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Features Women empowerment high on government’s agenda Government continues to build strong partnerships with civil society to advance women’s emancipation and gender equality


National drive to end gender-based violence and femicide All sectors of South African society are standing united in the fight against genderbased violence and femicide



Conversations with leaders The Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite NkoanaMashabane, is championing the advancement of women Profiles in leadership President of the South African Local Government Association Thembisile Nkadimeng wants to highlight the plight of small municipalities


Vital stats Fast facts at your fingertips


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


Provincial focus Mpumalanga – A rising sun guided by a visionary woman


International relations G20 Summit tackles key issues


Women in the public sector Makhosazana Sengo dives right into a man’s world


Upcoming Events A look at local and international events


Trailblazer Tasneem Variawa is preserving plants to sustain life


The reading corner Travelling the world through books


Adapting labour for the modern world Rising to the challenge of enhancing the rights of workers in the face of rapid industrialisation, climate change and technological development


SA remembers Johnny Clegg and Nomhle Nkonyeni The country bids farewell to anti-apartheid cultural activists


A single mother’s survival guide Raising a child singlehandedly is no easy feat but the rewards make it worthwhile


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Women must take their rightful place in society T

his Women’s Month, South

become clear that our nation has

Africa has much to be

much to celebrate this August.

proud of.

Firstly, half of all ministers in

Women’s rights to life, dignity

This includes improving women’s access to quality healthcare, quality education,

and privacy are well protected

skills development and the fight

the new Cabinet are women.

by the country’s progressive

against HIV and AIDS.

Juxtapose this with pre-1994 South

Constitution and government

Africa, when black women were

has made significant progress

equality is an integrated theme

not allowed to vote, then follow the

in empowering women in the

that runs throughout the National

development of women’s rights

political, public and educational

Development Plan.

over the past 25 years and it will



In fact, the promotion of gender

Legislation has been put in

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

place to promote the rights of

South African women were

Despite the tragedy of GBV and

women, including the Domestic

featured in the 100 Global

its high prevalence in South Africa,

Violence Act and the Sexual

Inspirational Women in Mining

it should not nullify the strides we

Offences Act, which reformed the

2018, which drew on data from 28

have made in many other areas

law relating to sexual offences.


of women’s rights.

Prior to 1994, South Africa had

When it comes to equality in the

Instead, it should elicit a unified

only one female judge, while

workplace, government leads the

response from all sectors of

today women judges make up

way. Women make up almost

society and be tackled with the

almost 28 percent of the judiciary.

40 percent of senior management

same grit that the women of

Thirty-six percent of the seats in

in the public service and, overall,

1956 showed when defying an

South Africa’s superior courts are

women comprise over 50 percent

oppressive government.

occupied by women.

of employees in the public

Although progress is slow, women are making inroads in

service. At its Declaration of the Gender

business leadership. A great role-

Responsive Planning and

model is Christine Ramon, the

Budgeting Summit in November,

CFO of AngloGold Ashanti who

government committed to

was named South Africa’s CFO of

developing a Gender-responsive

the Year at the 2018 CFO Awards,

Planning, Budgeting, Monitoring,

becoming the first woman to

Evaluation and Auditing

take the award home. In 2007,

Framework to ensure that budgets

she was nominated by the World

reflect how seriously government

Economic Forum as a Young

takes women’s rights.

Global Leader. Caster Semenya is another

Chapter 9 institutions, particularly the Commission

source of inspiration. Despite

for Gender Equality, are tasked

international criticism and ridicule,

with holding public and private

she keeps on winning races. The

institutions accountable for

support that government and

gender equality results.

the people of South Africa have

While there is no denying that

given her demonstrates just how

gender-based violence (GBV)

far we have come in recognising

remains a huge deterrent to the

women’s rights.

wellbeing of women in South

Women are also gaining traction

Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa

in previously male-dominated

has made it clear that fighting

sectors, such as mining. Sixteen

GBV is a national priority.

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Viva, women’s rights. Viva!

Minister in t he Presidency, Jac kson Mt hembu.



During the watershed moment of

As a representative

the first sitting of the sixth Free State

and site steward

Legislature, Honourable Ntombizanele

of SADTU, she

Beauty Sifuba was elected

is credited with

unopposed as Speaker. Hon Sifuba is

helping to maintain

a seasoned politician, activist, mother

labour peace

and an ardent lover of education.

in our schools. This attribute is very important

The Member of the Executive Council

to the education sector because it

for Police Roads and Transport, Hon

ensures that the culture of learning

Sam Mashinini, remarked to the

and teaching is maintained at all

Legislature’s media team following the

times. Recently Hon Sifuba worked

Speaker’s election and said, “She is

as Deputy Director responsible for

calm, immersed and easy going, but

Monitoring and Evaluation in the

make no mistake: she is very firm.”

Department of Social Development


which further enhanced her Between 1999 and 2019, Hon Sifuba

understanding of government

served our province as an educator in


various schools such as Letjhabile Adult School, Letsete Secondary School and

She has also held many political roles

Bambanani ABET Centre. It was during

in the past and in 1995 served as

this period that she was able to silently

the Deputy Secretary of the African

• BA Education (Vista University)

forge a political growth path within the

National Congress in the President

• Bachelor of Psychology (CUT)

South African Democratic Teachers

Steyn Branch in Welkom. She then

• PGDip. Governance & Political

Union (SADTU) in the Free State.

served as a Branch Chairperson,

Transformation (UFS)


Deputy Director:

Deputy Chairperson of

Educator, Shopsteward

Monitoring and Evaluation

COSATU, Provincial Deputy

Elected Speaker of the

and Negotiator

- FS Social Development

Secretary of SADTU and ANC

Free State Legislature

Chairperson: FS-SSSBC

PEC Member in Free State

Member of the Provincial Executive Committee, Provincial

In an interview with the Legislature media team, her

Treasurer, Provincial Deputy Secretary of SADTU, Provincial

predecessor Hon Mamiki Qabathe delivered a warm

Deputy Chairperson of COSATU, and a Member of the

account of Hon Sifuba: “She is a dedicated leader,

Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC.

shop steward and passionate educator; a leader of the ANC who has given everything to help resolve the

Hon Sifuba also serves as a member of the ANC

challenges faced by our structures.”

Subcommittees on Economic Development, and Gender and Equity. True to her industrious and

Hon Sifuba is also the mother of three beautiful

resourceful nature, she is also the Chairperson of

daughters who noted how compassionate their mother

the Free State Safety and Security Sector Bargaining

is. Her eldest daughter, Sisipho Ngwenyana, said,

Chamber (FS-SSSBC).

“Mommy would always give to people even when we had almost nothing to give.”

Hon Sifuba’s election as the Speaker of the Legislature is most welcomed. Public institutions such as the Free

Secretary to the Legislature, Mr Thabo Mofokeng, also

State Legislature require sound and robust leadership.

paid his compliments. “We are looking forward to working with the new Speaker. We are ready and will hit

Her passion for education is evident from her various

the ground running. From our recent interaction, I am

degrees and qualifications. She holds a Bachelor of

happy about how the Speaker managed to handle the

Arts in Education from Vista University (1998), Bachelor

issues we’ve already placed before her.”

of Psychology from Central University of Technology (2009), Postgraduate Diploma in Governance and

The Free State Legislature and its entire staff welcomes

Political Transformation (2017) and is currently pursuing

Hon Sifuba and her team of legislators and wish them

a Masters Degree in the same field from the University

all of the best.

of Free State. The new Speaker of the Legislature further possesses other skills such as strategic planning, conflict resolution and finance for non-managers. She is a disciplinarian who has developed disciplinary codes and overseen disciplinary proceedings. Hon Sifuba is passionate about labour matters and is an outstanding negotiator. These attributes will go a long way in building a solid relationship between the Executive Authority, the Management and the Workers’ Union in the Legislature.

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Stand up for women’s rights in South Africa T

he baton passed on to future

Justice Fikile Eunice Mokgohloa

generations by the women

and Justice Yvonne Thokozile

of 1956 remains in worthy

Mbatha – to the Supreme Court of

hands. Through the ages, South Africa

Phumla Williams, GCIS Acting Director-General.

Appeal. Former Deputy President

gender rights activist.

has had its share of strong,

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the

inspirational women and this

Executive Director of UN Women,

programmes and policies in

remains true today. In the weeks

was the recipient of the 2019

place to safeguard women,

leading up to Women’s Month

Cannes LionHeart in recognition

patriarchy is so widespread that

2019, a number of appointments

of her advocacy for women,

it permeates our healthcare

and awards demonstrated just

human rights and social justice.

facilities, our police and

how radically life has changed for

The Forbes Woman Africa

women – and in particular black

Lifetime Achievement Award

women – since 1994.

was given to South African

While government has

sometimes even our justice system. As public employees, you have

businesswoman, social

a part to play by becoming

became CEO of Naspers South

entrepreneur and author Wendy

champions of the fight against

Africa, thus joining the global


GBV by helping change mindsets.

Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa

management team of Africa's

While these women have

If you see a woman abused by

largest public company. She is

achieved widespread publicity,

a man who feels entitled to exert

Naspers’ first female and first black

there are thousands of other

power and control over her, speak

chief executive.

women succeeding across South


Business Leadership South

Africa, at various levels – from

Don’t ask why a victim of sexual

Africa named Busisiwe Mavuso

domestic workers who have

assault was wearing a short skirt

as its new CEO; Rhodes

trained to become caregivers;

or excuse a husband’s violence

University welcomed its first

and mothers who ensure

on the stresses of his job because

black woman Deputy Vice

their children receive the best

nothing justifies GBV.

Chancellor, Dr Mabokang

education possible to those

Monnapula-Mapesela; and Shirley

making it in a man’s world.

Machaba was appointed as

However, many women’s dreams

PricewaterhouseCoopers Southern

and hopes fade away in the face

Africa’s first black female CEO.

of the gender-based violence

President Cyril Ramaphosa

(GBV) they are subjected to.

announced the appointment

This August, I call on you to join

Look at how you are raising your children or grandchildren – are gender stereotypes being taught or discouraged? In other words, don’t be compliant through your silence and inaction. Rather, get involved

of three female judges – Justice

the fight against GBV by not only

and become an agent for

Caroline Elizabeth Heaton Nicholls,

condemning it but becoming a



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Giving women, youth

and people with disabilities their dignity


he Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite NkoanaMashabane, wants the advancement of women

to continue to be a priority in government’s service delivery programmes. She said in order to improve service delivery, the country must pay the utmost attention to women’s issues because improving the lives of women would

benefit all of society. The advancement of women is often interrelated with the betterment of a community, she emphasised. Minister Nkoana-Mashabane wants her department to lead the championing of women and said this will be done through existing government programmes and the planned reintroduction of the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill. In her recent Budget Speech, she said the bill, which lapsed in the previous administration, had been praised by the committee of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women for its potential to reverse the impact of patriarchy in communities. In addition to resuscitating this bill, the minister said her department will enforce the Gender Responsive Planning and BudgMinister in t he Presidency for Women, Yout h and Persons wit h Disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.


eting Framework approved by Cabinet in March this year.

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

She said in doing so, the depart-

sure that their programmes are

impact on the type of men they

ment would ensure that 30 per-

centred on women, youth and

will become.

cent of government procurement

people living with disabilities.

is dedicated to women, youth

“We must socialise them and

With youth unemployment at

instil in them values that should

57 percent, government plans

lead them to respect and treat

to expand the National Youth

all people as equal, who de-

General (AG), we will request

Service to 50 000 young people

serve equal rights and opportu-

that these are part of the audit

a year.

nities,” Minister Nkoana-Masha-

and persons with disabilities. “In discussion with the Auditor-

outcomes, so that when the AG

“We are an advocacy-led

bane told Parliament.

audits all spheres of government,

department that works with all

they are audited on gender

the important clusters in govern-

have to ensure that GBVF pro-

equality and economic empow-

ment, starting with the eco-

grammes are well resourced

erment of women, youth and per-

nomic cluster because we want

and funded. Through the GBV

sons with disabilities. We will an-

economic transformation in our

Council, we are going to ensure

nually report on the performance

lifetime,” said Minister Nkoana-

that all budgets that are sitting

of government and the private


in different departments, includ-

sector on economic transformation and gender equality, which is a Constitutional mandate.” She said gender mainstream-

“For us to win this battle, we

ing the private sector, to address

Curbing genderbased violence Along with economic emanci-

GBVF, are put in the Council to attack this with all that we have in a co-ordinated manner.”

ing and gender budgeting are

pation, Minister Nkoana-Masha-

ways to ensure that departmen-

bane wants to see the eradica-

Giving women land

tal programmes allocate suffi-

tion of gender-based violence

Another of the department’s

cient budget to women.

and femicide (GBVF). She said

priority areas is land reform. Min-

the combating of GBVF in com-

ister Nkoana-Mashabane, who

isters and Deputy Ministers to

munities will only happen when

was the former Minister of Rural

familiarise themselves with the

young boys are taught from a

Development and Land Reform,

Gender Responsive Planning,

young age how to treat women.

said land should not only be

“I wish to encourage all Min-

She added that people need

seen as an agricultural tool but

Evaluation Framework, and to

to respect members of the LGBT-

also an opportunity to open up

expand this framework to youth

QI+ community and understand

other economic avenues for

and persons with disabilities to

that there are no mechanisms to

people living with disabilities,

ensure that programmes of gov-

change who a person is.

youth and women.

Budgeting, Monitoring and

ernment do not exclude these

“No matter how much we do,

“We cannot talk about wom-

GBVF will not stop if we do not

en’s economic empowerment

invest our time as a nation in

and not talk about their access

her department would use its

prevention programmes. This

to land. This must be addressed

resources to campaign other

must start at home. How we raise

urgently as women want to

government departments to en-

our boys as children has an

continue with food production

groups.” The Minister emphasised that

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– on a larger scale, and become

making the entire sanitary towel

property developers.

value chain a women-owned

ucts is a multi-million-rand industry


but does not benefit women who

“This will eradicate hunger as they will feed their families and

“The production of sanitary prod-

The National Treasury has

are the users of these products.

allocated R157 million for the

This is not justifiable. In fact, we

2019/2020 financial year to

advocate that women-owned

and economic opportunities must

augment provincial allocations

and women-led co-operatives

have at its centre the interests

for the national roll-out of the

should be the manufacturers

of those that the department

sanitary dignity project under the

of sanitary products,” she told


Department of Women, Youth and


their neighbourhood.” She told PSM that access to land

“Land is an economic asset. It’s

Persons with Disabilities.

She said sanitary dignity is more than just access to sani-

not just about access to plough,

The department, which is com-

although that is also important,”

mitted to delivering free sanitary

tary pads – it is about access

said Minister Nkoana-Mashabane.

towels to vulnerable schoolgirls, is

to proper sanitation, even in

determined that women become

rural areas; and about girls be-

the primary producers of afford-

ing able to continue with their

Giving girls some dignity

able and safe sanitary products

education even when they are

Another project that is close to

and that they are involved in the

menstruating because they

the Minister’s heart is the Sanitary

distribution of these products and

have received the necessary

Dignity Framework which looks at

the disposal of them once used.


The KwaZulu-Natal launc h of t he Sanitar y Dignity Programme took place in Durban, where over 500 girls, received sanitar y products.


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Thokozile Mahlangu is a prolific visionary, strategist and

“The insurance industry is faced with a shortage of skills at

tactician. Her areas of expertise are in strategic planning,

executive management and director level, limited platforms

development and implementation. Her strengths are in

for technical insurance training and an ageing workforce,”

developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders,

says Mahlangu.

strategic marketing, effective communication and general business analysis. She is a game changer and a change

She says part of IISA’s role is to address such challenges.

management agent and she is forever questioning and disrupting the status quo.

“It is our belief that these undertakings will be to the benefit of the insurance industry and will assist in addressing the skills

In her role as the CEO of IISA, Mahlangu has been tasked

shortages currently experienced by the industry and we also

to lead the institute in its role to build capacity within the

hope they will further drive transformation within the sector,”

insurance industry through insurance skills development and

Mahlangu says.

exposure to the insurance profession and in so doing, mitigate skills shortages, improve opportunities for

“This year we also plan on opening e-learning platforms

employment and social security, and ultimately contribute

for the whole industry as well as providing alternative entry

to the sustainability of the industry and the economy.

points to insurance designations,” says Mahlangu, adding that IISA’s 2019 strategy is not limited to just these points.

Mahlangu says, “Industry success is partly dependent on

“We are doing everything in our power to develop the

an ongoing reflection of society. There is no better way to

industry today for present and future insurance practitioners

show South Africans how patriotic the insurance industry is

and consumers. The South African insurance industry holds

than through transformation. The language of inclusivity and

a lot of unmined potential, and there is no better time to roll

diversity is in our DNA as a nation and industries need to be

up our sleeves than now”.

blatantly reflective of this, more especially during a time like this where people and nations are so self-aware.” This year the institution’s roadmap explicitly sets out to develop the industry as a whole in all avenues under its jurisdiction. The IISA has partnered with other industry partners to provide solutions to skills shortages and development within the industry.


Writer: More Matshediso

SALGA’s new president eyeing upliftment of local municipalities


s the first Mayor of a local municipality to become president of the South African Local

Government Association (SALGA), Thembisile Nkadimeng plans to bring challenges affecting small municipalities to the fore. Nkadimeng became the first woman Executive Mayor of the City of Polokwane in 2014 and still occupies the position. Her career kicked off when she got a job as an Assistant Director for Corporate Affairs at the Limpopo Provincial Government. She went on to become a Chief Director before resigning to accept the mayoral post. She was previously chairperson of SALGA in Limpopo, and was later appointed as the deputy president of the organisation nationally. SALGA is an autonomous organisation mandated by the South African Constitution, which defines it as a

President of t he Sout h African Local Government Association Thembisile Nkadimeng.

representative of local government.


