Derwyn Oxley of SAIMC CT was able to attend the March 2002 SAIMC Council meeting and AGM. We are pleased and encouraged by the things achieved by Richard Teagle - outgoing President. Sometimes these achievements are not as well appreciated by reading minutes, e-mails or publications. Richard, we thank you for the work done and things achieved during your tenure. We, as a branch, often feel that we are working in isolation from council and that we are often the only ones doing any real work. We can confidently say that the SAIMC as a whole is now on much stronger ground and has a much better chance for growth than it has had for many years. Richard has addressed the administration and running costs of the SAIMC. He has not only reduced the costs but has improved the service levels to the council members, branches and the members. We are also encouraged to see some new 'Young Blood??!!' by way of Graeme Bell, take over as President for the next tenure. Graeme, we wish you all the best for your year as president and are confident that now the foundations have been 'fixed', you will make the SAIMC more visible, attractive and probably fun to be part of.
While in Johannesburg, Derwyn Oxley was able to attend the Electrex trade show. The exhibitors had, as always, gone to a lot of effort and expense to display their products and services. The quality of the show and stands was excellent. The staff manning the stands were knowledgeable and helpful.
From a personal perspective, Derwyn was able to spend 'quality time' with company experts who discussed and demonstrated new technologies and products to him. This knowledge transfer can be invaluable at times when we return to our tasks of designing and making decisions for process control and automation systems. We would like to formally congratulate Dave Howcroft of Instrotech for 25 years in the business and thank him and Reed Exhibitions for hosting a grand evening of entertainment. Dave, we wish you all the best for the next 25 years and well done. Instrotech are a fine example of local expertise and entrepreneurship.
Congratulations also to Dave Wibberley and the team at Adroit Technologies. Despite some difficult times recently, They were able to announce that they were now 'back in control' of the Adroit product/s and their recent developments look like they will be well received by their current and prospective client base. Dave and team - good luck and best wishes from SAIMC CT.
Another word of special thanks has to go out to an old buddy of mine - Rob McKenzie of Phoenix Contact. They always have a smart and 'crisp' display but this year they were head and shoulders above all the others (sorry guys) when it came to the coffee and biscuits. Rob and team - many thanks.
As far as the branch was concerned, CT have got the Secunda and Jhb branches really worried about the 'branch of the year award'. Secunda and Jhb have been involved in a kind of parent-child rivalry for some time now over the award. The CT branch has got them worried, with our great start to the year. We are looking for all the support the members can muster and if any person or company is planning a trip to CT and would like to take part in our 'stick it to S&J campaign', please contact me. Congratulations to Piet and his team in Secunda for grabbing the award from Jhb in the hardest fought and closest battle in the award's history.
Derwyn Oxley, Cape Town SAIMC
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