The first SIA and SASSETA training workshop was held on 2 June at the Chamber of Mines Auditorium in Johannesburg and attended by about 90 delegates.
The purpose of the workshop was to address concerns that the private security industry had with SASSETA – an unique workshop and the first of its kind.
The workshop was facilitated by Terry Scallan, chairman of the Board of Governors of the South African Institute of Security. Steve Conradie the CEO of SIA welcomed all present and explained the purpose of the workshop. Zonge Baloyi, the CEO of SASSETA then explained to the workshop the structure and working of SASSETA and Tony Proudfoot, the chairman of the SASSETA Security Chamber spoke about the structure of the Security Chamber as well as mandatory and discretionary grants.
The major concern of industry is the large skills development contribution to SASSETA for only a 29% share of the total training budget. Another concern was the representation of the security industry on the SASSETA Security Chamber.
The concerns will be tabled in a document and submitted to SASSETA for an official response. All in all, the workshop can be considered as being successful and served as an excellent information session as well as improving communication between the Private Security Industry and SASSETA.
Steve Conradie closed the workshop by saying more such workshops were planned for the future.
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