Erudite | Hercu Smit
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As a professional electrical engineer and a renowned entrepreneur, Hercu Smit leads the electrical, instrumentation and control disciplines at Erudite Strategies.

He joined Erudite Strategies in February 2017, bringing his vast business skills with him to also advise on marketing, contracts, finance and personnel management.

His business objectives are focused on laying a solid technical foundation on which well-engineered solutions are based, to offer clients a cost-effective operational solution for their project.

A senior member of the South African Institute for Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) since 2008, Hercu started his career more than 20 years ago and quickly moved from his role as electrical engineer at the Pretoria City Council, to managing engineer for the entire High Voltage: Control and Protection Tshwane region, to director at Control Alliance.

Hercu has held his Control Alliance directorship role since 2003, where he has been involved in major mining, construction and engineering projects including the Khumani BKM Iron Ore Project and its further expansion, Venetia and Letseng Diamond Recovery Plants, Eastplats Platinum and Chrome Concentrator, Anglo Chrome Concentrator, Tharisa 40 MVA, 13/211 kV Medium Voltage Substation and various feasible studies and consulting services.

Hercu practises a motivating management style, leading from the front. He is well acquainted in his field of expertise and has also been recognised by the engineering industry as a top performer boasting numerous awards, such as the SAIEE Young Achievers Award as the best electrical engineer under the age of 35, and the award for Best Presented Paper (Substation Automation) at the annual Prelec Symposium.

He obtained both his BEng (Electrical) and Honours (Electrical) degrees from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and lectured in the Faculty of Engineering to master’s degree students at the same academic institute.

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