New Executive Director appointed at Southern African Institute of Welding

Sean Blake, the current Operations Manager at the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has been appointed SAIW Executive Director as of April 2015. Blake takes over from Jim Guild, who has been Executive Director since December 2000.

The SAIW is a non-profit technical organisation dedicated to furthering standards in welding-fabrication and related technologies. Established in 1948, it is a founder member of the International Institute of Welding (IIW).

The SAIW provides training programmes, consultancy and industry support services and is based in Johannesburg, with branches in Cape Town and Durban.

The SAIW offers a wide range of courses in welding technology and non destructive testing (NDT) at its Johannesburg training school and also conducts training at venues around South Africa and in other countries.

SAIW courses are developed and maintained under the guidance of industry-based committees and presented by qualified and experienced lecturers. All courses comply with international standards.

Training facilities include a practical welding school with individual state of the art welding bays, modern and fully equipped classrooms and NDT laboratories. SAIW Training Services is an International Institute of Welding ATB (Approved Training Body).

The SAIW runs the Young Welder of the Year competition. This biennial event has become the premier welding competition in South Africa attracting young welders from all over the country. The winner represents South Africa at the WorldSkills competition.

For further details contact the SAIW on TEL: 011 298 2100 or visit