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Loadshedding News

Eskom insists downward EAF slide has been ‘arrested’ amid Stage 4 loadshedding

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2024 Eskom insists the performance of its unreliable generation fleet is on an improving trajectory, releasing a graphic-heavy statement on February 22 disputing a recent report stating that its performance continued “going backwards”. The statement, which was published only hours after loadshedding... 

Loadshedding to reduce to Stage 2 from 10:00 on Friday

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th February 2024 Eskom has announced that it will be reducing loadshedding to Stage 2 from 10:00 on Friday, following the return of additional generating units. The utility says emergency reserves are also adequate and it expects lower electricity demand. 

Eskom's Megawatt Park head office

Crucial decarbonisation investigation into Hillside Aluminium is continuing intensely 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2024 Solutions to support decarbonisation, while ensuring operational competitiveness into the future, are continuing to be intensely investigated at South Africa's large Hillside Aluminium operation in KwaZulu-Natal, South32 CEO Graham Kerr assured Mining Weekly in an interview on Thursday, following... 

South32 CEO Graham Kerr.
South32 CEO Graham Kerr.

Hydrogen cars come into sharp new focus as global climate politics takes turn for better 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2024 For the first time, luxury vehicle manufacturer BMW has a fleet of hydrogen-fuelled cars on South Africa’s roads, supported by a green hydrogen refuelling infrastructure set up at its Midrand campus in Johannesburg. The outcome of BMW, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and Sasol finding common... 

The BMW iX5 Hydrogen passenger car being refuelled with green hydrogen.
BMW, Anglo American Platinum, Sasol talk to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on the new BMW iX5 Hydrogen taking to South Africa’s streets. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Power aggregators seen as key accelerators of South African mining’s energy transition  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2024 Many energy projects selling to one buyer, who in turn sells to many mines – this procurement model is seen as a key financial tool to accelerate the energy transition of South Africa’s mining industry. “We think the aggregator model can really accelerate the requirements of the mines to get... 

Nedbank CIB) Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh.
Nedbank CIB Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

2024 defining year for world’s first woman-owned phosphate mine, looking at IPO   

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2024 Adelaide Ruiters has been slogging away for ten years to get the world’s first woman-owned phosphate mine up and running. Now, 2024 looks like the year she'll likely do it. Ribbon-cutting for Adelaide Ruiters Mining and Exploration (ARME) is now expected around June, July ­– and being considered,... 

ARME founder and CEO Adelaide Ruiters.
AMRE CEO Adelaide Ruiters interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Eskom to downgrade loadshedding to Stages 3 and 4 from Tuesday

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th February 2024 Power utility Eskom plans to downgrade loadshedding to Stage 3 from 05:00 on Tuesday. This will be followed by Stage 4 loadshedding from 16:00 on Tuesday to 05:00 on Wednesday. This pattern will be repeated until further notice. 

Loadshedding affecting traffic lights

Ramokgopa denies President’s pre-Stage 6 SoNA assertions caused embarrassment and insists loadshedding ‘corner has been turned’ 

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2024 Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has move to defend the statement made by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Thursday night that “the end of loadshedding is finally within reach”. This, despite South Africa rapidly descending into Stage 6 loadshedding... 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa

Ramaphosa moots ‘innovative investment models’ for grid as he reiterates support for power and logistics reform 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2024 President Cyril Ramaphosa used his final State of the Nation Address ahead of upcoming elections to reiterate government’s commitment to reforms in the country’s failing power and logistics sectors, including one that would open the electricity transmission sector to private investors. Speaking... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Energy Council welcomes IRP extension, calls for strong reform message in SoNA 

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2024 Energy Council CEO James Mackay has welcomed the decision of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy to extend the comment period for the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023 by a month and has also called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to use his State of the Nation Address (SoNA)... 

Energy Council CEO James Mackay
Energy Council CEO James Mackay

South Africa’s mining industry now 39% black-owned, Mining Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2024 In 2004, the year South Africa’s far-reaching Mining Charter was first introduced, black ownership in South Africa’s globally recognised mining industry stood at a negligible 2%. This has now leapt nearly 20 times higher to approximately 39%, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted in... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.
President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.

Coal miner Ndalamo pursuing renewable energy, other minerals

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2024 Coal mining company Ndalamo Resources is actively exploring opportunities in renewable energy and other minerals, paving the way for a diversified and resilient future. Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo states this in an Op-Ed in relation to the overarching theme of next week's 2024 Investing in... 

Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo.
Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo.

Night loadshedding escalates to Stage 3 

By: News24Wire      29th January 2024 Loadshedding will jump to Stage 3 at 16:00 Monday after a delay in the return to service of two generating units. "Over the past 24 hours, five generation units were taken offline for repairs. Additionally, the return to service of two generating units that were on planned maintenance was delayed... 

A burning candle

Grid constraint likely to translate to a renewables price premium, Magoro warns  

By: Terence Creamer     24th January 2024 Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office head Bernard Magoro has signalled that the projects bid during the current seventh renewables procurement bid window could carry a price premium, as bidders adjust to the spatial realities that have arisen as a result of the country’s prevailing grid... 

