In keeping with the growth that the plumbing industry is experiencing, the new Kasi 2 Kasi Plumbing Association (K2KPA) and Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) have elected to work together.

Thabo and Brendan getting ready to sign the memorandum of understanding. Image supplied by Rory Macnamara | Plumbing Africa

Thabo and Brendan getting ready to sign the memorandum of understanding. Image supplied by Rory Macnamara | Plumbing Africa

Several plumbing bodies have been formed to cater for the differing needs of the diverse industry. This includes IOPSA since 1989, followed by the formation of the Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB), which was formed to register, inspect and audit registered plumbers. Next was the South African Women in Plumbing and Trades (SAWIPT) and cooperation with the Plumbing Business Forum. A more recent body is the Inclusive Plumbers Association (IPA).

At the signing it was discussed that there was a need for one body – possibly a Federation of Plumbing. It was decided that this a discussion to be had in the future, as the different bodies are at different stages of development.

The main issues were training and enforcement which were failing in most municipalities, and the need to deal with corporates such as banks, insurance and developers was essential. Thabo, in his brief talk on K2K PA, emphasised training and upskilling. (Read the full interview in the October issue of Plumbing Africa).

The group representing all the bodies.Image supplied by Rory Macnamara | Plumbing Africa

The group representing all the bodies.Image supplied by Rory Macnamara | Plumbing Africa