Women in Steel: SAISC leads the steel industry towards a fully empowered female future

It has been said that a country that does not fully exploit the potential of its women is only using half the nation’s intellectual capacity, putting it at a huge disadvantage in the global market.

“The steel industry, like many other ‘heavy’ industries is still very much seen as male-dominated, even though we have many women in different professional capacities and roles doing great things in steel. The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is determined to challenge the perception that the steel industry is a club for men alone,” explains SAISC CEO Paolo Trinchero.

“We need to acknowledge and celebrate our talented and capable women in steel,” he asserts.

With its Women in Steel event, the SAISC seeks to show its commitment to encouraging women to be more proactive and contribute to the industry. This will ultimately boost industry growth and transformation. To this end, the SAISC has a vision of (at least) 50% female representation on their board and is proud to lead the way with its first female Chairwoman, Nicolette Skjoldhammer.

“The event is a great opportunity where the women can connect with and inspire each other, share vital skills and tips on expanding their influence within the sector, and advocate for greater career success,” explains SAISC Corporate Marketing and Events Manager Liezel Weber. 

“The first Women in Steel event was held last year, where we had over 80 women join us – the response was amazing!”

“This was the second time the event was held, and this year we are profoundly grateful to have had the support of our first-ever event sponsors, Stewarts and Lloyds and ProRoof, who are just as passionate about this event as we are,” she adds.

As part of its 2019 marketing campaign, the SAISC has adopted the slogan ‘See Yourself in Steel’. More than a print and social media campaign, ‘See Yourself in Steel’ is the underlying message which ties all SAISC communications together. The steel construction value chain is made up of many different types of businesses, and within them, a wide range of people of different ages, with varied experience and different academic, race and gender backgrounds.

“For the steel ecosystem to thrive, everyone has to step up. New ideas and ways of doing things need to be embraced. There are no small roles. We believe that the SAISC’s drive to encourage and foster more inclusive representation throughout the steel sector is integral to positioning the entire industry for success,” says SAISC Marketing Manager Denise Sherman.

“In an industry context, ‘See Yourself in Steel’ is about recognising and being proud of the part you play in the story of South African steel, and our Women in Steel event speaks to and links directly with that messaging,” she says.

The speakers at this year’s event included inspiring women with direct industry experience, who have carved their way successfully into leadership roles within a traditionally male-dominated industry. They have vital insight and advice to share with other women within the same industry, about how they stood out and got their seat at the ‘table’. We want to ensure that we equip women with strategic skills to become steel industry disrupters – though innovative and creative thinking – in what today is a dynamic and yet also extremely volatile and challenging environment,” asserts Weber.

Nicolette Skjoldhammer, who chaired the event, is a qualified chemical engineer and obtained her degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. Today, she is responsible for the overall management of Betterect’s fabrication division as well as being responsible for fabrication costing and tender submissions.

The event speakers’ credentials are as follows:

  • Tanya Papadopulous, Director at Wire Products Stainless Steel has been with the company for 30 years. She started as a receptionist and her growth in the company was not as a result of formal academic training, but because of her determination to succeed and the industry experience she gained.
  • Bridget Ledwaba, General Manager: Commercial, Arcelor Mittal, is a seasoned executive, with more than 17 years of experience in steel construction, concessions and investment management sectors.
  • Lana Roy, Chief Unicorn at Goats to Unicorns, runs a company that helps individuals and companies build their creativity and innovation capabilities, so they can develop the next breakthrough idea which customers love. The topic she is most passionate about is: “Why do we have to play in a man’s world – shouldn’t we as women create our own?”

“This year’s Women in Steel event had all levels of the industry attending, from shop floor level all the way up to management. These women represent the entire steel value chain, including fabricators, detailers, merchants and other industry associations. There were also top female engineering students and recent graduates joining us from various local Universities including Wits, UJ and Tuks,” elaborates Weber.

“Women bring a new and fresh perspective to an industry known for its challenges – particularly in today’s tough economic climate. They are resilient and also able to remain balanced and empathetic, even when the going gets tough. And a more diverse industry is a stronger industry,” she concludes.

Marketing matters! Why you should consider using Youtube for business

According to the SA Social Media Landscape 2019 report released by World Wide Worx and media monitoring organisation Ornico, social media usage in South Africa is displaying unprecedented growth.

