Eskom to release Mpumalanga land to catalyse investments in sub-100 MW renewables projects

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has announced that Eskom is preparing to release land in the coal-rich Mpumalanga province for sub-100 MW distributed electricity projects that can now be built without a licence and wheel electricity through the grid for self-consumption, or for sale to third-party consumers. Speaking during the State-owned utility’s interim results presentation, Gordhan said that Eskom owned about 36 000 ha of unutilised land in Mpumalanga, including in and around eMalahleni, which had also been designated as a Renewable Energy Development Zone.

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Building owners have one year left to obtain energy performance certificates

Owners of buildings in South Africa have one year left to obtain and prominently display an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) or risk a fine of R5-million, five years imprisonment or both. The regulations, under the National Energy Act, were gazetted a year ago and apply until December 7, 2022, meaning that building owners who have not acted have a year left in which to comply.

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Opinion: Is South Africa’s new infrastructure investment plan key to a revitalised …

In this opinion article, Aprio Strategic Communications founder Julian Gwillim writes about how infrastructure investment could benefit South Africa’s struggling construction sector, but implementation of government’s ambitious infrastructure investment plan is key.

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Energy expert makes case for solar-wind-storage only IRP with game changing ‘superpower’

An Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) comprising only solar, wind and storage (SWS) would deliver not only a load-shedding-free electricity supply industry but also create the platform for new industries to be built on near-zero-marginal-cost excess green electricity, a South African energy expert shows. Detailed modelling undertaken by Clyde Mallinson outlines that this alternative SWS IRP would involve the deployment, between 2021 and 2040, of 40 GW of new wind, 230 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) and 35 GW/290 GWh of storage, comprising mainly of battery energy storage and mechanical gravitational potential energy storage.

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Mchunu sets up Water Political Steering Committee in KwaZulu-Natal

Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu has established a Water Political Steering Committee in KwaZulu-Natal to tackle water challenges in the province. The committee, chaired by the Minister, includes Premier Sihle Zikalala, Water and Sanitation Deputy Ministers Dikeledi Magadzi and David Mahlobo and executive mayors of municipalities in the province. 

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Rawson expects buoyant property market to persist in 2022

Property price growth has been on a positive trajectory, which is expected to gain momentum in 2022, says real estate company Rawson Property Group MD Tony Clarke. Lenders are expected to remain bullish in 2022, with up to 105% mortgages likely to be available for some time to come, he notes.

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Multiple energy projects meet industry demands

Renewable-energy provider Africa Clean Energy Solutions (ACES) Renewables is developing multiple renewable-energy projects across South Africa. “We are developing a 10 MW biomass plant, in Mpumalanga, which will provide power for the surrounding mines in the area. We are also developing a 2.8 MW photovoltaic (PV) solar farm – with the possibility of increasing to 10 MW – in Kariega, Gqeberha, which will supply power to surrounding industrial clients,” says ACES Renewables technical project manager Tumelo Lekalakala.

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TASEZ on road to completion

Consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari has expanded and updated the traffic impact assessment for the larger Tshwane area affected by the development of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ). The assessment indicated that eight major road intersections must be upgraded.

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Road tech can improve road longevity, safety

Engineering consultancy WSP has incorporated technologies that compensate for the potential longer time span between maintenance interventions for the rehabilitation of a 27 km section of road in Gauteng, says WSP director Marshall Muthen. The project, set to begin in January, involves a section of road starting at the D483/P6-1 intersection, close to Bapsfontein, in Ekurhuleni, and ending at the D483/D713 intersection in Cullinan, in Tshwane.

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Road rehabilitation project initiated

A Gauteng rehabilitation project that entails a 27 km section of road – from the D483 / P6-1 intersection, close to Bapsfontein, in Ekurhuleni, to the D483/D713 intersection, in Cullinan, in Tshwane – began last month. This comes after a construction contractor was appointed for the project last month, states engineering consultancy WSP highways, transport planning, intelligent transportation systems and rail director Marshall Muthen.

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