On the 15th of February 2013, SAINT held an Indaba (Zulu for “important matter”) for the South African NDT community to get together and air their needs, desires and raise the proverbial complaint concerning NDT RSA.

The Indaba/Bosberaad was first suggested by Dion Agostinho at a SAINT level 3 meeting in 2012. The idea caught fire at the SAINT council meeting and progressed from there. The main objective of the Indaba was for SAINT to hear the wishes, wants and needs of RSA NDT in general and to take what was brought forward and compile a new and realistic mission statement, with a strategic and achievable set of goals. It is believed that with the new focus and direction that SAINT would be able to address the challenges and any missing elements in RSA NDT at large.

The Indaba was well attended and had 111 signed-in registrations by the close of the proceedings. Attendees came from most sectors of RSA NDT from service providers and equipment suppliers to end-users and training bodies. Some of the participants travelled to the venue in Kempton Park from the Free State and even as far afield as Mossel Bay and Cape Town.

It was encouraging to see so many participants willing to air their views and give suggestions of what is wrong and what is needed in RSA NDT, most encouraging was when Garath Bester stood up and spoke his mind. He is not a company owner, manager or holder of a fancy title, in his own words he is an “NDT Technician” and was able to stand shoulder to shoulder with industry leaders on an equal platform.

The official proceedings were closed off with a presentation of new membership certificates by the current SAINT President, Mr B. Beetge. This was followed by a lucky draw for various prizes that had been sponsored by equipment suppliers.

The evening was wrapped up with a braai (Barbarque) and a few drinks downstairs. It would appear most of the attendees felt the afternoon was well spent and an atmosphere of friendly co-operation presided, particularly at the braai where the drinks were free.

The proceedings were recorded and will be transcribed so that the main points can be highlighted and used. There was an undertaking from SAINT council to provided feedback within 3 months. Let us all as SAINT members keep the momentum and excitement, that was evident at the indaba and which is result of hosting the world conference, going!

Simon N. Wilding

Simon N Wilding