The Outstanding Security Performance Awards are coming to South Africa

Issue 4 2020 Editor's Choice

The Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) is a global awards programme currently running in 13 countries, created to recognise companies, teams, initiatives and individuals across the security sector. The awards are based on strict ethical principles with a transparent process to create a level playing field. The focus is on producing truly credible finalists and winners and to then celebrate their success.

The awards are being launched in South Africa for the first time, offering companies in the security industry the chance to shine as they take advantage of the opportunity these prestigious international awards create to allow them to stand out from the crowd.

The OSPAs evolved from extensive research into finding out what distinguishes those who are excellent in matters of security from those who are just average. And it was that process of saying “let’s find out who is outstanding and let’s find out why that’s the case” which shaped the OSPAs and helped produce a set of criteria by which nominations are assessed.

The award organisers aim to make the judging panel representative of the whole security sector by asking each of the major security associations and groups to nominate a judge. Many of the leading security associations and groups from South Africa are supporting the awards and have nominated a senior person to represent them on the judging panel. All judges follow a strict code of conduct and mark all entries independently against the criteria set out in the category requirements; they are required to declare any conflict of interest on every mark sheet.

The OSPAs will officially be launched in the second half of 2020 and the inaugural awards will be held at Securex South Africa 2021 at a prestigious ceremony at which the best of the South African security industry will be celebrated and recognised.

The entry process is free and simple and can be done online. Nominations will open in six categories, which can be viewed at,at the end of 2020.

More information about the South African OSPA awards will be released in due course.

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