PSM 2015 August Edition

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Uplifting communities The National Lotteries Commission’s Thabang Mampane on building a purpose-driven organisation

Changing the face of science AUGUST 2015

Minister Naledi Pandor on developing female scientists and researchers



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Contents August 2015


Public Sector Forum Proudly South African CEO Leslie Sedibe says all South Africans must help sustain local companies


Public sector appointments We take a look at who is new on Persal


Financial fitness Build a nest egg for retirement


Book Reviews Author Tsitsi Dangarembga is a woman of many talents

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Conversations with leaders Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor on growing the number of women scientists and researchers in the country


Profiles in leadership National Lotteries Commission CEO Thabang Mampane wants the commission to make a real impact in communities


Vital stats Fast facts at your fingertips


22 Upcoming events A look at local and international events for your diary and information 24

In other news News you need to know when you are on the go


Management and professional development Are there some merits in using instructional videos to teach new concepts? National School of Government’s Dr Fran Greyling unpacks the issue



International relations Taking a closer look at the World Economic Forum on Africa Meeting

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Women in Energy The South African Energy Development Institute’s Dr Thembakazi Mali on powering her way to success


Women in Safety and Security Bringing down serial rapists is all in a day's work for detective Nomsa Masuku


Women in Science Researcher Beverly Mampholo on lettuce, nitrogen fertilisers and being a PhD student


Women in Aviation Military pilot Captain Zanele Vayeke has risen to new heights


Women in International Relations Ambassador Robina Marks shares how her past inspires her to help build a better South Africa

Provincial focus MEC Olly Mlamleli steers municipalities on the right track

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Opinion Minister Edna Molewa shares her thoughts about empowering young women Building houses, building the nation Human Settlements Deputy Minister Zoliswa Kota-Fredericks on how the department will deal with the housing backlog Balancing the books and delivering services Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungublele on how the metro achieved an unqualified audit with no findings for the 2013/14 financial year

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MessaGe FroM the Minister

Time to 'Go Digital'


here are exciting times ahead thanks to digital migration. It

to 24 months so that we can switch off the analogue sig-

is extremely pleasing to see more and more South Africans

nal and begin to realise the benefits of digital dividends

embracing the process of moving from analogue to digital

to allow for the rollout of Wireless Broadband Services. While we look forward to the exciting developments

broadcasting for TV and radio. Through the Department of Communications’ awareness campaign - Broadcasting Digital Migration, “Go Digital” - we expect many more

within our country, I recently visited our neighbours to hold important discussions with them.

South Africans to gain a better understanding

These engagements related to

of digital migration and the immense benefits

potential cross-border frequenc y

they can look forward to thanks to the digital

spectrum interference post the digital


terrestrial television (DTT ) migration

An estimated 13 million households in South

deadline of 17 June 2015, as set by

Africa currently own TV sets and watch pro-

the International Telecommunications

grammes that are broadcast in their own la-

Union (ITU). The ITU is no longer providing any pro-

nguages. Government continues to ensure universal

tection to those who, like South Africa,

services and access to information by providing

did not migrate from analogue to digital

broadcasting services through the current digital migration process that promises to enhance

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

diversity and information access, especially for the previously marginalised citizens of South Africa. Government will subsidise five million poor TV-owning households with free set-top boxes (STBs), which will convert analogue broadcasting signals into digital ones.

broadcasting by the deadline it set. During my visits to Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique and Namibia, I

met with my counterparts to discuss eliminating the risk of DTT transmissions interfering with the analogue transmissions. I had bilateral engagements with the relevant Mi-

During my interactions with the public, I have noticed an eagerness

nisters and also signed agreements that will benefit

from citizens to obtain STBs to enjoy the benefits of digital migration.

both South African citizens and those who will live in

These benefits include:

neighbouring countries. I also attended the Southern African Development

Clearer sound.

More channels.

Community (SADC) Communications, Information,

A digital TV guide, which can be easily updated for more accurate

Communications and Technology and Postal Services


Ministers meeting in Walvis Bay, Namibia.

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Excellent picture quality.

Allowing transmission of high-defi nition TV pictures.

Our Digital Migration Policy will also see a rollout of public services

During this meeting, those of us who had missed the 17 June deadline committed to migrate to digital broadcasting by June 2016.

channels for youth, women, education and e-government services.

Digital broadcasting in SADC countries will soon be-

We are most excited about the potential of e-government services,

come a reality and will certainly benefit the citizens

which will unlock access to basic internet services and digital information for millions of our people.

of these countries. I urge South Africans to support the digital migra-

Wherever we go across the country we are approached by people

tion process. Our march towards digital migration is

who are unable to hide their excitement and who want to know

nothing short of ground-breaking, and it will open

when they will be able to purchase STBs.

the exciting world and possibilities of communica-

We will expedite the rollout of STBs to be completed in the next 18


tion to millions.

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MessaGe FroM the aCtinG direCtor-General

Honouring the legacy of the women of 1956


However, we are currently working toward increasing the number of women in senior management service level, which stands at 40.6 per cent. Transformation of the justice system, where only 34 per cent of judges are women, is also ongo-

istory books are filled with mo-

sion on the Status of Women in New York

mentous events. Some are for-

earlier this year.

ing. It is not only the public service that

gotten over time and only live

The report indicated that there have

has its work cut out. The 2013-2014 Em-

on as a plaque or monument. Others,

been major shifts in the status and con-

ployment Equity Report indicates that

such as the 1956 Women’s March, have

ditions of South African women and that

although the representation of women

made such a significant impact on the

there is a narrowing of the gender gap.

in the workplace has improved, women

psyche of a nation that they continue to

It also pointed to the following achieve-

remain underrepresented in manage-

drive future generations.


ment positions in the private sector.

Our country will always be indebted

to the women who participated in the 1956 Women’s March; their actions have

During Women’s Month, let us all take

islative framework in the country.

stock of our policies and how we can

The institutional mechanisms put in

better empower women, especially in

set the tone for gender equality and

place to promote women’s human

the workplace. Gender parity and trans-

empowerment in a democratic South

rights, dignity, empowerment and

formation in government departments

Africa. The country is now governed by a

gender equality.

can only succeed if it is supported across

Constitution, which recognises women

The sound human rights based leg-

The remarkable achievements in

the board and implemented. Let us build

as equal citizens, with equal rights and

the representation of women in

on the legacy of the women of 1956 by

responsibilities. Women are also taking

decision-making structures and pro-

empowering women and ensuring a rep-

their rightful place in Parliament, govern-

cesses both in the public and private

resentative public service.

ment and civil society.


Since 1994 the doors of learning and

Despite these advances, we acknowl-

culture have also opened for girls and

edge that many women remain mar-

today there is greater gender parity in

ginalised and vulnerable to social

our primary schools. As a result, we now

risks such as violence, abuse, rape,

live in a country where more than half

unemployment and poverty.

of all students enrolled in university pro-

The latter two also relate to a

grammes are women.

greater percentage of women

As part of its efforts to advance women

being unemployed compared

empowerment, government has also

to men, and women mostly

implemented legislation and numerous

filling lower income positions.

policies to create an enabling environ-

To break the cycle of poverty,

ment for women to increase their par-

government has prioritised

ticipation in the economy.

women in most of its programmes.

These measures have helped en-

Government, as one of the largest

sure the advancement of women over

employers, has also committed

the past 21 years. This sentiment was

itself to gender parity and

echoed by the recent Beijing +20 Coun-

today 57.6 per cent of

try Report that was presented at the 59th

government employees

Session of the United Nations Commis-

are women.


Acting Director-General Donald Liphoko.

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Writer: Amukelani Chauke Photographer: Siyasanga Mbambani

Conversations with the leaders

Minister Pandor champions women scientists, researchers


cience and technology have been and remain at the centre of the development of the world. The world looks upon scientists to lead cut-

ting-edge research as they race against time to produce vaccines and cures to epidemics such as Ebola and HIV and AIDS, while innovation in technology has taken over in solving service delivery challenges and improving efficiency across all sectors of emerging and developing economies. But the world of science and technology is maledominated – something Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor and her department are working hard to address. As the country commemorates Women’s Month, the Minister told PSM that her department and the

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is passionate about increasing the number of female scientists and researchers in the country.

agencies under her watch, have many flagship programmes aimed at addressing gender parity by encouraging increased participation of women in these fields. Minister Pandor has been on the road over the past couple of months and has told researchers and scientists that she would like to see women’s talents being used in the fields of science, technology and innovation. She said that according to the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST) latest Research and Development Survey records, of the 40 000 researchers in universities and science councils, nearly half are women. But the Minister was quick to point out that statistics can often be misleading. “The National Research Foundation (NRF), the grant funding agency of the DST, reports that only 30 per cent of the 2 959 NRF-rated researchers, as at February 2014, are female and only 510 of them are conducting research in natural sciences, engineering and technology. “That is a better reflection of the true state of affairs, despite gender parity with enrolments at school and more women than men in tertiary education. So clearly we need more women in science and technology.” The DST is involved in several activities aimed at >>


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Conversations with the leaders

encouraging learners to choose science, engineering and

to find their own way and my suggestions are work hard, read

technology as their careers of choice.

and learn, work in a team, respect all the people you work with,

She said the activities were also aimed at assisting learners to realise their potential in such careers. “Participation of girl learners in such activities is prioritised

keep to the rules, be modest and love what you do.” The Minister’s own rise to leadership did not happen overnight.

and notable progress has been noted in this regard. A case in point is the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

Minister Pandor’s call to serve

and Innovation Olympiads and competitions.”

After matriculating from the Gaborone Secondary School in

The three flagship race and gender equity initiatives under

Botswana in 1972, she went on to obtain a number of quali-

the DST include:

fications, including a Masters degree in Education from the

The Thuthuka Programme, which provides funding for

University of London, Masters degree in General Linguistics

emerging researchers to work on PhDs, postdoctorals and

from the University of Stellenbosch and Diploma in Leadership

NRF rating – with targets of 80 per cent black and 60 per

in Development from the Kennedy School of Government,

cent female grant holders.

Harvard University.

The Centres of Excellence initiative, which is located in

She was a teacher in Botswana during the 80s and later a

mainly the research-intensive universities, and one out

senior lecturer in the academic support programme at the Uni-

of the 16 centres is directed by a woman. The Minister is

versity of Cape Town. The Minister held several leadership roles,

considering a programme in future targeted at historically

including that of the ruling party’s Chief Whip at the National

disadvantaged universities.

Assembly in 1994.

The South African Research Chairs initiative (SARChi), where

She was appointed Minister of Education from April 2004 to

150 professors increase research capacity through training

2009 and Minister of Science and Technology in October 2012.

postgraduate students and emerging researchers.

After a stint as Home Affairs Minister between 2012 and 2014,

During the 2014/15 financial year, the Minister approved the awarding of 20 new SARChi posts, this time reserved for female South African citizens and permanent residents.

she returned to the science and technology portfolio last year. Minister Pandor said while it was an honour to be in a leadership position, it often came with a lot of personal sacrifice.

“This is to address the fact that only 35 of the 150 current

“We become leaders due to being honoured through a call

SARChi holders are women and to ensure that more women

to serve from our people. I have been privileged to be called

lead science institutions,” she said.

to serve by my political party, the African National Congress. “I have also been honoured through being appointed to lead-

Leadership lessons

ership roles in public service. Playing these roles has meant

It is almost 60 years since that day on 9 August 1956, when

challenges for family life and even maintenance of friendships

approximately 20 000 women marched to the Union Build-

and hobbies.”

ings in Pretoria in protest of pass laws under the apartheid

The Minister said the most important challenge for any leader

regime that restricted freedom of movement for black South

is to remain rooted in humility and to “keep close to the masses”.


“It is important to be ready to learn from many different peo-

Among those that led the march were struggle stalwarts

ple, many of whom will be unexpected teachers. Overcoming

Helen Joseph, Lillian Ngoyi, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Wil-

challenges has required access to trusted mentors and being

liams. The leadership that was shown by the women during

ready to work hard with commitment and honest intention.

the march continues to be celebrated today.

Family is a vital anchor as is a sense of humour,” she added.

Although women continue to be the most affected by

When asked if South Africa was ready for a female President

poverty, unemployment and other social ills, the Minister

the Minister responded: “I would strongly support a good

said it was important for women to rise above their chal-

woman candidate for President of South Africa. We have many

lenges if they want to fulfil a leadership role.

capable leaders among women leaders and I’m sure they are

“I do not believe there is a recipe for leadership. One has


ready to serve our country.”

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producing groundbreaking results in their fields of work. These included Prof Marina R autenbach, a scientist from the Stellenbosch University, whose work in the pharmaceuticals field has led to the establishment of a spin-off company, with the capacity to play a role in the development of the next generation of antibiotics. The Minister said Prof Rautenbach was a good example of how South African women in science were making de-

Celebrating women in science and technology

cisive contributions to health innovation.

Every year around July or August, the DST hosts its National

The Minister also noted that work of Prof Priscilla Baker

Science Week with various activities targeted at the promo-

of the University of Cape Town, who works in the area

tion of science, technology, engineering and maths.

of the development of smart materials, is critical for

The department’s signature event to celebrate Women’s Month is the Women in Science Awards event, also held

the country’s ambitions in the domain of advanced manufacturing.

annually, to encourage and reward women scientists and

A recent winner of the department’s National Science

researchers, and also to profile them as role models for

and Technology Forum award was Antrum Biotech,

younger women.

a company headed by one of the country’s leading

This year’s theme is “Science for a Sustainable Future” and

female technology entrepreneurs Khilona Radia.

focuses on the contribution made by women researchers

Antrum Biotech is developing a new test for tubercu-

towards the achievement of the Millennium Development

losis, which will reduce healthcare costs and save lives.

Goals (MDGs). “It should be borne in mind that women, as primary care givers, bear the burden of many of the MDGs such as eradi-

“I would also like to highlight the recent election of Prof Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, one of Africa’s leading female scientists, as President of Mauritius.

cating extreme poverty and hunger; achieving universal

“President Gurib-Fakim has achieved international ac-

primary education; reducing child mortality; improving

claim for her research on the use of indigenous plants

maternal health; combating HIV and AIDS, malaria and

for cosmetics, nutrition and therapy. I have no doubt

other diseases; ensuring environmental sustainability and

her leadership will enable Mauritius to accelerate the

developing a global partnership for development.”

development of its knowledge economy,” she said. Minister Pandor is confident that through the work

Inspiring women

of her department, many more South African women

Minister Pandor said there were a number of inspirational

will be listed among those improving lives through

women in the field of science and technology who were

science and technology.

Public Sector Manager • August 2015



Writer: *Odaho Sengani

Thabang Mampane:

Leading change, changing lives


habang Charlotte Mampane is passionate about peo-

“The updated criteria guarantee the same but are more tai-

ple and development, areas she is hoping to make a

lored to the size of the grant and the related risk. We have

difference in while she is at the helm of the National

also strengthened our vetting processes and fraud detection

Lotteries Commission (NLC).

mechanisms in the past few years to support this,” she adds.

In June this year, after 16 years of social impact and lottery

The regulations also inform the speeding up of turnaround

regulation, the National Lotteries Board (NLB) became the

times from application to adjudication to 150 calendar days.


This will be aided by the full time appointment of distributing

“While the change of the NLB to the NLC includes a new

agencies – the ‘committees’ that adjudicate projects and al-

logo and brand positioning, the aim is to bring about tangible

locate funding. These agencies were appointed on a part-time

change that will improve the organisation’s service to and

basis under the old Act.

impact on communities. “This includes improved governance, the development of norms and standards and stronger measures to fight fraud

Since inception, the funding principles of the NLC have been

and corruption. We have also taken services to the people

aligned to government priorities, Mampane explains.

through the rollout of provincial offices, while ensuring robust

“Even before the National Development Plan came into be-

monitoring and evaluation for compliance,” says Mampane,

ing NLC funding worked to alleviate poverty and eliminate

who is the Commissioner of the NLC.

inequalities in society.

The transition to the NLC followed the amendment of the

“Funding is targeted at three main sectors, namely charities

Lotteries Act of 1997. The Lotteries Amendment Act was

(47 per cent of overall budget); sport and recreation (28 per

signed into law by President Jacob Zuma in December 2013.

cent) and arts, culture and national heritage (23 per cent). A

It was proclaimed in February 2015 and the amendments to

fourth sector - miscellaneous purposes - caters for funding

the regulations of the Act were gazetted in April.

that may fall outside the three main sectors but is still found

The regulations include the categorisation of grants into

worthy. This sector receives two per cent of the overall budget.”

small, medium and large. Each category has different appli-

Under the previous Act and regulations charities were al-

cation criteria which will help to increase the accessibility of

located 45 per cent, arts received 28 per cent, sports had

grants to non-profit organisations (NPOs) that are doing good

22 per cent and miscellaneous received five per cent of the

work but previously found it difficult to access even small

budget for distribution.

grants (R1 to R500 000) due to the rigorous application criteria.

The mandate of the NLC remains largely the same as that of

The process of reviewing the Lotteries Act highlighted the

the NLB, but the amended Act grants added responsibilities

need to be relevant to a developing social and economic

and powers to enable the organisation to effectively deliver

landscape and that some of the qualifying requirements for

services to the public. Its dual mandate is to regulate the

applicants were stringent on the majority of NPOs and non-

national, society, illegal and other lotteries, promote competi-

governmental organisations (NGOs), especially with chal-

tions and to distribute funds to good causes.

lenges coming from the legacy of the past, such as access to facilities.

While the NLC is known for its role as a catalyst for social upliftment, its critical role of regulating lotteries is lesser known.

“These requirements were set in the interest of ensuring

“The rebranding exercise grants us an opportunity to reposi-

that those who received grants would use them in accord-

tion both our roles with equal prominence,” says Mampane.

ance with the grant agreements and that applications would come from credible organisations,” says Mampane.


Alignment to government priorities

The Lotteries Amendment Act also allows for an organ of state to operate the National Lottery should the incumbent

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Thabang Charlotte Mampane is the Commissioner of the National Lotteries Commission.

service provider fail to meet its obligations. This legal mandate is given to the NLC to operate the National Lottery under extreme circumstances.

the current financial year. “The NLC has set aside funds in line with stated sector allocations, as prescribed by the National Lotteries Act, and

She adds that the entire process of rebranding the or-

will in future implement proactive funding to qualifying

ganisation is funded from the NLC’s operating budget and

beneficiaries, whilst continuing to disburse funds primarily

does not prejudice beneficiaries of funds from the National

through open calls to the public, such as this one.


“We are anticipating a positive response and we therefore

“All lotteries and sports pools will continue to be regulated

urge organisations to submit their applications as early as

by the NLC with integrity and to ensure the protection of all

possible. Beneficiaries must comply with set criteria to be

participants; to maximise revenue for good causes in a re-

considered for funding,” says Mampane.

sponsible manner; and proceeds from the National Lottery

She reiterated that the organisation’s change in status to the

will remain safe and are still deposited into the National Lot-

NLC will have no impact on its mandate to uplift communi-

tery Distribution Trust Fund for distribution to good causes.

ties through its grant funding process and confirmed that

“As we have done for the past 16 years, we will continue

the application and adjudication process would be greatly

to distribute funds equitably and expeditiously,” says Mam-

improved in line with the organisation’s commitment to its


vision ‘to be the catalyst for social upliftment’.

Providing funding for good causes

The woman behind the brand

Since the inception of the NLB in 1999, almost R20 billion

Mampane joined the NLB in September 2012, following an

has been distributed to NPOs, NGOs and other good causes.

illustrious career at the South African Broadcasting Corpora-

In July 2015 the NLC called on NPOs, NGOs, public benefit

tion (SABC), and led the organisation to the formation of the

trusts, schools and communities to apply for funding in the

NLC with her 32 years’ experience in the public service sector.

charities and arts sectors. This was the second of three an-

She is backed by a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration:

nual calls made to the public to apply for funding during

Political Science from the University of the North; Bachelor >>

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Kungwini Welfare Organisation in Pretoria is one of the many organisations to benefit from National Lotteries Commission funding.

of Arts Honours in Public Administration from the University of

the path for emerging female executives as they create

South Africa; Master’s degree in Public and Development Man-

their own balance between career, family and their

agement from Wits Business School; General Management Cer-

personal aspirations.

tificate and completed the Executive Development Programme at Wits Business School.

