South Africa, Switzerland review successful science and technology cooperation

  Derek Hanekom, the minister of science and technology, met Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, the Swiss state secretary for education, research and innovation in Berne, Switzerland, recently. South Africa and Switzerland enjoy very fruitful scientific and technology cooperation, backed by high-level interactions at a political level. The meeting was a follow-up to the meeting which was held […]

Automatic lighting system wins SAEE energy award

          Magnet, the electrical equipment and industrial instrumentation supplier, has won the 2013 SAEE Energy Project of the Year award for the recently completed energy saving project at Unilever’s distribution centre in Johannesburg. The project involved the installation of a programmable lighting control system which automatically controls the entire lighting network. […]

Ben Martins applauded for promoting the ISMO Bill

  The Free Market Foundation (FMF) applauds Ben Martins, the minister of energy, for his visionary statement to parliament telling the assembly to “fast track” key legislation to level the playing field between Eskom and Independent Power Producers (IPPs). This will help to create jobs, lower the price of electricity and release taxpayers’ funds, which […]

Highlights from the Africa Energy Indaba

  Compiled by Roger Lilley, editor The 6th Africa Energy Indaba, which was adopted by the World Energy Council (WEC) as its African regional event, presented by the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) and supported by the African Union (AU) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, drew over 400 delegates from Africa and […]

Electrical company breaks the R1-billion barrier

  ARB’s CEO, Byron Nichles, reports that the company’s revenue for the six month period up to 31 December 2013 has exceeded R1-billion for the first time in its history. Group financial performance The group achieved an overall increase in revenue of 20% to R1,15-billion, compared to the R964,7-million in the prior comparable period. The […]

Chairman’s report: Cigré SA national committee

  by Rob Stephen,  Cigré South Africa has continued to fare extremely well in Cigré internationally and this is reflected by the election to senior positions of South African delegates by the international community. This is Rob Stephen’s fourth report as chairman of the national committee of Cigré. Positions held by members Four papers were selected […]

Results show a huge jump in revenue and orders

  ABB South Africa, a subsidiary of the global power and automation group, has reported a remarkable increase in revenue in its year-end results to December 2013 on 13 February 2014.   The company’s 2013 revenue jumped by 66% (compared to 6% for ABB globally) to R5,9-billion on increased demand for renewable energy, with 90% […]

Video: Brian Dames says Eskom has full control of SA’s power system

  by Roger Lilley, editor Addressing the media regarding the state of the system, Eskom’s chief executive, Brian Dames, said that last week’s emergency was caused by the loss of about half of the electricity it usually receives from the Cahora Bassa hydro-electric scheme in Mozambique. This shortfall brought an already tight supply system dangerously […]