Late last year, the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSiRA) held a conference at the Midrand Conference Centre to deliver an update on its performance during the 2015/16 financial year.
The keynote speakers were chairperson Professor Fikile M. Mazibuko, director Manabela Chauke, chief financial officer Matlou Sibogodi, acting deputy director (law enforcement) Stefan Badenhost and deputy director (CRM) Mpho Mofikoe.
Professor Mazibuko stressed that performance was a significant part of the advances made by the organisation. “This event is to celebrate the stability, growth and achievements of year 2015 and 2016 for PSiRA. These were done through committing and eradicating average service and replacing them with excellence, and delivering of quality service to the industry. We managed this through the criticisms, questioning and by being held responsible by the industry’s experts. In the process, we learnt a lot as an organisation.
“I am currently working with my team in putting together a Transformation Charter for the industry, which will help add some substance to the contribution of the organisation.”
Chauke gave an overview of the organisation’s progress in what he deemed “from tough times to normal times”. He said, “We are proud to have achieved an unqualified audit opinion by the Auditor General of South Africa in 2015/16. That just shows how well we prioritised our collection of monies and how we were responsible in our expenditure as a regulator, taking into account that we are not state funded.
“In that same light one has to look at the organisation’s background. From 2010 to 2012 our priority was a turnaround strategy. Then in 2013 we put forth an emergency action plan. We entered negotiations with industry and faced challenges in court, but finally came to terms with industry. And in 2015 and 2016 we adopted the normalisation strategy where we focused on the stability of the business.”
A brief background was provided as to how PSiRA managed to sustain itself and achieve a clean audit by CFO Matlou Sibogodi (refer to the PSiRA Annual Report 2015/16). Acting deputy director (law enforcement) Stefan Badenhost highlighted on how the organisation faired on issues of law enforcement with those in the industry that did not comply.
Deputy director (CRM) Mpho Mofikoe, who also acted as the programme director, concluded the business of the day by underlining how important it was for industry training providers to register with PSiRA and to comply.
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