The Jacob Marley column: Acting is no joke

  Sir Shame – as they say in the Beloved Country – shed a tear for anyone in an acting position. Take, for instance, the man who is now acting in charge of a once great electricity utility. Was he Shanghaied or was his arm twisted? Was he persuaded gently or was he made promises? […]

Power to grow sub-Saharan Africa’s economy

  While achieving a buoyant economic climate is a feat in itself, the real challenge lies in staying afloat. To sustain the economic optimism that Africa is now enjoying, it is imperative that governments, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, address the critical issue of chronic power shortage, which hampers the development of various industries in the […]

The role of engineers and the technical media in civil society

  This paper was presented on 6 April 2014 by Chris Yelland, managing director at EE Publishers, at the Civilution Congress 2014 held at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa, from 6 to 8 April 2014. Background to the prevailing environment First some background on the prevailing environment in which we find ourselves as engineers […]

A quarter of a century of electrification – part two

  by Jac Messerschmidt, Pr. Eng. The slogan “electricity for all” was first used in 1988, and in the same year the first electrification joint venture was created in the Eastern Cape. Over the next twenty-five years, this initiative grew to bring electricity to more than 6-million homes, schools and clinics. Initially, the focus was […]

How electricity could unite Africa

  Electricity supply constraints are a significant hurdle to future growth, but a regional approach using market mechanisms will go a long way to addressing electricity shortfalls and to reduce expenditure on wasteful projects, to the benefit of electricity consumers and economies in the whole region.  Despite all the efforts, Africa’s quest for unity has […]

Electricity problems converge as the outgoing Eskom CEO departs

We bid farewell to Brian Dames, the outgoing CEO of Eskom, after his last day at the utility yesterday. With the earlier departure of former Eskom financial director, Paul O’Flaherty, and head of communications, Hilary Joffe, this signals the end of an era – short though it was, at about four years. While Dames’ departure […]

SA nuclear industry sharply criticizes the IRP 2010-2030 Update Report 2013

  A comprehensive review commissioned by the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) is sharply critical of the draft Update Report 2013 of the Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP) 2010-2030 recently issued for comment by the South African Department of Energy (DoE).   The draft IRP 2010-2030  Update Report 2013 has not yet […]