The IRMSA ‘Risk Management to the Rescue’ risk conference which was held at Gallagher Estate on 17th and 18th September 2015 was very well attended with a line-up of impressive speakers. Speakers included the likes of Advocate Kevin Sifiso Malunga [Office of the Public Protector]; Vanessa Thurlwell [Mondial]; Bonolo Sekhukhune [Standard Bank] and our very own Jonathan Crisp and Madeleine Black [BarnOwl] who presented the survey results of the first BarnOwl / IRMSA annual risk management maturity survey which was conducted over the period of July to August 2015. The aim of the survey was to get an indication as to the risk maturity level across a broad range of organisations in Southern Africa and to get an indication of the maturity levels per industry sector. The value of such a survey helps risk managers to assess how they are performing against peers in the industry and across industries as well as improve their organisation’s risk processes. The survey suggests that organisations are increasingly emphasising the value of risk management in their organisations; the perception of risk management as “a department that says NO” is slowly diminishing. The survey further found risk management software to be an enabler of improved risk maturity. Please feel free to read the survey at http://www.barnowl.co.za/surveys/
BarnOwl is proud to have been one of the key sponsors of the event. We were also delighted to give some of our support staff a chance to ‘man the stand’ and to interact with our clients. Both clients and staff alike enjoyed putting a ‘face to a name’. Our wire barn owls were also a big hit, with everyone wanting to take one home as a souvenir. BarnOwl sponsors ‘Seeds of Africa’, a social responsibility initiative who make hundreds of barn owls for us.
Thobekile Mthembu from Department of Human Settlement was the winner of our lucky draw chocolate hamper. Well done!
Once again thank you to IRMSA for putting together a magnificent event and thank you to all our prospects and clients who continue to support us.