News and Views
26 April 2017

SACAP Professonal Practice Examination Date 26 April 2017.  Refer to SACAP's website for closing date for applications and payment


24 April 2017

The Institute of Draughting will be closed from 24 April 2017 until 05 May 2017.

No applications / registrations will be processed during this period.

Neither will documents be received by courier during this period.

21 December 2016

The SA Institute of Draughting will be closed from 21 December 2016 and will re open on 09 January 2017.

The Executive Committee wishes all members and their families, together with all the Institutes' Service Providers everything of the very best for 2017.

15 November 2016

The office of the SA Institute of Draughting will be closed on the following days in November 2016:            24, 25 and 28 

03 November 2016

The Annual General Meeting of the SA Institute of Draughting was held on 03 November 2016 at the Building Centre  Northgate Estate  Ysterplaat  Cape Town.

The meeting was attended by 15 members plus 3 guests with 37 apologies received.

The names of the Executive Committee for 2017 was announced, being

Niel Lombard, Maureen Gerrans, Carol De Beer, Megum Reyneke, Evona Mapanga, Quinton Damstra, Mohammed Mohidien and Mike Simmonds as an independent co-opted member.

The President and Vice President will be elected at the next Executive Committee meeting early in 2017.

Highlights from the meeting:

● The Institute has been assessed and verified with the Procurement Recognition Level at 100%, the BBBEE Status at Level 4 Contributor and recognition as an Exempted Micro Enterprise.

● During 2016, the Institute was registered as a Non Profit Company, (2016 / 027567 / 08).

● The Institute requires a modern website that meets today's design and technology standards  for style, functionality and user-friendliness. This is currently work in progress and should be  finalised soon. One of the functionalities will be that employment opportunities will be  advertised.

● The Constitution has been amended where the "old" Constitution and Bylaws were integrated into one document. A copy of the new Constitution will be available on request.

● The Institute's Voluntary Association status whereby the Institute is Recognised as a Voluntary Ass.

● The Institute's current Voluntary Association status with the Engineering Council is valid until 2018.

● The Institute's monthly financial accounts are managed by an external company which also annually, prepares all the books for submission to the auditors, Cecil Kilpin & Co. Chartered  Accountants. The finances for 2014 were audited and signed off.

A CPd presentation was held after the AGM and attended by more than 50 people, representing both architectural and engineering professionals.

The presentation was done by the Building Control Officer and the Head of Building Development Management from the Cape Town City Council. The topic was "Legislation Relating to Building Plan Submission / Approval Processes."

SACAP Stakeholders Forum 10 March 2016 - Feedback
05 April 2016

The architectural Stakeholders meeting on the 10th March 2016 at the Birchwood hotel, Boksburg was quite an interesting process. For the SACAP council individuals tasked with guiding the architectural profession in SA, it was very apparent it’s not an easy task and for their efforts we must thank all of them.

It was obvious that the one day meeting was not long enough. SACAP used the services of a very strong referee who managed the stakeholders meeting with a “no deviation from the designed script” approach. Everyone was invited to ask one question only, one at a time, and the questions were asked in batches of 4 questions at a time, before being answered by a council member. It was made very clear that insecurities, speeches and opinions weren’t allowed during this SACAP forum and questions not dealing with the topic discussed where assigned to the end – however, these were never addressed at the end.  It was a “four different individual questions at a time” format. It did appear at times that the more difficult answers looked for by those attending the SACAP meeting where either skirted around, skipped or glossed over. Whether this was intentional or just part of being barraged by many questions, is unclear.

It was mentioned that the Architectural Act and the Competitions Act reside in two different domains – however, both should fall under the Constitution. The impression that was created was that the “Constitution” and the “Competitions Act” should start to align with the “Architectural Act”. This was a subtle point picked up by a few.

 The extremely important question to be asked going forward is why don’t we align the “Architectural Act” with the “Constitution” and the “Competitions Act” instead of the other way round?  Surely it would be far easier than trying to change two massive working entities that have been fairly set up and are completely fair and functional. It appears that this process could be using one Act to try and change another two Acts. If this impression is even remotely correct, the implications of this is very far reaching – by changing the two stronger Acts to align with the lesser Architectural Act is not ideal. The knock on effect could radically change how every established profession in South Africa will go forward.

