Communications ministers follow their leader in low scores

  When the Democratic Alliance, the largest opposition party in parliament, published its ministerial scorecard last night it was no surprise that both Faith Muthambi, minister of communication and Siyabonga Cwele, minister of telecommunications and postal services, joined the president in scoring 1/10. The DA had at least compliments for one cabinet member, the minister […]

Losses put Eskom’s sustainability at risk

  Eskom predicts that it will post a net loss of R8,8-billion for the six month period from September 2014. This loss will virtually wipe out the utility’s R9,3-billion profit by 31 March 2015, undermine the utility’s capex and opex budgets, and put the utility’s sustainability at risk. Speaking at Eskom’s interim financial results presentation on […]

Delay in first synchronisation of Unit 6 at Medupi likely

  At a briefing by Eskom’s Medupi project manager, Roman Crookes, and the head of capital projects, Dan Morakane, it was indicated that a further delay in the first synchronisation of Unit 6 at Medupi power station is increasingly likely, and that the minister of Public Enterprises and other key stakeholders were being informed of […]

LTE the ultimate in mobility? Think again, 5G is on its way!

  Nokia Networks was the real winner at AfricaCom 2014 when it comes to the future of telecommunication technology. Mainly focussing on its research on mobile communications, the company showed two innovative concepts:  voice over LTE;  and where the next generation of mobile access is going – giving customers a virtual zero latency gigabit experience […]

Minister Cwele invites your ICT policy input

  The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has published the National Integrated ICT policy discussion paper entitled “Options Paper”. The 300-page document is the third phase of the public engagement process which commenced with the Framing Paper gazetted in April 2013. Click here to download The National Integrated ICT policy. Click here to download […]

Magazine publishers to challenge SA Post Office monopoly

  A concerned group of specialist magazine publishers has indicated its intention to lodge a formal complaint next week with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) against the South African Post Office (SAPO), which has been in breach of its licence conditions for several years. Chris Yelland of EE Publishers, spokesman for the […]

Silo’s structural problems brought to Eskom’s attention long ago – Solidarity

  Since January, Eskom has been aware of structural problems of the silo which collapsed at its Majuba power station the day before yesterday, trade union Solidarity said today. Solidarity blames Eskom for not having addressed the issue, accusing the company of negligence. Solidarity has learnt that Eskom workers had been monitoring resonances at the […]

Open public debate: The future of nuclear energy in South Africa

  You, your colleagues, friends and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend an open public debate hosted by EE Publishers and The Daily Maverick on: The future of nuclear energy in South Africa DATE: 30 October 2014 TIME: 15h30 for 16h00 to 18h00, followed by a cocktail party till 20h00 VENUE: AxizWorkgroup Auditorium, International […]

Medupi receives boiler registration

  Eskom’s Medupi power station has received its pressure equipment regulation certificate of registration for Unit 6 from the Department of Labour (DoL). Boiler registration with the DoL is required as no one may use a steam generator without such a certificate, and the boiler must be registered before energy can be applied to it and before the start of the […]

Shaping the future from the roots

  Driving to and from its offices in Nooitgedacht near Muldersdrift, the staff of EE Publishers have in recent days been amazed and impressed with the surprisingly fast development of a new crèche springing up virtually on its doorstep. EE Publishers regularly reports on the skills shortages in South Africa, and we understand that the […]