Debating the smart city concept and its role in South Africa

  The Internet of Things and Big Data have popularised the smart city vision, and smart cities are increasingly being seen as the solution to addressing the challenges of rapid urbanisation. However, the smart city concept also conjures up images of data being used as a big brother governance tool, rampant corporatisation of the smart […]

Complaint to ICASA against SA Post Office drags on and on…

  Some eight months after a formal complaint was lodged on 11 December 2014 by a concerned group of specialist magazine publishers with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) against the South African Post Office (SAPO), the matter is dragging on and on, without an end in sight. The complainants are asking ICASA […]

Substation refurbishment supports city’s growth

  The Condale substation was recently refurbished to ensure the reliable delivery of electricity to Mogale City’s electrical customers. The project cost approximately R120-million and comprised the complete rehabilitation of 25 existing 33 kV bays, the construction of 13 new 33 kV feeders and 54 panels of 6,6 kV double busbar switchgear. The substation was […]

Submission to NERSA: Eskom’s application for a “selective reopener” of MYPD 3

  This submission is in response to Eskom’s application on 30 April 2015 to NERSA for a “selective reopener” of NERSA’s third multi-year price determination (MYPD 3), for the period 1 April 2015 to 30 March 2018. Click here for the slides presented at the NERSA public hearings on 23 June 2015 NERSA’s task as Regulator is […]

National SPOT mosaics released

  The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) released the national 2014 SPOT 5 Mosaic to the earth observation and GIS community at the CSIR, Pretoria on 3 June 2015. It also released the SPOT 6 Mosaic for 2013 in South Africa. Although the Spot 5 Mosaic is part of several earth imagery products available […]

Unanswered questions on Eskom’s price application to NERSA

  This article questions Eskom’s recent application to NERSA for an additional price increase this year, and concludes that if the Regulator is to grant any price increase at all, it should be no more than 6,15% rather than the 12,61% claimed by Eskom. On 30 April 2015, South Africa’s national electricity utility, Eskom, submitted […]

Domestic electricity prices of six metros and Eskom compared

  There is significant public misperception and confusion in respect of domestic electricity tariffs in South Africa. In order to clarify the facts, this article compares the domestic electricity prices of Eskom and the six largest metros in the country, namely City Power (Johannesburg), Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, eThekwini, Nelson Mandela Bay and Cape Town. Public misperceptions […]