Urgent appeal: help save the SA panel-building industry

Earlier this year, I wrote a paper based on local research regarding the challenges facing our local manufacturing industry, which is under severe pressure to survive and to remain viable. This paper was published in the media under the title, “Challenges facing the electrical panel-building industry in South Africa”. The paper was also directed to […]

“Don’t do anything foolish”, Eskom tells learners

Eskom recently launched its new “ska baiza” campaign which is aimed at educating communities about the safe use of electricity. Derived from everyday South African “township lingo”, “U-ska baiza” means “don’t do anything foolish”. Eskom will spread this message across the country during August, actively engaging schools and communities to ensure that the safe use […]

Death of internal combustion: 1000 km EV range  

Electric aircraft have arrived. Cars are next. With no road resistance, the best electric aircraft, the Bye Aerospace eFlyer, achieves 1000 km with its solar wing option. This range will be the final nail in the coffin of internal combustion cars.    1000 km range for an electric car calls for four essentials: Extremely low drag […]

Nedbank and EE Publishers seminar: Enabling a viable gas energy sector in SA

. Nedbank and EE Publishers are hosting a morning seminar on: “Enabling a viable gas energy sector in SA” This is the 3rd in a series of important infrastructure seminars from Nedbank & EE Publishers DATE: Wednesday 18 September 2019 TIME: 09h00 to 14h30 (see detailed programme below) VENUE: Nedbank Main Auditorium, 135 Rivonia Road, Sandton, […]

On the brink of a death spiral

With debt approaching R450-billion and an operating deficit of R20,7-billion for the 2018/2019 financial year, and the utility being unable to cover its operational and debt-servicing costs with revenue from sales of electricity, Eskom is on the brink of a death spiral. This is the implication from the figures presented at Eskom’s recent Integrated Results […]

Global shift to renewable power growing steadily, report shows

Progress in renewables remains concentrated in the power sector, while far less growth has occurred in heating, cooling and transport. The year 2018 saw a relatively stable market for renewable energy technologies. A total of 181 GW of renewable power was added, a consistent pace compared to 2017, and the number of countries integrating high […]