A Siemens Southern African newsletter
Vol 24 • April 2008
AmongstUs is printed on environmentally friendly, chlorine free paper
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Students from Ingqayizivele High School entertain guests at the Partner School Programme launch.
Partnering for education excellence
To celebrate the launch of our official education, we have initiated an ongoing recommended that Siemens partner with The Partner School Programme is aimed at
Generation 21 Partner School Programme partnership with the school where IT Ingqayizivele High School. generating interest in maths and science
with Ingqayizivele High School in Tembisa, equipment, furniture, stationery and science among students, and encourages students
an unveiling ceremony was held on 26 equipment has already been provided. In “Siemens continuously strives for better to pursue technology-related careers.
February. The event was attended by addition, security equipment will also be educational and social performance as Another core focus of the partnership is to
Deputy Minister of Education, Mr Enver provided at a later stage, together with many sustainable development that impacts improve the learning experience for the
Surty, MP, Gauteng MEC for Education, Ms other projects. Emily Molefe, our Corporate positively on the country’s growth in the field students in general and in so doing
Angelina Motshekga as well as our CEO, Sigi Social Responsibility Manager, says the of Science and Technology,” says Emily. “We hopefully contribute to the quality of
Proebstl. company signed a Memorandum of have a comprehensive approach to academic outputs. As part of this global
Understanding with the Department of Corporate Social Investment (CSI), with initiative, Emily says our approach is to help
In line with our Generation 21 worldwide Education and Ingqayizivele High School in active programmes in the fields of Ingqayizivele High School financially by
education programme and as part of our October last year. Five Dinaledi educational education, public welfare, arts and culture,
commitment to invest heavily in local institutions were evaluated and it was employee wellness and the environment.” continued on page 8
Setting a new
Last year our global CEO and President, Peter
Löscher announced a new organisational
structure for Siemens effective 1 January 2008.
The first major company re-structure since 1989,
the changes made include a newly constituted
Managing Board of Siemens AG as well as the
consolidation of our business areas into three
main sectors: Industry, Energy and Healthcare.
The three CEOs of these Sectors join Peter
Löscher on the Managing Board, in addition to
Unveiling the ceremonial plaque to commemorate Siemens' partnership with the school, from left:
Deputy Minister of Education, Mr Enver Surty, MP; Gauteng MEC for Education, Ms Angelina
Motshekga; Francis Sehloho, Principal of Ingqayizivele High School and Sigi Proebstl, CEO, Siemens. continued on page 2
Dr. Siegfried Russwurm
Our CEO’s corner Setting a new foundation
continued from page 1
Dear colleagues, four members responsible for
Finance and Controlling (Kaeser),
Welcome to the first edition Human Resources (Dr. Russwurm),
Legal and Compliance (Solmssen),
of AmongstUs for 2008! We and Technology (Dr. Requardt).
have made a whirlwind
start to the year and I am Distinguished for his strong
personally very positive integrative skills and his
outstanding performance record
about our prospects for the in his previous areas of
months ahead. Even responsibility, Dr. Siegfried
although the macro- Russwurm has in addition taken
over the responsibility for Africa,
economic conditions seem Europe and the C.I.S. region. He
to be somewhat more also acts as the Siemens Labour
challenging than they were Director.
12 months ago, the
With notable qualifications in
business outlook for production engineering, Dr.
Siemens remains excellent, provided we all consistently Russwurm commenced his career
deliver the world-class performance standards we have in 1988 working for the University
of Erlangen-Nuremberg in
come to expect. Germany as a Research Assistant
in the Department of Engineering
At all times we must strive for the “highest performance Mechanics. He soon progressed to
Research Associate in the same
with the highest ethics”. This means we must be
department in 1989, where he
uncompromising in the standards we have set, both from a stayed until 1992, before joining Dr. Siegfried Russwurm
performance and behavioural point of view. As a global the Radiographic Systems Division
iconic brand with a proud history and an unparalleled of Siemens AG’s Medical Engineering in 2003, he transferred to the Automation
Group. and Drives Group in Erlangen, Germany to
commitment to technological innovation, Siemens is well During the ensuing seven years, he take charge of the Motion Control Systems
placed to address the challenges posed by the 21st century. headed up the process planning and the Division.
All of us are co-authors in this exciting time for the Assembly and Control Department in
Kemnath, Germany. May 2006 saw him appointed as a member
of the Group Executive Management of
In 1999, Dr. Russwurm joined Siemens Medical Solutions before his subsequent
A major focus for our local organisation at the moment is Elema AB in Solna, Sweden as Head of the appointment to the new Siemens AG
the Skills Revolution project currently being driven by a Electromedical Systems Division for Management Board at the beginning of
Sweden and the U.S. Only four years later this year.
cross functional team with representation from both
Business and Corporate Units. More can be read about this
project elsewhere in this publication, but I would
Revolutionising the workforce
nonetheless like to make some broad statements in this
Acquiring, developing, managing, rewarding and retaining
excellent talent and skills is one of the major strategic
focuses of our organisation and accordingly, we are always
looking at mechanisms for improvement. The Skills
Revolution project will incorporate internal and external
perspectives, global best practice and input from
employees throughout our organisation to develop unique
and creative solutions.
Please consider this project, and all the follow up initiatives
which it will yield, as a real team effort. We all need to be
fully engaged and I am relying on your support in offering
this project the priority it deserves which will go a long way As the scarcity of qualified and experienced representatives from our Business Units to
to ensuring we are considered “best in class” when it comes knowledge workers becomes more acute in ensure that the project addresses both
to human capital. I look forward to the results which will be South Africa, Siemens is striving to ensure corporate and BU requirements.
that we are fully equipped to continue
shared with you in due course. providing world-class solutions to our The team has been engaged on an extensive
customers in all industries. research and investigation process to identify
In the December AmongstUs, I discussed the topic of the weaknesses and strengths of our current
“Siemens Answers” communication programme – the first Recognising that our primary asset is the employment practices. This has included
knowledge and skill of our people, the extensive data-mining of the HR systems,
long-term, strategically orientated programme that the Siemens Managing Board took the decision to research into state-of-the art practice around
company has developed in many years. As mentioned then, pro-actively address the skills shortage the globe, industry benchmarking on
we have worked hard to adapt this programme for our own challenge through the establishment of a compensation, benefits, and processes, as
South African market and you can read more about our project to review and make recommendations well as the highly interactive Open Space
on all aspects of Siemens as an employer. forum, during which 60 representatives from
local launch on page 10 in this issue of AmongstUs. all areas of the company were given the
The aim of this project, christened the “Skills opportunity to engage with the issue and
With kind regards, Revolution Project”, is to identify innovative contribute potential solutions. The outputs
and effective approaches to ensure that from all of these activities are being used to
Siemens becomes a recognised employer of formulate recommendations and action plans
choice, both for our current employees, and to transform our organisation into a more
for prospective future candidates. Only in this competitive employer.
way can we hope to attract, develop, and
retain the leading skills we need to stay Watch this space for future initiatives in the
competitive in a volatile environment. Skills Revolution.
Chief Executive, Siemens Limited
Tim Walwyn, Project Manager
The project team involves staff from our
Corporate Human Resources unit as well as
As aptly demonstrated by divers at Medical Solution’s MI clinical events, the theme was “Molecular Imaging-Clinical Depths”.
Our Medical Solutions division recently normally not possible to be visualised using opposed to the positron emitters in PET such SPECT.CT and PET.CT scanners are considered
installed the first Molecular Imaging Multi- other equipment. Some of the diseases that as 18F-FDG (short-lived radio-active newer Hybrid Imaging equipment due to its
slice SPECT.CT (Single photon emission can be detected using SPECT.CT and PET.CT material). Taking the comparison one step combination of two imaging modalities into
computed tomography) Symbia T2 scanner scanners - both of which fall under MI further, divers can represent different one scanner. This remarkable combined
in Panorama, Cape Town at the practice of modalities - are cancer, brain and heart radiotracers. The radiotracers are used to scanner can now determine how the human
Dr Morkel and Dr Klopper. The practice is the disease. help image various pathways to disease. body is working from the inside as well as
only site in South Africa to have two hybrid Isabel says to think of it as a submarine’s what it looks like, making it possible to see
imaging multi-slice diagnostic scanners, Isabel Schoeman, Product Specialist for MI at imaging equipment capturing the early changes in the body as well as
SPECT.CT and PET.CT (Positron emission Medical Solutions, explains to AmongstUs movement and behaviour of divers structural transformation.
tomography), situated in proximity. how the MI process works by making simple underwater the same way that scanners are
comparisons to divers and a submarine with able to capture the movement of Focusing on the clinical value of Siemens’
Molecular Imaging (MI) can be characterised specialised and sensitive underwater radiotracers in a person’s bloodstream. Hybrid Imaging modalities i.e. how MI
as the three F’s, to “find, fight and follow-up” photographic equipment. equipment can be used in the clinical field
disease, according to Professor Mike The radiotracers are attracted to disease and and how the total management of the
Sathekge, Head of Nuclear Medicine at the The submarine’s camera equipment, which its pathway, target tissue is then captured by patient will be changed, our colleagues at
Pretoria Academic Hospital. MI equipment is able to visualise changes in the ocean even the SPECT camera. Similar to navy divers Medical Solutions recently hosted MI clinical
uses high performance technology which is when colour boundaries cannot be searching out and obliterating bombs events in Johannesburg and Cape Town
fast to use while producing excellent images. distinguished, can be associated with MI planted by enemies, therapeutic radiotracers themed: “Molecular Imaging-Clinical Depths”.
Clinical depths of the human body can be equipment such as SPECT.CT and PET.CT will seek out and “fight” disease by
explored with MI which can then detect scanners. The imaging agent used in SPECT destroying it. Additional scans can be The events featured addresses by Professor
diseases in various places in the body that is emits gamma rays or radiotracers, as performed to “follow-up” disease. Torsten Kuwert, a renowned international
speaker from the University of Erlangen,
regarding his participation in several research
projects in conjunction with our Medical
Solutions group in Germany. Being one of
the first people to start using PET for
research in the clinical field in Germany,
Top achievers Professor Kuwert was able to highlight a
particular project that referenced to the
installation of the first SPECT.CT scanner in
Our Partner School, Ingqayizivele High School recently the Clinic of Nuclear Medicine Erlangen in
participated at the Ekurhuleni North District School 2005, thus enabling Nuclear Medicine
Awards and were awarded as the Top Academic Physicians present at the event to experience
School for 2007, the Top Biology School for 2007 and the clinical purpose of the Siemens Biograph
the Top Biology Educators in the District. In addition, and Symbia equipment families.
the school received the Outstanding Achievement for
2007 for their top learners with three A’s and three B’s Says Isabel, “MI is phenomenal technology
for all subjects taken on Higher Grade. that can diagnose disease before changes in
size and shape appears. Furthermore, it
With a 76% Matric pass rate, dedicated Matriculants offers financial advantages to patients in
from our Partner School brought home a handful of diagnosing disease much earlier.”
distinctions. The top ten Grade 12 students were Carol
Mabuza, Thembanani Khumalo, Elsie Mkhwanazi, She concludes, “With SPECT.CT procedures,
Gumede Hlengiwe, Christopher Sibaya, Madikoti physician and scan appointments are
Motimela, Christina Mogotsi and Nokubonga Xokwe. reduced as function and structure of disease
can be captured in one scan. Patients can
These successful high school graduates are now now benefit by undergoing one procedure
studying at various Gauteng based tertiary institutions with multiple scans done simultaneously.
to obtain their respective qualifications in Accounting, Taking all of this into account, we are very
Computer Science, Metallurgy and Quantity Surveying Our Partner School’s top ten Matriculants: Top row from left: Mngqengqo excited about the future of MI in South
among others. Hombakazi, Ingqayizivele High School’s Head of Department; Emily Molefe, Africa”.
Siemens CSR Manager; Christopher Sibaya; Nokubonga Xokwe; Madikoti
Motimele; Christina Mogotsi, Carol Mabuza and Grace Tshetlo, Ingqayizivele
High School Deputy Principle. Seated in front from left: Zola Elsie Mkhwanazi; Isabel Schoeman, Product specialist, MI
Emily Molefe. email@example.com Thembanani Khumalo and Hlengiwe Gumede. firstname.lastname@example.org
In the news
Raising the bar right stance
AmongstUs interviewed Andrew
Gray, our Compliance Officer, to find
out more about our business
operations in other countries and
the compliance perspective thereof.
From a compliance perspective, what are
your views on conducting business outside of
South Africa’s borders?
In many post-conflict and developing world
environments a large percentage of business
involves high value transactions with
government counterparts in the
infrastructure environments, such as
transportation systems, building security and
power installations to name a few.
We know that regardless of where we do Andrew Gray, our Compliance Officer.
business, we do so with the highest possible
ethical standards. With our robust compliance business is concerned. Finally, a global roll-
From left: Josef Winter, CEO of Regional organisation Germany (RD), presenting the programme, Siemens as an ethical company
award for “People Innovation” to Bernhard Kloss, SABMiller CAM. out of revised Siemens compliance and anti-
and business partner is - from our perspective corruption processes is taking place.
