Energize Inbox, June 2014

  This month’s letter questions the benefits of enbedded generation in the light of the design of South Africa’s LV infrastructure. Send your letters to: energize@ee.co.za Our winning letter: Is embedded generation ideal for South Africa? Sir At recent SANEA lectures in Johannesburg and Cape Town, Dr. Hendri Geldenhuys and Mobolaji Bello of Eskom described hazards and […]

The Jacob Marley column: Acting is no joke

  Sir Shame – as they say in the Beloved Country – shed a tear for anyone in an acting position. Take, for instance, the man who is now acting in charge of a once great electricity utility. Was he Shanghaied or was his arm twisted? Was he persuaded gently or was he made promises? […]

Power to grow sub-Saharan Africa’s economy

  While achieving a buoyant economic climate is a feat in itself, the real challenge lies in staying afloat. To sustain the economic optimism that Africa is now enjoying, it is imperative that governments, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, address the critical issue of chronic power shortage, which hampers the development of various industries in the […]

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 […]