Stakeholder workshop discusses way forward for SABS’ NETFA test facility

September 5th, 2018, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize, Articles: Vector, Uncategorised articles

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On 30 August 2018, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) in association with EE Publishers hosted the SABS Electro-Technical Sector Stakeholder Workshop and NETFA Site Tour at St. George’s Hotel, Pretoria, to establish collaboration between the SABS and the electro-technical sector, with the aim of building capacity for testing in order to meet the needs of the electro-technical industry.

In his welcome address, EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland said the workshop aimed to enable the SABS to re-engage with its customers in the electro-technical sector and to restore effective working relations between the bureau and industry.

The workshop was opened by SABS certification executive Amanda Gcabashe, who said the bureau intended to invest in much-needed infrastructure upgrades at the SABS NETFA facility but had to reconnect with its clients in industry and engage them to establish their testing and certification needs.

This was followed by a keynote presentation by Dr Andrew Eriksson, an independent consultant based in Zurich, Switzerland, who is a former assistant director of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) National Electrical Engineering Research Institute (NEERI). Dr Eriksson was involved in the establishment of the high-voltage test facilities at NETFA in the 1980s.

SLIDES: Click here for the full slide deck of the presentation by Dr Andrew Eriksson

The key message of the presentation by Dr Eriksson was the need for coordination, collaboration and partnering in order to be internationally competitive, market driven, customer focused and technologically up-to-date.

A plenary session comprised presentations and a panel discussion facilitated by Chris Yelland of EE Publishers with Tembela Caza, CEO of Transmission & Distribution at ACTOM (representing the SABS client base), Ashley Bhugwandin, manager of the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit at the CSIR and Lucas Monyai of SABS NETFA.

Following a short tea break, further presentations and a panel discussion was again facilitated by Chris yelland of EE Publishers, this time with SABS executives Amanda Gcabashe, Johan Louw and Sadhvir Bissoon. The discussion ended in a question and answer session leading up to the  lunch break.

After lunch, delegates departed by bus for the SABS NETFA test facility, a 15 minute drive from the workshop venue, where they visited the high-voltage test facility, the materials and installation laboratory, as well as the short-circuit test laboratory.

PICTURE GALLERY: Click here for the the picture gallery of the workshop
PICTURE GALLERY: Click here for the the picture gallery on the NETFA site tour