What Is Happening About Safety In The Electrical Contracting Industry? On 4 March 2013 the Electrical Contractors' Association's - ECA(SA) - National Director, Chris Greager, addressed an e-mail letter to Department of Labour's Chief Inspector, Thobile Lamati, and two of his senior staff requesting a meeting to discuss ten matters of concern to the Electrical Contracting Industry. As no response was received a reminder was sent on 14 March enquiring whether he was prepared to meet with a delegation from the ECA(SA). However, the request still remains unanswered. In his e-mail Chris Greager pointed out that the ECA(SA) represents the majority of employers in the Industry, and that they look to the Association to provide them with answers and up to date information about what is taking place, and to look after their interests. It was essential therefore that their concerns be properly addressed. On 9 April 2013 Chris Greager sent an e-mail to Dr Laurraine Lotter, the Chairman of the Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety (ACOS), informing her of the e-mail to the Chief Inspector and suggesting that a meeting to discuss the points raised should take place before the press conference on 30 April 2013. If such meeting proved to be fruitful and addressed the concerns listed positive results could then be announced. A response was only received on 23 April indicating that the meeting could take place on 30 April or 2 May, but that the agenda would be restricted to those items relating to registrations and the AIAs and nothing else. The ten points for discussion were as follows: Lack of Policing: The total lack of policing in the Industry, particularly with regard to unregistered electrical contractors, shoddy and dangerous workmanship, and the issuing of invalid electrical certificates of compliance/test reports by some electrical contractors. Many complaints about these issues have been sent to the DoL's Provincial Inspection and . . .
An electricity tariff rise of only 1% has a devastating impact on the mining industry as it amounts to an increased expenditure of R100 million per year according to the South African Chamber of Mines. It therefore really hurts that since 1 April this year, large power consumers have had to fork out an average monthly 9,6% tariff increase. Energy challenges facing big business is high on the agenda at this year’s African Utility Week which takes place in Cape Town from 14 to 15 May. African Utility Week According to Nicolette Pombo-Van Zyl, programme manager of the Large Power User programme at African Utility Week: “the proverbial axe is falling on ‘business as usual` as every industry in South Africa, from mining to manufacturing to retail, is cringing at the thought of rising energy tariffs and commencement of a carbon tax on 1 January 2015. On the receiving end of tariff hikes, industry is dealing with three significant elements, namely the cost of electricity, uncertainty around sufficient electricity supply and carbon emission management.” More optimistic about jobs Although some industry insiders have warned that the tariff increase could lead to 250 000 job losses, Dick Kruger, techno-economic adviser to the South African Chamber of Mines, is more optimistic. “Eskom previously indicated a 35% increase. Although 9,6% is high, we are nonetheless thankful that it is less than the 16% that Eskom eventually applied for. This increase will definitely not go unnoticed in an industry which has seen prices doubling over the last three years. However, at this stage we do not foresee any job losses or mine closures directly as a result of the increase. We have known since August 2012 that increases were on the way and mines could figure this into their short and medium plans.” This means that mining companies had to seriously look at their operations and make adjustments such as the introduction of variable speed drive motors that have been known to cut . . .
Clean Power Africa to showcase top hydro, solar and wind technology “Today’s World Earth Day reminds us all of our need to commit to protecting our environment and increasing renewable energy projects instead of relying on the more traditional power sources is a great way for countries and companies to start making a difference.” This is according to Emma Sayers, the conference producer of the upcoming Clean Power Africa in Cape Town’s CTICC from 14-15 May. The event will give an exclusive look at hydro, wind and solar projects and opportunities across the African continent, gathering major stakeholders in the clean power energy generation sector looking at feasible solutions to fulfil Africa’s generation capacity needs. Benefits of energy efficiency Says Emma Sayers: “renewable energy sources need to play a vital role in increasing capacity worldwide. Not only are they necessary to create sustainable energy sources, reduce carbon emissions but they also help to create jobs.“ She continues: “more and more governments around the world are acknowledging the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy as central elements of any green economy strategy. Renewables are also increasingly becoming critical to providing access to energy, particularly in rural areas of the developing world, especially in Africa.” Clean Power Africa provides a unique focus on renewable energy and the plans that need to be put to integrate this technology into the utility environment. The specially designed exhibition floor workshops will pull together some of the more technical aspects of the renewable energy sector with important topics such as integrating wind energy with the grid and technical innovation of hydro mechanical structures. Better quality of life Global energy giant, the 121-year-old Marelli Motori, is the top, platinum sponsor for Clean Power Africa. “Our goal is to help ordinary people in Africa have a better quality of life”, says Regional Manager . . .
