Free webinar arms engineers, designers and architects with expert knowledge on continuous galvanized sheeting and its practical applications

Following on from a very successful webinar on the Essentials of Galvanizing in July 2020, the African chapter of the International Zinc Association (IZA) has once again partnered with Creamer Media’s Engineering News to present a follow-up session, aptly titled Continuous Galvanizing, aimed at designers, engineers, architects and industry specifiers.

The free 90-minute webinar takes place on Wednesday 16 September 2020 at 15:00 (SAST). The session will address the following aspects of continuous galvanizing in detail:

  • What is continuous galvanized sheeting and how is it made
  • Where should continuous galvanized sheeting be used, with specific reference to real-world applications
  • How to specify continuous galvanized sheeting for various applications
  • What coatings are applied to the sheets and how does this prevent corrosion


There will also be ample opportunity for attendees to pose questions to the speakers and in the process the IZA hopes that the expert guidance given will encourage greater use of zinc coated continuously galvanized sheet in South Africa.

“The popularity of the first webinar highlighted to us that there is a keen interest among industry professionals to learn more about galvanizing, which is why we are hosting these sessions, and involving various experts, to empower more people to understand and embrace galvanizing as a cost-effective and sustainable means of preventing premature corrosion on projects in the construction, mining and structural steel industries,” says Simon Norton who heads up the Africa desk of the IZA.

Norton, an expert in corrosion and failure investigation, will be presenting, along with Martin van Leeuwen, director of technology and market development for the IZA, and Terry Smith, a foremost expert on hot dip and continuous galvanizing. Their combined experience and expertise is unrivalled in the industry and guarantees webinar participants will leave the session armed with relevant and practical information and insights that can easily be translated for real-world applications.

To attend the webinar, simply register here. For more information, please contact

As a further value-add, the IZA is offering hard copies of their new publication, The Essentials of Galvanizing, to those interested in receiving this useful reference guide. Please email a postal or delivery address to, should you wish to receive a copy.



CDE announces global virtual symposium for the wet processing industry

CDE, the industry-leading manufacturer of wet processing equipment, has announced plans to host a virtual trade event for the materials wet processing industry across the globe. Continuing its Engineering Insights education series, the major two-day virtual event will take place on October 14–15.

Across the two days, CDE experts, together with a host of guests and industry figures, will facilitate a series of dynamic, educational, and informative presentations and panel discussions covering multiple sectors, including sand and aggregates, construction and demolition waste recycling, industrial sands, mining, and wastewater. The company believes this shared approach is a better way to aid the progression of the industry.

Hosted live, the discussions will be facilitated across multiple different rooms and stages, each aligned to international time zones with some dedicated languages seminars for greater accessibility.

Interactive Q&As will conclude each session and breakaway networking chat rooms will offer attendees with the opportunity to discuss the insights and connect with leading industry experts.

Exploring the topic of construction, demolition and excavation (CD&E) waste recycling, CDE’s Head of Business Development for Reco, Eunan Kelly, will lead discussions about the role of CD&E waste material in the sustainable city agenda, as well as a technical review of the CD&E waste recycling process, an appraisal of the end-use markets, and a review of legislation for the use of CD&E recycled materials.

In the mining sector, topics covered will include improving operating economics and profits across different minerals including gold, diamond, iron ore, and mineral sands, transforming tailings into high-value product, sustainable mining, and tailings management.

For quarry operators, the two-day event will feature discussions about the benefits of wet processing compared to crushing, how to maximise profitability through water and energy savings in washing operations, manufactured sands, unlocking hidden value in quarry by-products, and more.

Experts in the industrial sands sector will discuss the topics of sustainable silica sand operations, the demand and challenges in the industrial sands market, contaminants removal, opportunities for materials processors to diversify into industrial sands, sustainable frac sand processing, and more.

The programme also includes panel discussions and presentations focusing on municipal wastewater management, challenges to wastewater solids separation, and the pressures on infrastructure due to growing urbanisation.

Tony Convery, Managing Director at CDE, said: “In these unique and challenging times there are many restrictions that have prevented CDE, our customers, and others in materials processing from coming together at industry events to discuss the prevalent issues of the day and latest technological advances.

