Knowledge and technological innovation transfer for economic development – the case of Eskom

Presented by Lumkile Mondi

Monday, 24 February, 2020 - 15:00

The article explores the transfer of knowledge and technological innovation by Eskom, the state owned vertically integrated South African power utility in South Africa and the rest of the continent in the period between 1997 and 2005 as forms of techno-nationalism, techno-globalisation and technopolitics, hybrids of technical systems and political practice that produce new forms of power and agency. Inherited from the technopolitics of the apartheid regime knowledge and technological innovation, the techno-nationalism of the young democracy and the techno-globalisation of financial and trade liberalisation were all useful in a new democratic regime finding its feet. It is argued that the retreat by Eskom to techno-nationalism explains some of its exnovation that is symbolised by power shortages and collapsing electricity infrastructure.

Attached File: 
  • During the pandemic seminars will be held on-line; for the details of the Zoom meetings, please sign up for email notices at
  • Participants must read the paper prior to the seminar.
  • The paper will typically only be available on the Friday preceding the seminar.

  • Click here for the remainder of the seminar schedule for this semester.