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Women on the rise: • Dr Rebecca Maserumule is a catalyst for change • High-flyer LieutenantColonel Phetogo Molawa breaking barriers


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The principal of the NSG, Professor Richard Levin.

The granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, Ms Ndileka Mandela addressing attendees on the importance of the programme.

The National School of Government (NSG) was

with the Thembekile Mandela Foundation (TMF) to

established in terms of the Public Service Act, 1994,

encourage public sector leaders to lead like Mandela.

with a legal mandate to provide or facilitate the

The “Leading Like Mandela” programme seeks to

provision of training in the public service. The School

bestow public sector leaders with the ethical and

was officially launched by the Minister for Public

transformative leadership qualities that defined Nelson

Service and Administration in October 2013. It provides

Mandela’s leadership. The two partners are preparing

compulsory and demand-driven training focused on

to pilot this programme in the public and private sector.

improving education on leadership, management and administration in the public service. In addition to this, the NSG undertakes research on public service training and carries out training needs analyses for the different government departments. Partneships with public and private sector institutions are also integral to the

The programme, officially named Mandela Leadership Programme, comes at a time when the country, the continent and the world are calling out for great, conscious leaders who selflessly strive to improve the lives of their people sustainably.

success of the NSG. The exchange of knowledge and

This partnership entails training private and public

collaborative development of capacity building solutions

sector leaders to lead like Mandela and to strengthen

enriches the quality and relevance of NSG’s interventions.

the engagement between the public sector, private sector and civil society for the realisation of the vision

As we celebrated 100 years of the life and legacy

of the National Development Plan (NDP), AU Agenda

of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the NSG partnered

2063 and UN Vision 2030 to create a better world for all.


The principal of the NSG, Professor Richard Levin, signs the MoU with the founder of the TMF, Ms Ndileka Mandela.

This is in line with the call by the NDP for government


to collaborate with other non-state actors and to build leadership throughout state and society.

Switchboard: 012 441 6000

Areas of co-operation under the partnership are related

Fax: 012 441 6030

to organising and co-hosting Thought Leadership

Contact centre: 086 100 8326

seminars/dialogues and “Mandela Talks” on topics of

Physical Address: 70 Meintjes Str, ZK Matthews Building, Sunnyside

national interest/importance; to pilot the “Leading Like Mandela” leadership programme in the public sector; to collaborate on social outreach, targeting the youth in areas of capacity development mutually agreed to by the two participants; and to collaborate in “Think Tanks”, and research and development of case studies in public sector capacity development.

Postal Address: Private Bag X759, Pretoria, 0001 E-mail: Website: Twitter: @thensgZA

The common bold ambition of this partnership is to take the Mandela Leadership Programme to the African continent and the rest of the world; and through the partnership between TMF and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) we will be able to reach that goal.

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Contents: August 2018

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Conversations with leaders Minister of Sport and Recreation Tokozile Xasa is championing women in sport


Women in the public sector Dr Rebecca Maserumule is one of the many black women in the public service who are using their scientific research capabilities to elevate the black African child


Profiles in leadership Magistrate Mari von Hoesslin is making a difference inside and outside the courtroom


Trailblazer Lieutenant-Colonel Phetogo Molawa is breaking barriers at the SA Air Force


Vital stats Fast facts at your fingertips




Management and professional development Exploring the challenges women face in the workplace

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


Financial fitness Employers urged to help workers save


Provincial focus Free State Health MEC Montsheng Tsiu is determined to address the challenges facing the health sector in the province


Public sector appointments Who is new in government?


International relations The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia pledge billions for investment in key SA sectors



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




Women's Month PhD candidate Valentine Saasa is leading from the front


Women's Month Trudi Makhaya is spearheading an investment drive aimed at attracting $100 billion in new investment to SA’s economy


Women's Month Zola Thamae is shaping the future of sport in the Free State


Women's Month South African men are taking a stand in support of the country’s women

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Take a stand

against women abuse campaigns taking place every

I can motivate others to end

year – driven by government,

violence against women and

non-governmental organisations


and the private sector – there is no

of silence that accompanies

abuse is widespread. But the issue

violence and abuse.

needs to be tackled at ground

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.


I pledge to help break the culture

doubt that awareness of women

I pledge not to commit violence

level. This is where relations in the

and to act when I see violence

home need to change. We still

against women and children.

live in a society where many men

I pledge to teach those in my

believe that they have the right to

care the values of human dignity,

omen abuse continues

exert power over women. It stands

equality and respect.

to take a heavy toll on

to reason, then, that men have a

South African society.

crucial role to play in taking a stand

brave enough to report instances

against women abuse.

of abuse and find safety from

Every day, thousands of hardworking mothers, wives and innocent

It was therefore heart-warming

Meanwhile, women have to be

abusive relationships. We have

girls suffer silently at the hands of

to see hundreds of men taking

more support systems in place for

their physically stronger abusers. It

to the streets of Pretoria on

this than ever before, in the form

should not be this way.

10 July, in support of government’s

of shelters, victim-friendly rooms

The 20 000 courageous women

#100MenMarch campaign.

at police stations and 24-hour

who marched to the Union Buildings

Responding to President Cyril


on 9 August 1956 remind us that

Ramaphosa’s “Thuma Mina” call to

women do indeed have the

action, these men demonstrated

interventions have a positive

power to stand up to injustice and

that they are willing to protect and

impact on the lives of women

implement change. They stood up

support the victims of violence and

seeking reprieve from domestic

to deeply institutionalised racism

abuse. We are hopeful that, during


and discrimination, and forced the

Women’s Month, this important

formidable apartheid government

message will spread to men

Africa to know that they have safe

to pay attention to their voices.

across the country, and kickstart

spaces to which they can turn,

real changes in the home and

as well as caring people who are


waiting to help.

Although women abuse is not a government-driven injustice like apartheid, the problem has, sadly,

Studies have proven that these

We want the women of South

As government, we are urging all

Like the women of 1956, don’t let

become deeply rooted in our

South Africans to take the following

yourself be trampled by injustice –


pledge to end this scourge:

realise that you have the power to

With hundreds of anti-abuse


Change begins with me, and

change your life for the better.

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Moving closer to gender equality lies, as their fathers, brothers and

radical departure from the patri-

sons were being arrested under

archy of the past.

the pass laws. Their actions during the march also stood for something much

needs to be done in the private

greater – that women would not

sector. For example, only one

be powerless against the wide-

company listed on the JSE Top 40

spread discrimination they faced

has a woman CEO. Unfortunately,

in society.

it will still take some time for us to

These women would not lie

reverse the false stereotype that

down and just accept their ex-

women in the workplace are less

pected roles as housewives and

capable than their male counter-

domestic workers. They would take


their places as influential, powerPhumla Williams, GCIS Acting Director-General.


While government is leading the charge in this area, much still

According to the World Econom-

ful and respected members of

ic Forum, South Africa is among


the 20 most gender-equal coun-

As we celebrate Women’s Month,

tries in the world. We view this as a

athint’ abafazi,

it is a perfect moment to reflect

testament to the intense focus that

wathint’ imboko-

on the progress South Africa has

government has paid to gender

do.” On 9 August

made in securing and promot-

equality over the past 20 years.

1956, 20 000 women of all races

ing rights for all women. Although

sang these famous words during

we still live in a male-dominated

cloud of violence and sexual

a march to the Union Buildings in

society, we are certainly inch-

abuse against women looming

Pretoria, protesting amendments

ing closer to one where gender

over us. Awareness of this serious

which would require women to

equality is the norm.

issue is widespread, and govern-

carry passes. The Women’s March has come

South Africa is ranked in 10th

However, we still have the dark

ment has created safe spaces at

place among countries with

police stations and community

to symbolise the courage and

the most number of females in

centres for victims to report abuse.

strength of South African women.

parliament. Forty percent of par-

While all the legislative frameworks

Organisers and participants of the

liamentary members are female,

and support systems are in place,

march were determined to show

compared to 27.75 percent

the only way we can combat this

that women would not surrender

in 1994.

evil is to change power relations

meekly to the injustices of apart-

Today, 17 of our 35 cabinet min-

at home and at work.

heid and the event represented a

isters are female, compared to

watershed moment in the shifting

just three in 1994. Women occupy

to support and live the values of

of activism roles.

44 percent of all skilled posts in

gender equality.

Women were taking it upon themselves to fight for their fami-


South Africa and 44 percent of the entire workforce which is a

Every man and woman needs

Make this your goal during Women’s Month.

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From the editor’s desk


his is August 2018, the winter

preferring to stay out of other peo-

winds are blowing and rain

ple’s “business”.

has fallen softly over parts of

Our Constitution is very specific

Gauteng. Cape Town is wetter than

about this, and some people living

it has been for three years, while in

in our country believe they do not

Nelson Mandela Bay, dams are dry.

have to conform to this Constitu-

It seems mother earth is calling out

tion. Our women made a choice in

and we are not listening in more ways

1956 to stand up to the apartheid

than one.

system, and thereby, to all abusers.

This month is dominated by the

Women co-wrote this Constitution

actions of women in South Africa

and women are empowered by

who demand to be heard, and the

their freedom.

behalf of an entire population. We can tiptoe around these anach-

time for ignoring these calls is long

The sentiment expressed by our

past. Some men believe it's their in-

free women is just that. To be free

ronistic folks, or we can choose to

alienable right to dominate women

to do what they want and say what

confront them now, before they do

using physical violence and, in

they want, and be what they want.

more damage to our next gen-

highly conservative societies, this

Why should men tell women what

eration. We are transparent in our

is excused by the phrase “culture”.

to do with their bodies? What right

need to empower women, and

The anger this is causing is accel-

do men and deliberately obtuse

yet some of these traditionalists are

erating in our modern, connected

conservatives have to demand

less than transparent about their

and rapidly urbanising society.

that someone else conforms to


“It’s my culture to tell women they

their blinkered world view? It ap-

There is much money to be made

belong barefoot and pregnant in

pears that the lessons we have

hawking women as chattel instead

the kitchen,” some men would say.

been taught by our women who

of thinking of women as equal

“It’s my culture to force women

marched over half a century ago

partners. Women in society are not

to do all the chores around our

are being ignored by those who

a commodity, they are not a roll of

house, they need a slap every now

have the most to lose.

copper cable or a couple of cows;

and again to keep them in line,

These men are steeped in the

they are 50 percent of our econo-

after all, that’s what our traditions

logic of oppression, yet would say

my, 50 percent of our religion,

say, isn’t it?”

they were merely following the

50 percent of our futures and full

highly suspect “traditions” of some

partners in our wonderful country.

These views belong in the Stone Age. It is not culture to abuse women,

romantic illusion they call cultural pastimes. When called out, these

it's criminal. There is a systematic

defenders of tradition adopt a “we

principle of abuse, hidden beneath

are experts because we know our

the veneer of cultural correctness

people” position.

where neighbours say nothing when they hear the screams,


Nothing is more suspicious than a man who presumes to speak on

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Public Sector Manager • August 2018

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Minister Xasa

wants everyone to have a sporting chance


omen often have to dou-

remains a major issue in South

expect women to compete but also

ble their efforts to prove


to be active in sport administration.

that they are capable of

She said the support that women

We want to see female coaches

doing things that were traditionally

in sport get at the moment is

and female administrators in lead-

meant for men. When it comes to

nowhere near where it should be.

ership positions of the federations

sport, this is no different.

However, she acknowledged that

so that when decisions are made,

there has been gradual improve-

women’s issues are taken into con-

Month, PSM spoke to Minister

ment, thanks to the 2011 Trans-

sideration,” the Minister said.

of Sport and Recreation Tokozile

formation Charter which seeks

Xasa, who says

to provide equitable access and

With August being Women’s


participation opportunities in

She added that it is important to promote sporting codes that are not big in South Africa, like volley-

all areas and at all levels of

ball, while continuing to support

sport, irrespective of gender.

those that have a big fan base.

“We not only

Support for women The Minister is also concerned that sporting events that feature women only do not receive adequate media coverage. This contributes to the lack of societal support for women in sport, she believes. “For instance, Banyana Banyana has been doing very well but they do not get as much coverage as men’s soccer teams. Bafana Bafana is not doing that well but they always get coverage,” she noted. The Minister said that while each sports federation is part of the department’s transformation proMinister of Spor t and Recreation Tokozile Xasa.


gramme, better monitoring is needed.

Public Sector Manager • August 2018

healthy and for social cohesion, which is outlined as one of the imperatives of the National Development Plan. “Women go through a lot. Some Image: Department of Sport and Recreation

of them lose their spouses and face many challenges but if they participate in sport, they are able to decrease their stress levels and have fun together,” she said. The Minister said this does not Minister Xasa wit h t he Gauteng Jaguars at t he f inal of t he Brutal Fruit National Netball League.

To address this, the department is developing a “women in

sional career opportunities. “Women can make a living in

only go for women but for everyone, including children, as it is important to keep fit and stay healthy. She added that she was recently

sport” policy. A team has been

sport, not just as athletes but as

inspired when she was in Limpopo

established by the department

administrators, coaches and train-

at a sport facility handover to see

to work on completing a draft by

ers. The success of our teams and

women aged between 60 and 84

December and the Minister hopes

the high-performance programmes

taking part in a soccer match.

everything will be finalised by the

in place have seen many young

end of the current financial year so

women getting better equity op-

bles that encourages a healthy

that implementation can start soon

portunities,” she said.

lifestyle across all ages. We have

“This is part of our key delivera-

the “I Choose to be Active” cam-


Benefits of sport

paign which also includes move

arrive at a point where there are

Sport and recreation helps promote

for health and the Golden Games

professional teams of women and

social cohesion and national build-

as one of its pillars. These activities

men in all sports. “For instance, for

ing, Minister Xasa noted.

also place emphasis on active

Minister Xasa said the idea is to

every professional soccer team

“One of our strategic goals is to


that plays in a league, there should

ensure that all citizens irrespective

be a team of women at the same

of gender and race have access

younger women also need to

level,” she explained.

to sport and recreation activities, so

explore and nurture their sporting

The Minister said sport develop-

that there is a 10 percent increase

talents. “If women support and take

ment is a departmental priority and

in sport and recreation participa-

part in sport, the sport industry will

explained that transformation must

tion by all citizens in selected activi-

take them more seriously. We need

be cemented at school level.

ties come 2020,” said the Minister.

to come together. When the current

She encouraged more women to

Minister Xasa added that while

The Minister pointed out that

leaders of federations or sporting

consider careers in sport, saying

not all women will be able to have

bodies see women's concerted ef-

it is no longer just about playing

a sports career, their participation

forts, they will then have no choice

games but instead offers profes-

is still important for them to stay

but to listen to us,” she said.

Public Sector Manager • August 2018



Future plans

out the power of sport as advo-

This campaign encourages

Over and above developing a

cated by Tata Nelson Mandela,

South Africans to remain active

“women in sport” policy, the Minister

whose centenary is currently being

and prevent diseases such as

said transformation continues to be


heart attacks and strokes and to

part of the department’s agenda

“My focus will be on transforma-

moving forward, as sport is a great

tion, school sport, women in sport


and infrastructure development.”

She added that sport infrastruc-

She added that the department is

prevent obesity. Some of the department’s events that are part of the campaign include the Big Walk which attracts

ture needs to be improved to

focused on ensuring that the sport

over 25 000 participants and the

facilitate more opportunities for

and recreation sector is adequately

National Recreation Day event

women. The Minister explained that

transformed and that selected

which encourages teveryone to

the department will be rolling out

national federations achieve

take part in active recreation.

60 more facilities in the 2018/19

their transformation commitments

financial year to improve access to

by 2020.

sport and recreation facilities.

This transformation process is be-

“Our ’I Choose to be Active‘ campaign also encourages mass participation and highlights active

ing monitored by an independent

recreation. We have identified our

key stakeholders with regard to the

body called the Eminent Persons

President Cyril Ramaphosa to be

ringfenced Municipal Infrastructure

Group (EPG) which recently re-

the champion of this campaign

Grant to ensure that there is more

leased the fifth EPG report.

as we reach out to community

The department is working with

sport infrastructure development in

With regard to the Thuma Mina

leaders to work with us in using

campaign, the Minister said the de-

the power of sport to unite people

As a public representative and

partment’s “I Choose to be Active”

across all ages and to promote ac-

servant of the people, the Minister

campaign focuses on the pillars of

tive citizenry,” the Minister said.

said she is entrusted with bringing

active citizenry.

the future.

While there is still a lot to be done to improve the quality of sport in South Africa, the Minister and her

Image: Department of Sport and Recreation

department are working hard to address inadequacies and disparities. Minister Xasa believes there is much to celebrate in sport, particularly the Springboks’ performance under the leadership of Siya Kolisi, Banyana qualifying for the African Cup of Nations and the tennis players who excelled at Wimbledon. The Minister is determined to ensure that South African sport Minister Xasa wit h Springboks’ captain Siya Kolisi.


continues to triumph.

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Dr Rebecca Maserumule: A bright spark for women and SA


everal decades ago, when apartheid laws restricted the freedom of movement of the

black population, women organised themselves and marched to the Union Buildings to protest unjust pass laws. The 20 000 women who partici-

pated in the iconic 9 August 1956 Women’s March changed the course of history. Led by struggle

of Science and Technology. This

icons Lilian Ngoyi, Rahima Moosa,

innovative thinker holds a doctor-

Transformation and gender inclusivity

Sophia Williams-de Bruyn and

ate in mathematics. She is one

In an interview with PSM, Dr Mase-

Helen Joseph, they dispelled the

of the many black women in the

rumule said transformation and

then stereotype that cast women

public service who are using their

gender inclusivity are central to

as politically inept and best suited

scientific research capabilities to

the department’s strategy across

to being stay-at-home wives.

elevate the black African child, par-

all programmes.

ticularly girls, in the fields of science,

One of the key strategic objec-

after the advent of democracy, an

technology and innovation, and to

tives of the Department of Science

equally impressive generation of

help them become ambassadors

and Technology is innovation in

women is continuing to show that

for positive change.

support of economic development.

Today, just over two decades

On an annual basis, most of the

gender should never be allowed to

While her efforts might not neces-

limit personal growth and achieve-

sarily place her next to the struggle

research, development and innova-


stalwarts in history books, her work

tion programmes are focused on

Inspiring young girls and showing

and her story are likely to spur other

moving new products and process-

men that women are powerful and

women in the public service to play

es from lab to market.

capable is Dr Rebecca Maseru-

their part in addressing the coun-

mule, the Chief Director for Hydro-

try’s socio-economic challenges

and Technology is responsible for

gen and Energy at the Department

and national energy needs.

funding the generation of the new


“The Department of Science

Public Sector Manager • August 2018

knowledge and once the product

development and innovation pro-

CSIR, she continued her research

is ready for manufacturing, then

grammes, we are looking at

into underground water resources

developmental funding institu-

40 percent female and 60 percent

looking at the effects of climate

tions play a role.

male graduating.”

change because underground

“Routinely meetings are held

She believes the favourable num-

water resources in southern Africa

with funding stakeholders like the

bers achieved by the department

Industrial Development Corpora-

are a result of gender transforma-

“The reason why this research is

tion, Development Bank of South-

tion being institutionalised in the

important is that our temperatures

ern Africa or entrepreneurs to

department’s programmes.

are changing and over time, this

support the commercialisation of

could be under threat.

increase in temperature will have a

the backbone is transformation

Journey into the public service

in a meaningful way. We say we

After obtaining her undergraduate

want black female entrepreneurs

degree in applied mathematics at

becomes more violent – putting

who can help with such growth,”

the University of Rochester in New

underground water resources

she said.

York in 1996, Dr Maserumule went

at risk.

new technologies with a view that

huge impact on rainfall patterns,” she warned. As temperatures increase, rainfall

on to obtain her master’s degree

Her research focused on pre-

development are key to govern-

in 1999. She then completed her

diction-making as a measure to

ment policy. Often, black women

doctorate in mathematics, with

manage risk. Just how crucial this

face the most challenges.

a focus on computational fluid

research is was brought home re-

She said that issues of inclusive

dynamics, from the Rensselaer

cently when government declared

department’s programmes that

Polytechnic Institute in Troy,

several provinces, including the

are anchored in transformation

New York.

Western Cape, as national disaster

Dr Maserumule said most of the

have been institutionalised, but

As part of her thesis for her PhD,

areas after they experienced the

transformation does not happen

Dr Maserumule’s research looked

overnight, which is why long-term

at predicting when underground

The City of Cape Town then im-

monitoring mechanisms are

aquifer systems are at risk for con-

plemented stringent water restric-

in place.

tamination due to the changing

tions, with dam levels dipping to

rainfall patterns.

