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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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