sassda news – August 2016


Corrosion is a fact of life and is known to have impact on all materials. Corrosion can cause industries to be non-productive; infrastructure to decay and become dangerous and the true cost to an economy is much larger than the casual observer would estimate it to be. Stainless steel offers sustainable, and therefore cost-effective, solutions against this epidemic, but it is necessary to understand that stainless steel does not have the complete set of answers to this costly scourge.

Sassda therefore collaborated with Corrosion Institute of South Africa (CorrISA) in hosting a Corrosion Seminar on the 22nd of June 2016. The intention of the seminar was to make available information in an interactive way so that it can be used in a practical manner as weapons against corrosion with speakers ranging from academics and scientists to people in industry with hands-on experience on corrosion and the remedies.
An additional challenge was to give members and other interested parties across Southern Africa access to this globally. Simply brilliant!


Sassda welcomes Angie Baker as the new regional manager for KwaZulu-Natal. Many of you may already know her as sales representative for a couple of leading stainless steel distributors in KZN. Angie has been in the industry for nearly 10 years and is extremely passionate about stainless steel. She matriculated from Durban Girls’ High School in 2002 and studied sales and marketing through Damelin. Angie is happily married for the past eight years and has a 7-year-old son.

KZN Members please feel free to contact Angie on 082 604 0040 or

architecture workshopARCHITECTURE WORKSHOP

The Stainless Steel in Architecture workshop was held on the 13th and 14th July 2016 at sassda’s new offices. The aim of the workshop is to increase awareness and educate architects about stainless steel in architecture, building and construction. The event attracted about 70 architects over two days from the Gauteng Institute for Architecture. It was very interactive and great feedback was received from the architects. We are also grateful to our members who exhibited during the workshop and interacted face-to-face with the architects.

The exhibitors received good sales leads from each other as well as from the architects and look forward to our next event.


kzn winnersAnother Successful Joint Sports day with SAIW took place on 5th July 2016 at the Durban Country Club. There were 116 Golfers doing a shot gun start, with prego Rolls and drinks being served on the golf course by sassda and SAIW as opposed to the normal halfway House. This year the winners were from one of the Stalcor fourballs – Vinothan, Seelan, Doug and ghost player Adrian.

There were 8 Bowls players with the winners coming from Columbus Steel including Fiona, Noks and Louis.


diversA first in KZN this year was diving organised by Charles Cakilamanjarommell. Bernard Maguire, Jason Naude, Colin Wilson, Susan Atkinson, Tom Cowan were the few to brave the waters down the South Coast and did 2 dives.

A group of Sassda representatives submitted Kilimanjaro 16 years ago. Bernard Maguire, the only member to summit the peak and join sassda on its dive last month, says: “I have managed to experience the “highs and lows” with sassda, when at the KZN sports day we did scuba diving at Umkomaas, and had the sassda banner at approximately 18 meters underwater.”

Thanks to all the sponsors who made this day possible!

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