Archive for June, 2016

EMC/EMI compliance to be reviewed

  The influx of low-quality products into the country and the risk this poses to consumers has compelled the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to review the process of issuing electromagnetic interference/compatibility (EMI/EMC) certificates of compliance (CoCs). The Consumer Protection Act (Act No. 68 of […]

Duvha unit 3 boiler repair contract terminated

  The contract for the rebuilding of Eskom’s Duvha Unit 3 boiler, which was expected to be concluded by the end of June 2016, has been terminated. The utility says the supplier was unable to meet the conditions precedent to enable agreement on the contract. In March 2014, Unit 3 was damaged as a result […]

Renewable energy closes American nuclear plants

  Nuclear Energy Insider reports that California’s Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has decided to shut down its Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant by 2025 and increase investments in renewable energy and storage projects. Rising solar and wind capacity in California, and the State government’s plan to increase the renewable portfolio standard to 50% […]

Nuclear operator to cut O&M costs by 5% by 2018

  Nuclear Energy Insider reports that Electrabel, Engie’s Belgian subsidiary, is to reduce operation and maintenance costs by 5% by 2018. Engie, formerly GDF Suez, launched a short term programme in June to implement US AP 913 performance standards at Electrabel’s seven Belgian nuclear power plants in order to improve equipment reliability and reduce maintenance […]

In conversation with Daniel Dock, Trax Interconnect: How technology ramp-up can save the PCB industry

  Trax Interconnect, which started off in a garage in Cape Town over 40 years ago, has developed into one of South Africa’s foremost printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturers. Last year the company went through a management buy-out – with Daniel Dock, marketing manager for the past seven years, becoming the CEO.  With the current focus on […]

Climbing the value chain: renewable energy manufacturing

  Discussing skills development can be a buzzword exercise and often sticky terrain in especially the renewable energy sector, because despite noble intentions and local content policies, most renewable energy jobs in South Africa are at the bottom of the value change, and are semi-skilled and often only temporary. The East London Industrial Development Zone […]

Help build a knowledge economy by supporting science projects

  The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, often speaks about the importance of building a knowledge economy for South Africa and that public-private partnerships are required to achieve this. There are many opportunities for companies to direct a small percentage of their social responsibility or marketing budgets to help build the foundation of […]

Getting ready for amateur radio’s first geostationary satellite

  If all goes according to plan the Qatar Satellite Company’s second satellite, Es’hailSat-2, will be placed in a geostationary orbit by a Space-X Falcon-9 rocket in early January 2017. The Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) managed to secure the privilege to have an amateur radio payload as part of Es’hailSat-2. Discussions regarding the payload […]

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