Conditions of entry: Steel Awards 2019

  • The steelwork should essentially have been completed in 2018. Completion of the total
    project could be later. Should you need clarity in this regard, please contact Denise Sherman
    well before the entry deadline to confirm if the project qualifies for consideration this year.
  • Only structures in which Southern African steelwork contractors played a significant role will
    be considered.
  • By submission of an entry, the nominator assumes responsibility for the accuracy of all
    information and in particular the project team details. The nominator also provides the
    SAISC with the assurance that permission for the submission has been obtained from the
    owner/developer/client of the project.
  • By submitting the contact details of the project team, the nominator also gives SAISC the
    right to send email to all project teams about the awards, as well as potential advertising
    opportunities next to the editorial content for the entered project in the Steel Construction
  • All written and illustrative material forming part of project entries will be used by the SAISC at its
    discretion to promote the event, project and Steel Institute. The SAISC reserves the right to use the
    entry information and publicise the nominations and awards as we see fit.
  • The SAISC may visit short-listed structures for adjudication, publicity or filming purposes. The
    nominator and members of the project team undertake to assist in arranging such visits and
    obtain permission for any visits/filming/publicity, as well as to furnish the SAISC with
    additional information about the project on request.
  • At the Steel Awards dinner, certificates will be presented to each company that was a
    member of the project team for an awarded structure. For this reason, nominators must
    ensure that all team members are correctly accounted for on the entry form.
  • A plaque for mounting will be presented to the developer/owner of the overall winning

SAISC Commentary October 2018

The SAISC will be holding its AGM on the 7th of November where we will be saying goodbye to Kobus de Beer our SAISC industry executive, Chairman, POLASA secretariat (the list goes on). Kobus has worked tirelessly for the benefit of South African Steel industry. Please join us if you can or send a message for Kobus by clicking here. We hope to keep him close as he has many decades of experience which I am sure he would be willing to share.

As we get close to the end of the year and each and every one of us is planning for the next, trying to make sense of the year we have just gone through, the SAISC would appreciate your input. We have just reviewed our strategy for the next six months and we hope to add more value to our members. Please keep an eye out for the annual report and give the strategic plan a read through.

For those of you who are not in favour of reading through long documents the idea is to be proactive and positive, focus on competitiveness, grow the “market”, substitute imports and grow exports. Sounds easy, I know.

I was recently at the Mandela Mining Precinct where a competition was launched to create a new innovative rock drill which is manufactured entirely in South Africa. The SAISC and its members should work with other industries to assist in their localization and innovation projects and we should think about introducing similar competitions of our own.  ( )

On the education front we are planning on bringing Spencer back to lecture the famous “SAISC estimating course”. If you are interested please get in touch with us so we can make sure you receive the invite for early next year.

Paolo Trinchero
CEO, Southern African Institute of Steel Construction

Steel Awards 2018 – An energy boost for the built environment

Denise Sherman, Marketing Manager – SAISC

This is my third Steel Awards season and… wow. All I can say is wow because the entire judging process has been so rigorous this year that I’d have to take a couple of Berocca Boosts and a B12 injection to say much more!

This year, we received an astounding 74 entries. While reviewing, shortlisting, visiting and final adjudication is an energy-intensive process, implementing these projects was (I’m sure) much more taxing on the project teams. I think a hearty “congratulations” is in order. Well done to each and every team member of every project nominated for Steel Awards 2018.

Celebrating successes and acknowledging the people that made these great structures possible is something that gives tremendous energy to the industry. I think we’re all a bit shell-shocked as a result of industry and economic pressure, so the renewed sense of purpose and encouragement that Steel Awards brings is always welcome.

I’d like to extend a special thank you to this year’s judging team. There were some old and new faces, all of whom embraced the process, gave their time and shared their insights. This year, in addition to considering the judges’ observations and comments, we introduced a scoring sheet – which was available to nominators to view as part of their submission pack. We felt that this provided a bit more insight into the criteria all projects would be measured against. While it made the judging process fairly rigorous in terms of administration, all involved felt that it was a fair process, which gave every project no matter how big or small, a chance to shine. What the scoring facilitated was focus on quantitative criteria that demonstrated what Steel Awards is all about: excellence in the use of steel in construction.

My biggest thank you goes to those who work behind the scenes to make this magical evening and beautiful publication happen. To all SAISC support staff, but especially Liezel Weber (officially our Events and Marketing Communications Manager – but actually more of a “Steel Awards Magician”) and Sandra Addinall (Art Director for Steel Construction and the most meticulous person I know!)… Thank you! You rock!

