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MechChem Jul-Aug2020 magazine

This bimonthly issue of MechChem Africa features Valves and Automation and its Zwick TRI-SHARK Throttling Trim Cartridge valve on the front cover.
The magazine’s features include Minerals processing and materials handling; Power transmission, bearings, bushes and seals; Hydraulic and pneumatic systems; Automation, process control, instrumentation and CAE; and Environmental management, waste and cleaning technologies.
Also included articles from Tenova company, TAKRAF; Weba Chute Systems; B&E International; Kwatani; Multotec; BMG; SEW-EURODRIVE; ABB; BI; Bosch Rexroth/HFT; Enerpac; Altair; Endress+Hauser; and several more.

The issue’s Innovative engineering piece reports on an analysis by Lux Research on decarbonising the global energy trade.

MechChem May-June 2020 magazine

In MechChem Africa’s combined May/June issue, industry supplier BMG breaks down its available services under the COVID-19 restrictions.

In our Corrosion  Control and Coatings feature, president of EonCoat, Merrick Alpert, explains some approaches to better manage corrosion and its accompanying costs, while Clive Govender, responsible for strategy development and implementation for Aquamarine Water Solutions, talks about a new approach to servicing water needs in Africa.

MechChem Africa also features articles from, Flexicon, Weir Minerals, Aurecon Carbotect, and Bosch Rexroth SA. For the Innovative Engineering feature, we look at the emergence of synthetic biology as an alternative to traditional petrochemical synthesis for applications in agrifood; beauty and personal care; chemicals; and consumer products.

SACEC 2020 (SAIChE Congress)

Postponed due to Covid-19

In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the SACEC 2020 organisers have taken the decision to postpone the Congress to 2021.


IChemE put in place new arrangements which came into effect end 2019 with the 2020 annual subscription run. The Annual Renewal Fees of SAIChE and IChemE are currently collected and processed by IChemE. Members pay one amount to IChemE, online via PayPal in pounds. You will receive a receipt (in pounds) via email. Invoices (in pounds) are available on request. (This will not be a Tax invoice as no VAT is involved.)

New arrangements for members in South Africa / members of SAIChE based outside of South Africa:

Membership of IChemE: IChemE’s standard membership offering is available to all members, globally.
Membership of SAIChE: IChemE provide a full membership service to SAIChE which includes maintaining its membership roll. Those who wish to be a member of SAIChE will be required to hold membership of IChemE. The cost of membership will be at the IChemE rate applicable to a member’s grade and domicile. There will be no additional charge for membership of SAIChE.  Members living in South Africa will automatically have SAIChE membership as well.
Membership applications: Those who wish to be a member of SAIChE should apply to join IChemE in the first instance. 
Those wishing to join or be removed from the SAIChE membership roll should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.IChemE’s online membership application system should be used to apply to join IChemE, or to apply for a new grade of membership.
As IChemE operate the SAIChE membership roll it will not be possible to be a member of SAIChE without joining and maintaining membership of IChemE.

Being a member of SAIChE based outside of South Africa:  Those who wish to be a member of SAIChE should apply to join IChemE in the first instance. To be a member of SAIChE, email your IChemE member number/application receipt to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Governance: An IChemE National Board is being created in South Africa to connect the membership in the country with IChemE’s broader programme of activity, through a standardised structure. Governance of SAIChE will be separate but the two bodies will work closely to deliver activity locally.
Engineering Council South Africa (ECSA):  SAIChE will continue to work with ECSA as a Voluntary Association to serve the profession in South Africa.  
Annual subscription rates: All members globally will pay a rate, set by IChemE, to IChemE.
 More information on how SAIChE and IChemE are now working together can be found on the IChemE website.