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. […]

South African RPAS Regulations – One giant leap for (un)manned kind

  This article provides an overview of the proposed remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) regulations which were published for public comment towards the end of 2014. The comments received by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) are currently being considered, and it is anticipated that the regulations will be promulgated towards the end of […]

International investors remain loyal to SA

  Schneider Electric has officially opened a new factory and office campus, the Old Pretoria Road campus, in Midrand, Gauteng. An academy, which is to be used to train clients, staff and entrepreneurs, was also opened officially by the company’s CEO, Jean-Pascal Tricoire, who visited the country to attend the opening. Addressing the media at […]

Deadline for syncronisation of Unit 6 at Medupi delayed a further 6 weeks

  Roman Crookes, Eskom’s project manager at Medupi Power Station, advised yesterday that the deadline for synchronisation of the first unit at Medupi Power station has been extended by a further six weeks, from mid February 2015 to end March 2015. This follows the recent disclosure by Eskom that the commercial operation date for the […]

Steve Lennon receives Lifetime Achiever’s Award

  Dr. Steve Lennon, who 23 years ago co-founded the TT100 Business Awards, was presented with the daVinci Technology Top 100 lifetime achievers award at the Technology Top 100 Business Awards ceremony, held in conjunction with the Innovation Bridge technology showcase and matchmaking event at the CSIR International Convention Centre on 2 February 2015. Lennon, […]

Energy regulator quits

  The Department of Energy (DoE) has announced the resignation of NERSA’s chief executive officer (CEO), Phindile Baleni. Baleni served the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) for four years. NERSA is responsible for setting the price Eskom and the municipalities can charge for electricity by means of a Multi Year Price Determination (MYPD) […]

Eskom’s boiler contractor at Medupi and Kusile defends its reputation

  Eskom’s boiler works contractor at Medupi and Kusile has moved to defend its reputation, and to clarify its position in respect of any perceived non-performances in meeting its contractual obligations to deliver steam of the right cleanliness, speed, temperature, pressure and mass flow-rate to the turbines at the power station construction sites. At a […]

New technical problems at Medupi place South Africa at risk

  New technical problems arising during the commissioning of Unit 6, the first of six 800 MW generation units at Eskom’s Medupi power station, may be placing South Africa’s electricity supply at risk. These problems have made it impossible for Eskom to conduct blow-through testing of the first Hitachi boiler at Medupi at the steam […]