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Sunny South Africa becomes solar capital

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A R2,7-million solar energy project completed last month is providing electricity to 582 homes, three schools and eight businesses in the remote Folovhodwe village in the Northern Province. The project has been undertaken in a joint venture between ASE, IBC, Webasto, and Siemens, which led the... 

Light on horizon from UK solar developments

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Communities in the world’s poorest countries and in the most developed nations alike are benefiting from UK-developed technology improvements that help to turn sunshine into electrical power more economically and reliably than ever before. These developments are bringing power to the people... 

EU funds for school electrification

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The European Union (EU) is providing 15-million Euro for the remote electrification of 1 000 rural schools in South Africa that are outside of Eskom’s grid expansion plan using solar energy. Eskom non-grid electrification project leader Henry van Rensburg tells Engineering News that the EU... 

R20m automotive-glass plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 An automotive door- glass and rear-glass manufacturing plant worth R20-million, said to be only the second of its kind in South Africa, has been commissioned by Gauteng glass firm Furman Glass, reports director Keith Feldman. The plant features hi-tech automated equipment imported from Europe,... 

New energy-efficient head office

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A new energy-efficient head office was occupied by thermal insulation company Structa Industries in December last year. Utilising the skills of designer Pieter van Oudtshoorn and Pro-Air air-conditioning engineer Roly Moller, the company has created a cost-effective and comfortable environment... 

Winds of change evident

By: System Author     19th February 1999 SINCE 1990 wind energy, as a source of renewable energy, has been growing at a rate of 20% a year, making it the fastest-growing energy resource worldwide. South Africa possesses attractive renewable resources, particularly solar and wind, applications which are cost-effective in many instances,... 

Electrification fund will energise SA

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With government taking over the initiative for the national electrification programme, it will establish a national electrification fund (NEF) to provide electrification subsidies. “Until now, Eskom, local authorities and, in some cases, developmental agencies, have funded electrification... 

White Paper sparks review of energy plan

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With the target of electrifying 2,5-million households in rural areas by the end of the year within reach, government is laying the groundwork for future electrification projects in the White Paper on Energy Policy released in December last year. Until now, the national electrification programme... 

Renewed vision on non-grid electrification

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In the new White Paper on Energy Policy released in December last year, government recognises the need to bring the role of non-grid electrification projects in line with grid electrification projects. “Biomass forms the main energy source in the rural domestic sector, while other renewable... 

2,7-million households expected to be electrified

By: System Author     19th February 1999 It is expected that about 200 000 more households will receive electricity than the targeted 2,5-million originally set out in the national electrification programme. “We have reached about 2,2-million households since 1994 and at the rate at which we are going, we expect a total number of... 

Rural schools and villages go solar

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE lights were switched on in October last year in the first Northern Province rural school to benefit from a joint Bavarian government and South African Department of Minerals and Energy pilot solar power project. Dzimauli School, in Folovhodwe village, is one of three schools, 582 homes and... 

Use of stand-alone energy units probed

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With many unelectrified households situated in rural areas, far away from the national electricity grid, the Eskom non-grid electrification division is studying various possibilities of providing these households with stand-alone energy units. “Eskom has been involved in electrification for... 

More control of LPG sector

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Association of Southern Africa has taken on a stronger policing role to ensure dealer safety standards following its annual general meeting held in October last year, reports MD Colin Bain. The active policing of LPG dealers received the full ratification of members... 

Telecom sky platform proposed for Gauteng

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Telecom firms and governments worldwide are looking at cost-effective ways to increase the precious commodity of bandwidth for businesses and individuals alike, and South Africa is no exception. The feasibility of launching a stratospheric telecom platform up to 21 km above Gauteng to provide... 

Quality ranking awarded

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 AFRICA’s largest manufacturer of electronic components used in automotive security systems, prepaid electricity, water and solar meters, Conlog – a subsidiary of Log-Tek Holdings – has been awarded the prestigious QS 9000 motor industry quality ranking. Conlog is the first... 

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