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As part of its appointment by eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) for the mechanical and electrical maintenance of wastewater infrastructure in the western area of the municipality, Bosch Munitech was recently called upon to replace a Motor Control Centre (MCC) panel at the Umhlatuzana Inlet Wastewater Pump Station. Bosch Munitech was tasked with building a temporary Motor Control Panel and with operating one pump on the existing diesel set to ensure that the incoming sewage flow to the pump station was directed to the Wastewater Treatment Works during the MCC installation process. The key challenge of the assignment was to undertake the work on a live system whilst protecting the environment by ensuring that no sewage spill occurred. The installation work was conducted over a continuous 40 hour period, requiring the utmost diligence and stamina from the implementation team comprising: Manager, Pierre Bigara; Foreman, Neville Crowley; George Louis; Siyanda Khumalo; Lucky Majozi; Sthembiso Mkhize and Nkululeko Jaca. JP Marnewecke was responsible for operating and maintaining the diesel generator during the process. EWS’ Engineer, Andrew Peinke, praised the efforts of the Bosch Munitech team stating, “A scintillating effort… your assiduous efforts massaging the gen-set through the temporary panel installation ensuring that not one drop of sewage was spilled, was sublime. A new benchmark has been established that augers well for all future projects constrained by environmental imperatives”.

Neville de Swardt at the installation of the Motor Control Panels.