We will be holding a seminar on Automotive Fuels – please send through abstracts / outlines of possible presentations




Automotive Fuels

10th November 2023

The SAIT will present a hybrid seminar on “Automotive Fuels “, in Johannesburg

The Mannah Executive Guest Lodge & Conference Centre 

39 Pomona Road


Kempton Park

We are inviting interested persons to submit papers for this event. The seminar is intended to bring together all parties interested in this important and topical subject.

The SAIT will present a hybrid seminar on “Automotive fuels“.  We are inviting interested persons to submit papers / presentations for this event.  The seminar is intended to bring together all parties interested in this important and topical subject.

Engine technology is constantly changing and will continue to change in the future.  The energy fuelling the engine has also changed over the years, as has how it should be stored, handled and how it interacts with the fuel distribution and vehicle fuel system.

Awareness in this area is of critical importance to ensure that the engines achieve optimum efficiency and durability as possible.  A thorough understanding of the specifications, performance, handling, additives and lessons learnt from failures will help guide end users in this regards.

Guidelines for Speakers:

Authors are invited to submit presentations / case study material on topics that are informative and current. The following subjects are a guideline only for the day’s programme. Any other suggestions, ideas or topics that could be associated with the subject, will be welcome:

  • Specifications
  • Legislation
  • Storage and handling
  • Engine Technology
  • Root cause analysis
  • Fuel cleanliness
  • Monitoring
  • Market overview
  • Quality
  • Requirements for the African market
  • Energy efficiency

We would like to see presentation from End-users, Lubricant marketers / manufacturers, OEM’s, additive companies and related industries.

Please send a brief synopsis, and short title, of your proposed presentation or case study for approval, maximum 500 words, to the SAIT, email by the 20th October.

We would like to circulate the programme to a large target market to ensure a good attendance. Please include title, authors and affiliation, and your contact details.

The seminar is not a selling platform. Product promotional material or sales orientated videos should be limited and used to provide only technical aspects.

For any enquires regarding the technical nature of the seminar please contact John at, and for general enquires please contact Jo-anne at 011 804-3710 or

Technical meetings



SAIT | The accumulated cost of Lubrication Losses

The accumulated cost of Lubrication Losses

Taking Charge: The accumulated cost of Lubrication Losses

By Dave Acott

Wednesday 16th August 2023 at 17:00

Join us for an exclusive webinar where we will delve into the untapped potential of car and truck fleet management. Discover how to optimize your operations by leveraging critical data and implementing effective strategies. Here are the key points we will address: 𝗨𝗻𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗛𝗶𝗱𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀:

Many car and truck fleets overlook a crucial aspect—measuring and utilizing oil and grease consumption data to create valuable comparative benchmarks. We will explore how harnessing this information can lead to enhanced performance and operational efficiency.

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴: Oil and grease consumption are intrinsically linked to condition monitoring. Learn how to leverage condition monitoring techniques to detect issues early, prevent breakdowns, and optimize maintenance schedules, ultimately reducing costs and enhancing the lifespan of your fleet.

𝗕𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗙𝗿𝗮𝘂𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗳𝘁: The escalating price of oil and grease has given rise to increased instances of fraud and theft. Discover effective strategies and technologies to safeguard your valuable resources, ensuring the integrity of your operations and minimizing losses.

𝗨𝗻𝗺𝗮𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗛𝗶𝗱𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗲𝘀: Cost leaks and excessive engine wear often go unnoticed within general servicing routines. We will introduce an innovative oil leak cost calculator that sheds light on these hidden expenses, enabling you to take proactive measures and optimize your fleet’s performance.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Jo-anne at

register here


A number of different training courses are provided, including:


  • 5 day Lubrication Engineering
  • 1 day introduction to Lubrication Engineering
  • 1 day introduction to Wear of Materials
  • CLS
  • in-house courses can also be offered


The SAIT offers four annual awards to deserving recipients

The Louw Alberts Award
This award of a floating trophy is presented, at the discretion of the SAIT Executive Committee, for an exceptional contribution towards tribology. It is not always awarded, but is dependent on the availability of a worthy recipient.
Precipitants (as a window)

Best Technical Achievement Award
This annual award consists of a trophy and prize cheque for the best technical achievement in the field of tribology. Entrants are required to submit a case study for consideration.

Best Technical Presentation
Awarded annually for the best technical presentation given at SAIT technical meetings, seminars and conferences.
SAIT Student Award
An annual competition for undergraduate and postgraduate students, for their research work and achievements in the field of tribology.



The 39th Annual General Meeting of the Southern African Institute of Tribology was held remotely on Wednesday 12 July 2023. 

The Presidents report was given by John Fitton and can be read here.

The 2023/2024 Executive Committee was announced, in alphabetical order:

David Beard
Dave Gamble
Henco Booysen

Jacques de Klerk
Jan-Daniel Cruywagen
John Fitton
Martin van Rooyen
Nico Burger
Patrick Swan

Portfolios will be allocated at the first meeting of the Committee in August.