Industry stalwart honoured for his contribution


During the EE Publishers Client Lunch and 25th Birthday Celebrations hosted at the Avianto Conference and Convention Centre in Muldersdrift, Gauteng, on 3 March 2017, a gift and a cheque to the value of R17 753 were presented to Bill Graham of Graham, Golding and Associates, as a gesture of appreciation for his considerable contribution to industry.

In 2001, Bill started working as a specialist consultant to panel builders, end-users and specifiers with regard to low-voltage switchgear assemblies. Virtually all local manufacturers have made use of his service to facilitate their testing at the National Electrical Testing Facility (NETFA) laboratories. Likewise, Bill advises and assists large and small organisations and companies alike towards a better understanding of the standards and their application.

From left are Chris Yelland and Irene Blythe, EE Publishers, Bill Graham of Graham, Golding and Associates, and Johan Basson, JB Switchgear.

He has served on a number of technical committees and workgroups of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) for many years and is, at present, the convenor of the SANS 1973 work group and a member of the IEC mirror committees.

Bill was the driving force behind the continuation on the Assembly Assessors course, which was initiated by the SABS many years ago. This was an excellent initiative to establish an enhanced level of knowledge around the application of relevant SANS and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards. He also worked very closely with the technical committee of the Electrical Switchgear Association of South Africa (ESASA) to produce its low-voltage switchgear design guide.

Much of Bill’s work was done out of his love and passion for the industry, and his desire to empower people. He donated much time and advice without compensation, and will leave a legacy of loyalty and commitment towards local manufacturers.

An initiative by JB Switchgear MD Johan Basson to present Bill with a token of appreciation saw no fewer than 26 companies and individuals making donations. These donors included: ABB; Aculec; Allbro; Anglo American; Busbar Installations; Denwa Engineering; Diesel Electric; Eaton; Efficient Power; Alex Feldsman; T Guinane; Hamar Controls; AD Hankey; Iritron; JB Switchgear; K&S Electrical; Low Voltage Switchboards; Malaysian Switchgear; Merlin Engineering; SA National IEC; SABS, as well as four anonymous donors.

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