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 […]

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 […]

The role of engineers and the technical media in civil society

  This paper was presented on 6 April 2014 by Chris Yelland, managing director at EE Publishers, at the Civilution Congress 2014 held at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa, from 6 to 8 April 2014. Background to the prevailing environment First some background on the prevailing environment in which we find ourselves as engineers […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]