• 14 Jul 2016 8:05 AM | Anonymous


    Expo Centre Nasrec, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Flush with new business opportunities

    Plumbdrain Africa is one of Interbuild Africa’s most successful co-located shows, offering exhibitors an unrivalled marketing platform and a tangible return on investment. As the only dedicated plumbing, draining, sanitation, water, and sanitaryware exhibition in Africa, this event covers all facets of plumbing, from commercial and industrial to standard domestic plumbing products and services.

    Plumbdrain Africa has a reputation for showcasing the latest innovations in products and services that adopt eco-friendly technologies that help create sustainable changes in the industry. Seminars and workshops educate the audience about new products and solutions in the world of plumbing, as well as insights into new quality standards in the industry and relevant updated legislation.






    Wednesday – 17 August

    Click to Register

    SANS 10254 – Electrical geysers

    Martin Coetzee

    10 am – 11:55 am


    Product – technical talk/demonstration


    12pm – 12.45 pm


    Under counter geyser installation


    12:50pm – 1:35 pm



    Cost of being in business

    Steve Brown

    2pm – 2.55 pm


    Roof structures for solar installations

    ITC-SA Mike Newham

    3:00pm - 3:45pm


    Fire Installations

    Marius Atterbury

    3:50pm - 4:30pm


    Thursday – 18 August

    Click to Register

    Solar Installers trade test preparation

    Nick Joubert

    9am – 11:30 am


    Copper Tubing Africa


    12pm – 1:30 pm


    Hygienic drainage and waste water technology for the Food and Commercial Kitchen sector


    12:50 – 1:35 pm



    Pipe sizing

    Chris Kyle

    2pm – 4:30 pm


    Friday – 19 August

    Click to Register

    6 Steps to formidable business

    Bert Wernick

    9am – 11:30 am


    Product – demonstration

    SA leak detection

    12pm – 12.45 pm


    Product – tool demonstration


    12:50pm – 1:35 pm


    *NB* Sessions subject to change


    Visit the Official Website

    IOPSA | 37 Linksfield road, Dowerglen | 011 4540025 |

  • 07 Jul 2016 3:27 PM | Anonymous

    How to choose the right plumber installer or plumbing company?

    When something goes terribly wrong during a building contract, the problem is most likely the choice you made when you hired an installer.

    If you are planning to hire a plumber or a subcontractor, you need to ask the right questions. This checklist will provide you with all the questions and information you need to make an informed decision when appointing a plumber.


    1. Are you employing a qualified plumber or registered plumbing company?

    A plumber must be qualified in order to carry out plumbing work, or a plumbing company must employ a qualified Plumber. In addition a plumber must be registered with the Plumbing Industries Registration Board (PIRB) to issue a Certificate of Compliance (COC).

    Refer to the links below for industry registration bodies or associations

    2. Is the installer registered with the Plumbing Industries Registration board (PIRB) as well as the company with Institute of Plumbing a voluntary association?

    For plumbing companies to be members of the institute of Plumbing SA they are required to be qualified or employ qualified plumbers which gives consumers recourse. If a plumber is registered with the PIRB there work is inspected by the PIRB inspectorate and non-compliant work must be corrected or installers are deregistered.

    3. Does the Plumbing Company have insurance?

    Businesses that are serious about what they do will have insurance for possible incidents. Insurance cover should include, public liability, product liability, defective workmanship, vehicle and tools. This way, the consumer bears no responsibility for, and is in no way impacted by, the consequences of these incidents and subsequent consequences like delays and costs.

    4. Is the Plumbing Company registered with Companies & Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)?

    All installers, whether operating through a Sole Proprietor, Close Corporation, or Private Company, should be registered with CIPC. In addition, make sure that you have your plumbing business residential addresses as well as their contact details.

    5. How long has the company been operating for?

    This will give you an indication of the company’s stability.

    6. Is the company currently financially stable?

    It does not matter how skilled a plumber may be, if the company is experiencing financial difficulties, the company will likely experience trouble managing the project. This often results in delays, cutting costs, and in some cases, plumbers absconding.

    7. Does the company have references?

    Contacting references for feedback on their experience of the company is recommended. Ask the company for information on the projects they are currently busy with. Visit the project site and speak to the company’s clients.

    8. Did you get referrals from friends and family?

    The best form of marketing is word of mouth, so if someone you know recommends a plumber, they would have had a good experience with them

    9. Has the company’s management team participated in business training?

    Most small companies or installers are tradesman with very little or no business experience. Depending on the size of your project, the more business training and experience the more likely your project will run smoothly.

    10. Have you compiled a shortlist of plumbers and obtained at least three quotes before making your decision?

    Ensure you have given all three plumbers the same information when asking them for quotes. This way, quotes can be accurately compared. Avoid ‘lump sum’ quotes – having a quote breakdown of the various individual items gives you a better basis for comparison.

    11. Do you have a Plumbing contract?

    If you are going to appoint a plumber, ensure that you have a contract that will protect not only the plumber but you as a consumer as well. This will benefit you when managing the project especially if anything goes wrong.


