End of the road for timber construction body

09 October 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201916618

Construction, Civil & Structural Engineering
Quality Assurance

ESTABLISHED more than 45 years ago to help formalise and advance the timber roof construction industry and protect its consumers, the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) will close its doors at the end of October 2019.

This after a “resolution of dormancy” was agreed upon at a recent board meeting held in Isando, Gauteng. According to General Manager Amanda Obbes, this comes on the back of protracted talks with various stakeholders regarding sustainable funding avenues to support the work of the ITC-SA into the future.

"In the past, a compulsory membership system was in place, whereby all licensed fabricators were required to hold membership with the ITC-SA to ensure the continued self-regulation of the engineered timber construction industry in South Africa," she said.

"However, over the past two years, this membership has become voluntary; coupled with a struggling economy, this has set member support in this critical field into decline. Without the full support of all stakeholders, the Institute cannot adequately serve its membership as it has done in the past, through technical standards, auditing and inspection procedures and processes developed over the past 46 years."

Obbes described the resolution as a “major blow, not only to the Institute as a critical and essential custodian of the engineered timber construction sector, but to its many members who actively pursue excellence in the built environment through world-class timber construction, roofing and decking.”

She said that while engineered timber construction remains a viable and intelligent choice in roofing and construction; without an entity enforcing high standards and protecting the consumer, the future of quality timber roofing and construction in South Africa is uncertain.

As part of its dormancy strategy, the ITC-SA's website and social media channels will be closed on 31 October 2019. Events and training scheduled for the balance of the year will continue as planned.

Obbes said the ITC-SA trademark and all intellectual property will be preserved by the Institute's auditors and that its logo must be removed from all members' documentation by 1 November 2019 and may not be duplicated or used in any way or form.

For more information, email enquiries@itc-sa.org, or visit www.itc-sa.org.

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