- best placed in terms of experience,
Bernhard Kloss, our Corporate Account “People Innovation” award is Bernhard’s understanding and approach, to deliver These processes comprise a variety of strict
Manager (CAM) for SABMiller, recently involvement in SABMiller’s latest excellent service and products to our measures to ensure compliant business at all
received an award for “People Innovation” Greenfield Brewery project in Colombia. customers on a sustainable and ethical basis. times and in all jurisdictions, e.g. pre-
at the annual CAM Forum held in Berlin, Orders to Siemens are valued at the
approval of certain categories of gifts and
Germany. The award honoured his equivalent of approximately R120 million. In this respect, Siemens South Africa can entertainment, screening of consultants,
innovative approach to servicing and draw on our first hand understanding of suppliers and business partners and the
adding value to his customer. Says Bernhard, “The project presented our international and regional anti-corruption law, review and monitoring of contract and
Industrial Solutions and Services, Power which is codified in the domestic law of many transaction structuring.
True to the forum’s theme of “Customer- Transmission and Distribution, Automation of the countries in which we operate.
Centric Innovation”, 130 Corporate and Drives and Siemens Building AmongstUs
Account Managers from around the world Technologies divisions, as well as Siemens AmongstUs Is the cost of rolling-out compliance to
gathered to discuss relevant issues Enterprise Communications, with What do we do to mitigate compliance risk in widespread geographic locations cost
pertaining to state-of-the-art account awesome opportunities to assist with the countries in which we operate? effective?
management, every-day compliance and design, engineering, project management,
customer centric approaches to know our installation and product supply. In Andrew Andrew
customers better, inspire trust and assist addition, the project involved the The Regional Compliance Office (RCO) and The mode of transaction and cooperation
customers in solving their challenges. coordination of global solutions from the company executive are very conscious of into other geographic markets is under
Siemens in Colombia, Italy and Germany, our responsibility in this regard and have constant review and development in order to
These Account Managers, demonstrating and solutions from the brewing taken a variety of steps to ensure that we ensure that the cost of deploying
the “Siemens One” approach, represent technology suppliers located in Germany”. accept only sustainable and compliant administrative and compliance controls that
our organisation's complete spectrum of business. conform to Siemens’ stringent compliance
solutions and competencies to our key Bernhard Kloss standards and principles is aligned to the
customers world-wide. Attributing to his Bernhard.Kloss@siemens.com As a first step, analysis of the domestic anti- needs, circumstances and capacity of the
corruption and competition environment in operations in all jurisdictions in which we are
each of the countries in which Siemens South active as a company.
Racking up the awards Africa is represented or operates, as well as
an analysis of the associated economic and Siemens is keen to invest and develop
environmental circumstances is undertaken. operations across international borders.
We will strive to do so without ever
The Regional Compliance Office is also compromising on the goal of ensuring
involved in review of major projects ethical business conduct at all times.
undertaken in the relevant countries from an
anti-corruption and competition perspective, Andrew Gray, RCO
especially insofar as government related email@example.com
Encrypting for data protection
Managing the risks around electronic data result, full disk encryption is the most
has become an increasingly difficult and comprehensive and cost-effective method
costly proposition. Information that once for preventing data leakages and achieving
was carefully guarded on mainframes and regulatory compliance. By encrypting the
other core systems is becoming widely entire hard disk drive, it renders the data
available on personal computers (PCs). PCs, completely undecipherable to unauthorised
especially laptops, are highly vulnerable to users.
theft and misuse. Yet most organisations
have not adequately protected these In April our CIO colleagues will commence
devices against the threat of unauthorised with the roll-out of hard disk encryption to
access and data exposure. Although the all techno-refreshed laptops and on any
From left: Etienne du Preez, SHEQ Manager and Trix Maré, Safety Officer proudly displaying hardware costs of replacing a personal laptop that requires a re-installation. If the
the safety certificates and trophy awarded to PGMS. computer may be an acceptable risk to data stored on your laptop is of a
most large organisations, the risk of losing confidential or sensitive nature and you
Our Power Generation Mechanical Congratulations are extended to the intellectual property or consumer records is require the encryption software to be
Services (PGMS) team based at the entire PGMS Komati team and our sub far greater. installed sooner than the planned roll-out,
Komati power station was recently contractors for their efforts in securing please log a call with the helpdesk and
awarded “Large Contractor of the the awards. The best and only true way to protect data request the installation of hard disk
Month” by Eskom in addition to at rest on desktop and laptop PCs is to use encryption.
receiving a safety award for 427 Mike Brackenridge, PGMS full disk encryption. Full disk encryption
days without lost time injury. firstname.lastname@example.org Shaun Pete, Information Security Officer,
protects all data stored on the hard drive
including the operating system itself. As a
its bit for
Delegates from our Siemens Management
Excellence Programme (SMEP) class of 2008
recently embarked on ConservAfrica’s “Game
Capture Safari” challenge as part of their
One of these classmates, Jose Machado from
Corporate Communications, recounts his story
“It’s about 6:00 am on 11 February, but it’s no
ordinary Monday morning mad rush in
Jo’burg’s concrete jungle. The week has
started off very differently for me as I’m in an
environment I don’t get to experience every
day. I’m standing with a group of Siemens
colleagues in the middle of the African
bushveld – Mabula Game Reserve, to be more
We were up early and have just witnessed one
of those breathtaking African sunrises that
people from all over the world travel to South
Africa to see. I sense the excitement in the air
created by my fellow colleagues as we
anxiously wait for the start of what’s going to One of the SMEP 2008 classmates, Natalie Venter from Corporate Development, kneeling in
be an experience we’ll never forget: an elusive
adventure of a lifetime where we’ll get up
front of a sedated white rhino.
Letter from the editor
close and personal with one of Africa’s wildlife would have to record some of the rhino’s distance and the vehicle stops about 30
treasures, the white rhino. dimensions, like its length, height and the size meters away. I jump off and purposefully run
of its horn. Since the rhino can only be towards what I actually fear more than
The sound of a helicopter’s propellers abruptly sedated for a couple of minutes to enable us anything else at that specific moment, but the
breaks the tranquillity of the African bush and to monitor the animal’s vital signs, we will curiosity and sense of responsibility towards
the group realises it’s almost time. In the have to work quickly as a group in assisting helping conserve our country’s wildlife pushes
helicopter is one of the most important men the veterinarian with the necessary work to be me towards the rhino (instead of away from
of the day, the veterinarian, who will play an done. it). A couple of seconds later I stop. I’m
integral part in our rhino capture safari. The standing over a majestic two ton white rhino.
helicopter lands and the veterinarian starts I don’t remember everything the vet told us, It is lying on its side, helpless. For a couple of
jogging towards us. As he approaches the first but there are a couple of statements that seconds, I pause, and just marvel at its beauty.
thing I notice is the big brace on his right leg. stand out in my mind, such as, “Stay away I can’t believe I’m privileged enough to touch a
“What happened the last time he did this?” I from the dart and the skin area around it. The white rhino and assist with the conservation
wonder. He immediately starts briefing us on anaesthetics may only just sedate a rhino, but of this magnificent species. I’m sure everyone
what will be happening during the course of are powerful enough to kill you”. And, “If I else who was there, also experienced a similar
the morning – the reasons why we’re helping start to panic, start running! If I start running, personal moment. But very quickly, we all
capture white rhino and what we as a group you’re too late!” spring into action.
will be required to do. Time is of the essence.
For the rhino’s safety, we need to do this while With those comments in the back of our One person covers the rhino’s eyes with a
the weather is still cool. minds and the secret hope that we can outrun towel, so that it doesn’t get to see the chaos Dear Reader
at least just one other person in the group, we happening around it. Another person sticks
He informs us that wildlife conservation and climb aboard the safari vehicles. The socks in its ears to muffle the noise. As a team We are pleased to be able to bring you
management is an ongoing process. Over- helicopter takes off and we’re standing by. we all do what is required of us: cut notches another information packed edition of
population of wildlife species, in-breeding, into its ears, insert a microchip in its horn, take AmongstUs. Being the first edition of the
Only a couple of minutes go by when we hear its dimensions, monitor its vitals and record all new calendar year, we already have so
poaching and environmental protection are
his voice on the walkie talkie. He has darted a the required information. And in between get many exciting events to report on, in
just some of the issues that conservationists particular the official launch of our
have to deal with on a daily basis. With the rhino. The driver chases off to get to the site to touch and have a photo opportunity with
Partner School Programme - our cover
help of experienced and qualified guides we where the animal has collapsed so that we one of Africa’s greats. The veterinarian story, the Profile Awards event and the
will be assisting the veterinarian complete two can start with the task at hand. The team’s signalled that he was ready to bring the rhino launch of our local ‘Siemens Answers’
main tasks – firstly to insert a microchip into adrenaline is sky high and the sense of back to full consciousness. It was all over in a campaign on page 10; in addition to the
the rhino’s horn to deter poaching and excitement has reached a new level. I can’t few memorable minutes and we hesitantly business news from our colleagues in the
secondly to cut notches in the rhino’s ear for believe I’m about to get up close and personal ran back to the vehicles. We still had enough Corporate and Business Units.
visual identification purposes. In addition we with a wild animal. We see the rhino in the time to dart, notch and tag another white
rhino. And the second time round was just as Our “Roundabout” section contains
spectacular. information about the new Work-Life
Balance project at our Head Office, and
our new quarterly competition aptly
There are substantial costs associated with
entitled “The mystery of the untimely
wildlife research and species protection. This blackmailer” where the lucky winner will
places a financial burden on the game take home the latest generation Apple
reserves concerned. Together with iPod Nano 4GB.
ConservAfrica, Siemens assisted Mabula Game
Reserve with the funding of the conservation We are always looking to improve
costs through a truly unique game capture AmongstUs’ editorial content and flavour,
safari experience. My learning adventure and so if you have any suggestions or would
on hands-on involvement during the entire just like to let us know your comments
conservation procedure of two white rhinos and thoughts, please feel free to send an
e-mail to AmongstUs or submit online via
was absolutely amazing and has given me a
the AmongstUs Intranet portal which can
true appreciation for wildlife conservation in be accessed from the Corporate
the most humbling and meaningful way. Communications landing page.
PS: A special mention must go to Ryan Chetty, Enjoy reading AmongstUs.
who graciously accepted his nomination for
monitoring the rhino’s temperature. I’m sure The Editor, Sarita Gouws
he is really grateful that it did not suffer from
any stomach ailment. “ How to contact us:
Editor, Sarita Gouws
Jose Machado Assistant Editor, Sherrie Eddey
Tel. 011 652 2009
A darted white rhino with its eyes and ears covered to ensure it remains calm. email@example.com
The seventh Siemens Pan-African Profile Awards
Emphasising the growing and the number of entries has grown
widespread trend towards reporting significantly, as have the number of
prizes and merits awarded.”
on science and technology in Africa
Our South African Minister of Science
and the way in which it impacts the
and Technology, the Honourable
lives of people, our 2007 Siemens Mosibudi Mangena, said science and
Profile Awards has attracted a record technology can and should play a
number of entries from across the pivotal role in addressing some of the
continent including South Africa, continent’s poverty-related challenges,
increasing economic growth and
Egypt, Algeria, Ghana, Benin, Kenya,
ensuring sustainable development, as
Tanzania, Nigeria and Rwanda.
well as improving the life expectancy
Of the more than 260 entries received and quality of the lives of Africa’s
from 17 countries in English, Arabic, citizens.
French and Portuguese, eight Category
and six Merit Award winners were “Africa’s stories and achievements in
chosen, with the top honour of the science and technology have never
Siemens Profile Awards Overall Winner been given the publicity they deserve.
going to Egypt’s Abeer Saady for her The continent needs journalists to do
Seasoned performers entertained guests at the Profile Awards. its marketing and advocacy work, not
piece in the Mobility category.
only in the political arena, but even
Speaking at a ceremony recently held at more importantly in promoting its
Rosebank’s Hyatt Regency, our CEO, Sigi science and technology agenda,” he
Proebstl said the record number of said. “Although we have not yet seen
entries from countries spanning the the media working with us to the
length and breadth of the continent required extent in the sharing of
reflect the growing importance of - and science information, we trust that an
interest in - reporting on science and event like this will put the spotlight on
technology and the potential impact the need for science writers and editors
these applications have on the lives of in all newsrooms to play their role more
ordinary people. aggressively in this regard.”
“Given the multilingual nature of the Minister Mangena further stated that a
entries and the broad cross-continental matter of grave concern to the national
representation, it is clear that the system of innovation was the scarcity of
message that technology and science journalists and the absence of
technological advancement can be used relevant and interesting subject-related
to great effect for the benefit of Africa’s stories in the media.
people is getting increasing attention,”
said Sigi. “It is also gratifying to note “As much as we are agonising to find
that since the Profile Awards were innovative ways of making mathematics
extended to journalists and and science interesting and fun to the
broadcasters from all African countries, learners in our schools, we are equally
From left: The South African Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Mosibudi Mangena,
shaking hands with our CEO, Sigi Proebstl.
concerned that the South African public
From left: Sigi Proebstl, CEO, Siemens South Africa; Nhlanhla Nyide, Chief Director: Communications, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa; the overall Profile Awards winner,
Abeer Saady from Egypt and Dr Stephan Heimbach, global head of Corporate Communications and Government Affairs, Siemens AG.
is adequately lobbied and informed carried out around the subject as well
about the value of science and as the engagement with the political
technology in society,” he said. “In order players around the issues. Overall, it is
to achieve these objectives, we need to a really good piece and a deserving
recruit many more journalists to report winner”, explained Kerry.
on science and technology stories.
