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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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    From the Dusty Streets of eMba to Chairman of Engineers

    As luck would have it, Mishael got a job opportunity in Secunda. He took on this challenge and never looked back.

    Mishael Mashele at 34 years of age, from the dusty streets of eMbalenhle, has been recently elected as the first black and also youngest Chairman of the South African Institute of Mechanical Engineers (SAIMechE) Mpumalanga Highveld Branch. The Mpumalanga Highveld branch covers the total area from Witbank across to Standerton and as far east as Ermelo. It has a total membership of more than 280 mechanical engineers.
    SAIMechE is the senior body representing the discipline of mechanical engineering in South Africa. It covers all fields of application as diverse as automobile, energy generation and manufacturing. Established in 1892, SAIMechE is over 100 years old. Mishael’s family relocated to eMbalenhle when he was the tender age of 5 and has been here all his life. He attended school in Thistle Grove Combined School and went on to do his undergraduate studies at the University of Pretoria. As luck would have it, Mishael got a job opportunity in Secunda. He took on this challenge and never looked back. Apart from his activities at SAIMechE, Mishael is also the Mpumalanga Ambassador of an NGO called MADA that runs a Boys2Men program mentoring academically performing kids who have absent fathers. He does regular motivational speaking engagements in schools in townships in and around GMM. Mishael, being a firm believer in collaborations, played a key role in hosting multiple World of Engineering and Artisanship (WOEA) Exhibitions in eMbalenhle and Bethal bringing big corporations like Sasol and other engineering contractors to work together all in the interests of advancing the engineering community and ultimately alleviating poverty through academic empowerment. Mishael is currently the Engineering Manager at CCI Engineering & Projects, which offers specialised engineering solutions to companies such as Sasol and Eskom.
    “I would like to thank Claude Bentley, Philemon Kgoloko and Abe Swart who gave me the necessary training and guidance throughout my career. I would also like to thank the SAIMechE committee for entrusting me with this portfolio. I would also like to make a strong request to all the members of SAIMechE in the Highveld, the organisation is as strong as its active members. Let us use the platform to fulfil SAIMechE’s mission and vision, which is to serve our needs while promoting the continued supply of appropriate engineering skills to meet South Africa’s needs. The country is in dire need of appropriate engineering skills which can only be transferred through appropriate mentor-mentee paring. Apart from mentorship programs, SAIMechE hosts a number of industry visits to leading companies, it also hosts evening papers and lectures given by experts in their respective fields and networking sessions such as our annual golf days. All engineers, technologist and technicians are invited to join and be a part of this progressive institution. And finally, to the youth of our nation, we as the youth have to move away from our sense of entitlement. Until we foster a culture of hard work it will be extremely hard if not impossible to steer the county in the direction of prosperity. Equip yourself with the right mindset, the right work ethic and surround yourself with people who are on the same mission as you are, then the sky is the limit!”

    From the Dusty Streets of eMba to Chairman of Engineers