The National Laboratory Association – South Africa (NLA-SA) is a representative body that evolved from the previous National Laboratory Accreditation service. Following the assumption of overall responsibility for accreditation (including laboratory accreditation) by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) during 1998, it was decided that a new independent body should be created.
The NLA-SA is a non-profit stakeholder body that represents the voice of South African laboratories. Having over 200 organisations who are members they represent the diverse nature of activities within testing and calibration services.
The objectives of the National Laboratory Association – South Africa is to become a truly representative association for accredited and non-accredited laboratories. In using the term laboratory this should be recognised in the widest sense and it includes measuring, testing, calibration, verification and other bodies, as well as laboratories which operate in well-defined areas of R&D in the natural and applied sciences.
The acronym, NLA-SA, which was linked to the previous National Laboratory Accreditation service was retained, both for the purpose of continuity and because it is well-recognised and respected.
The NLA is a section 21, not for gain company and has a board of directors who are elected from its members. In addition the NMISA, SANAS, SABS Standards Division and NRCS are co-opted onto the board.
The Southern African Communications Industries Association is a not for profit organisation registered as a Section 21 company in South Africa. It is specifically designed to promote the adoption of professional standards and ethical business practice in the communications industry throughout Southern Africa. It seeks to further the interests of members through partnership and representation on a range of issues. Primary activities include Market Research & Intelligence Services, Networking activities, and the development of training and skills development programmes. SACIA is registered with SAQA as a professional body active in the broadcast and audio-visual sectors, and awards professional designations based on an individuals proven skills and work experience. SACIA works in close cooperation with InfoComm International and the IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) to stimulate the development of our industry on an international basis.
SADIBA (the Southern African Digital Broadcasting Association) is a voluntary industry forum dedicated to promoting the co-ordinated market driven introduction of digital broadcasting technologies in the Southern African region.
The association is headed by a four member Executive Committee consisting of the chairperson, the deputy chairperson the treasurer and the secretary. Various Task groups carry out the work of SADIBA. A Steering Group made up of the Executive Committee and the chairpersons of the various task groups, is responsible for co-ordinating and steering the activities of the association.
SADIBA prides itself as the leading knowledge hub on digital broadcasting that significantly influences the sucessful introduction of digital technologies enhancing the quality of life of the citizens of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).