SAinfo reporter Under such a structure, Eskom will pay capacity charges based on the availability of the plant, while the independent power producers will also be required to enter into an equivalent term agreement with a fuel supplier to procure fuel supply. “Shareholder arrangement criteria are being finalised and are envisaged to include a minimum of 25% shareholding to be allocated to black economic empowerment compliant investors,” Eskom said. South African state-owned power utility Eskom is seeking statements of qualification from both national and international companies that want to invest in the country as independent base load power producers. In a statement this week, Eskom said that its multi-site base load independent power producer programme would be developed on a build-own-operate basis, with an envisaged contract term of 25 years. Eskom recently began construction on the Kusile coal-fired base load power station near Witbank in the Mpumalanga province, while work on the Medupi coal-fired base load power station, situated near Lephalale in the Limpopo province, began in April this year. According to Eskom, interested parties are required to select sites inside South Africa as determined by access to fuel, transmission infrastructure and water sources, while connection to the Eskom transmission grid shall be made in compliance with the terms of the SA Grid Code as published by the National Energy Regulator. In 2003, the South African government decided that future power generation capacity would be divided between Eskom, which would produce 70% of the country’s electricity needs, and independent power producers generating the remaining 30%. 18 August 2008 According to the utility, it will act as the single dispatcher with the power purchase agreement being structured on an availability basis, as is customary for base load independent power producers. The tender closes on 5 September and notices of pre-qualification will be issued to successful pre-qualified Developers on 19 September. The request for proposal is targeted to be issued on 13 October, with final bids closing on 11 May 2009, while financial closure is scheduled for 7 December 2009. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The first of Medupi’s six generating units will be commissioned by early 2011, with the last unit scheduled for commissioning by January 2015. The first of Kusile’s six generating units is scheduled for completion by 2013, followed by the completion on an additional unit after every eight months. “Under this programme, Eskom’s total requirement ranges from 2 100 megawatts to approximately 4 500 megawatts, with a minimum plant capacity of 200 megawatts,” the statement read. Further to this, Cabinet decided in 2007 that Eskom would be the sole buyer of electricity generated by independent power producers.
Human development in South Africa is steadily rising, according to the United Nations Development Programme. In its 2015 Human Development Index (HDI), which ranks 188 countries, South Africa is improving in life expectancy at birth, average years of schooling and annual income per person. Presented here are some of the facts and figures from the index.For a more detailed look at the 2015 Human Development Index, read:Analysis: South Africa’s Performance in UNDP Human Development Report 2015
How does the A7S compare to the GH4? Find out in the following video comparison.This has been a great year for video pros and filmmakers. With dozens of new cameras hitting the market, camera manufacturers are competing more than ever before, and that’s good for us.Two of the more exciting cameras to hit the filmmaking world this year have been the Sony A7S and the Panasonic GH4. The A7S is well known for it’s low-light capabilities and the GH4 is one of the cheapest 4K cameras on the market. Both have beautiful image quality, but which one is the ‘all around’ leader?In the following video created by Dave Dugdale of LearningDSLRvideo.com, he takes an extremely in-depth look at the A7S and compares it to his previous review of the GH4. The A7S will be tested and compared in a variety of categories including:Rolling ShutterDepth of FieldBandingLow LightLensesStillsIf you are interested in learning more about the technical specs of the GH4 or the A7S check out their specs page here on the PremiumBeat blog.This video was first shared by Dave Dugdale on his YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing Dave!In addition to being great a low-light the A7S is getting some brand new, high-end lenses from Zeiss. Both Zeiss 35mm f/2 and 50mm f/2 Loxia lenses will be available by the end of the year. If you are a filmmaker with any Sony E-Mount camera you should check them out.If you own an A7s or have had a chance to use it we’d love to hear about your experience. Please share in the comments below.
caleb swanigan notorious b.i.g.Earlier this afternoon, news broke that Fort Wayne (Ind.) Homestead five-star big man Caleb Swanigan had de-committed from Michigan State, and that Purdue stood a strong chance at landing him. Swanigan, whose nickname is “Biggie,” would be a major addition for the Boilermakers. Apparently, Purdue basketball SID Chris Forman agrees, as evidenced by his musical choice for a “Throwback Thursday” on Twitter. #TBT Loved jamming to this song back in the day! https://t.co/CtGYqCPVR7— Chris Forman (@ChrisForman12) May 7, 2015The Biggie track appears to be a not-so-subtle reference to the uncommitted star center. If so, Forman had to figure it wouldn’t be too hard for people to see what he was doing. Good point… Every day is good for Biggie. https://t.co/mGLxSOEfCX— Chris Forman (@ChrisForman12) May 7, 2015We agree with that sentiment.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)On-campus parking authorities can be the bane of many college students’ existences, even if you are a football star like Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. This afternoon, Elliott’s car was ticketed outside of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, OSU’s indoor practice facility. Needless to say, Elliott isn’t exactly happy about receiving the citation. So how campus park gonna ticket me at the woody …. pic.twitter.com/qtIiTpFx6n— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) June 29, 2015How do I get a parking ticket at the THE FREAKING FACILITY— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) June 29, 2015Amazingly, former OSU tight end Jeff Heuerman’s car was ticketed nearly one year ago today, and he too was ticked about it. Memo to Ohio State’s parking authority: lighten up a bit!
