Third 2019 Message from the IMASA President: Winnie Baloyi

14 August 2019

Greetings to All IMASA Knights!

Whilst the country is celebrating women’s month, I would like to wish all IMASA women members a Happy Woman’s month!
The following matters are presented to all members:
Bad news
Our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the Western Cape member, Mr. J Marais who passed on during the month of May 2019. May his soul rest in peace!
Mr. Deon Visagie, also a Western Cape member, is wished a speedy recovery from an operation.
2019 Conference Preparations
We are left with two (2) months to meet again at the 21st Annual General Meeting and Conference to be held at the city of Ekurhuleni, Alberton Municipality in Gauteng.
I am proud to announce that the Task Team is working around the clock to ensure that the Conference preparations are proceeding as planned.
The National Management Committee (NMC) successfully met on the 12 July 2019 at Alberton Municipality to update each other on the conference arrangements and do a site visit to the venue of the conference.
Our appreciation goes to the Alberton Municipality for offering IMASA the conference venue at the Municipal premises with no cost!
NMC resolutions
During its meeting on the 12th July 2019, the NMC resolved on the development of a quarterly newsletter. This process will be led by the Chairperson of the Marketing, Communication & Recruitment Portfolio Committee, Mr. Mikha’eel Harris.
The NMC further resolved to review all outdated IMASA Policies. The process will be led by a legal expert and Chairperson of the North West Branch, Mr. Stephan Piek.
I am excited that the NMC has considered to allocate a budget during the 2020 financial year, for the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) reduced bulk membership of $200 that will be converted to Rands. IMASA members will from now on, be eligible to participate in the IIMC activities as associate members.
Branch activities
The Western Cape Branch is once again applauded for submitting the 3rd 2019 report on Branch activities.
All Branches are once again encouraged to submit their branch reports for consideration at the next NMC meeting scheduled for 20 September 2019.
Branches are further encouraged to conduct workshops to fulfill the institute’s role of exchanging knowledge and experience amongst members and encourage career advancement through educational sessions on subjects relevant in the administration field.
IMASA should be noticed by playing a significant role in the effective and efficient administration of local government.
Conclusion
Let us all invite fellow colleagues and councilors in the field of governance and administration to be part of the upcoming and exciting IMASA National Conference to be held on 6-8 November 2019 at Gauteng, under a theme “Reinventing the wheel and investing in the future of Local Government Administration”

Winnie Baloyi
IMASA President