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New national control centre for energy

By: System Author     15th October 1999 The R27-million project to construct a new national control centre and upgrade existing facilities in Germiston, Gauteng, by State electricity utility, Eskom. 

Power utility has what it takes to be Telkom No 2

By: System Author     8th October 1999 Electricity provider Eskom has the infrastructure to compete for the second fixed-line telecommunications licence to be awarded in either 2002 or 2003. 

SA a reservoir for safety expertise in region

By: System Author     1st October 1999 Industrial Safety, Health & Security 

Thulani Gcabashe - Eskom Enterprises

By: System Author     1st October 1999 Leaders 

Computerised turbine data

By: System Author     24th September 1999 To enable electricity utility Eskom to undertake preventive maintenance on turbines in its power stations, all its turbine equipment data is being computerised. 

Kudu contract awards expected in Dec

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Cape Town local authorities, together with Shell, plan to award contracts in December for four detailed studies into the viability of a gas-fired power station linked through a pipeline to the Kudu gasfields off the Namibian coast. 

R6bn telecom investment in post-monopoly SA?

By: System Author     24th September 1999 It is expected that a second South African telecommunications network operator could invest as much as R6-billion in infrastructure, boosting local telecommunications equipment and associated telecommunications infrastructure industries. 

Roll-out targets exceeded for a second year

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Telecommunications 

Physicist who reformed science education

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Achievers Past and Present 

Cable supplier expands for new millennium

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Telecommunications 

Non-grid spark from EU for far-flung schools

By: System Author     17th September 1999 In a project valued at 15-million euros (R98-million), the European Union is contributing to the non-grid electrification of schools in the Eastern Cape and Northern Province. 

R54m contract won for ladders

By: System Author     17th September 1999 A R54-million ladder contract, reportedly the biggest ever in South Africa, has been awarded to SA Ladder, of Booysens, Gauteng, by government parastatals Telkom and Eskom. 

New partnering programme for SA is sealed

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Seals, Gaskets and Sealing Mechanisms 

Feb scheduling for new transmission line

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Construction on the second phase of the 400 kV transmission line stretching from Aries in South Africa to Auas outside Windhoek in Namibia is progressing ahead of schedule. 

Guaranteed Swazi power supply on way

By: System Author     10th September 1999 A R90-million contract to integrate the new 400 kV Edwaleni II substation supply point into Swaziland’s existing transmission network has been signed. 

Make SADC development a priority – Mbeki

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Development in the Southern African Development Community is possible if governments in the region make it their priority. 

New franchise opportunity for SMMEs

By: System Author     10th September 1999 An initiative aimed at kick-starting South Africa’s small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) sector has been launched . 

New era dawning in surveying industry

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Eskom Enterprises 

Big cable maker closes Rosslyn plant

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Cheap imports, lower local demand and the ongoing requirement to reduce production costs led to the closing of South Africa’s largest cable manufacturer, Aberdare Cables’ Rosslyn plant in August. 

Millennium doom ‘n’ gloom

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Electrically Speaking 

Let us build fuel plant: Stumpf on pebble-bed

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 The State-owned Atomic Energy Corporation of South Africa is in an ideal position to build the fuel plant for the country’s first inherently safer nuclear power reactor, the much-celebrated pebble-bed modular reactor which could contribute an estimated R20-billion to South Africa’s... 

Pillar of new parastatal outreach finds success

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Specialist engineering group Rotek, in celebrating its tenth birthday, looked back at a decade in which a once loss-making operating division of Eskom became a profitable limited liability company, which last year achieved a turnover of R750-million, and looking forward to a new era in which it... 

R28m installation for aluminium project

By: System Author     27th August 1999 The R28-million mechanical installation contract at the pot-rooms of Billiton’s Mozambique aluminium smelter (Mozal) in Maputo is due to start later this month (August) 

Darling power project is blowing in the wind

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Electrically Speaking 

SA has three of Africa’s top ten telecom firms

By: System Author     20th August 1999 South Africa has three telecommunication operators in the top ten in Africa, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) statistics show. In the Communication Technologies Handbook 1999, released this month by research-house BMI-T, of Johannesburg, the ITU’s Michael Minges indicates that,... 

Undercapacity dogs consulting engineers

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Consulting Engineers 

Eskom sets aside R968m for black firms

By: System Author     6th August 1999 As part of its commitment to black economic empowerment (Bee) State electricity utility Eskom, which boasts a Bee budget of R968-million, has introduced an affirmative procurement policy in terms of which it plans to direct at least 50% of its operational spending to the emergent business sector. 

Private wind farm awaits purchase decision

By: System Author     6th August 1999 A decision on a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the proposed pilot wind farm located at Darling, on the Cape West Coast, is imminent following the conclusion of talks between the developer of the project, Darling Independent Power Producer (IPP) and power utility Eskom. 

DME set to power-up non-grid image in SA

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Non-grid electrification should be seen as being equal to that of grid electrification 

Duties, theft short-circuit solar-energy sector

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Steep customs duties on imported photovoltaic (PV) components and the theft of PV modules are hampering the growth of the local solar-energy manufacturing industry, Africa Solar MD John Doster tells 

R264m water scheme flows on

By: System Author     30th July 1999 The R264-million fifth-phase extension of the Vaalkop Southern Water Supply Scheme is on schedule, with the first water expected to be delivered by September, reports Mag- alies Water CE Nick Fenner. Pretoria consulting engineering firm GFJ Consulting Engineers was awarded the contract for the... 

R192m investment creates 1 610 local jobs

By: System Author     30th July 1999 A PROJECT to encourage the establishment of new business in South Africa has created 1 610 new jobs and brought in R192-million in fixed investments in 1998. A team of just 11 people, employed under Eskom’s new-business promotion (NBP) department, was instrumental in creating nearly 2 000... 

Project dearth boosts maintenance trend

By: System Author     30th July 1999 With a scarcity of projects and investment in South Africa, Flender Power Transmission, of Isando, Gauteng, is intensifying its focus on maintenance and servicing of transmission products. “Due to the economic situation in this country over the last three to four years, the availability of... 

Big transborder power sharing on target

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 All the main contracts have been let for the R650-million project to establish power-supply infrastructure to the 250 000-t-a-year Mozambique Aluminium Smelter (Mozal) in Maputo, Engin-eering News can today report. The start of the bulk of work began in September last year. “Even though the... 

R200m for Gauteng community projects

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Accelerating the pace of delivery in terms of projects and services as well as creating job opportunities are two of the biggest challenges which face the Eastern Gauteng Services Council (EGSC) in its 1999–2000 financial year, executive committee chairperson William Mahlangu tells... 

Powering up R20-million Namibian contract

By: System Author     16th July 1999 South African transmission and distribution company Alstom Power Systems has won a R20-million turnkey contract to construct the 220/66 kV outdoor Harib substation for Nampower near Karasburg in southern Namibia. The new substation, which will tap power from the Aggeneis–Kokerboom 220 kV... 

Cape mulling pilot wind-farm project

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Adecision to proceed with a pilot wind-farm project in the Western Cape is expected by the end of this year. Project leader: wind Lizelle Kok reports that State-owned power utility Eskom has been conducting desktop studies on wind energy for two years, looking at the feasibility of such an... 

Tidal, biomass also being probed

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Tidal power generation-desalination and the use of biomass fuel are two renewable energy options under investigation by the State’s power utility, Eskom. The two technological advances, though still in their infancy, are being probed under Eskom’s Southern African Bulk Renewable... 

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