Security professionals meet with the regulator

October 2017 Editor's Choice, Security Services & Risk Management, Associations

Anyone who thought that any of the international board certifications, accredited qualifications, South African diplomas, degrees, masters, or even doctorates in security and risk management would be a reasonable expectation of registration with the security regulator in South Africa can think again. First, you must ensure that you have brushed your teeth and washed behind your ears as the first stage of completing the ‘Grade’ training for registration with the regulatory authority, PSiRA.

In recent months, PSiRA has announced its application to SAQA for status as the professional body for the industry, when one of the things it consistently refuses to do is recognise the professionals within it, and much the same can be said for the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (SAASETA) who preside over security training and funding streams with virtually no knowledge, skills or experience within the industry.

Dave Dodge.
Dave Dodge.

These are just a few of many concerns that Dave Dodge, chairman of the South African Institute of Security (SAIS) raised with the regulatory authority at many public and private forums in recent years, but to no avail. Until last month, when his persistence paid off the PSiRA CEO, Manabela (Sam) Chauke and high-ranking PSiRA staff, including former Hawks General Israel Kgamanyane the newly appointed Deputy Director of Law Enforcement, met with security professionals from many sectors of the industry to discuss a whole host of topics in the first consultation exercise of its kind.

Manabela Chauke.
Manabela Chauke.

Creating an inclusive industry

SAIS is a non-profit company representing security professionals within South Africa, many of whom possess immense experience and formal qualifications across a variety of security disciplines. SAIS promotes further education, career development and life-long continued professional development for those within the industry and is particularly keen to assist and encourage youth and women security professionals starting out in their chosen career.

In recent years, most of these highly-qualified professionals have been employed as security and risk managers for private and state-owned companies and so are consumers of the many private security services offered by service providers across the country. However, together with the public, they have been largely ignored by the regulator during its consultation processes, which have focused upon its registered security service providers such as guarding companies and the like – raising an interesting point as to whether leading retailers and other service providers would have survived if they hadn’t ever listened to their customers?

The planned hour-long session lasted for almost two hours as Chauke and his staff engaged with the large number of professionals present and discussed a variety of topics, including many which had not previously been tabled during consultation meetings and would need further investigation and consultation before definitive responses could be confirmed. In one case, Chauke acknowledged the complexity of the problem and responded by telling the audience “that is a difficult question, but as CEO I am accountable and responsible so I will answer as best as I am able with the information that is currently at my disposal” – no doubt a question that will be followed-up at the next session!

A positive start

Overall, the session was heralded as a great success by those attending and Chauke committed to it being the start of a long-overdue consultation process across the broader spectrum of the security industry. The follow-up consultation in Johannesburg is being scheduled to take place with Chauke in early November, the details of which will be circulated once the availability of Chauke and other key participants has been confirmed. Thereafter, strenuous efforts will be made to hold further sessions in other provinces starting in the new year.

Topics already under consideration for the next session include:

• The role of PSiRA in identifying non-compliance with firearms legislation by security service providers.

• How PSiRA plans to professionalise a professional body.

• Mapping customer requirements to the proposed security training regulations.

If you would like to be kept informed of future PSiRA industry consultation sessions, other SAIS events, or would just like to have your concerns raised with Chauke on your behalf, please send your details by an email to the SAIS Administrator, John Baker, at sais@webmail.co.za, or SAIS Chairman, Dave Dodge, at chairman@institueofsecurity.co.za





Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

The year resilience paid off
Issue 8 2020 , Editor's Choice, Security Services & Risk Management
Hi-Tech Security Solutions spoke to Michael Davies about business continuity and resilience in a year when everything was put to the test.

Read more...
Retail solutions beyond security
Issue 8 2020, Axis Communications SA, Technews Publishing, Hikvision South Africa , Editor's Choice, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
The need for security technology to deliver more than videos of people falling or stealing from retail stores is greater than ever.

Read more...
Developing trust and delivering value
Issue 9 2020, Milestone Systems, Technews Publishing , Editor's Choice
Hi-Tech Security Solutions spoke to Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, CTO of Milestone Systems, at the end of 2020 to find out how the company fared in 2020 and what the company expects to see happening in 2021 onwards.

Read more...
The slow-motion AI explosion
Issue 9 2020 , Editor's Choice
What the slow and incremental shift into the artificial intelligence gear has meant for business and industry.

Read more...
Four tips to keep the lights on during load shedding
Issue 9 2020, Rectron , Editor's Choice
To ensure businesses remain ‘always on’, here are some tips and tricks to ensure your business remains productive during rolling blackouts.

Read more...
What keeps you up at night
Issue 9 2020 , Editor's Choice
One continent, many different security priorities: KnowBe4's security snapshot of sub-Saharan Africa's ‘Big Three’.

Read more...
The changing face of ransomware
Issue 9 2020, J2 Software , Editor's Choice
Relying only on a layered defence is no longer sufficient; one needs total visibility as a primary cyber defence mechanism.

Read more...
Knowledge sharing in the medical field
Issue 9 2020, Duxbury Networking , Editor's Choice
There are many reasons for a healthcare institution to share knowledge and some of today’s most modern technologies can provide a simple and efficient solution.

Read more...
Intelligent video analytics for CCTV
Issue 9 2020, Kleyn , Editor's Choice
Lesley-Anne Kleyn expands on the growth and utility of analytics at the edge, including the benefits AI and deep learning have added to analytics algorithms.

Read more...
New public CCTV system secures Sandton Central
Issue 9 2020 , Editor's Choice
The Sandton Central Management District’s (SCMD) state-of-the-art system uses artificial intelligence to detect and respond to specific events.

Read more...