Women in a manís world - who said that women cannot be as professional in a manís world as the man himself? ARC-ILI is very proud of its professional women, working side by side with men as a qualified corps, sometimes under difficult circumstances, in the field. Their own testimony reveals that they enjoy their work thoroughly.
Tertia Uitenweerde is an Agricultural Engineer involved in a variety of projects, mostly in the field, where she does evaluations and surveys of irrigation schemes, (Elandsfontein, Olifants River and Badplaas), and viability studies of two irrigation schemes at Sand River for the ĎSave the Sandí project. She compiles reports on soil moisture censors and has completed many projects concerning the small farmer, on topics such as the use of small erosion structures and poultry housing.
Liezell Zweers is a Chemical Engineer who has done intensive work on the design, construction and testing of a wood-gas generator; research on corrosion of fences in eight different areas in South Africa; the design, construction, testing and demonstration of small-scale food processing lines; and investigations into iron and manganese precipitation in irrigation systems and the purification of biogas by means of chemicals. Currently she is involved in the investigation into the viability of plastics in agriculture and the viability of agricultural products for industrial application, i.e. the motor industry.
Theresa Siebert is an Engineering Technician, whose work mainly consists of the manufacturing and testing of electronic circuits and apparatus, as well as, to a lesser degree, the development of electronic circuits. She is the one entrusted with the task of the use and programming of PLCís, and does the purchase, programming, operation and maintenance of the PLC systems currently in use at the ARC-ILI.
Maretha Bonthuys holds a National Diploma in Food Technology, and mostly does research on and development of small-scale processing plants and processes. She was involved in the development of the small-scale animal feed mill which was patented by the ARC-ILI, and is currently working on Agrelekís Food Database, which includes the investigation and data input of food scientific information in the database. It deals with the processing of all food products. She is also involved in the training of small and upcoming farmers on the application of better farming practices and the processing of residual farm products in order to add value.