Man in the Van

Man in the Van is your regular audio drive time companion, where our aim is, education through a conversation. Through our conversations, we delve deep into all things related to the trades-person contracting community, from news to education to industry “happenings”, helping you do better business while building a better and improved South African tradesmen and women contracting community.
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12
JAN

S1 E17 - Occupational Health & Safety (Part 2)

This episode is Part 2 of a conversation in which discuss Occupational Health & Safety. The objective of this conversation is to determine what OHS entails, how it applies to employers, and more specifically how it applies to the plumbing industry, as well as what the consequences are of not complying with the OHS Act and what measurements must be in place for employers to comply.
10
JAN

S1 E16 - Occupational Health & Safety (Part 1)

This episode is Part 1 of a conversation in which discuss Occupational Health & Safety. The objective of this conversation is to determine what OHS entails, how it applies to employers, and more specifically how it applies to the plumbing industry, as well as what the consequences are of not complying with the OHS Act and what measurements must be in place for employers to comply.
15
DEC
2020

S1 E15 - The Importance of Having Business Acumen

In this episode we will discuss the importance of having business acumen in addition to your specific skilled trade. It is one thing to be well-qualified and experienced in your specific skilled trade, but it is a whole different ball game to successfully run a business. In this conversation we intend to determine what business acumen is, what the typical characteristics and traits of persons with good business acumen are, as well as how having good business acumen can contribute to the success of your growing and expanding company.
04
DEC
2020

S1 E14 - Ariston Thermo (HeatTech)

In this episode we will have a conversation with Alistair Bach, from Ariston Thermo South Africa, formerly Heat Tech Geysers, to find out more about the Ariston / Heat Tech brands, as well as the organisation, their products, services, and the value that Ariston Thermo adds to the plumbing industry.
30
NOV
2020

S1 E13 - SA Watermark (Compliant Products)

In this episode we will discuss SA Watermark. The objective of this conversation is to determine what exactly SA Watermark is and how they fit into the plumbing industry. We also intend to find out what the criteria are for products and components to be listed with SA Watermark, what the process is for products and components to become listed.
22
NOV
2020

S1 E12 - Common Fails (Part 2)

This episode is Part 2 of a conversation in which we will discuss some of the most commonly made mistakes in plumbing work, as well as some of the most common non-compliances found by auditors. The objective of this conversation is to create greater awareness of these common fails, with the hope that these mistakes and non-compliances will significantly be reduced or alleviated altogether.
16
NOV
2020

S1 E11 - Common Fails (Part 1)

This episode is Part 1 of a conversation in which we will discuss some of the most commonly made mistakes in plumbing work, as well as some of the most common non-compliances found by auditors. The objective of this conversation is to create greater awareness of these common fails, with the hope that these mistakes and non-compliances will significantly be reduced or alleviated altogether.
08
NOV
2020

S1 E10 - IOPSA Training

In this episode we have a discussion with representatives of IOPSA's Training department. The objective of this conversation is to clarify IOPSA's part in the development of plumbers and the plumbing industry as a whole. We intend to share with the audience what projects IOPSA's training department runs and how plumbers who are still in training can become part of these projects, as well as a few examples of success achieved by plumbers who were part of these projects.
04
NOV
2020

S1 E9 - IOPSA's New e-Learning Platform

In this episode we will discuss IOPSA’s new e-Learning Platform, more commonly referred to as an LMS. The objective of this conversation is to determine what exactly an e-Learning Platform is, as well as what the reason for the implementation thereof is and what the value and benefits of such a system are. We also aim to share with our audience the simplicity of the use of the system, and what types of courses they will find thereon, with the hope that they will be encouraged to register on the e-Learning Platform and use it to upskill themselves.
25
OCT
2020

S1 E8 - Captains Of The Industry (Rory Macnamara)

In this episode we will discuss the path to success with one of the Captains of the Plumbing Industry, Mr. Rory Macnamara. When and where did Rory’s career start? How did he achieve the successes that he has? Rory’s story is proof and confirmation to many of us that it is possible to overcome and survive difficult times, and also that our dreams and aspirations to grow and progress, both as individuals and as companies, can be achievable. A little motivation and inspiration can make a big difference.
18
OCT
2020

S1 E7 - CPD (Continual Professional Development)

In this episode we will discuss Continual Professional Development. The objective of this conversation is to determine what exactly CPD is, what the relevance and importance thereof are, as well as how it fits in with the PIRB and what affect it has on PIRB registered plumbers.
11
OCT
2020

S1 E6 - SANS Standards

In this episode we will discuss SANS (South African National Standards) and the SABS (South African Bureau of Standards). The objective of this conversation is to determine what SANS Standards are, why Standards exist, how and by whom Standards are compiled, what is the relevance and the applicability of Standards in the Skilled Trades Industry, as well as what the difference between SANS and the SABS is.

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