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Nominations 2018

Mr. Brett Jones, the independent appointed returning officer has scrutinised the nominations – in the presence of the Administration Manager - and has made the following determination:

Nominations for Directors
To be voted on at the AGM – 7th June 2018 – in alphabetical order
Nichola Allan
Duncan Boyes
Brett Birch
Tom Dreyer
Matt Kielty
Ivan Radmore
Caid Schoeman
Laura Swart

Note: 4 Invalid nominations received:
Nhamo Badza - No proposer or seconder – or signature/date
Meshack Gabeni - Unsigned
Thalakele Nkambule - No proposer or seconder
Keith Norgate - Name spelt incorrectly and signature undated
Ruling by returning officer: The above nominations are invalid for the purpose of the election.

Nominations for SAQCC Fire -1475 Sub committee
No vote necessary sub-committee to select office bearers at the AGM
Ben Badenhorst
Nhamo Badza
Duncan Boyes
John Caird
Lizl Davel
Tom Dreyer
Meshak Gabeni
Pragasen Govender
Ian Gouws
Wayne Hardie
Kasval Naicker
Johan Pretorius
Ivan Radmore
Caid Schoeman
JJ Scholtz
Belinda van der Merwe
Astrid Wright

Nominations for SAQCC Fire – D&GS Sub committee
No vote necessary sub-committee to select office bearers at the AGM
Nichola Allan
Duncan Boyes
Sarah Clayton
Nicholas Collins
Johannes Davel
Clive Foord
Jim Grant
Wayne Hardie
Matt Kielty
Shane Nefdt
Vairaag Panchoo
Ivan Radmore
Charles Thiongo
Hanlie Truter

Note: Two invalid nominations received
Charles Harris - He has not signed or dated the form
Keith Norgate - Name spelt correctly this time but not dated

Ruling by Returning officer: The above nominations are invalid for the purpose of the election.

Please click here to download the RSVP/PROXY form

 

Annual General Meeting

Please click here for the notice and agenda of the Annual General Meeting to be held on 7 June 2018, as well as the nomination forms which need to be printed, completed and returned to the administration office at saqccfire@tiscali.co.za before 4pm on Friday 11 May 2018.

Click here to read the minutes from last years Annual Report.

Roadshows 2018



The road shows got underway to a fantastic start seeing Cape Town’s attendance growing hugely in comparison to last year and beating all the other regions for 2017.

Held at the very popular River Club on the 21stApril, technicians were up skilled , informed on legislation and on both, old and new procedures. The general consensus of the technicians in Cape Town is that the road show was extremely informative and they will definitely return for the 2019 road show.

Ronel Liebenberg, a former SABS auditor who so successfully presented last year’s round of the road shows has been persuaded with much arm twisting to do the presentations again this year so join us for an interactive training workshop on “UPSKILLING FOR THE EXPERT 1475 TECHNICIAN “which includes; legislation, maintenance on underground hydrants, low pressure cylinder markings, overview of the various fire extinguisher mediums and how they work, QTCO process and disciplinary procedures.

The 2018 road shows will take the format of interactive group discussions and questionnaires with a little competitive twist - See you at your regional road show to learn more!

Road Shows scheduled for 2018 are as follows – remember to watch out for the invitation – and you must RSVP as requested. Due to the logistics, the RSVP cut-off time and date is for a very good reason – and each booking will be confirmed. There will be no admittance without a booking being made – and remember – a charge will be levied for bookings made if no cancellation is received before the cut-off date.

Durban: Saturday 23 June - Mt.Edgecombe Country Club
Rustenburg: Saturday 21 July - Heuwelzicht Function Venue
Limpopo: Saturday 18 August - Grincourt Nature Reserve
Bloemfontein: Saturday 15 September - Kopanp Nokeng Country Lodge
Johannesburg: Saturday 10 November - Benoni Country Club

 

SACAS – (South African Certification and Auditing Service) - given the approval by the DOL

SACAS is a South African-registered company that specializes in the certification of companies, including first and second party auditing.

SACAS is now approved by the Department of Labour in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Act 85 of 1993 to carry out the prescribed functions in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065:2012 and guidelines in ISO/IEC 17067:2013, SANS 1475-1 under the pressure vessel regulation 19, as a Certification Body.

The SAQCC is in possession of an approval letter issued by the DOL and have welcomed the new role player in the market. Similar to the SABS, SACAS is recognized as a certification body approved by the chief inspector and is authorized to issue 1475 permits.

 

Discipline and complaint issues to be directed correctly

Members of the SAQCC disciplinary sub- committee have been receiving calls from complainants who have been following up on previous disciplinary cases where illegal servicing is said to be continuing. It must be noted that the disciplinary subcommittee members have the right not to divulge any information if not channeled accurately. Any problems or concerns regarding discipline and complaints should not be addressed to the disciplinary committee directly but rather through the chairperson or administrator and only then will it be addressed correctly.

Any complaint / discussion must be addressed in writing through the Chairperson; complaints must be made in writing on the correct form with all relevant documentation. Complaint forms can be downloaded from the SAQCC website.

