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CBI-electric Exhibits at South African Housing Foundation Conference


CBI-electric: low voltage, suppliers of electrical protection and factory automation solutions for global applications recently attended and exhibited at the South African Housing Foundation Conference and Exhibition in Cape Town from 28 September to 01 October 2014.  The theme for the conference was ‘Affordable Housing Opportunities for Southern Africa, incorporating Cape Town as the World Design Capital for 2014’.

The conference was attended by key decision-makers at National, Provincial and Local level. Premier Helen Zille, Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela, Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille and SAHF CEO John Hopkins all attended and presented keynote addresses at the conference. Visitors to the CBI-electric stand included Juuso Kambueshe, the Mayor of Swakopmund, Namibia and also the Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela.

Carine Groenewald, Western Cape Branch Manager: Business Development at CBI-electric: low voltage stated that, “We attended the SAHF Conference to introduce our range of products for the housing sector, with our main focus on energy efficiency”.   The Energy Efficient Hydraulic Magnetic range of 3kA Residential Circuit Breakers was on display.  In addition a large number of other CBI residential products were on display, including the self-contained wall mount, low cost Ready Board.  These units are popular for GAP housing, CRU Programmes and Social Housing Programmes and are used nationally as well as across the African continent in various housing developments.  

Groenewald also stated that the conference provided a platform for CBI-electric to give delegates a ‘sneak preview’ into what can be expected in the future from the group. They introduced the concept of their next generation metering device, aimed at South Africa’s current peak demand issues. The innovation incorporates the Smartphone as an intuitive, yet feature-rich interface, which doubles up as a secure communication link. It enables the creation of incentive-based tariff schemes to motivate residential customers to reduce peak consumption and provides them with a means to identify and control high energy consuming appliances.

Also receiving a lot of attention on the exhibition stand was a prototype of a new USB socket outlet, which is to be launched soon. CBI-electric: low voltage’s range of wiring accessories including their new Metal White range was on display, as well as the traditional Plastic and premium Brushed Steel ranges of switches and socket outlets.