• 24 Apr 2017 12:17 PM | Anonymous

    Mark joins the IOPSA team as the National Technical Manager with over 11 years’ experience within the plumbing industry. Coming from a long line of family within the construction and plumbing industry Mark followed in his families’ footsteps.

    Before coming to IOPSA, Mark worked for MNK Projects where he worked as a site agent and plumbing department manager in the commercial development division.

    Mark is a qualified plumber and registered gas installer.

    Mark is responsible for technical reports, complaints, inspections and members’ technical assistance.  He also sits on the SABS Committees on behalf of IOPSA, the IOPSA National Executive board as well as being a PIRB inspector.

    In his free time, Mark enjoys spending time with his family and 2 month old son. Mark is also a HUGE Lions Rugby team supporter. 

  • 24 Apr 2017 12:11 PM | Anonymous

    Every day 6,000 children die of water-related diseases. Waterborne disease is a worldwide leading killer. How to avoid tragedy and protect your family by understanding what causes, injury, health issues and even death in your home.

    Finding a reputable and credible plumber, who adheres to the regulations & bylaws can be an arduous and stressful process; often through trial and error – which is an expensive exercise. It is essential for plumbers to be reliable, efficient and to deliver.

    The Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) is a voluntary national body that provides a platform for qualified accredited plumbers. They advise on the practice and principles within the plumbing industry and regularly consult and liaise with governmental and regulatory bodies on matters affecting the plumbing industry.

    IOPSA members employ professional plumbers registered with the Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB) and are experts in their field, having met IOPSA requirements.

    The fact is, it is law that any person working on any plumbing within your property must be trained (as a qualified plumber), or work under the adequate supervision of a trained plumber. An unqualified individual practising plumbing is doing so unlawfully.

    Typical problems that arise when using unqualified plumbers can include leaks, bad smells from drains and pipes, flooding, damp, mould and poor water pressure. Other more serious issues can include contamination of clean drinking water, the breeding of disease, scalding and burns, and even explosions.

    Using an unqualified plumber can lead to additional costs to find the problem, fix it, repair the damage, and replace finishes; it may even lead to injury or even death.  

    Using IOPSA plumbing companies gives a consumer peace of mind, technical support, rates guidelines and most importantly recourse. IOPSA members ensure accountability, quality service, required insurances, community growth and reliable results. So if you as a consumer believe that a member has not delivered a service or product agreed upon, then you can approach IOPSA to intervene and facilitate a suitable solution.

    IOPSA also supports the development of individuals to become qualified plumbers and entrepreneurs.

    IOPSA encourages consumers to make use of their online platform to find a local IOPSA member for their next plumbing endeavour. For more information or a list of qualified accredited plumbing companies in your area visit our website. or contact Kaela on 08610 PLUMBER (75862).

    “Qualified plumbers reduce the risk of poor sanitation and disease more than any other trade in the world.” Quoted by IOPSA executive director Gary Macnamara.        

  • 29 Mar 2017 12:41 PM | Anonymous

    The Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) sets out to achieve the best for the plumbing industry, and strives to share the rules and regulations in a simplified and straightforward manner.

    IOPSA is proud to announce that the Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company (FEM) has approved a much-needed grant which will allow IOPSA to engage the services of a Health and Safety Officer, who is an expert in their field. The position will carry great

    responsibility and the person will have an extensive knowledge in this field. With an in-house Health and Safety Office, IOPSA will be able to provide occupational health and safety training and advice to members.

    FEM was established as a mutual insurer in 1936 and, on the introduction of the Workmen's Compensation Act 1941, was granted a licence to continue to transact workmen's compensation insurance for the building industry. Its business operations are essentially confined to the insurance of employers against their liabilities under the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 1993.

    The IOPSA Health and Safety Officer will advise and guide the members and other stakeholders in the plumbing industry on the implementation of, and compliance with, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), including, but not limited to:

    •          Convening regular health and safety-related meetings
    •          Informing members of any health and safety-related issues   which arise from their working environment
    •          Ensuring the appointment of the requisite number of health and safety representatives on its committees
    •          Informing members and other stakeholders or any other persons or entities as requested by FEM, in the plumbing industry, of amendments to the OHSA
    •          Arranging, developing, and conducting forums, workshops, and  training sessions on health and safety-related topics and developments

    •          Publish articles, newsletters and/or publications containing OHSA and additional health and safety-related information received from FEM

    IOPSA hopes that with this valued Grant from FEM, having an expert in the field will alleviate some of the frustrations caused by the lack of knowledge on health and safety.

