The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) has appointed Jacob Machinjike president for 2017. Eskom’s General Manager Grids in Eskom Transmission, Machinjike, was appointed to the post at the SAIEE’s Annual General meeting held in Johannesburg last week. His term will end at the Institute’s next annual general meeting in March 2018.

SAIEE Jacob MachinijikeMachinjike started serving in SAIEE leadership as an office bearer in 2014 as the institute’s Junior Vice President. In 2015, he served as Senior Vice President and in 2016 he served as Deputy President and President Elect until the end of March this year.

“Jacob has 30 years’ experience in the engineering industry and has a sound understanding of the operation and maintenance of the entire value chain of the electricity supply industry,” says Thava Govender, Eskom Group Executive for Transmission. “He is no stranger to receiving accolades for his leadership role, including being named Transmission Executive of the year 2011 and 2015. In the latter year he was also named the runner-up for the Eskom Executive of the Year award.”

Machinjike holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Honours) and a Master of Business Leadership (MBL). He is a Fellow of the SAIEE and is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a Professional Engineer. In addition to his portfolio as General Manager for transmission grid assets at Eskom, he represents the utility on the Governing Board of the GO15.

“The objective of the 2017 SAIEE presidential term of office is to continue building on the focus areas of the past few years, namely developing and nurturing skills to ensure the professionalisation of engineers, technologists and technicians,” Machinjike says.

“I see the role of the Engineering Professional in today’s complex decision-making as requiring enthusiasm in growing membership among students and practicing engineers, increasing their ability to serve customers and to help in resolving South Africa’s and society’s challenges. There are also opportunities that require making use of new and emerging technologies, industry models, smart technologies, innovative solutions to attract investments, members’ access to international institutions and global business.”

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