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Tirhani Mabunda, SAIA’s chairman’s full response to Moneyweb

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1.       About auctioneering qualifications

Auctioneering qualifications are registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and are public property.   To date, SAQA registered five (5) auctioneering qualifications in South Africa as per the table below.

Once a qualification is registered, any training provider can develop training material and apply for accreditation from the responsible Education and Training Quality Assurance Authority (ETQA) and be granted the right to offer the qualifications.  Auctioneering qualifications  fall under the Services SETA Education and Training Quality Assurance Authority (SETQA).  As it is evident from the table above, the first two (2) auctioneering qualifications expired on 2012-02-16.  Not a single person was trained under these two qualifications since their registration in 2009-07-01.  SAQA was actually reluctant to replace these qualifications and it took a lot of convincing by the Services SETA to retain them.  The reason for this was that the South African Institute of Auctioneers (SAIA) promised the Services SETA that it would use the qualifications if they were retained.  Suffice to mention that Bill Hartard, SAIA’s erstwhile Chairman and Hedley Harris, a former SAIA Director and owner of the South African College of Auctioneering, contributed immensely towards the development of the auctioneering qualifications registered by SAQA as per the table below. 

QUALIFICATION

NQF LEVEL

SAQA ID

REGISTRATION

START DATE

REGISTRATION

END DATE

ENROLMENT

LAST DATE

UPLOAD

LAST DATE

STATUS

National Certificate:  Auctioneering Support

NQF3

48864

2009-07-01

2011-02-16

2012-02-16

2015-02-16

Expired

Further Education and Training Certificate: Auctioneering Practices

NQF4

48882

2009-07-01

2011-02-16

2012-02-16

2015-02-16

Expired

National Certificate:  Auctioneering Management

NQF5

49086

 

 

 

 

Expired

Further Education and Training Certificate: Auctioneering Support Services

NQF4

80546

2012-07-01

2015-06-30

2015-06-30

2019-06-30

Active

National Certificate:  Auctioneering Practices

NQF5

80547

2012-07-01

2015-06-30

2015-06-30

2019-06-30

Active

NB:  Copies of the registration fact sheets for the five (5) SAQA auctioneering qualifications are attached herewith for your information.


2.       History of auction training in South Africa

2.1.    South African College of Auctioneering

Up to the year 2009, there has only been one (1) training provider for auctioneering in South Africa, namely; the South African College of Auctioneering.  The South African College of Auctioneering was established by Hedley Harris in 1985.  Apparently, the South African College of Auctioneering was invited to develop material for accreditation to offer the SAQA auctioneering qualifications, but this never happened.  To date, the South African College of Auctioneering continues to offer a five (5) day auctioneering course.

 

2.2.    The African Training Academy and School of Auctioneering (ATASA)

Tirhani Mabunda established the African Academy and School of Auctioneering (ATASA) in late in 2008 and formally registered it in 2009.  From its inception, ATASA was accredited to offer SAQA accredited qualifications and skills programs.  ATASA is presently accredited to offer full SAQA qualifications, RPL and skills programs in Real Estate NQF4 and NQF5, Auctioneering NQF4 and New Venture Creation NQF4.  ATASA is awaiting accreditation for SAQA qualifications, RPL and skills programs in Auctioneering NQF5, New Venture Creation NQF2 and Funeral Services NQF4.  Suffice to mention that the development of training material for SAQA qualifications, RPL and skills programs is an onerous academic process, which involves the compilation of volumes and volumes of written material, including facilitation, learner, workbooks, assessment, moderation and verification guides.  For instance, the NQF4 Further Education and Training Certificate: Auctioneering Support Services full qualification material consist of twenty (20) volumes each with more than one hundred (100) pages. 

 

3.       Allegations of conflict of interest by Tirhani Mabunda

Allegations that Tirhani Mabunda is conflicted for championing the professionalization and regulation of the auction industry whilst he owns the only accredited auctioneering training academy are both mischievous and disingenuous due to the following reasons:

 

3.1.    First and foremost, Tirhani Mabunda started ATASA long before he became Chairperson of SAIA.

3.2.    Second, the push to professionalize and regulate auctioneering is not a Tirhani Mabunda agenda.  This has been SAIA’s agenda for more than two decades.  Bill Hartard, SAIA’s erstwhile Chairperson has made countless representations to government for this.  The catalyst for this arduous struggle was SAIA’s auction indaba held on 11 July 2008 which produced the ten (10) visionary goals that inform SAIA’s turn-around strategy to date.  Granted, the Quoin Rock saga has given SAIA’s agenda to professionalize and regulate the auction industry impetus.

3.3.    Third, no industry can professionalize and regulate itself without entry requirements; including education, qualifications, designations, licensing and continuous professional development.  Every organized profession, including accounting, law, medicine, etc., is governed by its respective professional body which regulate and maintains entry and conduct standards, including qualifications, professional designation examination and continuous professional development.  These are the objectives SAIA and its members are trying to achieve for the auction industry.

3.4.    Fourthly, SAQA qualifications are public property, and any training provider has the opportunity to rise to the challenge of developing training material and become accredited to offer SAQA approved qualifications, including auctioneering qualifications.  It is a fallacy that SAQA qualifications are the preserve of ATASA.

3.5.    Lastly, ATASA may be the only training provider accredited to offer auctioneering qualifications presently, but there is nothing stopping other training providers from being accredited to offer the same qualifications in the future.  It is highly unlikely that ATASA will still be the only training provider accredited to offer auctioneering qualifications throughout the two (2) year period leading up to the deadline for auctioneers to obtain qualifications on 01 January 2015.

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