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South Africa: Amplats' Production Up - but It Would Have Been Higher If Not for Eskom

[Daily Maverick] Anglo American Platinum's production was up in the fourth quarter of 2019 as the company continues on a roll. It would have been even higher if it were not for Eskom.

South Africa: There Is Life After Eskom - We Just Have to Imagine It

[Daily Maverick] It's time to get serious and creative about our future energy supply. And if that future does not include Eskom, so be it.

Nigeria: Lawmaker Calls for Improvement in Women's in Participation Renewable Energy Sector

[This Day] The member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia North/South Federal Constituency of Abia State, Hon. Sam Onuigbo, has called for enhanced action towards increasing women's participation in the renewable energy sector so as to address issues of Climate Change, while also empowering the women economically.

Zimbabwe: Cotton Industry Grapples With Tough Challenges

[Zimbabwe Independent] The cotton industry in Zimbabwe has grappled with a plethora of challenges threatening its viability. Southern Cotton Company (SCC) now says there have been drawbacks when it comes to acquiring export permits, with electricity challenges also prolonging the ginning period, which has its own consequences.

Kenya: Buuri Residents Protest Delayed Electricity Supply

[Nation] Residents of Buuri East Sub-county, Meru Count, held demonstrated on Thursday against delays in the supply of electricity to their houses.

EV pilot programme can help Rwanda go green

Electric mobility through electric vehicles (EVs) in Rwanda can help the country in its efforts to go green, says Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) CEO Thomas Schäfer.  This comes after Volkswagen launched a pilot project in the country in October last year, where it introduced its first EV in Africa.

South Africa: Former Eskom Chair - Gigaba Overruled Appointment of White Acting CEO in Election Year

[News24Wire] Former Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba overruled Eskom's board's appointment of an acting CEO in 2014 because the candidate was white and it was a general election year, the power utility's former chairperson Zola Tsotsi has told the commission of inquiry into state capture.

Angola closes in on Africa’s richest woman with Sonangol inquiry

Isabel dos Santos has been named as a suspect in an investigation over alleged mismanagement during her time as chairwoman of Sonangol, Angola’s State oil company, a position she was appointed to by her father, ex-President Jose Eduardo dos Santos. Four others were also named on state TV late Wednesday by the country’s prosecutor general, Helder Pitta Gros. One of the suspects, the director of private banking at Lisbon-based lender EuroBic, Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha, was found dead at his home in Portugal late Wednesday, Portuguese newspaper Jornal Economico said on its website.

Tanzania: Oil, Gas Players Eye Deal With Government

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The year-2019 has gone - and now stakeholders in the oil and gas sector harbour hopes that they will be able to make concrete progress in seeking to agree on key terms in negotiations with the Tanzania government for a Host Government Agreement (HGA) for the development of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant in the country.

Sierra Leone: Audit Report Decries Persistent Power Outage At Bo Police Clinic

[Concord] The 2018 Auditor General's report has revealed that there was no power supply to the Police Clinic in Bo for the period under review.

Togo: Globeleq to Develop Renewable Energy Project in Togo

[PR Newswire] London -Globeleq, the leading independent power producer in sub-Saharan Africa, has signed a joint development agreement with the Togolese government to develop a utility-scale renewable energy project.

Zimbabwe: Zesa to Recruit New Engineers, Managers

[The Herald] Zesa is looking at recruiting new managers to spearhead the re-bundling of its five companies, a move that should see a sharp reduction in managerial staff once duplicated positions are eliminated.

South Africa: Energy Crisis Has Triggered Lots of Ideas - Why Most Are Wrong

[The Conversation Africa] Since late last year South Africans have, once again, been subjected to power cuts by the power utility, Eskom. The need for what's called loadshedding - planned power outages - led to the recent resignation of Eskom's chairperson and a flurry of concern about the current and future reliability of electricity supply. It has also raised questions about the lack of progress in resolving Eskom's financial and operational crises since Cyril Ramaphosa became the country's president in early 2018.

Uganda: Government Launches New Electricity Consumer Monitoring System

[Monitor] Kampala -Minister of Energy Mary Goretti Kitutu flipped a switch that unveils the home page of the electronic database information and management system (EDIMS).

South Africa: PetroSA Appoints New CEO

[SAnews.gov.za] The PetroSA Board has announced Pragasen Naidoo as the entity's new group chief executive officer.

South Africa: Hey, Sitting Ducks - Eskom Wants Another R27-Billion From You

[Daily Maverick] Eskom has been petitioned by 333,000 consumers protesting against its application to the regulator Nersa for R27-billion more in tariff hikes as the deadline for comments closed on Monday 20 January.

Tanzania: Students Want Tanesco to Walk Its Talk

[Daily News] CHRISTON Boys Secondary School students in Gumba area, Kisarawe District have called upon the Ministry of Energy to supply their school with power by connecting it to the national grid as promised.

Mozambique: Power Returns to Northern Cabo Delgado

[AIM] Maputo -Electricity was restored on Tuesday evening to three districts in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, after a power cut that had lasted for ten days, according to a report in Wednesday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias".

