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Terence Creamer

Terence Creamer is the Editor of Engineering News and a Deputy Editor for Mining Weekly. He also has editorial responsibility for Polity.org.za and Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa.

Benchmarking study highlights slow pace of South Africa’s grid-connection system

Benchmarking study highlights slow pace of South Africa’s grid-connection system

Updated 7 hours ago A new benchmarking assessment of South Africa’s electricity grid access queueing mechanisms indicates that Eskom’s systems are slower and less... 

Transnet claims World Bank container port index contains ‘factual errors’

Transnet claims World Bank container port index contains ‘factual errors’

12th June 2024 South Africa’s Transnet claims the World Bank’s 2023 Container Port Performance Index (CPPI) – in which South Africa’s ports rank dismally overall... 

South Africa’s climate focus needs to shift from setting targets to tangible results – Moosa

South Africa’s climate focus needs to shift from setting targets to tangible results – Moosa

11th June 2024 South Africa is now entering a new and more demanding phase of climate action, Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) deputy chairperson Valli Moosa... 

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Reform momentum must be sustained ‘regardless of the form or composition’ of new government

Reform momentum must be sustained ‘regardless of the form or composition’ of new government

10th June 2024 President Cyril Ramaphosa has underlined the importance of the new government – which is yet to be formed after no single party secured an outright... 

Big business backs speedy formation of ‘stable GNU’

Big business backs speedy formation of ‘stable GNU’

7th June 2024 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), whose members are drawn from the largest domestic and multinational businesses operating in the country,... 

Public protection

Public protection

7th June 2024 The application by Eskom to preserve and reserve grid connection capacity for independent power producers (IPPs) participating in public... 

Eskom ‘decouples’ renewables roll-out from coal station closure plan

Eskom ‘decouples’ renewables roll-out from coal station closure plan

6th June 2024 Eskom CEO Dan Marokane reports that a decision has been made to “decouple” the closure of its coal stations from the building, in partnership, of... 

Marokane says R285m spent on diesel in May compared with R2.8bn in May 2023

Marokane says R285m spent on diesel in May compared with R2.8bn in May 2023

6th June 2024 Eskom CEO Dan Marokane has rebuffed persistent suggestions that the utility is keeping loadshedding at bay owing to an “excessive” reliance on the... 

Khoza calls for political leaders to prioritise ‘common good’ as he lambasts ‘betrayers’ of the Constitution

Khoza calls for political leaders to prioritise ‘common good’ as he lambasts ‘betrayers’ of the Constitution

5th June 2024 Renowned and outspoken business personality Reuel Khoza has urged South Africa’s political leadership currently negotiating the governance... 

Think tank outlines five priorities for new government and for shaping coalition talks

Think tank outlines five priorities for new government and for shaping coalition talks

5th June 2024 The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) has released a list of five priorities for South Africa’s yet-to-be-formed new government and which... 

Standard Bank’s Tshabalala confident South Africa’s institutions will deliver post-election stability

Standard Bank’s Tshabalala confident South Africa’s institutions will deliver post-election stability

4th June 2024 While refusing to be drawn on what coalition arrangement would be favourable for investment, Standard Bank CEO Sim Tshabalala has expressed... 

Wild Coast communities mull appeal of SCA gas exploration right ruling

Wild Coast communities mull appeal of SCA gas exploration right ruling

3rd June 2024 While dismissing an appeal of a High Court judgment setting aside a right granted to Shell to explore for oil and gas off South Africa’s Wild... 

Business urges all parties to accept election results and work together to rebuild country

Business urges all parties to accept election results and work together to rebuild country

3rd June 2024 Organised business has urged political leaders to accept the 2024 election results and to prioritise the crafting of stable governance arrangements... 

Worth the ink?

Worth the ink?

31st May 2024 The National Council of Provinces’ (NCOP’s) recent approval of the Electricity Regulation Amendment (ERA) Bill has far-reaching implications for... 

Delayed coal decommissioning won’t ‘collapse our climate commitments’

Delayed coal decommissioning won’t ‘collapse our climate commitments’

27th May 2024 The Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) is currently assessing the impact of South Africa’s decision to delay the decommissioning of the... 

Unintended consequences?

Unintended consequences?

24th May 2024 It is highly unlikely that South Africa would have made the progress it has in stabilising electricity supply and setting in place initiatives to... 

Presidency insists 22.5 GW private IPP pipeline won’t be disrupted by Eskom move to reserve grid for public projects

Presidency insists 22.5 GW private IPP pipeline won’t be disrupted by Eskom move to reserve grid for public projects

22nd May 2024 The Presidency does not anticipate that Eskom’s move to reserve scarce grid capacity for independent power producers (IPPs) participating in public... 

Eskom board approves plan to operate Camden, Grootvlei and Hendrina to 2030

Eskom board approves plan to operate Camden, Grootvlei and Hendrina to 2030

20th May 2024 The Eskom board has given its approval for the continued operation of the Camden, Grootvlei and Hendrina power stations to 2030 – a departure from... 

Green stimulus

Green stimulus

17th May 2024 South Africa’s manufacturing sector is in dire need of stimulus. In its recently released ‘Industrial Policy & Strategy Review’, the Department of... 

