The electrical contracting industry has felt the pinch of a technical recession and the ECA(SA)’s regional directors have seen that members have had to work smarter and become ‘mean and lean’ in order to survive. By all accounts, 2019 will also be a difficult year and contractors will have to be wise to survive. The ECA(SA)’s six Regional Directors wish members joy over the Festive season and a successful, prosperous 2019.

Shantonette Pillay, Regional Director, KwaZulu-Natal

We’re in a technical recession and SA is already struggling with high petrol prices and a high unemployment rate, along with drought conditions and a weaker Rand. I have seen a number of our members embarking on short time, lay-off and retrenchments. So, for now, the best thing is to be patient and positive, and to be prudent by focusing only on the essentials.

My sincere thanks to our Regional Executive Chairlady and Vice-chairman for their valuable contributions and support. To our Regional Executive Committee and Branch Chairman, thank you again for taking time out of your busy schedules to attend meetings to represent the membership. We invite more participation from our membership and to become actively involved in addressing industry-related matters. Thank also to my staff in KZN for their commitment during the year, as well as assisting our members to the best of their ability.

Finally, to our members, remember the ECA(SA) is here to assist, provide expertise and represent you; please do not hesitate to utilise these services.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday and joy in the coming year. 


Pierre Foot, Regional Director, Western Cape

This has indeed been a year of challenges on all fronts. Top of the list of challenges is that contractors have seen the battle for receiving payment reaching new heights and many have had to look at ways to adapt in order to keep their heads above water.

Regrettably all indications are that 2019 will not see any improvement but let us hope that the elections will bring stability at least.

Member participation in Association matters on all fronts and their support during the year is appreciated. Our Cape Town training centre has, despite adverse economic conditions, remained a hive of activity.

As the annual close down approaches I wish all a good rest, to those who will be travelling safe travels, and a blessed festive season and prosperous new year.


 Chris Koen, Regional Director, Highveld:

To all the ECA members in the Highveld Region who we interact with at member meetings and during consultations, at training courses and in working groups, I thank you for your support and valuable input during 2018.

The Highveld regional staff appreciates your loyalty and support. I believe the year ahead is going be tough but, as always, this industry will face challenges with determination and with hard work and take our industry forward and upward.

I wish you all a good rest during December, safe travels and may 2019 be prosperous and successful.


Pieter du Toit, Regional Director, Free State and Northern Cape:

In my almost 10 years with the ECA (SA), 2018 was probably the toughest for the majority of members in my region and contractors in general. Our country and the economy are facing severe challenges and it will be up to each and every citizen to stand together to see out these difficult times and look forward to better days to come.

As usual, all the members in my region have been absolute stars this year and I thank them all for their support; it was, as always, a privilege to serve them.

I wish everyone a blessed festive season and a blast of a 2019. Enjoy the break and travel safely.


Cecil Lancaster, Regional Director, Bosveld:

My appreciation to each and every one who has made 2018 a success: ECA members, ECA colleagues and associates on technical and other committees. Without everyone’s bit, the outcome would have been different, thank you!

All indications are that 2019 is going to be even tougher: Politics are straining the economy, dragging business and employment numbers down with it. Everyone will have to tighten belts and be wise to survive! Before we tackle that though, let me wish everyone all the best for the festive season, a restful break with loved ones, and a happy New Year, leading to a prosperous 2019 for all.


Lucas Bowles, East South Cape:

Wow! What a year! We were all challenged to do more with less money. Members had to work smarter and become ‘mean and lean’ in order to survive. Prospects for next year are not looking good and the elections in May 2019 will hopefully bring certainty and investor confidence to kickstart the construction industry. We take comfort that it has all happened before and our members have survived.

May the new year bring much needed work for you. May you generate profits in 2019 and may you enjoy good health. To those who celebrate Christmas, we wish you a peaceful festive season as you honour Him who blessed us with prosperity, joy and peace in 2018.


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