“Our generation stood on the shoulders of those brave women who marched to the Union Buildings

She commenced her career at the Bophuthatswana Govern-

in 1956 and we did our part to advance the cause of

ment Public Service Commission, before moving to the Hu-

women, not only in fighting for our rights as they did

man Sciences Research Council and then joining SABC radio

but also in taking our place at the boardroom table.

in 1983 and again in 1996 after brief stints at Telkom and the Independent Broadcasting Authority.

“I can proudly say today that the NLC’s executive team has a higher representation of females than males and

Highlighting her passion for people, during her tenure as

that their qualifications and expertise are proof that this

Manager for Language, Drama and Cultural Programmes at

isn’t part of a compromise to paint a rosy picture on our

the former Radio Setswana, the Kimberley-born leader trans-

employment equity status,” says Mampane.

formed dramas to help develop and empower listeners socially, economically and politically. She also worked on the evolution of radio from recorded

She adds that while much progress has been made over the years, women still face challenges in the workplace.

tapes to live broadcast, which was highly interactive and set

“While we are not yet uhuru [free], I do not expect

the trend for other stations; developed a new breed of drama

women in the workplace today to face some of the

writers and artists; and assisted in increasing the audience and

same challenges that we did, but theirs are by no

market share of SABC radio in 2000.

means less important.

Mampane played a role in transformation, leading the team

“The laws in this country are progressive and women

that incorporated the former Independent States Broadcaster

are protected. But the biggest battle has been around

into the SABC to form one national public broadcaster.

attitudes and expectations of weakness, because work-

She was also instrumental in providing leadership and strategic direction for the SABC’s radio and television services; and led the team that developed the broadcasting strategy and plan for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

ing women have a home to nurture. Despite these challenges, women are holding their own. “In 2015, femininity is a strength and we’ve moved from a place of trying to be ‘as good as the men’ to

Women in the workplace

realising that our strengths shine through when we

Having assumed executive roles for over 18 years Mampane

bring our natural gifts as nurturers to build a caring

has lived through many experiences and scenarios that faced

workplace and to develop others,” says Mampane.

black women in the corporate world early in South Africa’s democracy. She is part of the generation of female pioneers who charted


*Odaho Sengani is the Senior Communications Officer – Marketing and Communications at the NLC.

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NATIONAL LOTTERIES COMMISSION Vision To be the catalyst for social upliftment

Mission • R egulate all lotteries and sports pools with integrity, and ensure the protection of all participants • Maximize revenue for good causes in a responsible manner • Distribute funds equitably and expeditiously

Strategic objectives 1. E nsure effective and efficient administration of the NLC and compliance with applicable legislation and policy prescripts 2. E stablish and maintain partnerships with both national and international key stakeholders and law enforcement agencies 3. I mplement relevant initiatives geared towards ensuring compliance with the Act by the society and illegal lotteries 4. Ensure fair and equitable grant funding allocation to all provinces

Our business is to ensure that • F air play is respected in running the National Lottery and smaller fundraising and promotional competitions • F unding from the National Lottery benefits thousands of organisations and builds communities

Since inception, the NLC has distributed over R18-billion to good causes! How the budget for funding is allocated:


47% Arts, Culture & National Heritage

28% Sport and Recreation

22% Miscellaneous Purposes

2% In line with the National Development Plan, the NLC aims to bringing about faster economic growth, higher investment, greater labour absorption and aid in building a capable and developmental state. This will be accomplished by supporting the Vision 2030 initiatives regarding employment, economic infrastructure, an inclusive rural economy, improving education, innovation and training, promoting health, social protection, promoting accountability, fighting corruption, transforming society and uniting the country. Through the Department of Trade and Industry, we work toward facilitating the transformation of the economy to promote industrial development, investment, competitiveness and employment creation.

2015 General Call for Applications On 12 July, the National Lotteries Commission issued a general call for applications in two sectors: Charities Grant category

Minimum / Maximum amount to be applied for:

Prescribed Form

Opening date:

Deadline date: (submission) of applications


R500 001-R5million

FORM 2010/1

12 July 2015

03 September 2015


Not more than R500 000

FORM 2010/2

1 October 2015

12 November 2015

Opening Date

Closing Date

Province Targeted

12 July 2015

10 September 2015

Free State, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and North West

Arts, Culture and National Heritage Categories of Grant


Small Grants

Not more than R500 000

Medium Grants

R500 001 – R5 million

Large Grants

R5 million - R10 000 000

Categories of Grant


Small Grants

Not more than R500 000

Medium Grants

R500 001 – R5 million

Large Grants

R5 million - R10 000 000

Opening Date

Closing Date

Province Targeted

14 September 2015

22 October 2015

Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, Limpopo, and Western Cape

See our website for more details No Law Breakers Anti-fraud Campaign


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Growing in impact, taking services to the people! Current and potential beneficiaries of the NLC can now access these services in their own provinces: • Face-to-face enquiries • Assistance with applications • Delivery of completed applications • Follow-up on the progress of applications • General support with Grant Agreements • Workshops for general awareness and education • Monitoring and advice on projects that require oversight

EASTERN CAPE Phase 4A, Waverley Office Park Phillip Frame Road Chislehurst East London, 5200 Tel: 043 813 3510 FREE STATE 321 Corner Ryk & Stateway Welkom CBD 9459 Tel: 057 815 3010 KWAZULU-NATAL Office 22, Smartxchange Building 05 Walnut Road Durban 4001 Tel: 031 817 4410 LIMPOPO No 5 Landross Mare Street Polokwane 0699 Tel: 015 299 4660 MPUMALANGA 25 Rood Street Sonheuwel Dorp Nelspruit, 1200 Tel: 013 813 4810 NORTH WEST 16 Aerodrome Crescent Industrial Side Mahikeng 2745 Tel: 018 815 3010 NORTHERN CAPE Suite D, 9 Roper Street Kimberley 8300 Tel: 053 813 4310 WESTERN CAPE Manhattan Place 130 Bree Street Cape Town, 8000 Tel: 021 816 1810

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vital stats

Fast facts at your fingertips Departmental budget votes at a glance

Department of Tourism

million and the Mangaung African Culture Festival

The tourism budget for 2015/16 is

contributed R64.3 million to the economy of Bloem-

R1.8 billion.

fontein. In addition, the Marula Festival contributed

According to the latest eco-

R20.8 million to the local economy of Phalaborwa

nomic impact report publi-

and Mpumalanga Comes Alive contributed R11 mi-

shed by the World Travel and

llion to Mbombela.

Tourism Council, tourism con-

tributed 9.4 per cent to South

Department of Trade and Industry (the dti)

Africa’s Gross Domestic Product

• The current pipeline of potential investment projects

in 2014, and almost 10 per cent to

that the dti is monitoring and facilitating includes


R25.3 billion from foreign and R18.5 billion from do-

The department’s target is to attract 12 million international tourist arrivals by 2018. It also wants to see an increase in domestic holiday

trips from 2.8 million in 2014 to 4.1 million by 2020.

sector, 2014 saw a

The department’s Social Responsibility Initiative implemented

rise in the volume

several programmes for youth and women to enable them to

of vehicles. Total

obtain employment or to start their own businesses in the tourism

vehicle produc-

and hospitality fields. In 2014/15 about 3 800 youth were enrolled

tion for 2014

as Tourism Buddies.

amounted to 545

An additional 300 young people will be trained for the Diploma in

666 vehicles of which

Cookery and 200 youths will be trained for the Advanced Diploma

276 404 were exported.


• As at 31 March 2015, a total of R3.7 billion had

in Cookery. •

mestic sources. • In the automotive

With its R13.5 million contribution, in this fi nancial year the de-

been approved under the dti’s Clothing and

partment will support 100 rural tourism businesses through the

Textiles Competitiveness Programme (CTCP).

Tourism Enterprise Partnership.

R2.6 billion had been disbursed since inception in 2010.

Department of Arts and Culture

• The CTCP has facilitated the creation of R3.9 billion

• The department has launched

of additional Manufacturing Value Addition as well

three Creative Arts Incubators –

as saving over 68 000 jobs and achieving a total net

the Casterbridge Academy in

gain of 6 900 new jobs.

Mpumalanga, Performing Arts

• Since the inception of the Manufacturing Com-

Centre of the Free State and

petitiveness Enhancement programme, just three

Artscape in the Western Cape.

years ago, it has provided support for a total of 236

• The incubators are important

projects across a wide range of sectors – with an

tools to ensure the creation of lo-

investment value to date of R3.8 billion and the

cal content and unleashing of potential in the creative sector. More than 400 individuals

maintenance of an estimated 28 000 jobs. have been

incubated. • The National Arts Festival contributed R138.4 million to the local economy; the Cape Town International Jazz Festival R129.2


• In the past fi nancial year alone, the fi lm and video sector contributed R3.5 billion to the economy and supported 25 000 jobs. The Film and Television Production Incentive underwrote 137 film productions.

Public Sector Manager • August 2015

SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON TOP WOMEN HOME BUILDERS The National Home Builders Registration Council would not meet its objective of contributing to the creation of sustainable human settlements through the delivery of quality homes without ‘quality’ builders. Some of the best contractors/builders registered on our database are women. The NHBRC launched an enterprise development programme – in partnership with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) - targeted at emerging women-owned construction businesses in order to augment the leadership and operational skills of these entrepreneurs.

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2015 South African Women in Science Awards 13 August 2015 The South African Women in Science Awards recognise and reward women scientists and researchers who are excelling in their field and profile them as role models for younger women. The awards will take place at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton

Female Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 27 August 2015 The Female Entrepreneur of the Year Awards is an initiative of the Department of Agriculture that started in 1999 as Female Farmer of the Year Awards. The name was later changed to Female Entrepreneur of the Year Awards to include women entrepreneurs in fisheries and forestry. The awards aim to empower women in agriculture by recognising their contributions and increasing their visibility in the industry. The theme for the 2015 awards is “Uniting to empower women to achieve economic freedom, through Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries”. The awards also serve to highlight the contributions made by women in the fight against poverty, hunger and joblessness. The awards will take place in KwaZulu-Natal.

under the theme "Science for a sustainable future". With the time frame for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ending this year, the 2015 theme looks at contributions that have been made by women researchers towards the achievement of some of the MDGs. There are four categories, namely: Distinguished Women Researchers, Distinguished Young Women Researchers, Fellowships and TATA Africa Scholarships for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology. The Distinguished Women and

2015 Infrastructure Africa Business Forum 1 – 2 September 2015

Distinguished Young Women

The fourth annual Infrastructure Africa Business Forum will bring together business and gov-

categories will recognise women

ernment representatives to find ways of fast-tracking the growth potential in Africa's infra-

doing research in the Life Sci-

structure sectors by providing a leadership and networking platform.

ences, the Humanities and Social Sciences that contribute towards

The conference aims to, among others, foster intraAfrican trade relations and investment opportunities between the continent’s private and public sectors.

achieving the following MDGs:

This year the delegates will also look at opportunities within infrastructure projects in Africa

eradicating extreme poverty and

and how business can access these opportunities, what financing mechanisms are available,

hunger, a universal primary edu-

guidance on project preparation and industry sector access.

cation, reducing child mortality

The theme for this year’s conference is “Access to business opportunities in Infrastructure”.

and improving maternal health,

The event is endorsed by the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development and its

to name a few.

founding partner is the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency. This year’s event will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.


Public Sector Manager • August 2015



For almost a decade, the Masisizane Fund, an initiative of Old Mutual, has focused on creating opportunities for marginalised South Africans, in particular, facilitating their inclusion into the mainstream economy. With an emphasis in rural and peri-urban communities, the Masisizane Fund aims to contribute measurably to job creation that in turn contributes to poverty eradication in South Africa. This is achieved through enterprise financing, encouraging entrepreneurship and capacity development of micro, small and medium enterprises (SMMEs). Preference is given to businesses with 51% plus ownership by women, youth or people with disabilities. Simphiwe Somdyala, Chief Executive Officer of the Masisizane Fund says: “At Masisizane we’re determined to continue driving meaningful transformation in South Africa. We do that by identifying and supporting long-term development initiatives that sustainably empower the communities in which we operate.” Flagship Initiative The development of agri-clusters is the cornerstone to the Fund’s approach in agriculture. Agri-clusters entail the clustering of small scale farmers to ensure that the farmers benefit from economies of scale with the focus on value chain financing, agro-processing and leveraging partnerships. Woman in Farming An example of a very successful woman farmer is Elizabeth Mbalo, a beneficiary of the Masisizane Fund, who privately owns a mixed farming unit called Simba Mabhele Farm. Mrs Mbalo resigned from her professional nursing career in 1997 to pursue full-time farming on behalf of the family. The 46 hectare farm was founded in 1998 in Margate, KwaZulu Natal. With financial backing from the Masisizane Fund, Simba Mabhele business has grown its activities substantially from an initial 40 sow to a 100 sow piggery unit with the latest feeding and rearing technology, supplying two abattoirs in Camperdown and Baynesfield. Also on the farm is a 2000 broiler unit with abattoir and 25 hectare sugar cane. Mrs Mbalo’s greatest joy is that her family is involved in this thriving enterprise with her, calling her children “her legs” and adding that they make a good team.

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The Renminbi is the currency of the People’s Republic of China. “Both central banks agreed to coordinate and cooperate on the supervision, oversight and clearing of Renminbi in South Africa and also to exchange information in order to facilitate the continuous improvement and development of bilateral trade,” said the SARB.

Jobs, houses, health for mining towns

China has become South Africa’s largest export part-

Government has allocated R18 billion to improve the socio-economic

ner and consequently, Renminbi clearing in South

conditions of distressed mining communities across the country.

Africa will be immensely valuable as corporates will

Headed by the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) in charge of revi-

benefit greatly from trading and settling in Renminbi.

talising mining communities, the projects include housing and well-

Opening a clearing centre in South Africa should

ness projects. “Overall R18 billion has been dedicated to ongoing work in distressed mining communities, benefitting the following provinces: Eastern

boost trading in the Rand/Renminbi, which could make it easier and cheaper to trade in goods and services with China.

Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West,” President Jacob Zuma said recently. The President announced that the Department of Human Settle-

High hopes for nursing college’s new council

ments, supported by its agencies, was implementing about 66 public

The new council for the North West College of Nurs-

sector housing projects in the 15 prioritised mining towns.

ing is expected to take the nursing profession back to

In the 2014/15 financial year, more than R419 million was spent on the ring-fenced budget for informal settlement upgrading in prioritised mining towns in Limpopo, Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West.

its former glory, says provincial Health MEC Magome Masike. Speaking during the inauguration of the new council in Mahikeng recently, MEC Masike said it should play a

About R1 billion has been ring-fenced for this financial year. This is

prominent role in promoting and advising the depart-

anticipated to deliver approximately 19 000 housing opportunities

ment on any matter related to nursing education and

in mining towns.

promoting access of students to nursing education.

In addition to the ring-fenced human settlement grant funding for

“Our common role should be to assist the college

distressed mining towns, the Department of Human Settlements'

to produce nurses who will add value to the health

housing agencies have contributed over R1 billion to integrated hu-

care system and take the nursing profession back to

man settlements within mining towns.

its former glory,” said the MEC.

President Zuma said a number of government departments were

The new council will serve in two government nurs-

facilitating both large and small-scale industrial projects in the 15

ing campuses based in Mahikeng and Klerksdorp in

mining towns.

North West.

These, he said, are particularly critical in creating business and em-

The college is tasked with training and producing

ployment opportunities.

nurses for the public health facilities.

Currency memorandum

communities, unions, student councils and managers

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has signed a Memorandum of

from the Department of Health will, amongst others,

Understanding (MoU) with the People’s Bank of China for the purposes

advise the MEC on nursing education policies and en-

of clearing and settlement of Renminbi in South Africa.

sure effective management of campuses.

The council, which comprises representatives from


Public Sector Manager • August 2015

THE SOUTH AFRICAN MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL Dedicated to transformation within and outside our confines The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) recognises the imperative to transform the workplace to reflect that of our diverse country.

R30 million has been awarded to historically disadvantaged South African universities to fund research projects that will contribute to the prevention, reduction and control of disease in the country.

We have undertaken a number of initiatives to progress this

Through collaborative efforts with the Department of Health and the private sector, we are facilitating the National Health Scholars programme worth R36.2 million to fund a new class of PhD scholars for training in health research. This programme, in addition to our other areas of investment, will assist us in producing the next 1000 PhD graduates over the next 10 years.

imperative, and in so doing, transforming the landscape of science and health research in South Africa. •

We are led by our first female president, who is also an A-rated scientist and global leader in HIV prevention.

We celebrate respected female scientists at senior level leading key health research areas.

‘Thank you South Africa for allowing us to grow and develop the health research

priorities of our country. We believe that our internal transformation in the workplace will inspire the need to transform our country.’ Prof Glenda Gray – PRESIDENT OF THE SAMRC

The South African Medical Research Council is a public entity of the National Department of Health


Writer: Dr Fran Greyling

Using video for learning and development in public administration


he National School of Government (NSG) has called on public

Experience”. As early as 1946, educationist Edgar Dale

sector officials involved in training to debate the merits of

developed an intuitive model aiming to inform teach-

using instructional video to teach new concepts.

ers how much learners remember based on how in-

Whilst the lecture is a time-honoured method of teaching, used

formation is presented to them. Dale suggested that

by scholars since Socrates (469 – 399 BC) lectured in ancient Greece,

learning is supported – in rising order – by reading,

the NSG has found that video can promote a richer learning experi-

listening, viewing images and watching what we know

ence. “The design and development of curriculum for delivery in a

as instructional video,” she says. Dr Greyling adds that

traditional classroom may not be easy but, over time, it has been

more recently, in 2011, Salman Khan, founder of Khan

well established and understood. Creating materials and activities

Academy, discussed the advantages of using video to

for online learning is another matter,” says Dr Fran Greyling, Chief

teach. Khan explains that using video “makes a ton of

Director: eLearning at the NSG.

sense” from the learners’ perspective, because they can:

“Online learning designers are likely to create educational experi-

instructor’s time;

ences that adult learners have seldom or never encountered before. Consequently, our understanding of best practices associated with

Pause and repeat, without feeling they are wasting an

Review materials when they need the information,

we are in the initial stages of implementing video-based learning

Learn at their own time and their own pace; and

materials in online courses. Our aim is to learn about the perceived

Learn in the comfort of their chosen environment.

instructional effectiveness of these materials and to develop guide-

Khan adds that “when you try to understand something

lines for their use in NSG offerings.”

for the very first time, the very last thing you need

online learning is being shaped through experience. At the NSG,

without embarrassment;

is for someone to look over your shoulder asking do

What do we know about video?

you understand this?” Dr Greyling says this is probably

Humans are genetically wired to interpret visual stimuli differently

one of the reasons why using videos to flip the class-

from text. Test this for yourself: which do you interpret more easily?

room works well. “In flipped classrooms, instructors can assign video lessons for homework, while learners do what used to be homework in the classroom where

Trapezium: a four-sided flat shape with straight sides

the instructor and their peers are available to help. In

that has one pair of opposite sides parallel.

this way ‘lectures’ are self-paced as opposed to onesize-fits-all. Moreover, face-to-face time can be opti-


mised to help learners use their new knowledge and skills to solve real-life problems. Khan makes another


interesting point: video content endures. He says, ‘If Isaac Newton did videos on calculus, I wouldn’t have to’. Imagine that!” The use of video has created many opportunities to enhance learning and development. “For example, a narrator explaining and demonstrating how to do a

“If you did not know geometric shapes, the picture of the trape-

complex calculation is more effective than reading a

zium easily helps you “see” what you are supposed to learn, right?

text passage about it. We at the NSG put this to the

In addition to the case for visual learning, consider Dale’s “Cone of

test,” says Dr Greyling.


