South Africa’s low voltage network unprepared for bi-directional power flows

Delivering the SANEA lecture to an audience of about 100 at the Sasol auditorium in Rosebank, Johannesburg on the evening of 13 May 2014, Dr. Hendri Geldenhuys, a corporate specialist in smart grid technology at Eskom, discussed the importance of embedded generation (also known as distributed generation) to the overall energy supply in South Africa. […]

The role of engineers and the technical media in civil society

  This paper was presented on 6 April 2014 by Chris Yelland, managing director at EE Publishers, at the Civilution Congress 2014 held at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa, from 6 to 8 April 2014. Background to the prevailing environment First some background on the prevailing environment in which we find ourselves as engineers […]

How electricity could unite Africa

  Electricity supply constraints are a significant hurdle to future growth, but a regional approach using market mechanisms will go a long way to addressing electricity shortfalls and to reduce expenditure on wasteful projects, to the benefit of electricity consumers and economies in the whole region.  Despite all the efforts, Africa’s quest for unity has […]

Mobile termination rates all at sea!

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT ICASA did not follow the rules… but the South Gauteng High Court has allowed lower asymmetrical mobile termination rates to be implemented for six months. Lower rates are in the public interest, says the judge! On Monday 31 March 2014 the South Gauteng High Court ruled that […]

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 […]