Celebrating 30 Years of Uniqueness

My association with the Petersen’s started in 1990 when I worked as a Senior Manager with the Government. What made CREC unique at the time was that they offered unique solutions to complex problems which is still evident to this day.  CREC established themselves as captains in the electrical industry in the commercial and industrial sector of business in the 90’s and the beginning of the 20th Century, thanks to the stewardship of Kim & Peter Petersen.

In 2004 after passing my Master’s Degree I approached Kim and requested that he consider taking me as a Partner and allow me to buy shares in CREC because I believed my presence would add value. At the time Kim mentioned that CREC had embarked on a process of empowerment with other stakeholders.  That set back or rather opportunity spurred me on to study for my Doctorate Degree which I achieved. Life has its moments.

In 2006 Kim called me and although we spoke regularly that specific call changed the ‘Front Face’ in CREC.  Before Kim even spoke I said yes I will accept a partnership in CREC. Kim said but you have not done a due diligence of CREC and yet you committing yourself. My answer then and holds true today was “Kim I am investing in two great personalities and astute businessmen with the best leadership skills which is you and Peter”. The rest is history.

Few companies have unique stories to tell, CREC has good a story to convey.

Over the past few years there were many unique incidents in CREC, many more positive than negative. CREC has stood the test of time when many of the competitors have failed or were unable to keep pace with technology.

“The Young Turks” I call them (The Petersen children & colleagues) are now in the driving seat and the Partners are navigating the course.  The dynamics within CREC will change and the next 30 Years will be even better because the vision is to attain Exceptionality.  (If the Petersen’s Dad could see his sons and grandchildren now he would be so proud. He is looking on from somewhere with contentment, that I am certain of).

Finally when I was asked what do you think makes CREC unique, I answered,

The total commitment of the staff together with Innovation and quality that will change everything”



Good day to all you lovely people. Easter flew past us at such a rate I think it’s time to start looking for Xmas presents LOL. We are all rested after all the public holidays and rearing to go trying to finish a couple of disastrous projects which are not by far our own doing in the Midlands area.

I have three jobs running that are of a similar nature but each one has its ups and downs, the main thing is the procurement of the equipment from the customer which has delayed everything. The civil contractor who installed all the underground sleeves had no clue what they were doing resulting in sleeves being blocked and squashed flat in the middle of the newly built road. But we have had to make alternative plans not being able to dig up the newly tarred roads.

Here is pictures of a mini sub and a RMU manufactured in our factory and installed in Edendale Township

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 They will be commissioned and up and running within two weeks.All my vehicles are running well, we have eventually had time to do extensive repairs to one of our hard working JCB Backhoes. We have two of them that have become a big part of our everyday cable installation projects. In some cases we don’t see these machines for a year at a time so all minor repairs and servicing are done out in the field.




Here is one of our 14 ton trucks delivering a diesel tank to a generator upgrade installation project at a Zululand hospital, with the huge 30 ton rear mount crane truck we can access any lay down with ease.


Seeing as we have all been caught up in the mad rush every day trying to get to work and back here are a few tips to keep you calm.

The drive to and from work can be a taxing experience. There’s nothing quite like starting your day off by spending forty-five minutes on the freeway, staring aimlessly into the rear windshield of the car in front of you, idling at twelve miles an hour – and then repeating the process nine hours later. It’s an unnatural and inhumane routine that probably causes more horn wars and road rage than just about any other aspect of automobile culture.

So how do you hold it together in traffic? What’s the recipe for not losing one’s marbles when getting to and from work every day? Here’s six ideas:

6. Good Music
It’s said that music can calm savage beasts – even beasts that have been stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the I80 West for

twenty minutes without moving. Having some decent tunes in the car goes a long way to deactivating explosive outbursts. Set your music to shuffle and enjoy what comes up – don’t try to change songs every five minutes, because you’ll be the one causing an accident sooner or later.

  1. Audio Books
    Most people don’t read because they don’t have time or because they fall asleep within two pages. In the car, you don’t have the luxury of either. If the radio is driving you crazy and you’re desperate to finally read War and Peace, why not invest in a few audiobooks to keep you entertained on the drive home.
  2. Timing Is Everything
    As insane as it seems, sacrificing twenty minutes of sleep to hit the road early will go a long way to quelling your road rage. If your route to work is busiest between 8 and 9 o’clock, leave at 7:40. At the same time, if the roads are clogged until 5:30 – 6 p.m., find something to keep you busy until the traffic calms down. If traffic is really starting to ruin your life, bring up the idea of flexi-time with your boss.
  3. Find Alternative Routes
    Take some time to find a quieter road to work. Nowadays there are apps and websites that even do most of the research for you – Waze, for example. It might not necessarily be a ‘short cut’, but at least you’ll be preserving your mental health.
  4. Cycle
    If you can, cycle to work when the weather suits – or better yet, make it a permanent habit. Its great exercise, environmentally sound, fun and (best of all) your bicycle will cut through traffic like a ninja sword.
  5. Learn To Love It
    If you’re not in a position to kit your vehicle out with decent music and you’re on a fixed schedule that can’t be altered, all whilst living too far away from work to cycle or avoid freeways, there’s only one option here: learn to love the traffic. Working yourself into a spitting rage and honking at every car in your path will probably give you a heart attack.

