• 08 Nov 2016 11:35 AM | Anonymous


    KwaZulu Natal plumbers Morning

    Venue: AquaTap Richards Bay

    Date: 16 November 2016
    Time: 07h00 – 09h00

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  • 08 Nov 2016 8:10 AM | Anonymous

    Below a list of upcoming webinars to improve your technical and business Knowledge. You can also earn PIRB CPD points for category 1

    Select the course you are interested in BELOW

    1. The Dynamics of Heated Water with reference to a Solar Water Heating System (Module 2) - 8 Nov 2016

    R 50 sign up now! - Tues 8 Nov 2016

    2. Introduction to the New Era of the South African Plumbing Sector

    FREE sign up now! - Wed 9 Nov 2016

    3. Heat tech's Demystifying SANS 10254: The function of the Vacuum Breaker in the Hot Water Heater Installation (Part 4 of 8)

    R 50 sign up now! - Thur 10 Nov 2016


    How the webinars works - click here!

    VIEW full calendar

    Articulate It
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  • 02 Nov 2016 2:24 PM | Anonymous

    Below a list of upcoming webinars to improve your technical and business Knowledge. You can also earn PIRB CPD points for category 1

    Select the course you are interested in BELOW

    1. Introduction to Heat pumps & Installations (module 1 of 7) - 31 Oct 2016

    R 99 sign up now! - 31 Oct 2016

    2. PLUMBLINKS: Introduction to YOUR cost of being in business - 2 Nov 2016

    R 99 sign up now! - 2 Nov 2016

    3. Introduction to Solar Water Heating and Solar Installations (Part 1 of 10) - 2 Nov 2016

    R 99 sign up now! - 2 Nov 2016

    4. The 6 Steps to Formidable Business - Module 1 of 3 - 12 Nov 2016

    R 99 sign up now! - 12 Nov 2016


    How the webinars works - click here!

    VIEW full calendar

    Articulate It
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  • 31 Oct 2016 9:52 AM | Anonymous



    Possible stories:

    -          What it takes to make a toilet (tour of the factory that makes toilets)

    -          What difference is made by toilets in our lives

    -          How poor sanitation affects us (at work, school, home) affects attendance at work or school

    -          Profiling a person who makes toilets for a living

    -          How water restrictions affect ‘flushing’

    If you are interested in the following:

    ·         The story angles above or have topics you’d like to cover

    ·         A tour to “The toilet factory” (transportation available)

    Please contact:

    Amanda Marele Chikara

    011 709 6605


  • 11 Oct 2016 3:55 PM | Anonymous

       Your Cost of being in business

    Are you an owner of a service business or are your thinking about going into the service business? Do you want your service technicians or administration staff to have a better understanding of the cost of your business? Then this webinar session "Introduction to YOUR cost of being in business" is a must!

    Join us in dissecting YOUR true cost of a business and in turn understanding how much your Service Fee (Labour Rate) should actually be. You will be shocked! 

    If this is You then join us for this unique 1 hour webinar Business Training session on proudly brought to you by PLUMBLINK and IOPSA. 

    • This course and the content is presented and delivered in English and a basic understanding of mathematics is required.  
    • This course carries a 1 PIRB continuous professional development (CPD) point allocation, subject to completing the course and undertaking and passing an online assessment. (CPD Point value:1)


    If you are a returning customer and have already registered for a webinar, please login first

    prior to buying any courses

    What you will take away:

    • Dissect the true cost of being in business
    • Understanding your business dynamics
    • Empowering and equipping you and your service teams and front line administration
    • Enhance service level standards  
    • Increase profitability
    • Determine your hourly service fee (Labour Rate)
    • And more

    What is a webinar?

    LIVE Webinar  


    Introduction to YOUR cost of being in business.


    12thOctober 2016 

    6 PM (GMT +2:00)

    60 Minutes


    COST: R99.00

    How the webinars works - click here!

    Articulate It
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  • 09 Sep 2016 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    Competition Terms and Conditions:

    Mascot terms and conditions.pdf

  • 22 Aug 2016 11:38 AM | Anonymous

    IOPSA and PIRB at the Skills for Green jobs event held 15 August

  • 01 Aug 2016 1:44 PM | Anonymous

    KwaZulu Natal plumbers networking & feedback evening 

    IOPSA KwaZulu Natal plumbers’ evening was an enjoyable and educational experience for all

    The Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA)’s KwaZulu Natal plumbers’ evening, held at Berea Rovers in Durban on 28 July 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’.

    Stef Germann from Thames Construction was the Winner of a Fantastic Prize from DPI Plastics. Pictured: Gareth (IOP), Barry (IOP), Garth (IOP) and Stef (Thames).

    Johannes Legwale from Plumbing KZN won his Annual Membership FREE! Pictured: Barry (IOP), Garth (IOP) and Johannes (Plumbing KZN)

    Ladies and Gentlemen enjoying the Informative Event Networking and knowledge are the key to success.

    Our Guest Speaker Mr Steve Muchna, a plumber/ business owner gave an informative talk about his experience in the industry as a PIRB Auditor.

    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, Comap and Atlas Plastics. Commendations to Steve Brown and Gary Macnamara of IOPSA National for their tireless efforts in building our Industry!

    You can Register for Events online at

  • 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,



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