Daily Archives: September 14, 2018

Pipeline repair work in Bellville South Industria: Residents and businesses advised to expect low pressure

The City of Cape Town advises consumers in the Bellville South area of urgent maintenance work to be done on a water pipeline in Iscor Street, Bellville South Industria

The City of Cape Town advises consumers in the Bellville South area of urgent maintenance work to be done on a water pipeline in Iscor Street, Bellville South Industria.

The planned maintenance work will take place from Monday, 17 September 2018 until Friday, 21 September 2018 between 20:00 and 03:00 each day.

The entire Bellville South area as far as Glenhaven could be affected. Residents and business owners in the area can expect to experience low water pressure or no water at all during these periods.

The City apologises for any inconvenience caused and will ensure that water trucks are made available at strategic locations to minimise the impact of these disruptions on consumers.

Customers are asked to keep between 5 to 10 litres of drinking water for essential use if required but are requested not to store water excessively as any outages are expected to be temporary.

Please also keep taps closed to prevent water damage in the event of water being restored after a supply disruption.

Source: City of Cape Town

President Cyril Ramaphosa engages members of Diplomatic Community, 14 Sept

President Cyril Ramaphosa to engage the Diplomatic Corps

President Cyril Ramaphosa will today, 14 September 2018, engage members of the Diplomatic Community accredited to South Africa led by its Dean, Ambassador Bene Lofongo M’poko.

The Diplomatic Corps comprise Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Consuls-General and Charges d’Affaires of 139 missions and international organizations represented in South Africa.

The engagement takes place ahead of the annual 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States of America set to take place from 18 September 2018 to 05 October 2018.

South Africa successfully campaigned to be elected by the United Nations General Assembly to serve in the United Nations Security Council for the term 2019-2020 as a non-permanent member. This will be the third time that South Africa will be serving in the Security Council since the dawn of democracy in 1994.

President Ramaphosa has expressed his gratitude to the Southern African Development Community and the African Union for their endorsement and confidence in South Africa’s international cooperation policy informed by the goals and priorities of the African continent aimed at achieving a Africa and a world that is prosperous, peaceful, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and united and contributing to a world that is just and equitable.

The President will optimise this engagement to speak to the diplomatic corps about priority issues and programmes that the South African government is pursuing, which includes the International Investment Summit which will take place in October 2018 and the constitutional process of land restitution and redistribution.

South Africa is more committed than ever to work towards greater multilateral engagement by the international community with a renewed to commitment to the maintenance of international peace and security, inclusive growth, sustainable development and protection and promotion of human rights.

Source: Government of South Africa

Gariep Dam: heritage pride of the Free State

South Africans are invited to view the great sunrises over the biggest inland water mass in the country, the Gariep Dam, during September, writes Marcus Monyakeni.

Gariep Dam, formerly known as Hendrik Verwoerd Dam is a heritage site which prides itself as the largest water storage facility in the southern hemisphere and the second largest in Africa.

It covers a radius of 360 square kilometres and a wall height of 88m, crest length of 914m, including the capacity of 1000 cub.m. It is part of the Orange River Development Scheme situated on the Orange River between the Northern Cape and the Free State. The dam was constructed with the aim of irrigation, domestic, industrial and power generation.

It took the Department of Water and Sanitation six years, between 1966 and 1972, to construct the dam and its wall was raised in 1988 with the aim of supplying water to Free State, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape. Downstream is Eskom’s four hydroelectric turbines which adds 360 megawatts to the grid – enough to supply 70000 households with electricity.

Gariep Dam wall tours can be arranged with officials from the Department of Water and Sanitation to explore the 13km of passages and halls within the walls of the Gariep Dam.

During Tourism and Heritage Month, marked in September, many flowers showcase their colours and beauty in the area.

The unique upper Karoo open fields, in combination with the largest dam in South Africa, surrounded by nature reserves with plenty of fresh air lots of flat plains and hills make for peaceful sunsets and breath-taking skies at night.

The scene creates the perfect combination for watersport enthusiasts, runners, hikers, mountain bike riding, bird watching and wildlife game viewing.

It is an experience to sleep at Gariep Dam, with many accommodation opportunities available from luxury units, guest houses, chalets, farmhouses, lodges, hotels, resorts to nice budget backpackers. It is also an ideal stop on long road trips – just eight hours to Cape Town, five hours to East London and a little over three hours to Kimberley.

Forever Resort in Gariep Dam is the perfect stopover between Gauteng and the Cape, 200km south of Bloemfontein in the Free State, just off the N1. The resort is situated on the banks of Gariep Dam, and borders the Gariep Dam Nature Reserve. It is home to many species of antelope and the Cape Mountain Zebra.

Perfectly posted halfway between Gauteng and the Cape, you’ll find this beautiful resort and watersport enthusiast’s paradise on the banks of the country’s largest dam, the 374sq km Gariep Dam.

