South Africa’s professional body for the timber construction sector, the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), recently appointed three new directors. Professor Walter Burdzik of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Pretoria, Werner Slabbert Jnr, Managing Director of Eco Log Homes and Dr Benson Wekesa, Technical Group Leader at the CSIR, have many years’ experience in timber design, timber construction and the engineered timber sectors.

The Institute’s board of directors, now comprising 10 members, who are elected based on their unique guiding expertise, govern the workings and direction of the Institute in achieving the vision of ensuring consumer protection in the use of timber engineered products and to regulate the professional conduct of its members.

Werner Slabbert Jnr
Werner Slabbert Jnr is the Managing Director of timber construction company Eco Log Homes and he is passionate about quality timber construction and contributing to improved and elevated standards in the industry. Werner is of the mind that quality timber construction has a profound role to play in the future of sustainable construction in South Africa and would like to see all South Africans join the growing trend towards a sustainable, greener future built with timber.

Professor Walter Burdzik
Prof Walter Burdzik, BEng (Mech), BEng (Civil), M Eng (Structural), PhD, PrEng, has been involved with teaching timber design in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Pretoria since the early 1980s when the Hans Merensky Trust sponsored timber research in the department. Walter has developed the timber design courses for the civil as well as architectural students at the University of Pretoria, so the development of a post graduate timber design course was a natural progression. Prof Burdzik was on the first committee of the South African Truss Plate Association, which later developed into the ITC-SA.

Dr Benson Wekesa
Dr Benson Wekesa is a registered Professional Engineer and is currently the Technical Group Leader at the CSRI, Built Environment operating unit, Agrément South Africa competency area. His highest academic qualification is a doctorate degree in Civil Engineering and he has extensive experience as a lecturer, consultant and researcher.

For more information, contact ITC-SA on +27 (11) 974 1061 or via www.itc-sa.org.