ECA Bosveld Region charity golf day 2015

Invitation to participate The Bosveld Region of the Electrical Contractors Association of South Africa and Vector magazine invite you to play, have fun and do business at this year’s golf day for ECA members, and suppliers of products and services to the electrical contracting and electrical installations sector. The proceeds of the golf day are […]

Vector appointed official magazine of IESSA

EE Publishers is pleased to announce that at the recent council meeting of the Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa (IESSA), it was decided and agreed that Vector magazine would henceforth be the association’s official publication. This decision came in the light of the longstanding, excellent working relationship between IESSA and Vector over many years. […]

Updated electrotechnical trade analysis

The updated trade analysis for the electrotechnical sector by research and consulting company Whitehouse and Associates sheds light on SA’s performance as an exporter, and on key markets and economic communities. Electrotechnical exports grew each year from 2010 to 2012 and showed a total growth of 16% over the three years to $2,8-billion in 2012, […]

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, “Occupational Health and Safety Act”, was set in June 2013.  Question 1 Define the following terms as given in the Act: Employee […]

Workshops to aid ISO 50001 compliance

  The Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) presented its “Energy management system implementation” (EnMSI) training and workshop to members of the Airports Company of South Africa’s (ACSA’s) technical and engineering team, all of whom are responsible for reducing the company’s energy consumption by means of an energy management system. ACSA has already embarked on a number […]

Company recognised twice at Africa Forum

  Two projects in Schneider Electric’s BipBop access to energy programme were chosen to participate in the Africa Forum – 100 Innovations for Sustainable Development in Paris, France, in December 2013. This forum was initiated by the French ministry of foreign affairs, in partnership with the French Development Agency (AFD). It aims to highlight innovative, […]

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, […]