“This is why we’re excited to announce our two-day Engineering Insights programme as a way to bring the insights to the industry and our customers, wherever they are based.

“Over the course of the two days we’ll be hosting live discussions in multiple languages and facilitated simultaneously across different time zones so we can engage with our customers and attendees in real time to look at challenges in the market, processing innovations and applications, and indeed the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Registrations is free, but places will be limited for some roundtable and seminar sessions. For more information about the event or to register, please visit

South Africa moves to Lockdown Level 2

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on 15 August 2020 that the whole of South Africa will move to Alert Level
2 as of midnight on 17 August 2020.
Nearly all of the restrictions on the resumption of economic activity across most industries can now be removed.
The restrictions that are being lifted are as follows:
 All restrictions on inter-provincial travel.
 Accommodation, hospitality venues and tours will be permitted according to approved protocols to ensure
social distancing.
 Restaurants, bars and taverns will be permitted to operate according to approved protocols as to times of
operation and numbers of people.
 Restrictions on the sale of tobacco.
 The suspension of the sale of alcohol will be lifted subject to certain restrictions.
o Alcohol will be permitted for on-site consumption in licensed establishments only up until 10pm.
o Liquor outlets will be allowed to sell alcohol for off-site consumption from Monday to Thursday
during the hours of 9am to 5pm only.
 Restrictions on family and social visits will also be lifted, although everyone is urged to exercise extreme
caution and undertake such visits only if necessary.
The restrictions that are still in place are as follows:
 Current restrictions on international travel remain in place.
 No gatherings of more than 50 people will be permitted.
 Spectators aren’t permitted at sporting events.
 The curfew remains in place between 10pm and 4am.

All indications are that South Africa has reached the peak and moved beyond the infection point of the curve,
with the number of new confirmed cases dropping over the last three weeks from a peak of over 12 000 a day
to an average over the past week of around 5 000 a day.
Members are cautioned to still comply strictly with all the Health and Safety Protocols for the Covid 19 pandemic
even though most of the restrictions have been lifted. The fact that the restrictions have been lifted does not
imply that the threat is gone. The virus will be in our midst for a very long time still to come.
The fact that most of the restrictions have been lifted means that more employees will return to work which will
mean that more employees will make use of public transport thereby increasing more people to being exposed
to the virus.
If people start to ignore the necessary safety measures to protect themselves and others, it is very possible that
a second wave of Covid-19 could evolve in South Africa, which could see a return to higher lockdown levels.

MBA Bulletin East Cape : 18 August 2020

Perhaps a little time for reflection as we move to Lockdown Level 2.
When lockdown started it was March, and summer and I don’t think any of us really knew what to expect. It’s been almost 5 months of new challenges and although some folk are referring to the “new normal”, nothing has been normal about it at all.
We have all faced our own unique challenges during this time and it’s been tough & stressful navigating through unfamiliar terrain, but we have reached level 2 and I think it deserves a resounding WELL DONE!
The Level 2 regulations have been published and we will continue to keep you updated on any relevant aspects.

We have also published a brief summary of the changes to the regulations which you can find on our COVID-19 Feature page on the MBA Website.


The Construction industry is among the most male-dominated industries world-wide. However, in South Africa, women seem to be well represented in the industry and can get even better. According to the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), 48% of South Africa’s construction companies are owned by women. This shows that great amount of efforts is done in this sector to ensure that women are equally benefiting from the opportunities this sector has.

“One of the many myths told to women is that they must be rough and tough like a man to make it in the construction industry. Over the years, women in the industry have proven that even with our gentle and nurturing attributes, we can still achieve what many deem as the unthinkable and not womanlike,” says Patt Chalwa, Chief Executive Officer at National Construction Incubator.

Giving her thoughts on the representation of women in the construction industry, Yandi Jiya-Tiba, Executive Manager Support Services at National Construction Incubator said that the percentage is a good representation. However, it would be more exciting if the 48% reflected here would be of women owning their own business and the 52% which is currently held by men be the total percentage of women in our industry.