There are many new discoveries in Category winners for the 2007 Profile
fields such as biotechnology, Awards are Egypt’s Mohamed Hassan
astronomy, indigenous knowledge, of Stuur for Healthcare, Abeer Saady of
medicine, psychology, etc. that our GAT magazine for Mobility, and Atef
citizens need to know about. It has, Abdel Sattar of Alam El Mal for Safety
therefore, become imperative that we and Security; South Africa’s Anthony
engage with media houses to find ways Doman of Popular Mechanics for
of increasing the number and quality of Industry, Barry Bredenkamp of
science journalists in our country.” Electricity and Control for Energy,
Antonio Ruffini of WattNow for
Nhlanhla Nyide, Chief Director: Research and Development, and
Communications at the Department of From left: Harry Hollier, Executive Director, Siemens South Africa with Dan Moodley, Divisional Thabiso Mochiko of Business Report for
Science and Technology, said the Profile Director Automation and Drives, Siemens South Africa. Technology-related CSR; and Ghana’s
Awards are extremely important in Godwin Nnanna of Business Day for
highlighting the role of science and Information Technology.
technology for Africa’s development
and that by recognising journalists, will Merit winners are Egypt’s Samir
go a long way in encouraging Mahmoud for Healthcare and Ashraf
excellence in reporting as well as bring Ikram for Research and Development;
science journalism from the periphery Nigeria’s Adetokubwo Abiola for
of the news agenda into the Industry; South Africa’s Charleen Clarke
mainstream. for Mobility and Rod Prior for Safety
and Security; and Benin’s Gerard
“Information and education allow Guedegbe for Research and
people to make choices, and they can Development.
use these choices to improve their lives.
In this regard the media has a particular According to Kerry, this year’s Profile
responsibility in bridging the chasm Awards have witnessed a quantum
between scientists and their work on leap in the quality of entries, which he
the one hand and the public said are getting better all the time.
understanding of science on the other,” “Whereas in the past there was a big
said Nhlanhla Nyide. “This is an gap in quality between the top entries
important responsibility, especially in From left: Sithembile Mokaeane, Media Relations Manager, Siemens with Phil Molefe, Head of and the rest, what we’re seeing now is
Africa where science has the potential International Affairs at SABC International. a narrowing of this feature, with
to impact massively on the lives of journalists getting more engaged with
ordinary people.” technology and tackling it in greater
depth and with more understanding,”
Kerry Swift, convener of the Judging he said, adding that there is a visible
Panel composed of senior journalists impact on journalistic quality and that
from English, French and Arabic media, the engagement with technological
technology writers, academics and issues is becoming more evident.
technologists, said choosing the Overall
Winner proved to be difficult and was a “While previously there was a
“close call” between three outstanding reticence, most of the entries were
entries. very positive about the impact of
technology and echo a belief that
“However, the English language entry technology can uplift lives,” he
from Egypt written by Abeer Saady for concluded.
GAT Magazine stood out for several
reasons, including the depth of Sithembile Mokaeane, Media
research, the ability to contextualise the Relations, Corporate Communications
subject, the number of interviews firstname.lastname@example.org
Guests at the event, from left: Fatima Wadvalla and Bibi-Aisha Wadvalla from SABC.
The 20 computers installed at the school Learners utilising the many chairs and desks supplied by Siemens.
Partnering for education excellence will help the learners here ‘invent their own
future’, a future not constrained by barriers
In addition to providing this equipment, our
employees will offer part-time tuition to the
seriously. Says Sigi, “While ‘Inventing the and obstacles but characterised rather by school’s students and teachers in areas such
continued from page 1
future’ is a Siemens motto, simply chasing endless possibility”. as computer skills and human resources.
buying equipment to benefit the 1,600 after trends isn’t enough for a global Students will also receive guidance on how
learners and 47 teachers. Addressing corporation such as ours. Instead we must To date 20 computers with relevant software to apply for bursaries and other tertiary
delegates at the ceremony, our CEO Sigi identify promising ideas and new has been installed at the school as well as training.
Proebstl affirmed that Siemens sees itself as approaches at an early stage, lay down a 500 chairs, 300 desks, equipment for the
an integral part of the communities in which course of action and emerge as an science laboratories and stationery. The
Corporate Social Responsibility
we do business and that we take our innovation trendsetter. We are positive that school’s security system will also be
responsibility as a corporate citizen very our contribution to Ingqayizivele High School upgraded with a new CCTV system.
A letter from a colleague in Sao Paulo...
Movers & shakers
Reaching for the sky with faith in
Yusuf Moosa, our newly appointed Cape
Regional Director, is eagerly taking on the
challenge to drive our business forward in
the Eastern and Western Cape regions. “I’m Dear AmongstUs,
always looking to add value and what I
appreciate most about Siemens is that as Today, 2 February 2008, I have been part
an organisation, it is large enough to allow of Siemens for 10 years. I wish to share
me to expand and grow,” says Yusuf. with you how a little faith and a training
programme can change a person and the
Having started out on the manufacturing Siemens globe.
front of our Siemens Telecommunications
company in 1999, Yusuf now has his sights Over 10 years ago, I never imagined an ad
firmly set on turning the Siemens Cape in a local South African newspaper could
Region into the company’s flagship change all my plans for the future.
operation. Born into a humble home in Siemens had just launched a training
Pretoria in 1966, Yusuf acknowledges his scheme for Matriculants, and I was not
parents’ struggle to ensure he got the best too will grow. Just as he sees himself as hesitant to apply. Giving up the fun Dimitri Skamagas
possible education: “They wanted to give part of something bigger, he draws student life and entering the corporate
me a better life, and did the best they could inspiration from the knowledge that the world was not an easy task, but eventually America and of course Europe. Learning a
with what they could afford.” Despite people in the Siemens organisation are well worth it. few new languages and gaining
struggling with dyslexia, he managed to aware that they too are part of a bigger intercultural experience is very good for
graduate with a matric exemption from picture. On 2 February 1998, I arrived for my first oneself, but gaining experiences and
Himalayas Secondary. induction course at Siemens Limited in applying them in another part of the world
“Siemens is not just about the here and Midrand. I was blessed with a great team is my way of giving back to the Siemens
Attending university on a full-time basis now. We understand that the steps we take of fellow trainees. During my time there, I family what they have given me.
was financially impossible, so Yusuf today will have an impact on the worked with experienced and passionate
enrolled for a B.Com. through Unisa and generations of the future. The company is people. I was taught that if you have a The first t-shirt I received from Siemens
went into the fabrics business with his committed to improving the quality of passion for what you do, you can be good had printed on it: “Trainees make it
father. Since then, Yusuf has made his people’s lives by providing high quality at it. Moving through the different happen!” Few words can speak more truth.
mark pursuing a career as a chartered products across all its Business Units. divisions in Siemens through the years, did Today, ask the people around you how
accountant, as an owner of a stationery Siemens does not only focus on selling its not only make me feel that I was part of they became part of Siemens, and many
and office furniture warehouse, and as a products within the countries it operates in, the Siemens family, but also gave me will tell you that they walked the same
financial controller. it also takes its corporate social experience in various business processes. path I did.
responsibilities very seriously and is always At the same time Siemens supported me
Also a family-oriented father-of-four, Yusuf looking at how it contributes to the with a range of training and development, We can be grateful that Siemens today still
says he views Siemens in the Cape as country’s economy. A good example of this as well as my tertiary qualifications. believes in ‘Tomorrow’s Future’. In time I
another family. To achieve their goals of is the current skills shortage that South think the investment has paid off well for
reaching targets, making better profits and Africa is facing and how Siemens is actively In 2005 I expanded my Siemens world by both parties.
bringing in new business, he feels good addressing this in a number of ways.” transferring to the Siemens IT Solutions
relationships amongst colleagues are and Services group in Germany. Since With best wishes,
important. Solid family values are what he When asked if he has a motto by which he then, I have been sent all over the world Dimitri Skamagas
identifies with most at the company, and lives and works, Yusuf simply answers: “Be to work on projects, and I have lived in Sales Logistics
along with the business, he hopes these honest, be sincere and don’t be afraid.” some spectacular cities in North and South Spiridon Brazil Stabilisation Project
Maximizing opportunity management
Not just about customer relationship a customer focused environment, our CIO opportunities to ensure we have a healthy we are currently not active enough in.
management, CRM also supports how we colleagues have been assisting our pipeline for sustainability as well as to Furthermore, the programme allows us to
manage and record the business potential Corporate Development division in their analyse data in terms of the sectors we are analyse won/lost ratios to understand the
we have with our customer - ultimately initiative to establish a central Opportunity focused on, such as Utilities (Eskom) and reasons tenders are sometimes lost in
contributing to providing Siemens with a Management System which can support a Healthcare (Hospitals), so as to develop order to implement measures to increase
complete view of our business new growth programme for Siemens strategies/ initiatives to penetrate sectors our probability of winning tenders.
relationships and interactions. As part of called GP2012. The new growth
Rithaygono Hammond, CIO. 011 652 2760 email@example.com
the company wide drive to move towards programme intends to track our current
Demonstrating our major events know-how
At the Soccerex exhibition held last year at the Sandton An aerial view of the Siemens and Germany “Land of ideas” stand.
Convention Centre, our local Major Events colleagues
partnered with the “Land of ideas” Germany pavilion to
represent Siemens at the global exhibition and leverage
our competence from previous tournaments, including
the technologies tried and tested at the Euro Football
Championships and the previous Soccer World Cup.
For the first time, South African soccer lovers were
introduced to robotic soccer players as well as a South
African style soccer dance production which kept the
delegates entertained throughout the duration of the
Along with television coverage during and after the
event, the exhibition enabled us to communicate our
full range of technologies and solutions for major events
– encompassing our capability in the areas of special
purpose venues, transportation, energy, IT and
communications, healthcare and security - to key Above: Since 1997, RoboCup robotic soccer world
decision makers and influencers involved in the championships have been held annually
investment of infrastructure for the FIFA World Cup (www.robocup.org). The RoboCup project aims to
2010, in addition to major events companies, develop a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots
by the year 2050 that can win against the human
organisations involved in soccer development, sports world soccer champion team.
agents and media contingents.
Right: Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA, and Gauteng
Jose Machado, Corporate Communications
Premier Mbhazima Shilowa enjoying the show by the
firstname.lastname@example.org Siemens soccer tricksters.
Irvin Khoza, Chairman: 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee (back row centre) with the From left: Thomas Brodocz, I&S, Siemens AG; Peter van Gend, global President of
soccer girl team from Mamelodi. Siphokazi Simandla (left of Irvin Khoza) from our Siemens IT Major Events, Siemens AG; Issa Nayatou, CAF President; Danny Jordaan, CEO:
Solutions and Services division devotes a large portion of her personal time and effort to 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee and Sergio Boanada, Siemens Brazil.
working with this soccer team.
What Siemens stands for -
today and tomorrow
"Siemens answers the world’s toughest questions."
This is the message behind the
first large-scale image campaign
Siemens has launched in many
years. Kicking off the initiative
was an advertisement featuring
the company’s founder Werner
von Siemens and an employee
motif which appeared in pan-
regional daily newspapers and
magazines in Germany.
We are now rolling out the
campaign in South Africa, which
also includes an employee
advertisement, as shown on the
right, featuring our own local
employees. We have altered the
names of employees to ensure
our talented staff are not
targeted by over-zealous
“Siemens Answers represents an
exciting new corporate position
for the organisation, globally and
locally, and is fully supported by
the managing board. I look
forward to seeing it being rolled
out now and into the future”,
says our CEO, Sigi Proebstl.
The image campaign is part of a
new integrated communications
programme, which is to be
adopted by all our company’s
units. Other motifs addressing
our commitment to
transformation and the three key
business sectors, Energy,
Industry and Healthcare also
form part of the campaign.
By choosing these motifs,
Siemens is evoking the
characteristics that have shaped
our company’s success from the
beginning and which still define
it to this day: innovative
strength, global scope and
creativity. With the new
campaign, we are underscoring
our technological competence
and positioning as a leading
solutions provider capable of
addressing issues surrounding
energy and the environment,
industry and healthcare.
The external campaign will begin
in April with a strong presence in
print publications, supported by
online and public relations.
Other media channels such as
out of home advertising will be
integrated as the campaign
Keep an eye out for the many
communication activities that
will be rolled-out in the next
“Siemens Answers represents an exciting
new corporate position for the organisation”
The billboard at our head office in Midrand has been updated with the “Answers for South Africa” campaign, as seen above.
As of June this year, Siemens locally
will join the greater Siemens global
community in rolling-out the new
Client Architecture Team (CAT) Client,
a standard client for desktops, which
has already been implemented in
many Siemens companies worldwide.
