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AISE calling for nominations – SA Chapter

The Africa Institute of Safety and Environmental Engineering has called on its  members to submit nominations for the various Chapters and of particular note to Sheqafrica readers is the nominations for the South African chapter.

Interestingly enough are two names that came up in the nominations.

Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO of ArkKonsult,  the consultancy spearheading the PBMBE’s proposed operations in collaboration with Master Builders Association North in 2016 and Rudy D Maritz, the leader of the lobby group against SACPCMP registration of CHS managers and officers back in 2014.

Other names which could not be confirmed is that of a member of the Institute of Municipal Engineers of SA (IMESA) and one of the founding members of IOSH SA.

All nominations are yet to be accepted by the proponents.

The SA Chapter currently has around 90 members. The balance of their 246 members are spread over North and Central Africa and AISE has its hands full to align their UK-NVQ based credentials to the “2 levels below” NQF in South Africa.

AISE quickly made inroads and received over 2 000 membership applications in less than a week, but the majority was turned down for having less than a Samtrac or equivalent training course, which is too low for entry level. In the process it also caused the black listing of a practitioner on the VeriSHEQ database for swearing at an assessor in an email because he did not make the cut, calling it BS.

AISE plans to release a public invitation early in 2020 if the required candidates cannot be nominated internally.

Sheqafrica also learnt that AISE is investigating various qualifications for inclusion in their Non-Engineering categories. Some of the qualifications recently added to their website includes the Nebosh International Certificates and Diplomas. AISE Member Support Manager, M.P. Greyling confirmed having been informed of a specific list of qualifications offered via online LMS to be included in their accreditation list.

AISE also plans to include OHS Management Systems Auditors in their list of categories once the Competency assessment standards have been finalised in 2021.

On the issue of SAQA recognition Greyling confirmed that only the SA Chapter will apply for recognition as it would be pointless for members holding internationally recognised qualifications to apply for SAQA evaluation of their qualifications when not working in SA.

Jessica van Zyl
Jessica is the Editor in Chief of Sheqafrica Corporate Services (Pty)Ltd's Media Office and has 17 years experience in Technical Publishing. She worked for a number of small online magazines until 2018 when she became a Legal Researcher at Le Roux Maritz & Partners. Shortly afterwards, she was seconded to SACS as editor of Sheqafrica.co.za as part of her portfolio.

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