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34 SA shines at AIDS 2016 South Africa used the 21st International Aids Conference to highlight the gains made in the fight against HIV and AIDS

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38 Women in finance National Treasury’s Chief Financial Officer Silindile Kubheka on being part of a team that ensures service delivery happens

12 Conversations with leaders Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Service Hlengiwe Mkhize believes that ICT can empower women

40 Women in science Marine alien species researcher on the science of success

16 Profiles in Leadership Working in the public service is a calling for Dr Nokwethemba Mtshali-Hadebe

44 Women in aviation The sky is the limit for Nhlupheheng Tsotetsi

20 Provincial focus Keeping Gauteng residents safe and secure

46 Women in safety and security Constable Beauty Queen Nchabeleng on tracking a serial rapist and protecting people

22 Vital stats Fast facts at your fingertips 23 Upcoming events A look at local and international events for your diary and information

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Message from the Minister

Women empowerment: a lot to celebrate

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athint'abafazi, wathint'imbokodo! This phrase

In spite of this, women continue to lag behind their male

has come to represent women's courage

counterparts and are often vulnerable to exploitation and

and strength. Our history is enriched by the

abuse. Sadly, young women are often the most exposed

struggles for women’s rights; be it the right to vote, or to be recognised as equal citizens. The 1956 Women’s March, on 9 August, where 20 000

women of all races marched to the Union Buildings to

due to financial or social circumstances.

Protecting young women As a society we must stand up to such abuse and exploitation.

protest against the discriminatory

So-called "blessers" are nothing more than

pass laws which had restricted the

predators who prey on the vulnerable. In South Africa young women are among

movement of black people in the

the most vulnerable group for contracting

country immortalised this struggle.

HIV, often due to unprotected sex with older

This year South Africa commemorates

men.

the 60th anniversary of that iconic

The Department of Health recently launched

march. This seminal moment in our history

the National HIV Prevention Campaign for

has been celebrated since 1995 as

Girls and Young Women. Its main aim is to

Women’s Day and is the focal point of

keep girls in school until matric, so that they

Women’s Month celebrations. During

can acquire viable economic life skills. By

Women’s Month our nation recognises

skilling girls and young women government

the important role of political activism

hopes that they will be less vulnerable to the advances of older men. We must do more as

by women during the struggle for liberation against colonialism and apartheid.

Women’s rights It is also an opportunity to reflect on the gains we have made since 1994 in advancing women empowerment

make choices without the dangers of exploitation. These so-called "blessers" cannot be allowed to destroy the dreams and aspirations of young women.

and rights. Over the past 22 years South Africa has made

Reflecting on progress

significant inroads insofar as gender parity and women

Government is the first to admit that we have challenges,

empowerment is concerned.

however our interventions since 1994, and more recently by

Although the era of outright discrimination against women has largely passed in most countries, women continue to suffer injustice often at the hands of their male counterparts.

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a country and as communities to ensure that women can

this administration, have ensured that we are on the right track. We have made great progress in ensuring that women enjoy the same rights as their male counterparts in relation

In South Africa we are fortunate to live in a country where

to education, employment, property, inheritance and justice.

the rights of all citizens are protected by the Constitution.

We have made significant progress in putting in place

These rights are further reinforced by our courts and far

legislation and policy frameworks for advancing equality

reaching legislation to empower women.

and empowerment for women. At the same time, the

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participation of women in the economy continues to grow

Programme, a month long formal Sector Education and

and women now occupy more leadership positions than ever

Training Authority-accredited programme, women are skilled

before.

and trained across all nine provinces. The Informal and Micro

However, much work still needs to be done to ensure that women are free to participate in every sphere of society. Therefore, the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment is central to our efforts to combat poverty and

Enterprise Support programme assists women who own informal businesses in townships, rural areas and depressed areas in towns and cities.

stimulate sustainable development. In this regard we have

Economic empowerment

opted for a raft of measures to fast track the participation of

Women are powerful economic drivers when they

women in our economy.

are meaningfully involved in the economy through

Government introduced the Gender Equality Bill to accelerate

entrepreneurial activities and employment in decision

the empowerment of women and attain 50/50 gender parity.

making roles. Evidence has shown that in both developed

This goes hand in hand with the Employment Equity Act

and developing economies, when more women join the

where employers are legally required to work towards more

labour force, and particularly become entrepreneurs, gross

equitable representation based on gender, race and disability.

domestic product rises.

In addition, the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment

The economic empowerment of women is a prerequisite of

Act encourages women to own and manage existing and new

reducing poverty and abuse in our society and dismantling

enterprises.

patriarchy.

We are also aware of the constant need to monitor progress

Together we must continue to work towards the full

and evaluate both successes and challenges. Therefore, the

inclusion of women in all spheres of society. We therefore

Commission on Gender Equality is mandated to monitor,

encourage women to take advantage of the many

evaluate and research the implementation of women’s rights

opportunities afforded to them by government.

and gender equality in practice. In September 2015 a Presidential Directive was issued

Conquering male-dominated fields

which instructed that the Economic Cluster Ministers ensure

Government is also confident that girl learners will continue

women’s economic empowerment is placed centrally in the

to take up studies in what are still largely male dominated

implementation of their departmental programmes and in the

fields such as science, technology, engineering and

Nine-Point Plan to grow the economy.

construction. We have national and provincial targets to

The marching orders by President Jacob Zuma are a clear

increase the number of learners doing mathematics, and

indication that we must continually do more, and I can proudly

we have a long-term strategy to improve teacher content

say that we have done so.

knowledge on mathematics, science and technology.

Programmes to promote progress

Science and Technology (MST) conditional grant. The MST

A number of programmes are in place to ensure that women

conditional grant was allocated funding of R347 million

are empowered with the requisite skills so that they can take

in 2015/16, and will get R362 million in 2016/17 and R385

their rightful place in the economy. The Department of Small

million in 2017/18.

Helping to make this dream a reality is the Mathematics,

Business Development’s Emerging Enterprise Development

The grant will provide support and resources to schools,

Programme supports the advancement of women in business.

teachers and learners for the improvement of mathematics,

Government has not forgotten the need to assist women

sciences and technology teaching, and learning at selected

both with funding and training. Women-owned enterprises

public schools.

are financially assisted through the Cooperatives Incentive

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

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development, let us move the country forward by filling our

women enterprises.

laboratories, workplaces and boardrooms with empowered

Through government’s Bavumile Skills Development

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women who will help us move South Africa forward.

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CASTING

YOUR VOTE

The South African local government elections took place on 3 August 2016, where registered voters were given the opportunity to cast their vote for their new leaders. This is an integral part of the country’s democratic process that precedes the national elections taking place in 2019. Local government is made up of municipalities, which are in turn managed by councils. In South Africa we have the following: • The metropolitan municipalities, which are the big cities (such as Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Tshwane, among others) • The local municipalities, which are made up of towns and the surrounding rural areas • The district municipalities, which coordinate local municipalities These elections are held once every five years, and through them, registered voters have the opportunity to choose their councillors. 8 7 Hami l ton , A rcadi a, Pretor i a 0002 • 0 1 2 3 3 4 0 6 0 0 •

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Councillors report on council activities on a regular basis, as well as the council’s performance overall. In this way, councillors are held accountable for their actions and it allows their party and the public to intervene in any irregularities.

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs highlights that a councillor must: • D  isclose to the municipal council, or to any committee of which that councillor is a member, any direct or indirect personal or private business interest that councillor, or any spouse, partner or business associate of that councillor may have in any matter before the council or the committee • W  ithdraw from the proceedings of the council or committee when the council or committee considers that matter, unless the council or committee decides that the councillor’s direct or indirect interest in the matter is trivial or irrelevant. • A  councillor who, or whose spouse, partner, business associate or close family member, acquired or stands to acquire any direct benefit from a contract concluded with the municipality, must disclose full particulars of the benefit of which the councillor is aware at the first meeting of the municipal council at which it is possible for the councillor to make the disclosure. • T  his section does not apply to an interest or benefit which a councillor, or a spouse, partner, business associate or close family member has or acquires in common with other residents of the municipality.


DECLARATION OF INTERESTS When elected or appointed, a councillor must within 60 days declare in writing to the municipal manager the following financial interests held by that councillor: • Shares and securities in any company; • Membership of any close corporation; • Interest in any trust; • Directorships; • Partnerships; • Other financial interests in any business undertaking; • Employment and remuneration; • Interest in property; • Pension; and • Subsidies, grants and sponsorships by any organisation

THE FIRST COUNCIL MEETING In preparation for the convening of the first council meeting, post Local Government Elections municipalities must ensure that, at the least, the following information

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des van Rooyen

be made available to all councillors by way of preparing information packs: • Handover report • IDP for the 2016/17 financial year; • Mid-year budget and performance assessment report the 2015/16 financial year; • Latest monthly financial statement; • Annual report for the 2014/15 financial year; • Draft annual report for the 2015/16 financial year; • Government Gazette No. 39548 of 21 December 2015: Upper limits for the remuneration of councillors; • Rules of order; • Local government legislation (including the Code of Conduct for councillors); • Documentation for the integrated councillor induction programme; and • Copy of this circular

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MESSAGE FROM THE ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL

Celebrating SA’s Constitution

“I

would not look to the U.S. constitution, if I were

Constitution dismantled the apartheid system and created

drafting a constitution in the year 2012. I might

a new order based on the will of the people. It was adopted

look at the Constitution of South Africa.” These are

to heal the divisions of the past and to create “a society

powerful words and frank advice expressed by Ruth Bader

based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental

Ginsburg, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the

human rights”.

United States, during an interview with Egypt's Al-Hayat TV in 2012 on whether Egypt should use the constitutions of other countries as a model.

The Constitution contains a Bill of Rights which is the cornerstone of our democracy. The rights specified in it include the right to life, equality,

Referring to South Africa’s Constitution, she added:

freedom of expression and association, political and property

“That [Constitution] was a deliberate attempt to have a

rights, housing, health care, education, access to information

fundamental instrument of government that embraced

and access to courts. The state has an obligation to respect,

basic human rights and an independent judiciary.… It really

protect, promote and fulfil these rights.

is, I think, a great piece of work that was done. Much more recent than the U.S. constitution.”

The state has since the dawn of democracy lived up to expectations by protecting and fulfilling these rights. It

These comments are a reflection of how the South African

has also established Chapter 9 institutions to enhance

Constitution is viewed and respected across the world. It

accountability. These institutions help citizens assert their

is regarded as one of the most progressive in the world.

rights, and provide access to justice for all. They look after

Our Constitution is the product of a long process of

the public interest and hold the executive and government

struggle and multiparty political negotiations in which

accountable. Any citizen who feels that his or her rights have

politicians, lawyers and representatives of civil society

been violated can approach these institutions for recourse.

played a key role. Many of its provisions are also based on

However, for our constitutional democracy to function

the Freedom Charter. The Charter was adopted in 1955 in

effectively, it is important that every South African know the

Kliptown, following wide consultation with thousands of

Constitution and in particular the rights afforded to them

people about the South Africa they would like to live in. Its

so that they can effect change. It belongs to each of us

preamble, which has been incorporated

and represents a social contract between the state and its

into the Constitution, states that South Africa belongs to all who live in it.

citizens. All South Africans should have a copy of the Constitution at hand; it can be obtained from public institutions across

This year, South Africa

the country. We can further improve our familiarity with, and

marks the 20th anniversary

awareness of our world acclaimed Constitution by attending

of the signing into law of

the workshops and public education campaigns conducted

the Constitution. It was

regularly by the Department of Justice and Constitutional

adopted in May 1996

Development.

and amended into final

However, raising awareness is also a societal responsibility

draft in October the

and civil society needs to partner with government so that

same year. The

we reach as many of our people as possible. As we celebrate 20 years of the South African Constitution, let us recommit ourselves to live up to its values, aims and aspirations.

Acting Director-General Donald Liphoko. Public Sector Manager • August 2016

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ICT can help improve SA

I

nformation and communication technologies (ICT) have

people who are aspiring to be operators, data manag-

the potential to boost the economy, empower women and

ers, to analyse, do research and connect the continent.”

broaden access to education across the country.

She adds that the industry is critical because people

According to Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and

from rural areas, who would have been excluded and

Postal Services Hlengiwe Mkhize, with a push in the right direc-

isolated, are now able to connect to the rest of the

tion, ICT could be the livelihood of many South Africans.

world through ICT.

“With ICT skills we have an op-

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal

portunity to not only talk

Services set aside R13 million for the current financial

economic growth

year to focus on the growth of ICT small and medium

but also about how we can become an inclusive as possible by creating a value

enterprises.

School Connectivity Programme ICT also has the potential to change the lives of young people, particularly those at school.

chain of en-

The Deputy Minister says through the School Connec-

trepreneurs.

tivity Programme, a partnership with the private sector

This includes

that takes ICT to government schools, the department

people who

is aiming to do just that.

are suppliers to

Telecommunication infrastructure available for learn-

this industry and

ing and teaching is gradually increasing and many schools are exploiting the benefits of ICT to enhance the quality of teaching and learning, she points out. “The introduction of ICT to our schools is creating new ways for students and teachers to engage in information selection, gathering, sorting and analysis. “Currently, we have connected 11 528 schools nationally. Of these, 3 793 are located in rural areas and 6 223 are in urban areas. The education element is so important because the work we do helps us to improve education outcomes.”

The state of telecommunications Deputy Minister Mkhize says telecommunications in South Africa is exciting because it enables South Africans to be innovative. She adds that one of the main reasons the department has two key areas – telecommunications and postal services – is because there needs

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Public Sector Manager • August 2016


to be a strong focus on the telecommunications industry, es-

and this would mean that the costs associated with ICT

pecially considering how it can benefit South Africa.

would decrease for the consumer.”

“The country is moving towards a point where one can access a whole range of ICT-related products on one platform,”

Post Office turnaround

Deputy Minister Mkhize points out.

Deputy Minister Mkhize says her department is work-

However, she cautions that it appears as if telecommunications are skewed because consumerism is promoted rather than manufacturing. “Our current state of telecommunications promotes consumerism; the end-user gadgets are mostly manufactured outside the country.” She points out that the country has not developed enough capabilities to manufacture gadgets but this is something that her department is planning for. The department is talking to state-owned entities to focus on manufacturing gadgets in the country. “Imagine if we had smart phones which are affordable to that bottom clientele; huge population areas who were excluded from ICT would benefit.” The department is also working closely with regulators to

ing hard to sweep the South African Post Office (SAPO) clean of all its previous difficulties. Since 2014, SAPO has been marred by labour unrest as well as financial and leadership issues. This resulted in Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele appointing an administrator, Dr Simo Lushaba, to head the organisation. Lushaba handed over the ropes to the new CEO Mark Barnes in January 2016. The Deputy Minister believes that the new board and CEO are steering SAPO in the right direction. “The new CEO is very enthusiastic and he provides leadership,” she adds. Deputy Minister Mkhize says a lot of work has been done to bring SAPO to its former glory with the assis-

ensure that government takes responsibility for owning ICT

tance of National Treasury.

infrastructure.

“I am confident that we will also work with

“This would work well because operators will just operate

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our international partners who have invited >>

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CONVERSATIONS WITH THE LEADERS

us to come and see what they have done with the post office in countries such as India, Brazil and Italy.” She points out that SAPO has the potential to connect many people through ICT because of its national footprint.

The department has a cyber security hub, which works with the criminal justice system to monitor threats to young women and children. “We are teaching young women in universities across the

Women in telecommunications

country to talk about online threats and bullying, which is

Reflecting on the number of women in telecommunications,

a big problem.”

Deputy Minister Mkhize says that while women are slowly bridging the gender gap, there are not enough females in

The women of today

executive and decision-making positions.

Reflecting on the advancement of women since the 1956

To bridge the gap further, the department was part of the

Women’s March, Deputy Minister Mkhize points out that

Techno Girls programme, which introduces young women

women living in modern day South African have a spectrum

to ICT.

of opportunities available to them.

The Techno Girls programme is aimed at addressing the gender gap in sectors that are traditionally male-dominated. Through this programme young women doing Grades 9 to 11 are introduced to ICT as an area that they can pursue post high school.

“The women of today need to find their mission in their lives and areas of work.” She adds that women should unite to move South Africa forward. “Creating unity amongst women is very important.

“We have also been talking with the Department of Higher

Women across all spectrums should look within them-

Education and Training to provide support to girls who want

selves as to what values are they adding, in whatever po-

to enter the ICT space by providing them with scholarships

sition they are in.”

so that more women join this sector. “The more support we have for women the easier it will be to close the digital gap.”

Protecting young women and children online There is a growing need to protect women and children in

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the online space, she says.

Deputy Minister Mkhize stresses that education and skills development are crucial for the development of women. “An empowered woman can make choices about where she wants to be her life. Being empowered brings real freedom to women and ensures gender equality,” she adds.

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Writer: Ongezwa Manyathi

Dr Mtshali-Hadebe

takes centre stage W hile managing a public hospital may seem daunt-

company and then I did medical advisory, which was close

ing for some, for Dr Nokwethemba Mtshali-Hadebe

enough to medicine because I still dealt with the manage-

working in the public service is a calling.

ment of the patient, but from the funder side,” says the MBA

At just 31 years of age, she has made history by becoming the

youngest hospital chief executive officer (CEO) in the country. As CEO of Bertha Gxowa Hospital, situated east of

graduate.

She left that position and worked as a clinical manager at the Far East Rand Hospital in 2011.

Johannesburg, she is the accounting officer and is responsible

Mtshali-Hadebe's exposure to the public and private sec-

for the general management of the hospital. She also has big

tor prepared her for her current role of managing over 700

plans to turn the hospital into one of best health institutions

staff members. It also exposed her to the two very different

in the country.

worlds of private and public healthcare.

Childhood dreams become reality

“For instance, in the private sector, there is an abundance of resources – many of which are lacking in the public sector.”

Growing up in Mhlabathini, and later Empangeni, in KwaZulu-

Mtshali-Hadebe says although she enjoyed working in

Natal, Mtshali-Hadebe was always concerned about the wellbe-

the private sector, she felt she could contribute more in the

ing of others and made it known at an early age that she would

public sector.

be a doctor one day. “The funny thing is that when I was growing up I was scared of blood,” she says. It’s ironic that she now works in an environment where the

“I felt like I was in the land of plenty and that I was not where I was really needed as a professional, where my skills and resources were required.”

sight of blood is normal. Perhaps it was her volunteer work that

Returning to public service

got her used to the sight of blood, and confirmed that she was

With more than half of South Africans relying on public

destined for the health industry.

healthcare, there is a lot of pressure on health profession-

“I used to volunteer at a hospital when I was in high school, just to see how things are done in a hospital and help where I can. I just wanted to help people.” For her, becoming a doctor was the ultimate way to serve and take care of others.

Working her way up

als daily. Although this is a harsh reality to face for many young health professionals, Mtshali-Hadebe couldn’t look the other way and decided to return to public service to be part of the solution. At the time, government was on the verge of introducing pilot sites for the National Health Insurance (NHI).

After matriculating, she enrolled for a Bachelor’s degree in Medi-

“I hoped that I would be stationed at a hospital that was a

cine and later a Bachelor of Surgery degree at the University of

NHI pilot site because there was already so much talk about

KwaZulu-Natal. Her studies were followed by a two-year intern-

the NHI, both in the private and public sector, however this

ship at Helen Joseph in Johannesburg and community service

did not happen.”

in Mpumalanga. She also completed emergency short courses during this time and started working her way up in the health industry. “After working as a doctor, I worked for a health solutions

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But she still wanted to ensure that the hospital that she was placed at met the requirements of the NHI. “Here at Bertha Gxowa, even though we are not a pilot hospital, we are already looking at how we can improve and

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also better prepare for the NHI. We have already reduced waiting times by more than 60 percent.

