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Budget Speech

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Today is an important day for us in South Africa because our Minister of Finance is going to read his budget speech. I expect him to follow the usual path that he has been travelling for the last couple of years. No big surprises and no big innovations and really no great news.

If we are not too critical we will realise that life is like that anyway - it costs. We all love getting something for nothing, but life really isn't like that at all. The vegetables in my garden didn't just appear from nowhere just because I desired them. No, it took hard work to get them there and now all I need to do is to water them and add a little earthworm tea now and then.

So then if we approach life expecting to pay the price to get what we want instead of wanting it for nothing, then we will appreciate what we get. On the other hand we need good, responsible leadership to look after this magnificent country called South Africa. We want to be proud of living here again.

Smile - Because You Can

Is your switchgear getting old?

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Ageing switchgear can cause quite a headache. You can do one of three things when you experience problems. You can decide to replace the unit or you can refurbish it. Lastly you can go for the retrofit option. But, before you rush that decision you should stop to think the process through.

Modern switchgear has evolved to a point where it is safer to operate than the old switchgear. The modern trend towards safety and user liability makes this an important criteria. Networks are becoming more and more automated. This may require technology far beyond the capability of the old switchgear. Availability of skilled personnel may become a problem and prices might be exorbitant. Parts have a limited production life as technology improvements cause them to be superseded. Lack of spares normally result in malfunctions or equipment being beyond repair.
Once you have considered these factors you are faced with three options: Replacement, Refurbishment or Retrofit. These three options are cover…