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Sparks Electrical News June 2019The liquidation of JDL Electric earlier this year caused its staff and creditors unintentional suffering. On February 4 2019, employees were informed that the company was being closed. Within 24 hours, one of the country’s largest banks had filed a High Court order to liquidate JDL Electric, seized all assets and stock, and barricaded all operations. But how did this happen? CEO, Lee Kritzinger revealed all to Sparks Electrical News, without prejudice, in an open letter to the industry.

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Sparks Electrical News May 2019 coverThe rumblings of discontent surrounding the role of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) in the electrical industry continue to grow. Established on 1 September 2008, under the auspices of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Act (NRCS Act), Act 5 of 2008, the industry body emerged as an independent organisation from the original Regulatory Division of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). The mandate of the NRCS is to regulate the adherence to compulsory specifications and technical regulations in South Africa. This regulatory function addresses flaws in the market system whereby businesses may produce, import or sell products or services that may harm the consumer and/or the environment or may fall short of what is promised in terms of quantity or safety.

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Sparks Electrical News April 2019Electricity service providers globally are experiencing rapid change driven by disruptive technologies that are transforming traditional energy market structures. Distributed energy resources like wind, solar, and battery storage, supported by their increasing cost-competitiveness with fossil-generation and changes in policy and consumer demands, are forcing utilities as well as municipalities in Africa to find ways to produce, transmit and distribute electricity in a sustainable and efficient manner, or risk losing customers.

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Sparks Electrical News March 2019Industry 4.0 – smart new automation tools and technologies – is rapidly changing the face of manufacturing and industry around the world. Without a concerted effort to change industry processes and infrastructure, and upskill the workforce, South Africa risks falling behind the world in its efforts to become a player in the global manufacturing market. How- ever, new industry initiatives are emerging to address the skills short- fall and help propel South Africa into a smarter era of manufacturing.

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SparksElectrialNewsWith the impending retirement of outgoing HellermannTyton South Africa Managing Director, Rod Dewing, changes have been made to ensure that the company continues to prosper. Claude Middleton has been announced as the new MD – previously Director: Sales and Marketing – and Gerhard van Rooyen – previously Director: Finance – is the new Director: Finance and Operations. 

“Although there are changes at the top, we are still HellermannTyton, and will continue giving customers the same quality product and the same service levels they have come to expect,” says Middleton.

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Sparks Electrical News January 20192018, although a tough year for many, ended on a high for the electrical industry as suppliers, manufacturers, installers and apprentices were recognised for their efforts at two of the highlights on the industry’s social calendar, the Electrical Contractors’ Association’s 2018 Presidential Awards and the ElectroBase Supplier of the Year Awards.

This year’s ECA(SA)’s 2018 Presidential Awards were ‘the best ever’ according to popular opinion.  And, as National Director Mark Mfikoe predicted, it was “a night of celebration, laughter, love and a little bit of swag”.

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