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Energy Roundup – May 2016 Energy Roundup – May 2016 Has PDF
Published: 04 May 16
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa during the past month. The May 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for April 2016 and includes details of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s proposal to introduce a coal benchmark cost as part of its final decision on Eskom’s multiyear price determination process; environmental group Greenpeace’s launch of a new campaign called Renewable Energy Champions; and carbon and climate change advisory firm Promethium Carbon’s launch of its Independent Power Producers (IPPs) Guideline to assist prospective IPPs in navigating the procedures required to license new electricity generation facilities in Southern Africa.
Automotive 2016: A review of South Africa's automotive sector Automotive 2016: A review of South Africa's automotive sector Has PDF
Published: 26 Apr 16
Figures from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa show that 617 749 new vehicles were sold in South Africa in 2015, marking a decline of 4% on the sales recorded in 2014 and representing the second consecutive year of decline for this indicator. In March this year it indicated that it expected overall demand for new vehicles in South Africa to decline to 564 500 in 2016, almost a 9% decrease in demand from 2015. Reasons for such a decline pertain to a generally unfavourable outlook for the South African economy, with the anticipation that domestic economic growth will remain constrained in 2016 and 2017. Creamer Media’s Automotive 2016 Report provides an overview of South Africa’s automotive industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into local demand and production, vehicle imports and exports, investment and competitiveness in the sector, as well as environmental considerations.
Energy Roundup – April 2016 Energy Roundup – April 2016 Has PDF
Published: 05 Apr 16
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa during the past month. The April 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for March 2016 and includes details of a North Gauteng High Court Judge’s dismissal of a court application to postpone the 9.4% electricity tariff increase, which the National Energy Regulator of South Africa approved on March 1; the inauguration of the second phase of renewable-energy project developer Solar Capital’s De Aar solar farm project; and the World Bank Group’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency’s extension of €698.9-million in guarantees to Eskom to support transmission infrastructure investments.
Electricity 2016: A review of South Africa's electricity sector Electricity 2016: A review of South Africa's electricity sector Has PDF
Published: 09 Mar 16
South Africa’s electricity supply crisis continues to pose a major obstacle to the country’s economic growth, despite government’s investing in new power infrastructure and inviting private companies to build new generation capacity. The International Monetary Fund has singled out delays in easing electricity shortages as one of the main constraints to economic growth, while economists estimate that the economy could have been 10% larger if power shortages did not stifle growth and investment. Creamer Media’s Electricity 2016 report provides an overview of South Africa’s electricity sector, focusing on State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Energy Roundup – March 2016 Energy Roundup – March 2016 Has PDF
Published: 04 Mar 16
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa during the past month. The March 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for February 2016 and includes details of the Department of Energy’s plans to announce the preferred bidders for the first tranche of the coal independent power producer procurement programme; the Council for Geoscience’s three-year research programme; and ArcelorMittal South Africa’s search for an independent power producer to build an 800 MW gas-fired power station on land at its Saldanha steel works, in the Western Cape.
Steel 2016: A review of South Africa's steel sector Steel 2016: A review of South Africa's steel sector Has PDF
Published: 01 Mar 16
There appears to be agreement among many commentators that 2016 will be another tough year for the steelmaking industry, with demand for the alloy poised to decline further as growth in the world’s major economies, including China, continues to slow and Chinese exports continue to penetrate foreign markets, dragging prices down. Locally, steel construction industry representative organisation the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction CEO Paolo Trinchero predicts that the steel construction industry will survive 2016, owing to several years of resilience and persistence by local steel fabrication companies through challenging times. He add, however, that large-scale stimulation is needed to grow the South African steel industry and market, as the industry has recently been fulfilling only small orders for various projects as a means of simply obtaining work and surviving. Creamer Media’s Steel 2016 Report examines South Africa’s steel industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the global steel market and and particularly into South South Africa’s steel sector, including production and consumption, main producers and a brief overview of the stainless steel market.
Energy Roundup – February 2016 Energy Roundup – February 2016 Has PDF
Published: 03 Feb 16
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa during the past month. The February 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for December 2015 and January 2016 and includes details of a Government Gazette notice that confirms Cabinet’s decision to move ahead with the 9 600 MW nuclear procurement programme, State-owned power utility Eskom’s decision to migrate to fixed-price coal contracts, and Eskom’s new Medupi project director.
Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry Has PDF
Published: 29 Jan 16
Conditions were challenging for the South African construction industry in 2015, owing to the lack of recovery in the economy and low national infrastructure spend, coupled with overcapacity in the construction market and low margins. It is clear that the construction industry is continuing to struggle. The outlook for 2016 is not optimistic, with analysts forecasting a further weakening in construction activity. Creamer Media’s Construction 2016 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; key participants; local demand; geographic diversification; corporate activity; black economic empowerment; competition; the sector’s shortage of skills, which threatens to derail government’s plans to spend R4-trillion on infrastructure over the next 15 years; safety issues and environmental considerations.
Energy Roundup – December 2015 Energy Roundup – December 2015 Has PDF
Published: 07 Dec 15
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa during the past month. The December 2015 roundup includes details of State-owned utility Eskom’s application to claw back R22.8-billion; South Africa’s ranking as an investment destination for renewable energy; and a nuclear expert’s thoughts on reactor designs for South Africa’s nuclear procurement programme, among other news.
African Mining Projects in Progress 2015 (Second Edition) African Mining Projects in Progress 2015 (Second Edition) Has PDF
Published: 27 Nov 15
Africa hosts the world’s largest mineral reserves of platinum, gold, diamonds, chromite, manganese and vanadium. It also produces about 17% of the world’s uranium. The continent’s growth in the past has mostly been propelled by exaggeratedly high prices for these commodities, driven by Chinese demand for natural resources. “The commodities boom was a period of significant investment and growth, as mining companies focused on output at any cost to take advantage of the high commodity-price environment. However, the higher prices concealed the impact of falling productivity in the mining sector,” multinational services firm EY mining and metals sector leader Wickus Botha states. The recent economic slump in the commodities market has resulted in restricted growth, not only in Africa but also worldwide, with mines now consolidating their existing assets rather than expanding operations, he adds. In addition to plummeting commodity prices, rapid political and economic changes in many African States have made it increasingly difficult for many of them to attract miners, explorers and the prospective financiers that help drive their economies. Creamer Media’s second edition of its African Mining Projects in Progress 2015 report tracks project developments taking place across various mining sectors on the continent, including coal, copper, gold, iron-ore, platinum and uranium.
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