President Cyril Ramaphosa says the financial and operational challenges faced by power utility Eskom are not caused by the Independent Power Producer (IPP) programme.
The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) is making a significant impact on the economy, job creation, community upliftment, economic transformation and climate change.
In support of enhancing skills development in the Wind Industry in South Africa and celebrating Global wind Day 2017.
THE Coega Development Corporation announced that the roofs of about 15 of its buildings within the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) will be fitted with solar panels.
Consolidated Infrastructure Group reports 'robust' results for the year ended August‚ as the group benefits from the local renewable energy sector.
Renewable energy sector in SA is showing signs of considerable growth, with tenders put out to market demanding at least 540,000m³ of concrete for only the first phase of contracts in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme.
Afrimat, the JSE listed open-pit mining and industrial minerals group, believes this is an opportunity beckoning in which it is ideally positioned to supply construction materials to this sector.
Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden believes the bulk of renewable energy activity in SA is likely to be centred on wind farms, with a number of solar power projects also due to commence in the short term.
It is anticipated that as the country continues to search for alternative energy sources, renewable energy projects are likely to be “a major driver of construction activity in the future”. Meanwhile, Van Heerden says the group’s recent R33m acquisition of a majority stake in resources group Infrasors has strengthened its foothold in the industrial minerals sector and further expanded its geographical reach across SA
He says the Infrasors acquisition makes strategic sense in light of Afrimat’s existing operation at dolomite mine Glen Douglas, acquired in January 2011 and successfully turned. Silica is an additional complementary product for Afrimat brought on board by the Infrasors transaction, he says.
While Afrimat has been largely spared the acrimonious labour relations experienced in much of the mining industry, strikes remain a risk and management is focusing on minimising this risk as a priority.
Labour relations are being managed by adhering strictly to legislation as well as bargaining arrangements, and numerous stakeholder engagement processes are under way, Van Heerden says. “We are committed to keeping lines of communication open at all times.”