HISTORY OF LOCAL CABLE INDUSTRY
- First cables were produced in South Africa in 1936
- The Association of Electric Cable Manufacturers was founded in 1956 with five member i.e.:
- Aberdare Cables
- African Cables
- Asea Electric
- Aycliffe Cables
- Scottish Cables
- The AECMSA is a registered employers organisation in terms of the labour relations act of 1995 with a reference number ZR 2/6/3/126
- The AECMSA is a constituent association of the Steel and Industries Federation of South Africa (SEIFSA)
- Current membership which covers 98% of the local industry production
- Aberdare Cables (PTY) Ltd
- African Cables (PTY) Ltd
- Alcon Marepha (PTY) Ltd
- ATC (PTY) Ltd
- Malasela Taihan Electric Cable
- Kewberg Cables (PTY) Ltd
- Alvern Cables (PTY) Ltd
- South Ocean Electric Wire (PTY) Ltd
- Tulisa Cables CC
Product range covers all products embraced in the tariff code 85-44 with the exception of co-axial cables.
CABLE INDUSTRY TRACK RECORD
From the early days of cable production in RSA, the industry has been a major supplier of cables to the mining sector and in particular to the gold mining sector.
This has led to supplying specialized cables to cater for deep mines and more recently for non-halogen low smoke and fume fire retardant low voltage cables. These having particular application in deep mines where a fire situation may occur.
The industry has been a major, and in some cases, sole supplier to Eskom, Telkom, Spoornet and other parastatals. In particular the recently completed 765Kv national grid installed by Eskom used local product.
Other major projects and on-going operations supplied with local cables are all the Eskom 4000Mw power stations, Sasol one and two, Bayside and Hillside Aluminium Smelters, Mossgas, etc.
During 2002 the RSA/SACU demand for cable and conductor products was approximately R3billion.
Of this, approximately R2billion was supplied by local production. During this period, local factories were operating at 60% to 70% of capacity. At 80% is a realistic maximum operating level, the industry has approximately 15% spare capacity.
With few exceptions, all electric power cables and conductors are covered by SANS specifications. As all producers in South Africa are SABS mark holders, they are subject to rigorous processing, quality management and product quality audits by the SABS.
SANS specifications are all compatible with I.E.C. specifications, being mainly overwritten. In some cases variations dealing with local conditions exist.
In the case of telecommunications cables, both metallic and optic fibre, these are covered by South African Telkom specifiations.