Studied Light Current Electrical Engineering at Wits Technikon and completed T4 National Diploma for Technicians in 1984.
Started in the electronics industry working with hospital nurse call systems and video equipment for the introduction of SABC2 and SABC3 as well as a broadcasting station for Namibia TV.
This was followed by a period in an electronics department within the S.A.D.F repairing digital frequency control equipment for 2-way radios.
Back in the commercial world, the next field of interest involved emergency vehicle equipment and the forerunner of LED displays which consisted of a matrix of electromagnetic rollers to create destination and message boards for buses controlled by microprocessors (remember the 6800 and 8085?).
Stage and theatre lighting equipment followed with digital control boards and dimmers, late night callouts to Sun City amongst others, hanging onto overhead lighting trusses in stadiums and working through the night too many times to be counted.
Next was a six year tour of duty with the (then) Johannesburg Technical College, first at Smit Street and then at the new Ellis Park Campus, teaching mainly Logic Systems and Digital Electronics from N2 to N6 morning, noon and sometimes night 4½ days a week.
Some extra after-hours practical classes were also created for those students with additional enthusiasm resulting in an almost 14 hour a day home away from home.
There followed a range of equipment to be brought back to life some of it clean, some of it oily and greasy. During this time, I taught extra math’s lessons with the goal of making it simple, and earned a Green Number for the Comrades Marathon (ten finishes).
In 2012, the opportunity arose to tick off one item on my bucket list which was to teach math’s in a classroom. I spent two years teaching high school Cambridge maths followed by a further two years teaching math’s in a primary school.
I hope to finally complete a P.G.C.E through Unisa this year. I fully understand the trials of part-time study when you have a fulltime job which doesn’t keep regular hours, not to mention family responsibilities.
Favorite saying “Make sure you get up one more time than you get knocked down”