The Locksmith’s Association of South Africa is the representative body for the locksmithing industry in the country: the industry is regulated by an Act of Parliament and falls under the auspices of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority. LASA has branches in the Eastern Province, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Northern Province and Western Cape.

The Locksmithing Authority Particular reference is made to the need for the restriction of key cutting equipment and other specialist professional tools which, in the wrong hands, become weapons for the criminal. All Locksmiths are required by this Act (Act 56 of 2001) to register with PSIRA.

The expertise of this Association is in its members' specialized knowledge and experience and it is for this reason that LASA has provided specialist knowledge to give guidance to the Insurance Surveyors' technical sub-committee for the grading of locks.



The Association was started by a group of locksmiths in 1974 and has grown to be the representative body for the locksmith industry in South Africa. The association is governed by an constitution and has 8 classes of membership. LASA has branches in the Eastern Province, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Northern Province and Western Cape. LASA is the officially recognized National organization that represents the Locksmiths Industry and deals with all issues relevant to the Locksmiths Industry at National and Government level e.g. The Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) LASA and its Members have the support of Manufacturers and Suppliers.


  • to regulate relations between members and their employees and to protect and further the interests of members in relation to their employees.
  • to encourage, promote, assist and affect the voluntary interchange among members of the Association of statistics, data, information, experience, ideas, knowledge, methods and techniques relating to the sphere of Locksmithing.
  • to enhance the status of the Locksmithing trade and to establish a standard of qualification for locksmiths, other classes of membership
  • to establish a uniform Code of Ethics and to promote and maintain friendly co-operation among all locksmiths endeavouring to advance their common interests.
  • to conduct trade and/or other promotion activities and to co-operate with all other organisations connected with the trade.
  • to encourage the settlement of disputes between members and their employees by conciliatory methods; and to co-operate with organizations of employers and/or employees  or with anybody which may be established to deal with matters which affect members.
  • to promote support or oppose as may be deemed expedient, any proposed legislative or  other measure, affecting the interests of members.
  • to co-operate by every possible means with the South African Police and/or other legal law enforcement agencies in the prevention of crime.
  • to use every legitimate means to induce all employers who are eligible for membership to become members.