Bringing positive change Although Mtshali-Hadebe has been in the position for a year and a half, initially in an acting capacity and then appointed permanently in May this year, she is already making strides. “Three months into my job as acting CEO I noticed that there was some resistance and unspoken issues that were getting in the way of people doing what they were supposed to.” She realised that although people were working in a modern facility – that hardly lacks resources – the service offered to patients did not match the facility. “I felt that we were missing the people component. We had not taken the people along with us in terms of what we were trying to achieve at the hospital.” Mtshali-Hadebe and her team embarked on staff engagement sessions to try and get to the bottom of why these challenges existed. Based on the outcomes of the sessions, she introduced initiatives to motivate staff and ensure that patients had access to quality care. She introduced weekly executive committee walkabouts so that hospital management could be visible to staff. “What the walkabouts did (and are doing) is ensure that we are visible and that we are achieving something because we also use the time to check whether we are complying with National Core Standards.” As a way of rewarding excellence and acknowledging staff, Mtshali-Hadebe and her team also introduced monthly merit awards. “People are rewarded based on how they do their work, and how they relate to patients and other team members,” she explains. As a working parent, Mtshali-Hadebe understands the challenges that come with this role. To ease pressure off staff, in April this year the hospital opened a crèche that is manned by professionally trained teachers. “It’s a crèche and an aftercare service for the children of all staff members and is being run in partnership with my son’s school.” On the technical side, the hospital is also making good progress, having secured the services of specialists to strengthen clinical processes and decrease the child mortality rate. The hospital also has a gynaecology out-patient department, an emergency medicine specialist to improve patient management and do clinical audits, and is working on increasing the 292 usable beds in the hospital. >>

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PROFILES IN LEADERSHIP

Overcoming challenges

Building a legacy

Mtshali-Hadebe says being young, black and female in

She is also set on leaving a positive legacy at the hospital.

a top position does come with its challenges but these

“The legacy I want to leave behind at Bertha Gxowa hospital is that anything is possible, because I feel people need

motivate her. “The reality is that I am a female, black and young, but

hope. Not just hope, but also understanding the vision and the bigger picture of why they are employed at the hospital.”

how do I use this to my advantage?” The other challenge of being a young manager is managing people who are the same age as your parents. “I have to balance professional distance and not offending

Mtshali-Hadebe adds that she constantly encourages staff to be dedicated to their work and to always focus on the patient.

people. Culturally, we are raised to give elders respect and

“I want people to understand that working in the hospital

I am conscious and aware of this but in the work environ-

is not just about getting a salary but about service and tak-

ment, I am senior because of my role.”

ing care of patients who rely solely on us.”

She says being female allows her to be emotionally aware. “I use the tenacity that I have as a woman and I tap into the emotional side to make sound decisions.” Mtshali-Hadebe adds that part of being a good manager is to be accessible to people and have a genuine interest in them.

Mtshali-Hadebe says is inspired by ordinary South Africans who are doing great things. “When people have found their true passion and calling – in any sector – they become great.” She says parents should not be fixated on crafting their children’s destiny but rather allow them to follow their pas-

“I’ve made it my priority to know a little bit about my managers – especially the things that matter to them.”

sion to do what makes them come alive. “We need to teach the young ones to follow their hearts and follow the things that matter to them. Young people

Women empowerment

must know that they can be anything that they want to

She says it’s time for women to take charge and take centre

be. If they know this, then we will have a great nation.”

stage. “I think that women need to take the stance that says we are not going to wait for things to be handed to us. We mustn’t wait for people to recognise us; we need to take more of a centre stage role.” Mtshali-Hadebe is passionate about youth empowerment and gender violence and plans to be part of initiatives that come up with solutions for both of these issues. “When it comes to gender violence, in particular, we need to focus more on breaking the cycle of the issues of today.”

This and that

What is the one thing that people don't know about you?

I am a huge Tupac fan and I have been for a long time. What do you do to unwind?

Spending time with Hlubi, my three-year-old son, helps me to unwind. What is your favourite music? I love all kinds of music.

What is your favourite food?

All food is my favourite! I love food and love sharing it.

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Principal receives international leadership award in Texas, USA The Principal of Motheo Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) College, Mrs Dipiloane Phutsisi, continues to make waves with the International Exemplary Award that was bestowed upon her recently. She was awarded the Chair Academy’s 2016 Idahlynn Karre International Exemplary Leadership Award, for advancing academic and administrative leadership at Motheo TVET College. The award ceremony was held in Texas in the United States of America. Mr Andrew Senoko, the Senior Manager of Corporate and Strategic Support Services and the secretariat for the College Council said this is not the first award the College has received. Two PMR awards were also bestowed upon the College. In 2014 the College scooped up the Diamond Arrow and the PMR Platinum Award for best educational institution in Free State for 2015. Extra-mural programmes are supported by the principal and her team; with their support the College choir won first prize in the LEGMA & SATICA choral competitions and was top five in the National Choral Festival (NCF). The College had students representing the province in the 2015 athletics held in Pretoria and has a soccer team playing in the SAB League. Under the leadership of Ms Phutsisi, the College is making a giant leap and the progress is evident. Mr Thami Madalane, the Senior Manager of Academic Affairs, said that the College has managed to achieve a retention rate of 90% and has also increased the pass rate. Its certification rate has improved from 6% in 2012 to 53% in 2015. “The implementation of 80% class attendance for both lecturers and students as well as the issuing of textbooks during registration are just some of the strategies that led to these improvements,” said Mr Madalane. The College also attained international accreditation from the Association of Accounting Technicians (SA) in 2015 to offer AAT Level 2-5. This implies that Motheo TVET College will be the first TVET college in the country to offer a degree programme. The College has promoted 27 staff members, academic staff and support staff and absorbed four accounting technicians. The culture of accountability and strong work ethic enhanced among staff by the Principal contributed to the achievements of the College. Renovations have taken place at different campuses. On Friday 15 April 2016 the new building that had been procured for the Zastron satellite campus was officially handed over to the Council and Executive Management of the College. The satellite had been operating from a copy shop for many years. In addition, the Botshabelo satellite had been dilapidated but has now been renovated and is due to obtain full campus status. The College is continuing to make sure that the environment is conducive for learning and a friendly environment is created for students. The free WIFI hotspots across all campuses and increased bandwidth assists students with Internet access while at campus in order to conduct their research, access eBooks and other resources available to help them with their studies. Motheo is the first TVET college to offer free WIFI to students.

The Director for the Chair Academy: Ms Rose Marie Sloan, Motheo TVET College Principal: Mrs Dipiloane Phutsisi and the Executive Director of the Chair Academy: Mr Richard Strand during the award ceremony.

Mr Mphela Kgasago, the Senior Manager of Occupational Programmes, Partnerships, Quality and Risk Management said the College established partnerships with nine SETAs to help advance youth in the province through learnerships. These partnerships between the College and SETAs also see students being placed for practical experience with different organisations. “An artisan development academy is currently being developed and it will not only help students from the province but from all over South Africa to gain artisanship training and support national government’s mandate to produce more artisans”. As well as SETAs there are other partnerships which, among others, include the British CouncilUK, West Lothian College in Scotland, College Quent in Wales and NorthLink TVET in Western Cape. In its endeavors to support the youth, the college is establishing a SEDA Incubator Project worth R4-million; this project will help youth in their entrepreneurial skills and help them become economically active. With only some of the notable achievements listed here it is clear that Motheo TVET College, and its deserving principal, Ms Phutsisi as its leader, have rightfully earned the Chair Academy’s 2016 Idahlynn Karre Exemplary International Leadership Award.

Contact details: Central Office Tel: (051) 406 9300 • Fax: (051) 4069340 • Email: marketing@motheotvet.co.za • Website: www. motheotvet.co.za • Facebook: Motheo TVET College • Twitter: Motheo TVET College • Instagram: Motheo TVET College


Writer: Albert Pule Photographer: Katlholo Maifadi

provincial focus

Ensuring safety in Gauteng P artnerships – that’s what Gauteng MEC for Com-

munity Safety Sizakele Nkosi Malobane keeps coming back to as she talks about safety and security

in the province.

Whether it’s reducing levels of crime, addressing the needs of communities or fighting substance abuse, MEC Malobane believes government partnering with stakeholders is the key.

The MEC points out that most of the killings happen

between people who are known to each other. “We have started the process of developing a plan with

all the law enforcement agencies that will deal with murder in our province. “We’ve also invited other role players to assist in making sure that we deal with situations where family issues

“For the levels of crime to decrease all interested parties

lead to murders. We have also brought in the Department

should work together to find ways to deal with crime in

of Economic Development because some of the killings

the province,” she stresses.

happen in places where people are fighting for economic

Of particular concern to her is the number of murders that take place in the province. According to the crime stats released in September last

reasons, for example illegal mining,” she adds.

A focus on the youth

year, between April 2014 and March 2015, over 3 600

MEC Malobane says her department is also working hard

people were killed in the province, up by more than 300

to ensure that young people who have found themselves

murders from the previous year.

trapped in a life of crime have the prospect of a better

“This is a serious concern for us, we can’t be a province

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that is known for murdering each other,” she cautions.

future.

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Recently, the department held dialogues with young people who are currently in prison. “The purpose of these dialogues was to ensure that the programmes run by Correctional Services are effective so that when these young people come out of prison, they have learnt something and don’t end up back in prison".

Partnering with communities MEC Malobane is quick to emphasise the important role Community Policing Forums (CPFs) play in the fight against crime. “They act as a link between the community they represent and the police. They close the gap between police and

She adds that the department is also partnering with aca-

community and come up with programmes that encourage

demia so that young people can participate in programmes

communities to report crimes and also encourage them to

that equip them with skills to better their lives once they are

testify when they have witnessed a crime.”

out of prison. “The reason some of them go back to prison is because when they are released they don’t have jobs and are rejected by the community and potential employers. “When you’ve got a criminal record, no one wants to employ you and as a department we are helping them establish cooperatives.”

Fighting substance abuse

CPFs also assist in playing an oversight role at police stations, which they are currently not doing enough of. “At the moment, I’m not satisfied with the role they are playing but fortunately, we have started to retrain them so that they have focus.” She encourages those who are concerned about the safety of their community to get proactive by becoming active in their CPF.

The abuse of drugs and alcohol also gives MEC Malobane

An interesting and challenging role

sleepless nights.

On a personal note, she acknowledges that being a woman

She says curbing substance abuse is the a priority for her department, adding that the increase in the use of the nyaope is particularly worrying. “We have youth camps for those that are already hooked on drugs and after the youth camps, we admit them to the various rehabilitation centres. “We also have after-care centres where we try by all means to keep young people busy so that they don’t relapse.” She added that one of the major problems the department is facing is fights over territories.

and MEC of Community Safety is challenging and at the same time interesting. She is particularly aware of the challenges she faces when dealing with flare-ups in the taxi industry, which is mostly male-dominated. “When it comes to command and control, as a woman I need to double my efforts. To make sure that if their [men’s] voices are softer, mine must be strong,” adds the MEC.

Making the most of opportunities

“People fight over turf because they believe that they have

As the country commemorates the contribution by the gal-

a right to sell their drugs in a certain area and no one can

lant women of 1956, MEC Malobane says women must work

operate in that area.”

hard to achieve success.

One of the department’s interventions to deal with drug

“You need to work for those positions of leadership. You

abuse in the province, is the establishment a drug task team.

have the right to occupy them and once you are in that

The purpose of the team is to deal with rogue elements who

position, you also need to make sure that you contribute

are supplying the drugs.

towards the betterment of the people you serve.”

“This team focuses on the producers of the drugs. In the last few months we’ve managed to close over 10 drug factories and arrest about six drug lords.”

She urges young women to make the most of their education. “To those who are still at school, stay in school, get all the

The MEC adds that the department is deliberately targeting

qualifications you can and then use those qualifications to

the producers rather than the consumers of drugs to deal

improve your situation and that of your family. Opportunities

with the problem at the source.

are available, grab them and use them to your advantage.”

Public Sector Manager • August 2016

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VITAL STATS

Compiled by: Dorris Simpson

Fast facts at your fingertips Community Survey 2016 results [Part one]

S

Enrolment rates among children aged six years have nearly doubled over the same period, from 49.1 percent to 95.7 percent.

tatistics South Africa recently released the Community Survey 2016 results which indicate that between

Access to basic services

2011 and 2016, South Africans benefited from a gen-

Access to basic services has generally increased between 2011 and 2016.

eral increase in access to basic services, among others. The Community Survey is a large-scale household sample

The number of households with access to piped

survey conducted to bridge the information gap between

water has increased from 13.2 million in 2011 to

two censuses. It is one of the few available data sources

15.2 million in 2016.

that provide statistics at municipal level, and it is aimed

The number of households accessing water from

at enhancing planning, monitoring and evaluation at this

taps within their yards has increased significantly

level of government.

from 3.9 million in 2011 to 5.1 million in 2016.

The survey provides data on, among others, population,

The number of households accessing water from

health, migration, education and access to basic services.

inside their dwelling has increased from 6.7 mil-

The 2016 survey was conducted between March and April

lion in 2011 to 7.5 million in 2016. Similarly, the

2016 and collected data from 1.3 million households across

number of households with no access to piped

all South African communities.

water has also increased from 1.3 million in 2011 to 1.7 million in 2016.

SA’s population • •

The province with the largest proportion of

The results indicate that the population of South Africa has

households with access to piped water is West-

increased from 51.8 million in 2011 to 55.7 million in 2016.

ern Cape (98.9 percent), followed by Gauteng

The majority of the population reside in Gauteng (13.4 mil-

(97.4 percent) and Free State (96.2 percent). The

lion), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (11 million) and Eastern

province with the smallest proportion of house-

Cape (seven million). Northern Cape remains the province

holds with access to piped water is Eastern Cape

with the smallest share of the country’s population with 1.2

(75.1 percent).

million people. • •

The number of households in the country increased from 14.5 million in 2011 to 16.9 million in 2016.

Decline in poverty

The majority of the population (44.9 million) are black Af-

ricans, followed by coloureds (4.9 million), whites (4.5 million), and Indians/Asians (1.4 million).

Education •

count between 2011 and 2016. •

The lowest poverty headcount was reported in the Western Cape at 2.7 percent, followed by Gauteng (4.6

The results show that enrolment levels have remained con-

percent), Free State (5.5 percent), Northern Cape (6.6

sistently high within the compulsory education age range

percent), KwaZulu-Natal (7.7 percent), North West (8.8

of seven to 15 years.

percent), Limpopo (11.5 percent) and Eastern Cape (12.7

Significant progress has been made in the lower ages (five

percent).

to nine years) with enrolment rates for five year olds hav-

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Most provinces reported a decline in the poverty head-

The poverty headcount in Limpopo increased from 10.1

ing quadrupled from 22.5 percent in 1996 to 91 percent in

percent in 2011 and in the Free State it remained at 5.5

2016.

percent.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Compiled by: Sekgabo Kedijang

Women in Science Awards 11 August 2016

Industrial & Commercial Use of Energy Conference 15 – 17 August 2016

The 13th international conference on the Industrial & Commercial Use of Energy offers a forum for professionals, manufacturers, distributors and installers of all energy systems from both the private and public sector, to discuss the latest developments and the effective use of all forms of energy. The event, which is endorsed by Eskom and the City of Cape Town, among others, will look at improving energy efficiency and implementing demand side management. The conference will focus on load management, and it will provide cuttingedge real-world solutions to do more with less energy by reducing energy losses and related costs. Technologies to improve overall performance in industrial plants, business, institutional and government facilities will also be addressed. This year, delegates will share practical experiences from the floor after presentations by experts in the field. The outcome will be innovative solutions, ensuring the wise use of energy, and a sustainable energy future. This year’s conference will be held at the ABSA Auditorium, Cape Peninsula South African Women in Science Awards ( WISA), which is an initiative of the

University of Technology. For more information visit: www.energyuse.org.za

Department of Science and Technology, acknowledge and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers. The awards are part of the department's celebration of Women's Month and will be held on 11 August 2016 under the theme Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development, which is the 2016 priority theme for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Distinguished women and distinguished young women researcher categories will recognise women for research that responds to the theme within the fields of physical and engineering sciences, and humanities and social sciences. The special category within the theme will award research and innovation leading to demonstrable socio-economic impact and/or the empowerment of women. For more information, contact Thembinkosi Magasela at 012 843 6338 or Thembinkosi.Magasela@dst.gov.za.

Public Sector Manager • August 2016

35th International Geological Conference 27 August – 4 September 2016 The Council for Geoscience, together with the Geological Society of South Africa, the Department of Science and Technology and other collaborators from academia and industry will spearhead the 35th International Geological Conference (IGC). This year, the IGC aims to contribute to the advancement of fundamental and applied research in the geological sciences. It will also provide a general assembly of geoscientists, spanning a wide range of geoscience disciplines, where ideas and information can be freely exchanged. The IGC will provide the opportunity, by way of geological excursions, to examine geological problems and features in the field. The core topics for the conference are Geoscience for Society, Fundamental Geoscience and Geoscience in the Economy. Forty-nine themes covering all disciplines in the geosciences will form the basis of the technical programme. The IGC will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 27 August to 4 September 2016 For more information, visit: www.35igc.org

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WORKING TOWARDS ACCELERATING SERVICE DELIVERY Limpopo remains the heartland of southern Africa and a province of great opportunities. During his State of the Province Address, the Premier of Limpopo, Mr Chupu Mathabatha, made a commitment that the province will accelerate service delivery to its people.

Tzaneen on 23 May 2016. The plant is expected to increase manufacturing capacity in order to address the growing demand for tomato paste in South Africa. The increase in capacity will boost and ensure business opportunities for at least 15 local commercial farmers in the area. Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, echoed the positive contribution the plant will have on job creation and also the support it will bring to small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) in the Tzaneen area. Tea Estate

AGRICULTURE DRIVES THE ECONOMY Limpopo’s warm climate is well suited to the production of fruit and vegetables and in recognition of the province’s prime conditions for the growth of quality tomato crops, Dürsots-All Joy, one of South Africa’s tomato paste producers, launched a R100 million tomato processing plant in Modjadjiskloof,

According to the National Development Plan (NDP), by 2030 the agriculture and agro-processing sector should create 1 million jobs nationally and 100 000 jobs provincially. The revitalisation of the agriculture and agro-processing value chain is one of the pillars within the Nine-Point Plan to grow the economy and create employment. Agriculture has been identified as one of the six job drivers in the New Growth Path (NGP) and Agricultural Policy Action Plan (APAP). In the 2015/16 financial year the department


created 3 554 work opportunities using the allocated budget of

20 992 and the number of learners who obtained 50% and

R5 million.

above in mathematics increased from 6 886 to 7 922. In physical sciences the number also increased from 5 977 to 6 795.

