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SACAP signs MoU with City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality

Collaboration is at the centre of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the 
South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) and the City of 
Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, signed on 26 September 2020.

The collaboration between the two administrative bodies is aimed at improving the 
standards of service on matters that require co-operation between SACAP and City of 
Johannesburg in relation to land use and building development. The MoU was triggered by 
the Ease of Doing Business benchmark study conducted by the World Bank Group to 
optimise the Construction Permitting processes. 

This joint initiative seeks to improve the standard of quality of building plan applications 
submitted by Registered Professionals that meet the Building regulations and SANS10400 
standards, and to ensure that only registered professional submit applications for approval 
amongst other things.

“The MoU is one of several strategic partnerships that SACAP has entered into that is
aimed at improving regulations and advancing the profession. The partnership with the 
City of Johannesburg Municipality is a great achievement to both parties which will have a
significant and positive impact to the architectural profession” SACAP Registrar, Adv Fiduli 

Amolemo Mothoagae, Executive Director of Development Planning (COJ), expressed her 
delight with the collaboration, adding that it fosters greater communication between the 
organisations, which would result in stronger processes for construction permitting.

In today’s digital world, said to be a new normal post Covid-19, the two administrative 
bodies collaborated on the implementation of Construction Permitting Management 
System that will authenticate a Registered Professional of SACAP before they can submit 
a building plan. This partnership is just after SACAP has introduced PrivySeal which is real-
time accreditation digital certificate.
Privyseal automates the issue of its Certificates of Registration and adopts the real-time 
digital accreditation. These systems will eliminate qualification and certificate fraud whilst
improving plans submission process.

This collaboration will allow SACAP and City of Johannesburg to coordinate public 
campaigns to raise awareness about registration, and promote the use of registered 
professionals by the public.

Media Enquiries: 
Ntokozo Masango 
Mobile- 082 327 2169 
Stakeholder Relations Manager 
Poppy Louw 
Email – 
Mobile – 081 235 4999 
Stakeholder Manager – Development Planning 
City of Johannesburg