Priorities for our new minister of energy

  Tina Joemat-Pettersson faces a daunting task as South Africa’s new energy minister. She will be the seventh energy minister since the advent of democracy in 1994 (on average, ministers have occupied the position for less than three years). None have truly put their stamp on the sector and the challenges the new minister faces […]

Communications – what is Zuma thinking?

  What is President Jacob Zuma thinking?  Yunus Carrim is out and former security minister Siyabonga Cwele is in the hot seat to manage South Africa’s telecommunications, in a new department called the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services. Before the election the communications industry had generally expected that Carrim would continue as the minister […]

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. […]

SANS 10114-1 compliance remains a prerequisite

Performance and energy efficiency improvements in lamps and lighting, as well as an influx of new products in recent years have replaced the familiar, standard performance parameters, but SANS 10114-1 must still be complied with. IEC Technical Committee TC 34, which is responsible for lamps and lighting standards, and the CIE International Committee on Illumination […]

Clash of the titans as power companies pursue dominance in energy sector: Alstom, GE, Siemens, ABB…

  Alstom, the French power and transport company involved in two large South African projects, is the subject of rival take over bids by industrial giants Siemens and GE, both of which have made massive offers for the firm’s power business. ABB is said to be watching developments closely. Alstom’s power division is heavily involved […]

Mark Mfikoe appointed new ECA(SA) national director

Following the early departure of Jill Godden, Mark Mfikoe, former president of the Electrical Contractors Association of South Africa or ECA(SA), has been appointed the association’s national director, effective 1 May 2014. Mfikoe’s association with the ECA began in 1997 when he was introduced to the organisation’s structures by then president Callie Pieterse. By 2003 […]

MTN to lead the FTTH race

  It looks as though promises of fibre to the home, offering speeds of 100 Mbps, are at last becoming a reality, with MTN introducing the service commercially on 1 June 2014. On 12 April 2014, MTN SA demonstrated its high-speed fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) offering to residents of Monaghan Farm – an eco-friendly gated estate, located […]

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 […]

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