IPP Office head Bernard Magoro
Creamer Media's SA Energy Outlook 2024 Webinar was facilitated by Paul O'Flaherty (bottom right). The panel members were (from top left) James Mackay, Bernard Magoro, Mamiki Matlawa, Vaughan Hattingh and Compton Saunders.

Vanadium junior has expansive plans for long-life operation, mulling JSE listing  

By: Martin Creamer     24th January 2024 Keep an eye on Vanadium Resources (VR8). It’s a motivated ASX-listed, JSE-mulling junior that is thinking expansively in line with the potentially very long-life mine that it is setting out to develop in South Africa’s expansive Bushveld Complex. VR8’s Steelpoortdrift mine project’s... 

VR8 MD and CEO John Ciganek.
VR8 CEO John Ciganek interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Northern Cape copper revival receives yet another promising forward nudge  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd January 2024 South Africa’s prospective Northern Cape province on Tuesday received yet another promising forward nudge along the road to copper-revival in the form of development obstacles being moved out of the way for Orion Minerals. New surface right access and property acquisition will now allow Orion to... 

Errol Smart
Errol Smart

Strong showing by South Africa’s Hillside helps to lift South32 to record aluminium output 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2024 Ongoing strong performance by South Africa’s Hillside Aluminium operation in KwaZulu-Natal has helped diversified mining company South32 achieve record half-year aluminium production. Moreover, South Africa Manganese sales increased by 9% in the December quarter at a 5% price premium to the... 

South32 CEO Graham Kerr
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Marokane to officially report for duty as Eskom CEO on March 1

By: Terence Creamer     19th January 2024 Eskom has announced that Dan Marokane – who was named group CEO on December 8, almost a full year after André de Ruyter formally resigned – will assume office on March 1, 2024. Previously, Eskom indicated that Marokane would join the organisation no later than March 31, 2024, so as to allow him... 

Dan Marokane
Dan Marokane

South Africa-linked mining luminaries advising on metals industry greening 

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2024 South Africa-linked mining luminaries are playing roles in an initiative to transform the metals industry with clean technology. Being targeted for metals is the elimination of energy-intensive smelters, toxic chemicals and strong acids. 

Ian Cockerill, Mark Cutifani and Tony O'Neill
Photo by Creamer Media
Ian Cockerill, Mark Cutifani and Tony O'Neill

Busy week for DMRE as it hosts IPP bidders conferences and IRP workshop  

By: Terence Creamer     15th January 2024 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO) have a busy week ahead, with three virtual bidders conferences to be hosted over Wednesday and Thursday, and with the department also schedule to host a public workshop on the draft 2023 edition... 

Busy week for DMRE as it hosts IPP bidders conferences and IRP workshop

Hydrogen economy poised as key growth booster for platinum group metals – Heraeus  

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2024 The hydrogen economy is an important new growth area for platinum group metals (PGMs) and, in turn, PGMs are pivotal for hydrogen production and application across a broad front. Accentuating this in a Zoom interview with Mining Weekly, Heraeus Precious Metals new business development executive... 

Heraeus Precious Metals EVP Dr Philipp Walter
Heraeus Precious Metals New Business Development EVP Dr Philipp Walter interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sasol’s Mabelane to head board at Eskom’s unbundled grid company, NTCSA 

By: Terence Creamer     9th January 2024 The inaugural board of directors of the National Transmission Company of South Africa (NTCSA), which was announced by the Eskom board on Tuesday, will be chaired by Priscillah Mabelane, who is also the executive VP of Sasol’s energy business. The long-awaited appointment represents as significant... 

Priscillah Mabelane
Priscillah Mabelane

Busa warns that lack of detail in IRP 2023 makes it impossible to assess plan’s credibility 

By: Terence Creamer     8th January 2024 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) will approach the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to secure the technoeconomic information that has been used to inform the assumptions contained in the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which was released for public comment on January 4... 

Busa energy and environment desk head Happy Khambule
Busa energy and environment desk head Happy Khambule

South Africa moves to procure 5GW of renewables, 2GW of gas-to-power, 615 MW of battery storage  

By: Terence Creamer     14th December 2023 The South African government has released three requests for proposals (RFPs) for new electricity generation and storage capacity, including 5 000 MW of new wind and solar, 2 000 MW of gas-to-power and 615 MW/2 460 MWh of battery storage. Under the much anticipated and delayed seventh bid window... 

South Africa moves to procure 5GW of renewables, 2GW of gas-to-power, 615 MW of battery storage

South Africa launches renewables procurement round for 5 000 MW of wind and solar 

By: Terence Creamer     14th December 2023 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has released the much-anticipated and delayed seventh bid window (BW7) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), through which it will be seeking bids for the development of 3 200 MW of wind and 1 800... 

