• 27 Sep 2017 8:20 AM | Anonymous

    I had the most wonderful experience and just need to thank IOPSA for the opportunity.

    I was going about my regular day, going through all my emails when suddenly this email with an NP200 for a ridiculous price popped up!

    This can’t be right, I thought, then I see it was for IOPSA members and knew it’s those legends at it again!
    Working on getting its members the benefits. I jumped at the opportunity because last year I had just bought an NP200 and the deal was not this sweet and the service was bitter.
    This deal at the same price had a Bluetooth radio, contractors rack and the safety pack. 
    So, I gave them a call and started the process with the bank to get my funding.

    What a wonderful experience dealing with CMH Nissan. Being in Pretoria and CMH Nissan being in Durban I would either need to get the vehicle trucked up here or go and fetch it. CMH Nissan had me covered either way.

    One of my main concerns as I had opted to fly down and enjoy Durban for a few days was how would I get to CMH Nissan. Would I need to hire a car for a 45min drive?
    I asked if they would be able to fetch me from the airport and immediate response was that won’t be a problem. They even waited for me to finish my breakfast at the airport. The driver was polite and so friendly.

    On arriving at CMH NISSAN you get first class treatment. The bakkie was ready and waiting with a large blue ribbon on it, it’s those extra touches that just make one excited to buy another work vehicle for my employees to be able to rescue another client. 

    The general manager and sales manager came to congratulate me on my purchase and to check if everything went well. I won’t even go into the horror story of the previous NP200 purchase. This was a dream. I got a call the next day to check that everything was in order.

    What a wonderful experience with a company that is doing what it can to help us small contractors grow our businesses with cost effective and reliable vehicles. Thanx to CMH Nissan and IOPSA I am ready to rescue another client from their plumbing nightmare.

    Written by Robert Winn

    Brooklyn Plumbers T/A Plumbing Heros

  • 26 Sep 2017 3:28 PM | Anonymous

    Getting rid of PVC pipes in today's times has become a job in it's own as some landfills refuse to take them and the pipes most likely end up in a pile at our workshops and offices. 

    But no longer! Plasticomp  is a Gauteng based company that recycles PVC (blue, white and cream pipes, conduit and trunking) and LLDPE (Jojo tanks).

    They collect pipes, fittings, shavings, off-cuts in and around the Gauteng area. 

    Please contact them to clean up your site and to remove all your off-cuts and trimmings. 

    They pay per kg for the material that they collect. 

    For more information please contact Anton Tjabring on 074 366 8636

    011 918 3412 or

  • 26 Sep 2017 2:48 PM | Anonymous

    Below is an image taken out of Plumbing Africa, let us look past the water pipes and only focus on the 110mm UG drainage pipes.

    This is a widespread problem on today’s construction sites, the required drainage levels can’t always be achieved and the plumber is left to try and find a solution to the problem.

    So, what to do in this situation?

    I have attached an easy to understand diagram below of a solution that is easy to install and cost effective.

    The diagram is of a basic overflow gulley head installation that can ensure your installation is compliant with the standards on completion.

    Written by Mark de Wet

    IOPSA National Technical Manager

  • 01 Sep 2017 10:54 AM | Anonymous

    IOPSA’s Western Cape region has had a tough time of it lately. There are rumblings on the ground and murmurings in the air that suggest that IOPSA as an organisation is failing in its mandate. Speaking of which, just what is its mandate? Why does it exist? What does it do for the plumber, and why should he/she part with hard-earned cash to be part of it? Well I’m not here to give a lengthy nuts-and-bolts dissemination of every detail of IOPSA’s role in the plumbing industry. What I can tell you though is that at the WC regional level (driven down from National), one thing has started to come sharply into focus as a non-negotiable: Service. Service to the plumber and the industry. There needs to be value for the plumber. There needs to be a perception of “getting something out”, and it needs to start with the EXCO members. One thing’s for sure- the people in the organisation, from National down to regional EXCO volunteers- are rock solid, we all collectively have the same goals and passions to see the INDUSTRY grow. Without a successful and thriving plumbing sector everything else falls apart. Now we can sit and debate just how this is to be achieved, and we will- but for now we need you to know that certainly at WC EXCO level, (And I’m sure I speak for all others) there will be a concerted drive to start to serve you, the plumber.

