Smart grid implementation barriers in SA (26/09/2014)
A smart grid facilitates the efficient, intelligent use of available energy and can achieve significant energy savings. This is of tremendous benefit to South Africa which is experiencing a severe energy crisis. However, there are certain barriers to implementing a smart grid in the country.
“A smart grid can be defined as an evolved grid system which has been expanded through the addition of intelligence that manages electricity demand in a sustainable, reliable and economic manner,” explains Jaco Cronje, Operations Director for EES Africa (Pty) Ltd (www.eeslive.com).
“The smart grid allows the integration of all types of power generation, including renewables. Smart grids are an integral part of smart cities.”
IT in Africa’s construction industry (31/08/2014)
An integral component of today’s construction industry is Information Technology (IT). Utilising the data it generates, IT contributes significantly to meeting industry needs and adapts to and supports construction trends. It is in fact one of the core utilities or services that support an infrastructure. This results in tremendous risk to the business should there be any IT downtime. To mitigate downtime, it is necessary to build resilience into IT components and design.
Industry context and trends
How does IT support construction industry trends? “Some of the trends Africa is currently experiencing are increasing industrialisation and urbanisation. Related to this is a rise in energy demands. These trends lead to the need for increased access to, usage and sharing of data which is generated or ‘pulled’ by IT,” says Jaco Cronje, Operations Director for EES Africa (Pty) Ltd, an ISO 9001:2008 certified company.
The challenges of doing business in Africa (30/07/2014)
“Recently released facts and figures regarding industrial, business and economic growth in Africa paint an optimistic and encouraging outlook. However, to see only a buoyant picture would be exceedingly one-sided. Reality and challenges need to be faced and a balanced perspective reached.”
This is according to Jaco Cronje, Operations Director for EES Africa (Pty) Ltd, an ISO 9001:2008 certified company providing management, engineering and auditing services to a range of industries throughout Africa. It specialises in the integration of multiple system infrastructure including ICT, data centres, audio visual, life safety, security and building automation systems.
Cronje discusses the issues involved in doing business in Africa, and outlines the most appropriate steps industry players in the continent should take going forward.