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Our History: 2021 - 2022

Officers

Board of Governors


Olu is a Professional Engineer and Professional Construction Project Manager with 30 years experience.

He started AOS Consulting Engineers in 2008. In 2009, the company won an award as the Young Company of the Year from CESA/Glenrand MIB and various international awards.

He is currently serving as the GAC Chair, Chapter Delegate and the President for ASHRAE South Africa Chapter.


Richard is currently the business owner of HFW Consulting (Pty) Ltd and actively consults throughout South Africa and Africa on mechanical, fire, wet services and sustainability. He is a Faculty member for the Green Building Council of South Africa and serves as an assessor for them as well.

He currently serves as the Chapter Treasurer and Chapter President Elect on the Board of Governors and is the Subregion 1 Chair for Region At Large.


Currently working for Baltimore Aircoil Company as Head of Marketing, Garid has a passion for sustainability which reflects in his Masters topic on Water vs Energy saving in HVAC installations.

Garid is 1 of 5 current BOG members as well as the membership promotions and nominations chair for ASHRAE South Africa.


Mischa Tessendorf is a mechanical engineer (B.Tech. Mech. Eng.), working in the HVAC&R industry, focusing on energy-efficient solutions for commercial and industrial applications. She also has a passion for sustainability. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, and did her dissertation on Assessing Sustainability Strategy Implications in an organization. With over eight years in the engineering manufacturing industry, she loves any opportunity to be challenged, especially where lots of innovation is required, and always thinks beyond the conventional.

Mischa serves on the Board of Governors as the Chapter Secretary, is the chair of the Diversity Committee and also co-chairs the Sustainability Committee.


Dick is a member of the ASHRAESA Board of Governors with a focus on communications. Most of his life he has worked in a managerial position in a large multinational consulting practice and he now has his own small practice. Whilst he takes on projects of all types, data centres and sustainable building designs are his passions.

Dick serves on the Board of Governors as the Chapter Alternate, as Government Affairs co-chair and as Communications co-chair.

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Organogram

Organogram ASHRAE SA 2021 to 2022...

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ECSA IDoEW

Media statement emanating from the voluntary associations consultation on the Identification of Engineering Work (IDoEW) that took place on Thursday, 26 August 2021.

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MOU with GBCSA

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between ASHRAE SA Chapter and the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA) was signed in 2021.

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ECSA Regulations Gazetted

The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has gazetted the following three strategic regulations:

AGM 2021

MOU with SAIRAC

During the AGM, ASHRAE SA signed an MOU with SAIRAC for the furtherance of our relationships and the development of our sector.

UJ Student Branch

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the first ASHRAE Student branch at the University of Johannesburg. Below the photos of the chartering ceremony of the student branch by our chapter President Elect, Mr Richard Humphrey.

We would like to recognise the immense contribution of Prof. Daniel Madyira in the realization of the student branch and we wish the new officers led by the President of the UJ Student branch chapter, Mr Khutso Ntobeng.


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CESA Women's Month

Chapter President's Message


Chapter President

10 May 2021

THE PRESIDENTIAL THEME: A CALL TO SERVICE

INTRODUCTION

It is my pleasure to be re-elected as the incoming president for the ASHRAE SA Society year 2021/2022. During the 2020/2021 society year, my presidential theme was: TEAM: together each achieving more. During the society year, it was apparent that the success of any group of people is completely dependent on working together as a team and speaking the same language i.e.,

  1. Having a united outlook
  2. All hands-on deck

We found out quite quickly during the past year that working together is key and we will need all hands on the plough to achieve our goals. Following the steps of the Society, a five-year strategic plan was developed for the SA Chapter with the following foci:
Goal 1: Start up at least one student chapter branch every year
Goal 2: Sponsor one graduate student into internship every year with the aim of developing into YEA leadership
Goal 3: Connect all student branches and advisor into a formidable operational team
Goal 4: Get all BOG members active and BOG members looking after committee
Goal 5: Next generation leadership
We will also conform to the strategic goals as declared by ASHRAE.
The above now leads to our Society year 2021/2022 theme: A Call to Service.

WHAT IS SERVICE?

The two definitions of service that we want to consider are as follows:

  • The action of helping or doing work for someone.
  • A system supplying a public need such as transport, communications, or utilities such as electricity and water.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SERVICE?

  • Availability: time allocation and readiness to make a difference
  • Willingness: with joyous and joyful heart. Not coerced or forced but willingness to commit and serve
  • Sacrifice: going out of your way and will cost you something
  • Visionary: where there is no vision, the people perish. Must be visionary to make a difference

THE HALLMARK OF SERVICE

  • Servant leadership: showing how it is done and not bossing people around.
  • Leadership by example.
  • Not eyeservice: Colossians 3: 17: and whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.
  • Integrity.
  • Excellence.

THE ADVANTAGES OF SERVICE

  • Satisfaction
  • Goodwill
  • Upliftment
  • Joint success
  • Progress
  • Super abundant achievement

THE EFFECT AND OUTCOME OF AN ACCEPTABLE SERVICE

  • Achievement of the vision and goals
  • Motivated and empowered team
  • Successful and growing team
  • Encouragement, dedication and commitment
  • Thankful heart and people with a heart of gratitude

MY AND YOUR PART

The message is clear, how do we make a difference in the Society, we need you to be:
  • Available
  • Willing
  • Servant leadership
  • Visionary
  • Sacrifice time, ideas and run with the vision

CONCLUSION

In a volunteering organisation, the commitment and sacrificial giving of time and ideas by all members is critical to the successful operation of the team/society. We call you to serve with dignity, integrity and discipline. Be available to make a difference and leave a long-lasting legacy in our industry. Yes, we can serve and make a success of the society. Thank you, and welcome to the 2021/22 Society year for ASHRAE SA. We value your time and inputs.