As the meeting progressed the architects where squabbling about the cake and pudding being taken from their tables, not really seeing that they were proposing to take the bread from the draughtspersons.  Huge cheers from mostly the architects present, went up when fees were discussed and everyone at the top of the food chain started to dream of the obscene amounts of money they would make if all this was locked up in an architectural fee structure.

The referee did point out that it is impossible to try and control fee structures within a profession. Many pertinent questions were raised and hopefully, will be properly addressed one by one on a SACAP website forum.

The meeting was far too short to properly address the many issues and because all the issues where not addressed, here’s sincerely hoping that SACAP will continue this dialogue to a much wider audience.

This meeting was a step in the right direction – more dialogue, more open communication, more engagement between the role players in the architectural arena. It is imperative SACAP makes no further application to any other external body until these important issues have been properly addressed within the professional architectural domain.

05 April 2016

Participants attending the meeting had to submit questions on the following draft documents below, so that SACAP could prepare a response, and address the questions at the meeting.

•    Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
•    Identification of Work (IDoW)
•    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
•     Professional Fees

An estimated 650 participants attended the meeting. The president and members of SACAP would
brief us on one draft at a time and you could only question on the pertaining subject. One question per
person, one subject at a time, and when you asked one question there was no time for a second.

The meeting started with questions being asked and answered. Whenever where was a question asked that could put SACAP in a spot of bother, they would side step it by telling us they will come back to us with an answer in due cause, although they had the questions prior to the meeting. I just hope that they do not go and say that they answered all our grievances and that we are all in agreement.  

The most contentious issue was that SACAP pretended whatever they do, they are within the Architectural Profession Act 44 of 2000 and that Section 22 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa 1996, that grants everyone the right to choose their trade, occupation or profession provides that such practice of trade, occupation of profession may be regulated by law.

However, I would like to know what the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa says about an individual plying this trade for 35 years competently with no complaints of any unacceptable professional conduct or professional incompetence, like myself.
I appeal to SACAP to take its members hands, and lead the way to a better life, to be more productive, rather than to limit competent professionals with their duties that they have perform for many years.

This is feedback from a previously disadvantaged registered person who is about to become more disadvantaged.

Niel Lombard, has become ill
29 March 2016

Niel Lombard, the President of the Institute, suddenly became seriously ill and has undergone major surgery.
On behalf of the Executive Committee, we wish him a speedy recovery and strength to his family.

Training Providers
22 March 2016

The Institute wishes to report that it has received a letter from the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP), stating that, as a Voluntary Association of SACAP, the Institute may not accredit or validate any training providers offering architectural qualifications.
The Institute has never accredited or validated any college.
The Institute has supported colleges offering Draughting and Design courses in engineering and architectural disciplines.
It is with sincere regret that the list of Training Providers has been removed from the Institute’s website

22 February 2016

Stakeholder Public Engagement Meeting: 10 March 2016


All Registered Persons attending the forum, will earn 1 Category 1  CPD credit.

The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) is legally charged with regulating the architectural profession in South Africa in terms of the Architectural Profession Act 2000, (Act No. 44 of 2000) (the Act).


The stakeholder engagement and public participation forum forms part of the public consultative process which was published on the SACAP website on 08 June 2015 and 12 August 2015 entitled: Draft Council Policies request for comment.

SACAP cordially invites all interested persons to attend a Stakeholder Engagement and Public Participation Forum at which the following mandates will be discussed.

  • The role of the Voluntary Associations (VA’s) within the Architectural Profession.

  • Renewal of Voluntary Associations (VA’s) - requirements for the Recognition and Maintenance of Recognition of a Voluntary Association in terms of section 25, read with the section 14(d) of the Act – Board Notice to be published.

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

  • Identification of Work (IDoW).

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

  • Professional Fees.

Please note: Documents will be available on SACAP’s website


Date: Thursday, 10 March 2016.
Venue: Birchwood Hotel 
Address: 14 View Point Street, Bartlett, Boksburg 1459.
Tel: 011 897 0000.


Registration - 08h00 – 09h00.

Stakeholder Engagement meeting: 09h00 – 17h30.


All REGISTRATION must be completed online.

Please click on the following hyperlink to complete the online registration process ONLINE REGISTRATION

RSVP and enquiries

RSVP: Closing date - Friday, 26 February 2016.

Contact: Ms Roelien van der Merwe (Committee coordinator).


Maskam Water SACAP and ECSA CPD presentation
16 February 2016
Happy Festive Season
10 December 2015

Wishing all members and stakeholders everything of the best over the festive season.
The office will be closed from Monday 21st December 2015 and will re-open on Wednesday 06th January 2016

23 November 2015

The telephone sevice has been restored.

