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March 2000 SAIMC

Secunda Sub Branch

We had a very successful AGM on the 16 February 2000. The previous committee was re-elected to serve for another year. Our host for the evening was Tony Holme from Adroit who introduced us to the basics of scada.

During a brainstorm we have selected topics that we would like to have present during the year to follow. At the next committee meeting we will set the plan for meetings to follow. We are looking forward to a very educational and interesting year 2000.

The Secunda Branch takes this opportunity to say a very big thank you to our sponsors and everybody who supported our branch during the past year. You are all responsible for the success and existence of this branch.

10 March was the date set for the golf day hosted to raise some funds for our branch and we will cover this event in the next issue of SA I&C.

We have set ourselves the goal to increase our membership count from the present 30+ to 100+ before the end of the year. Anybody in the Witbank, Middleburg, Secunda, Standerton and Volksrust area interested in joining our branch can contact Tony Vis at: 082 335 9218 or Brian Edwards 082 955 0077.

Piet van Rensburg (Chairman)

082 461 3434

Zululand

We have already had two interesting events that weren+t in our schedule for the year! Early in February the science exhibits from +Techniquest+ in Wales arrived at the Science Centre, from where they had been on display in Durban. This gave us an opportunity to invite members from our +sister institutes+, mining and metallurgy, electrical and civil, to a special evening viewing. This group of adults had a great time as they struggled to resolve puzzles designed to stimulate nine-year-olds! (Several people were heard saying things like, -Look at this+ and -Gee! I never knew that!+ So the exhibits were obviously well received.

And hot on the heels of the Welsh (as they fled the heat of KZN for the floods in Gauteng!) came an astronomer from Yorkshire with an inflatable astrodome! Now comical as it may seem, this was no joke; the 6M planetarium seats 30 adults comfortably and a similar group came together as a result of our very effective network in Zululand. Members and friends were treated to a wonderful display of the stars and planets using an instrument that accurately projects an image from a cylindrical source onto the white inner surface of the sphere. There is a strong possibility that a similar dome will be permanently located here for use at any location. We will soon be calling for delegates to a short series of IT and Communications courses to be held in the week of August 14. Run in partnership with IDC Technologies, previous courses have been sold out, so early registration is advised.

For details of monthly meetings of the Zululand Branch, contact the Chairman, Wally Jooste on 082 822 1375.

John R. Crossland

(035) 901 3339

john.crossland@rbm.co.za





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