New solar plants now powering whole of Northern Cape

With yet another renewable energy (RE) project completed on time and on budget, one has to wonder why the Departments of Energy (DoE) and Public Enterprises (DPE) tolerate Eskom’s continued refusal to sign additional power producer agreements. This especially since the latest REIPPP energy price bids that Eskom refuse to sign are so much lower […]

Sociology and technological totalitarianism

  My encounter with sociology goes back several months when a statement made in the media that we needed more engineers in society to uplift standards, among others, was met with horror by two sociology professors, who seemed to regard engineers  as inhuman creatures only interested in technology. It includes a recent encounter with a […]

On lighting, the economy and 48 years of business success

  Vector visited the Johannesburg office of Magnitech Lighting and spoke to managing director Howard Page, chief operating officer Ari Budin and general manager Amar Singh about the company and the times in which it is now operating. Page explains that Magnitech was founded by his late father-in-law, Holocaust survivor Leon Talerman, and that the […]

In conversation with… David van den Berg

  Vector caught up with David van den Berg, CEO of specialised direct importer and wholesale  industrial electrical product distributor ElectroMechanica, to talk about his 33 years in business and the future of his company. Van den Berg says his company started out in a small office in Ophirton, Johannesburg, back in 1984, on a […]

To regulate or deregulate the lighting industry – that is the question…

  This article describes how the lighting industry, represented by IESSA, set out to reduce the regulatory burden, but achieved exactly the opposite due to the vested commercial interests of the NRCS, SABS and certain incumbent lighting manufacturers and suppliers. The way is paved for a dysfunctional regulatory process to become even more dysfunctional, thus […]

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