Apologies for any invoncenience caused.


Notice and Agenda
19 October 2015

Please check attached document.

Governing Council Nominees 2015
16 October 2015

Please check document attachment

06 October 2015

Notice is hereby given that an Annual General Meeting will be held for all Life Members, Members and Associate Members, who are in good standing and fully paid up with the Institute

  • Other grades of Members, also in good standing and fully paid up with the Institute, or invited guests, are welcome to attend the meeting

  • All persons who wish to attend are requested to reply by eMail, confirming attendance / apologies, no later than Friday 16 October 2015

  • Return proxy forms no later than Friday 16 October 2015

  • Attached is a form for nominations for persons to serve on the SAID Governing Council. These nomination forms must be returned to SAID by 09th October 2015

    The AGM will be held on:

DATE:  Tuesday 03 November 2015

TIME:   Registration at 16:30     Meeting 17:00 >> 18:00

VENUE:  Building Centre   Platinum Street   Northgate  Estate   Ysterplaat   Cape Town

  • Attached, for your convenience is:

    • form to vote for the Proposed Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws

    • a form for Nomination of a Member for Serving on SAID Governing Council 

A CPD activity will be presented by Maskam Water
05 October 2015

A CPD activity will be presented by Maskam Water, after the AGM from 18:30 >> 19:30.
This activity will carry 0.2 CPD credit for SACAP and 0.2 CPD point for ECSA
Entrance will be free for fully paid up SAID members
Please confirm your attendance by notifying the Institute, by eMail, no later than 16th October 2015

DATE:    Tuesday 03 November 2015

TIME:      Registration at 18:00     Meeting 18:30 >> 19:30

VENUE:  Building Centre   Platinum Street   Northgate  Estate   Ysterplaat   Cape Town

08 July 2015

SACAP is proposing to further restrict the scope of works of the Draughtsperson by limiting the work to the design and draughting of: barns and sheds, stables, surface car parks and single dwelling units / simple single storey dwellings, ONLY  SACAP’s Proposed Draft IDoW document will have grave consequences for the Draughtperson’s continued existence.

SAID’s Letter of Objection to SACAP

03 July 2015

The Registrar
SA Council for the Architectural Profession  
P O Box 408

Mrs O’Reilly

S A Institute of Draughting - Response to SACAP Proposed Draft Documents

In response to SACAP’s Draft Proposals of:

•    Identification of Work (IDoW)
•    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
•    Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Identification of Work (IDoW)
•    The Competition Act, 1998 (Act No. 89 of 1998) states:
“That the economy must be open to greater ownership by a greater number of South Africans. That credible competition law and effective structures to administer that law, are necessary for an efficient functioning economy. That an efficient, competitive economic environment, balancing the interests of workers, owners and consumers are focussed on development , will benefit all South Africans
In order to –
provide all South Africans equal opportunities to participate fairly in the national economy.”

SACAP is clearly proposing to implement Acts which are in contradiction to the spirit of the Competitions Act.

•    SACAP’s Proposed Draft IDoW document will have grave consequences for the Draughtperson’s continued existence.
The Draughtsperson’s scope of works will be reduced to barns and sheds, stables, surface car parks and single dwelling unit / simple single storey dwelling.

How many barns and sheds are required to be designed and draughted in South Africa ?

How many stables are required to be designed and draughted in South Africa ?
Horse riding, polo, etc. is the sport of the elitist rich, who will surely not utilise a Draughtsperson to design their stables ?

How many surface car parks are required to be designed and draughted in South Africa ?
This is not the domain of an Architectural Draughtsperson, such a project would be undertaken by an Engineering Technician.
In addition, with limited space available in urban areas, surface car parks are not going to be in great demand, as the trend is to build Parking Garages.
In many draughting practices the design and draughting of double storey dwellings is a major focus in the practice. This will no longer be allowed.

The result will be that Draughtspersons will have to close down their practices, retrench other Draughtspersons working with or for them and retrench office staff.

Cognizance must be taken of the fact that many of the Registered Persons in the lower categories of registration are from a previously disadvantaged background. The Proposed Draft document will play out the scenario whereby history repeats itself and people will, once again, be disadvantaged.

