SAIF’s 54th Annual Awards Dinner

The South African Institute of Foundrymen’s 54th Annual Awards Dinner was held at the Emperors Palace, Convention Centre, Kempton Park, Gauteng on Friday 2 June 2017.

270 foundrymen, guests, wives and award winners attended this year’s event. The dinner was well supported by sponsors in the form of prizes for the award winners, 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. These included the guest gifts and tickets for the award winners: Foseco South Africa, IMP Scientific, Insimbi Alloy Supplies, Kimberley Engineering Works, Lauds Foundry Equipment, MIS Engineering, Prima Industrial Holdings, Rely Intracast, SI Group, Thos Begbie, University of Johannesburg and Vaal University of Technology.

Awards handed out on the evening were as follows:

Lauds Foundry Equipment Technical Award (formerly known as the Colin Butler Award) – for the best technical presentation presented during 2016 by a SAIF Member was awarded to John Taylor of Spectech SA. His presentation was “Sampling and preparation of samples for spectrographic analysis”.

Non-Member Diploma – David Mauchline from Vaal University of Technology received the Non-Member Diploma for the best technical paper presented during 2016 by a Non-Member to the Institute. His presentation was given on “Additive manufacturing solutions to the foundry industry and latest advances”.

Insimbi Refractory and Alloy Supplies Award – for the highest marks achieved by a 1st year metallurgy student for 2016 was presented to Eugene Phahlamohlaka from the Vaal University of Technology.

Foseco Student Award – for the highest marks achieved by a final year Metallurgy Student for 2016 went to Benny Molala from the University of Johannesburg.

Past President’s Award – Takalani Madzivhandila.