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SAIEE 2018 - Annual Award Winners
October 31, 2018  

Supplied by Minx Avrabos from SAIEE

PRESS RELEASE


SAIEE 2018 ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS


30 OCTOBER 2018: JOHANNESBURG

The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) hosted it’s 107th Annual Banquet in the form of a Masquerade Ball, at the Midrand Conference Centre on the 26th of October 2018.
 
The evening’s entertainment was the enigmatic Evita Bezuidenhout, who had the guests in stitches, and literally had makeup running off faces of some of the female guests. Our Master of Ceremonies was the funnyman, Loyiso Gola.
 

The 2018 award winners are:


1. Engineer of the Year Award - sponsored by Actom


 

This award recognises an SAIEE member who has energetically and voluntarily worked towards promoting electrical science and its applications for the benefit of its members and the Southern African community. We are proud to announce that the 2018 SAIEE Engineer of the Year is Pascal Motsoasela. This Senior member, who joined the SAIEE in 1999, serves on the SAIEE Council and various Committees. He has more than 15 years’ post qualification experience in technology research, testing, development and demonstration in the electric utility industry. In the past two years, he has specialised in the automation asset management area in the water utility industry. The focus of his career has been the researching of utility communication technologies, the testing of commercially-off-the- shelf technology products and conducting technical investigations. The valuable contributions of his time, effort and expertise to our noble Institute makes him a deserving candidate for the Engineer of the Year Award.




2. Engineering Excellence Award - sponsored by Fluke


 

The SAIEE Engineering Excellence Award is made to a Member, Senior Member or Fellow who has excelled in Electrical Engineering and demonstrated above-average involvement in supporting the SAIEE with its aims and objectives as well in their capacity that supports and mentors those with whom they interact in the workplace. The 2018 winner of the SAIEE Engineering Excellence Award is Professor Jan de Kock. This Professional Engineer, who became a member of the SAIEE in 1986, currently serves as an elected Council Member for the past four years. His dedication to attending Council meetings from far and his contribution to bringing the North West University and SAIEE closer together makes him the ideal candidate for this award. De Kock is a Fellow and serves on various Committees and is also a stalwart of the SA Universities Power Engineering Conference for many years. He supports the SAIEE CPD Programme in sharing his wealth of academic expertise. He has vast industrial experience in the design, commissioning, and performance assessment of generators and synchronous machines. The valuable contributions of his time, effort and expertise to our noble Institute makes De Kock a deserving candidate for this award.




3. SAIEE President’s Award



 
This prestigious Award recognises significant contributions in any sector of electrical, electronic, telecommunications and computer engineering in South Africa.
The 2018 SAIEE Presidential Award winner is Chris Yelland, who is recognised for his excellence in electrical and electronic engineering reporting. Yelland is known for his in-depth analysis of critical issues in the electrical and electronic engineering spheres. His company and publications are recognised for their excellence in investigative as well as technical reporting. Yelland has fearlessly questioned and reported on sensitive matters in our industry for more than three decades. He is a widely recognised voice in the national media for comments around electronic and electrical engineering, and has won several awards throughout his illustrious career.
This SAIEE Fellow became a member in 1977. He is also a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA), and a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK).
He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Natal in 1976.




4. Keith Plowden Young Achiever’s Award - Sponsored by SGB-Smit Power Matla



 
The SAIEE annually awards the most outstanding young achiever of the year in the field of Electrical/Electronic engineering. What counts in this person’s favour is their spirit of achievement, creativity and leadership in the workplace. Innovative, entrepreneurial actions and an infectious enthusiasm for success are the qualities exhibited by Young Achievers.
The 2018 winner is Tshego Cornelius. Cornelius joined the SAIEE in 2004 and started her career in 2009 at the Eskom Transmission Western Grid. She presently serves as a Design Engineering Manager in the Electrical & Control and Instrumentation Department of Eskom.
Her passion for the development of other young people has seen her take up various leadership roles in ploughing back, paying it forward and championing women’s voices, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics arena.
She is very conscientious of the engineer’s role in the community and is an avid role model to young SAIEE members, and it is no doubt that this remarkable Professional Engineer should receive this award.



 
5. SAIEE Centre of the Year Award



 
The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers is proud to announce that we established a new award, in recognising our various Centre’s efforts, which is based on specific criteria.
The winner of the 2018 SAIEE Centre of the Year is The Western Cape Centre. Established in 1953, this Centre hosted 4 CPD training courses, hosted ten lectures and organised one site visit. They graciously hosted SAIEE Corporate Partner, Fluke, in one of their Roadshow training seminars. They had two articles published in the wattnow magazine and have established two student chapters. They were involved in six CSI initiatives and submitted their monthly reports diligently every month, and all this was done on a voluntary basis during 2018.
The SAIEE congratulate all this year’s winners and are immensely proud of these individual achievements.
 
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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 organisations;
• Recognising achievement by the advancement of individual members to higher grades of membership within the Institute; and
• Being apolitical and non-discriminatory.
 
 
IMAGES:
Photo 1: From left: Greg Whyte (Actom), Pascal Motsoasela and Dr Hendri Geldenhuys (SAIEE President).
Photo 2: From left: Francesco Pagin (Fluke), Prof Jan de Kock and Dr Hendri Geldenhuys (SAIEE President).
Photo 3: From left: Dr Hendri Geldenhuys (SAIEE President), and Chris Yelland.
Photo 4: From left: Bernard Meyer (SGB-Smit Power Matla), Tsego Cornelius and Dr Hendri Geldenhuys (SAIEE President).
Photo 5: From left: Dr Hendri Geldenhuys (SAIEE President) and Joyce Mtimkulu, Chairperson, Western Cape Centre.