As the Proposed Draft document has such a limited IDoW category available for Draughtspersons, it will be impossible for all Draughtspersons to legally undertake work restrictive to their category. Draughtspersons will be without work, and this situation is completely contrary to the Government’s imperative of creating jobs for people.
SACAP is not assisting in the creation of jobs, but of eliminating jobs in terms of the Draughtsperson.

•    The Proposed Draft IDoW document of SACAP will decimate the numbers of Draughtspersons.
This Proposed Draft document virtually eliminates the necessity for Draughtspersons, thereby questioning the need for the registration of the Category of Draughtpersons with SACAP.
This is the obliteration of an entire profession.

•    Scholars in Grades 10, 11 and 12 studying Graphic Design (Technical Drawings) who, academically, financially or by choice, will not attend a University or a University of Technology to study Architecture, will study Draughting at a private or FET College.
This will be a complete waste of money and time as there will be no future in draughting.
For those who choose to continue in a career of draughting, their scope of work will be severely limited.
The draughting courses offered by these colleges will not enable the students to be registered with SACAP in a Technology category.
The result will be the closure of private draughting colleges / training providers and the trend will continue, whereby staff will be retrenched.

The SA Institute of Draughting opposes the Proposed Draft IDoW document in the strongest terms.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

“Continuing Professional Development (CPD) including registering for courses at recognised Architectural Learning sites (ALS) is vital to bridging possible knowledge gaps, while still in full time employment or practice.”

•    It is SACAP’s responsibility to ensure that Universities and Universities of Technology have courses (part time and eLearning) in place to enable persons wishing to upgrade, to attain the required academic input, culminating in the necessary qualifications.
These facilities need to be available in all major centres, throughout the country.

•    What is vitally important is the immediate availability of suitable eLearning courses.
This form of course presentation will serve persons in outlying areas, persons employed and  persons who are unable to take time away from their practice or place of employment.

•    The need for Draughtpersons to upgrade to Technologists has never been more urgent and important than NOW.

The Proposed Draft IDoW document suggests that draughting will definitely not be a viable career, therefore, upgrading is essential.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

•    The Proposed Draft document calling for an increase in CPD credits to 12 per annum is not justifiable.
•    Currently, registered Draughtspersons are experiencing enough financial strain, having to accumulate a total of 10 credits per annum, consequently, an increase in this number is unrealistic.
•    SACAP must publish a schedule of CPD credits allocated to all activities in each of the three (3) categories.
This schedule must be published before the Proposed Draft Document can be finalised.

•    The Institute strongly opposes the Proposed Draft Identification of Works document.

•    The Institute requires that SACAP must ensure that facilities are available at Universities and Universities of Technology in all major centres, country wide, to offer courses required for Recognition of Prior Learning.
SACAP must also ensure that the learning sites are familiar with, geared towards and embrace the concept of Recognition of Prior Learning, otherwise this will remain an unfulfilled ideal.

•    The Institute requests that SACAP revises the proposed total amount of Continuing Professional Development credits required for a year’s cycle and retains the current total of ten (10) credits per annum.

The Institute will lodge an objection with the Council for the Built Environment (CBE) and the Competitions Commission (CC) regarding the Proposed Draft documentation.

Nicolaas D Lombard
President SAID

Telephone: 021 975 5191
Facsimile:   086 579 1337321

Festive Greetings
13 December 2012

The Institute wishes all its members and stakeholders everything of the very best for the festive season and 2013.

The office will be closed from 18th December 2012 until 18th January 2013.

SACAP Board Notice 154 of 2011
18 October 2011

SACAP Interim Policy on the Identification of Work for the Architectural Profession

All SA Institute of Draughting members registered with SACAP, are requested, as matter of urgency, to refer to the attached Board Notice 154 of 2011 (part 1 of 2) and Board Notice 154 (part 2 of 2)

The Interim Policy as set out, became effective from 01 October 2011.

This policy with the Schedule 1: Demarcation of Architectural Work Matrix replaces the 500m²  limit, that was previously in place.

Please respond to SACAP regarding the Interim IDoW Policy via SACAP’s “Contact Us” on SACAP’s website for attention of the Acting Registrar.

SAID Executive Committee 2011 / 2012
18 July 2011

The following members have been elected as Executive Committee Members.

Niel Lombard – President

Niel has been involved in the Built Environment for almost forty years; four years of which has been in his own partnership company, Brainwave Projects.  His focus is on architectural and civil projects as well as project management.  The highlight of Niel’s career is his involvement with the Viking Building Saxonburg project.

