A productive year for PSiRA

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It’s been a productive year for the Private Security Regulating Authority (PSiRA), according to Siziwe Zuma, Acting Senior Manager: Communications.

While the Executive Management Committee (EXCO) has remained unchanged, there have been changes in the Council composition: Professor Fikile Mazibuko’s term came to an end in April and Mr Nhlanhla Ngubane has taken up the position of Acting Chairperson.

EXCO therefore still comprises CEO Mr Manabela S Chauke , Mr Stefan Badenhorst (Acting Deputy Director: Law Enforcement), Ms Mpho P Mofikoe (Deputy Director: Communications, CRM and Training) and Ms Mmatlou Sebogodi (Deputy Director: Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer).

Achievements

  • The number of active registered security officers has increased from 488 666 in the 2015/2016 financial year to a current 523 893.
  • Following on the implementation of a new law enforcement strategy, the number of inspections increased significantly during the last financial year.
  • Amendments to the Code of Conduct regulations have seen fines increase from R10 000 per count to R1 million per count.
  • Both the number of operations and arrests have increased, underpinning the Authority’s determination to enforce compliance.
  • The training moratorium, which was imposed in 2007, was uplifted in June 2018.
  • PSiRA is working with Council on a proposed partnership with Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges.
  • It reports another unqualified audit opinion, making it almost four years in a row.
  • New customer-friendly offices have been opened and the Free State Province now has its own office for the first time ever.
  • The launch of the PSiRA App in July 2018 is one of its biggest triumphs since this will enable private security providers and officers to book for service prior to visiting our offices, to verify the status of their registration and for general enquiries.

The introduction of the new Organisational Development project, which will advise the leadership on organisational structural configurations, the alignment of roles and functions and the linkages that would enable unambiguous delegation functions inter alia.

Challenges

  • There are still long queues at some branches but the online booking app will address the problem with positive results hopefully reflecting from October 2018.
  • The manual application and processing of applications is still lengthy when compared to digital applications.
  • PSiRA is a self-funding entity and its current funding model, which is reliant on annual fees payable by the private security industry itself, is not sustainable.
    Legislative changes
  • The industry awaits the President’s proclamation of the imminent private security amendment bill into law.
  • Draft regulations on the use of working animals and on uniforms are to be published soon for consultation with the industry.
  • While not PSiRA-related, it is significant to note that the Minister of Labour has approved the registration of a Bargaining Council for the guarding sectors.

Training

  • The upliftment of the training moratorium by PSiRA has stimulated huge interest from private security businesses that want to diversify and also new entrants into the industry.
  • A revised training policy is being developed to determine standards for the industry, in line with the Authority’s new strategic direction.
  • If the anticipated partnership with the TVET Colleges materialises, the benefits will include greater convenience for students since they will be able to write exams at closeer venues, have access to class attendance at reputable institutions, will hopefully be able receive to their exam results on the same day of the test.

Features of the PSiRA APP:

  • Allows security providers to book services with PSiRA online booking management system.
  • Allows users to view the status of security providers including individual security officers and companies.
  • Receive notifications regarding news on private security industry.
  • Find our offices with our easy navigation system.
  • Learn more on our services and how you can register with the regulator.

Numbers:

  • 2 331 467 registered security officers on our database
  • 523 893 are registered (employed) security officers
  • 1 802 054 are inactive (unemployed) security officers
  • 9 365 security businesses registered

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