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Sparks Electrical News November 2017

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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.

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Robben Island goes green with solar microgrid

Published: 30 October 2017

International tourist destination and world heritage site Robben Island has a R25 million solar-powered mini-grid. The solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant has the capacity to generate 666.4-kilowatt peak of clean...

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Engie joins forces with Pioneer in Africa's solar home system market

Published: 26 October 2017

ENGIE and Fenix have announced an agreement whereby ENGIE will acquire 100% of Fenix International, a next generation energy company, offering solar home systems (SHS) in Africa. The transaction will...

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Work clothing with active illumination

Published: 26 October 2017

Together with uvex, Osram has brought its first products for textile illumination to series production. At the international trade fair for safety, security and health at work held in Dusseldorf during...

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Success is the difference you make in people's lives

Published: 26 October 2017

Angel Mkhomazi is the regional training officer at the ECA(SA)’s training centre in Meadowdale. She’s a qualified Installation Electrician and has been training artisans for the ECA for three years...

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Putting legislation and SABS publications in context

Published: 23 October 2017

How amazing is it that we carry on with our daily tasks without actually thinking about the legal maze that is health and safety when we get out of bed...

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‘Mellow light’ LED luminaires

Published: 20 October 2017

The concept of Mellow Light is one of perception, ‘How to make the space appear brighter at lower levels of Illuminance’. In all modern buildings the emphasis has shifted towards...

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Alive with power for 50 years

Published: 28 September 2017

Alvern Cables was established in 1967 by AE Hendey, V Higham and PG Wiggin. Struggling to get the cables they required for signalling purposes in the railway industry, they decided...

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If a job’s worth doing, it is worth doing well

Published: 27 September 2017

Johan Basson, managing director of JB Switchgear Solutions, has a long and successful track record of more than 40 years in the industry. Prior to JB Switchgear, he owned RBF...

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Are you ready for IoT?

Published: 27 September 2017

As IoT becomes more prevalent, electrical contractors that change the way they operate, and skill up, will not only stay relevant, but can open up new business opportunities.

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If you try and fail – congratulations…

Published: 23 August 2017

Danie Esterhuizen, general manager of Consolidated Electrical Distributions (CED), believes we are never too old to learn and for that reason should not be too afraid of change. Known for...

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New product marks 25 years of success

Published: 23 August 2017

To celebrate this milestone, the company is to hold celebratory events in the centres of its five branches over the period of a month, starting 16 August.

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Rescheduled due to 'technical failure' - The Pitfalls of Project Management Free Webinar

Published: 23 August 2017

Due to a technical server failure, many attendees of the ECA(SA)’s live webinar, ‘The Pitfalls of Project Management’ were unable to attend or log into the webinar session on 15...

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Free webinar: The Pitfalls of Project Management

Published: 02 August 2017

Following the success of his first two webinars, ‘The Pitfalls of Tendering’ and ‘The Pitfalls of Contract Administration’, Herman Kriel, group managing director of the Cape Town-based Brand Engineering group...

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Your attitude, not your aptitude will determine your altitude

Published: 31 July 2017

Lindsay van den Berg, managing director of Bergstrom Industries, has been in the lighting business for three decades. She thrives on the dynamic landscape of the electrical industry and enjoys...

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ECA (SA) warns electrical industry: beware of scammers

Published: 31 July 2017

By Erika van Zyl, national communications manager, ECA(SA) Fraudulent requests for quotations (RFQs) and orders, supposedly from government departments, are costing South African business owners hundreds of thousands of rands. Scammers...

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Drones: electrical utilities’ weapon against downtime

Published: 27 July 2017

Unmanned aerial systems, or drones, are offering a cost-effective alternative to manual inspections of often hard to reach infrastructure, and are promising a future in which reactive maintenance makes way...

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The latest issue of SANS 10142-1

Published: 28 June 2017

Getting to grips with SANS 10142-1 by Hannes Baard We have slowly but surely worked our way through SANS 10142-1:2012 Edition 1.8, spending time on the Occupational Health and Safety Act...

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Motor ratings and voltages

Published: 28 June 2017

Working knowledge by Terry MacKenzie Hoy I once worked at a plant where the system voltage was 525 volts. The calculation was, if the motor is rated 500 V then if...

