SAIEE 2017 Annual Award Winners
October 31, 2017  

Supplied by SAIEE Management from SAIEE


30 OCTOBER 2017: JOHANNESBURG The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) hosted it’s 106th annual banquet at the Wanderer’s Club in Illovo, Johannesburg on 27 October 2017.

The evening’s entertainment was the enigmatic Gavin Sharples, who had the guests in stitches, and literally had make-up running off faces of some of the female guests.

The 2017 award winners are:

(From left to right: Tembele Casa [Actom], George Debbo and Jacob Machinjike [SAIEE President])

1. Engineer of the Year Award

(Above left - left to right: Francesco Pagin [Fluke], Amelia Mtsali and Jacob Machinjike [SAIEE President])
(Above right - left to right: Francesco Pagin [Fluke], John Gosling and Jacob Machinjike [SAIEE President])

2. Engineering Excellence Award

This award, sponsored by Actom, was jointly awarded to Lebo Maphumolo and George Debbo.

a. Lebo Maphumolo
  A SAIEE Member since 2008, studied Electrical Engineering in Malaysia and obtained her degree in 2004. She works for Eskom as a Corporate Specialist: Power Lines since March 2017. She has written 5 technical papers for the Engineering Industry to date.

b. George Debbo
George Debbo has been a SAIEE Member since 1975 and has served within the Telecommunications Industry for over 30 years. He has occupied executive positions with Telkom SA, Marconi South Africa and Ericsson. He is currently an independant consultant specialising in Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV).

This prestigious award, sponsored by Fluke, recognises current major contributions in any sector of electrical, electronic, telecommunications and computer engineering in South Africa. This award is jointly shared by Amelia Mtsali and John Gosling.

a. Amelia Mtsali
A SAIEE Member since 2004, is actively involved in the SAIEE Central Gauteng Centre activities. She is a qualified Engineering Technologist and received her National Diploma in Electrical Engineering in 2000. She is involved in various SAIEE activities.

b. John Gosling
John Gosling has been a SAIEE Member since 1966 and has been actively involced in engineering. John has served on the SAIEE Council since 1993, won the Engineer of the Year Award in 1995, served as the SAIEE President in 2001, and was awarded the National Science Award in 2003. John is currently active in the successful implementation of SAIEE's mentorship, and has chaired various committees



(Andries Tshabalala [left] and Jacob Machinjike [SAIEE President])

3. SAIEE President's Award

(From left to right: Bernard Meyer [Powertech Transformers], Kgomotso Setlhapelo and Jacob Machinjike [SAIEE President])

4. Keith Plowden Young Achiever's Award


Andries Tshabalala is 2017's recipient. He graduated with a BSc.Eng (Elec) in
1983 from the University of Natal (UKZN) specialising in Electrical machines.
Andries has served on teh SAIEE Council since 2006, and was elected SAIEE President in 2011. Andries participated in the formation of City Power in terms of the City's Igoli2002 plan. He is currently the Deputy Chairman of Actom.

This award, sponsored by Powertech Transformers, recognises young achievers up to 35 years of age, who have made meaningful contributions to the engineering industry. This year, the recipient, Kgomotso Setlhapelo, and SAIEE Member since 2012, received this honour. Kgomotso is involved with SAIEE's Central Gauteng Centre. One of his significant contributions to the centre, was the compilation of the Centre's operating model where he ensured it aligns to the SAIEE Constitution and Bylaws. Sethlapelo volunteered to lead the Corporate Social Investment initiatives of the Gauteng Centre. He has recently been promoted to Chief Engineer: Power Delivery Engineering, Protection, Telecommunications, Metering and Control section in Eskom, making him one of the youngest Chief Engineers to date.


(From left: Albert Lysko [IEEE SA], Sy Gourrah [SAIEE], Saurabh Sinha and Jacob Machinjike [SAIEE President])

5. SAIEE / IEEE Joint Distinguished Volunteer Award

This award was established in 2013 and promotes the spirit of volunteerism by recognising a volunteer active in the IEEE, SAIEE or both organisations.
The award criteria requires that the volunteer should make or have made a valuable contribution to the electrical engineering profession in South Africa,
and promote the electrical/electronic engineering profession in Sout Africa within IEEE/SAIEE designated fields, as well as meaningfully contributing to
one of the social challenges in South Africa through the application of electrical/electronic engineering.

The 2017 recipient of this award is Prof Saurabh Sinha, who is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment at the University of
Johannesburg. As of 1 December 2017, he will serve as the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Internationalism) for the University.

The SAIEE congratulates all this year's winners and are immensely proud of these indicidual achievements.


Editor’s Note: The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), formed in 1909, has grown to more than 7000 members. Members are professionally engaged in the full range of engineering activities, including Academic Research, Manufacturing, Electronics, Telecommunications, Measurement and Control, Mining and Power Services.

The SAIEE contributes to the common interests and welfare of the whole engineering fraternity through close co-operation with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

Mission Statement:

The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers strives to be a leading and respected learned society of Electrical Engineers through:

• Promoting electrical science and its applications for the benefit of its members and the Southern African community;• Close contact with appropriate national and international organizations;

• Recognizing achievement by advancement of individual members to higher grades of membership within the Institute and thereby enhancing the status of their profession; and

• Being apolitical and non-discriminatory.