The ECA(SA) is the most influential members’ association for electrical contractors in South Africa. Registered in terms of the Labour Relations Act, the ECA(S)A has represented South African electrical contractors since 1948 and is firmly established as the ‘home’ of trusted electrical contractors. The ECA(SA) has a membership network of around 4 000 electrical contractors, which employs around 75% of the workforce employed within the electrical contracting industry.
Voice of the Industry
The ECA(SA) represents the interests of electrical contractors at many government and industry bodies including the National Bargaining Council for the Electrical Industry and the Electrical Industry Pension and Provident Funds. It provides input from its members and receives the latest developments first-hand and disseminates this information to members. It is regarded as the ‘voice’ of the electrical contracting industry by government supply authorities, consulting engineers, the Council for Scientific Research (CSIR), Eskom, and the Association of Municipal Electricity Utilities (AMEU). The ECA(SA) serves on the SABS Committee responsible for the Code of Practice for the Wiring of Premises.
Providing training is one of the ECA(SA)’s key areas of expertise.
The training division provides:
- Training on Modules 0 – 6 for Construction Electricians.
- Refresher courses to prepare students for their trade tests; as well as a two-day practical evaluation of candidates to attain artisan status.
- Skills development facilitation and submission of statutory training returns; Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) and Annual Training Report (ATR).
- Registration of apprenticeship contracts with the Sector Education Training Authorities.
- Free practical apprenticeship under the CETA Training Contract.
In addition, the ECA(SA) offers training courses at its national and regional offices, which include: Certificate of Compliance (Unit Standards); Certificate of Compliance Refresher course; SANS 10142-1; Earthing and Bonding; PV Solar; MIE Unit Standards; Installation Rules; Medium Voltage (MV); Specialised electrical installation codes (P1 and P2); Electric Fence System Installer course; Management of the Construction Site and Safety File; Labour Relations Act; JBCC Nominated/Selected Subcontract Agreement Edition 6.1 workshop; and Estimating and Tendering.
With its immense pool of expertise, the ECA is well-placed to provide members with reliable advice on all aspects of running a safe, efficient and profitable contracting business.
Members have access to advice concerning matters relating to:
- Labour Legislation
- Safety Compliance
Benefits of membership for members in good standing
- Schedules of Rates
- SANS 10142-1 at a reduced price
- Annual Presidential Excellence Awards
- Networking opportunities at members’ meetings
- Regional offices in all major centres
- Interpretation of legislation and regulations
- Members’ portal on the website
Marketing and Publicity
Presidential Excellence Awards
Since 2011, the ECA(SA)’s Annual Presidential Excellence Awards has showcased its members’ outstanding work in 14 categories. These awards, which have become an industry benchmark, recognise ECA members who have achieved the highest standards in the electrical contracting industry to which others can aspire. Finalists and winners of awards recognise the significant value that these awards add to their business, to staff morale and to their standing in the electrical contracting industry.
The Association’s pro-active marketing creates public awareness about electrical Certificates of Compliance and the legal requirements for electrical installations; and offers general advice through its regional offices, its content-rich website and via articles in community newspapers and magazines.
The ECA(SA) has two publications that go to a database of around 23 000 subscribers: an electronic newsletter, Wired, published on the first and third Tuesday of every month (except January and December) and an electronic magazine SA Electrical Contractor, which goes live six times a year.