Sanlam has renewed its partnership with the SA Professional Services Academy as headline sponsor of the fourth SA Professional Services Awards (SAPSA). The new cycle was launched at a business breakfast held at Sanlam’s Head Office in Sandton on Friday 13th July 2018.

As part of the partnership, Sanlam and the Academy will continue to host information sessions focusing on trends in professionalism and ethics within professional services firms.

Three previous editions of the Awards have been held in 2014, 2016 and 2017 in recognition of the professional excellence of individuals and organisations across industries such as accounting, management consulting, architecture, legal, quantity surveying, and engineering. A new class has been introduced, that of information technology within the commerce, law and management category.

The Academy, established in 2014, promotes professionalism in the professional services industry and provides a platform for interaction across disciplines.

The 4th edition of the SAPSA awards will be held in March 2019 and will be judged in two main categories namely commerce, law and management on the one hand; and the built environment on the other. The winners of these categories will compete for the position of overall winner at both organisation and individual levels.

The firms will be judged based on set criteria, which includes their contribution to the profession, their contribution to the community, a commitment to ethics, a demonstration of customer service, the achievement of business and growth targets and their contribution to transformation. Individuals on the other hand will be judged mainly by their demonstration of leadership capabilities including implementing strategy, participating in mentorship, shifting paradigms and optimum application of available resources.

The awards include Professional of the Year, Discipline Firm of the Year, Category Firm of the Year, Young Professional of the Year and Woman Professional of the Year. There will also be special awards for lifetime achievements to recognise individuals with long careers in their fields who have contributed to the development of their organisations and professions.

“The professional services industry plays a vital role in our economy and is pivotal to achieve national growth targets particularly during these trying times for our economy. We believe the ideals of professionalism and best practice should be promoted to further enhance the work done by this industry. The organisations and individuals who champion these ideals, deserve to be recognised and celebrated for their efforts,” says Wessel Oosthuizen, Business Manager at Sanlam.

SAPSA Founder KC Rottok Chesaina agrees: “The role of professional services in South Africa cannot be understated. We are extremely pleased to continue this partnership with Sanlam to promote exceptionalism within this fundamental industry.”

To take part in the awards, contact the Secretariat:
Tel – 067 044 5225
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