The National Construction Incubator (NCI) is one of the country’s leading women owned construction entities. With its multiple investors from both the public and private sectors alike, the NCI programmes aim to support and pave the way for SMEs in the construction industry, with a strong focus on female contractors and youth.

“As a nation, we need to create developmental funding solutions that will cater for this segment of female entrepreneurs who have endeavoured into a challenging and previously male-dominated sector such as construction sector. Perhaps a wholly owned women development organisation in construction could be the starting point for greatness,” added Babalwa Mapisa NCI Board member and Chairperson of the Finance Committee

Women are winning these gender barriers in sectors that were previously known to be dominated by men. Their success is proof enough that the quality of a person’s work has nothing to do with their gender, thus paving way for the much-needed equality and recognition in the workplace.

In closing, Chalwa said her former mentor once told her that when you want to talk about work, surround yourself with men but when you want to get work done, get women to do the job. She further said within the NCI, the latter phenomenon has proven to be true, and that more women are needed in construction in the country to turn the country’s economy around.

Women in South African Construction

Construction is still largely regarded as a male domain, and women are not taken seriously as professionals in construction. Society, tradition, organisation culture, and sexist attitudes play a key role when appointing women in leadership positions. Construction should not be male dominated because it is considered ‘rough and tough’, and women should be given a chance to prove themselves in the construction industry.
There is a clear indication that commitment, dedication, acknowledgement, responsibility, confidence, and self-promotion have an impact on the core competencies of women in construction. Women are prepared to work to be successful, if given a chance to prove themselves. Furthermore, women are perceived to do well in situations where they need to manage different projects all at once. Women in managerial positions are also perceived as more demanding than their male counterparts, and women have the confidence to pursue and motivate themselves in the construction industry knowing that they can do the job and complete it successfully.
To participate in construction as a woman takes great courage mainly because it is regarded as male ‘terrain’. Women must face many challenges to gain recognition in the construction industry, which makes it difficult to penetrate and persevere in the male dominated environment. However, women can succeed in construction using their female skills without having to adopt a masculine approach. Although women have made great strides in construction, the ‘glass ceiling’ is far from being completely shattered. Women’s representation in the construction industry’s formal structure is ranked first among the factors that constitute barriers to advancement of women in construction, followed by the male dominated work environment, and culture. Therefore, it is increasingly important that women cease thinking that they must be similar to men to succeed as men do.
Despite the increase in the number of women being employed in the construction industry, they still constitute a small percentage of the industry’s workforce. Relative to succeeding in construction, the competition is tough, especially when competing against male counterparts. It can be deemed that the construction industry’s boardrooms are sadly lacking women in managerial as well as chief executive posts in the construction industry.
In terms of realising a change in the industry’s culture, initiatives aimed at the management of culture have been shown to be more successful when they are integrated into packages of change initiatives. The range of ‘equality’ measures should comprise a mix of gender-specific initiatives aimed at improving women’s careers in construction, and at addressing the barriers to women pursuing a career in construction. If women are to participate optimally in the construction industry, strategies aimed at mainstreaming women into construction need to be embarked upon.
Appropriate steps should be taken to create a more equitable work environment through the development of cultural change within construction organisations. It is only through a genuine commitment to the development of a more equitable industry from the highest level, that women are likely to be able to develop their careers in parity with men. However, if more women can be retained in this way, then this may in turn lead to a further increase in the number of women entering construction as those obtaining management positions constitute role models for future entrants. The main implication for organisations in the construction industry is that they need to improve the industry’s image if they are to attract women graduates. Organisations need to provide mentors for undergraduates and young graduates entering the construction industry. Furthermore, the mentors should ideally be women who would also act as role models to women entering the industry, although male mentors would help reduce some of the stereotypes of management through increased interaction with women recruits.
In conclusion, potential benefits of enhanced female representivity include, among other: a larger cohort of potential human resources; more female role models; transformation of site facilities and practices; an enhanced image of the industry, and an industry that is more attractive to women.
Shakira Agherdien and Professor John Smallwood
07 August 2020