Video: Brian Dames says Eskom has full control of SA’s power system

  by Roger Lilley, editor Addressing the media regarding the state of the system, Eskom’s chief executive, Brian Dames, said that last week’s emergency was caused by the loss of about half of the electricity it usually receives from the Cahora Bassa hydro-electric scheme in Mozambique. This shortfall brought an already tight supply system dangerously […]

Energy bodies announce AGM dates

  Two important industry associations have announced the dates and times of their upcoming Annual General Meetings: The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) will hold its AGM on 10 April 2014 at 11h00, and the Council of Measurement & Verification Professionals of South Africa (CMVPSA) will hold its AGM on the same day at […]

African leaders seek solutions to energy trilemma

  African energy leaders see global climate framework uncertainty, high energy prices, and commodity prices as the critical issues driving Africa’s energy agenda this year, according to the 2014 World Energy Issues Monitor, released by World Energy Council (WEC). The African views are in contrast with the global view, where high energy price volatility has for […]

Register for the 2014 Modern Solutions Power Systems Conference

  Registration for the 2014 Modern Solutions Power Systems Conference (MSPSC), which is to take place from 3 to 5 June 2014 at the JW Marriott Houston Hotel, Houston, Texas, USA,  is now open. Register to reserve your seat at one of the most important conferences for today’s power system leaders. The first two MSPS conferences were […]

Centres of excellence to advance interdisciplinary research

The Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, has approved the establishment of an additional five new centres of excellence (CoEs) to promote collaborative and interdisciplinary research among research-performing institutions, and to provide high-end skills development in priority research areas. The new centres bring to 14 the total number of centres established since 2004 by […]

Helping SA companies to be more competitive

Offerings and products of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Subcontractor and Partnership Exchange (SPX) programme have been incorporated into the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit (TLIU) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The SPX programme recently reported a positive impact on local industrial manufacturing companies. Ashley Bhugwandin, who heads up the TLIU, […]

Company invests in training for increased demand for renewable energy

  ABB South Africa reported a 66% increase in revenue in its year-end results to December 2013. This was mainly achieved through the increased demand for renewable energy. The company’s CEO, Leon Viljoen, is positive about prospects based on South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which includes a significant portion of future energy generation emanating […]

Minister bids farewell to utility’s GCE

  Malusi Gigaba, the minister of public enterprises, has noted the resignation of Eskom’s group chief executive Brian Dames whose last day of service is 31 March 2014. The minister has directed the board to expedite the recruitment process to find a suitable successor to ensure a smooth transition. Dames led Eskom when the company […]

Electricity supply situation

  The circumstances that resulted in Eskom declaring a system emergency on 20 November 2013 continue to cause the system to be severely constrained. Although the company continues to assure the public that it has sufficient generating capacity, it is well known that the utility regularly relies on its open cycle gas turbines to meet […]

Call for papers for SARPA’s annual convention

  The Southern Africa Revenue Protection Association (SARPA) extends a call for papers for its 18th Annual Convention which is to be held from 10 to 11 July 2014, in Knysna. This convention aims to share information and knowledge between role-players in the revenue protection environment for utilities. The convention will address revenue protection (RP) […]