Best Technical Article awards for 2017 announced

March 1st, 2018, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize, Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: PositionIT, Articles: Vector

Each year, EE Publishers selects a technical article, written by a local author, from each of its four magazines and presents the author with the Best Technical Article Award.

The awards for 2017 are listed below.


Dr. Moshe Masonta and Chris Burger

Chris Burger and Dr. Moshe Masonta, from the CSIR Meraka Institute won EngineerIT’s Best Technical Article Award for 2017 for their article “TV white space for South Africa” which was published in the October 2017 issue of EngineerIT.

This article provides information on recent developments in policy formulation for TV whitespace wideband networks in South Africa as a solution for the ever-increasing demand for additional radio spectrum.




Dr. Ulrich Minnaar

Dr. Ulrich Minnaar of Eskom won Energize’s Best Technical Article Award for 2017 for his article “Power quality grid code compliance for renewable power plants” which was published in the August 2017 issue of Energize.

The article deals with the power quality compliance criteria and guidelines for renewable power plants. These became necessary to address the challenges which have accompanied the introduction of electricity generated from renewable energy sources onto the power grid



Phil Hammond

Phil Hammond of Blair, Hammond and Associates won Vector’s Best Technical Article Award for 2017 for his article “The benefits of human-centric lighting” which was published in the September 2017 issue of Vector.

The article presents the results of research undertaken into the use of LED lighting. This research follows concerns raised by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety regarding the potentially high amount of spurious royal-blue light, the most intense short wavelength visible light, emitted by LEDs of poor quality and with poor phosphor coating and which could lead to blindness.


Mnqweno Mnyengeza

Statistics South Africa’s Mnqweno Mnyengeza won PositionIT’s Best Technical Article for 2017 for his article “Technological innovations for data collection”, which was published in the January/February 2017 edition of PositionIT.

The article is about the Community Survey for 2016, which was the first large-scale Stats SA survey to be conducted electronically. It details how the organisation made use of technological innovations to streamline processes, shorten response times and provide reliable and better-quality products, resulting in substantial time and cost savings.


The prize

This year, the authors of these winning articles each won a Bosch GLM 100 C Professional Laser Measure which will be presented to them in due course.




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