• 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.


  • 09 May 2016 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    What you'll need: 

    1. Company Registration Documents

    2. Certified copy of the owners’/directors ID

    3. PIRB registration number for (Individual plumber)

    4. VAT/TAX clearance certificate

    5. Public Liability Insurance Document

    Benefits Infographic.pdf

    Download the Form and Be a part of the Change you wish to see!

    FORM - IOPSA Application Form (March 2016).pdf

  • 04 May 2016 2:58 PM | Anonymous

    There will be a recorded video presentation on CPD and not a webinar.
    you can view this at anytime.


    Webinar (2 CPD points) - will be allocated on completion of survey


      What is CPD?



    View presentation

    Complete CPD survey




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  • 28 Apr 2016 10:32 AM | Anonymous

    Golf Challenge Free State 2016

    • 08 Sep 2016
    • 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Schoeman Park, Bloemfontein

    Institute of Plumbing SA 

    Free State Region Annual Golf Day 

    08 September 2016 

    Schoeman Park – Bloemfontein

    IOPSA Free State invites you to attend our annual golf day. If you want to be part of this fun event please complete this form and e-mail it back to us.

    Format: “Scramble - 2 Scores to Count"

    Gholf uitnodiging.pdf

    Kindly respond via email to  with the above Booking Form.
    We look forward to your positive response
    Tokkie Fraser
    051 430 2994

  • 26 Apr 2016 3:39 PM | Anonymous
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    This handy tool can be found at: or on our Consumer site: here.

  • 25 Apr 2016 3:31 PM | Anonymous


    Plumbers evening (2 CPD points)


      Gauteng plumbers networking & feedback evening 




    IOPSA rebranding
    Continual Professional Development
    Insurance -Code of good practise for Sustainable Plumbing
    Electrical geyser warranties
    SANS product testing and certification
    Plumbing trade test

    How you can contribute to a better plumbing industry

    Lucky draw 
    Mystery Prizes 
    Win your membership free for a year


    Food and drinks 


    Venue: Rivonia Recreation Club

    7 Achter Rd, Sandton, 2191

    Date: 3 May 2016

    Time: 18h00 – 21h00


    Book now for Roadshow - CLICK HERE



    No cost, FREE drinks (T&C's apply)


    Event brought to you by:


    Platinum Members




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  • 25 Apr 2016 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Conference Chairperson

    Professor Mike Muller

    Mike MullerMike Muller is a Commissioner in South Africa’s first National Planning Commission and a Visiting Adjunct Professor at the Wits School of Governance. He currently advises a range of South African and international organisations on water and development issues.

    From 1997 to 2005, he was Director-General of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, where he guided policy and regulatory reform and established a national programme which gave 16 million people access to safe water. During his 40-year career, Mike has managed infrastructure and policy programmes for the DBSA (Development Bank of SA), a development bank, helped reorganise local government and co-founded a successful water and sanitation NGO, the Mvula Trust, during South Africa’s transition to democracy.

    He also ran a city water company for the Government of Mozambique and ran a national sanitation programme there, for which he won a WHO Forum prize for “research which resulted in action”. A registered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the SA Academy of Engineering and the Water Institute of Southern Africa, his career started as a trainee engineer in the London Borough of Lambeth including a six month stint in the drains division. So, at the WPC, he will be returning to his roots.


    Keynote Speakers

    Shayne La Combre

    Shayne La CombreShayne La Combre is the Chief Executive Officer of the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC). PICAC is a unique facility offering world class training – in many cases with facilities without equal anywhere else in the world. Shayne was appointed CEO in December 2012 and a Board Member since February 2011, he has been instrumental in the continuous expansion of the training centre. In 2011 Shayne was elected to the Board of the World Plumbing Council (WPC) and is the Deputy Chair for the 2013 – 2016 term. The WPC is committed to improving the standards of plumbing around the world to give better access to safe drinking water and sanitation to all. Prior to this Shayne was Director of Plumbing at Victoria’s plumbing industry regulator, the Plumbing Industry Commission (now the Victorian Building Authority), a role he held for 7 years.

    Shayne has formerly held the positions of:

    • Chair of the National Plumbing Regulators Forum (NPRF). The NPRF is the peak committee of technical and occupational plumbing regulators in Australia and New Zealand.
    • Chair of the Licensing and Education Advisory Committee of the NPRF. He is currently a Member of the Commonwealth Government, Water Efficiency Labeling and Standards Advisory Group.

