Posts tagged as South Africa

Government urged to expedite IRP

The minister of mineral affairs and energy, Gwede Mantashe, says the long-awaited integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity will go before Cabinet this week. Business Unity South Africa’s (BUSA’s) president Sipho Pityana, is urging the government to expedite the gazetting of a least-cost, least-regret option which will power the economy and create and sustain jobs. Pityana […]

Earth observation challenge seeks mining solutions

The South African Earth Observation (SAEO) Open Innovation Challenge is now open for entries. This year’s challenge is geared towards finding ideas that assist in advancing the societal and commercial competitiveness of the South African mining industry, while considering the improvement of its environmental impact. This challenge is hosted by satellite data provider DigitalGlobe, the […]

Engineering and monitoring behind development on dolomite

Lakeside Office Development is a nine-storey commercial office building in Centurion, and successfully stands on Inherent Hazard Class 8 dolomite, with four known cavities, and a highly-fluctuating rock profile. This requires robust design and geotechnical planning for blasting, excavating, and dynamically compacting the underlying material. The project encompassed a measurement and testing regime to allow […]

South African coal faces bleak outlook

South Africa’s coal mining industry is on the brink of permanent decline as the country’s main export markets prepare to reduce reliance on imports and global divestment from fossil fuels increases at an exponential rate. Eskom and Sasol, which together take nearly two thirds of the 250-million t of coal produced by South African mines […]

South African coal exports outlook: Approaching long-term decline

. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), a respected international energy think-tank, published an important new report on 16 September 2019 on the future outlook for South African coal exports, which points to an industry in long-term decline with significant risks ahead. The Executive Summary of the IEEFA report is provided below […]

Government takes a district-based approach to service delivery

The first pilot site of the district-based coordination model is to be officially launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa at a Presidential Imbizo in OR Tambo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday 17 September 2019. The model aims to address the challenge of government working in silos resulting in a lack of coherent planning […]

Delivering South African solutions with spatial analytics

Using the power of spatial information and geospatial technology could help solve South African problems and deliver solutions. South Africa is facing challenges on many levels. Poverty, crime, inequality, inefficiency and corruption are hampering the country’s social and economic development. The way to address these issues lies in understanding the causes, identifying innovative, cost-effective solutions […]

Drone registration fees to be amended

As part of a various amendments under the “Twentieth Amendment of the Civil Aviation Regulations, 2019”, Part 101: Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) fees are being adjusted. The amendments follow recommendations made by the Civil Aviation Regulations Committee (CARCom), to amend the Civil Aviation Regulations, 2011. Also to be amended are the Technical Standards, including […]

Without ongoing financial support from government, Eskom will collapse

Eskom’s chairperson and acting CEO, Jabu Mabuza, says that the power utility is no longer able to borrow money from financial institutions – because it is struggling to meet the commitments on its massive existing debt – and that its only short-term option is to turn to the shareholder (i.e. the South African government) for […]

Electricity supply challenges are credit negative, with metros most affected

Municipalities in South Africa are heavily dependent on surpluses from the sale of electricity [1]. In FY2018, surpluses [2] from electricity distribution comprised roughly 44% and 46% of gross operating balance for rated metropolitan municipalities (metros) and local municipalities, respectively, leaving municipalities vulnerable to supply and demand dynamics in the sector. Over the past two […]