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With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

By: Schalk BurgerThe integrated national electrification programme (INEP) of the Department of Energy (DoE) is set to change in scope and character as it nears its initial goals of electrifying most communities in South Africa that were not connected to the national grid. Energy Deputy Minister Thembisile Majola... 

With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

Editorial Insight

Think demand

By: Terence CreamerAt any gathering where South Africans convene to deliberate on the country’s economic predicament, one well-worn narrative will inevitably arise. It begins with the statement that South Africa is endowed with natural resources that are second to none. What follows is a lamentation about the fact... 

Think demand

News & Insight

Airbus to support Côte d’Ivoire’s aerospace industry development

By: Rebecca CampbellGlobal aerospace major Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to create a cooperation framework which, in turn, will facilitate the development of the West African country’s aerospace industry. The Côte d’Ivoire Government has... 

Environment-friendly design for art gallery

By: Schalk BurgerThe Norval Foundation art gallery, established by the Norval family and which opened in Steenberg, in Cape Town, in April, hosts works by a range of South African artists and has architectural and civil engineering features aimed at promoting environment-friendliness and sustainability, the... 

Environment-friendly design for art gallery

Intelligent data management capabilities support future services

By: Schalk BurgerIntelligent data management across a company’s information technology environment is a key element supporting faster and more effective use of business data and new technologies and capabilities, such as Internet of Things (IoT) systems, which can involve thousands of different data-generating... 

Intelligent data management  capabilities support future services

Opportunity for smaller exporters amid global ecommerce trend

By: Schalk BurgerThe growth of e-commerce and changing retail industry trends provide entrepreneurs and small businesses with new opportunities to sell their products and services to international markets, says courier multinational FedEx Express Southern Africa operations VP Mike Higley. According to the PayPal... 

SA tech firm eyes enhanced global growth as it tackles US market

By: Natasha OdendaalHome-grown technology group Alaris is targeting an increase of its share in the largest market it can enter as it pursues the acquisition of an undisclosed US company specialising in passive radio frequency and microwave antenna solutions. The group, through its UK subsidiary Alaris Investment... 

Small natural capital footprint of telecoms sector seen as an opportunity

By: Natasha OdendaalThe telecommunications sector is seen as the only “safe haven” in a world where natural resource depletion is increasing liability and business interruption. Natural capital, the “global stock” of natural resources, is being depleted at a rate much faster than the planet can replenish it, which... 

Wastewater plant delivers significant savings for Cape Town hotel

By: Natasha OdendaalThe initial first phase of a new wastewater treatment plant installed at the One&Only Cape Town hotel is expected to deliver savings of 40 000 ℓ/d in potable municipal-treated water that had previously been used to run the cooling towers and a R114 000 a month reduction in water costs. Biological... 

Photo of the Week


By: Creamer Media Reporter Porsche South Africa joined the international Porsche-loving community in celebrating the seventieth anniversary of the sports-car brand. Several thousand Porsche owners converged on the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, in Gauteng, to mark the occasion, which include various events and races. Porsche... 



Let’s get the questions right on police reform

By: Rebecca CampbellOne of the striking things about South Africa is how little interest the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has shown in transforming certain key institutions the country. Oh, there have been big changes in personnel, yes, because the ANC has focused, and continues to focus, on demographic... 

Living on past glories?

By: Riaan de Lange  “It's nine o'clock on a Saturday. The regular crowd shuffles in.” 

Unbundling Eskom

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyIt should be evident to everybody that State-owned electricity utility Eskom is in the following condition: (a) The road transport coal supply contractors have for years been ripping off the system – the trucks get loaded with good-quality coal, which is driven to an export depot. They then pick... 

Will the SDGs help us rewire the economy?

By: Saliem FakirThe Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the new mantra, and everybody is trying to figure out the best way to leverage them; the question is whether to follow the same old path or to beat a new one.   If the underlying premises of an economic system are the same, what can SDGs really solve?... 


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