Until next month keep well and drive safely.





Poison Prevention and Treatment Tips National Poison Prevention Week, March 20-26, 2016

Each year, approximately 3 million people – many under age 5 – swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance.

How to poison proof your home:

Most poisonings occur when parents or caregivers are home but not paying attention.  The most dangerous potential poisons are medicines, cleaning products, liquid nicotine, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, pesticides, furniture polish, gasoline, kerosene and lamp oil.  Be especially vigilant when there is a change in routine.  Holidays, visits to and from grandparents’ homes, and other special events may bring greater risk of poisoning if the usual safeguards are defeated or not in place.

  • Store medicine, cleaning and laundry products (including detergent packets), paints/varnishes and pesticides in their original packaging in locked cabinets or containers, out of sight and reach of children.
  • Safety latches that automatically lock when you close a cabinet door can help keep children away from dangerous products, but there is always a chance the device will malfunction. The safest place to store poisonous products is somewhere a child can’t reach.
  • Purchase and keep all medicines in containers with safety caps and keep out of reach of children. Discard unused medication. Note that safety caps are designed to be child resistant but are not fully child proof.
  • Never refer to medicine as “candy” or another appealing name.
  • Check the label each time you give a child medicine to ensure proper dosage. For liquid medicines, use the dosing device that came with the medicine. Never use a kitchen spoon.
  • If you use an e-cigarette, keep the liquid nicotine refills locked up out of children’s reach and only buy refills that use child resistant packaging. Ingestion or skin exposure with just a small amount of the liquid can be fatal to a child.
  • Never place poisonous products in food or drink containers.
  • Keep coal, wood or kerosene stoves in safe working order.
  • Maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Secure remote controls, key fobs, greeting cards, and musical children’s books. These and other devices may contain small button-cell batteries that can cause injury if ingested.


If your child is unconscious, not breathing, or having convulsions or seizures due to poison contact or ingestion, call the emergency care line on the package or your local emergency number immediately. If your child has come in contact with poison and has mild or no symptoms, call Poison Help.

Different types and methods of poisoning require different, immediate treatment:

  • Swallowed poison – Take the item away from the child, and have the child spit out any remaining substance. Do not make your child vomit. Do not use syrup of ipecac.
  • Swallowed battery – If your child has swallowed a button-cell battery, seek treatment in a hospital emergency department immediately.
  • Skin poison — Remove the child’s clothes and rinse the skin with lukewarm water for at least 15 minutes.
  • Eye poison — Flush the child’s eye by holding the eyelid open and pouring a steady stream of room temperature water into the inner corner for 15 minutes.
  • Poisonous fumes – Take the child outside or into fresh air immediately. If the child has stopped breathing, start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and do not stop until the child breathes on his or her own, or until someone can take over.

Children act fast – So does poisons

Not only are children naturally curios, but they also act fast.  It takes only second for a child to get hold of something dangerous.  Just under half of the 2.9 million exposure cases managed by poison centers involved children younger than six.  Of those cases, cosmetics, personal care products, household cleaning products, and analgesics (pain relievers) were the top three substance categories involved.  It is imperative that parents and caregivers take extra precaution to protect children from being exposed to potentially poisonous substances.  The best way to be prepared for poison emergencies is by programming the Poison Help Line Number into your phone.


Poisonings span a lifetime


Poisonings and medicine mishaps can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time.  While half of the expose cases managed by poison centers in 2016 involved children, many of the more serious cases occurred among adolescents and adults.  From children to seniors and Millennials to Baby Boomers, poison prevention is for everyone.  By taking a few precautions, you can help keep you and your loved ones of any age poison-free!

Medicine Safety

Most over-the-counter- and prescription medicines can be helpful when taken as directed.  However, when not taken properly, medicines can be harmful, and in some cases deadly.  Medication errors can occur at any age, which is why it’s important for everyone to be aware of proper medicine safety.


