Domestic electricity prices: Eskom vs. City Power

  There is a widespread perception that City Power and other municipal electricity distributors buy electricity from Eskom and then resell the electricity to domestic customers within their areas of supply with massive mark-ups and at significantly higher prices than would be the case if Eskom supplied such domestic customers directly. While the domestic electricity […]

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 […]

Eskom domestic single phase tariffs: prepayment vs. credit metering

  Domestic electricity users often ask for details of Eskom’s electricity pricing and the options of prepayment vs. credit metering. The summary below prepared by EE Publishers provides the details in a digestible form. 1. Credit metering 1.1 Homepower 4, with an 80 A 1-phase credit meter: (typically supplying higher-consumption households with many electrical appliances) […]

Exploring the complexity of Johannesburg’s evolving spatial dynamics

  Changing Space Changing City: Johannesburg After Apartheid explores the spatial changes experienced by the city since the 1990s by combining “systemic, empirically grounded analyses of material trends” with interesting insights into the city’s mutating neighbourhoods. The book’s contributors are a mix of respected academics, practising urban planners and experienced policymakers. Editors, Philip Harrison, Graeme Gotz, […]

UJ student empowered by “engineering mother”

  Meshack Thusi is a third year student at the University of Johannesburg studying electrical engineering. Life for him has been a struggle but he is determined to make something of himself. Setting out from the village of Zwelishane in Mpumalanga with R3000 in cash earned by his street vendor mother, Julia Mkhonto, he headed […]

To prepay or not to prepay Eskom – that is the question…

  In the first two weeks since his appointment, some questionable public statements made by Eskom’s new acting CEO, Mr. Brian Molefe, make one wonder whether he is receiving sound information from his executive team. The minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Lynne Brown, seems to have had similar problems. After a presentation to the Public […]

Digitised asset record combats aging infrastructure

  This article examines how geographic information systems (GIS) can be used by electrical utilities to combat problems such as aging infrastructure and loss of system knowledge by enabling them to have an accurate understanding of their infrastructure and assets. When we hear about someone marking their 80th or 90th birthday, there’s cause for celebration. […]