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The experience she gained from occupying these positions has

Advancement Programme at Wits Business School,” she said.

contributed immensely to the

The AGSA said the unqualified opinions on the financial statements decreased from 61 percent

meng is confident that she will

Empowering local municipalities

be able to deliver on her duties

The latest report released by the

to the institution for auditing was

because she is well capacitated

Auditor-General of South Africa

even worse than in the previous

to lead SALGA.

(AGSA) on municipal audit results


leader that she is, and Nkadi-

“The work experience that I

shows that the state of most

to 51 percent and the quality of the financial statements provided

In her role as the President of

gained over the years has given

municipalities is dire because

SALGA, Nkadimeng sees this

me a strong administrative back-

out of the 257 audited munici-

as an indication that the local

ground. My political background

palities, the audit outcomes of

sphere of government is bleeding

also balances the qualities that I

63 regressed while those of 22

and is determined to help turn

have as a leader because I was


the situation around.

Only 18 municipalities man-

raised in a political family and I was also actively involved in politi-

aged to produce quality financial

“We need to not focus on the symptoms of a municipality that

cal movements as a student and

is underperforming, but rather ask

beyond,” she said.

practical questions of what leads

“All these assisted me to understand systems and processes at administrative level and I think it helps me as a politician to ensure that I know what it means to play an oversight role, which is very important for me to contribute to the growth of the institution that I work for,” she added. Nkadimeng was born in Bethal, a small farming town in Mpumalanga and said the community played a big part in her upbringing.

“If you want to uplift local municipalities, you have to ensure that there is sufficient strength given to district municipalities.”

She is a BA Honours graduate

to the deterioration of it so that we can address those issues,” she said. Nkadimeng believes she will contribute immensely to advancing the vision of the Integrated Urban Development Framework, which aims to create liveable, safe, resource-efficient cities and towns that are socially integrated, economically inclusive and globally competitive, and where residents actively participate in urban life. As a representative of a local

from the University of Limpopo,

municipality, she believes her ap-

and also holds a Bachelor of

statements and performance

pointment brings an interesting

Philosophy (Political Studies) from

reports, as well as comply with all

dynamic on what is overlooked in

Stellenbosch University.

key legislation, thereby receiving

small municipalities.

“I specialised in public policy.

a clean audit. This is a regression from the 33

My interest in government policy

She said only eight of the 257 SALGA-affiliated municipalities

was engineered there. I also

municipalities that received clean

in the country are metros, which

completed the Management

audits in the previous year.

means the bulk of municipalities

Public Sector Manager • August 2019



are on the periphery of the coun-

be able to collect enough rev-

will enable me to highlight the

try, yet they grapple with many

enue to sustain itself.”

plight of small municipalities in

daily difficulties.

the country,” she said.

nomic hubs, are able to attract

Attracting the right skills

sure that the 44 district municipal-

investment and raise their own

She added that small municipali-

ities champion the development

revenue, which helps them be

ties also battle to attract employ-

of local municipalities, explaining

sustainable. This is a completely

ees with the right skills.

that most district municipalities

“Metros in their nature are eco-

Part of Nkadimeng’s job is to en-

different story when it comes to

Nkadimeng believes govern-

are able to attract the necessary

small municipalities, and many

ment should review its funding

skills and get clean audits yet the

people find it hard to understand

formula for municipalities so

local municipalities under them

why small municipalities are

that they can be capacitated to

fail to achieve the same results.


attain and retain the necessary

“We have not been giving dis-

“If an area is not an economic

skills which will enable them to

trict municipalities sufficient sup-

hub, you find that most residents

deliver quality services to resi-

port to assist local municipalities.

in that area are unemployed and


If you want to uplift local munici-

are unable to pay their rates and

“I embrace this opportunity to

palities, you have to ensure that

taxes to the municipality, which

be the president who comes from

there is sufficient strength given to

means the municipality will not

a small municipality because it

district municipalities,” she said.


Public Sector Manager • August 2019

Her message to municipalities

family because the system is not

but reckons more focus should

that are still struggling to deliver

yet conducive to women in high

be placed on enhancing and

on their mandates is that they


strengthening current leaders so

should look at filling vacant posi-

“Inequality is the first problem

that those in leadership positions

tions with people who are well

because women have so many

receive the support they need to

capacitated in order to improve

responsibilities as sisters, wives,

deliver on their responsibilities.

their performance.

mothers, aunts and so forth, prior

She paid tribute to the women

She also encouraged them to

to the role they have to play in

leaders who paved the way for

consider learning best practices

their day-to-day jobs,” she said.

her to land the position of SALGA

from municipalities that have

Nkadimeng said a support

president, including the first SAL-

been performing well for a num-

structure must be put in place to

GA female President Nomaindia

ber of years.

allow women leaders to thrive.

Mfeketo, who is also the former

In order to overcome these

Minister of Human Settlements.

Challenges faced by women leaders Nkadimeng said another challenge in municipalities is that

challenges, she makes sure she

“I would not be sitting in this po-

is well prepared for any position

sition if it was not for the women

that she occupies.

of yesterday. Most of these wom-

“Women need to be capable

en are unsung heroines; they

women mayors are undermined

leaders; it is not about tokenism

are women who sell vegetables

on the basis of their gender, and

but it is about fully representing

on the corner of the street and

their capabilities are generally


domestic workers whose children


She believes that women must

go on to become general prac-

continue demanding their place

titioners, but nobody celebrates

intimidation levelled at municipal

at the table because it will not


leaders target women council-

just be granted to them.

“In most cases, violence and

lors. By the very nature of gender

“We must take a step forward

Nkadimeng said it is her duty as a woman in a leadership posi-

stereotypes, we become vulnera-

every day in a meaningful way to

tion to ensure that the genera-

ble as women, and that also cas-

ensure that we change society.

tion of females that comes after

cades to councillors. The struc-

We must also not forget to open

her will be better off.

tures within society favour men

doors for others. We should stop

whereas women are expected to

kicking down the ladder once

president of SALGA, she hopes to

be subservient,” she said.

we are up and rather afford oth-

ensure more people understand

During her tenure as the

Nkadimeng herself is not im-

er women a chance to grow. That

what SALGA stands for, which

mune to the challenges facing

way we will not be isolated in the

is championing the interests of

women in leadership positions.

positions we hold. Sisterhood is

municipalities and advocating

key to women development.”

for laws, rules and responsibilities

As a mother of four, she said it is very daunting to have to juggle work and also take care of her

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

Nkadimeng is happy with the gender parity in government

that improve service delivery at local government level.



POWERING AHEAD Limpopo, a combination of three previous homelands

Economic development has been built on three main

(Gazankulu, Lebowa and Venda) and a portion of

pillars: agriculture, mining and tourism. The growth in

the old Transvaal Administration, is a developing

mining between 1995 and 2016 has been remarkable,

region. Considering its rich natural resources, the

moving from 16.5 percent to 25 percent, as compared

province has a high potential for development

to the diminishing share of agriculture that moved from

and excellent investment opportunities with socio-

4 percent to 2.3 percent and manufacturing from

economic conditions being driven by primary

5 percent to 2.6 percent.

production in agriculture and mining. The population has grown from 4.58 million in 1996 to 5.79 million in


2016, with the majority still living in areas that are

Employment creation has received special attention

classified as rural.

through labour intensive agricultural initiatives, through the mining sector, development of small, medium and

Over the past 25 years, governance and

micro enterprises (SMMEs), as well as the Expanded

administration have had to deal with a major

Public Works Programme (EPWP). Worth noting is

transition from the apartheid period to a democratic

employment opportunities that have been created

dispensation. To address these challenges, the

through the development of Medupi Power Station.

province, has established various governance and

Unemployment in Limpopo has been reduced from

administrative structures, reviewed the legislation

30.1 percent in 2008 to 19.3 percent in 2018: Q2, far less

and policies, as well as developed strategies, systems

than the current national average of 27.2 percent but

and processes for effective and responsive provincial

nevertheless, the triple challenges of unemployment,

governance and service delivery.

poverty and inequality are still evident.


the Mining House(s), the National Lotteries Commission, municipalities and private sector companies and 87 ECD centres have been upgraded to date towards improved compliance with norms and standards. There are 19 child and youth care centres in the province where children in need of care are placed. Of these, 13 sites are managed and funded by nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and five are managed by the Department of Social Development. To date 6 600 children in conflict with the law accessed diversion programmes for rehabilitation, 65 168 victims of crime and violence accessed services from 78 funded Victim Empowerment Programme service centres, 1 382 125 children and adults have been reached through Premier Chupu Mathabatha

substance abuse prevention programmes.


