CESA launches sustainability framework

Newly-elected Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) president Abe Thela has launched the CESA Sustainability Framework, which has been adopted as a prerequisite for CESA membership. All member firms are now required to prepare a sustainability report as part of their annual declarations to CESA. The report is aligned with international best practice (FIDIC) and the Global […]

Centres of excellence to advance interdisciplinary research

The Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, has approved the establishment of an additional five new centres of excellence (CoEs) to promote collaborative and interdisciplinary research among research-performing institutions, and to provide high-end skills development in priority research areas. The new centres bring to 14 the total number of centres established since 2004 by […]

Electrical tip: testing and commissioning

The objectives of testing and commissioning are to verify that equipment is functioning properly after installation; that the performance of the installed equipment/systems meets with the specified design intent through a series of tests and adjustments, and to capture and record performance data of the whole installation as the baseline for future operation and maintenance. […]

Helping SA companies to be more competitive

Offerings and products of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Subcontractor and Partnership Exchange (SPX) programme have been incorporated into the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit (TLIU) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The SPX programme recently reported a positive impact on local industrial manufacturing companies. Ashley Bhugwandin, who heads up the TLIU, […]

New compulsory specification for luminaires

by Connie Jonker, IESSA Since the first publication of the compulsory specification for electrical and electronic appliances, Government Notice 466 in 1981, which was later replaced by VC8055, the specification covered a large range of electrical appliances, including luminaires. This had the disadvantage that the stakeholders participating in the development of the compulsory specification come […]

22nd Domestic Use of Energy Conference

  The 22nd Domestic Use of Energy (DUE) conference will be held between 30 March and 2 April 2014 at the Cape Town campus of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). The theme of the conference is the provision of electricity to all South Africans, with consideration for the environment. The DUE conferences have, […]

Engineering Certificate of Competency exam questions

  Vector publishes exam questions from previous exams issued by the Department of Higher Education and Training as a service to our readers who are studying for their Engineering Certificate of Competency. This month’s paper, “Engineering Certificate of Competency”, was set in November 2009. Question 1 Define the following terms as given in the Act: […]

Become an M&V professional

  The National Treasury has published section 12L of the Income Tax Act in Government Gazette No. 37019, putting into operation deductions of energy efficiency savings in terms of the Income Tax Act of 1962. The section allows deductions calculated at R0,45  per kW/h or kW/h equivalent of energy efficiency savings. Claimants of the deduction […]

Spotlight on the Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa

  by Mark Botha, editor The Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa (IESSA) promotes the science, technology and art applied in the field of lighting. It facilitates international information exchange while promoting sound lighting and market practices in the interests of the public. IESSA represents the South African lighting industry both nationally and abroad and, […]

New compulsory specification for luminaires

  by Connie Jonker, IESSA technical adviser The compulsory specification VC 8055 has been replaced by VC 9012 following a request by industry. The compulsory specification for electrical and electronic appliances has covered a large range of electrical appliances including luminaires since its first publication in 1981, in Government Notice 466. It was later replaced […]