Sparks Electrical News

Getting to grips with SANS 10142-1 by Hannes Baard

We have slowly but surely worked our way through SANS 10142-1:2012 Edition 1.8, spending time on the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993) – the Act itself, its regulations and a few related issues too.

Working knowledge by Terry MacKenzie Hoy

I once worked at a plant where the system voltage was 525 volts. The calculation was, if the motor is rated 500 V then if the busbar voltage is 525 volts, one loses 25 volts as they drop in the cable.

Training and Development by Nick du Plessis

I am currently involved in the WorldSkills preparation phase for electrical learner, Mthokozisi Christopher Sanga, who will be representing South Africa at the WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi later this year. How will we fare? You might be wondering if the skills of a South African learner are on a par with other learners who will be representing their countries in Abu Dhabi.

The prestige that tends to be associated with a university degree has left a pronounced need for vocational training in this country. Professor Ian Jandrell, Dean of Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Witwatersrand University explains, “While many school leavers strive to go to university, this is not what we need. We need people to appreciate that excellent careers and skills can be built up, whether or not you have a university degree.” Jandrell believes that opportunities for artisans must be promoted and encouraged from the earliest years at school.

MIKE VISSER, founder of Power Quality Company along with his partner Elva Visser, is a proud family and businessman with a great appreciation of the earthing and lightning protection industry. His impressive 26 years of experience, include working with the Bombardier engineers on the Gautrain project and, recently, winning the De Beers Venetia contract for the eight-year development of the mine.

KwaZulu-Natal’s Mthokozisi Sanga is to represent South Africa in the Electrical Installations category at WorldSkills International (WSI) in Abu Dhabi during October this year.

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