Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

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While South Africans are urged to save electricity all the time and Eskom – the largest producer of electricity in South Africa – actively discourages people from use its products, the consequences of the reduced consumption are having a direct and unsuspected impact on the City of Cape Town.


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There was quite a fanfare in Warrenton in the Northern Cape in June because the government provided an electricity connection to the 5,6-millionth house in the country and as a result, the Minister of Energy, Dipuo Peters and her deputy were on hand to switch on a symbolic light and hand over a kettle, a two-plate stove and an iron to the owner, Lenah Letebele.


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I would hope that everyone at Eskom – not only its chief executive, Brian Dames – would be using gas rather than electricity to make something tasty for supper.  We wouldn’t want our chief executives, or anyone else at Eskom, going hungry at night when they have to keep the power feeding into the homes of millions of South Africans.

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I either hate government statistics – particularly when they relate to money – because most of the time they are just wrong.

The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has heaped a barrow of scorn onto South African citizens by telling its members that ratepayers and residents owe local councils R81-billion in unpaid accounts, a sharp increase from the initial estimates done three years ago that pegged the figures at about R40-billion.

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Anyone involved in engineering – or more particularly electrical engineering – will recognise immediately that there is no quick fix for South Africa’s electricity problems and, for years, many specialists have warned of an impending return to the load shedding of April 2008.

Sometimes it’s the really small things in life that have an enormous impact on individuals, businesses and employees all over the world and, very often, it’s the last solution to a problem too.

Two separate events caught my eye this week and both of them were so silly that I thought it worth recording in the light of the widespread corruption, horrific rapes and ever-present criminality that dominates all media reports in South Africa at the moment.

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With the many new renewable energy companies actively starting to get their new power plants going, several property experts seem concerned that land claims – over land where these power stations are built – could hamper the delivery of power and scupper power generation in later years.

Magazines

African Fusion

AfricanFusionAfrican Fusion, the official publication of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), aims to provide up-to-date insight into welding technology and the welding industry.

Capital Equipment News

Capital Equipment News is dedicated to the application of equipment and modes of transport that are used in the mining, construction, quarrying, and transport industries.

Construction World

ConstructionWorldConstruction World was first published in 1982 and has grown to become a leader in its field, offering a unique mix of editorial coverage to satisfy the diverse needs of its readers.

Electricity + Control

ElectricityandControlE + C publishes innovative, technical articles that provide solutions to engineering challenges in measurement, automation, control, and energy management.

Lighting in Design

LightingandDesignLighting in Design is a glossy, upmarket publication aimed at lighting professionals. It is the only B2B magazine in SA that is dedicated solely to the subject of lighting.

MechChem Africa

MechChemJanuary2017cover MechChem Africa supports African engineering and technical managers across the full spectrum of chemical and mechanical disciplines.

Modern Mining

ModernMiningEstablished in 2005, Modern Mining is one of SA's leading monthly mining magazines, noted for the quality and accuracy of its writing and the breadth of its coverage.

Modern Quarrying

ModernQuarryingModern Quarrying is firmly entrenched as a leading industry-specific magazine. It focuses on promoting the science and practice of quarrying and processing in southern Africa.

Sparks Electrical News

SparksElectricalNewsReadable and informative, Sparks Electrical News is the newspaper for those involved in installing and maintaining electrical supplies and equipment.

 
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