Background and Introduction to EPA
By 1978, the forthcoming independence of South West Africa / Namibia from the South African colonial regime became a strong prospect. With a view to the regulation of the engineering profession in accordance with the laws of an independent Namibia, engineers established EPA to ensure both a continuing high degree of professional competence in the engineering profession and the protection of the interests of the public.
Towards this end, EPA was instrumental in the promulgation of the Engineering Profession Act, 1986 (Act 18 of 1986). After Independence, the Act was subsequently amended by the Engineering Profession Amendment Act, 1991 (Act 25 of 1991). The Act, as amended, provides for the Engineering Council of Namibia to register members of the engineering profession in the categories of professional engineer, engineer in training, incorporated engineer, incorporated engineer in training, engineering technician and engineering technician in training, in the various engineering disciplines.
EPA is governed by a constitution providing for corporate members with voting rights and non-corporate members without voting rights – the latter encompassing associates, retired members and students. Any engineer, incorporated engineer or engineering technician who is registered with the Engineering Council of Namibia is eligible for corporate membership. The grade of associate member exists for foreign members, graduate members and persons closely involved with the engineering profession who do not qualify for corporate membership.
The constitution of the EPA allows it to be organised, depending on members’ demand, into four divisions: one each for civil, electrical and mechanical engineers, and one for Incorporated Engineers and Technicians. Each division may have its own committee and serve the more specific interests of members of each division.
A council is elected annually by the corporate members of EPA. Office bearers normally serve for two years to ensure a strong continuity.
After election, the newly elected EPA council takes office after the incumbent council has been relieved of office at an annual general meeting, which is held towards the end of each calendar year. Council meetings are normally scheduled monthly.