ICASA: President Zuma has stopped thinking – it’s the new all-in-one DoC

  The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) now has a home in the new Department of Communications (DoC). This was confirmed in a proclamation published in the Government Gazette  on 15 July 2014. The communications industry can still not get its head around the thinking of the President Jacob Zuma and his cabinet […]

Satellite imagery of Flight MH17’s crash site in eastern Ukraine

  DigitalGlobe has captured satellite imagery of the crash site of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine. The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200, was on a scheduled flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. It was carrying a total number of 295 people – comprising 283 passengers and 15 crew members. On 22 July 2014, the […]

Eskom shake-up on the cards…

  Shortly after new minister of public enterprises, Lynne Brown, read Eskom Generation the riot act at the 2014 Eskom financial results presentation on 11 July 2014, there are signs that a significant shake-up is on the cards at Eskom. Mike Rossouw, former general manager engineering at Richards Bay Minerals, group executive strategy and risk […]

Video: Minister tells Eskom to “do something extraordinary”

  Speaking at the utility’s integrated results announcement meeting on 11 July 2014, Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises said that the utility needs to improve its performance by thinking outside the box and doing something extraordinary. Eskom has reported a net profit of R7,1-billion for the year ended 31 March 2014 (which includes profit on […]

Remarks by minister of energy to the Parliamentary Portfiolio Committee on Energy

  On Tuesday, 1 July 2014, the new minister of energy, Tina Joemat Pettersson addressed the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy in Cape Town. Below is a transcript of her remarks. Chairperson, The President of the Republic addressed the nation on 17th June 2014 and I dare say that the directives and injunctions issued to […]

Department of Energy – more talk or a move to action?

  Speaking at a breakfast hosted by The New Age and SABC at the Sandton Convention Centre on 23 June 2014, the new minister of energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, indicated the priorities she has set herself in her new portfolio. Central to this appears to be an appreciation of the weaknesses in her department, and the […]

Priorities for our new minister of energy

  Tina Joemat-Pettersson faces a daunting task as South Africa’s new energy minister. She will be the seventh energy minister since the advent of democracy in 1994 (on average, ministers have occupied the position for less than three years). None have truly put their stamp on the sector and the challenges the new minister faces […]

Clash of the titans as power companies pursue dominance in energy sector: Alstom, GE, Siemens, ABB…

  Alstom, the French power and transport company involved in two large South African projects, is the subject of rival take over bids by industrial giants Siemens and GE, both of which have made massive offers for the firm’s power business. ABB is said to be watching developments closely. Alstom’s power division is heavily involved […]

Mark Mfikoe appointed new ECA(SA) national director

Following the early departure of Jill Godden, Mark Mfikoe, former president of the Electrical Contractors Association of South Africa or ECA(SA), has been appointed the association’s national director, effective 1 May 2014. Mfikoe’s association with the ECA began in 1997 when he was introduced to the organisation’s structures by then president Callie Pieterse. By 2003 […]

SANSA to bid for 2018 Space Operations Conference in SA

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT SANSA will make a bid to host the 2018 international SpaceOps conference at the event to be held from 5 – 9 May 2014  in Pasadena, USA. Every two years, the worlds’ major space-fareing nations get together to discuss the latest operations technology, trends and best practices […]

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