A set of rules and tools that enables
effective implementation of a personal
computer’s (PC’s) Operating Systems
(OS) and enterprise-wide software for
the company, CAT is easily managed
from a central location and more
directly, facilitates the deployment of
new applications to all users without
having to dispatch engineers to visit
CAT provides an environment to
eliminate all non-Siemens standard
applications, reducing effort in
resolving PC problems and eliminating
the unwanted network traffic that
these applications generate.
Some of the benefits CAT Client will
contribute to our business is the
reduction of effort and costs, provision
of a basis for cost savings of shared
Fancy yourself a writer?
services, cost saving through the
averting of duplicated work involved
Then publish and be applauded
with evaluation and design of new
Launched in 2002, the “Publish and be Applauded” programme aims to reward employees’ efforts to positively
technologies, as well as increased represent our products, services and technology solutions by means of articles in relevant trade and technical
productivity and the ability to provide publications. Should a technical article be published, a financial reward of between R1,500 and R3,500 will be
faster support. In addition, awarded based on an evaluation by internal and external adjudicators and its relevance to the Siemens brand.
standardised solutions will drive down
licensing, implementation and
For more information visit the Corporate Communications home
page on the intranet or contact: email@example.com
Jeff Goutier, CIO
Our Cape Town branch in Plattekloof. Below: An interior view of one of the newly renovated offices. In order to optimise the use of available Director, Yusuf Moosa, who had to work
space and to promote improved efficiency, out of a makeshift desk and a box for two
renovations were carried out last year at our weeks before his office was completed.
Cape Town regional office in Plattekloof.
The final result sees Siemens Enterprise
Managing the installation and Communications together with Nokia
refurbishment of the office space, our Siemens Networks on the second floor, and
colleagues at Siemens Real Estate the Siemens Limited units, including Fujitsu
Management worked against a tight Siemens, spread over the first and ground
schedule of one month. Says Debbi Dos floors with new additions, Siemens Medical
Santos, the SREM representative for the Solutions Diagnostic and Power
Cape region, Generation.
“Although there was little that could be Concludes Debbi, “Everyone at our Cape
done to minimise the inconvenience to staff Town branch agrees that even though their
due to the deadlines we were working offices look good, the most positive
against, the Cape Town staff were outcome of the project is improved
enthusiastic to help and were even prepared communication amongst the departments”.
to do their own packing and unpacking”.
Debbi Dos Santos
The transformation coincided with the
appointment of our new Cape Regional
An academic partnership
Established some years ago, the Witwatersrand. Conan Jones from our Anthony Venketsamy and Ian Morris campus. In addition, they channel
Siemens Ambassador Programme aims Automation and Drives (A&D) unit is from our Pinetown Branch in KwaZulu- and administer requests from the
at establishing relationships and the Ambassador to the University of Natal are the Ambassadors to the universities for donations,
building goodwill with the Electrical Johannesburg. University of KwaZulu-Natal and participate in Open Day exhibitions,
and Electronic Engineering faculties at Durban Institute of Technology student awards and other events at
various tertiary institutions Yusuf Moosa, the Head of our Cape respectively. Martin Taverner from our the universities while also
nationwide. Town Branch handles the relationship Port Elizabeth Branch is the contributing to research proposals
with the University of Stellenbosch, the Ambassador to the Nelson Mandela and facilitating Siemens Business
Representing Siemens, several University of Cape Town and the Cape Metropolitan University (NMMU). Unit specific programmes such as
employees act as Ambassadors to ten Peninsula University of Technology. Cyber Junkyard.
target universities: Tommie Chambers and Henry These Ambassadors ensure that regular
Heymans, from our A&D division, are contact is maintained with the
Tom Eichbaum from our Industrial the Ambassadors to the University of universities as well as identifying Emily Molefe,
Solutions and Services (I&S) division is Pretoria and the Tshwane University of opportunities to transfer knowledge Corporate Communications
the Ambassador to the University of Technology respectively. and increase Siemens visibility on firstname.lastname@example.org
A roundup of sport, healthy living and entertainment
A bike r ide to remember
Barry Hill, a Senior Project Manager at our
Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) unit, spent
his holiday last year travelling with his son,
Richard on a mountain bike/walking trail called
the Camino. The 845 km trail stretches from
France across the Pyrenees into Spain.
Their journey commenced in Pamplona where
they travelled by taxi to start their adventure in
St Jean La Port in France. The next thirteen days
was memorable says Barry Hill. “The first two days
we were met with blinding rain and almost
immediately, before we realised it, we were 23km
behind schedule. The weather did eventually turn
for us but it took us another four days to catch up
the lost time.”
Recounting his experience, Barry continues, “The
people we met at the Refugio’s where we stayed
in bunk beds in thirty-bed dormitories, the
scenery, towns and villages such as Roncesvalles,
Logrono, Burgos, Leon, Ponferrada (where there
is a magnificent Templar Castle), Cebreio (the
highest point of the cycle) as well as the customs,
culture and history; in fact just the sheer physical
effort of riding 65 km every single day over some
of the toughest terrain that Northern Spain can
offer was just a wonderful and meaningful
Barry Hill (front) and son, Richard (back) carefully negotiates some of the tricky and rocky pathways on the Camino trail.
“Northern Spain is definitely not flat - it appeared
that if we were not riding uphill then we were
riding downhill, and the down bits were the really
tough parts. Travelling downhill in excess of 40km
per hour, with freezing cold hands (even with
gloves on), trying to pull back on the brakes and
trying to maneuver over rough rocky pathways
with a 15 kg bike and 10 kgs of kit in our panniers
certainly focuses the mind. Fortunately, we did
not experience any serious injuries or bike
Barry’s bike trip ended in Santiago in the west of
Spain where, joined by his wife, they travelled in
the comfort of a hired car for a few extra weeks
across to Barcelona via the coastal route of
Northern Spain, taking in cities such as La Coruna,
Barry over-taking a walker on the trail. Richard and his father Barry Hill resting at the end of their journey. Gijon, Santander, Bilbao and San Sebastian.
A high flyer
Marcus Sambo, the child who appeared on the cover
of our Siemens Southern Africa calendar last year,
recently won a competition to be flown by helicopter
to primary school on his first day of Grade 1.
Godfather Nico Loubser, from our Human Resources
division, entered his picture in the competition run by
Radio Jacaranda 94.2 fm in conjunction with Netcare
911. Selected by a panel as one of two finalists,
Marcus was interviewed live on air after which
listeners had to vote by SMS to determine who the
lucky winner would be.
Thanks to the votes of our Siemens colleagues, as well
as Marcus’ friends and family, he was selected as the
winner of the competition and in addition won a trip
for his new Grade 1 class to Maropeng, over and
above spa vouchers for his parents.
Marcus was transported to a sports field near his
home by the Jacaranda Streetbusters team, before Above, Marcus Sambo as he
being flown to Cosmo City Primary School. On his appeared on the cover of
our 2007 calendar.
arrival he was greeted by the school’s Principal,
teachers and new school mates who were all holding Left, Marcus with his
up life size posters of him. Receiving local media parents, the Jacaranda 94,2
coverage, Marcus’ was profiled in various newspapers, fm team, and the staff from
Netcare 911 on his arrival
while Times Media published a video of the event on by helicopter at Cosmo City
their website (http://mutimedia.thetimes.co.za). Primary school.
14 AmongstUs Roundabout
Take up the Trim Park exercise challenge
The Trim Park exercise area at our head office,
consisting of a one kilometre paved walking/ jogging
path, a double barrel golf driving net and a dual
purpose basketball/volleyball court, was completed
earlier this year by Siemens Real Estate Management
(SREM) and is now open to all Siemens employees
who wish to exercise in the security of Siemens Park.
Facilitating a full work-out, custom built outdoor
exercise apparatus, including a 6.2 metre high
climbing wall, balance beams, climbing ropes,
hurdles and much more, have been placed along the
trim path with exercise instructions at each piece of
In addition, the walk/jogging path has been
segmented into three routes. One kilometre, 300
metre and 150 metre, to allow for flexible route
Shower facilities at Siemens Park are available for
men and women in blocks BB, CB, IB and JB. A view of the dual purpose basketball/volleyball court and part of the trim path.
Aziz Abrahams, SREM, diligently practices his golf swing at the practice net. Static stilts will help a person improve body balance the fun way.
Rings, a climbing rope and a swing bar are just one of the
many enjoyable, yet challenging, exercise facilities in the
Our Siemens Real Estate Management colleagues, From the look-out tower, you will have a fantastic view over Curling training equipment enables a person to exercise
Stephan Schipp, assisted by Aziz Abrahams, try out the Siemens Park and the surrounding areas. their upper body and biceps.
AmongstUs Roundabout 15
A swinging Lets meet...
good time With responsibility for Siemens’ Internet and Intranet portfolio, Dale Ladner
Our Industrial Solutions and
has an important task at hand. AmongstUs grabbed the opportunity to find
Services (I&S) colleagues were out more about this interesting and witty character who manages such a
keen to get into the swing of creative and varied portfolio with enthusiasm and efficiency.
things for 2008.
I&S Divisional Director, Stuart Dale Ladner
Clarkson (right) together with his our new Online Manager at
four ball headed out to
Hartebeespoort earlier this year
for a friendly round of golf at the Your career history?
Pecanwood Country Club. Before joining Siemens last year, I spent thirteen
years within the FirstRand Group. I started in the
On the 3rd hole, using a pitching First National Bank “Careline” call centre handling
wedge,Stuart carded a hole in customer queries and complaints, and later
one. On the right is the certificate became a team leader within the same
awarded to Stuart for his hole in department. As my next move, I transferred into
one. the call centre’s desktop and network support area
before an opportunity opened to work in the
online environment for eBucks. I also worked in the
FNB Online banking division at one stage. Before
leaving the FirstRand group, I worked as an Online
Channel Manager for RMB Private Bank.
Your qualifications and where did you
I hold a Diploma in Marketing Management from
the Technikon Witwatersrand. During the course of
my career I furthered my studies in areas that
related to the work I was doing at the time. I
completed my A+ (PC Support Engineer) and N+
(Network Support Engineer) qualifications through
Damelin and also completed Honours in
eCommerce through the UNISA School of Business
Solve the mystery and Leadership. Most recently, I obtained an advanced
certification in Direct Marketing through the IMM. What interests you outside of work?
I have many interests outside of work. On the
win an iPod Nano 4GB Where were you born and bred?
I was born and bred in Johannesburg - spent most
sporting front I have to admit that I am a golf nut! I
play golf at least once a week and try to keep my
Simply solve the mystery of the untimely blackmailer and you could win an of my life growing up in the South and nine game sharp by practising in the week and playing
iPod Nano 4GB. With capacity to store up to 1000 songs or 3500 photos or awesome years in Henley-on-Klip near Vereeniging. league for my club. I also enjoy watching sport,
four hours of video, the third generation iPod Nano 4GB is a wanted During that time I went to primary school at especially Rugby (go Lions!) and Cricket.
commodity. Meyerton Primary. I spent my high school years in
King Williams Town where I attended Dale College I fancy myself as a bit of a rock star too! At RMB I
How to enter: as a border. was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for a band
E-mail the mystery solution to email@example.com. Enter online via called “Nude”, which was just a few colleagues who
the AmongstUs portal on the Intranet which can be accessed via the Why did you decide to join the Siemens got together and played at work functions. In
Corporate Communications homepage. Fax answers to 011 541 5462. family? addition, I do a bit of song-writing and have
It was just time to move on from FirstRand. I ambitions of getting into it more seriously.
Terms and conditions: gained fantastic experience during my time at the
The competition is open to all Siemens employees except members of the bank, but there comes a time in a person’s life My other interest at the moment is personal growth
AmongstUs Editorial Committee. Only one entry per person will be accepted. when new challenges need to be pursued. I was – which is probably the most challenging. I’m on a
Closing date for competition entries is 16 May 2008. excited to hear about the opportunity at Siemens constant journey to “know myself”, to acknowledge
as I had always looked at the building from the my past and to do better in the future. It’s definitely
Keep a look out for clues on the AmongstUs Intranet portal. more of a journey than a destination.
highway and thought how much I would love to
work there. I guess what they say is true: if you put
Mystery of the untimely blackmailer your desires out there, they very often become How do you manage to ensure a good
your reality! balance between your home life and career
"I'm telling you Peter," said Harold Dumisani, "inheriting the priorities?
Dumisani millions has had some hectic moments. Do you I try to keep things in perspective. I remind myself
remember Eric the butler?" What has been a highlight in your career
to date? often that my responsibility to my wife, making a
There have been so many highlights during my home and raising children is more important than
"Ja, a happy guy – I remember him," said Peter.
career that it is difficult to single out any particular what I do at work. I try not to define myself by my
experience. What gives me an enormous feeling of job but choose rather to find my significance and
"Well, I fired Eric after inheriting the family wine estate in
achievement is being involved in a major project self-worth in who I was created to be, who I am as
Stellenbosch. The problem is that two days ago he came to my
from its conception to its eventual delivery. Some a person and how I treat others – especially my
office and demanded one hundred thousand Rand. He claimed
to have been in the study when my father drew up another will, of the projects I have worked on have included the family.
naming his brother sole heir." re-design and re-development of the current FNB
website as well as a similar project at RMB Private Do you have a motto that you live by?
