NERSA provides reasons for electricity tariff hike

  The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has released a much-anticipated report detailing the reasons for an electricity tariff hike. Although the regulator received over 18 written comments from private individuals, small users, intensive energy users, government departments, trade unions and other stakeholders, it determined that electricity tariffs should be increased by 9,4%. This follows a 12,69% […]

Ingula synchronised to the national grid

  Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises, says that Unit 3 of the Ingula storage pump scheme was synchronised to the national electricity grid on 6 March 2016. Eskom’s Ingula storage pump scheme, which is being built on the escarpment of the Little Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal, is designed to provide 1332 MW to the […]

Private sector bridges the skills gap with educational partnerships

  Schneider Electric signed partnership agreements for the establishment of new French-South African Schneider Electric Education Centres (FSASEC) with the University of Johannesburg, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, College of Cape Town, and Sedibeng College, at the company’s offices in Midrand recently. Speaking at the event, South Africa’s deputy minister for higher education, Mduduzi Manana […]

Eskom cries foul as NERSA rejects its diesel claim

  At a media briefing on 1 March 2016, the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) announced the approval of an average 9,4% electricity price increase for Eskom for the 2016/17 financial year, while rejecting Eskom’s claim for a higher tariff increase to compensate the utility for unbudgeted costs of diesel incurred during the […]

Findings of maladministration by SAPO vindicate complaints by SA publishers to ICASA

  The investigation and report by the Public Protector into allegations of corruption, maladministration and misconduct by the management of the South African Post Office (SAPO) was published on 23 February 2016. The findings vindicate the formal complaints lodged against SAPO by publishers with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). After the complaint […]

City Power responds to complaints of illegal electrical connections

Yumna Sheik, City Power’s aide-de-camp to Sicelo Xulu, the company’s CEO, has responded to a recent article, “Safety last, and no power to the people…” which was published in the February 2016 edition of Energize, regarding the illegal and unsafe electrical connections at the Zandspruit informal settlement west of Johannesburg. According to Sheik, City Power’s […]

Industry outrage at unilateral directive ending partial testing by SABS

  An internal directive by South African Bureau of Standards CEO Dr. Boni Mehlomakulu in 2015 requires that SABS Test House only perform “full testing” in future, and puts an end to “partial testing” by the SABS. This has elicited outrage from a wide range of industry associations in the electrical engineering sector. The affected […]