Front Row L-R: Mrs Diana Makwarela, Dr Nalini Maharaj and Mr Tinyiko Sibiya

The University of Venda’s Internal Audit and Risk Directorate was announce as the Industry Awards Education category winner. This prestigious Award was announced during the Annual Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA) awards that took place at the Gallagher Convention Centre on 12October 2023.

Chairperson of the UNIVEN Risk Management Committee, Dr Nalini Maharaj said “IRMSA is a prestigious organization both local and international and it gives me immense pleasure to be part of the Risk Committee of UNIVEN to whom IRMSA awarded such an amazing award.” Dr Maharaj commended the entire risk team, internal audit, managers, vice-chancellor, executive deans and various risk champions who contributed towards UNIVEN receiving the IRMSA award for risk awareness and advancing risk processes in the institution.  “Well done and keep up the good work,” she added The Institute of Risk Management South Africa’s annual awards acknowledge and celebrate achievements made by members who continue to make a difference in their risk management roles and within their dynamic teams.

“To be recognized as a winner amongst the big brands means a lot to us as UNIVEN. The achievement indicates that we are making headway when it comes to the implementation of Enterprise Risk Management. However, this is also a challenge to us, which requires us to continue improving the institution’s risk maturity, ” said Mr Tinyiko Sibiya – Head of Risk Management at UNIVEN. The Director of Internal Audit and Risk, Mrs Diana Makwarela indicated that UNIVEN hosted a successful 2022 Strategic Risk Leadership Conversations on Higher Education Conference, and this paved the way to winning the Award. She added that this recognition by the IRMSA would not have been possible without the hard work and support of the 2022 Risk Conference Organizing Committee, Risk Champions and the University Executive Management who all made the event a resounding success.
“For us, seeing the UNIVEN brand being celebrated alongside other big brands in various categories was very encouraging. It shows that we can all play our part in enhancing the Corporate Identity of the University and really see our institution becoming the University of choice, not only for those seeking quality education but for partnerships as well,” concluded Mrs Makwarela.

Issued by: Department of Marketing, Branding and Communication
University of Venda,
Tel: 015 962 8525 /8710
Date: 16 October 2023

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