Youth begin to self-medicate around 11 years old, which is why it is important that parents, teachers and guardians discuss the safe use and storage of medicines with tweens.

  • Learn to read, understand, and follow the Drug Fact label.
  • Never share you medicine with someone else or use someone else’s medicine.
  • Measure every dose carefully, and always use the dosing device that comes with the medicine.
  • Be sure to get permission and guidance for a parent of trusted adult before taking medicines.


Between taking care of their children and parents, many adults forget about the importance of their own medicine safety.  However, a few simple steps can help prevent poisonings and overdoses.

  • Be prepared for any poison emergency.
  • Properly getting rid of medicine that you don’t need is especially important if you have children or pets in your home.
  • Keep medicines in their original containers and properly labeled. If you have any questions about a medicine or ingredient, call your local poison centre.

Older Adults

About one third of adults 57 years and older use at least 5 different prescription medicines, and most older adults taking prescription medicines also use over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, or both.  Due to the increase in medicines, older adults are twice as likely as others to come to emergency departments for adverse drug events and nearly seven times more likely as others to come be hospitalized after an emergency.  As more and more patients receive care from more than one provider and even more than on pharmacy to meet their pharmaceutical needs, the patient remains the common denominator.

  • Discuss ALL medication with your doctor and/or pharmacist, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, and vitamins and supplements.
  • Read and follow the directions for each of your medicines and tale them exactly as directed.
  • Keep a list of ALL medications that you are taking including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, and vitamins and supplements, and take the list with you whenever you go to the doctor or pharmacy.
  • Keep you medicine in child resistant containers and up and away, and out of sight of children.
  • If you wear glasses, always use them when taking medication. Never take medication in the dark.
  • If you experience adverse effects from a medicine or have any questions or concerns about medicine, contact your local poison center or pharmacy.


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 Pub & Diner

 Friday specials for April

8th – fish, chips &salad

15th – Vetkoek and mice

22nd – Prada salad

29th – eisbein, coleslaw & mash

Don’t miss out!!!

 G-spot is grateful and thankful that 2016 is turning into an awesome year, the months are getting better and better as we have more and more support thanks to our customers and suppliers.

 Thank you to rainbow for your support on the 31st march we are very glad that you enjoy our entertaining area as well as our bar…J

We hope to see more companies coming to book out our venue for functions, farewells…etc.

Just a remainder to all JA bru’s and other outsiders

We will be having virtual dj grant on the 20th April playing music, come and support us and dance to awesome tunes…

Let’s blow the roof off.









While Agaves are best recognised as the plant from which tequila is made, it has also been used for thousands of years as an ingredient in foods. The nectar made from the plant is known in Mexico as aguimel or honey water.

The Aztecs prized the Agave as a gift from the gods and used the liquid from its core to flavour foods and drinks. Now, due to increased awareness of agave nectar’s many beneficial properties, it is becoming the preferred sweetener of health conscious consumers, doctors and natural food cooks alike.

Agave nectar, or sometimes called Agave syrup, is most often produced from Blue Agaves that thrive in dry, volcanic soils of Mexico.  In South Africa they are grown in the dry Karoo areas. Agaves are large, spikey plants that resemble cactus or yuccas in both form and habit, but they are actually succulents like Aloes.

Agaves come in many forms and colours – over 100 different shapes and sizes.  Blue Agaves is the preferred species for producing Syrup.

When the Agave reaches 7 to 10 years of age, the leaves are cut off, revealing the core of the plant.  When harvested it looks like a pineapple.  The sap is extracted from the pineapple looking section of the plant, filtered and heated at a low temperature which causes to breakdown the carbohydrates into sugars.  Agave syrup takes similar to honey and is considered by health conscious foodies as a raw food.  The product is available at all good health shops and Dischem.

Agaves are also water wise plants, which is beneficial during dry climates.

We will have some unusual Agaves for sale. Limited stock available.


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Happy Gardening!!

 In Other News

Happy Birhday to the followiwng people in April:

8TH – Leonard Mkhize

9th – Vic Lotter

13th – Neil Stewart

 14th – Jordash Boddy

Ambrose Williams

Word of the Month

Word of month

South African National Blood Service


We would like to take this opportunity to thank the donors for attending our blood drive at CATO RIDGE ELECTRICAL on 11.03.2016.

The number of donors who donated were 14. This excludes donors who were unable to donate.

Your continued support and willingness to host blood drives is highly appreciated.

Please communicate our thanks to all involved.

Yours sincerely,


Khulekani Zuma

Public Relations Practitioner

The next edition of our news will be published on Friday 30th April 2016