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Electricity News

BLACK POWER – Eskom’s first black CEO speaks about how he will lead the utility through its transition 

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Innovation is our history and this is what is going to leverage us into the future.” 

Gas pipeline, Kwazulu-Natal

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Sasol Gas intends to construct a new 12-inch steel pipeline to supply methane-rich gas to Engen’s premises in Wentworth, Durban. 

Energy-efficient focus needed

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Initial case-studies into increasing energy efficiency at three prominent South African companies have revealed that local corporations could be saving millions of rands a year by implementing simple energy-saving strategies. 

Zimbabwe power crisis: the latest

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Unconfirmed reports that the operating condition of Zimbabwe’s power sources have reached a critical level have been denied by Zimbabwe deputy high 

Potgietersrus Platreef Project, Northern Province

By: System Author     20th October 2000 South African exploration company Thabex has entered into an agreement with Canadian nickel producer Falconbridge to further explore for minerals on the farm Piet Potgietersrust Town and Townlands 44KS in the Northern Province 

R100-million in pump export orders secured

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Pumps 

Come hither, Mpumalanga beckons

By: System Author     6th October 2000 The province of Mpumalanga is intent on encouraging investment within its borders. 

N-reactor study on fast track

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 The detailed feasibility study of Eskom’s pebble-bed modular reactor project is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2001. 

Magnets for guiding electrons

By: System Author     15th September 2000 Hitech Briefs 

Sishen–Saldanha line part III

By: System Author     15th September 2000 Electrically Speaking 

Jan de Beer

By: System Author     1st September 2000 Leaders 

Will privatisation follow fission?

By: System Author     1st September 2000 Now the atom splitters are themselves splitting 

Power quality boost for Swaziland

By: System Author     25th August 2000 The first phase of a project which is set to guarantee Swaziland’s power supply for the next 20 to 30 years – depending on its load growth and that of the independent power transmitter Mozambique Transmission Company system – is nearing completion. 

SADC plans power regulation

By: System Author     25th August 2000 A draft association agreement and constitution for a regional electricity regulatory association for the Southern African Development Community is being created. 

Heavy current, light touch

By: System Author     25th August 2000 That is Xolani Mkhwanazi’s motto as the National Electricity Regulator prepares itself to deal with competitive electricity supply in South and Southern Africa 

New wind-energy advance

By: System Author     18th August 2000 The dust has barely settled since the Department of Minerals and Energy declared the Darling wind farm demonstration project – a national wind-farm demonstration project on the Cape east coast – and now a Darling demonstration wind farm project steering committee will be meeting... 

Lighting project to bring money, enviro savings

By: System Author     11th August 2000 In addition to saving South African electricity consumers’ money, the South African efficient lighting initiative will realise large global environmental benefits, including avoiding the emission of nearly four-million tons of carbon dioxide over ten years from 1999 to 2008. 

More water for pumped-storage scheme

By: System Author     28th July 2000 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry is undertaking a feasibility study into increasing the water transfer capacity of Eskom’s Drakensberg power station. 

Power: it’s coal for the next 50 years

By: System Author     21st July 2000 The monolithic electricity utility structure prevalent throughout the world is becoming extinct and, instead, is evolving into that of a commercial enterprise which proffers a diverse range of services, ranging from heating, cooling, lighting, and transportation, to telecommunications. 

South Africa offered Russian wind-power technology

By: System Author     21st July 2000 A large Russian State-owned company is looking for a South African partner to introduce its wind power-generation technology to South and Southern Africa. 

The Reds a rip-off

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Electrically Speaking 

Firms at each other’s throats

By: System Author     30th June 2000 Two electrical companies are at each other’s throats over an alleged infringement of intellectual-property rights, both threatening legal action. 

Zinc-nickel-plating plant for Gauteng

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Believed to be a first for South Africa, local company Continental Barrel Plating has installed a R70 000 zinc-nickel alloy- plating plant at its factory south of Johannesburg. 

Local technology goes global

By: System Author     9th June 2000 A technology engineered to deal with conditions considered unique to the South African electricity environment is now being found to be appropriate not only to other developing countries, but also to the developed world. 

New electro-motor controller launched

By: System Author     26th May 2000 Motor control centres, electric motors & drives 

Decision this month for Cape power plan

By: System Author     26th May 2000 National power utility Eskom’s transmission division is to submit its ‘Cape strengthening programme’ to the board for approval this month. 

EMF debate continues

By: System Author     26th May 2000 Electrically Speaking 

Olympic games and the fridges

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Tech Track 

Nuclear bombs to protect everybody

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Tech Track 

Electricity powerhouse eyes SA

By: System Author     28th April 2000 One of the world’s leaders in energy equipment supply and service, ABB Alstom Power, is eyeing a number of business opportunities in South Africa and the Southern African region as it restructures. 

New policy for the restructuring of the national electricity utility

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Electricity power generation & transmission 

Stronger force in SA power market

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Electricity power generation & transmission 

Generators set to power Jo’burg cricket stadium

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Electricity power generation & transmission 

State utility striving to be the best

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Electricity power generation & transmission 

Black economic empowerment targets exceeded

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Electricity power generation & transmission 

New law for nuclear industry

By: System Author     28th April 2000 The legislated renaming of the Atomic Energy Corporation as the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa with effect from February this year heralded some shifting of power over nuclear developments from Necsa to the Minister of Mineral and Energy Affairs. 

SA firm’s swift shift from defence

By: System Author     21st April 2000 In what is probably one of the best examples of adjusting to markets, former South African defence equipment leader, Reunert, has swiftly moved its business from heavy military equipment to sophisticated electronics and low-voltage electrical engineering. 

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