He is a family man and a proud grandfather of his first grandchild. Niel is an active member of his church’s council. One of his hobbies is to collect beer mugs from all over the world.

Megum Reyneke – Vice President

Megum has been involved in the building industry for a number of years and has an established practice, MRP Architectural Solutions.  She focuses on additions and alterations, town planning and project management.

Megum was involved in the re-design of Cambridge Junior School in East London in 1987.

She has served as an Executive Committee Member of SAID for many years.

Megum is an active member of the Pinelands Rate Payer Association. She is a member of the Miniaturist Guild and has a talent for flower arranging.

Quinton Damstra

Quinton has been involved in architecture since the 1990s, two years of which was spent working in London.

Since returning to South Africa in 1999 he started his own practice, QJD Design Studio.

He is also a chief examiner for the Department of Education.

The highlight of his career is his Erxcell concept, showcased earlier this year by The Buckminster Fuller Institute of the United States of America.

Quinton has been an active Executive Committee Member of SAID for a number of years.

He enjoys beach combing and relaxation.

Carol De Beer

Carol has been involved in the Built Environment for a number of years in Port Elizabeth, Durban and Cape Town. She has her own practice in Cape Town and her focus is on domestic dwellings and she specialises in Liquor Licence applications.

Her view is that everyday, every client and every project is a “highlight.”

She is active with Tai Chi and enjoys gardening.

Carol has served as an Executive Committee Member of the Institute for a few years.

Maureen W Gerrans

Maureen has her own practice, Creative Design Workroom, and has been involved in the Built Environment for many years. Her experience ranges from architectural, civil, project management to mechanical draughting.

She has been and is currently the Executive Secretary of SAID, as well as serving as an Executive Committee Member.

Maureen is registered with both SACAP and ECSA. She serves on the SACAP Council and various SACAP committees. She fights tirelessly for the rights of the draughtsperson and has been very involved with disabled draughtspersons.

Her passion is travel, photography and reading.

Mike Simmonds

Mike has worked in the architectural field for more than twenty years. He has his own practice, Architectural Plans and Designs (APD) and specialises in residential architecture.

The highlight of his career is the alteration and extension to the Methodist Church in Edgemead.

He relaxes by going to the gym, windsurfing, martial arts and watching motor cycle racing.

Carlo Ghisolfo

Carlo started his own practice sixteen years ago, Eye for Design. His expertise includes both mechanical and architectural draughting as well as project management.

He regards his greatest achievement to have been in the process design of Cortona Wine Cellars for the Antenori Group in Cortona, Tuscany, Italy. The project extended from 2001 to 2005 and comprised nine wine cellars in total.

He enjoys radio-controlled aircraft and playing golf.

SAID Co-opted Committee Members

Izak Geldenhuys and Rowan Smith have volunteered to serve on task groups.

Overview of the Draughting Profession in SA
17 July 2011

A synopsis of the presentation by Quinton J Damstra on the Draughting Profession in South Africa.

Draughting is a very broad based discipline, of which architectural draughting forms a small part.

The Institute of Draughting is not only recognised as a Voluntary Association of SACAP, but also recognised  as a VA by the Engineering Council of SA (ECSA). This is unique in South Africa.

A draughtsperson used to start their professional journey on the workshop floor. They would then be invited into the drawing office, if  showing the correct aptitude.  Draughting chose you, unlike today where people choose the carreer of draughting.

In the case of architectural draughting, they would trace existing architectural plans. They would then trace examples of all the disciplines; electrical, civil, mechanical, structural steel details and piping.  This experiential progress could take years!

As I maintain to my students – one can only get 20 years experience in any field by working 20 years – no shortcuts to experience. After being exposed to the various draughting disciplines the draughtsperson can now choose which discipline best suits their passion.

One of SAID’s  many challenges to date, was that  most of these other draughting professionals felt architectural draughting is an easy discipline – and they all dabble in it, part time!  SAID’s architectural draughting representatives’ job was to educate these draughting individuals that we should all stick to our professional draughting portfolio.

SACAP has helped immensely with preventing this across the board draughting by preventing these individuals from submitting plans to local authorities without being registered with SACAP.

At SAID we want to give credibility to our brand – when industry sees the SAID logo advertising an individual or product we want that to be the mark of approval and we also want to be able to validate the placing of that logo.