Social cohesion is a prerequisite to the developmental

The Early Childhood Development (ECD)

path of the province because it serves as a tool

Conditional Grant was introduced in 2017/18

to galvanise society towards common and shared

to assist the department in funding facilities for

objectives. This is especially important not only given

the programme targeting the foundation phase.

the history of South Africa, but also pivotal in the face

To date 230 898 children accessed services in

of multi-cultures and diversity, which characterises the

registered ECD centres and 99 751 children

Limpopo Province and the region as a whole. Social

were fully subsidised. Five ECD mobile trucks

cohesion and nation building through, inter alia, the

were procured to provide services in farming

promotion of cultural tourism by staging cultural tourism

areas. One hundred and seven ECD centres

promotion events, have been the cornerstones of the

have been built through partnerships with

diversity programmes in the province.

WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS In order to increase participation of women in the mainstream economy, several information dissemination sessions in all sectors of the economy are conducted e.g. LEDET hosted a seminar on “Women and the Green Economy”, with the purpose of increasing awareness among women entrepreneurs of the business opportunities


in the Green Economy.


Two tea estates in the Vhembe and Mopani

Limpopo developed its agro-processing strategy in 2012

Districts were targeted with the aim of activating

with the aim of transforming the agricultural sector from

the rural economy and to keep the industry alive.

being a raw produce of agricultural products into a

The Tshivhase Tea Estate belongs to the Tshivhase

commercialisation sector. The strategy also recognises that

community and is located in the Vhembe District.

small holder and emerging farmers need to be supported to be able to compete profitably along their entire

The Tshivhase Tea Estate has been successfully

commodity value chains.

developed and has produced the branded Midi Tea, which is now being sold at national

Three thousand emerging tomato growers were assisted

retail supermarkets and provides between

with the formation of the Limpopo Tomato Growers

2 500 – 3 000 jobs to community members during

Association (LTGA) in order to improve their bargaining

the production season.

power and to take advantage of economies of scale within the agricultural value-chain. The LTGA has in turn


established the Agro-processors of Limpopo Ltd as its

The Limpopo Department of Agriculture and

commercial arm and was supported by the Department

Rural Development identified key Agricultural

of Agriculture to acquire 51 percent equity shares in the

Development Zones (ADZ) in Limpopo, taking

Neotech Tomato Processing Plant in Tzaneen.

into account available resources, competitive


• Potato belt development in Capricorn District • Aquaculture development targeting rural communities with in-land water sources, focusing on Sekhukhune and Vhembe District • Poultry cluster – provincial focus, with specific focus on Sekhukhune and Capricorn Districts. All districts have identified agri-park sites. All sites have developed agri-parks master plans, identified Farmer Production Support Units (FPSU), and developed business as well as implementation plans. One of the Agricultural Project Development highlights with regards to agri-park development in the province includes the Nwanedi Project located within the Vhembe District, where currently, the construction of a packing facility is in progress. “We have taken a deliberate decision to place our young people at the centre of our economic development programme. It is for this reason that we will be using the might of state procurement to benefit enterprises owned by young people. “We have thus taken a decision that 20 percent of state procurement should go to youth-owned enterprises. In the same vein, 20 percent of state procurement will benefit women-owned enterprises advantage, Agricultural Policy Action Plan (APAP)

while 7 percent will go to businesses owned by people

and other policy directives. These ADZs also played a

living with disabilities.

significant role in the planning and development of agri-parks. The ADZs are as follows: • Priska development in Mopani District, supporting horticulture development (variety of cash-crops and fruit production) • Nwanedi development in Vhembe District, supporting vegetables, mainly tomatoes • Lower and Upper Lepelle River in Sekhukhune District supporting mainly grain production • Red meat zone development in Waterberg District

“We are going to work together as different political parties, civil society, academia, business and labour. Every single day of this administration, we will make sure that we put shoulder to the wheel to ensure that Limpopo becomes an oasis of dreams.” - Excerpt from the State of the Province Address delivered by the Premier of Limpopo Chupu Mathabatha to the sixth Limpopo Provincial Legislature at the Lebowakgomo Legislative Chamber



Sengo dives right into a man’s world T

ransnet National Ports Author-

had to think about the risks involved

ity (TNPA) acting civil diver

in this position. I had to be aware

Makhosazana Sengo is hold-

that there were a lot of dangers

ing her own in a male-dominated

in this job. I also knew that I was


entering a very male-dominated en-

This tenacious woman is trailblaz-

vironment and I had to overcome

ing a path for other women to

all of this so that I could pursue my

follow, while staring down gender

dream,” she added.

stereotyping and ocean predators at the same time. As one of only two female divers

From vendor to diver Sengo started her diving career at

to have ever worked for the TNPA

the Port of Richards Bay in 2011, as

and the only female diver currently

a diver attendant, but her links to

in its employ, Sengo is well versed

the port go deeper than her diving

in overcoming adversity to achieve

tenure alone.

her goals. Coming nose to snout with a

Prior to discovering her passion to dive, the Mtubatuba resident was

great white shark would be enough

well-known as an arts and crafts

to turn most people away from a

vendor stationed on the quayside.

diving career – but not Sengo. “In

She supported her family by selling

that moment I was very scared and

her bead-work and soft stone sculp-

traumatised, but I overcame my

tures to Richards Bay tourists.

fear by descending again. Now, I

Her desire to learn more about

am so used to seeing sharks during

the ocean came from an unlikely

dives,” Sengo said.

source – former South African Para-

“I knew from the beginning that I


Makhosazana Sengo is one of only two female divers to have ever worked for t he Transnet National Por ts Aut hority.

lympian Natalie du Toit. “Here was

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

this woman, who faced so many

Working underwater

but wants her journey to serve as

hardships and was winning gold

As an acting civil diver, Sengo’s du-

inspiration to other young women

medals, and I wondered what it was

ties are multi-faceted and include

to follow in her footsteps. The first

that was stopping me from learning

working underwater with technical

female diver at the TNPA was Ratan-

how to swim?”

surface supply equipment; con-

ang Maremane, who served at the

ducting underwater welding, cut-

Port of East London.

Sengo began lessons and after achieving her swimming stripes

ting and grinding; underwater quay

embarked on a lifeguarding course,

wall inspection and repairs; under-

about something in your life, to

which led to her earning a sponsor-

water maintenance of marine crafts

dream big and believe in yourself. I

ship from the UK-based Professional

and inspections, using subsea

want to guide everyone who needs

Association of Diving Instructors

project equipment; general inspec-

my help. I was scared in the begin-

(PADI) to participate in a Recrea-

tions and underwater photography;

ning, but I overcame all of my fears

tional Diving Course. It was then

and participating in surface quay

and I am reaching my

that her journey towards becoming

wall furniture maintenance.

goals one by one. Face

a professional diver gained traction.

“My work environment is never the

“You need to be passionate

your fears, find some-

same, it changes every day. Each

one or something to

lifesaving training, I already felt like

day I learn something new and

inspire you and then the

I wanted to explore the underwater

that’s the exciting part of my job,”

sky is the limit. There

world. It triggered something inside

she said.

is a big world out

“While I was participating in

me that told me I was going to be

Sengo has Open Water Diver,

there and a

a diver and was going to explore

Advanced Diver and Rescue Diver

lot of diving

the beauty of the sea and sea life,”

qualifications under her belt and


she said.

earlier this year participated in and

ties for

passed a two-month Class 3 and 4


entering a traditionally male-

Inshore Civil Diver training pro-


dominated profession, Sengo also

gramme with Seadog Commercial


faced personal fears – the fear of

Diving in Saldanha Bay.

Aside from the trepidation of

confined, dark spaces.

The mother of one is not content

“I spoke to people in the diving

with being idle now that she has

environment to help me overcome

broken through the door of one

my weaknesses of confined spaces

profession. She is already working

and having to work in the dark.

towards a degree in Civil Engineer-

In particular, I was supported by

ing and plans to pursue training

my berthing administrator Liezelle

as a Class 2 and diver medical

Botes and my diving supervisor


Kalvin Jansen, who told me I could

Sengo is aware that her role at

do anything I set my mind to. And,

the TNPA turns the spotlight on the

I did.”

