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OHS Compliance Seminar – Midrand

Master Builders Association North (MBA North) in collaboration with The Institute for Work at Height (IWH), The South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) and Black Business Council in the Built Environment (BBCBE) are hosting a special OHS Seminar in Midrand on 21 August 2019 to address these burning issues.

To register for the Seminar, kindly contact Ms. Mbuya Ramabulana mbuya@mbanorth.co.za / 011 805 6611. 

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IWH IMPORTANT NEWS

SOUTH AFRICANS COULD SOON BE JAILED FOR THESE CV LIES

South Africa’s National Qualifications Amendment Bill is on the brink of being signed into law. Once that happens, it could lead to jail time for those who fabricate CV qualifications.

The National Qualifications Amendment Bill is one of the new laws President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to sign off on soon. Signing new bills into law is one of the first tasks he’ll have in the coming weeks, but there’s a little way to go before it gets to that point.

He first has to be officially elected, inaugurated and then announce his new cabinet. Rumours are already swirling about who might make the cut. One of the biggest talking points is whether deputy DD Mabuza will keep his job.

Once the dust settles on all of that, though, it’s over to signing new bills into law.

The National Qualifications Amendment Bill explained in brief

Many people tell fibs on their CVs, you might even have done so yourself. They might be white lies, with the facts augmented with a few fancy adjectives. But the bill is after the big lies. Most simply, it aims to create grounds to punish those who fabricate qualifications. The punishment? Up to five years in jail.

But it’s not just those who lie on their CV who will be held accountable. Fly-by-night institutions misrepresenting qualifications or issuing unregistered qualifications could also be prosecuted.

The impact of the bill

While the full impact can’t be measured yet, the bill serves as some sort of reassurance as South Africa continues to recover from mismanagement. Many reference checking services say that so-called qualification fraud is actually one of the most common embellishments found on CVs.

Most common qualification frauds listed on CVs in South Africa

Not all jobs require degrees, of course, but those that do will benefit from the reassures that a deterrent is in place to help curb the prevalence of CV fraud. According to research  by reference checking services, the most common embellishments are:

  • Non-existent matric certificates
  • Inflated education
  • Unfinished degrees
  • Fake degree certificates

So, if you’ve got a few fibs on our CV, best tidy it up.

Alti and the Team

LATEST NEWS- IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION!!

VALIDATE AN IWH RECOGNISED WORK AT HEIGHT PRACTITIONER

The IWH have been using QR Codes on our registered Work at Height Licensees/Practitioner certificates. It has come to our attention that the QR Codes can be copied and forged, and it might not be the safest option to validate if the person is in fact registered with us.

We would like to inform all clients/safety officers/contractors/employers etc, to rather validate your registered practitioners on our website by clicking on the following link and inserting the persons ID number:

https://profbody.co.za/validate-a-practitioner/

Please take note: You can also Validate a Practitioner by emailing admin@profbody.co.za or calling our offices at 011 450 1804.

MESSAGE BY THE CEO: IWH THIRD

VALIDATE A WORK AT HEIGHT PRACTITIONER USING YOUR CELL PHONE

As you might already know, you can validate any of our registered Work at Height Practitioners on our website, ie www.profbody.co.za under the ‘VALIDATE A PRACTITIONER’ tab.

Please take note that you can now also VALIDATE A PRACTITIONER on our cell phone app. This will greatly assist Safety Officers, Supervisors and Clients who cannot verify the Work at Height Practitioner’s status via our website, certificates and ID Cards.

Our Work at Height Guidelines App is a free app and you are all welcome to download it and spread the news that anybody can now check on their employees’ status by just entering the persons ID number.

For the link to download the app on your cell phone, scan the QR Code below with your cell phone – it will download the app on your cell phone. (If you do not as yet have the QR Scanner app, down load the free QR Scan app from your app store.)

If you are still battling and you need assistance installing the app, please email pa@profbody.co.za for a step-by-step guide on how to download the app on android or iPhone.

Please take note: You can also Validate a Practitioner by emailing admin@profbody.co.za or calling our offices at 011 450 1804.