Bordering a well-stocked nature reserve, this vast expanse of sparkling water offers equally sparkling attractions � game-viewing by boat, windsurfing, sailing, jet skiing, canoeing and rowing.

So next time you’re travelling through the country, take a sho’t left via the Gariep Dam, to see it for yourself.

Source: South African Government News Agency


CAPETOWN– The National Assembly, the lower chamber of the South African Parliament, has approved the long-awaited National Credit Amendment Bill which aims to address and prevent over-indebtedness of consumers.

The Bill provides relief for over-indebted consumers earning less than 7,500 Rand (about 507 US dollars) with unsecured debt of not more than 50,000 Rand. It will directly address the plight of the poor and low-income workers who are over-indebted. It also intends to encourage and enforce responsible lending and borrowing, said acting Trade and Industry Minister Lindiwe Zulu.

The Bill was debated and adopted in the National Assembly Wednesday after it was adopted by the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry last Friday. It will improve the collection of bad debt among over-indebted low income consumers by credit providers.

In South Africa, approximately 879 million Rand of bad debt is collected by credit providers through debt counselling on a monthly basis. Approximately 38 per cent of 25 million credit-active consumers have impaired credit records.

During the second reading of the Bill, Zulu clarified that it is an amendment to the National Credit Act of 2005, which came into effect in 2007 with the aim to address and prevent over-indebtedness of consumers and ensure an accessible, consistent, responsible and equitable credit market.

Zulu said the Bill introduces a new effective and accessible debt counselling and personal insolvency framework for over-indebted low-income consumers.

The Bill provides a balance that addresses the needs of consumers and promotes responsible borrowing by credit providers. It also tackles concerns raised by some credit providers and distinguishes between secured and unsecured credit in accordance with the Task Team Agreements entered into in 2010.

The agreements were entered into by the National Credit Regulator and credit providers to limit the reduction for interest on unsecured debt. Taking the repo rate into account ensures that banks will not be unfairly prejudiced by a reduction. This will form part of the regulations, said Zulu.


Minister Jeff Radebe: Experience Sharing Workshop on Investment

Remarks by Hon. Jeff Radebe, Minister of Energy An Experience Sharing Workshop on Investment GE Innovation Centre, Melrose, Johannesburg

Programme Director,

Executives of General Electric South Africa,

Senior Government Officials Here Representing the Various Governments,

The Director General of Energy: Mr Thabane Zulu,

CEOs & Chairpersons Here Present,

Honoured guests,

Members of the Media,

Ladies and gentlemen

It gives me great pleasure to have the opportunity to welcome and address this distinguished audience.

First and foremost, I would like to thank General Electric South Africa for hosting this knowledge sharing event and to bring their partners from across the globe to come and share their expertise and experiences with South Africa, we are grateful indeed. Your willingness to devote time to this engagement is testimony of your commitment and the great value that you attach to this workshop and the developmental agenda of South Africa.

I hope that this will be an inspiring day that will give us an opportunity to exchange valuable lessons and take aways from the successful initiatives from your respective countries. This event should also be a catalyst for further deliberations on how Government and Industry could work together towards achieving the African Dream where her children are emancipated from the clutches of energy poverty, poor health, inadequate transportation system and the inability to develop the resources that are so abundant in our midst.

Innovation in the energy sector is a key driver in achieving these objectives.

For a meaningful development to take place in Africa, learning from successful programmes and projects implementation, wherever they occur, needs to be replicated and adapted wherever possible. This would in turn be supportive to growth ambitions and stimulate investments, thus bringing about growth and prosperity.

Today, we are gathered here at the GE Innovation Centre to learn about innovative solutions that General Electric is deploying to various challenges across a number of sectors. These include Gas to Power projects, Oil Refinery projects, Hybrid Rural Electrification, Clean Coal Technologies for power generation, Localisation issues, Aviation, Healthcare facilities maintenance solutions, etc.

These are amongst the challenges that South Africa is grappling with and we are keen to learn from knowledge sharing and best practices on the above mentioned projects. Other key factors that would be of interest would be how the supply chain could be better optimised for local industrialisation and skills development to create employment opportunities.

I am acutely aware that some of the innovative work you do requires policy certainty and flexibility in some instances, so those must be pointed out during the deliberations so that there is benefit all round.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Our overall economic goals are derived from the National Development Plan, which are:

1. Eliminating poverty � reducing the proportion of households with a monthly income below R419 per person in 2009 prices to zero

2. Reducing inequality � reducing the GINI coefficient from 0,69 to 0,6

3. Increasing employment � from 13 mn in 2010 to 24 mn by 2030

4. Increasing average annual GDP growth to 5.4 percent by 2030

5. Increasing investment � gross fixed capital formation should be 30% of GDP by 2030 with public sector investment reaching 10% of GDP

Consistent with this, President Cyril Ramaphosa has emphasised to the world that South Africa is on a journey to economic recovery. All spheres of government are hard at work creating an enabling environment that offers policy certainty and address areas that inhibit investment, growth and social inclusion. Government, together with social partners in business, labour and civil society is working to build a new and inclusive economy for South Africa. It is most gratifying to see everyone working together towards a common goal.

