SABS awarded 20-year commendation

Three of the South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’) testing laboratories have been awarded commendations by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) for maintaining continuous accreditation status during the last 20 years. Johan Louw, the executive responsible for the Laboratory Services Division at SABS, says SANAS applied the criteria laid out in the ISO/IEC 17025 and […]

Call for papers: Cigré regional conference 2019

Cigré has announced that its nineth Southern African regional conference, with the theme “Sustainable Integration of Distributed Energy Resources for Power System Development”, will be held from 1 to 4 October 2019 at Misty Hills Country Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa, in Muldersdrift, Gauteng. A call has gone out for papers related to the application of […]

South Africa joins International Energy Agency

Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, and Dr Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), jointly announced that South Africa has joined the IEA as an Association Country. South Africa is the first sub-Saharan African country to institutionalise its engagement with the IEA, a development which marks an important milestone for […]

New national projection and cartesian coordinate system proposed

South Africa is planning to change its national coordinate and projection system, which has profound consequences for surveying, mapping, engineering and high accuracy positioning applications, and for measurement more generally. The proposed changes are open for public comment until 30 November 2018. South Africa currently uses the Gauss Conform Projection (a special case of the […]

Call for startups to rethink how technology could interact with aerospace

Airbus launched its second edition of #Africa4Future, a joint accelerator programme between the company’s global aerospace accelerator BizLab and Make-IT in Africa, a programme by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit German (GIZ), the German Agency for International Cooperation. For this second edition, the company calls for African tech start-ups that are working on solutions […]

Update on the appointment of base dataset coordinators

Three separate workshops on the appointment of Base Data Set Coordinators were organised by the Directorate: National Spatial Information Framework (NSIF) on behalf of the Data subcommittee of the Committee for Spatial Information (CSI). The workshops were held in Pretoria and the focus was on Base Data Set Coordinators for the following Data Themes: Administrative […]

Electric energy associations sign historic agreement

Two of the world’s largest electric energy associations, Cigré and GO15, have signed an historic memorandum of understanding (MOU). The signing cements the relationship between the two organisations and will strengthen collaboration efforts in solving issues facing the electrical power industry. The signing took place GO15’s Annual Steering Board meeting in Milan, just prior to […]

Awards and recognition at annual convention

The Association of Municipal Electricity Utilities (AMEU) held its annual convention at  the CSIR Convention Centre in Pretoria recently. The event, which was hosted by the City of Tshwane and well attended by delegates and exhibitors, included exciting awards, excellent technical presentations, a gala dinner and sports day. The awards included honourary AMEU membership and […]