The night of September 21st, 2023, was a night covered in elegance and celebration as the Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) hosted its prestigious Annual Plumbing Industry Awards at the magnificent Indaba Hotel. This evening was dedicated to honoring excellence, innovation, and outstanding achievements within the plumbing industry, paying tribute to those who have propelled the industry to new heights.
Kethiwe and Xolani: The Masters of Ceremonies
The evening began with a spirited welcome from our two charismatic MC’s, Kethiwe and Xolani. These young compliance auditors and qualified plumbers for IOPSA set the stage for an evening filled with excitement, camaraderie, and the recognition of exceptional contributions to the plumbing industry.
Ubuntu: The Unity of the Industry
Sello Mokawane, Vice President of IOPSA, delivered an inspiring address on the true essence of unity within the industry, embodying the spirit of Ubuntu. He reminded us that when we stand together as one, in all our diversity, the plumbing industry becomes an unbreakable force for good.
Resilience in the Face of Adversity
Brendan Reynolds took the stage to highlight the indomitable spirit of South Africans and the plumbing industry. In recent years, our nation has faced numerous challenges, from floods and droughts to the COVID-19 pandemic and riots. Despite these trials, both our nation and industry have emerged stronger and more resilient. Brendan's words of encouragement paved the way for the exciting awards ceremony that followed.
Recognition Awards: Honoring Lifelong Dedication
The evening's first set of awards, the Recognition Awards, were presented to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated unwavering dedication to the plumbing industry. Berlesell and Kreishandwerkerschaft were recognized for their steadfast commitment to the plumbing profession. Additionally, Michelle van Rensburg, Nick Joubert, and Kurt Vermaak were honored for their decades of service.
Kwa-Zulu Natal: Region of the Year
A moment of pride and celebration occurred as Kwa-Zulu Natal was named the Region of the Year for the second consecutive year. This achievement underscores the region's dedication, hard work and continuous commitment to their members and the industry.
Auditor of Excellence: Ushen Parsuram
The Auditor of the Year award was bestowed upon Ushen Parsuram, whose diligence and expertise have contributed significantly to maintaining the industry's integrity and compliance standards.
Feast for the Senses
During a delightful interlude, attendees were treated to a sumptuous buffet dinner, offering a delectable array of culinary delights. This break provided a perfect opportunity for networking and connecting with fellow industry professionals.
Champions of Education and Skill Development
The awards continued with categories that recognize the champions of education and skill development within the plumbing industry:
- Training Provider of the Year: Flavius Mareka TVET College, a two-time winner for their consistent dedication to nurturing the next generation of plumbers.
- Apprentice of the Year: Mbali Buthelezi from Umfolozi TVET College and Chapman Plumbing , exemplifying dedication and excellence among aspiring plumbers.
Industry Excellence Across Sectors
The awards ceremony continued to spotlight excellence across various sectors within the plumbing industry:
- Retailer of the Year: Plumblink
- Importer of the Year: Harscan Distributors.
- Manufacturer of the Year: Advanced Valves
- Plumbing Company of the Year
- Industry Lady of the Year: Lesley Jearey, whose remarkable contributions to the industry were celebrated, even though she couldn't join us at the event.
Gratitude and Acknowledgment
The IOPSA Annual Plumbing Industry Awards 2023 would not have been possible without the steadfast support of the plumbing industry and our generous sponsors. We extend heartfelt gratitude to all those who contributed to making this event a resounding success.
- Evo Valves
- Harscan Distributors
- Builders Warehouse
- Umfolozi TVET
- Allan Gray
- Maluti TVET College
- Afriplumb Projects
The IOPSA Annual Plumbing Industry Awards 2023 was an evening to cherish, where the plumbing community came together to celebrate its finest and set new standards for excellence. As we reflect on this remarkable event, we eagerly anticipate another year of growth, innovation, and unity within the plumbing industry. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees who continue to inspire us with their unwavering dedication and passion