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South African steel construction sector triumphs over adversity of recent years

Innovation, ingenuity and a way of neighborhood inside the metal building business had been  showcased on the night of 13 October, when members throughout the native metal worth chain gathered to attend the spotlight of the annual metal business calendar – the 2022 Metal Awards, introduced by the Southern African Institute for Metal Building (SAISC) and held at Emperor’s Palace, Gauteng.

This occasion, which demonstrates excellence in the usage of metal in building, was the primary in-person Metal Awards held since 2019, previous to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2022 Awards very successfully highlighted how the native metal sector has triumphed over adversity up to now two years; in addition to showcasing a sometimes South African ‘can-do’ strategy to the challenges endured throughout this time.

The annual SAISC Metal Awards present a possibility for stakeholders throughout the business – together with engineers, fabricators, designers, architects, processors, retailers and fabricators – to current their work and be honoured for his or her excellent achievements. The night – recognized within the metal sector because the ‘Oscars of the metal business’ – was a chic gala-style gathering with a ‘crimson carpet’ really feel and a growth-related theme this yr of ‘inexperienced shoots’.

Native ingenuity and commendable perseverance 

SAISC CEO Amanuel Gebremeskel explains: “Even earlier than the worldwide pandemic, South Africa’s metal business had gone via a interval of extreme challenges. The ‘inexperienced shoots’ theme is an acknowledgement of the significance of constant to navigate via troubled instances. Additionally it is a tribute to our much-loved former CEO, the late Paolo Trinchero, who did a lot for South Africa’s metal business.

He was a passionate proponent of the idea of selling development all through the metal sector – or ‘inexperienced shoots’ as he put it – and that one should carry on shifting ahead and pushing via, even when instances are robust. I do know he would have been so happy with this yr’s entries, that are much more noteworthy as a result of they had been accomplished throughout this very troublesome pandemic period.”

Gebremeskel explains that many metal building initiatives globally had been stalled through the Covid pandemic, and but members of the South African metal business managed to drive initiatives via to completion.

“Numerous high-quality, actually wonderful initiatives have been showcased at this yr’s annual Metal Awards, and I consider it is a testimony to our character as a nation – in addition to the worth which the SAISC brings to the native metal building business. The SAISC is one in every of solely 6 metal institutes all over the world, and has a protracted historical past as a ‘metal sector sage’: a custodian of   technical data, an academic useful resource and a trusted authority .”

Mining class ‘gem’ shines as total Awards winner

“Whereas there’s super benefit throughout all of our entrants, in addition to all our class winners,” enthuses Gebremeskel, “the SAISC Annual Awards judges had been unanimous of their reward of our total winner – which was additionally the winner of the Mining class – the Benguela Common Therapy Plant mining facility, aboard the ‘Benguela Gem’, the world’s most superior diamond restoration vessel. The Benguela Gem is owned by Debmarine Namibia, a 50/50 three way partnership between De Beers Group and the federal government of the Republic of Namibia.”

The Benguela Gem is the product of worldwide collaboration: designed in Norway and Poland, inbuilt Romania and fitted out  by De Beers Marine South Africa. Diamond restoration by Debmarine Namibia takes place at 90 to 150 metres under sea stage. The distinctive design, fabrication and set up of the 3000 ton diamond therapy plant on the vessel was carried out forward of schedule by native engineers and fabricators within the midst of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.

Gebremeskel advises: “This mission stood out in a variety of other ways, and introduced a primary within the historical past of the Metal Awards: it operates off-shore, and is floating moderately than being stationary and anchored – a very distinctive applicant inside the Awards classes. As a sea-faring construction, it’s moreover topic to uncommon engineering hundreds from a naval engineering perspective.

The vessel, constructed for De Beers Marine operations, is exclusive in Africa, having the ability to perform the whole under-sea diamond dredging and therapy course of.

From the vessel arriving on the finish of September 2021 with an empty deck, it sailed once more in December 2021 with a completely operational mine onboard.

This mission was an distinctive showcase of the use and functions of metal that includes South African design, fabrication and building for a world shopper.”

The therapy plant was nominated by designers PBA Initiatives and accomplished in collaboration with De Beers Marine and 3C Metallic Belmet, Namibia and native fabricators Metal Companies and Allied Industries.

Extra Awards classes showcase metal sector range

This yr’s awards launched extra classes, and consequently an elevated variety of profitable entries, than lately. SAISC Advertising and Administration Guide Denise Sherman explains: “The reasoning behind this was to honour a broader spectrum of Awards entrants. We wished to cater to all potential role-players inside the metal building business’s assorted panorama.”

The Metal Awards Class winners are as follows:


  • Ford Bundle E – as a part of a R3-billion funding by car producer Ford, an automotive meeting plant was erected in Rosslyn, Pretoria as a part of the corporate’s high-volume export programme. The mission used in depth metal provides and comprised a 12 400m² warehouse, 14,6m in peak. The mission was accomplished forward of schedule, regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic and associated provide challenges.