"You believed him?" Peter questioned. Bank. I believe some of the biggest highlights are I change my motto regularly depending on what I
yet to come – so watch this space. am currently focusing on. I find it somewhat
"I confess the news was a shock to the system. My father and I narrow-minded to have only one motto in life as we
had an argument over Lindiwe sometime during the last week of What attribute do you think is the most are constantly evolving. At the moment my motto
June. He opposed the marriage, and it seemed possible that he important in the workplace? is: “The only true power we have in life is the power
had cut me off. Eric said he has this second will, which he said Above all I feel that it is important to be honest and to choose”. Your current circumstances are a result
would be worth a lot more than the blackmail money he was open with the people you work with and to let of your choices. If you don’t like where you are at
asking for. He said the new will was dated 31 June, only one day people know who you are. Furthermore, don’t be the moment, then make more responsible choices
newer than the old will. But he claimed that it would be legally afraid or too proud to ask for help or to admit that next time.
recognised." you need assistance. Taking responsibility when
you have made a mess is the key to success. Any good advice for people wanting to
"I hope you didn't pay Eric?" asked Peter. achieve success in their chosen careers?
One thing I regard as absolutely vital is to have Yes. Firstly don’t stop learning. Keep up-to-date with
"I paid him alright,” said Harold, “He got a foot on his backside.” fun. Life is serious enough - a happy and fun the latest developments in your industry. Secondly,
environment is always pleasant to work in. I choose a career that you can be passionate about.
"Shooo, what a relief," exclaimed Peter. "Just imagine if you fell make it my mission to bring a smile and a laugh You can only do well at something that you enjoy
for a story like that!?” with me to work every day regardless of what is doing. Lastly, don’t be afraid to take a risk. Nothing
going on in my life. great was ever achieved out of fear.
Why did Harold decide not to pay Eric the butler?
16 AmongstUs Roundabout
Birthday Milestones Tips for
Yvonne Barbosa saving energy
Dave Godfrey at home
Danny Kloppers Below are a few tips from Eskom on how to
Matsiliso Mokgofe conserve energy in the average kitchen and
Loris Vita laundry.
Celebrating 50 In the kitchen
Arnold Gabriel • Fill a dishwasher completely before
John Hazakis operating. Partial loads waste electricity
Cuthbert Khumalo and water. Short wash cycles, rinse-only
Willem Kotze cycles, mid-cycle turn-off, and other
Willem Kriel features on a dishwasher are designed for
Gordon Israel Vusumuzi Msimang
Send us your interesting pictures energy conservation as well as
Rajen Moodley Tinu Elenjical from our Siemens Service Centre sent in the chosen photograph and walks away
Ndweleni David Netshiavha with the R250 Woolworths gift voucher. Tinu is pictured here reading AmongstUs while • Freezers and refrigerators operate most
Felumasa Nyanisa relaxing after a long afternoon in a hammock on the banks of the Amazon River. Tinu took our efficiently when filled to the capacity
Richard Robert Shongwe newsletter with him on his solo backpacking trip to Brazil saying that he is an AmongstUs fan recommended by the manufacturers.
Geoff Stevens and enjoys keeping up to date with the local and international events of the Siemens network. Never overload a refrigerator, excessive
Louwrens Erasmus Woest products in your fridge will lower the
Thank you to everyone who submitted their photographs, and congratulations to our quality of the food and use more
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There are more TV sets in the U.S.A. than In the laundry
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Women make up 49% of the world • Buy a washing machine which offers a
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front loading washing machine uses less
The first animal in space was the female water and costs less to operate even
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80% of millionaires drive second-hand
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Napoleon reportedly carried chocolate on
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Traffic jams are nothing new. In 45 BC,
• An iron consumes as much energy as ten
Rome banned all vehicles from within the
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Vision is nothing without focus
Our Medical Solutions colleagues recently Above: The orientation of new medical employees took place at the conference.
hosted their annual Medical conference at the
Protea Black Mountain Lodge.
The team’s key objectives was to reaffirm
their theme: ‘Vision is nothing without focus”.
Some of the outcomes included a strong
focus on people, developing quality
relationships with our customers and
ensuring adequate market coverage.
With a rising need to add clinical value to
customers, clinical relevance and market
coverage were two main strategies identified.
The conference was not all work, our Medical
team also managed to have some fun
negotiating challenging teambuilding
activities that included a “movie-making
experience”. Ending the day, team members
were recognised for their performance
excellence in an Oscars inspired evening
Pictured on the right, the Medical Solutions team
participated in a simulated Oscars evening
where team members were acknowledged for
their performance distinction.
Transforming the contact centre industry
Our Siemens Enterprise Communications new applications and specialist training Wendy Bredenham, CSC Manager, Clover: ideas around crucial issues relating to
(SEN) company recently opened its tools. 65 industry-wide delegates attended “I think this initiative is awesome, staff and training. There is considerable
Contact Centre Managers Forum to all the forum and provided positive and particularly from a technology perspective. value in attending regularly and the
contact centre managers throughout the enthusiastic feedback. It facilitates interaction and the sharing of Siemens team is passionate, helpful and
Although originally launched exclusively to Juan Volschenk, Senior Manager,
SEN customers in response to the Indwe Risk Services:
increasing challenges that contact centre “The interaction with other contact centre
managers face and the need to provide an managers is necessary for the exchange
unbiased interactive forum to discuss of best practices. I gained insight into
these challenges, the forum has now been deploying people most effectively, as well
opened to all contact centre managers in as around legislation and compliance. I
South Africa and will in future be a believe the forum will assist in problem
biannual event. solving and I will definitely be attending
these in the future.”
The forum focuses on staff management
issues such as motivating agents, dealing Telkom Specialist Alan Wilson:
with irate clients and using various “I learnt a lot about workforce and quality
technologies i.e. fax, email and WAP chat management, and about how new
to interact with customers. technology will revolutionise contact
centres and broaden horizons. The
In addition to providing an environment to information on the latest trends and how
intermingle with industry peers in order to to stay up-to-date was also extremely
establish available solutions and consider valuable.”
the evolution of the industry, the forum
also touches on aspects of staff retention, Carrie Kritzinger, SEN
technology updates, trends, the use of Delegates at the second Contact Centre Managers Forum held at Roode Vallei Country Lodge. email@example.com
Managing the SANDF’s communications
Our Siemens Enterprise Communications addition, a dedicated team of six establish a future-proof, high-tech and a good customer relationship were
(SEN) company were recently awarded a colleagues will keep the SANDF up-to-date communications environment. the major contributors for our
five year Managed Services contract with on the latest trends and developments in colleagues being awarded the contract.
the South African National Defence Force technology. SEN will also assist the SANDF SEN’s proven track record in supporting This, together with SEN’s OpenPath
(SANDF) for the management of their in developing strategies to maximise their the SANDF’s voice network over the past strategy and the relationships built with
existing voice network. assets whilst still moving forward to nine years in addition to dedicated staff the SANDF, proved to be a winning
combination resulting in all systems
To commemorate the signing of the deployed in the SANDF network now
contract valued at approximately R95 being Siemens systems.
million, our SEN Management Team
invited key executives from both the Congratulations to the entire team who
SANDF and Armscor to attend an executive worked tirelessly on concluding this
luncheon last year. Raymond Padayachee contract: Dave Ingram, Head of Focus
took this opportunity to personally thank Accounts; Jacques Theron, Divisional
Brigadier General A.R. Cumming, SANDF; Commercial Manager Service; Jacques
Colonel F.T. Hough, SANDF; Major H. Pfeil, Labuschagne, Service Delivery Manager;
SANDF and J.J. van Deventer from Armscor Franz Pfafferott, Operations Manager ;
for their continued support. Marthinus Nel, Project Manager; and
Mike van der Zanden, Account Manager.
A managed services contract of this nature
will ensure that all issues relating to the From left: Colonel F.T. Hough, SANDF, receiving
From left: J.J. van Deventer, Armscor, receiving Carrie Kritzinger, SEN
SANDF’s voice network will be channelled a certificate commemorating the contract from the certificate commemorating the contract firstname.lastname@example.org
through one single point of contact. In Raymond Padayachee, CEO, SEN. from Raymond Padayachee, CEO, SEN.
On line in record time
Arcelor Mittal’s Vanderbijlpark Plant at which the fire occurred.
Our Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) electrical substations were damaged in a equipment, restored the interior of the
colleagues based in Vanderbijlpark recently major fire that destroyed a furnace substations and re-installed new MV
completed the refurbishment of fire transformer and associated equipment, the equipment and cabling. Despite challenges
damaged substations at Arcelor Mittal’s equipment room and all switching and in timeously sourcing the equipment, our
Vanderbijlpark Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF) protection equipment in addition to all colleagues were able to meet the stringent
Plant. mains cabling and controls. deadlines to ensure that commissioning was
commenced on time. From left: Josef Fuchs, the project leader, and
The plant, which supplies steel to Adhering to critical timelines, our dedicated Maria Fernandes, Sales Support Coordinator
downstream plants, was brought to a team – with the assistance of an appointed Josef Fuchs, Project Leader, I&S standing at the entrance to Siemens’ I&S
standstill earlier last year when their local contractor – stripped down old Vanderbijlpark. email@example.com Services and Projects office in
SIS secures multi-million portion of Home Affairs project
Our Siemens IT Solutions and Services desktop outsource contract with the DHA and digital cameras through to the electronic. The entire application is done
(SIS) division, in partnership with prime that began in August 2006 and is second desktop computers, laptops and even the electronically with little human
contractor GijimaAst, have been awarded a in size in South Africa to its Public Private furniture used to house all the system intervention. The ‘Live Capture’ module
tender totalling R2.2 billion to implement Partnership with the Department of components”. will allow for the capture and storage of
the ‘Who Am I Online’ project at the South Labour. biometric information, with an emphasis
African Department of Home Affairs SIS’s scope includes operational on finger and face recognition.
(DHA). SIS’s portion of the award is worth The original tender was divided into two infrastructure support and maintenance at
R980 million. sections: Part A was primarily focused on the DHA’s local and international offices A digital photograph of the applicant is
the software while Part B related to the for a further five year period following the taken and as a second step, a full set of
The ‘Who Am I Online’ project addresses infrastructure necessary to support the initial two-year project implementation. fingerprints is obtained and stored for
the minimum requirements of the applications. As the lead for Part A, Initial preparation began in January this additional security. A built-in workflow
Department of Home Affairs to manage GijimaAst are responsible for integrated year to firm up the project design and the and audit trail ensures that an application
the entire modernisation of the country’s core application development that covers requirements necessary to accommodate can be traced from origination to
Population Register; cater for all temporary the National Population Register and the this. The initial roll-out is scheduled to take conclusion.
permits, visas and movement control ‘Live Capture’ modules. As a sub-contractor place from April in selected missions, ports
information for the Soccer World Cup and lead on Part B, our SIS colleagues will of entry and regional offices. Tebogo concludes, “A faster enquiry
2010; and extends to cover all citizen- provide the entire infrastructure required process will ensure a major improvement
related information including birth and by the ‘Live Capture’ module. The modernisation and integration of the in service levels and in addition to the
death registration, marriages certificates current systems means all information will role played by the call centre, the new
and identification. Tebogo Sehume, Head of Public Sector at now be captured and stored in a single system will act as a quality interface
SIS explains, “The SIS component consists integrated database. As opposed to its between the DHA and its clients”.
Zunaid Mayet, SIS Divisional Managing largely of the infrastructure required to current format where much of the data is
Director says this latest award follows on support the system, and ranges from the captured using form-based manual Tebogo Sehume, SIS
the division’s three-year international fingerprint reader, digital signature pads systems, the new system is completely firstname.lastname@example.org
Several employees were approached to
find out their independent views and
perceptions concerning our
Each respondent received three
questions. They had this to say in answer
to one of the questions we asked:
What is your outlook on the issue of
transformation for South Africa?
To your mind, is Siemens well
positioned given your outlook?
Respondent 1: “The impact of the skills
shortage is definitely changing my
personal perception of how employment
From left: Quintin Bianchina, A&D Application Engineer – Gears; Martin Taverner, Regional equity is applied within organisations.
Manager, Eastern Cape A&D branch; and Rowan Dickason, A&D Product Promoter, Variable The focus cannot simply be on
Speed Drives at the A&D stand. employment equity candidates to the
'detriment' of the organisation, by not obtaining the right skills. I think the
Showcasing cutting edge technology approach should be two-fold by improving employment equity within the
organisation and at the same time, obtaining the right skills for the right position
The Automation and Drives (A&D) stand at Harbour’s Fresh Produce Terminal, for the right business purposes. In my opinion, Siemens is very well positioned to
the recent Eastern Cape Industrial incorporated the best technologies and achieve this, provided the business requirements remain a focus point.”
Technology Exhibition showcased our latest services of more than 120 prime exhibitors
technology in totally integrated automation from the Eastern Cape canvassing 40 Respondent 2: “My outlook is confident that Siemens is well positioned; however I
including the latest innovations in PLC, different industries while also providing foresee some room for improvement in order to not just to meet our targets but to
remote I/O, human machine interface (HMI), industry decision makers with the exceed it.”
process instrumentation, control gear, opportunity to meet the leaders in cutting
mechanical drives/gear boxes, electrical edge industry and technology, and to find Respondent 3: “I think the pace of transformation is moving on quite well,
drives and motors, amongst others. out more about the solutions available in however we need to start thinking pro-actively to ensure we remain well ahead of
various industries. government requirements, so yes, there is still much room for improvement within
Plasma screens were set up around the Siemens.”
