SARPA Convention 2011 gets an A+

A big thank you to everyone who attended the SARPA Convention this year and contributing toward making it a great success.

Feedback from the exhibitors as well as the delegates were very complimentary.

Please note that all the presentations and papers that were presented at the SARPA Convention on 21 & 22 July 2011 have been published on the SARPA website.

Kind Regards
SARPA Secretariat

Congratulations to the new SARPA President

SARPA recently welcomed Mr William Olivier,  from Polokwane Municipality, to the associations highest level of office. Mr Olivier takes over from Mr Malesela Lelaka as SARPA president.

The SARPA Executive council is now as follows:
Mr William Olivier (Bushveld branch) - President
Mr Malesele Lelaka (Eskom) - Imm Past President
Mr Dirk Byker (Tshwane) - Past President
Mr Naas du Preez (Eskom) - Past President
Mr Kobus van den Berg (Netgroup) - Past President
Mr Deon Louw (EDI holdings) - Past President
Mr Peter E Fowles (AMEU) - Past President
Mr Chris Gower (Eastern Cape Chair) - Past President
Mr Rens Bindeman (Revenue Investigations) - Technical Advisor
Mr Nkosinathi Nkwanyana (KZN) - Representative
Mr Njabulo Zwane (Mpumalanga) - Branch Chairman
Ms Pam Mbobo(Central branch) - Branch Chairperson
Mr Greg Stopford (Western Cape) - Branch Chairperson
Mr Maboe Maphaka (Gauteng) - Representative
Mr Rodney Goosen (KZN) - Branch Chairperson
Mr Solly Selowa (DWA) - Representative
Mr Johan G Tosen - (Eskom) - Representative
Mr Patrick Mnisi (IMFO) - Representative
Mr Jean Venter (SARPA) - General Secretary

Highlights from SARPA Exco meeting held on 20 July 2011

AMEU – It was reported that the AMEU convention will be held in Cape Town in September and that branch attendance trends are upwards.

DWA – Mr Bindeman reported increasing levels of interaction between himself and DWA.

ESKOM – Eskom is concerned about higher levels of violence around services and payments for services.


Mr Bindeman advised that training events have been held in Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, and Limpopo while an event is being planned for Gauteng.
More individual municipalities are coming forward to ask for training. The most recent being Erongo RED in Namibia and Theewaterskloof.


Copper cable theft drops for the month of June

There has been a considerable decrease in copper cable theft during the month of June, according to the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci).

Its copper theft barometer registered a level of R15.63 million for the past month, a considerable decrease from what was seen in January and April, when the barometer level spiked to R20.5 million.


Jo’burg cracks the whip on illegal power connections

The City of Johannesburg has taken a strong stance against illegal electricity connections in unlawfully occupied and dilapidated buildings.  According to the municipality’s public liaison officer, Gaynor Mashamaite-Noyce, the city will not tolerate these illegal electricity connections which costs the city millions of rands in revenue every year.

Johannesburg has about 800 to 1000 buildings which are deemed hazardous and many of these have been turned into residential blocks creating the problem of illegal electricity connections.

Ros Greeff, a member of the mayoral committee for infrastructure and environment blamed cable theft and illegal electricity connections for some of the power outages in the city.

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