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Electrification and Distribution

Electricity for 2000 and beyond

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Electrification 

Programme turns on the lights for the masses

By: System Author     19th November 1999 econstruction & Development 

How power can be brought to rural areas through technology

By: System Author     5th November 1999 A renewed focus is needed to bring electricity to the world’s rural areas. 

Substantial investment in SA infrastructure

By: System Author     5th November 1999 German Contribution to South Africa 

Non-grid spark from EU for far-flung schools

By: System Author     17th September 1999 In a project valued at 15-million euros (R98-million), the European Union is contributing to the non-grid electrification of schools in the Eastern Cape and Northern Province. 

R200m for Gauteng community projects

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Accelerating the pace of delivery in terms of projects and services as well as creating job opportunities are two of the biggest challenges which face the Eastern Gauteng Services Council (EGSC) in its 1999–2000 financial year, executive committee chairperson William Mahlangu tells... 

Regional power trade nets R150m for SA

By: System Author     7th May 1999 In an extremely difficult economic climate Eskom’s traders last year managed to make a gross profit of more than R150-million, simply by buying and selling electricity in Africa. The power utility reports that South Africa is the largest producer and consumer of electricity in the... 

White Paper sparks review of energy plan

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With the target of electrifying 2,5-million households in rural areas by the end of the year within reach, government is laying the groundwork for future electrification projects in the White Paper on Energy Policy released in December last year. Until now, the national electrification programme... 

$5m Zambian contract

By: System Author     19th February 1999 CONTRACTS have been signed between Roshcon and the Zambian Electricity Supply Company (Zesco) for the electrification of houses at Buchi and Kamitondo, Kitwe and Chifubu, Ndola. The South African company’s scope of work comprises the turnkey design and construction of the scheme. Roshcon... 

Renewed vision on non-grid electrification

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In the new White Paper on Energy Policy released in December last year, government recognises the need to bring the role of non-grid electrification projects in line with grid electrification projects. “Biomass forms the main energy source in the rural domestic sector, while other renewable... 

Use of stand-alone energy units probed

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With many unelectrified households situated in rural areas, far away from the national electricity grid, the Eskom non-grid electrification division is studying various possibilities of providing these households with stand-alone energy units. “Eskom has been involved in electrification for... 

Govt to assume responsibility for target

By: System Author     19th February 1999 The electrification programme aimed at connecting 2,5-million new households by the end of the year is at the tail end of a long road, reports Eskom national electrification planning manager Paul Mar 

R1,5m cable-replacement contract won

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In a contract valued at R1,5-million, Robins Engineering is replacing a 4,5-km-long 88 kV high-voltage power cable between the Sans Souci and Ridge substations in Parktown, Johannesburg. The contract calls for the excavation of 1,5-m- deep trenches, laying the cable, which is supplied by African... 

New era on horizon for SA’s electrification

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A new era will dawn for South Africa’s electrification programme at the end of the year when the present programme comes to an end. “Until now about 2,2-million new connections, connecting about 68% of South Africa’s households to the national grid, have been made by the... 

Sustained development needed for electrification

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Power generation and transmission specialist ABB South Africa, which forms part of the international electrical engineering and technology group, ABB, places great emphasis on sustained development when it becomes involved in community electrification projects. The company supports the training... 

Winds of change evident

By: System Author     19th February 1999 SINCE 1990 wind energy, as a source of renewable energy, has been growing at a rate of 20% a year, making it the fastest-growing energy resource worldwide. South Africa possesses attractive renewable resources, particularly solar and wind, applications which are cost-effective in many instances,... 

Electrification fund will energise SA

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With government taking over the initiative for the national electrification programme, it will establish a national electrification fund (NEF) to provide electrification subsidies. “Until now, Eskom, local authorities and, in some cases, developmental agencies, have funded electrification... 

2,7-million households expected to be electrified

By: System Author     19th February 1999 It is expected that about 200 000 more households will receive electricity than the targeted 2,5-million originally set out in the national electrification programme. “We have reached about 2,2-million households since 1994 and at the rate at which we are going, we expect a total number of... 

Rural schools and villages go solar

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE lights were switched on in October last year in the first Northern Province rural school to benefit from a joint Bavarian government and South African Department of Minerals and Energy pilot solar power project. Dzimauli School, in Folovhodwe village, is one of three schools, 582 homes and... 

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