Urgent appeal: help save the SA panel-building industry

Earlier this year, I wrote a paper based on local research regarding the challenges facing our local manufacturing industry, which is under severe pressure to survive and to remain viable. This paper was published in the media under the title, “Challenges facing the electrical panel-building industry in South Africa”. The paper was also directed to […]

Lighting seminars held country-wide

Speaking during the first of a series of seminars to be presented in all the major centres in the country, BEKA-Schréder general manager Wimpie Ludwick said the Lightability Seminars will give attendees an opportunity to “firm up their foundations of lighting principles”, but also to expand their knowledge of LED lighting trends and technologies. The […]

On the brink of a death spiral

With debt approaching R450-billion and an operating deficit of R20,7-billion for the 2018/2019 financial year, and the utility being unable to cover its operational and debt-servicing costs with revenue from sales of electricity, Eskom is on the brink of a death spiral. This is the implication from the figures presented at Eskom’s recent Integrated Results […]

The crisis at Kusile and the titanic Eskom continues…

. Eleven years after construction started on Eskom’s massive 4800 MW Kusile coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga province, South Africa, not one of its six 800 MW generator units is currently delivering power into the grid. Construction started at Kusile in 2008, and all six generation units were planned to be in commercial service by […]

Establishing a viable gas energy sector in SA

The third in a series of morning seminars presented by Nedbank and EE Publishers will be hosted at the Nedbank Main Auditorium, 135 Rivonia Rd, Sandton, on 18 September 2019. The seminar will discuss the establishment of a viable gas energy sector in South Africa. The series of seminars focuses on infrastructure issues facing the […]

Energy efficiency conference announced

The Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC) will host the 14th Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation Conference (2019SAEEC) on 14 and 15 November 2019 at Farm Inn, Silver Lakes, Pretoria for industries working to improve energy management; energy engineering; cogeneration; power generation; efficiency and others. The conference is an important energy event of national scope […]

Mitigate the impacts of carbon tax

Carbon tax came into effect on 1 June 2019 in South Africa as part of government’s drive to reduce carbon emissions and live up to its commitments on climate change. Phase 1 of the tax sees carbon emissions taxed at a rate of R120/tonne of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent). With the various allowances considered, the […]