lack of women in the pro-fession,

Public Sector Manager • August 2019


The young, dynamic, result-orientated leader goes with the motto of ‘doing things right the first time around’ and this she believes is possible if one is determined to learn and develop himself/herself to being a better person. Appointed CATHSSETA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) by the Minister of Higher Education and Training in January 2019, Ms Keitumetse Lebaka has occupied a number of strategic roles at CATHSSETA leading to her recent appointment as the CEO. From Learning Programmes Manager, she progressed to climb the corporate ladder. In 2016 she was appointed Executive Manager for Skills Development. She continued to oversee, give counsel and support the business unit by ensuring that CATHSSETA delivers quality service in accordance with Service Level Agreements and stakeholder expectations. At the time of her appointment as Executive Manager for Skills Development, CATHSSETA was undergoing significant changes but it was during this trying time that Ms Lebaka thrived showing her resilience and strong leadership skills that made her to contribute towards CATHSSETA improving its performance to obtain a clean audit – a first in the history of CATHSSETA. Ms Lebaka continued earnestly to contribute towards skills development initiatives. During her tenure as CATHSSETA’s Acting CEO, a position she was appointed to in 2017, she initiated a strategic partnership between the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and CATHSSETA. Through this partnership a custom-made Global Executive Development Programme (GEDP) was developed for managers who fall under the CATHSSETA subsectors. The aim of the programme was to upskill these managers and to support transformation within our subsectors. The CATHSSETA/GIBS partnership inspired Ms Lebaka to do more in skills development by initiating the CATHSSETA China Work Integrated Learning (WIL) partnership project, a partnership with the Chinese Culture and International Exchange centre. Through this partnership 120 TVET learners were placed on a 12 months WIL programme in China. The programme is aimed at bridging the skills gap and contributing positively towards the growth and development plan of the country. Under her belt of achievements, we can also count the Executive Development Programme for Women in Tourism, a partnership between CATHSSETA, UNISA Graduate School of Business and the National Department of Tourism aimed at building leadership capacity for women in the Tourism and Hospitality sector. To date, 50 women have participated in this programme and 20% have been promoted to managerial positions in the Tourism industry. Initiated in 2016 this programme was designed as a transformation intervention to capacitate black women for executive positions within the sector. 147590 Cathsseta DPS.indd All Pages

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“CATHSSETA is committed to skills development within our diverse sectors. This also means empowering our own staff so that they excel in their respective roles in order to provide an excellent service to our stakeholders,” says Ms Lebaka. She is dedicated to seeing CATHSSETA employees being developed and growing their careers to greater heights. Under her leadership, CATHSSETA prides itself for appointing more women into executive and managerial positions. The majority of these women have been capacitated through courses such as Women as Leaders training, a Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) training aimed at building leadership and management competencies to thrive in a world of gender equity challenges. One of Ms Lebaka’s highlights for 2019 was being recognised by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the State of the Nation Address (SONA) reply in May this year. In his reply, the President congratulated Ms Lebaka for being one of the finalists in the CEO of the Year Award category of the 2019 Annual Future of HR Awards. Ms Lebaka was one of the two CEOs from the state entities to have reached this level. The Future of HR Awards honours Southern Africa’s most outstanding, inspiring and effective leaders in human capital management, HR innovation and HR technology – highlighting their achievements for local and international peers in moving the industry forward. Having successfully completed postgraduate courses in various fields, Ms Lebaka is currently enrolled for MBA. Her career life spans over 17 years work experience gained from both private and public sector. She has developed leadership and strong people management skills which enable her to relate well with people from all walks of life. “CATHSSETA is responding to the transformational needs of the country”, concludes Ms Lebaka. More and more opportunities are being strategically opened for the emancipation of women as a way to respond to the call made by President Cyril Ramaphosa to recognise women and give them platforms where they can share their skills to uplift society.

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Writer: More Matshediso

Preserving plants to sustain life T

asneem Variawa (28)

Part of Variawa’s job is to

believes plants play a huge

educate people on the

role in sustaining all life,

importance of protect-

keeping Planet Earth balanced

ing plants as natural

and controlling the climate.

resources for future use.

This is why she finds her job as a

“Plants have eco-

botanist for the scientific author-

logical and

ity at the South African National


Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in


Pretoria fascinating.

in the sense

Variawa is part of a team

that they give

that coordinates research and

human be-

gathers information and data to

ings and ani-

help experts make decisions on

mals food,

whether the use and trade of ani-


mals and plants is sustainable.


The scientific authority is a

for shelter,

group of expert scientists from


conservation organisations, such

nal ben-

as SANBI and zoos, whose work is

efits and

in line with the National Environ-

also play

mental Management: Biodiver-

a role

sity Act of 2004. They assist with


regulating and restricting the use

the air and

and trade of plants and animals

water clean

that are threatened or in danger

and the soil

of becoming extinct.

intact,” she

At the end of the day, the job that they do contributes to the

said. Variawa defined

protection and preservation of

botany as the

plants so that they do not be-

scientific study of

come extinct.

plants and said


Tasneem Variawa is a botanist working at t he Sout h African National Biodiversity Institute.

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

that the field is important be-

plants, wood to cook, they plant

and Ecology before doing her

cause botanists’ knowledge can

their own vegetables and some

Honours Degree in 2012, focusing

be used to improve the growing

even hunt animals to have a

on conservation.

of food, extract medicines from

meal at the end of the day,” she

plants and understand what


causes harm to life or biodiversity.

“I have very supportive parents. It is not always easy for young people in the Indian commu-

such as taxonomy, plant pathol-

Destined to be a scientist

ogy and plant physiology, but

Growing up in the streets of

tell them that they have to be a

Variawa is more involved in the

Johannesburg, she always knew

doctor, lawyer or teacher, but my

biodiversity and conservation

that she wanted to become a

parents were not like that,” she

parts of it.



Botany has various aspects to it,

“Conservation is important for

nity to pursue the career of their choice because most parents

“I am the only girl child at home

everyone. People’s lives actually

and I grew up playing with my

Career journey

depend on animals, and plants

two brothers. We climbed trees

In 2014, after a gap year, Variawa

ensure that they have resources

and played with sand a lot. I al-

started an internship at SANBI

for future generations,” she ex-

ways had that itch to explore and

under the National Research


when I started school, I enjoyed

Foundation programme and

subjects related to science and

worked for the Coordinator of the

biodiversity is important because

biology. I found it fascinating to

Scientific Authority for about a

all life depends on it.

be able to understand the world

year and eight months.

On the other hand, she said

“For everything to function as it

and how things work. I knew at

“I was fortunate to be part of

should and in balance and for

that age already that I wanted to

the group I was in because the

human beings to enjoy things like

become a scientist,” she said.

work that we did was put into pol-

After completing matric, she

icy and implementation, which is

to grow plants we need biodi-

enrolled for a BSc degree at the

the ultimate goal for any conser-

versity, we need everything to be

University of the Witwatersrand

vation expert,” she explained.

working properly,” she explained.


fresh air, clean water and rich soil

At the end of her internship, she

“I always knew that conversa-

“I thought I would major in mi-

enrolled for a Master’s degree in

tion is about protecting animals

crobiology because it would be

Resource Conservation Biology

and plants but for a girl like me

cool to work in a laboratory with

at Wits, which she completed in

who grew up in the city, I sort of

microscopes and study micro-


disconnected from how much

organisms but at the end of my

Because she already knew that

we actually rely on animals and

first year, I found microbiology a

she wanted to work for SANBI, es-

plants to survive,” she said.

little bit boring,” she said.

pecially in the conservation field,

“It was only when I visited

Variawa was introduced to

she applied for a research as-

rural areas while studying that I

animal, plant and environmental

sistant post that was advertised

realised how people are directly

sciences and was captivated.

and got the job towards the end

reliant on animals and plants; in

She subsequently graduated

of 2017. She worked under the

rural areas they use medicinal

with a BSc degree in Zoology

threatened species programme

Public Sector Manager • August 2019



before accepting her current po-

become an established scientist,

– the plant may adapt to a

sition with the Scientific Authority.

something she said requires the

new climate, its seeds might be

publishing of many research

carried to an area more suitable


for its survival or it might keep

“My job is never boring. We deal with natural resources that are being used. There are economic,

She finds the environment she

social and conservation sides to

works in thrilling because she

it, so it cuts across many disci-

constantly learns and shares her

plines. It is always challenging to

lessons with people.

find a solution to every problem

contracting and contracting,” she said. The latter results in us losing a lot of species because of climate change. “It is one of the biggest

a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’; we have to

Effects of climate change on plants

understand that people rely on

With climate change affecting

change, Variawa advised eve-

the plants that we are trying to

all nature, she said it is a bit

ryone to be cognisant of every-

preserve – whether it is a source

tricky for plants… unlike animals

thing that they do.

of income for them or healthcare

that are able to move around

“Education is key, always, and

related – and we have to ques-

when the environment is a bit

in everything. When people are

tion whether their use is sustain-

too hot or cold for them.

informed they can do better.

because we know that it is never

able,” she said. Variawa is exactly where she

“Even in South Africa, we have

challenges for plants,” she said. To lessen the effects of climate

They should always think about

those kinds of plants that are

the consequences of their ac-

wanted to be in her career, at

restricted to a certain environ-

tions for future generations,” said

this stage of her life. Her goal is to

ment. There are many outcomes



Public Sector Manager • August 2019


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Fast facts at your fingertips T

he Premiers of all nine

undergo regular performance

provinces recently delivered


their State of the Province

• 40 percent of schools are nofee schools. • 1 200 direct jobs expected to be created in the vicinity of the

• Over the next five years, the

Addresses (SOPAs), setting out

food security programme will be

their priorities. PSM takes a look at

expanded to two million food

all the important figures from the

insecure people.

Atlantis Special Economic Zone. • 4 000 new homes being built at the Forest Village Site.


Gauteng • The Gauteng economy attracted R199 billion of foreign direct investment and 469 000 new


Northern Cape

• 114 803 quality houses with

Cape households have ac-


cess to electricity and 95.3 percent have access to piped

• New HIV infections decreased

jobs were created over the past

from 79 000 to 61 000 between

five years.