Throughout the drought the Department of Agriculture continued to provide irrigation support to farmers and repair damages caused by previous flooding. The repairs on Phetwane and

LONG AND HEALTHY LIFE FOR THE PEOPLE OF LIMPOPO

Mapela irrigation schemes were completed and both schemes are in production. Irrigation infrastructure at Mateotis scheme is

The MEC of the Department of Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba

also complete and production is underway. The department has

emphasised that the department has developed strategies

set aside R23,5 million to complete infrastructure at Mogalatjane,

that will enable the province to fulfill the vision of a long and

Matsika, Hereford and Krodidilheuwel irrigation schemes.

healthy life for the people of Limpopo. Life expectancy in the province has increased from 53 to 62 years. All efforts are being

The Limpopo Development Plan (LDP) has identified agriculture

directed towards combating HIV/AIDS, decreasing the burden

and agro-processing as one of the key drivers of provincial

of disease from TB, decreasing maternal and child mortality and

economic growth and employment creation. As part of the

strengthening the effectiveness of the health system.

implementation of the Limpopo Agro-processing Development Strategy, a consultative session in the form of a summit on

The province is committed to combatting HIV/AIDS and TB

agro-processing was held in September 2015. The objective

through the implementation and monitoring of the 90-90-90

of the summit was to consult with various stakeholders and

strategy, increasing access to ART and implementing the

major players including farmers, financiers, agro-processors,

National TB management guidelines. In the previous financial

government and other agri-businesses on workable ways and

year 2015/16 the province tested more than 900 000 clients for

means to implement agro-processing. The summit created a

HIV with a focus on Ante Natal Care. This financial year 2016/17

platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience. As

the province is planning to test over 1.4 million clients for HIV

part of the resolutions, a Limpopo Agro-processing Working

including Ante Natal Care.

Committee was formed and will function as a centre to provide strategic advice to government on the implementation of the

More than 48 000 Grade 4 and 9 year-old girls have been

agro-processing strategy.

vaccinated against the Human Papilloma Virus which can lead to cervical cancer. For the financial year 2016/17 the province has

EDUCATION IS AT THE HEART OF GOVERNMENT’S AGENDA

a target to vaccinate 52 352 girls, through the R23 million grant from the National Department of Health. The province has awarded 110 bursaries to students to study medicine in Cuba and also welcomed 21 newly qualified Cuban trained medical doctors who graduated in 2015. In partnership with Merck Pharmaceuticals the province will be sending three medical doctors to Lisbon, Portugal to study a course in diabetes and thyroid diseases.

HUMAN SETTLEMENTS Jolongo School

MEC for the Department of Co-operative Governance, Human

During the announcement of the matric results in January 2016,

Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Ms Makoma Makhurupetje

the Premier said that the province would not be revising its target

said that the province is proud to join the rest of South Africa in

of an 80% matric pass rate and called on the Department of

celebrating the delivery of 4,3 million houses built countrywide

Education to invest more resources into teachers’ development.

which are continuing to benefit over 16 million people.

The Limpopo Province has not yet improved on its 2014 performance of 72.9%. In 2015 the matric results declined by 7% as a result of the high cognitive level of the question papers which some learners could not fully comprehend. A record number of 101 575 candidates who wrote matric examination worked hard to increase the number of passes from 16 325 to

“As Limpopo, we have built and handed over 310 016 units which benefited millions of people since 1994 and it is a good story to tell indeed.”


The current situation in the province shows that 86% of the population has access to water, 88% access electricity, 38% access to sanitation and 22% access waste removal. The Limpopo Development Plan challenges the province to achieve 90% access to water; 50% access to sanitation; 90% access to electricity; and at least 50% access to refuse removal by 2020. In accelerating electricity provision in the province and addressing the 13% backlog, Eskom and municipalities in the province have delivered 56 167 units in the 2015/16 financial year. For the 2016/17 financial year, Eskom alone is geared to deliver 33 078 units of electricity.

GROWING TOURISM In positioning the province as a preferred ecotourism destination, the Department of Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism focused on various tourism programmes, including the development of tourism products and services. The Infrastructure Programme is aimed at developing and upgrading tourist facilities and support infrastructure in nature reserves. The province continues with tourism transformation programmes to benefit young entrepreneurs in terms of training and capacity building initiatives. Various skills development programmes are expanded to enhance the participation of PDIs, youth and SMMEs in the tourism sector. This financial year 2016/17 the province will establish and launch a Limpopo Tourism Forum to enhance integrated planning and marketing within the different spheres of government. The department will be supporting 59 tourism SMMEs with funding and marketing at various local and international marketing platforms throughout 2016. The MEC Seaparo Sekoati said that although the province experienced a steady increase in tourist numbers over the last few years, marketing and branding Limpopo as a tourist destination still requires a lot of attention. The department, in partnership with the Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA), will strengthen its marketing campaigns. Participation in the annual Tourism Indaba will continue to receive greater attention, as well as support to local events such as the Annual Marula, Mapungubwe and the Oppikoppi Festivals.

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Compiled by: Dorris Simpson

SA’s HIV and AIDS fight gets a boost The US government, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has approved 2016 Country Operational Plan (COP16) programming and funding of $410 million (R5.7 billion) towards the goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation for South Africa. COP16 will continue the work of COP15 and be implemented from October 2016 to September 2017. In addition to COP16, PEPFAR’s investments in South Africa over this period will include $24 million (R336 million) for expansion in voluntary medical male circumcision activities and DREAMS funding of $33 million (R462 million). The DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe) programme aims to reduce new HIV infections in adolescent girls and young women, and is a component of the recently launched National Young Girls and Women’s Campaign to reduce HIV infection, pregnancies, and gender-based violence. South Africa has the world’s largest number of people living with HIV (6.8 million), and is on the front line of efforts to address the epidemic. The additional investment approved in COP16 serves to reinforce the ongoing partnership between the US and South African governments, which has spanned more than a decade and achieved significant results in the national HIV and AIDS response. COP16 was approved by the US government after extensive input and review by representatives from PEPFAR, the South African government, civil society, and other external partners.

SASSA celebrates 10 years

of Social Development and was estab-

2016 marks 10 years since the South

lished in terms of the Social Assistance

African Social Security Agency (SASSA)

Act 13 of 2004 to provide comprehensive

opened its doors as a government insti-

social security services to eligible poor

tution to administer and distribute so-

and vulnerable South African citizens.

cial grants. Social Development Minister

Since it started operating, the entity

Bathabile Dlamini recently launched a

has played an important role in break-

campaign to mark the celebration of this

ing the cycle of poverty through provi-

milestone with the community of Zwide

sion of Social Relief of Distress such as

in Port Elizabeth.

school uniforms to children from poor

When SASSA opened its doors on 1 April 2016, 10 million grants were

The 10-year celebrations serve as an

paid every month. The number has

opportunity for the Department of So-

since grown to 17 million grants with a

cial Development and SASSA to assess

monthly investment of R10 billion.

progress made and to chart a way for-

SASSA is an agency of the Department

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households.

ward for a new payment system.

Public Sector Manager • August 2016


2017 National Orders nominations open

unity, reconciliation and nation build-

nises South African citizens who

President Jacob Zuma has invited

ing.

have contributed to the struggle

The ceremony contributes towards

The Order of Luthuli that recog-

members of the public to nominate

There are six orders that are be-

for democracy, nation-building,

people they believe deserve to re-

stowed to deserving recipients. These

building democracy and human

ceive the country’s highest honours,

are:

rights, justice and peace as well as

the National Orders.

The Order of Mendi for Bravery

for the resolution of conflict.

The President is the Grand Patron of

that recognises South African citi-

the National Orders.

zens who have performed acts of

recognises South Africans who

The next National Orders awards in-

bravery.

have excelled and attained ex-

The Order of Ikhamanga that

ceptional achievement to the

in April 2017, and will honour South

recognises South African citizens

benefit of South Africa and be-

Africans and eminent foreign na-

who have excelled in the fields

yond.

tionals who have contributed to the

of arts, culture, literature, music,

achievement of a free, united, non-

journalism and sport.

OR Tambo that recognises emi-

vestiture ceremony will take place

The Order of Mapungubwe that

The Order of the Companions of

The Order of the Baobab that

nent foreign nationals for friend-

prosperous South Africa in various

recognises South African citizens

ship shown to South Africa.

ways. Citizens who have sacrificed

who have contributed to com-

Nomination forms are available on

life and limb to save others and those

munity service, business and

The Presidency website. The deadline

who have excelled in various fields

economy, science, medicine and

for the 2017 nomination is 31 August

will also be honoured.

technological innovation.

2016.

racial, democratic, non-sexist and

Sugar tax policy out for public comment

“Obesity is a global epidemic and a major risk factor for the

National Treasury has published a policy paper and propos-

growing burden of NCDs, including heart diseases, diabetes

als on the taxation of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs)

and some cancers. The problem of obesity has grown over

for public comment.

the past 30 years in South Africa, resulting in the country

The Minister of Finance announced in his February 2016 Budget a proposal to introduce a tax on SSBs with effect from 1 April 2017 to help reduce excessive sugar intake.

being ranked the most obese country in sub-Saharan Africa,” added National Treasury. Fiscal interventions such as taxes are increasingly rec-

“This follows on work initiated by the Department of

ognised as effective complementary tools to help tackle

Health. The Department of Health developed a Strategic

the problem of negative factors associated with pollution,

Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable

smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and also the obe-

Diseases (NCDs) 2013 – 2017, and a National Strategy for

sity epidemic at a population level.

the Prevention and Control of Obesity 2015 – 2020.

Countries such as Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Mex-

“These strategies set an ambitious target of reducing obe-

ico, Mauritius and Norway have all levied taxes on SSBs.

sity prevalence by 10 percent by 2020. This strategy has

Countries such the United Kingdom, Thailand and Australia

identified a number of measures to address NCDs, and more

have recently announced their intention to introduce such

especially unhealthy diets. Among these measures, taxes on

taxes as part of a package of measures to help deal with

foods high in sugar are potentially a very cost-effective strat-

the excessive intake of added sugars.

egy to address diet-related diseases,” said National Treasury.

The document is available on www.treasury.gov.za. Writ-

The proposed tax comes against the backdrop of growing

ten comments can be sent to Mpho Legote at Mpho.

global concern regarding obesity stemming from overcon-

Legote@treasury.gov.za until end of business on 22

sumption of sugar.

August 2016.

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International relations

Writers: More Matshediso and Bathandwa Mbola

Cementing SA’s ties with France and India

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S

outh Africa’s relations with France and India received

Building on existing relations with India

a boost recently, when President Jacob Zuma met his

President Zuma said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s

counterparts from these countries to discuss areas of

official visit to South Africa enabled the two countries to

cooperation. On a recent state visit to France, President Zuma held talks with French President François Hollande, during which the two leaders reaffirmed the need to enhance the strategic partnership encompassing political, economic, social and defence matters between the two countries. Agreements were signed during the visit to deepen coop-

build on their existing trade, investment and commercial relations. President Zuma added that South Africa was looking to increase and diversify its exports to India. “We have identified new areas for market access including the defence, deep mining, renewable energy and health sectors.

eration between the two countries in the fields of energy,

“Future sectors identified for possible cooperation include

agriculture, higher education and training, as well as arts

agro-processing, pharmaceuticals, mining, water and waste

and culture.

management, retail, financing and infrastructure develop-

Trade relations The two sides also signed the renewed Partnership Frame-

ment,” he said. President Zuma added that South Africa highly valued its cooperation with India in the field of skills development.

work Document on development cooperation for the period

“A number of our youth study in India. We are keen to

2016-2019, which makes provision for collaboration in the

explore further training opportunities in India as part of

promotion of national priorities.

youth empowerment and development.

Underscoring the importance of boosting trade relations

“We have agreed to expand and improve people-to-people

and economic cooperation, President Zuma also met French

contact through promoting tourism between the two coun-

CEOs and addressed the South Africa-France Business Fo-

tries,” he said.

rum. In the meeting, President Zuma impressed upon the pri-

Ocean economy

vate sector to explore investment opportunities in South

India and South Africa, President Zuma said, play an instru-

Africa.

mental role in shaping the Indian Ocean Rim Association

Two-way trade currently stands at R33 billion in favour of

into a vibrant organisation.

France. There are about 350 French companies doing busi-

“We have identified the ocean economy as a major driver

ness in the country, while only 30 South African businesses

for sustainable economic growth and employment genera-

are operating in France.

tion under South Africa’s Operation Phakisa: Ocean Economy

Commemoration of the Battle of Delville Wood

initiative,” he said. South Africa estimates that its oceans will contribute more

The President also officiated at the centenary commemo-

than R20 billion to the gross domestic product by 2019. This

ration of the Battle of Delville Wood in Somme, France, a

is expected to increase to R177 billion by 2033, with just over

ceremony that ended 100 years of the marginalisation of

one million jobs created.

black soldiers who died in the First World War. Government has built a memorial in France that recognises all soldiers

Nurturing strong ties

regardless of race.

Prime Minister Modi said India and South Africa have

While in France, President Zuma also received the digitised Rivonia Trial dictabelts. The deteriorating audio recordings of the 1963-1964 court case were restored by France’s National Audiovisual Institute.

through centuries nurtured strong people-to-people ties. “We stood together in our common fight against racial segregation and colonialism,” he said, paying homage to Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi.

President Zuma thanked France for safeguarding “an inval-

“It was in South Africa that Mahatma Ghandi found his

uable part of South Africa's history for generations to come”.

true calling. He belongs as much to India as to South >>

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International relations

Africa,” said Prime Minister Modi.

ing between Hindustan Zinc (HZL) and South African com-

The Prime Minister said that in the joint discussions with

pany Fermel. The MoU is for the supply and maintenance of

President Zuma, they reviewed the full spectrum of their en-

underground mining equipment to improve safety, efficiency

gagement.

and productivity in the modern, mechanised underground

He noted that Indian companies held strong business interests in South Africa.

mines of HZL. Fermel, in turn, will also develop local skills for the maintenance of mining equipment.

Prime Minister Modi added that India had interest in enhanc-

A health insurance agreement was also signed between

ing investment in mining and minerals and pharmaceuticals,

South African company MMI Holdings and Aditya Birla Nuvo

among other sectors, in South Africa.

Limited Group. The companies have a joint agreement in

“India is also ready to share its experiences and capacities

the health insurance sector of India - an agreement that was

for development of small and medium businesses in South

signed in June 2015. However, the current MoU operation-

Africa,” said Prime Minister Modi.

alises the agreement.

He said the two countries could also partner in the field of defence and security.

Business pacts

A MoU was also signed between SAAB Grintek Defence and India’s Tata Power for the production of Land Electronic Defence Systems, while a MoU was signed between India’s CIPLA and the Dube Tradeport Corporation in Durban. This

South African and Indian businesses also signed several

agreement is for the setting up of a bio-similar plant. The

memoranda of understanding (MoU) to bolster cooperation

medication produced will be used for the treatment of cancer

between the two countries.

and respiratory diseases. It will also cater for the South African

At a Chief Executive Officers’ Forum held in Pretoria, it was announced that several agreements have been signed, includ-

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market as well as for export. Investment in the state-of-the-art biotech facility is around R1.3 billion.

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Writer: Chris Bathembu

SA shines

at AIDS 2016 W hen the largest conference on any global health

Throughout the recent week-long conference, the debate

and development issue in the world took place

at various sessions at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention

in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, recently, talk inevita-

Centre were dominated by one issue - finding an effective

bly turned to a possible vaccine that would eventually lead to the end of HIV and AIDS.

preventative vaccine for HIV. United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon’s message

With more than 18 000 global leaders, scientists, advocates,

to the delegates was clear - find money to finance research

and frontline health workers at the 21st International AIDS

and development and help the world find a vaccine for HIV

Conference (AIDS 2016), talk also turned to progress being

so the goal of ending AIDS by 2030 is achieved. And that is

made in the fight and against HIV and AIDS.

exactly what South Africa is doing.

On both these issues, South Africa, who first hosted the conference 16 years ago, featured prominently.

Finding an effective vaccine

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who also heads government’s HIV and AIDS response programmes, told delegates that the South African government was prepared to increase its funding for research and development in HIV.

While the biggest struggle during the conference in 2000

The Deputy President said the investment in HIV and AIDS

was access to treatment, the battle in 2016 and going

research will happen notwithstanding the current financial

forward should be finding a vaccine that would eventually

difficulties. This was based on the understanding that any

lead to an end to the disease, organisers said.

breakthrough in HIV would save the country billions in the long run, money that government is spending by putting people on treatment every day. It was also announced that South Africa will be leading a groundbreaking Antibody Mediated Prevention (AMP) study soon. This is the biggest vaccine trial in seven years.

The AMP study The study is a new idea for HIV prevention that is related to what has been done in HIV vaccine research. In traditional HIV vaccine studies, people get a vaccine and researchers wait to see if their bodies will make antibodies against HIV in response. In the AMP study, however, researchers give people the antibodies directly. For this particular study, South Africa is one of the trial sites and there are already patients who are in the trial in the country who are getting antibodies which are being infused into their blood to prevent HIV.

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“This is a cutting-edge science,” said South African National AIDS Council CEO, Dr Fareed Abdullah. “There is a lot of hope and expectation that these sort of trials are key to the scientific step forward,” he added. If the trials succeed, this would put South Africa on the world map in terms of finding solutions to the HIV problem. Even Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is excited about the developments. “We know that for both TB and HIV and AIDS we need a

The joint campaign driven by the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) and the Department of Health, held between April 2010 and June 2011, is considered by experts as the most successful HIV response in the whole of the Southern African region to date. By December 2010, 4.6 million South Africans had been tested. The HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) campaign set a target of testing 15 million sexually active South Africans from age 15 and older in all nine provinces.

vaccine urgently. If we can’t get a vaccine, we won’t break the

The campaign is significant because firstly, the test gave gov-

back of these diseases. A vaccine for both HIV and AIDS will

ernment an idea of the number of people who needed to be

be a huge game changer,” he said in an interview with PSM.

put on treatment. Secondly, the massive amount of people who came out to

SA’s unique response to the virus

test laid to rest the decades long stigma surrounding HIV. Peo-

South Africa used the gathering to demonstrate its unique

ple were suddenly at ease when they saw their friends and

capabilities in the fight against the HIV and AIDS pandemic.

neighbours testing.

The UN Secretary-General described South Africa’s response to the virus as a model for the continent. The country has come a long way in its fight against HIV and AIDS since the last time it hosted the conference.

Thanks to this bold campaign, South Africa has turned the corner in its fight against HIV. South Africans also owe this turnaround to the decision by the Department of Health to make all public health facilities available to every person who needed

Today, less South Africans are dying from AIDS thanks to ac-

HCT. South Africa today has the largest antiretroviral treatment

cess to treatment and prevention campaigns. President Jacob

programme globally and its efforts have been largely financed

Zuma’s 2009 World AIDS Day speech marked the beginning of

from own domestic resources.

a firm commitment by government to the fight against AIDS.

HIV Counselling and Testing

Protecting babies The Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) pro-

The country’s positive turnaround was driven largely by a

gramme, a treatment that saves unborn babies from contract-

massive campaign to get South Africans to test for HIV,

ing HIV, has also achieved much success.

announced by President Zuma. That was the beginning of a policy shift.

Public Sector Manager • August 2016

HIV prevalence among newborn babies fell from 8.5 percent in 2008 to below 2.4 percent in 2015. As a result, more than

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100 000 babies were protected from HIV infection. In 2005, slightly fewer than 50 percent of all pregnant wom-

and younger men in the same age group, contributing over 30 percent towards new infections.

en were routinely tested for HIV infection. By 2009, this had

SANAC said in 2012, for example, HIV prevalence among

changed. Testing became universal and the maternal treat-

males was 2.9 percent and nearly four times higher among

ment regimen used for PMTCT programme has also changed

females at 11.4 percent.

over the past 10 years, from single-dose Nevirapine to either

Government hopes that a new campaign named ‘She Con-

dual therapy with Nevirapine and Azidothymidine from the

quers’ will raise awareness levels among girls and may teach

14th week of pregnancy onward or highly-active antiretroviral

them about the importance of insisting on or negotiating

therapy.

protected sex.

