The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) CEO Martin Kuscus recently hosted the 32nd ISO General Assembly (GA) in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Back in September, ISO delegates gathered together for the GA, which was hosted by SABS, the leading standards body on the African continent.

“As a founder member of ISO, it is appropriate that South Africa should be given this honour,” explained Martin Kuscus.

“Securing the bid for Cape Town gave me a great deal of pride and we welcomed the ISO family,” he added.

Historically, South Africa has a long and proud tradition of contributing to international standardisation through involvement at various levels in the setting of standards. Mining and particularly deep mining is a key industry in the country.”

“Standards have been developed locally to ensure safety and efficiencies, and these South African national standards are widely used around the world.”

The 2009 ISO GA took place against a backdrop of change, not just in ISO circles, but also globally.

“This is a very important time for us all. ISO is currently reviewing its five-year strategic way forward for ISO from 2011 onwards,” added Kuscus.