Benguela Gem wins prime honours at SAISC Metal Awards

The general winner of the 2022 Southern African Institute for Metal Building (SAISC) Awards is the Benguela basic therapy plant mining facility aboard the Benguela Gem – the world’s most superior diamond restoration vessel.

Working off the coast of Namibia, the Benguela Gem is owned by diamond miner Debmarine Namibia, a 50:50 three way partnership between diamond miner De Beers and the Namibian authorities. The Benguela Gem was additionally the winner of the mining class.

SAISC CEO Amanuel Gebremeskel mentioned the judges had been unanimous of their reward for the venture.

The Benguela Gem is the product of worldwide collaboration. It was designed in Norway and Poland, inbuilt Romania and fitted out by De Beers Marine South Africa. Diamond restoration by Debmarine Namibia takes place at 90 m to 150 m under sea stage.

The design, fabrication and set up of the three 000 t diamond therapy plant on the vessel was carried out forward of schedule by native engineers and fabricators within the midst of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.

“This venture stood out in quite a few other ways, and offered a primary within the historical past of the Metal Awards: it operates offshore, and is floating relatively than being stationary and anchored – a really distinctive applicant inside the awards classes. As a sea-faring construction, it’s moreover topic to uncommon engineering hundreds from a naval engineering perspective,” Gebremeskel mentioned.

The vessel, constructed for De Beers Marine operations, is exclusive in Africa, having the ability to perform your complete under-sea diamond dredging and therapy course of.

From the vessel arriving on the finish of September final yr with an empty deck, it set sail once more with a totally operational mine onboard.

“This venture was an distinctive showcase of the use and purposes of metal that includes South African design, fabrication and building for a world shopper,” Gebremeskel mentioned.

The therapy plant was nominated by designers PBA Initiatives and accomplished in collaboration with De Beers Marine and 3C Metallic Belmet, Namibia and native fabricators Metal Providers and Allied Industries.

This yr’s awards, which seeks to commend excellence in the usage of metal in building, was the primary in-person Metal Awards held since 2019, previous to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Even earlier than the worldwide pandemic, South Africa’s metal business had gone by means of a interval of extreme challenges. The ‘inexperienced shoots’ theme is an acknowledgement of the significance of continuous to navigate by means of troubled occasions,” Gebremeskel mentioned.

Gebremeskel defined that many metal building initiatives globally had been stalled in the course of the pandemic, but members of the South African metal business managed to drive initiatives by means of to completion in the long run.


This yr’s awards launched extra classes and, consequently, an elevated variety of successful entries, than in recent times.

“The reasoning behind this was to honour a broader spectrum of awards entrants. We needed to cater to all potential role-players inside the metal building business’s diversified panorama,” SAISC advertising and administration advisor Denise Sherman defined.

Listed below are the winners in every class:


Ford Bundle E – As a part of a R3-billion funding by car producer Ford, an automotive meeting plant was erected in Rosslyn, Pretoria, as a part of the corporate’s high-volume export programme. The venture used intensive metal provides and comprised a 12 400 m² warehouse, 14.6 m in top. The venture was accomplished forward of schedule, regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic and associated provide challenges.


Woodridge Packhouse – This venture offered an attention-grabbing type, intelligent use of pure mild and a design which permits for pure air flow, subsequently saving on vitality prices.


Benguela Gem Remedy Plant – This venture not solely gained the mining class however the 2022 metal awards general.


Home Vingos – The progressive use of metal, mixed with all the opposite components of building, delivered an announcement piece of structure as a household residence.

Sports activities Services:

KES Aquatic Centre – Whereas retaining the heritage part of the earlier swimming pool advanced, the roof construction was of specific curiosity: an apex working diagonally throughout the construction, requiring meticulous consideration to make sure leakproof sealing.

Sculptural / Architectural:

Eastgate Photo voltaic Bushes – Regardless of their aesthetically pleasing design and the way it displays a renewable vitality focus, the entry to the location in the course of the building section was difficult, making for a sophisticated and difficult set up course of.

Gentle Metal Body (LSF) Constructing:

Jubilee Hospital – On the top of the Covid-19 pandemic, the progressive use of LSF on this subject hospital in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, allowed for the addition of a major variety of hospital beds to extend current capability, utilizing this speedy building methodology.

Metallic Cladding and Roofing:

KES Aquatic Centre – This venture gained each the Metallic Cladding and Roofing, and the Sports activities Services classes.

Tubular Metal:

Babanango Travellers Camp – This vacationer lodging is located inside the Babanango recreation reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal. A number of technical particulars included reconciling advanced points concerning the usage of totally different supplies of building and geometrical elements, to realize the venture’s architectural goal: roofing reflecting shapes utilized in conventional African shields.

Neighborhood Enrichment:

Gary Kirsten Sports activities Centre Khayelitsha – That includes ease of building and sustainable supplies, this construction additionally has the capability to increase if want be.

Greatest Mission Limpopo:

Freshmark Polokwane – The venture, carried out for the Freshmark distribution centre in Polokwane, made use of notably progressive cladding, atypical of a warehouse constructing and technically difficult to realize. The end result was aesthetically pleasing, with a design ingredient of curved bullnoses from roof to cladding.

Regional Awards:

Greatest Mission Gauteng – Home Vingos

Greatest Mission Western Cape – Benguela Gem Remedy Plant

Greatest Mission Jap Cape – Woodridge Packhouse

Greatest Mission Limpopo – Freshmark Polokwane

Greatest Mission KwaZulu-Natal – Babanango Travellers Camp

Greatest Export Mission:

New Organic Oxidation (Biox) plant in Zimbabwe – Biox is a expertise that ensures the optimum processing of excessive sulphur gold ore, thereby growing the achievable gold restoration. This technically difficult structural framing venture entailed detailing, fabricating and developing a gold processing Biox plant. The first goal thereof was to supply entry to the assorted areas of the Biox plant and to its piping help system.

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