President ASHRAE SA Chapter 2021/2022

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Region-At-Large Theme

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ASHRAE Society Theme


ASHRAE President 2021-2022 Mick Schwedler, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, LEED AP.
The theme of the Presidential Address for 2021-22 [video] is Personal Growth. Global Impact. Feeding Our Roots. This society theme was shared during Mick's inaugural address at the 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Annual Conference on 30 June 2021.
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AGM 2021

MOU with SAIRAC

During the AGM, ASHRAE SA signed an MOU with SAIRAC for the furtherance of our relationships and the development of our sector.

UJ Student Branch

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the first ASHRAE Student branch at the University of Johannesburg. Below the photos of the chartering ceremony of the student branch by our chapter President Elect, Mr Richard Humphrey.

We would like to recognise the immense contribution of Prof. Daniel Madyira in the realization of the student branch and we wish the new officers led by the President of the UJ Student branch chapter, Mr Khutso Ntobeng.

Full report

(Adapted from RACA Journal, August 2021)

Held on 27 May 2021 in Midrand, South Africa, this hybrid-event produced great outcomes for the local chapter.

Not only was it an official occasion of the installation of the incoming board of governor’s (BOG) and committee chairs, but a significant step through the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) and further the celebration of the establishment of a student chapter with the University of Johannesburg.

As a hybrid event, certain members participated in-person at the venue as well as other South African and international members joining the annual general meeting via a virtual platform engagement. International participants to the proceedings included Dr Ahmed Alaa Eldin Mohamed - director & regional chair, ASHRAE Region at Large, Mr Richie Mittal, the incoming DRC, Mr Ade Awujoola, the RVC Student Affairs, Mr Aakash Patel, SR II Chair, Mr Krishnan Viswanath, Mr Nitin Naik – regional vice chair, MP, ASHRAE Region at Large and other important leadership from RAL.

The proceedings started with the signing of the MOU between the two bodies that was established as a collaborated support means, particularly aimed at elements to enhance the industry, and training - that remains critical. This was signed and witnessed by presiding presidents Olu Soluade (ASHRAE SA Chapter) and Jaco Pieterse (SAIRAC) with witnessing by Richard Humphrey (ASHRAE SA Chapter president elect) and Robert Fox (SAIRAC vice president and Johannesburg centre chairman).

The meeting then followed the reading of the society’s code of ethics and various recognitions and welcoming of attendees locally as well as those joining from around the world. International members were also offered an opportunity to greet and say a few words and thanks was offered for everyone’s time as time commitment in any volunteer organisation is always a big offer.

Report backs were presented that included what the chapter had achieved over the year, notwithstanding the role the Coronavirus pandemic contributed, and included meeting attendance, membership, financials, the engagement with other bodies such as Consulting Engineers SA (CESA), communication through the monthly newsletter and social media, local government engagement, initiative participation, training and the chapter standing on points that were considered good.

The newly elected BOG and committee chairs were then named for the local chapter and the installation ceremony was performed by Dr Alaa, who noted that the South African members and chapter were very close to him. Dr Alaa was in fact present himself at the official chartering of the South Africa Chapter on 27 July 2018.

The new BOG and chairs are indicated here.

As re-elected chapter president, Olu Soluade had the opportunity to share a few words. “The mission of the society remains to serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. It is critical for us to realise that we, who are sitting here at the moment, need to make sure that quality is enhanced in whatever we do. We are going to continue with the mission and the vision of the society with the core values the society talks about: commitment, integrity, excellence, diversity, volunteerism and collaboration. This is also to form part of our goals and objectives”.

Soluade continued, “The society put together three goals and objectives. The first is knowledge resources for a sustainable high performance built environment, goal two is to maximize the member value and engagement, and third is the organisational structure to maximize performance. Last year’s theme was team - together, each achieving more, and one of the key things that we've discovered is that when we have a united outlook and we have all hands on deck, this generates inevitable success. Now we can look towards our five-year strategic plan. Everything we do together now will not only be of value to the 2021/22 society year, but for everything in future we need to achieve to make a difference. This we must do as servants for the industry because this is ultimately what we have signed up for – and as servant leaders we receive the reward of satisfaction in a job well done at the end of the day and where you have been a support to others. This is not an individual effort and requires a collective to achieve”.

Next on the agenda was the installation of the student council that was carried out by Richard Humphrey, chapter president elect. The new student members were welcomed to the society that currently has over 56 000 members. Advice was shared with them in terms of their roles of volunteerism to better society and their career growth as pioneers of the committee. They were also guided around their responsibilities and opportunities, networking and getting to know what the industry is all about and finding their direction as mechanical engineering involves many disciplines.

Participants were again offered opportunity to say a few words before the event was ended off with thanks and well wishes to all.

ASHRAE SA AGM 2021

Dr Ahmed Alaa Eldin Mohamed - director & regional chair, ASHRAE Region at Large performing the installation of the incoming board of governor’s via virtual participation. © RACA Journal | Benjamin Brits

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