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  • Photo Gallery | The South African Flameproof Association

    Photo Gallery SAFA MIE Photo's MIE Symposium - March 2023 Symposium 2022 Symposium 2019 Symposium 2018 Symposium 2017 Symposium 2015 Symposium 2014 Symposium 2013 Symposium 2010

  • CPD | The South African Flameproof Association

    Continuing Professional Development (CPD) CPD SAFA has been recognized as a Voluntary Association (Catergory C) in terms of Section 25(1)(3) of the Engineering Professions Act (46 of 2000). In terms of this registration, ECSA registered professionals may earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points when participating in registered SAFA activities. Further to this SAFA provides members and providers of activities for ongoing professional development an understanding and proffer background information into the processes that have been developed to facilitate compliance with the statutory requirements for the renewal of professional registration.Some background to the process that were adopted to introduce CPD in accordance with the broad framework set out by the Engineering Profession Act 46 of 2000 and the policy of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is contained in A SAFA manual. The essential elements of CPD as compiled by the Professional Development Working Group (PDWG) of SAFA are also outlined. ECSA After a lengthy process of consultation and deliberation with Voluntary Associations and other Stakeholders in the Engineering Industry, a formal system of recording Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for engineering practitioners is now a reality as from 1 January 2006. CPD will be used as the mechanism through which all registered practitioners would have to renew their Registration with ECSA. In this regard section 22(1) of the Engineering Profession Act, 2000 (Act 46 of 2000) requires that a registered practitioner has to renew his or her Registration and has to "apply, in the prescribed manner, to the Council for the renewal of his or her Registration". Council decided that the most appropriate way for ECSA to give effect to the legislation would be to link renewal of Registration with Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The Policy on Continuing Professional Development was published for general comments and directly distributed among Voluntary Associations, for comment, and the Council on 24 November 2005 approved the Policy for purposes of implementation on 1 January 2006. The Policy has been converted into a set of Rules, which originally have been published as Board Notice 131 in Government Gazette No. 28328 on 23 December 2005. Interested and affected parties are urged to study the rules, which came into operation on 1 January 2006. In addition to the CPD Rules, provision has also been made in the Rules for "Renewal of Registration", which links CPD as a mechanism for implementing renewal of registration. ECSA SERVICE PROVIDERS Below is a list of the Engineering Council of South Africa's (ECSA) approved service providers. Feel free to browse this list: ECSA Service Provider Verification Number Name of Company Verification Period SAFA-103/2023 MTex Laboratories 11/06/2020 - 11/06/2023 SP_008/2025 South African Flameproof Association 06/12/2021 - 06/12/2025 View CPD Accredited Items

  • Useful Links | The South African Flameproof Association

    Useful Links Acts Online - Acts Online provides legislation, including amendments and Regulations, in an intuitive, online format. Use this site as often as you like, everything here is free. Chamber of Mines - News, data, and policy information on the South African Mining industry DEL - South African Department: Employment and Labour DMR - Department of Mineral Resources ECSA - Engineering Council Of South Africa EE Publishers - Web site for the publishers of Vector, Electron, and Energize Explolabs - Including CERTEX Explosive Atmospheres - Technical Committee N° 31: Electrical Apparatus for Explosive Atmospheres IECEx - The IECEx is the IEC scheme for the certification to standards for electrical equipment for explosive atmospheres IEC Webstore - On this Webstore you can buy IEC International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. SACEA - South Africa Colliery Engineers Association SABS - South African Bureau of Standards SAIEE - The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers SANAS - South African National Accreditation System CSA Group - CSA Group consistently sets the standard across a range of certification and compliance sectors SABS Standards Search - Standards South Africa TC65 – Strategic Policy Statement - Contains links to the list of published standards, programme of work, emerging needs, members and contacts etc. MTEx Laboratories - Testing and Certification Services. MASC - Mining And Surface Certification ​ Please report any problems to bruce@vdw.co.za

  • News & Marketing | The South African Flameproof Association

    News & Marketing SAFA News Engineers Need To Act Now ​ The Minister for the Built Environment has published dra ft policy docu ment Notice 337 of 2008 indicating that ECSA would be converted into a professional board that will report to the South African Council for Built Environment (SACBE) who in turn will report to the Minister for the Built Environment.

