SA Security Industry Alliance signs partnership agreement with European counterpart

September 2008 News

A landmark cooperation agreement has been signed between The South African Security Industry Alliance and CoESS (Confederation of European Security Services).

The agreement covers mutual areas of interest and will focus on making European technology and training methods available to the South African security sector. SIA chairman Sibusiso Ncube signed on behalf of the SIA.

Among other issues, the agreement will set out to to raise the quality of services offered in South Africa and to improve the training and the working environment of staff of private security companies.

Steve Conradie, CEO of the Security Industry Alliance said the agreement would have far-reaching implications for the South African security industry because it would give this country access to the latest training methods used in the European Union as well as to technologies used by the European security industry. The SIA is an alliance of security associations in South Africa and plays a key role in communicating effectively across the industry as the united voice which represents common interests – from Electronic Manufacturers, distribution through the total spectrum including locksmiths and in house security.”

The security industry in South Africa is the fastest growing industry in terms of new businesses being established in the private sector and in terms of providing jobs. Conradie said he considered it of cardinal importance to maintain close links with government.

“I aim to build bridges with Government departments. It makes sense that we should work together, after all we have the same objectives.”

There must be a properly regulated industry with a positive image and SIA aims to be the vehicle which will achieve this noble goal. The cooperation agreement we will sign with our European counterpart will go a long way towards achieving our goals.

For more information contact Steve Conradie of Security Industry Alliance on his cell +27 (0)82 773 9308 or at the office on +27 (0)11 498 7468.

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