ASHRAE President's visit to SA (2018)

By Ilana Koegelenberg

During the week prior to the official launch of the South African ASHRAE Chapter in July, the association’s president and other committee members (international and local) went around the country to meet with key stakeholders.

Meeting with the SAIRAC president, from left: Nitin Naik (Sub Region 2 chair, Region At Large); Farooq Mehboob (ASHRAE vice-president); Tim Wentz (presidential

To date, they have had decidedly fruitful and successful meetings with the following (among others):

  • The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), with the intent of becoming a voluntary association and having ASHRAE’s technical courses accredited. President elect Olu Soluade is undertaking this important task.
  • The South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC), with the intent of entering into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) covering a host of areas — from training to the FRIGAIR expo and membership reciprocity (to mention a few*).
  • The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), with the intent of entering into a MoU covering areas from training to conference involvement, along with common committee involvement.
  • The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), with the intent of entering into a MoU covering new standards development and being more actively involved in the support of some of their current technical developments.
  • The South African Institute of Certified Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (SAIMechE) and the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), with the intent of entering into a MoU covering training and membership reciprocity.
  • Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA), with the intent of entering into a MoU for bursaries, honours, and industry-related awards.

The team also met with numerous consulting practices and role players in the industry, which gave them some insight into what their activities should be focused on this year. These included the South African Refrigerated Distribution Association (SARDA) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

*Meeting with SAIRAC

On 24 July, SAIRAC outgoing president Grant Laidlaw met with the current ASHRAE president Sheila Hayter and senior ASHRAE members in Johannesburg to plot out the course for the new South African ASHRAE Chapter. The two organisations met in a spirit of co-operation to ensure that activities are to the benefit of all members and to industry as a whole, explains Laidlaw.

“We are pleased to say that SAIRAC and ASHRAE will be working closer together in the future, with particular focus on educational activities,” says Laidlaw. “It is well known that SAIRAC invites distinguished ASHRAE lecturers to our FRIGAIR expo, and activities of this nature will be greatly enhanced with the two organisations working in partnership.”

“We are looking forward to the opening of the Chapter and the benefits that the collaboration between SAIRAC and ASHRAE will bring,” concludes Laidlaw.

*Photos by ASHRAE