Everyone acquainted with construction will agree that the extensive metal roofing
industry, which plays such an important role in the environmental performance of
buildings, is in urgent need of a make-over. The substitution of specified materials
with inferior products, particularly in the emerging sector, has become rife with
price prevailing over structural performance and durability. In an attempt to
restore credibility in the industry concerned players, from all sectors, have formed
the Southern African Metal Cladding and Roofing Association (SAMCRA).
The Southern African Metal Cladding and Roofing Association (SAMCRA) mission is:
- To create an infrastructure on which an orderly cladding industry can be built, including appropriate standards, testing, and training facilities plus a base of knowledgeable people.
- To facilitate the fusion of the ambitions of the metal cladding industry with the requirements of all role players so as to create a successful and respected industry.
- To promote the image of the metal cladding industry and the use of its products.
- Be the go-to body for all matters pertaining to metal cladding.
Our primary objectives are to:
- Ensure that there are comprehensive, appropriate, and widely accepted SANS standards for the metal cladding and allied products.
- Maintain an active technical committee on which all members are encouraged to participate. The committee is developing a strong knowledge base on all aspects of cladding including technical literature and knowledgeable individuals.
- Facilitate the training of specifiers, building inspectors, and other decision-makers with a particular focus on artisans.
- Implement a programme aimed at the certification of roofing contractors and another to have roofer recognized as a trade.
- Establish a workgroup to liaise with the Department of Public Works, JBCC, and other national bodies responsible for drafting standard contractual documents to ensure fair and equitable terms and conditions for all parties.