While skeptics may view social media purely as the domain of “selfies” it has the potential to be a valuable business tool if used correctly. In this edition of Marketing Matters, we’ll be taking a closer look at YouTube, and how your organisation can use the platform effectively.

Why use Youtube?

Currently, there are approximately 9 million active YouTube users in South Africa. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then just imagine the storytelling capability of video. Well planned video content that aligns with your business objectives can be a great way of promoting your business to potential customers and increasing your visibility within the market.

Creating a YouTube channel and populating it with well thought out, quality content provides potential and existing customers with reassurance on why they should do business with you. Yes, it does take time (and financial) investment to set up, but the content can have a long life span and act as your digital showcase.

Content creation

Think about the outcome you want before you hit the record button. Poorly planned video content without a clear objective is a recipe for disaster. Think about why you are creating the content, for who, and what action you want the viewer to take. Do you want them to visit your website? Request a quote? Sign up for a newsletter? Make sure your video content has a clear call to action.

Make your content compelling for the viewer. Your video content should be created with a specific target audience in mind.  Audiences do sometimes overlap, for example, content that an engineer may find interesting may also appeal to an architect. However, if you are able to identify what would grab your ideal viewer’s attention, you will be able to craft video content that engages your audience.

The technical details that matter

Interestingly, viewers will forgive you more readily for poor picture quality than they will for poor sound quality. Ideally, of course, you do need both elements in order to create a watchable video that people will find value in, and will want to share.
If you’re considering embarking on creating a YouTube channel for your company and would like some tips or assistance with content creation, the SAISC is here to help. Schedule a 30-minute consultation at our offices and we’ll help you get started, and provide some suggestions on how to approach content creation going forward. Further content strategy planning and video content creation is available to SAISC Members at a competitive market rate. 

Be sure to visit The SAISC Youtube Channel – http://bit.ly/YouTubeSAISC , and subscribe to keep an eye on the kind of content we’re producing for the steel construction community!

Innovation in Fire Resistance

The Institute has been exploring the area of smart construction methods for several years. An example of our efforts is the novel SAISC Modular Office Building system. Invented by engineers at the Institute this system looks at the sustainability feature of buildings holistically.

For instance, it uses no wet trade on site essentially eliminating the use of water in the construction process. Moreover, it reduces construction risks such as injury and delays by carrying out most of the modular construction in an enclosed factory rather than on-site.

We started out by studying how to design, develop and commercialize the invention. Upon completion of the study, the Institute managed to mobilize industry resources to start the process of technical development. Much research and development work has already been carried out to confirm the easy manufacturability and structural integrity of the system.

We are currently at the hottest part of the research and development phase whereby we are physically testing the system’s resistance to an accidental fire. Such testing and work is unusual in Africa due to the high cost and the need for specialized expertise. However, we have been able to overcome this challenge by being creative and developing local expertise.

Our efforts have resulted in the training and development of Dr Richard Walls, a fire expert, along with the establishment of his national centre for fire research at Stellenbosch University. We are proud that our invention is the first project to be investigated by this one-and-only centre of its kind in the continent.

The results are very promising. There is strong early evidence that we may have a viable trafficable 1-hour fire-rated dry decking system available for the industry to introduce into the market soon.

Much work still remains with our innovation efforts. Engagement with developers, architects, engineers and our manufacturing and contracting industry is key if we are to succeed in commercializing such inventions. This will require herculean efforts in education and marketing on our part.

Innovation is vital to the sustainability of the steel sector. Producing good quality steel is no longer a sufficient mark of competitiveness. This is because there are several emerging economies developing their steel sectors and future competition is expected to be fierce.

The industry has to consistently evaluate the market and find ways to use steel to solve grand societal problems. Without the ability to keep up with ever-changing demands and providing relevant and novel solutions it will be difficult to stay competitive. This requires innovation to be at the forefront of our industry strategy.



Warranties And Guarantees On Metal Cladding Systems

We regularly hear complaints from specifiers and owners of buildings about the guarantees issued within the cladding industry. Generally, purchasers refer to a guaranty whereas manufacturers and contractors refer to warranties. Whilst there may be a difference in law, for the purpose of this article they are seen as being synonymous.

The intent of a warranty is twofold, firstly it is intended to create a level of trust in a product and secondly to differentiate a product from others in the market place. Unfortunately, there is not always accord between the purchaser’s expectations and the anticipated performance offered for a product. It is naïve to believe that a product will be able to withstand everything nature and mankind can inflict upon it. Remember the greater the expectations the greater the price.

