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.

The Council comprises:

  • A president
  • A vice-president
  • The immediate past president
  • An honorary treasurer
  • An honorary secretary
  • A representative for the civil engineering discipline
  • A representative for the electrical engineering discipline
  • A representative for the mechanical engineering discipline
  • A representative for all other engineering disciplines
  • Two representatives for incorporated engineers and technicians
  • Two representatives of NAMIT, associated with EPA
  • The chairperson of the Civil Division
  • The chairperson of the Electrical Division
  • The chairperson of the Mechanical Division
  • The chairperson of the Incorporated Engineers’ and Technicians’ Division
  • A maximum of 2 co-opted members, at the discretion of the council 

Past EPA Councils

Year Position Council Members
40th Council - 2017 President Frederick Muketi Pr. Eng.
  Vice-President Sophie B. Tekie Pr. Eng.
  Past President Gunter Leicher I.Eng.
  Honorary Secretary Fritz C Jacobs Pr. Eng.
  Honorary Treasurer Volker H Fischer-Buder Pr. Eng.
  Electrical Discipline Ettienne Hanstein Pr. Eng
  Mechanical Discipline Tangeni Tshivute I. Eng.
  Civil Discipline Rianus !Gonteb
  Administrator Rica Blaauw
39th Council - 2016 President Frederick Muketi Pr. Eng.
  Vice-President Sophie B. Tekie Pr. Eng.
  Past President Gunter Leicher I. Eng.
  Honorary Secretary Fritz C. Jacobs Pr.Eng
  Honorary Treasurer Volker H. Fischer-Buder Pr. Eng
  Electric Discipline P. Negonga
  Civil Discipline Rianus !Gonteb
  Industrial Discipline H. von Maltzahn
 38th Council - 2015 President Gunter Leicher I. Eng.
  Vice President Fredrick Muketi Pr. Eng
  Past President Sophia B. Tekie Pr. Eng
  Honorary Treasurer Volker Fischer-Buder Pr. Eng.
  Civil Discipline Rianus !Gonteb Pr. Eng
  Electrical Discipline Fritz C. Jacobs Pr. Eng.
  Administrator Tanja Bednarek
 37th Council - 2014 President Sophie B. Tekie Pr. Eng.
  Vice President Gunter Leicher I. Eng
  Past President Ako Al-Jaf Pr. Eng
  Honorary Secretary Fredrick Muketi Pr. Eng.
  Electrical Discipline Fritz C. Jacobs Pr. Eng
  Mechanical Discipline Volker Fischer-Buder Pr. Eng
   Administrator Tanja Bednarek
36th  Council – 2013 President Sophia B Tekie Pr.Eng.
Vice-President Günter Leicher I.Eng.
Past President Dipl-Ing Ako Al-Jaf Pr.Eng.
Honorary Secretary Frederick Muketi Pr.Eng.
Electrical Discipline FC Jacobs Pr.Eng.
Mechanical Discipline Volker Fischer-Buder Pr. Eng.
Administration Tanja Bednarek
35th  Council – 2012 President Dipl-Ing Ako Al-Jaf Pr.Eng.
Vice-President Günter Leicher I.Eng.
Past President Jan Abram Cilliers Pr.Eng..
Honorary Secretary Sophia B Tekie Pr.Eng.
Honorary Treasurer Dipl-Ing Andreas Helmich Pr.Eng.
Civil Discipline Rianus Gonteb Pr.Eng.
Electrical Discipline FC Jacobs Pr.Eng.
Mechanical Discipline Frederick Muketi Pr.Eng.
Administration Tanja Bednarek
34th  Council – 2011 President Dipl-Ing Ako Al-Jaf Pr.Eng.
Vice-President Günter Leicher I.Eng.
Past President Jan Abram Cilliers Pr.Eng..
Honorary Secretary Sophia B Tekie Pr.Eng.
Honorary Treasurer Dipl-Ing Andreas Helmich Pr.Eng.
Civil Discipline Rianus Gonteb Pr.Eng.
Electrical Discipline FC Jacobs Pr.Eng.
Mechanical Discipline Frederick Muketi Pr.Eng.
Administration Tanja Bednarek
33rd  Council – 2010 President Dipl-Ing Ako Al-Jaf Pr.Eng.
Vice-President Günter Leicher I.Eng.
Past President Jan Abram Cilliers Pr.Eng..
Honorary Treasurer Sophia B Tekie Pr.Eng.
Civil Discipline Dipl-Ing Andreas Helmich Pr.Eng.
Mechanical Discipline Frederick Muketi Pr.Eng.
Co-opted (Civil) Tinashe Kadandara Pr.Eng.
Administration Ulrike C Wilson / Tanja Bednarek
32nd  Council – 2009 President Jan Abram Cilliers Pr.Eng.
Vice-President Jürgen Hennes I.Eng.
Past President Günter A Seydack Pr.Eng.
Honorary Secretary Dipl-Ing Ako Al-Jaf Pr.Eng.
