SAFA MIE Workshop 2021


SAFA MIE invites you to join our Virtual Meeting on 29 June 2021 from 08:30 to 10:00am.

Ex for non-electrical equipment – what you need to know

Presented by Paul Meanwell

Manager – Engineering Governance, Komatsu Mining Corp. Group


The use of Test Instruments in Hazardous Areas

Presented by Mel Wilmans
Electrical Accredited Inspection Body Southern Africa


Cancellation Fee: Please note that the full workshop fee will be charged to members and none members if registration is not cancelled 7 days prior to the event or if the delegate is a no-show at the event.


Members:  R150
Non-Members:  R280
Member Package Deal:  R250

A second MIE Virtual Workshop will be held on 22 September 2021 from 08:30 to 09:30, members can register at the reduced ‘Member Package Deal’ for both events.  Topic / Speaker to be confirmed.


Paul Meanwell was born in the United Kingdom in 1959. After leaving school he started his career in electrical engineering in the coal mining industry with the British National Coal Board (NCB) and studied further for his DMIHE (UK) certificate in electrical engineering. He remained with the NCB for eight years before emigrating to South Africa at the age of 25 with the Gencor mining group.

After three years with Gencor he went to work for a Johannesburg based mining supply company supplying underground mines with communication and control products (Davis Derby). Early in his employment with Davis Derby he also joined the “South African Flameproof Association” as the company representative. 
During his 12 years with Davis Derby he rose to the position of Director of the Mining Division before leaving to join Joy Mining as Certifications Engineer.

Paul has been with Joy Mining, (now Komatsu Mining Corporation) for the last 18 years and has held a number of positions including manager of electrical engineering and his present role of Manager – Engineering Governance. In this role he is responsible for a team of people looking after certifications and approvals, risk assessments, engineering projects, engineering processes, and engineering operational excellence.

Since hazardous locations have been part of my life for more than 25years and seen the impact and the limited knowledge and incorrect approached from business owners have on this specialized field.

Thus I decided to make it my responsibility to assist and educate management and train the staff on the risks and legal aspects of hazardous locations.  The next step was to assist the industry with more MIE’s since there is still a huge shortage of competent MIE’s. The biggest issue was the attitude of some IE and MIE’s so I decided to introduce a one-stop service offering guidance, mentoring, and training to all! This includes the un-informed public too’

Mel Wilmans is a Hazardous Location Compliance Specialist and specialises with the below:

•    National Technical Director at EAIBSA(Pty)Ltd
•    Compliance Audits (hazardous locations), and verifications by inspections
•    Plant assessments and Area classification
•    Inspections and Testing to issue Certificate of compliance for specialized installations
•    Moderator for the National Exam Specialized Codes for the past 17 years at DHET
•    Specialist for Department of Employment & Labour on Electrical installation incidents in classified locations
•    Member of the SAFA MIE Committee
•    Eskom Generation Senior Consultant for Hazardous locations (from 1996 to 2003)
•    Registered MIE Trainer/Assessor in South Africa (NQF 5)
•    Senior Member at the Institute of Electrical Engineers SA (SAIEE)