Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to separate the energy portfolio from that of mineral and petroleum resources; what the priorities are for the new leadership of the energy portfolio; and the potential risks facing the new Ministry.  
Electrical engineering company ProMarks and industrial conglomerate Trafigura have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Angola to conduct a technical and economic viability study and develop a public-private partnership model for a major regional power transmission and supply project. The proposed project will entail building and operating a 2 000 MW high-voltage electricity interconnector, which is a high-voltage direct current transmission line, to take surplus green electricity produced by hydroelectric dams located in the north of Angola to the Democratic Republic of Congo Copperbelt and Zambia, integrating with the Southern Africa Power Pool.
State-owned power utility Eskom has achieved 100 consecutive days without loadshedding, which reflects the enhanced reliability and performance of its generation fleet. The continuous suspension of loadshedding has been achieved against a backdrop of a significant decrease in the use of open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) to supplement generation capacity.