An overwhelming work load, inconsistency in applying building control acts, inadequate resources and insufficient staff capacity are some of the challenges the City’s Building Control Officer is ready to tackle in his new role.
Maruping Chiloane was appointed last October and assumed his duties in January 2020.
He says his is a daunting task, because there are lots of changes that need to be implemented in order to put up processes that are customer centric, to improve efficiency.
“Since I’ve started, I have been doing analysis to find out which processes and approaches are working and not working for the City. So far, I have identified a lot of gaps and loopholes that need to be tightened up,” Maruping explains.
The father of five, two boys and three girls, was born and bred in Bushbuckridge, in Mpumalanga, and only came to Gauteng after he matriculated in 1991.
“As a child I was fascinated by buildings and architectural designs. So you can say I’m living my childhood dream,” he says with a smile.
Maruping kick-started his career as an intern at the then Edenvale Town Council before he was appointed Building Inspector. He became a Building Control Officer in 2004 and later a Building Executive Manager at the Ekurhuleni Municipality.
He went to the Mangaung Municipality in the Free State in 2015 and worked as a Building Control and Zoning Manager until he was appointed by the City last year. Maruping is currently the Acting Chairperson of the Committee for Building Control Officers of South Africa.
He holds a National Diploma in Architecture from Tshwane University of Technology, followed by a Bachelor of Technology (B-Tech) Degree in Architectural Technology specialising in Management. He also has a number of certificates from the University of South Africa and Wits Business School.
Maruping wants to be remembered as one of the people who transformed building plan assessments and approval processes in the City. “Johannesburg is a huge municipality, we should lead from the front. We should compete with the rest of the world while improving the economic and social lives of our residents.”
As part of exploring his love for art, last year Maruping started private lessons in fine art. “Painting helps me relax and explore other facets of artistic designs. I’m also a very competitive chess player,” he adds.
Written by Takalani Sioga