ECA(SA) president: "We have a crisis on our hands"
MARK Mfikoe, president of the ECA(SA) says the failure of the mandated training authorities to develop scarce training skills in the electrical industry is "the biggest scandal in this country".
Electrical excellence to be rewarded
FOR the first time in South Africa, excellence in the electrical industry will be rewarded.
Mark Mfikoe, president of the Electrical Contractors' Association (SA) announced that the ECA(SA) will host the first annual Presidential Excellence Awards in November to "thank those amongst us who use excellence as their standard of operation".
Contractor registration ball now in DoL's court
THE Department of Labour (DoL) will take over the registration of electrical contractors on 1 June 2012.
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Personality of the Month
FRANCOIS van Tonder, the managing director (Africa) for Lemnis Lighting is one of the new breed of dynamic, forward-thinking, ‘green' individuals who will take this country into a cleaner, greener, more sustainable future.
Francois' honesty is like a breath of fresh air and he makes a worthy Personality of the Month.
In another of his informative columns Hannes Baard defines the bathroom, which is not really a room, per se...
In Terry Mackenzie Hoy's column, Working Knowledge, he bemoans the fact that his staff cannot write reports in ‘proper English' and he suggests that if contractors want to secure their futures, that they become au fait with solar power...
Mark Palmer of the Gauteng Electrical Inspection Authority says that lack of training is the reason many contractors cannot correctly complete Certificates of Compliance...
Nick du Plessis gets many people asking what is required of electrical artisans... here are his guidelines...
This section covers new products and industry news including the upgrade of a sub-vertical winder at a Harmony mine by Schneider Electric, Ai-TEC's recently completed contract for the Department of Defence in Middelburg, and how ACTOM Power Transformers came to the rescue of Bloemfontein.
Motor control centres and motor protection
This regular feature looks at how Zest, supported by holding company WEG, is going all out to be ‘green', Elquip Solutions' new agreement to distribute ABB low voltage motors, low maintenance switchgear from Schneider Electric, advanced protection features from NewElec, and Denver Technical Products expanded range of dc and ac contactors.
The Buyer's Guide lists manufacturers and distributors of products and services that cover the spectrum of motors and motor control centres, including cable support systems, cabinets and controls for motor applications, contactors, breakers and relays, surge protection for motors, etc.
Cables and cable accessories
This feature covers cost-effective data racks from APC, sleeves marking systems for cables form Brady, a flexible cable floor system from Legrand and a simple labelling system from Phoenix Contact.
This regular feature is packed with interesting articles on lighting, lighting trends and news from the lighting industry. Articles include BEKA's lighting solution for the new R59 North/N12 East directional ramp in Alberton, a warehouse presence detector from Shorrock Automation and an innovative pendant light fixture from Province Lighting. There is also an informative article on OSRAM's development of OLEDs, and another on Eurolux's new lighting designs from Europe, and Aurora's new range of 5W and 6W LED lamps being used in Eskom's residential mass roll-out programme.