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The highlight of the structural steel industry calendar, the 36th Annual Steel Awards hosted by SAISC (South African Institute of Steel Construction) was held on 13 September 2017. Garnering 56 entries from over 300 tems for projects demonstrating excellence in steel construction, this year's awards delivered on every front. Safintra South Africa sponsored the Factory and Warehouse category, while the overall winner for 2017 was announced to be the BMW H-EMS Roof Lift, submitted by Teichmann Structures – the main contractors for the project. In addition to being named overall winner, this project also won the Safal Steel Innovation Category.


Factory and Warehouse category winner



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As part of its ongoing growth and customer services orientation strategy, Safintra Cape Town has announced two strategic management team, and one operational change that continue to strengthen the team and provide the basis for growth.
Michael Wakeford has taken on the role of Branch Manager, and will bring his experience in all aspects of the metal roofing industry as served in the Port Elizabeth branch over the past eight years.  


Majorie Vosser has taken the new role of Sales Manager. In this role, Majorie will continue to build on improvements in Safintra CApe Town's sales processes. 


Michael and Majorie are joined by a new appointee Vimi Pillay, who as Production Supervisor will keep a keen eye on quality and process.







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In large-span metal roofing applications, concealed fix roof systems are the only choice.

In these applications, with the size of investment concerned, engineering performance of the entire roof “system” is critical.

In Concealed fix systems, sheets are fixed to the purlin with a clip system, and are not pierced with any fasteners. The clips serve two purposes – they circumvent the need for holes in the sheet (which prevents the possibility of leakage through the perforation) and they allow the roof to expand and contract in a sliding movement over the clips.

Because the sheets can slide over the clips, they can be rolled in long lengths which can thermally expand without restriction. If the sheets were positively fastened through the sheet into the purlin, the fasteners would take the brunt of the force of expansion, and would tear larger holes in the sheet, or shear off. Consider that coated steel expands at a nominal 1mm per 1m, and it is apparent that a sheet of a mere 15 m will move by 15mm in heat. It is common best practice to not install a pierced fix sheet in lengths of more than 15m for this reason. Over 15m, a pierced fix sheet should be end lapped to allow for thermal cycling.

A concealed fix system allows sheets to be rolled in continuous lengths up to 120m or more. The lack of end laps further helps reduce the risk of leaks.

The first distinguishing characteristic of a concealed fix roof is the profile, which is both aesthetic and functional. Of equal concern is the design of the clip, as this is the “anchor” securing the sheet to the sub structure and holding it down in high winds. The overall “system” design defines the manner in which the clip locks into the sheet profile. Bear in mind that the system must also be able to withstand the foot traffic and loads imposed by the installation of HVAC units, rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems, or other utilities.

As a professional, you should demand full technical details of the system you intend to specify – and request technical support throughout the installation itself.

Safintra is proud to offer this service free of charge to all its customers from 7 branches countrywide.

Saflok™ 410 with the 410mm effective profile and the Saflok 700 profile are now both dedicated in the Cape region.


Call our branch on: +27 11 981 3130 or visit our website on www.safintra.co.za


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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 07:34

SAISC Steel Awards 2017 - Details and entry

The Steelwork needs to have been completed in 2016 – and the rest of the structure needs to be complete (or very close to) by the time of judging visits (likely to happen in May/ early June). I’ve attached a copy of the full booklet explaining all the entry details and logistics.

The most important judging criteria is “Does the project illustrate what can be achieved with steel?”

Other factors to be considered:
• The importance of steel as a structural component in the project
• Benefits achieved by using steel construction
• Aesthetic appeal
• Environmental / sustainability consideration
• Innovation in design, fabrication or construction
• Technical prowess required for realising the project
• Engineering expertise
• Exceptional quality of workmanship
• Tubular content
• Cladding: workmanship, innovation, special solutions, size, speed, architectural finish...
• Export project
• Satisfaction of client's brief, particularly cost and/or time efficiency (speed of construction)
• Special details: bolted or welded connections, or any other unique features
• Value to society / community development


1.The steelwork should essentially have been completed in 2016. Completion of the total project could be later. Should you need clarity in this regard, please contact Denise Sherman well before the entry deadline to confirm if the project qualifies for consideration this year.(Recommendation: If in doubt and to save time, send an email with core details about the project – what/where/construction status)

2.Only structures in which Southern African steelwork contractors played a significant role will be considered.

