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SA Institute of Welding

Artisan training to benefit welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 By developing local skills and paying attention to quality and on-time delivery, Secunda-based fabrication company Hydra-Arc says it is possible to be successful and competitive in this challenging industry. "The demand for skills development is massive in South Africa, therefore, fully fledged... 

Automation presents growth opportunities for industry

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 The recent slowdown in major capital investment projects has resulted in  a challenge in the employment environment within the South African welding industry. This has prompted businesses to reassess opportunities and efficiencies within their current fabrication methodology, says welding and... 

Automation presents growth opportunities  for industry
ENDLESS APPLICATIONS The Polysoude Orbital Welder is consistent, and increases productivity

Certification upholds international standards

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Welding Fabricator Certification Scheme, known as ISO 3834, is operated by independent company SAIW Certification, which is authorised by the International Institute of Welding (IIW) as South Africa’s Authorised National Body for Company... 

Laser cuts time and costs for welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 The link between welding, cutting and grinding is an intricate one, as refining and perfecting one aspect of these three processes will greatly enhance the proficiency of all of them, says cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut. Owing to this, First Cut has optimised the... 

Localisation key to welding industry growth

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Promoting local manufacturing in South Africa creates opportunities for the local welding industry, says South African science institution Agricultural Research Council and Agricultural Engineering (ARC-AE) research team manager for renewable energy, agricultural infrastructure and agroprocessing... 

Localisation key to  welding industry growth
AGRICULTURAL WELDING The Senotlelo feed mill is an example of how welding is used in the agriculture industry

NDT testing integral to safety foundation

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is Africa’s leading welder training organisation and also hosts the leading non-destructive testing (NDT) facility in Africa. The importance of NDT to the safety of structures must never be underestimated, SAIW systems and quality manager Harold... 

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Despite challenging economic conditions and a dire lack of welding skills, steel welding and fabrication service provider Federal Steel Company is committed to welding skills development initiatives that will expand nationally. Federal Steel Company MD Phakamile Buthelezi explains that the lack... 

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap
PHAKAMILE BUTHELEZI The Federal Steel Company has invested in initiatives to monitor and facilitate the proper training of young artisans

Welding foundation industry collaboration empowers SA learners

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Foundation aims to provide training to disadvantaged individuals in a range of areas that include welding and inspection, and the training of trainers for welding and related technologies. In addition, integrated steel and mining company... 

Welding foundation industry collaboration  empowers SA learners
WELDING KING Nndwakhulu Mufamadi (left) receiving his IWT certificate from SAIW president Morris Maroga

Welding key in driving economic growth

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Welding has been dubbed the “miracle career” by Johannesburg-based training institute, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), owing to the number of opportunities associated with it. Manufacturing is essential for economic growth and with welding forming a significant part of... 

Welding key in driving economic growth
QCTO IN ACTION A trainee practising his gas-tungsten arc skills in the Southern African Institute of Welding welding school

Welding Alloys South Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     15th September 2017 As one of the market leaders in providing engineered solutions to combat wear, welding consumables manufacturer Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) has been manufacturing welded composite overlay material since 1976. With eight automated welding stations, WASA is currently one of the largest... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

Testing laboratory receives accreditation

     9th September 2016 The South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) testing laboratory at SAIW’s headquarters has been ISO 17025 accredited by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) and according to SAIW executive director Sean Blake, this is a significant step in the expansion of the services... 

Certification enables company to work on rail projects

By: Victor Moolman     9th September 2016 Metal fabricator Fabrinox received the EN 15085 certification last month. This enables the company to work on rail infrastructure projects in South Africa, the rest of Africa and European Union (EU) countries. 

Certification enables  company to work  on rail projects
Photo by Bloomberg
WELDING QUALIFICATION Fabrinox has been awarded EN 15085 certification, which enables the company to work on railway projects

SAIW continues to make significant contributions to education

By: Victor Moolman     9th September 2016 Despite there being a decline in enrolments in inspector and competent persons courses for welding, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) continues to be well positioned to make a significant contribution to capacity building through its education and training programmes. 

SAIW continues to make significant contributions to education
WELDER TRAINING The welding industry has slowed down amid the slow-moving economy

SAIW inspects high quality welding operations in France

     9th September 2016 Following the announcement late last year by the South African government that it would be going out on tender for the procurement of 9.6 GW of nuclear power, a delegation from France, which is interested in bidding, visited the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) as part of its mission to... 

SAIW inspects high quality welding  operations in France
Photo by Duane Daws
KOEBERG POWER STATION Areva built some of the components for the Koeberg nuclear power station

EWN&S Enterprises

By: Zandile Mavuso     9th September 2016 Established in Nigel in 1976, EWN&S Enterprises has been suppliers of industrial gases, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), welding equipment and consumables and safety wear to various industries in Gauteng ever since. 