2014 and 2018.

• The R60 billion infrastructure

91.7 percent of Northern

basic services provided to poor

or tap water. •

• More than R750 million has

youth skills development project for the 2019/20 financial

been committed towards bulk


water projects. • The province has 560 function-

R7 million earmarked for a

7 132 – Expanded Public

ing Community Policing Forums,

Works Programme work op-

42 Community Safety Forums

portunities in the infrastructure

and 298 Ward Safety Commit-

sector for the current financial



• In 2019/20, the aim is to cre-

R1.4 billion set aside over the

ate 40 500 work opportunities

three-year period up to March

budget will be used to drive job

through the Community Works

2022, to ensure that the overall

creation, economic empower-


condition of the provincial

ment and spatial transformation. • 75 percent of Gauteng’s clinics and community health centres have ideal clinic standards. • All 142 police stations and Community Policing Forums will


road network is improved.

Western Cape • 17 million – Patients treated per year. • R171 billion invested in the education system.

R240 million allocated for land development and restitution for post settlement support during the 2019/20 financial year.

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

Mpumalanga •

per district over the next two

More than 1.5 million of the

million and create 5 600 jobs.

province’s most vulnerable citi•

zens receive social grants.


A Youth Development Fund to

care and support from three government residential facilities

To increase the number of tour-

– Boiketlong, Botshabelo Haven


ists visiting Limpopo the 5 in 5

and Thekolohelong.

R300 million to be located for

Strategy that aims to receive

paving of municipal township

five million tourists in five years

allocated in this financial year

and rural roads across the prov-

will be implemented.

towards initiatives to eliminate

The Lebowakgomo Chicken Ab-

and prevent violence against


attoir will be re-operationalised,

women and children.

157 Early Childhood Develop-

with a capacity of processing

ince over the next five financial

7 333 older persons receive

ployment rate in the province.

established over a period of five

18.5 percent – the current unem-

the tune of R250 million will be

Projects to construct and maintain roads will cost R325


R15.883 million has been

ment centres to be built.

North West

The “Premiers” Bursary Scheme

To help curb fraud and corrup-

for PhD studies will be estab-

tion, pre-auditing of all tenders

lished, which will enroll 10 stu-

above R10 million by the

dents per year.

provincial internal audit will be implemented

Eastern Cape •

R150 million has been allocated

formation will be championed

to newly-initiated Isiqalo Youth

over 120 000 chickens per day,

through agriculture to ac-

Fund over the Medium Term Eex-

is expected to create about 250

celerate job creation, working

penditure Framework to promote

direct jobs on the first day of

towards a set target of 3 000

youth entrepreneurship.


jobs along the agricultural

Production inputs and mecha-

value chains.

A package of basic services

nisation support will be given to

such as electricity, water, sewage and sanitation will be rolled out to 700 000 indigent households

2 500 needy and food insecure

more than 13 700 farmers.

households will be provided

67 schools will be upgraded at

with agricultural packages.

the cost of R1.24 billion.

in our province. •

Economic growth and trans-

The process of appointing 500

The province aims to increase international visitors from 681

unemployed nurses to support

Free state

healthcare centres will be expe-

000 in 2018 to 800 000 in the

5.6 percent – the projected

current financial year. 320 informal traders will benefit

dited between now and March

future growth of agriculture in the


province in 2019.

from the R4 million set aside

R3 million has been allocated

for skilling and resourcing the

gramme aims to provide training

for the Goat Development Pro-

informal sector to stimulate

and skills development to no less

ject which targets women and

economic activities in local

than 1 000 young people



The National Youth Service pro-

Public Sector Manager • August 2019


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Remembering Ronnie Mamoepa

Source: SAnews

Speaking at the event, Mamoepa’s son Olefile said, “The

A dedicated and innovative public

best thing each person can do in

servant who looked beyond the

honour of my father is to do what

perimeters of his work is how the

he did to the last day of good

late government communicator

health-serve, show up and be

Ronnie Mamoepa has been

committed. He did the hard work:

remembered by his former

wrote the press releases, called


the journalists and went to the

The Mamoepa family, the

Minister and the President and

Mamoepa Foundation, friends,

convinced them of what needs to

everyone, including those who

former colleagues, journalists

be done.”

worked under him,” said the

and government officials shared

Minister in the Presidency Jackson


fond memories of Mamoepa at

Mthembu lauded Mamoepa’s

Mamoepa was 18 years old when

unveiling of the Ronnie Mamoepa

work ethic and respect for those

he was arrested and banished

Media Centre at the Government

around him.

to Robben Island. In 1986, he

Communication and Information

“The reason Ronnie Mamoepa

was detained under the State

System (GCIS). Mamoepa served

was a great communicator is he

of Emergency Act. He joined the

as a spokesperson to then Deputy

was a revolutionary with content.

South African Communist Party’s

President Cyril Ramaphosa before

He understood where we came

underground structures after his

his passing on 22 July 2017.

from as a country. He respected

release in 1987.

dti welcomes Ford job creation efforts

In November 2017 the American

per year – an increase of 44 000

automaker announced it would

vehicles prior to the expansion,

Trade and Industry Minister

expand production capacity at

and 58 000 more than the

Ebrahim Patel has welcomed

its South African plant in order to

original Ranger production

automaker Ford’s announcement

meet growing demand.

capacity when the programme

that it will be creating 1 200 jobs

The expansion of the plant, said

commenced in 2011.

at its plant in Pretoria.

Minister Patel, means greater

Minister Patel commended

“The Minister has welcomed the

volumes of production and the

government’s Automotive

announcement that Ford South

addition of a new model to the

Production and Development

Africa will be creating 1 200 jobs

range with the production of the

Programme (APDP).

at its Silverton Plant in Pretoria,

Ranger Raptor model starting this

“The APDP and the recently

Gauteng. The announcement


announced Automotive

is as a result of a R3 billion

Ford SA will be adding a third shift,

Masterplan has a clear

investment commitment by the

meaning it will be in operation 24

programme of doubling

company earlier to expand

hours a day.

employment in the sector. This

capacity at the Silverton plant,”

The Silverton plant now has

announcement by Ford SA is an

said the Department of Trade and

capacity to produce up to

indication that these ambitions

Industry (dti).

168 000 Rangers and Everests

are in progress.”


Public Sector Manager • August 2019

Release of stateowned land to be prioritised

said, during the budget vote

established commercial farm-

debate of the office of the Presi-

ers to leverage existing knowl-

dency in the National Assembly.

edge and expertise that will aid

Deputy President David Mabuza

Land restitution, redistribution

our land reform programme,”

says the release of government-

and security of tenure will not

he said.

owned land will be prioritised in

only address the negative

The Presidency will also work

a push to meet the objectives

legacy of dispossession, but

with traditional leaders to

of accelerated land reform.

create more opportunities for

support farmers in these

“The acceleration of our land

new entrants to enhance agri-

communities with requisite

reform programme will continue

cultural production.

infrastructure, mechanisation

to focus on improving access to

“As government, we will stream-

and extension services.

land for agriculture, economic

line and improve the efficiency

The President has re-instituted

development and sustainable

and effectiveness of post-settle-

human settlements. The release

ment support so that available

on Land Reform and Agricul-

of government-owned land will

resources deliver meaningful

ture to speed up the implemen-

be prioritised to meet these

outcomes and impact.

tation of land reform

developmental objectives,” he

“We will work closely with


Public Sector Manager • August 2019

the Inter-Ministerial Committee


Mbombela Stadium has become one of the iconic

The facility is the home of the Phakisa Puma

landmarks in the Lowveld and City of Mbombela. The

rugby team which is competing in the Currie Cup

designers have succeeded in creating a facility that

competition. It is also the preferred venue for Super

blends in seamlessly with the character of the Lowveld.

Sport United FC which plays all its high profile football matches at the stadium. The facility is being utilised for

The floating stadium roof is being held suspended by

a wide range of community activities such as church

18 majestic orange giraffes, towering over the typical

events, the annual Mpumalanga Agricultural Show,

Lowveld acacia trees. The stadium, with its 43 500 black

political rallies, career expos, the annual Warrior Race,

and white zebra patterned seats, has a lush green

marathons and cycle races. It was designed as a

playing surface which has become the regular battle

multi-purpose community facility and, through creative

ground for the top football and rugby teams.

use of the internal spaces, has entrenched itself as a truly community facility.

Numerous international football and rugby matches have taken place at the stadium since being completed

Sport events can be viewed from one of the 47

as one of the 2010 FIFA World Cup venues. Bafana

hospitality suites or from the 450-seat restaurant area.

Bafana has played at the stadium a number of times,

The Presidential suite, with its luxurious finishes, has

while the Springboks have played against Wales,

become the preferred venue for business networking

Scotland and Argentina here.

while watching an exciting football or rugby match.