Rather match the product performance requirements to the anticipated working life, with minimum maintenance, of the building in both the known macro and microenvironments. Do not assume you will automatically qualify for the maximum period proffered in the marketing literature (every warranty has qualifications/exclusions) and above all make sure you have detailed all aspects you expect to be covered.

Most reputable manufacturers of coil provide a service whereby an application can be made for a provisional warranty prior to the tender stage which affords a purchaser the opportunity to ensure all expectations are covered and to understand the conditions and extent of the cover particularly in regard to fading and delamination of coatings i.e. read the fine print.

An aspect not fully understood by purchasers is that in the case of cladding there is not a single all-encompassing warranty. There are in fact three individual warranties. The manufacturer of the base material warrants the durability of the protective coating whereas the profiler warrants the structural performance of the cladding system and the installer warrants the cladding system has been installed in accordance with the profiler’s requirements and that it provides a waterproof envelope. All three may not necessarily have the same duration.

It is important to ensure that all warranties are in the name of the owner.

A Brave New Age – Steel Fabrication into Industry 4.0

by Kevin Harris, Fabsmart

In the course of my work, I am fortunate to get an insider’s view of many steel fabrication operations in South Africa and what I have seen is that there are as many fabrication strategies as there are fabricators. Each fabricator has their own philosophy on pricing, drawing management, procurement, part processing, and assembly production and it has become clear that the old tried and tested fabrication methods are fast becoming outdated. One of the key differences between fabricators in this spectrum seems to be the company’s appetite for technology adoption. On one end of the spectrum, companies opt for a low tech, high labour approach where the methods are manual and labour intensive and on the other end, companies opt to invest large amounts of capital in cutting edge software and hardware where many of the processes become automated and less labour intensive. There are many factors that dictate which end of the spectrum a fabricator places him or herself and while there are no right or wrong positions, fabricators need to be clear about what they are trying to achieve. One thing that is becoming increasingly clear however is that fabricators on the low-tech side of the spectrum are starting to realise that they are falling behind, and some will not have the knowledge or capital to catch up. Its not all doom and gloom though and there are always solutions.

Specialised fabrication software and intelligent CNC machines were the first wave of fabrication technology improvements and in the last 10 years, we have seen levels of adoption where almost every fabrication shop is using software and CNC machines to some degree or other. For many, this would be a nesting program and a simple 2D plasma plate profiling machine and for others, this would be a sophisticated robotic system capable of programming itself. While for most, 3D modeling software isn’t new, downstream software to manage the rest of the process is still relatively unexplored. Depending on the fabricator’s strategy, it might be feasible to bypass the NC equipment stage because there is such high adoption in the supply chain, but it will not be possible to avoid implementing good software and I would urge fabricators in this scenario to think carefully about their plans.

The next wave of significant change in this industry is just starting to become visible. IoT or Internet of Things and its Industrial subset IIoT, is being referred to as the 4th Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0 (after steam, electricity, and computers) and will become a major topic of discussion in the next decade. Adoption in agriculture and security is already significant but in our specific field of steel fabrication, it is a little behind the curve. IoT is essentially a name for internet connected devices that perform a specific task and then send their data to a cloud-based platform. This platform could either simply report that information back to a user via an app or message (SMS or email) or could trigger an automated workflow for that business. Let’s use an industrial example: A maintenance manager places an internet connected temperature probe onto a critical motor. The sensor takes readings at predefined time intervals and then transmits this data to a cloud platform. This platform then compares the reading against a pre-set range and when the reading falls outside of that range, the system can either send the maintenance department a message telling them that it is time to service the motor or it could be linked to another system (ERP such as SAP, SYSPRO etc) that automatically generates a works order for a maintenance technician or subcontractor. The data is also reported in real time via an app or desktop dashboard.

Industrial applications are very broad and varied and limited only to the imagination and knowledge of the client. Process variables such as voltage, current, level, pressure, light, level, noise, pH and many others can be used to create highly useful process dashboards and can effectively and efficiently automate significant portions of any process.

The kicker here is that companies with a low technology adoption rate will struggle to take advantage of this new wave of technology because they’re not yet tech-enabled. In order to leverage this new field of knowledge, it will be necessary for fabricators to at least have started to build a culture that is open to experimenting with new methods.

