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On Thursday the 23rd of October Plumblink hosted their 3rd annual Plumblink Suppliers Award Evening. The event took place at The Private Room in Kyalami where no less than 30 key suppliers to the company enjoyed an evening of networking, excellent food and a chance to see some old industry friends and acquaintances.

The evening kicked off with a short welcome and opening from the Plumblink C.E.O, Seaweed McFarlane. A delectable array of starters followed shortly with the evening’s formality’s taking place before the mail course.

In the 1st of 3 speeches for the evening, McFarlane followed his introduction by firstly thanking all the suppliers for their support throughout the year. "We opened 12 new stores this financial year and our Revenue grew by just over a very respectable 20%, we could not have done it without your support. We are planning to open even more stores in South Africa as we believe we still have a long way to go before the market is saturated by us. I always thought that plumbers were easy to please but they are “quite picky” about what they need to get a job done," said McFarlane.

Gary Chandler, Commercial Director of Plumblink, took over from McFarlane and echoed the sentiments but added “that every time you find a solution to a specific customer’s problem and you solve it, you solve it for all your customers. If you fix one problem for one customer, you fix it for all, and eventually for the industry as a whole”. Chandler went on to re-iterate what was said at the same event last year, being – “listen to what we as your customers are asking for, listen and react”.

The award for Supplier of the Year was deservedly won by Copper Tubing Africa for their unwavering support, service, dedication and understanding of how Plumblink operates. The award was received by the current CEO, Mark Wynn accompanied by a short speech. Chandler also took the opportunity and paid homage to the past CEO of Copper Tubing Africa, Dave Machet and noted that although the company has a new CEO, the years of hard work, dedication and commitment shown by Machet, should not go un-noticed.

Plumblink chairman, Rod Fehrsen closed the formalities for the evening where-after the evening continued into the early hours with a great time being had by all present.

Source: Plumbing Online



From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. The South African radar sector marks an important milestone this month. Keith Campbell reports.

Keith Campbell:


It was 75 years ago – on December 16, 1939, to be precise – that the first South African-built radar under took its first successful test, detecting the Northcliff water tower in Johannesburg. During the Second World War, a number of South African-built radars were deployed at home and in East and North Africa. Radar specialist Prof Mike Inggs of the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Cape Town explains the importance of its indigenous radar technology and expertise to the country.

University of Cape Town Department of Electrical Engineering Prof Mike Inggs

Shannon de Ryhove:
A range of antimicrobial copper products, including shower mats, toilet seats and light switches, as well as plug covers, has been developed by copper products manufacturer Copper Tubing Africa, particularly for use in hospitals, gyms and mine-site shower facilities. Ilan Solomons filed this report.

Ilan Solomons:
Copper Tubing Africa MD Mark Wynn highlights that the diversification of the company’s product range, away from its standard copper-tubing offering, was the result of feedback that Copper Tubing Africa received from industry, which indicated the need to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria through the use of antimicrobial copper products.

Copper Tubing Africa MD Mark Wynn

Ilan Solomons:
Wynn adds that the company views the solar-powered geyser market, as an increasingly lucrative sector, owing to the current power generation and transmission challenges faced by State-owned power producer Eskom, which is why Copper Tubing Africa will soon be launching its own range of mechanically operated solar geyer systems.

Copper Tubing Africa MD Mark Wynn

Ilan Solomons:
Copper Tubing Africa has a dedicated in-house training facility to provide training for its staff and those of other companies wanting to train their employees in the correct handling of copper tubing. Copper Tubing Africa’s technical director Vladimir Ziserman explains more.

Copper Tubing Africa technical director Vladimir Ziserman

Ilan Solomons:
Copper Tubing Africa also possesses three fully equipped mobile trailers to train companies’ plumbers on site. Copper Tubing Africa maintenance manager and technical representative Glen le Roux explains the importance of these mobile training units.

Copper Tubing maintenance manager and technical representative Glen le Roux

Ilan Solomons:
In conclusion, Wynn mentions that Copper Tubing Africa recently received specialist plumbing, bathroom and kitchenware merchant Plumblink’s Suppliers Award for the company’s unwavering support, service, dedication and understanding of how Plumblink operates, and also discusses the significance of Copper Tubing Africa receiving the award.

Copper Tubing Africa MD Mark Wynn

Shannon de Ryhove:
That’s Creamer Media’s Real Economy Report. Join us again next week for more news and insight into South Africa’s real economy.

Source: Engineering News