SARACCA uncovers industry fraud

The rate of qualification fraud has reached an alarming rate in South Africa, with multiple industry respected individuals exposed as having produced fake qualifications to climb the ladder. 

Fraudulent certifications are illegal, for that reason alone, such findings should be eradicated. However, over and above the legal aspect, this practice may also lead to life-threatening situations as unqualified people undertake work that requires specific knowledge to be completed accurately and safely.

fraud001Fraudulent certificates are inexcusable.

The South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractor’s Association (SARACCA) was almost dragged in a similar scam. A vigilant employee at the Department of Public Works, while checking the credentials of a tenderer who was in line for a maintenance contract, found that their qualification certificate was false.

SARACCA’s director, Barney Richardson, when shown the certificate, could immediately discern that the certificate with the SARACCA logo and name was a fraudulent document.

“We are very encouraged that government departments are using associations such as SARACCA and SAQCC Gas to verify qualification,” says John Parry, SARACCA president.

He adds, “Corruption is rife and we must work together to rid South Africa of the scourge. We often assume that corruption and government go hand in hand, but it was the government who uncovered this fraudulent certificate by a private company.”

John Parry, who is also one of the directors at the Southern African Qualifications and Certifications Committee of Gas (SAQCC Gas), says, “We need to remove this notion that corruption is acceptable.”

Fraudulent certificates are inexcusable as SARACCA, under its mandate, has a vast range of training providers dedicated to providing substantial and practical training that arms practitioners with essential skills in line with their specific industry specialties.

SARACCA has legitimate training providers specialising in areas of all A1 and A3 refrigerants on commercial, industrial, automotive and B2 Ammonia. Training providers are situated in the Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape regions.

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