Eskom’s former maintenance policies described as “pure madness”

  Dear Editor I write this letter as a former Eskom executive to provide some insights from the past into the problems facing Eskom today. Eskom’s previously effective maintenance policy was dramatically adversely affected by a change during the chairmanship of Dr. John Maree, who, against opposition from some executives, introduced a unique new approach […]

How short-term Eskom objectives impacted on its long-term performance

  A fascinating document written by a senior Eskom executive in 1996 has come to the attention of EE Publishers. The document was handed to Public Enterprises Minister Stella Sigau at that time when a proposal was submitted to her that Government / Eskom dispose of a mothballed power station to an interested consortium comprising […]

Recommendations to address the generation capacity “crisis” in SA

  The 2014 electricity blackouts in have brought into stark relief the failure by government, the Department of Energy, the Department of Public Enterprises, Eskom and municipalities to provide an adequate and sustainable electricity supply to meet the growing needs of the country, the economy and its people. The 1998 Government White Paper on Energy […]

Unlocking the promise that space holds for economic growth

  Some say space activity is too expensive. Others say it’s cheap. It’s certainly true that the extraordinary social and economic benefits we see are achieved at a very small percentage of global GDP – less than 0,5%. According to the OECD’s Space Economy at a Glance (2014), the space economy generated USD256,2-billion in revenue […]

Is ICASA covering up for its minister?

  In a statement issued yesterday afternoon, the chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), Dr. Stephen Mncube,  said  that  ICASA does not appoint councillors nor can it decide on the end date for its councillors. “The appointment of councillors is done through the minister after a Parliamentary process and the term […]

IMT roadmap: ICASA shows it can do the job!

  Within two days of the closing date for submissions commenting on the draft International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) roadmap, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) issued the schedule of public hearings, held on 9 and 10 October 2014.  Chaired by outdoing councillor Marcia Socikwa, it soon became clear that the ICASA staff had done […]

Cloud – ubiquitous yet still feared by many

  Cloud is everywhere; most people use cloud services without being aware of it. Who does not search on Google, send large files on Dropbox, and emails on Gmail or Yahoo?  Yet many are still wary of the technology and are resistant to taking their company’s operations into the cloud. Grant Hutchons, ICT service assets […]

The Jacob Marley column: Shedding the albatross

  Sir The more things change, the more they stay the same. I was cast into a melancholy frame of mind recently about my contemporary friend Sam Coleridge, a dreamy kind of fellow, who was given to devising fanciful rhymes about many things. He is celebrated for his Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which many […]