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SAIMC: From the President’s desk

June 2018 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 number of students that require work that is relevant to their studies to help them obtain the practical experience needed to complete their degrees.

There are many initiatives in South Africa by companies who have committed to play a part through creating opportunities that help job creation. Within the SAIMC, we have a vested interest in ensuring that we assist in this initiative. For this reason, one of the strategic focus projects we have identified is for development and training.

Interactions with learning institutions are vital to ensure that the voice of industry is heard when decisions are made about curriculums. Universities have great initiatives that are aimed to prepare students for Industrie 4.0. The employees of the future need to be prepared for this ‘digital revolution’ and input is required to ensure they have the skillsets to enable them to be agile, resilient and focused on the lean principles.

The SAIMC is therefore proud to launch its first student chapter. The initiative was launched within the Durban branch under the leadership of chairman Hennie Prinsloo, with assistance from Professor Ralph Naidoo of MUT, and will include collaboration between UKZN, DUT and MUT.

The chair of the student chapter will have a seat on the branch committee to ensure that the students are adequately represented within our organisation. This initiative will assist students through guidance from within the automation and control engineering fraternity, and activities will also be implemented to promote awareness of career opportunities. We urge students and members in the Durban area to join this initiative and look forward to the establishment of other student chapters around the country.

Thank you for this initiative Durban branch!

Yours in automation,

Annemarie van Coller.



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