    It’s early days, and there are many ideas on the table but here are some to whet your appetite:

    • 1)      More events, and in more locations- In the past there may have been 3-4 plumbers evenings in the Western Cape per year. And most if not all of those would have taken place in and around Cape Town. Guys and girls from Paarl, Worcester, Hermanus, Stellies...all of the outlying areas have had to travel extensively to get to these events. And they have been! We want to try our best to change that, to move the events around and hopefully have plumbers evenings and other events outside of Cape Town.
    • 2)      More info at plumbers evenings- Although there has always been valuable information and material available at these events, we would like to up the ante a bit. I, as the technical representative of the WC EXCO would like to introduce a technical session at each plumbers evening. The content of these will vary, but I would like to start to unpack the SANS requirements and have discussions around those. Also, we are hoping to set up more interesting events such as factory tours and in-depth product knowledge. These are always fascinating and welcomed by most technically-minded people I know.
    • 3)      Promotion of members- We hope to find ways of driving home the message that to use properly trained plumbers is non-negotiable, and the advantages of using plumbers that are registered with the industry bodies such as IOPSA and PIRB.
    • 4)      Bridging gaps- As mentioned earlier, there are a great many plumbers that feel like they have been let down by IOPSA, or that IOPSA is self-serving, or that IOPSA is only in it for the money, or that…or…or….. Well we hope to change that. We believe that all roleplayers in the plumbing sector want the same thing- for it to be thriving and sustainable. Is there a sure-fire way to get everyone singing off the same hymn sheet? No, but it starts with reaching out, cooperation, discussion and HEARING one another. The guys and gals that are passionately dead-set against the notion of an IOPSA or similar body are EXACTLY the ones we want in our corner. Their passion is already clearly evident, and that is gold.

  • 31 Aug 2017 12:58 PM | Anonymous

    On the 24th of August 2017 IOPSA border region hosted the very first Annual Plumbing Games. This was held instead of having a regular plumbers event for a little fun.

    The event was hosted at the Plumblink showroom where snacks and drinks were served to keep the players hydrated and fed.

    There was a total of 5 games that were played:

    • 1.       The Geyser Relay – where teams were made to carry a geyser using only a rope.
    • 2.       IOPSA Pipe Puzzle – Teams had to spell out the word IOPSA using nothing but 40mm piping and fittings (Images attached)

    • 3.       Toilet Basketball – Teams had 60 seconds to dunk as many balls into a toilet pan within the time limit.

    • 4.       Polycop tug of war – teams were asked to play the good old game of tug of war which seeded out the men from the boys.

    • 5.       Tap reassemble – Teams had to reassemble a tap as fast as possible while blind folded!

    There were four teams who took part in the event and they were able to select their own team names.

    The winner of the event was the Misfits receiving Rothernberger tools and the Golden Plunger Trophy

    The event was a great success and the teams had great fun. 

  • 28 Jul 2017 12:46 PM | Anonymous

    IOPSA KZN was fortunate to Host Mr Domenico DiGregorio at the Grohe Dawn Lifestyle Design Centre in Durban on 29 June. 

    Domenico recently returned from Durban, South Africa, as a participant of the International Workshop on Community-Scale

    Resource-Oriented Sanitation Treatment Systems, a program managed by ANSI with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help facilitate advancements in non-sewered sanitation products. With over 80 participants submitting reviews, comments, and recommendations, this workshop will prove instrumental in furthering development of new technology and solutions to improve access to hygienic sanitation for the 2.5 billion people living without this basic human right.

    While in Durban, Domenico was also a guest speaker at the local meeting of IOPSA (Institute of Plumbing South Africa).

    IOPSA members have been some of the most enthusiastic supporters of PWB since our inception, and their passion to serve their communities is abundantly evident.

    PWB looks forward to further collaborating with IOPSA members, especially in support of their sustaining interest in forming a “Team” of local South African/PWB volunteers, who are actively involved in improving their communities’

    plumbing and sanitary needs.  Thank you to Steve Brown, IOPSA Operations Manager, and the entire membership for their warm reception, amazing hospitality and long-standing support of the PWB mission!

