The newly formed Professional Body Forum, held its first meeting yesterday 19 March 2012 at Leriba Lodge in Centurion.
Twenty six (26) professional bodies participated in this landmark event.
Andre Coetzee, MD of Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) Southern Africa and host of the meeting said: “There is a clear need for a forum of this nature, for the purpose of speaking with one voice on matters such as the Green Paper on Post-School Education and Training. It is also vital for the sake of networking with other professional bodies on matters of mutual concern"
Joe Samuels, CEO of SAQA addressed the bodies on the Green Paper on Post-School Education and Training. South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)also
updated all present on the progress of the pilot project launched last year, on the recognition of professional bodies and registration of their professional designations on the NQF, in terms of the NQF Act of 2008.
‘We are excited for the positive response and trust that this Forum will go from strength to strength’ said Carin Stoltz-Urban, Head of Professional Development and Education at CIPS. Mrs. Stoltz-urban, who was instrumental in the creation of this new body, can be contacted for further details on the Forum and its further work.
The next meeting of the Forum will be hosted by the Institute of Directors towards the end of April 2012.
An international professional body, CIPS Southern Africa represents South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Angola, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique. The organisation, in partnership with various institutions in those countries, works to serve the purchasing and supply profession and to promote good practice