Public Sector Manager • August 2015

A real life example The NSG created video lessons for online financial and supply chain management courses targeting public officials. In the series of four video lessons, a subject matter expert explains and demonstrates the calculation of points for price and BBBEE contribution. The video materials were piloted with a group of 32 online learners. Learner feedback was collected through a selfcompletion questionnaire to determine the perceived usefulness of video for teaching these calculations at a distance. “The questionnaire comprised closed questions with a list of possible answers, as well as open

ended questions allowing participants to add individual responses. Of the 32 learners, 18 completed the ques-

Ensure that learners understand the value added by video: learners will ask “what’s in it for me?”.

Find the right blend: video is one tool in the teaching toolbox

tionnaire,” she says. Some of the learners who did not

and should be used alongside other methods, such as text-based

watch the video lessons stated that they were already


familiar with the content. Other reasons for not using

Ensure that video lessons are contextualised and meaningful in

Provide a forum and allow learners to ask questions, and share

the video materials included technical challenges, time constraints and work pressure. Some learners reported

the learning framework.

that they were not aware of the availability of the video lessons. One of these learners commented: “Perhaps the

ideas about what they see. •

Follow up with thought-provoking activities and feedback to pro-

Ensure that learners are ready to use video: they must have access

content should have been displayed more prominently … This way I would have noticed it more easily. Error on

mote the ability to apply new knowledge and skills.

my part, in retrospect [I] should have used the facility.”

to a relevant device connected to the Internet and be sufficiently

“Those learners who watched the video lessons were very positive about their learning experience. They all

computer literate. •

agreed that video was a useful way of explaining how to do the rather complex calculations. The main reasons being that it allowed them to learn at their own

Provide learner controls during video: they must be able to stop, rewind and replay.

Provide technical support for learners who struggle to access video materials.

pace and watch the videos more than once. Seventy

“It is important to be mindful of the potential great expense of

five per cent of these learners indicated that they pre-

video production,” she cautions. “Video does not have to be expen-

ferred the video demonstration to reading how to do

sive to be effective. If there is one thing that YouTube is teaching

the calculations.”

us, it is that video works if the viewer gets the information they are looking for. A good way to cut back costs is to utilise on-board

Lessons learned

expertise. We invited a subject matter expert from National Treas-

Dr Greyling says the NSG learned valuable lessons about

ury to review the script and record the video lessons, rather than

using instructional video through this experience. Their top

procure the services of a professional voice artist. This collabora-

10 tips:

tive effort significantly reduced production costs and exposed

Choose the right content: select topics that are both

learners to the authentic knowledge and experience of a public

critical to learners’ progress and recognised as typically

official practising in the field.”

difficult to teach and learn. •

Streamline the content: follow the Goldilocks principle

How can you participate?

– learners will not sit through a learning segment that

Dr Greyling says that the NSG hopes to stimulate discussion about

is too long. However, if the learning segment is too

the use of instructional video and invites public sector officials to

short they are likely to consider it a waste of time. It

contact her at to learn more about

should be just right.

using video technology to facilitate learning or to share ideas.

Public Sector Manager • August 2015


international relations

*Writer: Manusha Pillai

WEF Africa: Contributing to

the developmental agenda


ore than 1 000 politicians, leaders, policy and opinion

20 years, the number of sub-Saharan citizens reaching

makers as well as a host of business people from the deve-

working age (15-64) will exceed that of the rest of the

loped and the developing world gathered in Cape Town

world combined. And by 2040, 25 years from now, half

recently to attend the 25th session of the World Economic Forum on

of the world’s youth will be African. A people centred

Africa Meeting (WEF Africa).

developmental agenda must necessarily be at the heart

Cape Town is known as the point at which the Indian and Atlantic

of Africa’s growth and development programmes. This

oceans meet, and it was at the Cape Town Convention Centre where

must include nutrition, healthcare, education and skills

leaders from all spheres met to deliberate on solutions to some of


Africa’s developmental challenges. The WEF is a unique platform because it brings together a range of stakeholders who are able

Positive developments

to conceptualise and implement innovative solutions to common

However, the continent does not start from a zero-base


and 25 years after the WEF began focusing on the

This WEF Africa session was hosted under the

continent, there have certainly been some

theme “Then and Now: Reimagining Africa’s

positive developments. At the moment, six of the 13


fastest growing countries in the

Time for action

world are in Africa – Rwanda,

After 25 years of some of the world’s

Tanzania, Mozambique, Cote

most powerful and influential people

d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic

coming together to deliberate on

of Congo and Ethiopia. It is

solutions for the continent, the time

significant that although GDP

has come for Africa’s development to

growth in Africa is projected to

become more than just the subject of

slow slightly to 4.5 per cent in

discussions. The time has come for these

2015, it is expected to rebound to

discussions to translate into action that will

five per cent in 2016 and beyond. That

see Africa turn its immeasurable possibilities into realities.

puts Africa on track to double its economic output every 15 years.

Africa’s Agenda 2063, which for the first time outlines a cohesive

With a positive demographic dividend and ongoing

and comprehensive plan for the continent’s economic growth and

growth and development, there is no doubt that Africa

social development, also guided the conversations at WEF Africa

is rising.

2015 to support broader continental objectives.

The WEF often faces criticism as being little else than

While cognisant of the broader continental objectives at WEF Africa

a “talk-shop”. However, it remains relevant because of

2015, Team South Africa took to the forum the message that “South

its ability to bring together like-minded, innovative and

Africa is open for business and Africa offers investors an attractive

progressive individuals who are solutions orientated.


It is this spirit of cooperation and innovation that

South Africa is, however, conscious of the need for synergy between

brought forward a number of programmes for South

investment and development. According to the WEF, Africa is the

Africa and the continent that will take forward the Na-

continent with the largest excepted “demographic dividend”. Within

tional Development Plan and Agenda 2063.


Public Sector Manager • August 2015

Outcomes from WEF Africa 2015 WEF Africa 2015 concluded with a range of initiatives, which will contribute to both the implementation of South Africa’s National Development Plan as well as Africa’s Agenda 2063. Some of the highlights of Team South Africa’s participation at WEF Africa included: 1. Finalisation of a youth mentorship programme with Mara Foundation President Zuma, together with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), concluded an agreement with Mara Foundation on the margins of WEF

President Jacob Zuma at the World Economic Forum on Africa Meeting.

Africa to bring to South Africa the innovative Mara Mentor online Mentoring Platform that will provide mentorships to young South African entrepreneurs.

3. Rail rehabilitation and infrastructure investment key to Africa’s growth

This programme will be run through the NYDA and

General Electric and Transnet are look ing at a

was officially launched on Youth Day 2015 – 16th

partnership through which the company will use Transnet as

June. South African youth will be mentored over a

a conduit to invest an expected US$4 billion throughout Af-

digital platform as well as on mobile applications and

rica over the next five years. In addition, General Electric will

will be able to ask leading business leaders questions

invest approximately US$1 billion in manufacturing facilities

and seek advice on business issues.

in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola, Nigeria and South Africa.

This innovative solution will help to empower South

In addition to supporting the priority of infrastructure devel-

Africa’s young people with skills and mentorship,

opment as an enabler of growth, development and connec-

which will see them being able to use their innate

tivity on the continent, this partnership will also see about

creativity and innovation to contribute to the growth

100 engineers being employed in South Africa to establish

and development of South Africa through entrepre-

a Customer Innovation Centre for the ‘high-tech’.

neurship. 2. The Motsepe – Schwab foundations conclude social entrepreneurship deal

4. Developing Human Capital towards the knowledge economy The Mastercard Foundation, also on the margins of WEF

In another significant development intended to sup-

Africa 2015, announced a US$25 million investment in

port social entrepreneurship in Africa, the Motsepe

the Muizenberg-based African Institute for Mathematical

and Schwab Foundations concluded a three-year,

Sciences, a development that is expected to support 500

US$1.07 million social entrepreneurship deal, which

masters students and train 3 000 secondary-school teachers

will provide mentorship through peer-to-peer ex-

over the next six years.

change programmes.

This will directly contribute to the National Development

In addition, the Motsepe Foundation grant will pro-

pillar to support the development of South Africa’s human

vide Harvard scholarships to African-based Schwab

capital with a view to moving the country towards a knowl-

Foundation Social Entrepreneurs. These initiatives

edge economy.

will contribute to the development of South Africa’s, and indeed, Africa’s human capital – our most sig-

*Manusha Pillai is the General Manager: Communication

nificant resource.

at Brand South Africa.

Public Sector Manager • August 2015



Writer: Albert Pule

MEC Olly Mlamleli steers

municipalities on the right track Traditional Affairs in Parliament, had thoroughly prepared her for her current seat. “This [role] is nothing new to me because I had presided over a committee responsible for cooperative governance and traditional affairs and was familiar with the work of the department,” she said confidently. Perhaps, the best aspect of her job is that she is able to work closely with communities and witness first-hand the difference her department makes in their lives. One of the department’s responsibilities is to ensure that all municipalities deliver services to the people of the Free State, a task which demands everyone makes an effort, said MEC Mlamleli. “This is an important sphere of government because it deals directly with people. You need maximum concentration to run it successfully and have to be involved in the issues on the ground,” she explained. To ensure that the department functions optimally, a Unit of Intervention has been established specifically to accelerate compliance with the Auditor-General’s recommendations and ensure that funds allocated to the department are used efficiently and correctly. The unit comprises officials from the department and consultants such as engineers, finance experts, former municipal managers and the former Auditor-General of the Free State, Ben van Niekerk. Free State MEC of Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements Olly Mlamleli.

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She adds that the consultants offer the department a variety of skills, which will ultimately assist it in balancing its books. The unit has intervened in various local municipalities,

nsuring that all 23 municipalities in the Free State

including those of Mohokare, Tswelopele, Ditjhabeng

operate efficiently is a daunting task but one to

and Nketoana.

which the MEC of Cooperative Governance, Tra-

Some of the unit’s successes include significant im-

ditional Affairs and Human Settlements Olly Mlamleli

provement in financial management and proper human

has taken like a duck to water.

resource management at municipalities.

In a recent interview with PSM, MEC Mlamleli

MEC Mlamleli says the department will not tolerate

explained that her previous role, as Chairperson of the

shoddy work and incompetence from consultants who

Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and

try to rake in money without performing to standard.

Public Sector Manager • August 2015

The newly-built Brandwag Social Housing Units in Bloemfontein.

“If we do not get the service we think we deserve, we

fontein, and to phase out mining hostels in Merriespruit,

will terminate the contract.”


MEC Mlamleli believes her department is on the right

“The Masimong CRU is a grant-based integrated hous-

track and if all stakeholders involved in local govern-

ing development project that is an example of govern-

ment pull in the same direction, the department will

ment’s concerted effort to move away from the previous

have a positive impact on the lives of people in the

hostel practices that provided ‘single-sex occupant’ ac-

Free State.

commodation on a ‘per-bed’ approach which was not always favourable,” she explained.

Restoring dignity

The CRU will provide homes for entire families and units

The matter of human settlements is one in which MEC

will be fitted with metered water and electricity facilities

Mlamleli believes government has excelled over the

and provide for on-site refuse recycling.


The project boasts a commercial centre, a crèche, med-

She said by building decent houses her department

ical centre, church, workshops and taxi stops for taxis

was restoring the dignity to residents whose apartheid-

to transport residents between the CBD and the CRU

era houses gave them no privacy.


“We are using human settlements development to

MEC Mlamleli acknowledged that though there had

undo many related legacies born of poor habitats for

been significant progress in providing decent human

humanity. The Free State has provided homes to almost

settlements for the people of the Free State, the depart-

200 000 families.”

ment could still do more.

Government needs to work with the private sector to

“Our progress in human settlements development

achieve its mandate of providing decent human set-

could have yielded far more to date ... We still have

tlements, she added. It is something her department

incomplete housing projects, which we are working

is already doing.

hard to complete while at the same time building new

In partnership with the Matjhabeng Local Municipal-


ity and Harmony Gold Mines, the department aims to

Despite the challenges, the MEC said that human

develop affordable rental housing called Masimong

settlements development was a work in progress that

Community Residential Units (CRU) for low-income

more people from the Free State could look forward to

groups in Zamdela in Sasolburg, Welkom and Bloem-

benefiting from.

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Writer: Albert Pule Photographer: Kopano Tlape


Play your part – buy local products


ore South Africans should buy lo-

Sustaining local companies

cally produced goods as this helps

He told delegates that by buying local products they

strengthen the economy and creates

were also supporting and sustaining South African companies.

more jobs.

That’s the message from the Chief Executive Of-

“When you buy a desk for your school furniture from

ficer (CEO) of Proudly South African Leslie Sedibe,

a local supplier, you are actually helping the economy

who was addressing the recent Public Sector Man-

to grow and create more jobs because with the greater

ager Forum in Mahikeng, North West.

demand, more products would have to be manufac-

“Buy South African products because it is the

tured meaning more hands would be needed to cre-

right thing to do and it contributes towards a

ate the product.”

better South Africa,” he said as he pointed at a member of the audience wearing a necklace made from traditional Zulu beads.

He said since 1994, there had been an increase in imports compared to exports, a situation that needed to change. “South African products find themselves competing with products from other countries. After 1994 we opened our borders and we became part of the global village. We thought that bringing those products

“Every time you buy a South African product, you are

from other countries would increase on the value but

creating an economic and employment opportunity for

in some cases it that hasn’t happened because of the

a South African; that’s our core message and that’s what

influx of inferior goods.”

we ask you to do.” Proudly South African is an entity of the Department of Trade and Industry that was created at the 1998 Presi-

When South Africans buy products produced outside the country’s borders they are actually harming their homeland, Sedibe pointed out.

dential Job Summit and launched in 2001. The entity’s

“This tendency of buying products from other coun-

mandate is to promote national pride, patriotism and so-

tries is destroying this country. I cannot over empha-

cial cohesion. It is also responsible for encouraging South

sise that we need to make sure that we support South

Africans to buy local products and use local services.

African companies and buy their goods.”

“The mandate of Proudly South African is to ensure that we address issues of national pride and patriotism

The effects of globalisation

and, most importantly, educate South Africans about the

Globalisation also had a role to play in the lack of sup-

importance of buying local products because it has an

port for locally produced goods.

impact on the economy,” Sedibe explained.


Sedibe noted that an unintended consequence of

Public Sector Manager • August 2015

globalisation was that international products had be-

Safeguarding local products

come easily accessible.

The influx of these goods affects local businesses and Sedibe said

“Somebody will get on a flight and to Turkey to buy a suit from that country which they will then wear in South Africa. One of the unfortunate and unintended consequences of globalisation is that local manufacturers are threatened.” He encouraged the delegates to take pride in local products saying this small act could make a huge difference.

his entity was working closely with various institutions and government departments to take these goods off the streets. “Part of the problem is that our borders are porous and it’s an issue that we have raised over and over again. “There’s a lot of counterfeit goods that end up on our streets and we need to deal with them. In some instances the influx of these counterfeits goods has led to massive job losses.” In an effort to deal with some of the challenges facing small busi-

“We need to make sure that when you buy water, it is

nesses in the country, Proudly South African sits on a committee

water that has been bottled locally, maybe even in the

called the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure,

community you are from. When you do that you are

which is an operational arm of the Justice, Crime Prevention and

giving someone from your community an opportunity

Security Cluster.

to make a living. You may think that it is a small thing but trust me you are making a huge difference.” Sedibe added that local businesses in small towns were hard hit and often complained that they could not compete with products imported from other countries. Many streets of major South African cities have been flooded with substandard goods coming from outside the country.

CEO of Proudly South African Leslie Sedibe addressing the PSM Forum at the Mmabatho Convention Centre.

Public Sector Manager • August 2015


Writer: Noluthando Mkhize Photographer: Ntswe Mokoena

women in energy

Dr Mali powers her way to success


r Thembakazi Mali is bursting with energy and confidence as she sits down for an interview with PSM. The energetic personality is apt considering that she

is a senior manager at the South African Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). The confidence, she says, is as a result of her upbringing and was later reinforced while at school, and with it came dreams of conquering the world.

Dr Mali credits being in an all girl school as giving her the edge to push herself and live her dreams. “The attention that we were given as girls allowed us to believe that we could conquer the world and not worry about anybody else because we were good enough.” Dr Mali is now the Senior Manager for Clean Energy Solutions: Renewable Energy and Alternative Energy at SANEDI. The state-owned entity was established after the merger of the South African National Energy Research Institute (SANERI) and National Energy Efficiency Agency in 2009. SANEDI’s primary role is to direct, monitor and con-

That self-belief led Dr Mali, from Cradock in the Eastern Cape,

duct applied energy research and development, dem-

on the journey to becoming a chemist and renewable energy

onstration and deployment as well as to undertake spe-


cific measures to promote green energy and energy

“Throughout my high school life I was in boarding school at the Inanda Seminary – an all girl school in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. As girls we were taught to be confident and never to compare

efficiency in South Africa. “My portfolio is looking at renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind, biomass and the ocean.

ourselves to anybody. “I carried this lesson with me throughout my life and later, when


Getting onboard with ocean energy

I was in the workplace, which was dominated by men, I didn’t

Dr Mali radiates energy when she gives a detailed

see them as men but people,” she explains.

explanation of ocean energy, which is currently the

Public Sector Manager • August 2015

buzzword in the renewable energy sector.

cated on the role that renewable energy can play in their lives.

“The ocean energy component is very exciting for me

“A lot of South Africans don’t know about renewable energy

because it’s still new and not many people understand

projects and the value they can eadd to their lives. All people

the potential that it has to contribute to our energy

see are solar water heaters, mostly in low income areas and think


that this is for certain people only, but this is not true because

She adds that ocean energy is still a growing field.

it can benefit every one.”

“Most devices used to harness energy from the ocean

Many people believe using renewables are expensive, however

are still between pilot and demonstration phase. In

Dr Mali adds that although a significant amount may be needed

South Africa we have a long coastline and some of the

upfront for the system, there is a huge return on investment

sites along our coastlines can generate a lot of energy

over time.

through waves and ocean currents.” Dr Mali explains that energy can be generated by the waves and tides coming from under the sea. “The waves would come into the shoreline and hit a device on the shore or close to the shore. The device would have a turbine in it, allowing it to turn the energy from the waves into electricity.

Stumbling into chemistry Dr Mali says she did not always envision herself as a renewable energy specialist. After completing matric at Inanda Seminary she joined the University of the Witwatersrand as a medical student. “I wanted to be a doctor and did medicine for a couple of

“There are different devices for this kind of energy

years. Then I started thinking about the responsibility that came

and there is extensive research currently being done.

with being a doctor and the fact that I would be responsible for

Hopefully there will be some success soon.”

someone’s life.

Dr Mali and her team are mainly responsible for ac-

“I dropped out of medical school and pursued a degree in

celerating applied energy research to the market and

chemistry. It was easier for me because in chemistry if an experi-

also building the human capacity that will support the

ment does not work you throw it down the drain and start afresh,

growing renewable energy sector.

but as a doctor I wouldn’t have that luxury.”

She adds that South Africa needs to make big invest-

As she grew in her career, Dr Mali knew that she was not going

ments in energy research just like other countries do,

to be a chemist that worked in the laboratory because of her love

as it is an important aspect of innovation and has di-

for interacting with people.


rect correlation to the growth of a knowledge economy. She says her biggest challenge is budget constraints. However, not having enough money to produce the work that she does has made Dr Mali think out of the box. “In a way [budget constraints] have made us be creative, partner and collaborate with other people. Although the challenge is there we are not focusing on it and are finding better ways of working within limitations.” “We have managed to do this very well. We do a lot of collaboration and we work a lot with overseas donors and institutions, which has increased our footprint bigger. Dr Mali says South Africans need to be edu-

Public Sector Manager • August 2015


women in energy

“I like being involved in work that will have societal impact. I knew I would be doing something different, away from the lab,” she says.

ject interesting and exciting.” As the country celebrates Women’s Month, Dr Mali believes that South African women have made major

Stepping into the renewable energy light

strides since 1994.