Let’s be clear though that these technologies are not implemented for their own sake but to solve fabrication problems. Before undertaking any technology development project, it is essential to think critically about what problem you are trying to solve. Buying software and collecting data for the purposes of producing a smart dashboard is useless if it doesn’t contribute to the elimination of constraints or risks in the process. By taking the time to properly consider your strategy (i.e. where you want to be in the spectrum described earlier) and identify the obstacles that prevent you from getting there, you might come to realise that there are solutions available that fit your organisation and don’t require massive cultural shifts or financial investments. For those that embrace it, IIoT will usher in a host of interesting and useful applications that will enable you to run a sharper, leaner and higher quality fabrication business.

Kevin Harris is Managing Director of Fabsmart and has a particular interest in technology and organisational effectiveness. He has 25 years of process engineering and high-level management experience in steel fabrication and other manufacturing industries.

Unpredictability: The New “Normal”?

Unpredictability appears to be the new normal. This may have been the most important lesson of 2018. For instance who would have thought that removing international sanctions from Sudan and Zimbabwe would lead to their economic and political collapse?

As professionals, many of us are very much into data collection, analysis, and forecasting. Our era may then very well be coming to an end. This unpredictable era suits those who are pragmatic and very responsive to changes in their environment.

If it is not possible to reasonably predict the future then how does one make plans? For instance, how would a steel mill decide where to deploy capital if it cannot predict the volume and nature of future demand? Merchants, fabricators, and consultants who have relatively lower investment requirements face similar problems.

If Zimbabwe’s political crisis deepens the most important role for architects, engineers and fabricators would be to come up with quick deployment resting places for potential refugees. Moreover, food, water and sanitation requirements at camps could become extremely urgent. But how is a company executive to know that catering for refugees – rather than diamond mines – would be the next major demand. Even the South African government with all its resources does not seem to have anticipated the situation in Zimbabwe.

Deployable module, image source: http://www.arquitecturaviva.com/en/Info/news/details/8019
Deployable module, image source: http://www.arquitecturaviva.com/en/Info/news/details/8019

The answer may lie in reconfiguring ourselves and the companies in the industry to promote innovation and responsiveness. If an industry or firm adopts an attitude of tracking emerging needs and innovating consistently then it would be able to respond quickly to new and even unusual demands.

This will likely require a major shift in priorities for our industry members and associations. The first challenge will be to recognize that investment in people is significantly more important than in machines or other technology. This goes against the grains of most current management methods.

We are more likely to celebrate the newest imported fabricating machines and artificial intelligence gadgets – themselves products of prior innovation – than we are to support investment in key innovators in our own industry. Many of our industry members do not have experienced engineers within their companies. Our industry associations do not have architects who can plan and design emergency camps and settlements.

The underlying assumption is that our role is to produce standard products, and innovation is for others. Unfortunately, the competition is merciless and the environment too dynamic for us to focus on producing the same products and services for very long.

A company in Germany is unlikely to respond to a refugee crisis in Zimbabwe by asking South Africans to solve the problem. They will more likely solve the problem in Germany and sell their products to South Africa from Europe. If so then we either need to invest in innovation in our own backyard to compete or find ways to partner strategically with such innovative foreign companies so that we can absorb their culture through collaboration.

Deployable module, image source: http://www.arquitecturaviva.com/en/Info/news/details/8019

2019 will likely be less predictable than 2018. An attempt to plan for the year using historical data and standard forecasting methods is highly unlikely to work. A better approach may be to anticipate that we probably face several years of unpredictability and reconfigure ourselves to be able to respond quickly to sudden changes.

Construction Bolting: 10 Years On

By R J Pietersma, CBC Fasteners (Pty) Ltd

The use of construction bolt assemblies in terms of the new standard EN14399 has been underway for the best part of nearly ten years now. It has been a steep learning curve, to say the least. This article is to share some insights into technical jargon and risks.

Are South African Manufacturers geared up?

Up until the new power station builds very few construction bolts were being installed, hence there was a general lack of awareness and capability. This was on many fronts and not just bolting.  Medupi and Kusile changed this and it has clearly been established that design engineers, manufacturers and construction companies had a long way to go to catch up with developments internationally and best practice standards. This includes bolting amongst a whole range of other requirements.

