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Explainer: How South African mines cope with power cuts

JOHANNESBURG/LONDON (Reuters) – South African utility Eskom imposed the worst power cuts in several years on homes and businesses last week, conjuring up memories of the 2008 crisis when the grid nearly collapsed and cost the mining industry billions in lost output.

FILE PHOTO: Mine workers are seen under ground at Cullinan mine, near Pretoria, South Africa, February 1, 2019. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

Although Eskom – which supplies around 90 percent of power in Africa’s most industrialized economy – paused the blackouts on Friday for the first time in five days, it warned that its creaking infrastructure could buckle at any time.

A decade ago, the state utility ordered mining houses to evacuate all underground staff and cease mining operations for five days as it cut electricity…

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The Bulls have found a weapon but regaining South African power still a tall ask

The Bulls opened their Super Rugby campaign at home in Pretoria with an emphatic 40-3 statement win over the troubled Stormers, a complete reversal of the pre-season clash between the two sides.

The addition of Blitzboks Sevens star Rosko Specman proved a masterstroke as he knifed the Stormers to bits twice inside the first quarter of the game. The speed Specman brings, even at 29-years-old, gives the Bulls a lethal finisher who can create all on his own, or roam around and work off the ball-players to create mismatches as he did on his second try.

Specman showed an invaluable ability to provide pressure on kick-chase with his top-level speed and complete his tackles with a high success rate, an undervalued part of his game which the Bulls will use off the back of first…

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AU summit, Eskom power cuts, and telecom industry consolidation in Kenya

African Union leadership transition and AfCTA update

Earlier this week, the African Union held its 32nd Annual Summit in Addis Ababa, which saw Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi take over the AU chairmanship from Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Looking ahead, South Africa was elected to hold the rotating AU chairmanship in 2020. Addressing the summit, President El-Sissi announced his goals for the next year including implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA), rehabilitation of refugees and internally displaced people, and creation jobs for Africa’s youth.

Also at the summit, progress was made toward implementing the AfCFTA with several countries including South Africa and Senegal submitting ratification documents. With these submissions, 18 countries have…

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Goal African Power Ranking: February 2019

20. Noussair Mazraoui: The first of several Moroccans to feature in our power ranking, Mazraoui continues to establish himself as one of Africa's top …
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African mining needs ‘cheap, reliable’ power

Access to cheap and reliable power is expected to remain a key success factor for mining companies in Africa, according to Mark Buncombe, head of mining and metals at Standard Bank Group.

He said in a statement that, as the cost of solar power comes down and new storage technologies are developed, it makes solar more viable as a source of power for the mining industry in Africa.

Despite escalating trade wars keeping commodity prices in check as well as increased regulatory challenges across the continent generally, Standard Bank’s mining team anticipates that 2019 will see miners continue to cautiously pursue emerging pockets of opportunity across the continent.

Over the last 18 months, the focus in the mining sector has been on debt reduction and balance sheet repair….

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South African unions oppose plans to privatize power utility Eskom


Unions are rejecting a proposal to dismantle the state-owned power utility Eskom made by the President Cyril Ramaphosa during the State of the Nation address on 8 February, saying this will cause job losses and retrenchments that will affect over 100,000 workers.

The proposal is to break Eskom into three parts — generation, transmission and distribution. Other parts of Eskom considered to be non-core will be privatized.

IndustriALL Global Union affiliates, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) are against the proposed dismantling and privatization and says they will respond through mass action, protests and strikes should the government proceed with the plans.

Says David Sipunzi, the general…

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