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“Energy Vaults” could save South Africa from load-shedding

InovaSure recently partnered with the Kannaland municipality to construct a R1.2-billion solar farm in the region, which will deliver reserves of renewable energy to combat load-shedding. During off-peak periods, the solar farm system will be able to draw energy from Eskom and store it for release later, and the power can be used to supplement shortages during […]

Battery theft epidemic in South Africa – 125 robberies per week

MTN is fighting a relentless and expensive battle against battery thieves in South Africa. MTN base station security manager Blake Cross tweeted a video detailing the extent of the theft in the wake of increased load-shedding across the country. “The theft of cellphone tower backup batteries and the vandalization of tower infrastructure has reached epidemic proportions,” the […]

Brazen cable theft is hurting South Africa’s infrastructure

The theft of copper cables remains a widespread problem in South Africa, resulting in service outages for ADSL customers as well as power outages for many citizens. Thieves have also become increasingly brazen, stealing from substations and telecommunications infrastructure during broad daylight. Speaking to the South Coast Herald about a recent group of thieves that were caught […]

Cape Town is ready to leave Eskom and load shedding behind- looking to buy energy from independent power producers

The City of Cape Town is looking to buy energy from independent power producers (IPPs) so that it can become less reliant on Eskom. This comes after president Cyril Ramaphosa announced in his State of the Nation Address that municipalities in good standing, such as the City of Cape Town, will be able to buy […]

Eskom to take power units off the grid for 75 days at a time: report

Eskom plans to modify the boilers at the Medupi and Kusile power plants in an attempt to reduce exhaust steam temperatures, City Press reports. The project will see the 130-metre tall boilers extended by a further 12.5 metres – making them taller than both Standard Bank and Absa’s head offices in Johannesburg which currently stand at 140 […]

Garden Route to get R1.2-billion solar farm to fight load-shedding

A R1.2-billion solar farm project has been approved by the National Treasury, Kannaland municipal manager Reynold Stevens has confirmed. Stevens announced the project during an oversight visit to the Garden Route district municipality on Wednesday, adding that it would be a public-private partnership between Kannaland Municipality and InovaSure to provide an alternative source of green […]

Google bails on plans to buy stake in Africa’s biggest wind farm

Vestas Wind Systems A/S is shopping for a new buyer for its 12.5% stake in Africa’s largest wind farm after Google dropped plans to purchase it following project delays. The Danish turbine manufacturer blamed the Alphabet Inc. unit’s decision to pull out on “delays relating primarily to the transmission line” for the $679 million Lake […]

Government wants to create a new power utility separate to Eskom

Government wants to create a new power utility separate to Eskom Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe has said that the government wants to create a new power generation utility “outside of Eskom.” The comments came at the opening address of the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday. Mantashe said the government […]

Government’s alternative power plans could still be half a year away – South Africa’s plans to procure more electricity-generation capacity

South Africa’s plans to procure more electricity-generation capacity will have to wait as long as six months until the regulator has approved a state resource strategy, the nation’s energy department said. Africa’s most-industrialized economy has been hobbled by a shortage of electricity from debt-stricken state power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. A government blueprint published last year […]

If you have ADSL internet, read this

Telkom is currently decommissioning its copper network, which means South African ADSL and VDSL subscribers are getting cut off. This process leaves many DSL subscribers without a reliable fixed-broadband connection at home or at the office. ADSL and VDSL subscribers must find an alternative connection, and the best options are fibre or fixed-LTE. Fibre-to-the-home or fibre-to-the-business […]

If you have ADSL, you will need to find an alternative

Telkom is rapidly cutting off ADSL and VDSL fixed-line subscribers across South Africa as part of its plan to completely decommission its copper network. What this means for current ADSL and VDSL subscribers is that they have to look for an alternative service to stay connected. The most popular option is fibre, which provides subscribers with […]

Satellite Internet – Another option when Telkom turns off ADSL

  Telkom is actively migrating ADSL customers off its copper network and onto newer technologies, and while it does attempt to offer equivalent services on fibre or LTE, it does not always get it right. In a number of cases, Telkom customers in areas without fibre or LTE coverage were left without any Internet connection […]

Slow Internet in South Africa to continue for much longer

South African Internet users who are experiencing slow international connectivity speeds will have to wait until at least next week for the issue to be resolved. The slow international speeds are caused by “unusual and simultaneous dual cable breaks” on the WACS and SAT3/WASC systems, which occurred on 16 January. The WACS and SAT3/WASC cable systems are […]

South Africa’s massive new solar farm aims to power 40,000 homes

The 86 MW facility, known as Dyason’s Klip 1, is expected to produce 217 GWh and deliver clean energy to around 40,000 households annually, the company said. “This is another great achievement by our team in South Africa, bringing this important project online earlier than planned and supporting South African power supply in this time […]

South African farmers blocked from helping to solve load-shedding by generating green energy

Many South African farmers want to generate enough green electricity to cover their own use and sell the rest to Eskom and municipalities, but they are blocked from doing it. This is according to Agri SA corporate member Sonfin, which specializes in structuring green power solutions on its customers’ behalf. The National Energy Regulator (Nersa) […]

Telkom ADSL and fibre shocker

Telkom released its interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2019, which show a big decline in fixed-broadband subscribers. Telkom’s fixed-line broadband subscribers – which include ADSL, VDSL, and fibre-to-the-home customers – declined from 974,181 in September 2018 to 781,255 in September 2019. This means Telkom lost 192,926 fixed broadband subscribers over the […]

Warning to South Africans – Zimbabwe also started with 2 to 4 hours of power cuts per day

South Africans are grappling with regular load-shedding which can last four hours at a time, but this could be the start of something much worse. This is the warning from Zimbabwe national Tafadzwa Choto, who said she has seen it all before in her home country. In December 2019, the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority, Zesa […]

You can’t just throw away your old laptops and hard drives in South Africa

Getting rid of broken or obsolete computer components is not as simple as throwing them in the trash. In South Africa, the disposal of old electronic equipment like hard drives and batteries is governed by various regulations. The National Environmental Waste Act of 2008 requires the appropriate disposal of hazardous waste such as batteries that […]
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