     “The presence of having a specialist working with IOPSA, we believe, will improve the industry tremendously and assist with one-on-one as well as one-to-many communication. In time, the plumbing industry will benefit organically,” enthuses Gary Macnamara from IOPSA.

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  • 16 Mar 2017 8:08 AM | Anonymous

    There have been a number of changes that have been made to the areas of compliance related to SANS 10254; the installation, replacement and maintenance of a geyser as at 2001 when SANS 10254 became a regulation & amendments to safety in 2004. These changes have often resulted in confusion and misinterpretation of this specific regulation.

    To help reduce non-compliance within the plumbing industry, The Institute of Plumbing SA (IOPSA), in association with the Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB), has broken down and simplified the critical areas of the regulation to ensure that the standard can be easily understood.

    This is freely available on the IOPSA website and has been designed to alleviate some of the confusion that could result in safety hazards as it provides a practical guideline in the form of a compliance table.

    Compliance to SANS 10254 affects all manufactures, suppliers, merchants, retailers, installers & the entire value chain.

    For ease of use, the compliance table is split up into different sections:

    •          Table A: The installation of a new geyser
    •          Table B: The replacement of a geyser
    •          Table C: The repairs and maintenance of a geyser

    The compliance table will give guidance to the PIRB Auditors, when an audit is undertaken, to cover all the above sections. It is further noted that if the minimum compliance is not met on any of the installation, replacement or repair, the licensed plumber will be issued a PIRB rectification notice.

    The critical compliance table must be read in conjunction with SANS 10254 and the IOPSA notice of non-compliance that specifies all areas of compliance. It is further noted that as required by the regulation an installer must issue the building owner with a notice of non-compliance, if any existing items do not meet the regulations.

     These documents can be found and are available for download from the IOPSA website at For more information, contact Kaela on 08610 PLUMBER

    Gary Macnamara emphasized “All requirements of SANS 10254 must be met at all times, these tables just highlight the most critical areas of compliance”

  • 15 Mar 2017 1:53 PM | Anonymous

    Taking into consideration the lack of competent skills within the plumbing industry, the Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) has created an online portal for members to facilitate access to specific competent skills within the sector.

    The purpose of this portal is to both help applicants to find jobs, and aid employers in their quest to locate ideal candidates. The IOPSA job portal offers a broad range of jobs in the plumbing field, for every sector within the industry; providing a scope for junior and senior roles and individuals with a variety of qualifications and skills.  

    For the employer:

    •          Employers on the portal can post an available job position on the job portal, providing a detailed description of the job. Employers are also given the option of finding a C.V within the C.V search, to find the right candidate for the job.
    •          The intuitive search function enables employers to search for candidates whose CVs have been uploaded.

    For the job seeker:

    •          The portal allows job seekers to explore the vacancy opportunities on the portal, using keywords to match their desired title, with the option of selecting the area in which they are looking to work. Should a job on the portal matching this description be available, the applicant will be able to apply online immediately. If a job seeker is looking for a specific company to work for, the portal offers a list of selected companies that, when clicked, will show the available positions inside that company.
    •          Within the portal is a function to upload CVs for potential employers to peruse. The availability of a C.V on the portal will increase the chance of being contacted for a job.

    The IOPSA job portal has been designed to support the industry and its members to find employment and the right employees for the positions available. It is the first specialised online job portal tool for the plumbing industry. The portal is a means to connect job seekers with potential employers.

    Gary Macnamara indicated “The first plumbing industry specific job recruitment portal free to all members. An easy to use portal for both employers looking for skills and individuals looking for employment in the plumbing industry”

    • If you, as an employer, would like to list your company, contact Kaela on 011 454 0025, or email her on

  • 15 Mar 2017 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    Understanding plumbing pricing principles has been identified as a critical factor in failure or success. The Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) is a leading industry support body which focuses on advising, protecting, and promoting its members; and are often asked to assist or even mediate on pricing. Due to a lack of information, many members in the plumbing sector are undervaluing their services, because they simply don’t know how to calculate their fees, labour or bill of quantities. IOPSA is proud to announce that it has published an in-depth 2016/2017 Plumbing Industry Pricing Guideline.

