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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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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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