The meeting was held at Waterways, Randburg.

Patrick Gordon, Steven Fouche, Brendan Reynolds, Jabulile Nkosi, and Steve van Zyl. Image supplied by Plumbing Africa

Patrick Gordon, Steven Fouche, Brendan Reynolds, Jabulile Nkosi, and Steve van Zyl. Image supplied by Plumbing Africa

Vice chairman Patrick Gordon conducted the meeting, and notwithstanding the tough year, provided a positive report on the region’s activities to a very well-attended audience. One important point made was that membership in Gauteng has not decreased, which shows the value of the institute and recognised the work being done by the region.

Waterways went out of their way to provide refreshments and a full meal, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Brendan Reynolds, executive director of IOPSA delivered his usual ‘long brief’ updates. Two critical aspects were:

  1. The CETA-sponsored ARPL fully funded project – critical in that applications must be in by the end of December 2023. So, if one is 19 years or older, has a minimum of three years plumbing experience and a minimum of Grade 9 with Maths and English, move fast to apply. This is a great opportunity to become qualified, but it needs action from individuals. Employers can assist by encouraging their staff falling into the unqualified status to take up this opportunity.
  2. IOPSA has received, to date, 1 005 applications for solar and Heat Pump designation training. Plumbers may use any IOPSA approved training provider. Only qualified plumbers can apply for this designation whilst QCTO completes the new and revised course.

Two plumbers, Hans Fischer and Manfred Schulze of Pipe Cleaning and Drains CC, were recognised for their loyalty to the region. Manfred was unfortunately not present due to ill health, but both were presented with IOPSA recognition certificates and gifts from Rothenberger, Ariston, Calafrica and Advanced Valves. They have been members of the region since 2007 and never missed a meeting since then unless there were circumstances beyond their control, such as illness.

Steven Fouche, owner of Waterways welcomed the guests and explained the role and function of his company in that one side is a showroom area and the other the trade section. Plumbers can bring their clients to the showroom as well as purchasing at the trade counter.

An expression too good to be ignored. Image supplied by Plumbing Africa

An expression too good to be ignored. Image supplied by Plumbing Africa