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The SAIMC Tshwane Branch- Latest News from the Tshwane Branch, July

Please find enclosed some of the latest news from Tshwane branch. The June tech evening didn’t take place due to the AAF. We are however hopping to advise RE a follow up visit to Rustenburg and then hope to have a kick off meeting in the week of 24th of July at Witbank as we have secured a venue for it. More info to follow. The topic for July 5th for Tshwane is: Advanced Operating Graphics by Yokogawa. Please see if you can attend. So far seems we have reached Bronze level (to be vetted) and only have minor efforts remaining such as to present at University (planned) / other actions to achieve GOLD… 😊

Some brief feedback re past period (in chronological order):

AAF2017: SAIMC NAT COM was fortunate to share a stand with Technews, publishers of the Instrumentation & Control magazine. Some of the committee members from Tshwane branch had the opportunity to man the stand and interact with current and prospective members and patrons. Some of us at NAT COM were also fortunate to be invited to the opening breakfast hosted by SAIMC. Numerous people from the committee spoke RE our industry challenges in attracting suitable youngsters to the industry, educating them, formalizing / aligning roles to international best practices and other challenges in relation to standards, etc. Should you require a copy of a specific presentation please let me know then I can arrange for it. At present, I have copies of Vinesh and Gary’s presentations. I believe some of this is also available on SAIMC web site. I also presented as SAIMC on “The Future of Automation” at the event.

Note FIRST ROBOTICS SA also was fortunate to have a stand at AAF2017. Both SAIMC and FIRST have expressed their appreciation for being afforded opportunity to partake in the prestigious event. The GALA dinner of the event as always proved to be the highlight of the event and provided for networking.

At present the author does not have much information on “Connected industries” event which ran parallel to AAF. The key note speaker from DTI however visited our SAIMC stand which was appreciated.

FIRST ROBOTICS SA: Meeting planned for 7 July to resolve way forward re SAIMC / FIRST. As always, they need our help not only in terms of funding but more specifically in relation to mentorship, judging, etc. This hence presents a good platform to promote your company’s brand. At present the SCI-BONO W.O.W team is appealing for support from industry so it presents an ideal opportunity for JHB based companies to adopt them. The kids are between 14 and 18 years old and are all from different schools.

DRA Supplier Day: SAIMC while not directly presented was also promoted at the event to try and gather more members and patrons. It is encouraging to know that there are still companies like DRA Global who assist in supplier development on such a grand scale. There are also incentives for this in terms of enterprise and supplier development and it is hoped more companies will look at this to grow industry.

Manufacturing Indaba: SAIMC EXCO was also kindly invited to take part at the event hosted at Emperor’s Casino and not only featured in print but also had a stand to exhibit. In my opinion, this was place, to be by factor of a 1000%. given that Industrial Automation forms part of back bone of government’s industrialization plans as per NDP 2030 and associated documents of which manufacturing is key driver to growth and employment. At the event, we collectively and individually met with more than 12 associations or bodies such as DST / CSIR, merSeta, AREI, SAEEC, etc. and next step is to assign names from NAT COM who will interact with these to ensure we capitalize on event. SAIMC thanks Ms. Liz Hart the MD of the event and her staff along with the respective bodies such as DTI and the city management. This event is not only good for SAIMC but also strengthens in my opinion the trade association idea I have been pushing for some time now.

African Petrochemicals EPC Day: SAIMC was once again afforded an opportunity to have a stand at the event managed / manned by the Johannesburg Branch. SAIMC thanks the organizers for the opportunity.

SAIMC NAT COM GALA: Please save the date of Friday 1 September (evening) for what promises to be yet another extravagant event to be hosted by SAIMC at the very prestigious Montecasino Ballroom. The event has been brought forward to allow for SAIMC to invite Dr. Adriana Marais who has been short listed in top 100 out of 200,000 people, earmarked to go to Mars in 2025 as part of the Mars One Project. Cost of event will be communicated in due course by NAT COM along with sponsor opportunities.

SAIMC Tshwane Social Function: OCTOBERFEST?: Our branch is looking into options for our annual event and so far, I have been in discussions with the Deutsche Internationale Schule Pretoria to attend their annual event on the evening of Thursday 14th of September.  The cost is around R375 per head and seating works in groups of 8 per table and allows for some branding. The price includes entertainment, meal, one drink and parking. The actual cost is dependent on type of meal and amount of drinks. PLEASE ADVISE IF YOU / YOUR COMPANY ARE INTERESTED SO WE MAY FIRM UP ARRANGEMENTS. WE REQUIRE AMOUNTS OF PERSONS AND WILL REQUIRE R200-00 DEPOSIT PER / PERSON TO CONFIRM. If there is not enough interest we will continue to look at other options. Feel free to clarify.

Industry Trade Association: I in response to article published in Engineering News was approached by South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) to see if they could play a role via their other members to assist in establishing the aforementioned association within C&I industry. This along with initiatives from Manufacturing Indaba and others not mentioned to me seems to be positive developments in confirming the need to establish such an association. I also met with UNISA department head for strategy and was informed that 1.) it is not possible to skip to NQF9/10 without relevant NQF qualifications irrespective of RPL to study the industry and 2.) that it was not possible to dictate areas of research and that I should push ahead with the idea in the business domain. More info will be communicated in due course.




For more information please contact any one of the committee members. We appreciate any new members so also please feel free to share.

Thank you kindly, Petrus Klopper

SAIMC Tshwane Branch Committee (Vice Chairman, Secratary & Technology) and

National Committee (Professional Service / Standards Sub-Committee)

082 559 7437 /


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