The facility has a well-equipped 180-seat auditorium which is ideal for presentations, workshops, meeting and conferences. The spacious walkways can easily be converted into exhibition areas for large conferences. The construction of the stadium was merely the first phase in the creation of a sports hub where young talent can be developed to eventually participate in the sport arenas of the world. An athletic track, sport academy and multi-purpose event and sports hall form part of the future plans of the facility. Once completed, a platform will be created for young talented sportspeople to compete in a variety of codes. The facility led to an economic injection into the local community


and a multitude of jobs are created with each event that takes place at the stadium. Members of the local community are employed as gate stewards, ushers, security guards, cleaners and vendors during events.

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Writer:Dale Hes


Mpumalanga – A rising sun guided by a visionary woman


or many South Africans, the

Premier Mtsweni highlighted some

have acquired agricultural and

province of Mpumalanga

of these in her maiden State of

business certifications. Twenty-

(which translates to “place

the Province Address earlier this

four farms under management


of these youth are in full produc-

of the rising sun”) flies under the radar. But there is more to this

tion of vegetables and livestock.

significant industrial and agricul-

Accelerating agriculture and land reform

tural economies – than meets the

Agriculture is an important


contributor to the province’s

beautiful province – home to spectacular natural beauty and

The farms have secured various markets including the Government Nutrition Programme,” said Mtsweni. The province has also spent

economy, accounting for three

approximately R500 million on

provinces in South Africa being

percent of overall gross domestic

the development of the Mpuma-

led by a woman. Premier Refilwe

product. Premier Mtsweni has

langa International Fresh Produce

Mtsweni took office in March

placed a special emphasis on

Market, to provide an outlet

2018, after previous premier David

accelerating the emergence of

for farmers to gain access to

Mabuza was appointed as South

youth farmers, mainly through


Africa’s Deputy President.

the Mpumalanga Young Farmer

Mpumalanga is one of only two

Although the province faces many challenges, there are several areas in which it is excelling.


Incubation Programme. “We are proud to report that 210 youth have been incubated and

“We anticipate that the infrastructure will be completed in the second quarter of 2021. This market will offer our farmers, par-

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

ticularly our small-scale farmers, a world-class facility to trade their fresh produce to local and international markets,” Mtsweni said. As part of its land reform process in the past financial year, provincial government spent R7 billion acquiring more than 41 000 hectares for land redistribution and 3 000 hectares for settling land claims.

ECD targets reached Since 2014, the province has been steadily increasing access to Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres, through strong partnerships with the private

where, over the past three years,

years ago, which prompted the


almost 2 000 Level 1 ECD practi-

province to embark on a turna-

tioners, 900 Level 4 practitioners

round strategy which has borne

five-year target of having 55 ECD

and 600 Level 6 practitioners


centres renovated through the

have been trained.

“Thus far we have achieved our

number of vacant posts at state

conditional grant amounting to approximately R 5.3 million,” said Mtsweni. The province has established an ECD Institute in Bushbuckridge,

Of particular concern was the

Turning around the healthcare system

hospitals. Today, 26 of the 32 hospitals in the province have

Mpumalanga’s public healthcare

a full complement of executive

system was in a dire state five

management teams, with functional hospital boards, and critical postions have been filled. “As indicated by Stats SA 2018 figures, as a province we’ve made huge strides in increasing life expectancy at birth from the average of 62 to 64.5 years in 2018. This phenomenal achievement is attributable to the improved health outcomes, reduced HIV prevalence and the provision of quality healthcare services,” said the Premier.

Public Sector Manager • August 2019



Writer:Dale Hes

Mbombela – on the path to a city of excellence T

he Mbombela Local Mu-

Financial recovery

slashed in half, from R1.2 billion

nicipality is home to one of

Diamond implemented a financial

to R698 million. Meanwhile, the

South Africa’s fastest-grow-

recovery plan when he arrived at

municipality spent 97 percent of

ing cities; Mpumalanga’s capital

the municipality, which has already

its Municipal Infrastructure Grant,

of Mbombela. Modernisation and

yielded impressive results.

compared to a past average of

economic development have

“When I arrived here the munici-

around 85 percent.

been key features of the munici-

pality was not in trouble due to

In addition, 67 percent of acting

pality in recent years, while strides

corruption or bad leadership, it just

management positions have now

are being made in other impor-

had a bad financial model,” says

been filled, while cash reserves

tant areas too.


have increased 300 percent to

The municipality is led by Execu-

In June 2019, Diamond an-

tive Mayor Sibusiso Mathonsi, who

nounced that the municipality’s

Even more impressively, irregular,

has been in his position since 2014.

finances have stabilised in a num-

unauthorised, wasteful and fruit-

With the support of Municipal Man-

ber of key areas.

less expenditure was reduced by

R126 million.

ager Neil Diamond, who was ap-

In the 2018/19 financial year, R140

pointed in 2017, Mbombela is on

million was saved from contracted

track towards realising its vision of

services, by using employed gov-

A modern, smart city

being a city of excellence.

ernment officials rather than exter-

Since taking office, Mayor Mathonsi

nal contractors.

has prioritised the development of


Mbombela into a truly modern city.

w e r e

New, modern industrial develop-

R1.1 billion.

ment zones such as Riverside Park have attracted a wide range of



multi-national compa-

The Barber ton Makhonjwa Mountains were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018.


Public Sector Manager • August 2019

Mbombela Executive Mayor Sibusiso Mat honsi (right) wit h Municipal Manager Neil Diamond.

nies, providing a boost to the

Boosting tourism

promote the region with a new

economic development of the

Being in close proximity to the Kru-



ger National Park, Mbombela is

The site contains some of the old-

Recently, a tender of over R5 bil-

one of the province’s tourism hubs.

est and best-preserved volcanic

lion was awarded for the redevel-

It is home to the adventure capital

and sedimentary rocks in the world,

opment of the CBD, an investment

of Hazyview and the historic gold

dating back more than three bil-

which has been described as one

mining town of Barberton. In 2018,

lion years. Now attracting scientists

of the single biggest potential driv-

the Barberton Makhonjwa Moun-

and tourists from around the world,

ers in realising the municipality’s

tains were proclaimed a UNESCO

the site is expected to be a boon

goal of turning Mbombela into a

World Heritage Site, in no small part

for economic development in the

modern city. The development is

due to the municipality’s efforts to


also expected to create hundreds of jobs, while introducing new ratepayers to increase the municipality’s revenue. “We believe that we are closing the gap and beginning to work togeth-

Mbombela is becoming a fast-growing, modernised city.

er – as government, labour, business, civil society and communities – to remove the constraints to inclusive growth and to pursue far greater levels of investment,” said Mayor Mathonsi.

Public Sector Manager • August 2019



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G20 Summit

tackles key issues T

he recent G20 Summit

plementation of the 2030 Agenda

full potential of data, there needs

allowed for critical engage-

for Sustainable Development and

to be a data flow with trust to be

ment on efforts to address

the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

enabled through international

major global economic challenges.

“There are also enhanced roles

policy discussions on the sharing

for the World Bank, African Devel-

of good practices and regulatory

Heads of State and Government of

opment Bank and International


the G20 member countries which

Monetary Fund to implement the

Looking ahead, the leaders of

collectively account for 85 percent

Compact with Africa. This initiative

the G20 committed to implement-

of global economic activity and

will contribute to the realisation of

ing the anti-corruption action plan

two-thirds of the world’s popula-

the African Union’s Agenda 2063,”

for 2019-2021, which strengthens


the Presidency said.

synergies among related interna-

The summit was attended by the

President Cyril Ramaphosa also

On trade and investment, the

tional instruments.

attended the summit, which took

summit committed to working to-

place in Osaka, Japan.

wards a free, fair, non-discriminato-

among the majority of the mem-

The Presidency said that in the

There was also a strong will

ry, transparent, predictable, stable

ber countries to pursue the 2015

interest of advancing African de-

and open market environment.

Paris Climate Agreement's goals of

velopment, the leaders reaffirmed

On digitalisation, global lead-

their commitment to the timely im-


ers agreed that to harness the

dealing with climate change. These will be in addition to their

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

efforts to curbing illicit financial

Africa Leaders Meeting which

and the President of the World


exchanged views on the priorities


President Ramaphosa used the

for G20, Forum on China-Africa

The President concluded his

summit to solidify relations with

Co-operation and Africa’s devel-

Osaka programme by engaging

several countries. Among them

opment agenda.

with business during the Japan-

were the standing trilateral meet-

The President also participated

South Africa CEO Business Round-

ing with the African Union Chair,

in the standing informal BRICS

table which was led by Trade and

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of

Leaders’ Meeting that was chaired

Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel.

Egypt and New Partnership for

by Brazil which reflected on the

Africa's Development Chair Presi-

current geo-political environment

by more than 20 Japanese busi-

dent Macky Sall of Senegal.

and sought collaboration and

ness representatives and a South

synergies among BRICS members

African business contingent who

sions made it possible for these

in preparation for the G20 Leaders’

explored business opportunities

leaders to consolidate Africa's


as well as opportunities to build

The Presidency said these discus-

position around the summit's agenda.

