South Africa

South African chemicals producer seeks bids for 20 MW of PV

Sasol plans to power its operations in the municipalities of Secunda and Sasolburg with two 10 MW solar projects. The successful bidders with sell power to the factories under power purchase agreements. South Africa-based chemicals producer Sasol has kicked off a request for proposals (RFP) process to seek independent power producers for two PV plants that will power its operations in Secunda, ...

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SA Govt’s renewable energy strategy is finally starting to get some wind in its sails

South Africa’s previously successful renewable energy independent power programme (REIPP) fell on its face about five years ago, when government halted Round 4 bids for political reasons. That programme resumed two years later. At end-June 2019, South Africa had 47,970MW of installed electricity, of which 3,976MW (8%) came from renewables. Despite the approval of South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan 2019 ...

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Plans to resume MyCiTi Express service in doubt

Cape Town – Taxi association Codeta has poured cold water on the City’s plans for a new service provider to resume the suspended MyCiTi N2 Express service. The service has been at a standstill since last May last year when the City failed to reach an agreement over its operation before the contract with the current shareholders, including the Golden ...

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Sasol calls for bids for 10 MW solar plants at Mpumalanga, Free State operations

The Secunda complex Chemicals and energy group Sasol has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of two embedded solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities of 10 MW apiece at its operations in Secunda, in Mpumalanga, and Sasolburg, in the Free State. The closing date for submissions is Friday, October 2. The successful independent power producers (IPPs) would be expected ...

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RFP launched for regasification terminal lease

Petrobras of Brazil floated a request for proposals (RFP) to lease a LNG regasification terminal in the state of Bahia. Pre-qualified companies are allowed to bid. Rio de Janeiro – A request for proposals (RFP) for the lease of the LNG regasification terminal in Bahia (TR-BA) and associated facilities was made public this Monday (3) by Brazil’s state-run oil company ...

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Funding collective issues RFP for labeled agricultural datasets to support ML in Africa

Central-pivot agricultural fields along the Orange River in South Africa. A grantmaking collective committed to creating and mobilizing labeled datasets that facilitate the development of machine learning applications to address urgent problems has launched a new request for proposals (RFP) for funding. Lacuna Fund, which aims to support as many organizations as possible in the AI for social good space in ...

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We must purge corruption from the belly of the Covid-19 beast

South Africa is in the belly of the beast of corruption, and our leaders are falling into corrupt activities like dominoes instead of being at the forefront of taming the beast. The outcome of the gamble that the government took to introduce relaxed emergency public procurement measures is affecting South Africa’s response to Covid-19. The very same healthcare sector and ...

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Karpowership Offers South Africa a Power Generation Solution

Patrick O’Driscoll, Karpowership’s Sales Director, spoke to Africa Oil & Power about the company’s ability to help South Africa’s state-owned electricity company Eskom plug the supply gap in its electricity generation, following its response to a Request for Information (RFI) issued by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy. South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy issued a RFI ...

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South Africa: Is Eskom Paving a Way for an Internal Deal With the PIC?

The Democratic Alliance (DA) notes that Eskom has put out a comprehensive Request for Proposals (RFP) for Treasury and Financial Services. The RFP covers almost every aspect of services aimed at understanding and restoring the viability and financial stability of the entity – from Advisory Services, Balance Sheet Optimisation, Cost and Debt Analysis, Expected Future Exposure through almost every letter ...

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The unfinished Foreshore freeway: 40 years in the making

A drive through Cape Town City Centre is not complete without the puzzling view of the incomplete Foreshore freeway. Over the years, many have wondered why these unfinished bridges remain floating in the air with little practical use. Construction on the now infamous freeway began in the 1970s, after the City set out to improve transportation infrastructure. The City had approved ...

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Eskom to seek authorisation to proceed with repurposing of four coal stations

State-owned electricity producer Eskom aims, within the coming months, to seek authorisation from its board and government to initiate a formal bidding process for the repurposing and repowering of the Camden, Komati, Grootvlei and Hendrina coal-fired power stations using lower-carbon generation technologies. All units at the four stations, which currently employ some 1 530 people directly, are scheduled to stop producing ...

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South Africa’s public utility Eskom working on rand-denominated sukuk

Eskom Holdings, the South African public utility company, is seeking a legal advisor for a rand-denominated sukuk, according to a document issued by the company. The request for proposal (RFP) dated June 24, invites legal services related to a local-currency sukuk issuance. A full copy of the RFP is available here. Eskom said it revised its funding plans for financial years ...

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Zondo commission: Businessman behind Prasa tender hinted at channelling money to ANC

Popo Molefe, the former chairperson of the Board of PRASA, testifies at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on June 29. The former Chairperson of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Popo Molefe, says a businessman who secured a multibillion-rand tender in 2013 was later told he had made payments for the ANC. Auswell Mashaba of Swifambo Rail ...

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Next renewables bidding round to be launched only in second quarter of 2021

The new head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producers Office (IPPO), Tshifhiwa Bernard Magoro, reported on Tuesday that the next bidding round for the procurement of utility scale renewable-energy projects, often referred to as Bid Window 5, would be launched only in the second quarter of 2021. Speaking during an energy roundtable held as part of the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development ...

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South Africa’s Airlink bids to have SAA liquidated

South African carrier Airlink is attempting to disrupt plans to convene a creditors’ meeting to discuss whether to approve the rescue plan for South African Airways, and is seeking to have the airline liquidated. The government’s department of public enterprises says Airlink has filed a court motion “aimed at interdicting” the meeting – scheduled for 25 June – and that ...

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Namibia: NHE’s New Housing Project to Yield 335 Houses

The National Housing Enterprise (NHE) has launched a new housing development project across the country that will see it construct 335 houses. According to a statement by NHE, this latest project is part of ongoing efforts to empower Namibians through the provision of affordable and quality housing whilst continuing to fulfil its mandate. The houses will be constructed through NHE’s ...

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Brazilian Navy Seeking A New Antarctic Support Vessel

Oceanographic support vessel ‘Ary Rongel’. Marinha do Brasil picture The Brazilian Navy (Marinha do Brasil) is looking to procure a new Antarctic support vessel to replace the existing oceanographic ship “Ary Rongel”. The Directorate of Management of Marine Programmes (DGePM) will publish an official Request for Proposal (RFP) by June 30th. The objective of the RFP is to communicate to ...

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Government wants to be in charge of university laptops procurement

Minister of higher education Blade Nzimande believes procurement of laptops for students at tertiary institutions should be centralised and controlled by the government. The government wants to centralise procurement of thousands of laptops and tablets for tertiary students who need to access online learning as lockdown restrictions keep campuses under lock and key.  Higher education minister Blade Minister confirmed to ...

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South Africa bids to end Lesotho crisis with PM’s ‘immediate’ exit

MASERU – Lesotho’s government has agreed with South African mediators and political parties to implement a “dignified retirement” for prime minister Thomas Thabane, a joint statement said on Monday, signalling stepped up efforts to end a political crisis. Thabane, 80, has been under pressure to resign owing to a murder case in which he and his current wife are suspected ...

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Submit A Bid To Undertake Resource Assessment & GIS Mapping For Small Hydropower Potential In Southern Africa

Stortemelk hydropower scheme installation on the Ash River in South Africa. Source: Stortemelk Hydro The African Union Commission (AUC), seeks to engage the services of a competent and eligible Consulting Firm to provide Consultancy Services to undertake Resource Assessment and GIS Mapping for Small Hydropower Potential in Southern Africa. Consequently, the African Union Commission now invites qualified firms to submit ...

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