Little-known tax incentives boost business case for renewable energy

. South Africa’s government, energy regulator and Eskom have often been criticised for obstructing the introduction of distributed, small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) which would help businesses to cut costs and ensure the stability of their power supply during load shedding. But in fact there are significant and far-sighted tax breaks which have been put in […]

South African engineering excellence celebrated

The Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) and sponsor Aon hosted the 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards at the Vodacom Dome in Midrand, honour outstanding achievements in the industry. Awards were handed out in the categories Lifetime Industry Achievement Award; Young Engineer of the Year; Engineering Excellence for projects with a value of less than R50-million; projects […]

Position of new Eskom Group chief executive attracts interest

. Mr Andy (Andries) Calitz, a highly respected leader in the global oil and gas energy sector, has confirmed to EE Publishers that he applied for the job of Group CEO of Eskom Holdings to replace outgoing Group CEO Phakamani Hadebe before the closing date of 2 August 2019. “Given the need for due transparent […]

Response to the application for import tariffs on solar panels

BusinessChief.com reports that SegenSolar, a southern African subsidiary of the UK’s Segen group, has offered an opinion on South Africa’s proposed introduction of tariffs on all imported crystaline silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. On 29 March 2019, the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa published an application proposing the introduction of tariffs on all […]

Urgent appeal: help save the SA panel-building industry

Earlier this year, I wrote a paper based on local research regarding the challenges facing our local manufacturing industry, which is under severe pressure to survive and to remain viable. This paper was published in the media under the title, “Challenges facing the electrical panel-building industry in South Africa”. The paper was also directed to […]

“Don’t do anything foolish”, Eskom tells learners

Eskom recently launched its new “ska baiza” campaign which is aimed at educating communities about the safe use of electricity. Derived from everyday South African “township lingo”, “U-ska baiza” means “don’t do anything foolish”. Eskom will spread this message across the country during August, actively engaging schools and communities to ensure that the safe use […]

Death of internal combustion: 1000 km EV range  

Electric aircraft have arrived. Cars are next. With no road resistance, the best electric aircraft, the Bye Aerospace eFlyer, achieves 1000 km with its solar wing option. This range will be the final nail in the coffin of internal combustion cars.    1000 km range for an electric car calls for four essentials: Extremely low drag […]

Nedbank and EE Publishers seminar: Enabling a viable gas energy sector in SA

. Nedbank and EE Publishers are hosting a morning seminar on: “Enabling a viable gas energy sector in SA” This is the 3rd in a series of important infrastructure seminars from Nedbank & EE Publishers DATE: Wednesday 18 September 2019 TIME: 09h00 to 14h30 (see detailed programme below) VENUE: Nedbank Main Auditorium, 135 Rivonia Road, Sandton, […]