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Steel Academy Training Courses in May 2017

There are a number of Steel Academy courses taking place in May at the SAISC Offices in Parktown West.

  • Heavy Industrial Buildings Design - 4-5 May 2017
  • Low Rise Steel Framed Office Building Design - Part 1: 11 May, Part 2: 18 May, Part 3: 25 May, Part 4: 1 June

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Steel Awards 2017 entries early bird discount extended by 2 weeks

After listening to the impassioned pleas of our members, we have decided to extend the Steel Awards 2017 earlybird project entry discount to the 10th of February. In order to qualify for the discount, you need to send the completed nominator agreement and invoicing details portion of the Project Nomination form. Your completed project form. . .
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Great News!!! - Structural Steel Designated - Effective date 1 February 2017

Fabricated Structural Steel has been designated thanks to the hard work of the Steel Industry, the SAISC, Kobus de Beer, close collaboration between many associations and the dti metals desk in particular. Well done and thank you to everyone.  For more information, please see read more

The SAISC calls for entries for the 2017 Steel Awards

The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) has called for entries for the 2017 Steel Awards. SAISC CEO Paolo Trinchero says that after the high standard of the 2016 Awards there has been extraordinary expectation throughout the steel construction industry in relation to this year's Awards.

The Awards have already secured. . .
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Steel Awards 2017 Sponsors Confirmed!

The SAISC is pleased to confirm that the following companies have confirmed sponsorship for Steel Awards 2017 :

  • AVENG Trident Steel (Main Sponsor)
  • Macsteel(Popular Vote Sponsor)
  • CADEX Systems SA (Photo Competition Sponsor).

Although the judges decide on the categories and winners based on the. . .
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Steel Awards 2017 is open for project nominations!

For project nominations form visit:
For entry details and processes visit: 

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Steel Awards 2016 - See all the winners

The highlight of the structural steel industry calendar, the 35th Annual Steel Awards hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction in partnership with BSi Steel, took place on 15 September 2016 in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Kwazulu Natal concurrently. Attended by over 1000 people the event showcased projects completed in the. . .
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Steel Awards 15 September 2016 Event Open for Bookings!

Steel Awards 2016 is officially open for bookings!

In celebration of the SAISC's 60th year, our theme for this year';s awards is "The 60s"
Dress code is retro/ classic 60's formal style (for some great examples see the TV Series "Mad Men")

JHB - Emperors Palace
CT - Table Bay Hotel
DBN - Mount. . .
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Steel Awards 2015 - All the Winners

Steel Awards 2015 (Main Sponsor Aveng Steel) has come and gone and according to Awards Convenor, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction's (SAISC) Spencer Erling, the quality of the entries easily matched the outstanding quality of previous years. "We are going through very tough times in the steel construction industry yet, in. . .
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The use of high strength bolting assemblies for pre loading

Please open the link if you are having to work with the new European specifications as adopted by SABS for pre-loaded ( or as we used to call them pre-tensioned bolts) or HSFG bolts.

The circular has some very good background information for engineers and. . .
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Financially astute companies are training engineers now

Is your company well-positioned to survive the economic downturn? Have you cut back on training? If so, you should be aware that upskilling is a countercyclical activity and that now is the right time for fabricators, producers and dealers to train their employees. This is the opinion of Amanuel Gebremeskel, Development Engineer at the Southern. . .
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SAISC launches Steel Academy

The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) has launched a Steel Academy. "Our primary objective is to provide substantial education and training together with our traditional offerings in order to make a meaningful contribution to the skills set of our industry," says SAISC CEO Paolo Trinchero.

He adds that education and. . .
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ISF Australian visit demonstrates market challenges, opportunities

The International Steel Fabricators of South Africa (ISF) reports that there were no real surprises on its recent annual 'pilgrimage' to Australia. "As expected, the number of new mining projects remains limited and are therefore fiercely competed for by the engineering houses," says ISF director Neels van Niekerk. "The net. . .
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Malapa Fossil Excavation Site takes top honours at Steel Awards 2014 (Main Sponsor: Aveng Steel)

Steel Awards 2014 convenor, Spencer Erling says that each year the ability of South African architects and engineers to build aesthetic steel structures becomes increasingly apparent. "The quality of the entries improves each year and 2014 was no different. I congratulate the winners and all those who entered," says Erling.

Such was the. . .
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Many Steel Award 2014 entries reflect steel's popularity for social investment projects

The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) reports that many of the more than 60 entries into Steel Awards 2014 reflect how steel has become the material of choice in a growing number of social investment-type projects. "This is in large part due to the long term energy-saving properties of steel as well as the savings brought. . .
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A First for South Africa - STEEL DAY 2014 - 16 October 2014

A First for South Africa - STEEL DAY 2014

The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) has adapted the concept of Steel Day from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) who for the past five years used this day to increase national awareness of steel.

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POLASA fills dire need

Since the launch of the Powerline Association of South Africa (POLASA) in August 2013, it has grown exponentially with more than 30 members of the industry having joined. "This clearly indicates the dire need for this organisation and for its members to have representation in the complex commercial and political environment in which they. . .
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SAICE's Civilution Congress supports NDP for the future of South Africa - 6-8 April 2014

Civilution is about the process of mobilising South Africa's engineering capacity to support government in its aspirations for an improved South Africa. Civilution is an era of the next 30 -50 years, and history will judge this era by what the engineering society has achieved for the development of South Africa - in the time of the National. . .
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New edition of Blue Book in stock

The 10th edition of the SAISC blue book now in stock and is flying off the shelves. An excellent handbook for people who do not need all the design information contained in our red book. Contact for more information.

The third edition of "The Structural Steel Design Guide" by Dr Jeffrey Mahachi is also available.

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SAISC Launches Power Line Industry Association

As part of its ongoing efforts to prevent job losses and to ensure that the steel construction industry maximises its potential in terms of future growth opportunities, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) recently launched another independent sub-association: the Power Line Association of Southern Africa. . .
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Steel Awards 2013 – Yet another successful year for the Steel Construction Industry

Steel Awards 2013 – Yet another successful year for the Steel Construction Industry

This year was the 32nd Steel Awards, which recognises excellence in the use of structural steel in various construction projects.

Fifty entries of projects completed in 2012 were received this year and Spencer Erling, SAISC Education Director and. . .
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Motivation for putting the Eurocode for steel design on ice for South Africa

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to report back on the survey we did recently in an effort to guide us in deciding whether to go to the Eurocode for the design of structural steelwork.

We received 151 responses to our questionnaire, for which we truly and profusely want to thank everybody who responded.

A summary of the data. . .
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The future of steel construction in South Africa

The great movie maker Sam Goldwyn said "Never make forecasts, especially about the future." And that was in an era when the future was a lot more predictable than it is at the moment, especially for the global steel industry - including South Africa - which seems to be in a constant state of flux.

Nevertheless, it is of value to think. . .
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Errata to Red Book 2013

Please download the document for some corrections with respect to the mass per metre of square and rectangular hollow sections on pages 2.70 and 2.72 of the Eighth Edition (i.e. the 2013 version) of the Red Book:

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Edition 8 (2013) of the Steel Construction Handbook (Red Book) is now available


Non Member   R1320               Member R825               Student R420

Please send an email to Debbie Allcock at to request a quote.

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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. . .
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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.
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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,”

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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. . .
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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. . .
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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. read more

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. . .
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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.

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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.

Renee Pretorius, Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) communications manager, says it is. . .
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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. . .
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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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