ICMEESA president re-elected at AGM

April 11th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize

 

An overview of the ICMEESA president’s review delivered at the institution’s recent annual general meeting, and its 2014 annual report and financial statements.

IEESA president Sarel Kloppers.

IEESA president Sarel Kloppers.

Sarel Kloppers, president of the Institution of Certificated Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (ICMEESA), says the institution’s focus for 2014 will remain on reviewing its constitution and on improving its support to student members through, among others, assistance with the bursary application process.

Presenting his president’s review at the 102nd ICMEESA annual general meeting (AGM) on 6 March 2014, which also saw his re-election as ICMEESA president, Kloppers said the institution would continue improving the validation process of training courses.

A 2012 ICMEESA survey showed that some members in remote geographical areas have limited means to earn CPD points. To aid these members, an online CPD questionnaire was launched in co-operation with Vector.

Annual Report

ECSA

According to the ICMEESA 2014 Annual Report and Financial Statements, professional certificated engineers continued to play an important role on various committees of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) in 2013. ICMEESA has nominated members to serve on the following ECSA committees during the current term of office:

  • Registration Committee: Professional Certificated Engineers.
  • International Affairs Committee.
  • Identification of Work Committee: Steering Committee.
  • Investigation Committee.
  • Fees Committee.
  • Engineering Programme Accreditation Committee.
  • Technology Programme Accreditation Committee.
  • Continuing Professional Development Sub-Committee.
  • Engineering Standards Generating Body.

The institution’s Du Toit Grobler and Obed Letsolo were elected chairperson and vice-chairperson respectively of the reconstituted 2012 – 2016 Regional Committee: Professional Certificated Engineers on 8 February 2013.

IDoEW survey

The institution conducted an online survey among its members on the identification of engineering work (IDoEW), with the following results:

  • 93% of participants hold valid certificates of competency as engineers; 7% do not.
  • 56% of participants are registered with ECSA as professional certificated engineers; 44% are not.
  • 82% of participants had been appointed responsible engineers on mines or factories; 18% had not.
  • 80% of participants are in favour of the pending compulsory registration for certificated engineers in terms of the Engineering Profession Act, 2000; 20% are not.

The IDoEW task team, which consists mostly of ICMEESA members, held a workshop to deliberate the draft IDoEW Regulations of the Engineering Profession. The ECSA council approved the draft on 22 November 2013 and has submitted it to the Council for the Built Environment for submission to the Competition Commission.

Standards generation

The Engineering Standards Generating Body became a full-fledged ECSA high-impact committee and the ICMEESA representative, Du Toit Grobler, was appointed chairperson of the Standards Generating Group: Certificated Engineers.

Efforts to convene a meeting with the ministers of Public Works, Mineral Resources, Labour and Transport to resolve the impasse on the regulation of professional engineers were again unsuccessful. These efforts will continue in 2014 until the matter is resolved.

New registration system (NRS)

The ICMEESA Annual Report also announces the introduction of the NRS for registration of professional engineers on 1 April 2013. The NRS formalised the eleven competencies which must be demonstrated successfully to qualify for registration. The legacy system for the registration of professional engineers will run concurrently with the NRS until

31 March 2015, after which it will be terminated. Dates are pending for the introduction of the NRS for professional engineers, professional engineering technologists and professional engineering technicians.

A system for online registration of professional engineers is currently being tested. Similar systems for the other three categories will follow once the respective NRS systems are introduced.

ECSA committees

The ECSA council has introduced transformation measures to eliminate the legacy composition of all committees. Chair and vice-chairpersons who have served in these capacities for four years must step down and committee members who have served for twelve years will lose their membership to these committees unless the committees request permission to retain them as mentors to new members.

Registration unsatisfactory

The rate at which certificated engineers apply for professional registration remains unsatisfactory and the profession suffers great losses of registered professional engineers due to non-payment of fees.

CPD

The compulsory five-yearly renewal of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and professional registration is now in its second cycle. Professionals must prove that they have achieved the required 25 credits per cycle. Pre-registration professional development is now compulsory for candidate engineers in terms of the NRS policy.

DMR

The number of successful candidates in the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) Certificate of Competency exams in June 2013 was unsatisfactory. Only 39 of the 249 candidates (15,7%) passed the plant exam paper and 85 of the 239 candidates (35,6%) for the law paper were successful.

New shafts and winders regulations were promulgated in terms of the Mines Health and Safety Act. These took immediate effect for winders above 250 kW and will take effect in six months’ time for small hoists below 250 kW.

Finance

According to the annual report, ICMEESA ended the year with a surplus of R102 851 in relation to subscription income and operational expenditure. Contributing to this is the institution’s gradual membership growth.

In light of this, council was able to limit the annual subription fee increase to 8%.

The Education Fund is augmented by the WP Jones Trust Fund and stood at a closing balance of R590 165. Donations and interest received for the year total R58 297 while expenditure amounted to R66 552. The ICMEESA education trust fund investment yielded a closing balance of R641 322.

Efforts are needed to identify acceptable bursary candidates so that this surplus can be applied constructively.

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