SAIW Company Profile

Leading welder trainer in Africa  a non-profit technical organisation dedicated to furthering standards in welding-fabrication and related technologies. Established in 1948, it is a founder member of the International Institute of Welding (IIW).

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[Johannesburg, 03 July 2019]: In the last few years, following a decision to focus more on the internationally recognised International Institute of Welding’s (IIW) IWIP Basic, Standard and Comprehensive programmes, the SAIW removed the SAIW Inspectors Level 1 course from its curriculum while SAIW Inspectors Level 2 took somewhat of a back seat.

“In retrospect, we see that this has not worked out in the way it was planned and we will, with immediate effect, be bringing back a new version of the Inspectors programme which includes both the SAIW Inspectors courses and the IIW courses,” says Jim Guild, SAIW’s caretaker executive director.

He adds that for more than 40 years the SAIW Welding Inspector programme (Level 1 and Level 2) were the backbone of the South African welding industry and by far the most popular courses at the SAIW. These courses have been specifically tailored to meet local industry requirements and , since inception, they have been the preferred education and training choice of the large end-user organisations and fabricators in the local welding industry. “It’s time to refocus on these iconic courses,” says Guild.

SAIW systems and quality manager, Harold Jansen, says that while the outstanding quality of the IWIP courses is not doubted by the local industry, it is abundantly clear that industry wants the SAIW courses to once again play a major part in the SAIW Inspectors programme. “We have heard them and it makes absolute sense. After all, these are courses that were developed in conjunction with local industry with content that is absolutely pertinent to South African conditions and local industry characteristics.”

After deep analysis and research, and taking into account the needs and desires of the local industry, the SAIW has launched a new, improved Inspectors programme, which ingeniously incorporates both SAIW Levels 1 and 2 with the IIW programmes.

Shelton Zichawo, SAIW training services manager says that from a local perspective alone, the advantages of the new arrangement are enormous in that it focuses squarely on national requirements in the development of local competence, and addresses directly the local needs of national skills development. “And, perhaps most importantly, it’s what our industry wants,” he says.

He adds that by combining the best locally-focused programme with an internationally recognised programme, the SAIW will offer the best of both worlds.

In order to ensure the best possible standards, the SAIW has taken cognisance of the latest industry feed-back and has refined the courses to ensure they are completely up to date with the pertinent technology. “By amalgamating parts of the IWIP programmes with SAIW programmes we have created a world-class product to the satisfaction of the local industry. From the students’ perspective they obtain two diplomas simultaneously at each level – one South Africa focused and one internationally focused,” Zichawo says.

Upon successful completion of the SAIW Inspectors Level 1 qualification examination, the student will not only be issued with an SAIW Inspectors Level 1 qualification, providing access to the South African industry with this sought after ‘feather in your cap’, but also with an IWI Basic Diploma, allowing individuals to enter the global market, with an internationally recognised and respected International Institute of Welding (IIW) qualification.

Should students want to go to the next level, after completing SAIW Inspector Level 1 course, they will no longer be required to obtain two years’ experience as Welding Inspectors before enrolling for the SAIW Level 2 course. The two years’ experience will only come into play should a qualified Senior Welding and Fabrication Inspector (Level 2) wish to obtain the IWIP Standard qualification. “This enables the students to get into the market two years earlier with a higher qualification making them that much more marketable in the industry and more likely to get a higher paying job,” says Zichawo.

He adds that the IWIP Comprehensive course, the highest level in the Inspectors programme will remain a stand-alone course in the future.

“A very small number of people may be caught at a crossroad in the progression path,” says Zichawo, “and each person will be treated sympathetically and with support from SAIW to ensure they achieve the best outcome for their future.”

Anyone uncertain about how they are affected by the changes that are being introduced is invited to speak with any of the lecturing staff or any of the following members of the SAIW staff – Shelton Zichawo, Nico Fourie, Laetitia Dormehl or Michelle Warmback.

