Why we should be making cities smart, rather than building new smart cities

Covid-19 has highlighted underlying vulnerabilities that undermine South African citizens’ quality of life. These include growing inequality, limited and/or aging infrastructure, and a shortage of public resources to address these challenges – but applying smart city principles to all cities, and not only flagship projects, can help address some of these vulnerabilities. Tshimologong Precinct Exclusive…

Kangnas Wind Farm energises main transformer

The 140MW Kangnas Wind Farm, on the outskirts of Springbok, successfully energised its main transformer this week. The 250MVA transformer is locally manufactured and arrived in the Northern Cape via road from Gauteng last week. Housed at the Groeipunt Transmission substation, the transformer receives generated power from the wind farm via a distribution network, where…

Iconic Sandton building gets a facelift

Since 2016, the City of Johannesburg has embarked on an ambitious programme to renovate its iconic but dilapidated buildings throughout its suburbs, and while the 3 Alice Lane building was renovated by its owner, it continued this familiar trend of restoring older buildings in the city. Not only is a restoration significantly more cost-effective than…