Posts tagged as policy

Workshop discusses space resource utilisation of African countries

On 23 and 24 May 2019, a group of space agency, space industry, and academic experts from across Africa, as well as from the United States, Luxembourg, and Japan gathered in Pretoria, South Africa, to discuss  space resources in the context of African space activities and policy. This discussion on space mineral resources was timely […]

Evaluating the risks of South Africa’s energy sector to the country

Energy is a key risk in any economy and particularly in South Africa due to its energy intensive nature and low readiness for the energy transition.  The South African National Energy Association’s (SANEA’s) second South African Energy Risk Report has begun to track the progress made in the energy sector to help make South Africa […]

Draft white paper on science, technology and innovation unveiled

Twenty years after the adoption of the first White Paper on Science and Technology (DST) in 1996, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) began developing a new draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), which was approved by Cabinet in September 2018. The new document will ensure a growing role for STI […]

Supporting earth observation policy and coordination

The earth observations field is evolving, driven by the emergence of a more diverse and capable commercial sector, activities being pursued by emerging space nations, and the emergence of issues that cross communities within the space sector. Given this, it is imperative that new activities be coordinated to support space sustainability. The above trends are […]

New US export policy for military and commercial UAVs

  The United States has established a new policy designed specifically for US-origin military and commercial commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) which governs the international sale, transfer and subsequent use of US-origin military UAS, supplements and builds upon the US Conventional Arms Transfer Policy and is consistent with the requirements of the Arms Export Control […]

Eskom’s former maintenance policies described as “pure madness”

  Dear Editor I write this letter as a former Eskom executive to provide some insights from the past into the problems facing Eskom today. Eskom’s previously effective maintenance policy was dramatically adversely affected by a change during the chairmanship of Dr. John Maree, who, against opposition from some executives, introduced a unique new approach […]

Remarks by minister of energy to the Parliamentary Portfiolio Committee on Energy

  On Tuesday, 1 July 2014, the new minister of energy, Tina Joemat Pettersson addressed the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy in Cape Town. Below is a transcript of her remarks. Chairperson, The President of the Republic addressed the nation on 17th June 2014 and I dare say that the directives and injunctions issued to […]

Department of Energy – more talk or a move to action?

  Speaking at a breakfast hosted by The New Age and SABC at the Sandton Convention Centre on 23 June 2014, the new minister of energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, indicated the priorities she has set herself in her new portfolio. Central to this appears to be an appreciation of the weaknesses in her department, and the […]