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A tribute to Keith Mattison

A tribute to Keith Mattison (a Past President of the Institute) By Humphrey Worthington-Smith Very regrettably Keith succumbed at the age of 73 in the early hours of 17 July 2014 to a pulmonary disease, which interfered with his breathing. His passing was comfortable. Indomitable to the end, he went out sailing on the previous […]

IITPSA WELCOMES ITS NEW PRESIDENT

The Annual General Meeting of IITPSA (Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa) was held on Tuesday 22 July 2014 at the Constantia Hotel and Conference Centre in Midrand. As part of the AGM proceedings, Rabelani Dagada (University of the Witwatersrand), Ulandi Exner (Vunani) and Gail Sturgess (TalentAlign) were re-elected as Directors of the Institute, […]

Olympiad Winners Represent Five Provinces

The six winners of the 2014 Computer Applications Olympiad represent five provinces.  And the winner came from Beaufort West.  Usually Olympiads are dominated by the two provinces with the most advanced schools:  Gauteng and the Western Cape.  This year the Applications Olympiad provided a result that was very different.  Six provinces were presented at the […]

Tshimologong Precinct gains momentum

Prof. Barry Dwolatzky, Director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University, has embarked on an international fund-raising trip aimed at securing funds required to develop stage one of the Tshimologong Precinct. “Braamfontein, the scene of much urban renewal in recent times, is now the site of an exciting new-age software skills […]

ICT professionals to contribute to the industrialisation of South Africa

By Rabelani Dagada This April 27th will mark the 20th anniversary of the abolishment of the apartheid system and the attainment of a democratic dispensation. Despite many noteworthy achievements, poverty in South Africa cuts across all racial groups.  This is despite the fact that, on the economic front, the country has become a part of […]

Global Internet Users Demand an End to Mass Surveillance on “The Day We Fight Back”

Tuesday, February 11 2014 saw numerous organisations around the world protesting mass surveillance (see TheDayWeFightBack) Mass surveillance violates our fundamental rights In 2013, documents released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed dozens of wide-ranging intelligence collection programs underway in countries around the globe. His documents showed that intelligence bodies capture personal information about nearly […]

We need to recognise ICT stalwarts

One of things that makes me proud as the IITPSA President is when the media refers to Immediate Past President, Adrian Schofield, as an ICT stalwart.  The truth is that IITPSA is endowed with many stalwarts; these include Gail Sturgess, Moira de Roche, Mike Chiles, and many others. On the 30th January 2014, I had […]

New Face, Same Values

55 years on, CSSA (Computer Society South Africa) has become IITPSA (Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa) – the formal change being announced at the Annual General Meeting on 23 July 2013. The move follows an international trend to emphasise the value of professionals in the industry, supported by research among the South African […]

eLearning will thrive in South Africa

The much maligned e-Tolls in Gauteng will drive the uptake of eLearning because companies want to cut down on travelling and accommodation costs.  Be that as it may be, travelling in other African countries will increase rapidly as South African companies are establishing operations in those African countries.  Both the reluctance to pay e-Tolls and […]

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