Electricity + Control

Eskom’s Dr Nhlanhla Mbuli has been named Engineer of the year by the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE).

Dr N MbuliThis annual prestigious Engineering award is awarded to a member of the SAIEE who has energetically and voluntary worked towards promoting electrical science and its applications to the benefit of the SAIEE, members and the Southern African community through involvement in the institute’s affairs. The award recognises and honours the member for his or her contribution. Dr Mbuli comfortably went beyond the minimum requirements as his contribution goes beyond just volunteering. It also extends to working and mentoring young engineers as a practicing practitioner as well as an academic, supervising post graduate engineering students amongst other contributions he makes to the profession.

He has more than two decades’ experience, practicing as an electrical engineer and has been an active member of the SAIEE for almost the same number of years. He holds a string of engineering qualifications including a Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Johannesburg.

In 2009, he was appointed Eskom Corporate Consultant (Specialist) for Grid Planning. In this role, he provides consultation to Transmission and Distribution grid planning activities. Earlier on he worked as a Distribution Network Planner and later as a Transmission Network Planner. His work involves conducting and leading applied research that support planning; providing internal consulting services to Distribution and Transmission departments in Eskom; developing training material and running training courses on various aspects of network planning, and actively mentoring junior and mid-career engineers.

Dr Mbuli served as Council Member of SAIEE for four consecutive terms during 2008 - 2011. He serves as a Member of the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC): Electrical (2010-current). He is a reviewer of candidates for registration as professional engineers, conducting the required interviews on behalf of the PAC. He also participates in interviews of candidates for evaluation of qualifications for the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). He was elected and served as Council Member of ECSA for the 2009 - 2012 term.

This humble and approachable scholar, ‘Engineer of the year 2016’ is based in Johannesburg but originally hails from Umthwalume KwaQwabe in KwaZulu-Natal. He has come to be known by his peers for his critical understanding of fundamental engineering principles that contributes to the enrichment of the engineering field both as researcher and scholar, yet he has lost little if any of his humility despite his colourful accolades.

“We salute Dr Mbuli and urge him to continue holding torch shining high”.

Enquiries: Eskom Media Desk. Tel: +27 (0) 11 800 3304 or email mediadesk@eskom.co.za

 
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