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Celebrating excellence in adversity: 2020 IITPSA President’s Awards to go ahead!

 Nominations now open for SA’s top IT Personality, Visionary CIO and other awards

 

The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) has announced that the prestigious annual IITPSA President’s Awards will go ahead this year, despite restrictions on gatherings and face to face engagements.

 

The IITPSA Board has resolved to go ahead with the awards, which include the IT Personality and Visionary CIO of the Year accolades, using online nominations and virtual meetings to support judging.

 

IITPSA CEO Tony Parry says: “The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown have illustrated how crucial ICT is to the functioning of all organisations, but enabling business as usual in this challenging time has put heavy pressure on ICT professionals. This year’s awards are therefore to be held with the theme ‘Excellence in Adversity’, and will celebrate those who enabled their organisations to survive and grow despite particularly challenging circumstances.”

 

The IITPSA President’s awards, presented in partnership with leading ICT media publications and other awards partners, have recognised the South African IT industry’s leading lights for over 40 years. Past winners include the likes of Geekulcha COO Tiyani Nghonyama as the IT Personality of the Year and Alexander Forbes Group CIO Sandra La Bella as the Visionary CIO (2019), Etion CEO Teddy Daka and Absa CIO for Virtual Channels Jacques Barkhuizen (2018), Entelect CEO Shashi Hansjee and former Sasol Global CIO Alec Joannou (2017) and Adapt IT CEO Sbu Shabalala and Peter Alkema, business banking CIO at First National Bank (2016).

 

IITPSA has called for nominations for the following awards:

 

The IT Personality Award, which recognises a highly respected and outstanding ICT professional who has made a significant technical or academic contribution to the industry, who has been successful in building a highly-respected IT organisation or business, and/or who has made a major contribution to the IT profession over a number of years.

 

The Visionary CIO Award, which honours a CIO who has demonstrated visionary leadership in using IT to support, grow and transform business and/or who has established best practice in implementing technology solutions in an organisation.

 

The Technology Excellence Award, which will be presented to a person or team who has made exceptional or innovative use of technology for an organisation and/or who has exhibited technological excellence that has delivered measurable benefit for business/the SA Economy.

 

The Social Responsibility/Community Award, which will be presented to a person, team or project that delivers the benefits of IT on a not-for-profit basis into the community or brings the community into the IT space.

 

Click here to nominate candidates. Nominations close on Tuesday 20 October, after which a judging panel will select this year’s finalists and then winners.

 

IITSPA aims to hold the awards ceremony in the first quarter of 2021, circumstances permitting.

 

For further information visit: https://www.iitpsa.org.za/annual-presidents-awards-2020/

IITPSA calls for universal access to support youth development

The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) has urged a concerted effort to take digital access to every South African, to support youth development and small business growth.


Speaking at the IITPSA’s first online AGM in 2020, IITPSA President Thabo Mashegoane highlighted the Institute’s focus on the development of young ICT professionals and the need to develop a stronger ICT skills pipeline for the country, as well as to extend digital access to all sectors of society.


IITPSA members voted online to elect and/or re-elect the following non-executive Directors: Ulandi Exner, Admire Gwanzura, Rimmon Kisten, Karel Matthee, Kudzayi Chipidza, Senele Goba, Llewellyn Kearns and John Singh.The IITPSA’s office bearers for the 2020/21 year, elected at a board meeting today, remain unchanged, with Thabo Mashegoane as Board Chairperson and President, Admire Gwanzura as Vice President and Karel Matthee as Treasurer.

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The IITPSA National Office has moved!

The Institute has now officially moved to a new office location to accommodate our growth and changing business conditions. Our new address is Unit 4, Probuild Commercial Park, 347 James Crescent, Midrand. The new offices will allow us to offer additional products and services as we move forward and beyond the current worldwide crisis.

 

While current safety concerns mean that we cannot yet welcome applicants and members to our new premises, we look forward to the time, after the COVID-19 crisis, when all lockdown restrictions are lifted and we emerge as a stronger, more vibrant and more engaging organisation. In the interim, all communications and membership services will continue to be carried out digitally, and all documents will be couriered to members.

 

Our phone number is 087 655 1679 (or +27 87 655 1679 if calling from outside of South Africa), and all our regular email addresses remain in use.


Did you know that the professional designation of the Institute – PMIITPSA (Professional Member of IITPSA) is registered by SAQA on the National Qualifications Framework?  Did you know that all Professional Members commit to an ongoing programme of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) for the rest of their professional careers?

Did you know that, if you are an IITPSA Full Member in good standing with:

Two or more years continuous IITPSA membership
A three-year ICT related degree (or equivalent)
More than Eight year’s relevant ICT experience


You may meet the requirements to be awarded the grade and designation of Professional Member?

Read more and / or Apply Now!


IMPORTANT NOTICE – IITPSA: We will be operating virtually during lockdown

IITPSA will continue to work in the interests of its members primarily as a virtual organisation. Our staff are equipped to work from home and will carry out such tasks as are feasible in this mode. Applicants and members are requested not to visit the IITPSA offices at this time, as we will accept and distribute documents only via registered couriers. Please note that a digital badge (PrivySeal) is available to all registered IITPSA members in good standing which will electronically confirm their membership status with IITPSA.

 

All our email addresses remain in use, and we have set up a new contact number 087 655 1679 that will enable you to be connected to the appropriate staff member, during normal working hours. You can also find this and other information on our website (www.iitpsa.org.za), together with the latest news of our virtual events.


  • Behaving in a professional manner and abiding by the codes of conduct and practice of the Institute.
  • Continuing to develop oneself through the life-long learning (LLL) and continuing professional development (CPD) programmes.
  • Participating in the affairs of the Institute and contributing to the growth and sharing of knowledge and expertise.
  • Helping to mentor and guide young people either entering, or already in the profession.