The Southern Africa OSPAs

The Outstanding Security Performance Awards

Recognise and reward outstanding performance in the security sector

The Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) recognise and reward companies, people and innovation across the security sector. The OSPAs are designed to be both independent and inclusive, providing an opportunity for outstanding performers, whether buyers or suppliers, to be recognised and their success to be celebrated.

The criteria for these awards are based on extensive research on key factors that contribute to and characterise outstanding performance (Aspiring to Excellence – Perpetuity Research). The OSPAs have been set up in collaboration with security associations and groups across many countries.

The first OSPAs were held in Norway in 2015 and since then we have hosted events in other countries – and more are planned. To view the countries that currently have an OSPAs scheme, visit the global website.

Winners of 2024 South Africa OSPAs Announced

The winners of the 2024 Southern Africa Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) were revealed on Tuesday 11th June at Securex South Africa. An exciting new development for this year is that...

2024 Southern Africa OSPAs Finalists Revealed

The finalists of the Southern Africa Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) have been announced. An exciting new development for this year’s awards is that winners from all categories...

Call for nominations – 2024 Southern Africa OSPAs entries have been extended!

Entry is now open through to 18th April 2024 for the Southern Africa Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs). We are pleased to confirm that we are now accepting entries from anyone...

Winners of 2023 South Africa OSPAs Announced

The South Africa Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) is thrilled to announce the winners of the highly anticipated 2023 edition. These awards recognise and honor the exceptional...

Finalists Announced for the 2023 South Africa Outstanding Security Performance Awards

The prestigious South Africa Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) is pleased to announce the finalists for the year 2023. These awards recognise and celebrate exceptional contributions to...

Entries are now closed. Good luck to all those who have entered!

The scores are with the judges and we will be announcing the finalists very soon. Watch this space!

Call for nominations – Entry is open for the 2023 South Africa OSPAs

Entry to the 2nd South Africa Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) is open and anyone who provides a product or service to the security sector in South Africa can enter. The OSPAs...

Winners of the inaugural South Africa OSPAs are announced

The presentation of the first-ever South Africa Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) took place virtually on Thursday 3rd June 2021 as part of an internationally attended online Thought...

Finalists for the Inaugural South Africa OSPAs have been announced

Recognising the valuable contribution the security sector makes in protecting people, property and assets, the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) showcase the very best organisations...

South Africa OSPAs 2021 – Nomination deadline extended

Following numerous requests, the OSPAs have agreed to extend the nomination deadline until 7th April 2021 for the inaugural South Africa OSPAs. If you missed the entry cut off point...

Our Core Values


The OSPAs are independent. You don’t have to be a member of an association to be involved – anyone from the security sector can enter a category which is relevant to them. The only requirement is that you have shown outstanding performance in your field.


The criteria for each award category have been carefully considered and based on extensive research across different security sectors and by looking at how outstanding performance is recognised and judged in other fields. There is strict criteria for who is appointed as a judge and for ensuring that judging decisions are fair and impartial.  Representatives from each country will assess entries and make the final decisions on the winners.


We want everyone to know the criteria for entering, how judges are selected and how the judging process works, so these details are published on the website.


The OSPAs is a worldwide brand, generating honour and opportunities for our winners. Furthermore, winners will be widely recognised as driving outstanding performance across the sector.