  • Learn More About The South African Flameproof Association

    About Us What is The South African Flameproof Association? The South African Flameproof Association (SAFA) is a non profit body, and is an association of companies involved in explosion prevention/protection techniques for equipment used in hazardous atmospheres in industry and mining. It comprises almost 200 member companies which include both end users and manufacturers, as well as relevant government bodies and equipment testing houses. The association has branches in Gauteng (Johannesburg) KwaZulu-Natal (Durban) and the Cape (Cape Town). In terms of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the South African National Committee of the IEC, the Association is the official South African Mirro r Committee for the IECEx Sche me. SAFA is registered as a voluntary association with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Our Vision is to be the recognised authority in South Africa on explosion prevention technology used in potentially hazardous locations. ​ Our Mission - Stakeholders are important to us and we shall strive to promote and encourage the interests in terms of safety of the industry in the field of explosion prevention technology. View Constitution View Complaints Procedure Our Objectives Internal Objectives External Objectives Drive safety and best practices in the Industry Develop competencies and promote training Influence the formulation and implementation of National & International Standards and Regulations Improve and maintain excellent stakeholder relationships Maintain Industry Leadership Ensure responsible association governance Attract and retain new skills within the association Deliverables to members must be of quality standards

  • Explosion Prevention & Protection | The South African Flameproof Association

    SOUTH AFRICAN FLAMEPROOF ASSOCIATION IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY About Us The South African Flameproof Association is a non profit body, and is an association of companies involved in explosion prevention/protection techniques for equipment used in hazardous atmospheres in industry and mining. ​ It comprises almost 200 member companies which include both end users and manufacturers, as well as relevant government bodies and equipment testing houses. The association has branches in Gauteng (Johannesburg), KwaZulu-Natal (Durban), and the Cape (Cape Town). More About Us SAFA Certificate of ECSA Recognition as a Voluntary Association View Certificate View Affiliations If your company or organization is involved in explosion prevention technology, or if your operations involve any work in hazardous or potentially hazardous areas, then you should consider becoming a member of SAFA. Membership Join SAFA SAFA has been recognized as a Voluntary Association (Category C) in terms of Section 25(1)(3) of the Engineering Professions Act (46 of 2000). In terms of this registration, ECSA registered professionals may earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points when participating in registered SAFA activities. CPD Learn More New SAFA Sponsorship opportunities coming soon! ​ Watch this space! Sponsorship SAFA MIE Application Apply for Certificate of Personal Competency (COPC) to register as a Master Installation Electrician. SAFA Individual MIE Membership Fee: R1800 p/a Apply Here! 1/3 Play Video Play Video 00:57 Play Video Play Video 06:06 Play Video Play Video 06:57

