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An association for Earthing and Lightning Protection (ELPA) has been established by a group of industry heavyweights who saw the need for a body that would become an industry benchmark and source of information for businesses and individuals seeking to protect their buildings or homes from the effects of one of nature’s most mysterious and potentially dangerous phenomena.

The newly founded non-profit organisation hopes that the provision of a central database of suitably qualified and skilled lightning protection service providers will help people and organisations source specialists skilled in the art, science, and practises of conformant lightning protection designs, components, installations, inspection, testing and certification. ELPA will be launched officially on June 19 at Wits University Auditorium – CM1 – where Professor Ian Jandrell, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment and himself a lightning expert, will give the keynote address. All interested parties are invited to attend this meeting. For further information www.elpasa.org.za.

Personality of the Month

Lebo Leshabane, the dynamic CEO of iX engineers, judge for the ECA (SA) Residential Excellence Awards and formerly managing director of Black Jills Engineers, believes that every success and failure in her life has had its own role to play in her growth and development and she would not change a thing. So far, there do not appear to be too many failures. She loves her job and is a great believer in inspiring people to be the best they can be. Her advice to electricians and engineers: Don’t get too comfortable in your own comfort zones – we cannot wait for government and need you to find solutions for the many challenges facing our country.

Columns

Terry Mackenzie Hoy reminds us in this issue how very important it is to follow safety procedures to the letter. Currently we use a ‘permit system’ to ensure that any work conducted in a plant is done so in a safe manner by isolating valves, electrical supplies, compressed air, et cetera. This works well if the procedure is followed ... that is until the shift changes and the operator who issued the permit is not the one who signs off. Although other systems can be put in place, they are also not fool proof. In his next column, Terry will outline what he believes is a 100% safe permit system.

In his column this month Nick du Plessis encourages us to remember that while it is tempting during a recession, or tough economic period, to cut our training and development budgets or scrap them altogether, it is worth bearing in mind that the manner in which we navigate through tough times will determine whether our companies sink or survive when times get better, as they will. He proposes that it makes more sense to ensure that our businesses are well-positioned to take up market share when the economy starts to recover.

In ‘Getting to grips with SANS 10142-1’, Hannes Baard interprets the requirements stated in Regulation 11 to register as an installation electrician. Having applied to the chief inspector, the applicant needs to illustrate sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical experience. By way of example, Hannes outlines three possible ways of satisfying the registration criteria.

Contractors’ Corner

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

Buyers’ Guide

The May buyers’ guide lists manufacturers and distributors of products and services that cover energy efficiency.

Contact Sparks Electrical News

Title: Editor
Name: Karen Grant
Email: sparks@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622-4770
Fax: +27 11 615-6108

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Name: Carin Hannay
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