A conference to remember

What took place at during the official opening ceremony of SAESI 2015?

Day four of the biggest emergency management services (EMS) event in Africa, SAESI 2015, saw the opening of the 30th biennial conference, where delegates and speakers alike gathered to discuss ways in which to build resilient communities in South Africa.On Wednesday, 4 November, the SAESI 2015 conference began with an opening ceremony which saw the past president, Ofentse Masibi, handover his official presidential chain to the new president, Dino Padayachee.Also handed out at the opening ceremony where long-service awards, sports awards, and student awards to various high-achieving SAESI members. The full list of winners is as follows:What took place at during the official opening ceremony of SAESI 2015Fellow awards

• M Ramlall
• N Birjalal

Life Membership award

• Col. F Oberholzer
• M Te Water

NJL Swanepoel award

• JD Croucamp
• MP Mosia

40 Year Continued Membership awards

• AE Cloete
• MW Pretorius
• VM Smith
• DH Wilds

30 Year Continued Membership awards

• ON Abdul
• S Abrahams
• AK Appolos
• AJ Benson
• FJT Bezuidenhout
• P Brecker
• D Damons
• DF Esau
• J Johnstone
• CB Jones
• PL Jordaan
• D Locker
• DN Naidoo
• M Ohlson
• S Oosthuizen
• S Prinsloo
• MA RAMABOLU
• TM Ruele
• MJ Sejesho
• D Snyman
• RP Tshabadira
• NF Tsitsi
• CJA Van Der Merwe
• N Williams

20 Year Continued Membership awards

• FM Rametsi
• MS Barendse
• W Herman
• L Hodges
• M Jacobs
• AM Meleni
• JFH Burger
• AL Powrie
• SR Riddle
• L Agulhas
• G Halls
• R Erasmus
• D Hill
• MR Isaacs
• AB Tule
• KL Ngoepe
• FJT Bezuidenhout
• MP Mushwana
• CG Boshoff
• G van den Berg
• BM Senokoane
• MN Masibi
• RG Mokgofa
• AM Dalais
• AP Odendaal
• G Nel
• GR Fouche
• JC Appies
• CJS Emmenis
• MN Mathebule
• OSS Kobue
• J Ahmed
• L Mateki
• NA du Toit
• MR Ngubane
• E Muthwa
• C Pieterse
• CJ van Reenen
• FJ Steyn
• S Lupondo
• H Davy
• W Josias
• GF Burger
• FM Ndlangisa
• L Smith
• W Laufs
• D du Preez

10 Year Continued Membership awards

• JT Hhlalele
• FM Rametsi
• MC Adonis
• MS Barendse
• W Herman
• L Hodges
• M Jacobs
• AM Meleni
• JFH Burger
• AL Powrie
• SR Riddle
• L Agulhas
• G Halls
• R Erasmus
• D Hill
• T Sumner
• D Willemse
• K Grace
• NM Bakano
• JBL Carlse
• EM Rhoda
• N Thomas
• MR Isaacs
• AB Tule
• KL Ngoepe
• FJT Bezuidenhout
• MC Msinge
• A Kuhn
• ME Sesinyi
• NF Lesejane
• ET Moeketsi
• TT Seanego
• MP Mushwana
• CG Boshoff
• TP Khumalo
• MM Puane
• DF Tlou
• G van den Berg
• NF Tsitsi
• BM Senokoane
• MN Masibi
• RG Mokgofa
• ES Nkosi
• KE Mingeni
• AM Dalais
• B Ntsingila
• TSW Mthembu
• S Hoflani
• Z Franks
• GM van der Westhuizen
• SS Shabalala
• AP Odendaal
• G Nel
• GR Fouche
• JC Appies
• CJS Emmenis
• TN Mushupi
• GS Seyffert
• MN Mathebule
• OSS Kobue
• I Ahmed
• D Mlilo
• TE Mkalipi
• PT Sathekge
• MN Mathebule
• ST Mbatha
• ML Mafisa
• L Mateki
• NA du Toit
• MR Ngubane
• E Muthwa
• C Pieterse
• CJ van Reenen
• I Munro
• M Nelani
• GS Badenhorst
• J Runba
• M Stockigt
• S Kiva
• CJ Titus
• BE Roberts

Other awards

• FM Rametsi
• MN Mathebule
• AP Odendaal
• OR Pule
• BK Mokwena
• LG Makuya
• S Merryweather
• PM Khumalo
• SY Mciwa
• NF Morukhu
• S Knoetze
• P de Villiers
• BJ Sekwana
• KD Phaka
• BK Mokwena

Other highlights included the handing over of a cheque for R70 000 to Overstrand Fire, Rescue and Disaster Management, from Rosenbauer, as well as a cheque for Burns 4 Burns for R10 000, also from Rosenbauer.

The conference’s keynote speakers, Stuart Ellis of the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC), and Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers, both gave rousing speeches about the importance of making the most vulnerable citizens of a country resilient and strong. Ellis said, “It was a privilege and a pleasure to attend the SAESI Conference. I was impressed by the combination of conference and other training events, which provided a good opportunity for many people to become involved. The exhibition was impressive and the overall conference experience was very worthwhile.”

After the opening ceremony was concluded, the president opened the exhibition.

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