3.By submission of an entry, the nominator assumes responsibility for the accuracy of all information and in particular the project team details. The nominator also provides theSAISC with the assurance that permission for the submission has been obtained from the owner/developer/client of the project.

4.By submitting the contact details of the project team, the nominator also gives SAISC the right to send email to all project teams about the awards, as well as potential advertising opportunities next to the editorial content for the entered project in the Steel Construction Journal.

5.All written and illustrative material forming part of project entries will become the property of the SAISC to use to our discretion.

6.The SAISC reserves the right to use the entry information and publicise the nominations and awards as we see fit.7.The SAISC may visit short-listed structures for adjudication, publicity or filming purposes. The nominator and members of the project team undertake to assist in arranging such visitsand obtain permission for any visits/filming/publicity, as well as to furnish the SAISC with additional information about the project on request.

8.At the Steel Awards dinner certificates will be presented to each company that was a member of the project team for an awarded structure. (For this reason nominators must ensure that all team members are correctly accounted for on the entry form.)

9. A plaque for mounting will be presented to the developer/owner of the overall winning structure.


Image result for word icon Project entry form                   


For any further details, contact Denise Sherman from SAISC on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 14:07

Branch project showcase - Jeep Polokwane

Recently completed project showcase


Jeep Polokwane

Size: 1,200 Sqm
Roof Profile: Saflok 700
Cladding Profile: Widedek
Thickness: 0.55mm
Material: Zincal
Licensed Installer: Msquare Projects

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 13:01

Safintra Polokwane raises roofing stakes!

Safintra Polokwane, who moved premises in record time in 2016 - and was up and running to full production in just a few days, has raised the stakes in the metal roofing game in the Limpopo province.


The warehouse takes up a 3,500 sqm space, and positions the branch well to serve the entire province. 


Our profiles include the ever popular Saflok, Widedek, Corrugated, IBR and Versatile - a unique metal sheet with the aesthetic of tiles. Other services provided include cut to length, the flashing department - with a bender and guillotine.


The branch can be found on the corner of Quartz and Kobalt Streets, Superbia - just of the Nelson Mandela road. 





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Glenda Maritz, at Safintra Polokwane receives Makrosafe’s OHS Champion Award for 2016
Makrosafe Holdings (pty) Ltd held its annual Occupation Health & Safety Awards at Emperors Palace on the 27th of January 2017. Glenda Maritz was awarded the OHS Champion award for exceptional performance and dedication to the occupational health and safety programme for Safintra Polokwane.

“She always listens and understands, as soon as I tell her to do something regarding hazards she makes sure it gets mitigated there and then and always takes her employees into consideration. Even with the new premises she made sure that it was 'health and safety safe' for the employees and makes sure that training is always up to standard.” - Eric Botes, MAKROSAFE Consultant

OHS Champions are nominated by MAKROSAFE’s health and safety consultants based on their:
● Cooperation with the consultant
● Dedication to the companies Occupational Health & Safety program
● Their enthusiasm with implementing various OHS measures
● Their general commitment to OHS as a whole

About MAKROSAFE and the Awards
Since 1999 MAKROSAFE Holdings have helped thousands of clients in various industries reach OSH compliance by offering professional and expert services.
From all this experience we decided to create an Awards Function in 2014 to give recognition to the individuals and companies that go above and beyond to ensure health and safety in the organisation.
Glenda Maritz is one of these individuals that have shown continuous effort and commitment in Health and Safety excellence. Makrosafe looks forward to watching Safintra Polokwane and Glenda Maritz grow from strength to strength regarding OHS compliance.
Visit https://www.makrosafe.co.za/awardsOHSChampion to verify this award.

