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Institute of Directors in Southern Africa


USB-ED entered into a partnership with the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA) in 2016. The IoDSA is a professional body that exists to promote corporate governance, and to maintain and enhance the credibility of directorship as a profession. 

The IoDSA is recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as a non-profit company. It offers the Chartered Director (SA), a professional designation aimed at recognising mastery in directorship. The Director Competency Framework™ includes 20 competencies, thus describing the competences of a competent director. 

USB-ED’s Africa Directors Programme (ADP)​ is presented in collaboration with the Institute. The content of the ADP has also been aligned to the IoDSA’s Director Competency Framework™. It therefore forms part of the CD(SA)® Career Path by contributing to the knowledge and skills required during the CD(SA)® assessment.

Ownership and members
The loDSA is a non-profit company. As a membership organisation there is no clearly defined ownership structure and it is technically owned by its active members at any given time.

As a non-statutory body the IoDSA presently boasts over 8 000 individual members. The following three Chartered Directors are currently involved with USB-ED’s Africa Directors Programme:

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Dr Prieur du Plessis is currently the Chairman of the IoDSA board, and President of the USB Alumni Association.

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Prof Deon Rossouw, is the CEO of The Ethics Institute SA. He is an internationally recognised expert in Business Ethics and the Ethics of Corporate Governance. 

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Mr Richard Foster (previously the Group Secretary of Old Mutual) holds non-executive directorships/chairmanships in various companies and is a Member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance and of its King IV Task Team. 

Key facts:
  • The IoDSA​ has 8 151 members, and its membership and Director Development footprint includes South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique.
  • The King IV Report™ was launched on 1 November 2016. The King IV public commentary received 18 676 document views and 132 comment letters. The King IV launch event hosted 1 412 attendees.

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