Although 2014 is expected to be a tough year, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is planning regional expansion with Cape Town and Durban being the first targets.
There is an increasing demand for Institute services in both centres.
Facilities have already been secured in Cape Town and the branch is expected to be operational by May.
According to SAIW, there is even greater demand for courses and other services in Kwa-Zulu Natal, so finding a facility in Durban is a priority and the SAIW Regional Representative, Ann Meyer, is investigating options.
Having a satellite facility in Mpumulanga is also an important goal as it will relieve pressure on the Johannesburg building, which is working at capacity, and it will take the Institute nearer to an important section of its clientele.
Members of SAIW will be asked to support the council’s intention to convert SAIW from an Unincorporated Association to an Incorporated Not for Profit Company, registered under the Companies Act, at the Annual General Meeting. The Memorandum of Incorporation and reasons for the proposed change will be explained in a communication, which will accompany the notice for the AGM to be held on the 9th of May.
It is hoped that the 2014 calendar will be packed with events in addition to the seminars and golf days featuring already, and the Young Welder of the Year Competition, which will be held in the last quarter of the year. Although the competition is still some time away, if good young welders are identified early SAIW can begin preparing them for success.
A spokesman said, “SAIW is sadly saying goodbye to its President, Professor Madeleine du Toit, as she is moving to Wollongong University. The Institute and the country are losing an outstanding professional person who is also charming and approachable. We hope that the move works out well for her and thank her for the leadership she has given to the institute over the last four years.”