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SACAP Withdraws Identification of Work (IDoW) Interim Policy

Monday, 18 January 2016   (21 Comments)
Posted by: Jacquie Cullis
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The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) is currently engaging in a Public Participation and Stakeholder Engagement Process regarding the Identification of Work (IDoW) policy which is under review.

The final IDoW Board Notice will be published after the stakeholder and public participation process has been completed.

The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) advises all Stakeholders that the Board Notice 154 of 2011 Interim Policy on the Identification of Work for the Architectural Profession (IDoW) including Part One of Two, Part Two of Two has been withdrawn with immediate effect.  

Please click on the following hyperlink to access Board Notice 259 of 2015 for the Notice of Withdrawal of Board Notice 154 of 2011.

The following SACAP documents have been withdrawn and cannot be used for purposes of submitting building plans (documents are withdrawn with immediate effect:

1. IDoW application for Special Consent (IDOW 001).
2. SACAP Interim IDoW Policy. Part 1 of 2 (BN 154 of 2011).
3. SACAP Interim IDoW Policy. Part 2 of 2 (BN 154 of 2011).
4. IDoW - SACAP Architectural Compliance Certificate.
5. Demarcation of Architectural Work Matrix (BN 154 of 2011).

The following Board Notices are no longer valid and have been withdrawn in line with the IDoW policy:

1. The Reservation of Work Architects (Consolidation of Government
     Notices R1769 of 17 August 1979, R701 of 8 April 1982 and R1770 of
    12 August 1983 in terms of the Architects' Act 1970 (Act 35 of 1970 and;
2. The interim Identification of Work (IDoW) Interim Policy - Board Notice 
    154 of 2011.

All inquiries regarding the Interim IDoW Policy must be placed in writing for the attention of the Registrar/CEO and SACAP Council via the CONTACT US section of the SACAP website.


Videshkumar Boodu says...
Posted Thursday, 16 February 2017
I've come onto this page after about a year & see some very confusing comments. The IDOW has been withdrawn. The Arch Prof Act still exist. This means 1 has to be a registered Professional to Practice. From conversations with SACAP, the IDOW would only make sense after RPL is launched & active. I'm in agreement The Code Of Conduct is for the interim to govern the Professional when taking on appointments. Only take on work that you are competent to do If you are paying R2800 / workshop 4 time a year to earn CPD credits (CPD harvesting) for stuff that you already know, the you have misunderstood CPD & have fallen trap to the system. CPD is about DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION 2 category 1 credit (for good quality education) =
Charl Opperman says...
Posted Thursday, 10 March 2016
The Competition commission's website address is:
Charl Opperman says...
Posted Thursday, 10 March 2016
I went onto the the Competition commission's website, and found the following press release stating that the "Commission rejects CBE exemption applications" Use the following lnk to read. Am I correct in saying that they rejected the new Idow?
Ricardo Ludick says...
Posted Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Well I had my first brush with the law today (COCT) . They are now requesting me to get a IDOW LETTER from SACAP to approve a building plan. The letter will be to inform them (COCT) on what type of work I may do. Funny part ..... is I have had plans approved (in Decemeber2015 last) in that office before this withdrawal of IDOW issue. Called SACAP and they refered me to their website to go look at the IDOW. What to do now ?????
Leanne B. Kipling says...
Posted Wednesday, 17 February 2016
What does this mean for those of us who are Architectural Draughtsmen; or for any of us working in this industry, for that matter?
Ndoda Mbadamana says...
Posted Friday, 05 February 2016
My attention is particularly drawn to the Board Notice emphasis that the "documents cannot be used for submitting building plans". This shallow-minded prominence that has always signified what is supposedly the purpose of these documents on the part of SACAP, is the source of the whole problem. Why not put forward the rationale (if there is any) that constituted the basis of their formulation in the first place.
Johan Naude says...
Posted Wednesday, 03 February 2016
I don't think you will get a response here. See the last sentence in the news flash. Use Contact Us. I have used it to voice my concerns and asked the Registrar to explain the implications it will have on the profession by means of an e-mail circulation to all registered professionals. All registered engineers received a fully explanatory memo from ECSA explaining why the competitions board rejected all CBE applications, as well as the way forward. Let's see if we get any reply...
Mornay Short says...
Posted Wednesday, 03 February 2016
Yes I am now also lost... Mahuntsi has a point. I am currently working on a few projects that needs to be submitted next month and my fees are fixed. According to the IDoW, I was fully entitled to do the work. If the municipality is going to decide otherwise due to some other law that I am not aware of, I am going to flip a lid! I have been working my finger to the bone on these projects. The CPD system is also flawed. I have had to attend courses of stuff that I already know just to get CPD points. It is a waste of time and costing a fortune... and for what? There are no courses really worth the while. The same old stuff. I can learn more from google honestly. I had always done my own research on new technology like I was taught to do in my initial architectural studies, and I have learnt much more than any course ever taught me.
Harry van Zyl says...
Posted Friday, 29 January 2016
Have the decency and respond please ! Even "working on this ... will respond (date & time)"
Mark Laburn says...
Posted Friday, 29 January 2016
SACAP please respond to Mahuntsi's question - we would all like to know.....
Nicola A. Pollard says...
Posted Friday, 29 January 2016
That is how I understand it too.
Francois Bosman says...
Posted Thursday, 28 January 2016
The way I read it is. Only the demarcation of work, Idow policy and the Arch Cert of Comp has been withdrawn. Not the act itself. You still need to be registered, write your ppe and do your CPD. The repeal is not on the law itself, but merely a section of it. There is just no limitations of what you can do as a draughtsman, technologist or architect. Care should be taken though that if you do decide to do a project obave your personal limitation, you will most likely be held accountable by the justice system in any case.
Francois Van Der Westhuizen says...
Posted Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Please respond to the requests to answer Mahuntsi's questions. Why do you not respond?
Jenny R. Stark (Purdon) says...
Posted Monday, 25 January 2016
SACAP please respond to Mahuntsi's question - we would all like to know
Mzamani R. Sibiya says...
Posted Friday, 22 January 2016
K Swart Should fees fall as well?
Mzamani R. Sibiya says...
Posted Friday, 22 January 2016
R Sibiya I would like to know if it is still relevant to write PPE (Professional Practice Exam)?
Francois J. Cordewener says...
Posted Thursday, 21 January 2016
We should wait and see if SACAP gives an explanation.....Personally I can say...out of personal experience....this should take about 2 years....
Mahuntsi A. Mbiza says...
Posted Thursday, 21 January 2016
The answer to my question of yesterday is simple and obvious.All the SACAP Categories obsolete.And in fact one can argue that the whole system of Sacap has collapsed.The effect of the withdrawal is that nobody is registered and does NOT need to be registered to submit to the Municipality.Anyone and anybody CAN draw anything of any size and submit,the Municipality is bound to accept and approve if the drawing meets their basic requirement. This now begs the question,why should I bother to pay my annual fee and attend 4 WOrkshops in a year at a cost of R2800.00 each,while every Tom,Dick and Harry can draw anything of any size and submit. Without our annual fees SACAP is dead and buried........Maybe it's about time.
Nicola A. Pollard says...
Posted Thursday, 21 January 2016
Please can we have an answer to Mahuntsi's question as soon as possible.
Mahuntsi A. Mbiza says...
Posted Wednesday, 20 January 2016
This is all confusing.What Legislation/Regulation are we now supposed to be complying with,with regard to Category of Registration?
Dirk J. Du Preez says...
Posted Tuesday, 19 January 2016
What does this mean?