Vector Inbox: October 2014

  This month, our readers respond to our articles on training in the electrical contracting industry and on staying abreast with legislation, and voice concern about IESSA’s new committee to combat sub-standard product. Our winning letter Re: “The challenges of training in the electrical contracting industry” Dear Editor In the article, “The challenges of training […]

Experts’ Q&A: low-voltage switchgear

  Vector’s Peter Adams speaks to Paul Louw from ABB about low-voltage switchgear, its purpose, communication and the dangers of using outdated switchgear, and shares a number of tips on the selection, installation and use of LV switchgear. What is the main purpose of LV switchgear today? To put it in simple terms, modern LV […]

Solar Challenge 2014 highlights

Here are the highlights from the Sasol Solar Challenge 2014 – a solar car endurance race from Pretoria to Cape Town, South Africa. Today is the penultimate day of the race, and it seems like it is going to be a nail biting race to the finishing line. [View the story “Sasol Solar Challenge 2014 […]

Vector Inbox, September 2014

  This month, a reader asks advice on connecting a small standby generator. Our winning letter re: Connecting a small standby generator Dear Editor Regarding the article, “How to size a generator set” (Vector, July 2014, page 77) our small factory has bought a 7,5 kVA single-phase generator from the local hardware shop to allow […]

Engineering design competition introduces students to mechatronics

  Launched in 2008, the PneuDrive Challenge aims to uplift the South African engineering industry and to enhance the standard of graduate engineers. In South Africa, engineering students traditionally spend four years at university preparing for their future role in industry. With the constant and increasing changes in the various fields of engineering, coupled with […]

CESA: Eskom is in good hands

  Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) has applauded the appointment of Department of Public Enterprises Director General Tshediso Matona, as the chief executive of Eskom, saying that Matona brings with him fresh ideas to resuscitate the ailing state power utility. The body is confident that he will come up with fresh new strategies to navigate […]