SAIRAC combines national AGM and Christmas in July

By Ilana Koegelenberg 

The Johannesburg centre of the South African Institute for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) Christmas in July events have long been a calendar highlight and this year the turnout was even better as the national committee was present for the association’s annual general meeting (AGM). 

All photos by Ilana Koegelenberg

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A full house as Jaco Pieterse delivers the SAIRAC Johannesburg chairman’s report.

The fully packed event took place at Carver’s restaurant in Johannesburg. Many familiar faces enjoyed the evening as friends caught up in the cosy restaurant.

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SAIRAC national president, Marius la Grange, leading the national AGM.

Johannesburg AGM

First up was the Johannesburg AGM. Formalities were kept to a minimum so as not to dampen the festive Christmas in July mood. Jaco Pieterse, SAIRAC Johannesburg chair (and new SAIRAC national vice president), delivered the chairman’s report. He spoke about what the Johannesburg centre has achieved during the year, highlighting the impressive number of courses, events and site visits the committee organised.

Grant Laidlaw, centre treasurer, reported on the centre’s finances in his report, stating that SAIRAC Johannesburg is doing well financially. However, he did request that members pay their dues for the upcoming year and use reference numbers to avoid confusion. “SAIRAC Johannesburg is standing strong,” he said.

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Grant Laidlaw delivered the treasurer’s report for both Johannesburg centre and the national association.

Pieterse then thanked the outgoing committee for their hard work over the year, singling out Mariet Pieterse, the centre’s secretary. He announced the incoming committee and called them to the front to personally wish them all the best for the next term.

Robert Fox was announced as the new chairman.

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Jaco Pieterse (left) handing over his chairmanship of Johannesburg centre to Robert Fox.

A few awards were also handed out.

- Best student went to Alminah Khoza.

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Jaco Pieterse (left) handing over the best student award to Alminah Khoza.

- Best attendance went to Ron Burns.

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Ron Burns (right) receiving the best attendance award from Jaco Pieterse.

National AGM

Then it was time for the national AGM. The entire national committee was in attendance, sticking around for a national committee meeting the next day.

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Introducing the new SAIRAC Johannesburg committee (minus the secretary).

Marius la Grange, SAIRAC national president, took over the formalities, welcoming new committee members. He did a brief presentation on South Africa’s HVAC&R road map, focusing particularly on alternative refrigerants.

Laidlaw delivered the national treasurer’s report, announcing that the national finances were also looking healthy.

Afterwards, everyone got in line for the delicious buffet, enjoying the live artist performing well-known covers in the background.

As usual, the Christmas in July function did not disappoint, and it was truly a sociable evening. 




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