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Renewable energy programme will not collapse Eskom

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the financial and operational challenges faced by power utility Eskom are not caused by the independent power producer (IPP) programme...

8 Mar 2019

Richard Vries, group CEO of GIBB and Kiren Maharaj, MD of GIBB Power
Kiren Maharaj named MD of GIBB Power

Kiren Maharaj is the new managing director of GIBB Power, a subsidiary of GIBB Holdings, effective 4 March...

8 Mar 2019

Nersa briefing
Nersa grants Eskom 9.4% tariff increase

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has granted Eskom a 9.41% tariff increase in the 2019/20 financial year...

8 Mar 2019

Wind turbines signal revitalisation of green tech SEZ
Wind turbines signal revitalisation of green tech SEZ

The wind turbine tower sections for the 140MW Kangnas Wind Farm are being manufactured at Atlantis om Cape Town's West Coast...

7 Mar 2019

Jumeme breaks ground on first phase of Lake Victoria hybrid solar mini-grid project
Jumeme breaks ground on first phase of Lake Victoria hybrid solar mini-grid project

RP Global's Jumeme Rural Power Supply has begun construction of the first phase of its solar-hybrid mini-grid project in Tanzania which will see 11 new mini-grids constructed...

7 Mar 2019

The Xolobeni Conundrum: Land vs Mining Rights
The Xolobeni Conundrum: Land vs Mining Rights

Mining is one of the major contributors to South Africa's economy. In recent months, South African courts have seen a series of judgments which pronounce and set legal precedent on the question of conflict of use between mining rights and rights to land...

By Athi Jara and Bongani Memani 6 Mar 2019

Sibanye-Stillwater Driefontein operations
Mantashe to intervene in Carletonville mine protests

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has asked Police Minister Bheki Cele to intervene in the ongoing protests in Gauteng's Carletonville...

6 Mar 2019

Can South Africa keep the lights on? flickr/ Paul Saad
Is South Africa on the cusp of a major shift in energy policy?

South Africans go to the polls this year. And for the first time the country's energy future is becoming a significant subject of contestation...

By Hartmut Winkler 5 Mar 2019

Seil-Safari navigates farmers through unchartered waters to new horizons
Seil-Safari navigates farmers through unchartered waters to new horizons

From 1-5 April 2019, Seil-Safari will bring together world-class speakers, agricultural experts and South Africa's farming community to share knowledge and know-how on the latest innovations and solutions in the sector...

Issued by Echo Produksies 5 Mar 2019

SA welcomes improved mining ranking
SA welcomes improved mining ranking

South Africa has jumped 25 positions in terms of its mining policy attractiveness, according to the Fraser Institute annual global survey of mining jurisdictions...

4 Mar 2019

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Mining records a drop in occupational fatalities

The Mineral Resources Department has recorded a 10% decrease in occupational fatalities. In 2018, a total of 81 fatalities were reported versus 90 in 2017," said Chief Mining Inspector David Msiza.

1 Mar 2019

The new Gamsberg zinc mine is creating jobs in the Northern Cape.
Zinc mine to change the face of the Northern Cape

President Cyril Ramaphosa is confident that Vedanta Resources Limited's investment at its Gamsberg zinc mine is a step in the right direction towards changing the fortunes of the Northern Cape...

1 Mar 2019

SA committed to more renewable power
SA committed to more renewable power

Government says it remains committed to expanding the availability of renewable power to enhance the country's energy mix...

28 Feb 2019

Over 90% of South Africa’s electricity comes from coal-fired power stations. Shutterstock
South Africa must end its coal habit. But it's at odds about when and how

South Africa's power utility Eskom is in crisis. In recent weeks, this has been brought home to South Africa's 58 million citizens as major power cuts hit the country...

By Jacklyn Cock 28 Feb 2019

Photo: Investing in African Mining Indaba
Focus on sustainability offers fresh investment prospects in the mining sector

A sharper focus on sustainability at this year's Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town a few weeks ago has started to translate into a different way of looking at mining, and with it, more opportunities for investment...

