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Terry Mackenzie-hoy

Terry Mackenzie-hoy

Mackenzie-Hoy is a consulting acoustics and electrical engineer – machoy@iafrica.com

40 years on

3rd July 2020 Now it happens that, 40 years ago, I had just finished my university degree and was on my way to the South African Navy to spend two years as a guest of government. At that time, the state of the electrical supply was this: houses and buildings were supplied with electricity by cables and power... 

Fantasy of the Greens

26th June 2020 I regularly communicate with a group of engineering types who are all power-[Unknown A1]  generation minded and we regularly write about how misguided the green movement is regarding power generation to the grid or, if you like, grids around the world. I cannot speak for my engineering group,... 

Splitting Eskom into three

19th June 2020 On February 7, 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in his State of the Nation Address that State-owned power utility Eskom would be remodelled and split into three State-owned entities dealing with generation, transmission and distribution. It was noted that Eskom was in a deep financial... 

The old blood

12th June 2020 There is nobody who will say that the new CEO of State-owned electricity utility Eskom, André de Ruyter, is doing a bad job. When he took over, Eskom was in a bad way. It was rife with corruption and coal theft, poor maintenance and had two overpriced new power stations which had been poorly... 

Same taxi, different driver

5th June 2020 The following is from an article from the Seven Pillars Institute: “Some of the company’s personnel pocketed a brokerage percentage from suppliers, overloaded ships with personal cargoes for trading, diluted precious metals to produce more volume, colluded with other traders and inspectors, and... 

All the help we can get

29th May 2020 I own a small consulting engineering practice with a staff of five. Our work is consulting in acoustics and noise control. We are not considered essential to any project (as, for example, the structural engineer, mechanical engineer and others are) and, in general, when clients wish to cut... 

Icarus

22nd May 2020 In mythology, Icarus was the son of Daedalus. The latter wanted to escape from the island of Crete and so used wax and feathers to build some wings for himself and his son Icarus. Daedalus warned his son to fly at a middle height – too low and the seawater will dampen the wings; too high and the... 

Bowling for Michael Moore

15th May 2020 Michael Moore is a famous film director, and one of the films he directed is Bowling for Columbine. The title refers to the true story that two students in their late teens – Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, of Columbine High School, in the US state of Colorado – murdered 12 students and one... 

Prophets of doom

8th May 2020 I have before me an article from a newspaper published in Cape Town. The headline is ‘Worst fire season feared’. It goes on to quote whoever who as saying we should be very concerned and uses words like ‘fynbos’ and ‘urban edge’ and ‘endangered ecosystems’ and stuff. There is also a report on a... 

Painting lines on the workshop floor

1st May 2020 Sometime back, in 1994, when the new government had taken over, there was a great deal of backslapping and self-congratulation by new Parliamentarians and officials and settling in and stuff. However, there wasn't much action. This country had come to an almost dead halt, while some people had... 

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