The function Of Electricians In Our Overall economy

No present day economy can perform without electrical power and electricity can’t be spread and made accessible to industry, business enterprise, and building, household and other end users without electricians.

Eskom has announced a R450 billion expenditure programme over the next ten years, which primarily has to do with the building of new power stations and the availability of new grids, but in addition includes some maintenance and expansion projects to the present power grid. Future power plants calls for various technological know-how including solar, wind, nuclear and coal pushed power plants. We already have 4 new power stations in the pipeline (Medupi in the Lephalale area, Ingula in the Natal Drakensberg, Ankerlig in Atlantis and Gourikwa in Mossel Bay) and a further three nuclear plants are scheduled to be constructed in Thyspunt (Cape St Francis) Duynefontein (Melkbosstrand) and Bantamsklip in close proximity to Pearly Beach in between 2012 and 2016. This enlargement plan is intended to complement the existing supply, but also to supply future electricity needs. What this tells us is that the demand for electricians will moreover substantially improve as the future generated electricity load enters the distribution grid spread over the next 10 years. For more information on electricians, go to

The Global Financial Crisis has not fully restored after 2008 and the European Financial crisis lingers on also having a serious impact on our very own economy. South Africa continues to suffer from a decreased growth rate, contributing to lower domestic and offshore economic needs and as a consequence we experience a negative job growth rate. Politically and monetarily speaking, South Africa has to conquer the job issue and much investment is being made in this regard – also in the provision of electricity to fuel the required growth in mining, produce, construction and retail. Europe is our biggest trade partner at this point, but the Government is spending so much time to create new or elevated trade prospects with the BRIC countries as well as the rest of Africa. Even in the present economic climate where Eskom has struggled to deliver in the requirement for electricity, the industry has hired 30% unqualified or nonregistered electricians showing a shortage of supply of skilled and qualified electricians. Because of this unless the trade, with foresight, trains a great many electricians we will be going into a new wave of electricity supply with a major shortage of skilled electricians which indicates a possible disaster in being unable to reap the benefits of readily available electricity resources to stimulate the much needed economic upswing to develop jobs in all sectors. Such situation will not be only be flawed from a technical and safety perspective, but will further have denied the country and the market to have created crucial work opportunities to the economy of the country.

It will take 4 years to train an electrician to the level of the person being able to take a trade test and become fully qualified as an electrician and further being able to sign-up with the Council. Unless we now make the investment decision and start recruiting people to be trained as electricians, we will sit with a scenario where we will have largely unusable electricity resources or a circumstance where such resource will be set up and managed by a large group of unqualified and possibly unsuited people.



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