Prolyte Campus Workshop success in South Africa
Mon, 15 May 2017 10:21
Ruud de Deugd
South Africa is not a third world country when it comes to the knowledge and
awareness of safety when rigging, said Ruud de Deugd, who visited Johannesburg
to present the Prolyte Campus Workshop hosted by DWR Distribution from 14 to 17
With his roots securely founded in the engineering office of Prolyte and trained as a
Mechanical Engineer, Ruud has combined his expert engineering skills with the daily
practice of rigging projects. For the second year running, he presented the hands-on
Prolyte Campus Workshop in South Africa with the emphasis on safety which ended
with a practical build-up session.
There is a health and safety standard in South Africa as found in the South African
Bureau of Standards titled SANS 10366 which is general and a guideline to Health
and Safety at Events, explained Ruud. I believe this will evolve but at least its a
good starting point. That said, the South African rental companies are not behind
Europe in their knowledge and mindfulness of safety.
Selling Prolyte trussing with an emphasis on safety has also been the main priority
of Robert Izzett from DWR. We are very glad that the industry take this up
seriously, that they attend training and are committed to building the right way,
said Rob. Lives are at stake and our aim is to ensure that our clients do things the
right way. Thank you very much to both Ruud and to all the delegates who
The intimate course allowed delegates to interact, ask questions and interact. My
main aim is to create awareness, commented Ruud. DWR have a sign in the
training room that says, Its all about training the people. Thats all it is, learning
new skills and ways to do things simpler, better and faster.
The workshop was well received by those who attended. I learnt a lot and even if
you know what you are doing, its good to have a new viewpoint, said Lee Irving
from Solid Rock.
From MGG, Artwell Maphosa said the campus was beneficial and he enjoyed it,
while his colleague Xolani Ngwenya said he gained a lot of knowledge on rigging the
right way and on how to avoid injury in the workplace.
For Morne Boshoff from Visual Audio Productions the course confirmed that he was
doing things the right way. Sometimes you forget things, and this was great to
brush up on my skill, he said.