Wilec: A new owner with a new vision

Actom sold its Wilec division to Makarenge Electrical Industries (MEl) recently. MEI is a black-empowered company based in Gauteng. Energize caught up with MEI’s CEO, Nene Mathebula, at the company’s factory in Olifantsfontein and asked him about his plans and vision for the company. Energize: Congratulations on your acquisition of Wilec. How did it come […]

Africa’s energy landscape transitions to base load-capable renewables

The advent of renewables, new storage technologies present Africa’s utilities with an opportunity to increase capacity and efficiency while re-kindling their appeal to investors.  There has been a clear and rapid evolution in Africa’s energy and energy infrastructure landscape over the last decade. While much of this new technology has challenged the traditional dominance and […]

Impacts and health effects of air pollution by Eskom, Sasol Synfuels and Natref

. A new study report on the air quality and health effects of air pollution by Eskom, Sasol Synfuels and Natref in and around South Africa’s Highveld Priority Area (HPA) provides shocking evidence of the harmful effects caused by these organisations to the environment and to human health. The study report by Dr Gray is […]

Technology could help South Africans turn sunshine into income

As Eskom struggles with excessive debt, its ability to extend grid-power to rural communities remains limited. However, the country could take advantage of the power utility’s challenge by increasing the use of modern technology to turn sunshine into income for residents and businesses in these rural areas. The way energy is produced and distributed is […]

In conversation with ABB’s global manager for network control

ABB has been selected by CI-Energies (Societe des Energies de Côte d’Ivoire) to upgrade the power distribution network of Ivory Coast, one of the fastest developing countries in Africa. The modernised Ivorian power grid will cater to the growing demand for electricity within the country and enhance the export of electricity to neighboring countries who […]

South Africa’s electricity crisis: The way ahead for Eskom

South Africa’s electricity crisis is worse than most people believe. Eskom, the state-owned power utility which supplies the country with 95% of the electricity consumed is effectively insolvent and has no way of getting out of its predicament without a massive financial bailout from the government. Those who believe it can save itself are either […]