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Sparks Electrical News March 2017The winner of the WSSA Category for Electrical installation is...

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. The winner of the Electrical Installation Category was 21 year old Mthokozisi Sanga from Kwadabeka in KwaZulu-Natal. Kyle Ritchie of Gauteng and Faghrudeen Samuels of the Western Cape placed second and third respectively. Mthokozisi, who is employed by Bulk Collections Coal Terminal Harbour says the training and experience he gained in preparation for the WWSA National Competition have improved his skills and the practical aspect of his work.

Personality of the Month

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.

Columns

In this month’s column, Terry Mackenzie Hoy discusses two things that need to be considered when choosing a cable to supply a load:  the current handling capability of the cable and the volt drop at the point of connection to the load. The current handling capability of cable is to be found in tables in SANS 10142; but all is not as simple as it sounds.

In the March issue, Hannes Baard looks at disputes, specifically around fluorescent light fittings, and reminds us to be sure of our facts before we take on a fellow contractor. A conductive metal-bodied fluorescent fitting is defined as Class I equipment and you are explicitly required to earth fluorescent fittings. Further, a fluorescent fitting is defined as ‘discharge lighting’.

Nick du Plessishighlights the dangers of procrastination and suggests that since we are comfortably settled into the New Year we start planning and doing, rather than thinking about what we might do. Now is the time to get that elusive qualification or improve our knowledge and skills. There is always someone able to step into our job … we must remain at the front of that pack.

Contractors' Corner

This regular feature contains industry news and articles about new products.

Buyers' Guide

The March buyers’ guide lists manufacturers and distributors of products and services that cover tools and instruments.

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Name: Karen Grant
Email: sparks@crown.co.za
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