ISACA SA Annual General Meeting
The ISACA South Africa Chapter AGM was held at the Wanderers in Illovo on 9 April 2014. Around 125 members were able to personally express gratitude to Mr Winston Hayden (the Immediate past President) for the Chapter's many achievements over the past 12 months. After eight years of service to the Chapter, Winston handed over the reins to Kenneth Chikwanha.
Mr Hayden advised that the Chapter received ISACA's 2013 International Growth Award for having the highest growth rate for a very large chapter, where the latest membership survey indicated that the overall satisfaction of members has also increased notably over the past years. Mr Hayden thanked Certifications Co-ordinator, Mr Tichaona Zororo for driving Certifications. Zororo was appointed to the position of Vice President and Programme Director for the Chapter.
Mr Hayden thanked the Chapter Secretary, Tshidi Modiragale, for ensuring the Chapter's continued compliance, and the effective operation of its Board. Modiragale will continue to serve as the Chapter Secretary. Winston also thanked the Treasurer, Jonanda Olivier, for her dedication, commitment and perseverance in dealing with the Chapter's financial matters. Olivier will also continue to serve the Board.
The Chapter has further improved its visibility in the IT industry by being involved in various industry tradeshows and conferences, including the IT Web Security Summit 2013, itSMFsa - SMEXA13, The Computer Associates IT Management Symposium 2014, and the ITWeb GRC Conference of 2014. Mr Hayden thanked Justin Williams and Trishee Jobraj (Marketing and Membership). Jobraj will be carrying these functions going forward.
The Chapter continued to provide industry training and education through its annual conference, workshops, special events, and regional meetings. The Chapter is proud to retain the status of its annual conference being the premier knowledge sharing and networking event for IT Risk, IT Governance and Information Security Professionals in Africa. The 25 to 26 August 2014 conference is to be tailored into a solutions development session. Boot camps will take place from 26 to 29 29 August 2014. Mr Hayden offered an acknowledgement to Mr Chikwanha for his efforts as the Conference Committee Chairman. Mr Hayden expressed gratitude to Educational Co-ordinator, Emmanuel Essien, and the Western Cape Co-ordinator, Arlene Volmink, for their contributions in this area. Pono Pitsoe takes over from Emmanuel as the Education and Certifications Co-ordinator. Regional meetings with continue in Johannesburg (Rudairo Zimunya), the Western Cape (Arlene Volmink), Pretoria (Raymond Kene), Kwa-zulu Natal (Terence Fogarty), and the Eastern Cape (Chris Knox).
In 2013 Terence agreed to take responsibility for the Chapter's Web services. With the assistance of Terence, Tichaona and Justin, the Chapter's social media efforts captured the attention of the ISACA international community, earning the Chapter a Commendation from ISACA International. A new role of Communications Co-ordinator has been created, and this position has been filled by Noleen Williamson.
The Chapter continued to establish relations with SA's leading universities, while entering into discussions with more universities. One of the most pleasing developments has been the formation of student groups at universities. Mr Hayden thanked Dr Mariana Carroll for her dedication, together with Lerato Moloko, and Mr Zororo. Dr Carroll's reins will be taken up by Kenneth Palliam.
Building and maintaining relations with associate organisations is also strategically important for ISACA. The Chapter established formal relationships with IIASA, IITPSA and itSMFsa; and an informal relationship with IODSA; while being involved in assisting the DPSA to meet with ISACA Chicago Headquarters representatives. The Chapter will continue to assist in the Public Sector going forward with Naeem Seedat as the Public Sector Co-ordinator. Seedat will be taking over from Terry Ramabulana.
The Chapter is extremely fortunate to have Nadine Schreiber as its Office Manager since she offers competent Chapter administration and strong member support. This year the Chapter relocated to the Regus Office Park in Sunninghill. Running the Chapter requires a lot of work, and member volunteers would be greatly appreciated.
The out-going President's closing remark was that serving the Chapter and Association has been one of the most fulfilling experiences in his career. He thanked the members for their continued support, noting that without such, the Chapter would not have achieved the successes that it has.
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