December 2019

By December 15, 2019 April 14th, 2021 Newsletters

Message from the President

2019 was a challenging year. The metal casting sector continues to shrink with foundries continuing to close down and others being placed under business rescue. Castings are major contributors to the manufacturing process; it is concerning that our industry is still struggling for orders. To add insult to injury the country now has to deal with load shedding again which has a huge impact on foundries. With alarming high unemployment statistics, it is feared that the continued current energy crisis will add more damage to the already critical job market.

With all that being said it is not all doom and gloom. We had the GIFA/NEWCAST 2019 exhibition in Dusseldorf Germany from the 25 to 29 June 2019, where our industry was well represented showcasing the latest technology and innovation by companies such as Thos Begbie, Endeco Omega Sinto, Lauds Foundry Equipment, University of Johannesburg, Dataprophet, Independent Mineral Distributors, Foseco and Ametex. I trust that I have not forgotten anyone, if I have please do forgive me.

As SAIF we participated in the Sub-Saharan Africa Workshop where we discussed:

  • Expectations and needs when international companies are looking to doing business in Africa (technology, education, training, and competition etc).
  • What African markets can offer to international companies.

What came out clearly during these discussions was that skills developments are crucial to the sustainability of the metal casting sector. We also met with our Indian counterparts where we discussed education and training.

During the month of October we had a visit from ASSOFOND (Association of Italian Foundries). The purpose of their visit was to:

  • Engage with their South African counterparts on common areas.
  • Share technical innovative ideas.
  • Create opportunities for the members of SAIF to explore trade with them.

As the festive season is upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Let us all be safe.

I trust that we will enjoy the much needed rest and time spent with our families and start refreshed so that we take the new year on with innovative ways to make 2020 a good productive year.

SAIF Golf Day 2019

14 November, Reading Country Club

The annual SAIF Golf Day was held on 14 November at the Reading Country Club with 116 players and 25 corporate members represented in the form of fourballs participating and sponsored watering holes or T Boxes and special prizes.

1st Place – Arthur Spies, Bettie Knoesen, Gabriel Sekgwele, Seun Potgieter (Thos Begbie)
2nd Place – Danny Muller, Johan Pullen, Willie Groenewald, Divan Kapp (Thos Begbie/Chemsystems)
3rd Place – Naas Grobler, Cobus van der Walt, Marc Scholtz, Gavin McCleanan (VIP Recycle)

Special Prizes

Closest to the Pin Par 3:

  • 5th – Byron van Niekerk
  • 7th – Willie Groenewald
  • 11th – Rob Gordon
  • 15th – Rob Norrie

Nearest of two Par 4:

  • 2nd – Dries Saayman
  • 16th – Berno Pieterse

Longest Drive:

  • 3rd – Kyle Klaasen
  • 4th – Joshua van Flymen
  • 18th – Kyle Klaasen


The SAIF would like to thank all the companies that sponsored prizes, tee boxes and greens.

Manned Watering Holes

2nd Foseco
4th VIP Recycle (Metals)
5th SI Group (HA Falchem SA)
7th Chemsystems (AECI)
8th IMP Scientific
9th Durrans RMS Group
11th Insimbi Alloys Supplies
12th UJ Dept of Chemical Engineering
14th Grinding Techniques

T Box Sponsorship

1st Mustang Foundry
3rd Ametex
6th RM Solutions
7th Chemsystems (AECI)
10th Endeco Omega Sinto
17th RM Solutions

Prize Sponsorships
Ametex, Atvantz Patterns, Ceramic & Alloy Supplies, Chemsystems (AECI), Durrans RMS Group, Duvha Foundry, Endeco Omega Sinto, Foseco, FP Specialities, Grinding Techniques, IMP Scientific, Insimbi Alloy supplies, JC Impellers, Mineral Zone, Mondeco, Mustang Foundry, Pentagon Resources, Rely Intracast, RM Solutions, SAEFA, SI Group (HA Falchem SA),Spectech SA, Thos Begbie, VIP Recycle (Metals), University of Johannesburg, (Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment), South African Institute of Foundrymen.

Thank you and acknowledgements
Castings SA, Corporate Communication, Janley Kotze, John Taylor, Marina Biljon, Minute Man Press, Nigel Pardoe, Reading Country Club, Trudie Pardoe, Steven Mavhungu and the SAIF Board of Directors.

Congratulations to Gabriel Sekgwele from Thos Begbie for receiving the special golf club sponsored by Insimbi Alloys in support of charity.

ASSOFOND Study Tour to South Africa

Assofond is the sector’s employers association representing foundries in Italy. The Italian industry boasts over 1 000 businesses employing almost 30 000 workers and generating a revenue of around 7 Billion Euro per annum. The Italian study tour visited South Africa during October to engage with the South African foundry industry on common areas, share technical innovative ideas and create opportunities for the members of SAIF to explore trade with the Italian Foundry Industry.

SAIF would like to thank the following members for their support and sponsorship to this tour:

Naledi Foundry, Auto Industrial Foundry, Gauteng Foundry Training Centre – Ekuhruleni East College, University of Johannesburg Metal Casting Technology Station, Reading Country Club, JC Impellers Foundry, Viking Foundry, Rely Intracast, Keech Furnaces, FARMETAL, Atlantis Foundries


We would like to extend a special thank you to the following SAIF members for their generous donations to assist with the practical aspects of the Quarter 4 Training Courses held at UJ Doornfontein Campus.

  • Practical work in laboratories
  • Sponsorship of Chemical Consumables – Chemsystems (AECI) and Foseco
  • Donation of sand – Elmacast Foundry
  • Use of laboratories – University of Johannesburg, Department of Metallurgy

2020 SAIF Training Programme Schedule

SAIF training courses have once again proved to be very successful in 2019. Support for the courses from industry has been excellent and our thanks are extended to the industry and all the facilitators who devoted their time and efforts to the success of the programme. New courses have been scheduled to start in January 2020. You can contact Marina at the office for more information.

Quarter 1: 1 February – 18 April
Melting and Metallurgy
Productivity & Production Planning
Quarter 2: 16 May – 18 July
Moulding & Moulding Sands
Supervisory Management
Quality Control
Quarter 3: 11 August – 24 October
Casting Design & Methods
Cores & Core Making
Productivity & Production Planning

Registration for the first quarter training will commence on 13 January 2020. Please contact Marina in the office for more information.

SAEFA Merger

The SAEFA Merger talks are still in process. The purpose of the partnership will be to deliver enhanced value to the respective members of both entities: greater technical exposure for the SAEFA membership and greater industrial relations exposure for the SAIF membership. From an administrative perspective, the intention is to reduce monthly costs by sharing the costs of the administrative overheads. For more information about the merger please contact the office.

Outstanding Membership Fees

Members are reminded to ensure that their membership fees are up to date for 2019 as 2020 membership fees are due in February. Members are also requested to update their personal and company information with the SAIF office, regardless of whether it has changed in the past year. Please inform Marina at the office if any of your details have changed.

2020 membership fees
Membership information update form

Important Dates

Technical Presentations
18 February – Mondeco
17 March – Endeco Omega Sinto
21 April – Mineral Zone

SAIF Events
12 May – Annual General Meeting
5 June – Annual Awards Dinner
12 November – Annual Golf Day

Annual Shutdown

The SAIF office will be closed from 13 December 2019 and will reopen on 6 January 2020. On behalf of the SAIF Board of Directors we would like to wish all our members a very blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year. We thank you for your valued support and input during 2019.