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Sparks Electrical News April 2019Electricity service providers globally are experiencing rapid change driven by disruptive technologies that are transforming traditional energy market structures. Distributed energy resources like wind, solar, and battery storage, supported by their increasing cost-competitiveness with fossil-generation and changes in policy and consumer demands, are forcing utilities as well as municipalities in Africa to find ways to produce, transmit and distribute electricity in a sustainable and efficient manner, or risk losing customers.

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Sparks Electrical News March 2019Industry 4.0 – smart new automation tools and technologies – is rapidly changing the face of manufacturing and industry around the world. Without a concerted effort to change industry processes and infrastructure, and upskill the workforce, South Africa risks falling behind the world in its efforts to become a player in the global manufacturing market. How- ever, new industry initiatives are emerging to address the skills short- fall and help propel South Africa into a smarter era of manufacturing.

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SparksElectrialNewsWith the impending retirement of outgoing HellermannTyton South Africa Managing Director, Rod Dewing, changes have been made to ensure that the company continues to prosper. Claude Middleton has been announced as the new MD – previously Director: Sales and Marketing – and Gerhard van Rooyen – previously Director: Finance – is the new Director: Finance and Operations. 

“Although there are changes at the top, we are still HellermannTyton, and will continue giving customers the same quality product and the same service levels they have come to expect,” says Middleton.

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Sparks Electrical News January 20192018, although a tough year for many, ended on a high for the electrical industry as suppliers, manufacturers, installers and apprentices were recognised for their efforts at two of the highlights on the industry’s social calendar, the Electrical Contractors’ Association’s 2018 Presidential Awards and the ElectroBase Supplier of the Year Awards.

This year’s ECA(SA)’s 2018 Presidential Awards were ‘the best ever’ according to popular opinion.  And, as National Director Mark Mfikoe predicted, it was “a night of celebration, laughter, love and a little bit of swag”.

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Sparks Electrical News December 2018We have almost reached the end of 2018 and many of you will be taking a welcome and well-deserved break over December. To help ease your way into the holiday spirit, a number of our advertisers have donated a wonderful selection of gifts that you stand to win by entering our Sizzling Summer Holiday competition. See the December issue for all the details.

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Sparks Electrical News November 2018Nompilo Vilakazi, owner of Sibani Holdings, was the highest achiever in the 2018 Eskom Contractor Academy. With an average of 89%, Vilakazi topped the class, which had a total of 176 graduates, all of whom were either Eskom contractors or suppliers, or entrepreneurs who had participated in other Eskom initiatives.

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