Energize Inbox, May 2014

  This month’s letters deal with the importance of a variety of generation sources all adding to the overall energy supply; appreciation for the opinions and suggestions made in the previous month’s lead editorial; and a reader’s view regarding the cost of nuclear. Send your letters to: energize@ee.co.za Our winning letter: re: Eskom’s CEO departs Sir With […]

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 […]

A quarter of a century of electrification – part two

  by Jac Messerschmidt, Pr. Eng. The slogan “electricity for all” was first used in 1988, and in the same year the first electrification joint venture was created in the Eastern Cape. Over the next twenty-five years, this initiative grew to bring electricity to more than 6-million homes, schools and clinics. Initially, the focus was […]

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 […]

Industry is still missing opportunities to save energy

  Research commissioned by ABB has confirmed that energy efficiency remains a high priority for executives in industry. Of more than 300 surveyed in the manufacturing and power sectors by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), almost all said energy efficiency will remain a crucial success factor for their companies in the next two decades. But […]

Energize Inbox, April 2014

  Re: Wind farms paid not to generate Sir With reference to the article published on the Energize website on 24 February 2014, titled “British wind farms paid not to generate electricity”, I would like to think that South Africa is not going to suffer a similar problem. The power output from a wind farm […]

Electricity problems converge as the outgoing Eskom CEO departs

We bid farewell to Brian Dames, the outgoing CEO of Eskom, after his last day at the utility yesterday. With the earlier departure of former Eskom financial director, Paul O’Flaherty, and head of communications, Hilary Joffe, this signals the end of an era – short though it was, at about four years. While Dames’ departure […]