• 17 Mar 2017 1:55 PM | Deleted user
  • 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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  • 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


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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


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