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SACAP engagement with George Municipality

The SACAP conducted stakeholder engagement with the George Municipality on 31 March 2023. The objective is to foster good working relationship with the municipality and ensure that registered professionals receive good service when submitting building plans.

Currently, the municipality uses an online system for submission of building plans. There is a regular engagement with registered persons and the public and the majority of decisions on building plans are within the prescribed timelines in terms of the National Building Regulations & Standards Act.

The Municipality expressed concern that some unregistered persons submit plans using registration numbers of registered persons. Further, some registered professionals do not attend to queries on the plans within a reasonable time and often resubmit plans without attending to corrections. 

We appeal to all registered persons not to allow any person who is not registered to use their paid-up registration number to submit plans. Further, we encourage all registered persons to attend to all queries on the plans within a reasonable time to ensure that the plans can be approved. This is important because we often receive complaints from members of the public about registered person’s failure to rectify the corrections requested by the municipality.


We intend to finalise a Memorandum of Understanding to solidify our relations. Areas of collaboration include integrating the online submission system with the SACAP register, Privy Seal to be included as part of submission requirements, and quarterly engagement.


We have noted with concern that persons registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa often submits building plan to municipalities without the necessary registration with SACAP. We request all municipalities reject such applications. Registration with the Engineering Council does not entitle engineering professionals to submit building plans


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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Ntokozo Masango
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Stakeholder Relations, Marketing, and Communications Manager