The South African Institute of Foundrymens’ 52nd Annual Awards Dinner was held at the Emperors Palace, Convention Centre, Kempton Park, Gauteng on Friday 29 May 2015.
300 foundrymen, guests, wives and award winners attended this year’s event. Daniel Friedman was MC for the evening. The dinner was well supported by sponsors in the form of prizes for the award winners, wine on the tables, and ticket sponsors for the award winners and VIP guests invited by the Institute.
The SAIF would like to thank the following sponsors for their valuable contributions to help make the evening a success. This included the guest gifts and tickets for the award winners:
Endeco Omega Foundry Machinery, IMP Scientific, Insimbi Alloy Supplies, Kimberley Engineering Works, Lauds Foundry Equipment, Matt Cast Supplies, Pentagon Resources, Saint Gobain Pipelines, SI Group, Thomas Foundry, Thos Begbie, University of Johannesburg and Vaal University of Technology
Awards handed out on the evening were as follows:
Colin Butler Award – Kobus Krog from Autocast SA for the best technical presentation presented by a SAIF member during 2014 “A practical example of energy saving in an iron foundry”.
AH Guy Award – Clive Jones and Bruce Crawford for exceptional service to the foundry industry.
Non-Member Diploma – Henk Snyman from The Gauteng Tooling Initiative for the best technical paper presented to the Institute during 2014 by a non-member: “Recent developments in creating a competitive tooling industry in South Africa”.
Insimbi Refractory and Alloy Supplies / Sasol Synfuels Procurement & Marketing Award – Necolus Thoba Tsehla from the University of Johannesburg for the highest marks achieved by a 1st year metallurgy student for 2014.
Foseco Award – Matseba Kaapu from Vaal University of Technology for the highest marks achieved by a final year metallurgy student for 2014.
Special Award – Mark Fenyes, Chairman of Omega Foundry Machinery and the current President of the ICME (Institute of Cast Metals Engineers), the Institute for all individuals involved in the castings industry and associated industries in the UK.
Special Learner Awards for completion of the Foundry Diploma Programme modules – Denford Ncube from Mattcast Supplies, Elijah Mbatsame from Arcelor Mittal SA, William Makhanya from Saint Gobain Pipelines, Moses Zondi from Saint Gobain Pipelines, Patrick Tsanwani from Saint Gobain Pipelines, Thabo Nkonyane from Foseco, Abram Tsotetsi from Foseco, Peter Dielwart from Q Pumps and Maria Themane from Thomas Foundry.
The Colin Butler Award was awarded to Kobus Krog from Autocast SA for the best technical presentation presented by a SAIF member during 2014 entitled “A practical example of energy saving in an iron foundry”
The Insimbi Refractory and Alloy Supplies / Sasol Synfuels Procurement & Marketing Award went to Necolus Thoba Tsehla from the University of Johannesburg for the highest marks achieved by a 1st year metallurgy student for 2014. He is seen with Dudley de Beer on the left, of Insimbi Refractory and Alloy Supplies
The Foseco Award went to Matseba Kaapu from Vaal University of Technology for the highest marks achieved by a final year metallurgy student for 2014. She is seen with Enno Krueger on the left, of Foseco South Africa
Henk Snyman from The Gauteng Tooling Initiative received the Non-Member Diploma for the best technical paper presented to the Institute during 2014 by a non-member entitled “Recent developments in creating a competitive tooling industry in South Africa”
Mark Fenyes, Chairman of Omega Foundry Machinery and the current President of the ICME (Institute of Cast Metals Engineers), the Institute for all individuals involved in the castings industry and associated industries in the UK, was awarded the Special Award this year. Mark is on the right and he is seen with John Davies, CEO of the SAIF and Takalani Madzivhandila, current President of the SAIF
Special Learner Awards for completion of the Foundry Diploma Programme modules were awarded to Elijah Mbatsame from Arcelor Mittal SA, Peter Dielwart from Q Pumps, Thabo Nkonyane from Foseco, Patrick Tsanwani from Saint Gobain Pipelines, Moses Zondi from Saint Gobain Pipelines, Maria Themane from Thomas Foundry, Denford Ncube from Mattcast Supplies and Abram Tsotetsi from Foseco
Marianne Allison, Nick Loots, Elize Engelbrecht, Eugene Rossouw, Marni Eksteen and David Fundzane, all from Thos Begbie
Colleen Boyce and Antoinette Swanepoel, both from the SI Group with Colin Smit of Mitak
Rob van Niekerk and Grant Hibbins, both of R.C. Systems with Faan Roos of the SI Group
Danie Cronje of Forbes Brothers, Sarel Kruger of NI Foundry and Eric Mathieson of Chemsystems
Ariie Schriek, Kevin van Niekerk of Lauds Foundry Equipment and Mike Holton
Clive Jones, one of the two award winners of the AH Guy Award. This prestigious medal is awarded to persons that have made significant contributions to the foundry industry in South Africa and there can be few more worthy recipients than Clive Jones.
Clive has had a long and distinguished career, both in foundries and the academic institutions and many of the metallurgists in industry have benefited from his mentorship at work and his ability as an educator at the Wits Technikon, later at the University of Johannesburg, where for twelve years he was a lecturer in the Metallurgy Department responsible for teaching foundry technology.