The Klipheuwel wind farm
The Klipheuwel wind farm

South Africa to release 2 500 MW nuclear RFP by March, despite electricity plan review  

By: Terence Creamer     12th December 2023 The South African government will publish a request for proposals (RFP) for 2 500 MW of new nuclear capacity by March 2024, following the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) concurrence with a procurement determination published in 2020. Nersa’s concurrence, which was provided... 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa

Hive Hydrogen project will show how just energy transition is possible, says Gcabashe

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2023 Through its green ammonia export project in the Eastern Cape, the leadership of Hive Hydrogen South Africa intends to show how a just energy transition is possible, Hive Hydrogen chairperson Thulani Gcabashe highlighted at the signing ceremony of the $5.8-billion Coega development. “We’re already... 

Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe (left) and Itochu Africa Bloc CEO Shinya Ishizuka. Use of green hydrogen to combat climate change is an objective both companies share.
Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe (left) and Itochu Africa Bloc CEO Shinya Ishizuka. Use of green hydrogen to combat climate change is an objective both companies share.

Ntshavheni confirms draft IRP 2023 contains ‘significant’ revisions, but offers no clarity on consultation process 

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2023 Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has confirmed that the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) approved by Cabinet for public comment includes two time horizons as well as significant changes to the underlying assumptions that inform the plan when compared with the prevailing... 

Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
Photo by GCIS
Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni

IRP update approved by Cabinet includes new coal decommissioning schedule 

By: Terence Creamer     10th December 2023 Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that Cabinet has approved the release of an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for public comment and also confirms that the document contains a revised decommissioning schedule for Eskom’s aged coal power stations when compared with the... 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has confirmed that the IRP update contains a revised decommissioning schedule for Eskom’s aged coal power stations.
Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has confirmed that the IRP update contains a revised decommissioning schedule for Eskom’s aged coal power stations.

Mantashe says special Cabinet meeting will consider IRP update after Ministers request time to ‘apply their minds’  

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2023 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe confirmed that an update of the Integrated Resource Plan, which he has previously dubbed ‘IRP2023’, had served before Cabinet on November 29, but that his Ministerial colleagues had requested more deliberation time before approving the document... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Recovery of battery metals, PGMs being looked at by DRDGOLD 

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2023 The recovery of battery metals and platinum group metals (PGMs) is being looked at by DRDGOLD, the Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, which is being globally acknowledged for its mastery of the recovery of gold from waste. In a presentation to the Swiss Mining Institute in Zurich, DRDGOLD... 

DRDGOLD's tailings retreatment under way at Ergo.
DRDGOLD's tailings retreatment under way at Ergo.

Finding immediate steel alternatives a concern as AMSA prepares to wind down longs unit   

By: Terence Creamer     29th November 2023 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has indicated that it will enter discussions with buyers of its noncommodity long-steel products in an effort to limit the disruption that is set to arise because of the closure of its longs operations in Newcastle, Vereeniging and Emalahleni. Although demand for... 

A steel section being made

ArcelorMittal SA CEO sees no way of avoiding longs closure, says wind down to start in Jan  

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2023 ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster believes there is no immediate prospect of addressing the structural issues undermining the financial viability of the group’s long-products business and tells Engineering News that the operations will begin ramping down during January, when they are... 

ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster
Photo by Creamer Media
ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster

Manganese positioning South Africa for entry into huge new energy markets 

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2023 Manganese mining company Jupiter Mines has produced a 99.9% pure sample of high purity manganese sulphate monohvdrate (HPMSM) using the Northern Cape’s manganese ore and bringing into service an internally developed hydrometallurgical production process. Inclusion of the battery grade manganese... 

Jupiter MD Brad Rogers with the beneficiated manganese product.
Jupiter MD Brad Rogers with the beneficiated manganese product.

3 500 jobs at risk as ArcelorMittal mulls closure of longs units at Newcastle, Vereeniging  

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2023 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa has indicated that it may close its long-products business, which could result in the loss of 3 500 direct and contractor jobs at its Newcastle and Vereeniging operations. In a statement, the JSE-listed company said the potential wind down had been... 

The Newcastle Works
Photo by Creamer Media
The Newcastle Works

Gold Fields takes big new Scope 3 decarbonisation step 

By: Martin Creamer     27th November 2023 The global transition to net zero emissions by 2050 requires significant deployment of clean energy technologies and increased material production and infrastructure. This is top of mind within the Martin Preece-led Gold Fields, which has been exemplary when it comes to the commissioning of... 

Gold Fields interim CEO Martin Preece.
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Gold Fields interim CEO Martin Preece.

De-escalation in loadshedding forecast for coming week as country emerges from renewed Stage 6 trauma  

By: Terence Creamer     26th November 2023 Eskom is forecasting a de-escalation in the intensity of rotational power cuts for the coming week following the traumatic return of Stage 6 on Friday November 24 and complaints in certain distribution areas, notably Johannesburg, that the duration and frequency of the latest cuts exceeded those... 

Residents in areas such as Joburg have complained that the latest episode of Stage 6 has felt more intense than previous bouts
Residents in areas such as Joburg have complained that the latest episode of Stage 6 has felt more intense than previous bouts
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