Second 2019 Message from the IMASA President: Winnie Baloyi

To All IMASA Knights,

We have entered the 2nd quarter of the year and I am delighted to give an update on IMASA activities from the period March to May 2019.

So much has happened since the last communique in March 2019. The good and the bad!

Bad news
IMASA has lost one of its soldiers in Administration on 17 April 2019, the National Treasurer and Chairperson of Gauteng Branch, Mr. Derek Gouws. Our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues.

The efforts taken by IMASA members to represent the Institute during the family bereavement are highly noticed and appreciated. Thank you IMASA Knights for your support!

Resignations and Appointments
One of the IMASA legends and Western Cape Associate member, Ms. Elrina Versfeld tendered a resignation to focus on her life and retirement. We wish her well with her future endeavours, not forgetting to appreciate her commitment and contribution to IMASA throughout her years of service as a member.

The Western Cape Branch Secretary, Mrs. Natasha Paulse has also resigned as an official from the City of Cape Town Municipality but chose to remain with IMASA as an Associate member. Her decision to continue with her membership and service to IMASA is highly appreciated.

Congratulations to Ms. Jill Lakay for being elected as the new Western Cape Branch Secretary for 2019, replacing Mrs. Natasha Paulse. We wish her well in her new position of responsibility!

Branch Activities
Western Cape Branch is applauded for submitting the 2nd 2019 report on Branch activities. Keep up the good work Western Cape!

It is trusted that the Task Teams established and assigned with different responsibilities will perform beyond expectations.
Branch reports from Limpopo and North-West are still awaited.

Whilst acknowledging the challenges faced by Gauteng Branch, it is trusted that the NMC’s intervention will strive to address the challenges and revive the branch once again.

NMC Activities
The NMC visited Mbombela Local Municipality on the 26 April 2019. The intention was to popularize IMASA and if possible establish an interim Branch Management Committee.

Though an interim committee could not be established, it is anticipated that new members will soon be received from Mbombela Municipality and other municipalities in Mpumalanga, with the support of the IMASA active member, Mr. Vincent Mabuza.

I am excited to report that the 21st IMASA Annual National Conference will be held at Ekurhuleni Municipality in Alberton, Gauteng from 6-8 November 2019. The 1st invitation is already out to members and administrators in local government to attend this magnificent conference with a theme “Reinventing the wheel and investing in the future of Local Government Administration”.

The good work already done by the Conference Planning Task Team is highly appreciated.

Collectively let us continue to take IMASA to greater heights!

Winnie Baloyi
IMASA President