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Eskom’s coal stockpiles deteriorate further

Eskom’s coal stockpile situation has deteriorated further, with five power stations having less than 10 days’ stock. Interventions to stabilise the coal supply may only have a positive impact by March next year. This means Eskom is entering the rainy season in Mpumalanga extremely exposed and that load shedding is a real risk, Eskom spokesperson Khulu […]

Creating spatial data infrastructure through collaboration

The Committee for Spatial Information (CSI) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA) have convened a joint workshop in Pretoria in September 2018 around the theme “collaborative custodianship through collaborative cloud mapping”. The workshop looked at collaborative mapping and collaborative custodianship as ways to create and maintain national spatial data infrastructure (SDI). SDI is the fundamental […]

South Africa joins International Energy Agency

Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, and Dr Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), jointly announced that South Africa has joined the IEA as an Association Country. South Africa is the first sub-Saharan African country to institutionalise its engagement with the IEA, a development which marks an important milestone for […]

Comments on the draft integrated resource plan (IRP2018)

The recently released IRP2018 draft, a discussion document and not cast in stone, differs significantly from both the 2010 and 2016 versions. Changes which steer the plan away from a diverse mix of technologies in the direction of a high dependence on renewable energy have evoked a large amount of comments, both pro and anti. […]

Rural microgrid project improves people’s lives

Communities which reside in rural areas far from existing electrical infrastructure constitute a significant portion of the 600-million people in sub-Saharan Africa who have no access to electricity. These communities are deprived of modern lifestyle improving technologies such as electric light, microwave cooking, radio and television, cellphones and internet access – things most people take […]

New national projection and cartesian coordinate system proposed

. South Africa is planning to change its national coordinate and projection system, which has profound consequences for surveying, mapping, engineering and high accuracy positioning applications, and for measurement more generally. The proposed changes are open for public comment until 30 November 2018. South Africa currently uses the Gauss Conform Projection (a special case of […]

Call for startups to rethink how technology could interact with aerospace

Airbus launched its second edition of #Africa4Future, a joint accelerator programme between the company’s global aerospace accelerator BizLab and Make-IT in Africa, a programme by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit German (GIZ), the German Agency for International Cooperation. For this second edition, the company calls for African tech start-ups that are working on solutions […]

Satellite data places air pollution in focus

With air quality a serious environmental health problem, the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite is tasked with mapping air pollutants around the entire globe every day. This new mission has been providing data on carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone since July 2018, and now other pollutants such as sulphur dioxide and formaldehyde have been added to […]

Update on the appointment of base dataset coordinators

Three separate workshops on the appointment of Base Data Set Coordinators were organised by the Directorate: National Spatial Information Framework (NSIF) on behalf of the Data subcommittee of the Committee for Spatial Information (CSI). The workshops were held in Pretoria and the focus was on Base Data Set Coordinators for the following Data Themes: Administrative […]

Eskom’s flagship battery energy storage systems (BESS) project

This article discusses the flagship 360 MW/1440 MWh battery energy storage systems (BESS) project that has been launched by Eskom. It looks at storage technologies and their evolution, with particular reference to BESS of LiIon, NaS and redox flow battery technologies. Energy storage programmes that are being rolled out in the world are outlined. The […]