IEEE South Africa Section History

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IEEE South Africa Section History
Established date 1977-08-05
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List of Prominent Members[edit | edit source]

Chairs[edit | edit source]

Since, 5 Aug. 1977, the Chairs of the IEEE South Africa Section have been based primarily in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Stellenbosch, and Cape Town:

  • Peter Calvert, G.E.C. Machines, Benoni, 1977/08/05 - 1978/09/30 -- Founding Chairperson
  • Peter J. Goddard, National Electrical Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria, 1978/09/30 - 1984/08/31
  • Louis van Biljon, Univ. of Pretoria, Pretoria, 1984/09/01 - 1985/08/31
  • Johannes A. Malherbe, Univ. of Pretoria, Pretoria, 1985/08/01 - 1987/06/30
  • Christoff K. Pauw, Univ. of Pretoria, Pretoria, 1987/07/01 - 1989/03/31
  • Pieter W. Van Der Walt, Univ. of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, 1989/04/01 - 1991/02/28
  • Jan A. Ferreira, Rand Afrikaans University (now: University of Johannesburg), Johannesburg, 1991/03/01 - 1993/02/28
  • Duncan C. Baker, Univ. of Pretoria, Pretoria, 1993/03/01 - 1994/02/28
  • Willem J. Perold, Univ. of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, 1994/03/01 - 1997/02/28
  • Petrie Meyer, Univ. of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, 1997/03/01 - 1998/02/28
  • Gerhard P. Hancke, Univ. of Pretoria, Pretoria, 1998/03/01 - 2001/12/31
  • Willem A. Cronje, Univ. of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2002/01/01 - 2002/12/31
  • Nico Beute, Cape Peninsula Univ. of Technology, Cape Town, 2003/01/01 - 2004/12/31
  • Marthinus W. Pretorius, Univ. of Pretoria, Pretoria, 2005/01/01 - 2006/12/31
  • Nico Beute, Cape Peninsula Univ. of Technology, Cape Town, 2007/01/01 - 2008/12/31
  • Saurabh Sinha, Univ. of Pretoria, Pretoria, 2009/01/01 - 2010/12/31
  • Jacques van Wyk, Univ. of Pretoria, Pretoria, 2011/01/01 - 2012/12/31
  • Riana Geschke, Univ. of Cape Town, Cape Town, 2013/01/01 - 2014/12/31
  • Shaun Kaplan, CapeSoft, Cape Town, 2015/01/01 - 2016/12/31
  • Albert Lysko, CSIR, Pretoria, 2017/01/01 - 2018/12/31
  • Darryn Cornish, Sasol, Johannesburg, 2019/01/01 - 2019/06/30
  • David Oyedokun, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, 2019/07/01 - Present


Honorary members[edit | edit source]

Fellows[edit | edit source]

  • Prof. Jacobus van Wyk, LFIEEE'11
  • Prof. Duncan Baker, LFIEEE'11
  • Prof. Jan Malherbe, LFIEEE'08
  • Prof. Xiaohua Xia, FIEEE'10
  • Prof. David Davidson, FIEEE'12

History of Chapters[edit | edit source]

  • South Africa Section Jt. Chapter, AP03/MTT17/EMC27, Joint Chapter, 18-Apr-86
  • South Africa Section Jt. Chapter, SP01/COM19, Joint Chapter, 13-Jun-86
  • South Africa Section Chapter, C16 Chapter, 13-Apr-87
  • South Africa Jt. Chapter, IE13/PE31/IA34/PEL35, Joint Chapter, 16-Apr-90
  • South Africa Section Chapter, AES10/GRS29, Joint Chapter, 8-Jul-91
  • South Africa Section Chapter, CS23/RA24, Joint Chapter, 5-Feb-92
  • South Africa Section Jt. Chap, ED15/PHO36/CAS04, Joint Chapter, 10-Mar-95
  • South Africa Section Chapter, TM14, Chapter, 23-Jul-99
  • South Africa Section (Pretoria) Aff. Grp, GOLD Affinity, 15-Nov-02
  • South Africa Section Chapter,E25, Chapter, 18-Jun-05
  • South Africa Affinity Group, WIE Affinity, 8-Aug-05
  • South Africa Section (Cape Town) Aff. Grp, GOLD Affinity, 18-Oct-08
  • South Africa Section Chapter, SMC28, Chapter, 29-May-09
  • South Africa Section Chapter, CIS11, Chapter, 4-Jun-09
  • South Africa Section Chapter, NANO42, Chapter, 16-Jul-09
  • South Africa Section Chapter, PE31, Chapter, 27-Jan-10
  • South Africa Section Chapter, IT12, Chapter, 11-Mar-10
  • South Africa Section Jt Chap,NPS05/MAG33/IM09/PC26, 11-Feb-20

We would like to thank, Donna McClelland, IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Department, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA for providing the list of chairs. For more information, please contact: Donna McClelland, d.mcclelland@ieee.org Tel: +1 732 562 5518

Milestones[edit | edit source]

First Operational Use Of Wireless Telegraphy, 1899-1902

Recognitions[edit | edit source]

  • 2011- MGA GOLD Achievement Award to David Oyedokun (R8), South Africa Section; For inspirational leadership towards successful IEEE EPICS-High Projects, fostering member engagement, and empowering the community.
  • 2012 - MGA GOLD Achievement Award to Nana Ampofo Ampofo-Anti (R8), South Africa Section; For his dedicated efforts toward the success of IEEE EPICS-High Projects that have fostered IEEE member engagement through service to the community.

Section officers[edit | edit source]

South Africa Section Officers
Year Chair Vice chair Secretary Treasurer
2000 Gerhard Hancke Willem Cronje
2001 Gerhard Hancke Willem Cronje
2002 Willem Cronje Nico Beute George Vanschoor Michael Vanwyk
2003 Nico Beute George Vanschoor Michael Vanwyk
2004 Nico Beute Marthinus Pretorius George Vanschoor Gerhard Hancke
2005 Marthinus Pretorius Richardt Wilkinson Gerhard Hancke
2006 Marthinus Pretorius Richardt Wilkinson Gerhard Hancke
2007 Nico Beute Richardt Wilkinson Gerhard Hancke
2008 Nico Beute Saurabh Sinha Richardt Wilkinson Gerhard Hancke
2009 Saurabh Sinha Richardt Wilkinson Jacques Van Wyk
2010 Saurabh Sinha Richardt Wilkinson Jacques Van Wyk
2011 Jacques Van Wyk Richardt Wilkinson Jacques Van Wyk
2012 Jacques Van Wyk Riana Geschke Shaun Kaplan Jonathan Page
2013 Riana Geschke Shaun Kaplan Jonathan Page
2014 Riana Geschke Shaun Kaplan Jonathan Page
2015 Shaun Kaplan Albert Lysko David Oyedokun Jonathan Page
2016 Shaun Kaplan Albert Lysko David Oyedokun Moin Hanif
2017 Albert Lysko Olayinka Ayanda / Darryn Cornish David Oyedokun Moin Hanif
2018 Albert Lysko Olayinka Ayanda / Darryn Cornish David Oyedokun Jacques Van Wyk
2019 Darryn Cornish Yanxia Sun Wynand Lambrechts Jacques Van Wyk
2020 David Oyedokun Yanxia Sun Wynand Lambrechts Jacques Van Wyk
2021 David Oyedokun Yanxia Sun Wynand Lambrechts Jacques Van Wyk

Archival Documents[edit | edit source]

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