Sparks Electrical News July 2015

July 2015


• Cables and cable accessories • Standby and emergency backup

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• Contractors’ corner • Buyers’ guide • Lighting • People on the move REGULARS

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Kelvin’s generating capacity boosted

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Marthinusen & Coutts' divisional CEO Richard Botton and senior artisan Shepherd Chigwa inspect the 60 MW generator stator at Kelvin Power Station prior to its repair. Over the past 18 months, Marthinusen & Coutts and ACTOM Turbo Machines have performed a comprehensive range of repairs and refur- bishments for Kelvin Power Station in Kempton Park. Marthinusen & Coutts re-

cently completed a complex repair of one of the station’s 60 MW synchronous alternators, while ACTOM Turbo Machines performed general overhauls (GOs) on five 60 MW turbine generator sets. This work has contributed towards boosting the aging station’s generating capacity from 120 MW to 300 MW. Enquiries: +27 11 607 1700

IN less than six months the‘crack team’from the National Bargain- ing Council for the Electrical Industry (NBCEI) has notched up unprecedented successes in its quest to rid the electrical industry of pirate contractors. The ECA(SA) national director, Mark Mfikoe, who also wears the hat of the NBCEI’s acting secretary general, says the teamhas registered 1 235 previously unregistered employees of registered electrical contractors and‘pirate’contractors. Mfikoe says another 377 cases are in the legal‘pipeline’awaiting arbitration awards – and once these have been upheld, the NBCEI teamwill execute them“quickly and decisively”to purge the industry of non-compliance.” Mfikoe reveals that, in the course of the NBCEI team’s official visits to this country’s construction sites, the“single largest non- compliant employer”that the team found had 103 unregistered employees.“They have all now been registered and are in good standing.” He says the team found another five firms that collectively had 228 unregistered employees.“ NBCEI team on a winning streak


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