20.9 percent in April 2018.

Dr Maserumule said that trans-

worst drought in years.

One of the biggest risks that

Evidence of Dr Maserumule’s

ment’s day-to-day operations.

government faces in terms of

forward-thinking in the choice

If an official submits a funding

underground water resources, she

of her research topic was also

list that is dominated by male

believes, is trying to predict when

highlighted in January 2018, when

beneficiaries, tough questions are

they could become contaminated.

the City of Cape Town turned to its

formation is part of the depart-


Her first job was in 2006, when

Cape Flats, Table Mountain Group

“If you look at the percentage

she joined the Council for Sci-

and Atlantis aquifers to source

of women in STEM fields, I think 20

entific and Industrial Research

150 million litres of groundwater

percent are women and

(CSIR) as a senior researcher,

per day to delay what became

80 percent are male.

working in the natural resource

known as Day Zero – the day the

and environmental unit. While at

metro would be forced to close

“But in terms of our research,

Public Sector Manager • August 2018


In 1995, McDonald’s South Africa opened its first restaurant in the country and today, it operates with over 260 restaurants in nine provinces, and is one of the most successful brand names in South Africa and the world. The brand has also opened up entrepreneurship opportunities for female franchisees in the industry and we are proud to share the stories of two of these female leaders.

PERSEVERANCE AND DEDICATION MAKES SUSAN ROCK N’ ROLL When one door shuts another one opens. However, in the case of Susan Rawoteea one door closed, when she got retrenched from a blue chip firm in the 1990 and no open door was in sight. Since the entrepreneurial Susan was done with the corporate world she took on waitressing jobs in Johannesburg and Durban to make a living while she planned her next move. “I said to myself, I don’t want to go back to into the corporate world because I’d be stuck there.” Then the door opened and Susan landed a McDonald’s restaurant as a franchisee 21 years ago. To raise funds to buy Rock ’n Roll, she sold everything she had and rented a flat. Her McDonald’s Rock ’n Roll restaurant, located on Sandton’s busy Rivonia Road, employs almost 70 people today and is open 24/7. While she now has four restaurants in her portfolio, for Susan, it is the opportunity to bring good food to customers and make a difference in the lives of her team members that matters the most. “It’s extremely rewarding to see people growing and developing,” she says, speaking highly of her driven team and advising fellow entrepreneurs to respect and take care of human capital, their “most important asset”. Another critical asset in her own life is her innate will to succeed. As an athlete, the former Springbok swimmer knows well that excellence does not occur by default. She approaches her career from the same angle. “In swimming, every second counts. Swimmers put in hours and hours of training for a 5-10 minute performance or maybe shorter. At McDonald’s we’re in a business that serves many clients every day and a lot can go wrong. The point is to be consistently good. What value is there in being amazing at lunchtime, only to be not-so-good

soft notes (due to external factors). “We’ve been with different CEOs and each one of them has had our best interests at heart. They look out for us. We know we can count on the corporation even in the hardest times,” says this franchisee, after taking a look at how it all began. “When I heard that McDonald’s was coming to South Africa I knew instantly that that’s what I wanted. The only problem was how do I go about getting it. I applied to McDonald’s over a period of about nine months. I went to interviews and they said: ‘we’ll get back to you’,” this powerhouse recalls, adding that discovering Power of the Mind, Positive Thinking by John Kehoe, when she was in the throes of a difficult phase gave her the kick-start to believe in herself. “I loved the (hospitality) environment,” Susan says of the months she spent waitressing. “The fact that I hadn’t had my own business and nobody in my family had had a business meant that I had to get specialised training and guidance if I was to become a new franchisee. I’ll never forget the day when I received a phone call to say ‘you’re on the programme’.” Next up she was in Melbourne for six months’ training and was at that point offered the Rock ’n Roll restaurant. “The most amazing thing is that I met my husband in Australia: a doubly glorious thing!”

in the evening?”

At McDonald’s we’re in a business that serves many

Susan, who swears by excellence and customer service,

clients every day and a lot can go wrong. The point

doesn’t only laud McDonald’s innovative streak and

is to be consistently good. What value is there in

customer-centricity, but credits the chain for its dedication to franchisees. She lists examples when the corporation stepped in to help one of her restaurants that was hitting

being amazing at lunchtime, only to be not-so-good in the evening?


PORTIA HITS HER STRIDE Portia Nondo leads with a confident, meticulous yet easy stride as she steps into her McDonald’s Boksburg restaurant on a busy Friday. This was the second of her restaurants. Germiston, her first of five, all in Ekurhuleni, presented a shock for her when it opened in 2007 including fielding calls from customers in the small hours of the morning and not getting a familiar corporate salary for months on end. Fast forward to 2018: Portia is fulfilled that through her business, which employs about 220 people, she’s also able to engage with her community to assist disadvantaged school children with their education. She has come a long way, but she politely defers to her team when the topic of success comes up. Her business journey has experienced many challenging

“While I was in the franchise space [in 2004], I started

moments. “It is during tough times like these that a strong

working with big corporations like McDonald’s and Pick

brand like McDonald’s makes it easier to approach the

’n Pay that had franchises, and I picked up insights.

banks for assistance and that a partnership relationship

I got to understand their business models,” she says.

with the Franchisor does and can make all the difference,”

Already armed with an MBA and a degree in Industrial

asserts this former banker who amazingly opened a quintet

Chemical Engineering, she started planning her next

of McDonald’s restaurants – including those in Vosloorus,

move. “Parallel to that role and acquiring new skills, I

Parkrand and Sunward Park – over a seven year period.

had started getting this niggling feeling to do something on my own. I knew I didn’t want to be in the corporate

“I have not expanded in number of restaurants in the past

world forever.”

4 years because I believe it is important to pause and consolidate your business. This allows for the embedding

Portia sought an entrepreneurial path that would let

of operational efficiencies which leads to organic growth.

her apply her corporate and academic skills while

You need to stop and check whether everyone on your

leveraging her personal strengths. “I wanted an

team is still on the same page as you embed your culture.

established business since I am not a green-fields kind

I don’t take a single employee for granted,” the altruistic

of entrepreneur. After a period of reflection, I figured

franchisee says, crediting her staff for their effort. She is

that franchising would be perfect. I was familiar and

awake to their often-tough backgrounds. “I would like

comfortable with the McDonald’s brand and its values,”

them to use their time here to harness what they can

she explains. It took loads of determination to get in

achieve and to break the vicious social cycles that

the door and to, eventually, get things moving in 2006.

hinder their personal and professional growth.”

But first she gave up her cushy job, fat income and

Her education-focused community initiative, which works with the Department of Basic Education, follows similar principles. It has a network of primary schools in Katlehong, Thokoza and Vosloorus and touches the lives of 200 children each year.

comfortable lifestyle. “I am grateful for the four years of financial pre-planning, this is what sustained me in the first years of growing and developing my business,” says the ever-scrupulous Nondo.

Portia transitioned to entrepreneurship from an illustrious

You need to stop and check whether everyone on

career in banking where she ended on a high note as

your team is still on the same page, as you embed

a Divisional Director. Her remit included debt financing for black economic empowerment, mergers and acquisitions financing in the Business Banking space, and franchise financing.

your culture. I don’t take a single employee for granted.


its taps and have residents collect

Deputy Director: Business Process

cell and photovoltaic panel

water from designated points.



Her role included analysing the

The broader national innovation

Benefits of science

impact of policy and the economy

system needs to help ensure that

Dr Maserumule said the recent

on the energy demands of South

government capitalises on these

drought challenges are proof that

Africa in support of evidence-

advantages, she added.

science can have an impact on

based policy development of the

decision-making at policy level if

Integrated Energy Plan as well

her role involves offering advice

advice is given at the right time.

as the National Energy Efficiency

across all sectors of the economy


– especially the public and the

“Often, the knowledge is there but is not utilised effectively when deci-

private sectors – on alternative,

Town’s water challenges were pre-

Powering SA’s energy mix

dicted years ago,” she said, adding

Dr Maserumule said her core duty

that while people always work ef-

at the Department of Science

ficiently in emergencies, it would be

and Technology revolves around

sions are made. I think that Cape

better to work in such a way that emergencies are reduced. She said South Africa has the best researchers in the world but that there is a need for government to increase its investment in research and development in order to safeguard the future. “The [conclusion of the research] was that the prevalence of contaminated aquifer systems… will

Dr Maserumule explained that

“Set a goal so big that you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person who can.”

increase because of the varied

forward-looking technologies in the sustainable energy space to help them remain competitive. Advice is often offered to the executive authority on matters of policy in the space of innovation and sustainable energy technologies. “We give advice to ministers; we sometimes give them briefing notes when there could be foreign policies up for review and we advise the private sector with regard to South Africa’s competitive advantages. We say to them, ‘Partner with us because we have A, B or C,'" she said.

rainfall. One of the recommenda-

developing policies and strategies

tions was that we need to increase

to grow a competitive energy sec-

Use of technologies

our monitoring and look for alterna-

tor that is based on varied tech-

The department’s advice also looks

tive sources of alternative water

nologies that use the comparative

at encouraging the use of technol-

resources such as storm water

advantages of South Africa.

ogies or energy carriers that may

harvesting.” she said. Dr Maserumule explained that her

She said South Africa can have a competitive advantage when it

not necessarily be conventional but will be key in the future. “For instance, with the Depart-

research was later published and

comes to diverse energy sources.

cited by other researchers.

“We can be world leaders in this

ment of Transport, they have a

area,” she added, mentioning the

green transport strategy. We have

energy sector after joining the Na-

country’s platinum and manga-

been collecting data for the past

tional Department of Energy as the

nese resources; and battery, fuel

10 years to inform policy.

She later shifted her focus to the


Public Sector Manager • August 2018

“At the same time, because we

to work in the fuel cell sector.

institutionalise some of the work of

Learners were taught about fuel

the department at institutions such

cell technology and how it is envi-

as universities and science coun-

ronmentally sound.

cils, we can help with the demon-

“The fuel cells are on school

stration of some of these alternative

grounds. So again, it is an oppor-

technologies. We have the scientists

tunity to learn about science and

in place to do the tests, to monitor,

technology in a practical way. Like I

so that if you want to bring in a new

said, we are informing the students

technology, like hydrogen fuel, we

about opportunities. So in a sense,

can test this in practice in a real

we are informing the public – the

world environment,” she said.

parents and the students – by

One of the projects she worked on in relation to alternative tech-

doing practical work in the school yard,” she added.

nologies in the renewable energy gen fuel cell system using renew-

Growing human capital

able energy at a school in the

The project also fits in with one of

speaks to the importance of part-

North West.

the roles she plays in the depart-

nerships. Essentially, the country has

ment: growing human capital and

a lot of challenges and as a public

and Technology Minister Mma-

applying scientific knowledge to

servant, you can get discouraged

moloko Kubayi-Ngubane at the

address the country’s socio-eco-

but what keeps me coming into

Poelano Secondary School, the

nomic needs.

the office every day is the desire to

space was the launch of a hydro-

Recently launched by Science

2.5kW Hydrogen Fuel Cell System

“At the end of the day, we want to

doing something great until you need partnerships to do it, which

make life better for those who live in

is aimed at ensuring that the rural

create new sectors, which means

South Africa,” she said, urging that

school continues to access off-grid

jobs, but we want to ensure that

when discouragement sets in, pub-

electricity for information communi-

local talent can be considered for

lic servants need to remember that

cation technology and lighting.

these new jobs, which means we

they can rise to the challenge.

The school has 486 pupils and was hand-picked for the project that is intended to showcase the

create a new workforce that will be working in the new sectors.” She said one of her favourite

“Everything that I do when I get to work, every moment that I am at work, is for the public; that keeps

ability of renewable energy to meet

quotes from when she first became

me focused. When I make a deci-

the needs of communities which

a chief director two years ago is:

sion, my decision is always based

have no access to Eskom power.

“Set a goal so big that you can’t

on the questions: ‘Is this taking the

Part of that process was to pro-

achieve it until you grow into the

country forward? Are our citizens

person who can”.

benefitting?’ I think South Africa is

vide education material for the students, which informed them of

“This is me talking about not wor-

the high school subjects and uni-

rying about leaving your comfort

versity courses needed to become

zone when you try to accomplish a

a chemical engineer one day and

task. I always say that you are not

Public Sector Manager • August 2018

a great country and from year to year, it improves and grows. “I want to be part of that excellence,” she said.


“To grow our business, we must have a talented, diverse workforce and an inclusive corporate culture. A diverse



workforce helps us ensure we understand the needs and pressure points of our diverse consumer base across the Sub-Saharan Africa region. An inclusive and supportive culture helps ensure our employees feel valued and supports deliver the organisational agenda,” continued Mposelwa. Ongoing research has shown that diversity and inclusion (D&I) drives better teamwork, innovation, engagement and productivity. It is to this end that Kellogg’s commits to empowering women at different levels and supporting their career development goals. WOMEN IN KEY POSITIONS One of the highlights towards women empowerment for Kellogg’s South Africa is the recent promotion of Tsholofelo Ngobeni to a Plant Manager position, the first woman appointed in this role at Kellogg. In this role, Ngobeni oversees one of the most critical functions - the production of food that nourishes our consumers in an environment that is safe for our people. The operation that Ngobeni leads comprises approximately 150 people. Indicators of progress towards the women empowerment agenda, Kellogg has appointment women is several senior

Women of Kellogg (WOK) is a Kellogg’s global employee

roles across their Sub-Saharan business. Some of these are;

resource group that started in 2015 with an objective to inspire and enable women at Kellogg to feel fulfilled. Its intent is to foster an inclusive culture of ongoing commitment that leverages on the diversity that each individual brings to Kellogg. DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVITY

ZANDILE MPOSELWA Marketing Manager, Rest of Africa and Emerging Markets/Head of Women of Kellogs SSA (WOK)

The organisation’s ambition is that the workforce is a diverse and inclusive community of passionate people making a difference. Kellogg’s is working towards a 50:50 gender party by 2020. This is evident in the Kellogg’s


executive commitment to recruiting, promoting and

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retaining women in the organisation. WOK therefore

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supports the organisation’s strategies towards this. Zandile Mposelwa, Marketing Manager Emerging Markets and Rest of Africa as well as Head of WOK in South Africa, says, “Our organisation’s purpose is nourishing families so


they can florish and thrive. It is therefore important that the

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women who support the business deliver to this purpose are inspired and also enabled too”.


LIFE COACHING, a twelve-module e-learning program

RITHIKA BARUAH General Manager, Kellogg’s-Tolaram, South Africa

for senior Kellogg’s women, covering a range of topics specific to female employees. KELLOGG’S POWER TO LEAD, a six-month leadership programme, covering a range of personal leadership topics. This also exposes them to working projects that have a potential to influence the Kellogg’s business across the

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Asia-Pacific region. UNCONSCIOUS BIAS WORKSHOPS, where both male and female employees are educated on unconscious biases and strategies towards overcoming these workplace biases. In addition, Kelloggs participates in the Cell C Take a Girl

GRACE KIMANI Regional Sales Manager, East Africa

Child to Work campaign to actively involved in shaping the career decisions of girls coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. Along with the global community, Kellogg’s participates in International Women’s Day on 8 March annually. In 2018 male colleagues were brought into the conversation on


women empowerment and the organisation committed to

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Sub-Equatorial Africa A feather in Kellogg’s cap that illustrates its success in driving diversity and inclusion for women is that in 2017 the organisation won the Standard Bank Top Women Top

VANI MARIK General Manager, Kellogg’s-Tolaram Nigeria

Gender-Empowered Retail Company Award. In 2018, Kellogg’s is a finalist for this award. Finally, Kellogg’s continues to mainly employ female graduates and learners across its business units, thereby giving them opportunity to obtain working experience.

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Writer: Junior Kotu

Administering justice

with fairness and compassion


dministering justice to all

lives of ordinary people through

degree at the University of the Free

people alike without fear,

their work.

State, Von Hoesslin was admitted as

favour or prejudice, in ac-

Having a caring heart and always

an attorney on 6 May 2008. In 2010

cordance with the Constitution

being considerate of the interests

she established her own law firm,

and the law, is what is expected of

of her fellow man, especially the

M von Hoesslin Attorneys, as a way

magistrates and judges. However, it

vulnerable people in society, are

of broadening her horizons in the

is heartening to know that there are

what make Mari von Hoesslin (37)

legal field. Even though the prac-

legal office bearers who are com-

stand out. Von Hoesslin has been

tice was doing well, she still longed

mitted not only to these values, but

delivering sound judgments as a

for something that would enable

also to making a difference in the

magistrate at the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court in Ekurhuleni since August 2014. After completing her LLB

her to make a difference in society. “My long-term goal was always to be in public service and that is why I joined the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court,” she said. Her love of children and her high

Magistrate Mari von Hoesslin is making a dif ference.


Public Sector Manager • August 2018

regard for fairness and equality

her job of protecting the com-

“People should not expect this to

have ensured that her hard work

munity. She still delivers sound

be a glamorous position as you will

makes a positive difference in chil-

judgments and locks up criminal

always be a public servant with the

dren’s lives.

offenders if warranted.

expectation that you do your job in

“When I was working at a Chil-

“As a magistrate in the criminal

dren’s Court, three little ones ap-

court, I deal with trials on a daily

A new R282 million court build-

peared before me wearing clothes

basis, attend to formal bail appli-

ing was opened in Palm Ridge two

that were too small for them and

cations, set trial dates and ensure

years before Von Hoesslin joined

full of holes, in the middle of winter.

proper case-flow management,”

the team. At the time, it was one of

As a mother, I wished I could foster

she added.

the largest court structures to be

all three children and take care of

Finalising court cases that involve

a professional manner,” she added.

erected in a previously disadvan-

them. I realised, however, that I can-

children who are in conflict with the

taged community. With its 33 court

not be everything to everyone and I

law, in a way that provides rehabili-

rooms, it was part of government’s

had to take a step back and place

tation rather than only punishment,

drive to improve court infrastructure,

them in a loving and caring home

stands out for Von Hoesslin. “It is my

modernise the justice system and

without overstepping the line. In

duty to ensure that these children

ensure improved access to justice

the end, I did a clothing collection

do not end up in the criminal

for all.

through my child’s school for these

justice system, but rather get the

children and handed the items

necessary help, counselling and

over to the social worker. She sent

training they need to become bet-

A magistrate adjudicates

me pictures of the kids wearing the

ter adults,” she said.

criminal and civil cases in

“My goal is to be the best mag-

court. They have the power to

on their faces. Getting confirmation

istrate I can possibly be, and to be

acquit, convict and sentence

from the social worker that these

an active citizen. I think it is impor-

the accused person if found

children were now being taken

tant to get involved in outreach

guilty of committing an

care of gave me such peace of

programmes in your community,”

offence. Magistrates may also

mind,” she said.

she said, giving as an example the

pass judgments in civil matters.

importance of educating members

Magistrates are appointed

Hoesslin to continue to assist un-

of the community on court services

by the Minister of Justice and

derprivileged children by collecting

and how not to be in conflict with

Constitutional Development on

clothes which are handed to the

the law.

the recommendations of the

new, warm clothes with big smiles

This one good deed inspired Von

presiding officers in the Children’s

Being a magistrate requires one

Magistrates Commission.

Court to assist the needy children

to be a student for life as magis-

who pass through the courts on a

trates have to keep up with case

magistrate, you need to have

daily basis.

law and legislation. It takes a lot of

an LLB degree as a minimum

hard work and commitment, said


Being kind-hearted does not mean the legal eagle takes lightly

Public Sector Manager • August 2018

In order to qualify as a

Von Hoesslin.



Writer: Siya Miti

Molawa breaks gender barriers A

t 32 years of age, Lieutenant-

(NSRI) and dealing with VIP and

beginning, we are not treated differ-

Colonel Phetogo Molawa

VVIP transfers.

ently. Women are not expected to

has already broken through

“I do not fly as much now as I

do half of the training. We all do the

gender and age barriers in a career

am mostly in the office. I deal with

same army training, the same pilot

realm perceived to be masculine.

logistics and the technical aspect

training; we don’t get special treat-

Lt Col Molawa is the first black

of the job and I am involved with

ment,” pointed out Lt Col Molawa.

person in South Africa to com-

human resources. My role requires

She highlighted the simple truth

mand a South African Air Force

interaction with stakeholders, what

that gender stereotypes and limita-

(SAAF) installation.

our service-level agreements entail

tions have no place in the air force

and what we offer. I have to know

or the army.