  • Constitution of the South African Flameproof Association

    Constitution SAFA Constitution Constitution of The South African Flameproof Association 1. The association hereby constituted shall be known as the “The South African Flameproof Association”, using the acronym “SAFA”, with an associated slogan “Explosion prevention in the interest of safety.” ​ 2. BODY CORPORATE The association shall exist separately from its members and will continue to exist even when its membership changes and there are different office bearers, and shall be able to own property and other possessions and can sue and be sued in its own name. ​ 3. DOMICILE The Office of the Association, for administration purposes, shall be at 4 Karen Street, Bryanston, Sandton or at such other address as the executive committee may determine from time to time. ​ 4. VISION To be the recognised authority in South Africa on explosion prevention technology used in potentially hazardous locations. ​ OBJECTIVES • Drive safety and best practices in industry; • Develop competencies and promote training; • Influence the formulation and implementation of national and international standards and regulations. • Improve and maintain excellent stakeholder relationships; • Maintain industry explosion prevention technology leadership; • Collect, collate, tabulate and disseminate any information likely to be of value to the industry. Exclusions: • Provision of training • Test house and testing activities • Engineering and consulting activities 2 • Promotion of companies and products ​ 5. MEMBERSHIP a. Full Membership: The voting membership of the association consists of organisations, operating units, companies or individuals who manufacture, assemble, repair, supply or use explosion prevention equipment and/or services for use in potentially hazardous locations. Each such Full Member in good standing is represented by one voting employee. Any number of its employees may participate in the association. All members will adhere to the Association’s code of conduct and will act responsibly in upholding reputation of the association. b. Honorary Life Membership: The executive committee may award honorary life membership to individuals who have served the explosion prevention industry or the association with distinction. Honorary life membership is non-voting and entitles the member to full participation in the association at no charge. c. Master Installation Electrician (MIE): An MIE membership will be for individuals who are registered with SAFA and the Regulating Body as a master installation electrician. MIE membership is a non-voting member class and has specific member benefits which are set out at the discretion of the executive committee. d. Cancelation of Membership: The executive committee may cancel the membership of any person or organisation that causes interpersonal friction in the organisation or brings the organisation or discipline into disrepute, has by their conduct rendered themselves unfit to remain a member of the association, or has committed any breach of the constitution. Members may appeal such a cancelation as set out in the membership policy. Full membership lapses if the annual renewal fee is not paid by the end of the fourth month of the new financial year. ​ 6. GOVERNING STRUCTURE AND MECHANISM OF GOVERNANCE The governing body of the association shall be an executive committee consisting of at least eight (8) members appointed by the members by electronic ballot, from which the president and president elect will be elected by the members of the executive committee. a . Term of Office: An executive committee member’s term of office shall be three years, after which re-election of the committee shall be done by electronic ballot. Members may serve for more than one term. The president’s term of office will be for a period of three consecutive years, after which the president elect will take office. The president may be 3 elected to serve on the committee for another term and may also be elected as president[1]elect. b. Office Bearers: The executive committee shall elect from amongst themselves a president, president-elect, and a treasurer. c. Vacancies: The committee may fill vacancies on the executive committee, whose appointments shall expire at the next annual general meeting of members. d. Co-opted Executive Committee Members: The executive committee may by consensus co[1]opt non-voting executive committee members, who need not be members of the association, for a period of up to one year at a time. e. Removal of Executive Committee Members: The executive committee may remove and replace members of the committee who do not attend meetings regularly (5 consecutive meetings), are no longer in good financial standing, brings the association into disrepute. Membership of the executive committee can be terminated by letter of resignation. f. Executive Committee Accountability: The Executive Committee shall be accountable to the members of the general meeting. g. General Secretary shall be ex-officio a member of the executive committee. h. International Technical Liaison: The executive committee shall appoint an international technical liaison to represent the association on international forums and meetings, and to act as technical advisory to the executive committee. ​ 7. POWERS OF THE ORGANISATION The Executive Committee shall carry out the powers of the association on behalf of the association, as directed by the members from time to time in general meetings. The Ex Steering Committee shall be constituted from members of the association and shall act as the Technical Advisory Committee of the association. a. Powers of the Executive Committee: The executive committee shall have the general powers to pursue the objectives and purpose of the association, to employ staff and contractors, to contract with third parties, to recover operating costs of the association from members, to form and operate subcommittees, branches and special interest groups of the association. b. Powers of the Ex Steering Committee: The purpose of the Ex Steering committee shall be to discuss all matters of a technical nature, institute any required action, and report to the executive committee on its findings, discussions and decisions. The Ex steering committee may form sub-work groups to carry out work as required from time to time. Membership of such work groups shall be decided by the Ex steering committee. The Ex steering committee shall be responsible for the deliberation and submission of all the association’s decisions on matters of national interest, including voting on national and international documents, standards and regulations. The Ex Steering committee shall adhere to any instructions given to it by the executive committee. ​ 8. MEETINGS Meetings of the association may be by video conference or in person or any combination of meeting methods. a. Annual General Meetings of members must be held no later than six months after the end of the financial year of the association. Each such meeting shall at least approve its agenda, the minuted records of decisions of its previous meeting, most recent funding records of the association, determine or confirm the composition of its executive committee and make changes to the constitution of the association. b. Motions: Members wanting to table motions at the annual general meeting must submit a notice of such motions at least two weeks before the meeting, in writing to the secretariat. Special general meetings of members may be convened by the executive committee and will have the same standing as an annual general meeting. c. Executive committee meetings: must be held at least twice a year. d. Chairmanship: The executive committee will annually elect, from