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New technologies stimulus for business opportunities for electrical contractors

5th February 2010 One of the greatest opportunities for electrical contractors currently to gain new business is to become familiar with the new technologies that conserve power in both the industrial and domestic sectors, industry body Electrical Contractors Association of South Africa (ECA) national director... 

Reducing risks from power lines critical

5th February 2010 The corridors needed to transmit electricity from new power stations, such as the coal-fired 4 700-MW Medupi power station being built in Waterberg, in Limpopo province, to regions where it is needed, must be considered carefully to balance the risks to communities, farmers, game farmers and... 

Planning for sustainable cities of the future

5th February 2010 Proper spatial planning of cities, designing buildings with renewable energy features and creating energy efficient transport systems are essential components of sustainable cities of the future, energy efficiency and sustainability advocacy body Sustainable Energy Africa director Mark Borchers... 

Electrical energy auditing equipment for energy efficiency

5th February 2010 Load profiling, analysis and implemented corrective strategies, by using electrical energy auditing equipment, can lead to optimisation of electrical energy use for small industry, heavy mining applications, commercial facilities and residential homes. New vacuum technology used in medium-voltage... 

Nuclear power will have to form part of
South Africa’s future energy mix – Necsa chief

29th January 2010 South Africa needed to diversify away from a reliance on coal, which would inevitably lead to more nuclear generation, owing to the absence of other reliable base-load alternatives, State-owned nuclear research and development company Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) CEO Rob... 

Benchmarking SA's education system

22nd January 2010 The strength of ISO 9001 is that it is adaptable and can suit any sector or environment. This means that education institutions can be benchmarked to international standards with regard to subjects taught and the level of teaching excellence while getting teachers to understand basic principles... 

Clients' specifications key to quality construction

22nd January 2010 Clients must provide detailed and adequate specifications to a contractor to improve the quality of construction projects. Appointing a contractor capable of delivering quality is also an important action the client must take to ensure the quality of construction, says risk management and... 

Increasing public awareness of standards of quality

22nd January 2010 The public needs to be made more aware of standards of quality in all businesses and products, which will then result in organisations automatically implementing standards of quality. The organisations will then have to demonstrate their compliance with quality standards by having external... 

Standards for sustaining success

22nd January 2010 The ISO 9001:2008 is the generic quality management standard applicable to all industries and sectors. Over one-million organisations around the globe have been certified and it is an international standard that is accepted worldwide, says quality management organisation South African Quality... 

Improving SA’s healthcare standards

22nd January 2010 Significant debate and strong criticism has always centred around the quality and state of South Africa’s State hospitals, with a spate of media reports in the last few months of 2009, focusing on patients and paramedics being turned away from hospitals owing to a lack of capacity and space... 


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