[Johannesburg, 2 September 2016]: The Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA), whose vision is to create and maintain the highest standards in the engineered timber construction industry, held its Annual General Meeting on the 18th of August at which its new Board of Directors was elected.  

In compliance with the ITC-SA Board approved Memorandum of Incorporation and following member nominations, the following Directors were elected to serve a two-year tenure, ending in August 2018:

System Directors
Roly Adams
Wouter van Wyk
Mannie Piyackis

Fabricator Directors
Chris Hobson (also elected as Chairperson)
Dr. Pierre de Villiers (also elected as Deputy Chairperson)
Lyndsay Cotton

Timber Frame Directors
Werner Slabbert
Leon Bekker
Peter Bissett

Erector Director
Andri Pretorius


Industry Director
Danie Hattingh (Master Builders Association)

The newly-elected Board of the ITC-SA is in place to steer the Institute in its mandate to create and maintain the highest standards in the timber construction sector in South Africa, to create a better operational and trade environment for all its members and inform and educate the consumer.

Lyndsay Cotton, outgoing ITC-SA Chairman, comments, “While the challenging economic climate showed little respite during my four years as the ITC-SA Chairman, I am proud to say that the Institute and its members took proactive measures to adapt and grow from the situation through a number of initiatives including, but not limited to: research and development; education and training; membership growth; the formation of industry partnerships; public relations; and marketing.”

“In a burgeoning era of mass commoditisation, where price is king, it is more important now than ever that the Institute and its members work hard to retain their status as the leading source of information about timber construction in South Africa and the go-to body for accessing quality, accredited suppliers and contractors in the sector. I have full faith in Chris Hobson and his newly-elected board that they will ensure this and more in the coming years,” he says.

Chris Hobson, incoming ITC-SA Chairman, remarks, “My vision for the ITC-SA is to transform and grow our membership to include all role players in the timber construction industry by creating a ‘need to belong’ through initiatives that promote members’ commercial interests,” concluding “In so doing, we aim to make the ITC-SA a focal touch point for the industry with an authoritative voice that has the agency to influence policy and legislation in support of a prosperous future for the South African timber construction industry.”

ITC-SA members are invited to contact and engage with their branch committee members and/or representatives on the Board to share their expectations and vision for the Institute’s future.



About the Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA):

The ITC-SA was established more than 40 years ago to regulate the engineered timber roof structure industry and to provide design, manufacturing, erection, inspection and certification for compliance with inter alia SANS 10400 and SANS 10082, where engineering rational designs are applicable.

The ITC-SA is a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) accredited professional body with a professional membership and therefore has to comply with the requirements as set out in the National Qualifications Framework Act (NQF Act 67 of 2008 – as amended). The ITC-SA is also a Recognised Voluntary Association in terms of the Engineering Profession Act, 2000 (Act 46 of 2000).

In 2014, the Institute for Timber Frame Builders (ITFB) was incorporated into the ITC-SA to ensure a better and more uniform representation of the timber engineered practitioners in the built environment.


ITC-SA contact:
Chris Hobson
Tel: 011 974 1061
Email: enquiries@itc-sa.org
Web: www.itc-sa.org

Media contact:
Jennifer Rees
Häss&DAS Brand Factory
Cell: 076 119 8819
Email: Jennifer@hassndas.co.za
Web: www.hassndas.co.za