The administration office advise that numerous telephone calls are received complaining about technicians and companies. However, it must be pointed out very clearly, that nothing can be done unless the complaint is submitted in writing, on the correct form with accompanying traceable evidence.

 

Non- compliant Fire extinguishers imported without approvals

The SAQCC technical sub-committee chairman, informed the SAQCC that companies are continuing to import extinguishers without the necessary approvals. The SAQCC Fire-1475 has again forwarded the information to the DOL requesting action. The 1475 chairperson noted huge concern as our previous newsletters addressed the PER requirements and specifically that all fire extinguishers MUST be approved. The control over imported extinguishers was also discussed by the SANAS STC at which the DOL is represented.

Technicians are warned not to sell, distribute or recondition non-accredited extinguishers and product. Approved products can be viewed on the SABS website and for ease of reference the SAQCC website does feature a direct link to the SABS website on all approved products.

 

Progress made with registration of 1475 qualification

A follow up scoping meeting was held by the QCTO and SAQCC Fire earlier this year and Mr Christopher Vorwerk, the QCTO qualification development facilitator, made presentation on the progress, some background issues and the way forward.

A similar profile meeting had taken place last year and an objected had been raised that some parties had been excluded from this process. At the recent meeting, the QCTO stated they were quite resolute that SAQCC Fire is their partner and will accelerate the way forward. The SAQCC Fire and QCTO have since signed a Service Level Agreement.

At this meeting, a 1475 working committee was established to compile the scope of the 1475 qualification. Anyone can still join this working committee by contacting the SAQCC Fire 1475 administrator.

A proposal was made for the 1475 competent person profile to be named “Firefighting Equipment Technician” and a voluntary 1475 category to be named “Fire Protection Assessor”.

A due process will now be followed and public and industry comment will be duly invited before that final submission is made to the QCTO and SAQA for approval and registration.

 

News Flash

Annual DOL conference
The SAQCC Vice Chairman, Mr Duncan Boyes did a presentation at the annual
DOL conference , a conference which was attended by the Department of Labour inspectors from all over the country as well as the Director General and Chief Inspector. Mr Boyes explained and highlighted the function of the SAQCC Fire and its role within the industry. The presentation was received with much interest and going forward the Director General confirmed that he would involve SAQCC Fire on matters that they had missed out on or overlooked.

Day Zero in Western Cape
The SAQCC requested a directive from the DOL on Day Zero in the Western Cape although no response was received, the local fire department had advised that it was the clients’ responsibility to ensure they have sufficient water supply for fire protection. As a result many larger companies have already started installing their own water supply for firefighting purposes.

Company name change or new company registration
In the event of a company name change or registration of a new company, the technician must apply for registration, and technician/s will be issued with a competent person letter by the SAQCC Fire administrator for the purpose of the mark scheme audit. NO REGISTRATION WILL BE DONE OR CARD ISSUED until confirmation is received in writing, that a permit has been issued by the SABS or SACAS. Only then will the technician be registered under the permit of that company and be allowed to conduct servicing on fire equipment.

Committee elections
All committee positions will be up for election in June , including positions on the board of directors who’s 3 year term officially comes to an end. The procedure for elections has come into effect and you will already have received notification, either sms, email and it has been on our website for some time. Nominations closed on 11th May and then voting will commence, so please check the website and get those proxies in for voting if you are unable to attend the AGM. Attached to this newsletter is the list of nominees as well as the AGM documentation and proxy forms.

Technicians are again advised to continuously view standards and are reminded that registers are a legal compliance requirement.



Disciplinary report

  • Servicing without registrationDuring the latest disciplinary hearing a technician was found conducting a service on fire equipment whilst he was not registered. The owner together with his technician arrived for the hearing and apologized as he was new to the industry and took responsibility for instructing the technician for doing the service. This has been noted, placed on record and a warning letter was issued to the technician.
  • Servicing under previous company name At another hearing it was found that a owner established a new company but continued to service under the old name whilst he was not registered. He admitted that he was wrong and the SAQCC has written a letter to the DOL recommending the
    owner be prosecuted
  • Record keeping A second complaint was received for the same technician, regarding record keeping. It was established that the technician was clearly not keeping the correct records as required by SANS 1475 and considering that this was the second complaint , he was fined R5 000.
  • Forged SAQCC card Disciplinary action was taken against a technician who forged his SAQCC registration card. A recommendation has been forwarded directly to the Chief Inspector for prosecution of the individual. He has since appealed the decision of the hearing and this appeal will be heard by the Appeals Committee later this month.

 

REMINDERS FOR ALL TECHNICIANS AND 1475 COMPANIES

  • TRAINEES: A reminder for every trainee, you are eligible to register as a competent person after six months – and no longer than 24 months.
  • CHANGE OF DETAILS: As we are using the bulk sms facility and emails to communicate with you and not relying on the post office any longer – please ensure you advise us of any new details. Unfortunately, it is only when our administrators receive complaints that an invoice hasn’t been received or a person has not received any reminders or sms’s that the SAQC Fire learn there has been a change of details.
    This is particularly important for the email address being used for invoicing. We are only as good as the information received and/or written on the registration form.