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Sparks Electrical News September 2018This month, Sparks Electrical News asked Richard Evert, national director of the Earthing and Lightning Protection Association (ELPA), for his take on challenges currently facing the earthing and lightning industry.

“The first objective must be to equip the messengers. Every electrician and electrical contractor is a messenger. Across the country you see and work with the general public. We cannot hope to reach the general public with a sustainable message if it runs only surface deep. Legislation and regulations are artefacts of our intelligence and ambitions. Today, our ambition is to make them relevant, and to do that effectively, we must substantiate the reality with reliable statistics. Fatalities of any kind other than natural causes are unacceptable. Death or injury by lightning through ignorance is not ‘death by natural causes’. We must build reliable records of fatalities in South Africa and then we need to reduce those deaths each and every year. Our role is to support the progressive elimination of unnecessary losses of life and property.”

Personality of the Month

Piet Mokgotho, Technical Director at Pretoria-based Antley Lighting, boasts 25 years in the lighting industry and a CV which includes working on the lighting at the iconic Constitutional Court. He has spent two years with Antley Lighting and encourages his staff to get involved and take ownership of the projects that the company is involved in.

Column: Power and other transformers

This month Terry Mackenzie Hoy discusses how, in earlier years, consulting engineers loved any project that required the installation of an 11 000 V/400 V power distribution transformer because the consulting fees were a percentage of the contract value and, since power transformers were comparatively costly, a power transformer or two would increase fee income handsomely.

What to expect at Electra Mining this year

Electra Mining Africa is ranked as one of the largest mining shows in the world and is the biggest mining, manufacturing, electrical and power trade show in Southern Africa. At this year’s event there will be over 900 local and international exhibitors, extending across five halls and a marquee, as well as outside areas, that visitors can look forward to seeing. Taking place from 10-14 September at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, visitors will have the opportunity to take note of latest products, services and solutions, among other attractions, that will bring value to the time they spend at the show. Sparks Electrical News approached customers to find out what they have in store for this year's exhibition.

Buyers Guide

The September Buyers’ Guide lists manufacturers and distributors of products and services for Distribution Boards, Switches, Sockets and Protection

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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
Fax: +27 11 615-6108

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