Experience tells when choosing the construction bolt route, the first call is a manufacturer capability study with an audit of the production processes, quality system and compliance with ISO 898-1&2 as well as with all the requirements of EN 14399 and most importantly, EN14399-2. Unfortunately, in practice, bolt and nut assemblies still continue to be a last minute panic purchase.

SANS 10094

SANS 10094, the standard dealing with Construction Bolting has recently been updated and approved. This standard does not recommend grade 10.9 Hot Dip Galvanised (HDG) bolts because of the risks of HE or HisCC.  Nevertheless, in practice, there is still a call for this product. The risk can be controlled by the manufacturer avoiding acid contact and further controlling excessive hardness levels at the upper limit of grade 10.9.  Further risks associated with undue stressing of grade 10.9 HDG bolts will be avoided if good installation practice is adopted.

EN14399-3 (grade 8.8 and 10.9) vs.EN14399-4 (grade 10.9 only)

Why a universal standard is not adopted is a puzzle. Clearly, there were principles that were not negotiable which has led to two possibilities. The historical position has largely been maintained in that the EN14399-4 nut (previously DIN 6915), has a lower height. The intended reason is that the nut threads should fail first (not guaranteed) in the event of over tightening, purposefully avoiding a sudden bolt fracture, with installer safety being compromised. Usual construction practice is that one would like to see the bolt fail in the event of over tightening because one would know it had occurred, whereas with thread failure, this may not present immediately and a future calamity may be lurking when the right conditions prevail.  In South Africa, SAISC and SANS 10094 recommends the use of EN14399-3 in grade 8.8 and 10.9. Shear through threads is allowed whereas in EN14399-4 there is a shorter thread and the shear plane is through the shank of the bolt.

Whatever the bolt & nut assembly used, once pre-loaded and subsequently removed, they cannot be re-used. The reason is that the threads may have been subject to plastic strains during tightening.

1. Nut is galvanised however the galvanised appearance has been offset by the Mos2 coating 2. Note product ID on Bolt, 7024
1. The nut on left has been galvanised, designated by “Z” behind grade 10 2. Nut on right is not galvanised, apparent similar appearance is from Mos2 lubrication coating. 3. Note product ID, 716 on left nut and 117 on right nut.

The myth of Torque vs. Tension

The talk is always about torque, whereas the objective is clamp, a spring condition holding surfaces together.  Torque (or the torsional rotation effort) is merely the means to getting to the correct clamping force. This whole process would be simple were it not for the introduction of friction. When tightening a bolt and nut assembly, 50% of the effort is as a result of friction between the nut and washer face, 40% is in the thread contact and a mere 10% of the effort is creating the clamping force. This friction can vary. In a rusted bolt and nut (B&N), coefficient of friction it is as much as 0.35, in a un-lubricated hot dipped galvanised B&N is starts at 0.19 and increases up to 0.27 as additional torquing takes place.  With molybdenum disulphide lubrication (MoS2), coefficient of friction is between 0.10 from 0.16. So, by way of example, in the case of torquing an M20 bolt at 464 Nm with a coefficient of friction of 0.14, clamping force of 127kN is achieved; when the coefficient is 0.10, less torque of 363Nm will achieve an increased clamp load of 134kN.

This leads us to the next important point; The lubrication of nuts.         

Pre-lubricated nuts with molybdenum disulphide (MOS2)

There may be a misconception since there has been so much talk and use of pre-lubricated nuts that this is a new standard requirement. Whilst we recommend pre-lubricated nuts for the reason there is a tested coefficient of friction that can be relied upon, this is by no means a general requirement. EN14399 specifically makes reference to surface finish as processed, meaning lightly oiled, or as agreed between purchasers and manufacturer. Nevertheless, appropriate lubrication is required during installation, particularly with HDG bolts. In the case of no lubrication, galling will take place and in laboratory testing, we have established the potential for failure due to torsional tension.

In the case of the turn of nut method of fastening in the B&N assembly with lubrication, up to 25% to 35% additional clamp can be obtained than required by the standard. Without lubrication, the likelihood of thread failure is almost 100%.  All the torque value will be absorbed by the galling effect of the soft galvanised layer and if the bolt has not started to fail due to torsional tension, the correct tension will not have been achieved and a loose bolt left in place with future potential failure consequences.