the elected committee, a president and president-elect for the association who will chair all meetings of members and meetings of the executive. If at any meeting no, president or president-elect is present, the members will elect a member to chair. e. Quorum: A quorum for any meeting shall be 50% of those eligible to vote, plus one. For a meeting of members, a quorum shall be 20% of the voting members. If a quorum is not present, members present may proceed with the meeting and the decisions minuted and 5 circulated to the entire committee. Any objections may be raised within 30 days. If no objections are received the decisions shall stand and can be ratified at the next meeting. f. Decisions: Meetings agree on matters by consensus. If consensus is not reached, a vote by show of hands must be called for by the chair. Voting on offices and office-bearers must in all cases be by electronic or another secret ballot method. g. Notice of Meetings: At least two weeks’ notice must be given by email for any executive or members meeting. Meetings of the executive are convened by the secretariat or by the president, or by any four members of the executive. Meetings of members are convened by the executive or by any ten members in good standing. h. Deciding Vote: In any meeting, if there is an equality of votes, the chair shall have a deciding vote. i. Members are Bound: All members present in a meeting are bound by the decisions of the meeting. j. Minutes and Agendas: All meetings must have a written and pre-circulated agenda. A minuted record of decisions and an attendance register must be published to members within a reasonable time after every meeting. Minuted records of decisions shall be kept for at least five years and be open for inspection by any member providing reasonable notice. ​ 9. FUNDING FINANCES AND REPORTING The association will recover its operating expenses from its members by levying membership subscription fees, as well direct event and sponsorship charges on an equitable basis. a. Non-Trading Entity: The association is not a trading entity and any surplus funding recoveries from members must be held over to cover costs of the next financial period, and may not be distributed to members, other than as reasonable compensation for services rendered. Funding and assets left on dissolution of the association must be given to a non-profit institution with similar objectives. Members and office-bearers have no rightsin the property or other assets of the association solely by virtue of their being members or office-bearers. b. Corporate Secretaries and Trustees: The executive committee shall appoint a suitably qualified professional firm or person, to act as financial trustees and corporate secretaries of the association, who will operate bank accounts on behalf of the association, maintain its financial and membership records, ensure legal compliance of the association, and act as its 6 statutory offices and public officers. The trustees and secretaries shall report to the executive committee and to the members on a regular basis. c. Financial Yearend: The financial yearend of the association shall be the last day of July of every year. d. Financial Reporting and Audit: A financial report reflecting the expenditure and fund recoveries for the year as well as a budget for the following year shall be approved by the executive committee and by the members. The statement of expenditure and funding must be counter signed by the trustees and by the auditors of the trustees. ​ 10. TRANSFORMATION The executive committee undertakes to encourage the transformation of the association bearing in mind the voluntary nature of the association and availability of volunteers. ​ 11. AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION AND DISSOLUTION This constitution may be amended by an annual general meeting or special meeting of members, by a two thirds majority, or by a unanimous electronic ballot, provided that two weeks’ notice was given to members of the resolution. The association may be dissolved by a two thirds majority of the members and its assets disposed of as determined in Section 30B of the Tax Act. ​ 12. COMPLIANCE The following limitations imposed by Section 30B of the Income Tax Act are recorded: a. the entity must have a committee, board of management or similar governing body consisting of at least three persons, who are not connected persons in relation to each other, to accept the fiduciary responsibility of that entity; b. no single person may directly or indirectly control the decision-making powers relating to that entity; c. the entity may not directly or indirectly distribute any of its funds or assets to any person other than in the course of furthering its objectives; d. the entity is required to utilise substantially the whole of its funds for the sole or principal object for which it has been established; e. no member may directly or indirectly have any personal or private interest in that entity; f. substantially the whole of the activities of the entity must be directed to the furtherance of its sole or principal object and not for the specific benefit of an individual member or minority group; g. the entity may not have a share or other interest in any business, profession or occupation which is carried on by its members; h. the entity must not pay to any employee, office bearer, member or other person any remuneration, as defined in the Fourth Schedule, which is excessive, having regard to what is generally considered reasonable in the sector and in relation to the service rendered; i. substantially the whole of the entity’s funding must be derived from its annual or other long[1]term members or from an appropriation by the government of the Republic in the national, provincial or local sphere; j. the entity must as part of its dissolution transfer its assets to— • another entity approved by the Commissioner in terms of this section; • a public benefit organisation approved in terms of section 30; • an institution, board or body which is exempt from tax under section 10(1)(cA)(i); or k. the government of the Republic in the national, provincial or local sphere; l. the persons contemplated in paragraph (b)(i) will submit any amendment of the constitution or written instrument of the entity to the Commissioner within 30 days of its amendment; m. the entity will comply with such reporting requirements as may be determined by the Commissioner from time to time; and n. the entity is not knowingly and will not knowingly become a party to, and does not knowingly and will not knowingly permit itself to be used as part of an impermissible avoidance arrangement contemplated in Part IIA of Chapter III, or a transaction, operation or scheme contemplated in section 103(5). ​ 13. COMPETITION ACT AND CONFLICTS OF INTEREST Members of the association will represent diverse interests, some of which may pose legal risks to the association and other members. a. Commercial Competitors: It is recorded that some members of the association may be commercial competitors and that the activities of the association and its members are subject to the Competition Act. No matter may be discussed at any meeting of the association that is likely to be in breach of this act. b. Conflicts of Interest: In any meeting of the association, members who are likely to have conflicting interests in matters on the agenda are obliged to alert the chairperson at the beginning of the meeting. Chairpersons should consider recusals where appropriate. Conflicts of interests in an association context may include not only personal interests but also be third party interests that a member may represent. This constitution was adopted on 02 SEPTEMBER 2020 Download Constitution

