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 […]

In conversation with Eskom’s Prince Moyo

by Roger Lilley, editor Energize spoke to Prince Moyo, the general manager for power delivery engineering at Eskom about the utility’s ageing generation fleet, about his opinion regarding the feasibility, and pros and cons, of power station refurbishment versus new build. As we enter the second quarter of 2014, the fulfillment of the promise of […]