Keith Cain, President

Keith started his NDT career in 1999 while he was still serving in the South African Air Force. He then founded his own inspection company and has successfully worked in various sectors for more than a decade.

As the current President of SAINT and with the help of his invaluable team, Keith’s ambition is to provide all members in this dynamic industry with a reputable and dependable Institute that everybody can be proud of. He is confident that this will be achieved with the valuable buy-in and support of all individuals – directly and indirectly – involved in the South African NDT fraternity.

Keith holds qualifications in ASNT Level 3 in Penetrant Testing (PT) and Magnetic Particle (MT) and American Central Certification Program (ACCP) Professional Level III – Magnetic Particle (MT).

Manfred Johannes, Immediate Past President

Manfred got involved in NDT in 1980 where it was included in his curriculum of his tertiary education. He joined SAINT in 1981 and has served as President for several terms.

In 1989 Manfred joined Eskom Engineering Investigations (EI) as Head of the NDT Department. From 1991 he headed up the Department for Mechanised Inspection.

Since 2006 Manfred has been employed at CSIR, where he is involved in establishing capabilities for the inspection of composite materials, laser welding and additive manufacturing.

Manfred holds a National Diploma and National Higher Diploma in Physical Metallurgy from the Pretoria Technikon.

Johan Gerber, Honorary Treasurer

Johan started his NDT career in July 1981 as an NDT trainee in the Gauteng area. He joined SAINT in 1985 as a member and was elected to the SAINT Council in 1991. He served as President of SAINT for two years (1997–1998) and is currently the Honourary Treasurer as Executive Member of the Institute since 1999. His motto has always been that “good NDT adds value”.

In July 1984 Johan founded an NDT service company which was sold in May 2013 to an international company - DEKRA. Since then he has been with DEKRA as the Operations Manager. The current service range of DEKRA Industrial South Africa offers conventional and advanced NDT operations, as well as welding inspections to industries such as the petrochemical, power generation, transport, mining, and manufacturing fields in South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa.

Zanele Mgiba, Member

Zanele is a member of SAINT and holds the SAQCC NDT Level II qualification in Ultrasonic (UT), Radiography Testing (RT), Penetrant Testing (PT) and Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI). She is currently studying towards an M.Eng. in Welding Engineering with Wits University.

Her working career embraces Rotek Engineering - Eskom Industries, with 16 years of experience in various industries including research industry CSIR, SCAW Metals in castings and forgings, and involvement with institutions like WITS Technikon and VU. Zanele currently performs NDT inspection work and also plays an important role as an NDT Process Planner and Estimator.

Herman Lourens, Member

Herman was in the South African Air Force for 26 years during which time he acquired Radiography Testing (RT) Level II, Ultrasonic Testing (UT) Level II, Electromagnetic Testing (ET) Level II, Magnetic Particle (MT) Level II, Penetrant Testing (PT) Level II. In 2012 he added the ASNT NDT Level III Certification in Penetrant Testing (PT) and Magnetic Particle (MT).

He worked for H. Rohloff as Product Manager from February 2014 to February 2015 and has since been lecturing at SANDE in March 2015.

Harold Jansen, Honorary Secretary

Harold’s career in NDT started in 1994 at Eskom as a graduate in training. During 2004 he moved to the African NDT Centre in Pretoria, where he was the NDT Training and General Industry Services Manager for three years. He joined Automated Electronic Solutions during 2008 as a co-member. Towards the end of 2008 he started his own company in NDT engineering.

His vision is to establish, maintain and continuously improve a unified NDT training, qualification and certification system based on:

  1. Basic qualifications and certifications
  2. Structured in-service mentoring and company authorisation
  3. End-user approval
  4. A continuous development programme for all South African and African NDT personnel

It is his belief that this will result in an effective and value-added service to engineering.

Harold is a member of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) -Group as Systems and Quality Manager and the Vice Chairman of the International Committee for Non-Destructive Testing (ICNDT) – Executive Council (ICEC).

Harold holds a B.Sc.Hons. Solid State Physics and NDT qualifications – Level 3.

Glenda Molope, Member

Glenda holds ASNT NDT Level III qualifications, a Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Metallurgy and Materials Engineering) and a M.Sc. in Engineering and Business Management.

She is currently employed in the power generation industry with 10 years of experience.

Marius Purcell, Member

Marius started his NDT and Inspection career just after he matriculated in 2009 from Evander High School in Mpumalanga. This opportunity granted him the vast knowledge of the petrochemical industry with the likes of pre- and in-service inspection - working closely with metallurgists and engineers to establish the integrity of equipment on the Sasol, Secunda site.