  • Executive Committee | The South African Flameproof Association

    Executive Committee Past President Mr. Arthur James Cameron CCG Cable Terminations (Pty) Ltd President Mr. Eldon Kruger Pratley Marketing (Pty) Ltd - JHB Mrs. Terine Orsmond Mining and Surface Certification Mr. Gerhard Pillay Sallab (Pty) Ltd President Elect Mr. Paul Meanwell Komatsu Mining Corp Mr. William Tshenye Synfuels Operations a div of Sasol SA (Pty) Ltd Ms. Katlego Setwaba Pepperl+Fuchs (Pty) Ltd Treasurer Mr. Max Koen HAZLOC Consultants & Training Mr. Henk Zwart South African Colliery Engineers Association Mr. Duncan Ward VdW&Co.

  • Young Professionals Initiative | The South African Flameproof Association

    Young Professionals Initiative Click here to become a SAFA YPI ABOUT SAFA YPI MEMBERS PRESENTATIONS VIDEOS EVENTS

  • Intrinsic Safety | The South African Flameproof Association

    Intrinsic Safety Please contact safaservices@vdw.co.za with any suggestions or comments of matters concerning intrinsic safety. ​ The group will meet every two months, and has set its objectives as follows: ​ To communicate on a regular basis. To gain and exchange knowledge and experience between end users, suppliers, vendors, test houses, and legal authorities. To share and implement best practices. To ensure practical IS installations and standardize on IS loops. To identify and discuss typical problems and concerns in the industry and solve them. To get feedback from the test houses and trends in the international arena. To fill the gap in the knowledge of role players. To provide information on local IA certification & the implications. To work towards full compliance with IECEx. Exic Clarification From IS Sub-Committee Meeting These questions were raised at the IS meeting on 18 August. Herewith follows the questions and answers: Q - Where does it say that Exic is for zone 2 only? A - The relationship is identified in 60079-14 section 5.3 and 5.4 - (please click here for 60079-14 section 5.3 and 5.4) Q - Where does it say that it does not require a barrier/isolator? A - This statement isn't true, you will need an IS interface - barrier, isolator or I/O card or a device with suitable IS safety parameters declared. Q - Where does it say that you can run Exic wiring with Exia & Exib wiring? A - It appears in both 60079-14 and Draft 60079-25 - (Please click here for the latter) Q - What is necessary for loop drawing approvals? i.e. how do you do calcs? A - It will follow the same process that we have now. However, as per Chris T note cable parameters are not likely to cause a problem for most installations. Please Click Here for the 'Comparison of the techniques of Intrinsic Safety ‘ic’ and Energy Limitation ‘nL' View Intrinsic Safety Documents

  • Symposium 2023 | The South African Flameproof Association

    REGISTRATION AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE The 2023 annual SAFA Symposium was held on Wednesday, 8 November & Thursday, 9 November 2023 at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park. Registration Members Price Non-Members Price Early Bird Registration (booked and paid by 30 September 2023) R3 600.00 R3 800.00 Team Special (10 delegates) R25 000.00 R30 000.00 After 30 September 2023 R3 800.00 R4 000.00 Symposium 2023 Programme Symposium 2023 Presentations This event was CPD accredited

  • Events | The South African Flameproof Association

    Events 2024 Events SAFA MiE Meetings: 7 February 3 April 5 June 7 August 2 October SAFA General Meetings: 6 March 8 May 3 July 4 September (AGM) 6 November SAFA Organising Committee Meetings: 7 February 6 March 3 April 8 May 5 June 3 July 7 August 4 September 2 October 6 November SAFA Ex Steering Committee Meetings: 7 February 6 March 3 April 8 May 5 June 3 July 7 August 4 September 2 October 6 November SAFA Exco Meetings: 7 February 3 April 5 June 7 August 2 October 4 December ​ Delve into the highlights of our previous events, where industry professionals and thought leaders gathered to share knowledge and insights. Relive the valuable experiences, engaging discussions, and memorable moments. Past Events View Past Presentations View Past Programmes Discover a collection of stunning photographs showcasing our events, achievements, and the vibrant spirit of our community and let the images tell the stories of our remarkable journey.. Event Photos View Photo's

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