Steel Awards 2018 – A showcase of resilience and exceptional workmanship

Paolo Trinchero, CEO – SAISC

This year has turned out to be one of the toughest the industry has faced. Many of the contributors like the South African economy, policy certainty, capacity of large state-owned enterprises to spend and USA tariffs are out of our hands. Despite this we continue to try and influence wherever possible to get things back on track. We should continue to persevere as there are many stakeholders in government, our industry, and labour who are working hard to stabilize the industry.

Despite the enormous difficulties out there our industry continues to produce outstanding work, demonstrating its capability and expertise.

This year we had 74 entries reflecting steel as the material of choice and a signal that we have an industry to be proud of. Steel structures of all types are on display due to the all-round efficiency and sustainability of the material, it’s no wonder steel is being used more and more. This made judging an uplifting and challenging experience which is something we all need.

The broad range of projects from residential houses to commercial projects, warehouses, factories, and refurbishment were most encouraging.

This year a number of projects displayed characteristics of an exceptional industry. They showed innovation in every process with the integration of design, detailing, fabrication and erection using modern CNC equipment and software which our industry has invested in so heavily.

The SAISC is passionate about training our next generation so we can continue to take advantage of opportunities in South and Southern Africa.  We would like to see the industry working harder on integration and competitiveness as displayed by our winning entries.

I would like to thank the entrants which have made this event possible, the judges and the SAISC support team.

This year will be recorded as another one of enormous challenge for our industry but as always we show that we are indeed men and women of steel. I would like to congratulate the winners and encourage our members to continue to participate and grow our industry into the future.



An often debated topic when determining the waterproofing of roof cladding is the use of profiled foam filler blocks and closure pieces, more commonly known as poly blocks or poly closures, to enhance the performance of profiled metal closures at ridges and headwalls plus hips and valleys. Occasionally they are also specified to close voids at the eaves. However, the most common use is under ridge and headwall flashings. For some unknown reason they are rarely fitted under hip flashing. It must be stressed that these closures or not intended to act as the primary water seal nor to replace metal closures or the bending up of the pans/troughs of the cladding. When correctly installed they provide an effective seal against the intrusion of dust and insects as well as reduce air leakage in mechanically ventilated buildings.

To be effective they need to fill the entire void between the cladding and flashing plus bond to all contact surfaces of the cladding (but not the flashing) so as to form a waterproof seal. Failure to achieve a waterproof seal will leave the interface between closure and cladding vulnerable to crevice corrosion which can be severe in marine and polluted environments. Under no circumstances are the closures to be manufactured from materials that absorb moisture. The reason why they should not bond to the underside of flashings is to provide for thermal movement. Most rubbers and foams have a limit on transverse movement of between 25-40% of their thickness before rupturing, normally just above the zone penetrated by the adhesive bonding the closure to the cladding. The material also needs to retain its properties through a temperature range of -5 to 90°C.

Generally this form of closure is not recommended in very cold or humid environments as they inhibit the egress of interstitial condensation.

Please visit our website for other articles and papers on subjects pertaining to cladding.     



SARS Implements Import Reference Price on Steel Tube and Pipe

On the 1st August 2018 the South African Revenue Services implemented an import reference price on steel tube and pipes after several engagements the ASTPM as part of the steel task team had with SARS. The monitoring system as a start began with HS codes 73041900, 73051100 and 73061900. The ASTPM endeavours to motivate for more HS codes to be included.


POLASA Open Industry Meeting and AGM

The next POLASA Open Industry Meeting is planned for Wednesday 7 November 2018 starting at 10h00 at the Woodmead Country Club.Members of the industry as well as ESKOM people will be invited to participate. 

The proposed Agenda will shortly be circulated. The previous meeting raised a lot of interest with 92 attendees.

This will be followed on the same day by the 6th POLASA Annual General Meeting from 12h30 at the same venue. Members will shortly receive a reminder as well as nomination forms for POLASA Board members. The Board is newly elected and constituted every year – existing members may of course again be nominated.

Contact Kobus De Beer for more information at,za  or on (011) 726 6111

SAISC Commentary September 2018

Dear Members

A reminder that Steel Awards are filling up and we have limited space available. Please download the Steel Awards App and rate your favourite projects.  

