Skills development – a necessary but costly business

I recently had the opportunity to have a conversation with Rob MacKenzie, MD of Endress+Hauser. The company opened its doors in South Africa in 1984, having been represented by agents prior to that. The agents had focused mainly on process measurement and management in the mining industry. Markets have now expanded with major developments in […]

In conversation with Dr. Jane Olwoch, MD SANSA Earth Observation: Remote sensing – we need more expertise

At one time the environment dictated to mankind, now mankind shapes the environment but often not in a way to that is sustainable for our future on Earth, the place we call home.  I had an enlightening conversation with Dr. Jane Olwoch, MD Earth Observation of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) about the […]

In conversation with Prof. Barry Dwolatzky – dedication and passion but funding is lacking!

  If I was allowed only two words to describe Prof. Barry Dwolatzky, director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering at Wits University (JCSE) it would be “dedication and passion” – dedication in his commitment to support the creation of jobs in the IT sector and passion in the way he is doing it. […]

In conversation with Eric Leger, country president for Schneider Southern Africa: Going green is not just fashionable

  Green being fashionable is a tongue-in-cheek statement – but it should focus attention that going green is not just being fashionable or keeping up with the Joneses, it is for good business reasons and an understanding that we have a responsibility to care for what  we leave behind for future generations. Hans van de […]

In conversation with Dave Wibberley, MD Adroit Technologies and chairman of IIG: The future of innovation lies with small companies

  In my conversation with Dave Wibberley, we spent a fair amount of time discussing innovation and how South African industry rates today. Wibberley said that if he had been asked the question ten years ago he would have said that South Africa was leading the way in this regard. “There is one thing about […]

In conversation with Prof. Kees Immink: How digital coding led to the development of the CD

  In my conversations for this regular feature in EngineerIT I have met some very interesting people.  One such was Prof. Kees Immink, on the eve of the conferral of an honorary doctoral degree by the University of Johannesburg  faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, thus recognising him as one of the world’s most  […]

In conversation with Dr. Pat Naidoo, president SAIEE: Engineers must lead from the top!

  Engineers must lead from the top was the strong message from Dr. Pat Naidoo when he delivered his inaugural  presidential address at the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE)’s annual general meeting earlier this year. “It is all about growing world class customer focussed engineers who must lead from the top.” In my […]