing the construction of the power plant to its halfway mark.

Eskom adds 800MW to grid as Kusile unit comes online

March 31st 2021 at 05:44
Eskom said on Wednesday that it has added up to 800MW of supply to the national grid after unit 3 at the Kusile power station was brought online this week.

Half of Eskom’s Kusile power plant is now operational

March 31st 2021 at 05:38
Eskom has announced that unit 3 of its Kusile power station has achieved commercial operation status.

Wide implications of contentious new Eskom tariff structure

March 31st 2021 at 02:17
In January, Eskom filed a contentious tariff proposal. In it were a number of proposed changes that will have wide ramifications for all users of electricity, even if they are not directly supplied by Eskom.

Expect record high petrol prices in South Africa next week

March 30th 2021 at 08:51
The Automobile Association says it expects a further hefty hike in fuel prices in April with 95 ULP heading into record territory when the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy makes the official adjustment next week.

South Africa could pay up to R218-billion for power ships

March 27th 2021 at 05:05
Karpowership, a unit of the Turkish Karadeniz Energy Group, is on track for its longest contract to date to supply power from vessels to South Africa in a deal worth as much as R218-billion.

South Africa will pay R218 billion for electricity from powerships – CSIR

March 27th 2021 at 01:26
Karpowership, a unit of the Turkish Karadeniz Energy Group, is on track for its longest contract to date to supply power from vessels to South Africa in a deal worth as much as R218 billion ($15 billion).

Debate raging about what to do with Eskom’s debt

March 24th 2021 at 01:53
National treasury is considering whether it would be better to move a chunk of Eskom’s R464-billion of debt into a special-purpose vehicle or have the state take over responsibility for it directly.

Eskom suspends load shedding after 10 days of outages

March 19th 2021 at 05:52
By: Editor
Eskom has suspended load shedding, with effect from midday on Friday, after restoring generation capacity sufficiently to meet customer demand. In a statement, the state-owned electricity utility said its teams had successfully returned to service a generation unit each at the Duvha, Medupi, Kendal, Kriel and Kusile power stations. β€œAlthough we have lost units at [...]

Outcome of IPP auction announced

March 18th 2021 at 13:45
Roger Lilley – Independent analyst.

South Africa picks eight bidders for emergency power generation

March 18th 2021 at 11:50
South Africa has announced eight preferred bidders to provide emergency power as the state-run electricity monopoly continues to implement rolling blackouts that are weighing on the economy.

Load shedding suspended for Zulu king’s memorial

March 18th 2021 at 02:24
Eskom said late on Wednesday evening that it will suspend load shedding on Thursday between 10am and 2pm "to allow the nation to mourn the passing" of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini.

Eskom needs private power generation to avoid years of load shedding

March 16th 2021 at 10:44
Over the next five years, Eskom is expected to have an electricity supply shortage of 4GW. However the shortfall could increase as the economy grows, according to the power utility’s chief executive, AndrΓ© de Ruyter.

Eskom warns of more load shedding as it prioritises maintenance

March 15th 2021 at 10:24
Eskom said it is undertaking long-overdue repairs at its facilities amid a high risk of nationwide outages, and it expects supply to improve later this year.

Power outages to last until at least Wednesday

March 15th 2021 at 01:00
Eskom said on Sunday it would extend scheduled power cuts by three more days, until 5am on Wednesday, as it suffered further breakdowns at five power stations during the weekend.

The winners and losers from surging oil and commodity prices

March 12th 2021 at 17:10
Commodity and energy prices have soared since late 2020.

Eskom tells government of plan to cut size of its workforce

March 12th 2021 at 07:57
By: SANews
Deputy President David Mabuza said in parliament that Eskom has communicated a headcount reduction plan to government.

Government orders Eskom, Sasol to clean up their acts

March 10th 2021 at 01:40
Eskom and Sasol, South Africa’s two biggest polluters, must comply with emission limits even if it costs them tens of billions of rand, environment minister Barbara Creecy said.

Load shedding is back

March 10th 2021 at 00:28
Just when South Africans were getting used to an uninterrupted supply of power, Eskom is pulling the plug again: Load shedding returns at 5pm on Wednesday.

Eskom board to probe racism allegations against CEO

March 9th 2021 at 03:50
Struggling state utility Eskom said on Tuesday that its board of directors would investigate an allegation of racism levelled against CEO AndrΓ© de Ruyter.

Tesla is plugging a secret mega-battery into the Texas grid

March 8th 2021 at 03:15
Elon Musk is getting into the Texas power market, with previously unrevealed construction of a gigantic battery connected to an ailing electric grid that nearly collapsed last month.

What you need to know about going solar in South Africa

March 4th 2021 at 05:27
Promoted | With ever-escalating electricity prices and an unstable supply of power from the national energy utility, more and more South African consumers and businesses are looking to invest in solar. But what’s involved?