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22 May 2020 @ 10:02:16 am
Paddyandpaul
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I know it has been done in the past, but it would be good to hear what eveŕyone has done as a career.

I will kick off. Qualified as a Industrial art teacher in 1977 and taught 2 years, then did an adult apprenticeship at 28 and qualified as an Industrial Instrument Mechanician. Retired 4 years ago as an Instrument foreman at Anchor yeast in Durban and live in Hillcrest.My hobbies are motor cycling and woodwork.

Lets hear your stories
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22 May 2020 @ 16:49:14 pm
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Hey Paul, was that Anchor yeast in Morrison St. (I think, or thereabouts)?

I did my time at Shop 3 in the railway workshops a street or two from there.

Your strongest weapon is your mind!
And then there's, Power Tools!
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22 May 2020 @ 18:01:28 pm
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John worked in Umbogintwini Kzn AECI originally as instrument  major apprentice then worked Anichem and finally Sa Bioproducts in Umbogintwini (Amanzimtoti) which sold out to Anchor yeast and converted from Lysine to yeast fermentation . Anchor yeast Jhb closed their fermentation process and the whole countries Anchor yeast fermentation done in Umbogwintwini now. 
What trade did you do at the railway workshops.?
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22 May 2020 @ 19:36:57 pm
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Fitter and Turner - Millwright - Electrical Engineer (Tuks) - Costing en Planning Engineer

stok perdjie's

Vlieg en Motorfiets

Kom ons gaan kamp
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23 May 2020 @ 16:21:43 pm
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Paul, I was a Millwright appy there from 1971 then when I qualified, went to Mobil Refinery as a pump fitter, then got into sales doing steam equipment, mainly valves.

 

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23 May 2020 @ 16:55:53 pm
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John did you sell control valves. I have worked on quite a few makes in my time, although steam valves was not a big part of my job, just the odd one or two here and there.

Dealt with a lot of reps in my time and don't think i could have done sales. Some people have the gift of the gab, not me.

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23 May 2020 @ 19:40:09 pm
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Duruing my work life cycle I Worked  at Iscor Iron (van der Byl & Newcastle) industry  NECSA (Pelendaba) & Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, SASOL Petro Chemical (Sasolburg & Secunda),  Escom  Power Station (Involved with Building of Matla, Duvha, Matimba & Kendal)  Iscor Coal mining (DNC)  & Iron Ore Mining (Sishen and Postmasburg)

 

Have seen a lot in my working life

Kom ons gaan kamp
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23 May 2020 @ 20:11:50 pm
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Swannie I have always respected the engineers that have come up through a trade and done their ticket through tech or correspondence. My last engineer at Anchor could cover Mechanical Electrical and Instruments and was the most logical and practical engineer I have worked under who had a goverment ticket.
See you have worked at nuclear plants. I was the Radiation protection officer at Anchor.
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23 May 2020 @ 22:26:09 pm
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Chosen career... I didn't really choose a specific career!  I served an apprenticeship I have been everything from Apprentice, clerk , salesman middle management , senior management and Director of company.

Over the years I have in my job visited all but one of our Neighbouring countries, three European, One Scandenavian and three Far Eastern countries.

I have been blessed to have in one way or another been involved in just about every industry you can think of.

Above are a couple of pics of two of the hobbies that have kept me occupied since 2000 when I retired, I also camp.

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24 May 2020 @ 07:54:46 am
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Wow Brian those knives are impressive. Do you cast the metal for the blades yourself or file the blades down from larger bought metal?

Like all of us here caravanning is an important hobby and you have chosen the easiest way with a Skipper of course.

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24 May 2020 @ 10:27:27 am
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Swannie I have always respected the engineers that have come up through a trade and done their ticket through tech or correspondence. My last engineer at Anchor could cover Mechanical Electrical and Instruments and was the most logical and practical engineer I have worked under who had a goverment ticket.
See you have worked at nuclear plants. I was the Radiation protection officer at Anchor.

 

worse part is now that COVID-19 has stopped my Consulting as I'm classed as High risk group due to age..

All my skills and knowledge gone/lost to the industries  so, so sad.

 

Kom ons gaan kamp
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25 May 2020 @ 08:20:01 am
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Yes Paul, I did quite a lot with control valves & systems, mainly for modulating boiler feed as well as fluid control. Also pneumatically actuated ball valves.

Still do a bit with my one man CC, but with this BBBEEE or whatever BS it is, I am not that busy.

We are lucky in that we invested in properties and that is the main income.

Your strongest weapon is your mind!
And then there's, Power Tools!
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