We really do recommend pre-lubricated nuts that have been baked to a dry condition. The advantages; it avoids the wrong lubricant choice, the risk of attracting grit on nuts during installation due to sticky lubricant is reduced, the under or over application of lubricant is avoided and; of most importance, certification of the coefficient of friction is supplied, together with recommended torque values.  This testing in terms of EN14399-2 also provides confirmation that the B&N assembly complies with the rigorous requirements of the standard.

Another question that has been raised, is it possible of paint over-lubricated nut.  MoS2 is oilioscopic, which means it cannot tolerate detergents. So cleaning with an industrial degreaser would be the appropriate first step, then priming followed with a final overcoat. Under no circumstances should acid be used clean.

Installation equipment

Many bolters rely on the torque wrenches having been recently calibrated. One of the overlooked checks that needs to be undertaken is the wrench verification. This should take place on the day the wrench will be used by testing at least 3 bolts of the diameter to be installed with that wrench on that day. The verification takes place using a static torque meter.  The reason for this verification is that calibration can change if, for example, the wrench was dropped. We have observed that many installers do not do verify their equipment, nor have the required equipment to undertake the verification.  However if one is using the turn of nut method (TON), recommended by SAISC, verification of equipment can be avoided. Provide the markings are correctly made and the tightening process is properly supervised, TON will result in a reliably tensioned assembly.


Experience in the field is that there is a huge amount of poor communication between original design through the manufacturers of Bolt and Nut manufacturers and the installer tightening the final bolt. Some of the examples include a request for Nylock nuts for EN 14399 construction bolts, failing this, Clevelock nuts or rejection of pre-lubricated nuts because the black colour gives the impression the nuts have not been HDG. Fortunately, many mistakes are covered by the tendency to “over design/deliver”; not only in bolt manufacture but also in structure design. As a result, problems get caught in a normal distribution curve of the applied margin of safety and no adverse outcome take place.  Where outcomes are likely to be negative as in some of the above examples, responsible Bolt and Nut manufacturers make recommendations and institute appropriate training

The greatest adverse has been where design engineers have not been involved in the pre-qualification of manufacturers and audit of their quality systems and not have ensured complete certification is in place based on comprehensive testing. Thereafter they have not been on site verifying, compliance to their original specification (which is prescribed in regulations of the Occupation Health and Safety Act). Where all this has occurred timeously, we have seen trouble-free installation. Where this was deficient, particularly in the early stage of manufacturer prequalification, adverse outcomes have often prevailed. It is emphasised, the problems have not been the fastener manufacturer but the end users poor understanding of their requirements of a design engineer.  Unfortunately, the B&N manufacturers have often been unfairly fingered in the process.

POLASA’s First Board Meeting for 2019

The new POLASA Board, under chairmanship of Zola Hlatshwayo and Sagren Moodley as vice Chair,  met on 21 January 2019 and worked through the POLASA portfolios:

  • SHEQ  Enrica Furlan / Zola Hlatshwayo

A one day POLASA / ESKOM SHEQ workshop is being planned for 8 February 2019.  

  • Training  Enrica Furlan / Zola Hlatshwayo

Various training requirements were highlighted at the SCOT Steering Committee meeting last year.  Enrica met with Nombo and published a set of Minutes (dated 14 Jan 2019) setting out the required representation at the different work groups.

  • Design and Engineering  Robin Page / Nick van der Mescht

The recent SCOT Steering committee meeting was well attended and covered many areas of common interest.  This is being followed up.

  • Component supply & Localisation Sagren Moodley / David Mulle

The ESKOM LAP list comprises many pages listing all components – The DTI expanded the list to “high-level” descriptions which should be all embracing. This also cover all the Transmission line hardware not on the LAP lists. A follow up meeting with the major role players is being arranged.

  • Industry Sustainability V Kanyongolo / Peter Ramaite / Nick vd Mescht

The Internal Indaba on “Contractor Capacity Issues Facing the Line Construction Business” held on Tue 13 November 2018 must be followed up by the development of an Agenda for an External POLASA ESKOM INDABA.

  • EME’s & QSE’s Zola Hlatshwayo / Enrica Furlan / Peter Ramaite 

Below R3m sales:Exempted Micro Enterprise”. Above: “Qualifying Small Enterprise” Get an updated list of “Incubation” and “Parent” companies and understand how these should interact and contract.  Note the need for multiple relationships.