SAIW contact:
Dimitra Kreouzi
Tel: 011 298 2102/011 298 2100
Email: dimitra.kreouzi@saiw.co.za
Web: www.saiw.co.za

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The 2019 SAIW Welder Challenge competition, which was held from 14-18 January 2019, went off with a bang with more than twenty participants from many parts of the country displaying a skill level unprecedented in this competition. “It once again proved to be the foremost skills test for young welders in South Africa,” says SAIW executive director Sean Blake.

The overall winner, Stefan Lottering, won a cash prize of R15 000 and joined an illustrious list of winners of this competition, including Thembinkosi Matyeka, Houston Isaacs and Jaco van Deventer, who have gone on to stellar careers in the welding industry.

Blake says that Stefan’s effort is a credit  to all the youth of South Africa who are involved in the welding industry.

“Like Thembi, Houston, Jaco and many others, Stefan is an example of the wonderful opportunities that welding offers young people who are looking for an exciting and rewarding career. The reason we hold this competition is to encourage young people from all over the country to investigate what welding has to offer with respect to their futures,” Blake says.

He adds that the SAIW Welder Challenge competition is an industry initiative and would not survive without its sponsors. “We are all grateful that the sponsors understand the continued importance of this competition in terms of encouraging welding as a career for our youth,” he says.

The sponsors for the 2019 competition were: CHIETA (main sponsor), Afrox, AFSA, Air Products, ArcelorMittal, Aveng Grinaker LTA, Columbus, ESAB, Lincoln and WASA.

SAIW’s Samuel Mnguni, the head judge for the competition, said that the standard of the competition was so high that the results were a close call. “Fortunately, we utilise an objective rather than a subjective marking technique which means we are able to very accurately discern the ultimate winners,” Mnguni says.

He added that the increased involvement of those who are teaching the youth welding skills is most encouraging and with their support, the SAIW will continue to extend the footprint of the competition throughout the country. “We are particularly pleased with the participation of TVET colleges and we hope to work even more closely with them in the future.”

SAIW’s Etienne Nell who has been central to the growth of the SAIW Welding Challenge over the years was also ebullient about this year’s competition: “The SAIW biennial Welding Challenge has certainly become one of the premier technical competitions in the country. The standard is always high and the enthusiasm electric – and this year was no different. The 2019 group of competitors was the best yet. It’s very exciting that the standard of welding among our youth improves every year.”

The competition, which was run strictly along the standards and protocols of the WorldSkills competition, was to find the most proficient welder in three material categories: carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminium using four welding processes: SMAW, GTAW, GMAW and FCAW. There was a prize in each category as well as the overall winner and overall runner-up.

 

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SAIW contact:
Dimitra Kreouzi
Tel: 011 298 2102/011 298 2100
Email: dimitra.kreouzi@saiw.co.za
Web: www.saiw.co.za

Media Contact:
Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: 011 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za

[30 January 2019]: As part of its strategy to promote welding as a career to the youth of the Western Cape and to the country in general, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has put into motion a series of Open Days to enable young people who are in the process of deciding what to do with their lives to see what welding and its related technologies can offer them.

The first Open Day was held with great success in Johannesburg on the 11th January 2019 with Cape Town and Durban to follow in the near future. Liz Berry, SAIW’s Cape Town representative says they are looking for a suitable time for the Western Cape Open Day and will announce it shortly.

According to the SAIW executive director, Sean Blake, there is little doubt that one of the most pressing global issues for young people is finding a solid, fulfilling and financially rewarding career. “In a country like South Africa, where the unemployment rate is amongst the highest in the world, and job opportunities increasingly hard to come by, this issue is perhaps the most urgent of all,” he says.

But, he adds, all is not lost! “Welding, being the foundation of almost everything that is manufactured, constructed or built, constantly requires welding professionals to operate in a vast range of industries including the construction, automotive, oil and gas, aeronautical, shipping, power generation and more.  In fact, the welding industry is pretty much the perfect hedge against recessionary economies in terms of its ability to provide employment.

“We have called welding the ‘miracle career’ because of its ability to provide employment both locally and abroad with recent surveys showing, for example, that more than 75% of the people who successfully complete an SAIW course get employed in a stable job,” Blake says.

Open Day Initiative  

The first ‘experimental’ Open Day in Johannesburg was a rip-roaring success with nearly 50 young people attending. “The response was better than we expected pointing to the need for young people to gain first-hand experience of what the welding industry can offer in terms of a career,” says Blake.

