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 […]

MTN to lead the FTTH race

  It looks as though promises of fibre to the home, offering speeds of 100 Mbps, are at last becoming a reality, with MTN introducing the service commercially on 1 June 2014. On 12 April 2014, MTN SA demonstrated its high-speed fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) offering to residents of Monaghan Farm – an eco-friendly gated estate, located […]

Technology Innovation Agency CEO dismissed

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT The board of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) dismissed the CEO Simphiwe Duma on 31 March 2014.  This was announced by the minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom. Simphiwe Duma was suspended last year pending a forensic investigation followed by a disciplinary hearing based on the […]

Invensys is now Schneider Electric

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT Schneider Electric’s global acquisition of Invensys sees two of the leading players in the industrial automation market join forces to create a broader, more innovative technology company with a strong position in integrated industrial automation, software and energy management. The South African announcement was made by  Schneider […]

Mobile termination rates all at sea!

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT ICASA did not follow the rules… but the South Gauteng High Court has allowed lower asymmetrical mobile termination rates to be implemented for six months. Lower rates are in the public interest, says the judge! On Monday 31 March 2014 the South Gauteng High Court ruled that […]

African partner countries commit to SKA

  by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT “The SKA is putting Africa on the map in a very different way. It changes the perceptions of ourselves, changes the world perceptions of Africa and it offers opportunities for African scientists  to  enter into the cutting  edge of science and technology where, we believe, some […]