Industrial power and energy savings initiatives in South Africa

The electricity crisis of 2008 sparked numerous initiatives by government, Eskom and industry associations to reduce power demand and energy use. This article provides a summary of some of these, their effectiveness and impact. The main purpose of these programmes was to reduce the demand on the grid and to free up generating capacity. Two […]

Explosive environments: fundamentals of area classification

A guide for plant management and technical staff on how to conduct an area classification, the process whereby the degree of exposure to explosive atmospheres for a plant area is determined. Area classification (called “classification of hazardous locations” in our mines) is the process whereby the degree of exposure to explosive atmospheres for a plant […]

Optimal facility performance through data analytics

Data analytics, the practice of collecting and analysing data to identify operational trends, can help building and facility managers reduce major equipment spend while improving energy savings by up to 30%. Buildings account for up to 40% of energy use in most countries, making them a prime target for cutting waste, saving money and using […]

Green building: Energy efficiency pays dividends

Tucked away just off busy Grayston Drive in Strathavon, Johannesburg, is a facebrick office park that does not appear to be very different to the many other stylish developments mushrooming in the area. The three-storey Upper Grayston Office Park on Linden Road is, in many respects, quite a remarkable development, especially its blocks E and […]