Posts tagged as Jacob Marley

The Jacob Marley column: Apologise at your peril

  Sir What used to be called moving pictures became known as the movies, although posh folk from certain parts of the world refer to them as “films”. These days of course, images, moving or not, are rarely stored on film, but on disks or flash-memory and increasingly in “the cloud”. So I suppose one […]

The Jacob Marley column: A very ingenious plan

Sir My spirits were lifted recently when acquaintances of mine told me about a Very Ingenious Plan (VIP) to reform the electricity supply industry in this country. My acquaintances are not at liberty to divulge their sources, of course, but they claim they are impeccable. Indeed, they say, the evidence for the success of the […]

The Jacob Marley column: A good credit rating

  Sir This time of the year, as everything winds down (except load-shedding), as old cracks become jokes and rains traditionally flood coal stockpiles (but water remains in short supply), while rock painted black is peddled as coal, when water seeps into cable casings and maintenance and – particularly – catering budgets, are overstretched, is […]

The Jacob Marley column: Shedding the albatross

  Sir The more things change, the more they stay the same. I was cast into a melancholy frame of mind recently about my contemporary friend Sam Coleridge, a dreamy kind of fellow, who was given to devising fanciful rhymes about many things. He is celebrated for his Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which many […]

The Jacob Marley column: Closer ties

  Sir A recent front-page headline in a well-known business daily stated: “State set for tighter control of Eskom”. The article referred to the newly appointed CEO reportedly telling Parliament that Eskom would be “more tightly controlled by the department in future”.  Unsure of the implications of that, I sought the counsel of the Ghost […]

The Jacob Marley column: Supercritical

  Sir This topic invites a strange introduction. In October 1901, several daring Boer commandos attacked the rearguard of British Colonel Benson’s column at Bakenlaagte in Mpumalanga. During the ensuing melee, great bravery was demonstrated by both sides. Colonel Benson, a Magersfontein veteran, died the next morning from wounds received on the field of battle. […]

The Jacob Marley column: Hickory, dickory, dock

  Sir Clocks have always played an important role in power systems. From the earliest days when George  Westinghouse’s alternating current won the commercial battle against Thomas Alva Edison’s direct current, and in spite of the comeback that DC rightly made in later years, every generator (or inverter) in the system must run at synchronous […]

The Jacob Marley column: Acting is no joke

  Sir Shame – as they say in the Beloved Country – shed a tear for anyone in an acting position. Take, for instance, the man who is now acting in charge of a once great electricity utility. Was he Shanghaied or was his arm twisted? Was he persuaded gently or was he made promises? […]