She considers this one of her career highlights, with the first

how our stakeholders operate in

“Discrimination on the basis of

highlight qualifying as the first

order to know what we can offer

gender is not allowed. The law pro-

female helicopter pilot in the SAAF

them. It’s a very steep learning

tects me because when you finish

at the tender age of 21. Today she

curve for me,” she said.

[a certain level of training], you’re

manages over 100 people at the

Some of her interactions are

a colonel not a woman. If you are

Port Elizabeth Air Force Station,

with the navy and the army, she

insubordinate to me, you are

situated a stone’s throw away from

explained. “Most of the operations

not insubordinate to a

the airport with which it shares a

are SAAF operations, in terms of

woman but to a colonel,”


what we are mandated to do. We

she said.

Lt Col Molawa has a quiet

work with the NSRI for emergency

Lt Col Molawa

strength about her. She describes

situations and we liaise with the

acknowledged that

herself as someone who does not

army and the navy.”

there were challenges in commanding men

rest in comfort zones and thrives on challenges. “My promotion to commander of

Barrier-breaking achievements

this air force base came at a per-

Although Lt Col Molawa’s career

fect time because I was starting to

has been characterised by a series

feel that I’d learnt all that I could

of barrier-breaking achievements,

as a helicopter pilot. I was ready

she said rising up the ladder is

for the next challenge,” she said.

within anyone’s reach, regardless of

Her role requires a wide range

gender or race.

of skills, from managing logistics

“Apparently I am the first black

to engaging stakeholders such

female to command an air force

the National Sea Rescue Institute

base. In the air force, from the


who come from different backgrounds.

LieutenantColonel Phetogo Molawa t hrives on c hallenges.

Public Sector Manager • August 2018

“Some are much older than me.

that at times because I did not

she has made for our family. We’ve

I’ve only ever worked with men for

know anyone who was a pilot,” she

survived tough times because of

the most part and so I’ve learnt to


her and when I think of all that, I

handle the challenges that come

Her path to becoming a pilot and

know that I can’t afford to give up,”

with working with men. But through-

a commander of an air force base

out my career in the air force, I’ve

included military training, but she

been prepared for that,” she said.

persevered through the gruelling

Sound advice

physical challenges and never

So what is Lt Col Molawa’s advice

looked back.

for aspiring pilots?

Constantly expanding her horizons

“When I look at my basic military

she said.

“I would say if you are planning

It is a quest for excellence that has

training before joining the air force,

to start a family by the age of 22,

propelled this young, ambitious

I realise it was tough, especially

being an air force pilot is not for

helicopter pilot to reach the current

for a female. It was very physically

you. It is very demanding and it’s

height of her career.

demanding: you go through pro-

a delicate balancing act between

grammes where you don’t sleep for

family and work,” said the mother of

become a pharmacist, but when

24 hours; it’s one physical activity

a boy aged four.

she started to do more research

after another. Some activities re-

about it she realised that a career

quire that you carry a 50kg bag of

I fly very little now since I work in the

as a chemist would translate to the

cement on your shoulders for kilo-

office. When I was on courses I had

kind of monotony she did not want.

metres. It’s a real test of character.

to take my son home to my parents.

But not once did I think of quitting,”

It takes a lot out of you because I’m

Lt Col Molawa recalled.

tired when I leave work and I have

Lt Col Molawa initially wanted to

“When I came to know what pharmacy entails I realised I would be confined to one space every day and I thought that after a while that would become too routine,” she said.

“On a personal level, it’s not easy.

to get home and still be his mom,”

The woman from whom she acquires strength

she said.


In high school she attended a

The fortitude of the first woman she

What do you do to relax?

career exhibition, found out about

has ever known – her own mother

I relax at home with a book or

aviation and set her sights on a

– instilled a never-say-die attitude

watch TV.

‘heavenly’ career.

in her.

What is your favourite food?

“By that time I knew that I wanted

Lt Col Molawa, who was raised by

Chicken pasta.

the kind of work that would allow

her parents in Thaba ‘Nchu, in the

What is your favourite song?

me to apply myself and I started

former Bophuthatswana, said she

At the moment it’s “Belong to

searching. I knew I wanted to travel

remembers strength in her mother

you” by Sabrina Claudio.

a lot and for my days not to be

that brought the family through

What is your favourite book?

monotonous. I came across avia-

difficult times.

tion while attending a career expo.

“One person who inspires me

When I told my parents about it,

the most is my mother. I recently

it took them by surprise but they

told her that every time the going

were always supportive. Everyone

gets tough and I want to give up, I

thought I was crazy, I also thought

just think of her and the sacrifices

Public Sector Manager • August 2018

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

What is the slogan you live by? If you start it, ensure you finish it.



Source: Statistics South Africa

Government funding allocations: Who are the main beneficiaries? ciaries of national government grants? Provincial government received the bulk of grants in 2016/17, almost two thirds of the R764 billion. This was six percent more than the amount received in 2015/16. This is expected, as the nine provinces are responsible for administering some of the core functions of government (for example, education and health). About


14 percent of the financial grants here does your tax mon-

national government report, shows

were transferred to the 257 mu-

ey go after it has entered

that national government spent

nicipalities. Just over 11 percent

the state coffers? Recent

a total of R1.33 trillion in 2016/17.

(or R87 billion) was paid to South

data provided an overview of how

This is four percent higher than the

Africa’s 252 extra-budgetary ac-

national government distributes

R1.28 trillion spent in 2015/16.

counts and funds.

money to other levels of government.

The biggest spending item was fi-

R46 billion (six percent) was

nancial grants. Not to be confused

paid to foreign organisations and

publishes financial data for the

with social grants, financial grants

international institutions. R39 billion

different levels of government (i.e.

are transfers from one government

of this amount was paid to the

national, provincial, local and

unit to another government unit,

Southern African Customs Union,

extra-budgetary accounts) and

or to an international organisation.

which South Africa is a member of.

higher education institutions in

Grants are the financial fuel that

The New Development Bank, es-

separate reports throughout the

keeps the wheels of government

tablished by countries belonging

year. These are followed up by a

turning. In 2016/17, national gov-

to the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia,

consolidated report in November

ernment transferred R764 billion

India, China and South Africa),

that provides an overview of net

(57 percent of total spending) in

received R3.5 billion.

government finances.

the form of grants to other levels

South Africa’s 26 higher educa-

of government and international

tion institutions received R28 billion


(four percent) of national govern-

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA)

Stats SA’s most recent release of data on national government finances, in the financial statistics of


So, who are the major benefi-

ment grant transfers in 2016/17.

Public Sector Manager • August 2018


WORK INTEGRATED LEARNING The college employs five dedicated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Officers who provide graduates with work placement support. This service helps connect our students to job opportunities and prepares them for the world of work via our work-readiness programme. CENTRES OF SPECIALISATION The Centres of Specialisation Programme is a Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) initiative to address the demand for qualifications in the priority trades needed for the implementation of government’s National Development Plan and National Infrastructure Plan. False Bay TVET College was chosen to host the national Centres of Specialisation for Mechanical Fitting at the


an additional 3 000 students.



False Bay TVET College is rated one of the best Technical

The Centre for Entrepreneurship (CfE) based at our Westlake

and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in

Campus is a partnership between the college, the DHET and

the country. False Bay TVET College operates five well-

the Department of Small Business Development.

Westlake Campus and Rigging at the Swartklip Campus. The new Swartklip campus, to be established in 2019, will focus exclusively on artisan training and will accommodate

resourced campuses located in the South Peninsula, Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha, which collectively have an

The CfE hosts a Rapid Incubator (RI) in partnership with

enrolment of around 11 000 students.

the Small Enterprises Development Agency (SEDA). The CfE and RI aim to inspire college graduates to become

The college has strong ties with industry and the

entrepreneurs by providing these graduates with formal

communities we serve and maintains strategic

training and practical business experience.

partnerships with government, the SETAs and both local and international educational and industry institutions.

The RI currently consists of fully equipped Engineering and Woodwork workshops where entrepreneurs can

The college’s sound administration was recognised recently

manufacture products until they are able to fund setting

when it received the PFMA Clean Audit Award for 2016/2017.

up their own production facilities.

OUR PROGRAMMES Our vocational, occupational and skills-training programmes provide students with scarce and critical skills and practical experience in fields where there are good prospects of employment. All programmes are examined and certified nationally and designed in collaboration with commerce and industry. The college has a special focus on artisan skills in the Electrical, Motor Mechanics, Welding & Fabrication, Fitting & Turning, Automotive Body Repair, Spray Painting, Carpentry and Joinery trades.

CONTACT DETAILS Karin Hendricks, Acting Principal Christiana Nel, Deputy Principal: Innovation and Development Phone: +27 (0)21 787 0800

Courses are also offered in Business, Information &

Physical Address: 131 Main Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town

Communication Technology, Hospitality, Tourism, Yacht & Boat

Postal Address: Private Bag X25, Tokai, 7966

Building, Safety in Society, 2D Animation and Education Studies.




The college provides part-time classes and distance


learning options as an alternative mode of study for students who cannot attend full time classes.


Source: SAnews

Presidential IMC to tackle land reform issues

make more land available for cultivation towards

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed an

strengthening the economy,” said the Presidency.

Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on land reform,

security, rural development, poverty reduction and The IMC comprises the following ministers:

chaired by Deputy President David Mabuza.

Minister for Planning, Monitoring and Evalua-

The IMC will coordinate and implement measures

tion in the Presidency, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma;

to accelerate the redistribution of land.

Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform,

The nine-member IMC will also deal with the

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Minister of Agriculture,

provision of agricultural support and the redress of

Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana; Minister

spatial inequality within a broad and comprehen-

of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Af-

sive land redistribution and agricultural develop-

fairs, Zweli Mkhize; Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla

ment programme.

Nene; Minister of Human Settlements, Nomaindia

“President Ramaphosa’s appointment of the

Mfeketo; Minister of Justice and Correctional

IMC is in line with his commitment, made during

Services, Michael Masutha; Minister of Public

the State of the Nation Address, to accelerate the

Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan; and Minister of Public

land redistribution programme not only to redress

Works, Thulas Nxesi.

a grave historical injustice, but also to bring more producers into the agricultural sector and to

Home Affairs live-capture system successfully launched

The President will also appoint a panel of experts to provide technical support to the IMC.

print parents’ details in children’s

gaba announced that the depart-


ment will be moving to paperless

The uploading of the new software began in July, although with some

death registrations, as well as the


printing of parents’ details in their

Nationally, of the 38 large offices, 29 have been completed. In Gaut-

children’s passports. “This is another way of ‘meeting

eng, 15 offices were successfully

the future’, by rising to opportunities

tested out of the 29 live-capture

created by technological advance-

offices in the province.

ments for maximising client satisfac-

“Only services for smart ID cards and passports will be affected in the Home Af fairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.

applications for birth, marriage and

tion. “This system upgrade is part of

184 live-capture offices and par-

ongoing enhancements of the live-

ticipating banks. Other services will

capture system, to improve service

The Department of Home Affairs has

be available. [We are] committed

quality by modernising processes.

launched its live-capture system.

to minimising service interruptions

Documents will now be saved

The system will automate birth

and [we] apologise to clients for the

electronically and be easily retrieved

registrations, re-issue marriage and

inconvenience caused,” the depart-

upon request, as opposed to the old

death certificates that are already in

ment said.

paper-based legacy system,” Minister

the national population register and


Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gi-

Gigaba said at the time.

Public Sector Manager • August 2018

SAPS to use all force to fight corruption Police Minister Bheki Cele launched

ing a database of people convicted

has developed and implemented

of corruption.

the SAPS Employment Regulations

The Anti-Corruption Strategy sets

Act of 2017.

the South African Police Service

out strategic objectives to be pur-

(SAPS) Anti-Corruption Strategy

sued by SAPS management to pre-

things, prohibit SAPS members from

at the SAPS Academy in Tshwane

vent and combat corruption within

conducting business with any organ

in July.

SAPS. The strategy is based on five

of the state. SAPS has also imple-

broad pillars: leadership, prevention

mented a national instruction which

ing the organisation’s commitment

of corruption, detection of corrup-

prohibits SAPS members from con-

to combatting fraud and corruption

tion, investigating corruption and

ducting remunerative work outside

within its ranks.

resolution of corruption.

the SAPS the following fields: the taxi

The launch was in line with reaffirm-

Cele said those who are charged

In line with government prescripts

The regulations, among other

industry, the liquor industry and in

with the responsibility of dealing

such as Chapter 2 of the Public

the security industry, among a host of

with corruption must rise and do

Service Regulations 2016, the SAPS

other work.

their work. “I am tired of police officers who do not serve the people. Every energy we have must be used to fight corruption,” he said. Cele appealed to members of the public to use the anti-corruption hotline to report any form of corruption. He also supported the idea of hav-

Youth summit urged to prioritise gender equality

alluding to United Nations Women

tive that our mooted skills revolu-

statistics which show that women

tion considers this and other areas,

get paid 23 percent less than men.

including the areas that will further

The BRICS Youth Summit was held

equip our societies with capabilities

ning, Monitoring and Evaluation

under the theme "Radical Economic

in the science, technology, engineer-

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma encour-

Transformation – Making the BRICS

ing and mathematics (STEM) areas,”

aged delegates at the BRICS Youth

Work for Youth", in Bela Bela, Lim-

she said.

Summit to pay particular attention

popo, in July.

Minister in the Presidency for Plan-

to attaining gender mainstreaming and parity. “Such a stance is not only in pursuit of social justice but several stud-

The Minister said BRICS countries

Dlamini-Zuma called on delegates to come up with concrete and

must make the most of the resources

time-bound youth-oriented actions

around them.

towards a youth-driven skills revolu-

“All our nations are surrounded by

tion, which will further equip the

ies suggest a strong correlation be-

the oceans and seas and all have

BRICS nations to take advantage

tween a country’s progress in closing

fertile waterways and rivers. However,

of the fourth industrial revolution in

the gender gap and its economic

very little has been said about this

the areas of our comparative and

competitiveness,” Dlamini-Zuma said,

advantage. It is therefore impera-

competitive advantages.

Public Sector Manager • August 2018


THE 2017 AWARDS Last year’s winners included a number of amazing women who scooped top honours in the humanities and social


sciences and the natural sciences categories.

The South African Women in Science Awards (SAWiSA), an annual countrywide celebration of women in science and technology led by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), will take place on 23 August in Limpopo. The DST has been hosting SAWiSA since 2003.


The awards profile women scientists and researchers who serve as role models for younger women, and encourage and reward younger women who are starting their careers as researchers and scientists. The theme for the 2018 SAWiSA event is “100 Years of Mama Albertina Sisulu: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward”. Minister of Science and Technology Mmamoloko KubayiNgubane will host this year’s event which will once again showcase amazing women doing significant work in science, technology and innovation.

won the humanities and social sciences category. Prof Mavhandu-Mudzusi is currently a full professor in the Department of Health Studies at the University of South Africa (Unisa) and the Chairperson of the Research Ethics Committee of Unisa’s College of Human Sciences. Prof Mavhandu-Mudzusi holds a PhD in Public Administration from the University of Venda. Professor Mavhandu-Mudzusi’s main research objectives centre on the reduction of new HIV infections and improving the quality of life of people living with HIV in rural communities. Integral to these objectives is the work that Prof Mavhandu-Mudzusi does in advocating for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) students. This has led Prof Mavhandu-Mudzusi to develop an advocacy, care and support model for LGBTIQ students, and a management model for staff and students living with HIV. The implementation of these models has assisted in economically empowering both women living with HIV, and homosexual and gender non-conforming women in the changing world of the workplace. With an NRF C3 rating, Prof Mavhandu-Mudzusi is the author of 29 peer-reviewed publications, a book chapter and 23 peer-reviewed conference papers. She is involved in a multi-country and multi-university project entitled “Destabilising Heteronormativity in the Southern Africa


Development Community (SADC) Institutions of Higher

terrestrial vertebrates (herps, birds and mammals) in

Education”. Prof Mavhandu-Mudzusi is the principal

unpredictable environments and with changing land

investigator in a collaborative cross-national research

use. Her other interest is science education, particularly

project with the University of Liège and Alliant International

problems experienced by Biology students and strategies

University on the attitudes of heterosexual university

to address such problems. Her other contribution has been

students towards same-sex marriage and parenting.

in the development of research capacity, particularly at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Prof Mavhandu-Mudzusi has successfully supervised three PhD and 15 Master’s students, and is currently supervising

Prof Downs is the author of over 264 international peer-

10 PhD and 10 Master’s students at Unisa, in addition to

reviewed publications and six book chapters. Prof Downs

mentoring two doctoral students in the New Generation of

has established a strong interdisciplinary research group at

Academics Programme (nGAP) at Sefako Makgatho and

UKZN, and currently supervises 15 PhD and 16 MSc students,

Limpopo universities.

and mentors five postdoctoral fellows. She has successfully supervised 35 PhD and 46 MSc students. Prof Downs has also

A professional nurse registered with the South African

supervised exchange students from La Réunion, Konstanz,

Nursing Council, Prof Mavhandu-Mudzusi is a MAC AIDS

John Hopkins, Liverpool and Amsterdam universities.

Fund Leadership Initiative fellow of Columbia University; the University of California, Los Angeles and the Human

The awards also celebrate rising stars in science,

Sciences Research Council. She is the guest editor for two

technology and innovation like PROFESSOR TRICIA

journals, as well as a reviewer for several international and

NAICKER. She is UKZN’s youngest associate professor in

local journals and conferences.

the College of Health Sciences and Academic Leader (HOD) for the Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Prof Naicker completed her PhD in an area (asymmetric organocatalysis) that was the first to be explored in Africa. Prof Naicker’s fully published thesis and academic efforts won her the 2011 DST Women in Science doctoral fellowship. Her research outputs endorsed the prestigious Oppenheimer postdoctoral award, which she pursued at Aarhus University, Denmark under the guidance of worldrenowned leader Prof KA Jørgensen (H- index 90). Prof Naicker was the first candidate from the African continent to be accepted into this esteemed research facility.
 She was appointed as a senior lecturer at UKZN in 2013. Based on her specialised expertise and as a pioneer in the field, the highly ranked Catalysis and Peptide Research Unit at UKZN began collaborating with her as the first woman to join their team. After a short time, Prof Naicker became a principle investigator in the unit and took over

PROFESSOR COLLEEN DOWNS won the natural sciences

the leadership of the synthetic division for drug discovery.

category. She is currently a full professor of Zoology in

She has thus far secured more than R5 million in funding

the School of Life Sciences and a fellow at the University

as main/co-applicant and has graduated 10 MSc and

of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Prof Downs holds a NRF

four PhD students as main/co-supervisor. She is currently

South African Research Chair in Ecosystem Health and

supervising five MSc and three PhD students and mentoring

Biodiversity in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. She

three postdoctoral fellows.

holds a PhD in Zoology from UKZN. Prof Naicker has a remarkable 72 international peerProf Downs is a terrestrial vertebrate biologist with broad

reviewed publications. In addition, she serves as an

and interdisciplinary research interests. These include

editor for the South African Journal of Chemistry. She

conservation, ecology, physiology and behaviour of

maintains the importance of active research through the


mentorship of younger academics/postgrads by initiating

Miss Hlahane’s MSc research forms part of the Earth

collaborations (local and international) with emerging

Observation National Eutrophication Monitoring

researchers as well as school learners to further their studies.

Programme which is led by CyanoLakes and funded by

Her current research interests are focused toward method

the South African Water Research Commission (WRC).

development in organic synthesis of biologically important

Her Master’s project focuses on Monitoring Eutrophication

intermediates/drugs within the field of antibacterials.

using GIS and Satellite Remote Sensing in the Vaal River,

work has led to a patent of innovative new molecules

Gauteng. Eutrophication is a water pollution problem that

targeting drug-resistant bacteria which is currently a severe

deteriorates water quality.

global epidemic. Miss Hlahane’s research is important because it aims to find The DST is also committed to ensuring that the next

new methods of studying the water quality in rivers and the

generation of scientist and researchers are well-trained

study will present new methods of monitoring water quality

and supported. The annual awards include categories that

using data obtained from remote sensing satellites. She

reward outstanding student talent.

has presented preliminary results of her MSc dissertation to Rand Water and WRC. She has also assisted as a GIS intern in a project assessing the acid mine drainage pollution at Tweelopiesspruit, Gauteng. Miss Hlahane was awarded the Esri Young Scholar Award 2017 for South Africa. As the winning young scholar, Miss Hlahane presented her research at the Esri International User Conference in San Diego, United States of America in July 2017. She represented Esri South Africa at a special exhibition at the conference for leading students from around the world who have shown excellence in research associated with using GIS Esri software. Miss Hlahane contributed a chapter to a book entitled Management and Mitigation of Acid Mine Drainage. Her work has also been published in Science Today magazine, in an article “Every Drop Counts: Watching Water from Space”. The article was selected as part of the best postgraduate science writing competition in 2016. Miss Hlahane was also awarded with student conference

Last year, KENEILWE HLAHANE won the DST Fellowship in the

scholarships to present her MSc work at the International

Master’s category. She obtained her BSc Geology degree

Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment,

from UKZN. She went on to complete a BSc Honours degree

Tshwane in May 2017. She was awarded with a scholarship

in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the University

to participate in a summer school by the International

of Cape Town (UCT) and is currently enrolled as a Master’s

Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) in 2016, together

student in GIS and Remote Sensing at the same university.

with scholars from various universities such as Copenhagen, Oxford and Cambridge. The course presented sustainable water management in Africa.

