Foundry centre for Gauteng

Tumelo Pheto demonstrates the process of metal pouring

The GFTC, which is the first of its kind in the province, will offer state of the art facilities and infrastructure for both theoretical and appropriate practical training, thus contributing to addressing the availability of skills that have been identified as scarce.

The project is funded by the Gauteng Department of Economic Development (GDED) in partnership with the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) and the Department of Trade and Industry.

Adrie El-Mohamadi, project leader of the NFTN, said that the training centre’s publicity funded equipment will be largely manual but of sufficient scale and technology to allow for a meaningful training in an industrial context.

She adds that the centre will also function as the regional hub for other foundry-related training, including short courses and management training courses offered through the South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF).

Speaking on behalf of GDED, acting HOD Albert Chanee said that the GFTC will promote localisation by helping to improve the global competitiveness of the foundry industry.

“The foundry industry is important to infrastructure development, which is the important factor in economic development,” he said.

John Davies, CEO of SAIF, said that the centre will focus on sand casting using both chemically bonded and green sand as well as permanent mould gravity die casting.

“Given the structure of the industry in Gauteng, casting materials will initially be limited to grey cast iron and aluminium, with the possible inclusion of ductile or spheroidal iron,” concluded Davies.

Phumza Ntuthuka

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