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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New representitive body for Debt Counsellors ?

At the recent Annual Debt Counselling Conference in Pretoria it was lamented by some that the only representitive body for DC's was DCASA. However a recent email reveals the birth of a new representitive body called the Society for Debt Counsellors (SDC)

See their email below:

To all Debt Counsellors.

We are proud to announce that we have founded the SOCIETY FOR DEBT COUNSELLORS (SDC).

The SDC is a professional body of experts that aim to empower debt counsellors in South Africa. We strive to assist DC’s in their complex work environments, and play an instrumental role in taking Debt Counselling matters forward. A founding committee of debt counsellors has been established to oversee the process.

The establishment of the Society is due to the demand of a number of DC’s who have identified that issues of major importance, pertaining to Debt Counselling and the role of debt counsellors, are not being addressed, e.g. DC fees have not been increased since 2008 – we want to know why. The SDC will provide a platform for these issues to be raised AND acted upon. At present, each DC stands alone and faces challenges and issues which are common to all debt counsellors.

It is time for us to stand together and fight together to get the answers we need!

We need to have a body that speaks for us. The objective of the SDC is to give DC’s in South Africa a voice that must be heard and acted upon.

If you are interested in joining the Society for Debt Counsellors we would like to hear from you.

Yours sincerely,

The SCE Team

Society for Debt Counsellors


Fax: 086 617 1453

We look forward to seeing how this new body will influence the industry and wish them all the best.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Free Workshop in Cape Town 20 Oct '10

Prinsloo & Associates are presenting their second workshop specifically designed for debt counsellors:

Date: Wednesday 20 October 2010
Time: From 10h00 to 13h00
Venue: The Bellville Library
(tea/coffee/juice and food will be provided)

• The collection procedure process - your client's rights at each step
• Which sections of the Consumer Act are in effect and which not
• Credit Bureaus - how long do listings stay and when/how removed
• Contracts - cancellation clauses, breach clauses and other detail thereof
• Insolvency - assets vs. no assets

Please confirm your attendance:

Nanika Prinsloo
Cell: 072-8558-106

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Credit Management Technology Conference in November (Jhb)

The Credit Management Technology Conference will be held on the 17th and 18th of November 2010, at the Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg.

From risk assessment practices to credit control, scoring and collections and loan and debt management, the use of technology is inescapable when it comes to credit management and more specifically credit risk.

At the Credit Management Technology Conference delegates will be able to access different approaches to the use of software and applications and will afterwards be able to answer questions regarding user-friendliness, security, system integration, data usage and storage and many others.

Some of the topics that will be covered include the following:

Introduction to credit management technology

Global trends in credit management and payments technology

Role of information technology in credit management

Importance of credit risk management software for banking institutions

Overview of decision-making management software to negate credit risk across the credit life cycle

Advancing credit risk management through the application of credit bureau technology

Improving credit management through the use of loan management system

Features and benefits of choosing the right loan management solution

Using technology in loan origination to streamline and manage key functions

Technology and debt collection introducing debt management systems

The programme will also include credit technology case studies from Absa, Nedbank, Maravedi Financial Services and JD Group.

Members of the speaker panel include:

* Greg Brill, Managing Director, Octagon Credit Services
* Peter Rafferty, CEO, Futuresoft
* Hamish Houston, Commercial Director, ACET Processing
* Hans van Aardt, Managing Director, Microworks
* Frank Lenisa, Marketing Director, Compuscan
* Ben Pieters, Sales Director, Acczone
* Barry Leonard, CEO, Xpertek Group
* Miles Hern, Managing Director, CreditEase
* Francois Grobler, Head: Credit Risk, JD Group
* Tumi Machedi, Specialist: Credit Risk Personal Bank, ABSA
* Dalene Opperman, Managing Director, Maravedi Financial Solutions

Some advertised benefits of attending the conference:

* Learn more about global trends in credit management technology
* Examine the role of information technology in credit management
* Explore the use of decision-making software
* Increased knowledge of loan administration and debt management systems
* Case studies showcasing technology efforts by credit lending organisations
* Network with top speakers and fellow colleagues

Should you have any questions with regards to the conference, please feel free to contact TCI at Tel: 011 803-0009 or E-mail at

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

DCASA W. Cape meeting Cancelled

Please take note that the meeting for DCASA W.Cape - wed 06 October (showing on DCASA'a website) will not be happening this week.

The meeting has been postponed till a future date (TBA)

NCR annual conference Today

The National Credit Regulator (NCR) is hosting a conference and exhabiton in Pretoria at the Saint George Hotel and Convention Centre today.This will be the second National Debt Counselling Conference and Exhibition hosted by the NCR thus far.

The conference is slated to address pertinent issues impacting on the implementation of Debt Counselling including current initiatives to improve the effectiveness of Debt Counselling such as the recomendations of the NCR Task Team on Debt Counselling.

The conference also presents an opportunity for industry players to interact amongst themselves and share experiences and advice.