PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT with the CITY COUNCIL of PRETORIA

 

Duration / Position

I was employed as Engineer: Electronic Services in the Electricity Department of the former City Council of Pretoria from the 1st of December 1994 until the 31st of May 1998.

 

 

Main Activities:

Electronic Systems design and implementation, consisting of:

         Feasibility studies and reports;

         Investigation and research on available systems and technologies;

         Compilation of Technical and/or Functional Specifications and Tender documents;

         Tender adjudication, evaluation and recommendations;

  • Project Management and implementation of solutions,

 

with regard to the following technologies:

 

         Telephone exchanges, cabling and terminal equipment;

         Optical fibre and microwave based power line protection and communications equipment;

         Two way radio communication systems;

         Data communications equipment and accessories related to Supervisory Control and Data Access (SCADA);

  • Wide Area Network (WAN) equipment to interconnect geographically separated Local Area Networks (LANís).

 

I rendered a consulting service with regard to communications systems to other Departments in the City Council on request.

 

I also co-ordinated, planned and performed maintenance on the private telecommunications network and the Wide Area Network.

 

 

Initiatives:

I entered into negotiations with the City Management on behalf of my Division for alternative accommodation for the Divisionís activities. We identified the old Paul Kruger Orphanage building as suitable accommodation. I took responsibility for co-ordinating the renovation of the facility prior to moving in. To render telephone service, we re-used a second-hand PABX from an abandoned Council premise to save on relocation costs.

 

I compiled a response to the Governmentís Green Paper on Telecommunications on behalf of the City Council of Pretoria. The response was pro-liberalization, a phenomenon that only takes place now in the SA telecommunications industry.

 

In March 1997 the Munitoria building (Headquarter of the Cityís operations) was extensively damaged by a fire and the operations had to relocate to 5 alternative premises scattered around City Centre. I initiated a Wide Area Network project together with the IT Department to link up the geographic dispersed LANs and saw it through beyond commissioning.

 

 

Memberships and Representations:

Member of the Technical Workgroup of the Telecommunications Committee within the City Council;

 

Represent Pretoriaís municipal radio users on the South African Metropolitan Radio Users Group (SAMRUG).

 

 

Training:

Stress Management

Accountability

Self- Assertion

Microsoft Project

Principles of Digital Telephony

 

Product related Training:

ABB Fox-6, Fox-20

ABB Fox-U (Ascom/Keymile UMUX)

FIBRONICS comms muxes

 

Seminars/Conferences attended:

PABX & Call Centre Technologies, October 1996

Motorola Radio Trunking seminar, July 1997

 

 

Reasons for Resignation:

I have resigned due to a financially more rewarding employment offer from Siemens Telecommunications. (I wanted to provide for my growing family in a proper way!)