In line with changes in policy, Minister Motsoaledi, says continuous efforts were also being made to improve the quality

MomConnect programme

of the programme.

Minister Motsoaledi is also pinning his hope on the number

“Our PMTCT has been one of the most successful pro-

of exciting innovations that government has embarked on

grammes in our administration and we are certainly working

in its AIDS response, particularly the prevention of mother-

on it to ensure that it improves the quality of life for women

to-child infections. One of the flagship programmes which

with HIV and saves the lives of unborn children,” he adds.

the Minister is passionate about is MomConnect, a mobile

Overcoming challenges Despite the remarkable success South Africa has recorded in its response to HIV, challenges remain.

platform which creates awareness among pregnant women about available health services for their infants. MomConnect was first rolled out in KwaZulu-Natal and has a robust presence in the province.

Many of the 2.5 million children currently living with HIV

“Through MomConnect, we have managed to achieve amaz-

have no access to treatment, due in large part to a lack of

ing things. We have connected women from all over and cur-

tailored screening and treatment options.

rently we have more than 800 000 women on the programme

“We want to accelerate our efforts and make sure that moth-

and that is very impressive for us,” adds Minister Motsoaledi.

er-to-child transmission of HIV ceases to exist in our country.

South Africa is also implementing a national action frame-

This has been a marathon and we are saying now the winning

work for PMTCT programme. In addition, there are on-going

post is in sight,” says Minister Motsoaledi.

efforts to increase the ability of local health-care workers to

Young women and girls are also infected at an alarming rate.

collect high-quality data and use this to improve the PMTCT

According to statistics from the SANAC, HIV prevalence

programme.

among girls and young women aged 15 -24 has consistently been found to be many times higher in comparison to boys

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Government has said it is committed to reaching the target of a zero infection rate by 2030.

Public Sector Manager • August 2016


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Women in finance

Helping government make things happen

S

ilindile Kubheka describes her work as being part of a team that makes government happen.

“We also give the provinces their allocation transfers. This is done every year when the Minister of Finance has given

When one considers that she and her colleagues at Na-

his budget speech. I am part of a team that is responsible

tional Treasury are responsible for, among others, allocating funds

for transferring funds to provinces and municipalities,” she

to government to make service delivery a reality, it is clear that

adds.

her description is no exaggeration. Kubheka, 37, who is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at National Treasury, says she is proud to be part of such a dynamic team.

There is no small change as far as Kubheka’s role is concerned as she deals with huge amounts of money, “most above R100 million on average”.

“Working for National Treasury is wonderful. It is a balanced,

To keep the ball running, she works closely with the vari-

professional, well-structured environment. I am proud to be part

ous Deputy Directors-General and the Director-General

of this dynamic team that allocates funds to the whole of govern-

within National Treasury as part of her day-to-day work.

ment. We make government happen.” She adds that as a CFO there are no average days.

New and exciting opportunities

“It doesn’t stop there; my team works closely with internal departments such as supply chain, finance, payroll and financial controls.”

“Each day comes with new and exciting opportunities, especially

Joining National Treasury

when working for an organisation that services the entire country.

Kubheka joined National Treasury in April 2016, right at

Kubheka explains that National Treasury also runs its own projects separate from government departments.

its peak when government started its new financial year. “When I started my duties I just dove into it. The first

“For example, the Municipal Infrastructure Programme is a Na-

month was hectic. We were preparing financials for the

tional Treasury project. When the project managers who run this

year that had just ended and a new financial year was be-

project need money, they come to me because it is a programme

ginning.”

of National Treasury not municipalities.

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The rush has since slowed, especially “since it is a peculiar

Public Sector Manager • August 2016


time to be in the public sector because of the economic down-

reer for themselves in the financial industry and it is particularly

turn and the limit on funds.

encouraging to see an increase in the number of black female

“There have been budget cuts because we had to fund other

chartered accountants.

projects. We are prioritising our budget. It is not easy because

“The challenge though is that we could still have more

the people that we have not prioritised always complain that

women in strategic positions. We need more women in senior

we have cut their budget.

decision-making positions. We are not there yet but we are on

“We have to think strategically on how do we prioritise. We

a path heading towards the right direction.”

need to ensure the prioritised project is successful as those

She urges young girls to stay in school and take up pure

funds could have been more useful elsewhere if the project

maths, which will open doors for them to enter the world of

fails.”

finance and accounting. “You can own your education. It is yours, no one can take

The state of SA’s finances

it away from you. Staying at school has its rewards. Focus on

Despite the economic downturn, Kubheka is positive that while

what will take you to the future and have a positive mindset.

the road ahead won't be easy, South Africa’s economy can

“You also need maths, it has global appeal and opens the

emerge stronger. “Most people are clouded by the fact that we are in an economic downturn. When I look back at 1998, when I started varsity, we were in an economic downturn even then. “Another thing is that South Africa now plays on a more global

doors of possibilities. If you don’t do maths, you are limiting yourself.” With the country celebrating Women’s Month, Kubheka urged women to make the most of the rights and opportunities they enjoy.

financial stage than we did before. We are more exposed. We are

“As women we are in control of what we say and do. We

in the BRICS grouping as well, which is something we were not

should focus on how we can change the negatives to positives

in before, so whatever impacts China’s economy, for example,

in our work spaces and environment,” she says.

also impacts us.” She adds that the country also has very strong financial regulators such as the Reserve Bank. “Our financial sector is not where one would like it to be because we have to tighten our belt. It will be tough before it gets better. As our Minister says, it won’t be an easy ride but one day we will get better.”

Responsible government spending Kubheka believes that the government is doing a lot to curb the mismanagement of public funds. “For example, the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer and the Auditor-General are there to keep us in check and ensure that we do things according to the laws and regulations.”

This and that

What is your favourite food?

Steam bread, sugar beans and anything with chicken. What do you do for fun?

I enjoy travelling with my family. Some of my favourite places are Jozini Dam and the Drakensberg. How do you relax? I enjoy reading.

She adds there are also a number of non-governmental organisations that keep an eye on how government spends

Kubheka is originally from KwaMashu in Durban.

money.

She studied at the former University of Natal

“This is important because at the end of the day it’s not gov-

where she completed an Honours Degree in Ac-

ernment’s money but taxpayers’ money that helps government

counting. She has worked for companies such

do its work.”

as Ngubani and Partners, Nkonki and Partners,

The role of women

KPMG, Absa, and the Auditor-General of South Africa before joining National Treasury.

Kubheka says that there are a number of women making a ca-

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WOMEN IN science

Writer: Noluthando Mkhize

The science of success

S

iyasanga Miza loves asking questions and the best part

species early because and it provides the opportunity

of being a scientist is that she doesn’t have to rely on

to come up with effective and practical ways of man-

others to provide the answers.

aging the negative impact that these could have on

Her line of work calls for curiosity and with it comes the

excitement of new discoveries.

Her quest is to keep marine life safe from alien species

Miza, 31, works as a marine alien species researcher for the

and her average day sees her in front of her computer

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). She is

reading scientific papers which focus on marine alien

responsible for researching marine alien organisms that could

species. In some instances, Miza’s research takes her

pose a danger to humans and animals.

out on the field to collect samples.

Invasive alien species are plants, animals, pathogens and other organisms that are non-native to an ecosystem, and

No ordinary researcher

which may cause economic or environmental harm or affect

She is also part of the technical task team that works

human health, she explains.

to advise on the proclamation of 22 proposed Marine

The research Miza conducts is part of SANBI’s Marine Programme which aims to provide scientific advice on policies related to marine life.

Protected Areas (MPAs) in South Africa’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This is a team of experts in the fields of marine ecol-

“This also forms part of SANBI’s mandate which is to moni-

ogy and social science that has been instrumental in

tor and report on the state of biodiversity in South Africa’s

collating information that has led to the identification

marine territory, coordinate research, provide knowledge and

of these proposed MPAs.

information, give planning and policy advice to government and pilot best practices in its model research.” Miza says it is very important to detect alien and invasive

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the ecosystem.

“The EEZ is part of South Africa’s marine ecosystem that SANBI is mandated to report on as per the Biodiversity Act. My work on marine alien species research

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involves me knowing about the activities that are occurring

the young girls to dream big and aspire to be whatever they

in our EEZ.”

want to be; the path has been carved for them.”

The aim is to create approximately 70 000 km2 of MPAs. Miza

She adds that her organisation is a good example of the

explains that the MPAs were identified through Operation

importance of women in leadership positions, especially since

Phakisa, a presidential project to fast-track the development

SANBI’s CEO is also a female scientist, Dr Tanya Abrahamse.

of South Africa’s ocean economy.

Focus on biodiversity

“For me this is proof enough that women are gaining their respect and recognition. We may not have gained the equality yet but there is hope.

Miza says in South Africa there is extensive focus on biodiver-

“In the words of one of the female scientists I work with, Dr

sity driven nationally by government departments, non-gov-

Phoebe Barnard: ‘Women are the nurturers, the negotiators,

ernmental organisations, academic institutions and societies.

the conflict-resolvers’. We are much more likely to put the good

“There has been major investment in research to understand

of the family or community over our own ego, and we are the

our biodiversity, especially the human-imposed impacts. I be-

primary nesters.”

lieve that this industry is South Africa’s best chance at sustaining its population.” She adds she is proud to work for an organisation with a strong focus on biodiversity.

Life as a female scientist Miza says although she finds her job exciting and enjoys every aspect of it, it does get challenging, especially as a female scientist. “Also, as women we continuously have to prove our worth, especially in the work place to be seen as competent.” To her, being a female scientist means that she has earned the right to stand in front of anyone and express herself through her work. “It also means that I get to ask myself questions and then answer them without being thought of as crazy. I love being a scientist, especially a marine scientist, because of the excitement of discovering new animals and plants and exploring

This and that

What is your favourite food?

My favourite food is grilled veggies and meat. What do you do for fun? I enjoy dancing.

How do you relax?

I listen to music and watch crime series or anything that is on TV. Favourite holiday destination locally and internationally?

Locally it would have to be Cape Town. I would love to visit Miami.

new areas of the ocean.”

Defying the odds Miza says for years women have been behind the scenes and as such they were ignored and disregarded until 9 August 1956, when they took to the streets fighting against discriminatory laws, ready for whatever stood in their way. “This Women’s Month let us not forget that the privileges we indulge in today come from the selfless sacrifices made by women who felt it was time to recognise that we matter too. “It gives me pride to read about the women who are continuously defying the stereotype, especially with regard taking

Siyasanga Miza is originally from Mthatha, Eastern Cape. She is a graduate of the Walter Sisulu University (WSU) with a Bachelor of Science and Honours in Biological Sciences majoring in Zoology. Between 2009 until 2013 she was employed as a life sciences and agricultural science educator. In 2013 she received an internship with the National Research Foundation hosted by SANBI, before joining SANBI’s Marine Programme.

careers that were previously meant for men. I encourage all

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Rising above the odds

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f Nhlupheheng Tsotetsi had the funds to study at university

heard through a friend about an apprenticeship programme

when she wanted to, her life would probably have turned

offered by state-owned Denel Aviation. Her application for an

out very differently and she would have missed out on an

apprenticeship was successful, and the rest is history.

exciting career in aviation.

After two years of study towards an Aircraft Trade Certificate,

“I didn’t see it that way then, but it turned out that not hav-

Tsotetsi graduated in 2002 as a qualified aircraft avionician.

ing money to further my studies at university was the best

According to Denel Technical Academy, aircraft avionician

thing that happened to me, because today I am part of the

training incorporates all three existing aircraft avionic-related

dynamic world of aviation and enjoying every minute of it,”

trades, namely: aircraft electrician, aircraft radiotrician and air-

says the 39-year-old, who is an airworthiness safety inspector

craft instrument mechanic.

at the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).

Trainees are exposed to all three avionic trade fundamentals

Tsotetsi grew up in Daveyton, a township in Gauteng’s

and on qualification they are ready for minor maintenance,

Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, and after matric, she

installations and repairs of the modern-day avionic aircraft,

wanted to study for a BSc in Microbiology and Biotechnology

critical for quick turnaround in aviation.

at the University of Witwatersrand. However, due to financial difficulties, she could not do so.

Making the most of opportunities

Tsotetsi kick-started her career in aviation as an apprentice with Denel Aviation. She later worked for the same company as an aircraft maintenance engineer, carrying out minor and major aircraft maintenance, embodiment of aircraft modifi-

Instead of wallowing in self-pity, Tsotetsi directed her energy

cation as well as assisting with operational and evaluation

towards securing employment or alternative training oppor-

flight testing.

tunities. She eventually enrolled at Ekurhuleni East College where she graduated with a National Diploma in Electrical

Navigating the path to success

Engineering. After graduating, her attempts to secure employ-

In 2004 she joined the SACAA Aircraft Certification depart-

ment were unsuccessful. Her breakthrough came when she

ment. As an airworthiness safety inspector focused on

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manufacturing of aeronautical products, Tsotetsi and her team

a career in aviation; adding that there are about 40 different

are responsible for the administration and enforcement of

career fields in aviation.

civil aviation safety regulations and standards related to the

“As much as there are women in the aviation industry, their

modification of aircraft as well as the manufacturing of aviation

number compared to those of males is miniscule. The indus-

components and parts. Their duties also include the approval

try is still overwhelmingly dominated by white males. How-

of aviation manufacturing entities, carrying out surveillance

ever, we are seeing gradual change, particularly at the SACAA

and audit activities as well as providing support in new aircraft

where there is almost an equal split between female and male

type certification processes and determining the airworthiness

employees, right from the top to the bottom. Career aware-

of proposed aircraft components.

ness and training initiatives such as those championed by the

“This simply means that if you intend manufacturing new aircraft and/or aircraft components and parts, you have to first comply with certain requirements as outlined in civil aviation regulations.

SACAA are gradually starting to make a difference as well,” she points out. A significant number of career fields in aviation require a natural technical inclination. “Those that are keen on pursuing

“You cannot simply wake up one day and say I am going

careers in aviation should ideally study pure mathematics and

to ‘pimp my aircraft’ with this or that part,” explains Tsotetsi,

science in school. This should be followed by aviation-specific

adding that aviation is a high risk activity with no margin for

training and qualification. To join the SACAA as an aviation

errors.

inspector one is also required to have specialised training cou-

A rapidly evolving industry

pled with the relevant experience.” Tsotetsi’s message to young women interested in aviation

According to Tsotetsi, air travel is a major role-player in modern

is simple. “You must have self-confidence and be prepared to

society and contributes immensely to world economies and

work hard. Keep knocking on as many doors as possible for

societal development.

opportunities such as the internships and bursary programme

“Air travel has compressed the world into a global village, allowing goods and people to be transported from one corner of the world to another in a matter of hours. “Its positive social and economic impact ranges from direct employment through to catalytic enablement of downstream

run by the SACCA. Aim very high; after all, in aviation the sky is not the limit, it is in most cases someone’s office.” Not one to take it easy, Tsotetsi is currently studying towards a B-Tech Degree in Electronic Engineering. She also intends to train as a helicopter pilot in the near future.

economies.” She added that the aviation industry is a rapidly evolving one that is growing in leaps and bounds in the country and continent. “I am fortunate to be part of this dynamic industry and an organisation that is held in high esteem throughout the world,” says Tsotetsi. When asked about her average day, Tsotetsi is quick to dismiss the notion of monotony in aircraft engineering or aviation at large. “While there is a structured way in how the SACAA conducts its business, no two days are ever the same. Aviation is rapidly and consistently evolving. “ There is always someone somewhere thinking of improving aircraft performance. Our team of inspectors are continually reviewing new designs and manufacturing data. Besides this, there are other routine processes involving client liaison

This and that

What is your favourite food?

Freshly cooked maize (mealies). What do you do for fun?

Movies and going out with friends. How do you relax?

Coastal holiday and reading books.

Favourite holiday destination locally and internationally?

At the moment it is Zanzibar. I am also on a mission to explore the African continent and learn more about the motherland and her beauty.

activities, the issuing of approvals as well as compliance audits.”

Careers in aviation

Kabelo Ledwaba, Communications Manager at South

Tsotetsi urges women and young South Africans to consider

African Civil Aviation Authority.

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Women in safety and security

Writer: Albert Pule

Tracking a serial rapist

W

hen Beauty Queen Nchabeleng applied for a job at the South African Police Service (SAPS) it was to get her friend off her back. But after 10 years on the job, she now believes serving and protecting the

people of South Africa is her calling. Constable Nchabeleng says she and three friends applied for the posts, which were advertised in 2004, and two years later she joined the Lebowakgomo Family Violence and Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit.

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“I submitted my application late, actually it was on the clos-

Setting the trap

ing date and I just did it to get my friend off my back. Of the

Nchabeleng decided to set a trap for the rapist. She donned

four of us, I’m the only one who was called for an interview

a school uniform and walked the same route the rapist was

and I’m the only one who works for the SAPS. This is a job

targeting.

that I was given by God.” She says the experience, challenges and the joy of working for the SAPS is second to none and she wouldn’t trade it for anything. “Working for the SAPS has made me street smart. I’m able to work in any environment because with this job you are forced to leave your comfort zone.” Nchabeleng, who grew up in the Ga-Masemola region in Limpopo, says she is happy to be making a difference with her work.

It wasn’t long before a stranger emerged and politely said ke kgopela go botšiša. “I was shaking and very nervous. I remember saying to myself, we are going to have a problem here and prepared myself for any outcome. I turned and reached for my gun which was in my bag, just to make sure it was still there.” As the man came closer, Nchabeleng sized him up. “He wasn’t that big. If he tried something I was going to show him what I was made of. “He came closer and asked what my name was. I gave him

And perhaps the biggest difference she has made in her

the wrong name and I told him that I was going to board

career so far was apprehending a serial rapist who had been

a bus. That’s when he told me that he loved me and I told

terrorising the community of Lebowakgomo, south east of

him that I felt the same.”

Polokwane.

Deciphering dockets Nchabeleng explains that it all started when she was on standby one night and received a docket. It was that of a teenager who had been raped between a set of robots between section F and D in the Fetakgomo area. She studied it and not long after received another docket with many similarities

She made arrangements to meet him in the same area the next day but asked to get a picture of him before she left. “I told him I want to admire him and look at his picture before I sleep at night. I took three photos.” It was those pictures that she took back to some of the victims, who all confirmed that the man Nchabeleng had met was the one who had raped them.

Serial rapist behind bars

After a while, the dockets piled up, and Nchabeleng real-

As arranged, Nchabeleng met the man the following day

ised there was a pattern and that there was a serial rapist

and lured him to a police station under the pretext that she

in the area.

needed to certify some documents and sign an affidavit.

The rapist would approach the girls on their way home from

Once at the police station, she alerted her colleagues who

school with the words ke kgopela go botšiša (May I please

were waiting outside and the man was arrested on the spot.

ask?). He would ask if the girls had seen his cattle or ask for

“He was cursing and insulting me, calling me all sorts of

directions. “After that he would ask where they were going, and then tell them he loves them.

names and telling me that he will get me,” recalls Nchabeleng. William Koketso Muroa was found guilty of multiple counts

“If he proposes and you refuse, that’s when he rapes you.

of rape and is currently serving an 84-year sentence in prison.

Most of the victims refused and he ended up raping them,”

Looking back on how she tracked down Muroa, Ncha-

she explains. There were nine such cases.

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beleng says: “I only now realise the danger I was putting myself in, but if I had to, I would do it all over again.”