The Steel Sector and Construction in particular is still facing significant headwinds.  We do however welcome the initiatives announced by the president to stimulate the economy. There are a number of encouraging signs emerging where business concerns are being recognized. Policy certainty is likely to improve with the release of the mining charter. Administered prices are likely to be reviewed particularly with respect to electricity, port and rail tariffs. The infrastructure fund and dedicated infrastructure team is a welcome innovation even if it takes time to implement.

We seem to be in a place where solutions proposed by industry are welcome and we should embrace the opportunities available to us. The challenges are enormous but I believe the industry can work together to solve many of them.

Best Regards,

Paolo Trinchero, CEO


The basic purpose of washers when used with cladding are to provide a larger bearing surface when transferring wind forces from the cladding via the fasteners to the supporting structure on pierced-fix cladding systems. Washer are also used to enhance the anchoring power of fasteners used to attach flashings. The size, thickness and shape determine the ultimate performance of a washer. As with fasteners washers need to have corrosion resistant properties or coatings at least equal to those of the cladding. In addition to resisting the design wind loading they have to be sufficiently robust to withstand the mechanical forces of installation.

Traditionally washers were punched from 0.58 or 0.80mm Z275 hot-dipped galvanised carbon steel, aluminium or stainless steel onto which a neoprene rubber sealing gasket was bonded. Currently bonded washers available in the market range from aluminium alloy domes with hard plastic grommets (most hardware outlets) through 0.4mm slightly domed steel with a nominal hot-dipped galvanised coating and wafer thin EVA or so called EPDM gasket (which are easily dished during installation) to quality aluminium and stainless with electro negative EPDM gaskets.

Washers made from too thin a material provide virtually no benefit and have a tendency to dish at the first resistance when being installed resulting in ponding around the head of the fastener and formation of a crevice corrosion cell. Invariably the dish is transferred to the top of the rib of the cladding thereby forming an additional larger pond and possible crevice corrosion cell if the gasket is of dubious quality, Figure-1 & 2.

Figure 1 – Screw
Figure 2 – Washer

Such washers can have a ruinous effect on translucent cladding. We recommend the use of saddle washers with translucent materials. A way of avoiding these problems is to use flanged head fasteners where the washer is incorporated as part of the head, Figure-3.  

Figure 3

Effective performance of the gasket is dependent on the material used being capable of maintaining its elasticity over a temperature of -10° to 110°C, be UV resistant and  impervious to moisture. Additionally it should have hardness of Shore-A 30-90 and have a maximum electrical conductance of 0.5×10-6 ampere. The thickness of the gasket should not be less than 2.0mm. the most suitable material for gaskets is EPDM rubber.

What is overlooked by the majority of suppliers is the mismatch between the corrosion resistance of metallic coatings on the fasteners, washers and cladding which can result in bi-metal corrosion. Another factor that can have a major impact on corrosion is the inclusion of electroactive carbon in the gasket.

It is important to remember that the performance of most types of washers is dependent upon the use of the proper fastener installation equipment and care being exercised by the installer not to under or over tighten fasteners, Figure-3 refers.  

Please visit our website for other articles and papers on subjects pertaining to cladding.      

STEASA Engages with TRADE

The Steel Tube Export Association of South Africa (STEASA) recently had a meeting with TRADE (an acronym for TRAde and DEvelopment) which is a research and advisory division at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) specialising in international trade and economic development. We discussed an array of issues all related to global trade and specifically their model of identifying realistic export opportunities which could be tailored for steel tubes and pipes.  

Their research is geared towards export promotion and economic development. From identifying new and high-potential export opportunities, to uncovering the keys to greater competitiveness and inward investment flows. All areas of great concern to economic policymakers and decision-makers in business.

At the heart of TRADE’s research programmes is its international TRADE-DSM® (Decision Support Model) which is used to identify realistic export opportunities for countries, provinces and industry sectors in the form of high-potential product-market combinations. Complementing the TRADEDSM® is the TRADE-DSM Navigator®, a powerful, interactive computer-based application which interprets the results of the TRADE-DSM® in a user-friendly way.

TRADE is also a chair of the WTO (World Trade Organisation) Chairs Programme. The WTO Chairs Programme (WCP) aims to enhance people’s knowledge and understanding of the multilateral trading system by awarding research Chairs to selected universities and research institutions. In 2014, Prof Wilma Viviers, director of the TRADE, was awarded a WTO Chair (1 of 7 recipients worldwide to receive the honour that year), heralding the start of an international partnership.

STEASA in collaboration with Trade Advisory intend to host a trade and investment seminar in September 2018 that focuses on current global trade developments, with a keen focus on the opportunities in steel tube and pipes and the pitfalls that these trade developments present.