South Africa and Africa more broadly are attempting to develop their economies through industrialisation and steel forms the basic material of choice for this economic transformation, says the Steel Tube Export Association of South Africa (Steasa) executive director Keitumetse Moumakoe.
This creates a tremendous need for training in the design, fabrication and construction of structures that use steel, he adds.
“The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) promotes such training at every level, by supporting the training at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It has also supported several supervisory and vocational training initiatives and will continue to do so.”
Steasa’s collaboration with Saisc enables it to contribute meaningfully to industry matters pertaining to localisation and designation. It also provides input to tariff investigations by the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) and assists the South African Revenue Service (Sars) with import reference price determinations for the steel tube and pipe sector, Moumakoe explains.