About Us

A non-profit organization, IEEE is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology and has over 420,000 members worldwide. 

The IEEE is over 135 years old. Its name was originally an acronym for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Today, the organization's scope of interest has expanded into so many related fields, that it is simply referred to by the letters I-E-E-E (pronounced Eye-triple-E).

IEEE achieves it's mission and vision in various parts of the world, via it's local organizational units, or IEEE Sections - IEEE South Africa Section.

Mission Statement

IEEE's core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

Vision Statement

IEEE will be essential to the global technical community and to technical professionals everywhere, and be universally recognized for the contributions of technology and of technical professionals in improving global conditions.

Position Statement

IEEE is the world’s largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing, and technology information around the globe.



In 2017, IEEE South Africa turned 40 years old. Some facts about the history of the South Africa Section, including dates of establishing the Chapters and Section, names of prominent members etc., may be found here. Some of the original documents pertaining to the people whom founded the Section and many of its Chapters may be found here. Some of the search pages from the ethw.org, more specifically here, show what is available on the history of the Section now. Details of some of the awards may be found here.


How to join

The simplest way to join is to go to www.ieee.org/join (even ieee.org/join will suffice). 

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