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 

Office bearers of the current EPA Council

President: Mr Günter Leicher I. Eng.

Since 1994, Günter Leicher, who holds a B.Tech (Engineering) degree of the University of South Africa, has been involved in civil design and construction work site supervision, labour-based road works, the documentation of proposals and the drafting of plans as well as detailed surveying on projects throughout Namibia. Although he specialises in transportation and water projects, Günter has also worked on factories, industrial parks, shopping centres, warehouses, hotels, sports facilities and township development. In December 2008 he joined the international Knight Piésold Group as the regional manager of Namibia. Based in Windhoek, he is also responsible for a satellite office in Ondangwa.

 

Vice-President: Mr Frederick Muketi Pr. Eng.

F MuketiFrederick Muketi is a qualified Mechanical Engineer with 30 years' experience in the heavy industry (cement) in Kenya, UK, Germany, USA and Namibia, specializing in maintenance procedures, computerized maintenance management, business process reengineering, plant reliability, root cause failure analyses, and capital projects management. In 1980, he graduated with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nairobi, and at the same university obtained an MBA Degree in Operations Management in 2009. After nine years in private engineering consultancy practice, he joined the Ministry of Works and Transport, where he currently holds the position of Chief Engineer: Mechanical Services, charged with the capital projects management portfolio.

 

Immediate Past President: Mrs Sophia Tekie Pr. Eng.

Sophia has served on the EPA Council from 2000, starting as Civil Discipline Representative. She has subsequently served as Honorary Treasurer, as President from 2003 to 2006, and in 2011 has again been elected as President. She has also been a member of the Engineering Council of Namibia since 2000, as the only female executive member. Sophia is originally from Ethiopia, where she graduated at the Addis Ababa University with a BSc Honours degree in Civil Engineering, but is now a Namibian citizen. She joined the then Department of Transport, under the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication, as an Assistant Engineer in 1990, participated in the Road Sector Reform from 1995 to 2000, and joined the Roads Authority of Namibia in 2000, where she is now the Road Management System Manager (RMS), reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer. She has been the initiator and part of the team that developed a state-of-the-art RMS for Namibia, in which she was instrumental to move the “Vision” to a “Reality”. Her experience and practical knowledge gained during the Road Sector Reform of the principles and intentions of reform, and concurrent knowledge and hands-on experience gained in engineering, corporate governance and strategic management, have put her in a unique position to advise and share her experience to assist other organizations to move forward. She has thus presented papers at various national, regional and international forums on RMS and Road Sector Reforms. Her hobbies include music, reading and watching movies.

Honorary Treasurer: Mr Volker Fischer-Buder Pr. Eng.

V Fischer-BuderVolker Fischer-Buder is a qualified mechanical engineer who graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc Eng (Mech) degree in 1984. He has more than 25 years' work experience as a professional engineer in the design, supervision, administration and project management of mechanical and electrical infrastructure and building projects throughout Namibia. He has his own consulting engineering practise located in the capital city, Windhoek.

 

   

Honorary Secretary: Dipl-Ing Ako Al-Jaf Pr. Eng.

Ako has over 23 years of professional experience in infrastructure planning, construction and maintenance in the roads, water and sewerage sector, in Germany, Algeria and Namibia, which he has chosen as his new home. He has been engaged in the Road Sector Reform Program in Namibia, and has taken a leading role in the successful implementation of the Roads Contractor Company. He is the project coordinator for the road sector capacity building programme of InWEnt in Namibia, and the Manager of the Roads Technical Training Unit of the Roads Authority since its establishment in 2007.

  

 Electrical Engineering Discipline: Mr Fritz C Jacobs Pr. Eng.

FC JacobsMr Fritz Jacobs is a Registered Professional Engineer, Chartered Secretary/Business Administrator and fellow/member of various professional bodies and societies. He holds an MSc Eng (Elec) and BSc Eng (Elec) from the University of Cape Town and an FCIS in Business Administration, Accounting and Financial Management from ICSA. He is the Chief Executive of Jacobs Engineering Consulting cc, and Director of various other businesses. Mr Jacobs served on various boards and committees, amongst others, Management, Audit, HR, Retirement Funds and Finance, which covered various sectors, namely: Academic, Consulting, Transportation, Telecommunications, Power, Mining and Properties.

   

Co-opted Council Member: Mr Rianus Gonteb

Rianus Gonteb is a qualified civil engineer and has 12 years diverse experience in road project planning, design, contract documentation, contract administration and project management. He has further gained significant expertise in the field of road asset management that includes road transport policy formulation, road infrastructure asset management planning, road economics and financing. His academic qualifications include a BSc. Eng. (Civil) degree from the University of Witwatersrand (2001), M.Eng. (Project Management) degree from the University of Pretoria (2008), and M.Sc. (Road Management and Engineering) degree from the University of Birmingham (2012). He has been a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of Namibia since 2005. His career started with the Roads Authority in 2002, followed by a stint as Contracts Engineer with the Roads Contractor Company from 2006 to 2007, whereafter he returned to the Roads Authority as Regional Engineer in charge of road maintenance management for more than 25% of the Namibian National Road Network. Additionally, he has served as part-time lecturer at the Polytechnic of Namibia to further his social and skills transfer responsibilities towards the Namibian nation, presenting Introduction to Management Practices in the Civil Engineering Industry and Contract Law and Tendering semester courses to civil engineering students in 2010 and 2011.

EPA Administrator & NAL Registrar: Ms Tanja Bednarek

 

 

Past EPA Councils

Year Position Council Members
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
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.