    1. Do not immediately accept the lowest tender

    Make sure that you ask at least two contractors to quote on the work you want done. Compare the tenders to ensure that both contractors have priced all items and then evaluate the tender. Compare all prices against each other to evaluate why one tender is cheaper than the other.

    2. Do not sign any documentation prior to formally awarding the tender

    Do not sign any documentation until you are ready to award the contract.

    3. Request specified tenders

    Request the contractor to specify in his tender, in detail, what materials are to be used and where. This is to avoid disputes later on by preventing either party from taking unilateral decisions.
    Contractors will price some items provisionally. This is generally because they are unsure of the quantities involved or to allow you to choose some other products. Make sure that tenders allow for the same provisional quantities and products.

    4. Do not sign a biased contract

    The Institute of Plumbing sells standard plumbing contracts which protect both parties.
    If a plumber provides his own contract you can be reasonably sure that the wording is biased in his favour.

    5. Read the contract

    It is amazing how many people sign contracts without reading them and being aware of their obligations.

    6. Do not appoint a contractor without checking his references

    Ask for references and check them. Do not do this only by phone, go and see work which was previously carried out. Check whether the quality suits you and find out how the contractor treated his clients before signing.

    7. Do not pay deposits without security

    It is common for contractors to request large deposits up front. One should be wary of such requests and make certain that the contractor provides security against absconding with the money.

    8. Do not pay whenever the contractor requests

    Payments should be scheduled in the contract. Beware of making payments outside of that schedule.
    A record of all payments including deposits, made at any time should be kept and it is advisable to get the contractor to sign for a receipt of each payment.

    9. Keep records

    A full record should be kept of date and time of all decisions reached between yourself and the contractor.
    It is normal for decisions to be taken during the contract to change original specifications.
    Before the contractor implements any changes, make sure he has given a price (the additional cost or the saving) for the change, and be sure that you keep a tally of all additional costs.
    You will be amazed at how quickly these extras can mount up in value and may exceed your ability to pay.

    10. Do not negotiate “in good faith” without documentation

    This refers back to the previous point. All decisions should be in writing and priced and accepted by you before the contractor carries them out.

    11. Do not accept poor workmanship

    If you are unhappy with the quality of any portion of the work, insist that it is rectified immediately and not left for the plasterer or the painter or somebody else.

    Plumbers – Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB),
    Plumbing: Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) consumer website,
    Plumbing: Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) Plumbers website,

  • 05 Jul 2016 4:21 PM | Anonymous

    Western Cape plumbers networking & feedback evening 

    IOPSA Western Cape plumbers’ evening was an enjoyable and educational experience for all. We were inundated with positive feedback and commend all involved for a successful event,

    The Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA)’s Western Cape plumbers’ evening, held at Oakdale Club in Bloemhof on 22 June 2016, was a roaring success.

    The plumbers’ evenings, which are held on a regular basis by IOPSA around South Africa, provide plumbers with the opportunity to socialize with one another and, in this case, listen to those who ‘have been there’.

    Pictured: Tiene Ellis was the Winner of a Fantastic Prize from DPI Plastics along side Herman Louwrens Pictured: Thomas from Euro Aquatech won his Annual Membership FREE! Pictured: Thomas and Herman Louwrens (IOPSA)

    Gentlemen enjoying the Informative Event

    Always great to see Sponsors enjoying the events
    One of our valued sponsors - DPI Plastics, informative stands

    Grundfos ready to engage the masses

    Our Guest Speaker Louise Fourie from Accountability, gave an informative talk on her experience and how you can Protect the future of your business. 

    The evening was most informative highlighting changes in the Industry, protecting the plumber, CPD, re-branding, the insurance forum, the WPC 2016 and adding value to members along with other items.

    Great thanks are extended to our sponsors Marley, DPI Plastics, Heat Tech, Hansgrohe and Grundfos.

    DID YOU KNOW? You can Register for Events online at

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  • 04 Jul 2016 12:55 PM | Anonymous


    IOPSA have worked together with Key Industry players to deliver content relevant to Plumbers and Industry. 

    Visit our Website at
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    Register now to Download your FREE Copy of Winning the Plumbing Battle TODAY!

  • 02 Jun 2016 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    News Flash - GEBERIT Open Day

    Download INVITE

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  • 26 May 2016 10:51 AM | Anonymous

    IOPSA Members Volunteer Program

    We need YOUR help to

    Build and Grow IOPSA

    Get involved in Industry AND

    Earn CPD POINTS!

            For more info visit our Volunteer page now!
    Not a Member? Plumbers and Merchants - To join us Click Here

  • 20 May 2016 1:52 PM | Anonymous

    IOPSA’s Free State plumbers’ evening was an enjoyable and educational experience for all

    The Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA)’s Free State plumbers’ evening, held at Berlesell in Bloemfontein on 18 May 2016, was a roaring success.

    The plumbers’ evenings, which are held on a regular basis by IOPSA around South Africa, provide plumbers with the opportunity to socialize with one another and, in this case, listen to those who ‘have been there’.

