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User Guide to Stainless Steel Maintenance

A User Guide to Stainless Steel Maintenance by SASSDA

Maintenance and cleaning of stainless steel extends its lifespan. Read this manual issued by SASSDA to read correct methods of maintenance. The South African Stainless Steel Development Association offers technical support and information for suppliers and users of stainless steel products. Tensile Cables’s cables and cable fittings are made from Marine Grade 316 stainless steel. The […]

Can Austenitic stainless steels be magnetic?

Can Austenitic stainless steels (like Marine Grade 316) be magnetic?

The answer is yes. And this is not an indication of the integrity of the product or whether it is susceptible to corrosion. According to SASSDA (Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association) the following is true of Austenitic stainless steels: Yes, Austenitic stainless steels (types 304, 316 etc), are generally non-magnetic in the fully annealed […]

Suspended Stainless Steel Staircase

Suspended Staircase by GL Welding

Tensile Cables supplied the cables for this unique suspended staircase in collaboration with GL Welding and Next Level Balustrading. Cables offer an aesthetically pleasing solution that is also structurally sound for tight spaces where traditional structural and balustrading solutions would impose on the space. Instead the stairwell remains open and well lit connecting the below […]


Epicurious Garden in South Bank, Australia

At the Epicurious Garden in South Bank in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, creative solutions have been used in this edible community garden through trellises including a green wall statement signage piece with tensile cables. An ‘epicure’ is by definition “a person who takes particular pleasure in fine food and drink”, and this community garden is “part […]

Cables provide a minimalist solution for an outdoor space in Constantia

Tensile Cables supplied the cables for a pergola and handrail solution to finish a patio at a home in Constantia, Cape Town. Accura Construction Solutions worked in conjunction with Joe De Villiers Architects to negotiate with the owner on a minimalist solution to both the shading of the patio and to meet council requirements on […]

Cable House

The Cable House by Tom Robertson Architects

Tom Robertson Architects were responsible for the minimalist beauty that is the Cable House in Port Melbourne, Vic, Australia. The home was designed with paired back materials for simplicity. This perfectly suited the introduction of cables for structural and aesthetic solutions in various parts of the house. The cables also allowed for more greenery despite the […]

Photo story: Suspended Staircase in Midrand

Tensile Cables was commissioned by A & D General Services to supply the stainless steel cables to suspend a two flight staircase at the Cummins Southern Africa Regional Offices (CSARO) in Midrand. While other solutions were attempted to secure the staircase from a structural point of view, cables offered a more aesthetically pleasing solutions to secure […]

AfrisamSAIA 2017/2018

Sustainable Architecture awarded at AfriSam-SAIA

Image courtesy of Visi The winners of the 2017/2018 AfriSam-SAIA (South African Institute of Architects) Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation were announced at the end of October. Take a look at some of the incredible designs sensitive to the human – environment relationship, winners in the Sustainable Architecture category. House Burnett Prinsloo by architect […]


Pergolas: Tokai Estate is ready for the festive season!

Tokai Estate’s pergolas have been finished in time for the festive season. The steel beams have been painted and the greenery planted in the planters ready to grow along the stainless steel cables to the pergolas above. Take a look at the pergolas in the photo story below. For more information on our pergolas and […]


Obscourt: Eco-friendly sustainability

Tensile Cables was commissioned by Hortcourture Landscape Architecture & Planning to supply cables and fittings for uniquely designed cables trellises at the new development in Observatory – Obscourt. The Obscourt apartments offer an all round student accommodation including private gym and heated roof top swimming pool & braai facilities. It is ideally situated to service the […]

A pergola in Tokai Estate’s courtyard

Tensile Cables has supplied the cables for a large pergola in Tokai Estate’s outdoor courtyard. Tokai Estate is a luxurious retirement village in the Western Cape. It boasts breathtaking views of Constantiaberg, Silvermine Nature Reserve and Table Mountain and is a first-class healthcare facility with top security, entertainment and cultural enrichment. It has five different […]

Tea Cup Chandelier

A Suspended Tea Cup Chandelier

Last month we posted about the ingenuous roof structure over La Motte restaurant’s outdoor courtyard. This month we take a look inside at this playful and creative tea cup chandelier – tea cups and saucers suspended with cables. Each piece of china is individually suspended from the circular base of LED lights by a stainless […]

balustrade system

Balustrade System 11 – Swaged socket to swaged socket terminating into concrete

One of the balustrade systems that Tensile Cables offers is a swaged socket to swaged socket terminating into concrete. This system is suitable when there is no access behind the post. It is specifically useful when there isn’t space for a post for the balustrade to terminate into, or aesthetically it is better for it to […]

La Motte

A tree for a mast at La Motte Winery

Tensile Cables’s sister company, Tension Structures was approached by Malherbe & Rust Architects when La Motte winery was looking for a canopy over their outside seating area at their restaurant. Having designed stunning wine estate structures with the architects before, a creative solution was found to compliment the perfect setting and century old oak trees. Using tensile […]

New Urban Park at the V&A Waterfront in October

Due to be completed in October is a new and vast urban park at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. The aim of the park is to better connect the city with the sea through a series of pedestrian routes, including one alongside the canal. It is named ‘Battery Park’ after the historical Amsterdam Battery around […]

Why use an Adjustable Toggle Fork?

Tensile Cables offers a range of rod systems which are ideal for roof trusses, structural supports, and bracing. The benefit of these systems lies in the galvanised steel rod that has higher stiffness than the equivalent size cable. One of the system products offered is an adjustable toggle fork with a right hand thread on […]

The Race to Zero GBCSA

The Race to Zero – Green Building Convention 2018

The 11th Annual Green Building Convention will be taking place from the 3 – 5 Oct 2018 at the Century City Convention Centre in Cape Town. This year the convention theme is: THE RACE TO ZERO. There will be a focus on buildings that achieve net zero carbon emissions, as well as building with net-zero water, […]

Gordon's Bay Mall

Photostory: Gordon’s Bay Mall Trellis

Take a look at our trellises up on the wall at the new Gordon’s Bay Mall. They’re a perfect solution to make large blank walls in a shopping mall or business park more aesthetically pleasing. And they protect the walls as well. Green walls are deterrents for graffiti artists, they shield walls from the elements […]

A green pool

A green pool in Constantia

The large pool in a Constantia house was finding little use after the departure of family, and the cost of maintenance was becoming exorbitant. With Cape Town running out of water some lateral thought was needed – a borehole and a green pool which formed the reservoir for the garden water supply was the simple […]

whale coast mall

Trellises at the Shoprite Entrance at Whale Coast Mall

Tensile Cables was approached by Isipani Construction and Bentel Associates International to supply trellising for a feature wall at the new Whale Coast Mall in Hermanus. Bentel Associates International developed the design concept supplied by JL Design, and detailed a trellis to soften a screen wall for a loading bay at the Shoprite entrance. After consideration was […]