Uganda says refinery investor group nearing final decision

The General Electric-led group picked to build a $3.5-billion refinery in Uganda is close to making a final investment decision for the project, according to the country’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. The decision requires the start of work on the infrastructure connected to the plant, such as a refined products pipeline, according to a budget policy document. The government will hold a 40% stake in the project.

Africa: Reappointment of Africa-Friendly Alexander Novak as Russia's Energy Minister, Great News for Oil and Gas Market Stability

[African Energy Chamber] Russia's President Vladimir Putin has appointed a new cabinet, keeping key ministers. Amongst those retaining their seats in office is the country's energy minister Alexander Novak who played an instrumental role in the oil production deal with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Africa: Over 50 Million Pounds for Clean Energy Projects Across Africa

[PR Newswire] London -The UK has invested millions in clean technology across Africa, to support the continent's growing energy needs.

Malawi: Mutharika Clinches Energy Deal With UK Firm

[Nyasa Times] Malawi's efforts to eradicate power challenges continue to bear fruits following the signing of an energy deal by government with a UK company on Tuesday in London.

Globeleq’s Azito plant reaches financial close for 253 MW expansion

Independent power producer Globeleq and IPS, a company owned by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, have announced that their subsidiary, Azito Energie, has reached financial close on the 253 MW expansion of the existing Azito gas-fired power plant near Abidjan, in Côte d’Ivoire. The existing power plant has a 460 MW capacity.

Sudan: Khogali Discusses With Turkish Companies Rehabilitation of Electricity in Al Fashir

[SNA] Al- Fashir -North Darfur State Caretaker Wali Maj (Gen) Malik AL Tayeb Khogali discussed Tuesday in a meeting held with manager of Turkish Thermal Electricity Stations Companies, Eng. Murad Ahmed AL Sabil means of developing the efficiency of electricity stations in Fashir the capital of the state through expanding the main power station and connecting it with suburb of the town.

Zimbabwe: Let's Invest More in Coal Power Stations

[The Herald] For the foreseeable future, Zimbabwe is going to be relying on coal fuelling thermal power stations for the bulk of its electric energy, and certainly for the base load, and it needs to take this energy source seriously if we are to achieve our Vision 2030.

Botswana: Boswa Energy to Mentor 1000 Young Entrepreneurs

[Botswana Daily News] Kanye -The Minister of Health and Wellness and member of Parliament for Kanye South, Dr Lemogang Kwape has commended Boswa Energy Africa (BEA) for its commitment to raise and train 1000 young entrepreneurs.

Africa: UK Builds £230,000 Solar Plant to Support Africa's Clean Energy

[This Day] The United Kingdom's International Development Minister, Mr. Andrew Murrison, has inaugurated a new £230,000 power repair lab at Clarke Energy, in Merseyside, Liverpool, to improve the standards of solar products in Nigeria, create new jobs, train staff, procure and install testing equipment.

BP, Angola agree deal to explore oil offshore

BP signed an agreement with Angola aimed at acquiring oil further exploration rights, state news agency Angop reported, the latest in a flurry of agreements between oil majors and Africa's second biggest exporter. The deal with country's petroleum regulator ANPG defines the terms for a risk-sharing contract on offshore oil block 18/15 and was signed on the sidelines of the UK-Africa Investment Summit on Monday.

PetroSA appoints new CEO

Pragasen Naidoo has been appointed CEO of national oil company PetroSA. His appointment is effective from January 17, subject to a transitional arrangement with the Central Energy Fund (CEF), a holding company of PetroSA.

Nigeria: TCN - Improved Power Supply Unlikely Without Discos' Recapitalisation

[This Day] Abuja -The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said that it will be difficult for Nigerian electricity consumers to derive any benefits from its ongoing expansion of the country's national grid except the 11 electricity distribution networks are equally recapitalised.

Ghana: Western Region ECG Recovers Gh₵2,518,766 From Illegal Connections

[Ghanaian Times] Takoradi -pThe Western Regional Directorate of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) recovered a total amount of GH₵2, 518, 766 from businesses and persons who were caught for committing various infractions of power consumption in 2019.

Children across South Africa learn about renewables in vernacular

English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Setswana speaking children across South Africa are learning about the role that wind power is playing as the world transitions to renewable power for a cleaner, healthier planet through a beautifully illustrated story book, named Let the Wind Blow. The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has made copies of the book available to schools, libraries and interested parents, both in print and electronic versions.

Nigeria: Boko Haram Cuts Maiduguri Off Power Grid - TCN

[Vanguard] The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, yesterday said Boko Haram insurgents had thrown Maiduguri and its environs into total darkness after cutting off the city from electricity supply from the national grid.

South Africa: Huge West Coast Wind Farm Approved

[GroundUp] But conditions include a revised environmental management plan and site layout

Tanzania: Dar to Host EAC Centre of Excellence in Renewable Energy

[Daily News] TANZANIA is set to host East Africa's Centre of Excellency in Renewable Energy training.

Zimbabwe: Hwange Thermal Power Station Back On Grid After Floods

[The Herald] Heavy rains that hit Hwange at the weekend knocked out Hwange Thermal Power Station when the coal got wet, but two 120 megawatt units were back up yesterday with a third expected to be on the grid by last night, giving 360MW.