In 2010, while continuing his inspection development, Marius decided to specialise more in non-destructive testing as the field of ever-evolving technology, research and continued development. His passion and excitement for NDT grew and was noted by the late Mark Mason with whom he worked closely in 2011 as well as with NDT service providers and industry NDT Level 3s.

Marius currently manages all the work of NDT at Sasol Synfuels, training, qualification and certification of NDT personnel and works alongside service providers to develop techniques for critical analysis of equipment and to be readily involved with NDT technicians to promote and support non-destructive testing.

In 2013 Marius wrote the South African Qualification and Certification Committee (SAQCC) Level 3 examinations for Magnetic Particle (MT), Penetrant Testing (PT), Ultrasonic Testing (UT) and Radiography Testing (RT) at the SAIW. He is currently part of SAINT and the South African Qualification and Certification Committee (SAQCC) NDT Committee.

Garth Appel, Co-opted Member

Garth started his NDT career in 1978, re-mustering from airframe fitter to NDT inspector and completed his initial training for Ultrasonic and Radiography at the Pretoria Technikon and the other 3 primary methods internally in the Rhodesian Air Force. In 1980 he joined Atlas Aircraft Corporation’s NDT Department, completing his academic training under Eric Guest at the School of Allied Non Destructive Examination (SANDE) in Johannesburg and specific training in-house and with a number of original equipment manufacturers (OEM). He progressed from Level 2 to Level 3 (NAS 410) in 5 methods receiving delegated Level 3 responsibility from numerous OEMs, including Rolls Royce, Augusta Westland and Airbus.

After early retirement from Denel in 2011 he is now the Quality Representative for SANDE and runs a small NDT and Quality advisory business.

Garth is the current Chairman of the Southern Africa section of ASNT and a co-opted member of SAINT Council, with a passion to improve competency of NDT personnel in South Africa.

Hennie de Wet, Co-opted Member

Hennie has 21 years’ experience in NDT in South Africa and is a qualified aircraft mechanic. He focuses on training and lecturing NDT at SANDE in Johannesburg and at the African NDT Centre in Pretoria. Over many years he expanded his training experience in South Africa (marine, aviation, mining, petrochemical, pipelines, railways) and internationally in Thailand, Angola, Kenya, Namibia, Madagascar. He presented a paper at the World Conference of NDT in 2012, a copy of which were published in Materials Evaluation - the American Society for NDT’s monthly magazine, as well as the SAINT magazine.

Hennie belongs to various professional bodies including:

  • American Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT) Level III since 2008
  • Member of ASNT since 2008
  • Member of the South African Institute for NDT (SAINT)
  • Affiliate member of SAINT Professional Body for NDT

Hennie holds NDT Level 3 qualifications in 5 methods: Magnetic Particle (MT); Penetrant Testing (PT); Electromagnetic Testing (ET); Radiography Testing (RT) & Ultrasonic Testing (UT), ASNT No: 177653 and ACCP Professional Level III in Radiography Testing (RT), Magnetic Particle (MT); & Penetrant Testing (PT).

Simon Wilding, Member

Simon Wilding is certified to Level 3 in both ASNT and ISO 9712 (SAQCC), with more than 20 years of experience in the Inspection and NDT environments. In that time he has gained valuable knowledge in the power generation, petro-chemical, nuclear, rail and general industries; working with various codes, standards and specifications.

Ismail Mahomed, Member

Ismail is a Level III in MT, PT, UT, VT and ET with 17 years’ experience in NDT. He has worked in most sectors of industry including manufacturing, mining, oil & gas, nuclear and power generation and has significant experience with advanced NDT methods such as Automated Phased Array and CIVA.

Ismail is passionate about NDT and volunteers a lot of time as an administrator to social media pages such as the NDTSA page on Facebook.

Robin Marshall, Administrator

Robin’s involvement with NDT started in 1976 as Secretary to Alain Clavier who was the Manager of Sales of Non-Destructive Testing equipment. In 1988, she became the Secretary to the Institute on a part-time basis.

She has enjoyed some wonderful years with SAINT, a highlight of which was being involved on the Steering Committee of the World Conference 2012 and seeing what a great event it turned out to be.

Robin is now semi-retired and works on the SAINT Professional Body for NDT which provides an interesting challenge in addition to her SAINT duties.