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Eskom funding may be muffling dissenting voices on nuclear

  The lure of millions in Eskom funding appears to have muzzled two research institutions previously highly critical of the state-owned utility’s plans to procure a fleet of nuclear power stations. In the case of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) amaBhungane understands that the CSIR’s Energy Centre has been effectively gagged since […]

Estimating moisture in power transformers

  Modern technology and developments in signal acquisition and analysis techniques have provided new tools for transformer diagnostics. Of particular interest are dielectric response measurements where insulation properties of oil-paper systems can be investigated. Dielectric frequency response, (DFR, also known as Frequency Domain Spectroscopy, FDS), was introduced more than 15 years ago and has been […]

South Africa’s first Bio-atlas launched

  South Africa’s first Bioenergy Atlas, launched by the Department of Science and Technology, has been welcomed by stakeholders as a critical resource in moving the country towards a low-carbon economy. Aimed at assisting government in its efforts to increase the national energy resources, the Bioenergy Atlas indicates the potential of biomass as sources of […]

In conversation with Prof. Barry Dwolatzky – dedication and passion but funding is lacking!

  If I was allowed only two words to describe Prof. Barry Dwolatzky, director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering at Wits University (JCSE) it would be “dedication and passion” – dedication in his commitment to support the creation of jobs in the IT sector and passion in the way he is doing it. […]

Is ICASA covering up for its minister?

  In a statement issued yesterday afternoon, the chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), Dr. Stephen Mncube,  said  that  ICASA does not appoint councillors nor can it decide on the end date for its councillors. “The appointment of councillors is done through the minister after a Parliamentary process and the term […]

Young scientists at Expo show that science is fun

  Enthusiasm for science and ingenuity best describes the 34th International Science Fair held in Boksburg from 7 to 10 October 2014. The Eskom Expo for young scientists was attended by over 900 young people from all over South Africa with 632 unique exhibits showing their passion for science and technology. The Expo is the […]

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