Engineering Certificate of Competency exam questions

  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, “Engineering Certificate of Competency”, was set in November 2009. Question 1 Define the following terms as given in the Act: […]

Become an M&V professional

  The National Treasury has published section 12L of the Income Tax Act in Government Gazette No. 37019, putting into operation deductions of energy efficiency savings in terms of the Income Tax Act of 1962. The section allows deductions calculated at R0,45  per kW/h or kW/h equivalent of energy efficiency savings. Claimants of the deduction […]

Spotlight on the Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa

  by Mark Botha, editor The Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa (IESSA) promotes the science, technology and art applied in the field of lighting. It facilitates international information exchange while promoting sound lighting and market practices in the interests of the public. IESSA represents the South African lighting industry both nationally and abroad and, […]

New compulsory specification for luminaires

  by Connie Jonker, IESSA technical adviser The compulsory specification VC 8055 has been replaced by VC 9012 following a request by industry. The compulsory specification for electrical and electronic appliances has covered a large range of electrical appliances including luminaires since its first publication in 1981, in Government Notice 466. It was later replaced […]

Association to address non-compliance

  Many electrical products currently available on the cheap in South Africa do not comply with our regulations. SABS test certificates and the issuance of letters of approval by the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) appear no longer to guarantee compliance or safety. The SafeHouse Association was formed by a group of organisations in […]

New EE Publishers website www.ee.co.za goes live today

New websites for EE Publishes and its four publications, EngineerIT, Energize, Vector and PositionIT go live today. The websites provide a single, searchable, open-access database of over 25 000 technical and news articles published by EE Publishers over the last ten years, covering the energy, power, electronics, ICT and geomatics sectors of Southern Africa. This […]

Flameproof symposium held

The South African Flameproof Association (SAFA) Symposium 2013 was held at the Gateway Hotel at Unmhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal. Themed “Back to basics”, the symposium saw a total of eight papers presented by speakers representing Expolabs Consulting, Hazloc, Legislative Compliance Specialists, Phambili Interface and Sasol. In his message to the delegates at the conference, SAFA president Paul […]

Almost 400 CMVPs, CEMs trained in 2013

Over the past eleven years, the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) has trained 2287 candidates, representing almost 1000 concerns including ESCOs, Universities, OEMs, government and utilities, to name a few. In 2013, almost 400 candidates were trained. A total of 28 received international certification as certified measurement and verification professionals (CMVPs) with the AEE, and 74 […]

New appointment at Vector

Vector welcomes new staff member Centaine Nel, who replaces Carrol Beattie as the magazine’s advertising sales and marketing executive. Centaine joined the team in October 2013. She looks forward to contacting you shortly and to getting to know the industry. Contact Centaine Nel, EE Publishers, Tel 011 543-7027, centaine.nel@ee.co.za

National engineering skills survey: an update

A shortage of engineers, technologists and technicians could severely hamper South Africa’s growth and infrastructure plans. A national survey was launched to determine the extent of the shortages in these critical skills areas and to provide government data to map the country’s technical skills provisioning. The National engineering skills survey will give an overview of […]