Our architectural industry has its very strange anomalies.  When you speak to an architect about draughtspeople or technicians they are very vocal and passionate about the fact that draughtspeople and technicians do not know how to design and they should not design.

When you speak to draughtspeople and technicians they say that certain architects do not know how to draw and their sketches and certain of their designs are illegible.

So there is a lot of eyeballing.  All of us in our own compounds; a kind of professional xenophobia.

Our aim is not to have our draughtpeople be engineers without the qualifications, or architects / architectural technologists without the necessary experience.   

Our aim is to promote the advancement of the skill of draughting.  The skill or communicative language we all use in our architectural profession.

SAID wants to change the perception that draughtspersons are under qualified.

Draughting is an exciting field to ply ones trade whether you’re an architectural draughtsperson, electrical draughtsperson, structural steel detailer, mechanical draughtsperson, civil draughtsperson, or, if you are proficient in one of the CAD packages and are a CAD driver.

Draughting is multi-faceted and its draughtspersons will continue to prop up architectural and engineering practices with their tireless work ethic.

Here is to a productive future with SAID and may we progress as we have been over the last half century.

Details for 2011 SAID AGM
19 April 2011

Notice is hereby given that an Annual General Meeting will be held for all Life Members,  Members and Associate Members, who are in good standing with the Institute.  Other grades of Members, also in good standing, or invited guests, are welcome to attend the meeting.

DATE: Thursday 19th May 2011
TIME: Registration at 15:30; meeting will commence at 16:00
VENUE: SA Institute of Draughting Offices
           Unit C24 Pinelands Business Park  
           New Mill Road Ndabeni  
           Cape Town
RSVP: by no later than Tuesday 3 May 2011

Convenient, free parking will be available in the Business Park.

In Memory of Jeanne Fourie
16 January 2011

Jeanne Fourie was the SAID Top Achiever at Inscape Design College, Cape Town for 2009.
It was with sadness that the Institute heard of her passing late last year after a brief illness.
Heartfelt sympathy is extended to Jeanne’s family.

SAID Office Closing
01 December 2010

The SAID office will be closing at 13h00 on Friday 17 December 2010 and reopening on Wednesday 5 January 2011.

Happy Holidays!

SAID AGM Postponed
01 December 2010

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the SAID Annual General Meeting scheduled for 14 December 2010 has been postponed to early 2011.  Details will be posted once finalised.

Removal for Non-payment of SACAP Fees
01 November 2010

The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) advised all Registered Persons that have not paid their annual registration fees for the period 1 April 2010 – 31 March 2011 financial year that SACAP will be removing Registered Persons from the active register on Monday, 1 November 2010.

As per the Architectural Profession Act 2000 (Act 44 of 2000), Registered Persons who have not paid their annual fees within 60 days of the due date which was 30 May 2010 will be removed from the register.

SACAP reminds all Registered Persons that once you have been removed for non-payment that it is illegal to practice unless you have a valid registration number. Once you have been removed for non-payment of annual fees you will be liable for the cost of re-registration which are R1,537,00 for Professional categories and R910 for Candidate categories over and above the outstanding annual registration fee.

SACAP has noticed a steady increase in unallocated monies due to unclear or non-existent payment references provided by registered persons at the time of making payment. In order to address this problem SACAP has introduced Transaction Referencing. Registered Persons are required to use their account numbers as the payment reference when making payment for their annual fees. The account number is clearly printed on invoices issued and comprises six characters, e.g. A12345 (alphabetic letter and five numeric digits) or A1234A (alphabetic letter, four numeric digits, and another alphabetic letter). Should the payment reference supplied not comply with this format, the payment will be rejected by the bank.

This system will ensure that monies are allocated to the correct accounts and the onus is upon registered persons to make sure that their payments are up-to-date so that they do not run the risk of being removed from the register.

Banking Details

Name: SA Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)
Bank: First National Bank (FNB)
Current account number: 504 1117 2203
Branch code: 254005
SWIFT code for international payments: FIRNZAJJ

Click here
to view SACAP’s updated fees effective as from 1 April 2010.

We thank those Registered Persons who have paid their fees and enabled us to achieve our goals.

Contact Details

SACAP Finance Unit
Tel: 011 479 - 5000 Option 2

Adele Lucas Bursary Announced
05 October 2010

The Lucas family, along with the Soweto Festival Expo announced the first annual Adele Lucas Bursary.

The bursary will be awarded to a female honours student at the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. The bursary is initiated as a permanent legacy to Adele Lucas, who died unexpectedly in June 2010.

