Sparks Electrical News

Marthinus Smit, has been the technical director at Shuttle Lighting Control Systems for 20 years His principles and business fundamentals which, he says, he learnt from his long-term business partner Reg Smith have ensured their company’s staying power as a force to be reckoned with in the electrical industry.

Mark Mfikoe, national director of the Electrical Contractors’ Association (SA) recently announced that entries for the ECA(SA)’s sixth annual Presidential Excellence Awards will open on June 1. Mfikoe says the awards, which were inaugurated in 2011, are “a celebration of exceptional workmanship and professionalism within the electrical industry”.

Lebo Leshabane, dynamic CEO of iX engineers, judge for the ECA Residential Excellence Awards and formerly managing director of Black Jills Engineers, has extensive experience in the design of infrastructure services, project and programme management, and business management.

Following more than two years of hard work, 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.

Dieter Dilchert, technical director of PSA Solar Con, is a well-known businessman and entrepreneur. He has a great interest, and for the past 13 years has played a prominent role, in building the renewables industry in South Africa. Dieter founded a training institute for solar and wind energy installations and has had a significant influence on training and skills development within this industry. He is a dedicated family man who thrives on challenges.

Last year’s refusal by Eskom to sign outstanding Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Independent Power Producers (IPPs) created upheaval in the renewable sector in South Africa. Following Eskom’s announcement that the PPAs were “too expensive”, various industry bodies protested, with the SA Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) going so far as to get legal advice. However, a stalemate ensued with no new renewable projects being initiated during the second half of 2016.

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