Electricity problems converge as the outgoing Eskom CEO departs

We bid farewell to Brian Dames, the outgoing CEO of Eskom, after his last day at the utility yesterday. With the earlier departure of former Eskom financial director, Paul O’Flaherty, and head of communications, Hilary Joffe, this signals the end of an era – short though it was, at about four years. While Dames’ departure […]

Death of the CIO?

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT I will give chief information officers (CIOs) one to two years to survive, unless they transform to take on a more business-focussed role.  – Terry White, director, CXO Advisor Terry White, director at CXO Advisor and chairman of “The future of the CIO” panel discussion held at […]

In conversation with Mteto Nyati, MD Microsoft South Africa

The economic value of surveying and GNSS positioning services

  by Chris Kirchhoff, Kirchhoff Surveyors For those questioning the economic value of surveying and particularly GNNS positioning services the Australian Government has prepared reports on the economic benefits which highlight the value of both augmented GNSS services but more importantly the critical role that positioning services and specifically surveying or geomatics play in the […]

SA nuclear industry sharply criticizes the IRP 2010-2030 Update Report 2013

  A comprehensive review commissioned by the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) is sharply critical of the draft Update Report 2013 of the Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP) 2010-2030 recently issued for comment by the South African Department of Energy (DoE).   The draft IRP 2010-2030  Update Report 2013 has not yet […]

In conversation with ACDC Dynamics MD Mario Maio

by Mark Botha, editor Mario Maio, founder and owner of ACDC Dynamics, speaks to Vector about the company’s history and achievements, and shares his views on skills development, the state of the SETA system and e-Tolls, among others. Mario Maio founded ACDC Dynamics with a partner 30 years ago and is today MD and sole […]

When the earth moved for ICT

  by Arthur Goldstuck, WordWideWorx At the end of February 2014, the earth moved. It wasn’t a seismic event, but in the world of information and communications technology, it represented a clear movement of the tectonic plates underlying the industry. The event was Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, which has long been a focal […]

Telkom MTN mating dance awaits consummation

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EE Publishers It is amazing how fast things can change in the mobile space – one day acrimonious and unseemly public disputes between hostile competitors, a week later overtures to get into bed together! After last week’s spat where Telkom accused MTN and Vodacom of holding the country back […]

Eskom’s chickens coming home to roost

Eskom been downplaying and minimising the possibility of load shedding since the blackouts of 2008. Only a week ago, Eskom CEO Brian Dames told the assembled media that Eskom had the power system in South Africa fully under control. Yesterday, however, Eskom pulled the plug on the country and commenced with rotational load-shedding of domestic, […]

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