classic | mobile
 

Search...

SA Instrumentation & Control Buyers' Guide

Technews Industry Guide - IIoT 2017

Technews Industry Guide - Maintenance, Reliability & Asset Optimisation

 

SAIMC Zambian branch
February 2012, SAIMC


On 8 Dec last year, Johan van Jaarsveldt and I travelled to Zambia to attend the branch banquet in Kitwe in the province of the Copper Belt. It was a remarkable journey in many ways.

Since we had been to Kitwe many times before we did not expect any hitches, but we were mistaken. The name on one of our flight tickets was misspelt, Johan, on his passport, is Johannes and there was another problem too, my yellow fever inoculation card, although still valid, had my old passport number. This delayed us and we were unable to get onto the flight to Ndola as planned, but we did manage to get tickets for a flight to Livingstone in southern Zambia. On arrival, we found that we could take a flight to Lusaka which we did. There were not any available seats on to Ndola so we elected to travel by car and arrived in Kitwe on the 8th around midday.

The banquet, held at the Edinburgh Hotel, was a sparkling affair with Jones Kelela as MC keeping the audience interested in his usual edifying way. Guests included 120 vendors and end users from the Zambian industry. The guest of honour was the Kitwe District Commissioner Mr. Mwape Kasanba who thanked the SAIMC for its valuable contribution to Zambia through supporters from outside the country. Both Johan and I addressed the group emphasising the importance of the SAIMC and encouraged the Zambian members to continue the voluntary effort to forward the goals of our organisation. We had ample time to mingle with the guests and had some interesting discussions with new and old acquaintances.

Vivian MacFadyen (r) catching up with acquaintances at the banquet
Vivian MacFadyen (r) catching up with acquaintances at the banquet

Our general impression of the situation in Zambia is that things are improving rapidly. There are many new buildings under construction, new sport stadia built and other signs of improvement. This gave us the feeling that we can expect great progress from the Zambian branch in the future.

We followed the same route home and had some time to look around over the week end. Just after Kabwe (formally Broken Hill) on the drive to Lusaka we discovered a hydro electric power station that was built in 1925 and is now run by the Lunsemfwa Hydro Power Company and known as the Mulungushi Power Station. We were able to arrange a short tour of the station located about 1 km below the buffer dam at the top of the gorge; the head water pressure on the turbines is about 10 Mpa. We travelled down the side of the gorge in a skip running on rails and descending at a 45° angle to the four turbines, including the latest installation by a Chinese supplier. The power generated is now supplied to the national grid, but originally it fed a lead and zinc mine in the vicinity. A study by the Blacksmith Institute in September 2007 found Kabwe to be one of the 10 worst polluted places in the world, mostly due to heavy metals (primarily lead and zinc) tailings making their way into the local water supply, yet for many years it has supplied ‘clean’ electric power – sad but true.


Credit(s)
Supplied By: SAIMC
Tel: 086 107 2462
Fax: 086 651 5238
Email: admin@saimc.co.za
www: www.saimc.co.za
Share via email     Share via LinkedIn   Print this page

Further reading:

  • SAIMC: From the President’s desk
    June 2018, SAIMC, SAIMC
    As we reach the halfway mark this year, June is synonymous with holidays for many of us, but for a lot of students it is also a time to look for work. For the control fraternity, this includes a large ...
  • SAIMC: Zambia branch
    June 2018, SAIMC, SAIMC
    Zambia branch meeting
  • SAIMC: Secunda branch
    June 2018, SAIMC
    On 5 April, Hannes Kruger and Hendrik Strauss from Moore Process Controls gave an informative presentation on turbine speed control applications.    A steam turbine is a device that extracts thermal energy ...
  • SAIMC: Tshwane branch
    June 2018, SAIMC, SAIMC
    Technology evening    At the April technology evening, Dex Machida from KPMG presented on the subject: ‘Robotics in process automation’, which focused on digital labour and the rise of the machine. The ...
  • SAIMC: Johannesburg branch
    June 2018, SAIMC, SAIMC
    At the last technology evening Eric Carter from turboTRAIN hosted and gave a presentation on ‘Avoiding pitfalls with variable speed drives’ on the premise that “If I understand it, I can work with it”. ...
  • SAIMC: Cape Town branch
    June 2018, SAIMC, SAIMC
    On 22 February, the branch hosted its monthly technology evening where Gary Friend from Extech Safety Systems presented on the subject ‘Intrinsic Safety Applications’. For a resurging branch, the committee ...
  • SAIMC: Durban branch
    June 2018, SAIMC, SAIMC
    The May technology evening was held as usual at the Durban Country Club where Dhiren Naidoo, product manager of the level and pressure division at Endess+Hauser, presented on the topic of Heartbeat technology. ...
  • SAIMC: From the President’s desk
    May 2018, SAIMC, SAIMC
    As South Africans, we are experiencing a lot of change at the moment. A big impact on us was the increase in VAT. It’s a change that affects everyone, but, as a resilient nation, we have to get it implemented ...
  • SAIMC: Durban branch
    May 2018, SAIMC, SAIMC
    The latest technology evening was held at the Durban Country Club on 4 April. Eric Hore, director of advanced solutions for Moore Process Controls gave a thought-provoking presentation titled ‘Energy ...
  • SAIMC: Secunda branch
    May 2018, SAIMC, SAIMC
    Site visit The branch arranged its first site visit for 2018 to Sky Hill on 2 March. Sky Hill is situated between Secunda and Evander, and is an engineering company with expertise in the manufacturing ...
  • SAIMC: Johannesburg branch
    May 2018, SAIMC, SAIMC
    At the last technology evening, Robert Wright, managing director RJ Connect and his team presented on ‘Connecting the Unconnected IIoT/Industry 4.0’.    Robert, accompanied by Johan Huisaman and Andries ...
  • SAIMC: Tshwane branch
    May 2018, SAIMC, SAIMC
    Technology Evening       At the March Technology Evening, Dhiren Naidoo from Endress+Hauser presented on ‘The benefits of Heartbeat Technology’, which include:    • In-situ verification and documentation of ...

 
 
         
Contact:
Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd
1st Floor, Stabilitas House
265 Kent Ave, Randburg, 2194
South Africa
Publications by Technews
Dataweek Electronics & Communications Technology
Electronic Buyers Guide (EBG)

Hi-Tech Security Solutions
Hi-Tech Security Business Directory

Motion Control in Southern Africa
Motion Control Buyers’ Guide (MCBG)

South African Instrumentation & Control
South African Instrumentation & Control Buyers’ Guide (IBG)
Other
Terms & conditions of use, including privacy policy
PAIA Manual





 

         
    classic | mobile

Copyright © Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.