New appointment at Vector

Vector welcomes new staff member Centaine Nel, who replaces Carrol Beattie as the magazine’s advertising sales and marketing executive. Centaine joined the team in October 2013. She looks forward to contacting you shortly and to getting to know the industry. Contact Centaine Nel, EE Publishers, Tel 011 543-7027,

National engineering skills survey: an update

A shortage of engineers, technologists and technicians could severely hamper South Africa’s growth and infrastructure plans. A national survey was launched to determine the extent of the shortages in these critical skills areas and to provide government data to map the country’s technical skills provisioning. The National engineering skills survey will give an overview of […]

Opportunities for artisans

South Africa must train 50 000 new artisans by 2015 and at least 30 000 additional engineers by 2014 to meet skilled labour demands, according to Walter Kirkwood, past president of the Steel Engineering Industry Federation of South Africa (SEIFSA). In 1982, Kirkwood established a training centre giving artisans the opportunity to embark on a […]

Energy-efficiency tax incentive for SA

Information from SANEDI On 8 November 2013, finance minister Pravin Gordhan announced the promulgation of the Regulations on Allowance for Energy Efficiency Savings in terms of Section 12L of the Income Tax Act to address “shortfalls and gaps” in SA’s energy efficiency drive. This allowance, which is granted for savings incurred through energy-efficiency improvements, is […]

New CESA president

  Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) has elected Abe Thela as their new president for 2014. Thela is a civil engineer with over 20 years’ postgraduate experience, mainly in consulting civil engineering. He completed his schooling in Soweto and matriculated in 1984. In 1982 he was selected to attend a pilot phase of the Programme […]

Engineering design competition winners

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s (CPUT’s) entry in the 2013 PneuDrive Challenge Engineering Design Competition, “Waste granite to cobblestone machine”, was named the winner by a panel of specialists from various business and engineering fileds. The runners-up were Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) with the “Dust buster” and the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) […]

Consultants achieve Level 2 BEE status

  Consulting engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV has achieved Level 2 Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) status. The company, which was one of the very first independent consulting engineering firms represented in southern Africa, says in a statement its strategic intent is to “benefit all stakeholders”. It believes that transformation initiatives are, fundamentally, about doing good business […]

2013 Eskom eta Award winners announced

The winners of the 2013 Eskom eta Awards were announced at the University of Johannesburg in December last year. Entries were accepted in eight categories and the winners in each category received a cash prize of R30 000 while runners-up received R5000 each. The awards recognise and reward excellence in energy efficiency. The winner in […]

Course on project management examination

The Project Management Institute will present the Davis and Dean Project Management Professional (PMP) exam preparation course at the Wanderers Conference Centre in Johannesburg between 27 and 31 January 2014 and between 24 and 28 March 2014. The course is a 35 hour, 4,5 day training seminar based on project management principles approved by the […]

Energy efficiency convention hosts four discussion tracks

Day 2 at the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency Convention (2013 SAEEC) facilitated the tracks, “Mining and industrial efficiency”; “Measurement and verification (M&V)”; “Cogeneration” and “Renewable and alternative energy”. With South Africa’s continued reliance on coal, the mining track focused on increasing efficiencies in our mines and industry while reducing losses. In the M&V […]