Video: The state of energy in Africa

Following the recent IMF Annual Meeting, CNBC Africa hosted a special panel discussion and debate at the Wits Business School in Johannesburg to discuss South Africa’s role in the global energy market. The discussion focused on the state of energy in Africa and how the business sector is addressing these challenges and the implications of […]

Vector Inbox, February 2014

  This month, our readers express their fears at losing engineering skills in consulting practices and call for a scrap metal Act to help curb copper theft.. Our winning letter: What about training for consultants? Dear Editor Brian Turner’s article on engineering skills in the January 2014 issue of Vector so correctly documents what has […]

Video: Chris Yelland of EE Publishers talks electricity in CabTalk

Video: Chris Yelland, MD of EE Publishers with joburgtoday.tv talking electricity in CabTalk while taking in the sights of Joburg… http://www.joburgtoday.tv/past-episodes/CAB-TALK-CHRIS.mp4

Focus on Leon Viljoen, new CEO of ABB

  by Mike Rycroft, EE Publishers ABB CEO Leon Viljoen talks about his appointment, the market in southern Africa, infrastructure development on the subcontinent, and the way forward for the power and automation technologies giant. How would you describe your experience of your new position so far? I have enjoyed it tremendously. I worked for […]

Tshwane Metro metering contract branded “blatantly corrupt”

by Chris Yelland, investigative editor On 5 December 2013, Afrikaans business rights watchdog organisation AfriSake initiated court proceedings to prevent a contract between the City of Tshwane (Pretoria) and private service provider PEU Capital Partners from proceeding. The contract, with service fees to PEU estimated to be in excess of R27-billion over the contract period, […]

Vector Inbox: Letters to the editor, January 2013

This month, our readers write about the political will (or lack thereof) to address copper theft in SA; the implementation of a scrap metal act, as well as the social impacts of “red metal” theft. We also find out who really founded Beka-Schréder. Please download the PDF

State of the skilled labour force: an engineer’s perspective

  by Brian Turner, retired engineer The powers that be cannot seem to understand why we have a major shortage of skilled people in South Africa. Unfortunately, this is not something that has occurred overnight but rather started back in the 1980s. Take, for instance, the certificated engineer. Before 1980, factories, for example, were governed […]

Should small business pay Bargaining Council rates?

The Free Market Foundation (FMF) has launched a constitutional challenge to section 32 of the Labour Relations Act 1995 in the Pretoria High Court in 2013. The section governs relations between bargaining councils (BCs), the minister and employers, and compels the minister to extend agreements struck by those at the bargaining table to those not […]