The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) is a professional association dedicated to “the interest of professional Electrical and Electronic Engineering in South Africa”. The SAIEE hosts an annual award, recognising the most outstanding young achiever of the year in the field of Electrical/Electronic engineering.
SGB-SMIT POWER MATLA has been the exclusive lead sponsor of this prestigious award for over 25 years, named the Keith Plowden Award. Keith Plowden was a former MD of the company, a past president of the SAIEE and was also a professional electrical . The award is aimed at young outstanding professional achievers, and recognises the winner’s spirit of achievement, creativity and leadership in the workplace, together with an innovative, entrepreneurial and an infectious enthusiasm.
Neo Mapapanyane is the winner of the 2021 award. She joined the SAIEE in 2020 as a member and committee member of the Central Gauteng Centre (CGC), and also served under the SAIEE CGC as a Corporate and Social Investment (CSI) portfolio leader. Neo was recognised for her extraordinary efforts in planning and hosting on-line career guidance in July 2020 for grade 12 learners interested in pursuing an electrical engineering career. She wanted to promote and increase the interest specifically in previously disadvantaged communities. This initiative speaks to Neo’s passion and recognition of the engineer’s role in the community. She is an outstanding role model to youth and all SAIEE members, deserves this remarkable award.
This award is sponsored annually by SGB-SMIT POWER MATLA. We congratulate Neo on being the 2021 recipient of this prestigious award.
L-R: : Mluleki Hlatshwayo, SGB-SMIT Power Matla, Neo Mapapanyane, 2021 Keith Plowden Young Achiever Award winner and Prof Sunil Maharaj, 2021 SAIEE President
SGB-SMIT POWER MATLA is the largest power transformer in Southern Africa. The company enjoys the advantages of its’ local South African history spanning more than 75 years within the African continent and backed by the global strength and expertise of the SGB-SMIT Group, spanning more than 114 years. The company has the capability to design, manufacture, test, install and commission a wide range of power and distribution transformers within the two manufacturing plants located in Cape Town (distribution) and Pretoria (Power). The company has a fully equipped laboratory in Pretoria, which can test various materials (including transformer oil) and complements the service department, in addition to supporting external companies and clients.
The contract with a Ugandan Utility for the design, manufacture, testing, installation and commissioning of 20MVA 132/11kV and 20MVA 33/11kV transformers for a project in Njeru, Jinja, Uganda, formerly known as Owen Falls Dam. This hydroelectric power station is situated across the White Nile near to its source at Lake Victoria. Nalubaale is the Luganda name for Lake Victoria. These transformers will replace the existing transformers which will be decommissioned.
The recent FAT result clearly demonstrates the plant and people capability, successfully testing transformers whilst the Pretoria test bay undergoes repairs, due to the fire accident in March this year. This success is the result of great teamwork – both in the factory in Pretoria and within the wider SGB-SMIT Group. This demonstrates the strong capability, skillset and motivation within the local South African team, which also shows the South African manufacturing capacity and capability, especially within the African continent. The Group technical support represents a tremendous competitive advantage and is a crucial aspect for the South African team to continue on the path of continuous improvement.
The support given from The Department of Trade Industry and Competition (the dtic) has been of immense help to the company both from a financial and technical perspective.