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 Tips on finding a reliable Contractor / Designer

We’ve all heard about construction nightmares – whether it be the architect who fails to submit plans to Council, to builders absconding with deposits and shoddy / dangerous workmanship.  The irony is that it costs more to put right mistakes than it does to build / design properly in the first place.  So how do you go about finding reliable & knowledgeable Contractors ?  Obviously word of mouth recommendations are the best.

The first step is to make sure that your Architect / Designer is registered with SACAP – the South African Council for the Architectural Profession.  It is a legal requirement for anyone practicing Architecture to be registered with this body.  You can get a list of registered Architects / Designers at Your Architect will probably also be able to advise you on contractors etc.

You could also try are the representative bodies / institutions, a list is below – it’s not comprehensive by any means – please let me know if you have any more to add.

NHBRC – National Home Builders Regulatory Council –

The website has a list of registered Builders and Engineers.

Architects / Designers

GIFA – Gauteng Institute for Architecture –

SAIA – South African Institute of Architects –

SAIAT – South African Institute of Architectural Technologists -

Architectural Design Association – ADA –


Master Builders South Africa –

Chartered Institute of Building – CIOB –

Institute for Timber Construction South Africa –

Timber Frame Builders Association –

National Pool & Spa Institute of South Africa – NSPI –


Southern African Institution of Civil Engineers – SAICE –

SA Reinforced Concrete Engineers Association – SARCEA –  email -

Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa – IMESA –

Consulting Engineers South Africa – CESA –

Engineering Council of South Africa – ECSA –

South African Institute of Electrical Engineers SAICE –

Water & Waste Management

Water Institute of South Africa – WISA –

Institute of Waste Management Southern Africa -


Electrical Contractors Association of Southern Africa –

Quantity Surveyors 

Association of South African Quantity Surveyors –

Town Planners 

South African Association of Consulting Professional Planners –

Project Managers

South African Council for Project & Construction Management Professions -

Association of Construction Project Managers – ACPM –  Email -

Project Management Institute of South Africa – PMISA –

Interior Designers

SA Guild of Interior Design –

Landscape Architects / Designers

South African Landscapers Institute –


Kitchen Specialists Association – KSA –

Also :

Institute for Professional Handymen – IPH –

South African Council for Professional & Technical Surveyors –

Waterprofing Federation of SA –

SA Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors SAFCEC –

South African Glass & Glazing Association SAGGA – Email -

SA Refridgeration & Air conditioning Contractors Association – SARACCA –

SA Institute of Refridgeration & Air Conditioning – SAIRAC –

Aluminium Federation of Southern Africa – AFSA –

Association of Architectural Aluminium Manufacturers of SA – Email -

Brick Paving Institute –

Cement & Concrete Institute –

Claybrick Association –

Concrete Manufacturers Association –

Concrete Society of Southern Africa –

Websites such as are also a valuable source of information when finding suppliers etc. etc

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