I am often asked the question by members and non members, “What does IOPSA do for me?” The same, I am sure is asked of all the Regional Chairmen.
In relation to a plumbing system, for example, one sees the finished product but most of the work is unseen – either chased in walls or underground. For me, the same applies to IOPSA and all the regions. Most of what is done by our Executive committee and Regional Executive members is unseen, however, be rest assured that we are moving forward and knocking and opening new doors to add value to our members as well as the general public.
As we all know, a deal is not a deal until all relevant documents have been signed and sealed. In the past, IOPSA have been promised many things, but alas have not come to fruition and when this occurs, we find ourselves placed in a somewhat awkward position, so it is with caution that we only announce projects once sealed and delivered.
It therefore gives me great pleasure to confirm that IOPSA will be bidding for the 2016 World Plumbing Conference to be hosted in the city of Cape Town.
The Bid Committee Consisting of Rory Macnamara (Plumbing Africa), Lee Goldie (IOPSA Vice President) and Steve Brown (IOPSA Operations Manager) will be presenting our bid at the World Plumbing Conference to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland in early September. I wish them well and look forward to a positive outcome. This will add huge value to the IOPSA and a stepping stone into Africa.
On a recent road show to the Southern Cape with Steve Brown, our mandate was to re-establish the Southern Cape region. Meetings were held in George, Knysna and Mossel Bay.
We were able to promote IOPSA and our mandate was achieved. Marius Van Wyk was elected Regional Chairman of the Southern Cape.
We were extended an Invitation to address the local management inspectors and a very fruitful and positive meeting was held in Mossel Bay, we have some work to do in order to assist with the Implementation of PIRB Registration.
Regional coordinators were also confirmed for the Knysna and George areas. Our intentions are to return mid August to finalize discussions with local authorities.
Another project which has been on the cards for over a year is a joint venture between IOPSA, Nissan South Africa and Data centre Durban, as well as CMG Group. The confirmation of the deal was launched at the IOP KZN Mike Drake Memorial Golf Day. The deal structured by Steve Brown, IOPSA Operations manager and Melanie Manson, Key Projects – Datcentre Durban.
Various Directors of Nissan South Africa addressed a captive Audience. IOPSA can be proud that Nissan South Africa have seen the value in IOPSA and the added benefits which will be provided to our Members as well as the financial backing of Nissan South Africa to IOPSA.
Steve Brown has been in discussions with the Richards Bay Local Authorities and concluded a project to ensure that all plumbers operating within their Region, must be Registered with the PIRB and only PIRB Certificate of Conformance’s will be accepted. Two of the Local Inspectors will be sent for training through the PIRB Training workshop being held on the 6th and 7th August.
As can be seen the progress that IOPSA is making and these examples of projects that have come to pass is through sheer tenacity and commitment by all concerned to ensure upliftment of standards and creating awareness of IOPSA.
In closing, when next are you asked what does IOPSA do for you? The answer is quite clear, looking after the health of the nation and adding value to you and your business.