ISACA South Africa Chapter hosts first virtual AGM, welcomes new board of directors

The ISACA South Africa Chapter held its very first virtual AGM on 22 May 2020.

Johannesburg, 22 May 2020
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The ISACA South Africa Chapter held its first virtual AGM on 22 May 2020. The event was chaired by ISACA South Africa Chapter Vice-President, Kenneth Palliam. He opened proceedings and welcomed all members present.

He introduced ISACA SA Chapter President, Arlene-Lynn Volmink, who started by thanking members for their understanding and support during these trying times amid the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Volmink presented the 2019 Annual Report and included an overview of the Chapter's highlights and achievements over the past year. She highlighted this year’s theme for the Annual Report and AGM, being: “Unity is Strength”, stating that the theme spoke to the notion of the ISACA South Africa Chapter pulling together as team and turning a challenge into an opportunity, to think innovatively, deliver differently and display the best virtues of our humanity.

Volmink reflected on the purpose and promise of ISACA, as well as the ISACA South Africa Chapter vision to be the leading professional organisation in South Africa for business leaders in technology, information and cyber security, governance, risk and innovation. She covered the strategic pillars, focus areas and key metrics and some initiatives explored over the past year to bring the Chapter’s vision to realisation.

She also touched on the important initiative of the ISACA South Africa Chapter’s application to become recognised by SAQA as a Professional Body in South Africa; the primary objective of which is to increase the relevance and credibility of the Chapter in South Africa as well as enhance the recognition of certifications by South Africa Chapter members resulting in a well-established and respected community of professionals.

Volmink concluded her presentation with a short video, reflecting on memories of the 2019 year by the members and the Board of Directors at various Chapter events.

Francois Le Roux (ISACA South Africa Chapter Treasurer) provided a brief summary of the financial controls at the Chapter, as well as the external audit process. He presented the audited financial results as well as the budget as adjusted and approved by the Board of Directors for COVID-19. Le Roux was pleased to report a profit for the second consecutive year.

Palliam introduced Past President of the Chapter and Chair of the Nominations Committee, Winston Hayden, who proceeded to explain the nomination and board election process that was followed. Hayden then announced the 2020-2022 Board of Directors who were officially inaugurated at the meeting.

The slate of the 2020-2022 Board of Directors is as follows:

President Arlene-Lynn Volmink, CISA, CDPSE
Vice-president & Programme Director Kenneth Palliam, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC
Treasurer Francois le Roux, CISA, CGEIT
Chapter Secretary Carolynn Chalmers, CGEIT
Academic Relations & Education Director Edmore Taruvinga, CISA, CISM
Certifications & Training Director Muvhango Livhusha, CISA
Marketing & Membership Director Mahomed Osman, CISA
Digital, Security & Communications Director Terence Fogarty, CISA, CISM, CRISC
JHB Regional Director Kgabo Ralebepa, CISA, CRISC
KZN Regional Director Nolan Nadesan, CISA, CISM, CGEIT
WC & EC Regional Director Robin Williams, CISA
Past President Tichaona Zororo, CIA, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CRMA, CGEIT, Certified COBIT 5 Assessor

Subsequently, the Board of Directors co-opted Dr Cameron Modisane onto the Board in the position of Pretoria Regional Director.

Volmink expressed a heartfelt thank you to the outgoing Board of Directors and board sub-committees for their passion and service to the ISACA SA Chapter over their 2018-2020 tenure.

Palliam concluded: “The AGM is an important event in ISACA South Africa Chapter’s annual calendar as it is an opportunity to reflect on what was from both an operational and financial perspective,” and the Chapter now looks forward to hosting its first ever Virtual Conference, entitled: “Thinking digital” and will be taking place on 3-4 August 2020.

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