Igniting Eskom Generation: Turning the deadweight into economic fuel

Eskom’s current debt is R350-billion, and it needs to raise a further R150-billion over the next three to four years. This is almost certainly impossible, even with a government guarantee. It would appear that Eskom cannot stay afloat without a gargantuan bailout by the South African government. NERSA’s low electricity price increase announced in December […]

Fifty actions to address the Eskom and electricity supply industry mess

A question often asked of me recently by radio and TV presenters, print and electronic media journalists, is what exactly needs to be done by the new Eskom board and chairman in the weeks, months and year ahead to steady the ship and steer the utility in the right direction. Over the last eight months, […]

Poll reveals facility and fleet management pain points

A recent poll has revealed that the South African facilities management, manufacturing and fleet management industries face four distinct pain points: work orders, asset registers, downtime and contractors. The challenges within these areas include value and visibility. Technology, used correctly, can offer reliable solutions and turn pain points into profit areas. The poll was conducted […]

Using granular data to tap into Africa’s fastest growing markets

Africa is a place of extreme contrasts, with a booming middle class and small, rapidly growing clusters of wealth existing alongside swathes of widespread poverty. For a business owner hoping to tap into these growing markets, the value of population and geospatial data at a granular level cannot be overstated. How, for example, is a […]

Supporting earth observation policy and coordination

The earth observations field is evolving, driven by the emergence of a more diverse and capable commercial sector, activities being pursued by emerging space nations, and the emergence of issues that cross communities within the space sector. Given this, it is imperative that new activities be coordinated to support space sustainability. The above trends are […]

Cyber risk insurance still less than tangible assets

The 2017 EMEA Cyber Risk Transfer Comparison Report, recently released by Aon in collaboration with the Ponemon Institute, found that organisations recognise the growing value of technology and data assets relative to historical tangible assets, though they are spending four times more on insurance for property, plant and equipment (PP&E) risks. The report is based […]

Understanding natural gas and LNG options in Africa

The US Department of Energy recently published a handbook authored by a number of African contributors amongst others, which focuses on the benefits African countries can derive from the development of liquid natural gas (LNG) resources on the continent. LNG exports are poised to be an important catalyst for economic growth in African countries. Natural gas and […]

Can Eskom avoid a financial death spiral?

The challenges Eskom is facing around governance, corruption and state capture are common cause, but it is unfortunately crowding out an even more serious structural problem, which speaks to the very viability of Eskom as a utility company. Cleaning up the company, improving efficiencies and restoring it to its former glory as an efficient operator […]

Irrational IRP madness grips the energy sector in South Africa

At a media briefing on 7 December 2017 during the so-called “Energy Indaba”, energy minister David Mahlobo announced that the long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan for electricity, IRP 2017, had been finalised and approved by the cabinet the night before. President Jacob Zuma and Energy Minister David Mahlobo IRP 2017 sets the course for the technology […]