Honorary Treasurer Sophia B Tekie Pr.Eng.
Inc. Eng. & Tech. Günter Leicher I.Eng.
Civil Discipline Dipl-Ing Andreas Helmich Pr.Eng.
Mechanical Discipline Frederick Muketi Pr.Eng.
Administration Ulrike C Wilson
31st Council – 2008 President Jan Abram Cilliers Pr.Eng.
Vice-President Jürgen Hennes I.Eng.
Past President Günter A Seydack Pr.Eng.
Honorary Secretary Fritz U Jeske Pr.Eng.
Honorary Treasurer Sophia B Tekie Pr.Eng.
Inc. Eng. & Tech. Erich Albrecht Eng.Tech.
Co-opted (Civil) Ako Al-Jaf Pr.Eng.
Administration Ulrike C Wilson
30th Council – 2007 President Günter A Seydack Pr.Eng.
Vice-President Jürgen Hennes I.Eng.
Past President Sophia B Tekie Pr.Eng.
Honorary Secretary Fritz U Jeske Pr.Eng.
Inc. Eng. & Tech. Erich Albrecht Eng.Tech.
Administration Ulrike C Wilson
29th Council – 2006 President Sophia B Tekie Pr.Eng.
Vice-President Fritz U Jeske Pr.Eng.
Honorary Secretary Günter A Seydack Pr.Eng.
Electrical Discipl. Helmut Weinert Pr.Eng.
Inc. Eng. & Tech. Erich Albrecht Eng.Tech.
NAMIT Jürgen Hennes I.Eng.
Administration Ulrike C Wilson
28th Council – 2005 President Sophia B Tekie Pr.Eng.
Vice-President Fritz U Jeske Pr.Eng.
Electrical Discipline Helmut Weinert Pr.Eng.
Inc. Eng. & Tech. Erich Albrecht Eng.Tech.
NAMIT Jürgen Hennes I.Eng.
Administration Ulrike C Wilson
27th Council – 2004 President Sophia B Tekie Pr.Eng.
Vice-President Helmut Weinert Pr.Eng.
Electrical Discipline Fritz U Jeske Pr.Eng.
Inc. Eng. & Tech. Erich Albrecht Eng.Tech.
NAMIT Jürgen Hennes I.Eng.
Administration Ulrike C Wilson
26th Council – 2003 President Sophia B Tekie Pr.Eng.
Vice-President Helmut Weinert Pr.Eng.
Civil Discipline Ingrid-Heike Scholtz
Electrical Discipline Fritz U Jeske Pr.Eng.
Inc. Eng. & Tech. Erich Albrecht Eng.Tech.
NAMIT Jürgen Hennes I.Eng.
Co-opted Member Justin Runji Pr.Eng.
Administration Chantel Kutz
25th Council – 2002 President Robert Camby Pr.Eng.
Vice-President Sophia B Tekie Pr.Eng.
Past President Fritz U Jeske Pr.Eng.
Civil Discipline Ingrid-Heike Scholtz
Electrical Discipline Helmut Weinert Pr.Eng.
Inc. Eng. & Tech. Erich Albrecht Eng.Tech.
NAMIT Jürgen Hennes I.Eng.
NAMIT Markus von Jeney
Co-opted Member Justin Runji Pr.Eng.
Co-opted Member Günter A Seydack Pr.Eng.
Co-opted Member Clive Davy
Administration Chantel Kutz
24th Council – 2001 President Robert Camby Pr.Eng.
Vice-President Sophia B Tekie Pr.Eng.
Past President Fritz U Jeske Pr.Eng.
Civil Discipline Ingrid-Heike Scholtz
Electrical Discipline Helmut Weinert Pr.Eng.
Inc. Eng. & Tech. Erich Albrecht Eng.Tech.
NAMIT Jürgen Hennes I.Eng.
NAMIT Markus von Jeney
Co-opted Member Justin Runji Pr.Eng.
Co-opted Member Günter A Seydack Pr.Eng.
Administration Chantel Kutz
23rd Council – 2000 President Fritz U Jeske Pr.Eng.
Past President Günter A Seydack Pr.Eng.
Civil Discipline Sophia B Tekie Pr.Eng.
Electrical Discipline Helmut Weinert Pr.Eng.
Mechanical Discipline Fred K Sekandi
Inc. Eng. & Tech. Erich Albrecht Eng.Tech.
NAMIT Jürgen Hennes I.Eng.
NAMIT Markus von Jeney
Co-opted Member Justin Runji Pr.Eng.
Co-opted Member Robert Camby Pr.Eng.
Administration Chantel Kutz
22nd Council – 1999 President Fritz U Jeske Pr.Eng.
Vice-President Vacant
Hon. Secretary Vacant
Hon. Treasurer Vacant
21st Council – 1998 President Günter A Seydack Pr.Eng.
Vice-President R Roeis
Hon. Secretary Vacant
Hon. Treasurer Vacant
20th Council – 1997 President Günter A Seydack Pr.Eng.
Vice-President R Roeis
Hon. Secretary Vacant
Hon. Treasurer Vacant
19th Council – 1996 President Theo G Klein Pr.Eng.
Vice-President JH Weinert Pr.Eng.
Hon. Secretary Günter A Seydack Pr.Eng.
Hon. Treasurer Vacant
18th Council – 1995 President Theo G Klein Pr.Eng.
Vice-President JH Weinert Pr.Eng.
Hon. Secretary Günter A Seydack Pr.Eng.
Hon. Treasurer Peter Benz Pr.Eng.
17th Council – 1994 President Fritz U Jeske Pr.Eng.
Vice-President Theo G Klein Pr.Eng.
Hon. Secretary Günter A Seydack Pr.Eng.
Hon. Treasurer Peter Benz Pr.Eng.