Head of SAIEE awarded AMEU honourary membership

October 27th, 2017, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize, Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: Vector

The Association of Municipal Electrical Utilities (AMEU) presented an Honoury Membership award to Stan Bridgens (Pr. Eng, FSAIEE), the CEO of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), recently. The award was given in recognition of Bridgens’ outstanding and exemplary service to the South African electricity supply industry over many years.

Moferefere Tshabalala, the AMEU president, presents the honourary membership award to Stan Bridgens.

Bridgens is a professional electrical engineer who served the municipal electricity delivery space for 43 years. He started his career as an apprentice electrician in 1959 at the erstwhile Johannesburg Electricity Department (now known as City Power) and ended his career there as a director of the utility.

He has been a member of the SAIEE for over 53 years since graduating as a technologist in 1964. He has served on the SAIEE Council since 1992 and was elected its president in 1998.

The AMEU bestows honorary memberships on individuals who the association recognises as having provided outstanding and exemplary service on a continuous and consistent basis to the electricity supply industry in South Africa.

One of Bridgens’ successes at SAIEE has been the introduction of a programme – originally proposed by Prof. Pat Naidoo – of providing workplace experience to candidates who were willing to work in the industry without remuneration. Another of his successes as CEO since 2007, is the substantial growth in members and revenue the institute has experienced.

He has also carried out numerous professional reviews to assess candidates applying for professional registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and has been part of the ECSA teams which represent the industry in accrediting tertiary institutions, for many years. He is also a SAIEE representative on the ECSA Presidents Forum, and has served on the council’s professional advisory committee for many years.

Bridgens understands the benefits of mentoring young graduates having had mentors himself, who had the experience and know-how, and who were willing to share their knowledge with him while a young engineer.

Contact AMEU, Tel 011 061-5000, ameuservices@vdw.co.za

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