Dr Mali has been with SANEDI since 2007, when the organisation

“We have female entrepreneurs and leaders in busi-

was still known as SANERI. Prior to joining the organisation she

ness who are doing extremely well and making women

worked at Sasol holding various positions.

proud. Women have so many responsibilities but they

“While I was still at Sasol I was invited to Parliament where the former Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hane-

manage to make a mark in the workplace, despite this,” she says.

kom, was presenting his budget speech. “He spoke about this organisation – the South African National Energy Research Institute – that was going to be created and for some reason I knew I was going to work there. I didn’t know why and how but I knew I was going to be involved in what he was talking about. It just resonated with me.” When SANERI was finally formed the organisation advertised a position for a Senior Manager: Renewables. “I was headhunted for the job in 2007,” Dr Mali recalls. “The major part of my job was to accelerate research into the marketplace. We would fund applied research, which we took from the lab to be and tried out as pilots. We also needed to grow the number of post graduates in the sector.” “We would work with universities and sometimes with other consultants doing research, to help get the research to the market for people to use it somehow.” In 2009 SANEDI was formed. “We now do the same thing that SANERI used to do, but with an added mandate, which is energy efficiency and more engagement with

More about Dr Mali

academia, industry and municipalities.”

Dr Mali’s career spans over a decade in the chemical and petrochemical fields.

A black woman in energy

She serves as the South African representative and

Dr Mali says in her line of work it is not unusual

executive committee member to the International Energy

for her to be the only black woman in the room.

Agency’s implementing agreements on ocean energy

“It does happen, but there are more black women getting involved in this field. It really

systems, bioenergy and solar cooling and heating. •

She is the Chairperson of the Thin Film Solar Technologies

bothers me that not enough black women are

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taking an interest in the energy sector.

Regional Secretariat for the Renewable Energy and Energy

“The numbers are not growing fast enough, which is the sad part. We need to start sci-

Efficiency Partnership, which is hosted by SANEDI. •

She holds a PhD in Chemistry and Graduate Diploma in

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Writer: Albert Pule Photographer: Siyasanga Mbambani

Nomsa Masuku:

The brave, no-nonsense detective


he saying 'dynamites come in small packages' holds true for Nomsa Masuku. Her frame is not substantial so the mother of three likes

wearing heels. Her smile is warm and comforting, her voice soothing. But don’t be deceived, behind the seemingly docile personality, lies a tough, brave and calculated detective. Detective Masuku is credited with tracking down and arresting a serial rapist who terrorised women at two popular chisanyama (braai) outlets in Tembisa, east of Johannesburg. For five years between 2007 and 2012, Mozambican national Albert Morake targeted women in the sprawling township. In the end 33 women fell victim to Morake’s reign of terror. “He always went for the beautiful ones,” says Detective Masuku as she clears her desk at her office in preparation for an interview with PSM.

Bringing down a serial rapist She explains it all started towards the end of 2012,

same man was involved in all the cases. They all gave a

when she returned from maternity leave and heard

similar description of the man. One thing that stood out

from colleagues that there had been a recent spate of rape cases

was that they all said he had prominent cheek bones

in Tembisa that had prompted earlier cases to be reopened.

and red lips.”

Detective Masuku started to investigate. “I noticed a pattern - almost all the women were hijacked and raped, their phones were taken and the stolen cars would be sold.

More cases, with similar modus operandi, were being reported as she continued with her investigation. And so Detective Masuku hatched a plan to lure the rapist, doing something totally out of character.

“I took seven dockets to the forensics unit in an attempt to find

“I would spend hours at the chisanyama outlets and

a link between the cases and found that the DNA of the rapist

pretend to be drunk. I was hoping to get the attention

was the same in all the cases,” says Detective Masuku.

of the rapist, who would see me as an easy target.”

Further investigation showed that the DNA was also linked to

On various nights, she would sit for hours at Busy

other cases from years earlier, which had been closed because

Corner (one of the outlets at which Morake would tar-

there were no leads.

get his victims) hoping that the rapist would show up.

Detective Masuku went to the police stations where the second batch of cases was reopened. She says her interest was in the witness statements, some of which dated back to 2007.


“The witness statements confirmed to me that the

“I would leave my phones and car keys on the table hoping that he would see them and approach me. “I wouldn’t even look at the time. I remember one >>

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day I was interrupted by my husband when he called at about midnight to tell me our baby was crying.” Detective Masuku would also hang out at the other

finally going to be accountable for all those women he raped.” Morake stood trial in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court earlier this year and was sentenced to multiple life sentences.

outlet Caprivi, at which Morake would go in search of his victims. “I would order a drink that looked like a cider, usually Appletiser. I would act drunk and mingle with people.”

A good accident Morake is just one of the many criminals Detective Masuku hopes to put behind bars.

To her disappointment, she never attracted the atten-

While she does her job with excellence, dedication and commitment,

tion of Morake. But then Detective Masuku got a tip off

she says joining the South African Police Service (SAPS) happened

that the person she was searching for lived in Ivory Park.

by accident. “It’s a good accident and I’m glad it happened.”

The stake out One night she decided it was time to act and parked her car a few metres away from Morake’s house. “I sat in my car from 10pm until 2am. At one stage I fell asleep.” She then heard a knock on her window and thinking it was the rapist, she was engulfed by fear. She slowly raised her tiny frame from the car seat, lifted her eyes and opened the window.

The former teacher says she left teaching because she wanted a change of career and tried her luck with “any job in government”. When she saw an advert that SAPS was looking for new recruits, she applied and as they say, the rest is history. She did her training at a police college and was posted at Booysens Police Station as a trainee police officer for two years. “We were then asked to choose which area of the police we would like to work in and I chose detective work, a decision I have not regretted.”

“It was Morake’s neighbour who asked me why I was

She is currently based at the Family Violence, Child Protection and

parked in front of his house. He had noticed that the

Sexual Offences Unit at the Department of Community Safety’s Tem-

car had been there for a while and wanted to know

bisa Cluster.

what I was doing there.” Detective Masuku says she lied that her car had broken down and she was waiting for help. Not knowing that Detective Masuku was

Challenges of the job She says like any other job, being a detective has its challenges, one of which is being away from her family for a long time.

a police officer herself, the old man said

“Sometimes travelling to other provinces and leaving

she could wait at his house and offered

my kids takes its toll on me but I know that I’m doing it to

to call the police on her behalf.

make society better.”

She declined, determined to be there when Morake emerged. At 4am she saw a man who fitted Morake’s description going into the house. “I called for backup and was joined by two other police officers. We

Apart from the travelling, Masuku says reading through a pile of documents to gather information on a serial rapist is not child’s play. “It’s very challenging because once you receive a case docket you have to study it and sometimes you don’t know who

stormed the house, found him

did what and what the person looks

in his bedroom and arrested

like. You really must dig deep,” she



“For me it was a huge mo-

And digging deep is exactly what

ment. After all those months

she did when she tracked down

of investigating we fi nally

the serial rapist terrorising the

found him and he was

women of Tembisa.


Public Sector Manager • August 2015

Writer: Noluthando Mkhize Photographer: Kopano Tlape

woMen in sCienCe

Lettuce, nitrogen fertilisers

and the PhD student


he love of good food spurred Beverly Mampholo on a

mends that those who are obese eat lettuce because

journey to discover exactly what quantity of nitrogen fertilis-

it’s low in calories,” says Mampholo.

ers should be used when growing lettuce in South Africa.

She describes herself as a post-harvest specialist –

Mampholo, 31, is currently doing her doctoral studies at the

someone who specialises in the shelf life of agricultural

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria.

products once they have been harvested.

She is conducting a three-year research study on “The effects

Mampholo adds that she chose agricultural research

of nitrogen fertiliser on lettuce looking at the quality of lettuce

because it makes a difference in the lives of so many

during post-harvest storage.”


Mampholo, who grew up in Ga-Masemola in Limpopo, explains

“We have huge challenges in this field because we are

that because she loves good food; and more importantly vegeta-

very few, especially in post-harvest technology, which

bles, she wants to advise farmers how much nitrogen fertiliser

is a scarce skill in South Africa. We have the capabilities

should be used when growing lettuce, to curb health risks associ-

to produce food but taking care of them is a challenge

ated with nitrogen.

and we are losing a lot of money. This skill can help food

The chemical nitrogen is found in most fertilisers used by farmers across the country.

producers and the economy to minimise food losses.” But why focus on chemical nitrogen? “When you apply nitrogen to the soil it is converted to nitrates. The

Enjoying the health benefits of lettuce

plants thus absorb the nitrogen in the form of nitrates. “The more nitrogen fertiliser you use the more ni-

“I chose lettuce because leafy

trates you have. High levels of nitrates are harmful to

vegetables and vegetables in

our bodies, causing respiratory problems and thyroid

general have major health ben-

problems, among others,” Mampholo responds.

efits. Everybody is encouraged to eat vegetables because of their

Helping farmers

nutritional value.

She wants to ensure that farmers

“Lettuce is also one of the freshest and most economical vegetables. It is always ready to eat.


grow the healthiest lettuce possible. “Most farmers have

Also, the South African Medi-

no idea what con-

cal Research Council recom-

stitutes a safe

Public Sector Manager • August 2015

amount of nitrogen fertiliser. I want to be able to advise farmers on what this amount is.” Mampholo adds that it is not only commercial farmers who need this valuable information but also those in villages who grow produce for their families.

last year. She was a winner in the Doctoral degree category. “I was really honoured to receive some recognition as a woman for the work that I do. “A lot more work still needs to be done in the science field and more women need to join us as researchers and scientists,

She says that the post-harvest profession is big in

especially in the field of food-related technology. This industry

European countries. South African farmers exporting

is not only for men, it also offers huge opportunities for women.”

leafy vegetables to Europe must comply with the strict

Reflecting on the progress of women in the country, Mam-

recommended levels of nitrates in the vegetables they

pholo says that the women of 2015 are very different to the

produce as set by the European market.

women of 1956.

From researcher to farmer

growing in their respective fields. The women of today want to

As part of her research, Mampholo planted 16 types of

empower themselves through education and are doing very

lettuce hydroponically in May last year. Hydroponics

well in entrepreneurship.”

“Women now have so many opportunities and I think they are

refers to the method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water, without soil. She planted the lettuce in gravel and did not use soil;

Her plans for the future include completing her D-Tech and continuing in the research field because the country needs female researchers.

this method produces high-quality vegetables because of the lack of contamination. Mampholo used varying amounts of nitrogen fertilisers for each type of lettuce. She is profiling the nutritional benefits of the different types of lettuce and will be doing an in-depth study into the level of nitrogen fertilisers in them. Mampholo will be planting lettuce during different seasons because in winter there are higher levels of nitrates in the edible tissues compared to summer. She is currently in the second year of her research and hopes to have the outcomes of her study towards the end of next year.

Taking a closer look at lettuce Her research will also look into the fresh cutting of lettuce. “For example if you slice lettuce it turns brown after

Mampholo’s qualifications

some time. I am looking at what causes the brown en-

Mampholo also holds a number of qualifications. In 2006

zymes. I want to check whether the hydroponically-

she completed a Diploma in Agriculture and Rural Devel-

produced lettuce is less prone to browning and explore

opment at TUT. She also has a BTech from the University

the relationship this farming method has with nitrogen

of South Africa in Agricultural Management and BTech


in Agriculture: Development and Extension from TUT.

Mampholo was also one of the women recognised for the work that she does by the Department of Science

Last year she graduated with a Masters (cum laude) in Agriculture from TUT.

and Technology during the Women in Science Awards

Public Sector Manager • August 2015


CLOSING THE GENDER GAP IN STEM Women remain on the fringes of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) space despite numerous initiatives aimed at addressing this imbalance. This is however not peculiar to South Africa as the gender gap remains huge across the globe.

“Learners indicated that they viewed mathematics in a different light since they were exposed to how mathematics formed part of each and every career.” The reasons for this gap have been blamed on a number of various

Professor Shaheed Hartley said they’ve received positive feedback

reason including poverty, poor access to information, family and the

from the schools that participated in WiM Mini-Convention. The

fear of entering into a male dominated world. Whatever the case

schools have observed registrations by girls in astronomy, civil

might be, the fact remains that representation of women in STEM is

engineering, chemistry, mathematics, biotechnology and other

still significantly low and needs a boost.

related fields. In many instances the mini-convention was the learner’s first exposure to the career.

Experts in career counselling are of the view that the problem starts at an early age. Young girls are seldom encouraged to pursue maths

Learners indicated that they viewed mathematics in a different light

and science. They are allowed to grow up with a mentality that

since they were exposed to how mathematics formed part of each

maths and science are typically male fields hence we have a small

and every career.

percentage of young women registering for degree programmes in engineering, physics and related fields at a tertiary level. To root out

Another initiative by the Department of Science and Technology that

this stereotype, holistic approaches need to be employed.

seeks to encourage young women and girls to pursue careers in science and technology is Women In Science Awards (WISA).

As such, the Department of Science and Technology in collaboration

The awards profile women scientists and researchers and reward

with University of the Western Cape (UWC) have joined forces to

younger women who are starting their careers as emerging

popularise STEM careers among girls at high school level. The

professionals in that field.

Women in Mathematics (WiM) Mini-Convention was launched eight years ago and has since hosted more than 1 200 mathematics girl-

It also provides an opportunity to profile the work of women in this

learners in grade 10 and 11 from various schools across Cape flats.

field who serve as role models to younger women. WISA is the

The programme has also been packaged into DVD’s that have so

Department’s flagship event.

far been sent to at least 250 schools to reach as many learners as possible.

Prizes include fellowships and scholarships for master and doctoral students in the fields of science, engineering and technology. Cash

The aim is to roll out the programme to other provinces one day. The

prizes are awarded to winners in the categories Distinguished Women

demand has been so great that in 2014, UWC’s Science Learning

Researchers and Distinguished Young Women Researchers.

Centre for Africa hosted two mini-conventions. This will be expanded to three in 2016.

The DST alternates the Distinguished Woman Researchers and Distinguished Young Woman Researchers award categories

The aim of the convention is to encourage and motivate young

between life sciences in one year and physical and engineering

girls to take mathematics as a school subject and do well in order

sciences in the next. The Social Sciences remain a standing

to pursue careers in the STEM fields. The girls are afforded an

category. Awards will be made in the physical and engineering

opportunity to interact with women who are making strides in the

sciences in 2015.

fields of STEM. The programme organisers believe that role models play a pivotal role in challenging and transforming the status quo.

Young girls at high schools remain the catalysts for change and

Motivational talks and personal anecdotes are powerful tools for

agents of transformation. More intervention activities are still required

breaking the stereotype mentality.

to promote the advancement of women in STEM fields.

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women in aviation

Writer: Noluthando Mkhize Photographer: Kopano Tlape

Captain Vayeke takes her dreams to new heights


anele Vayeke knows a thing or two about rising to new

to go and indicate the direction of the danger zone


because I have a bird’s eye view.”

Not only is the 30-year-old captain the first black woman

in South Africa to fly the Agusta A109 – a military helicopter – but

she has also become an expert at soaring above failure. After having her dream of becoming a doctor dashed and then failing the test for potential pilots, a determined Captain Vayeke kept on going until she made history. Now she is in the cockpit of the Agusta A109, which weighs more than two tons and can reach speeds of 283 kilometres per hour. The aircraft is used for patrolling, command, medical evacuation and light attack in war zones.

Captain Vayeke is extremely proud of her accomplishments in the South African Air Force. “It feels good to be the first black woman to fly the Agusta A109. I am very proud of my achievement because I worked hard to be where I am today.” Captain Vayeke, who is from Hammanskraal in Pretoria, says she never dreamed that she would be serving her country as a military pilot. She had pictured herself as a doctor, caring for people in a hospital. “I finished matric in 2001 but failed biology, which

The aircraft can accommodate six passengers and two crew mem-

was the most important subject to get me into medical

bers – a pilot and flight engineer – but during other important

school. Becoming a pilot was my second choice but I

missions Captain Vayeke operates the helicopter alone.

did not think I would pursue it,” she recalls.

Preparing for war

Moving on from shattered dreams

Some of her responsibilities include working with troops in training

For the next year, she dwelled on her shattered dream

exercises that imitate war situations.

of becoming a doctor and felt that there were no other

“In training exercises, my job is to monitor that the troops on the ground do not go into the war zone. I tell them which direction


career choices open to her, especially since her mother did not have money to put her through university.

Public Sector Manager • August 2015

“In 2002 I came across an advert in a newspaper in which the Department of Defence’s Youth Foundation programme was calling on applicants to apply for various career opportunities. “I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for me to try again to get into medicine and perhaps there was a chance of improving my biology mark.” She was called for an interview only to discover that the department’s Youth Foundation programme was looking for a limited number of people to go into medicine. “I was advised to try the South African Air Force because I could not make it into the medical programme.

and learn the system of the machine.

I qualified for pilot training in terms of my academic

“I qualifi ed to fl y the Agusta A109 in

results, height and weight. All that was left was the

2014. It was an awesome feeling because I

Vienna test.”

had to work hard for it.”

A Vienna test is a computerised aptitude test on co-

She adds that being a military pilot has its challenges

ordination taken by anyone who wants to pursue a

but she is lucky to have a supportive husband and family.

career as a pilot.

“I love what I do. There usually aren’t any dangers unless we are stationed in other countries where the situation

Overcoming failure

may be different.”

Captain Vayeke says she again stared failure in the face when she discovered that she had failed this important

The joys of being a military pilot

test, which would be her launch pad into the world

She adds that she loves her job because every day is different. “I

of aviation.

can grow and become an instructor in the future.”

“I decided not to give up. I took the test again and passed it. I was very proud of myself for persevering.” In 2004 she joined the South African Military Academy and did her basic training In 2005 she was introduced to the theory of flight

Captain Vayeke says that as much as the aviation industry is growing with more women showing an interest in aviation, the growth is on a very small scale. “It would be nice to have more women in my field, there just aren’t enough of us currently.”

at the military academy and did her practicals at the

She adds that like in any other field, women in the aviation

Central Flying School in Langebaan. She qualified as

industry are always at a disadvantage because of the many re-

pilot in 2007.

sponsibilities they have to juggle.

“From 2008 I was a co-pilot flying the Oryx which is a

“I am in a male-dominated industry, where I have to try to fit in.

three-crew machine that has a co-pilot, engineer and

I cannot allow myself to be emotional because the job requires

a commander [the pilot].

high levels of concentration, I have to forget about my personal

“On the first flight I thought I was going to be sick but luckily I was just fine,” she says. To fly the Agusta A109 she had to undergo six months of intensive training. “Those six months of training were challenging because, unlike the Oryx, there is no-one directing you on what to do. There is no commander; you have to rely on yourself because you have to fly the aircraft alone

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issues and focus on the job at hand.” Despite the challenges, she says women have made huge strides and have a lot to celebrate since democracy. “Women are making inroads in business and we have many successful women in other sectors as well. Women empowerment is definitely a reality in South Africa.” And one of those successful women is Captain Vayeke who refused to allow failure to kill her dreams.


Promoting government, business and civil society partnerships for development.

THEMBALETHU DEVELOPMENT In order to achieve the vision for a better society in line with the National Development Plan, the three sectors of civil society, state and business have to work together. Community needs are too numerous and society’s problems too complex to be left to any one sector.

We at Thembalethu Development see ourselves as agents of change and partners in development. With the private sector, government and international donor agencies we are building an alternative model of delivery rather than one in which government is simply expected to ‘deliver’ and communities are simply the recipients of such delivery.


• Integrity: Maintaining high values, promoting ethical behaviour.

• A ccountability: Demonstrating sound fiscal and resource

management to both clients and beneficiaries.

• Honesty: In everything we do. • R espect: Treating people with dignity and respect.


• S ustainability: Ensuring that our

Thembalethu Development was

interventions/projects continue to

company/non-profit organisation

period after support has been

economic development agency

• Q uality: Assuring excellence in

founded in April 2002 as a non-profit with the aim of becoming the socioof choice for the mining industry,

government, the corporate private

sector and international donors. We work in South Africa, Mozambique

deliver benefits for an extended terminated.

development, maintenance of

service standards, meeting and exceeding client expectations.

• Innovation: Introducing new

and Lesotho.

ways of implementing impactful


• A dvocacy: Understanding and

To be a client and beneficiary

focused development agency

of choice that always achieves

its partners’ objectives through

development services that meet


promoting the needs of the communities.