African Utility Week to give insight into large power users’ challenges ArcelorMittal’s steel plant in Saldanha, the single largest electricity consumer in the Western Cape, participated in an Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement Project that has resulted in an astounding R90 million energy bill savings in one year. The upcoming African Utility Week in Cape Town from 14-16 May will give a unique insight into the challenges of large power users, including an exclusive site visit to ArcelorMittal’s Saldanha Works. The Saldanha Works is a flat rolling integrated steel facility that produces 1.2 million hot rolled coil (HRC) per annum. HRC from Saldanha is mainly exported, with approximately 20% sold on the local market. There are three main areas within the plant – iron making (producing liquid iron and direct reduced iron), steel making that has two converter arc furnaces (CONARC), and rolling with a hot strip mill and a temper mill. Energy management strategy To save energy, water and waste at the plant, Saldanha launched a focused energy management strategy in 2010 says Dhesan Moodley - General Manager of ArcelorMittal’s Saldanha Works. He explains: “resources were allocated both in terms of people and capital expenditure. Initially the potential was determined through an existing project list and doing an energy audit on the plant to determine further possible savings. ISO 50001 was implemented and energy management is now part of our daily routines. The energy saved in terms of baseline value of 160 MW was 10.6MW or 6.6% and the equivalent of R90 million in 2012. Moodley says they also implemented various VSD (Variable speed drive) projects that delivered greater savings than expected. “This has proved to be sound technology given the correct application. We are also very proud of our waste heat project at the Roller Hearth Furnace where waste heat was used to replace a diesel heater at the Air Separation plant. We have also done some optimisation . . .
Taking place in South Africa on 18-19 September 2013, the 4th Annual Global Mining Technology Forum will bring industry specialists and technology providers to derive solutions to optimize productivity, increase efficiency and capacity in mines. Reuters recently reported that platinum mines in South Africa, till date remain unautomated, where drilling and blasting activities are still being undertaken by men. Mechanization is the solution, however weak prices and difficult conditions are impediments to the process. The article entitled Automation at Platinum Mines Fails stated that mining companies have recognised the need for change, and are evaluating new ways to mechanize, increase efficiency, productivity and control costs. AngloGold Ashanti is testing a new method of underground gold mining which can significantly increase South Africa's gold output, and is also safer for workers. The latest innovations and technology for the mining industry will be the focal point of discussion amongst industry experts participating at the 4th Annual Global Mining Technology Forum taking place on 18-19 September 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The two day conference + exhibition will bring to the fore many key concern areas that can be improved by the application of technology. Through 4 streams dedicated to automation and communication, health and safety, environment and sustainability and productivity, the forum will host over 40 sessions inclusive of panel discussions and case studies. Automation v/s employment, mining innovation for environmental benefits, future of automation in surface mining, communication systems within mines, innovative technology for sustainable mining will be some of the key topics addressed. The forum will also feature sessions by solution providers catering to the mining segment.Speakers at the forum include experts from Barrick Gold, BHP Billiton, SASOL Mining, Teck Resources, Tata Steel, Lonmin Platinum, Ambatovy, Arcelor Mittal, De . . .
