Challenges bring opportunities for the electrical industry

  The new year is barely underway and 2015 has already presented us with a number of challenges. Eskom introduced rolling load shedding with Medupi 6 (which was supposed to be online by now) again subjected to more delays and controversy. It also announced that one reactor at Koeberg will go offline for maintenance and […]

Rebates created culture of expectancy, not enterprise

  I’ve been contemplating this issue for some time now and, at the risk of sounding controversial, it is becoming clear to me that the energy efficiency industry is suffering from an epidemic of expecting hand-outs. Eskom Demand Side Management (DSM) and similar energy efficiency “assistance-type” programmes have, in my opinion, created a culture of […]

The lighting industry and the cycle of change

  I recently spoke to a colleague about a senior management course he had attended and I asked him what he had learnt. One of the things he took away with him and which resonated with me was the “four rooms of change” theory, developed by the author, Claes Janssen. This theory is essentially about […]

Certificates of Compliance: The role of the conveyance attorney

  It has become apparent that many attorneys involved in the conveyance of property are either ignorant of legislative requirements or treat the issue of certificates of compliance (CoCs) with some contempt. I say this after many years of dealing with transfer attorneys, who have cost sellers and purchasers alike many thousands of rand in […]

Are you missing the financing boat?

  Electrical contracting, engineering and lighting companies stand to benefit substantially through the Industrial Development Corporation’s (IDC’s) mandate to create sustainable jobs through industrial development and economic growth, but are they taking advantage of this opportunity? Addressing the IESSA Johannesburg branch on 31 July 2014, IDC Business Unit account manager Khayelihle Sibiya said the corporation […]

The importance of staying abreast with legislation

  Electrical contractors in South Africa are becoming reluctant to issue Certificates of Compliance (CoCs) because of ignorance of the continual amendments to the electrical regulations and legislation. To compound the problem, very few contractors are familiar with the Electrical Installations Regulations promulgated in 2009 and are, to this day, unable to distinguish between the […]

Bring back effective training for electricians

  When industrial, industry-related education was incorporated into the technical college curricula as the “N” subjects, the practical focus of industrial education encompassed both theoretical and practical training in workshops or classrooms, as well as on the job. This provided good development for the trade person, introducing them into the industry as semi-skilled people with […]

Electricity problems converge as Eskom CEO departs

  by Chris Yelland, investigative editor, EE Publishers With former Eskom CEO Brian Dames’ recent resignation, Eskom must now face enormous problems led by an acting CEO with no direct experience of running a major state-owned enterprise or a business the size of Eskom, or of managing projects with the size and technical complexity of […]