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40 years on

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     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... 

Revenue under severe strain, but no tariff increases for Ekurhuleni

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th June 2020 The City of Ekurhuleni will not be increasing municipal tariffs that are within the control of the city, despite a considerable strain on revenue collection exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, Finance and Economic Development MMC Nkosindiphile Xhakaza said on June 26 during a webinar discussing... 

Southwest Microwave introduces IP-based power over ethernet fence detection system, further expanding smart sensor product family

5th June 2020 Southwest Microwave has expanded its suite of IP-based Power over Ethernet (POE) intelligent perimeter intrusion detection solutions with the INTREPID™ MicroPoint™-POE-S Fence Detection System. Ideal for fence applications with cut-or-climb intrusion risks, MicroPoint-POE-S employs proprietary... 

Automotive Ethernet testing simplified with new analysis software

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2020 PicoTechnology, represented locally by COMTEST, has released a new BroadR-Reach decoder/analyzer package that simplifies Automotive Ethernet integration testing and debugging. The package includes a novel non-intrusive Software Directional Coupler to separate up- and downstream traffic on... 

Avoid extended downtime due to inadequate preparation prior to start-up after lockdown

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th May 2020 Evaluate the risk the shutdown posed to Critical Electrical Equipment (CEE) before you start up your plant after lockdown. During normal circumstances, a plant shutdown is a thoroughly planned event where several processes are precisely orchestrated to take equipment out of service, maintained... 

Floating tidal farm on horizon

1st May 2020 Scotland-based tidal energy developer Orbital Marine Power has signed up to a second berth at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland. This will pave the way for Orbital to deliver its first floating tidal turbine farm. 

Ultra-high capacity bulk bag filling system

27th March 2020 A new sanitary bulk bag filling system from Flexicon features dual SWING-DOWN™ fillers fed by high capacity weigh hoppers, achieving fill rates of up to 40 bulk bags per hour. The patented filler design simultaneously lowers and pivots each fill head into a vertically-oriented position that... 

Transnet bemoans cable theft at Pretoria Complex, rolls out diesel locos 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2020 Another incident of overhead cable theft at State-owned Transnet’s Pretoria Complex has further crippled the group’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) subsidiary’s ability to deliver goods to customers on time. It said in a release on Wednesday that the Pretoria Complex, which is one of the country’s... 

Time for govt to consider new strategies to get economic growth going, says Baxter 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st February 2020 In what has been the longest economic downturn for the country since 1945, it has become necessary for government to consider alternative strategies and change various policies to allow business to grow the economy, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said during a media briefing on... 

Donlin gains key state transport/energy infrastructure approvals

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th February 2020 Alaska’s Donlin gold project – jointly owned by NovaGold and Barrick Gold – has received key state transport and energy infrastructure approvals, adding to a growing list of permitting approvals, including the jointly issued federal record of decision received in 2018. The Alaska Department of... 

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