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It would appear that the renewables industry in South Africa is about to get back into full swing after President Zuma’s directive to Eskom, during his State of the Nation address, to sign outstanding PPAs and Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s engagement with Eskom and Nersa.
The winner of the WSSA Category for Electrical installation is...
The second National WorldSkills South Africa (WSSA) competition, held in Durban from 13 to 17 February, was a great success, with one hundred and twenty two participants from public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges and the Universities of Technology taking part in the event. The winner of the Electrical Installation Category was 21 year old Mthokozisi Sanga from Kwadabeka in KwaZulu-Natal. Kyle Ritchie of Gauteng and Faghrudeen Samuels of the Western Cape placed second and third respectively. Mthokozisi, who is employed by Bulk Collections Coal Terminal Harbour says the training and experience he gained in preparation for the WWSA National Competition have improved his skills and the practical aspect of his work.
Decade of the artisan - more employers need to get involved
In order to produce 30 000 qualified artisans each year – as required by the National Development Plan (NDP) – the Department of Higher Education and Training needs more employers to get involved in artisan training.
“The economic development of South Africa is closely tied to the development of a skilled workforce,” said Gwebinkundla Qonde, the director general for the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in his address at the National Artisan Development Strategy conference, held in Benoni at the end of last year.
Celebrating 50 golden years of service in the electrical industry: HellermannTyton South Africa celebrated 50 years of service within the electrical and associated industries in southern Africa at a special function for invited guests at its Linbro Park offices on 1 December. The event rounded off another successful year that saw HellermannTyton take the Electrobase ‘Supplier of the Year’ award for the fifth consecutive year, open its new purpose-built Port Elizabeth office, and launch its new website.
Cool Summer Stuff
Traditionally, in the December issue, our loyal advertisers come up with a bag of goodies for our readers. This year, there are 24 great gifts up for grabs – from a 24” HD LED television set, multimeters, plier and screwdriver sets, crimp tools, a pre-wired DB, holesaw kit, solar lamps, a cooler bag filled with goodies, an activity tracker, floodlights, power bank and floodlights. Enter online or by email before noon on 18 January 2017.
Royal 60th birthday surprise for MD Mario
On his 60th birthday, the owner and managing director of ACDC Dynamics in Edenvale, Mario Maio, was surprised when his staff – assisted by Mario’s wife, Guida – presented him with a huge birthday cake. He was escorted onto the balcony outside his office where, to his amazement, 250 staff members gathered below to sing ‘happy birthday’.