AUG 2015

The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers

The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, formed in 1909, has grown to the extent that there are approximately 6000 members on its membership roll. Members are professionally engaged in the full range of engineering activities, including academic research, manufacturing, electronics, telecommunications, measurement and control, mining, and power infra-structural services. They make meaningful contributions of the quality of life to the community and to the steady advancement of technology. Their efforts are acknowledged in many countries of the world.

The Institute contributes to the common interests and welfare of the whole engineering fraternity through close co-operation with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

Mission Statement

The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers strives to be a leading and respected learned society of Electrical Engineers through:

Promoting electrical science and its applications for the benefit of its members and the Southern African community.
Close contact with appropriate national and international organizations
Recognizing achievement by advancement of individual members to higher grades of membership within the Institute and thereby enhancing the status of the profession.
Being apolitical and nondiscriminatory

Please click on the above SAIEE logo to find out more about the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers.


In August 2015 the RobotScience project at UJ TechnoLab launches AfrikaBot 2016 which aims to make participation in robotics competitions more affordable for South African teenagers with the support of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE).

In April 2015 the RobotScience project becomes a full time project of UJ TechnoLab.

In 2014 the RobotScience project at UJ TechnoLab trains a group of teenagers in robotics sponsored by the Shuttleworth Foundation.

Click HERE to see some of the high quality training that we were able to present in 2014 as a result of the generosity of the SHUTTLEWORTH FOUNDATION.

In 2012 The RobotScience project trains eight teenagers from Soweto in robotics at Sci-Bono, Newtown, Johannesburg.

2009 - 2013 RobotScience training in private schools.

2008 a low cost robot teenagers can build themselves called Skippy with the code name P1X8

2005 Michael Ettershank imports an affordable desktop robot called the Boe-Bot from Parallax Inc in the USA.

2001 Michael Ettershank tries to teach electronics to young people at Kids Haven in Benoni, but finds they get distracted easily.

In 2000 Michael Ettershank returns from Atlanta, USA, to South Africa.

1990s sees the arrival of the Internet and cellphones and digital cameras.

1980s sees the arrival of affordable personal computers.

1979 Michael Ettershank starts building electronic gadgets with his school buddy Adrian Sutton.