Sassda provides vital springboard to Zambian Stainless Entrepreneur

The ability of Sassda to boost entrepreneurial development in the African stainless steel market is clearly illustrated by the success of Zambian Inventor Arnold Nyendwa who as a result of his win at the 2018 Sassda Columbus Stainless Awards, is now poised to open his first production facility thanks to a R1.4-million grant from the Zambian Ministry of Youth and Sport.

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SA’S Oil & Gas Discovery – Huge Potential or Major Hype?

As South Africans woke up to petrol costing them a whopping 76c/l more yesterday, Sassda Western Cape Regional Manager Michel Basson investigates the significance of the discovery of a ‘multi-million barrel’ oil field off the Western Cape Coast and whether it has any real potential to alleviate our reliance on imported fuel or the potential to boost the local stainless steel sector?

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Award motivates Zambian youth to form tech firm

His drive to offer a solution to the energy crisis that the world is facing is what inspired Arnold Nyendwa to come up with an innovation called the Juvin Stainless Steel Cooking unit.

A cooking unit whose names he coined after his parents Justina and Vincent (Juvin) is able to perform seven functions namely: cooking, baking, frying, drying, roasting and warming, using less fuel such as charcoal.

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Stainless Steel forges Ahead

Sassda looks to grow the local stainless steel market

Despite having been buffeted by a variety of economic headwinds in the past year, the South African stainless steel industry remains hopeful especially in light of the release of the long-awaited Mining Charter  

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A Pipe Isn't Just a Pipe

For as long as cities have been built, we have been installing plumbing of some kind. From the terracotta pipes of Babylon back in 4000 BCE, the profession’s simplest component, the pipe, has come a long way. Here we look at a few of the options, and speak to their advantages, disadvantages, and what technological advancements have been made.

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Early days for stainless steel in cladding, construction industry

The South African stainless steel industry is in an early developmental stage with regards to construction and cladding, despite many architectural projects having been completed over the past few decades, says South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) Western Cape regional manager Michel Basson.

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The 4th Industrial Revolution is here - are you ready?

With 400 000 manufacturing jobs lost since 2008, elevated labour costs and a 3% drop from 15% to 12% in the manufacturing industry’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the period, the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to revolutionise the output of local manufacturers has never been more significant to the long-term sustainability of this ‘engine room’ of South Africa’s economy

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Who we are 

The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda), is one of the most active stainless steel industry associations in the world and has, since 1964, been involved in increasing the awareness and use of stainless steel in Southern Africa.

The organisation provides a platform for Sassda members to collectively promote the sustainable growth and development of the industry with the main emphasis on stainless steel converted within the South African economy.

Sassda also provides a comprehensive list of services to its member database including technical information and advice, education, training and skills upgrading, a range of publications and marketing industry and business development support.

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Sassda Columbus Stainless Awards 2018

Overall Winner

Sponsored by :

Columbus Stainless

Business Excellence

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Macsteel VRN

Manufacturing Innovation

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Architectural Building & Construction Category

Sponsored by : Stalcor

Art Category

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Graytex Metals

Environmental Category

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Engineering Category

Sponsored by :
Euro Steel

Student Category

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Welding Category

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Agro Processing / Food & Beverage Category

Sponsored by :

Jaguar Stainless Steel

Services Category

Sponsored by :

National Stainless Steel Centre/ISE




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