PowerGrid Corporation
Transmission lines. Source: 123rf
Jacob Machinjike, general manager grids in Eskom transmission
and President of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE). Credit: Eskom

Eskom’s General Manager Grids in Eskom Transmission, Jacob Machinjike, was appointed President of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) for 2017 at the Institute’s Annual General meeting held in Johannesburg last week.

The South African parastatal noted that his term commences at the end of March 2017 until the SAIEE’s next Annual General Meeting in March 2018.

Thava Govender, Eskom group executive for transmission, said: “Jacob has 30 years’ experience in the engineering industry and has a sound understanding of the operation and maintenance of the entire value chain of the electricity supply industry.

“He is no stranger to receiving accolades for his leadership role including being named Transmission Executive of the year 2011 and 2015. In the latter year he was also named the runner-up for the Eskom Executive of the Year award.”

SAIEE appoints fellow member

Machinjike started serving in SAIEE leadership as an office bearer in 2014 as the institute’s Junior Vice President. In 2015, he served as Senior Vice President and in 2016 until the end of March 2017 he served as Deputy President and President Elect.

According to Eskom, when his term as President ends in March 2018, he would have completed his five-year period in the institute’s EXCO leadership, serving as an Immediate Past President.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Honours) and a Master of Business Leadership (MBL). He is a Fellow of the SAIEE and is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a Professional Engineer.

Besides being General Manager at Eskom responsible for Transmission Grid assets, he also represents Eskom on the Governing Board of the GO15 (an international organisation of very large power grid operators). He is a former director of a number of Eskom subsidiary companies, which include Trans Africa Projects (TAP), PN Energy Services, Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR), Umeme of Uganda, Motraco and Elgas of Mozambique.

SAIEE objectives

“The objective of the 2017 SAIEE presidential term of office is to continue building on the focus areas of the past few years, namely developing and nurturing skills to ensure the professionalisation of engineers, technologists and technicians,” explains Machinjike.

He added: “I see the role of the Engineering Professional in today’s complex decision-making as requiring enthusiasm in growing membership among students and practicing engineers, increasing their ability to serve customers and to help in resolving South Africa’s and society’s challenges.”

Machinjike said that there are also opportunities that require making use of new and emerging technologies, industry models, smart technologies, innovative solutions to attract investments, members’ access to international institutions and global business. Read more…

Govender added: “Jacob is passionate about leadership, developing people and about coaching and mentoring for the sustainability of the industry. Congratulations to him on this voluntary but noble appointment and for continuing to serve the advancement of his profession and its development.”

 

Featured image: 123rf