No longer the Dark Continent – Africa is open for business!

  “If you have a business and your business does not reach out to Africa, you are presiding over a dying enterprise, and that is not open for negotiation. We see it every day”. This was the message from Victor Kgomoeswane, author of “Africa is open for business” and anchor  for CNBC Africa Business news. […]

Procurement models applied to IPP programmes in South Africa

  The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is largely viewed as a positive and innovative programme. We need a base-load procurement model that builds on the successes of the REIPPPP and extends these to base-load IPPs. Eskom’s future financial health presents a significant risk to procurement of renewables, thermal base-load and nuclear […]

The challenges of training in the electrical contracting industry

  Approved Electrical Inspection Authority (AIA) Nico van den Berg discusses issues such as copper theft; the need for a scrap metal dealers act; electric fence installation and a forum where contractors can share their knowledge. While working as an assessor and moderator, Nico van den Berg of Centurion-based Independent Electrical Inspection Services founded the […]

Top 10 ways to use GIS in retail banking

  This article describes key applications of geographic information systems that major banking corporations pursue at a head office level. The information is also applicable in most cases to other organisations operating a large number of retail outlets. It was not that long ago that I would be asked regularly at events focused on geographic […]

Multiple appointments of mine surveyors a risky business

  The increasing trend in recent years to appoint mine surveyors to positions of responsibility over multiple mines is potentially hazardous for personnel working on those mines and is hastening the demise of the mine surveying profession just as it is most needed. In terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act of 1996 (MHSA) […]

Video: Minister tells Eskom to “do something extraordinary”

  Speaking at the utility’s integrated results announcement meeting on 11 July 2014, Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises said that the utility needs to improve its performance by thinking outside the box and doing something extraordinary. Eskom has reported a net profit of R7,1-billion for the year ended 31 March 2014 (which includes profit on […]

Owning our energy future

  At a recent conference in Cape Town I was asked to address the load shedding of 6 March this year and the dire consequences for the South African economy and investor confidence. My response was that there are two ways we can view the South African power sector. On the one hand you could […]

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