Eyes turn to Union Buildings after NCOP approves Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill

Eyes turn to Union Buildings after NCOP approves Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill

16th May 2024 The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has approved the Electricity Regulation Amendment (ERA) Bill, which has far-reaching implications for the... 

Ramaphosa acknowledges fear over NHI but describes signing as ‘pivotal moment’

Ramaphosa acknowledges fear over NHI but describes signing as ‘pivotal moment’

15th May 2024 President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged the fear that his signing of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill into law had generated in and address... 

Salga energy head calls for post-election review of free basic electricity scheme

Salga energy head calls for post-election review of free basic electricity scheme

14th May 2024 The head of energy at the South African Local Government Association (Salga) has called for a review of both the size of the free basic electricity... 

Ramaphosa denies pre-election loadshedding respite is a ‘political ploy’

Ramaphosa denies pre-election loadshedding respite is a ‘political ploy’

13th May 2024 President Cyril Ramaphosa has entered the politically charged discussion on the reasons behind the recent dramatic reduction in loadshedding ahead... 

Coalitions and reform

Coalitions and reform

10th May 2024 With the 2024 election days away, attention is turning to the governance arrangements that will prevail nationally and in key battleground... 

NamPower grid-strengthening and battery storage project secures $138.5m World Bank backing

NamPower grid-strengthening and battery storage project secures $138.5m World Bank backing

7th May 2024 The World Bank has approved a $138.5-million finance package to support the integration of renewable energy into Namibia’s electricity system by... 

Ramokgopa insists loadshedding not being ‘stage managed’ ahead of May 29 poll

Ramokgopa insists loadshedding not being ‘stage managed’ ahead of May 29 poll

6th May 2024 Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa denies that the prevailing reprieve from loadshedding has been “stage managed” to improve the prospects... 

Climate commission model points to the growth potential of green industrialisation

Climate commission model points to the growth potential of green industrialisation

6th May 2024 The initial direct cost of placing South Africa on an energy transition pathway over the coming five years in line with its decarbonisation targets... 

In the weeds

In the weeds

3rd May 2024 South Africa has gone some way in starting to reform its electricity industry, which has been failing the country visibly for nearly two decades.... 

City Power seeks funding, manufacturing partners for informal settlement ‘energy box’

City Power seeks funding, manufacturing partners for informal settlement ‘energy box’

30th April 2024 Johannesburg’s City Power is seeking manufacturing and venture capital partners to further develop and pilot a rugged ‘energy box’ concept in one... 

Draft Gas Master Plan released amid supply ‘cliff’ warnings

Draft Gas Master Plan released amid supply ‘cliff’ warnings

29th April 2024 South Africa’s much-delayed draft Gas Master Plan (GMP2024) has been released for public comment by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede... 

Reflect and recommit

Reflect and recommit

26th April 2024 Memories are short and it often feels like they are becoming shorter not only because of the flood of information associated with the 24-hour news... 

Can South Africa turn around 30 years of real economy underperformance?

Can South Africa turn around 30 years of real economy underperformance?

26th April 2024 In this essay, Terence Creamer reflects on the factors that have shaped South Africa’s real-economy sectors of manufacturing, mining and... 

South Africa aims to set up three JET-aligned skills development zones

South Africa aims to set up three JET-aligned skills development zones

24th April 2024 Three Just Energy Transition (JET) skills development zones focusing on renewables and grids, electric vehicles and green hydrogen value chains are... 

Ramokgopa describes IPP surpluses as low-hanging fruit amid delay in finding contractual solution

Ramokgopa describes IPP surpluses as low-hanging fruit amid delay in finding contractual solution

22nd April 2024 Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa describes surplus electricity arising from existing renewable energy facilities as “low hanging fruit”... 

NTCSA begins consultations on market code to govern shift towards competitive electricity industry

NTCSA begins consultations on market code to govern shift towards competitive electricity industry

19th April 2024 With the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) currently scheduled to be operationalised in July and efforts under way to ensure that... 

Mixed outlook

Mixed outlook

19th April 2024 The recent period of decreased loadshedding has been met with tremendous scepticism by a South African public who have been burnt more times over... 

Private renewables procurement may mitigate boom-bust cycles curbing South Africa’s green industrialisation

Private renewables procurement may mitigate boom-bust cycles curbing South Africa’s green industrialisation

18th April 2024 The combination of public and private procurement of large-scale renewables in South Africa signals increased stability for manufacturers of key... 

Eskom says modest R9m RCA request not a signal of alignment with Nersa on calculations

Eskom says modest R9m RCA request not a signal of alignment with Nersa on calculations

17th April 2024 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has initiated consultations on Eskom’s latest Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application... 

Stage 16 loadshedding code seeks to reduce human error not signal imminent surge in cuts – Nersa

Stage 16 loadshedding code seeks to reduce human error not signal imminent surge in cuts – Nersa

16th April 2024 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has belatedly moved to quell concern that its recent approval of a new loadshedding code of... 

South Africa’s ranking in World Energy Trilemma Index falls

South Africa’s ranking in World Energy Trilemma Index falls

16th April 2024 South Africa has fallen to sixty-ninth from sixty-fourth on the World Energy Council’s (WEC’s) latest World Energy Trilemma Index which ranks more... 

Attitudinal shift

Attitudinal shift

12th April 2024 It is estimated that about 2.5 GW of rooftop solar was installed across South Africa last year; a trend that was expected to continue at the start... 

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