Parliamentary Question: DoP: strategy for the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA)

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QUESTION NO 3291

Ms D Kohler-Barnard (DA) to ask the Minister of Police:

Whether there is a turnaround strategy for the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA); if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the details of the strategy, (b) when will the strategy be implemented and (c) what is its current progress?

REPLY:

The new PSIRA management and the Council have prepared a turnaround strategy to address the current financial distress as well as overhaul the entire organisation.

The turnaround strategy will deal with the total overhaul and will be done in phases after approval by the Minister.

The strategy will address the following aspect:

Replacement of the aging infrastructure;

Introduction of change management programme and a comprehensive organisational development programme;

Introduction of performance management systems;

Introduction of new corporate and human resources policies and review of old policies;

Enhancement of data integrity through comprehensive Enterprise Risk Management programmes ; Cleaning of data base to rid criminal elements and undocumented foreigners;

Review of revenue policy and future funding of the Authority;

Proper industry research to address policy aspects; and

Review of enforcement policies strategies.

Some aspects of the long term plan have been implemented already. The short term plan is currently addressing the following urgent aspects:

Consider tariff increases and flexible areas( Areas which do not require legislation for review of tariffs);

General Cost cutting of flexible operations expenditure;

Deferment of capital intensive projects;

Robust segmental debt collection as opposed to centralised collection;

Reduction of planned inspections as opposed to risk based inspections ;

Finalization of prosecution backlogs and collection of fines;

The current short term plan has been implemented and is already showing signs of success and the Authority is expected to even out its expenditure against revenue at the end of the second quarter of 2011.

Reply to question 3291 approved by MINISTER



Date: 5 December 2010