Switchboard: +27 12 843 6300 DST Building (Building No. 53) (CSIR South Gate Entrance) Meiring Naudé Road, Brummeria Private Bag X894, Pretoria


Writer: More Matshediso Photographer: More Matshediso

Taking healthcare

services to the people


ew Free State Health MEC Montsheng Tsiu is determined to address the chal-

ness of the health system. Conceived by the National Department of Health in 2010, the

department to take care of that person,” she explained. “If our residents are empowered

lenges facing the health sector in

model for re-engineering South

to prevent diseases, we will have

the province.

Africa’s PHC landscape was sub-

healthier residents who do not

sequently adopted by provincial

need to visit healthcare facili-


ties often. They will be able to go

She aims to do this through the proper implementation of government’s re-engineering of the

MEC Tsiu said if the province gets

for check-ups while they are still

primary healthcare (PHC) policy,

the implementation model right, its

healthy and infections will be

which aims to increase access

healthcare system will be the best

picked up early, treated and con-

to and improve the quality of

in the country.

trolled,” she added.

health services.

“If we implement it correctly, the

MEC Tsiu was appointed to the

The re-engineering of PHC has

department will ultimately not

position in May this year and be-

four outputs: increasing life expec-

need a lot of money to deliver

lieves she is the right woman

tancy, decreasing maternal and

services. If we help our people to

for the job because she has

child mortality, combating HIV and

prevent diseases, we will be able

worked for the health department

AIDS and decreasing the burden

to save money for the department

for over 30 years, first as a

of disease from tuberculosis (TB),

because when a person gets sick

professional nurse in primary

and strengthening the effective-

it increases the burden on the

healthcare and later as the Image: Department of Health Free State


Public Sector Manager • August 2018

provincial head of nursing. Since day one, MEC Tsiu has em-

itself having to pay for things that it did not budget for, such as

healthcare workers,” she said. With the province being at the

phasised the importance of taking

litigation and servicing people

centre of the country, a number

primary healthcare to the people.

from other provinces and abroad,

of national roads pass through it.

especially in hospitals.

This means that Free State health

She said the department will be running campaigns across the

The MEC said the department is

facilities are often called upon to

province to promote preventative

trying its best to ensure that it em-

treat travellers from other areas who


ploys skilled people but explained

have been involved in accidents

The MEC said high volumes of

that sometimes healthcare workers

in the province. The N8, N5, N6, N1

people visit the province’s health

end up making mistakes because

and N3 all pass through the Free


of the heavy workload, which is

State and carry high traffic volumes,

exacerbated by staff shortages.

especially over holiday periods.

“We find that some of our facilities are too small to carry the number

She said that the shortage of staff

of patients that come through.

at health facilities is, however, not

Top priorities

However, they are not turned away.

unique to the Free State.

Among the priorities that the MEC

We help everyone who comes to our facilities,” she added.

MEC Tsiu acknowledged that the

has earmarked for this financial

country has a burden of diseases,

year are:

especially in the Free State where

■ Centralised Chronic Medicines

Core challenges

many people are infected with HIV

Dispensing and Distribution –

Budget is one of the biggest fac-

and AIDS, and TB. Maternal deaths

this will enable people to collect

tors contributing to many of the

and neo-natal and infant mortali-

their medication from different

department’s challenges. For this

ties are also high.

points at their own conveni-

financial year, the department has

Recent reports have indicated

ence. ■ Improving health infrastruc-

a budget of R10.4 billion, which

that the three provinces with

MEC Tsiu explained is inadequate.

the highest HIV prevalence are

ture across the province – the

She added that most of the money

KwaZulu-Natal, followed by the Free

department recently opened

goes to salaries.

State and the Eastern Cape.

two state-of-the-art hospitals in

However, she said innovative

MEC Tsiu said the Free State’s

the rural areas of the Free State,

ways are being found to make the

Lejweleputswa, in particular, which

namely Albert Nzula District

money go further without compro-

is a mining district, has a high level

Hospital in Trompsburg and

mising service delivery.

of TB.

Senorita Ntlabathi in Ladybrand.

The province’s population is about

“We also have many patients

The Batho Clinic in Mangaung

2 763 024, and many of these peo-

living with non-communicable

operates as a 24-hour clinic, as

ple live in rural areas. Around

diseases like hypertension, high

do the Dr Che Guevara Clinic in

82 percent of the population does

levels of trauma and mental health

Sasolburg and the refurbished

not have medical aid and makes

issues,” she said.

Sasolburg Clinic. Other clinics

use of public healthcare services.

“We are trying hard to ensure

The department constantly finds

that we do not overburden our

Public Sector Manager • August 2018

will start operating day and night during this financial year.



Implementing the Health Patient

The MEC added that the department has various partnerships with

educate young men about medical

facilities in the province – the

the private sector and also works

male circumcision,” she said.

electronic registration of patients

with other government depart-

will result in better case manage-

ments to improve service delivery at

ment. Pelonomi and Universitas

healthcare centres.

hospitals have already started

instance, we visit communities and

Registration System across

Return of Cubantrained medical students

using the electronic registration

Unique initiatives


MEC Tsiu said the department

trained medical students who have

TB screenings – the department

has initiated a number of unique

just returned to South Africa for their

will intensify TB screenings and

programmes to address challenges

sixth year of study will help address

ensure that infected people are

facing the health sector.

challenges facing the province.

The MEC said the 117 Cuban-

One of them is the Arrive Healthy

They will finish their qualification in

The distribution of condoms –

campaign, which the department

South Africa to ensure they become

this will be increased and health

executes during holiday seasons.

familiarised with South Africa’s

education will be provided.

During this period, the department

disease burden and are integrated

Efforts to prevent mother-to-child

conducts road blocks with the

into the country’s healthcare system.

transmission of HIV will also be

police and transport department.

stepped up.

It deploys emergency medical

we are planning to deploy them to

services workers on a number of

rural areas. The good thing is that

partment has had over the years is

busy roads to stop travellers and test

most of them come from rural areas

enrolling 130 clinics for assessment

them for chronic illnesses like high

and are prepared to

as Ideal Clinics.

blood pressure, among others.

go work there.

put on treatment. ■

One of the successes that the de-

“About 91 of our facilities have

“This is because it was found that

“After they complete their studies,

They are going

achieved a silver status, and we are

diseases like hypertension contrib-

to help the

working to enrol more clinics. We

ute to road accidents,” she said,

country a lot,”

have 223 clinics in the Free State

explaining that people may have a

she said.

and intend ensuring that they are all

disease they are not aware of, but

Ideal Clinics,” the MEC said.

which could make them a danger

In an effort to decrease maternal deaths, the MEC said the department has approved some facilities to do caesarean sections while others will focus on natural births.

to themselves and others, should their condition result in an accident. “We also have health education campaigns, especially during school holidays. For

She said some healthcare providers have been trained for obstetric emergencies. Found in clinics across

Free State Healt h MEC Montsheng Tsiu.

the province, these experts step in when babies are underweight, premature or face other difficulties.


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President Cyril Ramaphosa wit h His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan during a state visit to t he United Arab Emirates.

Middle Eastern countries invest billions in SA


he United Arab Emirates (UAE)

In a statement following the

transport, infrastructure develop-

has committed to invest

visit, the Presidency said President

ment, tourism, mining, investment

US$10 billion in key sectors

Ramaphosa’s first visit to the UAE

and cultural cooperation,” the

of South Africa’s economy, includ-

marked the beginning of a new

Presidency said.

ing tourism and mining, to support

chapter in the long-standing rela-

the sustainable development of

tions between South Africa and

ness forum was held between the

the country.

the UAE.

UAE and South Africa, in which the

President Cyril Ramaphosa re-

“The leadership of the two coun-

To support these efforts, a busi-

UAE announced its plans to invest

cently paid a state visit to the UAE,

tries reaffirmed their deep commit-

where he met with his counterpart,

ment to further consolidate their

The Presidency said the UAE fur-

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan,

strong bilateral relations across a

ther welcomed South Africa’s posi-

in Abu Dhabi.

variety of fields, including trade,

tive role in supporting peace and


the $10 billion in key sectors.

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between the two countries. President Ramaphosa was also conferred with the Order of King Abdulaziz, the highest honour by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia awarded to citizens of Saudi Arabia and foreigners for meritorious service to the Kingdom and is named after King Abdulaziz Al Saud, the founder of the modern Saudi state. During the visit, Saudi Arabia pledged support for South Africa to stability on the African continent.

talks with King Salman bin Ab-

be accorded observer status in the

The two sides pledged to work

dulaziz al Saud, the Crown Prince

Organisation of Islamic Coopera-

closely together in order to pro-

Muhammad bin Salman and the

tion (OIC).

mote peace, stability, prosperity

government of Saudi Arabia dur-

and tolerance in Africa and the

ing his one-day state visit to the

inter-governmental organisation

Middle East.

Arabic country.

after the United Nations, with a

Earlier, President Ramaphosa

It provided a platform for Presi-

The OIC is the second largest

membership of 57 states spread

also embarked on a state visit to

dent Ramaphosa and the King-

Saudi Arabia.

dom of Saudi Arabia to deliber-

It aims to safeguard and protect

ate on various issues of mutual

the interests of the Muslim world in

made a $10 billion investment

concern, as well as to deepen

the spirit of promoting international

pledge into the South African en-

and strengthen bilateral, political,

peace and harmony among vari-

ergy sector that is set to enhance

economic and cultural relations

ous people of the world.

During that visit, Saudi Arabia

over four continents.

energy security, create capacity and reduce the cost of energy in South Africa. “This commitment from the Kingdom is a demonstration of confidence in our economy and gives further impetus to South Africa’s drive to raise US$100 billion in new investment over the next five years, to create jobs and for development,” said President Ramaphosa. President Ramaphosa characterised his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a remarkable success. He engaged in official

Public Sector Manager • August 2018



MEC Mochware is a teacher by profession, in possession of

traditional affairs in the North West, three of the key players

a diploma in secondary and higher education, as well as a

are energetic, self-motivated and vibrant women. They hold

bachelor of arts in education and business management.

critical positions that help the Department of Culture, Arts

She also furthered her studies and obtained a certificate

and Traditional Affairs (Cata) in that province achieve its

in executive leadership in municipal development and a

goals. They live by the Department’s mission: “To enhance

certificate in municipal finance.

job creation by preserving, protecting arts, culture, heritage and the institution of traditional leadership.” In paying tribute to women making a difference to the lives of many in the province, we profile the three. They are fine examples of women making a difference in society and inspiring others in the process.


She is a leader; a self-motivated woman with impeccable management skills, being an excellent facilitator, negotiator and a problem solver. “OR” started her working career as a teacher in 1980. From 1997 to 2005 she was a school principal – recognition of her commitment and dedication to her chosen trade. She also served her local community as a part-time municipal councillor/speaker from the year 2000 to 2005. She later retired as a teacher and followed her political ambition to become a fulltime councillor at Kagisano Local Municipality in the Dr Ruth Mompati District. During 2006, she was elected as the mayor of Kagisano Molopo Local Municipality where she served for eight years. In May 2014, she rose to become a political adviser to the then premier of the North West Province, a job she performed until December 2015. Owing to her political maturity and the level of growth she had gained, MEC Mochware was called by the African National Congress to form part of the North West Provincial Legislature in January 2016. She was later mandated to be the MEC for the

The MEC for Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs in the North

Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs in the

West Provincial Government Ontlametse Regina (“OR”)

province, a position she still holds.

Mochware is a dynamic political leader who enjoys taking on new challenges.

Irrespective of her demanding political and professional life, “OR” still finds time to perform her Christian duties,

Born on 21 June 1960, in the small village of Gamanyai

hence she is a church leader and a member of the

near Ganyesa in the North West province, she has risen

Mothers Union of Tlakgameng Methodist Church.

to become a key figure in both the administration and political life of the province. She is a married mother of five

She is a founder and former chairperson of Basadi Emang

– three boys and two girls – who manages to balance her

(Women Coalition), a former chairperson of Boagisani

family time and community service.

Ladies Club, a former chairperson of Middle School English


Club for Ganyesa and Vryburg, and a former member of

manager, in an interventionist capacity under the

Vryburg Core Induction Team for Education.

constitution, is an indication of the high regard in which she is held in governance circles.

Her previous roles in government include: • Deputy chairperson of SALGA North West.

Bapela has spent most of her working life in provincial,

• Member of the SALGA NW Bargaining Council.

district and local government after her short stint as a

• During the year 2010, she was chosen by North West

trainee at giant audit firm Ernst & Young and just under two

Provincial Government to represent the province at a

years as an internal auditor at Sefalana Employee Benefits

gender mainstreaming programme in Sweden.

Organisation (Sebo).

• Board member of the North West Transport Investment. • Deputy chairperson of the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State.

Since then, she has been regional director for the North West Office of the Public Service Commission, CFO of the Tswaing Local Municipality, chief director at the NW

MEC Mochware is a former chairperson of ANC Kagisano

Education Department and municipal manager for the

Ward 8 Branch, a former ANC Women’s League Regional

Moses Kotane Local Municipality.

Executive Committee member for Vryburg region. She is an ANC regional executive committee member, ANC

Bapela is proud of the work her department is doing. “As a

Provincial Executive Committee member from 2011 to

department, we want to be a key player in the country in

date, ANC Provincial Working Committee member from

terms of developing artists, cultural workers and traditional

2011 to date and the ANC Women’s League deputy

leaders and their constituencies.

secretary of Ward 5 in Kagisano Molopo from 2013 to date. She is also an ANCWL provincial executive committee

“It is a lot of hard work but it is fulfilling. We firmly believe

member and ANCWL provincial working committee

that we can do our bit in helping the country work towards

member from 2017 to date.

a united, non-racial and non-sexist society that seeks to prosper. Further, we have seen that job creation in the arts


and related sectors is neither a mere slogan nor a pipe dream. Over the past few years, we have shown how culture and arts can benefit communities in terms of the economy. Indeed, one of the direct beneficiaries from our endevours is the tourism sector. “Over the past few years, we have hosted successful national events that have had a direct benefit to our artists and the community in general. These include the South African Music Awards, South African Traditional Music Achievements Awards and the South African Film and Television Awards. On top of that, we launched our own Mahika Mahikeng Cultural Festiva, which brings multitudes to the capital city and the province. That festival, in particular, is growing in leaps and bounds.” Bapela says local artists and cultural workers have benefited directly through workshops conducted by

Armed with an array of qualifications in the financial sector,

experts in their various fields in the business of music and

Nono Bapela has been the go-to person when it comes to

arts in general.

getting things right in the civil service. She has cut her teeth in different spheres of government making a mark in her

There have also been advances in working with

various activities serving the people of the North West.

communities under traditional leaders. Not only is the department working closely and supporting institutions of

Her appointment as an administrator of the ailing Ngaka

traditional leadership, but it has also managed to forge

Modiri Molema District Municipality in 2015, a mere two

links between its work in arts and culture and the cultural

months after being named the institutions acting municipal

practises in rural communities.

“This was demonstrated during our annual celebrations of

risk management; asset management; transport

Africa Day in the province in the villages and our own Re

management; as well as salaries administration and

di neela jaana (This is how we do it/ live our culture). In the


case of Africa Day, we get schools around the province to each represent an African country – complete with its flag

Born and raised in Mahikeng’s Makgobistad Village, the

and culture – all put on display by our rural youth.

41-year-old mother of three has a string of academic achievements to her name. She obtained a bachelor

“With Re di neela jaana, each village in the province

of commerce degree with accounting and auditing as

comes and displays its cultural practices in a day-long

majors, followed by a bachelor of commerce honours

festival of fun for all. In that way, we keep the youth up to

degree in management and a masters of business

speed with their own culture.”

administration (MBA) in finance, all from the University of North West.


That was all after attending Diphetogo Primary School in Montshiwa (Mahikeng) and Batswana Commercial Secondary School, also in Mahikeng. She has extensive and wealth of work experience in the field of public finance. She has worked in the public service for the past 17 years and grew within the ranks from level 06 up to the current level 14. She has worked for both national and provincial governments. Mojaki has dedicated most of her working life to serving the people – working her way up the ranks. Prior to being CFO, she held the following positions: director for financial accounting at Cata; provincial director finance (North West Province) for the Department of Home Affairs; deputy director (Ffnancial accounting) North West Provincial Government Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; assistant director (financial management)

A seasoned civil servant and a former academic who

North West Provincial Government Department of Health;

takes pride in her work, the departmental chief financial

state accountant (expenditure and budgeting) National

officer looks to jump her next hurdle in style by enhancing

Department of Education; state accountant (expenditure)

her academic credentials and contributing to bettering

National Department of Education.

the civil service. Prior to that, she was a junior lecturer at Technikon North “My personal ambition is to complete my PhD in public

West for one academic year.

finance and to contribute to improving our province in terms of Public Finance Management and good

To complement her academic qualifications, she

governance,” says Mme Pulane Mojaki. “My particular aim

has undertaken training in the following: advance

is to continue improving our financial performance at the

management development programme; essentials of

Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs.”

budget formulation; supply chain management; standard chart of accounts; Batho Pele principles; Expenditure and

Her chief directorate is responsible for the following

revenue management; Walker financial systems; general

functions: financial accounting services; budget and cash

principles on FMS; state expenditure; basic accounting

flow management; supply chain management;

system (BAS); as well as LOGIS literacy.


Compiled by: Jauhara Khan

Second Urban Agri Africa Summit 2018

be showcased, providing a platform for networking.

25–26 September 2018

Topics that will be covered include how govern-

The Urban Agri Africa Summit is a platform to learn

ment can best work with industry stakeholders to

and share ideas on how to revolutionise agriculture

formulate effective and sustainable policies, under-

and bring the industry into the technology-enabled

standing technology used in vertical greenhouse


farms and the commercial future of vertical farming

The summit will focus on Africa and its unique op-

in South Africa.

portunities for vertical farms, highlighting the latest joint ventures and partnerships with agricultural

The summit takes place from 25–26 September at the Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg.

stakeholders, while sharing case studies and debating strategies.

For more information, go to

New trends, opportunities and technologies will


the University of Pretoria in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg, the Human Sciences Research Council, the Agricultural Research Council in South Africa and the Department of Science and Technology – National Research Fund

Second International Conference for Food Safety and Security

Centre of Excellence in

15–17 October 2018

Generation Food Safety

Food safety and security

Technologies Addressing

will be in the spotlight dur-

Sustainable Development

ing the second Interna-

Goals”. It aims to de-

tional Conference for Food

velop and innovate local

Safety and Security.

solutions to assure food

The conference will highlight how sustainable

Food Security. The theme is “Next

security. The conference takes

development goals can

place from 15–17 October

be coupled with important

2018 at the St George’s

food safety themes to ad-

Hotel, Pretoria.

dress food safety and food security around the world. It will be presented by

For more information, go to https://www.fsas2018.

