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Nelson Mandela Municipality Workshop

The SACAP hosted a successful workshop with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on 21 June 2023. The purpose of the workshop was to engage the Municipality about delays in the approval of building plans and poor communication. As well as educate members of the public about the requirements for registration before a person can be appointed to perform architectural work.

We promoted registration requirements, Recognition of Prior Learning, Identification of Work, and Continuous Professional Development. Registered persons were also workshop about the Code of Conduct.

The Municipality noted all the complaints and indicated that they are working on improving operations. An online building plan submissions is being considered, to streamline approval process. 

Registered professionals are requested to submit building plan applications in line with the Identification of Work policy. This will alleviate the challenge faced by Plan Examiners who have to deal with building plan submissions that are not aligned with the Identification of Work policy. SACAP has developed certificate for registered professionals with building types they are competent to perform. This will make it easy for Plan Examiners to determine whether a registered professional has complied with the IDoW.

SACAP remains committed to working closely with the Nelson Mandela Municipality and other stakeholders to address these challenges and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the building plan approval process. We value the collaboration and cooperation demonstrated during this workshop and look forward to ongoing engagement to improve service delivery in the architectural profession.




The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) is legally charged to regulate the architectural profession in South Africa by the Architectural Profession Act 2000, Act 44 of 2000. The architectural profession includes professional architects, senior architectural technologists, architectural technologists, draughtspersons, specified categories, and candidates in each of the categories of registration, all of whom are required to be registered with SACAP before they can practice architecture.

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