Devan Pillay is Schneider Electric’s new Cluster President for Anglophone Africa

Devan Pillay has been appointed Cluster President, Anglophone Africa for Schneider Electric, taking over from Albert Fuchet, after rejoining the company last year as Vice President for Buildings.   Formerly the president of Signify Africa, Pillay comes with a wealth of experience that includes senior positions at Eskom, GE (General Electric), 3M and Schneider Electric from 1998 to 2003.   “Under the leadership of Pillay, Schneider Electric’s Anglophone Africa business will undoubtedly continue to flourish, building on the firm foundation set by Fuchet which has led the company to profitable…

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Thermoplastic pipe standards will lead to a more sustainable infrastructure

Johannesburg, 24 January 2022: The debate surrounding standards is a political hot potato. And as the great potato debate rages on, it should not be too difficult to acknowledge why there is a need for every industry, from food processing to furniture manufacturing to pharmaceuticals, to have a set of standards that governs both products and services and identifies best practices. The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) correctly states that standards help to ensure that products and services are fit for their desired purpose and that they comply with accepted…

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Bolt and Engineering Distributors Group learns the ‘nuts and bolts’ of SKF products at training day

As one of the largest SKF authorised distributors, Bolt and Engineering Distributors Group (B.E.D.) understands the vital importance of having a comprehensive and intricate understanding of their long-standing supplier SKF’s world-class agri-bearing and bearing products. The B.E.D. and SKF training day strengthened a very successful partnership   This imperative was the motivation behind a sales training day for the B.E.D. sales team that was held recently at the new SKF premises in Jet Park, Boksburg. Twenty-four members from the B.E.D. team attended the training day, in order to allow them…

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AUTOMOTIVE IMPORT SUBSTITUTION A GROWING IN REALITY

Replacing imported automotive products with locally manufactured finished goods and components is a growing reality. Ashok Thakur, Chief Executive Officer of KLT Automotive and Tubular Products SA, who has been involved in international business in Africa for the past 25 years, says that substitution of imported products in favour of locally manufactured goods is now a viable alternative.   “From being a dedicated supplier to only one motor company, KLT has created additional capacity and is currently serving four OEMs in South Africa, based on the quality of our locally-produced…

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The link between power security and water

JOHANNESBURG, SA, (NOVEMBER 25, 2021) – California is currently on the edge of its seat during wildfire season. The U.S. state’s vast forests, many clustered in its north, are notorious for their tinderbox conditions. High winds can pick up debris such as branches, hitting power lines and causing sparks that quickly grow into infernos.   Such incidents are undoubtedly bad for California’s energy reliability. But they are flashpoints in a much bigger problem. Fires not only destroy power infrastructure, but persistent droughts are causing significant water shortages in the area,…

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Schneider boosts next generation TeSys Giga offering with digital innovation

Modular design with 40% size reduction Maximize resilience and uptime with self-diagnosis indicators and end-of-life notifications; Improves equipment reliability and robustness   Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced the release of new generation of TeSys Giga series Motor Starters.   The iconic TeSys Giga series has been reimagined with the latest smart digital innovations to deliver a simpler, more sustainable, safe and secure customer experience for panel builders, consulting engineers, system integrators, facility managers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) further building on proven reliability and high electrical durability.   With 56 patents under the belt, the TeSys Giga series Motor Starters is designed to serve the needs of the process machinery, water and wastewater, metals, minerals and…

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CHIETA and MICT SETA sign MOU to boost digital transformation

CHIETA, the Chemical Industrial Education & Training Authority, and MICT (Media, Information & Communication Technologies) SETA signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last  week, to encourage greater cross-SETA collaboration on digital transformation initiatives. Wezi Khoza, CHIETA Chairperson says, “Because the Fourth Industrial Revolution impacts a steadily growing portion of the chemical industries sector, it is becoming more imperative to stay ahead of the game and develop closer partnerships with organisations specialising in the IT sector.” CHIETA-CEO-Yershen-Pillay-and-MICT-SETA-Acting-CEO-Matome-Madibana-sign-the-MoU Beneficiaries to this MOU are both CHIETA and MICT SETA, and the SETAs’ respective…

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The OHS Amendment Bill enforces stricter health and safety requirements for South African business

Opinion Piece: By Louise Woodburn, General Manager at KBC Risk Solutions, a Division of KBC Health & Safety The original Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act was enacted in 1993, with the purpose of providing for the health and safety of people at work while operating equipment and machinery. While the OSH Act is legally enforceable, and managed by the Department of Labour, the aim of the OHS Amendment Bill is to ensure that businesses have a direct consequence for non-compliance. This will be gazetted and signed into legislation in…

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Nitralife supplies Nannochem with nitrogen generator to assist in the fight against COVID-19 and other pathogens

Nitralife, a local pioneer in the manufacture and supply of nitrogen generation equipment since 1996, has recently supplied leading nano-active, antimicrobial sanitisers and mister manufacturer Nannochem, with a Nitralife nitrogen generator. This will assist Nannochem with the production of its flagship products, which are created for use in the current ongoing fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as against other potentially deadly pathogens. T om Sowry, Managing Director at NitraLife   Tom Sowry, Managing Director of Nitralife, explains: “With more than 24 years of nitrogen generator manufacturing knowledge,…

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Dekra Industrial’s ‘one-stop’ service further elevated with the addition of lifting inspections division

JP Muller, Project Leader: Industrial Lifting Inspections division at Dekra Industrial As a fully registered Lifting Machine Entity (LME), Dekra Industrial SA is able to provide registered Lifting Machine Inspectors (LMIs) in various approved categories, to conduct comprehensive inspection and load testing services of lifting and rigging equipment. This includes overhead cranes, truck-mounted (TM) cranes, lifting tackle, mobile elevating work platforms (or ‘cherry pickers’ as they are commonly referred to), with offshore cranes shortly to be added. “We are very pleased to have attained our LME registration,” says Johan Gerber,…

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