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SACAP ‘encouraged’ by response to its Amnesty Campaign

Tuesday, 14 May 2019  
Posted by: Wilson Muhlari
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SACAP ‘encouraged’ by response to its Amnesty Campaign

Johannesburg, 14 May 2019.  With only a month-and-a-half to go before the end of the South African Council for the Architectural Profession’s (SACAP) Amnesty Campaign for practitioners de-registered due to non-payment of fees; the architectural sector regulatory body says it is ‘encouraged’ by the response of practitioners.

“So far, some 350 practitioners have taken advantage of the Amnesty Campaign. We are encouraged by this as this means 350 architectural practitioners who could be operating outside the system – possibly placing life, limb and livelihood in danger – are now operating legally and under the rules and legislation of SACAP and the country. This certainly aids our goal, as a regulator, of protecting the public,” Acting Registrar at SACAP, Advocate Toto Fiduli said.

Fiduli called on architectural practitioners to make use of the remaining period to contact SACAP to ensure that they are practicing legally.

The three-month amnesty began in April and will end in June 2019. In terms of the amnesty, persons removed due to non-payment of fees, would be required to pay a pre-determined fee as amnesty plus a re-registration fee.  By virtue of making this payment, the person will be re-registered and his/her annual fees paid up until the end of the current financial year. 

“This is in contrast to the current scenario whereby removed persons wishing to re-register are required to pay the fee for the year he/she was removed, a penalty fee, administration fee for re-registration, as well as the current annual fee,” Advocate Fiduli added.

Interested architectural practitioners wishing to take advantage of the amnesty are urged to get in touch with SACAP before Friday 28 June 2019.

According to its statistics, there are more than 23 000 architectural practitioners in the country. However, only 10 700 are allowed by law to practice as they remain in good standing with SACAP.