Keynote speakers focus on geospatial, CAD and BIM

  Geospatial-technology evangelist, Geoff Zeiss, and building information modelling (BIM) expert, Vaughan Harris, have agreed to keynote at SA GeoTech 2017 which takes place on 25 and 26 July 2017 at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. Geoff Zeiss is recognised for his efforts to promote geospatial in vertical industries such as utilities and construction. He has more than […]

Rail infrastructure investment leads to new transformer factory

  ABB South Africa opened a new transformer factory near its Longmeadow headquarters, east of Johannesburg, recently. The 2450 m2 factory will produce specially designed traction transformers for Bombardier which has been awarded a contract to supply new locomotives to Transnet for its freight trains. The company’s group CEO, Ulrich Spiesshofer, and Lionel October, the director-general […]

Executive summary, full submission and response by CSIR to DoE on Draft IRP 2016

  The article below is the executive summary of the full submission and response by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to the Draft Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (Draft IRP 2016) issued by the SA Department of Energy in November 2016 for comment and input from relevant stakeholders and the general public by […]

Eskom funding may be muffling dissenting voices on nuclear

  The lure of millions in Eskom funding appears to have muzzled two research institutions previously highly critical of the state-owned utility’s plans to procure a fleet of nuclear power stations. In the case of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) amaBhungane understands that the CSIR’s Energy Centre has been effectively gagged since […]

OUTA files complaint against Eskom with Competition Commission

  On 17 February 2016, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) lodged a formal complaint, evidence and detailed submission to the Competition Commission, alleging anti-competitive behaviour and abuse of dominant market position by Eskom, the national electricity utility of South Africa. OUTA is a civil action organisation in South Africa that investigates, exposes, litigates and […]

Full unredacted Dentons report on Eskom dated 2 July 2015

  Herewith the full unredacted Dentons report on Eskom dated  2 July 2015 (reflecting the state of the investigation as at 18 June 2015), made available to EE Publishers by Sikonathi Mantshantsha of Financial Mail. 339384926 Dentons Report on the Investigation Into Eskom on Scribd

Eskom reveals which countries will bid for nuclear deal

  Fin24 reports that Eskom says 27 companies have indicated their intention to provide a response to the power utility’s Request for Information (RFI) for the proposed 9,6 GW nuclear new build programme. This includes four major nuclear vendors from China (SNPTC), France (EDF), Russia (Rosatom) and South Korea (Kepco). Rosatom and EDF issued statements […]

Companies secure Eskom’s vow to not cut electricity

  Eight companies with extensive industrial operations which need uninterrupted power supply filed an urgent court application to stop Eskom from cutting the electricity of the Madibeng municipality in North West province, Netwerk24 reported recently. The court bid in the Pretoria High Court gave rise to Eskom agreeing to not cutting electricity to the municipality at […]

Resolution to Eskom’s stand-off with renewable energy sector in SA sought

  Following an unseemly public standoff between Eskom and the renewable energy sector in South Africa, including suggestions made by Eskom’s acting CEO Matshela Koko that the country’s national, state-owned, scientific and industrial research, development and technology commercialisation body, CSIR, is a lobby group for renewable energy, it appears the utility may be ready to […]

New CEO for space agency

  Dr. Valanathan Munsami has been appointed as a successor to Dr. Sandile Malinga, as the new CEO for the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) effective from 3 January 2017. Dr. Malinga left the SANSA in August 2016 following five years as inaugural CEO and board member, Potlaki Maine was appointed as interim CEO […]

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