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Sparks Electrical News February 2020In any industry, knowledge is power, and none more so than in the electrical field where electrical contractors deal, on a daily basis, with something that could be fatal if the relevant knowledge is not applied. With this in mind, Schneider Electric South Africa (SESA) encourages anyone in the field of energy to register for upcoming in-class trainings or on-demand online courses at its Training Services Portal,

“Schneider Electric Academy offers a comprehensive range of training courses in the field of energy management and automation,” explains Dilaine Subban – Schneider Academy coordinator at SESA.

Elsewhere in February, Sparks Electrical News focuses on DBs, Switches, Sockets and Protection; Energy Efficiency; Industry 4.0 and Lighting.

ECA(SA) elects first woman president

At the ECA(SA)’s AGM at the end of 2019, Lumendrie Naidoo, Chairperson of the ECA(SA) Regional Executive Committee in KwaZulu-Natal, was elected as the ECA’s new President – the first time a woman has worn the chain of office at the Association. Danie Esterhuizen was elected as First Vice-President, and Frans Swanepoel is now the Second Vice-President.

Personality of the Month

When Carl Kleynhans was appointed as General Manager at Phoenix Contact in November last year, it gave Sparks Electrical News the ideal opportunity to catch up with him and find out what he has been doing since he was Personality of the Month in 2011.

Winners of the Sparks’ African Summer promotion announced

At the beginning of 2020, the Sparks Electrical News team invited the companies who had participated in our African Summer promotion for lunch and to do the draw of the prize-winners at the picturesque Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club in Linksfield. While there were familiar faces aplenty, three companies, Citiq Prepaid, Empire Electrical, and Vermont Sales took part in the competition for the first time. Congratulations from Sparks Electrical News to each of the prize winners, and thank you to the sponsors for once again supporting this popular initiative and offering up a host of fantastic prizes.

Working knowledge with Terry Mackenzie Hoy

This month Terry Mackenzie discusses replacing switchgear and motor control panels. In some organisations the plant engineer (or at least the person carrying that title, engineer or not) is not really experienced in electrical matters. The electrical foreman and electricians are all pretty hot shot (they have to be or sooner or later the plant will stop working). But the plant engineer is often merely an agent whose job it is to convey and implement the wishes of management to the engineering staff

Buyers Guide

The February 2020 Buyers’ Guide lists manufacturers and distributors of products and services in the DBs, Switches, Sockets and Protection sector. Download the latest Buyers’ Guide here

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