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 […]

The challenges of training in the electrical contracting industry

  Approved Electrical Inspection Authority (AIA) Nico van den Berg discusses issues such as copper theft; the need for a scrap metal dealers act; electric fence installation and a forum where contractors can share their knowledge. While working as an assessor and moderator, Nico van den Berg of Centurion-based Independent Electrical Inspection Services founded the […]

Vector Inbox, August 2014

  This month, our readers commend SAFEHouse’s call to arms against non-compliant products in the industry and make some very valid points on combating this threat. Our winning letter Counterfeits threaten thousands of households Dear Editor I would like to commend Pierre Northard of SAFEHouse on his call to action in his article on sub-standard […]

Lighting society elects new president

  On 1 July this year, Robert Henderson succeeded Greg Marcia as president of the Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa (IESSA). Vector spoke to him about his long association with the society, what the future holds for the lighting industry, and about the changes in store for the society. Henderson joined the former Institute […]

Vector Inbox June 2014

  Submit your letters to and be in line to win a prize. This month, a reader responds to Prof. Philip Lloyd’s Lead Editorial, “Just what is ‘sustainable development’?” (see Vector, May 2014). Our winning letter Dear Editor I would like to offer comment on Prof. Philip Lloyd’s letter about sustainable development. I am […]