ICCSSA – RE-LAUNCH
The Institute of Certificated and Chartered Statisticians of South Africa (ICCSSA) had the re-launch of ICCSSA on 1 June 2018 because of their major changes and repositioning.
The Institute was originally launched on 13 June 2011 by the former Honorary Minister Trevor Manuel and supported by the former Statistician General Pali Lehohla.
ICCSSA was formed with the purpose to promote the status of professional Statisticians in the South African private and public sectors by means of registering Chartered and Certificated Statisticians in disciplines relating to the application of the science of statistics in accordance to ICCSSA Bye-Laws. ICCSSA’s aim is to ensure growth of the professional statistical community through promoting the importance and public understanding of statistics in organisations, promoting professionalism in the field of statistics, encouraging collaboration between practising statisticians and accrediting members and statistics courses, thereby maintaining ethics, rigour and high standards from our professional statisticians.
The purpose of the re-launch was to bring together high profile statisticians in industries with our members, launch the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Programme, launch the Accreditation of Courses, conduct an Annual General Assembly for our Chartered and Certificated members, discuss and approve the new Constitution for ICCSSA and to ratify the process for the new Board of the Institute for ICCSSA.
During the re-launch a presentation was given by guest speaker from Statistics South Africa, Mr Harry Thema, the Chief Director of the South African National Statistics System. The South African National Statistics System coordinates the statistical production system among organs of the state. It is a tool that transforms the current production of statistics, which is characterised by gaps in information, quality and capacity. Through the system, the department will be able to drive statistical planning, establish a statistical production system in other organs of state, and establish a governance structure.
Building of statistical capacity is essential to achieve this and ICCSSA certainly has a role to play in addressing the gaps as well as the professionalisation of statisticians within this value chain. Mr Thema gave a presentation on the National Statistical System (NSS) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr Mark Nasila
The role of analytics, big data
and machine learning as a
driver for digital and artificial
ICCSSA Event Programme:
Programme director Ms Yoko Chhana (CEO of ICCSSA)
Registration - 08:00 - 09:00
Part 1: Setting the scene - from 09:00 - 10:45
Welcome – 09:00 – 09:15
Dr Pravesh Debba (Chairperson of ICCSSA) and Mr Desan Naidoo (Vice President of Africa Region for SAS)
A brief presentation on ICCSSA (history) – 09:15 – 09:30
Dr Pravesh Debba
Presentation on CPD and Accreditation of Courses – 09:30 – 10:00
Mr Philip Steyn
High profile guest speaker – 10:00 -10:45
Tea break - 10:45 - 11:00
Part 2: High profile technical speakers - 11:00 - 13:15
Professional Training and Research Programmes in Data Science – 11:00 – 11:45
High profile technical speaker 1: Prof Riaan de Jongh (Director of the Centre for Business Mathematics and Informatics® at North-West University)
The role of analytics, big data and machine learning as a driver for digital and artificial intelligence transformation – 11:45 – 12:30
High profile technical speaker 2: Dr Mark Nasila (Head of Advanced Analytics at First National Bank)
Need for Statisticians, Actuaries and Data Scientists – 12:30 – 13:15
High profile technical speaker 3: Mr Piet Maree (Head of Analytics at Discovery Health)
Lunch break - 13:15 - 14:00
Part 3: ICCSSA General Assembly (GA) and closing - 14:00 - 15:30
ICCSSA GA (compulsory for Chartered and Certificated Statisticians) – 14:00 – 15:20
Dr Pravesh Debba (Chairperson of ICCSSA)
Vote of thanks – 15:20 – 15:30
Ms Yoko Chhana (CEO of ICCSSA)