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KGOMOTSO MODISE, DEPUTY DIRECTORGENERAL: TRANSPORT

Kgomotso Modise is a focused and dedicated professional with over 18 years’ experience in the transport policy, strategy and economic regulatory environment. Modise holds a Bachelor of Commerce, with majors in Business Management and Industrial Psychology from Unisa, a Master of Business Leadership from the Unisa School of Business Leadership and a

She started her career in 1997 in the Air Transport Regulation Division of the Department of Transport, where she was responsible for providing economic analysis and technical support for the negotiation of bilateral air services agreements on behalf of the government of South Africa with European, Middle Eastern and Asian countries. The bilateral air services agreements regulate the services of airlines between South Africa and its partners. In 2000, she had a short stint of 11 months at the Department of Trade and Industry as a project manager in Logistics Facilitation before returning to the air transport sector in 2001 with Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) as a Manager in Aeropolitical and Regulatory Affairs. She represented ATNS in discussions and working groups with the air transport industry and the DOT for the development of national air transport policy and also represented the company in international forums. She took up an opportunity at Transnet Freight Rail in 2004 where she managed the consolidation of Shosholoza Meyl with SARCC and Metrorail and also developed the strategy for the Branchlines Network of Transnet Freight Rail. Modise represented the company in local and international forums and was also responsible for the development of Transnet Freight Rail’s strategic position with regard to the National Freight Logistics Strategy, National Rail Policy and the possible establishment of the Rail Economic Regulator by the DOT.

In her role at the DPE she is responsible for the oversight and monitoring of SOCs in the transport sector, i.e. Transnet and South African Express Airways. This entails ensuring that the strategies and structures of the SOC are aligned with government’s economic growth objectives, and that the companies remain competitive and financially sustainable and deliver an optimum service to the economy. Modise is also responsible for leading the DPE’s advocacy role in the development of sector policy and economic regulatory frameworks for rail, ports, pipelines and air transport. This includes interaction with the policy departments, economic and safety regulators, the National Treasury, boards, Inter-Ministerial Committees, Parliamentary Committees and Cabinet Clusters. Modise’s plans for the future are to strengthen her skills and knowledge in the economic regulation space and continue contributing to building economic regulation capacity in the transport sector. Her vision is to achieve a fair balance between the interests of government, SOCs, private sector and consumers in the quest to grow the country’s economy. She believes that women in leadership positions should play a guiding and supporting role to elevate the next layer of women leaders in government. Equally so, future women leaders should be open to learning from and supporting their own leaders, so that both can channel energies for growth together.

JACQUELINE MOLISANE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL: STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

The Strategic Partnerships Unit oversees the design and implementation of strategic capital investment programmes and projects undertaken by SOCs within the DPE portfolio. The investment programmes and projects relate to extraordinary funding initiatives, complex procurements and ongoing supplier and customer relationships involving various stakeholders. In her previous role, Molisane was the Chief Director: Financial Analysis and Transactions in the Energy and Broadband Unit, focusing on providing strategic advice on SOCs’ performance; assessing SOC transactions such as acquisitions, mergers and disposals and securing the necessary funds for SOCs. She performed in-depth financial and commercial analysis on SOCs such as Eskom and Broadband INFRACO, and formed an integral part of the team tasked with securing funding for Eskom from the World Bank and the African Development Bank. Molisane has 10 years of private sector experience in the financial services field, specialising in investment banking. She spent seven years working for local and international investment banks specialising in stock broking, with a particular focus on equities trading and portfolio management. The last three years were spent in honing and broadening her skills base in the private equity and structured finance arena. Molisane was a trustee on the Board of the National Empowerment Fund and the Chairperson of the Board Investment Committee. She was also the Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee at the National Empowerment Fund. She currently serves on the Special Economic Zones Advisory Board and holds a BA Honours degree in Economics (Monetary, International and Developmental).


Mbono has extensive experience in leadership and senior management roles in the public sector as well as the private sector. She has served as the BHP Billiton representative on the MEETI Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2012. She also served for seven years as a BHP Billiton representative in the Energy Intensive Users Group, being a member of its Executive Council that drives the positions on matters of energy security of supply, energy efficiency, climate change response and any government policy and regulation matters in various forums.

NONTSIKELELO MBONO, DEPUTY DIRECTORGENERAL: ECONOMIC IMPACT AND POLICY ALIGNMENT

In the DPE, Nontsikelelo Mbono is responsible for ensuring positive interface and effective alignment between the DPE and policy departments; fostering a supportive strategic and operating environment for the SOCs; conducting macro and microeconomic analyses relevant to SOCs; monitoring and measuring the economic impact of SOCs on growth, investment, employment, and industrialisation; as well as overseeing SOCs’ developmental mandate including transformation, skills and youth development, and SOC compliance with environmental policy and legislation. She provides oversight on SOC Property Disposals, while providing support to SOCs to facilitate the successful conclusions of such transactions to release land in a manner that optimally supports objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP).

She led the internal BHP Billiton committees on energy efficiency and climate change in South Africa, facilitating the implementation of the energy efficiency and climate change response programmes in the Group’s operations in South Africa and Mozambique. She also served at the National Business Initiative’s Energy Efficiency Technical Committee from 2006 to 2011; and chaired the EETC’s workgroup focusing on Regulatory Developments and Policy Engagements during the last two-and-a-half years. She also served as a member of the NBI’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change, steering the business sector’s views on climate change response policy. Mbono has 14 years’ experience, having worked for the private sector, public statutory bodies and in government; she has extensive knowledge and experience in energy, telecoms, and mining sectors. With eight years at BHP Billiton in different roles, including sound understanding of the role that infrastructure plays in stimulating economic growth and industrialisation; the critical role of SOCs in supporting the much required growth in export-oriented and labour intensive sectors of the economy; and government’s industrial, social and economic imperatives to support the New Growth Path, the NDP and sustainability goals – she understands extensively the logistical and infrastructural value chain required to support the SEZ. She has done some work on company valuations, economic assessments and financial valuations in various projects that also entailed corporate finance in her commercial roles and business development projects

in BHP Billiton. Mbono is a self-driven and goal-oriented individual who works well within a team environment and thrives under pressure and tight deadlines. She is a great leader and is well respected by her peers in the energy and mining industries.

Mbono understands extensively the logistical and infrastructure value chain required to support the SEZ.

CONTACT DETAILS General Enquiries info@dpe.gov.za Tel: +27(0)12 431 1000 Fax: +2786 501 2624 Physical Address Infotech Building 1090 Arcadia Street Hatfield


INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS FEATURE

*Writer: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Public servants:

Engineers of a better society

T

he National Development Plan (NDP) recognises

the disempowered, vulnerable and the needy must

that an effective and capable developmental

be the defining quality of a civil servant.

state is essential if we are to eradicate underde-

One of the challenges that the diagnostic report of

velopment, structural poverty, massive inequality and

the National Planning Commission identified was the

unemployment.

instability in leadership and high turnover of senior

The public service is the most important part of such

and technical staff in the public service. We must do

a state. These are the men and women who not only

more to incentivise senior public servants to focus on

make South Africa work, but are the engineers of a new

building institutions and capacity instead of pursuing

society built on the principles of democracy, human

short-term goals.

dignity and social justice. They are not paper pushers. They must be capable of expanding the frontiers of human fulfilment and

The political-administrative interface Another challenge is the muddling of lines of accountability between political and

improving the quality of life of all our people.

Creating a professional public service The NDP provides principles for developing such a

To achieve an efficient developmental state, we require a visionary, capable and committed leadership as well as effective national development planning.

We must institutionalise a proper, effective and efficient political-administrative inter face.

professional, efficient public

We need

service. These principles de-

to better

rive from, and are embedded in, our Constitution. They

delineate the roles of Ministers

are inspired by the view that the state, its institutions

and heads of department. Disa-

of accountability and its agents are acting on behalf

greements and different roles

of the marginalised and poor.

need not amount to separation of

To achieve an efficient developmental state, we require a visionary, capable and committed leadership as well as effective national development planning. Twenty-two years into democracy, South Africans

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administrative principals.

purpose. It is critical that public servants avoid getting involved in inter-party or intra-party politics. They need to

deserve a more coherent state supported by a quality,

serve all citizens irrespective of political

professional and meritocratic bureaucracy. South Africa

persuasion. Public servants should faith-

cannot afford a public service that is alienated, elitist

fully and enthusiastically implement the

and self-serving. Care, humility and service towards

mandate of the governing party without

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seeking to advance the partisan interests of that party.

their many other responsibilities, specifically ensuring that

They should be rewarded for their competence, not their

the state machinery effectively implements government

allegiance.

programmes.

As a democratic and accountable state, the interface

There is a need to improve systems and promote greater

between the Executive and Parliament is a critical feature

predictability and efficiency in the interface between Par-

of our work. It is important that this relationship is regular,

liament and the Executive. Parliamentary structures should

dynamic, robust and free of undue tension or conflict.

be alive to the many demands on the time of Ministers and

Parliament has an obligation to moni-

Directors-General. The Executive must work with Parlia-

tor the management of depart-

ment to ensure that the exercise of accountability does not

ments and the use of public

undermine the implementation of the very programmes

funds. As such, Parliament

on which government is supposed to account.

has an important role to

There is also a need to examine the structures of co-

play in making govern-

ordination and accountability within government itself.

ment operations more

There is a sense that too much time is spent in forums with

transparent and in-

overlapping mandates or in reporting on compliance, with

creasing public trust

regulations that are unnecessarily onerous.

in government.

Accountability and responsibilities

Leading by example Our people expect all spheres of government to cooperate and collaborate. They expect public servants to subordi-

Senior public servants

nate their individual interests to the interests of the greater

provide invaluable sup-

good. They expect and deserve conduct that reinforces

port to Ministers in account-

the legitimacy of the state. They expect public servants to

ing to the various structures

lead by example in building trust, confidence and respect

of Parliament. However, the

for the rule of law.

demands of this role

Addressing the Public Service Commission in 1996, for-

need to be bal-

mer President Nelson Mandela said: “For the majority of

anced with

South Africans, the public service was seen as a hostile instrument of an oppressive minority. We have an immense challenge to build a state that is truly oriented towards the service of all South Africans; that is equitably representative of our society; that is guided by the broad vision of a better life for all; and that is dedicated to making efficient use of public resources.� Let us use our state as an instrument of liberation. Let us use public resources prudently to build a non-racial, non-sexist society while we undo the inequities of the past. Let us be the engineers of a new society. *This is an edited extract from remarks by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the recent Forum of South African Directors-General workshop.

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FEATURE

Writer: Chris Bathembu

SA cities on the rise

S

outh Africa cannot discuss its growth without address-

human settlements are managed properly, in such a way that

ing the economic growth of its cities. Municipalities will

our cities become liveable places,” Minister Van Rooyen added.

have to prepare for a major influx of people to major

The report indicates that South Africa’s major cities have

centres, like Johannesburg and Cape Town, in the coming years.

been crucial in driving growth, generating almost two-

This is according to Cooperative Governance and Traditional

thirds of the country’s economic activity and just over half

Affairs Minister David Van Rooyen. Speaking to PSM recently, the Minister said the latest State of the Cities Report, which was released in June, is confirmation that South Africa’s cities continue to grow at a rapid rate.

of national employment. It says that cities are expected to be effective drivers of the National Development Plan. Every five years, the South African Cities Network reports on the state of South African cities through the State of the

“The report confirms the fact that cities and the centralities

Citie's Report. The report looks at city development and

of cities in the economic development of a country continue

service delivery performance against local benchmarks

to grow at a very fast rate. All our people, in their quest to

and strategies, national urban development priorities, and

realise a better life, flock to cities and our cities have the best

international development targets. The report influences

infrastructure that attracts scores of people.

national policy and strategy through messages about what

“But what is important is that we need to make sure that

is required to achieve the desired urban development

our cities can handle this growth and that development and

outcomes. It is also used to advise and inform the plans and

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strategies of cities by generating specialised and technical

many from rural areas and less prosperous cities, towns and

evidence and insights.

villages in South Africa and beyond. Not all of those seeking a better life in the city find it, and

Economic role of cities

the result is increased poverty, unemployment, overcrowding

The Minister says that as cities grow, they must prepare to

and social tension. The report notes that most South African

face some challenges.

cities still largely benefit those who can afford to “buy” their

He adds that the economic growth of the cities should be felt throughout the country, including in rural areas. “We are saying as we grow the economy of the cities, let

rights and freedom to the city.

Cities fairly well governed

us not do this in isolation. We must introduce appropriate

The report says while cities have been performing well and are

linkages between cities and rural municipalities so that

relatively well-governed, they have functioned under dynamic

economic development can be shared.”

and difficult circumstances, and therefore have had a mixed

With mounting job losses and the economic downturn

performance.

affecting both the rich and poor, attention is increasingly

“South Africa’s institutions and systems need to be

focused on the role that cities play in stimulating and

reconfigured in order to support positive urban growth –

supporting economic development.

something that is echoed strongly in the IUDF. This includes

The report provides some good news and says that cities

a shared recognition and appropriate support across

have significantly improved their service delivery, and

government for the role of cities; better intergovernmental

generally have good strategies in place to facilitate economic

cooperation across the public spheres and sectors; conducive

growth and social development.

relations with the private sector; the strengthened role and

Minister Van Rooyen says the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF), a policy document recently approved by

constructive participation of an active civil society; and greater use of the knowledge industry.”

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Cabinet, will provide guidance on how to link cities and other parts of the country to ensure that economic growth of the cities benefits everyone. “It’s our insistence that we are not going to realise development of the country if we don’t address both the development of these hubs of our economy as well as rural parts. We think the State of the Cities Report confirms this direction we are taking.”

Drivers of growth and development The report emphasises that cities are drivers of growth and development, adding that this is why the IUDF places cities at the centre of achieving South Africa’s national development objectives. The IUDF will ensure that growth in urbanisation can still lead to liveable, safe, resource-efficient cities. However, the report also notes that the majority of urban dwellers are still socially, spatially, culturally and economically excluded. In addition, it highlights the fact that cities are associated with promise and opportunity, but also exclude many people from participating in the economy and accessing opportunities in various ways. Yet they continue to attract

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FEATURE

Joburg) percentage of households with access to piped water and refuse removal. Between 2001 and 2011, the average household

income

doubled in Cape Town from R56 220 to R112 830, but the cost of living has also increased significantly. In the City of Ekurhuleni, households with access to sanitation ser vices increased from 99.1 percent in 2010 to 98.2 percent in 2013. The number of people living below the poverty line decreased from 33 percent of the The report adds that good governance is critical in ensuring cities play a better role in the country’s success. “Governance means all actors have a role to play, from

eThekwini has increased access to all basic services, but

the three spheres of government to the private sector,

the report says expanding access to water services in the

knowledge institutions and civil society. Cities should be

rural outlying areas remains a challenge. Between 2001

financed properly, make better use of revenue resources

and 2011, the average household income doubled from

and improve their revenue collection. In all this, good

R56 222 to R112 830.

leadership and management are critical, and special

According to the report, the number of households in

attention must be paid to sustainable development and

the City of Johannesburg doubled between 2001 to 2011,

encouraging active citizenship.”

from 732 845 to 1 434 856. There were also improvements

Cities also need to develop bold economic development

in the delivery of basic services between this period. The

strategies that include the informal sector and public

average number of people per household deceased from

employment programmes. A need exists for cities to

3.20 to 3.09 between 2001 and 2011. Fewer people are

expand economic activities and participation through

living in more houses which means the city has to provide

innovation, skills development and targeted investments,

infrastructure at a rate faster than the city is growing.

says the report. Importantly, cities should learn from one another’s strengths to improve their business climate.

How cities fair When it comes to the profile of cities, the report notes

The report says that in Mangaung the average household income has more than doubled from R43 125 in 2001 to R105 233 in 2011, but the cost of living in the city remains high. Mangaung has made progress with providing access to basic services, in particular access to sanitation services.

that Buffalo City in East London has improved access to

In Nelson Mandela Bay the number of people living

sanitation, but access to piped water and waste services

below the poverty line decreased from 46 percent in 2001

have not increased. The number of households that have

to 29 percent in 2011. The city also increased access to

access to sanitation services was at 91 percent in 2013.

basic services, especially access to sanitation and waste

The City of Cape Town has the second highest (after

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FEATURE

Writer: Nosihle Shelembe

West Rand District Municipality

a beacon of hope

W

hile many municipalities across the country are battling with various challenges – financial mismanagement being among the topmost – one municipality in Gauteng is among those that are proving to be an inspiration to others. The West Rand District Municipality is

grows vegetables and distributes to the community. In 2011, the mayor’s office adopted the Green IQ programme which is a commitment to make the West Rand the greenest district in South Africa. So far the municipality has planted about 50 000 trees in the district. Passionate about issues of the environment

among the 33 percent of municipalities

and agriculture, Nawa is delighted about the

in Gauteng that achieved a clean audit

establishments of Agri-parks in Bekkersdal,

opinion for the 2014/15 financial year.

Merafong and Tarlton.

Under the leadership of outgoing Execu-

The programme, which is led by the Depart-

tive Mayor Mpho Nawa, the municipality

ment of Rural Development and Land Reform,

has achieved clean audits for the past five

is aimed at revitalising the agriculture sector

years, an achievement, he’s proud of.

by increasing the participation of smallholder

Nawa has been in local government for 11 years. He was elected mayor of the

farmers in agricultural activities.

West Rand District Municipality last year

Agri-parks to assist municipalities

and is currently overseeing the merger

Nawa says the establishment of Agri-parks will

of Randfontein and Westonaria munici-

assist the district in diversifying the economy,

palities into a territory that also includes

which has been reliant on mining, and would

Mogale City and Merafong City.

provide much-needed jobs.

“Outstanding governance has been ensured by the ap-

“In Bekkersdal, 20 tunnels, a packhouse and an administra-

pointment of a regional audit committee, which conducts

tive block have already been completed. In Merafong, 16

performance audits as well as financial audits,” he explains.

tunnels and a shade net have been completed and planting

Going green

of seedlings is in progress,” he says. The district has also proposed to the Ministry of Higher

For many years now, the mining sector has been the big-

Education that one of the Further Education and Training Col-

gest contributor to the economy of the West Rand District

leges in the district be converted into an agricultural college.

Municipality, but with the industry experiencing a steady decline in recent years, the district is now repositioning itself to be a green economy. Rich in land which has high agricultural potential, as well as

“We hope as we move forward, we can have our own fresh produce market,” Nawa adds.

Service delivery

favourable climatic conditions, Nawa says the district wants

To ensure effective service delivery, the municipality has

to take advantage of this and empower its citizens.

coordinated a project known as Ntirhisano, which involves

“The region is also diversifying its economy as it wants to be

setting up War Rooms across the district.

the food producer for Gauteng,” he says. This is not surprising,

The programme was initiated by the Premier of Gauteng

coming from someone who has his own garden where he

in 2015 and is championed by mayors across the province.

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As health is one of the priority areas for government, the municipality has also ensured the training of health practitioners who deal with the issuing of antiretrovirals (ARVs) at local clinics. “All 44 clinics in the region have been trained and authorised to issue ARVs and 18 of those clinics have pharmacy assistants. A total of 400 000 people have been on ARVs since 2011,” says Nawa.

Tackling crime Not wanting to give criminals any space, he says the municipality took a decision to install CCTV cameras in the Central Business Districts of Mogale City, Randfontein, Westonaria, Carletonville and Fochville. As a result, up to 3 000 crime-related incidents have been Nawa says the programme has allowed the municipality to address issues raised by the community quickly and it’s also bringing services closer to the people, through its outreach programme. The West Rand District Municipality is coordinating the district technical team, which includes 17 Gauteng government departments.

