Findings of maladministration by SAPO vindicate complaints by SA publishers to ICASA

  The investigation and report by the Public Protector into allegations of corruption, maladministration and misconduct by the management of the South African Post Office (SAPO) was published on 23 February 2016. The findings vindicate the formal complaints lodged against SAPO by publishers with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). After the complaint […]

City Power responds to complaints of illegal electrical connections

Yumna Sheik, City Power’s aide-de-camp to Sicelo Xulu, the company’s CEO, has responded to a recent article, “Safety last, and no power to the people…” which was published in the February 2016 edition of Energize, regarding the illegal and unsafe electrical connections at the Zandspruit informal settlement west of Johannesburg. According to Sheik, City Power’s […]

Industry outrage at unilateral directive ending partial testing by SABS

  An internal directive by South African Bureau of Standards CEO Dr. Boni Mehlomakulu in 2015 requires that SABS Test House only perform “full testing” in future, and puts an end to “partial testing” by the SABS. This has elicited outrage from a wide range of industry associations in the electrical engineering sector. The affected […]

Westinghouse opposes Eskom, Areva appeal to Concourt, and lodges counter appeal

  In further developments in the ongoing dispute of a R5-billion contract award by Eskom to Areva, Westinghouse has opposed their applications to the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgement on 9 December 2015. The SCA judgement had set aside the contract, declared it “unlawful”, and ordered that […]

Massive automation project achieves key milestones

  ABB’s biggest automation order at the Kusile thermal power plant celebrates early milestones. The company is on schedule to complete the automation for Unit 1 of the 4800 MW coal-fired power station following successful factory acceptance tests (FATs) of the balance-of-plant and the unit which were performed late last year. Kevin Kosisko, the company’s […]

Safety last, and no power to the people…

  The general public is regularly encouraged to report illegal electricity connections, and while some may choose to turn a blind eye and let the poor steal what government has not yet provided, other citizens do what they are asked to do and call the designated municipal and Eskom hotlines. In a growing city such […]

SA AMSAT CubeSat project on track

  SA AMSAT has successfully completed the first prototype of the various elements of its CubeSat project, named Kletskous. The CubeSat is being designed and built by radio amateurs and will ultimately include a 20 kHz linear transponder, extensive telemetry and command systems and selected school science projects. Kletskous measures 10 x 10x 10 cm […]