The SAISC Steel Awards celebrates diversity in South Africa’s steel construction industry

The 2019 entries for the SA Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards contained an unprecedented level of diversity. This ranges from building type, size, ownership and construction/property value, from cost-effective to high-end. There has also been enormous diversity reflected in both the aesthetic and functional use of steel in construction: from light steel frame building, to metal roofing and cladding, and the use of heavy structural steel. The level of diversity this year is also reflected ‘behind-the-scenes’: in terms of age, gender, professional discipline and background of the many…

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How trailblazer Lebogang Zulu is changing the construction industry

Zulu has carved out a niche for herself in innovative building technology and is determined to transform the supply industry Trailblazing construction businessperson Lebogang Zulu has become the go-to person for fast and efficient delivery of construction projects, even for government. Zulu, who scooped a top sector award a fortnight ago at a prestigious ceremony at Emperors Palace, is, however, not known to many people outside the construction business. Born and raised in KwaThema in the east of Johannesburg, Zulu says she has always been assertive and passionate. During an…

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First Cut ‘cuts’ a vibrant new profile in Mpumalanga

First Cut is developing an exciting new profile in the Lowveld at Mbombela (formerly Nelspruit). Their presence builds on the foundation of an existing company, Bremsaw, which is a well-known local saw doctor business, explains Director of First Cut, Gary Willis. Dave and Anna Bremner owned the company for some 20 years. While the company had been a customer of First Cut for many years buying various sawing-related products, a change came about when Dave and Anna decided to sell their business. Willis has had a long and successful relationship…

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Manufacturing: Petroleum leads the slump in production and sales

    As a whole, manufacturing production saw a decrease in June 2019. According to the stats authority, the industry closed off the observed month with a 1.5% decrease in production. This is a -1.9% change compared to May. The only sector to maintain positive outputs was the food and beverage industry, which showed an increase of 3.7% in production and contributing a 1.0 percentage point towards the industry. These are the sectors that performed poorly: petroleum, chemical products, rubber and plastic products (-7,7% and contributing -1,7 percentage points); basic…

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Downstream steel sector to be championed by CEO Task Force – Allied Steelrode a driving member

Currently South Africa’s steel industry – the key component of South Africa’s manufacturing sector – is facing serious challenges. In order to coordinate decision-makers, South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) members, and other associations to find actionable solutions to the current challenging industry environment – and to provide opportunities for steel industry leadership to raise key issues and propose potential solutions – on the May 4th, the SAISC held an industry mobilisation meeting. Under the auspices of the SAISC, and with Allied Steelrode’s driving support, it was decided at the…

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Innovation the key to reviving SA’s manufacturing sector: steel federation

JOHANNESBURG – Innovation was crucially important for the future survival of South Africa’s manufacturing sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Industrial Development Conference held in Sandton, SEIFSA Chief Executive Officer Kaizer Nyatsumba said innovation would ultimately be the difference between thriving manufacturers and those that were merely surviving. Nyatsumba said that the South African manufacturing sector was going through a “structural adjustment phase, rather than a cyclical downturn” and a “rethink of South Africa’s approach to manufacturing was, therefore, most…

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MARKET AND SHOWCASE YOUR PRODUCTS AT WIRE AND TUBE 2018 IN DUSSELDORF, GERMANY, 16 TO 20 APRIL 2018

Assistance is provided to qualifying South African exporters to introduce South African products into foreign markets, in a cost effective manner. the dti extends an invitation to your firm and other exporters of wire and tube products to apply to participate on the National Pavilion at the International Wire and Tube Trade Fair 2018 scheduled to take place from 16 to 20 April 2018 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The deadline date for the submission of duly completed National Pavilion application forms is 20 November 2017. This bi-annual trade fair is recognised…

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Allied Steelrode’s LT20 tube laser: Imagination is the only limitation

High-speed, versatile five axis 3D tube laser creates dynamic new processing and pre-fabrication possibilities   While many companies these days may claim to be innovators, true innovation is rare. However, for South Africa’s leading steel processor and supplier, Allied Steelrode, innovation is in the lifeblood of the company and part of their organisational ethos. Founded through a merger of Allied Chemical and Steel Pty Ltd and Steelrode Pty six years ago, Allied Steelrode has grown exponentially, supplying high volume merchants and end-users with – amongst other product offerings – bulk…

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Why BSI Steel may close KwaZulu-Natal branch

The group may restructure to centralise distribution from Gauteng office amid sector ructions BSI Steel, an AltX-listed processor and distributor of steel products into sub-Saharan Africa, is reviewing the viability of servicing the market in KwaZulu-Natal through its Pietermaritzburg warehouse and offices. The group, which is feeling the ructions in SA’s broader steel industry, said there was a possibility of relocating the firm’s administration function to the BSI Kliprivier office in Gauteng. But it also said “this restructure is a decisive and progressive move to ensure that BSI remains a…

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