SAIEE 2018 Annual award winners

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 26 October 2018. The evening’s entertainment was provided by the enigmatic Evita Bezuidenhout, who had the guests in stitches, and literally had makeup running off the faces of some of the female guests. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was the comedian 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. The SAIEE is 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 of asset management 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 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 Prof. 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. Prof. 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 institute makes Prof. 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 there is no doubt that this remarkable Professional Engineer should receive this award.

5. SAIEE Centre of the Year Award

The SAIEE is proud to announce that it has 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 four CPD training courses, hosted ten lectures and organised one site visit. It hosted SAIEE’s corporate partner, Fluke, in one of the company’s roadshow training seminars.  It had two articles published in the WattNow magazine and has established two student chapters. The Centre was involved in six CSI initiatives and submitted its 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 is immensely proud of these individuals’ achievements.

Contact Gerda Geyer, SAIEE, Tel 011 487-3003,

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