ISACA SA 2017 Annual General Meeting
The ISACA South Africa Chapter 2017 Annual General Meeting was held at the Pivot Conference Centre at Monte Casino, Johannesburg on 31 March 2017.
Around 94 members were able to personally express gratitude to Tichaona Zororo (ISACA South Africa Chapter President) for the Chapter's many achievements over the past 12 months. The members were also enlightened by well renowned speakers, Dr Claudelle von Eck (CEO of the Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa, IIASA) and Frank Rizzo (Partner, KPMG IT Advisory).
Zororo advised that the Chapter's current theme is engage, grow and retain. The strategic targets for the chapter were also highlighted and various initiatives are in place to help the Chapter achieve these targets by April 2018. At the close of the Chapter membership renewal period, a renewal rate of 78.39% had been achieved resulting in a total of 1 999 members (an increase of 91 members compared to the previous year).
The Chapter was awarded two awards for 2016 namely; an honourable mention for the K. Wayne Snipes Award for the Africa region as well as a Communications Commendation.
Zororo stated that in order to engage, grow and retain, a number of activities took place in the past year, such as:
Effort was put into formalising office functions as the chapter grows into a large organisation. The Chapter is extremely fortunate to have the office administration team to provide support to the board and members. This year, the Chapter moved to the offices in Bryanston.
2016 saw the Chapter reaching its 24th anniversary. This was celebrated by honouring all past presidents who have significantly contributed to the success of the Chapter.
The 2016 annual conference was attended by approximately 450 delegates from across South Africa and other parts of the world. The conference included three panels (Cybersecurity, Connecting Women Leaders in Technology and COBIT5). There were also three post conference workshops (CSX Fundamentals, COBIT5 and Business Alignment Game). A special thank you was mentioned to acknowledge the Chapter's 2016 conference sponsors and volunteers.
In an endeavour to increase our co-operation with the public sector, a Government Information Technology Officers Forum (GITO) was hosted during the conference. The forum was attended by over 30 GITO's. It included discussions on cybersecurity, digital transformation and clarifications on COBIT5 licensing.
In the year from April 2016 until March 2017, the chapter hosted a total of 30 regional events across Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and KwaZulu-Natal.
In partnership with Deloitte the Chapter also hosted an ISACA Gauteng Government Audit Committee Members ICT Risk Workshop with a focus on combating ICT risk in the public sector.
The potential of students is always valued by the Chapter and in support of this four student events were hosted at different platforms and universities. In the same endeavour the Chapter placed an ISACA career guide article in the Post Matric magazine for students.
During the period one student was awarded a scholarship and seven institutions were engaged with.
The Chapter continues to raise awareness to the public sector, private sector and tertiary institutions around ISACA's CSX qualification. In October 2016, the Chapter published a thought leadership article on cybersecurity in support of Cyber Security month.
The Chapter's presence on social media continues to grow; a 50% growth in followers was achieved during the past year. Social media has become the Chapter's main method of keeping its members abreast with Chapter events, latest developments in its certifications (CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC and CSX) and COBIT5 and as a marketing tool. In 2016 an Instagram page was created.
The Chapter has further improved its visibility in the IT industry. It sponsored various industry tradeshows and conferences and Chapter representatives showcased the organisation at five events (IT Web Security Summit, IIA Annual Conference, IIA Western Cape Conference, King IV Conference, and the IIA Public Sector Forum).
The Chapter remains compliant and the board is operating effectively.
PKF was appointed as independent auditors during the year and the Annual Financial Statements for the Chapter have been finalised.
The Chapter continues to build and maintain relations with associate organisations. During the Annual General Meeting, the Chapter re-confirmed its formal relationships with the IIASA and IITPSA by renewing and signing Memorandums of Understanding.
The President closed the meeting by thanking the members for their continued support and the board for all the effort put into the Chapter during the year.
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