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.
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. Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, Department of Higher Education and Training Honourable Minister Dr Blade Nzimande said competitions like this went a long way towards building enthusiasm for the trades.
Ed Newman, who describes his blood as orange, has been managing director of Osram since 2016. He has been with the company for close to three decades and has enjoyed every minute of his time there. Ed is a team player and his management style is one of encouragement. He enjoys working with a team that combines the wisdom of older staff members with the ‘fire’ of younger ones and believes firmly that the way to get the best out of your team is to play to their strengths.
Voltex is hosting its first Electrical Trade Expo at Power Park in Epping Industria 1, Cape Town, on 7 and 8 March 2017. The Electrical Trade Expo is the Western Cape’s largest gathering of technical specialists, market leaders and international and local suppliers, under one roof.
The economic development of South Africa is closely tied to the development of a skilled workforce said Gwebinkundla Qonde, the director general for the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in his address at the National Artisan Development Strategy conference, held in Benoni at the end of last year. “A good artisan training system needs to produce quality artisans who will contribute to the country’s economy.”