  • Woodridge Packhouse – this mission presents an attention-grabbing type, intelligent use of pure gentle and a design which permits for pure air flow – subsequently saving on power prices.


Benguela Gem Therapy Plant – this mission not solely received the Mining class however the 2022 Metal Awards total (see above).


  • Home Vingos – the progressive use of metal – mixed with all the opposite parts of building – delivers an announcement piece of structure and a heat, welcoming household dwelling.

Sports activities Services

  • KES Aquatic Centre – Whereas retaining the heritage element of the earlier swimming pool complicated, the roof construction is of explicit curiosity: an apex working diagonally throughout the construction, requiring meticulous consideration to make sure leakproof sealing.

Sculptural / Architectural

  • Eastgate Photo voltaic Timber – Along with their aesthetically-pleasing design and the way this cleverly displays a renewable power focus, the entry to the positioning through the building part was difficult, making for an advanced and difficult set up course of.

Mild Metal Body (LSF) Constructing

  • Jubilee Hospital – on the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the progressive use of sunshine metal framing on this subject hospital in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, allowed for the addition of a big variety of hospital beds to extend present capability, utilizing this speedy building methodology.

Metallic Cladding and Roofing

  • KES Aquatic Centre – this mission received each the Metallic Cladding and Roofing, and the Sports activities Services classes (see above).

Tubular Metal

  • Babanango Travellers Camp – This progressive vacationer lodging is located inside the Babanango sport reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Numerous attention-grabbing technical particulars included reconciling complicated points concerning the usage of totally different supplies of building and geometrical components, to attain the mission’s architectural goal: roofing reflecting shapes utilized in conventional African shields.

Neighborhood Enrichment

  • Gary Kirsten Sports activities Centre Khayelitsha – That includes ease of building and  sustainable supplies, this construction additionally has the capability to increase if want be.

Regional Awards

  • Greatest Venture Gauteng – Home Vingos (see above)
  • Greatest Venture Western Cape – Benguela Gem Therapy Plant (see above)
  • Greatest Venture Japanese Cape – Woodridge Packhouse (see above)
  • Greatest Venture Limpopo – Freshmark Polokwane (see under)
  • Greatest Venture KwaZulu-Natal – Babanango Travellers Camp (see above)
  • Greatest Export Venture – New Biox Plant in Zimbabwe  (see under)

Greatest Venture Limpopo: The mission, carried out for the Freshmark distribution centre in Polokwane, made use of notably progressive cladding: atypical of a  warehouse constructing, and technically difficult to attain. The consequence was aesthetically pleasing, with a design component of curved bullnoses from roof to cladding.

Greatest Export Venture: Organic oxidation (‘Biox’) is a know-how that ensures the optimum processing of excessive sulphur gold ore, thereby rising the achievable gold restoration. This technically difficult structural framing mission entailed detailing, fabricating and establishing a gold processing Biox plant. The first goal thereof was to supply entry to the varied areas of the Biox plant – and to its piping help system.

Give attention to in-person networking

Sherman provides that the 2022 Metal Awards had been extraordinarily well-attended. “In truth, this was one of many largest Awards held at a single occasion lately,” she enthuses.

“In distinction to our Awards of 2020 – which of necessity happened purely on-line – and our Awards of 2019, which had been held throughout 3 venues concurrently – specifically Johannesburg, Cape City and Durban – the 2022 Metal Awards had been deliberate from inception to happen at a single venue. This was to focus on the occasion’s in-person networking alternatives – and emphasise the worth that the constructive use of metal brings to communities and lives.”

Grateful due to sponsors

 “The SAISC is extraordinarily grateful to its sponsors, who’ve made the occasion potential via their beneficiant sponsorships. We wish to thank Safal Steel, Bolt and Engineering, BSi Steel, ProRoof, NJR Steel, Macsteel, Safintra South Africa, Global Roofing Solutions, Unica Iron and Steel, ASTPM, and Stewarts & Lloyds,” says Gebremeskel.

“As well as, I wish to thank all the opposite role-players concerned in placing these awards collectively, together with the judges; Denise Sherman, our Advertising and Administration Guide; the members of the board; and all our members from outdoors Gauteng who’ve travelled to attend the Awards at their very own expense. All those that have volunteered a lot of their time to make sure the success of Metal Awards 2022 are certainly drastically appreciated!”

“It’s great for the SAISC to have been in a position to host the Metal Awards in-person as soon as once more, and to see the spirit of overcome adversity hovering excessive – just like the metal buildings of so a lot of our notable entries – all through the native metal and building industries.

I consider the Institute – along with our valued Metal Awards entrants, sponsors, members and companions – has confirmed as soon as once more how a lot will be achieved throughout the native metal worth chain when all gamers persevere for the continued success and sustainability of the metal business,” he concludes.