HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SABPP AGM: A perspective from the Free State by Kgomotso Mopalami

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Once more, SABPP held a successful gathering of its members and non-members in the HR industry to come and reflect on the hard work it continued doing during the previous year, 2017.  As signposted by the CEO, Marius Meyer, this was the most successful SABPP AGM with the attendance exceeding 200 individuals from different spheres of work encompassing both private and public sectors as well as other stakeholders.  Some of the provincial chairpersons were also present to come and witness this special day for the professional body in which they serve. Delegates from five provinces were present at the AGM (Gauteng, Limpopo, Free State, North-West, Eastern Cape).

Whilst traditionally AGMs are set to comply with legal or compliance requirements, such as presentation of financial statements and election of directors among others, SABPP AGM exceeded this norm by ensuring that those who attended have a broader perspective of the work at hand. Amongst other things, they witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between SABPP and top global consulting firm Mercer. They also had an opportunity to network during breakfast and they received presentations from different stakeholders:

  • Protocols and safety guidelines: Pearson Institute Director, Dr Paruk.
  • Mercer Global Talent Trends 2018 Survey: Nicol Mullins (Product Leader, Sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Launch of the first HR Governance Framework for South Africa: Elizabeth Dhlamini-Khumalo (Chairperson: SABPP HR Governance Committee)
  • Annual Report – Highlights from HR Voice Strategy 2.0: Marius Meyer, CEO: SABPP
  • A review of financial statements: Siphiwe Moyo, Chairperson of SABPP
  • Operations and launch of electronic voting system for new SABPP board (2018 – 2021): Xolani Mawande, COO: SABPP

Over and above this, certificates were handed out to accredited training providers, corporate partners as well as SABPP Provincial Chairperson of the year. Nandi Sishuba, SABPP Chairperson of the Eastern Cape Province received this prize as a reward for growing SABPP membership in the Easten Cape by 118% over the last year.

Attendees also had an opportunity to make suggestions on some of the challenges the SABPP is facing.  As we know, most of the government departments are faced with a dilemma when coming to HR practices, professionalism and good governance. This seemed to be the significant concern from the floor. Some individuals highlighted strategic guidelines to deal with the problem; the most specific of which was that government should be involved from the most senior managers in dealing with HR issues.  As it was quoted, “innovation comes from the struggle; not from the dream!

Provincial Chairpersons were acknowledged for their attendance (those who were present) as well as the SABPP staff from head office, who diligently serve without tiring.  They were awarded gifts as a token of appreciation for their hard work.

The media was also present to ensure that this event will be shared during the provincial road shows and to the general HR society.  There was an opportunity to also interview some attendees to voice their experience of the day as well as how they see the importance of this important gathering.

In conclusion, the COO, Xolani Mawande urged members to fully participate in the electronic election of the new SABPP board (2018-2021).  He also highlighted all the important dates pertaining to this process.

The comment cards were handed out with the aim to assist SABPP with continuous improvement, satisfaction, suggestions and areas of improvement for the 2019 AGM.

We hope to see another success-filled year and we endeavour to achieve more year by year as SABPP, as we stand to be a world–respected HR professional body, leading the way with people practices standards, professional competence and active citizenry.

Responsibility, Integrity, Respect and Competence is our game as the four values of the SABPP Code of Conduct.  See you at the 2019 AGM next year as we keep on growing SABPP and the HR profession.

Kgomotso Mopalami is SABPP Chairperson in the Free State.  She attended the SABPP AGM in Pretoria on 21 June 2018.  The full annual report of SABPP can be downloaded from www.sabpp.co.zaor Twitter @SABPP1