Addressing SA’s voter registration crisis

  With looming local government elections and the country in an uproar over the current political leadership, it is immensely concerning to find the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) found wanting by the Public Protector, the Constitutional Court and the Electoral Court. While questions are being asked about the integrity of this once proud piece of […]

Eskom cries foul as NERSA rejects its diesel claim

  At a media briefing on 1 March 2016, the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) announced the approval of an average 9,4% electricity price increase for Eskom for the 2016/17 financial year, while rejecting Eskom’s claim for a higher tariff increase to compensate the utility for unbudgeted costs of diesel incurred during the […]

Findings of maladministration by SAPO vindicate complaints by SA publishers to ICASA

  The investigation and report by the Public Protector into allegations of corruption, maladministration and misconduct by the management of the South African Post Office (SAPO) was published on 23 February 2016. The findings vindicate the formal complaints lodged against SAPO by publishers with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). After the complaint […]

Africa needs modular distributed electricity generators

  Speaking to Energize on the eve of the 2016 Africa Energy Indaba in Sandton, Prof. Murat Mercan said the ideal technology for Africa is renewable distributed generation because it is the easiest and fastest way of providing a community with electricity. He says that modular generators, distributed across a community, or even a neighbourhood, […]

Industry outrage at unilateral directive ending partial testing by SABS

  An internal directive by South African Bureau of Standards CEO Dr. Boni Mehlomakulu in 2015 requires that SABS Test House only perform “full testing” in future, and puts an end to “partial testing” by the SABS. This has elicited outrage from a wide range of industry associations in the electrical engineering sector. The affected […]

Safety last, and no power to the people…

  The general public is regularly encouraged to report illegal electricity connections, and while some may choose to turn a blind eye and let the poor steal what government has not yet provided, other citizens do what they are asked to do and call the designated municipal and Eskom hotlines. In a growing city such […]

Spanning Africa’s infrastructure gap: how development capital is transforming Africa’s project build-out

  Africa’s economic growth rate in the last few years has been significantly higher than the global economic average. In 2015, for example, Africa’s economic rate of growth is expected to be 3,1%, as compared to a global average of 2,6%. This notwithstanding, the region has a host of developmental challenges. Among them is a […]