• C ommunity-centred: Involvement of and service to all beneficiaries.

global standards of quality,


sustainable impact.

integrated sustainable development

timeliness, cost-effectiveness and


Thembalethu Development facilitates through the following programmes:

To render community focused


strategic partners in an integrated


Southern African Development

(CWP) has been designed by

interventions in collaboration with the


and sustainable manner within the

The Community Work Programme

Community (SADC).

the South African government to

offer a minimum level of regular work to unemployed people in

marginalised areas where market-

based employment opportunities are limited. The CWP is an area-based programme in which opportunities

for ‘useful work’ are identified locally

through participatory processes. The

programme provides an employment safety net and a source of income

security to marginalised people, by

providing regular employment, with a predictable number of days of work per month.

Thembalethu Development is

one of the Implementing Agents

contracted for the period 2014 to 2017 to manage the Community Work Programme for the South

African government Department of Cooperative Governance.

Thembalethu Development manages the programme in the Gauteng,

Eastern Cape and Northern Cape provinces.

Since the Community Work

Programme pilot project in 2007, Thembalethu Development has

managed more than R1.5 billion worth of CWP budget allocated over the years for programme

management and payment of wages to thousands of unemployed people. 2. SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE Despite increased spending on

social infrastructure, communities and vulnerable groups still face a

backlog, most severely in rural areas

• • •

We thereafter develop project plans and proposals for the approval of the client; Once the project has been approved, we facilitate stakeholder engagement and the signing of a memorandum of understanding among relevant stakeholders; We appoint local contractors and suppliers; and

We monitor the progress of the project and provide feedback to the client and stakeholders.

C u r r e n t a n d pa st e x p e r i e n c es • • •

We facilitated the renovation of old classrooms and the building of new classrooms, the supply of water and refurbishment of old school furniture for 40 rural schools in South Africa, Mozambique and Lesotho. We built 10 classrooms for Nyakosoba-Harmony High School in Lesotho, a project funded by Harmony Gold; We built houses for Lonmin mineworkers in Lesotho who were disabled as a result of a mine disaster; and We facilitated the building of 200 houses in rural and scattered settlements of Elliotdale, with funding from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements (South Africa). The project trained 50 local people as small-scale contractors. The owners of the houses provided labour to the building process and managed the materials of their houses. Neighbours helped each other during the building process. This project scooped the Govan Mbeki Award in the Best Enhanced People’s Housing Process Project category in 2012.

Housing and water supply

3 Community water supply

Community Work Programme

and in urban informal settlements.

and sanitation supply in rural and

the mining industry and other

the development of infrastructure that

improved wastewater management

economic research, in documenting

Thembalethu Development facilitates has a broader development agenda. Central to the infrastructure projects of the organisation is the social

mobilisation of people, the provision of skills and work opportunities and

the provision of supply opportunities to local businesses. Approaches

• We conduct an assessment to

evaluate the infrastructure need, the topography of the project

peri-urban areas, while promoting and hygiene practices. Approaches

• Thembalethu Development either approaches or is

approached by government,

communities and donors with requests for new community

and school water sources and sanitation infrastructure or

for the rehabilitation/repair of infrastructure;

site, the available resources

• We conduct a needs assessment

electricity and so on) and the

damaged water sources or the

(contractors, suppliers, water, distances between the project site and suppliers;

• We thereafter develop project plans and proposals for the approval of the client;

• Once the project has been

approved, we facilitate stakeholder engagement and the signing of a memorandum of understanding among relevant stakeholders;

to ascertain the magnitude of the need for water sources through local community leaders;

• We repair the existing water

sources or provide new ones using local contractors;

• At each repaired water point, a

committee is established (if not in place already) to ensure its continuous maintenance.

• We appoint local contractors and


• We monitor the progress of the

The South African mining industry

client and other stakeholders.

in the communities in which they

suppliers; and

project and provide feedback to the


Our Water and Sanitation Programme supports government, the private sector, international donors and

other social partners to increase

sustainable access to potable water


stakeholders in conducting socio-

Social and Labour Plans (which is a

commitment that the mining company will invest in its communities) and in executing the plans. Approaches

• The organisation engages with

municipalities, traditional leaders and other stakeholders to

ensure the SLPs and associated

community development projects are aligned with the needs and

priorities as expressed in municipal Integrated Development Plans (IDPs);

• The organisation does

environmental scans to ascertain

the available resources and needs of the communities;

• In terms of Socio-Economic

Development contributions, we provide businesses with the

necessary documentation required for BBB-EE verification. We also provide ongoing information and updates on the programmes/

projects and activities supported.

is required by government to invest


operate and from which they source

poverty, population mobility, gender

their labour. This requires the industry to research and to be abreast of the strengths, resources and needs of those communities.

Thembalethu Development assists

Structural and social factors, such as inequality and human rights violations may not be easily measured yet they

increase people’s vulnerability to HIV, TB, Malaria and other communicable diseases. Migrating mineworkers, their families and communities

First Aid training

Co-operatives development

The guardians of OVCs planting vegetables in an effort to reduce poverty at household’s level.

are the most vulnerable group.

organisation places agricultural

(HIV and AIDS), Occupational Health

transient lifestyle and a vulnerability

who assist local people with

Building, Plumbing and Painting.

Mineworkers are characterised by a to HIV that can be exacerbated by

their living and working conditions.

Different studies have shown that it is not just an individual’s behaviour that creates risk and vulnerability, but the migration process itself creates conditions that make

extension officers in project areas food production. The emerging

farmer support component of the programme increases economic opportunities for individuals and

groups of farmers by building on existing assets.

migrants vulnerable to HIV, TB and


created a community-based health

The Thembalethu Development

to the health needs of mineworkers,

Programme offers capacity building

Malaria. Thembalethu Development programme that is a direct response ex-mineworkers, their families and

the communities they interact with. 6. AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY

The programme helps empower communities through improved

food security, health and nutrition, and thus contributes to integrated rural community development.

We seek to improve conditions in

rural and peri-urban areas through

development of capacity, skills, and

values within these communities, to

meet long-term goals of sustainable

development and poverty alleviation using a sustainable livelihood approach.

Thembalethu Development

designed an Agriculture and Food Security Programme targeted at


Skills Development and Training and training for empowering

individuals and communities.

Remittances of South African

mineworkers have a significant impact on the economic

development of labour-sending

areas. A single company retrenching can directly affect more than 3 000

mineworkers and more than 15 000

ascertain the readiness and

acceptability of an intervention by the target beneficiaries

and stakeholders. This audit

also establishes the available

and needed skills of the target beneficiaries;

• W e provide advice to beneficiaries on their intended Small, Micro and

Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) and locally available opportunities;

• Where resources permit, we provide

seed funding to help the beneficiaries start their intended SMMEs; and

• We mentor the beneficiaries in the development processes of their SMMEs.

those that lose their jobs need to

find alternative means of survival for

themselves and their families. It is for this reason that Thembalethu

Development created a Skills Development and Training Programme, that provides

“alternative to mining” livelihood skills to mineworkers and their dependents.

income through commercial farming

to project participants and

through homestead gardens. The

• We conduct a skills audit to

mining industry is shrinking, and

Thembalethu Development also

and improve their food security


dependents. Employment in the

communities, households, and

emerging farmers to help increase

and Safety, Community Housing

offers accredited skills programmes unemployed people. These include

knowledge on Health and Wellness

Livestock improvement


• We facilitate the engagement between mining companies,


• We are well-positioned to evaluate and report on social and labour plan projects to government; implementing high value

facilitates buy-in and acceptance;

agriculture, food security, job

mining industry about the prevailing


• We conduct research to inform the socio-economic issues in the host

government-funded projects in

• We monitor and evaluate social

• We partner with government at

mines to determine whether or

not they are meeting the Mining Charter obligations;

• We report to stakeholders on the

progress of projects funded by the

industry and on the impact of such projects on the communities;

• We identify and facilitate projects

government; and

for communities and marginalised groups in partnership with private sector companies;

• In terms of Socio-Economic

Development contributions, we provide businesses with the

necessary documentation required for BBB-EE verification. We also provide ongoing information and updates on the programmes/

projects and activities supported

with other partners;

by business. Thembalethu

• We provide our donors with a

Development is a Public Benefit

portfolio of evidence and reports keep our donors updated on the

• We have qualified programme

Organisation (PBO). Donations to the organisation and its projects are tax-deductible;

• We play a monitoring and

evaluation role to determine

and project managers who ensure that the projects are implemented

support services and assist ex-

timeframes and budgets.

into their communities.

provide livelihood opportunities

long-term projects and work jointly

health services in areas of

mineworkers to be integrated back

implementation of projects that

• We have the ability to implement

implementation of projects; and

prevention, treatment, care and

• We identify and facilitate the


retrenchments, through portable skills and self-employment; and



on a regular basis and constantly

• We provide community-based

effort to expand the reach of CSI

national, provincial and local levels.

that provide livelihood opportunities and ameliorate the impact of

private sector companies in an

• We offer stakeholder engagement and management services to

and labour plan projects and assist

• We seek to form partnerships with

creation and basic services

communities or labour sending areas;


• We have a track record in

government, communities and

other stakeholders in a way that


according to agreed standards,

the impact of CSI spend by corporations;

• We assist the corporate sector in conducting baseline surveys that

guide project implementation; and

• We communicate with and inform

Managing Director: Reckson Luvhengo Address: 21st Floor, 222 Smit Street Braamfontein, Johannesburg | P.O Box 1073, Rosettenville, 2130. Tel: +27 10 786 0451 | Fax: +27 86 597 0374 | Email: | Website: Registration numbers: NPO: 044-791 | Section 21: 2002/007362/08 | PBO: 18/11/13/1627

stakeholders on CSI interventions.

woMen in international relations

Writer: Irene Naidoo

Ambassador Marks takes on the world T he humble beginnings of Robina Marks’ childhood are what ignited the dreams of her helping build a better South Africa.

spending most of her days in a foreign land.

She is the South African Ambassador to Thailand, Cam-

bodia, Myanmar and Laos, and is also South Africa’s Per-

“It has always been important to me that I contribute to the

building of a South Africa that is non-sexist, non-racist and demo-

manent Observer at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

cratic. This is something that was borne out of the impoverishment and marginalisation that I saw around me

Making a mark in politics

in the communities of the Cape Flats where I

A former political detainee, Ambassador

spent my childhood into adulthood,” she tells

Marks recalls that her “political conscious-


ness started to articulate itself during the

Most of that childhood was spent moving

June 1976 school boycotts, and swiftly

from one backyard dwelling to another across

matured through the growth of political

the Cape Flats – Bishop Lavis, Matroosfontein,

mobilisation in the late 70s”. She went on to become a student, com-

Kalksteenfontein, Uitsig, Elsies River and finally the flats of Bellville South. “My experiences of growing up in informal settlements, living in a one-room shack with

Robina Marks is the South African Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos.

munity, trade union and gender activist, and a regional organiser for the United Democratic Front. On the academic front, Ambassador

no running water, and a corrugated iron roof

Marks has a BA Honours: Sociology and a

held down by bricks, shaped what I believe are the basic rights that we all deserve - to live a life of dignity in a

Teacher’s Diploma from the University of the Western

country of opportunity.”

Cape; Advanced Diploma: Institutional Development

And to serve that country, Marks has had to leave it behind,

from the University of Manchester’s Institute for Develop-

Bangkok is a vibrant city that offers trade and investment potential and partnerships.


Public Sector Manager • August 2015

ment Policy and Management, and MA: Gender Studies

went before them and served as diplomats.”

from the University of Sussex’s Institute for Develop-

But there was also another reason to pursue a career as a diplomat.

ment Studies.

“There is a poor woman living in an informal settlement some-

Her career history is just as extensive, having worked

where and she is asking, very much in the way that Mam’ Ruth

as a researcher, diversity consultant, lecturer, gender

Mompati used to greet people, 'My child, what did you do for our

equity adviser and on a number of assignments across

people today?'


“My answer to her has to be realised through the work that our

Eventually, she found herself at the Department of In-

missions do to attract foreign direct investment and tourism into

ternational Relations and Cooperation as Chief Director:

South Africa. These are the foundations that will enable her to find

Gender in the Office of the Director-General, a role that

a job, send her children to school and lead a better life,” Ambas-

saw her represent South Africa on a number of regional

sador Marks explains.

and international platforms focusing on women. “In October 2011 I accepted an invitation to become

The highs and lows of the job

a diplomat and the President of South Africa, on the

She adds there has been a number of memorable and trying ex-

advice of the Minister of International Relations and

periences since her appointment as ambassador. None was more

Cooperation, appointed me as the Ambassador to

difficult than the passing of former President Nelson Mandela.

Thailand. I am also accredited to Myanmar, Laos and

“Nothing could have prepared me for the difficulty of dealing with

Cambodia. I took up my appointment in Bangkok on

my own grief at the passing of this great South African. At the same

23 March 2012,” she says.

time I was expected to facilitate the grief of so many people – staff in the Mission, ordinary Thai people and the diplomatic community.

Taking to the international stage

“I had to suspend my own mourning and provide leadership as we

Ambassador Marks says she was inspired by a former

were arranging memorial services in our countries of accreditation.

and current female Minister to become a diplomat.

I had to provide space for the grief of people across four countries

“I watched in awe and admiration the powerful way in which the two women led the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in a space that had until then been the preserve of men.”

so that we could collectively honour the life, values and legacy of this great man,” she says. Another challenge Ambassador Marks has had to contend with is that “the world of diplomacy is still regarded as a male domain”.

She served under the leadership of former Foreign

“Changing those persistent stereotypes by insisting that women

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who she interacted

and men's voices matter equally is an ongoing challenge … Fortu-

with through the course of her work.

nately, I am part of a cohort of South African female ambassadors

“Her quiet but powerful leadership always inspired me. The way in which she managed her portfolio told me that this was something that I could also do,” Ambassador Marks recalls. She also counts the current Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite NkoanaMashabane among her role models. “Minister Nkoana-Mashabane has been a constant source of inspiration. She embodies the four qualities that every good South African diplomat should have: integrity, passion, patriotism and humility.

who combines expertise, competence, knowledge and experience with great poise and presence 24/7!” She adds that there is also reason to be optimistic because there is a new breed of male ambassadors who behave differently to their predecessors and provide alternative role models. The highlights of her time as ambassador include the establishment of the annual Nelson Mandela Distinguished Lecture Series, the first of which was addressed by the former Prime Minister of Thailand Anand Panayarachun. “As the Dean of all African ambassadors, I have been able to lead an aggressive public diplomacy campaign though trade seminars,

“Without these two women as role models, I doubt

seminars and talks at many universities with a clear message – Africa

that I would ever have conceived that I could be a dip-

is central to our foreign policy, and South Africa and Africa are open

lomat. They opened the way with many others who

for business.

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women in international relations

Ambassador Robina Marks and the staff of the South African Embassy in Bangkok celebrate Freedom Day.

“And as the convener of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Af-

learners at my old school, Bellville South Senior Sec-

rica (BRICS) ambassadors, I was fortunate that with my colleagues,

ondary School, and the majority of them are girls from

we’ve been able to arrange public engagements to highlight the

disadvantaged communities such as Bellville South,

importance and strategic significance of BRICS,” she adds.

Delft and Khayelitsha.”

With so much accomplished already, Ambassador Marks still has goals to accomplish while she is in Thailand. “I want to focus on conducting foreign policy lectures at a few

She adds that it is important for women to find ways to be active role models and mentors to young people trying to find their way.

universities in Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. It is criti-

“I mentor young women, who often only need some-

cal that we contribute to the knowledge and understanding of

one to validate them, and remind them that they have

South Africa as one of the continental leaders with a strong role

what it takes to make their dreams a reality, but also

in multilateral relations.

that all dreams need a realistic plan.”

“It is critical that Asia and Africa – widely regarded as the last fron-

Her advice to women who want to enter to the world

tiers of economic growth - work closer to further develop synergies

of diplomacy is to follow the example of the women

to address the developmental issues that both continents face.”

who have gone before them.

Supporting women

have gone before us as diplomats, have opened the way

Back home, Ambassador Marks will continue empowering women.

for us and now we have to follow. Our history demands

“The women on whose shoulders we stand, and who

Having learned what it means to be a strong woman from her mother – a domestic worker and later a factory worker who raised

This appears to be sound advice, considering that

her only child by herself – Ambassador Marks in now supporting

Robina Marks, who once called the Cape Flats her home,

other women.

followed the path opened up by her female role mod-

“I believe that as a female ambassador, it is my responsibility to lift other women as I climb. I provide financial support for 20


nothing less of us.”

els and is now representing the country on the global stage.

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Young women moving forward S

ixty-one years ago the Freedom Charter was adopted

our education system to one capable of producing the

and signed by delegates at the Congress of the People

skills required by our rapidly growing economy.

in Kliptown. The vision of these pioneers of our liberation

movement was for a united, non-racial and democratic South

we have come.

Africa. Thus the charter and its various clauses became a com-

Much has changed since the dark days of apartheid

mon rallying point, enshrining the hopes and aspirations of all

when black women had limited education prospects

progressive South Africans.

and were confined to low-paying menial jobs.

We reaffirm the famous rallying call enshrined in the charter

We are steadily achieving gender parity in both school

and recommit to its principles that “The doors of learning and

and tertiary institution enrolments, with huge increases

culture shall be opened”.

in enrolments at further education and training (FET)

Under the leadership of government, the doors of learning

colleges and the racial and gender composition of the

and culture have been opened across South Africa. It has been

student bodies markedly transformed since 1994. Today

this government that has consistently strived to undo the dev-

more than half of all students enrolled in university

astating effects of the Bantu Education Act.

programmes are women.

The Act entrenched a racially skewed education system and

The heroines of the Class of 1976 must be filled with

kept spending on black education at one tenth of spending

great pride to see how our young women from Musina

on white education. It also sought to reserve black students

to Cape Town are pushing the boundaries in various

for unskilled occupations to serve the apartheid state.

fields and achieving great success on the global stage.

Today, more South African children than ever before, and in particular black children, have access to education.

Take Alexandra born and bred biologist Dr Natasha Mothapo, whose passion for science was ignited after

So much so that we as a country are of the few who are on

a school field trip to the Kruger National Park. Through

track to achieve the second United Nations Millennium Devel-

her Masters and her doctorate research she is protect-

opment Goal: Universal Primary Education.

ing the country’s flora against invasive species.

Primary school enrolment rates are at approximately 98 per

Or consider 33-year-old Dr Benita Olivier, a lecturer in

cent. Over eight million learners are now benefiting from no-

the Physiotherapy Department at the Faculty of Health

fee policies, which has contributed to an increase in secondary

Sciences of the University of the Witwatersrand, who

school enrolment from 51 per cent in 1994 to around 80 per

hopes to use her Friedel Sellschop Award (which rec-

cent currently. Approximately nine million children are ben-

ognises exceptional young researchers) to develop an

efiting from the school-feeding scheme, which has ensured

injury prevention tool.

that learners no longer have to study on an empty stomach. While backlogs in school infrastructure remain, thousands of schools have been built and connected to water and electricity supply since 1994. However, we still face the immense challenge of transforming


But in this, we must never lose sight of just how far

Joining the brilliant minds working on the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) team is 31-year-old Pietermaritzburg native, computer engineer Shagita Gounden. The accomplishments of such young women are inspiring; and it is thanks to the policies of this govern-

Public Sector Manager • August 2015

ment they have been able to take advantage of the oppor-

include the National Young Chefs, the Sommeliers, and Tourism

tunities available to women in this country since democracy.

Buddies programmes.

This government recognises the transformative potential of education in all its forms: formal, political and spiritual. We know too well, in the words of Victor Hugo, that “he who opens a school door closes a prison”.

To encourage women- and youth-owned enterprises, government has allocated R30 million for the current financial year to assist budding female entrepreneurs in acquiring critical assets and equipment to grow and expand their operations.

