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Prepare For Business Unusual This South African Winter

22nd May 2019 South African businesses heavily-relevant on realtime telecoms links for their bread and butter need to start squirreling away redundant capacity forthwith. That’s the message from leading independent telco Huge Networks, now incorporating Otel, as autumn sets in. One senior opposition party... 

EM offers key products for power-factor correction to cut energy costs

21st May 2019 Power-factor correction is a mechanism to reduce operating costs associated with electricity consumption. Some of the key advantages here are reduced kVA charges, improved plant efficiency and network voltage, and reduced overloading of cables, switchgear, and transformers. The power factor is... 

Amplats considers sale of Twickenham and Bokoni mines – CEO

By: Reuters     17th May 2019 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is contemplating the sale of its Bokoni and Twickenham mines in South Africa, a move which would mostly complete the group's divestment strategy, its chief executive told Reuters. The precious metals producer has sold many of its mines as it pivots from the... 

Company uses macadamia nut shells to purify water

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th May 2019 Kusini Water has developed a locally designed solar-powered water purification system that uses an activated carbon filter made from locally sourced macadamia nut shells and that is being used to meet the water needs of schools and communities in South Africa.   The system was developed by... 

Greenpeace welcomes move to license SSEG projects

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2019 Greenpeace Africa political adviser Happy Khambule says rooftop solar is a “no-brainer” and has welcomed the move by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe “to finally make sure that the country can go ahead with the installation of rooftop solar”. The Minister earlier this week instructed the National... 

Pioneers and projects that shone at African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2019 A dynamic South African leader in renewable energy, a former influential government minister in Ethiopia, the Ghana Grid Company and a range of renewable energy projects were among the winners at the annual African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards announced in Cape Town this week. The... 

Opinion: How could South Africa depoliticise its electricity planning process?

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     17th May 2019 As South Africans know all too well, the processes involved in drafting and approving an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity are emotive, opaque and highly political. It took nearly ten years to update the initial IRP 2010, despite the fact that the document lost relevance almost from... 

Eskom unbundling will allow for efficient and effective management

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th May 2019 The challenges facing State-owned power utility Eskom can be mitigated through proper, efficient and effective management, which is possible with the company’s unbundling, says Stellenbosch University Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES) director Professor Sampson Mamphweli. 

Time to engage

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2019 The mood at the media conference hosted in February at the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) 7 Rissik Street head office in downtown Johannesburg was beyond angry. President Joseph Montisetse reported that the union was “bitterly dismayed” at the decision of its former general-secretary,... 

Eaton acquires controlling interest in Turkish company

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2019 Power management company Eaton has acquired a controlling interest in Ulusoy Elektrik, a manufacturer of medium-voltage electrical equipment based in Ankara, Turkey. The acquisition will help Eaton develop innovative power solutions for the African market. “The acquisition of Ulusoy Elektrik... 

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