Archive for April, 2018

GISSA promotes geospatial professions at career day

The Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA) Gauteng branch’s Education portfolio, represented by Prevlan Chetty, was involved in the West Rand Careers Expo, held at the Greenhills Stadium in Randfontein from 13 to 16 March 2018. The expo is run by the Krugersdorp Rotary Club and is aimed at providing career guidance and counselling to […]

Microgrid evolution fuels smarter energy management

Electrical power is essential. From the time when our alarm goes off in the morning to when we turn the lights off at night, we use electrical power. In terms of magnitude, each person in the US spends around $3052 on electricity (2012 figures). With a population of about 314-million people at the time, our […]

Energy Intensive User Group calls for publication of new IRP

Xolani Mbanga, the CEO of the Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG), has written an open letter to Jeff Radebe, the  minister of energy, requesting the publication of the integrated resource plan for public comment.  The EIUG, whose members collectively consume approximately 40% of South Africa’s electricity, believes that energy is the engine for our country’s economic […]

Why is energy efficiency still on the to-do list?

Energy efficiency, which has been defined as “the best and cheapest way to reduce CO2 emissions and use the least amount of electricity to achieve a desired result” and is often viewed as an obvious cost-saving option in an industrial or commercial operation, is frequently not implemented in South Africa. The National Energy Act of […]

Cosatu rejects above-inflation tariff hikes to bail out “drug addict” Eskom

Granting Eskom above-inflation tariff hikes is like feeding bailout addictions of a drug addict, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) was told. Nersa is holding public hearings over the next three weeks, relating to Eskom’s application for the regulatory clearing account (RCA) balance for three years (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17). The amount comes to […]

South African satellite to support Operation Phakisa

The Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, participated in a ceremony to send off South Africa’s second nanosatellite to India, where it will be launched on 18 July 2018. ZACUBE-2 will provide remote sensing and communication services to South Africa and the region. The 4 kg satellite was developed by the French South African […]