New body for Lesotho’s HR managers set up

MASERU — Human resources (HR) managers should strive to professionalise their industry in line with trends in other professions, a leader in the industry has said.
Marius Meyer, the chief executive officer of South African Board for People Practices (SABPP), said this during the launch of a local chapter for human resources professionals in Maseru recently.
The new organisation will seek to drive professional human resources standards, ethics and practices in Lesotho.
Meyer said other professions such as accounting and engineering had full professional status and it was time for HR professionals in Lesotho set up their own professional body to protect their interests.
Jean Grundling, a board member of the SABPP, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for HR practitioners in Lesotho to support one another, and be linked with other HR professionals outside the country.”
Grundling said various human resource professional bodies had been formed to drive professional standards, ethics and practices.
SABPP seeks to provide platforms for regular networking, promoting professional development, updating professionals with the latest developments in the field, as well as providing mentoring programmes for HR practitioners.
The organisation also links HR professionals to global partners such as Human Capital Institute (Africa) and the American Society for Training and Development.
About 44 delegates who attended the Maseru meeting agreed to establish a local chapter but noted that individuals should also register with the SABPP directly in order to formally confirm their professional status.
Local delegates said they will seek to set up a separate body for Lesotho in the long term.
Mamojela Koneshe was elected country leader with Morathane Monyamane being elected vice-country leader.
Other committee members who were elected are Mamosa Matela, Letebele Molefi, Itumeleng Matela, and Mapalo Gladys Mohasi.
“While these committee members will over the interim be responsible for
leading the Lesotho chapter, its success will depend on the full co-operation and support from other members,” Meyer said.
The SABPP was formed in 1982 as a professional body for HR professionals in South Africa and now boosts about 5 000 professionals registered throughout Africa, Europe and the Middle-East.

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