• Patronage recognised
• Key speakers on innovation
• Industry/academic collaboration encouraged
Johannesburg South Africa, September 14 2017
Schneider Electric South Africa’s team attended the annual Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC) gala dinner dance at Montecasino at the beginning of September.
As a patron member of the Society, the compnay was the gold sponsor of the event, in suport of the Society’s vision of being the driving force behind the development of the automation industry in Africa.
Oratile Sematle gave his last address as president of the SAIMC, where he thanked members for supporting him during his term. He said that the past two years had been hard due to the increase of unemployment, the shrinking economy and the perceived threat of industry 4.0 to job security. Challenges such as these put the agility of an organisation to the test. He encouraged SAIMC members to rise to this challenge and use them as opportunities for training and industry growth. He said that to move forward, the Society needs to look at collaborating further with universities to produce professionals who are equipped with the new skillsets required by today’s rapidly automating industry.
Guest speaker at the event was Dr. Adriana Marais, head of innovation at SAP Africa and a top 100 member of the Mars One project. Dr. Marais hopes to be selected to help set up a pilot colony on Mars by 2030. She believes in innovation through exploration and says that historically, exploration missions have led to spikes in interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, and increased innovation. She said that the people who were students during the Apollo mission are the same people responsible for later innovations in personal computing and tablets. According to Dr. Marais, innovations coming out of the Mars One project – such as advancements in contained farming, water purification, renewable energy, and energy storage – have implications for people on Earth, too. “To explore is to embrace what it is to be human,” concluded Dr. Marais.
Awards were presented for branch status and patron members. The Durban and Secunda branches were awarded gold status, while the Tshwane and Johannesburg branches received silver and bronze respectively. Patron members recognised at the event included Schneider Electric, Vega Instruments and Wika Instruments.
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