    Wentzel de Jongh from Bakgat Plumbers was the Winner of a Fantastic Prize from DPI Plastics. Pictured: Wentzel (Bakgat) and Steve Brown (IOPSA)
    Nico Pretorius from Davico Plumbers won his Annual Membership FREE! Pictured: Nico (Davico) and Steve Brown (IOPSA)
    Ladies and Gentlemen enjoying the Informative Event The gathering of Plumbers at the Waterhole

    Our Guest Speaker Mr Piet Naude, a plumber and business owner gave an informative talk about his experience in the industry.

    The evening was most informative highlighting changes in the Industry, protecting the plumber, CPD, re-branding, the insurance forum, the WPC 2016 and adding value to members along with other items.

    Great thanks are extended to our sponsors Heat Tech, DPI Plastics, Marley and Berlesell. Commendations to Tokkie of IOPSA Free State for her outstanding efforts!

    You can Register for Events online at

  • 17 May 2016 4:15 PM | Anonymous

    To all Regional Chairman, The Committee and loyal members of IOPSA


    May I begin by introducing myself.  My name is Lee Goldie and since 1987 have operated Drips plumbing in Cape Town.  Drips Plumbing is also a founder member of The Institute of Plumbing in S.A. (1988).

    Our Institute is a member of the World Plumbing Council (WPC) and importantly shares close ties with the World Health Organization (WHO).

    South Africa has been offered and accepted the honour of hosting a World Plumbing Council Conference in Cape Town in September 2016.

    Every 3 years this conference is held in major cities around the world attracting the most important and smartest people in our industry. Through workshops and interaction the delegates can pick and choose what is important to their business interests and ultimately to the benefit of your business.

    I have been to 5 conferences over 16 years and have built the foundations of my business on what I bring back from conference.  In addition to those benefits, I have made lifelong friends and forged alliances with like-minded individuals to share information and inspiration for the craft we practise.

    It is for these reasons that I justify the delegate fees (not to mention flights and accommodation!) and the 2 days or more I spend away from my business.

    Having the conference in South Africa is a fantastic opportunity to experience WPC.  IOPSA has put together a world class event, partnering with IMD events to deliver an unforgettable experience.  In addition to speakers and workshops there will be social events topped off by a Gala Dinner sponsored by Dawn Grohe Watertech.  As part of the conference there is an exhibition and skills simulation from the TVET colleges in Cape Town.  An international community plumbing challenge (CPC) will run simultaneously.

    Cape Town has so much to offer our visitors, so come and enjoy the internationally recommended hospitality of this unique city. 

    This is a personal invite to join in this prestigious event.  See you in Cape Town!



    Lee Goldie

    Cell: +2783 500 0580
    Chairman of the Conference Committee WPC 2016

    Click to View WPC 2016 Website

    Alternatively click here for Full delegate Registration

    or for Day/ Session Registration


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  • 17 May 2016 1:17 PM | Anonymous


    Easy 6 Step guide to achieving your CPD points for 2016/2017

    1. Watch ‘What is CPD’ (2 points) – click here
    2. Download app plumber 2 points) – click here
    3. Attend plumbers evening (2 points) – click here
    4. Practical guides to standards (2 points) – click here
    5. Webinar SANS 10254 3 points (3 points) – Available from 1 June 2016
    6. Read Plumbing Africa (4 points) – click here

    15 points no problem

    Don't forget to submit your do CPD form to PIRB by

    31 January 2017 - Click here

    For more info




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  • 09 May 2016 3:25 PM | Anonymous

    IOPSA (Institute of Plumbing South Africa) is the only institute in South Africa that provides a voice for plumbers by representing small and medium sized employers and contractors on a national basis. And, as such, the Institute is producing a pricing guide to help plumbers understand the value of their services.

    Representing the value proposition of the plumber
    The Institute actively engages with and has the support of the plumbing supply chain participants such as manufacturers, merchants and retailers who recognise that the fulfilment of the plumbing supply chain is through the plumbers.

    Why is IOPSA producing an industry pricing guide?
    Challenges facing the plumbing industry have created the need to change the industry and the mind-sets of individuals within it.

    The key challenges, such as a lack of qualified tradesman, development of historically disadvantaged tradesman and the use of non-approved products in the South African environment, have resulted in poor sanitation and infrastructure in South Africa. One of many factors that can be linked to this is the plumber’s lack of understanding of his/her value and how to run a sustainable business.

    In order to gauge the value of a plumber, the following aspects must be taken into consideration:

    Plumbing qualification levels, experience and skills;

    • Standard of living;
    • Cost of being in business;
    • Medical aid and pension funds;
    • Level playing field for all.
    These aspects will act as guidelines for evaluating the value of a plumber, which will help customers understand what they are paying for when they secure the services of a plumber, educate consumers and property owners on the value of plumbers, and increase access to plumbing services for the diverse population of South African consumers.

    IOPSA will be printing 3 000 copies of the pricing guide, which will be available at plumbing merchant stores and retail stories, and will be updated annually.

    Download the information brochure.


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