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Sparks Electrical News June 2018Confusion has surrounded the new compulsory regulations for socket outlets, with feedback from Electrical Contractors’ Association South Africa (ECA) members revealing that there are still electrical contractors who are not sure how to interpret the new SANS 164-2 regulations for socket-outlets. Sparks Electrical News has received queries following an article published in the May 2018 edition on the regulations, which came into effect in January this year, and which state that all socket outlet points for new electrical installations must now include at least one socket outlet complying with the dimensions of SANS 164-2. We approached the ECA for clarification of the regulations.

Personality of the Month

Willem Frederick Ludwick, known in the industry as ‘Wimpie’, is the general manager of BEKA Schreder, a company he has worked at for over 18 years. In this time, he has witnessed many changes in the world of lighting, and believes that one of the biggest challenges currently facing the industry is regulation, or lack thereof.

Column: The rise of electric cars

This month Terry Mackenzie Hoy states that the future of cars will be in some way electric. The general style of technology for an electric car drive was a dc motor driven off lead acid batteries; the dc motor drove the wheels directly. The result was a heavy car with an awkward centre of gravity which made the suspension a challenge and there was very little protection from collision related injuries. Yet things have changes, and in this month’s column he discusses oh electric vehicles will impact on the work of the electrical contractor.

Electrical contractors and millennials

According to the Brookings Institution, millennials – those born between 1981 and 1996 – will comprise one-third of the adult population by 2020 and three-quarters of the workforce by 2025. In South Africa, there are approximately 14,5 million millennials, which equates to over a quarter of the population. How does this relate to electrical contractors and what can you do to get hired by and provide a better service for millennial customers?

Buyers Guide

The June Buyers’ Guide lists manufacturers and distributors of products and services for energy measurement and supply.

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Contact Sparks Electrical News

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

Title: Advertising Manager
Name: Carin Hannay
Email: carinh@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622-4770
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