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Electricity News

Morocco to spend $676m on rural electrification

15th July 2002 Morocco will spend $676-million (7,2-billion dirhams) between 2002 and 2006 to connect more than 11 000 villages to the national electric power grid, a senior Energy Ministry official has said. 

Live from Grahamstown Festival

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     12th July 2002 Something I really hate is that gushing style of journalism in which the writer details her or his adventures at some exotic destination where all expenses have been fully paid up in return for a splash in a local magazine. 

Maintenance 'strike' due to Reds uncertainty

By: Deborah Spicer     12th July 2002 The chief electrical engineer at a medium-sized municipality in the Western Cape reports that he has observed that councils seem reluctant to invest money in maintaining assets which will be “taken over” by a regional electricity distributor (Red). 

Plans to power African renaissance

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     12th July 2002 Incoming Union of Producers, Conveyors and Distributors of Electric Energy in Africa (Updea) president Thulani Gcabashe believes that the pan-African body has a significant role to play in the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad). 


12th July 2002 Hydropower Equipment (HPE) specialises in the design and supply of predominantly water-operated equipment to the underground mining industry. 

Solar-energy dish goes up in Midrand

By: Irma Venter     12th July 2002 Power utility Eskom has given one step further to solar energy with the arrival of an 18-m high solar dish from the US. 

Thulani Gcabashe Eskom

12th July 2002 Thulani Gcabashe Eskom Leader of 33 032 

How to avoid the 'girl friend' effect

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     5th July 2002 Last week I wrote about stereo sound and the best place to put loud-speakers in a hall. I wrote that I would continue on the topic – I hope it’s not too boring but if it is - see if I care. 

76 people die in theft-related electrocutions

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th July 2002 A total of 157 people were electrocuted countrywide in 2000 and 2001, nearly half of them in crime-related incidents. 

Cape backing to two wind-farms

5th July 2002 Cape Town is throwing its weight behind the Western Cape’s two wind energy projects - the Darling demonstration wind farm and Eskom’s wind energy demonstration facility. 

R1bn SNO investment poised for take-off

By: nkolola halwindi     5th July 2002 With a R1-billion investment, 30% shareholders to the Second Network Operator (SNO) Eskom and Transtel have completed the infrastructure, which includes fibre optics and switching for the SNO to begin operating. 

Power utility meet Iraqi leader

5th July 2002 During the visit to South Africa between July 3 and July 8, Eskom invited Iraqi deputy prime minister Tarek Aziz for business discussions. 

Sun puts sparkle in dirty water

By: Karel Smrcka     5th July 2002 An aerating device originally designed to revive a dying trout farm in the UK is finding many applications around the globe, including use alongside conventional equipment in cleaning major spills and pollutants from decommissioned oil rigs. 

Cable-laying contract lands safely

28th June 2002 Gauteng based electrical-infrastructure specialists, Tractionel Enterprise (TE), has successfully completed a R3,1-million contract for Airport Contractors, lead contractor for the Johannesburg International Airport domestic terminal upgrade, relocating the main 11 kV feeder and other cables to... 

Jhb firm wins R30m follow-up contract

28th June 2002 Following its successful completion of a R40-million low-voltage contract and electrical installation at the first phase of BHP Billiton’s Mozal project, near Maputo in Mozambique, Johannesburg-based company RBF Technology has won an additional R30-million contract for the supply of... 

Electricals upgrade to boost output

28th June 2002 Global power and automation technology group ABB has won a $26-million order to supply electrical and control equipment for BHP Billiton’s Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay, near Durban. 

Joburg on track with free-power plan

By: Deborah Spicer     28th June 2002 Johannesburg is on track to provide residents with 50 kWh of free electricity by July 1, confirmed mayor Amos Masondo during his budget speech in May. 

Loudspeakers in a hall

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th June 2002 Hannes Bornmann wrote to ask if I would write something about stereo sound and the best place to put loud-speakers in a hall. 

Heating and cooling directly with wind

By: Karel Smrcka     28th June 2002 Wind energy is already being used worldwide for the generation of electricity. Another very interesting possibility is the use of the kinetic energy to drive cold and heat compressors. 

