|I would like to thank everyone who attended the SARPA Convention in Polokwane. Because of “ You! ” it was a success.
Special thanks to Mr. Malesela Lelaka who is now the immediate past president and the SARPA executive members for their leadership and who worked very hard the last two years to get SARPA where it is today. Special thanks to all our Affiliates, Sponsors and Presenters for your special contributions in making our Polokwane Convention a great success. You also are highly appreciated by SARPA.
I would like to challenge the Branch Chairpersons to get all our members involved and have regular meetings that include the Financial Revenue Income and Water people as well. All the people attending the different branch meetings are our Ambassadors to get all the stakeholders at our branch meetings which include the different Departments of Water Affairs and our ESKOM Members to actively participate and make a difference at their places of work.
I would like to reaffirm my Strategic Focus and Goals for the next two years. Firstly, it is the SARPA REVENUE RECOVERY PROJECT where we would like to assist and capacitate all our municipalities as to reduce their losses in water and electricity. Ensuring the best Income possible to municipalities which will assist them to deliver sustainable service to their communities at large. Secondly, get more involved in TARRIFS for Water and Electricity because it is;
- Expensive and have become a Grudge purchase
- Customers are paying for losses
- Bad Management and productivity
- Customers are paying for Capital Expansions
- Customers needs to get a say in price determination
Thirdly, Copper and Metal Theft. We need to get the NFMCC- Non-Ferrous and Metal Crime Combating Units working with the assistance of Business Against Crime in all provinces and in all areas, towns and cities. The Gautrain Issue with the losses of electrical cables to supply electricity is a common phenomenon in South Africa which needs to be eradicated.
Lastly and most importantly, we need to grow SARPA and broaden our Footprint in our Industry, which includes;
- SARPA Branches
- DWAF and WISA ( DWA )
- NEIGHBORING STATES AND INTERNATIONALLY
- AFFILIATE SARPA MEMBERS
I trust and believe in all our members to make a difference where they work for the furtherance of our Industry and our Country. One person can make a Difference!
Thank you all!
Electrical S. B. U. / SARPA President
Electrical Engineer / MBA @ PU-CHE