Hi-Tech Security Solutions looks at The Security Association of South Africa.
The Security Association of South Africa (SASA) was founded in 1965 from a spontaneous demand within the industry for information and advice on industrial and commercial security. SASA is registered as a non-profit company and is a voluntary association of security professionals dedicated to the enhancement of closer ties between various security disciplines and the upliftment and maintenance of service standards within the security industry.
The association believes in and supports the pursuit of business to improve the material well-being of the whole society through:
* The provision of security goods and services.
* The creation of opportunities for men and women to use their skills for their own development and that of society.
The stakeholders of SASA have an ethical duty to increase their enterprises’ productivity, while protecting the physical, intellectual, material end emotional well-being of their clients, each other and members of the public.
SASA believes the essence of this ethical duty involves:
* Providing value for customers/employers.
* Communicating internally and externally with integrity.
* Maximising contributions to the enterprise with due reward.
* Eradicating dishonest commercial and professional conduct.
Any person involved in security as well as security companies may apply for membership. SASA is a member of and is also a board member of SIA. SASA today has different categories of membership:
* Gold Membership.
* Group Membership.
* Group Branch Membership.
* Individual Membership.
* Associate Membership.
* Affiliate Membership.
* Candidate Membership.
In 1978, SASA was responsible for the founding of the South African Institute of Security (SAIS), which has become the educational arm for the security industry within South Africa.
Conference seminars and workshops
Regular conferences, seminars and workshops are arranged by SASA throughout the country. These promote awareness of security among the public, bring members in contact with one another and with other parties concerned with security, and provide forums for the exchange of ideas and knowledge of the latest technology and methods in the security industry.
The Association’s good relationship with government bodies, police and local authorities enables it to collect and communicate useful information on crime trends and topical security problems.
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