Over the past few years, member association South African Qualifications and Certification Committee for Gas (SAQCC Gas) has been gearing up to fully adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), and the Covid-19 pandemic has not found the organisation unprepared.
The primary objective of the SAQCC Gas has always been to ensure a prolific industry for all industry players. Therefore, the organisation has established a firm digital existence to ensure the continued livelihood of the gas industry and its players, even in the midst of this pandemic.
One of the biggest restrictions brought by Covid-19 is freedom of physical interaction. To ensure industry players remain compliant and fully skilled, online training has been made available. The Southern African Gas Association and the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa have introduced virtual training for individuals who are unable to physically attend these classes, and those working in remote areas. Specified courses can now be taken online.
Moreover, the SAQCC Gas together with the Department of Employment and Labour has successfully hosted a series of roadshows across South Africa. These sessions ensure that industry-related information and updates are communicated across the provinces timeously, therefore it is imperative that the roadshow schedule is kept.
The roadshows will be hosted online for the rest of 2020 or however long the pandemic requires. The SAQCC Gas presentations have been amended to be techno-friendly and interactive.
Additionally, the SAQCC Gas website is a valuable resource. There are numerous functions, types of information and updates available. All the latest SAQCC Gas press releases and newsletters are uploaded on the website to ensure accurate and current information is communicated. The website has a database of all registered gas practitioners, all around the country, which can be verified on the website. The organisation continues to operate at all levels to ensure quality standards are upheld.
In the midst of the Covid-19 scare, ensuring safe, compliant and non-hazardous practices within the gas industry is still a very important part of the SAQCC Gas mission. Ensuring the gas industry continues to function seamlessly has never been more imperative.