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Electrical skills levels of learners in South Africa

Published: 28 June 2017

Training and Development by Nick du Plessis I am currently involved in the WorldSkills preparation phase for electrical learner, Mthokozisi Christopher Sanga, who will be representing South Africa at the WorldSkills...

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Skills must rise

Published: 28 June 2017

The prestige that tends to be associated with a university degree has left a pronounced need for vocational training in this country. Professor Ian Jandrell, Dean of Faculty of Engineering...

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Sparks Personality of the month: July 2017

Published: 27 June 2017

MIKE VISSER, founder of Power Quality Company along with his partner Elva Visser, is a proud family and businessman with a great appreciation of the earthing and lightning protection industry. His...

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Mthokozisi Sanga heads to Abu Dhabi

Published: 05 June 2017

KwaZulu-Natal’s Mthokozisi Sanga is to represent South Africa in the Electrical Installations category at WorldSkills International (WSI) in Abu Dhabi during October this year.

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There must be a simple and better way

Published: 25 May 2017

Marthinus Smit, has been the technical director at Shuttle Lighting Control Systems for 20 years His principles and business fundamentals which, he says, he learnt from his long-term business partner...

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Entries now open for ECA's Annual Presidential Excellence Awards

Published: 25 May 2017

Mark Mfikoe, national director of the Electrical Contractors’ Association (SA) recently announced that entries for the ECA(SA)’s sixth annual Presidential Excellence Awards will open on June 1. Mfikoe says the...

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I've been through what I've been through so I could get to where I am right now

Published: 28 April 2017

Lebo Leshabane, dynamic CEO of iX engineers, judge for the ECA Residential Excellence Awards and formerly managing director of Black Jills Engineers, has extensive experience in the design of infrastructure...

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Industry stalwarts form an association for earthing and lightning protection

Published: 28 April 2017

Following more than two years of hard work, an association for Earthing and Lightning Protection (ELPA) has been established by a group of industry heavyweights who saw the need for...

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Life is about seeking and overcoming challenges

Published: 31 March 2017

Dieter Dilchert, technical director of PSA Solar Con, is a well-known businessman and entrepreneur. He has a great interest, and for the past 13 years has played a prominent role...

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Fair wind blowing for renewables

Published: 31 March 2017

Last year’s refusal by Eskom to sign outstanding Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Independent Power Producers (IPPs) created upheaval in the renewable sector in South Africa. Following Eskom’s announcement that...

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WSSA competition And the winner of the category for Electrical Installation is ...

Published: 10 March 2017

The second National WorldSkills South Africa (WSSA) competition, held in Durban from 13 to 17 February, was a great success, with one hundred and twenty two participants from public Technical...

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Trust yourself to ask questions and to make decisions

Published: 10 March 2017

Ed Newman, who describes his blood as orange, has been managing director of Osram since 2016. He has been with the company for close to three decades and has enjoyed...

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Voltex sparks excitement in the Western Cape

Published: 14 February 2017

Voltex is hosting its first Electrical Trade Expo at Power Park in Epping Industria 1, Cape Town, on 7 and 8 March 2017. The Electrical Trade Expo is the Western...

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Decade of the Artisan - more employers need to get involved

Published: 27 January 2017

The economic development of South Africa is closely tied to the development of a skilled workforce said Gwebinkundla Qonde, the director general for the Department of Higher Education and Training...

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Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers

Published: 27 January 2017

Raymond Nel, general manager at Nordland Lighting for the past two years, has been in the electrical industry for the past decade. With an extensive background in electronics, the transition...

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Solar plant for Nigeria

Published: 10 January 2017

Scatec Solar has signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Africa50, an African Infrastructure fund sponsored by the African Development Bank and more than 20 African States and Norfund (the...

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Sparks Personality of the month: January 2017

Published: 12 December 2016

Change is the only constant in life André le Roux, formerly Crabtree’s regional sales manager: Gauteng, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, started 2017 in his new position as general manager: marketing and...

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East Africa's largest solar plant starts operations

Published: 12 December 2016

Honorable D’Ujanga Simon, Minister of State for Energy, together with representatives of Access Power EREN RE and donors today celebrated the inauguration of the solar power plant in Soroti, Uganda.

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