The South African Leadership Standard: Living the values by Penny Abbott & Marius Meyer
October 11, 2017
The South African Leadership Standard: Leading People by Penny Abbott & Marius Meyer
October 12, 2017

Dear HR Class of 2017

The SA Board for People Practices (SABPP), the HR professional and accreditation body would like to wish you all the best for your HR and Industrial Psychology exams this October and November.

We realise that studying at higher education level is a stressful yet rewarding experience and is the gateway to your future. It is the key that will open countless doors to the opportunities that await you when you enter the HR profession.  This year we visited 16 campuses, and it was wonderful interacting with many of you in both city and rural campuses from Western Cape all the way to Limpopo, as well as liaising with your academic, management and administrative staff at your university.  In addition to all the student chapters we launched over the previous two years, in 2017 we opened some new student chapters:

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology, Free State (Bloemfontein Campus)
  • North-West University (Mafikeng Campus)
  • North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus)
  • Pearson Institute of Higher Learning (Pretoria Campus)
  • University of Free State (Qwa-Qwa Campus)

A new milestone this year has been the launch of the HR Youth Council representing the chairpersons from the top SABPP student chapters. The HR Youth Council will be the collective voice of SABPP Student Chapter leaders taking the professional interest of HR students forward at a national level, including representing SABPP at policy and governance levels.  More information will be provided soon.

The year 2017 will also be remembered as the second year of our annual HR student awards, congratulations to all the finalists and winners this year. HR student success is key to setting the bar high for the HR youth at our campuses all over the country.

As SABPP, we are your professional partner, and engaging with you as the future HR managers of South Arica is an honour indeed.  Furthermore, the launch of the SABPP student membership model and student chapters was a huge success with a high level of interest across the country (those of you not yet on board, please contact us on  You can also check out our special student section on our website (, we created this just for you. Also, please see South Africa’s first Talent Management platform created in partnership with SABPP ( It has a special section for youth talent and is therefore very relevant to you.

Despite the ongoing challenges experienced at many campuses, we thank you for all the hard work and sacrifice with your studies this year.   We also want to acknowledge your lecturers and support staff for the effort they have put in to guide you with the academic and administrative side of your studies.   We trust that you will be rewarded with good marks to open the door for a bright future as an HR professional in practice.  Please keep on engaging with us on facebook and twitter @SABPP1 and Instagram @sabpp_1.  Your university supported you for the last few years, while SABPP is your lifelong professional partner for the next 45 years.  You have learned a lot this year, but this is only the beginning of the path towards life-long learning and professionalism.

The journey that you began in January with your study year is about to reach its end and we, SABPP, will be at the finish line celebrating your academic results with you.  Please let us know on facebook, instagram or twitter the moment you receive any good news about your marks from your university.  You will remember how we challenged you not to be a 50% achiever when we visited you at your campus earlier this year. The HR and business market needs you to excel, in fact South Africa really needs you to achieve your best as a top performing HR student and future HR professional.  Moreover, as the country with the first National HR Standards you are part of this historic achievement, and together with SABPP you are potentially a leading scholar and world leader on HR Standards. This year we expanded this initiative by also developing the world’s first national leadership standard to improve leadership practice in South Africa. For more details follow the hashtag #LeadershipStandard.

Please stay connected with us on twitter @SABPP1 and @MariusSABPP and @xolani_mawande during and after the exams.  We will keep on to publish job and internship opportunities for you on twitter.  Our relationship has only started and we are ready to take it to a new level of significance during 2018.

Wishing you a successful exam with super results!


“Real education consists of drawing the best out of yourself.”

(Mohandas Gandhi)


SABPP greetings


Marius Meyer

Chief Executive Officer







Xolani Mawande

Chief Operating Officer









Naren Vassan

Head: Learning & Quality