What will historians say in a hundred years from now?

  A friend of mine is in the advanced stages of recording a history of electrical engineering in South Africa from 1860 – 1960. The work is expected to be published in a hard-cover book format during 2015 and will make interesting reading for all electrical engineers and maybe a section of the general public […]

How Telkom is the analogue of Eskom

  It is hard not to be depressed about Eskom. The utility is not just another state-owned enterprise (SOE) in perpetual crisis; it is far more important than that. It represents almost our entire electricity system. Electricity is the foundation of our economy and frankly, the foundation of our broader society. If SAA doesn’t work, use […]

The Jacob Marley column: Conferences

  Sir The recent annual AMEU convention caused me to reflect on the curious habit of congregating in what is styled a “conference” – although now often referred to by as many different nomenclatures as there are specialised fields for trooping together in these ritual gatherings. As the year draws to a close, there are […]

Temporary power in hostile environments

  Temporary power providers are familiar with working in hostile environments despite the trials that such locations present. They accept the challenge of operating in countries where the political, economic, social and security systems are fragile. The temporary power industry is no stranger to hostile environments. Lack of infrastructure drives the demand for temporary power.  […]

Baseload IPPP anticipated

  After the success of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) run by the Department of Energy (DoE), the release by the DoE of requests for proposals for gas, coal and hydro under the government’s baseload procurement programme is hotly anticipated. This article highlights some of the differences that we expect to […]

What does the future hold for South African manufacturing?

  A discussion panel on the future of manufacturing in South Africa heard that government has not pursued solutions sufficiently to enable the country to fulfill its manufacturing potential, resulting in the loss of over 300 000 jobs in the sector since the global financial crisis. Yet, at 11% of GDP, the sector still employs […]

Rich in energy resources, poor in supply

  Inadequate energy infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa restricts urgently needed improvements in living standards. Although the region is rich in energy resources, it is very poor in energy supply. Access to reliable and affordable energy is critical to the development of a region which accounts for 13% of the world’s population. Speaking at the launch […]