Johnny Cunniff, President of the ECA(SA).

Good evening to all.

I truly believe we will enjoy this Presidential excellence awards of 2017.

As usual. we have very important guests here tonight.  I am not going to introduce each and every one to you but I can tell you that  you are in the company of  Vusi Sithole CEO of Nestlife, Jakes Malatse from the Department of Labour, Johan Crouse – the retiring Registrar of Bargaining Councils from the Department of Labour; and Jacob Mamabolo, the MEC for Infrastructure Development in Gauteng to mention just a few of our VIP guests. This will give you an idea of how we have reached out beyond our industry to become the community organisation that we resolved to be. On a lighter note, you could say that we are well-connected although we haven’t captured anybody!

I would like to mention one special table tonight: This is the Past Presidents’ table … thank you to each one of you for your leadership and the time you have spent with the ECA. Past Presidents Callie Pieterse, Garth Whittaker, Dave Nagin, Dirk Engelbrecht and Dean Nevay, I speak for the whole ECA South Africa when I say, we remain indebted to your contributions to this association. I trust that the Association has evolved into something that gives you immense pride and joy.

I am very proud to be the elected President of the ECA (SA), an employer’s organisation driven by its members.

This is the first time that these Awards have been organised inhouse and my sincere gratitude goes to our team for pulling off such a stunning event. A special word of thanks goes to Zinhle Ramashala, the Executive PA to our National Director, who was central, not only to the organisation of this event but also the Bosveld and Highveld Region’s Golf Days as well as the Presidential Golf day to be hosted at Eye of Africa on 22nd November 2017. With these events, we have raised more than R150 000 for charity and, on behalf of all our supporters and sponsors, we express our deepest gratitude.

Every award tonight is sponsored and for that we thank our sponsors in the electrical supply and distribution chain as well as our partners in the employee benefits space. Thanks for giving back.

As most of you will know by now, in June we introduced the ECA(SA)’s electronic newsletter – Wired – which is distributed to more than 5000 subscribers on the first and third Tuesday of every month. In fact, the latest record for the most seen article happened with the latest issue of this newsletter where Mark Mfikoe’s article was seen by more than 5 600 readers and shared more than 27 times!

Later tonight, we are going to share with you our new-born ‘baby’. You will witness the birth of a game changer … the realisation of a dream. Many of you in this room contributed to the success of this project. I will not say much at this stage save to say: “Erika van Zyl I am mighty glad that you are a member of our team”.

Tonight, we will launch our first magazine. Those of you who know Mark Mfikoe will know by now that between him and Erika van Zyl this will be an excellent product and something to be proud of – not only as members but also as advertisers who now have a direct communication route to your target market.

To all those who entered their best projects into our Annual Presidential Excellence Awards, I can only say that I admire your bravery because this is an extremely tough contest to win. Good luck.

In my mind, just by being finalists, you are already winners.

This event is a showcase of the excellent workmanship in the South Africans electrical industry – and we are proud of our members’ outstanding achievements and their commitment to excellence.

It is fitting to mention here that the ECA has been awarded a contract to train 200 new apprentices over a three-year period and to qualify them as wiremen. We thank the National Skills Fund and the Department of Higher Education and Training for the vote of confidence in our ability to deliver on our promises.

Ek wil ook in my Moeder Taal se: “Welkom al die gaste, ek glo julle sal die aand saam met die ECA geniet.

Now, all that’s left to say is: Sit back and enjoy the rest of the evening with the ECA(SA).


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