Inspect Brick by Brick

Standing f.l.t.r.: Danie Steenkamp (SAGGA), Gert de Jager, Roly Adams and Amanda Obbes (ITC SA), MG Makgamatha (Acting Municipal Manager), Thabiso Mabale (Manager: Building Control), Alfred Matjila (Building Inspector), Thapelo Sibanda (NHBRC) and Catchlife Mutshavi (Manager: Land Use). Sitting: William Matlou (Admin officer: Building Department), Given Gabara (Building Inspector and Tsakani Baloi (Building Inspector)

Ria Wells
LEPHALALE — With the ever expanding Lephalale, the Development Planning Department of Lephalale Municipality held a Builder’s Workshop on 15 March in the Mogol Function hall, led by Thabiso Mabale, manager: Building Control.
The purpose or the workshop was to ensure maximum effectiveness of the Building Inspectorate and Town Planning workforce in terms of speedy service delivery, by meeting the set turnaround time for building plan circulation and approval. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the public, client and or applicant is aware of what is expected of them when submitting building plans and to comply with conditions set out, thereby rendering service delivery efficiently.
Developers, contractors, architects, draught persons, Town Planners and individuals who are involved in the development of Lephalale were invited. Various institutions gave valuable presentations regarding all aspects of building work.
The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) was represented by Rudolph Opperman. He explained that the NRCS’ role is to preserve the safety of South Africans consumers against potentially hazardous non-compliant goods and ensuring that they receive fair value for money. The NBRC set out, in the simplest and shortest way possible, requirements to ensure that buildings will be designed and built in such a way that persons can live and work in a healthy and safe environment. Contact them on 012 482 8700 for more information.
The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC SA) represented by Gert de Jager, Amanda Obbes and Roly Adams described the importance of well manufactured roof trusses that have to comply with statutory requirements and that once a roof is completed to the satisfaction of an Engineer, a Completion Certificate will be issued and handed over to the local municipality that will allow the owner to obtain an Occupancy Certificate. The slides they showed where buildings’ roofs had collapsed were terrifying. They said that structures erected by an accredited ITC-SA Roof Erector, guaranteed a roof that complies 100% and the peace of mind that, should any problems arise, they can be contacted for recourse or remedy. They advised that a suitably experience ITC-SA approved professional engineer will give you peace of mind for many years. Contact their head office at 011 974 1061 for any inquiries.
On behalf of Lephalale Municipality, Catchlife Mutshavi, Manager: Land Use, described what you need to do before starting to build, what to do after the plan has been approved, who is responsible for building inspections and the necessary documents to be submitted prior to the issuing of a Certificate of Occupancy. She stressed that failure to comply with the requirements of a notice issued for non-compliance may render you liable to prosecution. The local municipality can be contacted on 014 763 2193.
Thapelo Sibanda of the NHBRC said in no uncertain terms, that prospective owners of buildings must enrol building work with the NHBRC before starting with building work. It is to ensure that if problems arise within five years, the NHBRC can assist owners with remedies. Should owners not adhere to this, they could face jail.
Danie Steenkamp from SAGGA (South African Glass and Glazing Association) shared a lot of informative information on the use of glass and also shared a few terrifying slides where buildings collapsed due to incorrectly installed glass walls and doors. Make thus sure that all glass structures are approved and signed off by a competent person.
The acting municipal manager, MG Makgamatha, congratulated and thanked the initiative from the municipality’s side, led by Thabiso Mabale and stressed that the impact of the information shared should be clearly seen on how all roll players in all sectors of the building industry respond to the workshop. He also thanked the presenters as wells as the attendees.
Thabiso Mabale emphasised in his closing statement that the Lephalale Municipality wants to ensure proper building control in its municipal area of jurisdiction with their building motto: Inspect brick by brick.
Lunch was served after the workshop ended.

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