To correct the effects of apartheid we have had to interro-

Another successful venture has been the B’avumile Skills De-

gate the links between poverty, social exclusion and access

velopment programme, which prepares women for the export

to education.

sector. It targets women in rural areas and townships who have

And in particular, tackling the symptoms, causes and solutions to the inter-generational transmission of poverty. Research has shown time and again that certain factors can increase the likelihood of poverty being passed on from one generation to another. We also know that these same factors can negatively affect an individual’s chances of escaping the poverty trap. The reality is that women continue to bear the brunt of poverty. To this end, government has prioritised women and youth in all its programmes.

already acquired expertise in the creative, clothing and textiles fields. These are just a few programmes demonstrating the support government gives to our young women. Whether shutting apartheid-era constructed schools made of asbestos that pose health hazards to learners, or pushing for the empowerment of women contractors in the public sector, the track record of government in advancing the principles of the Freedom Charter has been exemplary. On this the 61st anniversary of the adoption of the charter that

This includes continuous investment into the National

is the bedrock of our Constitution, we encourage the country’s

Student Financial Aid Scheme to support young people,

women to take advantage of the opportunities afforded them,

especially women.

opportunities the youth of Soweto sacrificed and died for.

Several government departments provide bursaries with a

As we move into the next phase of our country’s develop-

special focus on young women in various fields. For example

ment, let us move the country forward by filling our laboratories,

the National Research Fund supported 1 044 women grant

workplaces and boardrooms with empowered women who will

holders in 2012/13.

lead the charge into our third decade of freedom.

Government facilitates learnership placements nationally, particularly in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Examples

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*Edna Molewa is the Minister of Environmental Affairs.



P R O F T H O K O M AY E K I S O : V I C E - C H A N C E L L O R The University of Mpumalanga is committed to offer its students a life-changing experience through high quality curricula and cocurricular programmes which promote the principles of excellence, free enquiry and academic integrity. We will endeavour to enable our students to realise their potential in the full spectrum of cognitive, social, aesthetic and personal dimensions in pursuit of democratic citizenship. Thoko Mayekiso assumed her role as the Vice-Chancellor of UMP with effect from 1 November 2014. She was raised in a home where education, reading and the value of discipline at completing tasks that one undertakes were ingrained. Her encouraging environment and educating role models left an indelible impression on her to seek knowledge and to benefit from the wells of wisdom around her. She obtained a BA, BA Honours, and MA in Psychology, from the University of Fort Hare. She furthered her studies at the Free University Berlin, in Germany, where she obtained her D. Phil (cum laude) in Psychology. In addition, she holds a Higher Education Diploma (Post Graduate) from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). Being a distinguished scholar and accomplished academic, Prof. Mayekiso attracted a number of scholarships and fellowships. Notable among these are the German Academic Exchange Scholarship (DAAD) and the Commonwealth Fellowship tenable in the United Kingdom. Furthermore, she was awarded a certificate

from the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) – in acknowledgement of the contribution made to the Profession of Psychology in South Africa. The South African University ViceChancellors Association (SAUVCA) and the American Council on Education (ACE) awarded her a fellowship which was tenable at the University of Washington, Seattle. In her sterling academic career, Prof Mayekiso has held positions of Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor, Head of Department, and Vice Dean at the then University of Transkei. Whilst at this University she interspersed her teaching role, with clinical practice, by serving as part-time Clinical Psychologist at the Umtata General Hospital. She then joined the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in 2001 where she served as Head of School, Deputy Dean, and then Acting Dean in the Faculty of Humanities. She proceeded to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in 2007, doing service at this institution in her capacities as Executive Dean in the Faculty of Arts, and then Deputy ViceChancellor (Research and Engagement). As the University is a new institution, she has had to focus on both strategic and operational priorities. The strategic plan for the University of Mpumalanga (UMP Vision 2022) was approved by Council in July 2015 and we are embarking on its implementation.

VISION To be the leading African University in creating opportunities for sustainable development through innovation.

MISSION To offer high quality educational and training opportunities that foster the holistic development of students through teaching and learning, research and scholarship and engagement in collaboration with strategic partners.

VALUES The University of Mpumalanga adopts values that align with the African life ethos of Ubuntu in referring to their orientation and expressions of humanity to others which forms the broad and overarching framework of their values system. The values of the University serve as a basis for all interactions with students, staff and stakeholders. As such, these values form an abbreviated code of conduct that should shape the behaviour of all the institutional constituents and to which the University subscribes: • Excellence • Integrity • Diversity • Collaboration • Adaptability • Relevance • Inspiration

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY The University of Mpumalanga, as a comprehensive University, understands that its academic project must combine both the creation and transfer of knowledge and skills and the development of students as independent and critical thinkers with a passion for knowledge and its application.

Teaching is theoretically informed, pedagogically appropriate and sensitive to diversity in all its forms in the educational environment. The aim of the University’s teaching is to emphasise the interconnectedness of teaching and learning, research and scholarship and engagement. The development of qualifications and curricula will be context sensitive; curricula and extra-curricular activities will expose students to different ways of knowing and to the value of Indigenous Knowledge Systems.

The academic staff constitutes reflective and reflexive practitioners who use information communication technologies to foster and enhance learning, which occurs in a diverse range of formal and informal settings. Development programmes for academic staff and student support programmes will support a broadening of access, with increased levels of student success.

STRATEGIC GOALS Prof. Mayekiso recognises that to achieve the exemplary level of profession and education as is its aim, strategic goals for the future are to be outlined and used as a guide: • E stablish an overall institutional environment supporting good governance strategic leadership and management • B y 2022, UMP has established a prevailing research and innovation culture, is developing research excellence in selected niche areas, and has established functioning research support systems. • E stablish a set of high-quality, relevant and responsive academic programmes which deliver the University’s graduate attributes • E stablish iconic infrastructure, quality estate and other support services and effective systems and processes aligned with the institution’s strategic direction and which contribute to an inspiring and conducive academic and working environment. • E stablish integrated institutional planning systems and institutional support systems and services advancing the institution’s overall strategic and operational goals. • P rovide a student centred support system for the holistic development of students • T o establish the pursuance of collaborative engagement and partnerships as a prevailing institutional practice

M E E T I N G W I T H T H E S E R B I A N D E L E G A T I O N O N 1 0 J U LY 2 0 1 5

S T U D E N T / S T A F F PA R T I C I PA T I O N O N M A N D E L A D AY – M O S E S S I H L A N G U O R P H A N A G E C E N T R E • T o establish UMP’s financial sustainability and sound financial management and control systems


• T o promote an enabling HR environment that enhances performance

UMP has partnerships with the following national universities: • University of Johannesburg • University of the Witwatersrand • University of Pretoria • Cape Peninsula University of Technology • Tshwane University of Technology

Despite being a relatively new establishment, the University offers an impressive number of courses to its students, encouraging education and qualifications in a wide scope of professions. In 2014 the students were enrolled in Bachelor of Education (Foundation Phase), Diploma in Hospitality Management and Bachelor of Agriculture (Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Development) courses. In 2015 two new courses were added: Diploma in Agriculture in Plant Production and Diploma in Information Communication Technology in Application Development. By 2016 the University will be offering a further six courses, including science, tourism and development. The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar Programme will be introduced in 2016 and will be a unique three/four-year scholarship and personal development programme designed to identify a limited number of outstanding students in order to foster their intellectual development, refine their leadership skills and enhance their relationship with the University of Mpumalanga and the community. The programme will recognise first year students who have demonstrated excellence and potential in academic achievement, leadership ability and community service. Strategically, the University’s envisaged iconic infrastructure will provide a multifaceted environment inspiring both social and intellectual exchange in an atmosphere that is unconventional, original and creative. Social spaces will be created for crucial conversations with both internal and external stakeholders. Thereby create a modern, stimulating and inspiring environment that promotes and rewards academic excellence.

We are exploring partnerships with the following: • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University • University of KwaZulu-Natal • St Cloud State University, Minnesota, USA • University of NOVI SAD, SERBIA

CREATING OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH INNOVATION The world out there is forever seeking solutions to many of its complex challenges. The University of Mpumalanga needs to be on the constant look-out for innovative ventures. Innovation, as defined, is the process of translating an idea or invention into a goods or service, for which benefits accrue to the innovator and the greater society. Through research and developmental efforts and indeed throughout their studies at the University of Mpumalanga, students should have the eye for innovation. At the University of Mpumalanga emphasis will be put on encouraging people to do what they love; to strive to make their mark on the universe; to sell dreams, not products; create great experiences and to focus and master the art of identifying new opportunities. Innovation, entrepreneurship and technology should not just be buzz words. They should be what we live by and a practice adopted by the University of Mpumalanga’s community – one committed to the development of an innovative culture and to playing a catalytic role for innovation in industry and for the society at large with a definite bias towards Africa.

ENGAGING STUDENTS In addition to providing full tuition and residence fees, Prof. Mayekiso’s scholars will be engaged in continuous leadership training facilitated by talented academic staff and community leaders and also participate in international leadership seminars and workshops. Students will be engaged, especially as ambassadors and co-creators of the University, so that they can be formidable and committed alumni of the future. Students are encouraged to embrace diversity and inclusion; be averse to racism and xenophobia; be sensitive and tolerant, ethical in inclination and conscious of their civic responsibility. In addition, all first year students will enrol for a grounding module on the geological history of the province. This is done in order for them to appreciate the fact that South Africa has one of the oldest and most complex geological histories on earth; as well as drawing on its rich mining legacy with a wide range of precious and semi-precious minerals. Building self-confidence, modelling positive behaviour, providing psychological nurturance, building self-esteem and encouraging the development of what Angela Duckworth calls “mental toughness”, will constitute some of the attempts to provide an optimal environment for students to self-actualise and become the best they can be.

For more info vist our website: w w w. u m p . a c . z a

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Writer: Allison Cooper

Building houses, building the nation


dequate housing is one the most important needs that humans have had since the beginning of time.

Africans benefited from decent housing.

The importance of decent housing is also captured

“The building of houses cannot be the responsibility

in the Freedom Charter, which states that all people have the

of government alone. We need the private sector, civil

right to live where they choose, be decently housed and bring

society and all stakeholders to partner with us to make

up their families in comfort and security.

it happen,” she stressed.

With South Africa’s housing backlog standing at 2.5 mil-

Urbanisation, a global phenomenon, is a major con-

lion, the Department of Human Settlements has set a target

tributing factor to the housing backlog. “People are

of creating 1.5 million housing opportunities over the next

moving to cities for greener pastures. They want jobs

five years.

and to get their children to school. We must therefore

Speaking at The New Age Business briefing recently, the

work with our citizens and they must be active part-

Deputy Minister of Human Settlements Zoliswa Kota-Fred-

ners when it comes to building houses,” the Deputy

ericks said that of the 1.5 million housing opportunities,

Minister said.

750 000 would be the upgrading of informal settlements;

To achieve its target of building 1.5 million houses,

563 000 would be subsidised housing; 110 000 would be

the department is implementing mega projects across

gap housing, in terms of the rental stock; 35 000 would be

the country.

affordable rentals, built by the private sector; and 12 000 would be for mineworkers.


She called on other sectors to also help ensure South

“The people must be part of these projects so that they understand exactly what the challenges are around

“It is critical that we revitalise mining towns and 87 pro-

the delivery of housing. They need to know who the

jects are already in the pipeline for them, 22 of which are to

beneficiaries of a particular project will be and then

upgrade informal settlements. We have also agreed to build

there won’t be social distance between us and our

5 600 houses for military veterans,” the Deputy Minister said.

people. If there’s a housing plan in a particular area,

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we won’t see protests. Protests happen when people

this challenge.

don’t know what’s taking place around the develop-

“Is it doable or not? It is doable! We have started identifying

ment of housing. If they are part of it, we will be able

key mega projects throughout the country, in all nine prov-

to minimise them.”

inces, and we will be dealing with this challenge head on.

The department is focusing on delivering housing for

We are mindful of the fact that it’s not going to be easy, but

the elderly, people with disabilities and child-headed

with partnerships and signed social contracts with different

households. “Government builds houses for the poorest

sectors, professional bodies and construction companies that

of the poor and municipalities must thus ensure that

we have put in place we are taking the matter seriously,” he

houses are built for specific individuals. We must have


a credible database of people who need housing and we are working on it.

When it comes to mining towns, the department has already entered into some agreements and private companies are

“This will also ensure that protests are prevented.

willing to donate funds and land. “We are thus convinced that

It’s also important that community leaders are able to

during this term of office we will be able to deliver 1.5 million

communicate the correct messages to the people. This

housing opportunities for the people,” said Zulu.

kind of communication will assist us going forward,” she added.

Tackling challenges A gripe raised by communities is that there are people who

Housing options for all

manage to jump the housing queue and some receive houses

To qualify for government housing a household’s in-

before others who have been on the waiting list for over 10

come must be less than R3 500 per month, however,


government does have other housing opportunities available for those households that bring in more.

“There is a challenge in terms of our systems on the ground. One of the key areas we are focusing on is working with our

According to the Director-General of Human Settle-

partners, particularly at local government level, because part

ments, Thabane Zulu, the department has different

of the implementation of houses to beneficiaries is located

housing product offerings, as it understands that peo-

at this level,” said Zulu.

ple have different housing needs, across the various

“We are trying to perfect our registry system so that it re-

sectors of society. While some communities are in need

mains credible. As part of our review, we are looking at the

of rental stock, others need social housing.

lessons we have learnt over the past 10 to 15 years. The fun-

Once housing policy has been designed and the

damental challenge is that a house is a very basic need and

budget has been approved, the implementation strat-

thus you would expect people to try whatever they can to

egy becomes critical.

make sure that they access housing.”

“We want to focus on mega projects and are thus

He added that the delivery of houses to people who are in

adopting a very radical approach to effectively deal

more need than others, for example the elderly and disabled,

with the housing backlog. We have learnt some

should be prioritised.

lessons over the past 20 years of our democracy and

“Prioritisation is critical and we are trying to perfect our cat-

we are changing gear in terms of how we approach

egorisation. For example, if someone has been on the list for

these challenges,” said Zulu.

10 years, but there is an elderly disabled person in need of

He explained that the theme of Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu’s Budget Vote was about partnerships and the key realisation that government can’t do it alone. “We need partners from different sectors – the private and banking sectors, the communities themselves and the leadership at large to make sure that we deal with

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a house, it makes more sense to provide the house to that person, hence the list becomes longer and longer. “This is an important issue we are dealing with and local government is working on it very effectively. There is great improvement in terms of ensuring that the process of registering our beneficiaries is perfected,” said Zulu. The quality of houses being built is another challenge >>



Director-General Thabane Zulu and Deputy Minister Zoliswa Kota-Fredericks unpacking the 2015 Budget Vote Speech.

faced by the department and as such it has changed its focus

programme explains what the policies are and the work

from the quantity of houses being built to the quality thereof.

that the department has done. Discussions will also take

“Just because people are poor it doesn’t mean that they

place on the SABC’s national and regional radio stations.

don’t have dignity. It is important to restore the dignity of our people. This is why we currently have a White Paper on Human

The state of housing in SA

Settlements, where the issue of the quality of housing is being

With a backlog of 2.5 million houses and 3.7 million

put in place, because you cannot build human settlements if

houses provided over the past 20 years, the question

you are still building shoddy houses,” said the Deputy Minister.

needs to be asked, are we making progress?

“We also have quality assurance housing institutions which

“One thing that we need to realise as South Africans

make sure that the building of houses is monitored – at all

is that houses cannot be built for everybody at the

levels – from the walls to the roof. In fact, the Minister said

same time due to financial constraints. South Africa’s

that shoddy houses should be given back to the contractors to

budget has to do a number of things and our portion

be rebuilt. We are moving away from using the department’s

only enables us to do so much within the Medium Term

budget to rebuild them and are bringing the contractors to

Expenditure Framework,” the Deputy Minister said.



“We need to prioritise and reprioritise what we do.

The White Paper on Human Settlements will soon be out for

Even if people live in informal settlements we must

public comment. To assist people to understand the depart-

ensure that there’s water, sanitation and electricity.

ment’s policies it has created a television series called ‘Breaking

When upgrading informal settlements, we need to take

New Ground,’ which airs weekly on SABC2 from 13 May. The

into account hazards in the area, such as river banks >>

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MOHAIR EMPOWERMENT TRUST GEARS UP ON THE ROAD TO THE ALLEVIATION OF POVERTY, UNEMPLOYMENT AND INEQUALITY With the core mission of promoting Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) within the Mohair Industry, the Empowerment Trust was established in March 2010. The primary objective of the Trust is to train, equip and empower large-scale, commercially viable, BEE Mohair farmers, with the vision that it will enable some of these farmers to successfully participate in the various Mohair Industry bodies, up to the highest level. The Empowerment Trust has implemented a strategy targeting two key areas, training and development, that will essentially enhance the capacity to start and successfully manage mohair farming operations.

TRAINING The Empowerment Trust has entered into a cooperation agreement with the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform in order to make use of the Jansenville Experimental Farm, where the presentation of short courses specialising in Mohair has been implemented. A mohair training week is held annually in March/April where a maximum of 25 emerging farmers, from the mohair producing region, are invited to attend. The courses include: • Mohair Classing • Stock Health • Veld Management • Selection, Judging & Placing of Angora goats and; • Mohair Contamination Stakeholders involved in training include: Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute, Cape Mohair and Wool, BKB, Mohair South Africa and the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform. The Empowerment Trust is in the process of developing learning resources and this will propel the trust to implement AgriSeta Accredited Learnership programmes.

LARGE SCALE BEE COMMERCIAL FARMERS The Empowerment Trust aims to identify emerging farmers on suitable property who show the potential to make a success of farming with Angora goats. The target is for at least one qualifying beneficiary to be identified every year. There are specified criteria to be met in order to qualify, the most important being that candidates must already have access to land, whether owned or rented on a long-term lease. A maximum of 1000 animals will be made available per year, consisting of either kapaters, ewes or a combination of both. The development officer, in conjunction with the manager of the South African Mohair Growers Association (SAMGA), will see to the monitoring of the risk management of the assets of the Empowerment Trust, and Project Management Teams (PMTs) have been established to manage and oversee projects. PMT meetings are held every two months and mohair growers branches will be encouraged to join these project management teams. Since the implementation of this new strategy in 2014, three successful beneficiaries have already been identified and are participating in this programme. Representatives of the PMT consists of: • Mohair Empowerment Trust • Accredited Brokers • Department of Agriculture (Local Extension Officers)

Main picture: Katie & Simon Miners of the farm Weltevrede, first beneficiaries of the Mohair Empowerment Trust programme.

We invite government and private donors to support this initiative and to partner with the Mohair Empowerment Trust. In aiding this initiative, through the funding of fencing and other crucial infrastructure, goverment will contribute to the establishment commercially viable projects and aid in the alleviation of POVERTY, UNEMPLOYMENT and INEQUALITY.

For more information: Development Officer: Mr. Bongani Ndhlovu

T. +27 41 487 1386• F. +27 41 487 1336 C. +27 72 621 7336 E-mail: 4-8 Johcla Road • Sydenham Port Elizabeth • 6001 PO Box 2243 • North End • 6056 South Africa


and dolomite land, so that we prioritise to get people out of the difficulty they find themselves in.” She added that municipalities needed to work with provinces to ensure that areas that need urgent attention are attended to. “We are unable to do this at national level as 98 per cent of our budget goes to provinces and local municipalities. So it’s critical to have a working relationship with them, which is very good at the moment. Citizens must bring those families who are destitute to the attention of government so that we can prioritise them and ensure that their plight is alleviated,” the Deputy Minister said. Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements Jacob Mamabolo said that the province has unique challenges when it comes to housing compared to other provinces, due

Work is also under way to maximise the agricultural potential of

to migration to the province from within South Africa

Gauteng’s Southern Development Corridor, focusing specifically on

and from other countries as well.

agro-processing, to make Sedibeng the food basket of the Gauteng

“Our vision is to reindustrialise our province so that

city region.

we can speed up delivery and ensure that we address

Over the next four years, over 120 000 houses will be built in Boiket-

the backlog. We have announced corridors of devel-

long, Golden Highway, Evaton, Vereeniging, Savanah City, Ratanda

opment, driven by mega human settlement projects,

and the R59 Corridor.

based on the recognition that we need to move faster for human settlement developments to meet the needs

Looking ahead

that are so huge in our province,” he said.

The department is in the process of demolishing hostels.