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Some of our recent projects in the Western Cape include Vinimark, The Open House, Oxford Press, On the dot and Cipla. The scope of these projects along with the accompanying backgroup is simply breathtaking. 


Take at the video below.

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2014 - The dilapidated old Tramways building outside the Port Elizabeth Harbour was transformed into a stunning development incorporating an eco-friendly rooftop garden, restaurant, environmentally conscious tenants and unique local artwork.Plans and artists' impressions for the revamp of the 116-year-old building were released by the Mandela Bay Development Agency. The development was divided into two phases, but the main first phase was renovation of the building.

The restored building houses the new MBDA offices and an "environmentally conscious" anchor tenant. Two large halls that were once used to house the off-duty coaches have been restored to their original magnificence and are being utilised for local conferences, exhibitions and workshops. Provision has been made for a restaurant and a catering school and MBDA architect Dorelle Sapere said art would be one of the key aspects.

She said the footprint and shell of the double-storey building had been retained, with brick and timber windows in place of steel to honour what it once was, a working bus shed, but modern materials have been used where appropriate. Upstairs there is a grassed rooftop terrace with green vegetation walls. 

The approach to the upgrade of the building was to redevelop it taking into account the building's heritage status as well as proximity to the Baakens Valley. The exterior of the building, particularly on the Baakens Street and Lower Valley Road side, was restored to its original design.

Sapere said phase two of the development was to include a pedestrian bridge and cycle paths, linking the Tramways building to Bridge Street as well as to the northern bank of the Baakens River.

One of the MBDA's primary objectives is to bring people to the urban and historical heart of the city. This is achieved through promoting the historical significance of an area, creating art, culture and leisure focal points and by improving the infrastructure.

Pierre Voges chief executive officer' said the redevelopment of the building was much more than just the development of the building itself."It will be a catalyst for the redevelopment of the Baakens Valley from its present industrial use to a non-industrial use, such as residential, office, tourism and leisure and entertainment''

"It is this area of development in Nelson Mandela Bay that is not well-developed and most of the potential economic growth mostly lies in this sector."He said the allocation of land for a marina commercial development in the port by Transnet linked well with the MBDA overall approach.

"Development of the marina, the Tramways development and success story around the Bridge Street Brewery will provide a catalyst for non-industrial development that will significantly contribute to the city's employment, Gross Domestic Product , rates and tourism base."

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South Africa embraces a variety of architectural styles, from Cape Dutch and French Huguenot to Tuscan and English. Some work, some do not, some are timeless, some are trite. But one fact is a game changer – the need to look at sustainability in the built environment. And steel roofing is leading the charge for change.

Roofing needs to rise to the challenges posed by global warming, the move to eco-neutrality, the rising cost of energy and the financial returns required by an investor.

Metal roofing has impeccable sustainability credentials, and its versatility makes it the material of choice for stunning architecture from modern to traditional. But it is functional performance that sets it apart.

A building is always an investment. So durability and the lifetime costs of occupation and ownership are critical. So too is its impact on the well-being of the people who live and work in it, and the way it uses resources. Quality components which are correctly installed in a well-designed roofing system offer returns that are financial, social and environmental.

The Safintra Innovations Roadshow will unpack a basket of best-of-breed components, which make up a metal roof system that delivers returns for the full occupied life of the building – each component separately warranted but when used together, the system stands apart.

  • For increasingly violent weather, Safintra has a new generation Saflok clip system for concealed fix roofing.
  • For energy-efficiency, Safintra has clamps that will make the roof a source of power without compromising the performance or warranty of the roof sheeting.
  • To minimise maintenance costs, Safintra offers fasteners which will have a life expectancy longer than that of the roof sheeting.
  • To reduce energy costs and lower the environmental impact, Safintra offers an over-roofing and roof spacer system which ensures the insulation you buy gives you the performance you paid for.
  • And to reduce its environmental impact, Safintra has the long-span Metsec steel purlin system.

Finally, Safintra will warrant the integrated roof system for performance – thermal, functional and durability. That is a game changer.  

Safintra South Africa
Tel: (011) 323 6300
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Website: www.safintra.co.za / www.safintra.com

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