Public Sector Manager • August 2018

Healthcare Innovation Summit Africa 17–18 October 2018 The Healthcare Innovation Summit Africa joins the dots between innovation and practicality, presenting the latest healthcare technologies and showcasing their practical applications and integration into the existing healthcare infrastructure. Each year Africa’s healthcare and technology communities gather for two days of networking, lively intellectual exchange and exploration to see what’s new, what’s cutting edge and what will shape the future of healthcare. Over 300 delegates are set to attend the summit, which will tackle hot topics such as robotics, electronic health records, delivering personalised healthcare, artificial intelligence, driving down the cost of care with technology, National Health Insurance, security, legal impact of eHealth, healthcare policy, telemedicine advances and the future of healthcare. The summit takes from 17–18 October at Vodaworld, Johannesburg. For more information, go to



Writer: Dr Dumisani Magadlela

Challenges women face in the workplace


t is common knowledge that

scenario than this skewed situation

beliefs, culture, constructed tradi-

there are more women than

we find ourselves in.

tions and established practices

men in the world. So, if women

It is not always about the num-

are the majority, and have been for

bers but rather who controls the

promotion and talent manage-

a while, how has the minority of men

narrative and can back it up with

ment within organisations in both

managed to dominate just about

force, manipulation, religion and

the public and private sectors.

everything for centuries?

enculturation over time, to make

of those in charge of placement,

In recent wide-ranging

International consulting firm Bain

it the accepted norm that society

interviews and

& Co. tracked gender dynamics for

reproduces as standard practice.


seven years in South African work-

According to the SA 2011 Census,

with women

places and in May 2017 reported

men account for 48.2 percent of

in executive

its findings.

our population, while women make


up 51.7 percent.

ment posi-

“In 2017, 31 percent of South African companies had no female

So, why then do we have more

tions, middle

representation in senior leadership

men running the show in just about


roles. The latest Businesswomen’s

every sector, and in most leader-

ment and

Association of South Africa (BWA-

ship roles? This has nothing to do


SA) census on women in leader-

with the fact that women take ma-

ship indicates that 22 percent of

ternity leave to raise children and

board directors are women, but

build families, and lose traction in

only seven percent are executive

their careers. It also has very little, if

directors… The percentage of CEOs

anything, to do with

who are women in South Africa

women’s talents,

(10 percent) is lower than the

qualifications or

global average of 12 percent.

general capabilities

This picture is worrying to say the

to deliver on those

least. The fact that in South Africa

roles and responsibili-

we have more female graduates


than male ones should be encour-

It surely must come

aging. With time, this should tilt the

down to other factors

scales towards a more balanced

such as the values and


Public Sector Manager • August 2018

professional roles, the follow-

very same idea or suggestion I am

significant workplace challenge to

ing issues emerged as critical

making and just about repeats

notice that far too many women in

gender-linked highlights impacting

exactly what I said. The reaction is

this century not only can relate to

women’s careers in the modern

instant applause and celebration

this, but experience it frequently.


of ‘his’ brilliant idea. I wonder what

Suggested solution: One of

makes men (and sometimes wom-

the quicker ways to address this

en) do this. Is it our softer voices?

challenge is to deepen awareness

Or do male managers and leaders

and develop sharper listening skills

“Picture this: I am a woman and

in organisations respond more

starting with those in positions of

I am sitting in a formal meeting

positively to ideas and suggestions

authority in the organisation or de-

with my colleagues. There is a call

from their male counterparts than

partment. Meetings are like stages

for fresh ideas on a project we are

from women?”

where different people showcase

Challenge 1: Is it my softer voice?

working on. I suggest something

This is a common phenomenon in

their skills and talents. Not everyone

that I am passionate about. I know

boardrooms and modern workplac-

can speak up in meetings. Some-

it is a great idea and a winner.

es. A key attribute in management

times the brightest idea and solu-

There is a muted reaction to it.

and especially organisational lead-

tion sits within the silent member of

ership is empathy and compassion.

the audience.

“The reaction has the effect of almost shutting me down. I keep

Can you put yourself in the shoes

on pressing the issue. One of my

of the woman in the quotation

er/leader running a meeting knows

male colleagues latches onto the

above? How would that feel? It is a

how to navigate every situation

Public Sector Manager • August 2018

An emotionally intelligent manag-



well enough to bring every voice

channelled appropriately. Women

ment tool, comes in very handy in

in. A quick course on managing

manage emotions or emotional

this regard.

meet-ings or active listening skills

situations better than men do. The

will help improve this.

challenge is that some women try

tap into your authentic feminine

Challenge 3: Do you see the professional colleague or the woman first?

energy and power. Some men

“As a relatively young single wom-

“I believe that scientifically and

are terrified of this. Men need to

an, I struggle with the fact that my

genetically women are better peo-

be more aware of themselves

male colleagues do not see me.

ple managers than men. They are

becoming obstacles to women’s

They see the woman that I am first

naturally nurturing. I am not saying

advancement,” argued Karen, a

before they see me as a colleague

that female managers or leaders

44-year-old investment officer.

to be masculine in some roles. It is

Challenge 2: Women are better people managers

must be anyone’s office mothers. I

important to remain feminine and

The challenge is for each of us in

and fellow professional. There are comments on my clothes, make-up

am saying that they are far more

the modern workplace to become

and other things that are unre-

attuned to bring everyone in and

aware that we impact on each

lated to my work. I know there are

create more conducive and safer

other with our presence and how

social norms and practices about

spaces for employee engagement

we are, and in how we show up in

complementing each other and

than their male counterparts. …

our shared spaces. Studies have

so forth. There are boundaries and

And yes, some transformed male

shown that organisational leaders

lines that should not be crossed.

managers and leaders are improv-

infect their teams with their moods.

Most men are not even aware

ing in this area. What I am saying is

It is therefore critical that a leader

that this almost comes naturally to

becomes more aware of, and care-

they easily create very uncomfort-

women because they are emotion-

fully manages, their mood at all

able situations for us. Some make

ally attuned to others. They have

times. Women have an advantage

uncomfortable jokes and passes

an inborn, inherent capacity to

in this because they are already

at you and we are expected to still

master people management than

more attuned to themselves and

work with them productively. The

men,” said Nobuntu, a 41-year-old

their emotions. Most men and

modern workplace is still hostile

chartered accountant.

some women have the massive

towards women. Many women do

blockage of regarding the expres-

not speak up because it can be

sion of emotions as weakness.

career limiting. We need every-

“Great management is about managing the whole person and

that there is a line not to cross and

not seeing them only as a tool or

Suggested solution: To become

asset to be exploited. Women are

aware of how you impact on your

the many ways through which

more in tune with the fact that

team and how attuned you are

workplace behaviour negatively

the employees are more than just

in working with others, it is critical

constrains women’s advancement

resources and are multi-faceted

that all managers and leaders,

and development,” said Palesa, a

beings. Because women are in

men and women, do assessments

communications and marketing

tune with their emotions, they get

that show them where they orient


the fact that emotions are energy

from and towards. Often the Ennea-

in the workplace and must be

gram, a personality type assess-


one in workplaces to wake up to

“The workplace is a battle. You have to come prepared to fight

Public Sector Manager • August 2018


every single day. If you come to

yourself and take advantage of

work thinking that my brother and

your strengths while managing

mainly about social and cultural

Gender discrimination at work is

my sister will fight for you, then you

your areas of development (weak-

factors that come into the work-

can forget it. You have already

nesses). The same supportive

place and manifest through be-

lost. Find your area of expertise or

partner can also help you build a

haviours of fellow employees. Last-

niche, and learn everything in it.

solid network to rely on.

ing solutions are found in working together to raise awareness and

Become the best in it. Create that space for you to thrive. Without

The way forward

build transformed organisational

that, you are at the mercy of other

There are commendable efforts

cultures that see everyone as

people’s decisions and whims,”

being made to understand the

equal and equally capable.

said a manager at a commercial

challenges and find real, genuine


solutions to gender mainstream-

Suggested solution: Female professionals who are passion-

ing in our modern workplaces but more needs to be done.

Dr Dumisani Magadlela is a certified international Ex-

ate, dedicated and focused on

Men must learn to call each

ecutive Coach, Coach Trainer

their careers will give themselves

other out when they see behav-

and Leadership Development

a massive advantage by finding

iour that turns a women into an

Facilitator. He works as a Skills

a professional coach and/or an

object or make jokes that dimin-

Development and Capacity

experienced mentor to work with

ish the professional integrity of

Building Practitioner for the

for part of their professional jour-

their female counterparts. They

Pan African Capacity Building

ney. It always helps to have a solid

must manage their small talk and

sounding board in the form of

‘delete’ their gender insensitive

someone who will help you know



Programme at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. He writes in his personal capacity.

Public Sector Manager • August 2018


A young, female PhD candidate’s research and work on developing a non-invasive way of monitoring diabetes mellitus is an inspiration for all as we celebrate Women’s Month this August.

Valentine is in love with science communication


alentine Saasa (27), a PhD

nesburg, with CSIR as a sponsor.

have high blood glucose to com-

candidate at the Council

Her thesis focused on developing

pensate the energy-demanding or-

for Scientific and Industrial

a technology to monitor blood

gans and tissues, such as the brain.

Research (CSIR), not only wants to

glucose without using needles.

That’s why we used human breath

make an impact on society but

“We were using human breath,

to detect acetone and correlate it

wants to help others do so too.

instead of blood tests, to measure

Born and raised in rural Bot-

the amount of acetone a human

The project went well. “The results

lokwa in Limpopo, Saasa attended

emits,” said Saasa, who explained

showed an above 70 percent cor-

Letheba High School before

that diabetes mellitus is a meta-

relation between breath acetone

obtaining a Bachelor of Science

bolic disease caused by insulin

and blood acetone,” she con-

degree in 2011 and a Biochemistry



Honours degree in 2012, both from

“Insulin is a hormone that

with blood glucose,” she said.

Saasa is now enrolled for a Bio-

the University of Limpopo where

converts the food we eat, such

chemistry PhD at the University of

she specialised in medicinal plant

as starch, to usable energy. When

Pretoria. Her PhD project still aims

extraction for diabetes mellitus

insulin is not at work, as in the case

to develop a non-invasive way of


of diabetes, the body produces

monitoring diabetes mellitus, but

ketone bodies such as acetone.

this time using tungsten (WO3) as

She obtained her Biochemistry Master’s degree (cum laude) in 2016 from the University of Johan-


“Acetone is a molecule produced by diabetic patients when they

a potential acetone sensor. The project falls under a bigger one –

Public Sector Manager • August 2018

Breath Analyser Nanotechnologies

and on several radio stations for her

enables the DST and government

for Disease Detection which is led

innovative PhD research.

entities to showcase government’s

by Dr Bonex Mwakikunga. “I wish to replace the current

“I am passionate about science communication and founded the

interest in developing research infrastructure.

diagnosis and monitoring of blood

Capricorn Educational Resource

She also organised a workshop

glucose for diabetic patients which

Centre, a non-profit organisation

on Women in Science Communica-

involves the use of blood tests that

that aims to popularise science,

tion at the University of Limpopo,

can accidentally cause other infec-

technology, engineering and

which was funded by the DST, ASSA

tious diseases, especially in South

mathematics (STEM) as attractive,

and the British Council Newton

Africa where HIV is a prevalent

relevant and accessible to learn-

Fund, to raise awareness of science

blood-borne illness.

ers in rural areas and to popularise

communication skills.

“I am also interested in mak-

STEM to the broader public so that

When it comes to her job, Saasa

ing sure that patients monitor

society critically engages with

said that every day is an oppor-

their disease with a cost-effective

science’s key aspects and appreci-

tunity to learn new things. “I don’t

and pain-free device, which only

ates its endeavours,” she said.

consider it a job but a place where

requires their breath,” said Saasa,

Saasa attracted funding from the

I can increase my intellectual ca-

who has published journals and a

National Research Foundation/

pacity and learn from great people.

book chapter, and has presented

South African Agency for Science

I can then use what I have learnt

her work at conferences.

Advancement and the DST to

to make an impact on society,

Saasa was a finalist in the CSIR/

organise and facilitate National Sci-

through the discovery of new tech-

MSM Best Masters Awards and was

ence Week in 2017 and 2018, which

nology,” she said.

selected for the Women in Science Programme, a joint project by the British Council and the Academy of Science South Africa (ASSA), for outstanding effort in supporting women in science communication. She was offered a trip to the United Kingdom for early career development training. In 2016, she was a proud recipient of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) South Africa Women in Science Award. The following year, she was a joint recipient of the DST’s Doctoral Award, which she notes as one of the highlights of her career. Saasa was also selected by CSIR in 2017 as the youth who put CSIR on the map and was interviewed in CSIR media

Public Sector Manager • August 2018



A biochemist by profession, Saasa

male counterparts. The universe

initially found it challenging to work

recognises and rewards women

on a project that is focused on ma-

who work hard in this field, which

terial science and thus dominated

was previously considered a man’s

by chemists, chemical engineers

world,” she said.

and physicists. “It was challenging at first, espe-

Saasa is inspired by the fearlessness of the women who took part

cially during group meetings and

in the 1956 Women’s March. “In

presentations when I didn’t under-

those days women were not meant

stand what was being said. But I

to voice their opinion. They were

challenged myself to work on a

supressed and supposed to be

PhD project that is mostly focused

obedient. For them to stand up to

on material science. I believe that

patriarchy, especially during the

for a person to grow, they must do

apartheid regime, showed the true

what they have never done. The

‘mbokodos’,” said Saasa.

decision was worth it as I am doing very well in the field. I learnt on my

This and that

own, not in a classroom, through

How do you relax and unwind after a busy day at work?

extensive reading and research,”

I like watching TV and reading motivational books, so I read while

she said.

watching TV.

Saasa believes that her success

What are your hobbies and interests?

is due to others who took the time

I used to play netball, but due to my busy schedule I spend most of my

to mentor her. “I would like to do

free time watching TV. I enjoy giving back to the community via science

the same for others and help the

career days and expos and mentoring young learners from my com-

youth to become the best scientists


or professionals in their respective

Who inspires you?

field. I am formalising the co-super-

Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng is such an inspiration and a phenomenal

vising of master's students at the

black woman who showed me that women can be leaders. She im-

University of Limpopo’s Department

pacts young people’s lives by providing bursaries through her non-profit

of Biochemistry. After obtaining my


PhD I am willing to mentor or su-

What’s your life motto?

pervise Master's and PhD students.

“Opportunity comes and goes, but excuses will always be there.” When

I will make sure they achieve 10

given any opportunity, make the best of it. It might be that one life-

times more than I achieve, so that

changing opportunity and you might not get another chance.

they can also have an impact on

What do you most love about South Africa?

society,” she said.

The spirit of Ubuntu! I like that South Africans, especially black people,

This Women’s Month Saasa

are respectful. A child calls the neighbour granny or uncle, not be-

urges women to seek opportuni-

cause they are related but because they are older. When you are in

ties, especially in STEM research.

a working environment having respect becomes a norm. The humility

“When an opportunity presents

among most South Africans makes me a proud South African!

itself, work twice as hard as your


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Meet the woman

poised to kickstart SA’s economic growth


ost people in a new job work their fingers to the bone to make a good impression on their employer. For

many people, this pressure would be even more overwhelming if their new boss was the president of the country. But President Cyril Ramaphosa’s

newly appointed economic advisor Trudi Makhaya is not overwhelmed by the stature of her boss. She said that she has worked for many bosses, all with different leadership styles, but in her opinion, President Ramaphosa ticks all the boxes when it comes to good leadership qualities. “He is

Trudi Makhaya is President Cyril Ramaphosa’s economic advisor.

open, gives good feedback and is accessible. So it’s been good,” said Makhaya. President Ramaphosa has entrusted Makhaya with spearheading an investment drive aimed


Public Sector Manager • August 2018

at attracting $100 billion in new

Since her appointment, Makhaya

of luxury C-Class cars.

foreign investment to South Africa’s

has had to dedicate much of her

economy. She leads a team con-

energy to meeting the mandate of

a great investment for South Africa

sisting of former Finance Minister

securing $100 billion in investment

and shows that the country’s auto

Trevor Manuel; former Deputy

over the next five years. To achieve

industry is integrated in terms of

Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas; the

this, she works closely with the

industrial development.

executive chairperson of Afropulse

newly appointed investment envoys

Group, Phumzile Langeni; and

and those government institutions

Economic Forum held in Davos,

former Standard Bank CEO Jacko

that are central to the investment

where South Africa held roundtable


mobilisation drive.

engagements with several potential

But it is her role as the President’s

These include development

Makhaya is of the view that this is

Reflecting on the recent World

investors, she said policy certainty

economic advisor that has put

financial institutions such as the

and policy clarity remain big issues

the spotlight firmly on Makhaya,

Industrial Development Corporation

for investors.

a leading economist, writer and

and the InvestSA One Stop Shop,


an initiative that aims to prioritise

spectrum allocation and the future

and promote investment.

market structure were also raised.

She described her relationship with South Africa’s first citizen as

Telecom concerns regarding

Recently, South Africa signed the

However, it was reported earlier

African Continental Free Trade Area

this year that South Africa plans to

(AfCFTA) agreement which offers

allocate more radio frequency to

running in terms of the initiatives

an opportunity to create larger

various players by March 2019. The

we’ve been involved in but it’s been

economies of scale a bigger mar-

allocation of the spectrum is key to

good so far. He’s a good boss,” she

ket and improve the prospects of

expanding South Africa’s broad-

told PSM in an interview recently.

the African continent and to attract

band facilities as the high cost of


telecommunications is seen as a

one that’s warm and open. “We have had to hit the ground

With the many challenges facing South Africa, the Hammanskraal-

Makhaya said it is the task of the

barrier to doing business.

born Makhaya admitted to having

President’s investment envoys to

her work cut out for her. She will be

ensure that the AfCFTA is linked to

Charter, but Makhaya says this

counting on the President’s open

their work.

should be finalised towards the end

communication and leadership in

The envoys are also firming up

Another concern was the Mining

of the year.

order to steer the economy in the

relationships with international

right direction.

investors, some of which already

debate but there’s anxiety on

have a footprint in the country.

whether it will be managed in line

“He’s given very clear directions in terms of his expectations. It’s

One of these investors is German

“Investors understand the land

with the law,” she said, adding that

been great but obviously we’re still

carmaker Mercedes-Benz, which

it will be made clear that expropria-

settling in. As advisers we want to

last month unveiled a R10 billion

tion will not affect new investments.

build a strong team so that we

investment in its Eastern Cape

can give each other feedback

plant. The investment will see the

Summit held in Johannesburg,

and build a strong structure.”

company produce the latest range

Makhaya said the summit was a

Public Sector Manager • August 2018

Asked about the recent BRICS



very important gathering for the

in February, President Ramaphosa

to the top office, Makhaya has

country and for the work that the

undertook to convene a jobs sum-

made her mark in the business

envoys have been doing.

mit following calls by trade unions

world and has founded her own

China remains one of the big-

for the government to create a

advisory firm, Makhaya Advisory,

gest investors in the South African

platform on which plans to deal

which focuses on competition

economy and South Africa needs

with unemployment and inequality

policy and entrepreneurship.

to encourage Russian and Indian

would be discussed.

investment into the country, said

She has held non-executive

Makhaya said preparations for

directorships at Vumelana Advi-

the summit are ongoing and that

sory Fund and MTN South Africa.

the plan is to ensure that it provides

She also joined the Competition

standings about chicken in the

practical ideas on how to deal

Commission in 2010 as principal

past, which need to be resolved.

with the country’s unemployment

economist, later becoming

With India, sometimes I feel that


the commission’s deputy

Makhaya. “With Brazil we’ve had misunder-

maybe we are not doing as much

Government is also putting

commissioner. She holds an MBA and an MSc

as we should. There are good

together its own technical work-

Indian multinationals in SA but we

ing teams on various topics to be

in Development Economics from

need to encourage them to invest

covered at the summit.

Oxford University, as well as an Honours degree in economics

more.” bloc in 2011, hosted the summit for

Formidable in her own right

the second time from 25 to 28 July.

Although some people may not

ist for the Business Day newspa-

In his State of the Nation address

have heard of her before her rise


South Africa, which joined the

and a BCom in law and economics. She is also a regular column-

Trudi Makhaya is spearheading an investment drive aimed at attracting $100 billion in new foreign investment to Sout h Africa’s economy.


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Zola Thamae is t he Director of Community Spor t at t he Free State Depar tment of Spor t, Ar ts, Culture and Recreation.

In search of the Free State’s future sports stars 60

Public Sector Manager • August 2018


aw sporting talent in the Free

performance. The stars begin at my

jump. At that point in time, I was

State is in the capable hands

level,” she explained.

involved in ‘girl’ sports. I was only

of Zola Thamae.

Thamae also oversees sports ca-

exposed to these kinds of sport. But

She is the Director of Community

pacitation, funding and the imple-

I was also very tall so I became a

Sport in the Free State Department

mentation of national programmes

defender. I was good at the game,”

of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recrea-

in the province that contribute to

she recalled.

tion after being appointed in 2007.

healthier lifestyles. These include the

Thamae is the first female Director

Golden Games for senior citizens,

Bachelor of Arts degree in psychol-

of Community Sport in the province

Indigenous Games and Heritage

ogy and English, and a Bachelor

and is also the first female President

Games, sport programmes for

of Education in management and

of the Free State Cricket Union.

young offenders and other commu-

leadership. She also holds an Ad-

nity-based initiatives.

vanced Diploma in sports manage-

“I have a passion for sport because it brings people together.

