Analysis paralysis over South Africa’s IRP for electricity presents massive economic risk

. It has been four months now since the release of the Department of Energy’s latest draft Integrated Resource Plan for electricity (Draft IRP 2018) for public comment on 27 August 2018, and two months since the closing date for public comments on 25 October 2018. So where’s Wally? Initially energy minister Jeff Radebe indicated […]

The use of robots in the maintenance of overhead lines

Strategic assets, such as electricity transmission grids, must be operated in a safe, predictable and reliable way. To do so, best practices in the operation and maintenance of transmission networks must evolve to respond to the changing context of pressured grid operators: operation and maintenance standards, laws and regulations, increasing loads, commercial exchanges, etc. This […]

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer explains…

. A refreshing openness by Eskom’s new management was demonstrated yesterday in an exclusive interview with Eskom COO Mr Jan Oberholzer by EE Publishers. The interview followed dramatic developments in the operations of Eskom this year, including the decline in the utility’s generation plant performance, shortages of coal at power stations in Mpumalanga, the return […]

Memo from chairman of Necsa subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes slams misinformation

. In a memo to staff today, Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd chairman Dr Namane Magau slammed misinformation in certain media [apparently emanating from fired former Necsa chairman Dr Kelvin Kemm and suspended former CEO Phumzile Tshelane] claiming that there are plans to somehow privatise NTP Radioisotopes (NTP). […]

SAIEE appoints new CEO: Mr Sicelo Xulu

. The SAIEE has appointed Sicelo Xulu as its new CEO taking over the reins form Stan Bridgens who has held this position for more than 12 years. The SAIEE is grateful for the great work that Stan has done in the time that he led the Institute. Sicelo Xulu is a Fellow of the […]

Radebe replaces Necsa board over ‘defiance’ and ‘ineptitude’

. Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said that the replacement or the chairman Dr Kelvin Kemm and complete board of the Southern African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) was warranted given its failures to exercise its fiduciary duties. The minister was speaking at a briefing in Pretoria on Friday 7 december 2018. Necsa conducts research and development […]

Renewables O&M, asset management and energy storage market outlook 

In recent years the renewable energy industry in the US has gone from being a bit player to a rising star in electricity generation. At a time when many conventional forms of generation, including coal and nuclear, are finding it increasingly hard to attract investment, wind and solar are seen as safe bets by financiers. […]

Necsa board, chairman and CEO on the ropes…

Independent reports are being received by EE Publishers that energy minister Jeff Radebe has requested the Necsa board to provide reasons why it should not be removed, and that issues relating the Necsa chairman are central to this matter. It appears that the issues raised by the minister with the board concern matters of governance, […]

Celebrating 41 years of service to the geomatics profession

Geomatics veteran Raubie Raubenheimer will retire as Head of Department: Surveying and GIS at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) at the end of this academic year, having served the geomatics profession for 41 years. He also served several voluntary organisations such as the South African Geomatics Council and the South African Geomatics Institute. Nathan […]