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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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Sparks Electrical News July 2017Front cover story

The National Development Plan estimates that by 2030, South Africa will require 30 000 artisans. Artisans are the cornerstone of a growing economy; in the engineering environment, for example, they form the base of the skills pyramid that is key to everything else. The shortage of skilled artisans in this country has been exacerbated by a perception that vocational training is less valuable than a university degree and if we are to encourage young school leavers to take up a career in the artisan space a mind-shift is required. A number of companies and bodies do promote the value of artisanal skills, WorldSkills South Africa among them, but it is not enough and more businesses need to become involved in producing the number of artisans we need to turn the economy around.

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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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