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Copper miner thanks SME for cutting R95 million from electricity bill

It would seem unthinkable that an SME could enable a billion dollar mining company cut a staggering electricity bill. But, indeed, this did happen. Parabola Mining Company has its relationship with a Ensight Energy Solutions, a small business, to thank for taking off R95 million from its R500 million annual electricity bill. The mine produces […]

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Energy department to unveil nuclear energy procurement process

Transform SA Online gathered from Department of Energy’s (DoE) budget presentation in Parliament that the DOE will commence the nuclear procurement process in the second quarter of the financial year. Outlining the nuclear project, the DOE Minister, Tina Joemat-Petterson, explains: “We will select a strategic partner or partners in a competitive, fair, transparent and cost […]

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The high cost of tender underpricing

It’s one thing to clinch that first ten million rand tender, and it’s totally another to fulfill the client’s requirements to the letter. For a black owned company, the obstacles are even more, especially getting the right resources to deliver on time, within schedule and to the exact specifications. As they are generally resource-constrained, the […]

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27 coal suppliers to Eskom announced

It has finally happened, after a long wait. At least now the country has an idea of 27 companies that will be supplying coal to Eskom’s coal-fired power stations. Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has provided a list of the companies to Parliament. The 27 companies named by the minister as suppliers are: Liketh Investments; […]

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Government e-tender portal to reduce bureaucracy

Getting the right information on a public sector tender should not be a routine process. Unfortunately, it is a hurdle one has to overcome before compiling piles of paperwork that is usually required. Good news for businesses is that they will be able to access tender information, literally at their finger tips from their smart […]

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Lofty BEE requirements could frustrate preferential procurement initiatives

Unrealistic black economic empowerment (BEE demands which some companies oblige suppliers to comply with, could end up preventing previously disadvantaged Individuals (PDI) from benefiting from preferential procurement programmes. This concern has emerged from Eskom’s interim deal with Waterberg Coal, which has stalled since 2010, when it was hailed as a ‘landmark’ development. Since then, Eskom […]

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Reforms to curb ‘tenderpreneurship’ underway

The public procurement process is so flawed that there are people, mostly politically connected in one way or another, who exploit its loopholes and continue make a fortune from taxpayer’ money. Tenderprenership as such a malpractice is called is a lucrative venture. Now, a process which started during Pravin Gordhan’s tenure as finance minister has […]

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Anglo’s Inyosi Coal to supply coal to Eskom

    Transform SA Online learns that Eskom has signed a coal supply deal with Anglo American’s black empowerment company Inyosi Coal to have the commodity delivered from the New Largo project to Kusile Power Station. According to the memorandum of understanding signed last week , Inyosi will supply coal to Kusile, which is currently […]

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Tendering convenience

Linking up with potential suppliers will no longer be a hassle for tender invitation issuers. GetBiz, an e-procurement company that specialises in advertising tenders, has launched a real-time service that tender issuers countrywide can use to upload invitations and applicants can access and submit bids and proposals through the convenience of a cellphone, computer or […]

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Fair tendering process key to nuclear project success

Dubious procurement processes have led to the failure of well-intentioned state projects and it is important that the nuclear energy project should be well managed from its inception. The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa managing director, Knox Msebenzi, said this in Cape Town recently. Hailing the nuclear energy agreement between South Africa and Russia […]

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