The Institute of Energy Professionals Africa (IEPA)



The Institute of Energy Professionals Africa (IEPA) Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) was called to service by the international certification body the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for the Sub-Sahara Africa region in 2020.

AEE has global presence in over 100 countries, with 18,000+ professionals holding over 32,000+ certifications. The IEPA team fulfils the task of representing AEE in the region with the same staff, trainers and services that delegates, and organisations have become accustomed to over the past 18 years of representation in the region of the AEE.

IEPA provides credible, recognised and high-quality accredited skills programs to the Sub-Saharan African market and facilitates continuous development of the trained individuals through internation­ally recognised certification programs.

Services include training, proctoring international examinations, facilitating the certification and cer­tification renewal of professionals, developing chapters, overseeing the quality-of-service delivery of partners, and managing capacity building projects in the energy and resource efficiency industries in the Sub-Saharan African region. This service is done under license of the AEE.



Plastics|SA represents all sectors of the South African Plastics Industry including polymer producers and importers, converters, machine suppliers, fabricators and recyclers.

​Together with our associations, we play an active role in the growth and development of the SA industry and strive to address plastics related issues, influence role-players and make plastics the material of choice


Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA)

Mining Equipment Manufacturers of SA (MEMSA), an industry cluster established in 2016 with support of the dtic through the Cluster Development Programme comprises of 68 members and represents a large majority of SA mining OEMs – manufacturers of mining equipment, components, consumables and software.

MEMSA serves as a voice for the South African mining equipment manufacturing industry and serves as a point of liaison for government and the private sector. MEMSA works with a wide range of stakeholders to position manufacturers in local, regional and global mining supply chains as preferred suppliers through competitive, safe, modernised, innovative and transformative products and services.


South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC)

The South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) is a non-profit organisation, Public-Private Partnership between South African business and the Department of Trade and Industry. Our members are South African registered companies in Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology. AIM: Facilitate the export growth for our members Act as a gateway for companies to identify South African suppliers and partners Coordinate the export marketing efforts of the sector Provide a link to Government Promote the South African Electrotechnical sector internationally


South African Furniture Initiative (SAFI)

SAFI was created in 2016 as a non-profit joint initiative of Industry, Labour and Government for the benefit of all the stakeholders across the furniture value chain.

Our aspiration is to have South African designed and manufactured furniture in every home, school and workplace in Africa and beyond.

Our purpose is to build a globally competitive and transformed furniture industry that shapes lives in every home, school and workplace in Africa and beyond.



The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry evolved from the SA Chamber of Business (SACOB) which was created by dynamic forces at play in South African business as the Federated Chamber of Industries amalgamated with the then ASSOCOM (Associated Chambers of Commerce).

Today SACCI represents a diverse spectrum of business interests from the around 30 regional chamber movements representing 20 000 small businesses, through to the 10 national associations and 30 odd corporates- making SACCI the largest business grouping of business interests in South Africa.

Given current and expected socio-economic circumstances- SACCI is the important and effective national “voice” of business. Advocacy, and lobbying functions, which serve as the traditional, and remain, key responsibilities, will be needed even more in the years ahead but SACCI is far more than that- today. This document is intended to illustrate the value of collective action by SACCI and how this serves the interests of members.

SACCI has been working on additional rewards and benefits to members at different layers of membership and our corporates are working with us to up the value proposition. For the corporates, it’s a question of accessing a captive market (the broad church of membership and their inherent employees) whilst the SACCI office seeks to make the relationship a win win in terms of improving the revenue stream for the organisation, thus allowing for the resourcing of more effective service offerings going forward.



SAPPMA is a voluntary, self-regulating association incorporated under Section 21 as a company not for gains and represents most of the key stakeholders in the field of plastic pipe manufacturing in Southern Africa.  The Association has been established 8 years ago and has developed into an effective vehicle to achieve the long-term health and sustainability of the plastics pipe industry.  The SAPPMA brand is well known and recognized by design engineers and customers as additional safeguard against inferior quality products.


Africa House

Africa House is a South African based research and consulting company working exclusively in sub-Saharan Africa offering a suite of services designed to maximise client opportunity in the region through insight and access into the African trade and project environment, delivering intelligence on projects and bespoke research on opportunities in markets. We have been operating for 25 years assisting clients access the world’s fastest growing markets through a team that has worked in 40 countries across the continent over a period spanning over 30 years.


Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA)

The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) represents employers in the metals and engineering sector, lobbying for policies that benefit the industry and negotiating collective agreements on wages and employment conditions. Serving as a critical voice in various business and tri-partite forums, SEIFSA offers a range of services to its members, including advisory, training, and seminars. Founded in 1943, it includes 18 employers’ organizations across diverse sectors, dedicated to fostering a conducive business environment. Its efforts emphasize the importance of unity in advocating for the sector’s interests amidst evolving challenges.


Global GreenTag Africa

Global GreenTag Africa simplifies the selection of environmentally, sustainable, healthy and ethical products for industries like Architecture, Design, Construction, Personal Care and Cleaning – using Global GreenTag CertTM  – one of the most scientifically advanced, product certification and declaration systems in the world.  Helping professionals and consumers to make informed decisions about preferred green and ethical products, Global GreenTag currently has over 14,000 products under certification in over 22 countries.


Proudly South African

Proudly South African is the country’s official Buy Local campaign and aims to stimulate much-needed job creation and retention in our country through the lobbying for and promotion of local goods, services and industries.

The organisation lobbies the public and private sectors to increase their levels of local procurement through their supply chain structures and encourages consumers to do so through changing their purchasing habits.

Proudly SA is a membership-based organisation, and only companies that have been audited and approved are entitled to carry the logo, which symbolises the adherence of that product or service to required local-content thresholds and quality standards.


The South African Oil Gas Alliance (SAOGA)​

The SAAEE was established in 2018 as the South African chapter of the International Association for Energy Economics. The first Bylaws was approved in February 2018. The SAAEE expertise is in energy economics and policy, with a focus on the South African energy sector, its linkage with the world energy markets, climate policies and the future energy scene. The SAAEE does not represent any sector of the industry, and does not promote certain technologies without scientific evidence. The discussions promote a variety of views to confront the current energy challenges that South Africa faces. The Association receives no public funding and is dependent on membership subscriptions from individuals and companies and event sponsorship to keep going.


Italian Chamber Of Trade And Industries

ItalCham is a strong and agile NPO that represents the local Italian-South African business community and supports any commercial activity between Italy and South Africa. As a bridge between Italian and South African business, we provide vital knowledge, contacts and tailor-made assistance to companies exploring the prospects of bilateral trade between the two countries. The Chamber offers a diverse array of services and is able to provide incisive advice on the South African and Italian markets. We are extremely effective with assisting and representing small to medium businesses which do not yet have the funds to establish an office abroad.


Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (SASSDA)

Sassda (Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association) is an association of members who distribute, market, manufacture and fabricate products and services relevant to stainless steel.  With more than 200 members in sub-Saharan Africa, Sassda provides a platform for its members to collectively promote the sustainable growth and development of the industry, with the main emphasis on stainless steel converted with the South African economy.


South African Water Chamber (SAWC)

The SAWC is set up as a NPC platform for the private sector to initially engage with government. Our founding philosophy is that water is an enabler of economic growth. Therefore investment into the water sector, in the form of next-generation technology, will have multipliers across the entire economy.


Minara operates from its head office in Durban, KwaZulu Natal with activities in Gauteng and involvement in Global activities. In pursuance of its vision, Minara has engaged in a wide range of projects and initiatives in different areas including the economic, political, social, medical and educational spheres. This has helped build and solidify Minara’s profile and has broughtwith it acknowledgement, recognition and support from the different spheres of government and organized commerce and industry.

Minara has always endeavoured to partner with Organisations and Institutions with the necessary resources and expertise in the implementation of its programmes and project resulting in much more beneficial and effective outcomes.

MESA Africa

“Sharing our Knowledge, Building your Success”

MESA Africa (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) an Advisory Council to SAIMC and the African Chapter of MESA International –  a global nonprofit providing education, networking and best practice sharing around Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0. MESA’s community includes manufacturers, producers, industry leaders and solution providers who are focused on driving business results from manufacturing technology.

Our theme for this year is Accelerating the Journey to Smart Manufacturing.

SAIMC (Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Computer Engineering)

SAIMC is one of the voluntary associations recognised by ECSA. SAIMC represents professionals in mechatronics, measurement, control, automation, instrumentation, industrial electronics, and related disciplines. It aims to advance the theory and practice of these fields and promote the professional development and recognition of its members.

