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Sparks Electrical News February 2018Women in Energy

The 2018 Women in Energy Conference will take place on the 19th of February at the Sandton Convention Centre. The aim of the conference, the fourth event of its kind, is to increase leadership and the development of women in the African energy space. The conference offers an interactive hub that enables leading women within the energy sector to network, share knowledge and achievements, and encourage the further advancement of women across all sectors of the energy industry.

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Powering up a continent at POWER-GEN, DistribuTECH Africa 2018

Published: 06 February 2018

POWER-GEN and DistribuTECH Africa 2018 will be staged at the Sandton Convention Centre from 17 – 19 July 2018. Themed ‘Powering up a continent’, the annual event brings together up...

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Circuit breakers: designed to protect electrical circuits from damage

Published: 01 February 2018

by Rhodam Evans, Major Tech Circuit breakers are automatically operated electrical switches that are designed to protect electrical circuits from damage due to overload or short circuit. The basic function of...

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Eliminate the obvious and what remains is the truth

Published: 01 February 2018

The fictional detective Sherlock Holmes is credited with saying that, "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth ..."

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Sparks Personality of the Month: Theo Mashego

Published: 01 February 2018

Hard work produces results Theo Mashego, managing director of Unidrive Electric Motors, took his place at the helm of the company shortly after it was acquired by Ayanda at Work. From...

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Women in energy

Published: 01 February 2018

The 2018 Women in Energy Conference, an interactive side event of the African Energy Indaba (AEI) will take place on the 19th February 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre. The...

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2018: The year of the ‘smart’ contractor

Published: 15 January 2018

From smart homes to smart cars – and smart everything in between – the Internet of Things (IoT) is promising to change every element of our lives. We are entering...

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Electrobase recognises top suppliers for 2017

Published: 15 December 2017

Electrobase, the largest group of independent electrical wholesalers in Southern Africa, held its 18th annual Supplier of the Year awards dinner on Friday 10 November at Emperors Palace. The prestigious...

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Heads up, keep strong - the future is bright

Published: 15 December 2017

WILLIE HARMSE owner of Megalight Electrical loves the current pace of technological and digital change and looks forward to new developments in the industry, especially when he can pass the...

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ECA(SA) Presidential Excellence Awards

Published: 29 November 2017

The electrical contracting industry honoured its top achievers at the ECA(SA)’s sixth annual Presidential Excellence Awards held at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre on November 16.

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Banking on sunshine: solar switch flipped at Wesbank and FNB Fairland campus

Published: 29 November 2017

The switch has been flipped on a world-class solar panel installation at the WesBank and FNB campus in Fairland, north of Johannesburg. Just 12 months after construction began on the...

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Transformers... not as simple as they seem

Published: 27 November 2017

This month, I thought I would share some knowledge about transformers as may be found in electrical installations (as against audio and electronic). There are three board categories of transformers;...

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What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

Published: 27 November 2017

Ian Greyling is CEO of Electrahertz; he is passionate about skills, training and the development in the industry. While he has been involved in various projects over the years, his...

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Robben Island goes green with solar microgrid

Published: 30 October 2017

International tourist destination and world heritage site Robben Island has a R25 million solar-powered mini-grid. The solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant has the capacity to generate 666.4-kilowatt peak of clean...

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Engie joins forces with Pioneer in Africa's solar home system market

Published: 26 October 2017

ENGIE and Fenix have announced an agreement whereby ENGIE will acquire 100% of Fenix International, a next generation energy company, offering solar home systems (SHS) in Africa. The transaction will...

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Work clothing with active illumination

Published: 26 October 2017

Together with uvex, Osram has brought its first products for textile illumination to series production. At the international trade fair for safety, security and health at work held in Dusseldorf during...

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Success is the difference you make in people's lives

Published: 26 October 2017

Angel Mkhomazi is the regional training officer at the ECA(SA)’s training centre in Meadowdale. She’s a qualified Installation Electrician and has been training artisans for the ECA for three years...

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Putting legislation and SABS publications in context

Published: 23 October 2017

How amazing is it that we carry on with our daily tasks without actually thinking about the legal maze that is health and safety when we get out of bed...

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‘Mellow light’ LED luminaires

Published: 20 October 2017

The concept of Mellow Light is one of perception, ‘How to make the space appear brighter at lower levels of Illuminance’. In all modern buildings the emphasis has shifted towards...

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Alive with power for 50 years

Published: 28 September 2017

Alvern Cables was established in 1967 by AE Hendey, V Higham and PG Wiggin. Struggling to get the cables they required for signalling purposes in the railway industry, they decided...

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If a job’s worth doing, it is worth doing well

Published: 27 September 2017

Johan Basson, managing director of JB Switchgear Solutions, has a long and successful track record of more than 40 years in the industry. Prior to JB Switchgear, he owned RBF...

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Are you ready for IoT?

Published: 27 September 2017

As IoT becomes more prevalent, electrical contractors that change the way they operate, and skill up, will not only stay relevant, but can open up new business opportunities.

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If you try and fail – congratulations…

Published: 23 August 2017

Danie Esterhuizen, general manager of Consolidated Electrical Distributions (CED), believes we are never too old to learn and for that reason should not be too afraid of change. Known for...

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New product marks 25 years of success

Published: 23 August 2017

To celebrate this milestone, the company is to hold celebratory events in the centres of its five branches over the period of a month, starting 16 August.

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Rescheduled due to 'technical failure' - The Pitfalls of Project Management Free Webinar

Published: 23 August 2017

Due to a technical server failure, many attendees of the ECA(SA)’s live webinar, ‘The Pitfalls of Project Management’ were unable to attend or log into the webinar session on 15...

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Free webinar: The Pitfalls of Project Management

Published: 02 August 2017

Following the success of his first two webinars, ‘The Pitfalls of Tendering’ and ‘The Pitfalls of Contract Administration’, Herman Kriel, group managing director of the Cape Town-based Brand Engineering group...

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Your attitude, not your aptitude will determine your altitude

Published: 31 July 2017

Lindsay van den Berg, managing director of Bergstrom Industries, has been in the lighting business for three decades. She thrives on the dynamic landscape of the electrical industry and enjoys...

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ECA (SA) warns electrical industry: beware of scammers

Published: 31 July 2017

By Erika van Zyl, national communications manager, ECA(SA) Fraudulent requests for quotations (RFQs) and orders, supposedly from government departments, are costing South African business owners hundreds of thousands of rands. Scammers...

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Drones: electrical utilities’ weapon against downtime

Published: 27 July 2017

Unmanned aerial systems, or drones, are offering a cost-effective alternative to manual inspections of often hard to reach infrastructure, and are promising a future in which reactive maintenance makes way...

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The latest issue of SANS 10142-1

Published: 28 June 2017

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...

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Motor ratings and voltages

Published: 28 June 2017

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...

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Electrical skills levels of learners in South Africa

Published: 28 June 2017

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...

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Skills must rise

Published: 28 June 2017

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...

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Sparks Personality of the month: July 2017

Published: 27 June 2017

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...

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Mthokozisi Sanga heads to Abu Dhabi

Published: 05 June 2017

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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There must be a simple and better way

Published: 25 May 2017

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...

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Entries now open for ECA's Annual Presidential Excellence Awards

Published: 25 May 2017

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...

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