The Jacob Marley column: Hickory, dickory, dock

  Sir Clocks have always played an important role in power systems. From the earliest days when George  Westinghouse’s alternating current won the commercial battle against Thomas Alva Edison’s direct current, and in spite of the comeback that DC rightly made in later years, every generator (or inverter) in the system must run at synchronous […]

Questioning the facts in the electrification debate

  In response to recently published articles regarding electrification in South Africa, Jabu Mmetli, a one-time Johannesburg correspondent for Indaba Southern Africa, questions the veracity of certain statements made in these articles and adds his own suggestions to the debate. As an interested observer of the development of electricity supply in southern Africa for many years (cf. […]

Toward universal energy access: Designing a new household electrification strategy for SA

  Over the past two decades, South Africa has achieved a significant level of electrification: 76% of all households now have access to largely grid-connected power, up from 34% in 1994. Despite successes, the country’s Department of Energy (DoE) and its delivery partners face several barriers to electrifying the remaining backlog of 3,4-million households. In […]

Department of Energy – more talk or a move to action?

  Speaking at a breakfast hosted by The New Age and SABC at the Sandton Convention Centre on 23 June 2014, the new minister of energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, indicated the priorities she has set herself in her new portfolio. Central to this appears to be an appreciation of the weaknesses in her department, and the […]