IESSA hosts technical meeting

  The Johannesburg branch of the Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa (IESSA) hosted a technical meeting at the Cabanga Conference Centre in Johannesburg, on 27 March 2014. The guest speaker at the event, which was attended by some 30 delegates, was Dr. Marthinus Smit from Shuttle Lighting, who spoke on dimming techniques for LED […]

Obituary: Colin Marran

  Colin Henry Marran was born in Bloemfontein, Free State. He attended Robert Hicks Primary School and the former Pretoria Central Technical College, where he matriculated. He became an apprentice electrician circa 1956 while employed by the then SAR&H. He met his future wife, Robin, in Germiston and they were engaged on Robin’s 21st birthday. […]

ICMEESA president re-elected at AGM

  An overview of the ICMEESA president’s review delivered at the institution’s recent annual general meeting, and its 2014 annual report and financial statements. Sarel Kloppers, president of the Institution of Certificated Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (ICMEESA), says the institution’s focus for 2014 will remain on reviewing its constitution and on improving its support to […]

Domestic Use of Energy conference focuses on DC grids

  The theme of the 22nd Domestic Use of Energy (DUE) conference on 31 March – 2 April 2014 at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) was “Electrification for all South Africans”. The controversial topic of DC grids formed a key focus in this discussion. The university’s vice chancellor Dr. Prins Nevhutalu opened the […]

Engineering Certificate of Competency

  Vector publishes exam questions from previous exams issued by the Department of Higher Education and Training as a service to our readers who are studying for their Engineering Certificate of Competency. This month’s paper was set in November 2013 Question 1 Define the following terms as given in the Act: Chief Executive Officer (CEO). […]

Vector online CPD initiative launched

  A survey by ICMEESA in 2012 showed that some members in remote areas have limited means to earn Continued Professional Development (CPD) points. The institution now publishes an online CPD questionnaire based on the contents of the technical articles published in Vector every month, in line with the CPD policy of 2005, which grants […]

Technology Innovation Agency CEO dismissed

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT The board of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) dismissed the CEO Simphiwe Duma on 31 March 2014.  This was announced by the minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom. Simphiwe Duma was suspended last year pending a forensic investigation followed by a disciplinary hearing based on the […]

Invensys is now Schneider Electric

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT Schneider Electric’s global acquisition of Invensys sees two of the leading players in the industrial automation market join forces to create a broader, more innovative technology company with a strong position in integrated industrial automation, software and energy management. The South African announcement was made by  Schneider […]