He adds that experiencing at close quarters the wide range of career possibilities in welding helps to counter the stigma that welding is a low-paying ‘backyard’ activity for fixing gates and burglar bars. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” Blake says. “In the three broad categories of Welding Inspection and Technology, Non-Destructive Testing, and Practical Welding there are a host of different complex, high-end specialities to choose from enabling young people to find a career in something that suits their individual interest and temperament … and make a good living!”

All participants were given a chance to, inter alia, make a weld, see a robotic welding machine in action, see the processes involved in a host of non-destructive testing techniques and to witness some of the activities in the SAIW’s state-of-the-art Materials Testing Laboratory.

The response from the participants was, as expected, enthusiastic.

Brian Phungwayo said: “Excellent Day! Very Informative. Made me very interested to find out more about welding as a career.

Bonisile Isaac said: Wonderful, informative. Wish we had had even more time!

Ishmael Manzini: It was a perfect day. So interesting and exciting. Thank you for giving me the chance to be part of it!

 

SAIW contact:
Tel: 021 555 2535
Email: dimitra.kreouzi@saiw.co.za
Web: www.saiw.co.za

Media Contact:
Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: 011 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za

[Johannesburg, 8 January 2019]: The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), in line with its vision of continuously improving the standards of the southern African welding industry, is bringing to South Africa Prof Adolf Hobbacher, of the University of Applied Sciences, Wilhelmshaven, Germany and one of the world’s leading fatigue experts.

Prof Hobbacher has an extensive background in engineering as a designer, researcher and educator in matters concerning, in the main, chemical plant equipment, heavy machinery, pressure vessels/pipes and structural steel.

SAIW executive director, Sean Blake, says that while Prof Hobbacher has broad and vast experience he is best known globally for his work on fatigue. “His research activities are mainly on the fatigue of welded structures and he was instrumental in establishing the new fatigue design recommendations of the International Institute of Welding (IIW) through Commissions XIII: Fatigue of Welded Components and Structures and XV: Design, Analysis and Fabrication of Welded Structures,” Blake says.

The seminars, which will be held in Joburg, Durban and Cape Town in February 2019 will deal with the following: brittle fracture fatigue; Interaction of brittle fracture and fatigue; imperfections; repair and improvement.

The seminars are intended for a wide audience including: Inspection and maintenance engineers/managers; NDT personnel and technicians; Plant and system engineers; Project managers; Risk management professionals; Mechanical and Metallurgical Engineers; International Welding Engineers (IWE’s); International Welding Technologists (IWT’s) and Designers, structural engineers, consultancy engineers.

The benefits of attending are many and include: Reviewing process terminology and diagrams; Gaining insight into the damage mechanisms; Discussing factors influencing the acceptance and sizing of defects; Gaining insight into repair best practices with regards to brittle fracture and fatigue; Gaining insight into equipment fracture mechanisms and Understanding major factors contributing to equipment failures.

The cost is R2 990 including VAT per person and the dates are: Johannesburg 11th February 2019 at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg; Durban 12th February 2019 at the Master Builders Association Westville and Cape Town on the 14th February 2019 at the SAIW offices in Milnerton.

TO REGISTER GO TO WWW.SAIW.CO.ZA OR FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CONTACT DIMITRA KREOUZI ON 011 298 2102 OR THE SAIW SWITCHBOARD ON 011 298 2100

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SAIW contact:

Dimitra Kreouzi

Tel: 011 298 2102/011 298 2100

Email: dimitra.kreouzi@saiw.co.za

Web: www.saiw.co.za

 

Media Contact:

Bridgette Macheke

MoonDawn Media & Communications

Tel: 011 079 5494

Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549

Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za

Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za

[Johannesburg, 27 September 2018]: For many years, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), has provided opportunities for young South African men and women to acquire the skills in the welding and related inspection industries that enable them to get solid, well-paid jobs.

SAIW Executive Director Sean Blake says, “Over 75% of our graduates find meaningful employment and this, in today’s climate, is nothing short of miraculous,” he says.

