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Green building takes the first prize in steel awards

22nd November 2013 International financial and risk services provider Alexander Forbes’ new head office building in Sandton, Johannesburg, has won this years’ Architectural Category award in the South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) Steel Awards. The judges said at the awards, which were held on... 

Eco-friendly building method takes off in South Africa  

22nd November 2013 The South African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) says, that in the past seven years, light steel frame building (LSFB) has become the most viable alternative building method for low to medium rise buildings. Sasfa recently released a report, which revealed that “the steel... 

New Saisc CEO appointed

22nd November 2013 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) has appointed Paolo Trinchero as its new CEO. He takes over from Dr Hennie de Clercq, who has retired after being at the helm of Saisc for the last 13 years. Trinchero says he looks forward to the challenges he will face in the new... 

Focusing on the African market will grow local steel industry – Saisc CEO

22nd November 2013 To spur the local steel industry to grow by at least 5% a year over the next 10 years, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) will increase its focus on improving relationships with its counterparts in other African countries. 

Focusing on the African market will grow local steel industry – Saisc CEO
Recently appointed Saisc CEO Paolo Trinchero says that this will require the institute to be proactive in looking for opportunities in the relevant existing and emerging sectors in South Africa and the sub-Saharan region.

Rand not weak enough for exports – ISF

By: Samantha Herbst     23rd November 2012 Although the rand has plummeted in recent months owing to decreased investor confidence in local industry, it is still too strong for the steel export market to flourish, says International Steel Fabricators of South Africa (ISF) director and industry stalwart Kobus Marais.  

Saisc promotes R&D, skills development

23rd November 2012 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is investing time and money into finding new engineering techniques for the industry, based on the conviction that part of the success of an industry association is its ability to provide its members with solutions for the future, says... 

Local manufacturer shines at Steel Awards

By: Samantha Herbst     23rd November 2012 Steel, tube and pipe manufacturer Robor played a signicant role in three projects that took top honours at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) Steel Awards 2012. 

SteelFuture conference promotes ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking

23rd November 2012 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) will, in March next year, host the SteelFuture Conference in Johannesburg – a gathering that will focus on the future of the global steel construction industry.  

Local institute, industry among the world’s best – executive director

23rd November 2012 The performance of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) and the Southern African steel construction industry’s level of professionalism are, as a whole, on par with the best in the world, says Saisc executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq. 

Steel fabrication industry bleeds as major clients procure abroad

23rd November 2012 The large quantities of fabricated structural steel coming into South Africa from China, Saudi Arabia, India, Turkey and Thailand, besides other countries, continue to significantly impact on the local economy, says Southern African Institute of Steel Construction industry development director... 

Fabricators to benefit from changing business practice – ISF

23rd November 2012 While it has always been common practice in the construction industry for a client to outsource contract responsibility to engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) companies or engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies, there has recently been a definite shift... 

Unpredictable steel industry makes for nervous buying

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     18th November 2011 Fluctuating steel prices and the effects of the continued uncertain global economic conditions have resulted in end-users being wary of stocking up on steel products, says steel processor BSi Steel Shearcut director Jerry Govender. 

Structural steel exports to rise

18th November 2011 South African structural steel fabricators have, in recent months, increasingly shown an interest in the export market, says marketing consortium International Steel Fabricators of South Africa (ISF) director Neels van Niekerk.  

Institute encourages greater cooperation

18th November 2011 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) will promote increased cooperation and dialogue between itself, government and the steel construction industry, in general, to maximise opportunities in a tough global construction environment, says Saisc executive director Dr Hennie de... 

Manufacturer confident steel industry slump is temporary

18th November 2011 The South African steel industry, and by default its members, is taking strain, as the local market is not strong enough to support local companies, says steel structure manufacturer B&T Steel marketing and sales director Ben Dicks. 

Steel demand rises amid continued market volatility

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     18th November 2011 The steel construction industry, which is currently experiencing some measure of stability amid continued market volatility, is seeing a slight increase in demand, says metals finishing provider Rimex Metals South Africa director Jason Naudé. 

Fabricator says focus shifting to Africa

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     18th November 2011 Structural steel fabricator Cosira Group reports that conditions within the steel construction industry remain depressed, with excess capacity and fewer projects being executed. 

Draughting school aims to fill steel industry skills gap

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     18th November 2011 The School of Draughting, a joint venture between the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) and specialist in the design, detailing and fabrication of structural steelwork and platework Aveng Grinaker-LTA Mechanical & Electrical DSE Fabrication, is expanding its curriculum... 

