WORD FROM THE CEO
We have raced to the middle of the year and it does not seem that the remainder will slow down moving to December. It has been an exciting time for us with considerable changes taking place in our industry, in the ACFE and in the ACFE SA Chapter. In the last newsletter, I welcomed Valencia as our newly appointed Communications Officer. We have also been privileged in securing the services of Chantell Schoeman, a CFE who previously assisted in driving the ACFE SA Johannesburg Regional Committee and therefore a person who is not new to the ACFE SA. Chantell was appointed as the Training and Development Officer and took over from Jesca. I am confident confident in that one passionate person replaced another and I look forward to seeing great things from her. I have promised to keep you updated pertaining the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) matter. We have instructed, with assistance from ENS, a Senior Counsel to look into the PSIRA act, our MoU with PSIRA, and the requirement set by them that our members need to register with them as members when working as forensic investigators. We still await feedback from the Senior Counsel and we will hopefully be able to provide you with the legal opinion by end of August. Talking of MOUs, July has been a month of forming wonderful and game-changing partnerships after signing MOUs with both the South African Polygraph Federation (SAPFED) and South African Professional Polygraph Association (SAPPA). We have partnered on a number of exciting initiatives with them to ensure their members keep to our Code of Ethics and Professional Standards while providing a professional service to our members. We have also established with them a standard their members need to adhere to when providing polygraph services which gives our members also guidelines on what to look for when appointing a polygraphist. I look forward to a fruitful working relationship with both organisations.
Our financial year ended is on the 31 July 2018 and, for the ACFE and ACFE SA, this has been another record year. Being a CFE has become a standard requirement for employment and tenders at most companies/ organisations and we, therefore, have seen phenomenal growth in both Associate and CFE membership. By adding Swaziland as a new chapter under the ACFE SA and joining forces with other professional bodies we have also increased brand awareness in SA and neighbouring countries; something which I am both proud of and grateful for. We are now finalising all our arrangements for the upcoming conference and I am proud to say that both the program and the gala event will keep you on the edge of your seat. We have secured speakers fromAfrica and the US to talk about the latest trends and also share some success stories. We have further secured Chester the puppet as our MC who will ensure that you have an enjoyable evening while looking and listening to all the award winners…. Do not miss out on this exciting event. Speaking of award nominees, I am excited about seeing who some of you have nominated for the different awards. We have already received nominations for individuals such as Jacques Pauw for Advocacy of the Year and I, therefore, cannot wait to see who else will be nominated... Keep them coming!! Lastly, I want to welcome the newCFE’s who passed their exam. I also want to welcome Ongoti Risk Management as a new corporate member. I look forward to meeting and interacting with you in the near future. Hope you have a blessed August and I look forward to receiving your nominations for the proposed award winners. Jaco de Jager Chief Executive Officer Association of Certified Fraud Examiners - SA Chapter
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