He adds that over and over, the SAIW sees how its training transforms people’s lives as they get jobs in a host of industries that use welding. These include the oil and gas, construction, aeronautical, automotive and shipping industries – in fact, almost any industry one can think of.

Over the years the SAIW has created innovative cross-industry initiatives that have improved the standards in the South African welding industry. Since the introduction of its internationally recognised training programmes, it has also become the leading welder training organisation in Africa, with branches in Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town; uplifting thousands of individuals through welding.

Take Houston Isaacs, for example, schooled in Saldanha Bay, Houston always dreamed of a job using his hands. While employed as an operator at a well-known steel fabricator, his enthusiasm and dedication won him a bursary to train in welding at the West Coast TVET College. He completed his training in 2010, but jobs were scarce. That is, until he entered the SAIW Young Welder of the Year competition, in which he did brilliantly across all materials and welding techniques. A leading local gases and welding supplies company noticed his performance and immediately offered him employment.

Since then, Houston’s life has changed. He says the future was uncertain until the SAIW put him on the welding map and that he will be forever grateful for the opportunity that the SAIW and gave him in life.

And welding isn’t just for men either. Angel Mathebula’s SAIW Foundation bursary enabled her to compete and secure employment as an IIW International Welder. “We have many women on our courses and they often are the stars of the programmes. There is so much diversity in the welding and inspection world, there is room for anyone with the right credentials who is prepared to make the effort,” says Blake.

The SAIW is an exciting place to learn welding and it is managed by the top professionals in the country. Its qualification and certification services are administered by SAIW Certification, an independent company that has been authorised by International Institute of Welding (IIW) as an Authorised Nominated Body for the IIW Education, Training, Qualification and Certification programmes. SAIW Certification also operates the SAQCC programmes for the certification of pressure equipment personnel as well as Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) personnel.

The SAIW is holding an Open Day on the 11th January 2019 to show young career seekers what it can do for them. Don’t miss out on this opportunity, go to www.saiw.co.za  and register. This could change your life.

Media contact:
Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications

Tel: +27 (0) 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za 
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za

Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) Minister, Naledi Pandor, at a recent meeting with captains of industry, has emphasised the importance of the department’s training initiative to boost youth employment in South Africa. Referred to as the Centres of Specialisation (COS), the programme aims to secure partnerships between the industry and 26 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges, countrywide, for the training of top artisans in 13 priority trade sectors.

One of these sectors is welding and the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), the leading welding training organisation in Africa, has been awarded the contract from the DHET to act as the ‘Quality Custodian’ of the process in the welding industry.

Moreover, SAIW’s Etienne Nell has been appointed the industry’s Occupational Team Convener for the implementation of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) Artisan Welder Curriculum (NOCC – A21 which is aimed at producing: a skilled and capable workforce to support economic growth; an increased availability of intermediate skills and an increased delivery of properly qualified artisan welders, at the Centres of Specialisation.

“The Minister is fully committed to the QCTO programme, which ultimately puts pay to the failed ‘Learnership’ idea. This is an excellent thing for the welding industry and all other trades in South Africa,” Nell says.

One of Nell’s first tasks was to find the two welding TVET partners and, after visiting several colleges, the Boland College in Worcester and the East Midlands College in Uitenhage were selected. These colleges will run the QCTO’s ‘dual’ training system, which combines technical education and practical training with authentic work experience in a fabricator’s workshop.

Meanwhile the National Skills Fund has set aside R150 million to support the partner colleges across all the sectors to ensure they are up-to-date and ready for training. For the welding industry, it will be Nell’s responsibility to help the two chosen colleges to procure the equipment, train the trainers and generally ensure that their infrastructures are in the appropriate condition for training.

SAIW executive director, Sean Blake, says that Minister Pandor’s support of this programme is wonderful news for the welding industry. “The Minister has said that national associations have a key role to play in modernising TVET colleges’ system for the production of intermediate-level skills and the SAIW is certainly ready to rise to the challenge,” he says.

He adds that bringing together of all the right players, including the various industries, government and business, in a cohesive programme will do wonders in helping to improve the skills situation in this country. “This is long overdue and the SAIW commits to doing all it can to make the initiative a success,” he concluded.

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