Obituary: Jos Lurie 1929 – 2015

  Jos Lurie, an honorary life Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy  passed away on  27 April 2015 at the age of 86 after his fight with cancer. From his early childhood  in Maclear in East Griqualand he challenged the world and showed his leadership qualities in the Scouts and through independent […]

Energy professionals present conference outcomes to War Room

  The 2nd Electricity Conference of the Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) was held was held on 25 March 2015, and was attended by 60 delegates, mainly from industry and the electricity sector. The conference was entitled: “Electricity, the Economy, War Rooms – is there hope at last?” Presenters at the conference included: Dr. Steve Lennon, […]

R1-billion Eskom Kusile automation contract cancelled and reinstated with ABB

  On 20 March 2014, Eskom announced the termination, with effect from 17 April 2015, of the approximately €100-million (approx R1-billion) control and instrumentation (C&I) works contract placed with Alstom in 2011 for its 4800 MW Kusile power station, which currently under construction near eMalahleni (Witbank) in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. Shortly thereafter Eskom announced […]

The electricity sector – understanding the drama and moving forward

  For too long government, Eskom and electricity customers have been complacent in the belief that the old way of doing things is adequate. The reality is quite different, and it is disingenuous for the president of South Africa to paint the picture that the electricity supply problems currently being experienced are primarily a result […]

VIDEO: Analysis on the suspension of the Eskom CEO and three senior executives

  Energy analyst Chris Yelland from EE Publishers speaks to Leigh Roberts of BusinessDay TV about how the decision of Eskom’s board to suspend four executives including CEO Tshediso Matona could hamper the rollout of new capacity, and other implications…

UN General Assembly urges sharing of geospatial data

  The science that supports the precise pinpointing of people and places should be shared more widely, according to the United Nations General Assembly as it adopted its first resolution recognising the importance of a globally-coordinated approach to geodesy – the discipline focused on accurately measuring the shape, rotation and gravitational field of planet Earth. Geodesy […]

New US export policy for military and commercial UAVs

  The United States has established a new policy designed specifically for US-origin military and commercial commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) which governs the international sale, transfer and subsequent use of US-origin military UAS, supplements and builds upon the US Conventional Arms Transfer Policy and is consistent with the requirements of the Arms Export Control […]

Shocking MSCC exam results

  The October 2014 results for the Mine Survey Certificate of Competency (MSCC) exams have been published on the Institute of Mine Surveyors Southern Africa (IMSSA) website and they make for shocking reading. (See the complete results at www.ims.org). The results for Survey 1, 2 and 3 have been analysed and summarised in Table 1. […]