Clive started studying metallurgy in the United Kingdom as a sixteen year old lad and completed his Diploma in Metallurgy and Certificate in Advanced Metallurgical Quality Control. Before moving to South Africa in the early eighties to join initially the Newcastle works of Iscor, and later Scaw Metals in 1983, Clive worked during the day in several foundries in the UK, whilst studying at night.
Following his first stint at Scaw Metals, he became a lecturer in Metallurgy in 1991, at the then Wits Technikon. During this time, he initiated research in foundry technology with several partners from both the metal casting industry and foundry suppliers. The laboratories were established by funding obtained by Clive, and the important research and development work conducted by Clive was a precursor to the establishment of the Metal Castings Technology Station at UJ today.
In 2003 he joined the OZZ Group’s Eclipse East Foundry, where he was appointed Technical Manager. He began his second stint at Scaw Metals after the merging of the two entities and since 2010 he has been heading the research and development department at Scaw Metals.
Clive is the author of several publications and papers and is a member of a number of technical institutes. He holds a Master of Technology degree from the University of Johannesburg.
Through his membership of the South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF) Council, and his knowledge of the practices used in industry, Clive was a key member of the team formed in 2003 that was instrumental in developing new curricula for artisan training for foundries. His dedication to this task continued as this initiative developed into the Career Path Framework Project, (funded jointly by the GTZ-ESDS Tshumisano Trust and the National Foundry Technology Network) and eventually materialised into a pilot programme for the skilling of learners in the three specialisations of melter, moulder and patternmaker qualifications.
The many hours of his private time allocated to the courseware development for that programme, the mentoring of learners under his care and more recently the sharing of his vast knowledge and experience with the team developing the new trade test for the melter, in conjunction with the National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB), have greatly enhanced the quality of results of this project, which is nearing completion. The other two revised trades, moulder and patternmaker, have also been registered by the South African Qualifications Authority, and we are indebted to Clive and the team from industry and the institutions that have made this possible.
Clive has also served on the Board of the Metal Casting Technology Station hosted by the University of Johannesburg and his contributions have been highly valued, balanced as they are by an in-depth knowledge of the workings and needs of both the industry and the educational institutions. He has been an active participant of the team directing the Research Innovation in Foundry Technology (RIFT) project hosted at the MCTS, which has resulted in four students receiving a Diploma Ingenier qualification from the University of Freiberg in Germany.
As a member of the NFTN Steercom since 2010, Clive has been inspirational in his pursuit of establishing meaningful interventions to assist foundries and the industry to improve its competitiveness.
He has been a key presenter of the Metallurgy and Melting Module of the NFTN supported training project delivered by the SAIF on Saturday mornings, and his knowledge and experience imparted has helped many students in their search for understanding of the mysteries of metallurgy.
Clive is a thoroughly good and honest guy and is an outstanding asset to the foundry industry. He is most deserving of this award.
In his own words Clive said: “I am very grateful to the SAIF for recognising my contribution to the industry. It is very rewarding to be involved in such a vibrant industry and throughout my career I have strived to share my knowledge with students, apprentices, peers and colleagues in the foundry industry. If this has improved or helped any individual’s understanding of the practices and theories of metallurgy and castings, then I will feel I have achieved.”
Peter Bird with Lee Bridges of Umgeni Iron Works
Farai Banganayi of the Metal Casting Technology Station-University of Johannesburg, Greg Combrink and Dr Kasongo Nyembwe, both of the University of Johannesburg
Back row: Mubeen Anoop of Kimberley Engineering Works, Grant Barrett of JC Barrett Patternmakers, Jaime and Dandre Goncalves and Dr Akim Kongolo, all of Kimberley Engineering Works. Front row: Stacey-Lee Arends and Nancy Kongolo, both of Kimberley Engineering Works with Jenny Barrett of JC Barrett Patternmakers in the centre
Damon Symondson of Scaw Metals, Stefan Schmidt of GUT and Koos Louw of UJ
Andrew Grady and Donovan van Niekerk, both of Isando Foundry with Wouter Retief, Janley Kotze and Brian Clough, all of Ceramic and Alloy Specialists
Kosta Kousiakis and Donald Osmond, both of IMP Scientific
Ferdi Engelbrecht of Steloy Castings, Carlos Palinhos of Walro Flex and Dean Harmse, Steloy Tungsten General Manager
Gary Kimble of Windsor Metals with Gary van der Elst and Leonard De Lange, both of Wahl Industries
Nigel Pardoe of Thomas Foundry, Dennis Baker of Chemsystems, Trudy Pardoe and Ronel Baker
Clifford van Eeden of Resistant Materials Services, Ryno van Rooyen and Hennie Coetzee, both of Durrans RMS
Frik Geyser of Copalcor, Boelie van der Westhuysen of Steloy Castings with Marie Samons and Helen Fernandes, both of Insimbi Alloys
Robert Hallaby of Aluminium Copper Processors, Terrence Stopforth of McWade Productions, Steven Reid and Gary Coull, both of Zealous Automotive Castings with Marc Hindle of McWade Productions