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Chief Executive Officer
Southern African Institute of Steel Construction, Johannesburg
What the job is all about
The Board and the membership of the SAISC expect of the CEO everything that is required to establish and run an organization that is sufficiently strong and effective to have a real, favourable,. . .
Edition 8 (2013) of the Steel Construction Handbook (Red Book) is now available
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How well intended people, and carefully maintained systems, have achieved nothing in three years – the tragic story of job losses in the power pylon industry
The futile efforts over the past three years to protect 650 jobs in SA’s Power Pylon manufacturing industry is, indeed, a tragic one which could have been averted. This is the opinion of Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s Kobus de Beer.
According to de Beer, the ESKOM requirements for manufacture and construction of. . .
South African Steel Fabrication Industry bleeds as Major Clients procure abroad
The large quantities of fabricated structural steel coming into South Africa from China, Saudi Arabia, India, Turkey, Thailand and others continue to have a significant impact on the South African economy. This is the opinion of Kobus de Beer the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) industry development director.
Steel Awards 2012 – All the Winners
From ground-breaking chimneys at a leading Power Station in Limpopo Province to a brilliant restoration of a medical facility in Hillbrow; from a beautiful pedestrian bridge in Bloemfontein to an innovative head office in Pretoria; from an aesthetic masterpiece on Westcliff Ridge in Johannesburg, to the new home of Architecture at the University. . .
Companies Focus on Mozambique as Sub-Saharan Drive Continues
The push into the sub-Saharan region by many South African, and foreign steel fabricators continues unabated with many focusing on the continuing opportunities in Mozambique. This is the opinion of International Steel Fabricators’ (ISF) director Neels van Niekerk.
Recently the ISF participated in the third edition of the Mozambique. . .
Book now for Steel Awards 2012
Join the SA Institute of Steel Construction on 6 September for a proud and exciting celebration of new additions to our structural steel legacy over the past year.
Invite your special clients to join you at the event venue of your choice:
• Gauteng: Emperors Palace, Kempton Park
• Kwa-Zulu Natal: Durban. . .
Local Changes Required to Exploit African Explosion – Mike Lomas SAISC Chairman
In order for the South African steel construction industry to be competitive in Africa – where the world’s next major economic growth spurt will occur - and especially the sub-Saharan region, there will have to be some important changes including the simplifying of border crossings in the SADEC region, infrastructure improvement around these. . .
Environment, Safety and Reasonable Pricing - Priorities for Steel Construction Industry in 2012
“The truth is that steel, when taking a holistic approach to energy, is an extremely environmentally-friendly, green product and often more so than products like brick and mortar,”
Among its. . .
SAISC’s Successful Efforts to have Power Pylons Designated will create more than1500 new Jobs
During the COP 2011 Conference in Durban, December 2011, a major job creation initiative went almost unnoticed: Minister Rob Davies declared a few products including power pylons used for the transmission of high voltage electricity throughout South Africa as ‘designated products’. It is estimated that 1200-1500 new jobs will be created as. . .
SAISC SteelFuture Conference 2013 - Call for Papers
We take pleasure in announcing the Institute’s next conference, called SteelFuture, on 5 and 6 March 2013. As the name implies, this will be the sort of conference where one should walk away from thinking: “this was good; I gained a lot of insight to carry me further”.
The first important date is the submission of abstracts by 15. . .
SAISC: Adapting to Changing Times
The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) will promote increased cooperation and dialogue between the government, the institute and the steel construction industry in general in order to maximise opportunities in a tough global construction environment. This is according to SAISC executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq.
Unique Design Book from SAISC
The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) has just completed its course on the design of connections, which was based on the book, Connections for Structural Steelwork, which it is producing on the subject.
SAISC executive director, Dr Hennie de Clercq says the institute is extremely proud of the work it has done. . .
SAISC to Hold Second International Conference on Structures for Mining and Related Materials Handling
Following the success of SMMH2009, the first ever international conference on the design of structures in the mining industry, held in South Africa towards the end of 2009, and in response to the demand for a follow-up conference, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) has announced that it will host SMMH2012 in October. . .
Increased Interest in Structural Steel Exports, Especially into Sub-Saharan Africa
A major increase in the interest of South African based structural steel fabricators in the export markets has become evident during the past few months. This is according to International Steel Fabricators of South Africa (ISF) director, Neels van Niekerk.
“Since the middle of 2011 there has been a significant increase in companies. . .
Steel Awards 2011 – All the Winners
From a unique rooflight in Sandton to a railway station in Durban, from a record-breaking steel headgear in Gauteng and a brilliant Cape Town pedestrian bridge to a King’s College in the North West Province, from an Athletes Village in Maputo to a futuristic skywalk in Johannesburg, this year’s Steel Awards reflected the outstanding quality. . .
