Reprieve for taxpayers in demanding times

  Business must currently contend with challenges such as the downward growth trend in the Orient, the falling rand-dollar exchange rate and the very real possibility of a rating agency downgrade to junk status for South Africa. Added to these are the depressed state of the emerging-world economy and the recent approval by the National […]

Man-made disasters and resilient home power systems

  Resilient power systems are usually taken to mean grid power systems that can survive natural disasters and provide power to critical sites under extreme conditions. This requirement emerged in the USA after Hurricane Katrina and is now being legislated into many states. In South Africa, we are not subject to such devastating natural disasters […]

Engineers: kingpins in creating technology for sustained development

  The technological world has changed significantly over the past century from a mainly mechanical-driven one to an electrically controlled one. The past century saw the development of the transistor in the 1940s and the arrival of the first functionally integrated circuit in 1960, a mere 55 years ago. The very first microprocessor was commercially […]

Which energy sources for SA? Nuclear, renewables, coal…

  As an energy manager, an energy measurement and verification professional I have been involved in the energy field for more than 20 years. I am therefore very conscious of the need for energy efficiency, and to limit the impact on the environment. I am however not an expert in any specific field regarding the […]