Click here to read the article on the SA Conference Directory website.

SACAP Special Registration Dispensation
27 September 2010

In terms of the Architectural Profession Act No.44 of 2000, all persons practicing in the field of Architecture must be registered in one of the categories as per Section 18 of the Act.

At a meeting held on 19 and 20 February 2010, Council approved a Special Dispensation for persons who have been practicing without registration. This special dispensation enables applicants who have been practicing without registration for more than 6 years to be registered under certain conditions.

An advert detailing the conditions was placed in the Beeld newspaper on Monday 27 September 2010 as part of the Architecture supplement.

Please download PDF below for more information.

Publications from Interact Media Defined (Pty) Ltd
21 March 2010

SAID has entered into an agreement with Interact Media Defined (Pty) Ltd, whereby registered members of the Institute, with the exception of students, are offered the opportunity to receive free publications specific to the built environment.

The Institute will forward the contact details of eligible members to Interact Media Defined (Pty) Ltd, who in turn will make contact to ascertain which publications members would like to receive.

Click on publication names below for further information:
Design & Technology

Plumbing Africa

SACAP: Notice of Final Removals
15 March 2010


The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) advised Registered Persons that the final date for removals due to failure to pay annual fees is 25 March 2010.

In terms of section 20 (1) (a) iii of the Act, Council has determined that Registered Persons will be removed from the register for failure to pay outstanding fees.

In order to re-register, outstanding fees must be settled in full by 25 March 2010. In addition, a re-registration fee of R1396.50 (including VAT) will be levied. This re-registration fee is valid until 31 March 2010.

Please direct all enquiries to the SACAP Finance Unit:
Fax: 086 637 4171
Tel: (011) 417 0900/01


In terms of section 22 (1) of the Architectural Profession Act No 44 of 2000, SACAP has determined conditions for Renewal of Registration for all Registered Professionals through the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) system.

This requires the submission of annual portfolios in accordance with the prescribed 5 yearly renewal cycles. These are published in Board Notice 31 of 2009. In terms of clause 7 (7.1), a Registered Person must, at least three months prior to the expiry date of registration, apply to the Council for the renewal of his/her registration.

It is noted that a number of Registered Professionals who were due to renew their registration on 1 January 2009 have failed to do so despite numerous reminders from SACAP.

Registered Professionals who have failed to comply in this regard will be removed from the Register on 25 March 2010.

In order to re-register after removal, a re-registration form, accompanied by proof of payment for the re-registration fee of R1396.50 (including VAT), will be applicable. This is valid until 31 March 2010.

In addition, re-registration will only be effected once the necessary Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provisions have been complied with.

Please direct all enquires to the CPD Officer:
Mr Madivan van der Merwe on
Fax: 086 555 0346
Tel: 011 417 0900/01

SACAP Annual Fees
15 March 2010

Annual Registration Fees - Licence to Practice

Registered Persons have been notified that Council has determined that annual fees for the financial period 1 April 2010 - 31 March 2011 have been increased by 10%.  Fees are due on the 1st April 2010. Any fees that are outstanding after the 31st May 2010 may result in de-registration.

Please click below to download the SACAP fees table.

SAID Telkom line has been fixed
12 February 2010

We are pleased to notify you that our telephone and fax line is up and running again.

SAID Telkom line out of order
01 February 2010

The SAID office's Telkom line has been out of order since 1 February 2010.  We are doing everything possible to rectify the matter.  We apologise for the inconvenience and will let you know as soon as the line is up and running again.

Should you need to reach us, please send an e-mail to:

SAID 2010 Annual Membership Fees
20 December 2009
Invoices for SAID 2010 membership fees will be sent out in January 2010.

Annual fees must be paid by 28 February 2010 in order for members to be eligible for their rebate on their SACAP or ECSA registration  fees.


Member - R 500.00
Associate Member - R 475.00
Graduate - R 450.00
Affiliate - R 400.00
Student - R 275.00
Retired Member - R 150.00

Best Wishes from SAID
17 December 2009
SAID would like to wish all its members and training providers a safe and joyful festive season.

Thank you for your continued support throughout the year.

May 2010 be a prosperous year for you.
SAID Thanks Golf Day Sponsors
02 December 2009
The Institute hosted a very successful golf day on 1 December 2009 at the Parow Golf Club.