36m2 stand so that visitors to the exhibition Says Martin Taverner, Regional Manager of
could see our technology in action. A team our Eastern Cape A&D branch in Port Respondent 4: “My view is that real economic transformation will only take place
of A&D technical sales engineers were also Elizabeth, “We received some new leads as a once the supply of graduates and skilled labour is representative of South Africa’s
demographics. This will take time to achieve. Should Government increase its
available for the duration of the exhibition result of the exhibition and also had the
focus on education - being the fundamental issue (above equity, procurement and
to discuss solutions with existing and opportunity to show new technology to our
employee quotas) - and partner with Corporate SA, then I do believe Siemens will
potential clients. existing customers”.
be even better positioned to sponsor and attract young black talent into
engineering and commercial fields. This could even be a competitive advantage
The Eastern Cape Technology Exhibition, Martin Taverner, A&D Port Elizabeth
for us. However I am not sure if Government will focus to reward companies who
which took place at the Port Elizabeth email@example.com
invest heavily into education and give the same weighting as say “Senior
Management representation, Equity ownership etc” in their tenders. Never-the-
less, I feel Siemens is well positioned as we are still securing and growing our
businesses. But this is not a consequence of our transformation policies but rather
the strong demand for our products and services.”
The answers to the other questions asked will be profiled in the next edition of
For further information, please contact Marvin Benjamin,
Diversity Manager. firstname.lastname@example.org
Recovery planning for Hendrina
Roy Elliott, Key Account Manager Hendrina, showing the fire damage at the Hendrina Power Station.
Our Power Generation Control and back on line in record time. Contributing
Instrumentation (PG C&I) team were called to the success of the recovery plan, the
out earlier last year to provide support and following key personnel involved from PG
to install equipment and cables during a C&I were Roy Elliott, Key Account
planned outage at Eskom’s Hendrina Manager; Albert Juhnke, Project Manager;
Power Station. During the planned outage, Sam van der Walt, Systems Engineer;
a fire started at the power station’s Unit 9. Hennie Swanepoel, Installation Manager;
With our C&I team available onsite, we Mike van der Walt, Installation Supervisor Meet our youngest Youthspace member
were able to speedily assist with a fire and Lukas Dreyer, Eskom Project Manager.
Meet Michael Khoza, the youngest member of our Youthspace Mayfair House at
damage assessment and recovery plan. three years of age. Michael started crèche at “Our Future Day Care Centre” in
In a collaborative effort between our C&I Mayfair and although the transition was a little overwhelming at first, Michael
team and Eskom personnel, Unit 9 was Ute Menikheim, PG C&I has settled down and is coping very well. The picture shows Michael with his
synchronised and successfully brought email@example.com backpack, ready for his first day of crèche.
SEN leads the way with fixed-mobile convergence
In response to the increasing demand for users can roam between the cellular The cellular call stops and WLAN has significantly contributed to the rising
wireless connectivity, a Fixed-Mobile network and the WLAN seamlessly. The connectivity automatically takes over, demand for WLAN technology in South
Convergence (FMC) concept has been PABX acts as the central point of saving the company the cost of cell-based Africa, resulting in more and more event
developed by our Siemens Enterprise communication, ensuring the user can be communication while continuing to organisers looking to implement WLAN
Communications (SEN) associates to allow reached through one four-digit number, provide the user with total mobility. too.
users to roam from a GSM cell phone no matter where they are. The dual-mode SEN’s Fixed-Mobile Convergence solution
network to an enterprise or Wireless Local The upgrade of WLAN security to match
Area Network (WLAN) environment that offered by traditional fixed networks
without losing contact or accessibility. means that WLAN is ideally suited not only
to mobile users, but also to temporary
Although mobility has been a major trend environments such as large events similar
in communications for the past 20 years, it to the Soccer World Cup 2010.
is estimated that by 2010, the number of
mobile users in the world will reach 4 Needing to accommodate a high number
billion – an incredible increase over of mobile people, large event organisers
current figures of around 2,5 billion. were, in the past, compelled to put fixed
wire infrastructure in place for the specific
The movement to mobile connectivity has set-up of each conference or exhibition - a
been brought on by factors such as traffic time-consuming and expensive practice.
congestion and convenience - driving
people to become increasingly mobile WLAN enables organisers to simply add
even to the point where the majority of the necessary number of base stations.
enterprise employees are inclined to use Once this has been done, requirements for
their cell phones to communicate even voice and Internet access can easily be
when they are in their offices and have changed and managed from a central
fixed lines available. location. The rollout is quick, costs are
reduced, and there are additional
This trend is costly for any company who opportunities for revenue creation, as the
has to shoulder the higher cost of cellular organisations can charge on demand for
calls while continuing to pay for the fixed data and voice facilities.
line infrastructure. Statistics show that
mobile communication accounts for 30% device logs onto the server automatically, has the ability to automatically choose the SEN’s HiPath WLAN is easy to install and
to 40% of total communication costs and and the user is identified as being cheapest route first, which assists enables a very fast set-up of all connected
most organisations are continuously authorised to use the network. If the user organisations in containing its cellular elements. Services such as Internet access
seeking to reduce that expense. makes a call while in the office, it is costs. With the only start-up costs being for suppliers or customers and Voice-over
automatically routed via the PABX and the dual-mode device and the server WLAN can also be easily integrated. HiPath
Until now, users have needed two phones therefore does not go through the cell which controls the various connections, WLAN supports the highest security
– cellular and fixed. The next quantum network. If, on the other hand, the user is authentications and roaming, the FMC is standards and guarantees fast roaming,
leap in Fixed-Mobile Convergence is here outside the office making calls using the more convenient, cost effective, and reliability and optimum radio frequency
with the advent of dual-mode devices cellular network and then walks into the signifies huge progress in achieving the coverage.
which can handle cell and fixed company building, the call is automatically SEN vision of having one device for unified
communication over a wireless network. routed to the WLAN and fixed company communications. In addition to the Carrie Kritzinger, SEN
Using a dual-mode device and a PABX network. The transition is transparent to growing numbers of mobile workers, the firstname.lastname@example.org
based on Session Initiation Protocol or SIP, the user, who simply carries on talking. fast-approaching 2010 Soccer World Cup
for yard signalling
In a project that will improve safety,
increase efficiency and simplify operations
in the local rail automation industry, our
Transportation Systems division has been
awarded the tender as preferred bidder for
Beaconsfield yard signalling in Kimberley.
Kevin Pillay, Divisional Director,
Transportation Systems, says this project
offers Siemens the opportunity to
introduce new technology for yard
signalling that is currently in use in Europe
- although the version supplied will be re-
engineered to comply with the South
African railway specifications and the Rail
Safety Regulator (RSR) requirements.
“The new signalling technology will reduce down time resulting from blown Furthermore, a remote HMI control unit
improve the current yard safety levels and filaments. will be implemented in the central control
increase shunting capacity by reducing room from where the entire Kimberley
time for operations,” says Kevin. “The Where historically, most of the yard will be operated. A mobile HMI panel
installation of the latest electrical points interlockings in South Africa have been will be provided to perform local control
units will also allow for greater ease of use relay based, progressing to date to hybrid and monitoring of the Beaconsfield yard
compared to the existing mechanical interlocking, the new EOW S7 Interlocking section over a radio network as well as
system.” uses the proven failsafe Simatic S7 PLC been used as a diagnostic tool for yard
processor and a scaled down version of maintenance. The main picture shows the Beaconsfield
yard in Kimberley, with the proposed LED
A production line for the first few units has the Simis-S software which is currently
signalling technology shown in the insert
begun in India. The well known BSG 9 implemented on the Sishen Saldanah “As the South Africa railway signalling above.
points are being re-engineered by Siemens railway line. specifications currently do not account for
engineers to be trailable and to allow for shunting yards, it is up to Siemens to again at the forefront of technology
swift and safe shunting movements The heart of the system, The EOW S7 define railway signalling standards for introducing our Simatic solutions in the
without the risk of damage to points or system provides an electronic interlocking shunting yards in South Africa,” says Kevin. rail industry. These developments allow
train derailments in the event of a run- to ensure safe shunting. It also interfaces “The success of this project could land us to offer progressing solutions and are
through. with the newly installed BSG 9 points Siemens future projects of bigger sizes in much more exciting for the upcoming rail
machine, points indicators, wheel the context of yard signalling and safety signalling engineers”.
Points indicators dimensions are rescaled detectors and points push buttons used for solutions when Transnet Freight Rail (TFR)
and miniaturised for practicality in the local control. In addition, the interlocking starts rolling out yard safety projects Rod Kohler, Transportation Systems
shunting yard environment, and will use will be configured to meet the SAR throughout the country.” He concludes, email@example.com
the newer technology LED clusters that requirements. "More importantly, we as Siemens are
The Orasure testing product used for the survey.
A voluntary HIV/AIDS
Prevalence Survey was held
at several of our Gauteng
offices last year to analyse
our company’s overall
prevalence rating in a bid to
effectively manage the risks
associated with HIV/AIDS.
Overseeing our HIV/AIDS programme,
Norrine Dorfling from Human Resources
reiterates that the testing was
completely voluntary and altogether
anonymous. Says Norrine, “To ensure the
utmost discretion, the testing and results
analysis processes were managed by an
independent consortium affiliated to the
WITS Health Consortium, HIV
Management Solutions (HMS)”.
Discussing the next steps, Norrine Winners of the HIV/Aids Prevalence Survey raffle draw holding their Bosch/Siemens kitchen appliances and tools, from left: Nicole Fleuriot;
explains that HMS is performing an in- Norrine Dorfling, Human Resources; Vusi Mashaba; Refentse Malao; Jordan Larrin and Connie Odendaal. Absent: Thalitha Mogotsi.
depth analysis of the survey results
which will be further communicated in The draw, which took place earlier this place every two years - will go a long continuously improve our HIV/Aids policy
the next edition of AmongstUs. As part year, saw six employees winning way in assisting Siemens in the drive to to the benefit of every employee.
of the survey, participants were eligible Bosch/Siemens small kitchen appliances
to enter a raffle competition to win and tools. Concluding, Norrine Norrine Dorfling, Human Resources. firstname.lastname@example.org
several prizes. emphasises that the survey - which takes
Promoting supplier diversity
In accordance with the South African BEE Specialist in Procurement’s Supplier consultation with our headquarters in
Government’s Broad Based Black Economic Management unit. Germany, with the aim of ultimately using
Empowerment (BBBEE – “BEE” in short) them as exporters. Since last year’s ‘Siemens
legislation, our Procurement Department has In addition, our Regional Procurement Supplier of the Year’ was a BEE supplier, we
implemented a preferential procurement Manager, Guido Coppens, is also a Board believe that this is possible and we remain
policy to promote and secure sustainable Member of the Institute of Procurement of upbeat about the potential for further
sourcing from supplier organisations that are South Africa (IPSA). At the 2007 IPSA success”.
owned and controlled by Black people. conference, our CEO, Sigi Proebstl
participated as a keynote speaker, addressing With established measures that are tracked
Entrenched BEE considerations are part of the more than 500 Procurement Managers via the Reporting and Controlling function in
selection and registration of Siemens’ (including key customers) across Africa. our Procurement division, R503 million or
suppliers. More specifically, these 41% of our company’s R1.22 billion
considerations form an early part of the Says Guido Coppens, “Going forward, we procurement spend represented BEE
procurement decisions that are taken in observe that the development of local procurement in the last financial year.
project business i.e. tenders, while also being suppliers will continue to be a key issue. Large
an integral element of the Supplier Material organisations contribute to such development Guido concludes, “Siemens engages in a
Strategies for locally sourced goods. by way of the country’s counter-trade continuous, partner-orientated dialogue with
Addressing the strategic need for supplier programme (National Industrial Participation developing suppliers and we believe that this
diversity and coordination of related activities, Programme)”. He continues, “Ideally, we is paramount to our commitment to Pamelo Siteto, BEE Specialist, Supplier
Pamelo Siteto was recently appointed as a endeavour to develop BEE suppliers, in empowering communities”. Management.
Our Siemens Building Technologies (SBT)
team are participating in the Gautrain project
by providing the flexible Open Transport
Network (OTN) communication system for
The Gautrain is a modern rail network under
development in Gauteng which will offer
international standards of public transport
with high levels of safety, reliability and
comfort. Comprising of two links, one
between Tshwane and Johannesburg and
the other between OR Tambo International
Airport and Sandton, the Gautrain link is
approximately 80 kms of rail track.
In each station along the rapid rail track, an
OTN-N42 node will be provided and
equipped with two BORA2500-ETX cards for
redundancy purposes. The OTN
communication system, capable of handling
all conceivable telecommunications
applications, will take care of the signalling,
audio, Ethernet and voice applications.
