News 2018

New coal plants to cost SA R19bn, push out renewables

By Admire Moyo, ITWeb’s business editor.
Johannesburg, 15 Jun 2018

Thabametsi and Khanyisa are the preferred bidders within the first bid window of the coal- baseload IPP procurement programme.

Two planned coal plants will cost SA about R19.68 billion over the course of their lifetime, and force cheaper and cleaner renewable energy alternatives out of the system for years to come.READ MORE

R58bn renewables deals blocked at 11th hour

The signing of 27 outstanding renewable energy projects will not happen today as anticipated.

This after trade union National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and civic group Transform RSA were granted an urgent court interdict at the North Gauteng High Court.READ MORE


Today was meant to mark the reawakening of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), first initiated in 2011.

“The delayed investment of over R59 billion, the creation of over 13 000 construction jobs and a further 2000 operations jobs was meant to be unlocked today,” said Brenda Martin, CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA).READ MORE


21 February 2018

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has issued a statement applauding the newly appointed President’s commitment to stabilising state owned enterprises and Minister Gigaba’s reiteration of these sentiments, in today’s Budget Speech.

“We applaud President Ramaphosa’s unequivocal commitment in the State of the Nation Address to intervene decisively to stabilise and revitalise state owned enterprises for the benefit of our country’s economic future,” said Brenda Martin, CEO of SAWEA.

The industry is similarly pleased that the Minister of Finance acknowledged the Minister of Public Enterprises instruction to Eskom to conclude all Power Purchase Agreements (PPA’s) with independent power producers

SAWEA has also confirmed support for President Ramaphosa’s emphasis on nation building, through restorative measures grounded in consultation, transparency and accountability.

“We support the call to place youth at the centre of the economy, to enable their inclusion in the economy and welcome the incentives that will be provided to businesses to contribute more, direct opportunities to young entrants to the Industry,” added Martin.

SAWEA appeals to President Ramaphosa and the Ministers of Finance, Energy and Public Enterprises to ensure the achievement of a firm date for duly procured Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreement conclusion, by no later than March 31st, 2018, when key legal documents will expire.

The industry continues to anticipate Eskom’s co-operation on all related requirements for the conclusion of PPAs, which will allow the country’s renewables programme to get back on track.

Certainty is also required around the future scale of the South African renewables programme so that the full value chain benefits of clean power supply, investment growth, manufacturing sector recovery and development, further job creation and rural socio-economic benefits can be realised as soon as possible, in the South African economy.


The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) together with the broader renewable power sector anticipate the conclusion of the 26 outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the first quarter of 2018. 

The majority of the processes that precede the finalisation of the PPA’s were fulfilled by the IPP Office and the Preferred Bidders during mid-December. The Minister of Public Enterprises is now required to provide her approval in terms of section 54(2) of the Public Finance Management Act so that the Department of Energy (DoE) can conclude Direct Agreements with preferred bidders.READ MORE

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