What is SAINT?

SAINT is the South African Institute for Non-destructive Testing formed in 1968 and made up of persons involved in Non-destructive Testing (NDT) in South Africa and neighbouring countries. It is governed by its constitution and an annually elected COUNCIL where "all members" are volunteers. SAINT is registered with SARS as a Non Profit Organization.

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Historical Background to SAINT

When the Bureau of Standards (SABS) was established by an Act of Parliament in 1945, one of its missions was: Create, Introduce to Industry test methods that would improve the quality of South African products (or words to that effect). A division of Non-destructive Testing was established circa 1950 - 1951 in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Physics. In 1964 it was decided to establish an independent Department of Mechanical Engineering. From 1 April 1965, together with the newly established independent Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, a rearrangement of divisions between the 3 engineering departments took place and the division of Non-destructive Testing was transferred to the Mechanical Engineering department.

Mr. Pieter Scribante assumed duty as Director of Mechanical Engineering in April 1965, and was told by the then head of the Division of NDT that the SABS was the accredited organisation to represent South Africa at the International Conference of NDT. He attended the 5th WCNDT held in Montreal, Canada, in 1967. On his return to South Africa Pieter started discussions with other interested parties that with the idea to form a Society of NDT independent of the S.A. Bureau of Standards. In late 1967 a meeting was held to air this idea more widely. To quote Mr. Scribante "It was one of the most difficult meetings I have ever chaired", the meeting had to be abandoned since an agreement could not be reached! However,Pieter did not give up. Additional meetings were held and were more fruitful.

The SAINT stand at the 18th WCNDT. From left, Keith Cain - Honorary Secretary, Dr Manfred Johannes - Immediate Past President, Robin Marshall - Administrative Secretary, Dr Mike Farley - Chairman of the ICNDT, Butch Davies - Chairman for the WCNDT local organising committee - Marketing.

Eventually the 1st Annual General Meeting was held in September 1968 at which the S.A. Society for Non-destructive Testing was born, later to be renamed Institute. Mr. Pieter Scribante assumed duty as Director of Mechanical Engineering in April 1965, and was told by the then head of the Division of NDT that the SABS was the accredited organisation to represent South Africa at the International Conference of NDT. He attended the 5th WCNDT held in Montreal, Canada, in 1967. On his return to South Africa Pieter started discussions with other interested parties that with the idea to form a Society of NDT independent of the S.A. Bureau of Standards. In late 1967 a meeting was held to air this idea more widely. To quote Mr. Scribante "It was one of the most difficult meetings I have ever chaired", the meeting had to be abandoned since an agreement could not be reached! However,Pieter did not give up. Additional meetings were held and were more fruitful. Eventually the 1st Annual General Meeting was held in September 1968 at which the S.A. Society for Non-destructive Testing was born, later to be renamed Institute.

This forms a brief precis, detail of which was kindly provided by Mr Pieter Scribante, Founder Member and Past President of SAINT. (For the full transcript of Pieter's "History of SAINT - A Memoir" look out for it in SAINT's soon to be published first NDT Handbook

Historical Background to NDT

The need and desire to look into objects, materials and components is as old as the ability of mankind to form materials and to produce useful articles.

The SAINT stands at the 18th WCNDT. From left, Keith Cain - Honorary Secretary, Dr Manfred Johannes - Immediate Past President, Robin Marshall - Administrative Secretary, Dr Mike Farley - Chairman of the ICNDT, Butch Davies - Chairman for the WCNDT local organising committee - Marketing.

The discovery of ionizing radiation - called x-rays since those days - and the ability to utilise this radiation to produce images of objects, lies more than 100 years back. Through this discovery the foundation for modern non-destructive materials testing was laid.

Today it is impossible to imagine the launch of an aeroplane, the construction of a high-speed train system, the manufacture of safety critical motor vehicle components, fabrication through welding, etc. without the involvement of NDT.

In almost all branches of engineering NDT is the eye of the engineer into the component. In fact today NDT is the key to Quality Control in all spheres of engineering and SAINT strives to assure a professional NDT industry in South Africa.

You are invited to become a member of this winning team.

Achievements

What are the Benefits?

Corporate Member
All Members
Who can join SAINT?

Any person involved in any way with NDT, whether individual or companies interested in accomplishing the objectives of the Institute. This includes operators, technicians, technologists, engineers, NDT company personnel, third party inspections, organizations and NDT equipment supply companies, companies involved in or using NDT.

Aims and Objectives

Past Presidents of The Institute

1 1969/1970 P SCRIBANTE