In line with this commitment, the Department of Energy published the long term electricity generation plan commonly known as the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The planning documents will provide much needed policy certainty and provide further clarity required by both local and international investors, who are keen to play in the South African energy sector.

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to outline some of the challenges that our Government is faced with and are hard at work preparing solutions that will ensure investment into our economy.

Refinery capacity

The liquid fuels sector is currently dependent on imports to meet local demand as the current production capacity does not meet national and export demand. No investments have been made in new refinery capacity since the start of the new democracy. On average refineries in South Africa are more than forty years old.

Investment in the refinery capacity is now more than ever urgent. In sub-Saharan Africa, refinery capacity is constrained with most refineries unable to produce fuels that meet clean fuels 2 specifications requirements.

Clean Fuels 2

In June 2006, the South African energy policy makers promulgated Regulations regarding Petroleum Fuel Specifications and Standards that had the effect of prohibiting the addition of lead to petrol and the reduction of sulphur content in diesel from 3000 parts per million (ppm) to 500 ppm. This initiative was widely referred to as Cleaner Fuels 1 (CF1).

Since 2006, there has been a shift globally to move to even tighter fuel specifications. We thus introduced further Regulations, referred to as Clean Fuels 2 (CF 2), which sought to reduce sulphur content in both petrol and diesel from 500 ppm to 10 ppm. These regulations were to be effective as of July 2017.

In order for oil companies to comply with CF2 Regulations, there needed to be some investment in upgrades to the existing oil refinery plants. This investment has not happened.

To avoid widespread non-compliance, the CF2 Regulations were repealed by the Amendment CF2 Regulations promulgated on 23 June 2017. The latter Regulations state that the commencement date is to be determined by the Minister by notice in the Gazette.

Our challenge in implementing CF2 Regulations is around cost recovery mechanism for oil companies, as they invest in refinery upgrades in the context of a regulated market. We would be keen to learn from stakeholders in this forum how they resolved some these issues.

Gas Market Development

Gas represents a very important and growing part of the global energy system. It is the fasted growing fossil fuel and its consumption is forecasted to increase by 1.4% annually. South Africa is keen on developing its gas market (supply and demand) as a strategically important component of its energy mix.

In the current Integrated Resource Plan (our electricity master plan, which is currently released for public comment), there is a provision for Gas-to-Power as part of the electricity generation mix. The immediate questions are therefore; where will this gas be sourced from? will this gas come at a price acceptable to South African market?, will the tariff be hedged against international currency fluctuations?, if so, what will be the impact on electricity tariffs? These are the questions we are working hard to provide answers to. We hope that forums such as this will enhance our work in that regard.

It is important to note that the NDP identifies natural gas as a viable alternative to coal. The NDP further provides, as one of the infrastructure priorities, the construction of infrastructure to importing natural gas and increasing exploration to find domestic gas feedstock.

In support of this vision (as espoused in the NDP) for the South Africa gas programme, the Department has started gathering information on the potential of Gas-to-Power procurement programme. This programme, together with a detailed analysis of gas end-use market, will serve as an anchor for gas market and infrastructure development in South Africa.

Our challenge is how then do we develop a gas industry industry in an orderly manner, given our current reliance on electricity for mining, industrial, commercial and residential use.

The proven gas reserves in the African continent alone are enough to more than cater for the continent’s energy needs. In this country government has put in place an enabling framework for private sector participation in our energy sector, to enable gas industry development and growth.

We have taken note of the global industry shifts and are encouraged that many countries in our continent have set themselves the vision to enter the global gas market and promote the development of a domestic and regional gas market.

Natural gas can improve the efficiencies of many industries currently using sub-optimal fuel sources in their production processes. These improved efficiencies will result in a turnaround in the industrial capacity and demand in the region.

SADC has recently initiated the development of a Regional Gas Masterplan to facilitate gas trade within SADC. At the last SADC Summit in Namibia, the establishment of the Inter-State natural Gas Committee was endorsed. SADC Ministers also signed a Statement of Intent for cooperation on the development of a Regional Gas Market and Infrastructure. This collaboration will require support of financial institutions of the region, continent and beyond. We look forward to the support from the African Development Bank as we pursue this objective.

In conclusion, I would like to thank our presenters for opening up about their country’s experiences in order to help us overcome the challenges that we are faced with and transform our economy, for the betterment of our continental aspirations.

Let me take this opportunity to encourage all of us to seek innovative ideas and draw from our strengths and knowledge in resolving our challenges.

I thank you

Source: Government of South Africa