Why is it taking so long to get our panels in a row?

By: Benjamin Brits – operations manager of IMD

A personal account of how a failing national electricy grid is affecting South Africa’s homeowners and why solar power is the way forward

With all the persistently and increasingly bad headlines about electricity supply in South Africa, are we becoming de-sensitised to the electricity crisis that is on our hands? I think we are...

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Down the drain

By: Sloan Valve Company

The PERC I study demonstrates that pipe slope, flush volumes and toilet paper determine what goes down the drain.

The Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition (PERC 1) study seeks to apply a scientific approach towards a better understanding of drain line function under lower flow conditions so that the plumbing industry can work proactively to prevent widespread blockages from becoming a reality.

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Functional design, elegant form

By: Kelly-Ann Prinsloo – writer

Our final Cobra Design winner’s profile features Leigh McClaren, who took home the gold in 2013 for the clean lines, elegant design and eco-friendly plumbing that make up her innovative mixer, Ceramic Lace

Leigh McClaren (27) was born in Cape Town and raised in Port Elizabeth, where she studied architecture at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She became involved in plumbing design when she realised what an impact design can make on water conservation.

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Tendering in engineering and associated fields

By: Basil Mugwagwa of Aspen Pharmacare

We take a look at the nitty-gritty of tender processes

Tendering is the process of making an offer, bid or proposal, or expressing interest in response to an invitation or request for tender. It can also be defined as making a formal written offer to carry out work, supply goods or buy land, shares or another asset for a stated fixed price, usually within a finite period of time. The tendering process is generally utilised for procurements or contracts involving substantial amounts of money. In this article we take a more contractor-centric approach to the tendering process.

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