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Electricity 2019: A review of South Africa's electricity sector Electricity 2019: A review of South Africa's electricity sector Has PDF
Published: 15 Mar 19
South Africa’s electricity industry is in dire straits. The country, at the start of 2019, suffered one of its worst series of power cuts in a decade, conjuring up memories of the 2008 crisis when the grid nearly collapsed, and threatening President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government plans to revive the struggling economy. The main role player is State-owned power utility Eskom. Bloated by debt and severely damaged by years of corruption and maladministration, Eskom is struggling to navigate a magnitude of operational and financial crises. The utility’s financial performance has deteriorated to the point where without fiscal support from government, the company is not expected to last beyond April 2019. If Eskom defaults on its debt, it will not only threaten South Africa’s entire economy, but also hamper any economic growth prospects. Creamer Media’s Electricity 2019 Report provides an overview of South Africa’s electricity sector, with a focus on Eskom’s generation and financial performance and recently announced unbundling. It also looks at the changing electricity landscape and the role of independent power producers and embedded generation in the country’s energy mix, as well as other areas such as transmission, distribution and electrification.
Energy Roundup – March 2019 Energy Roundup – March 2019 Has PDF
Published: 11 Mar 19
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa. The March 2019 roundup covers activities in February 2019, and includes details of the Infrastructure Research Development Centre’s opposition to government’s decision to bring in external engineers to investigate the crisis at State-owned power utility Eskom’s power stations; Eskom’s unbundling; and newly released statistics of South Africa’s expanding renewable-energy fleet.
Africa Mining Projects in Progress 2019 (First Edition) Africa Mining Projects in Progress 2019 (First Edition) Has PDF
Published: 07 Mar 19
Africa’s potential is immeasurable. While Africa initially gained a reputation for its gold and diamond resources, the African mining industry is now also being recognised for its copper, graphite, lithium, platinum group metals and potash resources. However, the continent is faced with a ‘resource curse’ – a term referring to an enduring theme of mining in Africa – the paradox of plenty, and how to manage it. This edition of Creamer Media’s Africa Mining Projects in Progress highlights some of the prospective projects on the continent that have been announced in some of these sectors, focusing on recent preliminary economic assessments, scoping, prefeasibility and definitive/bankable feasibility studies, as well as some of the projects that are already under way.
Energy Roundup – February 2019 Energy Roundup – February 2019 Has PDF
Published: 08 Feb 19
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa. The February 2019 roundup covers activities in December 2018 and January 2019, and includes details of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment of an Eskom Sustainability Task Team to advise government on actions to resolve the State-owned power company’s operational, structural and financial challenges; the South African Local Government Association’s rejection of State-owned power utility Eskom’s appeal for a 15% tariff increase over the next three years; and Eskom’s loan agreement with the Agence Française de Développement for R1.5-billion to extend its transmission grid along the West Coast.
Telecoms 2018: A review of South Africa's telecommunications sector Telecoms 2018: A review of South Africa's telecommunications sector Has PDF
Published: 12 Dec 18
Internet use globally continues to increase and the number of Internet users has surpassed four‑billion, social media firms We Are Social and Hootsuite reported in their ‘Digital in 2018’ report, published in January 2018. The report highlights that people are spending more time on the Internet and are increasingly accessing it through smart devices; the use of social media is also rising, with such platforms mostly accessed from mobile devices. In South Africa, there is growing demand for mobile communication services, particularly for more data. Users are seeking not only good-quality service and sufficient data speeds but are also calling for operators to decrease the cost of data, which many regard as being too high. Government is taking steps to lower the cost of communicating in the country, and various entities, including the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa and the Competition Commission, are undertaking programmes and inquiries to establish ways of lowering costs, as well as improving competition in the telecommunications sector to ensure that operators do not take advantage of users. Creamer Media’s Telecoms 2018 report reviews South Africa’s telecommunications market and the major companies operating in the sector, as well as industry trends and challenges. The report also provides information on the country’s policy and regulatory developments, as well as its international connectivity.
Energy Roundup – December 2018 Energy Roundup – December 2018 Has PDF
Published: 07 Dec 18
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa. The December 2018 roundup covers activities in November, and includes details of South African State-owned power utility Eskom’s discussions with government for yet another equity injection; the official launch of black-owned independent power producer Emvelo’s Ilanga concentrate solar power plant, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province; and the African Development Bank group and Eskom’s R2.9-billion loan agreement.
