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University spinoff company develops energy, water efficiency solution for schools

By: Donna Slater     11th June 2021 Stellenbosch University (SU) spinoff company GreenX Engineering’s initiatives to help equip Cloetesville Primary School, in Stellenbosch, with energy-saving technology ensured that it became the first school in South Africa to receive an electrical performance certificate (EPC). The school... 

South Africa on its way to decentralised power system – SAWEA

By: Simone Liedtke     11th June 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the licensing-exemption threshold for companies to produce their own electricity will be increased from 1 MW to 100 MW. SAWEA says it views this as another indication the country is well... 

Egis opens doors for South African youth

1st June 2021 Egis Operation South Africa (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of the French engineering and infrastructure development giant, Egis Group, recently established a presence in South Africa. The company set up a permanent office in Johannesburg during the second half of 2020. Despite its early days in the... 

Tribunal approves merger involving OMAI, ACTOM Investment Holdings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th May 2021 The Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved a merger involving Old Mutual Alternative Investments (OMAI) and ACTOM Investment Holdings. OMAI will, through its subsidiary OMPE V GP, acquire shares in ACTOM Investment Holdings, following the tribunal’s unconditional approval of the... 

Nemwa amendments aimed at increasing recovery of products to be recycled  

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2021 Waste management and plastic recycling are a significant challenges in South Africa and recent amendments to Section 18 of the National Environmental Management and Waste Act (Nemwa) regulations call for producer responsibility organisations (PROs) to cooperate with municipalities to increase the... 

Electricity liberalisation up to 50 MW will support economy, allow more renewables, storage, says Neasa

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2021 Business organisation the National Employers' Association of South Africa (Neasa), in its comments on the proposed amendments to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA), called for the liberalisation of electricity generation up to 50 MW. It also called for wheeling and for definitions... 

Kwatani’s facilities equipped for swift, custom orders 

13th May 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Kwatani’s fabrication jobbing processes are designed to accommodate custom-designed equipment in similar time frames that other OEMs deliver standard equipment, while also being flexible enough to handle emergency orders with short lead times. Cameron Mackay tells... 

Solar Power Helping Eradicate High Youth Unemployment in West Africa

7th May 2021 GREEN Solar Academy and Valentin Software have joined forces with Takoradi Technical University in Ghana and KYA-Energy Institute in Togo, with financial backing from Germany’s fund, to implement expert training and job placement opportunities for future PV engineers. BTech graduates... 

Pre-paid electricity consumption: the connection section

6th May 2021 Prepaid electricity consumption is a sensible option for many people, under a number of different circumstances: for the home or business owner, for the tenant, for the owner of an Airbnb property, for example. But how do you know what to look for when you first set out to share in the benefits... 

Energy specialist encourages mines to consider hybrid energy systems

By: Simone Liedtke     5th May 2021 Electrical energy solutions provider Senergy energy specialist Wilco de Villiers has encouraged miners to consider the value of implementing hybrid energy systems at their operations, as mines cannot function effectively without reliable energy supply. Speaking during this year’s Energy & Mines... 

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