Awards celebrate diversity in SA steel construction industry

02 October 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201916528

Construction, Civil & Structural Engineering
Metals & Alloys
Social Development

The 2019 entries for the SA Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards contained an unprecedented level of diversity. This ranges from building type, size, ownership and construction/property value, from cost-effective to high-end.

That’s according to institute CEO Paolo Trinchero, who added that there had also been enormous diversity reflected in both the aesthetic and functional use of steel in construction: from light steel frame building, to metal roofing and cladding, and the use of heavy structural steel.

The level of diversity this year is also reflected ‘behind-the-scenes’: in terms of age, gender, professional discipline and background of the many and varied role-players - such as the project teams, judging team, voice-over artists, SAISC and sub-divisional team members and event sponsors from all sectors of the South African steel supply chain.

Awards celebrate diversity in SA steel construction industry
, Steel Awards 2019 Project team members Johann Le Roux and Axel Kayoka, Product Sales Specialist from Macsteel on site at the KTM Raceworx Project in Gauteng

“We are very pleased with the rich and multi-layered diversity we are seeing in the Steel Awards 2019. It reflects the nature of the diverse country we live in, and the fact that people are using steel for a range of purposes to suit their needs,” Trinchero said.

New Chairperson, Nicolette Skjoldhammer, who is the first woman in the position, said: “To make the most of South Africa’s human assets, we need to empower people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different. This includes aspects such as gender, age, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education and nationality.”

She added that in order to position industry for the future of steel, the SAISC was aiming through events such as the annual Steel Awards to create a sense of inclusivity and community; and to resonate with a wider audience, including a broad representation of generational and ethnic groups.

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