Since its formation in 2003, SIA has been the private security industry’s voice to the government. Comprising a growing number of employer bodies and associations within the South African security industry and its allies, including PSIRA (Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority); the Safety and Security Ministry; and SASSETA (Safety and Security Sector Education Training Authority), SIA communicates with government and other stakeholders on a regular basis.
The reasons for these interactions include building bridges with government departments and to discuss proposed regulations which will have a direct impact on both the security industry and the consumer alike. Another reason is to ensure that government receives a steady flow of accurate information from the industry so that it clearly understands its dynamics.
The strength of SIA is evident in the line up for its 2009 conference, titled Quality in Security. The keynote will be delivered by the Minister of Safety and Security, Mr Nathi Mthethwa, who will be followed by SAPS deputy national commissioner, Andre Pruis, and dir Jacob Malatse from the Department of Labour.
Other speakers will include Costa Diavastos, chief negotiator within the Employers Group, Stefan Badenhorst from PSIRA, snr supt Govender (SAPS), Dr Graham Wright from Business Against Crime and industry expert Dr Craig Donald.
The conference will be followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Security Industry Alliance and the day will end with the association’s annual banquet.
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