EWN&S Enterprises

Value and importance of Accredited Certification

     9th September 2016 There is an ongoing concern in the South African market place that many companies and government departments do not seem to be aware of the difference between accredited and non accredited certification bodies. Whilst it is acknowledged that some non accredited certification bodies may do a good... 

Value and importance of Accredited Certification

Welding industry seeks new alternatives  

By: Victor Moolman     9th September 2016 With fewer projects being available in the power generation and petrochemical sectors, South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Sean Blake says that for those seeking welding industry opportunities alternative sectors have to be considered. 

Welding industry seeks new alternatives
Southern African Institute of Welding executive director Sean Blake explains the challenges, the opportunities and the future of the welding industry in South Africa. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Welding industry growth relies on skills development

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th September 2015 The biggest potential driver of growth in the local welding industry lies in skills development, says nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW). SAIW president Morris Maroga says one of the biggest challenges facing the local industry is the  importing of... 

Welding industry growth relies on  skills development
WELDING INSPECTION The biggest potential driver of growth in the local welding industry lies in skills development

Transnet Engineering SAIW-certified

     11th September 2015 Locomotive business Transnet Engineering, a division of Transnet, has been ISO 3834 certified at its Durban and Koedoespoort facilities. This is an important step as ISO 3834 is the basis for EN 15085 certification, which is a railway specific quality standard. Transnet Engineering’s EN 15085... 

Transnet Engineering  SAIW-certified
TRANSNET RECEIVES CERTIFICATION Transnet Engineering’s certification process is part of its preparation for the work it will do for the main contractors in Transnet’s impending R50-billion locomotive upgrade

Distribution partnership demonstrates shared vision for the future

     11th September 2015 With a strong focus on supply chain efficiencies, industrial and specialty gas products and chemicals supplier Air Products South Africa has built up strong relationships with its distributors, creating partnerships which are mutually beneficial, and which are in support of the gas industry as a... 

Distribution partnership demonstrates shared vision for the future
POSITIVE PARTNERSHIP Air Products distributor business manager Jorg Scholz, Cosmo industrial sales manager Jaques Uys, Cosmo general manager Petrus Pretorius, Cosmo training manager Leazle van Rooi

Joint call for skilled NDT personnel

     11th September 2015 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) and the South African Institute of Non Destructive Testing (SAINT) have called for a harmonized South African NDT Qualification and Certification scheme, which will not only improve the quality of nondestructive testing (NDT) technicians in South... 

Hydra-Arc Group wins SAIW gold medal

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th September 2015 Project services corporation Hydra-Arc Group is this year’s winner of the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) gold medal. Hydra-Arc consists of associated companies that operate primarily in the petrochemical, construction, mining and power generation industries and water storage solutions.... 

Hydra-Arc Group wins SAIW  gold medal
SKYHILL FABRICATION FACILITY, SECUNDA Project services corporation Hydra-Arc Group is this year’s winner of the SAIW gold medal

SAIW Foundation provides career opportunities in welding sector

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th September 2015 The first ever group of trainees brought to nonprofit technical organisation Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) for training by the SAIW Foundation is doing well, says SAIW executive director Sean Blake. “Each learner has shown a commendable enthusiasm and dedication and their progress... 

SAIW Foundation provides career opportunities in welding sector
SAIW FOUNDATION STUDENTS The SAIW Foundation provides training to previously disadvantaged individuals

SAIW welding inspectors programme a proven success

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th September 2015 Nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) Welding Inspector programme has been a success locally and internationally, says the institute, which regards the course as one of its most significant achievements to date. The Welding Inspector suite of... 

SAIW welding inspectors  programme a proven success
TRAINING PROGRAMMES THRIVE There is global demand for SAIW's Welding Inspector qualification

SAIW director appointed chair of global body

     12th September 2014 Nonprofit technical organisation Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Jim Guild was appointed chairperson of the International Institute of Welding’s (IIW’s) International Authorisation Board (IAB) at the IIW’s sixty-seventh Annual Assembly, held in Seoul, South Korea,... 

SAIW director appointed  chair of global body
JIM GUILD The first chairperson of the International Institute of Welding’s International Authorisation Board from outside of Europe or the US

Sugar producer and SAIW team up in Moz

     12th September 2014 Agricultural and agroprocessing group Tongaat Hulett’s Mozambique-based sugar mill and sugar cane estates’ subsidiary Acucareira de Moçambique (Mafambisse) ran a nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) training course for its staff at the company’s... 

