The British Security Industry Association recently welcomed a delegation of colleagues from South Africa, who were visiting the UK as part of a benchmarking exercise.
Chief Executive of the BSIA, James Kelly, and Technical Services Manager, Paul Phillips, met with the party of ten, which included representatives of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority, The Association of African Private Security Owners of South Africa and the Security Industry Alliance.
James Kelly gave an overview of the BSIA and its role as the UK’s preeminent trade association for the private security industry and explained how the association works closely with industry stakeholders including the Security Industry Authority.
The delegation were keen to pursue how trade associations such as the BSIA have worked with the industry regulator to raise standards within the industry, reduce criminal activity and improve the public’s perception of the industry.
Mr Kelly explained: “The BSIA is regarded by the majority of industry stakeholders, including the Government, as the leading industry body; evidenced most recently by our invitation from the Home Office to join the challenge group that will help to review the future of the Security Industry Authority.
The meeting was an opportunity for the BSIA to share its almost 50 years’ experience with South African counter-parts The Association of African Private Security Owners of South Africa and the Security Industry Alliance.
James Kelly concluded: “Our colleagues from South Africa wanted to meet with us to learn from our experience and to share best practice which shows how highly regarded the UK’s security industry and indeed the BSIA, is held on the global stage.”
Pictured are: James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA, Paul Phillips, Technical Services Manager at the BSIA, Manabela Samuel Chauke, Chief Executive of PSiRA, Ntombifikile Margaret Mazibuko, Chairperson of the PSiRA Board, Mpho Portia Mofikoe, Head of Communication and Training at PSiRA, Mmatlou Codicillus Sebogodi, Chief Financial Officer of PSiRA, Somangamane Benjamin Ntuli, Board Member of PSiRA Council, Dr. Sabelo Gumedze, Head of Research Unit at PSiRA, Daniel Claude Mojalefa Rathebe, Deputy Chairperson of the PSiRA Board, Moremi Molate, Stakeholder for PSiRA : South African Police Service, Willem Stephanus Conradie, Chief Executive of the Security Industry Alliance and Erasmus Josphat Nare, Chief Executive of The Association of African Private Security Owners South Africa.