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

On 7 February 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced plans to unbundle Eskom into three separate and wholly owned entities under Eskom Holdings. This announcement saw backlash from trade unions who complained that Eskom should have consulted them before making the announcement. What obligation, if any, does an employer have to consult with its employees when it unbundles an entity?

By Tiisetso Rabolao and Tracy Robbins 1 day ago

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. He also underscored the serious risks this poses to economic recovery in the country.

By Catrina Godinho & Lauren Hermanus 1 day ago

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 1 day ago

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.

2 days ago

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.

2 days ago

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.

3 days ago

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, Section 189(1) 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. Rescue efforts have been hampered by the continued presence of the deadly gas. Five men died trying an unofficial rescue attempt. The bodies of seven of the 22 have been found, but cannot yet be brought to the surface. One person was rescued alive.

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, adding 2,300MW of electricity to the South African national grid over five years, it emphasised the country's commitment to renewable energy.

19 Feb 2019

Could gas find enthusiasm be premature?
Could gas find enthusiasm be premature?

Referred to as a potential game-changer by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address, the gas discovery off Mossel Bay is believed to attract as much as R1trn over the next 20 years. However, with global crude oil and gasoline prices having recently experienced their sharpest sell-off in more than a decade, could this national economic optimism around a gas deposit be somewhat premature?

18 Feb 2019

Brenda Martin, CEO: Sawea
Gordhan suggests early round REI4P renegotiation

An off-the-cuff comment by Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, about renegotiating the terms of first two rounds of SA's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REI4P) has raised concerns in the renewables sector.

18 Feb 2019