Scatec Solar, Norwegian company specializing in photovoltaics (solar electricity), has connected its first solar farm to the South African grid. The new operation adds 86 MW of the 258 MW required in the solar power complex currently operating in Upington, South Africa. “We are pleased to reach another milestone with...
Eltek announced a contract with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide complete photo voltaic solar solutions for 104 hospitals in Zimbabwe. Eltek will provide full delivery, installation, service and monitoring of the solar systems which use Eltek’s breakthrough Rectiverter technology as a key component. The Rectiverter combines the functions...
What would you rather experience this December: a ‘black festive season’, with issues and uncertainty around energy, water and other critical infrastructure, or ‘Green-for-Go’ holidays – with running water, operational communications and all the lights on? The answer is pretty obvious, says Stefan van de Giessen, general manager: cybersecurity at...
Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is strengthening trust in the smart energy sector with an end-to-end security solution which protects the entire ecosystem. Deployed by smart meter makers and distribution systems operators, the offer provides seamless connectivity solutions, secure digital identities and security lifecycle management for the...
In a first for the local mining industry, Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore is now licensed to fly its own remotely piloted drones. Bongi Ntsoelengoe, Technology Manager at Kumba Iron Ore, says that the drones have optimised surveying processes in terms of time and coverage, including being able to...
South Africa’s shift to renewable energy is moving at a slow pace, however there are some small communities which have already been integrated into renewables and are predicted to be the future of energy. Communities in the remote areas of the country have opted for solar and wind energy to...
Pressure. It’s the force that creates rare minerals like diamonds. But today, it’s the mining industry itself that is under pressure. For South African miners, commodity prices and global demand remains subdued, as they must venture into deeper and more dangerous locations to extract valuable materials. To deal with these forces,...
It's been a bitter first quarter for Eskom employees. After recent disputes over salary wages, the state-run power firm Eskom reported a 2.3 billion rand ($171 million) loss on Monday, 23 July 2018 underlining the enormity of the task facing President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has pledged to turn the...
Winch Energy has announced that it has signed a contract with the Ministry of Energy in Sierra Leone; to provide electricity to 24 towns and villages in northern Sierra Leone through solar mini-grids as part of a public-private partnership project. The Rural Renewable Energy Project (RREP) is supported by...
The festive season has officially begun; however, it looks as though South Africans will be celebrating the holidays without electricity, at certain times of the day and night, as South African power utility Eskom has implemented load shedding. As load shedding is becoming a regular occurrence in South Africa, IT...
The International Solar Alliance (ISA) revealed at The World Future Energy Summit (WFES), in Dubai at the beginning of 2018, that it has signed letters of intent which will see the organisation commit to USD $5 billion worth of financing. The financing will be used in the development of...
Mining executives, facing the prospect of digital mining transformation, have issues with the more complex areas of digital solution implementation, generational workforce evolution and legacy transition challenges, which is where Schneider Electric is able to offer global expertise. "Their questions often revolve around whether digitisation is suitable for all size...
The CIO Mining Africa Summit will be held at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice !, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, on the 21st-22nd May. This landmark event will engage CIO's, CEO's & Ministers for the 1st time, to help educate the industry about the importance of the role of IT in...
The countdown has commenced towards the CIO Mining Africa summit hosted by EnerGlobe Ltd. and supported by IT News Africa as the official Media Partner. This exciting event, the second of this year, will reconvene on the 11th to 12th November 2015 at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, in...
Eskom announced that load shedding is expected to continue as power demand exceeds supply and more downtime is needed for overdue maintenance of the system. It is estimated that load shedding could have cost South Africa as much as R338 billion over the past 10 years, according to a report...
South Africa’s Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, confirmed that the country no longer has a nuclear deal with Russia. This announcement follows Deputy President David Mabuza’s official visit to the Russian Federation in May and the BRICS Summit taking place in Johannesburg this week. "The submission of that intergovernmental agreement of...
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