Irregular municipal expenditure up by 75%

Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) is concerned about the 75% increase in irregular municipal expenditure, from R16,2-billion in the previous year to R28,4-billion in the year under review, as reported in the recent Auditor General’s report. While CESA acknowledges the significant effort made by municipalities in 2016/17 to identify and report on irregular expenditure incurred […]

The new IRP for electricity, and the future of coal in the electricity generation mix of SA

A keynote presentation by Chris Yelland, managing director and investigative editor at EE Publishers, at the workshop on Air Quality, Emissions and the Low Carbon Economy hosted by the Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) in Johannesburg on 30 May 2018. On 16 May 2018, I made a keynote presentation at the annual conference of the National […]

BIM classification system announced

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) Elemental Class Version 1– a BIM classification system – has been developed for architects to organise or tag elements and objects for construction requirements, products and activities. The classification system is derived from the ASAQS Guide to Elemental Cost Estimating 2016. This is a significant step forward for […]

Industry-assisted technical training the way forward for SA

The government has committed itself to intensify its focus on the training of young people in technical artisan trades to reduce unemployment and foster entrepreneurship in South Africa. Speaking at the launch of the Technical Education for Communities (TEC) initiative at the Sedibeng Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college in Sebokeng recently, Naledi […]

Guidelines for coastal lidar

This article provides guidance to technical and non-technical coastal practitioners regarding the required precision of airborne lidar data for the typical coastal applications, output formats and value-added products. It also touches on issues of flight campaign planning and a national coastal lidar inventory. Highly accurate and detailed topographic information has been identified as being crucial […]

Eskom restructuring debate: Videos, slide presentations, summary article and outcomes

Following the open public debate on 10 May 2018 on the restructuring of Eskom entitled: “Should Eskom be restructured, and if so how and when?”, we have pleasure in providing a comprehensive record of the debate, including: videos of the presentations; a summary article of the debate; the full slide deck of all presentations at […]

Radar satellite launched for Copernicus

Copernicus Sentinel-3B was launched on 25 April 2018, joining its identical twin Sentinel-3A in orbit. This pairing of satellites increases coverage and data delivery for the European Union’s Copernicus environment programme.  The mission is expected to begin routine operations after five months. “This is the seventh launch of a Sentinel satellite in the last four […]

South African satellite to support Operation Phakisa

The Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, participated in a ceremony to send off South Africa’s second nanosatellite to India, where it will be launched on 18 July 2018. ZACUBE-2 will provide remote sensing and communication services to South Africa and the region. The 4 kg satellite was developed by the French South African […]