SARACCA invited the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to talk about the way forward at its quarterly Johannesburg meeting on 9 February.
The Johannesburg branch of the South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors’ Association (SARACCA) met at its usual Woodmead Country Club venue to discuss various issues affecting the local HVAC&R contractors.
Lubabalo Maweni of the DEA’s National Ozone Unit was invited to the meeting to share his knowledge on the ozone depleting substances (ODSs) regulations. Maweni forms part of the HCFC phase out stakeholder meeting and was able to talk about everything from the history of the Montreal Protocol to how quota allocations work.
He discussed the way forward, preparing everyone for the reality that HFCs will soon start its own phase out schedule too.
After the talk, the association got on with its standard agenda, going around the room to ask everyone how business is doing. Many new faces were seen at the meeting and although the general feeling was that 2017 had a slow start, everyone was quite optimistic for the new year.
Afterwards, John Parry of the South African Qualification and Certification Committee for Gas (SAQCC Gas) got out the flip board to explain to everyone in attendance the difference between the various industry associations and the role of each — something that has confused many. He distinguished between the role of SAQCC and SARACCA, particularly when it comes to the registration of authorised gas practitioners.