Vector Inbox: November/December 2014

  In this issue, our readers comment on the article, “Certificates of Compliance: the role of the conveyance attorney” (Vector, October 2014, page 3), relating to the purchase and sale of fixed property. Re: “Certificates of Compliance: the role of the conveyance attorney” Dear Editor As a member of the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce, I […]

What does the future hold for South African manufacturing?

  A discussion panel on the future of manufacturing in South Africa heard that government has not pursued solutions sufficiently to enable the country to fulfill its manufacturing potential, resulting in the loss of over 300 000 jobs in the sector since the global financial crisis. Yet, at 11% of GDP, the sector still employs […]

Vector Inbox: October 2014

  This month, our readers respond to our articles on training in the electrical contracting industry and on staying abreast with legislation, and voice concern about IESSA’s new committee to combat sub-standard product. Our winning letter Re: “The challenges of training in the electrical contracting industry” Dear Editor In the article, “The challenges of training […]

Experts’ Q&A: low-voltage switchgear

  Vector’s Peter Adams speaks to Paul Louw from ABB about low-voltage switchgear, its purpose, communication and the dangers of using outdated switchgear, and shares a number of tips on the selection, installation and use of LV switchgear. What is the main purpose of LV switchgear today? To put it in simple terms, modern LV […]

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 […]

Vector Inbox, September 2014

  This month, a reader asks advice on connecting a small standby generator. Our winning letter re: Connecting a small standby generator Dear Editor Regarding the article, “How to size a generator set” (Vector, July 2014, page 77) our small factory has bought a 7,5 kVA single-phase generator from the local hardware shop to allow […]

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 […]