Cape Town Branch - May Update

SAIMC: Cape Town branch
May 2013SAIMC


Branch member survey


The committee decided to do a survey of its membership in order to understand their expectations. The survey will also be used to determine if members are happy with the branch activities and other factors. The results were collected and analysed during April and will be used to determine the direction of the branch going forward. All suggestions from members will be taken seriously and incorporated into branch strategy. Although the results have already been collected, Cape Town members who have not done so yet are encouraged to complete the survey anyway. The committee will continue to look at the results and suggestions/ideas in the survey. This is a process of branch recalibration in an effort to align branch activities with members’ expectations. The survey can be found at: (NB: Only SAIMC Cape Town members to complete the survey).


Branch CPD points accreditation sub-committee

The branch is excited to announce that a CPD accreditation sub-committee is being formed. This committee will evaluate various courses and presentations for CPD accreditation in Cape Town. Therefore, in the future, the monthly technology presentations hosted by the SAIMC Cape Town branch will have CPD points as approved by this sub-committee. There may be other courses/seminars that may be accredited with CPD points in the future.


Branch activities

The next Technology Evening will be on Thursday 16 May. The presentation will be on the interesting topic: ‘System information modelling (SIM)’. The presenter, Ro Gillespie, is from I&E Systems based in New South Wales. Please join us for this exciting presentation. Further details will be communicated via e-mail, and the branch’s various social media platforms (LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter). Members can just search for SAIMC Cape Town. There is a lot of information being communicated through these platforms. Please join/like the SAIMC Cape Town pages/groups.


Golf day

The branch is planning to host a golf day towards the end of the year. We have not hosted one for many years, so any members or interested parties who would like to assist please contact branch chairman Mothibi Thabeng at:


Automation Awards a resounding Success

The SAIMC Cape Town Branch held its inaugural Excellence in Automation Award in December 2012. The award was specifically designed for Cape Town members of the Society who have demonstrated an exceptional role in the concept, design and successful implementation of an automation project within the Western Cape area. The initiative was derived from a need to provide recognition to SAIMC members, one of the major missions of the SAIMC. Entry was limited to the 130 members of the Cape Town Branch and nominations were shortlisted based on entry requirements and the quality of submissions. Final scoring was based on the following criteria:


* Impact in industry.

* Technical originality.

* Usefulness.

* Successful implementation.

* Use of local skills.

* Awards, papers and publications.


The four shortlisted projects reviewed by the panel were:


* The City Of Cape Town: for the upgrading of an obsolete water treatment plant control panel with a PLC and scada solution.

* ADP Projects: for the first modular acidising plant with a PLC automated gas scrubber for a diamond mine.

* RTS: for the design and implementation of an end of line tester that was used to test and validate that assembled vehicle mirrors on a production line are free of defects.

* Ilitha Project Services: for the ACSA fire fighting simulator upgrade project.


The winner was Real Time Solutions.


The Winners (Real Time Solutions) flanked by Johan Maartens (SAIMC president), on the right, and Selvan Murugan second from the left.
The Winners (Real Time Solutions) flanked by Johan Maartens (SAIMC president), on the right, and Selvan Murugan second from the left.

SA Navy site visit

This site visit was exciting and well attended. Members were welcomed by the captain of the naval frigate SAS Spioenkop, who briefly informed the members about the ship and then explained about the SA Navy and what it is currently involved in. It was great to hear that our navy is doing work in Africa and peace-keeping missions. The SA Navy is also assisting the international community with pirate patrols in east Africa. We were then taken to one of the new submarines, SAS Queen Modjadji. We learned a lot from the tour. The submarine engineers showed the members the torpedo tubes and how they are loaded and deployed. The submarine produces its own water and oxygen and continuously monitors its environment via various instruments to ensure that the crew can survive. Members were amazed by the tiny living space that is available for the crew.

The navy is quite a different environment, and the members learned a lot from the site visit. We were well received by the SA Navy’s public relations office in Simon’s Town. Each member even received a little goodie bag with some reading material and other goodies. The SA Navy really went out of their way to make us welcome. The branch thanks the Naval Base Simon’s Town for its Ubuntu.


Branch activities

The branch will be hosting its AGM on Wednesday the 6 February at the Eskom Marketing Centre in Edgemead. The AGM will kick off the year for the branch with a new committee being elected. The chairman will also present the chairman’s report and the financial statement for 2012. The year 2012 was an eventful year for the branch with various new initiatives such as the automation awards, site visits, social media, and SAIMC branded clothing. Members are encouraged to attend the AGM so that they can add value and let their voice be heard. Please look out for further details on our social media forums such as twitter, facebook and LinkedIn. Just search for ‘SAIMC Cape Town’ to get all the information with regards to the branch.


April News

The branch held a successful AGM on 28 February at the Eskom Marketing Centre in Edgemead. The AGM was well attended with some of the older members showing great interest. The meeting was accepted as having sufficient representation to be considered fully constituted as per paragraph 13.4.9 of the SAIMC constitution. Five members in good standing were nominated, but one declined due to other commitments. The four members who accepted their nominations were unanimously voted in as committee members for 2013. The new committee then met to vote for office allocations. The committee also co-opted two extra members into the committee to boost its capacity. The following office allocations were decided upon:


* Mothibi Thabeng – chairman.

* Juandre Whon – vice-chairman.

* Ms Shakira Nursoo – secretary.

* Felix Dolo – secretary.

* Raymond Cloete – co-opted member.

* Selvan Murugan – co-opted member.


The Cape Town 2013 Branch Committee from left, Juandre Whon, Shakira Nursoo, 
Mothibi Thabeng, and Felix Dolo.
The Cape Town 2013 Branch Committee from left, Juandre Whon, Shakira Nursoo, Mothibi Thabeng, and Felix Dolo.

The new chairman thanked the branch for its support. His acceptance speech emphasised the need for all members to get involved in advancing the vision of the SAIMC and growing the branch. He challenged members to come up with ideas that can assist the committee in advancing the SAMC’s goals and stated that the branch will be focusing on ‘Let’s Campaign’, where every member participates in the journey to a successful branch and SAIMC.


Branch activities

The new committee will be meeting to map the branch’s plan for 2013. Feedback from members will be considered in drafting this plan, thus members are encouraged to submit ideas and comments to the committee. These can also be submitted for discussion on the branch’s various social media platforms – LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter – search for SAIMC Cape Town.


Any queries please contact Mothibi Thabeng,