Q&A: Ask an expert

In this article, we talk to IESSA technical adviser Connie Jonker about the claims made about energy-saving lamps; how the user should decide between LED and CFL; whether the wattage and efficiency claims are tested, and on the effect they have on power factor. Can the end-user have faith in the claims made about “energy […]

Industry is still missing opportunities to save energy

  Research commissioned by ABB has confirmed that energy efficiency remains a high priority for executives in industry. Of more than 300 surveyed in the manufacturing and power sectors by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), almost all said energy efficiency will remain a crucial success factor for their companies in the next two decades. But […]

Vector Inbox March 2014

This month, our readers address the issue of temperature rise in minisubs; question the new VC9012 standard for luminaires; express general dissatisfaction with the new IEC164-6 plug and socket configuration, and comment on the state of the skilled labour force, among others. Our winning letter Temperature rise in minisub transformers Dear Editor I would like […]

In conversation with ACDC Dynamics MD Mario Maio

by Mark Botha, editor Mario Maio, founder and owner of ACDC Dynamics, speaks to Vector about the company’s history and achievements, and shares his views on skills development, the state of the SETA system and e-Tolls, among others. Mario Maio founded ACDC Dynamics with a partner 30 years ago and is today MD and sole […]

SA should look to China for sustainable rail solutions

  by Bruce Evans, GIBB Railway development in China over the past 25 years provides ample examples of what can be achieved when it comes to modern railways. Some aspects of China’s railway solutions could be applicable to South Africa and are worth considering in particular for a new Durban-Gauteng high-standard, standard-gauge railway. China has […]

When should we buy into the cloud?

  by Richard Vester, EOH Cloud Services Companies face important IT challenges today. Not only do they have to deploy and run their business applications with agility, their infrastructures need to scale to support growth while maintaining quality of service – all in a cost-efficient manner. Cloud computing has been flagged as the new mantra […]

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 […]