IESSA president’s year-end message

December 4th, 2014, Published in Articles: Vector


Robert Henderson

Robert Henderson

I look over my shoulder and wonder where 2014 has gone. IESSA has been working hard to recruit new members and to complete a number of standards and guides for the industry, which will be published by SANS soon.

The branch committees and the PR Committee have done well by holding many interesting meetings and these have been strongly supported by members and non-members alike, showing that there is a need to share information and that all are keen to learn. Let us note these speakers and share their presentations with other branches or at the conference in 2015.

The development committees have been hard pressed to present courses due to the financial stress under which the South African economy finds itself. We must continue this effort and investigate new ways to inform non-members of what is available, and we must update the methods and subjects.

Committees have presented courses but attendance has been disappointing. The committees now wonder whether this is due to the material they offer or the economic situation in South Africa. Many lighting companies have had staff changing positions and this has reduced the amount of time members can afford IESSA while finding their feet in their new positions. I wish them well and I am confident that the situation will improve. I thank our members for the time they give to IESSA.

The membership committees are trying to get new members and we must relay the benefits we have received from IESSA to them. In being members, let us not forget the good things we have received and learned from IESSA.

The CIE Committee is getting ready for the meeting in Manchester, UK, in June 2015 and many of their committees are completing their tasks by the end of this year.  These will be presented at the meeting. CIE is the technical foundation of IESSA and has kept South Africa “up there” with the leaders.

Lastly, the Finance Committee reports that it has been hard keeping IESSA sound. With the shortage of new members, no conference and disappointing attendance at courses, we are under strain. I thank you all for the dedication and hard work for IESSA.

On a personal note, I have retired from Eskom but will continue to be a technical advisor to them as required. I thank all members and non-members for the support they have given to me over my many years in lighting.

As president of IESSA and on behalf of Council, I take this opportunity to thank all members of the committees for their support for IESSA during 2014.  We wish you and your families all a safe, healthy and enjoyable time over the festive season and a safe return to a healthy and prosperous 2015.

Contact Sue Swash, IESSA, Tel 011 476-4171,

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