  • 27 Jul 2017 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    Over the past two years Gary Macnamara has been the executive director for The Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA). Within his role at the organisation, he has achieved and conquered any challenge put before him and this is a trait of his that will be dearly missed.

    Pictured: Chris Burgess, Craig Preston, Steve Brown, Lea Smith and Gary Macnamara

    Every beginning has an end. And every end is a new beginning. Macnamara leaves the IOPSA team to relocate his family to New Zealand and tackle new adventures that may lay ahead.

    At a small farewell gathering, Macnamara was given a multitude of gifts from the organisation to help him on his new adventure to New Zealand.

    Gary Macnamara pictured at his farewell dressed in his gifts

    IOPSA would like to wish Macnamara and his family best of luck for their new chapter and every success in their future.

    For the IOPSA offices, it is still business as usual. 

  • 26 Jul 2017 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    The IOPSA KZN committee Travelled up to Richards Bay to hold a Plumbers evening on 19 July and were met with some old and new faces. The evening was informative and as always, Gopal Bissessur of Aqua-Tap Plumbing Richards Bay was a phenomenal host and sponsor. One of the highlights of the Evening was the story of a keen plumber who, along with his assistants, travelled a round trip of approximately seven hundred kilometres to join in on the evening. Some commendable commitment from Simphiwe Cele of Plupacati Plumbers. The evening was an informative session, followed by Questions and Answers from the Plumbers pertaining to industry.

    Pictured; IOPSA Representatives, Gopal Bissessur of AquaTap and Plumbers enjoying their Prizes. 

  • 12 Jul 2017 11:24 AM | Anonymous

    IOPSA KZN was fortunate to Host Mr Domenico DiGregorio at the Grohe Dawn Lifestyle Design Centre in Durban on 29 June. Patrick Gordon of Grohe Dawn lead with an Informative talk, thereafter Plumbers were treated to shared experiences and insight into the Plumbers Without Borders journey along with some of the interaction on Local matters. Mr DiGregorio and the team at Plumbers without Borders have been growing from strength to strength, being instrumental leaders in the upliftment and reestablishment of many disaster and rural areas. To join Plumbers without Borders from any type of participatory level, visit their website;

  • 04 Jul 2017 9:25 AM | Anonymous

    IOPSA (Institute of Plumbing South Africa) has compiled a short document explaining the fundamental differences between UG (underground) piping and SV (soil-vent system - above ground) piping, and why the two should be used absolutely correctly. Many plumbers don’t understand how different the two are, and installation requirements are often neglected. It is imperative that the pipes meet the SANS requirements before installation occurs.

    Below are just a few key points explaining the differences, as well as why UG piping systems cannot be used above ground:

    • 1.       The basic difference between the pipes and the fittings is the colour and thickness. UG piping is manufactured in a cream/beige colour and SV piping is white. The SV piping also may have a wider inner wall to that of a UG pipe.
    • 2.       As per the requirements of the relevant SANS standards, the pipe and its fittings are tested as a complete system and will be required to operate as such. So, although you can connect a beige UG pipe with the white SV fitting and the system may work, it doesn’t comply with the required standards. Thus, the installation will not be compliant.
    • 3.       Fittings and angles required on the installation:
    • a.       UG piping and fittings are manufactured for below-ground use only, as the fittings are calculated for the correct slope as required in an underground installation.
    • b.      SV piping and fittings are manufactured for a system above ground, and the fittings are cast for horizontal and vertical installations to provide the correct gradient on the slope as required from SANS 10252-2.

    UG Bend at 92.5˚

    SV Bend at 95.0˚

    • 1.       As per SANS 10252-2 the correct piping is required to be used in above-ground installations. Only PVC piping that is SANS approved for above ground use is the white SV piping and fittings.
      • 2.       UG piping is not UV resistant and becomes very brittle in sunlight. Plumbers make the mistake of thinking it can be used in an above-ground duct or stack; this is incorrect as per point 1. The pipes and fittings are tested as a system and if you use the incorrect piping with the SV fittings, the installations will not be compliant to SANS installation standards. It is clear in SANS 10252-2 that the above-ground piping needs to be used for duct work.

      The below table has been taken from SANS 10252-2 further explaining the requirements for the installation in a duct, it makes clear reference in point 2 as to the pipe required in an installation.


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