Packaging SA

Packaging SA was founded in 1984. Packaging SA is a voluntary industry body representing approximately 75% of the packaging manufacturers in South Africa.

Our mission is to provide effective leadership and representation on major external and internal issues which impact the packaging industry, to all interested parties including government, the media and our members.

We serve as a central reference point to members, government & other organisations on economic & legislative aspects of the packaging industry, and co-operate with other professional trade associations, institutions & bodies with interests in packaging.

We actively promote the benefits of packaging with a key focus on environmental issues and assist members through advocacy of standards within the packaging industry by engaging and working with our members and other stakeholders.

We have played a critical role in ensuring that Extended Producer Responsibility in south Africa is a industry manged and funded model to prevent the implementation of EPR tax.

Some of our key activities include demonstrating to government and other key stakeholders the valuable contribution made by the packaging industry to the SA economy, and the need for it to be competitive and sustainable.

Packaging SA collaborates with and supports The Institute of Packaging SA (IPSA) on education and training programmes to improve the technical competence of individuals andcompanies as well as the promotion of excellence in the industry through awards such as Gold Pack.

We continue to establish and enhance relationships with major stakeholders on issues affecting the packaging industry.

We serve as a unified voice and influencer for the packaging industry on critical issues such as electricity, water, municipal services and incentives and engage and work with the DTICand other government departments to improve the SA packaging industry’s competitiveness in the local and export markets through appropriate policy and regulatory measures.

International Steel Fabricators (ISF)

The International Steel Fabricators of South Africa Is A Joint Venture Marketing Initiative Formed in 1991 Representing The Leading South African Structural Steel Fabricators, Pressure and Process Equipment Manufacturers, Steel Merchants, Allied Suppliers And Primary Steel Producers, Etc. Whose Objective Is To Increase Their Export Sales By Pooling Their Expertise And Resources.

The Membership Includes Companies That Provide The Full Spectrum Of Services Related To Structural Steelwork and Process Design, Fabrication And Construction – Anywhere In The World.



The Randburg Chamber of Commerce & Industry

The Randburg Chamber of Commerce & Industry boasts more than 6 decades of support to local businesses. Our mandate is to facilitate connectivity and opportunities for business. We offer support at Municipal, Provincial and Government levels on issues affecting business as well as social and service delivery matters. Our main focus is SME development, upliftment and support for business in all spheres in SA, SADC and into Africa. We offer Electronic Certificates of Origin, utilizing our own SA designed system with excellent training and support. Businesses are encouraged to work and communicate with the Chamber to enable us to service them better.



KEPSA is the apex organization of the private sector in Kenya.

KEPSA brings together local and foreign business associations, chambers of commerce, professional bodies, corporates from multinational companies, medium, SMEs, and start-ups from all sectors of the economy to enable them to speak with one voice when engaging government, development partners and other stakeholders on cross-cutting policy issues and programs for Social – Economic Development of the Country.

It also supports businesses with opportunities for training, networking, financial linkages, mentorship and coaching, access to markets, value chains, and access to investment opportunities inbound and outbound globally.

Through its widespread membership categories that represent over 1,000,000 businesses, KEPSA brings these businesses under one umbrella.


The International Trade Council

The International Trade Council is a peak-body chamber of commerce committed to advancing global trade by reducing barriers and promoting commerce through education and networking. We advocate for free trade, believing it stimulates economic growth, creates jobs, and enhances living standards worldwide. Guided by transparent regulations, we champion open markets and fair competition, promoting trade liberalization. Our mission is to assist members in navigating international trade complexities by offering simplified processes and essential resources. With chapters in 28 countries and a diverse membership spanning 179 nations, we provide global support, making us a truly international organization.



The Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS)

The Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) is dedicated to advancing manufacturing excellence in Africa. Based in Kloof, Durban, TWIMS offers executive short courses, masterclasses, and a manufacturing-focused MBA in collaboration with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). Their core offerings include the future of manufacturing, green manufacturing, gender transformation, and lean principles. TWIMS also provides scholarships, hosts industry events, conducts research, and promotes a collaborative learning environment to foster innovation and leadership in the manufacturing sector. Their mission is to enhance the capabilities of manufacturing professionals across the continent.