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Sparks Electrical News January 20182018: THE YEAR OF THE SMART CONNECTION

Substantial changes have been predicted for those working in the electrical industry in the years ahead. While robotic assistants that can talk to us are still some way from becoming a reality, 2018 will see further technological advances that will profoundly impact the role of the electrical contractor. However, as the industry expands and creates new challenges for contractors, the demand for electricians will keep growing.

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SparksElectricalNews#WozaDecember

We are at the time of year when we are all counting the days till December, more specifically, 15 December when many companies will be closing for a well-deserved, end-of-year break.

To celebrate the holidays and to welcome the year end, our generous advertisers have donated a wonderful selection of gifts which include two Samsung Home Entertainment Systems; a Genmart 7.5 kVA generator blue; and a host of useful, top quality tools; multimeters; and lamps.

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Sparks Electrical News November 2017Front cover story

ENGIE and Fenix have announced an agreement whereby ENGIE will acquire 100% of Fenix International, a next generation company that offers solar home systems (SHS) in Africa. Bruno Bensasson, CEO of ENGIE Africa says that combining the strengths of ENGIE, a global energy player and Fenix, a successful company with strong customer focus, high-quality products and an experienced team anchored in the heart of Sub-Saharan Africa, will enable faster deployment of SHS to the large African population still lacking access to electricity. Given that over 600 million people lack access to modern energy in Africa, the investment will also contribute to ENGIE’s goal of using the latest digital technologies to provide 20 million people around the world with access to decarbonised, decentralised energy by 2020.

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Sparks Electrical News October 2017Front Cover Story

The ‘Internet of things’ (IoT) is changing the way we live and work. Electrical contractors who skill up and adjust the way they operate will stay relevant and grow as IoT opens up new business opportunities. For example, IoT systems are already being used for smart meters, helping citizens use resources like energy and water more efficiently. As connected power grids become common, the business model of electrical contractors is gradually being challenged, and electricians will have to invest in new skills in order to keep up with the demands of running a business in the IoT era.

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SparksElectricalNews September 2017

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Major Tech turned 25 in July this year. Innovation having been a driving force since its inception, Major Tech – to mark its silver anniversary – has introduced the VETI 2 range of switches and sockets. In the ‘switch on style’ of VETI, the new range brings elegance and flair to the entry level market. Monoblock in design and consisting 22 products, the range is the first in South Africa to accommodate a switched socket with one standard South African socket, two V-slim sockets and two USB ports. The range is also IEC and SANS compliant.

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Sparks Electrical News August 2017Front cover story:  Drones are replacing laborious manual operations and manual inspections of electrical infrastructure at a fraction of the usual cost. They offer an alternative that requires less manpower and less time while yielding greater accuracy in data captured during manual inspections of hard-to-reach infrastructure. While this may sound like a solution employed by high-tech companies, South African utilities such as mines, renewable energy companies and civil engineering firms are already using them.

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