Railway signalling is one of the most critical
components in the safe operation of the
Gautrain. The signalling system will be
designed to switch to a safe mode or back-
Our SBT colleagues demonstrated a live OTN system at the Securex exhibition last year.
up system ensuring that, in the unlikely
event of the system failing, it will still be
Solutions for Samancor
safe. Redundancies in signalling and
communication will also provide safe and
The OTN communication system used will
Samancor Middleburg Ferrochrome has contracted our
guarantee direct access to the
Mining Technologies colleagues at Industrial Solutions and
communication network at any time. Several
Services (I&S) to provide Low Voltage switchgear and
users can send data simultaneously and at
control and instrumentation (C&I) - a PCS7 DCS system
different rates. Simple for the user and
integrated solution with the Siemens instrument range -
maintenance personnel, OTN requires no
elaborate routines to get the system running for their new 60 MW arc furnace. The furnace, which is
but rather it is simply a matter of picking the projected to go on line later this year, will produce a
right interface card and plugging in the capacity of between 110,000 and 115,000 tons a year.
Samancor Chrome is one of the largest ferrochrome
Juliana Bichara, SBT producers in the world, providing three grades of
email@example.com ferrochrome namely charge chrome, intermediate carbon
ferrochrome and low-carbon ferrochrome. Each of these
Developing products is used in different areas of the stainless steel
managerial The new order follows the completion of phase one of the
customer’s upgrade project in September 2006 which saw
three existing furnaces upgraded to the Siemens PCS7 C&I
excellence system and the improvement of their Raw Material System.
Our Human Resources colleagues have Says Samantha Lorick, I&S Account Manager for Samancor
recently launched the Siemens Middleburg Ferrochrome, “In the current project being
Management Excellence Programme executed for the M4 furnace, we have to interface to a
(SMEP), in partnership with the Gordon number of vendor packages. Although challenging, this
Institute of Business Science (GIBS). will prove beneficial to our process know-how once the
desired outputs are received”. She continues, “Every aspect
A revision of the former Siemens of the furnace control plant sections is being diagnosed
Management Development Programme and defined especially from a safety point of view during
(SMDP), the SMEP will focus on developing the design and implementation of the system. We intend
the personal and business potential of our to develop system solutions that will meet the customer's
key staff and managerial talents through requirements. Our involvement spans the complete project
business instruction and structured cycle, from concept exploration and project definition into
individual and/or group assignments, as full project execution”.
well as an overall syndicate assignment
covering business related topics that are Anton Van Goeverden, Willie Combrink, Candice Webb,
specific to our company. Sean Gilbert, Eloise Slabbert, John Proctor and Mark
Dickson form the I&S team dedicated to the Samancor
As part of the programme’s orientation, project.
the 2008 SMEP class participated in an
exciting challenge to tag white rhinos (be Samancor further plans to build a new Pellitising plant and
sure to read an account of their experience to double their ferrochrome production capacity by 2010 to
on page 5). 2.7 million tons a year in a three phase Greenfields
programme. Concludes Samantha, “We are currently
The 2008 SMEP will conclude in August involved with the exploration of the new plant for
this year. Middleburg Ferrochrome, which is scheduled to begin in
April next year”.
For further information, contact:
Nish Pillay, Human Resources, Skills Samantha Lorick, I&S Mining Technologies
Development. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Samantha Lorick in front of the M4 Furnace at Samancor.
The new 2008 CATS group; top row from left: Morgan Mokwebo; Victor Nkomondo; Lerato Bopape; Octavia Pillay; Nkateko Shanbangu; Kyleen Pillay; Kelebone Masapo; Mantele Mofokeng;
Stacy Pillay; Mamocha Mabatho; Yushavia Pillay; Godfrey Khumalo; Roshil Joshi and Shezaad Anver. Middle row from left: Kamlesh Ranchord; Madumetja Tshabalala; Noxolo Soga; Nonzwakazi
Mbatha; Kgothatso Lehobye; Carla Hechter; Cassandra Moodley; Lunfuno Muhali; Bhavna Valjee; Ingrid Du Preez and Johan van der Walt. Bottom row from left: Daniso Solom; Sifiso Mdlalose;
Tino De Ameida; Khanyisa Masemola; Motshisi Kuili; Mehtab Khatri; Tlotlego Moatshe; Itumeleng Letsebe; Moloto Matsatsi; Charmaine Nagel; Mlamli Malunga; Yolandi Smeiman; Kathleen
Chetty and Sharon Thotharam, Training Consultant, Corporate Human Resources (front centre).
As part of our annual Commercial supervisor or tutor is appointed from
Advancement Training Scheme the business area to take care of and
(CATS), 38 new trainees - ranging guide the trainee during his/her
from Matriculants to third year, training period.
second year and first year tertiary
institution students - were selected Says Sharon Thotharam, Training
for 2008’s programme. Consultant from our Corporate
Human Resources division, “Within
The CATS programme aims to any company the strength of the
The 2006 CATS trainees who successfully completed the training programme, top row from left: provide our organisation with a organisation lies directly within the
Chantelle Botha; Larrin Jordan and Kgaogelo Mbetse. Bottom row from left: Navin Kowlesser; Clara source of young commercial staff hands of the employees, driven by
Seya; Refentse Malao and Sharon Thotharam, Training Consultant, Corporate Human Resources. through the intake of commercial individual work and team efficiency.
trainees that have been provided Our trainees need to understand that
with structured training as well as hard work and perseverance will
on-the-job instruction within our enable them to become the next
Business and Corporate Units for an generation of managerial talent
initial period of two years. This year, within Siemens”.
the CATS programme has been
revamped to provide our trainees The minimum education requirement
with a recognised qualification by for CATS is a Grade 12/Matric with
enrolling them directly at Unisa to Maths and Accounting in HG, and 1st
obtain their Degrees. year Bcom students majoring in any
two Financial Accounting subjects.
Split into practical and theoretical Interested students can visit the
instruction, our CATS trainees are Internet at www.siemens.co.za to
exposed to various aspects of apply online via the ‘Jobs and Careers’
business administration in addition link.
to an introduction to our
The 2007 Business Administration Training Scheme (BATS) students who have completed their
first year of the training programme, top row from left: Tshepo Nkopane; Kevin Tshabalala; commercial SAP R/3 system. When a
Lungelo Mhlongo; Rhodal Moodley and Kgosietsile Motsisi. Bottom row from left: Thulile
Sharon Thotharam, Human Resources
trainee is assigned to a relevant
Buthelezi; Boniswa Buyambo; Lesego Mampe; Sharon Thotharam, Training Consultant, Corporate firstname.lastname@example.org
Business or Corporate Unit, a
Human Resources and Bryon Skinner.
A giving spirit
Over 20 boxes of clothing and toys collected over
December and January by our staff at Siemens Park
and the Siemens Service Centre were recently donated
to the children at our Mayfair Youthspace House. A
warm thanks to all the people who gave so willingly.
On the left, the smiling faces of the children
from our Mayfair Youthspace House and their
House Mothers, Nelly Goldsworthy (middle) and
Jabu Mlanjana (top) with just some of the
clothing and toys donated to them. On the right
a personalised card thanking Siemens from the
Emily Molefe, CSR Manager. email@example.com
Agent training critical to
call centre performance
The proficiency of its agents can make or
break a call centre – this is one of the findings
of a comprehensive survey conducted by our
colleagues at Siemens Enterprise
Communications (SEN) during 2007.
The survey highlighted a substantial
discrepancy between the best- and worst-
performing call centres in South Africa. The
results of the survey indicate clearly that
those call centres with well-operated, properly
structured training programmes were best
placed to deliver on their Service Level
Agreements (SLAs) with customers.
However, those call centres with a haphazard
or non-existent approach to training tended
to labour under the conditions imposed by
high staff turnover and low morale. Even
worse, managers of struggling call centres are
reluctant to invest in training, believing that
the investment will be lost through the high
incidence of staff turnover.
In addition, call centres which lack high- The SEN Call Centre Training Academy.
calibre agents often resort to promoting those
Modern technology for
agents who have stayed with the company for
the longest period of time or show the most
Coaches in this environment need
motivational skills, and managers have to be
able to strategise and analyse. These
organisations run the risk of creating a
stable electricity networks
Our colleagues at Power Transmission toughest questions relating to stability in two-day workshop kicked off with
situation where those agents with the most
and Distribution’s Energy Automation electrical networks. presentations by Nico Kleyhans, Manager
promise become ineffective managers,
Division (PTD EA) hosted a technology Protection, Metering and Control at Eskom
coaches and team leaders, and are
workshop for delegates from Eskom With an increased focus on Transmission and Stuart van Zyl, Chief
simultaneously lost to the call centre as
Distribution and Eskom Transmission in a implementation of modern protection Engineer Protection at Eskom Distribution.
bid to answer some of South Africa’s and substation automation concepts, the
In a bid to improve the situation, our SEN Practical demonstrations, interactive
associates evaluated the training centres and presentations and open discussions
courses available on the market, and allowed participants to contemplate
consulted with its call centre customers to future trends and developments in
determine their requirements. addition to the latest technology
The SEN Contact Centre Focus Group
discovered that, while there is an Says Peter Herbst, Divisional Manager at
overabundance of courses available, many PTD EA, “The workshop enabled us to
don’t follow a well-thought-out plan, nor are demonstrate several state-of-the-art
they part of an overarching programme to technologies, one of which is the Digital
deliver long-term results. Customers indicated System Interface software for SIPROTEC
that they were looking for a more structured protection relays (DIGSI). We were able to
approach with a well-defined process tailored show just how easy it is to capture signals
to individual agents and designed to develop and process the information within an
attractive career paths for their agents. IEC61850 system and how securely
parameter sets of existing databases from
In response to this demand, SEN will be any manufacturer can be transferred into
launching its Call Centre Training Academy to a SIPROTEC device without re-typing
the market in April, a month after opening them.”
the facility to internal staff. The aim is to
assist call centres in creating incentives for Delegates from Eskom attended a technology workshop hosted by PTD EA.
He continues, “Further illustrations
their agents and to build a sustainable, long- included the explanation of the workings
term business. of Generic Object Oriented Substation
Event or “GOOSE” messages as well as the
The courses designed by SEN are modular, features of the SICAM PAS automation
providing agents with the flexibility to identify
system that ensures secure switching
strengths and weaknesses and then select
operations, monitoring, data analysis and
modules to enhance their strong points and
reporting. As one of the highlights,
address areas which require bolstering.
participants could log onto the SICAM PAS
Training will consist of theoretical and
system via a wireless connection and
practical learning in a classroom environment,
make use of the control and monitoring
followed by an opportunity to gain experience
in a dummy call centre and finally features themselves”.
culminating in spending time in a real call
centre. Nico Kleyhans from Eskom Transmission
concluded the workshop with acclamation
For the ‘Siemens Certified Call Centre Agent’ for PTD’s know-how. “I am looking
qualification to have credibility in the forward to a successful cooperation
marketplace, a system has been devised between Siemens and Eskom on future
whereby agents can attain their certificates at projects that will enable Eskom to meet
various levels. Companies will immediately be upcoming special challenges such as the
able to assess the proficiency of the agent by FIFA World Cup 2010 and South Africa’s
seeing his or her pass rate at a particular level. ever growing energy demand”.
Carrie Kritzinger, SEN Prof. Dr. Siegfried Lemmer, Director of Product Lifecycle Management at PTD EA in Nuremberg, Peter Herbst, PTD
firstname.lastname@example.org Germany, presented future trends and developments in addition to today’s product life cycle email@example.com
management of multi functional protective relays.
P h o n e s w i t h a to u c h o f c l a s s
Introducing the new
Gigaset S670 and S675
The new Gigaset S670 and S675 with The S675 has an integrated answering
integrated answering machine offers a machine with up to 40 minutes recording
combination of high quality and cutting- time. The answering machine can also send
edge design. These reliable easy-to-use a detailed SMS to a mobile or external phone
cordless DECT phones have an extra large when you receive a message and messages
illuminated display supporting 65,000 can be retrieved remotely. Thanks to
colours, a clearly laid out keypad, intuitive Siemens’ new ECO DECT technology and
icon based menus, superior sound, electricity saving supply units, customers can
convenient hands-free function and standard expect to use up to 60% less energy. Also,
headset connection. With a metallic chrome the base station transmitting power is
and matt black finish and novel “L-shaped” adjustable, and when the phone is docked in
base station, the S670 and S675 will make a the base station, the transmitting power is
handsome addition to any home or small reduced to almost zero. Furthermore, when
business. These new S-class phones feature up to 6 multiple handsets are used, users can
set includes an address book that can store manually reduce the transmitting power,
up to 250 contacts, an integrated calendar which reduces the phone’s indoor range by
and SMS functionality. approximately 25 to 30 meters.
Tracey Ming Sun, Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices. firstname.lastname@example.org
Practice makes perfect – young musicians polishing their musical skills.
Honing young musical talent
The Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble has number of international artists including of Edinburgh and the Duke of York. email@example.com with the
recently been welcomed back into our mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink and cellist Several free “Buskaid Live” CDs featuring subject line: “I want a free Buskaid CD”.
