EXECUTIVE COMMITEE: 2009/2010
Chairman: ALAN JURRIUS
Vice-Chairman: JOHANN du PREEZ
Treasurer: ELSA MILWIDSKY
National Administrator: DORA RYAN
The Locksmiths' Association of South Africa is the representative body for the locksmithing industry in the country, with branches in the Eastern Province, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Northern Province and Western Cape.
The members of the Association are governed by a Code of Ethics.
"Locksmithing" Trade means the trade in which employers and employees are associated with the opening and closing of locks for others by means other than with keys normally used; the repair, replacement, rebuilding or adjustment of locks and their mechanical parts, the manufacture, by non-repetitive methods, of parts designed for use in the locks, and the cutting of keys, but does not include the manufacture of locks and keys.
There are various classes of membership of LASA:
Full Members - Those employers who are actively engaged in all or some of the operations described in "Locksmithing Trade" above.
Key cutter Members - Any member who engages in the duplication of keys for the public and who has been authorized to do so.
Associate Members - Any member engaged in the education of, or who disseminates specific or general trade knowledge to Full Members, their apprentices, or persons who may have the qualifications to become Full Members.
Trade Members - Any member engaged in the manufacture, wholesale distribution or supply of locks and locking devices or who supplies the Full Members with machines, tool or services to enable them to carry out their trade more efficiently.
Honorary Life Membership - May be conferred by a unanimous decision of a National General Meeting, on a proposal which has first been considered and agreed to by the National Executive Committee, on an individual who has given meritorious service to the Association and Industry.
The locksmithing industry is regulated by an Act of Parliament and falls under the auspices of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority. Particular reference is made to the need for the restriction of key cutting equipment and other specialist professional tools which, in the wrong hands, become weapons for the criminal. All Locksmiths are required by this Act (Act 56 of 2001) to register with SIRA.
The expertise of this Association is in its members' specialized knowledge and experience and it is for this reason that LASA has provided specialist knowledge to give guidance to the Insurance Surveyors' technical sub-committee for the grading of locks.
THE BENEFITS OF LASA MEMBERSHIP
Advice on Labour problems
Interchange of ideas, tips and tricks
Locksmith training to National Standards
LASA is the officially recognized National organization that represents the Locksmiths Industry and deals with all issues relevant to the Locksmiths Industry at National and Government level e.g. The Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA)
LASA and its Members have the support of manufacturers and suppliers who are "Trade Members".
LASA members have access to products confined to LASA Members, such as safe picks and restricted profile key blanks.
LASA is a member of SIA (Security Industry Alliance).
LASA constantly strives to improve standards and conditions in our industry and promotes public recognition of LASA Members as professional craftsmen.
LASA has a Labour Policy, contained in a Manual, available at nominal cost to Members. This Manual contains all information and forms required for employment, grievances and dismissal.
LASA has a Bulletin Board on the website for confidential matters which can be accessed by a password provided to Members by the National Office.
Once you are a LASA Member, you can also participate in:
The sharing of tips
The sharing of techniques
The sharing of business skills
The sharing of workshop facilities
Locksmith training to National Unit Standards Under new and Approved Training Centre's countrywide
Use of the LASA logo (restricted to full Members only)
The Unit Standards, which form the framework for the training of Locksmiths, were registered by SAQA in August 2006. The courseware material has been developed and written. Assessors and Moderators have been trained and accredited and training facilities have been set-up and accredited.