Tackling HIV and AIDS The municipality has exceeded the target set by the provincial department in raising awareness on HIV, AIDS, and TB. Over the last five years, 3 093 800 people have been reached through the municipality’s door-to-door education campaign on HIV and AIDS, TB and sexually transmitted infections.

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captured on camera and in some cases, arrests have been made.

Infrastructure projects Nawa says the district is currently paving the sidewalks and the entrances of Mohlakeng and Toekomsrus. The project is funded by National Treasury through the Neighbourhood Development Partnership Grant. Furthermore, a road linking Rietvallei Proper and Rietvallei Ext 2 was completed in 2014. Since 2011, the Energy Efficient Lighting Project has installed 1 073 LED street lights and 29 high mast lights across the local municipalities of the district. Nawa is pleased with these achievements but also notes that the task “to provide a better life for all continues”.

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OPINION

*Writer: Faith Muthambi

Transforming the MAC sector

T

he transformation of the country’s R124 billion

Increasing black ownership

revenue marketing, advertising and media sec-

Our transformation initiatives allow for new players into

tor is imperative, given the strong influence it

the economy by deracialising ownership. It opens up

has on the aspirations and values of many South Afri-

more opportunities for black people, women and the

cans.

youth, and promotes new black enterprises.

In guiding the sector to be more reflective of our

The ground-breaking MAC Sector Codes – a collective

country’s diversity, government has gazetted the

effort of industry organisations and professionals – aim

Marketing, Advertising and Communications

to increase black ownership to 45 percent by the end

(MAC) Sector B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice.

In striving to reach this target, government is certain

our commitments to

that it will bring about change in diversity for the sector.

transform the economy,

The industry is often described as a white male-owned

broaden ownership and

and managed sector, which is not in keeping with our

create jobs. Govern-

aspirations for gender, race and generational diversity.

ment has, since

While the MAC industry has recorded some progress

1994, taken

in transformation at an ownership and management

active steps

level, this change has been limited.

to fundamen-

An analysis of the country’s top advertising agencies

tally change

with a revenue of over R50 million shows that there are,

the econom-

strikingly, no black-owned businesses. When extended

ic landscape.

to include agencies with revenue above R5 million, only

Our work is guid-

two have a B-BBEE level 1 rating. The majority of top

ed by the Constitution

agencies in terms of revenue have a B-BBEE level 3 and

to create a society that

above rating.

has equal opportuni-

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of March 2018.

The codes are in line with

ties across all areas.

Growing the talent base

The Constitution em-

The MAC Sector Codes will open up the industry to

phasises that South Af-

more South Africans and grow the sector’s talent base.

rica belongs to all who live in it,

This will encourage a more vibrant sector that is more in

united in our diversity.

tune with a South African perspective that is cognisant

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of our place in Africa and the world. The codes foster creativity and promote the expression of a proud local identity. Importantly, increased shareholding and management

women at executive, senior and middle management levels. It stipulates that black females should hold 25 percent of executive board positions and 30 percent of executive and senior management positions.

by South Africans in local MAC companies will result in

To realise the changes the sector wants to see, the code’s

a greater share of profits being kept in the country and

commitments must be fully implemented. Businesses in the

reinvested into the industry. The codes will also stimulate

sector are encouraged to align their transformation plans

greater competition within the industry.

to that of the adopted codes.

Government will use its sizeable spend in the advertising

This begins with inculcating its five founding values of

and communication space to support the implementa-

inclusivity and diversity, the soul of the nation, respect and

tion of the codes. Through the State Owned Enterprises

human dignity, sensitivity to people’s needs and responsible

Communicators Association, representing our 700 entities

creativity into all aspects of work.

and agencies, we will begin a process to affirm compliant

We encourage business to commit to broad-based own-

companies through the communications supply chain.

ership through community and employee ownership

We encourage companies that want to do business with

schemes and in supporting the careers of black South

the government and its entities to meet the codes com-

Africans.

mitments.

The codes' commitments apply to all South African busi-

We are confident that this will give the MAC Sector

nesses that derive more than 50 percent of their turnover

Codes the push they require to be implemented. Fur-

from advertising, public relations and communications

thermore, it will pave the way to reach the ambitious

services.

transformation targets of greater participation of women and youth.

Black women in management

Companies have a two-year window period that started on 1 April to deliver against their business’ transformation plans. They will then be required to submit themselves for annual verification against the new codes.

The codes set clear targets to grow the representation of black South Africans in the industry, particularly that of

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* Faith Muthambi, Minister of Communications.

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS FEATURE

Writer: Ongezwa Manyathi

Vuk’uzenzele on the move

G

overnment newspaper Vuk’uzenzele continues to make good progress in keeping the public informed on what government is doing to move South Africa

forward.

on the website. This year, Vuk’uzenzele also unveiled a new look to coincide with its 100th edition, in June. The newspaper now has a much cleaner design, shorter

The first edition hit the streets in October 2005, in a magazine format. Since then, Vuk’uzenzele has changed its format and appearance and continues to make huge strides

and to the point stories, bolder headlines and more exciting photographs. Vuk’uzenzele is also available online on: www.vukuzenzele.gov.za and from the App Store and

in informing South Africans on government programmes that aim to change the lives of all South Africans. It was established with the sole purpose of making government information available in a simplified manner to

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Vuk’uzenzele features various

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FEATURE

IUDF: A new deal for SA’s cities

T

he critical role played by inclusive, thriving cities in South Africa’s growth and development cannot be

There are also concerns over alarming levels of youth un-

overstated. The search for a better life post-democra-

employment due to competition for limited jobs in cities.

cy has seen millions of people flocking to the country’s urban

Added to the list of problems is infrastructure as well as

centres and there are now more people living in metropolitan

greater environmental and health risks.

cities than in rural areas.

Such challenges are prompting government to act and

Bathandwa Mbola recently sat down with Deputy Min-

push ahead with the implementation of IUDF. Cabinet

ister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs An-

approved the policy on 26 April 2016 and officials are already

dries Nel to discuss how the Integrated Urban Development

rolling up their sleeves to implement it.

Framework (IUDF) will ensure that growth in urbanisation can still lead to liveable, safe, resource-efficient cities. More than 60 percent of South Africans now live in urban areas and the trend is expected to continue. The United Nations (UN) is projecting that this number will increase to 71.3 percent in 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

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government services such as housing for the poor.

The policy is expected to guide the development of inclusive, resilient and liveable urban settlements, while addressing the unique conditions and challenges facing South Africa’s cities and towns.

Managing urbanisation

The 2011 Census shows that those who migrate to bigger

Deputy Minister Nel describes the plan as a “new deal”, which

cities have a better chance of improving their quality of life,

seeks to foster a shared understanding across government

with Gauteng and the Western Cape having attracted the

and society about how best to manage urbanisation and

highest numbers in this inward migration.

achieve the goals of economic development.

While urbanisation creates conditions for concentrated

He says the policy, if implemented correctly, would also

economic activity, the downside, however, is that it puts

help with job creation and improved living conditions for

a strain on scarce resources and planning and provision of

the benefit of ordinary South Africans.

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“This policy document is in the context of deepening

should be getting out of our urban areas.”

socio-economic transformation of South Africa in line

The IUDF document proposes different levels of imple-

with the vision of our Constitution and responds directly

mentation and the following four overall strategic goals:

to Chapter 8 of the National Development Plan, which talks

ment, transport, social and economic areas.

about the transformation of national space economy and human settlements,” Deputy Minister Nel adds.

• •

which also sets out a certain approach to urbanisation. “We have rapid urbanisation and on the other hand, we sit

Growth: To harness urban dynamism for inclusive, sustainable economic growth and development.

(SDGs), especially SDG 11 which talks about urban development. It also speaks to the African Union’s Agenda 2063

Inclusion and access: To ensure people have access to social and economic services, opportunities and choices.

The framework is also in line with international documents such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Spatial integration: To forge new spatial forms in settle-

Governance: To enhance the capacity of the state and its citizens to work together to achieve spatial and social integration.

with a very painful and divisive legacy of apartheid spatial

Deputy Minister Nel stresses that the policy acknowl-

engineering …our country was divided from homelands;

edges the intractable link between urban areas and rural

cities were divided into different residential areas. The ma-

areas.

jority ended up living far from central business districts,

“The IUDF recognises that urban development and rural

far from economic opportunities and social services,” says

development are interlinked. They are not opposed; they

Deputy Minister Nel.

are the different sides of the same coin.”

He adds that while government has done well over the

An important aspect for policymakers is that many of

past 22 years, rolling out about 4.3 million houses and giv-

South Africa’s urban migrants retain strong ties with their

ing out subsidies, there are communities and people who

rural areas of origin. Some do not own permanent accom-

have not yet benefited from these services. “There are also

modation in the urban areas and, when no longer eco-

those people who have received the services, but even

nomically active, tend to migrate back to rural settlements.

though they have access to them … [they] are still not of

“The framework therefore moves away from treating

the quality and consistency that we would want.” The IUDF policy is anchored around three elements - jobs, housing and transport. These three critical issues must be addressed to restructure urban space by reducing travel costs and distances;

urban areas and rural areas as completely separate entities but rather talks of an urban-rural continuum - a spectrum, there is no neat divide of what is rural and what is urban,” Deputy Minister Nel says.

preventing further development of housing in marginal

Government cannot do it alone

places and increasing urban densities to reduce sprawl.

The Deputy Minister says the involvement of business,

Improvements in public transport

organised labour and civil society is going to be crucial in the implementation of the IUDF.

The Deputy Minister says the policy also seeks to improve

“This is one thing that as South Africans we need to

public transport and ensure that cities are fully integrated.

stand up together on. We might have different politics,

This would be done by ensuring that there is coordination

different views on some of these things but we have to

between transport modes, among others.

approach this thing together and we believe we have no

“Our cities are not fully integrated which means there are

option but to make it work.”

huge costs involved. We are spending more on transport,

On how the implementation of the policy will be moni-

infrastructure which has to run over greater distances, and

tored and evaluated, Deputy Minister Nel explains that

people spend hours commuting to and from work.

the priorities and action plan will be regularly reviewed

“We are not maximising the economic synergies that we

Public Sector Manager • August 2016

as government continues to learn from practice.

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Writer: Siya Miti

Feature

Buffalo City’s

financial turnaround

B

uffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM) in East London, Eastern Cape, has earned an ‘A’ rating after taking strong measures to achieve a sound cash posi-

tion in the financial year which ended on 30 June. The latest annual Municipal Financial Stability Index (MFSI)

expenditure had been incurred in 2014/15. Mtsi told the media the metro had to tighten its credit collection measures to boost its revenue.

Strong cash position

released by Ratings Afrika ranks the BCMM as the second

“We have achieved a credit rating of ‘A’, which signifies a

most financially stable metro with 73 out of 100 points,

strong cash position in the long term with minimal ex-

falling just two points behind Cape Town, said outgoing

posure to long-term debt. The rating outlook is stable for

BCMM Mayor Alfred Mtsi during his State of the Metro Ad-

both the long- and short-term, which is essential to ensure

dress (SOMA) recently.

the city’s ability to secure funding in the market-place and

This signals a financial turnaround. In the previous financial year, the metro received a qualified audit, with AuditorGeneral Kimi Makwetu highlighting that almost R500-million was spent irregularly, while R254 million in unauthorised

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to repay debt,” he said. Mtsi explained that this was achieved by, among other things, improving employees’ skills. “Enhancing the existing skills and capabilities of our

Public Sector Manager • August 2016


staff and recruiting officials with the requisite technical skills,

database of investigators that we will use to pursue reported

administrative knowledge and experience is essential. To date,

incidences and make recommendations,” he said.

705 staff members have received training over the course of this financial year,” said Mtsi.

Mtsi added that the municipality established Council Committees to play an oversight role.

He added that the metro expected to generate operational

He highlighted the multi-party Municipal Public Accounts

revenue to the tune of R5.90 billion in the 2016/17 financial

Committee whose purpose is to consider and evaluate the

year. This is anticipated to rise to R6.99 billion by 2018/19.

content of the annual report and to make recommendations

A total of R1.31 billion is expected to be raised from inter-governmental transfers in 2016/17, with the rest of the revenue own-generated.

Strict measures Mtsi, who took over the reins in June last year, said the municipality had since adopted strict measures to promote good governance and accountability. It hopes this will lead to clean audits in line with the metro’s values outlined in its Integrated Development Plan.

to council, as well as investigate matters relating to irregular expenditure. Mtsi pointed out that the Independent Audit Committee, which advises the council, executive mayor and municipal manager by providing opinions and recommendations on financial processes and performance, was also established. “We acknowledge that the task of good governance is one we cannot do alone, hence we are receptive to any assistance offered by other government spheres and organisations. It is against this backdrop that we accepted the section 154 sup-

“We are the first to acknowledge that the road to the ul-

port package by the Department of Cooperative Governance

timate clean audit is not smooth. In promoting good gov-

and Traditional Affairs, which gave us some insight on how

ernance, we have adopted an internal disciplinary code. As

we can mitigate some of the challenges we are facing as a

part of our Fraud Mitigation Strategy, we are … appointing a

metro,” he added.

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GEMS celebrates women, their power and their healthcare needs

With more than two-thirds of public servants being female, women are a powerful force within South African government and the economy. This is reflected within the Government Employees Medical Scheme’s (GEMS) executive, of which six out of nine executive committee members are female. As women are at the forefront of the public sector, their health and the health of the economy are inextricably linked. To protect the one is to protect the other. And to protect women, their particular healthcare needs must not only be understood from a clinical perspective but also handled with the respect and sensitivity warranted. In investing in the health of South Africa’s women, higher levels of productivity can be achieved and efficiency improved.

Ms Jeannie Combrink (Executive: Governance and Stakeholder Relations)

Ms Bella Mfenyana (Executive: Contracts and Operations)

Women are the main healthcare decision makers in our country, as is evidenced by the fact that 58.35% of GEMS principal

[

The stronger our women, the stronger our country

]

members are women. As such, they are increasingly looking to organisations such as GEMS for their healthcare needs.

Ms Liziwe Nkonyana (Executive: Communications and Member Affairs)

Ms Karyna Pierce (Executive: Finance)

At GEMS, it is our aim to help all our members to be their healthiest, best and most productive selves. Our particular brand of care embraces women’s specific healthcare needs and seeks to proactively safeguard their wellbeing, in the best interests of our country and all its people. Where women are empowered, they in turn empower others. As enlightened leaders, mighty mothers, strong wives and capable daughters, the future of our nation rests on their broad shoulders.

Ms Gloria Nkadimeng (Chief Information Officer)

Dr Vuyokazi Gqola (Executive: Healthcare Management)

Working towards a healthier you


ARE YOU ABOUT TO GO ON RETIREMENT? Members who are about to go on retirement must notify their employers at least six months in advance to allow enough time for their documents to be processed by both the employer and the GEPF.

Which forms must be completed by Members when they retire? • Z894 (Bank Form) - To be completed by the bank • Barcoded ID copy - Must be certified (certification stamp must not be older than 6 months) • Retirement Choice Form - Applicable if the member has more than 10 years pensionable service and only if the member is married. • Z864 - Updating of personal particulars, only applicable if the member has more than 10 years pensionable service.

subsidy (Applicable for members with 15 years pensionable service and who have contributed for at least 1 year and have a medical membership certificate) • Medical Choice Form - Applicable if a member has more than 10 years of service and 1year medical membership certificate. • WP 1002: nomination form • If retiring before 60 years, an approval letter from the employer is needed

• Certified copies of the marriage certificate, birth certificate and ID copies of children. • Z583: Medical subsidy form - only applicable if a member wants a continuation of medical

Call Centre - 0800 117 669

@GEPF_SA


Forms that must be completed by the member’s ARE YOU AWARE OF YOUR HR department: PENSIONABLE SERVICE DATE? • Z102: Withdrawal form or exit request • The following must be verified and co-signed by your HR department.

There is a difference between the date an employee started working in government (appointment date) and the date an employee was admitted into the GEPF as a contributing member (service date).

Ø Z583 Ø Medical choice form Ø Retirement choice form

Additional information required: • Last salary pay slip • Proof of service termination (Persal print out, the employer has this on record) • Proof of admission date: this can be found on a member’s pay slip The employer has to submit the application forms to GEPF at least three months prior to member‘s exit date.

Departmental debt Members are advised to sort out outstanding debt with the employers to avoid deductions from their pension fund.

What about Tax? Tax issues should also be sorted with SARS beforehand. GEPF would also like to warn members who are about to retire to be careful of unscrupulous service providers encouraging them to resign from the Fund. It is always better to retire with GEPF than to resign.

www.gepf.co.za

Most members mix up these dates and this happens mostly to employees who started as contract workers and were not eligible to contribute to the pension fund. It is only when they get employed permanently that they get admitted to GEPF and qualify to contribute to the pension fund. Pensionable service starts from the day the employee starts paying his or her monthly pension contributions to the Fund and continues until the day he or she stops working. This is the period in which he or she is an active, contributing member of GEPF. Members are advised to always keep track of their GEPF service date by keeping their first pay slip which shows contributions to GEPF, as this has the service date printed on it. Members must also check the membership certificate they receive and query anything that does not agree with the information on the payslip which indicates their first GEPF contribution. It is in your interests to check that your information is shown correctly and to follow up with your personnel department if there are any errors.


*Writer: William Lebohang Somo

OPINION

Investing in skills development O ver the past decade South Africa has invested sig-

ing and planning in addressing the skills pipeline within the

nificantly in skills development.

context of long-, medium- and short-term imperatives.

However, the country still suffers from a shortage

The recent adjustments of the size and pattern of the public

of skills and the exclusion of millions of youth that are not in

education and training landscape, at different levels of the

employment, education or economic activities.

post-schooling system, is aimed at ensuring alignment of

Much has been said about the unemployment rate in the

education and training provision with the country’s socio-

country of late and it must be noted that the prevalence

economic needs. This achievement is seen as part of the

of youth unemployment and underemployment is partly

building blocks in the realisation of the government’s de-

a consequence of inadequate job opportunities within the

livery outcomes.

labour market. Lack of skills and work experience are some of the contributors to the current rise in the unemployment

Building a developmental state

rate in South Africa.

The 2013 White Paper on Post-School Education and Training

Nonetheless, there continues to be a lot of work and energy

sets out strategies to improve the capacity of the post-school

spent on making sure that these challenges are addressed.

education and training system to meet South Africa’s needs.

We are a government at work.

The document outlines policy directions to guide the De-

The Ministry of Higher Education and Training has commit-

partment of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the

ted in its delivery agreement with President Jacob Zuma to

institutions for which it is responsible to contribute to build-

realise the delivery outcomes of government, as highlighted

ing a developmental state with a vibrant democracy and a

in Output 5, to strive for a credible institutional mechanism

flourishing economy.

for labour market and skills planning. This outcome provides the basis for integrated forecast-

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The DHET has facilitated the establishment of nine Community Education and Training colleges, one in each province.

Public Sector Manager • August 2016


This new institutional type complements the 50 Technical and

The latter is indeed a concern for Minister Nzimande and

Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges and the

his department. This is why strengthening colleges is one

university sector. Three new universities have also been estab-

of the DHET’s main priorities. The DHET is doing so by im-

lished over the past two years to ensure a complement of 26

proving colleges, management and governance; developing

universities spread across all nine provinces. Alongside these

the quality of teaching and learning; increasing the colleges’

institutions, the 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities

responsiveness to local labour markets; improving student

(SETAs) are responsible for addressing sectoral economic skills

support services and developing their infrastructure, among

needs and supporting education and training initiatives and

others. These interventions will go a long way in addressing

programmes aimed at responding to these needs.

all the challenges in our post-school education and training

To ensure improved access to SETA services, Higher

system, particularly in the TVET colleges sector.

Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande instructed

The vision of the DHET is to have a South Africa in which we

SETAs to open offices in all TVET colleges located in rural and

have a differentiated and fully inclusive post-school system

township areas. To date, 43 offices have been established.

that allows all South Africans to access and succeed in relevant

Making artisanship a career of choice

post-school education and training, to fulfil the economic and social goals of participation in an inclusive economy and

Another important initiative is the the Decade of Artisan ad-

society. It aims to develop capable, well-educated and skilled

vocacy programme, which continues to be highly effective in

citizens that are able to compete in a sustainable diversified

raising awareness among young people regarding artisans.

and knowledge-intensive international economy which meets

The programme also focuses on employers opening up work-

the development goals of our country.

places for more artisan learners, particularly apprenticeships.

To achieve this, the DHET will work towards reducing the

This programme reached full circle during the 2014/15 finan-

skills bottlenecks, especially in priority and scarce skills areas;

cial year, with the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and

improving low participation rates in the post-school system;

Training, Mduduzi Manana, launching it in different provinces.

correcting distortions in the shape, size and distribution of

The Decade of Artisan advocacy affords the Deputy Minister

access to post-school education and training; and improving

a platform to engage and motivate learners to consider artisanship as a career of choice as well as to share information on critical scarce skills that will advance the economy of the country. The private sector is the biggest employer of artisans in the

quality and efficiency in the system. These are not just words, but a statement which the DHET has committed itself to.

Partnering for a better SA

country, hence the Decade of Artisan campaign has employ-

While rising unemployment is cause for concern, it should

ers as an integral stakeholder as well as the TVET colleges as

also serve as a motivation not only to the DHET, but gov-

the training partner.

ernment, the private sector and the country as a whole, to

The National Development Plan indicates that by 2030 South Africa should be producing 30 000 qualified artisans per year. This target has been brought forward by the 2014 – 2019 Medium Term Strategic Framework to 31 March 2026. The country is currently producing on average 15 000 quali-

join forces and work together to address the challenges the country faces. South Africa belongs to us all and we therefore all have a role to play to make it a better place and sustain the economy for the future generation.

fied artisans per year. This means more work for the DHET and

This can only be done once we all realise the importance

industry partners to make sure that the number doubles in

of coming together as government, private sector and all

the years leading to 2026.

responsible industries to make South Africa work for those

Equipping TVET colleges

who live in it. Our future generations depend on us.

It goes without saying that TVET colleges have to turn the

*William Lebohang Somo works in the DHET’s

corner if all these challenges are to be defeated.

Communication and Media Unit.

Public Sector Manager • August 2016

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ADVERTORIAL

E xe c u t i n g t h e C G E m a n d a te : R e fl e c t i o n s a n d c u r re n t s ta te o f C G E By Mfanozelwe Shozi When I took over in 2009, the CGE was

the CGE had previously worked on

could not effectively deliver on its mandate.

been any direct programme to monitor

engulfed in its own internal problems and Commissioners and staff identified and assessed issues that prevented the

Commission from implementing its core mandate as per the CGE Act and the

Constitution. The turnaround strategy was

developed with clear milestones and these

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is by extension a creation from the

Paris Principles and in particular a creation of the South African normative framework which include the South African Constitution and CGE Act. Indeed, struggles that preceded the creation of CGE are noteworthy as they include the 1956 Women’s March which will be observed for its 60th anniversary this year, the formation of the African National Congress Women’s League, various women conferences as well as workshops. The CGE is an institution which was created under leadership of former State President Nelson Mandela. It started its work under the leadership of the esteemed inaugural Chairperson Mme Thenjiwe Mtintso. The current set of Commissioners pay tribute to the work of the former Chairpersons and Commissioners under the leadership of Mme Thenjiwe Mtintso, Joyce Piliso Seroke and Nomboniso Gasa. The CGE is established in terms of section 181 (1) of the South African Constitution to strengthen constitutional democracy in the Republic. Section 187 of the Constitution sets out the functions of the Commission which are; amongst others “to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality”. The Commission has the power as regulated by legislation, necessary to monitor, investigate, research, educate, lobby, advise and report on issues concerning gender equality.

implementation of International Instruments. During this term, commissioners prioritised the monitoring of International Instruments and as such specific programmes were developed in this regard.

started bearing fruit from 2011 onwards.

We produced reports on CEDAW, Beijing

internal ranks, preparing them to take

Violence Against Women, amongst others.

The CGE started grooming staff from Mr. Mfanozelwe Shozi, Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality

International Instruments, there has never

senior positions. Currently about 90% of the senior and middle management are staff members who have served in the lower ranks inclusive of the CEO. These are

people who understand the CGE’s vision and how gender equality programmes should be implemented.

Programmes One of the pillars of the 2013 - 2018

Platform for Action Special Rapporteur on The CGE has undertaken the African

Gender Development Index project, which is part of the CGE’s vision to ensure that our African International Instruments are

properly implemented by our government and other associated structures. These reports have been presented to the

Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency.

strategic plan was to ensure that the

In dealing with gender equality and

regardless of their locations. The CGE

a two-tier complaints system where the

CGE is accessible to all communities

outreach strategy ensured that both our

legal department and education department visit communities together. These visits are done through rolling out innovative

programmes such as legal clinics, through which the CGE educates communities about its services and simultaneously

receives gender-related complaints which

are processed and investigated by the CGE team.

Our twinning strategy of combining our legal work with education uplifted the

knowledge of communities about their rights. In intensifying its community

outreach programme, the CGE has

signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a member institution of

community radio stations in South Africa.

systemic challenges, the CGE adopted

CGE allows individuals to lay complaints

but also investigate systematic complaints. Systematic complaints allow CGE to issue reports that will give recommendations which assist to unbundle systematic

gender issues that confront our country. For example these include sex work

complaints, transformation in the Judiciary,

maiden’s bursary, sexual harassment cases in the University of Venda. We continue to engage and make submissions to

Parliament with the intention to mainstream, influence and ensure that our Parliament passes gender friendly legislation.

Parliament is recognising and taking this

role very seriously. Parliament has; on its

own accord invited the CGE to perform this function in a number of occasions.

In fulfilling the wishes of the MoU, the

Our Parliamentary Unit is headed by a

regions of the country through community

this function very seriously. The CGE has

CGE presents its programme in almost all radio stations. These programmes are presented by CGE Education Officers

and Provincial Coordinators. Although

Director which indicates that CGE takes also heightened its engagements with

men’s organisations which is a deliberate attempt to ensure that men become part


of the solution in the fight against gender

space in public service broadcasting,

committed to compliance on the principles

women. Based on our experience, certain

audiences.

that all policies and practices of governance

based violence and violence against

provinces have different and/or unique challenges when it comes to gender

thereby reaching critical mass in relation to

equality and for that reason, the CGE’s

Cor porate Gover nance

service delivery in regards to dealing with

accountability mechanism which requires

of corporate governance by making sure within the institution are respected at all times through plenary meetings.

provincial offices remain at the coal face of

The CGE has also developed a peer

The CGE community is committed to its

provincial dynamics. We have developed

everyone to be accountable including

forms of gender oppression and inequality.

an interesting Flagship Programme

through which we hold employment equity hearings, or transformation hearings, and this is where we intend to hold various

institutions (in the public and private sector) accountable for implementing employment equity legislation.

The panel of CGE Commissioners

reinforced by the secretariat, interacts

with various institutions to gauge the state of gender equality in their institutions.

Institutions of higher learning, the Office

of the President, Auditor General, Eskom

commissioners and staff. All commissioners prepare individual reports which are

presented at a quarterly plenary. The CGE

heads of departments and provinces report

to our CEO, who in turn tables her report to

traditional leadership so as to advance and deepen gender equality within traditional

structures. This has allowed CGE to work freely in the deepest rural areas of our

country and engage with communities.

The CGE learns and contributes to various international forums. We are working in

partnership with the Kenyan Gender and

Equality Commission. We hosted and have advised the government of Zimbabwe

about different nuances of establishing their own Gender Equality Commission. CGE

attends the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women on an annual basis.

In terms of the CGE Act, the CGE account for the Portfolio Committee on Women

in the Presidency and in fulfilment of this

provision, the committee invites the CGE to present its reports on a quarterly basis.

of the National Gender Machinery and

CGE is also a member of the Forum of Institutions Supporting democracy, sits

on the panel that shortlist and interview

our annual campaigns receive adequate

society we serve.

• Accountability: Giving an account of our actions and decisions.

• Ethical behaviour: Maintaining high

standards of trustworthiness, honesty, respect and empathy.

• Teamwork: Working in collaboration with

state organs and civil society to maximise the attainment of CGE objectives.

Demarcation Board Commissioners in

affecting the Commission. The first

The following two issues are adversely

terms of Demarcation Board Act, and is a

one is the non-consideration of the report of

member of the Equality Review Committee in terms of the PEPUDA legislation. By

engaging in all these structures the CGE strives to influence the gender equality

agenda and ensure that gender equality is achieved in South Africa. In delivering on our mandate, CGE depends on the capable and dedicated staff members

who work tirelessly and under very difficult circumstances.

deliver on its core mandate but utilises

as the SABC and Nemisa, to ensure that

diligence and being responsive to the

In conclusion

and current trends within the field of the

have partnered with media institutions such

our responsibilities with the utmost care,

IEC Act, sits on the panel that shortlist

It is important to raise the point that the

gender sector. In the past and present, we

duties without fear or favour.

the IEC Commissioners in terms of the

This is a platform that helps us remain in line with international norms, standards

follows:

• Professionalism: Timeous in executing

the Provincial Gender machinery. The

has signed an MoU with various houses of

corporate values which are described as

reports and present them before plenary.

appeared before the CGE.

in a structured manner, the Commission

mandate is a result of upholding our

• Independence: Impartiality in performing

Standing Committee Chairpersons prepare

The CGE works closely with and is part

In order to work with traditional leadership

Part of our success in discharging our

the Plenary of Commissioners. All the CGE

and Sizwe Ntsaluba and Gobodo, to name a few are some of the entities that have

vision which is to see a society free from all

the Adhoc Committee on the review of the

Chapter 9 and associated institutions which poses unstable and unpredictable future

for the CGE. The second challenge is that of funding. To this effect, the CGE has

requested Parliament and the Treasury to

assist in increasing the fiscal allocation as this will further advance our key priorities.

This will assist to consolidate and advance the work of the Commission.

CGE does not rely on consultancy to

its work force to execute its mandate. In turn the CGE Commissioners support the secretariat and lead the political

programme of the organisation. The CGE is

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Public sector appointments

Mandisa Tshikwatamba

Chief Executive Officer, Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA)

Mandisa Tshikwatamba is the newly-appointed CEO of SEDA. She has extensive experience in policy development and management of development support programmes, technical and monitoring competencies in organisational management, planning and budgeting as well as setting procedures for effective implementation of corporate governance systems. Tshikwatamba who has more than 16 years’ experience in various senior management positions within the public sector. She holds an MBA degree, Honours degree in Developmental Studies, BA and B.Admin degrees and also completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Finance and Investment and a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Marketing Management. Prior to joining SEDA, Tshikwatamba was Deputy Director-General responsible for Corporate Management at the National School of Government.

Mzamo Michael Mlengana

Director-General, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Mzamo Michael Mlengana is the newly-appointed Director-General of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. He started his farming career 31 years ago as a subsistence farmer in the Eastern Cape and also worked as a commercial farmer in Magaliesburg with 1 060 hectares of mixed farming. He was also president of the African Farmers' Association of South Africa. Mlengana has more than 16 years of general and business development experience in various senior and executive positions. He also worked at Telkom South Africa Limited where he served as the president of Corporate Business Development. Mlengana completed his undergraduate degrees at the University of Fort Hare and Rhodes University, before graduating with an MA in Financial Economics and Economic Development from the Graduate School of Economic and International Studies in Denver, Colorado in the US.

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HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Supplied by: GEMS

How you can save a life

E

ach year thousands of South Africans are diagnosed

Make a difference

with leukaemia, a blood cancer which was once

Dr Goolab says that with about 75 percent of leukaemia

considered deadly but is currently being treated

patients being under 25 years, there is always a chance

with growing success. According to Dr Guni Goolab, Principal Officer of the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS), the development of cancer medicine has reached a highly

that parents will be looking for a suitable bone marrow donor to save a child. “By becoming a bone marrow donor, you can potentially save a life,” he points out. While some may find the thought of becoming a bone

advanced stage, so much

marrow stem cell donor

so that leukaemia and other

somewhat daunting, just

blood cancers are no longer

imagine being one of the

considered a death sentence.

thousands of South Africans

“Survival rates from acute

diagnosed with leukaemia

lymphocytic leukaemia, the

and knowing that a bone

most common of the child-

marrow transplant from a

hood cancers, have climbed

one in 100 000 match is

from three percent to ap-

your only hope of survival.

proximately 90 percent over

The process of donating

the past 40 years, with the aid

bone marrow stem cells

of specialised treatment such

is a minor medical proce-

as bone marrow transplanta-

dure, which is like donating

tion, which helps clean out

blood. In this instance how-

cancer cells from a patient’s system,” he explains. For most leukaemia sufferers, a bone marrow stem cell

ever, blood is drawn via a needle from the arm of a donor and it is then taken through a machine which separates

transplant is often the only hope of survival and this is

bone marrow stem cells from other blood. The marrow can

where the work of the Sunflower Fund, a non-governmen-

then be used for a patient in need.

tal organisation committed to growing the South African Bone Marrow Registry by raising the funds needed to pay

How donors are matched

for tissue typing tests, comes in.

“Donors are categorised into groups known as ‘tissue types’,

The chances of finding a bone marrow match are low;

which means that having a large register of donors is vital

just one in 100 000, so the Sunflower Fund works to

to finding that one in 100 000. According to the Sunflower

encourage all South Africans to join the Bone Marrow Reg-

Fund, matching has nothing to do with blood groups, but

istry. Joining the registry is easy and involves simply taking

is based on genetic markers found in white cells of the

a blood sample to determine whether you may potentially

blood,” says Dr Goolab.

be a bone marrow match for a future patient.

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The tissue types of both the donor and the patient must

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be virtually identical or a blood stem cell transplant will not succeed. The likelihood of finding a matching donor is considerably greater if the donor is from the same ethnic background as the patient.

? w o n k u o Did y •

Only two teaspoons of blood are needed to register you as a donor.

A perfect match

donating blood.

Donors must be committed to helping anyone who is a match for their bone marrow

If you are that one in 100 000, a medical

The chance of finding a donor is one in 100 000.

One in every 100 000 South Africans will be diagnosed with leukaemia.

professional will explain the procedure to you in detail in advance. The medical procedure

You need to be between the ages of 18 and 50 and weigh over 50kgs to be a donor.

type and should be well informed about the procedure prior to volunteering for it.

Donating bone marrow stem cells is no more painful than

Bone marrow may be described as a ‘factory’ for the

for obtaining stem cells from the blood is

production of red cells to carry oxygen, white cells to fight

known as a ‘harvest’. Before this can go ahead

infection, and platelets to prevent bleeding.

a full medical examination will be carried out

white blood cells which displaces normal healthy red and

to ensure your good health.

white cells and platelets and weakens the body.

If you agree to donate, growth factor injections will be administered to increase the

you as a donor.

75 percent of patients treated for serious blood disorders, such as leukaemia, in South Africa are under 25 years.

production of stem cells in the bone marrow. It should be noted here that there is no risk to

Leukaemia is the massive over-production of defective

75 percent of these patients will not find a sibling-matched donor and will require a donor from a registry.

The harvest is a simple, minor medical procedure, and entails the donor being connected to a machine for four to six hours. Bone marrow stem cells are filtered out of your blood and your own blood returned to you. “If you meet the criteria for those who can donate, please do not wait as there is an urgent, ongoing need for bone marrow donors. You could just be someone’s only chance of fighting and surviving leukaemia,” adds Dr

How you can help Call the Sunflower Fund’s toll free line on 0800 121082 to become a donor, or visit www. sunflowerfund.org.za for more information.

Goolab.

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FOOD AND WINE

Writer: Nicholas Francis

Start your day the delicious way

T

he best way to start your day is with a hearty breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day and taking a few minutes out of your busy morning to prepare it will help

you refuel your brain and body. We have chosen some breakfast dishes which are quick, easy to make and delicious.

Breakfast boerie bake

Ingredients

Directions

4 eggs

Preheat oven to 180C. Chop or slice the onion and mushrooms and set aside. Put the

50g boerewors of your choice

spinach into the colander. Run boiled water from kettle through spinach in the colander

1 tbsp olive oil

to wilt the leaves. Drain any excess water and spoon into four small oven dishes.

1/2 onion

Heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the onions and mushrooms and sauté. Chop up boere-

300g mushrooms

wors and add to the pan, and fry for three minutes. Add in canned tomatoes and season

400g can tomatoes (chopped)

with salt and pepper, and cook for 10 minutes on medium heat. If you would like it to

100g spinach

have a little kick, add a few drops of Tabasco sauce.

Tabasco sauce

Add tomato mix into spinach dishes. Make a small well in the centre of each dish and

Spring onion

add in a cracked egg. Bake for 12 minutes. Once complete, chop up some spring onion

Salt and pepper (for seasoning)

and sprinkle over dish. Serve with toast.

Banana smoothie

Ingredients 1 large banana (sliced) ½ cup crushed ice 1/2 cup low fat milk 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 1 tbsp honey Pinch of ground nutmeg

Directions Mix all ingredients except yogurt in a blender and process for two minutes. Add in yogurt and process until blended. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

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Mixed berry breakfast parfait

Ingredients 4 tbsp honey 2 cups mixed berries 2 cups plain Greek yogurt 1 cup granola

Directions Mix granola and honey in a bowl. Make sure you get honey over most of the granola. Spoon some of the mixture into your glass. Top with yogurt and place some berries on it as well. Repeat the steps and your quick and easy breakfast is ready to be enjoyed.

Blueberry flapjacks

Ingredients Fresh blueberries 150g flour 1 extra large egg 125ml buttermilk Pinch of salt 2 tbsp castor sugar 5ml baking powder 100g ricotta 1/4 cup of butter Syrup

Directions Sift flour, salt, baking powder and sugar together. In a separate bowl, mix the buttermilk, egg and ricotta. In the centre of the dry ingredients make a well and pour in wet ingredients, mix gently until batter is smooth. Heat a non-stick frying pan on medium heat and fry spoonfuls of the batter. On the uncooked side, add some blueberries before flipping them over. Once cooked, remove from the pan and serve with syrup and fresh blueberries.

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FINANCIAL FITNESS

Massive

investment in housing

T

he Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF)

Lack of access to housing has been identified by the

through its investment manager Public Investment

National Development Plan as one of the challenges facing

Corporation (PIC) has announced an investment com-

South Africa.

mitment of R10.5 billion into SA Home Loans (SAHL). This is to facilitate housing financing for qualifying government employees and members of the public.