ISF Warns of the Steel Construction Importation Pitfalls
The International Steel Fabricators of South Africa (ISF) says that South Africans must adapt to current global practices in relation to the increased Eastern imports into the rest of Africa. “It is more advantageous to blend our South Africa offering with Eastern imports than to be disqualified on price alone,” says Neels van Niekerk ISF. . .
Steel Award 2011 Entries Reflect Aesthetic Genius of Industry
The character of the Steel Award 2011 entries, although the judges are still processing the 57 entries at the time of writing, reflects a shift in the activity of the steel construction industry since the frantic period leading up to the World Cup.
“Overall the projects are smaller. As opposed to the large stadiums and airports of. . .
Crucial to Keep Power Pylons Local – Working Committee to be Formed
The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is in the process of convening a working committee to discuss and implement strategies for keeping the manufacture of power pylons local after its successful application for import protection, which was gazetted earlier this year. “Protection is only the beginning of the story. We. . .
New Technology for Steel Awards 2011 as SAISC Calls for Entries
The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) has called for entries for Steel Awards 2011.
SAISC communications manager, Renee Pretorius, says that this year the Institute is using social media networks such as Facebook and YouTube to give the projects of Steel Awards 2011 more exposure. The special Steel Awards. . .
Greed, not Tornadoes, to blame for damaged roofs
When a cyclone, a tornado or a hurricane hits, even quite well constructed buildings may suffer damage. New Orleans in the U.S. and Queensland in Australia are prominent recent examples. However, the heart-wrenching images in South Africa in the past weeks of schoolchildren working in the open because the roofs of their schools have been blown. . .
Benchmarking underway in the structural steel industry
Since the registration earlier this year of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) with the United Nations Industry Development Organisation (UNIDO) as a UNIDO Subcontractor & Procurement Exchange Centre (SPX) to promote the involvement of its members in the South African Competitive Supplier Development Program. . .
Multiplier effect affirms that ‘local’ is imperative
The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) has called on the South African Business Community to take note of the powerful ‘multiplier effect’ and to do whatever is in its power to follow a policy of awarding local firms contracts wherever possible.
“It seems logical that promoting local firms would stimulate. . .
Supervisors’ course for steel construction industry
Owing to the dire need to train supervisors in the steel construction industry the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is developing a supervisor training programme. This will be officially launched in the second quarter of 2011.
Executive director of the SAISC, Dr Hennie de Clercq, says there is a definite void. . .
Statement from Dr Hennie de Clercq about Collusion in the Steel industry
The SAISC is not aware of any form of collusion, price fixing, division of markets or other practices in the steel construction industry. Knowing the industry and the processes and procedures by which companies are appointed to execute projects, we would be amazed if there is even much opportunity for being anti-competitive. In fact, the. . .
Steel Construction Draughting School gains CETA accreditation
The SAISC/DSE School of Draughting has been accredited by the Construction and Education and Training Authority (CETA) and is now able to offer students a National Diploma in Structural Steelwork Detailing.
The school, a joint initiative between the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) and DSE Structural Engineers and. . .
Import protection for cell phone masts and transmission line industry
Import protection for cell phone masts and transmission line industry
The SAISC proud to be able to report that the efforts of Kobus de Beer to have government introduce a 15% import duty. . .
Jobs Scrapped - ‘TakeNote’ Finweek - 9 December 2010
This notice refers to the ‘snippet’ Jobs Scrapped on page 8 of the ‘TakeNote’ feature in Finweek, 9 December 2010
The whole issue of possible job losses has been taken out of context. It only refers to the power line and cellular mast part of the steel construction industry which finds itself in crisis, because of imports from. . .
Cape Town Stadium is Overall Winner of Steel Awards 2010
In a year in which some of the most outstanding entries since the inception of the Steel Awards were received, prompting Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq to say “perhaps the best ever”, Cape Town Stadium has been named the overall winner of Steel Awards 2010.
The SAISC. . .
Community Projects feature in Steel Awards Entries
Projects that play a vital role in improving the quality of life in rural communities are among the early entries of Steel Awards 2010, of which The Aveng Group is the main sponsor.
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SAISC Supports IPAP2
In its formal presentation to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee, at the invitation of the Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) responded to the announcement of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP2). After extensive consultation with a wide range of members of its. . .
S.A. Steel Construction Industry Poised for Growth
In terms of product quality, design capability, manufacturing technology and customer service in general, the South African steel construction industry competes favourably with most of its first-world counterparts. This is the opinion of Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) executive director, Dr Hennie de Clercq. “In the. . .
International Acclaim for Mining Conference
The international conference on mining structures held recently at Sun City was exceptionally well received says Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (SAISC) executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq. “Our feedback from the delegates both local and foreign indicates that the subject matter was both relevant and informative and. . .
Steel Awards 2009 – all the winners
Dr Hennie de Clercq, executive director of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), which recently hosted Steel Awards 2009, said the entries – a record number this year – reflected the outstanding quality of the local steel construction industry in all its diversity. “We congratulate the winners but emphasise the. . .
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