Montgomery Africa’s IFSEC South Africa 2011 will be adding an experiential feature known as the Interactive Theatre to its list of exciting events that are taking place at Africa’s premier security showcase in September this year.

The South African Institute of Security (SAIS) has partnered with Montgomery Africa to launch the Interactive Theatre at IFSEC South Africa, Africa’s biggest security expo. The objective is tackle key global and local issues, providing industry participants with thought-provoking insights into how to overcome these challenges in their respective areas of expertise.
“The institute has always been firmly committed to maintaining the level of excellence and professional competence of security stakeholders,” says Ross Cullingworth, director of sales and marketing for Montgomery Africa.
“We have noticed a growing need for more engagement and content sharing at IFSEC, so to have them support us in organising a line-up of top flight speakers, covering most of the pertinent issues affecting the industry, is sure to meet that demand.”
IFSEC South Africa 2011, taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre (Midrand) from 6 to 8 September 2011, is primed to be the most talked about event on the security calendar, aimed at helping security professionals stay current on the latest product developments and industry news.
As such, the three-day educational programme that forms part of the Interactive Theatre includes speakers from a broad swathe of the security industry, both local and international, all aimed at engaging delegates in sessions of information sharing and debate.
Key speakers at the Interactive Theatre will include Alex de Witt, CEO of Omega International Associates LP, who will examine the current state of the local security industry, a perfect touch point for delegates looking to meet the demands of the industry into the future.
Those same delegates will also be interested in John Kole’s session, as he probes the effective monitoring of the private security industry in the next decade. A lecturer at Unisa, Kole’s fascinating research focuses on the role this industry plays in crime prevention.
Dr Craig Donald, director of Leaderware, will share his insight into security management, specifically how to detect, prevent and respond to security breaches. An industrial psychologist and adjunct associate professor for Edith Cowan University in Perth, Dr Donald lectures and consults internationally in his field of speciality.
The new training regulations concerning the private security industry will be addressed by Terry Scallan, former chairman of SAIS, while current chairman, Errol Peace, will unpack the benefits of complying with health and safety requirements.
Susan Potgieter, GM of the commercial crime office at the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC), will show how to prevent the growing scourge of phishing and skimming.
Fire security specialist, Keith Norgate, will look at the strengths and weaknesses in fire detection systems in South Africa.
The spotlight will also fall on the much talked about Consumer Protection Act, as John Krogh shares how it affects the security industry. Tony Ofoyetan, director general of the International Institute of Professional Security In Nigeria, opens up synergies between African companies as he speaks of the business opportunities available for South African companies in Nigeria.
Cullingworth compares the Interactive Theatre to a master class from the best in the business. “The Interactive Theatre encapsulates the essence of this year’s expo – it’s about keeping people in touch with the latest trends, regulations, products and business opportunities.”
IFSEC South Africa which has always predominantly been a commercial security exhibition, has extended its reach to become increasingly relevant to government buyers and influencers as well.
It brings together local and international solution providers with the key-decision makers from the South African government, other African governments and the private sector, looking to identify and procure the latest innovations and technology; to meet their respective national security needs.
Cullingworth believes this shift is in line with industry trends and the IFSEC show’s focus on providing solid content, valuable interaction and a solid return on investment for both exhibitors and visitors.
“This is done by creating an environment that is conducive to interaction and networking, ensuring visitors get value for their time invested and that exhibitors are provided with valuable business opportunities,” he concludes.