Bids this month for engineering privatisation

By: Deborah Spicer     21st June 2002 Following the call for expressions of interest in acquiring a stake in Eskom Enterprise-owned engineering firm Roshcon earlier this month, non-binding offers are to be submitted by June 28. 

Africa's utilities add energy to renaissance plan

21st June 2002 Africa's top power utilities say they are ready to take a leading role in a recovery plan for the continent through the provision of infrastructure development. 

Utility unleashes SA's technical talent

21st June 2002 A range of focused activities are coordinated by the Eskom Development Foundation (ESDEF), a section 21 company formed in 1998, in a drive to unleash the technical skills of young South Africans. 

Power utility pays heed to 'triple bottomline'

By: Joanne Delaurentis     21st June 2002 South Africa’s State owned power utility has allocated over R52-million this year to its corporate social investment arm, to beef up the third element in its triple bottomline. 

R115m recapitalisation for Kelvin power plant

By: Deborah Spicer     14th June 2002 In excess of R115-million will be spent by AES Kelvin Power over the next three years, when it carries out systematic overhauls and upgrades to some systems at the Johannesburg power station. 

West Driefontein gold-mine (I)

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     14th June 2002 As a one time employee of West Driefontein gold-mine (I was a junior engineer), let me tell of what has been forgotten – one of the biggest feats of engineering in the history of this country. 

New range of electrical fastening elements

14th June 2002 Specialist in electrical insulation materials and industrial laminates Calidus Von Roll Isola has introduced a range of fastening elements, which it believes are unique because of their high thread tensile strength, overall tensile strength and resistance to torsion and corrosion. 

SA, Morocco in energy joint venture

12th June 2002 State power utility Eskom Enterprises (EE) and the Office National de l’Electricit 

Report into 'free' electricity proposal

11th June 2002 Plans are under way for the executive director of Eskom, Jacob Maroga, to present a copy of a far reaching report to the Minister of Minerals and Energy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. 

Power firm believes Aids infections are declining

10th June 2002 One of South Africa’s biggest employers believes the rate of Aids infection among staff is now on the decline thanks to a comprehensive programme which costs it around R180-million yearly. 

Chinese to build Uganda solar plant

10th June 2002 A Chinese solar company, Shenzhen Topway Solar, is planning the commissioning of a $500 000 solar assembly plant in Uganda. 

S African gov powers SADC rural electrification plans

By: nkolola halwindi     7th June 2002 Thus far, the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has invested about R84-million, with an additional EUR15,9-million received as a grant, into renewable energy projects. 

Union to unlock Africa's energy potential

By: nkolola halwindi     7th June 2002 A new vision to ensure that the Union of Producers, Conveyors and Distributors of Electrical Energy in Africa (Updea) becomes the main catalyst in the electrification of the continent, will be launched at the 14th Updea congress to be held in Durban in June. 

Economic development and electrification go hand in hand

By: nkolola halwindi     7th June 2002 As calls to electrify the African continent are being sounded by power pools and the New Partnership for African Development, global automation and power technology group ABB has responded to the call by undertaking a number of projects across the continent. 

$172-million Ethiopian energy access project under way

7th June 2002 The African office of the World Bank has announced that it will be participating in a $171,8-million energy access project in Ethiopia. 

Malawi–Moz power interconnect project advances cautiously

By: Marcel Chimwala     7th June 2002 MALAWI – A call for expressions of interest has been issued to consulting engineers for a project to interconnect Malawi's hydro-electric power grid with that of neighbouring Mozambique. 

Ten SA manufacturers show the way in the export market

By: Deborah Spicer     7th June 2002 South Africa’s exports grew from R210-billion in 2000 to R251-billion last year in what should not be regarded as an exceptional year for exports but as part of a sustained pattern of export growth. 

Africa's deregulation challenge

By: nkolola halwindi     7th June 2002 Jumping on the worldwide bandwagon on deregulation, the deregulation of African electricity markets is at different stages in Africa, with some countries already having made significant progress. 

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