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Water 2018: A review of South Africa's water sector Water 2018: A review of South Africa's water sector Has PDF
Published: 16 Nov 18
South Africa’s Constitution grants every citizen the right to have access to water. Notable success has been achieved in providing all South Africans with access to water and sanitation since the advent of democracy in 1994. However, water availability remains a concern. The droughts that have affected South Africa over the past few years have had a major economic impact on the country. Besides frequent droughts, which are driven by climatic variation, South Africa’s water challenges are also attributable to inadequate water infrastructure maintenance and investment, deteriorating water quality, a shortage of water engineers in the country and increasing demand that is attributable to population growth and urbanisation. The Department of Water and Sanitation forecasts that the situation is approaching crisis proportions, warning that, if demand continues to grow at current rates, the deficit between supply and demand could range from 2.70‑billion cubic metres a year to 3.80‑billion cubic metres a year by 2030. This edition of Creamer Media’s Water Report considers the aforementioned issues, as well as that of nonrevenue water, water quality, water tariffs and water regulation, and planning in South Africa, besides others. The report also gives an overview of the state of global water affairs. This report is a summary of information published in Engineering News and Mining Weekly, as well as of information available in the public domain over the past 12 months.
Diamonds 2018: A review of the diamond sector Diamonds 2018: A review of the diamond sector Has PDF
Published: 09 Nov 18
Most of the high-economic diamond deposits in the world have been put into production or have even been depleted. Therefore, mining companies will either choose to expand their existing mines, which will impact on their economics, or acquire greenfield projects to maintain production. However, large-scale greenfield diamond projects have become a rare find and, as a result, miners are finding it difficult to replenish their depleting diamond resources. The potential impact of synthetic, or lab-grown, diamonds has attracted much interest, as they are almost indistinguishable from mined diamonds and are becoming cheaper to manufacture. Further, as a result of effective marketing by the lab-grown diamond industry, some consumers are willing to buy these diamonds, as many also consider them to be more environment-friendly and carry assurances that they are not conflict minerals. However, even though technology now allows for more gem-quality lab-grown diamonds to be produced, this still totals less than five‑million carats a year, compared with about 60‑million carats of gem-quality diamonds mined a year. Creamer Media’s Diamond 2018 report provides an overview of the world diamond market, including rough diamond production, supply and demand, imports and exports, and synthetic diamonds. The report emphasises diamond mining activities in South Africa over the past 12 months, and provides information on the country’s major and midtier diamond producers, junior diamond mining companies, explorers and developers.
Liquid Fuels 2018: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector Liquid Fuels 2018: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector Has PDF
Published: 06 Nov 18
The rising price of crude oil – influenced by geopolitical tension – and the depreciation of the rand against the US dollar are the main contributors to the recent sharp increases in South Africa’s fuel price. The price of petrol reached a record-high on October 1, 2018, with 95 grade in Gauteng breaking the R17/ℓ mark. Government has indicated that it is keen to bolster the country’s supply of refined products. The National Development Plan suggests five options – a new oil-to-liquids refinery, a new coal-to-liquids plant, the upgrading of existing refineries, importing refined product and partnering with Angola or Nigeria on a refinery. Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has also suggested that South Africa produce its own gas, highlighting the significance of the shale gas resources in the Karoo basin. Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2018 report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment, including the country’s refining capacity; the proposed introduction of cleaner fuels; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; fuel pricing; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; oil and gas exploration, as well as an overview of the global market.
Energy Roundup – November 2018 Energy Roundup – November 2018 Has PDF
Published: 06 Nov 18
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa. The November 2018 roundup covers activities across South Africa in October, and includes details of the synchronisation of Unit 2 at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station, in Limpopo; Eskom’s ‘Medium-Term System Adequacy Outlook’ report, which highlights several risks to South Africa’s electricity supply from 2018 to 2023; and calls by the National Society of Black Engineers and the Black Business Council for amendments to the Integrated Resource Plan 2018.
Coal 2018: A review of South Africa's coal sector Coal 2018: A review of South Africa's coal sector Has PDF
Published: 12 Oct 18
Despite concerns about greenhouse-gas emissions, coal – which is used to generate about 37% of the world’s electricity and plays a crucial role in industries such as iron and steel manufacture – will continue to be a significant energy source for decades to come. South African coal producers are also benefiting, as strong demand from State-owned power utility Eskom and other local industrial customers competes against surging global demand. The commodity is the largest revenue generator in the country’s mining industry, earning about R131.40‑billion in 2017. It also contributes immensely to the fiscus in taxes and royalties and employs tens of thousands of people directly, with many more employed indirectly outside the sector. Despite its importance, South Africa’s coal mining sector faces several constraints that might impact on its sustainability and growth. In its Coal Strategy 2018, Minerals Council South Africa – formally the Chamber of Mines of South Africa – identifies the policy and regulatory environment, inadequate infrastructure, difficulties in accessing capital and land, and the challenges posed by technological advances as potential constraints to the sector. Creamer Media’s Coal 2018 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regard to the business environment, the main participants, local demand, coal exports and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants, as well as various issues affecting the sector, including labour issues and environmental considerations.