Abel Sithole, Principal Executive Officer of the GEPF, said: “We believe there are many GEPF members who often do not qualify for bank-issued housing loans and housing sub-

The investment aims to provide government employees

sidies offered by the government. We are, therefore, excited

and qualifying members of the public with end-user home

about this investment as it will enable many government

finance and development finance for approved affordable

employees to own their own houses at a much more afford-

housing projects.

able rate. Most importantly, we believe home ownership can

The investment comprises the following: • R5 billion for public service employees. • R2 billion for affordable housing end-user financing as defined in terms of the Financial Sector Code. • R2 billion to enable SAHL to extend home loans to qualifying home loan applicants. • R1.5 billion will be used to fund affordable housing developers.

restore people’s dignity.” The Government Employees Housing Scheme (GEHS), an agency of the Department of Public Services and Administration, will assist government employees to access funding from SAHL. Director-General of the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) Mashwahle Diphofa, said: “The DPSA welcomes the participation of the GEPF through the PIC in

The investment in SAHL is part of the developmental in-

the GEHS. The GEHS housing finance access service seeks to

vestment mandate that the PIC is carrying out on behalf of

secure and deliver affordable and enabling housing finance

the GEPF. Specifically, this investment addresses the social

for government employees. It is even more pleasing to see

infrastructure element which has housing as one of the key

the PIC stepping forward as the first investor and participant

components.

in the GEHS housing finance service to bring this much-

Dr Claudia Manning, a member of the PIC Board, said: “The

neeed value-added service to government employees.”

PIC is intentionally implementing a developmental invest-

Interface systems between GEHS and SAHL have already

ment mandate, which primarily seeks to achieve two types of

been developed and are operational. Government employ-

returns, namely: financial and social returns. Financial return

ees may also approach SAHL directly to apply for home

means that PIC must generate profit for clients and social

loans.

return means our investments should positively affect the so-

Kevin Penwarden, Chief Executive Officer of SAHL, said:

cial conditions of the stakeholders. Our view is that members

“We are excited about this partnership. More than anything,

of the GEPF should benefit during their active working years

this investment is an expression of confidence in our service

and during retirement – and this is a social return. Investing

offering.”

in affordable housing finance schemes such as this, provides these members with a real benefit.”

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Source: GEPF

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CAR REVIEWS

Writer: Itumeleng Motuba

Going green with the Toyota Prius T he Toyota Prius was one of the cars that first introduced the hybrid movement. It was the poster

child for the revolution that saw the introduction

of environmentally friendly cars.

Now the new Prius model is creating much excitement among the environmentally conscious. We got to spend some time with this new kid on the block. Not only does it look great, but the new Prius also has more appeal with a much sportier and sharper design. The biggest and most evident change is definitely the improved engine which promises low fuel consumption. Toyota carried over the 1.8 litre Atkinson cycle motor from its predecessor but it has been improved to achieve better fuel economy.

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Toyota Auris Hybrid The Auris is the smaller, cooler hatchback version of the Prius. It makes a great alternative for those The petrol engine works in conjunction with two lightweight

looking for a cheaper, hipper option. It starts at

electric motor-generators and the total system produces 90 kW

R403 400 and offers 100 kW and 142 Nm of torque.

and 142 Nm of torque. The Prius runs solely on battery when in

They are similarly designed but the Auris is like

reverse and at lower speeds which comes in handy in heavy traf-

the popular younger brother to the nerdy Prius,

fic and will definitely save fuel. Toyota claims a fuel consumption

however, at the end of the day it is easy to tell that

of 3.7 l/100km.

they are from the same family.

It has great standard features such as the 7-inch touchscreen which is Bluetooth compatible. The Prius also has electronic windows and side mirrors, and the heated front seats are manually adjustable with electric lumbar adjustment for the driver. It is only natural that a car that is safe for the environment should put safety first in everything and it does. It is equipped with seven airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control and stability control. A rear reversing camera is also fitted, improving safety when backing out of a parking bay. It drives well and has a neatly packed and practical cabin like most Toyotas and is also a bit underwhelming. A USB port, auxiliary port and 12V socket are placed nearby for convenience. It is quite spacious and there is even enough legroom for passengers in the backseat. The boot comes at 502 litres. The Toyota Prius is priced from R427 200 and is sold with a threeyear/100 000 km warranty and five-year/90 000 km service plan. The hybrid battery carries an eight-year/195 000 km warranty. Service intervals are set at 15 000 km.

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BOOK REVIEWS

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tions that its people aspire to, it

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needs organisations that can com-

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pete in a fast-changing, complex

provide high-level strategic frameworks

global environment. This will only

and practical tools to implement talent

be achieved if African organisa-

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tions grow their talent and lead-

terest are the comprehensive case studies

ership skills to add to the pool of

from some of South Africa’s leading compa-

skills and talent on the continent.

nies, all of whom have had extensive experi-

In the modern economy, coun-

ence in Africa and globally. The case studies

tries, cities and organisations,

include those from Woolworths, Nedbank,

both public and private sector,

Discovery, Coca-Cola Sabco and Unilever.

need to make themselves “talent

Shaping Africa’s Talent is a must-read for

attractive” since talent and skills are a prerequisite for sustainable investment.

executives, leaders, HR professionals and academics who are responsible for building the continent's

This book provides insight into what leading thinkers and

Navigating Strategic Possibilities by Marius Ungerer, Gerard Ungerer and Johan Herholdt

next generation of organisations and talent.

force of the strategic choices an organisation makes to fulfil its future aspirations. In this book, the key strategic choices

This book uses multiple contemporary strategy perspectives

related to the competitive advantage and positioning of

and practices to give leaders and strategy practitioners deep

an organisation are presented in an integrated strategic

insights about the dynam-

architecture perspective. The book discusses the following

ics and options available

seven strategic architecture building blocks:

in developing good and

robust strategies. The

ing and ongoing momentum to the strategy of an organisa-

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tion.

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Strategy execution practices to make it a lived reality for stakeholders.

ership, as a part of this navigation journey, is

The development of multiple futures perspectives for an organisation.

invention of an organisation. Strategic lead-

Strategy formulation and development which include a menu of strategic options and choices to consider.

possibilities involves the invention and re-

The development of views on the external and internal strategic landscape and context of an organisation.

itiveness of a firm.

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Strategic leadership as a key capacity that gives life, mean-

Strategy renewal and innovation practices to refresh the strategy on a continuous basis.

Entrepreneurial leadership and strategy practices to foster both entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.

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TRAVEL

Writer: Sam Bradley

Golf courses for

the bucket list H

istorically, South Africa has fared very well on the in-

just about every tee are spectacular. However, golf-

ternational golf scene, producing many champion

ers won’t have too much time to admire the scenery,

golfers over the decades. The reasons for our country’s

as avoiding the well-placed bunkers and dams and

success in golf are not immediately clear, but they are probably

negotiating the complex greens require clear concen-

due to a combination of some of the following factors: a sunny

tration and steady stroke play. The course has wide

climate allowing more time to be spent outdoors, a sport-crazy

fairways, but golfers will regret straying into the thick

culture and plenty of top-quality golf courses.

bushveld rough. Thankfully, there are multiple tee box-

With such a wide range of beautiful courses available, we

es, making it an enjoyable round for golfers of all levels.

decided to take a virtual tour of the country, but with a twist.

Just as challenging is the Lost City Golf Course, a

Instead of simply selecting the best (and most expensive)

desert-style course also designed by Gary Player. With

courses, we’ve come up with a bucket list of the 10 golf cours-

28 000 square metres of spectacular water features,

es that best encapsulate everything South Africa has to offer.

players can expect to lose a few golf balls, and the 38

The Gary Player Golf Course at Sun City, North West

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crocodiles on hole 13 will ensure that they stay lost.

Probably South Africa’s most famous golf course due to the

Royal Cape Golf Club, Western Cape

hosting of the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge, this is the

In 1885, a meeting was held at the castle to create the

course every diehard golfer dreams of playing. Built in 1979

Cape Golf Club, the oldest golf club in Africa. Conditions

on an extinct volcanic crater, the views of the bushveld from

were rustic at best, and eight years later the course

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Set beneath Table Mountain, the Royal Cape Golf Club is the oldest golf club in South Africa.

moved to the Rondebosch Common. This proved just as challenging, as the common was open to the public so golfers needed to contend with walkers, horses galloping across the greens and football being played on the fairways (the bogey score for the course was set at over 100 strokes). In 1905, the course was moved again, to a more golf-friendly location, and since then the course has evolved into one of South Africa’s best, hosting the SA Open 10 times. The course is relatively flat, with the challenges coming from the many water hazards, the narrow tree-lined fairways and the near constant south easterly winds. The 14th hole is the signature hole, a par four with a dogleg right which is protected by two lakes next to the fairway and another one next to the green.

Like the city after which it is named, Kimberley Golf Club has played an important part in our country’s history.

Legend Golf & Safari Resort, Limpopo

have the honour of playing a course steeped in history. Found-

Legend’s Signature Golf Course isn’t a classically old or histori-

ed in 1890, the greens were made up of sand putting browns

cal course, but in a relatively short space of time, it’s managed

and later diamondiferous blue ground, while mats were used

to work its way onto every golfer’s bucket list for a number

for tees and dynamite was used to clear the fairways. The first

of reasons. The most famous reason is the record-breaking

South African golf championship was held there in 1892, and

19th hole. This par three hole is the world’s longest and high-

the club boasted famous members such as Cecil John Rhodes

est; a daunting 361 metres to the Africa-shaped green and at 400 metres high it is only accessible by helicopter. The course is also the longest

as well as a champion Scottish golfer and soldier Freddie Tait, who was killed during the Anglo-Boer War. In 1949, Kimberley also hosted the first South African

in South Africa, and each hole has been

Non-European Open Championship; a

designed by a golfing great such as

bold move during the apartheid regime.

Bernard Langer, Vijay Singh and Re-

The course is vastly different depend-

tief Goosen.

ing on the season, with the course

The total course length is 8 500

looking green and lush in summer but

metres which is a long way to have

dry in winter. Whatever the season,

to hit a golf ball, but guests will be

the course’s flat topography makes

entertained throughout by the stunning layout of the holes. There is a chance of bumping into herds of giraffe,

The Legend Golf & Safari Resort promises a round of golf that will be remembered for years to come.

zebra and antelope on the course. There is also a shorter Tribute Golf Course, a 10-hole par three course replicating some of the best in the world.

Kimberley Golf Club, Northern Cape Golfers stepping onto the first tee at the Kimberley Golf Club

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it an easier one, although it is slightly longer than average, at a length of 6 294 metres. However, it’s not the course

or its layout that gets Kimberley Golf Club onto our list, but rather the historic significance of the course (and the friendliness of the locals in the bar after the round). With green fees of under R300 per round, this is one of the better priced rounds of golf, and a fascinating walk through an important part of our country’s history. >>

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TRAVEL

Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, Gauteng

effort, as not only is the golf course in immaculate condition

The Johannesburg Golf Club was formed in 1890, and moved

and a round of golf into one.

all year round, but it’s also a great way to combine a safari

locations four times during its first 20 years. In 1895, the club

The course is located on the edge of the Kruger National

began an annual Christmas Tournament with a trophy that

Park and nestled along the edge of the Crocodile River, so

was presented to the winning amateur, a tradition which still

it’s not uncommon to see wildlife during a round. Hippos

continues today as the Challenge Cup. The Prince of Wales

and crocodiles on the course are a common sight, as are

played the course in 1930, resulting in the ‘royal’ being added

giraffe, baboons and plenty of buck. It’s worth noting that

to the name the following year. In 1939, the course

lions did disrupt the building of the course back

expanded into two 18-hole courses, known as

in 1996, but since then the strong fence has

the east and the west courses.

kept them away.

The Kensington Golf Club, another

The par five 13th hole (Gary Player’s

club with a long and illustrious his-

favourite) is one of the spectacular

tory extending back more than 100

holes, finishing on a green elevated

years, merged with the Royal Johan-

high above the Crocodile River and

nesburg Golf Club in 1998.

looking out over the bushveld of the

Today, the east and the west cours-

Kruger National Park. Another beau-

es are known as the most prestigious

tiful hole is the par four 18th hole,

golf courses in Gauteng. The 10th and 11th holes on the east course are reputed

which has a challenging island green to

Durban Country Club, the old lady of South African golf.

to be the longest back-to-back par four holes in the world. The east course is rated as the slightly harder of the two, although the plentiful poplar trees and the water feature that run through the course will serve as beautiful distractions.

Leopard Creek Country Club, Mpumalanga

ensure a memorable finish to the round and a story for the clubhouse afterwards.

Rates are R3 500 per round, which includes a golf cart and halfway snacks.

Durban Country Club, KwaZulu-Natal Ernie Els referred to it as the “Old lady” of South African golf courses, and its history and accomplishments certainly back

Designed by Gary Player and created by businessman Johann

up the claim. Opened in 1922, the course has hosted SA Open

Rupert, this course is the ‘Augusta of Africa’, with no expense

Championships 17 times (more than any other course), its

spared in building a course spectacular in every way. Getting

third hole is rated the best third in the world and it is the only

onto the exclusive course is the first challenge a golfer will

African course rated in the Top 100 by Golf Magazine USA.

face, as only visitors staying in the nearby lodges can play

The course was originally built on sand dunes and the

(and then only on weekdays). However, it is well worth the

fairways still have large undulations which make for many interesting and challenging shots. Add in a combination of narrow fairways, lush vegetation and some tricky cross-winds from the nearby Indian Ocean, and you have a course that can test the best of them. There are many iconic holes on the course, none more so than the world-famous par five third hole, which starts from a high point with beautiful views out over the Indian Ocean, hitting out onto a narrow fairway bordered by sand and trees before finding a green also well protected by trees. The par three 12th hole is named The Prince of Wales after

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Prince Edward managed to take 16 shots here in 1924. It sounds like a bizarre accomplishment, but any mirth will soon turn to sympathy when a golfer sees the green precariously perched on a hill with steep slopes on either side of it. The 17th hole has some large undulations on the fairway which provides a pretty good idea of what golf would be like on the moon, and the 18th hole finishes off the round on a tempting note with a short but tricky 251 metre par four that begs the golfer to be daring and go for the green.

Myles Morford teeing off at the Umdoni Park Golf Club.

The Links at Fancourt, Western Cape

a chance to finish with some long downhill drives and beauti-

The Links at Fancourt is firstly a feat of engineering, with over

ful views. The course has hosted the SA Open twice and has

700 000 cubic metric tonnes of earth moved to transform an

consistently been voted as one of the country’s best.

airstrip into a links golf course. Designed by Gary Player, the course will challenge all levels of golfers with its well-placed

Umdoni Park Golf Club, KwaZulu-Natal

hazards, undulating fairways, tricky greens and clever pin lo-

Umdoni Park Golf Club has a long and interesting history.

cations. The end result is a stunning and challenging dune-

Named after the indigenous Umdoni tree, the course was

style landscape that could easily have its location mistaken

built in the 1920s along with the main residence, which was

for Scotland, if not for the large mountain range overlooking

presented to the Prime Minister Louis Botha as a winter sea-

the course. The unique hole is probably the par three second

side residence. The second nine holes were added a few years

hole, which features a bunker in the middle of a large green,

later, and visitors can now enjoy a challenging and beautiful

although all of the holes present different and unique chal-

round surrounded by nature. Set over a spacious 150 hectares

lenges.

of land, the front nine offers spectacular views out over the

The entire package at The Links at Fancourt is designed to be luxurious, with a five-star clubhouse, large practice area

Indian Ocean, while the back nine takes the golfer through some challenging forest terrain.

and expert caddies all on hand to enhance the experience.

The course is short by modern standards at 5 560 metres in

The course was made famous as the host of the 2003 Presi-

length, but the hilly terrain means that players are often aim-

dent’s Cup between the USA and the rest of the world, when

ing at elevated greens, making distance control a challenge.

the tournament was dramatically tied after Ernie Els and Tiger

The thick forest also means that golfers can’t stray far from the

Woods could not be separated even after three playoff holes.

fairways, and there are also a few water traps to be navigated.

Erinvale Golf Club, Western Cape Tucked away in a corner of Somerset West and sheltered be-

The greens are big, well-kept and great to putt on, and the round finishes on a high with the spectacular 18th hole teeing off to memorable views out over the ocean.

neath the Helderberg Mountains in the Western Cape, lies

Just an hour along the South Coast from Durban, the course

Erinvale Golf Estate. The history of the area dates back to 1685,

is open to visitors all year round (and at under R300 per round,

when the Dutch East India Company set up an outpost there.

it's good value for money). Golf carts are recommended both

To South African golf fans, it is better known as the site of

for the hot and humid climate as well as the hilly topography.

South Africa’s golfing world cup victory, when in 1996 Wayne

The hardest part to drawing up any list is deciding what to

Westner and Ernie Els won the event by a record 18 strokes.

leave out, and to exclude iconic courses such as the Fish River

This Gary Player-designed course has two distinct sections,

Sun, Pezula, Simola, Arabella, St Francis Links, Pearl Valley and

with the front nine flatter and requiring accurate approach

Pinnacle Point (to name a few) from a golfing list feels like a

shots, while the back nine offers some strenuous exercise and

dreadful omission. However, all that this does is further em-

sweeping sea and mountain vistas. The last few holes are the

phasise the abundance of great golf courses we are blessed

most memorable, as players head towards the clubhouse with

with in South Africa.

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grooming and style

Writer: Gilda Narsimdas

Make a statement

with knitwear Winter is almost over but knitwear is certainly still fashionable. There are so many choices, from texture and length, to prints and colours. We look at how you can make knits work for you.

1 – Pair this contrast pink and black cardigan from Revenge, Spree, R699, with these plain black jersey leggings from H&M, R149.

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2 – Another stunning combination is a long trenchstyle knit, like this navy blue one from Brave Soul, Spree, R369, with these distressed Soviet jeans, Spree, R769.

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3 – Instead of a plain jersey, opt for a printed one like this floral from Queenspark, for R599 to go with these curvy bootleg jeans from Utopia, R295. Both are available on Zando.co.za 4 – This beautiful jacquard jacket from H&M, R599, is perfect for work when paired with these suit trousers, also from H&M, R299.

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5 – This J Crew, Zando.co.za, button-up cardigan, R550, goes perfectly with either casual or formal wear. Try it with dark slim regular tapered jeans, H&M, R249. 6 – Dress down with this J Crew V-neck printed jersey, Zando.co.za, R359, paired with chinos or this Levi’s Hybrid trousers, Zando.co.za,

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R799. 7 – This zip-up H&M jersey, R599, paired with distressed jeans from Markham, R650, are perfect for casual days. 8 – If you prefer not to wear something too bulky, opt for a sleeveless vest over a crisp white shirt like this blue one, Rob Roy, Spree, R279, with this H&M slim fit trousers, R399.

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Nice-to-haves

Writer: Nicholas Francis

Gadgets for the health conscious E ating healthy means spending time in the kitchen to ensure that all the right ingredients go into a wholesome meal or snack. However, with the right gadgets, you can whip up a nutritious food in no time. We have selected a few gadgets that will help you cut down on the preparation time and still enjoy a healthy meal.

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The best way to start your day is with fresh juice. Toss your favourite fruit or vegetables in the large feeder chute and the Braun 800 watts Identity Collection Juicer will make you a healthy beverage. R1 599.

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The Kambrook Yoghurt Maker is easy to use. Mix plain yoghurt with some fresh fruit and let this nifty device do all the work for you. You can enjoy your creation as a topping for muesli in the morning or as a snack throughout the day. R239.

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Your healthy eating routine just got a little bit tastier with the Safeway Health Grill. The grill allows you to enjoy your favourite meals without the unhealthy fat. All the excessive grease is drained away by the non-stick slanted grill and into the drip tray. R245.

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The Philips Daily Collection Steamer comes with a unique aroma infuser, which brings food to life. The heat from the steam releases the delicate aromas of the herbs and spices, which infuse food with delicious flavours. R599.

For fast, fresh and delicious blended drinks on the go, try the Safeway Gym Blender. Simply pop your ingredients in the bottle, attach it to the blending blades and with the touch of a button, give it a whizz. Attach the BPA-free clip-on lid and you're good to go. R199.

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