The B-BBEE ICT Council is saddened by the untimely death of Councillor (Cllr.) Gavin Pieterse on Friday 15 June 2018. Cllr. Pieterse was appointed by the Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services (DTPS) Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele to the inaugural B-BBEE ICT Council on 24 September 2015 nominated by the IT Sub Sector. The B-BBEE ICT Council’s primary objective is to oversee the implementation and monitoring of the Sector Codes and to provide guidance on matters relating to black economic empowerment in the ICT sector.
In the Council he was also the Deputy Chairperson of the Strategy Governance Risk & Finance (SGRF) Sub-Committee and was instrumental in driving the council’s sustainability. Cllr. Gavin, as we fondly called him, was a committed member of the Council with a deep passion for transformation and an inclusive growing ICT sector.
Professionally, he was a respected subject matter expert in B-BBEE and organisational transformation as evidenced in his previous roles as Deputy President of the Black Management Forum (BMF), Deputy Chair of the BEE Commission, and Chairperson of the South African Wine Industry Trust. Previously, he was nominated by the ICT industry employers where he has served as Vice President of the Information Technology Association of South Africa (ITA) and he was also an Executive Director of IBM SA. He later founded his company, Keynote Consulting and was the CEO.
We will miss Cllr. Pieterse’s robust, articulate and engaging inputs, his vigorous passion for the development of ICT skills of the future, his unique and disciplined leadership abilities in the council and zest for life. He challenged us in our discussions and was unwavering in his dedication to impact.
Our grief at this time is little compared to his family and our hearts go out to his children he loved and spoke of often. We have lost a dear friend and valued colleague.
Memorial service details:
Thursday 21 June 2018 from 3 to 5PM.
Cnr Artillery and Henry Roads, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.
Ground Floor Auditorium, Radio Park Building, Park at Entrance 1