Eastgate Shopping centre is encouraging people to take a stand against climate change by switching off their non essential lights for Earth Hour 2013 on Saturday, 23 March from 20h30 to 21h30. The Earth Hour worldwide initiative started in Sydney in 2007 by ordinary people who are committed to creating a more sustainable planet. For Earth Hour 2011, some of the world's most recognised landmarks switched off their lights. These included amongst others, the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, Golden Gate Bridge and our beloved Table Mountain. Liberty Properties and Eastgate Shopping Centre show their support for this Global event. Liberty is committed to limiting our impact on the environment and various energy savings opportunities have been implemented: • Upgrading building management systems to improve the efficiency of air conditioning systems, AHU fans, and demand controlled ventilation • More efficient use of lighting e.g. putting into operation existing or installing new daylight and occupancy sensors, reducing the number of lamps in use and switching to more energy efficient light fittings Since 2010, over 50 recycling bins have been set up for glass, paper, plastic, cans and "other" materials generated whilst on Liberty's premises; in addition there are four wheelie bins at Braamfontein in the parking lots for staff to dispose of recyclables from home. There are so many opportunities where people can create value not only by switching off lights at home during Earth Hour but by collectively playing a part to protect the planet. For more information visit www.eastgateshops.com or contact Bronwyn Williams 0765077570.Visit Eastgate-shops (Facebook fan page) or follow Eastgate on Twitter @Eastgateshops for the latest news on promotions and events. URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Maya Setti from DTMSA. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None To gain access to None image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 . . .
The first annual ECA(SA) Presidential Excellence Awards 2012 has been a great success. The brainchild of outgoing President, Mark Mfikoe, the Awards were conceived in late 2011 and began to take shape and speed by May 2012. As with any success, achievement is dependent on commitment and unfailing support. The ECA(SA) is extremely grateful to the four key sponsors of the 2012 Awards events. Firstly, Eskom, which came on board when the process was barely developed and committed to helping make the Awards dinner a roaring success. In addition, Eskom offered valuable advice and support over the long term for ECA(SA) members. Next, ECA(SA) associate member, Eaton Electric SA, grabbed the opportunity to sponsor the first National Golf Day at the Killarney Golf Club. With its unbelievable generosity, the 80 player field were wonderfully spoilt and enjoyed a fun Sunday of golf. One of the newest ECA(SA) associate members partnered to make the Annual Conference a reality. A special thanks to Brother SA who's support and abundance of spectacular giveaways helped to make all the events more memorable. Last, but not least, the Copper Development Association Africa joined the sponsor team providing spectacular trophies and certificates for all the winners. With a special interest in the electrical industry, the Copper Development Association Africa will also remain a valuable partner to the ECA(SA). Says Mark Mfikoe, "These four sponsors helped to make the dream of recognising excellence in the electrical contracting industry a reality. Our sincere thanks to them for the support for our Awards and the wonderful partnerships we have now created. The ECA(SA) is nurturing its members to provide world class service to all citizens of South Africa. Special thanks to the Awards Committee consisting of Chris, Christine, John and Lorraine. Nice to have a team with so much focus on the finishing line, that challenged itself to produce the best to realise this little . . .
DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has received the Law Firm of the Year award at the inaugural South African Wind Industry gala dinner hosted by the South African Wind Energy Association( SAWEA). The award was presented by the Honourable Minister of Energy ED Peters. South African Department of Energy's (DOE) IPP Procurement Programme is currently seeking to procure 3 625 MW of renewable energy capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) (including wind energy producers) between 2012 and 2016. Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is currently advising preferred bidders under Round 1 and Round 2 and is under mandate for Round 3 of the programme. "Acting for the lenders in the Redcap and Dorper wind projects and the developers of the Cookhouse and Tsitsikama wind projects put Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr at the forefront of wind projects that were granted preferred bidder status under Round 1 and Round 2 of the IPP Procurement Programme undertaken by the DOE,” said Kieran Whyte, Director and National Head of the Projects and Infrastructure practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. "Our ability to leverage the skills and experience of our global alliance partner DLA Piper ensured access to international best practice and contributed to our success. In addition we were able to harness the skills of multi -disciplinary practitioners in both our Johannesburg and Cape Town offices - a real team effort across the full value chain of each project,” Whyte said. Whyte added that the latest and most advanced renewable energy technology had been introduced in South Africa because of the IPP procurement programme, which was great news for the country. A long term sustainable renewable energy procurement programme would stimulate job creation and localization opportunities. ends More Info: http://www.cliffedekkerhofmeyr.com Author: Angela Graham from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .