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Electrification and Distribution

Without fossil fuels

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     12th October 2001 I was wondering, just the other day, what will happen when fossil fuels run out. 

Electrical industy faces skills crisis

By: Keith Campbell     12th October 2001 THE geatest challenge facing the engineering industry today is the shortage of skilled workers. 

Feedback on coal and electricity export

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     5th October 2001 I recently wrote two articles on the morality and ‘rightness’ of Sasol exporting coal and Eskom exporting electricity. I received a number of replies. 

If engineers weren't apolitical

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th September 2001 One of the threats that a person, hell-bent of destruction, can carry out with relative ease to make a social point is the destruction or disruption of the power system of a country. 

Senegal seeks energy partners

28th September 2001 SENEGAL – Potential strategic partners in Senegal’s electricity company, Senelec, presented their offers to the Senegalese government two weeks ago. 

Transnational enters new SA market

21st September 2001 In a R9-million deal that heralds its entry into the substation automation market, Siemens’ power automation department has been awarded a contract by the city of Cape Town for the supply of remote terminal units (RTUs). 

A dog's life

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     14th September 2001 The other day I was at a site meeting. There were many of us there, some new faces. We were appointed to do the main power supply of the building. 

MK Mohlala, City Power

14th September 2001 MK Mohlala City Power Leader of 3 000 

Exporting our birthright II

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     31st August 2001 Last week I wrote about how Eskom is selling of power generated in this country, using our non-renewable reserves, to organisations (specifically Mozal, in Mozambique) so that they can make a profit. I wrote how this seemed of very little benefit to this fair land. 

For the engineer's reference shelf

By: Karel Smrcka     31st August 2001 An electrical installations handbook is a classic reference designed to provide authoritative guidance for engineers and technicians who have responsibility for planning, designing, building and operating electrical installation systems. 

State undermining cable sector

By: Keith Campbell     31st August 2001 South African electric cables manufacturers are being endangered by lack of support from municipalities and parastatals, and by dumping by foreign manufacturers. 

Exporting our birthright

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     24th August 2001 A basic form of export is the export of raw materials to other countries. This is an acknowledgement that the exporting country is not sufficiently advanced to use the materials to add value to other products and export the result. 

Can SA avoid becoming the next California?

24th August 2001 Is South Africa, with its energy sector that is set to undergo significant restructuring in the near future, in danger of experiencing a power crisis, as is being experienced in California, US? 

Hendrina power contracts flow

24th August 2001 A R35-million contract for control and instrumentation refurbishment at power utility Eskom’s Hendrina power station has been awarded to Siemens. 

SA utility bids Uganda hydropower contract

17th August 2001 National power utility Eskom’s unregulated arm, Eskom Enterprises, and five other companies which are eyeing the build-own-operate (BOO) contract for two mini hydro-electric power stations in north-western Uganda will be asked to submit technical bids within the next three months, Uganda... 

SA in energy demand-management mode

7th August 2001 The emission of nearly four-million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere will be prevented over the next decade and, over an assumed 20-year lifespan, South Africa's efficient lighting initiative (ELI) will yield societal benefits valued at around R495-million with the penetration of... 

The price of butter

27th July 2001 I grew up in the time of the nationalist government. In fact, I was alive for nearly the whole schmear – from 1948 to 1994. Well, let’s say remember it all rather well. One thing the Nats did was provide terrific support for the farmers. 

SA taps into R8bn Nigeria power project

27th July 2001 Some of the larger South African suppliers to the power generation sector have missed out on significant export opportunities and multimillion-rand contracts with oil-rich, but power-starved Nigeria. 

Energy for the poor

13th July 2001 I was wondering the other day how much it costs in this country if one of the poorest of poor in this country dies. 

Cabinet approves electricity blueprint

By: Laura Franz     13th July 2001 Cabinet has approved the restructuring of the fragmented electricity distribution industry, which will be consolidated into six State-owned regional electricity distributors, or Reds, between January 2002 and December 2003. 

Caring about Californians and caribou

29th June 2001 With monotonous regularity, the bunny-huggers spring to the defence of the defenceless. 

Foreign businesses battle with Bee

By: Laura Franz     29th June 2001 Although most small- and medium-sized South African companies have taken the black economic empowerment (Bee) route, those large local businesses owned by foreign principals have been slow in following suite, reports Eskom operational support manager Reuben Mamorare. 

Smelter expansion rearing to go

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The proposed expansion of the Mozambique aluminium smelter Mozal still has the green-light, despite delays on final approval decisions from the shareholders, says manager of Mozambique affairs Peter Cowie. 

Reds plan will kill golden goose

15th June 2001 This week again, Terry writes about the formation of the regional electricity distributors (Reds). 

New technology in ‘1-litre’ solar house

15th June 2001 Recent oil price hikes have again focused the attention on the need for alternative energy sources. Solar energy is one such resource that has increased its share of the energy market considerably over the last few decades. 

Power grid boss has global ambitions

15th June 2001 The transmission division of electricity utility Eskom is determined to become an organisation significant enough to compete in Africa and international markets, despite the transmission of electricity being regarded as a natural monopoly, says Eskom Transmission executive director Dolly Mokgatle. 

Hardly surprised

1st June 2001 My mom is 79. I would have written that she is a 'sprightly 79' but she is not quite so, having broken her arm. 

Malawi-Moz power interconnect

1st June 2001 Malawi and Mozambique are negotiating the implementation of a multimillion US dollar project to link up their power sectors. 

Big Lesotho power connection project

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th May 2001 The winning bidder for the contract to connect households to Lesotho Electricity Corporation’s (LEC’s) grid is expected to be announced before the end of this week. 

Urban power rehabilitation, Uganda

By: System Author     1st December 2000 The Uganda Electricity Board invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the construction of a 130 km Masindi-Apac 33 kV transmission line 

SA wins from $40m Nigeria project

By: System Author     24th November 2000 A $40-million Nigerian contract, secured by multinational ABB, has guaranteed R50-million for the company’s South African operation, through the use of its products and systems, while enabling it to increase production by 30%. 

SA know-how wows the world

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Energy measurements 

Eskom bright sparks

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Tech Track 

Transmission line, Free State to Eastern Cape

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 To meet the future electricity needs of the Eastern Cape, the construction of a new 400 kV transmission line from Beta substation to Delphi substation is being proposed. 

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. 

Regulator pleased with progress of the electrification process

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Electrification 

More funding, more power

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Electrification 

Electrification by State utility Eskom continues to grow

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Electrification 

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