The purpose of ASAUDIT is to promote and advance the use and support of computing.
ASAUDIT strives to promote professional skills and conduct in university ICT management and to serve as unitary voice for the South African Higher Education IT profession. ASAUDIT also provides mutual support mechanisms to its participating members by encouraging development and application of standards and best practices through the sharing of expertise among members and colleagues in organising informative events.
Attie Juyn matriculated from the Florida High School in 1973, and after compulsory military service, enrolled at the PU for CHE in 1976 for the B.Juris degree, which he completed in 1978. He started his career at the Potchefstroom City Council in 1979, where he was selected as member of a team to implement and operated the Council’s first computer for business systems. In 1982 he accepted a position as programmer at the PU for CHE’s Computer Services Department, where he progressed through various positions, and later specialised as database administrator.
During this period he completed the Diploma in Datametrics at Unisa, and studied MBA part-time at the PU for CHE from 1987-1991. In 1990 he decided to broaden his experience, and joined a software development company as consultant, and gained valuable experience in the private sector at companies such as BP, Unilever and Sasol.
In 1992, he decided to return to the PU for CHE, where he again worked in various roles in the Information Technology Department. In 1997 he was appointed as Deputy Director of Information Technology and –Management, and in 2000 he was appointed as Director. After the merger, he was appointed as Institutional IT Director, and subsequently to Chief Director Information Technology, a position he still holds. Under his leadership the NWU’s IT infrastructure, systems and services have progressed to a leadership position in South Africa.
He has also played a leading role in the higher education sector. He has acted as chair of the Association for SA University Directors of Information Technology for the past three years. He was a board member of TENET, as well as director of OPENCOLLAB and Extended Campus Technologies. He plays a leading role in the establishment of a South African Kuali community. He is now the CIO of Stellenbosch University.
Richard Van Huyssteen
Richard van Huyssteen joined UCT in 1994 as the Science Faculty Manager, having started his career as a high school teacher. His involvement in IT started with a secondment in 1998 to a project which was tasked with replacing much of the UCT IT infrastructure. Following that, he led the follow-on project to replace the major student administrative systems, which ran from 2004 to 2006.
He then established the Student Systems Support division in the Office of the Registrar, of which he was the Director until 2013. In 2013, he was appointed as the Director of the Systems Division in ICTS.
Van Huyssteen is a founder member and past chair of the Southern African Higher Education User Group, and a member of the Oracle Higher Education Industry Strategy Council. He holds a BCom(Hons) in Information Systems, a BSc in Chemistry, and diplomas in education and project management.
Khathu Sibanda is the CIO of the University of Johannesburg. She is a disciplined and results-driven IT Executive, offering more than two decades of IT experience and expertise in directing successful implementations of IT Strategies and technologies. Khathu has proven success in analysing critical requirements, with a focus on business alignment and technology integration for enhancing competitiveness, increasing revenues, and improving customer service offerings. Her success lies in quick decision-making, strong ethics, a natural aptitude to lead multi-cultural teams and my ability to define new strategies that drive growth.
Khathu’s role is to be the strategic enabler for the University in delivering new tools and services that leverage technology and data, enable customers (staff and students) engagement and market the IT organisation across the University.
Khathu holds a Master’s Degree (Technology Management) from the University of Pretoria. On a personal level, Khathu demonstrates her passion for family, reading, mentoring Women in IT and driving CSI initiatives for disadvantaged schools and orphanages.
Marlo de Swardt
Dr. Marlo de Swardt is the Senior IT Director at the Mangosuthu University of Technology. Contributing to the success of two start-up organizations (Pebble Bed Modular Reactor – PBMR & the South African National Space Agency – SANSA), he is a skilled senior Information, Communication, and Technology Manager, with combined business acumen in Human-Resource Management, Project Management, Administration and Facility Management, and Supply-Chain Management.
His IT career started in 1990 in IT operations following his inspiration to obtain a Ph.D. in Innovation and Technology Management in 2015. Performing the function of an Independent Member of the merSETA Governance and Strategy Committee he is still very much active in the academic space. Publishing a number of academic articles, and ongoing, he also performs other responsibilities such as, supervising a number of Informatic master and doctoral students at TUT, external examiner for the MBA program at UKZN business school, moderating IT Management and Functional Management exam scripts for TUT and assess educational compliance with policy, quality and standards for Umalizu on behalf of the Department of Higher Education and Training.
Boeta Pretorius is the Chief Director of IT at the North-West University. He services more than 64000 students on three campuses, 300kms apart and 63 learning centres spread across South Africa. The NWU came into being on 1 January 2004 as part of the transformation of the HE landscape. The NWU is going through a restructuring again and the IT department has now grown to a staff compliment of 190 with three new direct responsibilities namely electronic services, library information systems and audio/visual.
He started his career as a junior lecturer in Computer Science, but soon moved to the then Computer Services department as a programmer. He was appointed as Manager of one of the divisions and became director of Academic Solutions a few years ago. Boeta has a passion to drive IT towards enabling the core business of the university and position IT as a strategic partner to realise the success model of the NWU.
He holds a MSc Computer Science degree from the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education. In his personal life he is a keen athlete and still does the Iron Man competition at a senior age.
Dr. Christian Johl holds a National Higher Certificate for Technicians from Pretoria Technikon, a Diploma in Data metrics from UNISA, Programme in Enterprise Management from Stellenbosch University and an MBA from the Netherlands Business School. He also holds a PHD from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in ICT Governance.
His career started in 1976, as an engineering assistant at Transnet’s Signals and Telecommunications division. He progressed through Transnet, leaving the company in 1997 to join Border Technikon (WSU) as its Information and Communication Technology Director. He joined the University of Fort Hare in 2008 as it’s CIO.
Val Theron is the General Manager of ASAUDIT and has been with the organisation since inception and is based in Cape Town. She is responsible for running the ASAUDIT office on a day to day basis as well as coordinating and managing various projects and activities that are of benefit to the Higher Education Information Technology sector in South Africa.
She started her IT career in 1989 as a developer and worked in the insurance industry before entering into higher education in 1998. Since then she has been managing SMEs in the sector or consulted directly to a number of universities. She serves on various committees representing the twenty six public universities of South Africa, including the Central Application System Technical Committee run by the Department of Higher Education and Training and the second Rural Campus Connectivity Project Steering Committee run by Universities South Africa (formerly HESA).
Cindy-Lee de Vos