Solar Challenge 2014 highlights

Here are the highlights from the Sasol Solar Challenge 2014 – a solar car endurance race from Pretoria to Cape Town, South Africa. Today is the penultimate day of the race, and it seems like it is going to be a nail biting race to the finishing line. [View the story “Sasol Solar Challenge 2014 […]

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 […]

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 […]