Senior safety Christian Bryant (2) is helped by the OSU medical staff during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOne week after taking down a top-25 conference foe at Ohio Stadium, the Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0) are set to face another ranked Big Ten opponent, this time on the road against No. 16 Northwestern (4-0).For a second consecutive weekend, the Buckeyes’ game will be televised in prime time on ABC’s Saturday Night Football, and ESPN’s College GameDay will be on site for the game in Evanston, Ill.OSU coach Urban Meyer tipped his hat to Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald when he spoke to the media after practice Wednesday. He said the Wildcat faithful has every reason to be excited for the matchup.“They should have hype, they’re undefeated and (have) got a very good team,” Meyer said. “It’s a big game for them, but I’ve got news: It’s a big game for us too.”OSU’s next test comes on the heels of losing starting senior safety Christian Bryant with a broken ankle in the team’s 31-24 victory against Wisconsin.Redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett said the pain of losing his teammate to injury was greater than the thrill of victory.“It was tough, honestly, I didn’t even enjoy the win. I mean, that’s the worst news, not being able to play with him,” Barnett said. “A lot of the guys from the team went to the hospital and visited him.”Meyer said redshirt-senior safety Corey “Pitt” Brown is expected to step up during Bryant’s absence.Barnett said there would be no setback in the play of the secondary because Brown is a “veteran that’s had game-time experience.”On the offensive side of the ball, junior quarterback Braxton Miller is expected to make his second straight start after missing almost three full games with a sprained left MCL.Meyer said his signal caller is “full-speed, ready to go.”Miller said he’s physically where he needs to be for Saturday, but that the previous game was hard on his body after not playing for several weeks.“After the game, I was really sore,” Miller said. “But, I just feel comfortable where I’m at.”Miller also said he hopes his time off the field didn’t cost him a shot at winning the Heisman Trophy. He said he believes he still has a chance to earn college football’s most prestigious award because, in his opinion, it’s all about how candidates play in the biggest games.Saturday’s prime-time showdown is a great stage for his team to get a big win for the injured Bryant, said junior linebacker Curtis Grant.“We love to stick together and go out on the road. I think that’s one of the best things about football, when you can go into someone else’s stadium and create havoc,” Grant said. “All we can do is go out and win this game for him.”OSU is scheduled to take on Northwestern at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ryan Field.
Megan McMenemy takes an athletic stance in anticipation of a hit during thegame against Wright State on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe No. 18 Ohio State softball team will travel across the border to the Hoosier state to take on Indiana in a three-game series this weekend.The first game on Friday marks the beginning of Big Ten play for Ohio State, something the Buckeyes are feeling good about after an 11-game, nine-day stretch in California.“Obviously we’re coming off a good few weeks of playing and we feel really confident in ourselves right now,” redshirt senior infielder Maddie Marotti said. After playing different teams from around the country, Ohio State will get a chance to play more familiar teams in conference play, beginning with Indiana.“There’s a lot of rivalries between the teams,” head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said. “We know a lot of their players, they know our players … there’s a lot of pride involved in the conference play.”This is especially true for freshman third baseman Taylor Stevens, who is from Hebron, Indiana, and played travel softball with Indiana freshman outfielder Makayla Ferrari for about three years. Even though the two are friends, the rivalry runs deep.“She’s my friend, but I’m going to beat her,” Stevens said.The Buckeyes, who currently have a 19-4 record, will head into the three games against Indiana, a team sitting at 7-21 with some knowledge about their opponent.The Hoosiers have a few players who stand out, and their pitching staff has kept them in games, Kovach Schoenly said.“They strike more people out than innings pitched which is a high-level strikeout pitching staff,” Kovach Schoenly said.Kovach Schoenly said Indiana junior pitcher Tara Trainer will be one to watch for. Though she is 3-11 this season, her 3.80 ERA indicates she has been more the victim of poor run support than poor pitching.“Even though her record isn’t very strong… she strikes a lot of people out, so you have to make sure that when you get good pitches, you’ve got to make contact and drive the ball,” Kovach Schoenly said.Though the pitching staff could give Ohio State trouble, making contact and driving the ball hasn’t been a problem for these Buckeyes with the team already having 29 home runs this season.The Hoosier pitchers might be something to keep an eye out for this weekend, but Kovach Schoenly also had high praise for Ohio State junior pitcher Morgan Ray. Kovach Schoenly said Ray has made major improvements within the last few years and according to Ray, it wasn’t a physical change.“A lot of times people just focus on the physical stuff and that’s what I’ve done my whole career, I think, and so I’m focusing a lot more on the mental stuff,” Ray said.Ray and the rest of the team will try to shut down what Kovach Schoenly described as a fast Indiana team that will run a lot in the three games. So far this season, Indiana has stolen 46 bases in 64 attempts and averages 1.64 steals per game, the 38th-most in the country.The series kicks off in Bloomington, Indiana, with two games on Friday and finishes off with a final game on Sunday.