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Sparks Electrical News November 2017Front cover story

ENGIE and Fenix have announced an agreement whereby ENGIE will acquire 100% of Fenix International, a next generation company that offers solar home systems (SHS) in Africa. Bruno Bensasson, CEO of ENGIE Africa says that combining the strengths of ENGIE, a global energy player and Fenix, a successful company with strong customer focus, high-quality products and an experienced team anchored in the heart of Sub-Saharan Africa, will enable faster deployment of SHS to the large African population still lacking access to electricity. Given that over 600 million people lack access to modern energy in Africa, the investment will also contribute to ENGIE’s goal of using the latest digital technologies to provide 20 million people around the world with access to decarbonised, decentralised energy by 2020.

Personality of the Month

Angel Mkhomazi, regional training officer at the ECA (SA)’s training centre in Meadowdale, has been in the electrical industry for 12 years and loves her profession as much now as she did at the start. A natural teacher, Angie believes that success isn’t about how much money you make, but about the difference you make in people’s lives. She is a strong proponent of the electrical trade, believing that youngsters do not think broadly enough when they consider the opportunities attached to becoming an electrician, and she is delighted that so many women are making their way into what is still a male dominated industry. Her advice to contractors: “Hire people who are smarter and more talented than you are ...”.

Column: Putting legislation and SABS publications in context

Having worked through SANS 10142-1: from the 2003 version through to 2012: Edition 1.8, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993) and Electrical Installation Regulations 2009, Hannes Baard reckons now is the perfect opportunity to put legislation and the SABS publications in context, with reference the lives of electricians.

He aims to look at the most pertinent parts of the Act and Regulations in order to form a comprehensive picture of how things fit together. In the process, he will summarise all sections found in the Act and the Regulations, which will make for quick referencing and remove the schlep of having to page through each of the twenty-plus publications. In this month’s column, he tackles the first five.

Cool use of technology

At the recent international trade fair for safety, security and health at work held in Dusseldorf, uvex presented safety vests and a softshell jacket equipped with active LED lighting. The textile illumination is incorporated into the safety clothing and ensures greater visibility and hence safety in day-to-day work. The light modules are LED-based and an integrated part of the clothing. They are battery-powered via a USB port. The key advantage of the new technology is the light modules ensure active illumination at all times.

Contractors' Corner

This regular feature contains industry news and articles highlighting the latest products on the market.

Buyers' Guide

The November’s buyer’s guide lists manufacturers and distributors of products and services that cover standby and emergency power.

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