    What to expect in this guide:

    • ·      Legislation, regulations and standards
    • ·      Principles of maintenance rates
    • ·      Per point installation principles
    • ·      Bill of Quantities principles and exclusions
    • ·      Principles of Preliminaries & General

    Within this framework, members can make informed decisions on how to calculate their pricing, taking into account their local requirements, pricing and availability. It is available to the industry, and invaluable to plumbers, suppliers, manufacturers, professional specifiers and building and drainage authorities. The aim of this guideline is to create awareness of these principles of pricing and items included or excluded from costing a plumbing job.

    Along with an in-depth look at the legislation, regulations and standards that govern the plumbing industry, the guide takes a detailed look at the principles of maintenance rates; primarily based on time, travel, and the cost of being in business, with separated hourly service rates and call out rates.


    IOPSA’s Pricing Guideline also covers construction rates: defines plumbing designation levels, employee benefits to accurately calculated labour rates, nationally and regionally. There is a detailed per point section which provides a comprehensive breakdown of pricing per component, giving plumbers a base to work off when planning the pricing of an installation or project.


    The Institute has sourced plumbing principals, items, quantities, labour and product pricing to compile a Bill of Quantities (BoQ) and per point framework. This framework was distributed to plumbing industry merchants to submit retail pricing. An average of these received prices has been published in this guide and will be updated annually.



    Gary Macnamara, Executive Director of IOPSA, stated “The Plumbing Industry Pricing Guide is exactly that; a guide. Users must ensure they continue to do their own research on pricing at their local manufacturers/merchants at the time of quoting/tendering”.


     “It is strongly advised to refer to SANS (South African National Standards) standards for product performance and installation requirements”, he continued.


    IOPSA extends its gratitude to the maintenance and construction working groups and volunteers for their valuable input and contributions to the 2016/2017 Plumbing Industry Pricing Guide.

    IOPSA’s Plumbing Industry Pricing Guide is available online at: To become an IOPSA member, please visit

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  • 11 Jan 2017 12:02 PM | Anonymous

    The ACO Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of Rofo Engineering, a leading manufacturer and supplier of stainless steel drainage systems and grease traps in South Africa.

    The ACO Group is the world market leader in drainage technology. With its integrated approach, ACO stands for professional drainage, efficient cleaning, and the controlled discharge or reuse of water.

    Products include drainage channels and floor drains, oil and grease separators, manhole covers, roof drainage systems and stainless steel pipes.

    The family-owned company headquartered in Rendsburg/Büdelsdorf, Germany, was founded in 1946. The major innovation strength of the ACO Group is built on intense research and development, and its technical expertise in processing polymer concrete, plastic, cast iron, stainless steel and reinforced concrete.

    ACO has a presence in over 40 countries, with a total of 30 production sites on all continents, with a global workforce of 4,200, the company generated sales of Euro 705 million in 2015.

    Rofo Engineering has a history of more than 30 years of successful presence in the Southern African market. Well established and specialized in designing and manufacturing in stainless steel and grease traps, Rofo offers an intimate knowledge, experience and understanding of stainless steel fabrication.

    Rofo Engineering will continue to offer designing, manufacturing and distribution of high quality products to its customers.

    The former owner of Rofo Engineering cc, Mr. Jovo Bardak, will continue to work as Operations Director of Rofo Engineering (Pty) Ltd.

    ACO Systems and Rofo Engineering will gladly assist you with any technical or commercial query, more information about our products are on our websites and

  • 15 Nov 2016 8:20 AM | Anonymous

    The Components and tools used in a Domestic Solar Water Heating installation

    (Module 3 of 10)

    Join us for this unique 1 hour webinar proudly bought to you by IOPSA, aims to give you a better understanding and insight into South African solar geyser installations.

    In this webinar, we will be learning:

    1. Product certification; 
    2. The valves used in the Geyser installation; 
    3. Types of Geysers, 
    4. Warranty and guarantees and more

    This course carries a1 PIRB continuous professional development (CPD) point allocation,subject to completing the course and undertaking an online assessment. 

    How the webinars works - click here!



    The Dynamics of Heated Water with reference to a Solar Water Heating System (Module 3 of 10)



    15 November 2016

    7:30 PM (GMT +2:00)

    DURATION: 60 Minutes

    COST: R50.00

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