The department met with the private sector and prop-

“We believe that hostels don’t have a place in the future and want to

erty developers on 7 April and it has signed about 47

replace them with social housing. People who live in hostels must be

plans, with partners from the private sector, to ensure

part of the ‘breaking new ground’ housing units that we are building

housing opportunities are created and that targets are

and it’s important that we involve them so that they are part of the


decision-making process,” said the Deputy Minister.

Vaal River City, a new hydropolis and entertainment

When it comes to the challenge of people selling their RDP house,

hub in the south of Gauteng that was launched on 6

Zulu confirmed that a number of incidents have been identified where

May, will ensure the rebirth of a new Sedibeng economy

this has taken place.

by unlocking the massive potential of the Vaal River as

“Initially settlements were placed in areas without cognisance be-

an asset that can create a new economy for the people

ing taken of the areas in which they were placed. We’ve adopted an

in the area.

approach that settlements must be located in areas that offer other

Celebrating the official opening of the city, Gauteng

economic opportunities so that people have access to jobs. We are also

Premier David Makhura said the development aims to

putting an effective monitoring system in place so that when someone

unlock the potential of waterfront developments in the

receives an RDP house it is very difficult to sell,” he said.

Emfuleni and Midvaal areas.

With set plans in place, partnerships between government and the

Private sector partners are planning to invest more

private sector on the move and a paradigm shift taking place within

than R4 billion in the development, which is estimated

the sector there’s great hope that the department will meet its targets

to be worth between R7 and R11 billion and will create

and that the majority of South Africans will have their own place to

up to 7 500 jobs in the construction phase alone.

call home.


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Writer: Albert Pule Photographer: Katlholo Maifadi


Balancing the books and delivering services


good working relationship between the political and

these were a culmination of the hard work we’ve put

administrative head, sound leadership, clearly defined roles,

in for the past few years.”

and open and honest communication. These are the se-

Although the municipality received an unqualified

crets to the Ekurhuleni Metro achieving an unqualified audit with no

opinion with no findings, Mayor Gungubele says there

findings for the 2013/14 financial year, says Mayor Mondli Gungubele.

is still more work to be done to deliver decent services

He was speaking to PSM shortly after the release of Municipal Audit Outcomes 2013/14 report to share how his municipality managed to get its finances in order.

to the people of Ekurhuleni. “We know that a clean audit doesn’t necessarily tell you that you are doing the best in terms of service

Mayor Gungubele, who took up the position in 2010, says the

delivery, but the biggest satisfaction you derive from

journey to an unqualified opinion with no findings was not easy

a clean audit is that you have been given a status of a

because he was relatively new to local government.

credible, reliable and trustworthy institution.”

“This was my first experience in local government. I had been an MEC [for Health as well as Sports, Recreation, Arts

He adds that the unqualified opinion with no findings would also help attract investors.

and Culture] before, so the transition from being an

“What it also tells us is that our programme of

MEC to local government was not an easy one.”

re-industrialisation can easily secure us investors

Ekurhuleni Metro, situated east of Gauteng

and cooperation in the industrial sector as we

and home to more than 13 townships, is the

do what we call revitalisation of the manufac-

only metro in the province and one of only

turing sector.”

two in the country to get an unqualified opinion with no findings. The other metro is Cape Town in the Western Cape. “Partnerships, communication and sound lead-

Mayor Gungubele says the city has programmes aimed at improving the lives of the people of Ekurhuleni and creating jobs targeting mostly young people from the many townships of the metro.

ership are some of

Back to Basics

the major ingredients that helped

Another aspect that played

the Ekurhuleni

a significant role in the

Metro achieve

metro achieving an un-

a clean audit

qualified opinion with

in the 2013/14

no findings was the

financial year.

implementation of the

“These were

Back to Basics pro-



gramme launched by

things that

government last year.

we had to get right and


The Mayor of Ekurhuleni Metro, Mondli Gungubele.

Under this programme, municipali-

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ties are urged to get the basics right to deliver services. Mayor Gungubele says this is one area that the municipality has worked hard to implement and it has yielded positive results.

“If these aspects are done properly, you’ve got a good chance of running a municipality well without friction,” he adds. Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu raised the importance of teamwork and support from political leaders as having had a positive impact

“It has worked, especially when it comes to responding to people’s queries. Our customer satisfaction survey shows an improvement over the years,” he adds. The municipality has also excelled in its interaction

on the municipal findings. “The positive responses and involvement of premiers, speakers and members of executive councils responsible for finance and local government had a positive impact on the 2013/14 audit results.

with communities. Every second Friday of the month all members of mayoral committees (MMCs) have a session with call centre agents to hear the concerns raised by community members. The MMCs also use this time to speak to community members regarding their concerns. “This is what we call service delivery, all our MMCs sit at our

“These leaders have thrown their weight

“The positive responses and involvement of premiers, speakers and members of executive councils responsible for finance and local government had a positive impact on the 2013/14 audit results.”

behind the drive towards wholesale clean audits and good governance,” said Makwetu during the release of the municipal audit findings.

Communication infrastructure Mayor Gungubele says when he started working at Ekurhuleni one of the challenges he faced was an understaffed call centre. Not having enough call centre agents meant that

customer care centres and talk to

community queries and concerns were not

customers and respond to their

dealt with speedily. “That call centre had only 40 people who

issues. It can be over the phone or face to face, but it works and we’ve received good

had to deal with queries of about 3.1 million people. We immediately

feedback from our customers.”

intervened.” The staff was increased from 40 to 200, and a complete overhaul

The dos and don’ts of running a municipality

of the call centre infrastructure was undertaken. “As I’m speaking

Mayor Gungubele says one of the essentials to the suc-

proudly adds.

to you, we are the leading municipality in terms of response,” he

cess of a municipality is a clear distinction between political and administrative responsibilities.

Skills development

“While political and administrative responsibilities

In an effort to address the skills shortage faced by the municipality,

may differ, the ultimate goal should always be ensur-

Mayor Gungubele says R6 million has been invested in a programme

ing that service delivery takes place.”

to train artisans over a three-year period.

He also stresses the importance of teamwork. “Working in silos is a complete no-go area because it

“This intervention is part of our three-year programme to develop community artisans as part of Decade of the Artisan campaign.”

delays municipalities from achieving their goals. Mu-

He adds that 1 200 applicants are currently undergoing train-

nicipalities need teams – that’s the only way to achieve

ing at the Windella Trade Test Centre and be deployed back to the


Ekurhuleni East and West colleges for top-up training and trade test

His tips for a successful municipality are that politi-


cians should support administrators, there should be

The municipality has also established a partnership with the Un-

clarity on the responsibilities of the municipal manager

employment Insurance Fund and the SA Solar Academy to train over

and the Mayor and there should be honest and open

300 young people, mostly from Daveyton, Benoni, Etwatwa and


Wattville, in plumbing and solar water heat installation.

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THE DEPARTMENT OF RURAL ENVIR ONMENT AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN BOKONE BOPHIRIMA DEPARTMENTAL BRAND STATEMENT: Agriculture the catalyst of an oiled economy and Food Security in Bokone Bophirima Province Vision • V ibrant and Prosperous Society in harmony with our natural resources. Mission • W orking together with our partners to provide sustainable Agricultural, Environmental Management and comprehensive integrated Rural Development. Values • Client Focus • Dedicated • Integrity • Productivity • Rational • Solution Oriented • Team Work WOMEN EMPOWERNMENT PROGRAMME This year’s Women’s month is taking place against the backdrop of the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Charter, Women’s Charter in 2014. Furthermore, the African Union has prioritised women empowerment by declaring 2015 as the “Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”. Over the past 21 years, South Africa has made significant inroads on gender parity and women empowerment. In holding up the baton of women emancipation, MEC Manketsi Tlhape continues to shine the light through a myriad of women development programmes.

Provincial DAFF Female Entrepreneur Awards (FEA) Programme Female Entrepreneur Awards is a flagship programme navigated from the premise that the role of women has for many years been undervalued in the agriculture mainstream economy. It is against this background that the programme aims to recognise improvements in delivery, innovation and excellence in the Agricultural mainstream economy by women. It seeks to empower women in agriculture, rural development, forestry and fisheries by recognising their contributions and increasing visibility. It is also an instrument through which women’s enormous contributions in pushing back the frontiers of poverty can be recognised through the Food Security Programme. In addition the programme seeks to ensure that government lives up to its constitutional, political and International commitments by translating these policies into measurable and meaningful programmes, thereby creating a conducive, nonsexist environment for a free society. To develop an enabling environment that will guarantee gender equality, thereby empowering women to have equal access to opportunities and resources that will enhance their livelihood, is of great importance. In line with the declaration of August as Women’s Month, the Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development (READ) celebrates the role that women play in the sectors of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries through an innovative programme named Female Entrepreneur Awards programme. READ is a custodian of the FEA programme in the North West Province.

The National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is on a joint venture with the provinces to host this annual awards programme which takes place in August. Since its inception in 1999, the programme has made a significant mark in the province and continues to inspire women to be the best in the farming business. Objectives of the Programme • T o mainstream women, young women and women with disabilities in the sector through food security, job creation, economic growth and poverty alleviation. • T o encourage and increase the participation of women, young women and women with disabilities in agricultural, forestry and fisheries activities. • T o award the efforts of and contribution of women, young women and women with disabilities in the sector through food security, job creation, economic growth and poverty alleviation through leveraging these entrepreneurs from being subsistence to commercial farmers. • T o contribute towards the achievement of the strategic objective of the national government in the “elimination of skewed participation in the sector.” The North West Province Participates with the following categories in FEA: • Best Female Worker in the Sector • Best Subsistence Producer in the Sector • Top Entrepreneur in the Sector: Smallholder

• Top Entrepreneur in the Sector: Processing • Top Entrepreneur in the Sector: Commercial • Top Entrepreneur in the Sector: Export Markets • MEC’s Special Award • Overall Winner In 2014 all 11 winners were awarded in seven different categories a total of R5.3 million in cash prizes and infrastructure development support, with the overall winner receiving a million rand for infrastructure development of their enterprise. EXCHANGE PROGRAMME In addressing some of the objectives of the programme, the participants of the competition are afforded the opportunity of visiting different countries for the purposes of skills development, empowerment and exchange of knowledge as well as repositioning, rebranding the provincial and departmental women development programmes and their participation in the mainstream economies. This year will see women visiting Botswana on matters of Livestock production and Indigenous Knowledge. INTERNATIONAL RURAL WOMEN The international rural women’s day is celebrated on the 15th of October and each year is devoted to honouring rural women. This day was launched at the UN Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. Following this launch, the Food

and Agriculture Organisation as one of the UN systems decided to recognise each year with the focus on Women in Agriculture and Rural Development. The programme is designed to afford the MEC an opportunity to directly interact with the rural women in the Province through a dialogue. It is also a session tailor-made to exchange and showcase workable ideas in a quest of encouraging and enhancing the entrepreneurial spirit among women.

Budget Vote Speech, to resuscitate and Re-Launch Women in Agriculture and Rural Development. This constitutes the departmental programme with the focus on personal development and advancement of women’s rights, gender equality and economic emancipation.

A re yeng Bokone Bophirima Contact details: AgriCentre Building Cnr. Dr. James Moroka and Stadium Rd

The focus this year is to ensure that women structures represent the interests of women as their voice at decision making platforms. The Department has committed, in its

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Writer: Bathandwa Mbola

Operation Fiela contributes

to peace and order


peration Fiela is making inroads in maintaining

people who are living in South Africa so that they can

peace and order in the country, while also ensuring

participate freely in economic and social activities,” said

that everyone living in South Africa can participate

Minister Radebe, who was flanked by other IMC member

freely in economic and social activities.


Following the outbreak of violence in April, some of the

These included Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko,

root causes identified were the absence of visible policing

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, Health

and the perception of disorder. Operation Fiela was launched

Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Cooperative Governance

in April and saw 3 914 people arrested by the end of June.

and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan.

These include 1 650 foreign nationals who were arrested

The operation, which is led by the South African Police

for not being documented and 2 264 South African citizens

Service and is supported by the provincial and municipal

arrested in connection with various crimes.

traffic departments and all the IMC member departments

The crimes included human trafficking, possession of ex-

such as the South African National Defence Force and

plosives, drug possession, murder, robbery, rape as well as

Home Affairs, has seen search and seizures in several

the possession of illegal firearms, housebreaking and theft.

areas across the country such as Mayfair, Alexandra, Hill-

Updating the media on the work of the operation re-

brow and Sunnyside, among others.

cently, Minister in The Presidency responsible for Perfor-

Detailing the work of the operation, Minister Radebe

mance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, who is also

said operation centres were established and additional

the chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC)

law enforcement officials and resources were deployed

on Migration, said he believed that government had suc-

on a 24-hour basis.

ceeded in stabilising the communities that experienced violence in April.

“Our intelligence service was also asked to investigate buildings and areas known to and taken over by criminal elements.”

Law and order “Through Operation Fiela we are claiming our communities so that our people can live in peace. We are creating law and order. “We want to create a conducive environment for all the

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A district disaster management system and a 24-hour call centre were put in place. On the issue of the reintegration of foreign nationals who were displaced during the attacks, the IMC said this process was at an advanced stage.




“The reason we have a high number of people on ARVs is because we treat everyone in the country regardless of where they come from… except for diseases such as kidney transplants which are special cases.”

Government working together For her part, Minister Dlamini said the Ministry has learned many

Stand up and build Operation Sukuma Sakhe has also stepped in to forge

“It is better because government is working together,” she said.

ahead with reintegration of foreign nationals who were

She noted that in the past citizens had called on government

back in communities.

to intervene and get tough on criminals.

Operation Sukuma Sakhe – an isiZulu phrase which

“Now that we are taking action, we are being criticised,” she said,

means stand up and build – encourages social mobili-

adding that government would take the same action against all

sation between government and communities. It was

who break the law, be they South Africans or foreign nationals.

first launched in KwaZulu-Natal.

The overall message of the IMC was that the operation had

Regarding the displaced foreign nationals, Minister

highlighted the many integrated issues that needed to be ad-

Radebe said 5 645 foreign nationals had been volun-

dressed such as illegal migration, which the IMC noted was a

tarily repatriated.

huge challenge across the world.

These include over 3 000 Malawians, 682 Mozambicans, 1 240 Zimbabweans and 17 Tanzanians.

The committee was also quick to point out that South Africa is a foreign national-friendly country.

Several civil society organisations have accused Op-

The driving force of illegal migration worldwide, Minister

eration Fiela of targeting foreign nationals and called

Radebe said, was the search for economic opportunities. He

for a rethink of it.

added that most migrants in South Africa were economic mi-

However, Minister Nhleko stressed that the operation was not targeting law-abiding citizens or law-abiding foreign nationals. This view was also shared by Minister Motsoaledi, who said the different campaigns within and outside the scope of Operation Fiela run by the department help communities. “We run special operations like Operation Fiela in our department. It is nothing special or new.”


lessons from the operation.

grants who were low skilled. This then meant that they fought for job opportunities with the locals. “Migration is a big issue throughout the world and the driving force behind that is the huge inequality between countries,” noted Minister Gordhan. “Different arms of the state are working closely together to return areas to normality. This won't be achieved overnight though,” he added. On the international front government, led by the Department

He also dismissed suggestions that foreign nationals

of International Relations and Cooperation, has been engaging

were not treated or given the same treatment at public

with foreign missions all over the world to promote the message

health institutions.

of peace and government’s action plan.

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Public sector appointments

Compiled by: Maselaelo Seshotli

Advocate Shaun Kevin Abrahams National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Advocate Shaun Kevin Abrahams has been appointed as the NDPP. He previously served as a senior state advocate in the Priority Crimes Litigation Unit in the Office of the NDPP. He has spent 17 years in the prosecution service during which he gained vast experience and technical expertise. Advocate Abrahams holds the degrees of Baccalaureus, Baccalaureus Procurationis and Bachelor of Laws, all from the former University of Natal, now University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Lindiwe Khumalo South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) CEO Lindiwe Khumalo has been appointed CEO of the SAHRC. Khumalo has vast experience in the human rights field. She is former Chief Operations Officer (COO) at the SAHRC. Before her appointment as the COO, Khumalo was the Provincial Manager for the Commission’s Free State Office. She holds a BA Law degree from the University of Swaziland; Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Swaziland and Master of Law in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa degree from the University of Pretoria. Khumalo is an admitted attorney of the high courts of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho.

Prof Richard Levin Principal of the National School of Government (NSG) Prof Richard Levin holds a PhD in Political Theory and Institutions from the University of Liverpool, England, BA Honours in Development Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Programme from Harvard/University of the Witwatersrand. He is an accomplished scholar and is currently a visiting professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Wits, where he chairs the Advisory Board of the Wits School of Governance. He has previously held various academic and lecturing positions at the Universities of the Witwatersrand, Swaziland and Liverpool. Prof Levin has held numerous leading roles in the government. He served as Director-General for over 11 years at the Departments of Public Service and Administration, Economic Development and the Office of the Public Service Commission. He will be responsible for ensuring that the NSG is the centre from which public sector training is coordinated, provided and facilitated.

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Tsitsi Dangarembga: A woman of many talents her lecture in South Africa focused on cinematic representation of African stories. Titled “Generating a contemporary Ubuntu: Engaging narrative arts and other art forms to reclaim our good African humanity,” the lecture put into perspective the development of African cinema and the importance of Africans telling their own stories. She congratulated South Africa for organising the month-long programme, arguing that it “gives us the chance to assess who we are, where we are going and how we can make who we are, where we are and where we are going better to live better lives and also leave a legacy for future generations.” Tsitsi Dangarembga delivering an Africa Month lecture at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.

Alluding to the common African heritage, Dangarembga made reference to the concept of ubuntu, whose



Shona equivalent “unhu,” has got resohost of internationally

Tsitsi Dangarembga, who delivered

nances with the Nguni word “ubuntu.”

acclaimed writers descended

a public lecture and interacted with

She made a clarion call for the recla-

on South Africa to participate

young people at Nelson Mandela Met-

mation of ubuntu which she believes

in the festival of ideas programme,

ropolitan University in Port Elizabeth,

underpins African humanity. She

which formed part of Africa Month

Eastern Cape. Dangarembga is best

further argued: “In the philosophy of

celebrations recently. Organised by the

known for her semi-autobiographical

‘ubuntu’ or ‘unhu’ that underpinned

Department of Arts and Culture under

novel, Nervous Conditions, first pub-

our early tribal societies, you were

the theme, “We are Africa” - ‘Opening

lished by Women’s Press in 1988.

yourself as a consequence of others

the doors of learning and culture from

The novel catapulted her into the

Cape to Cairo’, the programme brought

league of canonical African writers

She identified cinema as a powerful

being themselves.”

prominent African artists to South Af-

who chronicle the stories of the peo-

vehicle for narrating and transmitting

rica in celebration of our common his-

ple of the continent from an African

human stories globally. She highlight-

tory and heritage.

perspective. Although she is most fa-

ed the economic spin-offs in the film

Among the esteemed guest speak-

mous as a novelist, Dangarembga is

industry, with particular reference to

ers was Zimbabwean-born writer

also an accomplished filmmaker, and

the Nigerian film industry, popularly

Public Sector Manager • August 2015

Musician Simphiwe Dana with Tsitsi Dangarembga.

known as Nollywood, reportedly re-

Africa is not short of stories. In fact,

er motion picture by internationally

cording a turnover of US$250 mil-

African stories are chronicled in the

acclaimed South African producer

lion, and employing a million people

plethora of African novels and cross-

Anant Singh.

to produce 10 000 titles a year. The

pollination between arts genres is

This kind of crosspollination was

audiences for the industry increase

one of the most viable ways of tell-

made practical when popular South

exponentially, reaching out to differ-

ing our stories to broader audiences.

