Capricorn’s Simon wins Risk Management Award

By Business Reporter

HORST Simon, Business Risk Officer at Capricorn Group Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) department, was nominated by an industry colleague in South-Africa for the Africa Risk Management Award. At the Annual Awards Ceremony of the Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA) on 1 November 2019 at Gallagher Convention Centre it was announced that he won the award.

Capricorn Group itself was also shortlisted for an industry award for their Risk Culture Building program in the Financial Services category at the same event. It was announced that the Reserve Bank of South-Africa won the award. However, it was an excellent achievement for Capricorn Group to be shortlisted for this award along with such a contender.

IRMSA is recognised as the Professional Body for Risk Management in South Africa by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and firmly upholds the importance of its role as custodian of best Risk Management practice, and its responsibility to develop those in the industry. The non-profit organisation represents individuals and companies committed to the enhancement of the Risk Management discipline and serves aspiring risk practitioners, risk professionals and decision-makers in Southern Africa, dedicated to the advancement of the risk management profession through accreditation, research, promotion, education, upliftment, training, guidance and strong relationships with other institutes or associations.

The president of the IRMSA, Berenice Francis, said in her message to the attendees at the awards that the risk management fraternity acknowledge and thank the shining role models and professionals for their contributions.

Upon receiving the Africa Risk Management Award, Namibian born Horst said, “Thank you to the Board of Directors at Capricorn Group and its Executive for Enterprise Risk Management, Nico van der Merwe, for the opportunity to return to Namibia after 32 years and start the process of Risk Culture Building in the Capricorn Group. I dedicate this award to all those who walked with me along the way and to the Capricorn Group Citizens in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and South-Africa, you are the managers of risk in our business, on-the-spot, every day.”