It is with great pleasure that I am able to report to the members on the affairs of the Electronic Security Distributors Association for the year ending 30 June 2018.
Firstly, I’d like to thank the committee members for their valued contribution. I would particularly like to thank David Shapiro, vice Chairman, for his ongoing support and involvement throughout the year, we really appreciate your commitment, support and participation. We have seen long standing members leave and we wish them well with their future endeavours. We have also been very fortunate to welcome new members to the committee. I agree with Gary Lowe (Past Chairman 2017), ‘new blood’ is vital to the Association, as these individuals give fresh ideas, ways to improve what we do and add value to our members.
We undertook to reinvent our website and that in my opinion has been a great success. We now have a very modern, clean looking website. It took a lot of effort and time and we thank Hi-Tech Security for assisting and guiding us, and ultimately creating a great new website for ESDA. We would like to thank Xarion Comoretto for maintaining and hosting the previous website. Having gone through the exercise of creating and maintaining a new website, we came to realise just how much time and effort is required, and so we thank you for your enormous efforts on the previous website.
Hi-Tech Security Solutions (HSS) magazine provides ESDA with a free half page full colour advert every second month. They also provide free exposure for all new ESDA members. Thank you, Vivienne Dorrington and your team for your valuable contribution to the committee and the Association. Your commitment and enthusiasm towards promoting all our events throughout the year are very much appreciated and we value the input you and your team give to the committee.
ESDA hosted an expo in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga in March of this year, where we partnered up with SAIDSA. We had 15 ESDA member companies exhibiting at the event. Although some of our exhibitors were expecting a lot more from the event, there were those who felt that there was definitely potential to do some quality networking and business in the region. It comes down to the individual exhibitors to ensure they notify their clients in advance of these types of events and it also gives new members opportunities to explore new territories without incurring massive costs to their companies. The committee feels that these types of local exhibitions should be hosted every alternate year and we should select the regions with care.
Specialised Exhibitions once again gave ESDA a free stand at Securex, which saw many visitors looking to find out more about the Association. We signed up 8 new members at the show itself. A massive thank you to our committee members who assisted on the stand over the three days of the event, but especially to David Shapiro, Valerie Bingham and Debbie Lieberthal, who were there the entire time engaging with visitors and getting new members to sign up. ESDA Registered members who exhibited at Securex also received a discount from Securex, there were 13 companies. ESDA received a 2.5% rebate on the stands booked by ESDA members totalling an amount of R26 758.87. Thank you to Specialised Exhibitions for your generous contribution and to Sven Smit and your team for your ongoing support.
For the second time, ESDA hosted an expo in Windhoek, Namibia for its members on the 22nd of August. We were hoping for 15 exhibitors and we easily reached our target. The event was well attended, and our exhibitors gave great feedback. Once again, it is an opportunity for our members to showcase their products, with the benefit of reduced costs and the comradery of fellow competitors in unfamiliar territories. Our members were also very grateful for the information we provided on the new CRAN laws in effect in Namibia and this assisted them to make informed decisions and ensure that they were all compliant.
ESDA/SAIDSA Ladies High Tea Charity
ESDA and SAIDSA hosted the first of an annual Ladies only event at La Vie en Rose, Killarney Country Club on the 3rd of August. The committee wanted to honour the women in the security industry with the aim to incorporate it into Women’s month. We were aiming to have 100 ladies at the event, and on the day had 120 ladies present. The ladies were really excited and appreciated that the day was in honour of them and their contribution and achievements in the industry.
Not only did we have ESDA members, we also had SIADSA members and ladies from various institutions involved with Security. Thanks to the Ladies of Hi-Tech Security Solutions (HSS) who did the marketing and put the invitation together for us. The nominated charity was an organisation called Cornerstone Women, and the funds raised on the day were donated to them. Thank you ESDA committee ladies, HSS Ladies and SIADSA ladies for your collective efforts in making the event a success. Thank you also to our ESDA members for supporting this valuable event.
ESDA Charity Golf Day
The Golf Day was hosted at Benoni Country Club on the 20th of September. We had a total of 22 four-balls on the day. It was a great success and enjoyed by all who attended. As usual our members came to the party and generously donated some prizes for the day. ESDA also contributed a fair amount of the prizes on the day from our financial reserves. The nominated Charity was AMCARE and we can all agree that they were a worthy recipient. The ESDA committee once again stepped up to the plate in organising of this event, with special thanks to Debbie Lieberthal (ESDA Secretary) and Valerie Bingham (ex ESDA committee member) for their contribution and work on the day.
ESDA appointed a new secretary, Debbie Lieberthal, whom has done a sterling job so far. Shirley James who had been the ESDA secretary for a number of years retired and is enjoying time with her family. ESDA also appointed an independent Treasurer, Michelle Mclellan to take over the treasury function. We give our sincere thanks to Anika Petersen of Elvey for her contribution and willingness to assist us with all finance related issues.
Our Association remains financially sound, noting that it is not our intention to run the Association at a profit (save for the purpose of building reserves). We ended this financial year with 37 members. Our current reserves stand at R257 7226.24 with our cash balances standing at R165 766.21. (Refer to the Treasurer’s report for more detail).
ESDA and its committee members remain committed to adding value to its members. Our primary focus for the next financial year will be to gather and distribute pertinent Industry information and news about various regulators / stakeholders, legislation, and other valuable information to our members, with the aim of keeping our members informed and up to date.
I would once again like to thank the committee for all their effort and for the extra work they put into the Association.
Thank you, Debbie Lieberthal, ESDA Secretary, for your continued commitment and coordination of all our affairs.