African musician Simphiwe Dana, in

Some of the best films in the world

a spontaneous artistic impulse, col-

What is significant about the thriving

originate from novels and other lit-

laborated on stage with a local poet,

African cinema, as referenced in the

erary texts. The 1989 novel by Athol

Poeticsoul Mahambehlala. Apart from

case of Nollywood, is the importance

Fugard, Tsotsi, adapted into a film

being a musician, Dana is known for

of Africans not only participating in

by Gavin Hood in 2005, is an exam-

her Pan Africanist views. In a rendition

film production as actors, but being

ple. The film was an instant success

of her popular song, “Inkwenkwezi,”

involved as producers of content.

in cinema, receiving critical acclaim

she was joined by the young poet

“It should be that culture and learn-

worldwide and winning South Af-

and together they produced one of

ing in which we as Africans are fully

rica the prestigious Academy Award.

the most noteworthy instant stage

in control at the level of content, that

It was also nominated for a Golden


is the level of the imaginary and the

Globe Award.

ent countries across the world.

symbolic, and the level of practice,”

Dangarembga’s lecture in Port Eliza-

Most recently, Nape 'a Motana’s

beth did more than enough to pro-

novel, Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, which

mote cultural understanding, encour-

Dangarembga used the medium of

was adapted into screen under the

aging a Pan African identity, forging

film to illustrate her assertions, but

same title, won a number of coveted

African unity and creating spaces for

she made it clear that an analysis of

international prizes in film.

continued dialogue among Africans.

she said.

other arts forms, in particular the con-

The most well-known adaptation of

The continent needs more regular

temporary African novel, would reveal

recent times is probably that of the

platforms where there will be dynam-

similar processes at work, which also

biography of former President Nel-

ic engagement with African thought

require us to dismantle them and

son Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom,

leaders and members of the public,

reassemble them in our own image.

which was adapted into a blockbust-

especially the youth.

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Donate an organ, save a life S

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“This suggests that frank discussions with our loved ones about their attitudes towards organ donation might help to alleviate these concerns. In any event, it is good policy to know our family members’ wishes on important matters, like Do Not Resuscitate orders or organ donation, in case there comes a time when they

outh Africa has been a leader in the field of organ trans-

are unable to speak for themselves,” Dr Goolab advises.

plantation, with the first successful human heart transplants

At least 21 different organs such as hearts, livers, kid-

having been performed here, as well as the first successful

neys and tissues can be successfully transplanted into

penis transplant earlier this year. However, there is still not enough

patients who can then expect to survive for years or

South Africans registering as organ donors, according to Dr Guni

even decades.

Goolab, principal officer of the Government Employees Medical Scheme.

Any healthy person, who does not suffer from a chronic disease that could have a nega-

“Organ donation is a subject that

tive impact on the health of an organ

many people shy away from because

recipient, is a suitable candidate for

it brings up somewhat uncomfortable

consideration as an organ donor.

thoughts about our mortality. However,

It is also important to remember

we have approximately 4 300 South

that the bodies of organ donors are

Africans, including many children, in

treated with great respect and are not

need of organ or cornea transplants,”

disfigured by the process. The body is

Dr Goolab says.

then returned to the family for burial

According to the Organ Donor Foundation, each registered organ donor can

or cremation. “Organ transplant is the treatment of

potentially save the lives of seven people.

choice for many diseases, including end stage kidney

There is no cost attached to becoming an organ donor.

disease and cystic fibrosis, but all too often a suitable

With August being Organ Donor Awareness Month, Dr Goolab

organ is not available to meet the ever-increasing de-

urges the public to consider organ donation and discuss it with

mand for organ transplants. If there were more donors,

loved ones.

however, the likelihood of finding suitable matches

“Each of us may, one day, find ourselves in the unfortunate po-

would greatly increase,” Dr Goolab explains.

sition of needing a life-saving organ transplant. If you would be

Registering with the Organ Donor Foundation is free

willing to accept a donor heart or kidney to save your life, then it

of charge and is a simple process that can be com-

is also your responsibility to register as an organ donor yourself.”

pleted online.

A study of South Africans’ attitudes towards organ donation some

“Even if you register as an organ donor, remember

years ago, by the Cardiac Unit of Groote Schuur Hospital, found

that your next of kin would have to sign the consent

that across various cultures people were more willing to donate

form if something happens to you, before your organs

their own organs than those of their close family members.

can be removed to help someone who needs them. “This is another reason why it is vital to discuss this with your family and reach an understanding regarding organ donation,” he adds.


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Food and wine

Writer: Cristie Bradley

Getting creative

with peppermint surprise


ost bakers start their journey in the kitchen by following

recipe below to make a vanilla box cake and make sure it

the recipe and measuring items accurately. While that is

is completely cool before applying the icing. Then whip

a really important part of getting consistent results and

up two cups of cream and add a tin of caramel treat.

avoiding disasters such as flopped cakes and curdled crème brûlée,

Lather the cake in the caramel-cream mixture and grate

it doesn’t leave much room for creativity. So, over the past few years

over some Cadbury Dairy Milk Mint Crisp chocolate…

I’ve learnt to discern when I need to stick to a recipe and when I can

it really is that easy!

have more fun and express myself through my baking

Sometimes I even cut the cake into two layers, so that

One of the recipes I’ve taken some liberty with is one that can

I can sneak in some cream on the bottom layer before

be found in most home bakers’ hand-written cook book, the good

placing the second layer on top and finishing it off. This

old chocolate box cake. What I absolutely love about this one is that you can make it just about anywhere – even in a very poorly equipped kitchen with no baking pans! All you need is a beer box (the cardboard carton that holds 24 beers) and tin foil, and you have a home-made baking container that you can bake in. This is a recipe I’ve converted to vanilla, coffee and even carrot box cake, and over time I’ve created a variety of toppings too. One of my most

makes for a higher cream to cake ratio and

This box cake is perfect to take to school for birthdays as it will easily feed a class of 30 and you will never have to worry about your children leaving your containers at school again!

and moist! For this version of the cake I remove it from the box and serve on a tray, so don’t forget to ice the sides of the cake so they don’t dry out. Also, as it is cream on the cake, it needs to be refrigerated once iced, but I’d advise taking it out half an hour before eating so the cake itself isn’t cold when you serve it. For the recipe below you’ll note that I have included the chocolate box cake recipe, but

popular variations

I have also added notes on how to alter it

for this recipe

to make vanilla, coffee and carrot cake. For

has been my peppermint surprise.

the peppermint surprise I use the vanilla version, but if

It is a simple recipe really, as all

you are a lover of chocolate cake I’m sure it would taste

the baker has to do is follow the

Traditional box cake – chocolate/vanilla/coffee/carrot


2 cups water 150ml oil 150ml cocoa 10ml vanilla essence 3 cups sugar 7 extra-large eggs (or 8 large eggs) 3 ½ cups flour 2 tbsp baking powder ½ t salt 86

ensures that the cake comes out very soft

just as yummy if you use the chocolate version!

Method: Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a large beer box with tin foil (careful not to break the foil). Boil the water, oil and cocoa together then remove from the stove and add vanilla essence. Beat the eggs then add the sugar and beat until creamy white. Sieve dry ingredients and fold into the egg mix alternately with the wet ingredients. Pour into the beer box and bake for 30-35min or until cooked. Allow to cool and ice as preferred. Note: This is quite a large mixture so you’ll need a big bowl.

Variations: For a vanilla box cake simply replace the cocoa with the same quantity of flour and replace one of the cups of water with one cup milk. For a coffee cake simply replace the cocoa with the same quantity of flour, replace one of the cups of water with one cup milk and dissolve approximately 20ml coffee granules to the liquids (you can add more if you like). For carrot cake, replace the cocoa with the same quantity of flour and add four cups grated carrot, one heaped tablespoon cinnamon and 150-170g chopped pecan nuts (you can also add raisins). Public Sector Manager • August 2015


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Writer: Sam Bradley

On the haggis trail t I n my mind, Scotland is the land of cruel misconceptions and nasty

medical research, while our evening pub had originally

national clichés. I’d spent my life being told that Scots were stingy,

been used as a place for hanging people 500 years

unfriendly and difficult to understand. So when the opportunity

ago. While it’s true that most of these events do have

arrived, I decided to pack my bags and go find

a sort of gruesomeness to them, if you are

out for myself, and hopefully find some bag-

willing to relax and soak up the atmosphere,

pipes, kilts, haggis, whisky and all things Scottish

Edinburgh is an amazing city.

along the way.

That being said, there’s a lot more to Scot-

With lots of enthusiasm but not much cash,

land than just one historic city, and it’s worth

we (being myself, an Englishman and an Aussie

taking the trouble to see a bit of the country-

girl) began our merry adventure in Edinburgh,

side. There are many whisky distilleries close

without doubt the heart of Scotland. Right

to Edinburgh, most of which offer tours at

from the start what really blew us away about

a very reasonable price. However, there are

the city was its history. It’s not confined to mu-

plenty of other distractions, for example St

seums and dusty old encyclopaedias – it liter-

Andrews Golf Course is well worth a visit,

ally knocks you over as you arrive in the city. The buildings are grey and imposing, as if

Eilean Donan Castle.

they’ve been there for thousands of years

even if it’s just to say that you’ve been to the oldest golf course in the world. As we travelled further through the country the

(which most of them have). The graveyard we walked past had a sign

days seem to blend together – always a sign of a nice

telling us this is where the original grave robbers stole bodies for

relaxing holiday. I have no idea exactly when in our travels, but one day we were meandering along in no particular hurry when we passed the most beautiful loch, with a whole lot of canoes tied to a jetty. On the spur of the moment, and despite the rain (yes, there is one rumour that can be confirmed – even in the middle of summer, it rains

Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness.

Boats in one of Scotland’s photogenic harbours.


The historic city of Edinburgh. Public Sector Manager • August 2015

boerewors. Served with mashed potato, and without too much thought as to the contents, it makes for a very good meal. From Loch Ness we slowly cruised across to the Isle of Skye. The only fact I had heard about the Isle of Skye was that it boasted the most expensive tollroad in the whole world, so we were all eager to hand over a ridiculous sum of money and see what was so special about this place. As it turned out, the Tourists listen to bagpipes during the Edinburgh Festival.

speciality was in the nothingness. We drove around the whole island looking for something of interest – anything really, and only managed to find a sheep

just about every day), we piled into

farmer with an accent so broad that he really was im-

the boats for a paddle through the

possible to understand. That evening in the local pub

extremely cold water.

we discovered that the locals were really friendly and

As we travelled further, the solitude,

were more than happy to have a drink with us.

beauty and greenery of Scotland

Finally, we had proved some of the clichés false: Scots

started to take a hold of us. There

are not stingy or unfriendly, and they don’t hate the

were many amazing old castles

English (at least not the one we brought with us). Sadly

scattered around, seemingly there

for us we now needed to start heading back to work

to remind us that this is somewhere

and normal life, so the next day we drove south to-

special. We decided to spend a night

wards the English border, stopping off for a last night

at the famous Loch Ness, although

in Loch Lomond. A castle had been converted into

not because we seriously expected to find its famous monster. Travelling

Ben Nevis whisky.

during July definitely has its advan-

a backpacker lodge, and the chance to finish off the trip with a night in a proper castle, with turrets and all, was the perfect way to end our Scottish adventure.

tages: one of the highlights of the trip was spending an evening sitting overlooking Urquhart Castle (in reality not much more than ruins) and enjoying a sunset over Loch Ness that carried on until almost midnight. The town of Inverness, also close to Loch Ness, was also where I plucked up the courage to eat my first meal of haggis. The meal consists of the stomach bag of a sheep, into which the heart, liver and intestines are placed. Everything is then mixed together and cut up very fine, leaving a meat that tastes remarkably like

Loch Leven surrounded by the green Scottish countryside.

Quick info: Flights: SAA and Virgin Atlantic both fly directly from Johannesburg to Edinburgh. Accommodation: 5-star hotels in Scotland are priced from R1 800 upwards per night, while cheaper hotels and bed and breakfasts options are widely available. Restaurants: Edinburgh has a wide range of restaurants, with most priced from R150 per meal. Currency: 1 pound = R19. Must-pack item: An umbrella and a warm jacket, no matter which season you are in Scotland.

Public Sector Manager • August 2015


Writer: Ashref Ismail

Car reviews

Women on wheels I

n celebration of Women’s Month, our motoring correspondent Ashref Ismail spoke

What was the first car you owned?

to a few women from various walks of life to get their views on motoring.

Fiat Palio Go II.

Name: Keneilwe Mogonedi

What is your current car?

Where are you from?

I still drive the Fiat Palio.

Pampierstad, Northern Cape. What is your dream car? What is your occupation?

Range Rover Evoque.

Analytical technologist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

What is your dream trip? Who would you take along, what car would you

How many times did you attempt your

use and what would you listen to?

driver’s licence?

Sani Pass, Drakensberg in Lesotho. I

Once, even though I was extremely

would take along my two daughters

nervous, tense and perspiring.

Neo and Reneilwe in a Land Rover Discovery 4. Music wise it would be a bat-

What irks you the most about other

tle between my favourites - Phil Collins,


Aretha Franklin, Joyous Celebrations,

I am irked by the impatience and arro-

Donnie McClurkin and my daughters’

gance of especially motorists who drive

favourites - Beyonce or Neyo or what-

big, expensive cars.

ever else they are into at the time.

Name: Razia Karrim

model. Sadly I had to sell it a few

Where are you from?

months back.

Born and bred in the lovely holiday city of Durban.

What is your current car? I do not own a car currently.

What is your occupation? I'm a personal assistant by profession

What is your dream car?

and I do novelty cakes and biscuits in

My dreams are very realistic so I

my spare time.

would prefer a Hyundai i10. If I ever reach ‘filthy rich’ status, I would love

How many times did you attempt your

a mustard McLaren.

driver’s licence? Three times.

What is your dream trip? Who would you take along, what car would you

What irks you the most about other

use and what would you listen to?


It would be to Cape Town via Knysna.

The disruptive way taxi drivers drop off

I would take my kids along in a white


convertible BMW, top down and playing the song Roar by Katy Perry. Now

What was the first car you owned?

that's a dream worth bringing to life.

A dolphin shaped white BMW '96



Public Sector Manager • August 2015

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Car reviews

Name: Wendy Patricia Watson Where are you from? I was born and lived in Cape Town for many years. I lived in the UK for five, 20 years in Durban and 10 years in Pretoria, while working for the Department of Transport. I am now retired and live in Wakkerstroom. What is your occupation? Retired, but I still do consulting in the transport field from time to time. How many times did you attempt your

What is your current car?

Beatles, Joan Armatrading, Dylan, and

driver’s licence?

Mazda bakkie, LWB, four-wheel.

other favourite artists.

I passed at my first attempt in 1965. What is your dream car? What irks you the most about other

A Porsche 4x4 with all the trimmings, in-


cluding an automatic parking system and

Passing on solid lines, speeding, drink-

a 4x4 caravan to match it!

ing and driving, not wearing seat belts – especially taxi drivers and their passen-

What is your dream trip? Who would you

gers. A lot of effort has been made to en-

take along, what car would you use and

sure the new recapitalised taxis have seat

what would you listen to?

belts, but they are all tucked behind the

I would go to the Richtersveld, Northern

seats and never worn.

Cape. I would take my partner of nearly 25 years. I would use the Mazda bakkie just

What was the first car you ever owned?

in case the Porsche and caravan had not

A 1955 Ford Anglia, turquoise.

arrived yet. We would listen to the Stones,

Road safety: The ABC Principle of driving smoothly


n defensive driving, employing the

wear-and-tear on a vehicle.

ABC Principle means adopting a

Excessive and harsh braking, steering or

smooth driving style that ensures

acceleration results in increased strain

mechanical sympathy.

to the various mechanical components.

The “A” stands for accelerate, the “B” for

Over time these components can result

braking and the “C” for clutching. Missing

in failure and costly repairs or replace-

in this little acronym is “S”, which stands

ment bills.

for steering.

So, whether you’re taking off, braking,

Essentially, the “ABC Principle” means driv-

clutching, gearing or steering, treat the

ing in such a smooth and coordinated

various components gently and the car

style that it improves concentration and

will reward you with better consumption

observation and reduces unnecessary

and less maintenance costs.


Public Sector Manager • August 2015

What is success?

Tongaat Hulett believes that real, sustainable success can be achieved through partnership. Our holistic view of success extends beyond wealth created for shareholders, to improvements made in the lives of the communities in which we operate through small scale grower initiatives, the upskilling of employees in a zeroharm work environment, creating successful and sustainable neighbourhoods for communities in the lower socio-economic spectrum and partnerships with government to contribute towards achieving The National Development Plan in the communities surrounding company operations.

Writer: Nicholas Francis Photography credit: Tyrone Noble Photography

GrooMinG and style

Wardrobe I n celebration of Women’s Month we caught up with local rising fashion designer Stacey Tobin to talk about all things fashion.

A graduate of the Design School Southern Africa with a BA degree in

Fashion Design and Marketing, Tobin went on to start her very own fashion label, Miss Boss Couture.

“Big trends this season are oversized coats and trench coats, faux fur gilets and jackets. Burgundy or ‘masala pantone’ is all the rage right now,” she shares. We asked Tobin what are the staple items that all women and men should have in their closets?

Basic shift dress A shift dress is great for all shapes and sizes. Wear a pair of thick black stockings and ankle boots with a blazer to work for that corporate look, and after hours lose the blazer and add some chunky accessories for a night out.

White shirt A basic fitted white shirt is an item you can keep for years to come. Great for a professional, clean-cut look. Tuck your shirt into a high waist skirt or black skinny-tailored pants for a classy sexy look or pair the white shirt with a fitted pair of jeans and stiletto heel.

Little black dress (LBD) A black cocktail dress is an essential. Invest

Pencil skirt

in a LBD, this way you

Every girl needs a pencil skirt in her closet and

will always be ready for

there are many to choose from – high waist,

a night out as well as a

midis and minis. My favourite is the body-con

business cocktail party.

midi skirt. This has a timeless sexy yet classy look and can be styled in various ways


Public Sector Manager • August 2015

essentials Fitted trouser Most of the time the way clothing fits your body determines how good or bad you look. Invest in a custom trouser tailor-made for your body.

Tailored white shirt A well-fitted white shirt never goes out of style. Wear your white shirt with a pair of jeans and smart shoes and for a dressier feel throw on a blazer.

White tee A white tee is the simplest yet most versatile item to have. This should be in every man’s closet and travel bag. Wear your tee under your blazer for a not-so-formal look. On a laid-back day, wear your white tee with a pair of jeans and statement sneakers.

Jeans Jeans are a basic clo-

Tailored blazer

thing item. Wear your

A man always looks good in a well-fitted

jeans with a white shirt

blazer. A blazer is a must have so you are

and blazer for an edgy

always ready for a last-minute interview or



Public Sector Manager • August 2015



Writer: Nicholas Francis

Handy items for



Recycled paper notebook and pen, R70.

ost women rummage through their handbags a couple of times a day in search of items to help navigate through the day. From make-up to hand sanitiser, PSM takes a look at some of these handbag essentials.

Calvin Klein Tortoise shell sunglasses


with silver detail, R1 900.

Armani Code for Her Eau De Parfum 50ml, R980.

Rimmel Extra Super Lash

Soviet tote bag with

Mascara, black,

cut-out detail, R600.


Dettol Floral Essence hand Nivea Hand Cream 75ml,

Pringle of Scotland Ingrid

sanitiser 50ml,

Purse, neutral, R795.



Romoss Sailing 2 5200mAh Power Bank, R195. Iman Luxury Lipshines Exotique, R103.


Public Sector Manager • August 2015

My name is Dr Joe and together with GEMS, the medical scheme of choice for public servants, I have committed myself to making a difference to the lives of my patients, many of whom are members of GEMS.

It’s all about the patient As a family practitioner I have forged long-standing relationships with my patients built on trust and understanding. Because of this they benefit from a fully coordinated healthcare service, which has improved the quality of their lives.

With the introduction of the nominated family practitioner system, GEMS has recognised the value of putting family practitioners where we belong, at the heart of the health of our patients.

With over 90% of members located within less than 10 kilometres of a GEMS family practitioner, this is a positive and carefully considered development. More importantly, it means that care will be well coordinated, diseases will be better managed and the healthcare rand of members will go further.

It’s just another way of showing that nothing is more important to GEMS than the health and wellbeing of their members.

GEMS, the choice of family practitioners If you are a government employee and are looking for a medical scheme that puts you first,

contact GEMS by dialling *120*4367# or visit When calling us, make sure you keep your PERSAL number handy. Please note that Ts&Cs and cellphone rates apply.

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