Thamae said her appointment as

After school, Thamae pursued a

ment. She has worked in the public

That has always been attractive to

Director of Community Sport more

service for 31 years, beginning her

me – the social responsibility aspect

than a decade ago was made pos-

teaching career in 1987. Back then,

of it. I want to know, what can I do

sible through other women: the MEC

she was the physical education

to help other people? As you grow

and HOD for Sport in the Free State

coach and would organise school

older you see yourself as being very

at the time – both female – recom-

trips for the girls’ teams to compete

fortunate in life, and you want to

mended her for the position.

in inter-school tournaments.

make a difference in other people’s lives,” she said.

“I have been inspired by them and

She played a role in sport outside

the women of 1956 because they

of school as well, volunteering with

lifted each other up. We must uplift

various government sporting struc-

sponsible for developing young men

other women. Once we are in a

tures as well as the Department of

and women who show exceptional

better place in life, and we can help

Education, before leaving teaching

talent for sport and giving them a

others, we should do so. We should

in 2000.

platform to grow into professional

not be complacent in helping other

sportsmen and women who can

women,” she said.

In her role as Director, Thamae is re-

compete internationally. “We look at young people par-

Natural flair

Taking cricket to new heights Thamae became involved in wom-

ticipating in mass participation

Thamae was born and bred in Port

en’s cricket after being recruited by

programmes, at grassroots level,

Elizabeth. She showed a natural flair

the late Hansie Cronje’s father, Ewie,

where they play for enjoyment, and

for sport at an early age; growing

who asked her to lead the develop-

help them take their skills to the

up in a township, she played in

ment of the women’s form of the

next level. I identify talent, place

school and in clubs formed outside

game in the province.

them in incubation hubs and liaise

of school and challenged teams

with selection stakeholders from

from the surrounding districts.

“I was serving in the National Sports Council in the late 1990s, and

all sporting codes to help young

“I had a passion for sport and I

people excel at a later stage as

was always trying new things. I was

brant to start women’s cricket. It was

professional sportsmen and women,

the captain of the school netball

a challenge because I didn’t know

and ensure they are ready for high

team and I participated in high

anything about the game. I had

Public Sector Manager • August 2018

they were looking for someone vi-



to learn – I went for umpiring cours-

male prejudice affect her ability to

said her dream is for more women

es until I was confident enough to

do her job.

to become involved in sport.

know what to do.” Thamae recruited girls from across

“I felt a lot of pressure when I first

“Women must not be shy in tak-

started out in sport. When you’re a

ing centre stage, in being bold.

the province, especially in Botsha-

woman, people don’t expect you

They must not think, people are

belo township, where she would

to get anything done. Men can

looking at me and criticising me.

transport them to games 50km

get away with many things, but

I encourage women to believe in

away from home.

when women take on these roles,

themselves. If you don’t believe

She has since served as President

the binoculars come out. People

in yourself, no one else will. Find a

for Women’s Cricket and as man-

think, ‘Can she deliver, can she do

mentor to help you, and don’t be

ager of the South African Women’s

this?’ You have to prepare twice

afraid to make mistakes because

Cricket team. The latter brought

as hard as a man. But once you

you can only grow from mistakes,”

much success, including winning

deliver they say, ’Ok, she knows what

she said.

the national Under–19 Women’s

she is doing’. But it doesn’t get to

Cricket tournament, and two of her

me anymore. It is exciting to bring

protégés from Botshabelo, Masa-

motherly love to this job. Mothers

bata Klaas and Marcia Nape, were

always make a plan. We do things

selected to play cricket at national


level with Cricket SA. “Traditionally, cricket used to be a white male sport. But it has grown and become comprehensive and

Thamae believes women are in a greater position now to have an influence in sport. “Women are being given their

given women the chance to play.

due now, with times and soci-

But it isn’t easy; we are always trying

ety changing. Once women

to lobby and looking for people to

began to be acknowl-

play,” she said.

edged by the laws of

In 2013, Thamae was named the

the country, it forced

first female President of the Free

people to look at gen-

State Cricket Union, after serving as

der issues and give

vice-president. She is currently in her

women the opportu-

second term. She was also the first

nities they deserve,

woman to be elected as a full

and women are

member of Cricket South Africa’s

showing that they

General Council.

can deliver,” she

In 2014, Thamae was named Sports Administrator of the Year

added. Thamae, who

at the national Department of

loves to travel and

Sport and Recreation’s annual

has visited several

Sports Awards.

countries on the con-

Thamae said she no longer lets


tinent and abroad,

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Writers: More Matshediso Jauhara Khan

Men championing women’s rights M ore and more South African

rights at their workplaces and in

women against domestic violence

men, concerned with the

their personal spaces.

and abuse, enforcing their rights

country’s gender-based

One such leader is the Deputy

to maintenance and assisting

violence, have become advocates

Minister of Justice and Constitution-

them with deceased estates to

for women’s rights.

al Development, John Jeffery.

the creation of specialised courts,

His department is at the forefront

such as sexual offences courts and

citizens while others are influential

of a range of laws, policies and pro-

divorce courts. Various services are

members of society.

grammes that impact on the lives

also provided for victims of gender-

of women and women’s rights.

based violence.

Some of these men are ordinary

As the country celebrates Women’s Month this August, PSM

He said the implementation of

“We also address intimate femi-

spoke to leaders from different sec-

laws, policies and programmes

cide and are in the process of cre-

tors who are championing women’s

range from those seeking to protect

ating a Femicide Watch,” he added. Other initiatives that the depart-

Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development John Jef fer y.

ment has in place are aimed at increasing female representation across the justice system, such as in the magistracy, sheriffs’ offices and the legal profession.

Community dialogues “I have been fortunate to have been part of a series of community dialogues with men’s organisations, such as Dads in the Picture, a registered fatherhood movement that engages with communities to send a message that all adult men – be they brothers, uncles, fathers or grandfathers – should take an active role in the upbringing of children in a safe environment,” the Deputy Minister said. The community dialogue engage-


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KwaZulu-Natal Healt h MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo wit h his wife Nono.

ments seek to ensure that men are

respect women and girls. Protecting

Buildings on 9 August 1956 to pro-

approached in a way that seeks to

women and children is our collec-

test the extension of pass laws to

address the underlying causes of

tive responsibility,” he added.

women; the women who each day take care of their families and who

unacceptable behaviour. ticipated in, such as the 100 Men

Society must play its part

March, are also extremely impor-

Deputy Minister Jeffery believes it

in business, in the public sector and

tant to raise awareness,” he said.

is important for men to fight for the


“Other initiatives that I’ve par-

His message to men with regard

rights of women because one can’t

are pillars of strength in their communities; women in the workforce,

“We must ensure that women’s

to ending violence against women

solve something that affects the

rights, gender equality, the wellbe-

is that it is time for the men in the

whole of society if only half of the

ing of the girl-child and the safety

country to stand up and say to

society participates.

of women and children remain at

other men that “we must stand

He said human rights – whether

the forefront of all our efforts – not

together and show our commit-

women’s rights; children’s rights;

only those of government, but also

ment to making South Africa safer

lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender

of civil society, labour and business.

for women and children. The rate

and intersex rights; or the rights of

It is a struggle that continues,”

of violence against women and

people with disabilities – can only

he said.

children in our country is alarming,

be upheld if everyone in society

and often the abuse and violence

plays their part.

is committed by those closest to them. “We all have mothers, daughters or sisters and we must ensure that

“Things like patriarchy, sexism,

Men of integrity KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Health MEC

gender stereotyping and gender

Sibongiseni Dhlomo is another gov-

discrimination will only change if

ernment leader who is actively in-

men change their attitudes.”

volved in the fight against genderbased violence and other issues

they live lives of true freedom – free

The Deputy Minister saluted the

from violence and free from abuse.

women of South Africa: the 20 000

affecting women and children.

We need to teach young boys to

women who marched to the Union

He is also the chairperson of

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2018 ANNUAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT STAKEHOLDERS CONFERENCE: CAREERS IN A CHANGING WORLD “The vision for career development services is to ensure that all citizens of all ages have access to quality career information and career development services throughout their lives so that they are able to make better and more informed career and life decisions…” National Policy for an Integrated Career Development Services System for South Africa, 2017, p. 11

The publication of the National Policy for an Integrated

“Workers will have

Career Development System for South Africa is a

to incrementally upgrade their skills

significant milestone for the Career Development Services

and learn new skills

(CDS) project. The policy guides implementation of an

through lifelong

integrated career development system across all spheres


of government. The Department of Higher Education and


Training (DHET) is responsible for national coordination

Qonde Director-

and provision of career development services in the Post-

General of the DHET.

School Education and Training sector. All government departments are responsible for the provision of career development






Leadership structures in place to support the national

On the first day, Gwebinkundla Qonde the Director-General

coordination function include:

of the DHET, delivered the opening address on behalf of the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor.

i) The Interdepartmental Career Development Committee

The programme for the day included a keynote speaker,

which is made up of the DHET and the departments of

sub-theme keynote speaker and parallel sessions based on

Labour, Basic Education, Public Service and Administration

the conference sub-themes. The second day included the

(DPSA), and Social Development;

keynote speaker, a panel discussion and continuation of the parallel sessions as on the first day. In the afternoon, the

ii) The National Career Development Forum which brings

National Career Advice Portal was presented, followed by

together all stakeholders to discuss issues related to

a summary of the conference in closure.

building an integrated career development system for the country and comprises three inter-related “chambers”

In delivering the speech, Qonde explained that the purpose

working in synergy. One, the Career Development

of the policy is to ensure the implementation of career

Government Forum, is constituted by representatives

development services across all spheres of government,

of government and covers all spheres of government,

emphasised the importance of effective coordinating

while the second, the National Consultative Forum, is

structures to provide leadership and announced the official

constituted by representatives of stakeholders inside and

launch of the policy.

outside government. The third, the Career Development Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETA) Forum, is

Reflecting on careers in a changing world, delegates

constituted by representatives from SETAs.

highlighted the need for skills development. The World Economic Forum projects that one in three jobs in South

The National Consultative Forum meets in the form of the

Africa are currently at risk of total digital automation over the

Annual Career Development Stakeholder Conference.

next decade. Government’s focus on developing low to mid-

The 2018 conference took place on 28 and 29 June 2018

level skills and emphasising the Technical and Vocational

at the Lakes Hotel in Benoni under the theme “Careers in

Education and Training colleges was presented as a means

a Changing World”.

to address the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


Buti Manamela, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education

Buti Manamela,

and Training, opened the second day of the conference.

Deputy Minister of Higher Education

Deputy Minister Manamela emphasised the need for

and Training.

stakeholders to work together to ensure a seamless, integrated career development service for all citizens of all ages. Access to career development services and equipping of citizens with transferable skills and for careers required for a changing world were emphasised.



• Career information should be contextual and address

• Development of home-brewed career development

systemic issues of unemployment and employability.

theories focusing on career construction is critical.

• Technology should be seen as an enabler to maximise

• I n building integrated career development services

access to information by citizens with disabilities. • The provision of career development services to learners and students should be centred on “who they are” and create awareness of careers in a changing world. •A multi-modal approach to career development services that integrates curriculum-based counselling should be considered. • Core skills will always be critical as technology is driven by human beings. • Career development services and entrepreneurship education are not mutually exclusive from one another and should be integrated into curriculum.

systems for the country, it is critical to engage academics. Protean and boundaryless careers need to be unpacked. • Educators and other CDPs should be adequately equipped to deliver career development services. • Educators should be further equipped to meet the needs of learners with disabilities. • Professionalisation of career development services is critical. Defining careers as anything that people do for a living and are happy with contextualises the need to build CDPs at levels below those of practitioners registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. • Understanding of and emphasis on career development as lifelong learning would address challenges experienced by first-year students at universities.

GOVERNMENT SHIELDING THE WORLD OF WORK • Universities may not be appropriate institutions to meet some of the education and training demands of careers in a changing world. TVET colleges have a critical role to play and should be prepared for the resultant increased enrolments from citizens that require upskilling in response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. • Alternative certification will have a big role in education and training for a changing world. • A s a developing country with high levels of poverty, South Africa must ensure that adapting to the demands of the changing world of work does not leave the poor neglected. • The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Act (No. 53 of 2003) should consider awarding points for companies investing in technology in poor communities. • It has been observed that skills development in the private sector is more centred on scoring BBBEE points and as a result quality is not given attention; therefore, it is recommended that points should be awarded based on impact made rather than numbers trained. • There is a need for government to partner with the private sector. •A s part of addressing youth unemployment, the Free State Province strategy of a central database of unemployed youth and graduates should be considered as it facilitates collaborative efforts and cooperation by all stakeholders.


the KZN Men’s Forum, which is a

regard to ending violence against

someone that they trust and report

movement that champions the

women is that they should stand up

all forms of abuse to the police.

rights of women and children and

and add their voice to the call to

Women need to say, ‘God, even

reminds men that they are the pro-

end all forms of gender-based vio-

if you blessed me with this mar-

tectors and nurturers of families.

lence against women, the elderly

riage, I will not stand being abused,

and children.

because eventually, I will die’. We

“We have just emerged from July, which was Men’s Month, where we

He said all citizens should amplify

can’t have one more person dying

were re-invigorating the spirit of

the voice of men on the impor-

because they persevered in a dan-

men of integrity and calling upon

tance of gender transformation

gerous environment,” he stressed.

all of them to step forward and

and human rights.

Raising awareness

help us plant the seed of restoring

“We should all elevate the good

people’s consciences in our com-

work done by good men in society

Another prominent man whose

munities, especially among men.

to promote good role models for

job is to speak on issues of gen-

We continue to do this throughout

future generations. We would like to

der equality is the spokesperson

the year and believe that it will

wish all the women of this country

for the Commission for Gender

help create a spirit of peace and

well in Women’s Month,” the MEC

Equality, Javu Baloyi. He said at his

love in our communities, at home,


workplace everyone is involved in

and wherever men are,” the MEC explained.

“We also urge all women who are in abusive relationships to find ways

His message to all men with

of getting out. They must confide in

championing women’s rights. “As part of the collective in the Commission for Gender Equality, we champion women’s rights by raising awareness with various stakeholders. These are not limited to the public sector only but across the whole spectrum of society,” he explained. “We also conduct legal clinics to capacitate people about women’s rights, particularly what’s entailed in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, and what we have been mandated to do as the commission, which is to ensure that women are not oppressed and there is no inequality in society based on gender,” Baloyi added. He explained that the commission also conducts gender transforma-

Spokesperson for t he Commission for Gender Equality Javu Baloyi wit h his wife Innocent.


tion hearings with both the public and private sector to ascertain

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whether organisations and institutions are adhering to the policies of empowering women or advocating for women’s rights in their employment. “Personally, I champion women’s rights by involving myself in church

“Women must be supportive of each other and not talk ill of someone’s success but rather learn from them.”

activities that seek to empower women. I am part of a project that

shown that where women’s rights

they must continue to champion

collects and donates sanitary pads

are affirmed, there is a high degree

their rights and those of others,

to women and girls. I also help

of productivity.

and they must speak out against

organise fun runs to collect money

Baloyi said this is because they

for women and girls, and do public

are treated as equals without being

speaking at churches, stokvels (so-

discriminated against based on

cials) and schools about women’s

their gender.

rights,” he said. His message to men is that they

“Women are the backbone of

gender-based violence, irrespective of their geographical location. “In the year that we celebrate the centenary of Mama Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu, it is incumbent on

most families. They tend to be over-

women to remember the sacrifices

must acknowledge their challenges

burdened with the responsibility

made in the past. Women must be

when it comes to conflict resolution

of being caregivers, mothers and

supportive of each other and not

mechanisms and that they must

workers and also expected to cook

talk ill of someone’s success but

learn to communicate better.

at home while too often a man will

rather learn from them,” he said.

sit around and wait to be served by

“Women must be mentors of

“Show emotions. Learn to walk away from situations that might

the same overworked woman,” he

young girls so that they prepare

lead to either verbal or physical


them to be tomorrow’s leaders.

confrontation. Men must support

While not all men act this way,

“Women can also call upon the

initiatives that seek to create an

the majority still have a head-of-

Gender Commission in all nine

enabling environment for women

the-household mentality and do

provinces to help capacitate

and children to live and function in

not assist with household chores,

them with knowledge on issues of

harmony both at home and work,”

Baloyi added.

empowerment and women’s rights,”

said Baloyi. “Men must talk to each other

He said men fighting this cause will help boys learn good behaviour

he added. Baloyi said women must be aware

about challenges they face and

while still young and that culture

that they have the power to better

seek help where necessary. Talking

will remain with them for years.

their environment and circumstanc-

is much healthier than bottling

“Some of the abuses show

es by empowering themselves.

learned behaviour. However, if men

Women must know that when they

He said it is imperative that men

champion women’s rights, boys will

are united, they can take on even

fight for women’s rights as it helps

be taught how to behave and treat

the most patriarchal system in the

to create a just and fair society.

women properly from an early age,”


Research by the Businesswomen's

he pointed out.

things inside,” Baloyi added.

Association of South Africa has

Public Sector Manager • August 2018

Baloyi’s message to women is that

“The women of 1956 must remain their role models,” he added.



Writer: Amukelani Chauke

MeerKAT reaches for the stars L

aunched just days before


the 100th birthday of former


President Nelson Mandela,

“This has

the MeerKAT radio telescope has

empowered local

brought much more than big sci-

industry and insti-

ence and astronomical research to

tutions to acquire

the Karoo.

skills and expertise

Located just an hour’s drive

in advanced tech-

from Carnarvon in the Northern

nologies, and to grow

Cape, the MeerKAT has increased

their international

economic activity in Carnarvon


and surrounding towns through

“There is no doubt that

jobs, skills and education as well

the launch of the MeerKAT

as business opportunities for local

further strengthens the pros-

contractors since the first MeerKAT

pects of a larger role for South

dish was installed in 2014.

Africa in the construction of the

Deputy President David Mabuza

SKA, and promises numerous ben-

said at the launch that localisa-

efits for the country and the region

tion derived a huge benefit for

as a whole,” he said.

the project, with 75 percent of the

The MeerKAT, which has been


components that went into the

billed as the most sensitive radio


construction of the 64 dishes being

telescope in the world, is a precur-


sourced locally.

sor to the SKA telescope, which

tory (SARAO),

– upon its completion – will be the

unveiled the

R134 million was spent on local

biggest radio telescope in

clearest view yet

suppliers, and 351 people were

the world.

of the centre of

“During construction, more than

the Milky Way

trained by major Square Kilometre Array (SKA) contractors. In addi-

A giant leap

as observed by

tion, more than R110 million was

Ahead of the Deputy President’s

the MeerKAT,

awarded to 16 small and medium

address, Dr Fernando Camilo, the

saying the

enterprises through a financial

Chief Scientist of the South African

completion of


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the MeerKAT was a giant leap in

Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane


and her predecessor Higher

961 bursaries in science and en-

“The programme has awarded

Education Minister Naledi Pandor

gineering, including 133 bursaries

25 000 light-years away from Earth

the telescope operator moved the

for recipients from other African

and lying behind the constella-

beautiful 64th dish of the Meer-


tion Sagittarius (the “Teapot”), is

KAT telescope in a manner that

forever enshrouded by intervening

it appeared to give the Deputy

mathematics and science at the

clouds of gas and dust, making it

President a salute.

local school and employed a

“The centre of the Milky Way,

invisible from Earth using ordinary

Deputy President Mabuza said

“SKA South Africa also introduced

teacher for these subjects. Current-

telescopes. However, infra-red, x-

that the MeerKAT project has left

ly, learners from the surrounding

ray and, in particular, radio wave-

a visible impact on the real estate

towns of Carnarvon are accommo-

sector of the Northern Cape,

dated at the hostel at Carnarvon

the obscuring

which has led to new economic

High School to study these sub-

dust and

opportunities for local communi-

jects,” he said.

lengths penetrate

open a window

ties. “It gives me pleasure that the

Through this initiative, seven learners obtained good passes and are enrolled at various universities.

into this

SKA project has had a direct im-


pact on job creation thus chang-

“The number of Carnarvon High

region with

ing the lives of many families. The

School learners that are benefiting

SKA project has created 7 284 em-

from full-cost undergraduate bursa-

ployment opportunities through

ries and technical and vocational

mass black hole.

the construction of the MeerKAT

education and training college

“Although it’s

and related projects.

funding continues to grow.

its unique four million solar

early days with

“These include land acquisition,

“The SKA will further assist local

the resurfacing of 80km of road to

schools with programmes in school

the site, the construction of

management, numeracy and

mised, we decided

110km of power lines, fibre rollout,

literacy development, and early

to go for it – and were

as well as the MeerKAT data cen-

childhood development.

