Freeman Nomvalo is getting

He recently took over the reins at the State Information Technology Agency (SITA)

and is going full steam ahead with his plans to turn the state-owned company into an information technology giant that can serve the needs of a modern Public Service.

Chris Bathembu fi nds out more about Freeman Nomvalo’s plans. Perhaps living up to his name,

 Freeman Nomvalo comes across as a free-spirited individual as he talks about his role as

the Chief Executive of SITA, a company that oversees the entire IT system of government. With a first name like Freeman,

it was not surprising to discover that several puns are doing the rounds in the corridors of the SITA head office in Erasmuskloof, in Pretoria East.

“He’s a real free man that one. You can chat to him any time. That is the kind of person he is – original,” said one staff member.

Nomvalo’s determination to turn things around at SITA

is evident from his hands-on style of management, which sees him visiting the agency’s clients on an ongoing basis to gauge their level of satisfaction with the service they receive.

According to the company’s website, SITA was established in 1999 to consolidate and coordinate the state’s information technology resources in order to achieve cost savings through scale, to increase delivery capabilities and enhance interoperability.

However, problems have emerged at the agency in the past. But Nomvalo, who became SITA’s 17th CEO, believes he can turn it into the best organisation it can be – much better than it has been over the past 15 years.

He’s confi dent that his previous position as the AccountantGeneral at Treasury and the turnaround strategy he is leading at SITA will transform the organisation for the better.

He cautions though that it could take years for things to get back to normal.

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