ISACA SA 2016 Annual General Meeting

Johannesburg, 20 Apr 2016
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The ISACA South Africa Chapter 2016 Annual General Meeting was held in Rivonia on 13 April 2016. Members were able to personally express gratitude to Kenneth Chikwanha (the Immediate past President) for the Chapter's many achievements over the past 12 months. The members were also enlightened by the energetic and renowned ICT journalist Toby Shapshak who shared some provocative perspectives on the role of mobile globally and in Africa.

After two years of service as Chapter President, Chikwanha handed over the reins to Tichaona Zororo.

Chikwanha advised that it was that time again for a new board of directors to be elected into office to oversee the affairs of the chapter for the next two years. He highlighted that while the importance of continuity is valued, the fresh energy injected into the Chapter by the new board would also be appreciated.

He further informed the members that the Chapter received two prestigious honours for 2015, being the K. Wayne Snipes Award as the Regional Winner for being the Best Very Large Chapter across Africa, as well as a Communications Commendation.

Chikwanha thanked the outgoing board members for their tireless efforts during their two-year term.

He further thanked Zororo for his contributions as the Conference Committee Chairman as the Chapter continued to retain the status of its annual conference being the leading knowledge sharing and networking event for IT Risk, Governance and Information Security Professionals in Africa. Arlene Volmink will be taking over the role as Vice President and Programme coordinator.

Chikwanha thanked the Chapter Secretary, Tshidi Modiragale, for ensuring the Chapter's compliance. Modiragale hands over to Tshitego Moses Segaetsho.

Chikwanha thanked the Treasurer, Jonanda Olivier for ensuring that the chapter maintained a strict financial discipline. Olivier will hand over to Angella Makowe.

The Chapter continued to improve its visibility in the IT industry by being involved in various industry tradeshows and conferences, including the International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, the ITWeb Security Summit 2015 and the itSMFsa - SMEXA15.

The chapter's social media presence on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn continued to promote interest in the organisation with followers, members and likes increasing month by month. Chikwanha thanked Noleen Williamson for her efforts on the portfolio. Trishee Jobraj (Marketing and Communications) will continue with fulfilling these functions.

The Membership, Education and Certification portfolios were combined into a single portfolio. The chapter's membership statistics made the chapter the 3rd largest chapter in the Europe/Africa region and the 8th largest chapter in the world. Chikwanha thanked Trishee Jobraj for her efforts on the Membership portfolio and Pono Pitsoe for his work on the Certification Portfolio. Tapiwa Mvere will take over the reins from Jobraj and Pitsoe.

Chikwanha conveyed appreciation to the Regional coordinators Arlene Volmink, Rudairo Zimunya, Ivo Meyer, Raniel Misra, Raymond Kene, Simpiwe Habe, Terence Fogarty and regional volunteer Sanjay Charavanapavan for ensuring that members are engaged and kept up to date with the latest developments in the industry. Rudairo Zimunya will continue as the Johannesburg Regional Coordinator, Pretoria will now be led by Eunice Thema, Western Cape Coordinator is Sanjay Charavanapavan, KwaZulu-Natal Coordinator is now Raniel Misra, Eastern Cape Coordinator - Port Elizabeth is Ivo Meyer and Eastern Cape Coordinator - East London is Simpiwe Habe.

ISACA SA continues to promote student membership through its student membership promotion, scholarship programme, Academic Research Programme and interaction with the student body at universities and colleges.

The Chapter continued to establish relations with SA's leading universities, while entering into discussions with more universities. Chikwanha thanked Kenneth Palliam for his exceptional contributions in this portfolio. Palliam h hands over the reins to Dr Brett van Niekerk.

The Chapter continued to oversee and strengthen relationships with its Public Sector stakeholders with Naeem Seedat. Xolani Lingani will be taking over this portfolio from Seedat.

Cyber Security matters are at the centre of the current global focus and Chikwanha was previously responsible for Cyber Security. Junaid Amra has now been elected as the Cyber Security Nexus (CSX) Liaison.

The outgoing President's closing remark was that it is not every day that one is afforded an opportunity of this significance. He thanked the members, office staff, volunteers and the board for trusting him to lead the Chapter and for their unwavering support.

Come visit ISACA SA at the ITWeb Security Summit 2016 and register to attend the ISACA SA 2016 Annual Conference on 29th to 30th August 2016 at Emperors Palace with the theme of "Gaining the edge - Shaping the Future".

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