Capital projects completed for the Soccer World Cup taught South Africans to build to internationally accepted standards, particularly in terms of public safety, and specifiers are now more insistent on conforming to them. This is the view of Dave Kearney, managing director of Roll-Up Serranda, the company that supplied the roller shutters for both the Cape Town and Port Elizabeth stadiums.
“We already had international certification on our products, so were able to supply to these standards,” says Kearney. “Most of our doors carry the Dekra certification stamp and associated rating mark. These are stringent manufacturing standards set down by the European Union in terms of performance and safety.”
He explains that safety compliance must be specific to the end-use. There are different testing methods for each type, for protection against fire, toxic gases or gale force winds. Roll-Up Serranda has developed roller shutters that are approved in respect of each of these hazards.
The company also has the technology to manufacture very big single-span doors.
Successful installations range from aircraft hangars to the entrance doors of the Gautrain stations in Sandton and Marlboro, with others in the pipeline.
“One of the common threads in all these installations has been understanding exactly what our clients expect and then delivering in excess of expectation. We also provide after-sales service and maintenance,” says Kearney.