At the first meeting of the newly elected Technical Production and Services Association (TPSA) Council, Mark Malherbe was elected as council chair and will lead the technical production and live events industry for the next two-year period.
Mark is the technical director at Prosound and has been involved with the technical aspects of the live eventing, concert and theatre industry since the late 70’s. Although Prosound’s emphasis has shifted from operational and rental space to supply and installation, Mark has remained active as an audio engineer and theatrical sound designer. His work as a systems designer for both permanent and touring environments has included extensive international projects. This has provided a unique insight into methods and techniques employed by industry practitioners worldwide as positive and negative comparisons to our own in South Africa.
Mark served as a member of the founding committee of the TPSA when it was established in 1998. In addition, he was a long-serving member of the South African Institute of Theatre Technicians (SAITT), that was absorbed into the TPSA.
Mark has been a member of the TPSA Council since the organisation was merged into SACIA two years ago, and played an active role in SACIA’s engagement with ICASA during early 2017.
Mark believes that the TPSA Council needs to remain focused on the development of standards, training and industry certification. “While we have achieved much over the last two years, there is still serious work and intervention that needs to be done if we are going to deliver full value to our members,” he says.
In handing over the reins, outgoing chairman Bruce Schwartz congratulated Mark and confirmed his continued support for the organisation. “Over the last two years I have worked closely with Malcolm Finlay of Penmac and Mark Malherbe to transition the TPSA from a stand-alone association to an integral Council within SACIA,” says Bruce. “It’s been a radical shift that has seen us build a community that is fundamentally different to the old TPSA structure – one in which there is a legitimate home for all stakeholders within our industry.”
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