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SparksElectricalNews June 2017Front cover story

Industry awards separate your company from the crowd and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all your staff. They also signal to clients, and potential clients, that yours is a company with which to do business. Recognising this, the ECA(SA ) – which represents the interests of electrical contractors at many government and industry bodies – has announced that entries for its sixth annual Presidential Awards will open on 1 June. The awards celebrate exceptional workmanship in 11 categories, with the inclusion this year of a new category, ‘Installation of the Year (Residential)’. The entries will be adjudicated by a panel of respected judges drawn from the electrical, engineering and construction sectors and winners will be announced at a banquet in November.

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An association for Earthing and Lightning Protection (ELPA) has been established by a group of industry heavyweights who saw the need for a body that would become an industry benchmark and source of information for businesses and individuals seeking to protect their buildings or homes from the effects of one of nature’s most mysterious and potentially dangerous phenomena.

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SparksElectricalNews April 2017Front cover story

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.

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Sparks Electrical News March 2017The 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.

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Sparks Electrical News February 2017Decade 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.

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SparksElectricalNewsCelebrating 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.

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