This past year, 2017, has been one of regenerating the Institute as being a forum for individuals and companies involved in materials handling.
Our efforts have been directed at the following:
The extension of the single lecture Joint Forum events (with CMA) to a more informative full afternoon series of lectures. We have succeeded in this with two such events under our belt. My thanks are extended to Simon Curry for his efforts in coordinating these lecture afternoons on behalf of the Institute.
We have also succeeded in marketing Materials Handling as a discipline to students and have had our first talk at Wits University with a second at the University of Johannesburg on the cards. Bruce Watts and Themba Xhamfu are to be commended on the running of this initiative.
Other events in which we have been successful are:
Participation in the biannual Beltcon conference. The conference was a success in that the papers were of a very high standard and enjoyed by all.
Our annual golf day was again a great success. My thanks go to Neil Cochran and his assistant Nomfundo Baloyi for having so ably organised this event. The raffle, with Brelko doing the usual doubling up, yielded a donation to Avril Elizabeth Home of R16 530. Many thanks to all who participated.
I propose that the committee should endeavour to complete the following functions in 2018, this in addition to continuing the good work with joint forum lectures, student interaction and the annual golf day:
The update of membership list and review of member categories.
The registration of the Institute as an entity.
A review and extensive marketing of the available on-line basic courses in belt conveying.
Last but most important, increasing the membership base.
I extend my thanks to my fellow committee members; Bruce Watts, Neil Cochran, Simon Curry, Themba Xhamfu, Ronnie Bawden and Abri Smit for their support in the past year.