  • Export Promotion  Vincent Kanyongolo / Sagren Moodley

The ISF presentation and list of export promotion visits during 2019 was circulated to members.  We should also work more closely with successful exporters as well as Ms Chibone Evans of the SAEEC. (SA Electrotechnical  Export Council).

Please direct any queries or comments to:

POLASA Secretariat  (polasa@saisc.co.za) or (011) 726-6111


Outward Trade and Investment Mission to Cabo Delgado & Maputo Provinces of Mozambique

The Steel Tube Export Association of South Africa (STEASA) took part in a trade and investment mission to Mozambique arranged by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) and office of the High Commission in Mozambique. The paramount and overarching objectives of the mission were to grant the South African government through the dti the prospect of continued economic collaboration and partnership with Mozambique, increase the formation of commercial partnerships and joint ventures between their businesspeople and for the realisation of higher levels of industrialisation through sustainable trade and investment.

In 2017, 30% of Mozambique’s imports came from South Africa which puts it in the first position in terms of the market share in the country. Total trade volume in 2017 stood at R51 billion and the trade balance between the two countries in 2017 was R 26.6 billion in favour of South Africa. Mozambique is a strategic and important partner to South Africa and is amongst the top five of our trade partners in the Southern African Development Community region.

 In 2010, Anadarko made its first discovery in the Offshore Area 1 of the deep-water Rovuma Basin, launching one of the most important natural gas discoveries in the last 20 years. Today, the company and its partners have discovered approximately 75 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of recoverable natural gas resources in Offshore Area 1 and are working to develop one of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects. Most companies in Mozambique both local and international are strategically positioning themselves to partake in the downstream supply chain offerings that will be realized during the construction of the onshore and offshore LNG facilities.

Steasa’s objectives on the mission was to engage meaningfully with prospective companies with proven competencies enabling them to bid on subcontracting tenders from the EPCM (McDermot, Chiyoda & Saipem) on the Golfinho- Atum Project. These companies would be in need of tubular related products for which supply could be sourced from SA based steel tube and pipe manufacturers in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.

The following was ascertained on the mission regarding the Golfinho- Atum LNG Project:

  • Chiyoda, the lead partner in the CCSJV consortium should be awarded the EPCM contract. The other partners are Saipem and McDermott, advised that the majority of the quotations are in and that they anticipate procuring close to $1 billion from South Africa over course of the project’s construction period (54 months commencing soon after FID which will be in Q1 next year).
  • It is highly likely that the following work packages will go to South African EPC contractors:
  • Marine Works (Jetty and Marine Offloading Facility)
  • Security Services
  • Permanent Fencing
  • Tugs & Barges
  • Geotech

Anadarko and Chiyoda advised that due to the sensitivities around local content (in Mozambique) they have to follow a completely transparent procurement process. As such they advised that it is important that would be South African suppliers register on the following website www.mzlng.com as forward work packages will be posted thereon and that the CCJS JV will use this portal extensively.


POLASA Portfolios for 2019

At the first meeting of the new POLASA Board Zola Hlatshwayo and Sagren Moodley were confirmed as Chair and vice Chair for the new year – we congratulate them on the vote of confidence!

The following working POLASA portfolios were agreed upon:

  • Design and Engineering  – Robin Page / Nick van der Mescht
  • SHEQ – Enrica Furlan / Zola Hlatshwayo
  • Training – Enrica Furlan / Zola Hlatshwayo
  • Component supply & Localisation – Sagren Moodley / David Muller
  • Industry Sustainability – Vincent Kanyongolo / Peter Ramaite / Nick vd Mescht
  • Export Promotion – Vincent Kanyongolo / Sagren Moodley
  • Exempted Micro Enterprise & Qualifying Small Enterprise – Zola Hlatshwayo / Enrica Furlan / Peter Ramaite 

Each of the above subjects is addressed and driven by POLASA in co-operation with the applicable ESKOM executives with the listed incumbents acting as co-ordinators. 

Any of our POLASA members wishing to contribute or participate are invited to contact the relevant POLASA Board member(s) or send an e-mail with details to polasa@saisc.co.za

Otherwise keep your eyes open for the various POLASA notifications or Newsletters. When last did you visit www.polasa.co.za ?

This is indeed the last opportunity to wish each of you, your colleagues and families a blessed festive season and a fruitful New Year! Thank you for your ongoing moral and practical support to our Association!

POLASA Secretariat  (polasa@saisc.co.za) or (011) 726-6111