Stakeholder workshop discusses way forward for SABS’ NETFA test facility

. On 30 August 2018, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) in association with EE Publishers hosted the SABS Electro-Technical Sector Stakeholder Workshop and NETFA Site Tour at St. George’s Hotel, Pretoria, to establish collaboration between the SABS and the electro-technical sector, with the aim of building capacity for testing in order to meet […]

CSIR WOAN report and revised ECA bill to go to parliament

The cabinet has approved the study conducted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to determine the spectrum requirements for the Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN) as envisaged in the Integrated ICT Policy white paper. The white paper was approved by the cabinet in September 2016 but was opposed by many sectors of […]

Draft IRP 2018 released for public comment

The minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, has published the long-awaited draft of the integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity (2018) at a media briefing in Pretoria. The public have 60 days to comment on this new plan. The details are outlined below. The IRP follows a process which was initially promulgated in 2011. It was, […]

“Atoms Empowering Africa”: Youth video competition deadline extended

Rosatom has officially extended the deadline for submission of the Youth Video Competition, devoted to the potential of nuclear power to help bolster Africa’s economic and social development, until 10 September 2018. Young people between the ages of 18 to 30, alone or in a group of up to three, are encouraged to film a 60- […]

Power system remains unstable as Eskom declares dispute with unions

Eskom says it has declared a dispute with trade unions National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) and Solidarity over the precondition that NUM and NUMSA introduced as part of the wage negotiations. Last week at a meeting convened through the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, […]

Labour unions “act in defiance of the law and the needs of the country”

Eskom says that some labour unions are unaccountable agents which unilaterally disregard ministerial understandings and act in defiance of the law and court interdicts, demonstrating an attitude of narrow self-interest defiance, underpinned by a lack of humility or responsibility to service the power needs of the nation. Eskom’s ongoing warnings of possible power interruptions stem from […]

Eskom’s results: Revenue flat, costs up, massive loss – how will the lights stay on?

Eskom’s recently released annual financial results reveal that this state-owned power utility is losing money hand-over-fist and is trying to get the public to finance it. Its published income statement document reports that in the year ended 31 March 2018 Eskom’s operating company (i.e. the company which generates and sells electricity, as opposed to the […]

Loan agreement to facilitate grid of renewable energy signed

Eskom and KfW, the German Development Bank on behalf of the German Government, have signed a US$100-million (approximately R1,35-billion) loan facility to support further investments in the transmission network in the Northern Cape in order to facilitate the grid integration of renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) projects under the recently-signed power purchase agreements (PPAs). […]

Air quality rules may force Eskom to close power stations

Proposed new air quality rules will force Eskom to comply with pollution standards or shut down its polluting power stations. Most of Eskom’s ageing coal power stations cause severe air pollution, which contribute to the deaths and ill-health of thousands of South Africans every year. Despite this, Eskom has thus far been let off the […]