Gold 2018: A review of South Africa's gold sector Gold 2018: A review of South Africa's gold sector Has PDF
Published: 04 Oct 18
South Africa’s gold production has plummeted 85% over the past four decades, with the country now ranked as the world’s eighth-biggest gold producer, according to information services firm Thomson Reuters’ GFMS Gold Survey 2018. The country’s gold mines are the deepest in the world and their depleting orebodies are becoming increasingly difficult to extract. Coupled with deteriorating safety standards, owing to the depth and complexity of these mines, and compounded by regulatory issues, the volatile rand is creating significant headwinds for all the country’s gold producers. To face some of these headwinds, local gold producers have been restrategising through the implementation of new technologies, while others downsize, cut lossmaking operations and/or strategise through acquisitions to cut costs and improve productivity. Creamer Media’s Gold 2018 report reviews the South African gold market in this context, with a particular focus on supply, labour challenges, the class law suits that some of the country’s major gold miners are facing, safety issues and prospects for the market. It also reviews the major and smaller mining companies with operations in South Africa.
Projects in Progress 2018 (Second Edition) Projects in Progress 2018 (Second Edition) Has PDF
Published: 04 Oct 18
Statistics South Africa’s report, titled “Capital expenditure by the public sector 2017”, held few surprises – especially happy ones – for practitioners in South Africa’s project economy. The report confirms that total capital expenditure (capex) by the 751 public-sector institutions that reported their capex figures to the agency decreased by R12.1-billion last year, from R283.3-billion in 2016 to R271.2-billion. It was the first year-on-year public-sector capex decrease since the 2009/10 fiscal year – the period coinciding with South Africa’s financial-crisis-induced recession. The decline put to rest government’s previous narrative of public-sector expenditure providing countercyclical support for an economy still struggling to recover from the crisis. The outlook is not covered in the report, but all signs point to a sustained period of downward pressure. Most of the State-owned companies (SOCs) are in financial distress, largely owing to years of weak management and corrupted governance, which facilitated a redirection of procurement budgets towards a predatory elite. The outlook is undermined further by most SOCs now having massive debt burdens to address and interest bills to manage. What does this mean for gross fixed capital formation and the domestic project pipeline? It means that any recovery will have to be led by the private sector. However, to achieve such a shift, investor confidence will have to be restored and sustained. Nevertheless, this second edition of the Projects in Progress for this year includes valuable updates on some of South Africa’s largest infrastructure projects, as well as ongoing investments in the gold, coal and platinum sectors.
Energy Roundup – October 2018 Energy Roundup – October 2018 Has PDF
Published: 04 Oct 18
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa. The October 2018 roundup covers activities across South Africa in September, and includes details of the coal shortages at ten of State-owned power utility Eskom’s coal-fired power stations; the African Development Bank’s R2.87-billion loan for Eskom to upgrade and expand its transmission facilities; and South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s call for all impediments to shale gas exploration to be removed as part of government’s response to the record high in the fuel price.
Energy Roundup – September 2018 Energy Roundup – September 2018 Has PDF
Published: 05 Sep 18
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa. The September 2018 roundup covers activities across South Africa in August, and includes details of the much-anticipated draft updated Integrated Resource Plan, which provides insight into South Africa’s electricity generation plans for the next 12 years; State-owned power utility Eskom’s three-year wage agreement with trade unions the National Union of Mineworkers, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and Solidarity; and a study that has been initiated to assess the prospect of converting the Kelvin coal-fired power station, in Gauteng, into a gas-fired power plant.
Energy Roundup – August 2018 Energy Roundup – August 2018 Has PDF
Published: 03 Aug 18
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa in the past month. The August 2018 roundup covers activities across South Africa in July 2018, and includes details of African renewable-energy development platform and power producer BioTherm Energy reaching financial close on a 284 MW portfolio of wind and solar projects; the City of Cape Town’s plans to implement new renewable-energy projects; and independent power producer Globeleq’s agreement with an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management to acquire Brookfield’s interest in its South African renewable-energy portfolio.
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