We have an enormous wealth of technical knowledge and know-how in South Africa. In just one of many magazines, and in one issue of that magazine … being Electricity+Control, of course … there are solutions that would put this country back on track in the blink of an eye.
The Electricity+Control side of life rocks, as they say! The world of engineering is exciting ... with continuous interventions, innovations, and solutions that are found to seemingly unresolvable issues. Every article that we publish represents this excitement and the solution. The articles in the April 2017 issue are no exception.
A fascinating story about an upgrade of the water treatment and water supply system in Samara, Russia, is worth the read in Electricity+Control’s March 2017 issue. Similar upgrades are necessary in South Africa’s cities where ageing equipment could do with replacing. The software solution described could prevent the looming water disaster in our country! Do you know that the Department of Water and Sanitation estimates that R7-billion in potable water is lost annually (36% of the clean drinking water supply)? So, let’s take a lesson from Samara before it is simply too late.
Witnessing engineering at its ‘basic’ best is fascinating – with engineers in overalls rather than being dressed up; at work benches rather than in fancy offices; working on real equipment rather than clicking on an I-Pad or smart phone. I visited an actuator manufacturing set-up recently, and was impressed by the knowledge and precision that goes into producing an actuator… as well as learning about the extent of their use all over the world.
First greeting in 2017
I hope that 2017 marks the turnaround in South Africa’s ‘leadership consciousness’ which has dissipated alarmingly over the past decade or more. Take Eskom, for example… the integrity and knowledge of the top leadership in Eskom is integral to the success and advancement of the economy of this country, and to the wellbeing of its citizens. While I acknowledge that the majority of Eskom employees, including management, are first class, when it comes to those responsible for signing on the dotted line… we have been left wanting.
From the editor: ‘Hectic’ is an apt word to describe 2016! But then again, the same word was used to describe 2015, 2014 and all the others. Technology should be making our lives easier … but it isn’t. I want in my festive stocking an app that will make 2017 different from previous years and with its help, if I’m still around, I hope I’ll be describing 2017 as having been ‘chilled’ … in every sense.