    A second-generation plumber, Shayne has extensive plumbing industry experience, having worked for the Gas and Fuel Corporation for 19 years and several privatised gas corporations. His career experience also includes roles with AGL, Standards Australia and Energy Safe Victoria. Shayne holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, in addition to degrees in Business and Law. He has been admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria and Australian Capital Territory.


    Dr. Doulaye Kone

    Dr Doulaye KoneThe first keynote address will be given by Dr. Doulaye Kone of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with the topic: “the human right to water and sanitation, the impact on energy and health, within the framework of the UN resolutions, post 2015, and the roll of regulations for sustainable plumbing as well as the role of plumbing design and installation.” 

    Dr. Koné is currently working as Senior Program Officer, on the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Program (Global Development) at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Dr. Koné has more than 15 years’ experience as water and sanitation specialist in developing countries (excreta and wastewater management). Prior to AfWA, he worked as Senior Programme Officer and Group leader coordinating an international research and development portfolio at Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries (Sandec). Dr. Koné has authored several technical, scientific and policy publications. He has mentored several PhD and MSc students in Africa, Asia and Europe. 

    Dave Viola

    Dave ViolaThe third keynote address will be given by Dave Viola with the topic of: “the effect of global warming on water supply, water recycling and alternative methods for sustainable plumbing, including the impact on the nature of regulations and standard going forward.” Viola is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice-President of Business Strategy at International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials ( IAPMO.)

    His primary responsibilities involve running IAPMO’s Chicago regional office, which includes overseeing:

    • The development of IAPMO publications and customized domestic and international codes;
    • Delivery of IAPMO’s training, education, and personnel certification programmes;
    • Sustainability initiatives, including the development of the Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement, and;
    • ASSE International.

    Prior to joining IAPMO, he served as the technical director for the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute for nine years, where he oversaw all code and standard development, product certification and water efficiency activities.  Before coming to PMI, Viola was the staff secretary for the International Plumbing Code from 1994 until 1998 while working for BOCA International and the International Code Council. Dave also served as the staff secretary for the BOCA National Plumbing Code from 1991 until 1994.

    Sustainable plumbing is not only about products and technology but ensuring the very future of plumbing as a trade of professional people who think smart plumbing and are willing to adapt to the new technology that will be smart plumbing.

    WPC 2016 emphasises the post-2015 UN goals which we will discuss next issue and through these regular updates will show plumbing designers and installers that our keynote speakers will be setting a new and exciting course for plumbing, whilst not forgetting the basic of the trade and professionalism.

  • 22 Apr 2016 2:27 PM | Anonymous

    What is CPD

    Continual Professional Development (CPD) can be defined as the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skills, and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional and technical duties throughout a person’s plumbing career. 

    Who needs to have CPD points

    Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB) is an accredited Professional Body through SAQA. This means that all Qualified Plumbers must be registered with PIRB. As required by SAQA all professional bodies must continually develop individuals registered through CPD activities. Qualified plumbers that register with PIRB are referred to as licensed plumbers. All licensed plumbers require CPD points to maintain annual registration.

    PIRB registration

    Licenced Plumber:

    Persons who applied for this category of registration has passed the relevant plumber trade test as specified in the Manpower training act section 28 or 13 and/or have obtained a plumbing qualification in terms of the Skills Development Act. Persons applied for this category of registration has written and passed the PIRB's Licensed Plumber and is required to have the relevant insurance in place. Only Licensed Plumbers have the right to purchase and issue Plumbing Certificates of Compliance. 

    How to get CPD points

    There are three main areas of activity that you can undertake to obtain your CPD credits from:

    Category 1: Developmental Activities:

    Development CPD Activities are related to a structured educational and developmental meetings, seminars, and training programmes.

    Category 2: Work-based Activities:

    Work-based CPD Activities are related to any work-based related plumbing activities. These activities may include, but not be limited to, learner mentorship programmes and issuing of plumbing certificates of compliance.

    Category 3: Individual Activities:

    As the name implies, individual CPD Activities are related to activities undertaken by each relevant individual. These activities may include, but not be limited to, serving on a voluntary association related to the plumbing and/or building industry, writing a technical article, and/or part-time lecturing/training. 

    All activities must be approved and accredited by the PIRB before a CPD credit(s) may be allocated to the relevant activities and be awarded to the relevant registered person.


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