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Sparks Electrical News October 2018In the electrical industry in South Africa, counterfeits are estimated to be a multi-million-rand problem. From circuit breakers that do not trip when they should to batteries without vents for built-up gases to grounding rods with only a fraction of the required copper coating, counterfeit electrical products fail to meet standards and pose risks of injury and even death. Furthermore, contractors may be liable if they install a counterfeit product and, for years, manufacturers have considered contractors to be the men and women on the front lines in the battle against counterfeiters.

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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.

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Sparks Electrical News August 2018Improper installation of commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can drive up maintenance costs in later years and severely diminish any potential cost saving benefits for South African businesses. This is according to Manie de Waal, CEO of Energy Partners Solar, who warns that although PV systems have become an attractive option for businesses, experienced installation services are critical to maximising their cost efficiency. 

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Sparks Electrical News July 2018

Despite founder Pierre Northard’s recent retirement, SAFEhouse, an association of organisations within the South African electrical industry, will continue to focus on long-term growth and a stronger working relationship with the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS). The association was formed in 2012 to combat the prevalence of unsafe products and services in South Africa by informing buyers and others  who influence buying decisions of the criteria by which to assess these products and services, and by exposing specific cases of sub-standard  products and practices. The two people tasked with taking the organisation forward are Connie Jonker and Barry O’Leary.

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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.

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Sparks Electrical News May 2018Acquisition of Crabtree

Crabtree South Africa (Pty) Ltd (a Division of Siemens) has concluded the purchase of the Crabtree business and its associated Lesotho operations from Powertech Industries (Proprietary) Limited, a division of Allied Electronics Corporation Limited (Altron).

The Crabtree business, originally established in 1947, named Crabtree South Africa (Pty) Ltd, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens (Pty) Ltd, with the day to day management of the business handled by Electrium Sales Ltd., a Siemens company. Crabtree is one of South Africa’s chief manufacturers of low voltage wiring accessories, cable systems and power cords and predominantly operates within the South Africa construction.

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