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Watch: The Corrosion Institute of South Africa held an educational awareness day

President of the Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa says there should be corrosion awareness every day.

The Corrosion Institute of South Africa celebrated 60 years of corrosion control by hosting an awareness day on April 24 in Midrand. This was also part of World Corrosion Awareness Day which fell on the same day.

The aim of the event was to educate people about methods that can be used to prevent corrosion. The impact of corrosion on the economy was also discussed.

President of the Corrosion Institute South Africa, Graham Duk. Photo: Boitumelo Kekana

Executive director of the institute Petra Mitchell said, “It costs the economy 4% of GDP every year, we lose around R130-billion in a year as a result of corrosion.”

Indirect costs are at least three times the equivalent of the direct costs. However, several independent studies have also shown that 25% of the abovementioned costs of corrosion can be prevented by applying known technology. This places a significant emphasis on the importance of corrosion education, Mitchell said


Neo Moratho from Isinyithi Corrosion Engineering (SA) demonstrates the process of protecting buried pipelines. Photo: Boitumelo Kekana

Khethiwe Shabangu, a plumber from The Institution of Plumbing SA demonstrated how a geyser could easily get damaged by rust if it wasn’t maintained. “We should maintain our geysers because if we don’t, they will rust and have dirty water,” advised Shabangu. “It is advisable to replace the anode in your geyser every second year, this will reduce the chances of your geyser bursting and spending a lot of money to replace it.”

President of the institute Graham Duk said corrosion awareness day shouldn’t just be on one day, “We should be focusing on creating awareness every day.” he concluded.

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