It’s Cool To Be A 21st Century Artisan

The Second World Skills South Africa National Competition was hosted at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC), between the 14th to 16th February 2017. The WSSA Competition was both about celebrating the talent of young artisans in the country, and how key the artisanal sector is to the country’s economy. 120 participants from public TVET( Technical Vocational Education and Training Colleges, Private Colleges, University of Technology, and Industry competed in 22 skill areas.

Metraclark was a proud sponsor of the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning skills area. The refrigeration and air conditioning participants were tested according to World Skills standards. The task for 2017 was to build a mini Ice Rink using hand and power tools. 


The ice rink to be build was a miniature copy of an existing ice rink in Durban at the Galleria shopping centre.  It consisted of a refrigeration unit which cooled a plate heat exchanger, which on its turn cooled a water glycol mix down to temperature.


The glycol mix was then pumped through a copper plate heat exchanger mounted in a waterbed, which had to be frozen, to make the ice rink.


The heat exchanger had to be manufactured by the candidates out of copper tubing within 3 hours including the pressure testing.


The participants are employed by refrigeration and air conditioning installation contractors, industrial facilities, food wholesalers, engineering firms, retail and service locations. There were 4 Artisans in the finals 2 from Gauteng, 1 from Cape town and 1 for KwaZulu-Natal. It was an exciting competition and amazing to see the interest in so many different skills.


The competition attracted over 3000 high school learners from schools around the KwaZulu-Natal Province. This was a great opportunity to give students access to see the skill and work opportunity they may have after school. 


The overall winner was Tyrone Bunce from  Standard Refrigeration Kwazulu-Natal.


He will be representing South Africa in the world skills competition in Abu Dhabi from the 14/19 October 2017.