Minister opens new waste heat to power plant

  Rob Davies, the minister of trade and industry, opened a clean energy power plant at Anglo American Platinum’s Waterval platinum smelter complex near Rustenburg recently. The power plant recovers energy from the heat generated by the smelter and converts it to electrical energy which is used on-site to reduce the company’s demand from Eskom. […]

Global electrical equipment maker signs local manufacturing deal

  Schneider Electric and Steelcor Power signed an agreement recently which will have Steelcor Power producing Schneider Electric’s medium voltage (MV) Premset switchgear locally. In preparation for the new venture, Steelcor Power has increased its Boksburg factory by 900 m2, added a three-ton gantry crane, a new test bay with a partial discharge faraday cage, and […]

First official drone airshow in South Africa

  South Africa’s first official UAV airshow, the Geomatics Indaba 2015 – UAV Airshow, was a resounding success with over 400 delegates attending the event which was held on 10 August 2015 at the Barnstormers Model Flying Club in Ekurhuleni. Organised by the South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI), the Institute of Mine Surveyors of Southern […]

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 […]

Regulator ICASA to finally hear complaints against the SA Post Office

  Some six months after a formal complaint was lodged 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 finally to be heard. The complainants are collectively represented by Bouwer Kobeli Morabe Attorneys, and include: Brooke Pattrick […]

NERSA rejects Eskom’s application for tariff increase

  On 29 June 2015, NERSA rejected Eskom’s application for a selective reopener of NERSA’s multi-year price determination (MYPD).  The power utility had requested a 12,61% tariff hike over and above the 12,69% it had already been awarded and which came into effect on 1 April 2015. Chris Yelland tweeted from NERSA’s offices in Pretoria that NERSA’s […]

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 […]

Dan Marokane to leave Eskom

  Eskom and its executive for Group Capital, Dan Marokane, have mutually agreed to part ways on an amicable basis. It is expressly noted that no misconduct or wrongdoing is alleged by Eskom against Marokane, who is said to believe that the agreement to separate is in the best interests of both parties; to allow the […]

Guidelines for the safe use of standby / portable generators on utilities’ networks

  In the past few months, many South Africans had to make peace with the fact that the country does not have enough generating capacity to meet the growing demand for energy. This admission has seen many households and businesses subjected to load shedding as the grid creaked under severe pressure and back-up generating capacity […]