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GAC: Consultation for the Draught Professional Guideline Fees

Per notification from ECSA, the Engineering Council of South Africa has finalised the draught of the Guideline Scope of Services and Tariff of Fees and is consulting stakeholders on this document. Stakeholders are requested to make comments and inputs on or before 31 January 2022.

To make comments stakeholders are requested to use the comments sheet or by email to and .



December 2021

Thanksgiving and appreciation

Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter. This edition is very timely indeed as we come towards the end of 2021 in a few weeks.

In this write-up, I will be focusing on thanksgiving and appreciation. Over some time now, I have come to notice a gradual culture of not giving thanks. It seems to me that we are becoming a thankless and non-appreciative people.

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Chapter President
Award to ASHRAE SA Chapter, 2021
Award to ASHRAE SA Chapter, 2021
Award to ASHRAE SA Chapter, 2021
Award to ASHRAE SA Chapter, 2021

We tend to act that it is our right to receive and get all we desire and not concern about saying thanks.

As we get towards the end of 2021, I will like to challenge you to work against the narrative and begin to appreciate and give thanks when things are done for you or on your behalf. In fact, one of the reasons we might not give thanks might be because we’ve not paused to think deeply about things.

There is a song that goes like this: "count your blessings name them one by one, count your blessings see what God has done, count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done".

I urge you to start thinking about this year, 2021, count all the blessings you’ve experienced and begin to give thanks. Identify the people that God had brought around you to make a difference and begin to call them to say thanks.

As the President of ASHRAE SA, I will start by giving thanks to all the volunteers, committee chairs, the BOG members and for all the ASHRAE members in South Africa that contributed to the success of our chapter in the last two years.

Mention will be made about the formulation of the ASHRAE UJ student branch, the branch advisor as well as the leadership of the branch.

Also, big thanks for the University of Pretoria student branch and the branch advisor.

This is wishing you all a blessed and wonderful Christmas and a blessed 2022 in Jesus name. Amen.

At the RAL CRC concluded in Istanbul in October 2021, ASHRAE SA was recognised and awarded with various certificate for active participation and contribution to the Society. The certificates are shown in this newsletter.

ASHRAE SA signed an MOU with GBCSA & SAIRAC for the furtherance of our relationships and the development of our sector. The full MOUs are available on request.

Our members

Photograph of Mr Pieter Naude
ASHRAE SA member Mr Pieter Naude

Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of one of our members, Mr Pieter Naude, who passed away earlier this year.

Photograph of Mr Johan Bekker
ASHRAE SA member Mr Johan Bekker

Congratulations to ASHRAE member Johan Bekker for his 5-year ASHRAE membership.

Current projects

Governments of the Free State of Bavaria and Western Cape Collaborate on NatRefs; ASHRAE-SA Participates in Pilot Project.

The Changing Landscape of Refrigeration

As South Africa joins one hundred and twenty-eight other countries in implementing the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol 1 , the landscape of refrigeration continues to change.

In South Africa, the ‘baseline’ Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) consumption is currently being determined so that, as early as 2024, this consumption will be ‘frozen’ and incrementally reduced to 20% of that baseline value by 2045 2. Read the entire article here.

Green Building Convention 2021

The 14th Green Building Convention took place 2-4 November at the Cape Town International Convention Centre 2 in Cape Town and Virtually.

Green Building Convention 2021
Green Building Convention 2021
Green Building Convention 2021
Green Building Convention 2021
Green Building Convention 2021
Green Building Convention 2021
Green Building Convention 2021
Green Building Convention 2021

The pictures highlight the event and delegates that attended. Delegates thoroughly enjoyed the virtual workshops on green student housing sponsored by the IFC - International Finance Corporation; ESG strategy for property companies sponsored by Growthpoint Properties; and breaking ground on innovation hosted by the GBCSA Academy.

During the opening plenary, there was a full house with a stellar line-up of speakers, including Pro Adventurer, Inspirational Speaker, Author and Leadership Consultant Peter Van Kets; Mbuyiswa Makhubela from Rand Water, Shobana Singh from Vodacom, Steve Brookes from Balwin properties and Marc Sherratt from MSSA.

ASHRAE was well represented by Francois Retief, Sow & Reap, and Jan-Paul Spangenberg, Delta Carbon. They spoke about the C40 Buildings program, getting to NetZero guidelines and Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) in South Africa.

The calibre of speakers across the stages, breakaway sessions and the Standard Bank Green Innovation Stage was phenomenal - tackling the latest trends and insights that impact the built environment and our collective drive to build spaces where people and planet thrive.

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