Pandor congratulates Home Affairs official on award

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pretoria - Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor has congratulated Home Affairs Deputy Director-General for Information Services, Sello Mmakau, who has been named the Visionary Chief Information Officer (CIO) for 2012.

The announcement was made by the Computer Society of South Africa President's Awards in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Mmakau was named as the Visionary CIO for 2012 in a category that "recognises an executive who has demonstrated vision and leadership in using technology to support and grow business", the
Department of Home Affairs said.

"The naming of Sello Mmakau as the Visionary CIO for 2012 is indeed an important recognition of his contribution to the overall government objective to fundamentally transform the Department of Home Affairs to respond to the needs of all our people," Pandor said.

It was largely due to Mmakau's contribution that department introduced the Online fingerprint verification system, in partnership with the South African Banking Risk Centre, as well the piloting of the new smart ID card and the IT Modernisation Project which will help reduce the time taken to produce enabling documents such as IDs and passports.

"May I extend on behalf of the government, the Ministry of Home Affairs and indeed on my own behalf, extend my warm congratulations to Sello Mmakau on being named the Visionary CIO for 2012 convinced that this will be emulated by officials in other sectors of the government," Pandor said. -