A donation from the proceeds will be made to the building fund of the Carel du Toit Centre - where deaf children learn to speak. 

The generosity of our sponsors was greatly appreciated, and contributed to the wonderful day.

We would like to thank the following sponsors (listed in alphabetical order):

Academy of Inventive Design and Technology
Berco Bearings
Bokomo Ltd
Caddiepack cc
Cape Garden Centre
CTU Training Solutions
CTU Training Solutions Stellenbosch Campus
Discover Fine Wine & Spirits
Drumbeat Charters 
Element Engineering
Gourmet Coffees
Greenside Total Service Station
K3 Water and Energy Sachets
Land Rover
Liesbeeck Leisure Club
Merry Pack
Midmar Liquors
Peninsula Beverages Co
Peninsula Driving Range
Pharmaceutical Enterprises (Pty) Ltd
Point Break (Pty) Ltd
Pro Range (Pty) Ltd
Proteas Direct
Riaan Hols Properties
SAID President’s Award
Salt Sales Agencies (Cape) Pty) Ltd
Spur Corporation 
The Golfers Club
Touchline Media
Tudor Technologies
Zevenwacht Estate
For Lovers of Church Architecture
02 August 2009
One of SAID’s members, Sylvia Strachan, has recommended a book called "The Bishop's Churches" by Desmond Martin.  The book documents 40 of 50 churches established from the mid-1800's by the first Anglican bishop of Cape Town, Robert Gray; many of which were designed by his wife Sophy.  It contains beautiful illustrations and is very informative. 

The book is available at the St. George's Cathedral Bookshop and from

She also referred lovers of church architecture to a website called ChurchCrawler:

Sylvia would like to make contact with anyone who is familiar with this book or who can recommend any other books showcasing church architecture.  She can be contacted via e-mail at

SACAP Annual Fees 2009 / 2010
01 April 2009
SACAP's annual fees are due with effect from 31/05/2009.

Paid up members of the SA Institute of Draughting, which is recognised as a Voluntary Association by SACAP, are entitled to a rebate of R300.00 on their SACAP fee.

Members of SAID are required to be paid up to date by 15/05/2009, in order for the Institute to notify SACAP of their membership status.

It is to be noted that it is illegal to practise any form of architecture if you are not registered with SACAP.
Engineering Council of SA Annual Fees 2009 / 2010
01 March 2009
ECSA's annual fees are due with effect from 01/04/2009.

Professional and registered persons who are paid up members of the SA Institute of Draughting, which is recognised as Volunatary Association by ECSA, may deduct an Early Bird Discount of R100.00 from their ECSA invoice amount, if payment is made before or on 30/06/2009.

These paid up members are also entitled to a rebate on their ECSA fees.

Members of SAID are required to be paid up to date by 31/05/2009 in order for the Institute to notify ECSA of their membership status.
Golf Day
01 January 2009
SA Institute of Draughting in Association with Carel du Toit Centre for Deaf Children

Regrets to advise that the Golf Day, organised for Friday 30 January 2009, has been postponed until later this year.

New date will be announced later.
15 February 2008
The Institute wishes to express its deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Mr Neville de Stadler, who passed away on 13/02/2008.

Mr de Stadler was a member of the Institute since it's inception in 1953. He contributed to laying the foundation of the Institute and served on many committees and was a past President of the Institute. In 1984 he was conferred the honour of Life Membership in recognition of his outstanding service to the Institute and the draughting profession.

Mr de Stadler was a proud and dignified gentleman. Many of the current members had the privilege of meeting him at the Annual General Meeting of the Institute which was held in November 2007, where he was one of the guests of honour.
National CAD and Design Conference 2007
22 November 2007
A National CADD Conference was held on 14/11/2007 at the Airport Grand Hotel in Boksburg. Speakers included Kubera Naidoo, MD of the African Academy ; Hilda Poo, an alumni of the African Academy who shared her own personal 'road to success' story ; Dr Kelvin Kemm, CEO of Stratek ; Quinton J Damstra of QJD Design Studio who presented some of his work on perceived kinetic architecture and the 'Erxell,' a new unit of grid measurement which will be utilised in Earth Branding.

Other speakers included, Sedica Davids, Registrar of SACAP, who outlined the role and functions of SACAP ;  Lula Scott, Member of the Board of SACAP, who highlighted the role of Voluntary Associations within the architectural profession ; Daniel Pinheiro, of ArchiCAD, who spoke on Building Information Modelling.
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