MeerKAT, and a lot remains to be opti-

stunned by the results,”

tre,” he said.

hood development in producing

he explained.

Creating jobs, boosting tourism

“The importance of early child-

Human capital development

future scientists cannot be overemphasised as this lays the foun-

The Deputy President added that

dation for holistic development,

In a launch event that was also

the SKA project’s sustainability has

while cultivating lifelong learning,”

attended by ministers, including

been strengthened by its human

he added.

Science and Technology Minister

capital development programme.

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In one of former Science



and Technology Minister Naledi

temporary technical training cen-

Pandor’s visits to the area, she

tre in order to create a pool of

launched the 80km road and a

artisans and semi-skilled workers

in Carnarvon and nearby towns. To date, 21 students who graduated from the centre have found employment at the SKA. “A further 25 are currently undergoing work-based experiential learning at the SKA and will complete trade tests in 2019 with the prospect of being em-

Science and Tec hnology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Deputy President David Mabuza and Nor t hern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas at t he launc h of t he MeerKAT radio telescope.

ployed on the project. “There will be further local partnerships and tourism projects that will support this SKA,” the Deputy President said.

Increase in tourism Sharon Lewis, the CEO of the Northern Cape Tourism Authority, said ever since the construction of the MeerKAT commenced four years ago, tourism in the area has been on the rise. “When the project came, people… started expanding their facilities, new guesthouses came on board. In terms of statistics, I am proud to announce that the Northern Cape has more than doubled its tourism figures into the province. And more so, because of the impact of the economy, South Africans are travelling local… and because of the science, people are bringing their children here to come and stay here, to come and see what’s here,” she said.


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Writer: Chris Bathembu

Why I joined the 100 Men March W

hen I was growing up

as weak by girls and often got

first experienced the pain of being

in a very tiny village


dumped by a girl. She must have

outside Queenstown,

As young boys we believed this

Eastern Cape, there was this bizarre

because at the time, we noticed

a little younger. When I told my

belief among us young boys.

that girls seemed to stick around

friends about the break-up, I got

the boys who were hitting them.

a real tongue-lashing. How could

It was passed to us by older men, of course. I must have been

Until we were old enough to un-

been the same age as me or even

I have allowed her to dump me,

about 12 or 13 years old when I

derstand the dynamics of abusive

they asked. It was because I never

learnt about this weird and harsh

relationships, some of us didn’t get

hit her, that was why she was brave


why the girls stayed with those boys

enough to dump me, others said.

We were taught that if you want your girl’s undivided attention and

and why they “loved” them more.

I grew up surrounded by this kind

We were made to believe that

of talk throughout my teens. I would

love, you had to hit her once in a

“sweet boys” often got dumped

see my female cousins, and some-

while. “Sweet boys” who did not

within days of a relationship.

times my sisters, coming home from

hit their girlfriends were viewed


I was about 12 years old when I

school with bruised eyes and swol-

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len lips. Adults in the house would

be rooted out if we are to address

tan settings, we have a role to play

probe this, but it would not go far.

the scourge of gender-based

in changing the mindsets of patri-


archal attitudes that still persist in

It happened across the village. Boys would beat up girls and in

Boys need to be taught to

rural settings of our country.

the end these boys would be cel-

respect girls from an early age.

ebrated as strong men who were

Patriarchy continues to define

100 men from each sector or spec-

able to keep their girls. There was

relations within the home, where

trum in our society, gave us an op-

this generalisation that girls were

women are not allowed to have a

portunity to take a stand as men

attracted to aggressive boys who

say in certain things.

and boys in combating violence in

carried knives and displayed fake tattoos. At the time, it did not make sense

For me, it is not acceptable that in some African families mothers still don’t have a say in whether

The 100 Men March, which drew

our homes, communities and the workplace. It coincided with the centenary

to me. All I knew was that some-

their sons go to the mountain or

celebrations of former President

thing was just wrong about it. As a

hospital. As men, it’s time that we

Nelson Mandela and struggle ac-

young boy, I would avoid physical

take a stand and speak out about

tivist Mama Albertina Sisulu. They

fights at all costs. For that I was

all these issues.

both envisaged a society where

constantly emotionally bullied. I would be called “igwala” (coward). Hitting another person was just wrong as far as I was concerned and in the end I appeared weak among my friends and most girls.

It was for this reason that I partic-

women are protected and valued.

ipated in the 100 Men March that

The march provided us an oppor-

was organised by government on

tunity to renew our commitment

10 July.

to teach our young boys to always

As modern men, particularly those of us who live in cosmopoli-

value and respect young girls and women.

This was how some boys were introduced to patriarchy and male power in the village. I’m sure it was not confined to just my village. The many problems of genderbased violence that we are experiencing in our country today were created by these bizarre beliefs, traditional beliefs of patriarchy and dominance of male power. Recent studies have shown that at least one in five South African women experience abuse in one way or the other. Many of the issues facing young women today stem from how men have always dominated in society. Certain beliefs need to

Public Sector Manager • August 2018


WOMEN IN POWER Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA) is a beacon of gender diversity in a sector dominated by men. In honour of Women’s Month, we asked three women leading different aspects of the business to share their perspectives on what it is like to work in the country’s renewable energy (RE) sector.

A “yes, we can” attitude, positivity and a smile when dealing with dynamic situations. WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR WOMEN WHO WANT TO WORK IN THE RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR? Be prepared to be a pioneer. This is a new and dynamic sector in South Africa so the ground is fertile for innovation and new ideas. It’s “a place to be” for development and self-advancement. If you’re qualified and capable, you can contribute in the sector – from site construction all the way to the boardroom.

NONTOKOZO NKOSI – Head of Commercial Office, South Africa Nontokozo Nkosi has been in her current position since January 2018, having joined the company two years ago. As Head of Department, she is responsible for identifying and originating new business opportunities.

Remain authentic and embrace your femininity. WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WOMEN’S DAY AND MONTH FOR YOU? This year is particularly significant – we lost Mama Winnie (Madikizela-Mandela), a leader, pioneer, stalwart and icon of strength in adversity. It’s important to continue the work that was started by the women of 1956, to take the baton and create space for other women to also flourish. Despite the amount of work still required to bring about transformation, not only in this sector but in various industries, I am reminded of my responsibility to be part of the change, to break through personal barriers and to inspire others. It’s incredible what we can achieve if we stand and lift each other as we rise.



I have been in the renewable energy industry for five years

– Head of Procurement,

and it’s amazing to see how it’s grown and transformed.

South Africa

This is an industry that has attracted international players, giving us opportunities to interact, learn and share with

As Procurement

people from all over the world.

Head for South Africa, Khanyisa

I came from the financial industry; I would not have

Tyala is responsible

thought it possible to amass considerable knowledge and

for enforcing

experience in a relatively short space of time. It is exciting

procurement policies

to work for market leader in the renewables sector.

and processes set by Central Procurement and

WHAT IS YOUR UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION TO THE ROLE? Attention to detail, even in a complex, multifaceted environment where you have to bring together very different disciplines to achieve a specific goal. Passion and drive, especially in a maledominated industry. Soft but firm persuasion skills in complex and difficult negotiations.

ensuring they are applicable to the South African market. It is also her to job to ensure that the company fulfils the purpose of the broader Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP) as it applies to skills transfer and the empowerment of small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs).


WHAT ARE YOUR CAREER HIGHLIGHTS? When I joined the company in 2015, we started from scratch, standardising documents, ensuring that we comply with local market requirements, conducting a market analysis and vendor scouting. We were able to source black-owned and BEEE-compliant suppliers in a

My objective is to grow a capable, all-encompassing and


dynamic team, and hopefully make a positive contribution

Over the years there

to the suppliers we interact with in the course of our work.

has been much debate

fairly new sector in South Africa. WHAT IS YOUR UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION TO THE ROLE?

about women in the In a male-dominated industry, I make a point of remaining

workplace and time and time

grounded in my femininity; it is possible to be both

again we have seen that diversity

assertive and feminine. I am always eager to take on new

makes for better decision-making

experiences and I love a good challenge.

and more successful relationships. I interact with multiple stakeholders


and I find it easy to adjust my approach.


With some stakeholders you need a softer,

It is an exciting space, considering global trends and

compassionate approach which comes

advances made in renewable energy, complemented by

rather easily to me, and in other instances a

growth potential in the continent and various career and

firmer more assertive approach is required.

SMME opportunities. Women can play an important role in the sector.



While the industry is still male-dominated, we are


seeing more and more women joining the industry.

It means the recognition of women, mutual solidarity

If you have your heart set on making a difference in

and support.

our world and leaving a positive impact, follow your

TRENISHA HARDEV SINGH – Business Development Professional Trenisha Hardev Singh is employed in the Business Development team and has been at EGP RSA for almost three years. Her role is to investigate renewable energy opportunities and avenues for South Africa and subSaharan countries and to ensure the successful development of projects until they are ready to be constructed. WHAT ARE YOUR CAREER HIGHLIGHTS? Working in renewable energy. Making a difference in our world by providing cleaner energy is very fulfilling. Gaining local and international experience. I get to meet different individuals – from landowners to shareholders and financiers – each one of them with a unique perspective on renewable energy. EGP RSA also invests in the communities around our power plants and seeing the difference that our projects bring to these communities is encouraging.

dreams, stay in school and study further, and you will be welcomed into this innovative industry. I would encourage young girls to pursue subjects in science and engineering – these will facilitate your entry into the renewable energy industry. WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WOMEN’S DAY AND MONTH FOR YOU? This is an occasion to reflect on the opportunities and path made easier by women of the past. We are fortunate to reap the benefits of the hard work of other women who fought hard against discriminatory laws. We must make it worth their efforts and make them proud. Without their victory in the struggle, I would not have had the opportunity to be where I am today. This month is a celebration of perseverance and acceptance of diversity.


Writer: Amukelani Chauke

New museum to honour Madiba T

he early life of former President

marked with a barely visible memo-

Nelson Mandela, his career as

rial plague.

an attorney and his rise into

As the country commemorates the 100th anniversary since the birth of Nelson Mandela, a new

politics through his involvement in

Landmark sculpture

museum will open its doors to the

the Defiance Campaign against

On 5 August 2012, a landmark

members of the public in Sep-

Unjust Laws is a well-documented

sculpture was erected near the

tember near the Nelson Mandela

story that forms part of South Africa’s

capture site along the R103 in a

Capture Site to give members of

liberation struggle.

project spearheaded by Apartheid

the public a “360-degree view”

Museum’s director Christopher Till,

of Madiba’s long walk – from his

have been erected in his hon-

in conjunction with the KwaZulu-

capture right through to the 1994

our – from the Nelson Mandela

Natal Department of Cooperative

democratic elections.

Museum in Qunu, a stone’s throw

Governance and Traditional Affairs

Till, who is also the founder of

away from where he received

(CoGTA), to mark the 50th anniver-

the Apartheid Museum in Johan-

primary schooling, to his jail cell

sary of Mandela’s arrest.

nesburg, said after convincing the

To add to this, monuments

at Robben Island near Cape

The sculpture, which is the work

local municipality and CoGTA to

Town, where he, along with several

of world-renowned artist Marco

first buy the farm adjacent the cap-

others, as jailed by the apartheid

Cianfanelli, is made of 50 vertical

ture site, he went back to convince

government for decades.

steel columns that are between

them to build an accompanying

However, the site of his arrest at a

eight and 12 metres high that line

museum and a visitor’s centre,

roadblock near Howick in KwaZulu-

up to magically recreate an image

which is a R65 million project.

Natal on 5 August 1962 – which

of Nelson Mandela's face.

set in motion events that led to the

Cianfanelli was also a member of

“We managed to get money to build that new museum and the

famous “Rivonia Trial” in October

the design team for Freedom Park

museum is currently 98 percent

1963 – has for years only been

in Pretoria.

finished. We have also developed


Public Sector Manager • August 2018

an exhibition to go into that space.

“The idea is that when you go

begin to engage the local com-

It will be an interactive audio-visual

into the main space, you will

munity as well to bring activity and

kind of exhibition. We are hoping to

have a 360-degree film on all the

employment and transformation in

open it in September this year and I

walls. You will be immersed in a

that site,” he added.

have my fingers crossed,” he said.

film which moves from the initial

Till, who is also the director of the

The shed, which currently houses

capture and the car and the

the Mandela exhibition, will be

Gold of Africa Museum in Cape

landscape right through to the

reconfigured into an educational

Town and has organised exhibitions

elections and in the middle will

centre for school children. The

on Mandela, Steve Biko, Oliver Tam-

be a very large, lightbox table that

centre will be an orientation for

bo and the Women’s March, said

occupies the entire space, which

learners before they go into the

the sculpture has already become

follows the chapters that we have

main exhibition.

a landmark in the area that now

put together,” he explained.

attracts up to 500 visitors a day.

Till said while he has opened Mandela exhibitions in other

Historic events

New partnerships, new phase

Till said the sculpture – which

Going forward, Till said the mu-

England – the opening of this

Cianfanelli named “Release” –

seum has partners in the wings

museum was extra special given

was part of the first phase of the

and that he was also looking for

the centenary celebrations of the

project, which is accompanied by

new partnerships to implement the

former statesman.

a refurbished shed that currently

third phase of the project.

countries in recent weeks – including in Canada, Brazil, Ireland and

“To be able to hopefully open this

houses a temporary exhibition of

“There is a new master plan

project within a centenary year as

Mandela’s long walk to freedom

which we have just developed

a new museum and visitor centre,

and a pathway where 40 rusted

which will hopefully take us into

to which the legacy of Nelson

steel plates have been lined up,

phase three [to] introduce a

Mandela shines, is an exciting

marking different years of the

botanical garden and an indig-

thing and specifically after the

former President’s long walk to

enous botanical garden on the

long genesis that this project has

freedom as well as South Africa’s

site. We also want to construct an

taken… I am excited about it and

historic events in the struggle since

amphitheatre and put in place a

I see this as an important element

his arrest.

skills development training centre

of the celebration of Mandela’s

and a craft market where we will

legacy,” he added.

He said the museum will be part of the second phase of the project and will be an “electronic audiovisual experience” for the visitors, who will experience an interactive exhibition. “It is a little bit of a leap of faith. The site is relatively rural. “What the Apartheid Museum has developed is a completely immersive experience.

Public Sector Manager • August 2018



Writer: Jauhara Khan

Employers urged to help workers save


eople who save are hap-

process for those with an income,

add cash gifts they receive on

pier and more productive at

such as garnish savings options,

birthdays. You can encourage

work, which is why employ-

where money goes into tax-free

grandparents and other family

ers have a vested interest in their

savings accounts, and structuring

members to also contribute

financial stability.

13th cheques as a savings tool.”

regularly. 7. 13th cheque: Ask your employ-

This is according to South African Savings Institute (SASI) CEO Gerald

Saving tips from SASI

er's payroll to save for a 13th


1. Set a target: It is important to

cheque, paid to you in Decem-

set and write down important

ber, by lowering your salary. This

ioural change, explained Mwandi-

savings targets, such as an

extra pay cheque will enable


emergency fund, holiday fund

you to ride out the festive

and other targeted savings.

period and New Year expenses

Saving money requires a behav-

“As South Africans struggle under increasing financial pressure, a

2. Automated savings: Debit

savings buffer becomes even more

orders to savings accounts en-

important. However, people are in-

able automated saving.

creasingly using credit to fund their

3. Group savings: Start or join a

without major impact on your finances. 8. Financial wellness days: Ask your employer to give manda-

basic needs, getting caught in a

stokvel or investment club with

tory time off to review your fi-

vicious spiral of debt from a young

family and friends.

nances with a financial planner

age,” he added. Mwandiambira said it was im-

4. Savings buddy: Enable your partner or friend to be a sav-

once a year. 9. Domestic help: Set up a sav-

portant for those who are able to

ings buddy, who you meet with

ings account or RA for your do-

save to use all of the instruments

regularly to discuss your sav-

mestic helper. These important

available to improve their long-term

ings journey.

members of our families are

financial sustainability. For those employed at businesses,

5. Baby gifts: You can seed a child’s future savings by

often forgotten in future planning. 10. Retirement fund statement: By

human resource personnel should

requesting baby gifts of cash to

guide you on how to save every

deposit into a tax-free savings

receiving your retirement fund

month, he added.

account (TFSA) or taking out

statements monthly or quarterly,

a retirement annuity (RA) for a

you can be encouraged to


keep track of your savings.

“HR professionals should be educating employees to start building

6. Children: Open TFSAs for all of

11. Financial products and insur-

ing tweaks such as regularly review-

your children, to maximise the

ance: Shop around and use a

ing and adjusting their pension

benefit they receive from these

financial institution that rewards

fund contributions.

accounts. Set up debit orders

consistent savers, either through

to contribute to these accounts

a high savings interest rate or

as they grow up together and

cash back for no claims.

a savings buffer and recommend-

“Employers can more actively facilitate or automate the savings


Public Sector Manager • August 2018

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APPOINTMENTS Compiled by: Jauhara Khan

Mandla Langa Chief Financial Officer: Government Communications and Information System

and general tax practitioner.

Mandla Langa has been

Manager for Murray & Roberts,

appointed Chief Financial

Regional Finance Manager for the

Officer (CFO) of Government

Land Bank and Accounts Manager

Communications and

for Coca-Cola Southern & Eastern

Information System (GCIS). Prior

Africa (Pty) Ltd, among others.

to his appointment he served as

As CFO of GCIS his duties include

Financial Director at the national

ensuring the compilation of an

Langa has more than 21 years' business and professional experience in the private sector, having worked as a Financial

Department of Arts and Culture.

effective budget, the preparation

Langa’s qualifications include

currently studying towards a PhD

of interim and unqualified annual

a Bachelor of Commerce in

in Leadership and Strategy. He

financial statements, and the

Accounting and Master of

has worked as a professional

maintenance of an effective supply

Business Administration. He is

accountant, business accountant

chain management system.

Preston Khomo Executive Manager: Ship Repair, Transnet National Ports Authority

He joined TNPA in 2004 as Head of Infrastructure Development: Port Operations and Consulting at Portcon (the then international arm of

Transnet National Ports Author-

Transnet) and also served as Senior

ity (TNPA) has appointed Preston

Manager: Real Estate Manager

Khomo as Executive Manager: Ship

with a portfolio that included the

Repair to manage and adminis-

management of the Island View

ter the organisation’s ship repair

Precinct and Ship Repair for the

resources nationally.

Port of Durban.

Khomo has served as the Rich-

In his new role Khomo will be re-

ards Bay Port Manager since 2012.

sponsible for the strategic develop-

He began his career at Transnet as

an MSc from Huntsville, Alabama,

ment of ship repair infrastructure,

Terminal Manager for Transnet Port

a Diploma in Human Resources

as well as managing the imple-

Terminals in 2002. Prior to this he

Management from Rand Afrikaans

mentation of the current capital

was Municipal Manager for the Mu-

University and an MBA from De

programmes in all ship repair facili-

nicipality of Phalaborwa, following

Montfort University, Leicester, UK. He

ties. He will also be responsible for

18 years as a geologist, educator

has also completed marine-related

assessing market trends and plan-

and education manager in the

and executive leadership courses,

ning capacity to meet demand,

mining industry.

including the Executive Develop-

as well as ensuring TNPA realises

ment Programme at the Gordon

optimal value from its ship repair

Institute of Business Science.

commercial property portfolio.

A BSc Hons graduate of the University of Fort Hare, Khomo holds


Public Sector Manager • August 2018

All black everything



Writer: Gilda Narsimdas

link and there is a new trend – a new col-

it is that black is always the new black. We hand-

our, a new texture or a new way of wear-

picked some of our favourite black items currently

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Writer: Gilda Narsimdas


Soups for the soul W

e may be seeing the

back of winter but it’s still an opportune time

Salt and freshly ground black

minutes. Add the cooked butternut,


half the chickpeas and chicken

Flat-leaf parsley, for garnish

stock. Bring to the boil, and then

to indulge in the warm heartiness of

turn down to a simmer for a further

a bowl of freshly made soup. Here


are a few quick and easy recipes

Preheat the oven to 230 C.

nut cream and check for

to make at home.

Blot half the can of chickpeas with


15 minutes. Stir through the cocoo

a paper towel to dry them before

Serve in warmed soup bowls and

Butternut and chickpea soup

seasoning with a little salt, pep-

dress with the roasted chickpeas


per, cayenne pepper and olive

and parsley. Serve with fresh pita

800g butternut/pumpkin

oil. Spread on a baking sheet and

bread on the side.

peeled and cubed

bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until

1–2 tbsp olive oil

brown and crunchy.

