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Electricity and Control January 2018 OFCFiddling – while Eskom burns

Greetings to everyone from the Electricity+Control team and may it be a wonderful 2018 – all round!

No one wants to start the year on a ‘down’ … but how can the downfall of a once respected entity – Eskom – be ignored?

One of the many farces that exists in the organisation was highlighted on Twitter by civil activist and OUTA chairman, Wayne Duvenage, who points out that Eskom’s legal manager, who exposed alleged executive misconduct and fraud within the organisation, is being intimidated by Eskom; while executives with Big question marks over their heads have resumed their positions, employees having welcomed their return in song and dance.

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Electricity and Control December 2017This year has reminded me of Twitter … the frantic scrolling down the page, getting to the bottom – going back up – only to scroll down, back up and down, again and again! Bits and bytes of information about everything and about nothing zooming through my head … going everywhere and going nowhere! Depending on your age, you might believe (as I do) that the 21st Century world is science fiction come true. It is a changed world; another world – and fascinating, if you are able to make sense of it.

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Electricity and Control November 2017What’s in it for YOU!

We have some wonderful insights in our November 2017 issue of Electricity+Control. New author in our magazine, Goran Novkovic, who promotes cybersecurity for critical infrastructure and manufacturing through public-speaking, blogs and articles, discusses the ‘Converging IT/OT environment’ and ways of protecting critical infrastructure within this environment.

Kevin Pillay of Siemens Africa, gives an interesting perspective on Africa’s ‘Mobility Revolution’ and how great the need is for Intelligent Mobility on the Continent.

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Electricity Control October 20171It’s really great when good stories find their way to us… and this month there are several. Susan Buitendag of Endress+Hauser shows how Big Data can assist the mining industry with the challenges of abundant data in mining operations. Frank Walde of Phoenix Contact introduces the flexible Adaptive Software Platform – a tool that combines the important functions of an automation solution.

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ElectricityandControl September 2017One of many descriptions of the ‘Internet’ is: ‘A worldwide system of interconnected networks and computers’ … and that it certainly is. When did it start? Well many dates are out there, from 1969 with Arpanet, which was not about people communicating over distances but rather about the sharing among researchers the processing power of other institutions’ computers). The theory goes on to suggest that the Internet network invented in the Pentagon was designed to survive a nuclear attack.

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Electricity and Control August 2017Such important messages were relayed at the recent PowerGen & DistribuTECH Africa 2017 held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. With 75 international exhibitors and over 2 800 delegates in attendance, only good – surely – will come out of it.

Host utility Eskom's new Interim Chairman, Zethembe Khoza, said that the spirit of progress, innovation, partnership and integrated advancement of our industry will help us unite as a single African super grid.

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