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A Focus on USB Alumni Association Mpumalanga Chapter

USB Alumni Association
  • MAY 02
  • Tags Alumni, Chapter, Mpumalanga, Responsible Leaders

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The Mpumalanga chapter of the USB Alumni Association confirmed their committee at their AGM in November 2018. Under the leadership of Mrs Elyssa Spreeth, this chapter hosted a series of alumni-industry dialogue sessions and continuous learning events during 2017 and 2018. Elyssa, notes the committee’s focus to invigorate commitment and motivation of alumni in Mpumalanga.

The Mpumalanga Chairperson, Elyssa Spreeth, has been elected as the USB Alumni Association Chairperson for a term of three years. Congratulations Elyssa, and we look forward to your leadership for the Alumni Association chapters!

During the past year, this team facilitated a collaboration agreement between USB Alumni Mpumalanga and SAIEE (South African institute of Electrical engineers) Mpumalanga. Through this collaboration, events costs are shared, which enables USB to market to a wider audience including engineers that might be interested in future studies at USB. It is believed that at least one engineer took up studies at USB as a result of this intervention.

The SAIEE presidential address took place in May 2018, where the discussion focussed on South African infrastructure. USB alumni chapter invited alumni and the event was sponsored by SAIEE. During August 2018, Dr Piet Croucamp was the guest speaker and focused on the upcoming elections, the post Nasrec scenarios for South Africa. The event was sponsored by SAIEE.

During August 2018, Dr Piet Croukamp was the guest speaker and focused on the upcoming elections, the post Nasrec scenarios for South Africa. The event was sponsored by SAIEE.

During November, futurist Michiel Jonker presented on “How macro international events influences South Africa”.

In April 2019, Dr Piet Croucamp followed up on his presentation with a review of “The Ramaphosa conundrum: A mandate for post capture governance:  The most likely outcomes of the 8 May election, the percentages and outcomes”.

Meet the Committee
Elyssa Spreethholds a B.Sc Information Technology (2002) and a Engineering degree (2003) from the Rand Afrikaans University and an MBA from USB (2013). Elyssa is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a professional engineer since 2008. She has eight years’ experience in the Mining industry where she has worked as a project engineer, reliability engineer and an electrical engineer on various projects and maintenance activities. She also has eight years’ experience in the Petrochemical environment where she successfully managed an engineering team to design and construct a new plant in the Refinery and was the commercial lead on a Mega Project.

Francois Smith holds a B. Engineering degree from University of Stellenbosch (1994), a B.Sc Statistics from UNISA (1998) and an MBA from USB (2005).  He is registered with the Institute for South Africa Professional Engineers since 1998. He works primarily in project management in heavy industry (Eskom 1995 to 1998, Iscor Mining 1999 to 2004) and with Tenova Pyromet 2004 to present.  He managed local and international projects with the latest being a Silica Metal furnace in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ludolph de Klerk holds a B. Engineering degree (2004) from the University of Pretoria and an MBA from USB (2016). Ludolph is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a professional engineer since 2015 and also holds an Electrical Engineer’s Certificate of Competence (GCC) for Metalliferous Mines. He comes from a mining environment where working safely is essential and practical implementation and maintenance of equipment is key. Ludolph prides himself on good working knowledge of electrical engineering principles and well-formed relationships (peers and clients) to execute projects successfully.

Pieter du Plessis holds a B.Commerce degree in Investment Management from the University of Pretoria, (2007), and a MBA from University of Stellenbosch Business School, (2016). Pieter is employed in the South African Financial Services Industry, at First National Bank since 2008.  He has gained extensive experience in the ATM and Business Banking industries in South Africa. His current role at FNB Business Banking as the Regional Head of Investments for the Inland Provinces (Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, Freestate, Northern Cape), contributes to his wealth of business banking experience. Pieter is married to Ansie Du Plessis and have two boys aged four and two. He keeps busy with volunteer rescue work with Off Road Rescue Unit in the Lowveld and Crossfit. He lives in Nelspruit.

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