1 onion, roughly chopped

1 clove garlic, roughly chopped

pot of salted water until cooked

1 tsp grated fresh ginger

through but still firm, then drain and

mixed (baby, rosa etc.)

Cayenne pepper

set aside.


1 tin chopped tomatoes

Then boil the butternut in a large

Roasted tomato soup Ingredients •

4kg tomatoes – variety of

Over medium to high heat, add

2 cloves of garlic

2 tsp sugar (or coconut sugar,

the olive oil to a large pot. When it

4 cans of tomato

or alternative healthy sweet-

is hot, add the onion, turn down to


medium heat and cook gently for

Olive oil

2 cups chicken stock

about five minutes. Add the garlic

Tabasco sauce

1 tin chickpeas in water,

and ginger and cook for a further

Balsamic vin-


two to three minutes.

1 small tin coconut cream (about 150–200ml)


Add the tinned tomatoes and sugar, stir and simmer for three


egar •

Salt and pepper

Fresh basil

Public Sector Manager • August 2018


further 10 minutes.

Roast the tomatoes, seasoned with

Pour into a blender and blend,

salt and pepper and a drizzle of

then pass the mixture through a

olive oil, in the oven at 200 C for

sieve to remove any lumps.


30 minutes.

Dress with fresh basil.

Spring onion, feta and pine nuts, to garnish

Method In a large pot, heat the olive oil

Brown the garlic, add the tomato juice and leave to simmer gently.

Split pea and bacon soup

over medium to high heat; fry the


the onion and spices until the

season with vinegar, tabasco, salt

1 tbsp olive oil

onions have softened but not col-

and pepper. Allow to simmer for a

1 medium-sized onion,

oured, for about five minutes.

Stir in the roasted tomatoes and

chopped •

1 tsp each of ground cumin

and half the fried bacon, stir and

and coriander

leave to simmer gently, covered, for

Pinch of cinnamon

1.5 hours or until the split peas are

1 heaped tsp fresh ginger,

cooked through. Add a little extra


water to the soup if it becomes too

1 clove garlic, crushed

thick during the cooking process.

1ℓ chicken or vegetable stock

500g yellow or green split peas

lemon juice to taste. Remove from

250 grams bacon, fried and

the heat and blend to your desired


consistency, loosening with hot

Freshly ground sea salt and

water or more stock if necessary.

black pepper

Serve with a garnish of crumbled

Sugar, to taste

feta, fried bacon, pine nuts and

Lemon juice, to taste

chopped spring onion.

Public Sector Manager • August 2018

Add the chicken stock, split peas

Add salt, pepper, sugar and



Africa used nuclear energy to generate electricity at Koeberg Nuclear Power Station. I was further exposed to the nuclear energy field when one of my lecturers helped me to obtain a vacation job at iThemba LABS in the Western Cape after I completed my bachelor’s degree in 2006. I became so fascinated with nuclear that I ended up getting my PhD without taking a break from studying. Most of my time in academia was spent doing research on and studying the structure of the nuclei of elements on the periodic table and performing nuclear experiments at iThemba LABS. I also had the opportunity to travel abroad for the first time when I carried out on of my experiments at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland in 2009. Twelve years later, I don’t regret any of it.

I’ve always been involved in looking at the front end of the nuclear fuel cycle. My interest has been in the aspects of the process that produce waste; not what happens to it. Now, I’m seeing what SENIOR PHYSICIST,

the back end of the cycle entails and


the discovery is incredible. There are so

• BSc (mathematics and physics)

many puzzles to crack and, as a nuclear

• BTech (project management) • BSc Hons and MSc (nuclear physics) • PhD (nuclear physics) • First recipient of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Next Generation Scholars Programme scholarship • Previously a lecturer at University of Johannesburg • Assisted students and teachers with physics at UJ’s Soweto Science Centre • Involved in community outreach via science and technology educational programme on Phalaphala FM on SABC Radio

experimentalist, I am always fascinated. A hot topic in nuclear waste management across the globe right now is the establishment of deep geological repositories for the disposal of high-level waste, particularly spent nuclear fuel from nuclear power generation reactors like Koeberg. The scientific community is asking questions about what will happen to the spent fuel and whether direct disposal or recycling is more advantageous. As an experimentalist, it’s my job to ensure that South Africa provides safe, sustainable and publicly acceptable solutions to the challenge of spent

I grew up in rural Limpopo – Nzhelele at Ha-Mavhunga,

nuclear fuel management.

to be precise. I initially wanted to become and aeronautical engineer, but financial constraints led me

Young women who are interested in getting involved in

to studying a BSc at the University of Venda.

the nuclear field should make a point of working hard in silence and letting either success make the noise. I live

Entering the world of nuclear didn’t cross my mind until

by a saying from my Tshivenda culture that I was told as

my third year, when I had to complete a nuclear physics

a young girl: Munna wau thoma wa musadzi ndi pfunzo.

module. Growing up, I wasn’t even aware that South

Always remember to believe in yourself.


LILLIAN SHAI deeper knowledge about the field; and culminated in DIRECTOR: NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

me obtaining a master of science in applied radiation science and technology.

• BSc (biology and chemistry) • MSc (applied radiation science and technology)

Now, I manage a section at the Department of Energy

• MSc (programme management)

that is responsible for the licencing of the nuclear

• Management development programme certificate

fuel cycle activities, which include uranium mining,

• World Nuclear University Summer Institute Fellow, 2007

processing, manufacturing, research and development,

• Nation Nuclear Regulator board member

transportation, imports and exports; and carrying out technical verification (inspections and audits). I also

“I am proud to have many years of experience, particularly in the nuclear non-proliferation space. I find satisfaction in my work and am proud to be part of a

manage a project for the deployment of the nuclear detection systems at the ports of entry in South Africa. My work gives me a global outlook of the challenges faced by the world and humanity, especially from the perspectives of safety and security. The understandings I

network of female nuclear scientists.”

have gained drive me to make contributions towards the

My introduction to the world of atoms was accidental.

activities that are detrimental to humanity and,

I was in the process of completing my bachelor of

ultimately, ensuring global peace and stability.

broader efforts of prohibiting, restricting and controlling

science degree at North-West University (NWU), but I was uncertain about my next steps. As I used to volunteer

Outside of working at the department, I serve on the

as a student trainee at Taung District Hospital’s medical

Nuclear Missile Dual Use Committee; Comprehensive Test

technology division during my university breaks, I knew

Ban Treaty Organisation Committee; and Border Control

that I wanted to be involved with helping people

Coordinating Committee for the South African Council

– whether individuals or

for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

society as a whole.

I was also honoured to serve on the board of directors of the National Nuclear Regulator in 2016.

I heard about a postgraduate programme

When I’m not at work or serving on industry boards, I

offered by NWU at

enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking,

the Centre of Applied

and reading inspirational books.

Radiation Science and Technology and enrolled. This period proved to be

Working in a male-dominated sector, I am proud to have many years of experience, particularly in the nuclear non-

the most exciting time of

proliferation space. I find satisfaction in my work and am

my professional life. The

proud to be part of a network of female nuclear scientists.

programme, which included visits to nuclear facilities like Necsa and iThemba LABS, fostered my interest in the world of atoms and drove me to pursue

Young people in the nuclear sector must remember that science and technology are the future. You need to make wise choices and challenge yourselves to explore the world of science, especially nuclear science. Eliminate the fear of failure because it only exists in the minds of lazy people.

KEFILWE VERONICA MOOKODI INSPECTOR: NATURALLY OCCURRING RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL, NATIONAL NUCLEAR REGULATOR • BSc (physics) • MSc (applied radiation science and technology) • Secretary of the Kraaipan Youth Foundation • Treasurer: South African Young Nuclear Professional Society

I grew up in Kraaipan, a rural village in the North West. I matriculated from Boithaopo High School before enrolling at NWU to study science. It was only when I was about to complete my undergraduate degree and wanted to further my studies in physics that I heard about a career in the nuclear field. The only thing I knew at the time was about the nuclear bombs I had seen in movies. A friend – who

It’s my job to ensure that workers, the public,

happens to be my husband today – told me about

environment and properties are safe from possible

a programme managed by the Centre of Applied

radiation damage. Knowing that I am potentially saving

Radiation Science and Technology at NWU. That’s when

people’s lives and keeping people safe by doing my job

I got to know about nuclear studies and nuclear as a

fulfills me.

possible career path.

“Like all curious and inquisitive scientists, I decided to follow this new path and explore the application of science rather

I am also exposed to different sectors and technologies in the various facilities like mines, laboratories and metal scrap holders, which means I broaden my knowledge. I don’t focus only on nuclear, but also learn about other fields such as engineering, quality management, and health and safety.

than pure science. I now know more of peaceful uses of nuclear technologies and I am very positive about it.”

Outside of work, I’m the secretary of the Kraaipan Youth Foundation, an organisation that aims to assist learners from disadvantaged families with school uniforms. Helping people in this way is very satisfying.

The nuclear field is vast and offers plenty of careers and opportunities, ranging from research and development

As the treasurer of the South African Young Nuclear

to industrial applications and regulations. Although

Society and a woman in the nuclear field, I believe that

this is not my first job in the nuclear sector, being an

young women should know that nuclear is not an easy

inspector in the naturally occurring radioactive material

industry to enter. It is still male-dominated, but we as

industry, where we look at things like mines and mineral

women should stop waiting to reach the light at the end

processing facilities and laboratories handling

of the tunnel and commit to being that shining light.

radioactive material, is particularly interesting to me.

Dream big, work hard, stay focused and never give up.

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Compiled by More Matshediso

Dry Tears by Malphia Honwane


ry Tears is a novel that

literature genre and

tells a story which many

shows how patriarchy

women from rural parts of

can suppress women's

South Africa can relate to. To be

rights and make women

frank, it is a story that many black

appear to be less impor-

Africans who have been exposed

tant members of society.

to traditional customs can well understand. On the one hand it is a sad love

However, the main character of the book shows that there are still strong women in the

comes at

story that takes place in a South

villages who refuse to bow down

a time when

African village where patriarchy

to traditional rules and norms

South Africans

is the order of the day, and on

that seek to abuse them and give

are increasingly

the other it is an inspirational tale

men the upper hand in the name

raising their voices to speak out

urging women to take their place

of culture.

against the abuse of women in

in society. The novel falls under the African

This novel well qualifies to be seen as an act of feminism and

society and to promote the rights of women.

About the author Malphia Honwane is a young author from the rural village of Gothenburg near Bushbuckridge. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Media Studies degree from the University of Venda and is a trained media analyst, writer, proofreader and editor who has worked for institutions such as the SABC and The Citizen. He currently works for Government Communication and Information System. He also serves as a political and media analyst for radio and television. This is his debut novel and he hopes it will inspire hope and motivate other unearthed writers based in previously disadvantaged communities to come out of their shell and face the light. “The book attempts to highlight the daily struggles of women in the townships and villages, with regard to various stereotypes and other forms of unfair treatment. The book also highlights that life is not a playground but a battlefield. It is full of many challenges that can be overcome through perseverance and determination. It also teaches us the power of forgiveness and acceptance,� he said.

Public Sector Manager • August 2018



Writer: Ashref Ismail

New, classy Pajero Sport offers more


hink about the world of SUVs

back in 1933! Remember, it built

of its Super Select 4-II 4WD system,

and two nameplates stand

its tough reputation winning the

which now also boasts electronic

out loud and proud in South

punishing Dakkar Rally numer-

off-road assistance.

Africa: Toyota Fortuner and Ford Ev-

ous times. And now, more than

erest. After the unceremonious de-

80 years later, Mitsubishi has

by Mitsubishi’s new-generation,

parture of Chevrolet’s Trailblazer, we

launched its all-new, luxurious

high-performance MIVEC four-

will soon see the spiritual successor

purpose-built sport utility vehicle,

cylinder turbo diesel engine pro-

to that General Motors brand with

the Pajero Sport, at a price to

ducing 133kW at 3 500rpm. The

the imminent launch of the Isuzu

make the rivals blush (it comes in,

whopping 430Nm of torque at a

MU-X. So why doesn’t the Mitsubishi

on average, at R15 000 cheaper).

modest 2 500rpm, plus Mitsubi-

Pajero Sport spring to mind? Much

The new Pajero Sport is powered

shi’s best-in-class all-new eight-

utations of the two major players

Improved driving dynamics

and Mitsubishi’s marketing arsenal,

This stylishly designed, new-

which is not very effective. They also

generation Mitsubishi SUV offers

have a very limited product range

vastly improved driving dynamics,

features of the new Pajero Sport

on offer locally.

including a class-leading eight-

is the fitment of the latest ver-

has to do with the quality and rep-

speed automatic transmission, with intelligent shift control, results in effortless driving dynamics. One of the most anticipated

speed automatic transmission for

sion of Mitsubishi’s unique Super

world’s first passenger vehicle

both the 2WD and 4WD models –

Select 4-II 4WD system, which now

with full-time four-wheel drive, the

the latter including low-range as

boasts electronic off-road assis-

PX33, was launched by Mitsubishi

well as Mitsubishi’s latest version

tance as well.

This is a pity because the


Public Sector Manager • August 2018

To further enhance the off-

shifting and paddle shifts behind

Soft-feel leather seats further

road experience provided by

the steering wheel, ensuring that

enhance the quality feel of the

the unique Super Select 4-II 4WD

the Pajero feels sure-footed, con-

new Pajero Sport. The driver

system, Hill-Descent Control has

fident and highly responsive and

seat is electrically adjustable.

been added for additional safety

cossets occupants in comfort and

The second row of seats offers

when on dangerous ground. In


a 60:40 split with tumble, reclin-

addition, the selectable Off-road

The new Pajero Sport’s distinctive

ing and sliding function and a

Mode maximises traction on un-

styling is modern, classy and strik-

centre armrest and cup holders.

sealed surfaces.

ing, with bold usage of a chrome

The third row of seats folds flat

grille sweeping unobtrusively into

into the floor to minimise intru-

Virtually unstoppable

the elongated headlamps, giving

sion into the cargo space when

The additional electronic assis-

the front end an athletic, modern

not in use.

tance allows the driver to select

and exclusive character. The profile

the Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand or

of the car carries the strong ath-

emphasis on safety and the

Rock setting, to suit surface condi-

letic theme to the rear, with a high

Pajero Sport earned a maximum

tions and optimise engine output,

muscular crease line leading to

five-star in the Australian ANCAP

transmission settings and brak-

the tail-lamps which are probably

safety test – making it one of

ing for superior traction. With the

the most controversial feature of

the safest SUVs on (and off) the

added lockable rear differential to

the design. Long and thin, with a


this magnificent 4WD system, the

slight indent, they look odd and

If you’re in the market for a

new Pajero Sport offers superior

spoil an otherwise stunning look-

premium SUVs and would like

road holding under any condi-

ing vehicle.

something other than the com-

tions, on and off the road, and is

Mitsubishi Motors places great

mon brands, then take a Pajero

Enhanced quality

Sport for a spin and be pleas-

It has a quality interior with a

antly surprised. Known for their

speed automatic transmission also

soft-touch material that exudes

high mileages, they hold strong

offers a Sport Mode with manual

elegance and sophistication.

re-sale values too.

virtually unstoppable. The exceptionally smooth eight-


Mitsubishi Pajero Sport


4x2 and 4x4


2.4 litre MIVEC turbo diesel

Power and Torque

133kW at 3 500rpm and 430Nm of torque at 2 500rpm


Eight-speed automatic transmission


Pajero Sport 2.4 2WD R569 995 Pajero Sport 2.4 4WD R599 995


Three-year/100 000km manufacturer’s warranty.

Service Plans

Five-year/90 000km service plan

Service Intervals

10 000km

Information supplied by Mitsubishi (SA)

Public Sector Manager • August 2018



Mountain biking

along the Garden Route


Writer: Duane Stacey

f you’re looking for a getaway

a magical place. Encapsulated by

the hot menu with a unique selec-

that is filled with the adventure

an age-old indigenous forest, these

tion of gourmet egg dishes.

of mountain biking, the Garden

treehouse hideaways are knitted

Route is the place to be.

Tsala proved to be one of the

together by an extensive network

best locations to base ourselves for

of walkways which guide their way

the first few days of riding, with a

had to offer, we packed our moun-

through the lush greenery and

choice of trails in almost any direc-

tain bikes onto the back of our

extend to views over rolling valleys

tion. We were able to ride from the

never-say-die Ford Ranger FX4 and

and distant hills on the horizon.

lodge and be on a mountain bike

Eager to discover what the region

set out to explore the best spots on the Garden Route to play.

Mornings had us spoilt for choice. We would start the day off with

trail within minutes. The Harkerville Red Route, now

coffee on the dining deck, as we

reopened after fires decimated

Tsala Treetop Lodge

indulged in an exquisite selection

much of this coastline and trail in

Nestled among the trees 10km

of croissants, cheeses and fruits

2017, is once again in splendid

from Plettenberg Bay and 22km

from the continental breakfast bar,

condition and takes riders through

from Knysna, Tsala Treetop Lodge is

before fuelling up for the day from

lush forest single-track and along


Public Sector Manager • August 2018

If the architecture and internal

We weren’t disappointed as we

design do not blow you away, the

spent hours navigating our way

vibrancy of both local and interna-

through the forestry areas run by

tional flavours certainly will.

MTO Forestry. A favourite was a ride that takes you up to the mast, tra-

Kurland Hotel

versing steep and rocky terrain until

For a change of scenery and some

you reach exquisite views which

different riding experiences, we

extend back towards Plettenberg

rocky paths that weave their way

moved further along the Garden


along coastal contours and pro-

Route to be greeted by the old-

vide spectacular views. Those lucky

world charm of Kurland Hotel.

enough might spot some hump-

After covering many kilometres on our mountain bikes, we were

With lounges, libraries, studies,

grateful to have the opportunity

back whales or even the infamous

dining rooms and an honesty bar,

to exchange our steeds for the

great white sharks from the safety

you might be forgiven for think-

four-wheeled motorised version (or

of the high cliffs.

ing you have walked into a game

quad bikes) to further explore the

of Cluedo. However, this family-

700-hectare private estate.

Not far from here is Cairnbrogie farm which boasts some wonderful

orientated establishment provides

coastal single-track and a great

far more entertainment than the

with the polo season (December to

coffee stop. It is well worth incor-

murder mystery board game.

April), as we ventured beyond the

porating this into a longer ride or

We were excited to see a chain of

While our visit did not coincide

homely feel of the verandah and

talking the family for a fun morning

mountain bikes upon arrival, an ac-

pool area, it was clear that per-


tivity Kurland encourages from the

haps another sport could capture

doorstep of its hotel, and a good

our imagination, when the stables

day on the saddle, we could think

indication that we might find some

are full and the horses are eager to

of nothing better than enjoying a

more epic riding trails.


Back at the lodge, after a long

few cold drinks as we retired to our private pool on the deck of our treehouse. We enjoying gazing at the winter sun, which gave way to some spectacular sunsets, before the evening chill coaxed us back inside towards the warmth of a cosy fireplace to get ready for dinner. The twists and turns of Tsala’s boardwalk lead you to Zinzi restaurant for dinner where you can pick and choose what you want to refuel for the next day's adventures.

Public Sector Manager • August 2018

For more information: Tsala Treetops Lodge website: Kurland Hotel website: Mountain bike routes and passes: routes-trails Cairnbrogie Farm: pump-track-and-cafe




MAKGOTSO PELO is one of the many women who work at Nissan, particularly in the Nissan South Africa Manufacturing Plant. Asked how her career at Nissan began, she had this to say:

“I started my career in early 2012 at Standard Bank as a Field

In addition to this, Nissan’s graduate programme continues

Consultant. In July 2012 I then joined the Nissan family as

to grow with a balanced intake of men and women in

a student in a learnership programme. After my one-year

various areas of the business. The graduates are supported

learnership agreement, I was then appointed to Line Feeder

and trained, after which many of them are offered full-time

at the Nissan Manufacturing Plant in 2013.

employment in their respective fields. To date, the Nissan

graduate programme retains a 50% intake of women. These

In 2015 I then went through team leader training at the

form some of the men and women under Makgotso Pelo’s

Nissan UK Plant, becoming a Team Leader for Production


Control. In 2017 I was privileged to be one of the candidates to be selected to go to the Nissan UK Plant for the sixweek Supervisory Development Training. It was an exciting experience for me, especially as a woman in a traditionally male-dominated industry. It has been such a pleasure working for Nissan, with the various initiatives it is involved in to empower its women employees, as well as overall employees.”

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