SA’s PRASA settles Eskom debt

Mar 2, 2020

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has settled its outstanding debt to Eskom, says Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula. “Prasa will make the necessary pronouncements on the resumption of the services across the province,” Mbalula said in a statement on Thursday. This as Western Cape commuters experienced disruptions in rail services as a result…

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ZESA tariff structure to ensure recovery in Zimbabwe

Mar 2, 2020

The automatic raising of Zesa tariffs last week by 19 percent is part of the major change dating from October last year to ensure that even the truncated electricity supply we now get continues. It is also meant to ensure that over the next few years, Zesa expands to meet growing national requirements. For what…

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1,200 Namibian homes to get electricity

Mar 1, 2020

Electricity is no longer a luxury but a necessity, said Windhoek mayor Fransina Kahungu. She said this during a ceremony marking the electrification of 1 200 homes in Otjomuise extension 6 and 7 and the Havana informal settlement extension 1 and 3. Kahungu said council decided to answer to the call of its residents by…

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Zimbabwe faces 300% surge in electricity tariffs

Feb 28, 2020

The continuous low water levels on Zimbabwe’s biggest dam, Kariba, could see a 300% spike in electricity costs, as the country battles crippling power cuts of up to 17 hours daily, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) has warned. This was revealed at the just-ended sixth session of the Africa Regional Forum on…

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Kenya Power profit drops from Sh3.2bn to Sh262m

Feb 27, 2020

Kenya Power has posted a 91.98 percent decline in net profit to Sh262 million from Sh3.27 billion for the financial year ended June 2019 on high cost of buying electricity. Despite revenue rising by 1.34 percent to Sh133.1 billion on more electricity sales, increased power purchase and higher finance costs depressed its bottom-line. “This was…

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Ghana’s Deputy Energy Minister says current ‘dumsor’ to end next week

Feb 27, 2020

The Deputy Minister for Energy William Owuraku Aidoo says frequent power cuts in parts of the country over the past weeks will ease by the first week of March 2020. Mr Aidoo who was speaking to JoyNews on February 25, 2020, said the current power outages are caused by the ongoing repair works on the…

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ECA, NSIF collaborate to grow Africa’s electricity by 10,000MW

Feb 24, 2020

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and Nigeria Sovereign Investment Fund (NSIF) are collaborating to raise Africa’s electricity capacity by 10,000 megawatts by 2025. The electricity will come in the form of clean and affordable energy, including solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal. The ECA and Nigeria Sovereign Investment Fund will be joined by…

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IEA appoints first Africa Programme Manager to coordinate work on energy issues across the continent

Feb 24, 2020

The International Energy Agency (IEA) (IEA.org) hired Maximilian Jarrett as its first Africa Programme Manager to help expand the Agency’s reach and coordinate its work as it deepens its engagement across the continent. Mr Jarrett brings 30 years of experience in the fields of international economic affairs, media production and strategic communications. He most recently…

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Bad debts suffocate Zanzibar power entity

Feb 24, 2020

Bad debts have subjected Zanzibar Electricity Corporation (ZECO) to serious financial difficulties, the House of Representatives heard here yesterday. The House’s Land and Communication Committee Chairman Hamza Hassan Juma said individuals as well as private and public institutions owed the public power utility firm about 40bn/- as of September, 2019. Presenting the committee’s report summary…

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Extra power costs could paralyse South African mining projects – Expert

Feb 23, 2020

MORE than 30 percent of South African mining projects will be terminated prematurely because of additional power costs in the absence of suitable solutions within the next 12 months. This is the warning by independent power and mining expert and commentator after a cabinet minister recently conceded that the government must allow mining companies to…

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