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Sparks Electrical News August 2017

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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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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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I've been through what I've been through so I could get to where I am right now

Published: 28 April 2017

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...

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Industry stalwarts form an association for earthing and lightning protection

Published: 28 April 2017

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...

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Life is about seeking and overcoming challenges

Published: 31 March 2017

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...

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Fair wind blowing for renewables

Published: 31 March 2017

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...

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WSSA competition And the winner of the category for Electrical Installation is ...

Published: 10 March 2017

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...

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Trust yourself to ask questions and to make decisions

Published: 10 March 2017

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...

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Voltex sparks excitement in the Western Cape

Published: 14 February 2017

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...

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Decade of the Artisan - more employers need to get involved

Published: 27 January 2017

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...

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Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers

Published: 27 January 2017

Raymond Nel, general manager at Nordland Lighting for the past two years, has been in the electrical industry for the past decade. With an extensive background in electronics, the transition...

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Solar plant for Nigeria

Published: 10 January 2017

Scatec Solar has signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Africa50, an African Infrastructure fund sponsored by the African Development Bank and more than 20 African States and Norfund (the...

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Sparks Personality of the month: January 2017

Published: 12 December 2016

Change is the only constant in life André le Roux, formerly Crabtree’s regional sales manager: Gauteng, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, started 2017 in his new position as general manager: marketing and...

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East Africa's largest solar plant starts operations

Published: 12 December 2016

Honorable D’Ujanga Simon, Minister of State for Energy, together with representatives of Access Power EREN RE and donors today celebrated the inauguration of the solar power plant in Soroti, Uganda.

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Arc protection system introduced to local market

Published: 08 December 2016

To introduce DEHNshort to DEHN Africa staff, partners and local clients, a training course was recently held at DEHN, which was overseen by Andreas Schumacher, product manager: safety equipment and...

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Fabulous prizes for winner of ECA(SA)'s Overall Apprentice of the Year Award

Published: 07 December 2016

At the annual ECA(SA) Presidential Excellence Awards held recently, Malokwane Maraba was announced as the ‘Overall Apprentice of the Year’ – an award that is sponsored by HellermannTyton and as...

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Corporate support for World AIDs day

Published: 07 December 2016

The staff at Voltex showed their support for the fight against HIV/AIDS on World Aids Day, which is held on 1 December each year. This global initiative gives people the...

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Electrical Contractors’ Association (SA) elects Johnny Cunniff for a second term

Published: 30 November 2016

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of SA held its AGM at the Meadowdale head office on November 25. The National Executive Committee elected Johnny Cunniff to serve a second term as...

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Award recognises strong project execution on Esiom’s Medupi

Published: 23 November 2016

Medupi is a 6 x 794 MW power plant under construction that will cover the energy needs of approximately 3.5 million households. Unit 6 achieved commercial operation on 23 August...

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Sparks Personality of the Month: December

Published: 15 November 2016

Ryan Robertson is a co-founder and director at Vert Energy and has been in that position for the past six years. At only 33, he has a lot of responsibility...

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Sierra Leone’s 57 MW power plant will increase country’s energy availability by 40%

Published: 11 November 2016

Wärtsilä has been appointed the EPC contractor for a 57 MW Smart Power Generation plant to be supplied to CECA SL Generation Ltd, a Sierra Leone company co-owned by CEC...

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Rolls-Royce offers solution to stabilise power in sub-saharan Africa

Published: 07 November 2016

Rolls-Royce has unveiled its energy solution for the Ressano Garcia Power Station, which supplies electrical power to the national grid in Mozambique. The power plant includes 13 Rolls-Royce B35:40V20 natural...

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African contract awarded by Global OEM

Published: 04 November 2016

Successful completion of challenging electrical rotating machinery refurbishment projects has long been the hallmark of Marthinusen & Coutts, a division of ACTOM (Pty) Ltd. And it is this reputation that...

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Power purchase agreement for Mozambique’s first large scale solar plant

Published: 02 November 2016

OSLO, Norway, November 1, 2016: Scatec Solar and Norfund have signed a power purchase agreement securing the sale of solar power over a 25-year period to the state-owned utility Electricidade...

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Voltex issues recall notification to customers

Published: 18 October 2016

Voltex (Pty) Ltd (“Voltex”) has a strict policy of not dealing in counterfeit and / or sub-standard products.

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Royal 60th birthday surprise for MD Mario

Published: 18 October 2016

On his 60th birthday, the owner and managing director of ACDC Dynamics in Edenvale, Mario Maio, was surprised when his staff – assisted by Mario’s wife, Guida – presented him...

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Name: Karen Grant
Email: sparks@crown.co.za
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Fax: +27 11 615-6108

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