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Ministerial determinations propose 13813 MW of new-build by IPPs, none by Eskom

. On Friday 20 March 2019, South Africa’s national energy regulator, Nersa, published two draft determinations by Minerals and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe in terms of Section 34 (1) of the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA). These so-called draft “S34 determinations” are the first step in the process of procurement of new electricity generation capacity in […]

Crunch time for South Africa’s national nuclear company, Necsa

. It is crunch time for South Africa’s state-owned national nuclear company, the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), which ran out of operating capital several months before its financial year-end. The company is desperately awaiting an annual grant allocation of some R500-million from government for its new financial year, which commences on 1 April […]

Dealing with the elephant in the room that is Eskom…

An interview with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan by Chris Yelland, managing director, EE Business Intelligence Following a comprehensive interview with Minerals & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on energy and electricity policy in South Africa two weeks ago, energy analyst Chris Yelland tackles the Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, on the big elephant in […]

Interview with Minerals & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

. Anyone who wants to understand the mind and thinking of South Africa’s veteran coal miner, trade unionist, politician, ANC chairperson and Minister of Minerals and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, on energy and electricity matters, should read on… In this interview, Chris Yelland of EE Business Intelligence explores wide-ranging energy and electricity issues with Minister Mantashe, […]

Now Media acquires EngineerIT and Energize from EE Publishers

. Now Media (Pty) Ltd, a well-established print and electronic media-house based in Illovo, Johannesburg, has acquired two flagship publications, EngineerIT and Energize, from EE Publishers (Pty) Ltd. EngineerIT magazine covers measurement and instrumentation; electronics design, manufacture testing and components; telecommunications, networking and broadcasting; automation and control; and computer and software engineering. Energize magazine covers […]

Charlie and the (fully-automated) Chocolate Factory

As any rational 20-something-year-old woman does when dealing with a romantic crisis, a recent breakup led to a wine- and takeaway-filled movie night with my girlfriends. After vetoing all typical boy-meets-girl movies, we opted for a classic: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – the Tim Burton version, of course, because who doesn’t love Jonny Depp? […]

Energy storage on municipal grids: Why this makes sense

Any cost-conscious electricity consumer will always be on the lookout for ways to optimise their energy use and reduce the money paid for the service. Driven by tariff structure design, the real costs have always been, and remain dependent on the profile of the load. The more “peaky” the load, the more it costs to […]

User conference explores benefits of integrated geospatial applications

Esri South Africa’s User Conference from 22 to 25 October this year celebrated the company’s 30th anniversary of doing business in southern Africa, and under the theme “See what other’s cant”, focused on extracting insights from geospatial data. Echoing Esri’s vision of the geographic information system, the company’s Jim Higgins described the GIS as a […]

Explosive letter sent to Parliament’s energy oversight committee by Necsa board

An explosive letter, dated 17 October 2019, from the current Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) board to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Minerals and Energy, reveals startling new information relating to the misuse of Necsa’s funds by the former board under fired former chairman Kelvin Kemm and former CEO Phumzile Tshelane. The letter […]