Research confirms energy efficiency of light steel frame buildings

18th November 2011 A recent research project undertaken by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Built Environment division has confirmed that a light steel frame (LSF) dwelling, built to SANS 517 standard, will result in significant savings of electricity used for heating and cooling,... 

Institute to host conference on structures for mining

18th November 2011 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) has announced that it will host the second international Structures for Mining and related Materials Handling (SMMH) conference in October 2012.  

JV receives steel award

18th November 2011 Joint venture (JV) contractors Aveng Grinaker-LTA and WBHO received top honours in the annual Steel Awards hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction, for their contribution to the construction of the new Protea Court rooflight, which forms part of the R1.7-billion Sandton... 

CSIR research confirms the superior energy efficiency of light steel frame building

18th November 2011 A recent research project by the Built Environment division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) confirmed that a light steel frame (LSF) dwelling, built to SANS 517, will result in significant savings of electricity used for heating and cooling of the building, compared... 

Focused on training

19th November 2010 Specialist steel fabricator for the structural steel and mining industries Tass Engineering will run the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (SAISC’s) assembler training programme for the third time, owing to the company’s past success. “Three individuals from the first training... 

Structural engineer 
overcomes challenges

By: Tracy Hancock     19th November 2010 Cape Town-based KFD Wilkinson Consulting Engineers, the structural engineers for the Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), was a joint winner of the Steel Awards 2010 infrastructure category.

The CTIA won the category along with the King Shaka International Airport, north of Durban.  

Institute hosts UK architect

19th November 2010 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), this year, hosted UK-based architectural firm Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners’ (RSHP’s) Andrew Tyley.

Each year, the SAISC brings a noteworthy architect to South Africa. RSHP is known for its iconic work on structures such as... 

Light steel frame building industry buoyant

19th November 2010 The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa), a division of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), says that, despite tough economic conditions in the construction industry, both the association and the light steel frame building (LSFB) industry are... 

Benchmarking for structural steel industry

19th November 2010 Since the registration earlier this year of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) as a United Nations Industry Development Organisation (Unido) subcontractor and procurement exchange centre (SPX), to promote the involvement of its members in the South African Competitive... 

Roofing specialist awarded for airport projects

19th November 2010 Two projects of Global Roofing Solutions (GRS), a subsidiary company of steel distributor Kulungile Metals Group, were the joint winners of the infrastructure category at the Steel Awards 2010.

The judges noted that both projects, the Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) and the King Shaka... 

Call for government to improve competitiveness of local fabricators

19th November 2010 There has been an urgent call from the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) for government to improve systems that would make local steel fabricators more competitive against their foreign counterparts.  

Low-cost housing 
for South Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     19th November 2010 Steel producer ArcelorMittal Distribution Solutions plans to construct a multimillion-euro plant in Vanderbijlpark, next year, to produce insulated steel panels to construct buildings, such as low-cost housing, schools, shopping centres and factories, reports ArcelorMittal Distribution Solutions... 

Additional contract 
for Unki

19th November 2010 Structural steel fabricator and erector Cosira Group, a member of the Southern Africa Institute of Steel Construction, has been awarded the additional Unki conveyorStructural steel fabricator and erector Cosira Group, a member of the Southern Africa Institute of Steel Construction, has been... 

Award, commendation 
for architecture

19th November 2010 The Freedom Park Museum, on the Salvokop Hill, in Tshwane, won the the Architectural Category at this year’s Southern Africa Institute of Steel Construciton’s Steel Awards.

The Freedom Park Museum forms part of the second phase of the heritage development Freedom Park, which was initiated by... 

Steel Awards honours SA’s best

19th November 2010 The Cape Town stadium was the overall winner of the 2010 Steel Awards, which, perhaps, attracted the best-ever entries since the award’s inception, says Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq.

The awards were hosted by the SAISC and held... 

Indepth look into the 2010 Steel Awards

19th November 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... 

Local steel company part of R3bn investment in warehouse

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th November 2010 As part of a R3-billion investment by vehicle manufacturer Ford, and forming part of a high-volume export programme, the construction of an automotive supplier plant is currently being erected in Rosslyn, Pretoria.  

Council modifies focus for 2010

20th November 2009 The South African International Steel Fabricators (ISF) Council reports that it will modify its focus in 2010 to gain a more significant share of the global steel market, says ISF director Neels van Niekerk.  

Local steel construction industry fares well internationally

20th November 2009 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, reports the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) executive... 

New steel beams 
for local market

20th November 2009 A new range of steel beams for the local steel construction industry, particularly for the multistorey construction industry, will soon be manufactured in South Africa by a Konti Steel group company, Konti Blue, under licence from UK steelworker Fabsec. 

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