Jun 29, 2012
Alterations made to avoid giraffe electrocutionsBack
Endangered Wildlife Trust|Eskom|PROJECT|Electricity|Energy|Transformers|Constant Hoogstad|Eskom|Infrastructure|Power|Transformers|Transformers
© Reuse this
State-owned power utility Eskom has rebuilt and moved some of its infrastructure in the Marloth Park nature conservancy, following the electrocution of four giraffe, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) reports.
The EWT says it received a report of a giraffe electrocution in the nature conservancy, which lies on the southern end of the Kruger National Park, in June last year.
EWT Wildlife and Energy Programme project coordinator Constant Hoogstad says the trust conducted an investigation within five days of the incident.
“The demand for electricity within Marloth Park has grown significantly over the years and, to meet this demand, Eskom installed a number of additional transformers on the property that were not at the appropriate height to accommodate the resident giraffe.
“This increased the likelihood of possible negative interactions and was responsible for the four giraffe electrocuted since June 2011,” the trust states.
The EWT advised Eskom that, owing to the number of electrical transformers in Marloth Park requiring mitigation, a site visit involving all stakeholders should be conducted with urgency.
Site visits and meetings with Marloth Park landowners and Eskom representatives were conducted in July and December 2011, as well as in February, this year.
“Eskom heeded the advice offered by all concerned stakeholders and, on March 25, virtually rebuilt both electricity lines running through Marloth Park. “An army of 250 men did the work quickly and efficiently with minimum impact on the environ- ment within which they were working. They installed new transformers where necessary and lifted those that were too low and a threat to wandering giraffe.
“A total of 106 transformers were moved to the correct height and intermediate poles have been replaced to increase the midspan ground clearance where necessary,” says Hoogstad.
Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Electrical Power Generation and Transmission News
Updated 5 minutes ago Recent accidents involving heavy vehicles on Gauteng’s roads should make the local freight industry question the value of self-regulation, Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi said on Monday. Speaking at the Gauteng Freight Summit, in Boksburg, he referred...
Updated 2 hours 29 minutes ago State-owned power utility Eskom on Monday said it has successfully achieved the first oil fire for Unit 6, the first of the Medupi boilers at the developing power station in Limpopo. With the first oil fire, using liquefied petroleum gas and fuel oil, now achieved,...
Updated 2 hours 52 minutes ago After a R1.5-billion impairment charge resulted in Hulamin reporting negative earnings per share (EPS) of 422c for the 2013 financial year, the aluminium supplier said on Monday that EPS and headline earnings per share for the 2014 financial year were expected to...
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
This Week's Magazine
The broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) alignment process in the con-struction sector has begun, dur-ing which the sector codes of the Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) will be aligned with the revised Codes of Good Practice (CoGP), which come...
It is second time lucky for Toby Venter. Ten years ago he negotiated to buy the Kyalami racetrack, but “the deal did not materialise”.
Environmental solutions company I-Cat started construction work on its R22-million, 1 949 m2 environmentally sustainable office and warehouse facility, commissioned by I-CAT Environmental Solutions, at a launch event in October. The new sustainable I-CAT campus,...
Effective file synchronisation and sharing across an organisation’s structures can provide the basis for robust mobile-device and document management while maintaining proper backup, version control and content distribution. These are the lessons learned by complex...
Hotel group Carlson Rezidor currently holds the largest hotel pipeline in Africa with 30 hotels and 6 300 rooms under development. The hotel group develops and operates Radisson Blu in the upper upscale segment and Park Inn by Radisson in the mid-market segment. With...
Next ArticleCompany refocuses its resources on SA power projects