Corporate Social Responsibility Arts and Steven Isserlis. The young musicians music from their tours in London,
Culture Programme. have also played several times for former Auckland and Johannesburg, among Emily Molefe,
President Nelson Mandela and in the others, are up for grabs. To be first in Corporate Social Responsibility
Founded in 1992 by British Viola player, presence of Queen Elizabeth II, The Duke line, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosemary Nalden, Buskaid has been able
to assist and initiate a wide variety of
township music projects to help young
black musicians. At present, 64 students
Good cooperation in the MEAC Region
are enrolled in the school, with a staff of Corporate Communications (CC) colleagues second day that outlined the strategic topics ceremony. Dr Stephan Heimbach, global
five teachers. from our MEAC Region (Africa, Middle East that we need to actively communicate to head of Corporate Communications and
and C.I.S. countries) recently gathered our stakeholders with special emphasis on Government Affairs, also joined the MEAC
Regarded as a model project, both for its together for their annual MEAC the Siemens’ values and our new integrated Communications meeting.
high musical standards and the teaching Communications meeting. This year’s programme “Siemens Answers’. Day three of
methods employed, Buskaid Ensemble meeting took place in Sandton, South Africa the conference focused on regional Best
members have already performed twice and comprised of a short training module Practice workshops and information sharing.
under the baton of Sir John Eliot on the first day of the conference followed Over and above, our CC MEAC colleagues
Gardiner, and in collaboration with a by various corporate presentations on the were able to attend the Profile Awards
Turning dreams into reality
The Innovation Centre launched by our
colleagues at Siemens Enterprise
Communications (SEN) earlier this year
stands to bring our customers, developers
and partners closer to realising industry
dreams such as Fixed-Mobile Convergence,
Unified Communications and Business
The Centre showcases solutions which
support the latest trends in the
communications field such as Fixed-Mobile
Convergence and Unified Communications,
both of which will become definitive realities
in communications over the next few years.
The Innovation Centre shows working
solutions that are already available for these
new trends in communication technology.
Regular analysis of the behaviours and
interactions of people in the market who
make use of technology to communicate has
led to SEN’s strategic vision for the future of
communications titled “LifeWorks”.
By finding out exactly how customers and
end users would like to share information,
our SEN company has been able to create a
seamless, integrated and secure
communication environment – one where
Above and below: Views of the new SEN Innovation Centre. everyone has on-demand access to the
people, information and applications they
need, irrespective of location, device or
This environment and these solutions are
showcased in the Innovation Centre, helping
our partners and customers to plan their
future direction, and making it easier for
software developers to integrate their
products into the technologies of the future.
The SEN Innovation Centre provides
customers, partners and developers the
opportunity to see how the technologies
work, thus enabling forward planning of the
integration of such technologies into their
Key journalists from the business and IT
media as well as supply partners attended
the launch. The event was concluded in
typical German style with traditional
refreshments and snacks.
Carrie Kritzinger, SEN
Partnering with the SABC
Providing an end-to-end broadcasting solution logical choice as a broadcasting partner to take place. “Instead of the typical problems explains that these projects include the Digital
covering the entire broadcasting lifecycle, our care of the SABC’s business from end to end. associated with analogue transmissions, the Terrestrial Television system itself; building a
colleagues at Siemens IT Solutions and Services public can expect a much better and more sports hub; digitising all the SABC’s studios, the
(SIS) have been appointed as the major “With the option of going digital or satellite, stable signal. “Noise and ghosting is control centres and master control room.
broadcast technology services supplier for the the decision was taken by government to something of the past - the picture is either
South African Broadcasting Corporate (SABC) convert our service to Digital Terrestrial there in full quality or not”, he says. “In Commenting further, Mark says, “All the
until December 2010. Television, a similar offering to DSTV but free- addition to extra channels, radio stations can facilities, including the OBUs, will be made
to-air. From the 1st November 2008, the SABC also be broadcast. The option also exists of High Density (HD) ready, particularly to comply
The multi-million Euro contract will see SIS will begin broadcasting as part of the getting other services like data over with broadcasting requirements for the 2010
implement a delivery strategy in partnership switchover from analogue to digital, which will transmitters, transmissions to mobile handsets Soccer World Cup”. With the SABC’s
with local South African firms, Sedibeng be finalised in 2011,” says Nic Bonthuys. and audience interaction.” procurement of four HD OBUs, more are
Multimedia Services, Simeka Consulting and “Open and free for all, typically every viewer in scheduled for procurement by 2010.
Sifikile Technology Services to convert the South Africa will have many more channels Zunaid Mayet, SIS Divisional Managing
SABC’s transmission technology from analogue than currently available with a greater choice Director, says now that the strategic planning “Although many of the people we bring onto
improved content, better quality and interactive multicasting and viewer interaction will also projects incorporated in the technology similar broadcasting facilities across the globe,
programming that will help bridge the digital offer huge benefit for rural communities to roadmap is being initiated. “A strategy and a large amount of knowledge and skills
divide. access content, and go a long way to bridge architectual group oversees and ensures the transfer is taking place as a considerable
the digital divide.” alignment of technology projects with the amount of time and human resources are
Nic Bonthuys, Acting Chief Technology Officer overall architectual strategy, whilst the being devoted to training and retraining local
at the SABC, says SIS’s proven track record in Nic Bonthuys says the SABC fully supports the programme delivery stream focuses on personnel,” Mark concludes.
technology development and the company’s government’s decision made last year to begin ensuring the implementation of around 200
experience in implementing similar technology transmissions by October 2008, and with the technology projects. Mark Gordon,
systems with the British Broadcasting SIS partnership, has taken the appropriate Siemens IT Solutions and Services
Corporation in Scotland made the company the steps to put the required infrastructure in Mark Gordon, Head of Broadcasting at SIS email@example.com
Joining the fight against HIV/AIDS
In a move aimed at supporting efforts to follow them for six months. Tremayne Dr. Martinson and the PHRU chose to themselves with the technology in
combat HIV/Aids by assisting the Chris Hani Ramballie, Ultrasound product specialist at approach us. We appreciate the opportunity preparation for full-time use this year, will
Baragwanath and Tshepong Hospitals in Medical Solutions, says the Sonoline to assist the project and be part of this help them better understand HIV/Aids and
their research into the disease, our Medical ultrasound units will go a long way in worthy cause,” says Tremayne. TB, and how the two diseases inter-relate.
Solutions division has donated two Siemens helping the fight against HIV/AIDS by
Sonoline ultrasound units. assisting in the research and investigative The ultrasound units, which were handed Tremayne Ramballie,
efforts. “Of all the ultrasound vendors in over to the two hospitals in December to Medical Solutions
Dr. Neil Martinson, Deputy Director of the South Africa, we are honoured that give the researchers time to familiarise firstname.lastname@example.org
Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU) at Chris
Hani Baragwanath Hospital, says the
Siemens Sonoline will be used to assess
whether ultrasound is of assistance in
making a diagnosis of tuberculosis in HIV-
infected adults who are being treated with
“We approached Siemens Medical Solutions
for assistance with the ultrasound units,
which will be pivotal to our research,” says
Dr. Martinson. “Our real interest is a point-
of-care investigation by the attending
doctor, and we are also considering using
the machines to assist with the assessment
of HIV-infected neonates.”
According to Dr. Martinson, our Medical
colleagues were very responsive and willing
to assist with the donation, which has
saved their project a budgeted amount of
R80,000 that can now be used for
laboratory investigations. “If we had
purchased the machines ourselves, it is
likely we would have either obtained a
machine not suited to our application or
sourced an inferior product,” he says.
One of the investigative modalities being
used in the research programme is
abdominal ultrasound on all patients who
have symptoms of TB. Dr. Martinson and
his team are doing this study at the
Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp and the
PHRU at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. From left: Dr. Neil Martinson, Deputy Director of the Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU); Dr. James McIntyre, Executive Director of the Perinatal
The study will recruit 1,000 adults and HIV Research Unit (PHRU) and Francois Nolte, Medical Solutions Business Manager with one of the ultrasound units that was donated.
Praise for Sekunjalo
Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool says he continent. It dispels the notion of Afro- shown rapid growth and creativity but also who recently took over the Sekunjalo helm,
is “extremely excited” about the prospects for pessimism and is testimony to the significant delivered sound dividends to the many would continue to drive growth out of the
the province’s economy after our shareholder, achievements of this company. historically disadvantaged individuals and business, giving him access to some of the
Sekunjalo Investments Ltd. (based in Cape community based organisations that make up world’s leading business people, but also
Town) was included in the World Economic Sekunjalo has operations in the United the bulk of their shareholders." allowing him to share the South African
Forum’s Top 125 list of Global Growth Kingdom and Mauritius, and was the only approach to doing business, matters such as
Companies (GGC). South African company to be included as a The Premier said that he also believed that ‘a the triple bottom line, transparency and
founding member of the GGC list at its home grown executive’, such as Mo Kajee accountability.
Speaking at a gala dinner to celebrate inaugural meeting in Dalian, China last year.
Sekunjalo’s inclusion on the WEF Top 125, the Companies which were included on the WEF
Premier said “Sekunjalo’s achievement is also list had to demonstrate a strong profitability
a major feat for our province and indeed for and innovation drive, adhere to openness and
South Africa. This is a very special accolade flexibility, demonstrate core business
for Sekunjalo and I am extremely excited competencies, allocate resource on a global
about what this means for the Western Cape scale and recruit and retain talented
economy, for South Africa and the African individuals.
With a host of CEO’s as guests at the dinner,
Enjoying the festive season
Premier Rasool challenged other companies
to ensure that they were included on the list
in the future, saying that "the champions of
tomorrow, who will most probably by-pass
the current Fortune 500 companies in terms
of their market capitalisation and breadth of
operations, are most likely to emerge from
the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and
China) but we must see to it that South Africa
is included in this group and that investors
include our country in the acronym - brics!"
Premier Rasool further made special mention
of the leading role that Executive
Chairperson, Dr. Iqbal Survé, had played in
establishing the investment company whose
business interests include fishing, motor,
healthcare, pharmaceutical IT and
communications, aquaculture and
biotechnology. Christmas parties were hosted for the children from our Mayfair Youthspace and Emdeni
Childrens Homes at Wild Waters in Boksburg and Montecasino’s Tuscan BBQ restaurant.
Dr. Iqbal Survé, Executive Chairperson, “Through Iqbal Survé’s visionary leadership Our picture shows the boys from the Emdeni Childrens Home enjoying themselves at their
Sekunjalo Investments Ltd. and passion this company has not only Christmas party.
A united PTD front
Focusing on communication and interaction, our Power One of the teambuilding activities was a boat race.
Transmission and Distribution (PTD) colleagues
participated in a teambuilding event last year. From
various sports activities to drumming and braaing, the
PTD team came together as one Business Unit with one
vision and mission.
Over the past years, our colleagues at PTD have faced
many challenges with the integration of the Marqott
business as well as the split of the PTD team to three
locations, namely Siemens Park, Kyalami Park and
Corporate Park North. Comments Christian Franssen, PTD
Financial Director, “We wanted to create a special
teambuilding experience in a neutral environment. The
ultimate goal was to improve the effectiveness and unity
of our team and of course ensure that all team members
are actively involved in the success and profitability of our
He concludes, “From the positive feedback received from
all participants, I can honestly state that we all share a
common purpose and the responsibility for achieving it”. The PTD team in its entirety at their teambuilding event.
Contributing to sustainable skills development
In a major contribution that will help school, where it will be used to buy “The Lephalale FET College investment technology being installed at the
build capacity for a continuous and training equipment and plant for by Siemens in cooperation with Eskom’s institution.
sustainable skills development eight new workshops, classrooms community development programmes
programme, our colleagues at Power and an IT laboratory,” says Dion. “The is intended to help address skills In a well laid-out workshop with
have confirmed a R20-million class of 2007/2008 consists of 162 development for the construction of the simulation phases that resemble
corporate social responsibility grant students, and approximately 570 Medupe power station and forms a typical mechanical and electro-
to the Lephalale Further Education students will be completing various strong catalyst for economic and social electrical environments, state of the
and Training (FET) College. levels of artisan training by 2009.” upliftment in the greater Lephalale art equipment has been installed,
region.” including a Computer Based Training
Dion Govender, the Group Managing According to Dion, the demand for laboratory, Computed Aided Design
Director of our Power division, says in skilled artisans is especially The investment was approved under the (CAD), motor vehicle simulation, and
order to meet South Africa’s growth important given Eskom’s National Industrial Participation some of the latest fitting, turning
targets and Eskom’s capacity commitment to making major Programme (NIPP) of the Department of and mechanical tooling
expansion programme as well as a investments in building new power Trade and Industry (DTI), who went to
host of other infrastructure stations and upgrading existing great lengths to support a skills “The upgraded Lephalale FET College
programmes, a sustainable and infrastructure to meet South Africa’s development programme of this nature. resembles a typical centre of
steady stream of well-trained artisans rising energy demands. excellence that I would like to see
is required to satisfy the demand for Following a visit to Lephalale College, replicated throughout the country,”
skills. “The Lephalale FET College NIPP William Ramutla, Portfolio Manager, concludes William Ramutla.
investment by Siemens is a direct Industrial Participation Secretariat at
“The R20-million grant will be paid result of Eskom’s skills development the Department of Trade and Industry Jose Machado, Corporate
out over a two year period to vision and will help in addressing the (Dti), says he was particularly impressed Communications
Lephalale College’s artisan training country’s skills shortage,” he says. with the modern and relevant email@example.com