SA should look to China for sustainable rail solutions

  by Bruce Evans, GIBB Railway development in China over the past 25 years provides ample examples of what can be achieved when it comes to modern railways. Some aspects of China’s railway solutions could be applicable to South Africa and are worth considering in particular for a new Durban-Gauteng high-standard, standard-gauge railway. China has […]

Telkom CEO warns MTN and Vodacom to stop hurting SA

  by Hans van de Groenedaal, features editor, EngineerIT In an open letter published in the weekend media, Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko urged MTN and Vodacom to stop hurting South Africa. This follows legal action by Vodacom and Cell after ICASA published new call termination rates which will favour Telkom Mobile and Cell C. The two companies’ […]

The Jacob Marley column: An alternative theory on service delivery

  Sir It cannot have escaped the notice of many that the good folk in several towns and villages throughout the country are daily on the march in some form of protest or another. Recently, the Bekkersdal populace (not Oom Schalk’s people, I presume), went protesting against municipal corruption and those in the environs of […]

Video: The state of energy in Africa

Following the recent IMF Annual Meeting, CNBC Africa hosted a special panel discussion and debate at the Wits Business School in Johannesburg to discuss South Africa’s role in the global energy market. The discussion focused on the state of energy in Africa and how the business sector is addressing these challenges and the implications of […]

Virtual panel discussion – ISA 100 and WirelessHART

  by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT Currently there are two industrial wireless communication standards, ISA 100 and WirelessHART with varying support for each one. There have been efforts to develop a common standard but some believe that newer versions of ISA 100 obviate the need for WirelessHART. Recently Tim Bourke, Honeywell Analytics, UK said […]

Video: Chris Yelland of EE Publishers talks electricity in CabTalk

Video: Chris Yelland, MD of EE Publishers with joburgtoday.tv talking electricity in CabTalk while taking in the sights of Joburg… http://www.joburgtoday.tv/past-episodes/CAB-TALK-CHRIS.mp4

Focus on Leon Viljoen, new CEO of ABB

  by Mike Rycroft, EE Publishers ABB CEO Leon Viljoen talks about his appointment, the market in southern Africa, infrastructure development on the subcontinent, and the way forward for the power and automation technologies giant. How would you describe your experience of your new position so far? I have enjoyed it tremendously. I worked for […]

Integrated resource plan for electricity 2010-2030: Update report

  Compiled by Mike Rycroft, features editor The DoE has issued the first update of the IRP 2010 which contains significant changes to the original plan. The plan has been issued for public comment and it is anticipated that it will be submitted to cabinet by March 2014. This article summarises some of the main […]

Utilising BIM to its full capacity

  Information from Aurecon Building Information Modelling (BIM) is advancing so rapidly that it tends to leave a trail of buzzwords and misconceptions in its wake. In this article,Aurecon’s Stephen Logan (Competency Leader for Building Sciences), Quentin Jackson (Service Leader for Environmental Modelling), and John Hainsworth, who heads the BIM team within the Aurecon Building […]

Is fibre-to-the-home for the elite only?

by  Hans vd Groenendaal Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) is currently a serious discussion point in many sectors of the communications industry in South Africa. We all know that it is costly, particularly for a widespread population. Tim Parle, BMI-T Dobek Pater, Africa Analysis Juanita Clark, FTTH Council Africa Reshaad Sha, Dark Fibre Africa Michael Colin, BitCo Johan […]

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