Media Coverage

June 2023

Infrastructure needed to boost stagnant industry

Enhanced Training Capabilities: The SAIW has a robotic welder, and now offers a robotic welding course. SAIW also has virtual welders that can be used to help train welders

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Collaboration key to boosting African capacity

Empowering Africa's Capacity: The TWF personnel qualification and certificate scheme is a vehicle to build, integrate and sustain welding skills and technical capacity development in Africa

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March 2023

Welding certification for ISO 3834 increasingly being sought in mining industry – SAIW

There is a move in the South African mining industry to specify that welding fabricators and associated suppliers must obtain ISO 3834 welding certification to ensure the quality and safety of the products and services they supply, says industry technical organisation Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director John Tarboton.

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September 2022

Federation to host first assembly next year

The first African Welding Federation Annual Assembly and Conference will be held in March 2023, in Egypt. The aim is to focus on different welding processes and, held from 14 to 17 March at the Pyramidal Hotel in Cairo, the event will mark the first in-person meeting of the member countries.

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Institute charts direction after pandemic

Despite many industries being significantly impacted by the pandemic, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) used the pandemic period as an opportunity to restructure and enhance itself as well as its offerings.

Moving out of the pandemic, the SAIW is set to provide an improved experience to its students and clients.

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Women offer high-quality work in welding sector – institute

Despite a low number of women working in the welding and related processes sector locally, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) says its members have seen more detail-oriented work, as well as high-quality consistency, from women, or female employees.

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July 2022

SAIW champions Africa School of Nuclear Power Excellence

The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is championing the formation of an Africa School of Nuclear Excellence in co-operation with the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA). As part of this drive, the SAIW hosted a delegation of approximately 60 delegates for the launch of this year’s Nuclear Energy Management Schools (NEMS) programme (NEMS2022).

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April 2022

SAIW Pioneers Deeper Welding Expertise across the Continent

  • Welding co-ordinator training programmes underway in Ethiopia and Nigeria
  • Co-ordination role is vital to maintain Africa’s safety-critical products such as boiler units and municipal water pipe infrastructure

The SAIW has entered into a partnership with Ethiopia’s tertiary education sector to impart in-depth welding, inspection and co-ordination skills across 9 TVET Colleges in the country. In addition, the SAIW is championing ISO 3834 welding standards across the African continent in partnership with the African Welding Federation. This stems from the requirement for ISO 3834 certified companies to employ Responsible Welding Co-ordinators (RWCs).

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February 2022

Welders are a Dime a Dozen but Quality Welders are Not

Apprenticeships are a key way to solve South Africa’s skills and employment crisis

Welders it seems are a dime a dozen but highly skilled welders are not. This is the stark reality facing the South African industrial sector according to SAIW Executive Director John Tarboton who is concerned about the number of fly by night training institutions that churn out graduates without the proper qualifications in place.

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June 2021

Sunday Times Skills Development - June 2021 


Executive director of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) JOHN TARBOTON shares how the pandemic has influenced the organisation to relook its training programmes.

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January 2021

SAIW Awards Two International Welding Bursaries to Champion Local Skills

The South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has announced the winners of its internationally recognised welding student training bursaries worth R120 000 each. Fhumulani Netshakhuma (22) and Palesa Mokoena (28) were each awarded a prized bursaries which provide a 28-week welding training course carrying both global recognition and access to opportunities for a welding career in 58 countries around the globe.

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