The Constitution (now called a Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) in terms of the Companies Act of 2008) is an important tool for the Institute, guiding the way we operate. At the SGM held on the 23rd April 2013, this updated version of the Constitution, now MOI, was adopted, together with the change of name from CSSA to IITPSA. Some minor amendments were then approved at the AGM held on 23 July 2013.
The Institute (IITPSA) was originally registered as The Computer Society in terms of Section 21 of the Companies Act, Act No. 46/1926, as amended and today remains incorporated as a Non-Profit Company (NPC) in terms of the Companies Act No. 71 / 2008 as amended.
The Institute is established to represent, promote and elevate the arts, science and general knowledge of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in South Africa, and, in particular, to advance and represent the interests, development and professionalism of all those employed in the ICT industry. In support of these objectives, the Institute shall diligently undertake the following specific activities:
- Gather information and informed opinions pertaining to the ICT industry from members and other authoritative sources, and disseminate such information and facilitate the exchange of views within the Institute to members, the public and other selected audiences by electronic means, journals, publications, lectures, seminars, conferences and any other appropriate channels;
- Provide an effective voice for industry practitioners to inform, advise and lobby Government and other bodies on ICT policy;
- Set standards and provide well-documented paths to enable practitioners within the industry to develop their skills and further their careers, and to obtain professional recognition;
- Collect, document and assess information about qualifications, certifications, and other sources of learning pertaining to the various fields of activity within the ICT industry, and to make this information available both to members and to others;
- Certify qualifications, certifications, courses, training schemes and events as part of the Institute’s assessment criteria for the acceptance of members and the administration of Continuing Professional Development (CPD);
- Identify, develop and maintain relationships with other South African and international bodies and entities that have a common or synergistic purpose, objectives, interests and/or influence over the activities of our members or others in the ICT Industry;
- Seek membership and/or representation by and for the Institute within the structures of local and international bodies and entities where this is beneficial to the Institute and its members
- Provide non-judicial arbitration in disputes pertaining to the ICT industry
- Engage in community development that enhances the standards and levels of ICT for the greater good of the South African people, and
- Do all such other lawful things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objectives