Sugar producer and  SAIW team up in Moz
MOZAMBIQUE COURSE TRAINEES Some of the participants in the Appreciation of Welders for Engineers course at Tongaat Hulett-Acucareira de Moçambique

Fabrication company achieves accreditation

     12th September 2014 Local fabrication company ND Engineering, which has extensive experience in the manufacture of equipment for industrial processes using a variety of standard and exotic grades of materials, achieved ISO 3834:2005 compliance for the quality requirements for fusion welding of metallic materials... 

Fabrication company achieves accreditation
ISO 3834:2005 CERTIFICATION Receiving the certificates (Front row left to right) Mark Ackerman, Sean Blake, Elvis Green and John Creamer

Welder competition receives positive response

     12th September 2014 Entries for the nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) 2015 Young Welder of the Year (YWoY) competition opened last month and, to date, the SAIW says that the interest expressed in the competition throughout South Africa has been “unprecedented”. The... 

Welder competition  receives positive response
YOUNG WELDING WIZARD 2013 Young Welder of the Year winner Houston Isaacs with the Southern African Institute of Welding’s Etienne Nell and Frans Vorster

Institute assists State-owned freight and logistics group

By: Ilan Solomons     12th September 2014 State-owned freight and logistics group Transnet Engineering (TE) says its membership and association with nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), has ensured that all TE’s welding inspectors have been correctly trained and certified to provide a... 

Institute assists  State-owned freight  and logistics group
Photo by Duane Daws
EDUCATION DRIVER Transnet Engineering is passionate about the learning and development of youth and is continuously investing in its technical skills pipeline

Emphasis placed on pressure vessel inspectors

     12th September 2014 Pressure equipment that is not manufactured, repaired, modified, operated and maintained correctly can be extremely dangerous, particularly to a plant’s operating personnel and to the public, as the system failure of pressure equipment can result in significant bodily damage to those who are... 

Emphasis placed on pressure vessel inspectors
PRESSURE TEST Manufacturers and users of pressure equipment have to ensure compliance with local pressure equipment regulations

David Brown

     12th September 2014 Global leader in industrial gear system design, manufacture and service, David Brown has been delivering highly reliable gear systems to the mining industry for more than 150 years. From CX conveyor drives, large girth gears and mill drives to complete gearbox service, repair and upgrade, David... 

David Brown

SAIW proceeds with Mpumalanga centre plan  

By: Ilan Solomons     12th September 2014 The Mpumalanga provincial government and nonprofit technical organisation Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) aim to establish a R130-million training facility in Mpumalanga. SAIW executive director Jim Guild tells Engineering News that, in the past five years, the institute has made... 

SAIW proceeds with  Mpumalanga centre plan
South African Institute of Welding executive director Jim Guild discusses recent developments and initiatives under way at the institute

Regulatory improvement calls  

By: Ilan Solomons     12th September 2014 The Thermal Spray Association of Southern Africa (TSASA), a subcommittee of nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) aims to increase thermal spray use while improving standards in local industrial sectors. TSASA chairperson Adam Wintle tells Engineering... 

Regulatory improvement calls
Thermal Spray Association of Southern Africa chairperson Adam Wintle discusses the state of the thermal spray industry in Southern Africa.

Gaining ground in boosting thermal spray industry

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 To redress the negative perceptions of thermal spraying in some market sectors in Africa and to increase the awareness of its uses, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) will bolster the position of thermal spraying through its newly launched Thermal Spray Association of Southern... 

Gaining ground in boosting thermal spray industry
THERMAL SPRAYING The primary objective of the Thermal Spray Association of South Africa is to implement existing internationally-accepted standards in the industry

R200k in consumables donated to SAIW

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 The South African supplier of welding consumables and equipment ESAB Africa Welding & Cutting, which is the sub-Saharan Africa subsidiary of UK-based industrial company ESAB Holdings, donated more than R200 000 in welding consumables last month to the institute for training purposes. 

Institute investigates use of e-learning

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) says that one of the highest priorities in its training programmes is the implementation of e-learning as a teaching method. 

Institute undertakes several certifications

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has certified 82 companies and sites to date and has more than 30 additional companies that are interested in obtaining ISO 3834 certification before the end of the year to ensure all aspects of welding and fabrication are properly managed and... 

Institute undertakes several certifications
CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS Competent persons undergoing training through the Southern African Institute of Welding will only be certified once they successfully complete a theoretical training course and a period of practical training

SA’s welding industry remains strong beside weak manufacturing sector

     13th September 2013 The future of welding is closely linked to the manufacturing and construction sectors; therefore, when manufacturing does well, plenty of welding work is available and vice versa. 

SA’s welding industry remains strong beside weak manufacturing sector
Photo by Bloomberg
PROMISING OUTOOKWith improving standards, training and new technologies and techniques, the future of welding looks bright(Source: Bloomberg)
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