27 Feb 2019

Chinese, black and white labourers in a South African gold mine probably taken between 1904 to 1910. Source: Carptenter/Library of Congress via pingnews (public domain)
Stats SA's confusing mining employment statistics

Stats SA's mining employment statistics are confusing, leading to many researchers and publications using the wrong data...

By GroundUp staff 27 Feb 2019

Damning report on Eskom air pollution
Damning report on Eskom air pollution

Over a period of 21 months, Eskom's coal-fired power plants belched pollutants that exceeded South Africa's already weak air quality standards close to 3,200 times...

By John Yeld 27 Feb 2019

Janine Espin
Will the Mining Charter create unrealistic community expectations?

While the Mining Charter's intention behind supporting the community with funds for upliftment and employment opportunities is commendable, it may not be realistic...

By Janine Espin 26 Feb 2019

R5.5bn zinc mine for SA
R5.5bn zinc mine for SA

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday officially open the R5.5bn investment zinc mine in the Northern Cape, the Presidency said...

25 Feb 2019

Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe
IPP tender process is fair, open and transparent

The tender process and the awarding of renewable energy Independent Power Producers (IPPs) contracts have no room for favouritism...

25 Feb 2019

Renewable energy programme attracts R209.4bn to SA economy
Renewable energy programme attracts R209.4bn to SA economy

The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme is making a significant impact on the economy, job creation, community upliftment...

25 Feb 2019

Is Eskom obliged to consult staff about unbundling?
Is Eskom obliged to consult staff about unbundling?

The recently announced plan to unbundle Eskom into three separate and wholly owned entities under Eskom Holdings has received backlash from trade unions, who complained they should have been consulted first...

By Tiisetso Rabolao and Tracy Robbins 22 Feb 2019

Keeping South Africa’s lights on will come at a cost. Shutterstock
South Africa takes important next steps to solving its power crisis

In his maiden budget speech, South Africa's Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, confirmed the depth of the financial crisis at South Africa's power utility Eskom...

By Catrina Godinho & Lauren Hermanus 22 Feb 2019

Thousands of trucks deliver coal each day to Eskom and to railway sidings for export. Photo: Katlego Phore
Forget cigarette smuggling. The big money is in stealing coal

We've heard about gold theft, but coal theft is the biggest game in town. It's costing Eskom and coal companies billions of rands a year. It's highly organised and a major concern to police...

By Ciaran Ryan 22 Feb 2019

Engineering internship opens for entry soon
Engineering internship opens for entry soon

Entry for enterprise asset management engineering company, Pragma's student training programme will open for entry on 1 March 2019...

21 Feb 2019

Eskom reconfiguration set in motion
Eskom reconfiguration set in motion

Work is afoot on reconfiguring the South African electricity sector by addressing challenges faced by Eskom, with the board of the first subsidiary of the power utility to be appointed by mid-2019, Treasury said...

21 Feb 2019

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe
Reliable, secure electricity supply crucial to attract investment

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe says a reliable, sustainable, competitive and secure electricity supply sector is crucial to attract investment into Africa...

20 Feb 2019

Is it feasible to be more inclusive in retrenchment talks in the mining sector?
Is it feasible to be more inclusive in retrenchment talks in the mining sector?

Amcu has challenged the inclusivity of the Section 189(1) provisions of the Labour Relations Act, arguing retrenchments are so important that everyone needs to be consulted individually. But in our view, this section is the most practical solution and in line with the principle of majoritarianism that runs throughout SA law...

By Eugene Phajane 19 Feb 2019

Minister of MIneral Resources Gwede Mantashe visited Gloria Coal Mine last week, where 22 men are trapped underground, presumed dead. Photo: Ciaran Ryan
Lawlessness at Gupta mines was behind deadly tragedy

A methane gas explosion ripped through the Gloria Coal Mine on 4 February, trapping 22 men underground. They were allegedly trying to steal cable...

By Ciaran Ryan 19 Feb 2019

Solving renewable energy's intermittence problem
Solving renewable energy's intermittence problem

When Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe, signed deals last year with a further 27 independent power producers, it emphasised the country's commitment to renewable energy...

19 Feb 2019

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