The South African Institute of Foundrymen’s 56th Annual Awards Dinner was held at the Emperors Palace (Boksburg), Gauteng on Friday 7 June 2019.
This year’s event saw 225 foundrymen, guests, wives and award winners attend. The dinner was well supported by sponsors in the form of prizes for the award winners, 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: African Roots Fondrie, Ametex, Durrans RMS Group, Foseco South Africa, Greencraft Lighting, High Duty Castings, IMP Scientific, Insimbi Alloy Supplies, JC Impellers, Kimberley Engineering Works, Lauds Foundry Equipment, SI Group HA South Africa and Thos Begbie.
Awards handed out on the evening were as follows:
AH Guy Award – For outstanding service to the foundry industry was presented to Rui Dias of Endeco Omega Sinto.
Lauds Foundry Equipment Technical Award (formerly known as the Colin Butler Award) – for the best technical presentation presented during 2018 by a SAIF Member was awarded to Graham Knight from Metallurgical Testing Labs. His presentation title was: “Introducing Material Testing as a Quality Control Measure”.
Non-Member Diploma – Professor Kyle Metzloff from the University of Wisconsin received the Non-Member Diploma for the best technical paper presented during 2018 by a Non-Member to the Institute. The title of his paper was: “New Developments in Gating Techniques”.
Insimbi Refractory and Alloy Supplies Award – for the highest marks achieved by a 1st year metallurgy student for 2018 was presented to Alex Seya from the University of Johannesburg.
Foseco Student Award – for the highest marks achieved by a final year Metallurgy Student for 2018 went to Gereld Sethosa from the Tshwane University of Technology.
Abraham Klopper, Antoinette Swanepoel and JJ de Jager, all from the SI Group HA with Victor Dias of Endeco Omega Sinto and John van der Merwe of KCS Foundry
Jacques Swanepoel from ChemSystems, Trudy and Nigel Pardoe from Thomas Foundry with Eric Mathieson and Lance Dell, both from ChemSystems
Caesar Mahlami and Warren Zandberg, both from Foseco, Wesley Lottering and Keith Scott, both from MIS Engineering, Allan Bruggerman of Mattcast and Ian Gibson of RelyIntracast
Helen Fernandes, Khutsiso Chiloane and Len Hutton, all from Insimbi Alloy Supplies
Davidson Nyabadsa of SARCO with Francois Southey, Johan Kotze, Nicolle van Niekerk, Richard Conradie, Yvette Amoore and Ritchie Amoore all from Lauds Foundry Equipment
Lauds Foundry Equipment Technical Award (formerly known as the Colin Butler Award) – for the best technical presentation presented during 2018 by a SAIF Member was awarded to Graham Knight from Metallurgical Testing Labs. His presentation title was: “Introducing Material Testing as a Quality Control Measure”. Graham Knight received the award from Richard Conradie of Lauds Foundry Equipment
The AH Guy Award for outstanding service to the foundry industry was awarded to Rui Dias of Endeco Omega Sinto. The Chairperson of the SAIF board Glen Dikgale presented the award
The Insimbi Refractory and Alloy Supplies Award for the highest marks achieved by a 1st year metallurgy student for 2018 was presented to Alex Seya from the University of Johannesburg. With Alex is Dudley de Beer of Insimbi Refractory and Alloy Supplies
The Foseco Student Award for the highest marks achieved by a final year Metallurgy Student for 2018 went to Gereld Sethosa from the Tshwane University of Technology. With Gereld is Enno Krueger of Foseco South Africa
Learners that completed the Foundry Technology Programme run by the SAIF
Standing Brian Clough and Wouter Retief, both from Ceramic and Alloy Specialists and in the centre Darren Brown of Harcliff Mining Services. Seated is Janley Kotze of Ceramic and Alloy Specialists with Jan Nagel and Willie Paulus, both from Auto Industrial Foundry
JP du Plessis from the Durrans RMS Group, Johan Haasbroek, Cliff van Eeden and Hennie Coetzee, both from the Durrans RMS Group, Mauritz van Niekerk from Denville Founders, Paul Coelho and Stephanus Nel, both from Lusafrica Founders, Eduardo Evaristo from Action Africa Foundry and Barry Jansen van Rensburg from Donnlee Pumptech
Greg MacRae from Prima Holdings, Richard Stevens from Quantus Foundry, Colin Smit from MIS Engineering, Mark Lyons from Quantus Foundry and Ryno van Rooyen from the Durrans RMS Group
Andrew McFarlane of Ametex, John Taylor of SpecTech and Brad Venter of High Duty Castings
Standing Linda, Rocky Bernardes and Joaquim Bernardes and seated Camila Bernardes, Lezette Swanepoel and Sune Bernardes, all from Mustang Foundry
Standing Bhekie Mahlangu and Brandon Panther, both of Endeco Omega Sinto with Rob Horseman of RSM Foundry and seated Apton Zimucha and Brian Masuku, both from Endeco Omega Sinto
Standing Taz Mabika, Ntokozo Mabaso, David Nkutha and Michael Lehlalerwa all from Weir Minerals and seated Jim Christopher, Ariel Van Flymen and Adam Levin from Pentagon Resources
Greg and Grant Estman, both from Viking Foundry