By Janine Peters – staff writer
The Western Cape branch of the Institute Of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) held its annual general meeting (AGM) at the River Club Observatory on 9 May.
Acting Chairperson, Larry Berger, opened the meeting by welcoming all attendees and extending great gratitude to On Tap Plumbing and Bathrooms for sponsoring the meeting. Berger announced that he would be stepping down as acting chairperson after serving two consecutive terms to all in attendance. Berger added that he sees this as the ideal time for someone new to take up the position and share their knowledge and skills.
Even though Berger is stepping down as chairperson, he will remain part of the executive committee to help assist the new chairperson. Berger played a vital role assisting with the promulgating of the City of Cape Town’s plumbing Certificate of Compliance (COC) water bylaw. During Berger’s time as chairperson, he joined the World Plumbing Conference (WPC) bid committee in Scotland and was present when results were released. South Africa will be hosting the WPC 2016 conference.
Two milestones in the plumbing industry which occurred during Berger’s chairmanship include:
- Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB) certificate becoming compulsory for solar installations if claiming rebate; and
- PIRB certificates becoming compulsory for heat-pump installations if claiming rebate.
Berger has been an invaluable asset to the committee as a whole through his exceptional knowledge of the industry and experience.
Herman Louwrens, who is set to take over as new acting chairperson emphasised the importance of defining terms and conditions to customers to lessen confusion between both parties. Louwrens briefly discussed the COC and the ramifications customers may face, as well as SANS 10254.
In addition, the Western Cape branch bids farewell to executive member, Dale Erasmus, and wishes Berger all the best.