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Women’s Month breakfast – a KZN chapter event

August 28 @ 08:30 - 11:00

The IITPSA KZN chapter, in conjunction with Vodacom, is proud to present an event geared at engaging, enlightening and empowering women in celebration of Women’s month. Women can look forward to talks, a delicious breakfast, prizes and giveaways and ample opportunity to network with powerful and amazing women.


8:30am – 9:00am Registration, Coffee and breakfast
9:00am – 9:10am Introduction and welcome by KZN chapter chairman
9:10am – 9:30am Technology in education
9:30am – 9:50am Empowering the next wave of young women engineers in SA
9:50am – 10:00am Coffee Break
10:00am – 10:20am Women in the 4TH Industrial Revolution
10:20am – 10:40am Data privacy POPI
10:40am – 11:00am A female in a male dominated profession
11:00am – 11:10am Closing statement by Vodacom representative


Topic: Technology in education

In this talk, Senele Goba will discuss the role of technology in education, with a focus on computer science education and the massive potential it has to increase employment, particularly amongst the youth.  She believes the corporate sector has a key contribution to make in education, and the convergence of resources from corporate and the power of technology can have a huge impact on the future of the country.

Speaker BIO:

Senele Goba is a dynamic entrepreneur running a newly-founded company, 4IR innovations, specializing in industrial automation, IT services, educational technology and computer science education. She holds a BSc in Computer Science (having specialised in Computer Engineering), as well as an Honours degree in Computer Science from UCT. Senele runs a program called Ososayensi which aims to expose young learners to technology in order to increase their skills and chances of gaining employment.

Topic: Empowering the next wave of young women engineers in South Africa

Roberta Nonjabulo Gasa will speak about her experience as a young woman engineer in South Africa and the daily challenges she faced. She will also provide a blueprint that other aspiring women engineers can follow in order to achieve the same level of success. Careers in engineering are not always seen as a first choice for young women, but Roberta will dispel misconceptions and provide compelling evidence of the incredible successes that women can achieve in this exciting field.

Speaker BIO:

Roberta Nonjabulo Gasa is the managing director of SmartiPants Technologies, a multi-award winning tech & engineering company providing 4th Industrial Revolution skills and services. Roberta has an extensive background in Mechanical Engineering, having studied at University and worked for Umgeni Water and Eyethu Consulting Engineers as a mechanical engineering technician. Under her management, SmartiPants has won awards such as :

  • iBelong Excellence awards by Transnet for Operations efficiency
  • Innovate Durban award
  • Most innovative business at UKZN through TIA , Inqubate and Enspirte
  • Moses Kotane Innovation awards within the ICT category


Topic: Women in the 4th Industrial Revolution

In order for women to participate in the 4th Industrial Revolution, we have to change the stereotypes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Girls have to be encouraged to use technology, set up their own businesses and create financial opportunities. In this talk, Fiona Khan will take us through the opportunities that will unfold for women in these exciting times and how we can encourage young women to study science and engineering. She believes the natural abilities of women in the areas of diplomacy, team management and leadership will be even more vital in the age of automation as the human element will take on even more significance.

Speaker BIO:

Fiona Khan is an award winning, internationally published poet and digital author, and academic. She is also passionate as an environmentalist and family therapist. She is also a motivational speaker, coach  and mentor. Transforming the lives of both children and adults into positive achievers, is her forte. She has been promoting reading and literacy since 1993 at schools, universities and libraries via the Ethekwini Municipal Libraries. She is a community practitioner and an outspoken activist on gender equality and rights, HIV/Aids and gender based violence.

Fiona has numerous children’s book titles to her name and her poetry and short stories have been published internationally in many literary magazines. Her books have been used for academic research and are placed in many academic libraries.


TopicData Privacy POPI 

In this talk, Sarisha Kisten will discuss data privacy and the impending implications of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (‘POPIA’) legislation, which will have a massive effect on all businesses operating within the Republic of South Africa, and any businesses that holds any personal information.


Speaker BIO:

Sarisha Kisten is a practising attorney in Kwa Zulu Natal and the Managing Director of Enyuka Consulting Pty Ltd, a company that specialises in Information Technology Law and Data Privacy. Sarisha holds the following qualifications from University of Kwa Zulu Natal; LLB, BSoc Sci, BCom Honours IR. She has previously worked for Unilever, ABI and Strauss Daly Inc. Sarisha is passionate about Information technology and how it can change lives for the better.


Topic: A female in a male dominated profession!

In this talk Ayanda Kinase will discuss the challenges faced by women in the field of information technology networking support, which is predominantly a male dominated profession. Networking support is a demanding profession and often women have to work extremely hard just to prove they are equal or better than their male counterparts, she says. Ayanda will let us into the secrets that have helped her thrive in this difficult profession and also provides the key to building the rich working relationships necessary to achieve success.

Speaker BIO:

Ayanda Kinase is a Remote Management Support Engineer employed by ICONIS in Umhlanga. Her job entails management of large corporate network servers, monitoring and remote remedial action. She holds a 3-year national diploma in information technology network management, Microsoft server qualifications and various other technology vendor certifications. Ayanda loves learning about new tech solutions that benefits business needs.

Time and Place

Wednesday, 28 August

8:30am to 11:00am


11 Richefond Circle

Ridgeside Office Park


Breakfast provided


Map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ridgeside+Office+Park,+24+Richefond+Cir,+Umhlanga+Rocks,+Umhlanga,+4319/@-29.7345426,31.0679574,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x1ef705fafb95c0e3:0xe4c9ac1aa6fb71a7!8m2!3d-29.7345426!4d31.0701461


Delegate Fee:

IITPSA, ISACA, Women in IT & ISC2 Members: Free

Non-members: Free

Click here to register for this KZN Chapter event.


August 28
08:30 - 11:00


11 Richefond Circle, Ridgeside Office Park
Umhlanga Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
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