Sparks Electrical News January 2019

JANUARY 2019

E L E C T R I C A L N E W S

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ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY RECOGNISES EXCELLENCE

2018 – although a tough year for many – ended on a high for the electrical industry as suppliers, manu- facturers, installers and apprentices were recog- nised for their efforts at two of the highlights on the industry’s social calendar; the Electrical Contractors’ Association’s 2018 Presidential Awards and the ElectroBase Supplier of the Year Awards. The ECA(SA)’s 2018 Presidential Awards were ‘the best ever’ ac- cording to popular opinion. And, as National Director Mark Mfikoe predicted, it was “a night of celebration, laughter, love and a little bit of swag”. The event was held at the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Con- ference Centre on 15 November and the crème de la crème of the electrical contracting industry claimed top honours in what the judges called “a close contest”, with single points separating the top three in some categories. The Installation of the Year – Industrial category was just too close to call, and top spot was shared by Besamandla and Cato Ridge Electrical. The ECA’s Presidential Excellence awards are all about honour- ing the industries’ outstanding achievers, who consistently deliver exceptional workmanship and set new benchmarks for the electri- cal contracting industry. With generous backing from 12 sponsors, the awards, now in their seventh year, showcase the outstanding work from South Africa’s finest electrical contracting companies and re- ward young, up-and-coming apprentices. See who walked away with awards on page 6. Held the following evening at Emperors Palace, the ElectroBase Supplier of the Year Awards saw many of the same faces congregat- ing for an evening of networking, fun and the pleasure of listening to a thought-provoking speaker. Awards – voted by ElectroBase wholesalers – were given to top suppliers, with the main award of the evening, the ElectroBase Sup- plier of the Year Award, going to Major Tech. A successful raffle was also held, and the monies raised were given to Avril Elizabeth Home. ElectroBase chairman, Ian Greyling, welcomed guests to the 17 th Supplier of the Year dinner, and reflected on the economy in South Af- rica and the turbulent year we have faced both in the industry and the country. “This recession has been the longest we have experienced, but there are some positive signs that it will end, and hopefully not in the too distant future. There is still a light at the end of the tunnel as Major Tech scooped the coveted ElectroBase Supplier of the Year Award at the end of 2018.

government policies are indeed changing for the better, and once the rut is over, there is no place on earth better than South Africa,” he said. Greyling then introduced Rusty Labuschagne, the guest speaker for the evening, and he shared his story and the valuable life lessons he learned after being wrongfully imprisoned for 10 years in Zimbabwe. Read more and see all the winners on page 8.

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