Water 2018: A review of South Africa's water sector Water 2018: A review of South Africa's water sector Has PDF
Published: 16 Nov 18
South Africa’s Constitution grants every citizen the right to have access to water. Notable success has been achieved in providing all South Africans with access to water and sanitation since the advent of democracy in 1994. However, water availability remains a concern. The droughts that have affected South Africa over the past few years have had a major economic impact on the country. Besides frequent droughts, which are driven by climatic variation, South Africa’s water challenges are also attributable to inadequate water infrastructure maintenance and investment, deteriorating water quality, a shortage of water engineers in the country and increasing demand that is attributable to population growth and urbanisation. The Department of Water and Sanitation forecasts that the situation is approaching crisis proportions, warning that, if demand continues to grow at current rates, the deficit between supply and demand could range from 2.70‑billion cubic metres a year to 3.80‑billion cubic metres a year by 2030. This edition of Creamer Media’s Water Report considers the aforementioned issues, as well as that of nonrevenue water, water quality, water tariffs and water regulation, and planning in South Africa, besides others. The report also gives an overview of the state of global water affairs. This report is a summary of information published in Engineering News and Mining Weekly, as well as of information available in the public domain over the past 12 months.
Liquid Fuels 2018: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector Liquid Fuels 2018: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector Has PDF
Published: 06 Nov 18
The rising price of crude oil – influenced by geopolitical tension – and the depreciation of the rand against the US dollar are the main contributors to the recent sharp increases in South Africa’s fuel price. The price of petrol reached a record-high on October 1, 2018, with 95 grade in Gauteng breaking the R17/ℓ mark. Government has indicated that it is keen to bolster the country’s supply of refined products. The National Development Plan suggests five options – a new oil-to-liquids refinery, a new coal-to-liquids plant, the upgrading of existing refineries, importing refined product and partnering with Angola or Nigeria on a refinery. Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has also suggested that South Africa produce its own gas, highlighting the significance of the shale gas resources in the Karoo basin. Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2018 report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment, including the country’s refining capacity; the proposed introduction of cleaner fuels; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; fuel pricing; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; oil and gas exploration, as well as an overview of the global market.
Energy Roundup – November 2018 Energy Roundup – November 2018 Has PDF
Published: 06 Nov 18
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa. The November 2018 roundup covers activities across South Africa in October, and includes details of the synchronisation of Unit 2 at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station, in Limpopo; Eskom’s ‘Medium-Term System Adequacy Outlook’ report, which highlights several risks to South Africa’s electricity supply from 2018 to 2023; and calls by the National Society of Black Engineers and the Black Business Council for amendments to the Integrated Resource Plan 2018.
Projects in Progress 2018 (Second Edition) Projects in Progress 2018 (Second Edition) Has PDF
Published: 04 Oct 18
Statistics South Africa’s report, titled “Capital expenditure by the public sector 2017”, held few surprises – especially happy ones – for practitioners in South Africa’s project economy. The report confirms that total capital expenditure (capex) by the 751 public-sector institutions that reported their capex figures to the agency decreased by R12.1-billion last year, from R283.3-billion in 2016 to R271.2-billion. It was the first year-on-year public-sector capex decrease since the 2009/10 fiscal year – the period coinciding with South Africa’s financial-crisis-induced recession. The decline put to rest government’s previous narrative of public-sector expenditure providing countercyclical support for an economy still struggling to recover from the crisis. The outlook is not covered in the report, but all signs point to a sustained period of downward pressure. Most of the State-owned companies (SOCs) are in financial distress, largely owing to years of weak management and corrupted governance, which facilitated a redirection of procurement budgets towards a predatory elite. The outlook is undermined further by most SOCs now having massive debt burdens to address and interest bills to manage. What does this mean for gross fixed capital formation and the domestic project pipeline? It means that any recovery will have to be led by the private sector. However, to achieve such a shift, investor confidence will have to be restored and sustained. Nevertheless, this second edition of the Projects in Progress for this year includes valuable updates on some of South Africa’s largest infrastructure projects, as well as ongoing investments in the gold, coal and platinum sectors.
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