VUT F’SASEC says goodbye to Prof Sebastiani
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VUT F’SASEC says goodbye to Prof Sebastiani

FSASEC Dream team saying their final goodbyes to Prof Alexandre Sebastiani

Thomas Rasehloka

Goodbyes are never easy, and it’s even harder when you’ve become a close-knit family like the French South African Schneider Electric Education Centre (F’SASEC) at VUT.  The centre has said a fond farewell to Professor Alexandre Sebastiani who has been the Director for the past seven years, growing the department from strength to strength. He will be returning to Valence in France.

Prof Sebastiani has left F’SASEC to pursue a career with the French Ministry of Education as Head of the Engineering departments at a TVET college named Lycée Professionnel Montesquieu. He oversees electrical engineering, maintenance of automated systems engineering and also boilermaker engineering.

Seven years ago, Prof Sebastiani came all the way from France to run the newly found F’SASEC entity with the objective of enhancing the lives of the underprivileged in South Africa. He has contributed immensely to the department and has left an indelible mark on the lives of many.

Prof Sebastiani acknowledged that it was not easy to come to South Africa as much as it is not easy to leave. He says he trusts that he is leaving the centre in the capable hands of the “Dream Team” – F’SASEC staff, Schneider Electric Midrand and other stakeholders.

“I’m very confident that the team will continue doing exceptional work,” Prof Sebastiani expressed. He also confirmed that he would be back to pay VUT a visit and to check on the progress of the training centre.

Mr Vuyani Simelani, one of the longest serving employees under Prof Sebastiani, said: “Prof has been nothing but a great asset to the F’SASEC. We will miss him, and all that is left for us right now is to make him proud.”

He has left the department in the capable hands of Mr Riaan Greeff, the newly elected interim line manager.

We wish Prof Sebastiani all the best with his future endeavours.

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