President Ramaphosa also had numerous bilateral meetings to

President Ramaphosa was also

strengthen relations with Russia,

invited to participate in the China-

China, Japan and Saudi Arabia

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

This meeting was also attended

partnerships in South Africa and Japan. President Ramaphosa described the working visit as a success.



International highlights


resident Cyril Ramaphosa

force of the Africa Continental

capacity as Southern African

recently concluded a work-

Free Trade Area Agreement and

Development Community facilita-

ing visit to Niger where he

formally launched the operational

tor on the national reform process

attended the 12th Extraordinary

phase of the African Internal Mar-

in Lesotho. Captured below are

Summit of the African Union. The

ket. The President also concluded

some of the highlights of those

summit marked the entry into

a working visit to Lesotho in his


President Cyril Ramaphosa with the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi on the sidelines of the 12th Extraordinary Summit of African Union.

The 12th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union took place in Niger.

President Ramaphosa during his departure from Lesotho at Moshoeshoe I International Airport in Maseru.

President Cyril Ramaphosa with His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho at the Royal Palace in Maseru.


President Cyril Ramaphosa engages with stakeholders comprising opposition parties, civil society, commerce sector and traditional leaders in the Kingdom of Lesotho. Public Sector Manager • August 2019


Writer: Jauhara Khan

The Seventh International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (SEMC 2019) 2–4 September 2019

Joburg Indaba 2–3 October 2019

the mining industry

The Joburg Indaba is

key questions,

an influential industry

from how the

SEMC 2019 will bring together academics,

platform which un-

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researchers and practitioners from around the

packs a wide range

Revolution is impact-

world in the broad fields of structural mechanics,

of critical issues af-

ing the sector to the

associated computation and structural engineer-

fecting all stakehold-

current energy and

ing. Delegates will review recent achievements in

ers and receives sup-

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the advancement of knowledge and understand-

port from mining and

influence mining

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resource companies,

operations. How the

and address the challenges that the present and

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Women empowerment high on government’s agenda

Government continues to build strong partnerships with civil society to advance women’s emancipation and gender equality.


has seen incredible progress regarding women in politics and political leadership over the past 25 years. Before the 1994 elections, women

ot a single country can

work and in public spaces.

claim to have achieved

This is according to Anne

gender equality. As a result,

accounted for 2.7 percent of parliamentary seats. After the 2019

Githuku-Shongwe, the United Na-

national elections, 45 percent of

women continue to be discriminat-

tions (UN) Women South Africa

parliamentarians are women and

ed against and their contributions

Multi-Country Office representative.

half of the national executive are

undervalued. They work more, earn

UN Women is dedicated to gender

women, she said.

less and have fewer choices about

equality and the empowerment of

their bodies, livelihoods and futures


than men; and they experience multiple forms of violence at home,


On a positive note, GithukuShongwe said that South Africa

“South Africa joins just 11 countries in the world that have 50 percent or more women Ministers in Cabinet (Rwanda

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

and Ethiopia are the other two

percent of female grant recipients

South Africa’s women have been

African countries). Decisions like

said the grant made their lives

made, some challenges remain.

these – that change the dynamic

better, and 79 percent said they

of critical institutions and disman-

could now take better care of their

femicide (GBVF) remain a threat to

tle negative norms – are what we

children. The children of nearly all

women across the world, with one

need to effect cultural change as

the women surveyed were enrolled

in three women globally having

well in communities, workplaces

in school, with over 70 percent

experienced some form of sexual

and families,” said Githuku-Shong-

regularly attending.

or physical violence.


Though social protection and

Gender-based violence and

“South Africa unfortunately is

safety nets are critical, over 17 mil-

no different - over half of women

Strides in education

lion South Africans receive social

murdered here are killed by an

In terms of education, more wom-

grants while 15 million are em-

intimate partner and 69 percent of

en are graduating from higher education institutions and female graduates overall have increased significantly. While a 2017 Study by the University of Stellenbosch showed that 61 percent of Bachelor’s degrees are awarded to women, which presents an opportunity for graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds to break the cycle of poverty in their families, there is still a trend that sees women opting for less lucrative fields and avoiding science, technology, engineering and mathematics

“South Africa has seen incredible progress regarding women in politics and political leadership over the past 25 years.”

subjects. This is mainly because

women who use public transport have experienced sexual violence or harassment. Violence against women has become ‘normalised’ and we need to reverse that by urgently addressing the root causes of gender equality. “We are pleased that government is spearheading a proposed National Gender-based Violence Council in close partnership with civil society, chaired by the President, and a National Genderbased Violence Strategy that will allow for solutions to be elevated,” said Githuku-Shongwe.

they do not have role models in

ployed. “We therefore need to find

these fields and are discouraged

ways of including more women in

economic opportunities affect

from pursuing ‘difficult’ subjects like

the economy, for example up-

women and men, young and old,


skilling micro-entrepreneurs and

Githuku-Shongwe said young

While unemployment and limited

improving basic education to

women – between the ages of 15

protection policies have also

respond to job losses due to au-

and 24, without tertiary education

benefited women. A survey of the

tomation and digital technology,”

and those living in rural areas – are

impact of social grants indicates

said Githuku-Shongwe.

the most affected.

According to UN Women, social

that female-headed households

“Programmes that address youth

more productive than male-

The challenges women face

headed households. Eighty-two

While great strides to empower

that receive grants are three times

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

unemployment, upskilling young women and second-chance education are critical to absorb new



departments to enforce the law and uncover potential cases of pay inequity, and to address these,” said Githuku-Shongwe.

Economic opportunities Women also do not benefit sufficiently from the economic opportunities presented by public procurement. The South African government procures over R800

entrants to the labour market,” said

cents for every dollar earned by

Githuku-Shongwe. She explained

men. In South Africa, the gender

billion in goods and services, but

that young women living in poverty

pay gap is estimated, on average,

women-owned enterprises still

are at a higher risk of opting for an

to be between 15 percent and

receive only an estimated nine

intergenerational relationship that

17 percent, implying that a South

percent of the total annual spend.

puts them at risk of gender-based

African woman would need to

violence, HIV and AIDS and limited

work two months more than a

sion for Gender Equality showed

personal choices and freedoms.

man to earn the equivalent sal-

that government has not suc-

A recent survey by the Commis-

“In South Africa, new HIV infec-

ary he would earn in a year. As a

cessfully integrated gender as a

tions are the highest among ado-

result, there’s a lifetime of income

key component of procurement

lescent girls and young women.

inequality between men and

policies. On March 27, 2019,

UN Women in partnership with

women and more women are

Cabinet approved the Framework

DeBeers is also working to upskill

retiring into poverty,” said Githuku-

on Gender Responsive Planning,

micro-entrepreneurs so that they


Budgeting, Monitoring, Evaluation

can create sustainable employment for themselves and others in

Unequal pay affects women across job roles, from those close

and Audit. “This decision must herald a new

to minimum wage all the way to

commitment to the acceleration

top executives. “In South Africa,

of gender equality across all arms

Equal pay

the Employment Equity Act sets

of state.

Even when women are employed,

out the principle of equal pay for

“UN Women is working with

many still earn less than men even

equal value - pay discrimination

government to respond to this

though they do the same work.

based on gender is illegal - but the

challenge by training women to

“Worldwide, women only make 77

burden rests on human resource

develop their businesses

their communities.”


Public Sector Manager • August 2019


and business acumen so that they

change to address issues affect-

can participate in and secure

ing these sectors.

procurement opportunities. Supply

“It cannot be business as usu-

It will also report annually on government’s and the private sector’s performance on eco-

chain officers are also being sen-

al… We cannot talk of economic

nomic transformation and gen-

sitised and trained on including

transformation and job creation

der equality and will reintroduce

women-owned businesses,” said

without enforcing the policies in

the Women Empowerment and


place to ensure that these sectors

Gender Equality Bill.

meaningfully benefit,” she said.

The way forward

The department will enforce the

The Minister stressed that for the nation to restore human dignity

In her budget speech in July

recently approved Gender Re-

and ensure social cohesion, it

2019, the Minister in the Presi-

sponsive Planning and Budgeting

must create jobs and provide

dency for the newly configured

Framework, to ensure 30 percent

conducive environments for

Department of Women, Youth

procurement for these sectors,

these sectors to start businesses

and Persons with Disabilities,

and request that the Auditor

and create employment.

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, said

General make them part of audit

that South Africa needs radical


The department has also relaunched the National Gender Machinery, and committed to mainstreaming programmes to bring these groups from the periphery to the centre of society’s efforts to end inequality and injustice. It will also establish and revive Presidential Working Groups and mark the 25th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the adoption the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, among others. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action and UN Women has launched a campaign to bring together generations of women’s rights activists to help tackle its unfinished business.


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Writer: Allison Cooper

National drive to end GBVF F

rom government to civil

tions and engagements, we are

the official opening of Booysens

society organisations, South

working towards the establish-

Magistrate’s Court on 28 March

Africa is working hard to

ment of the GBVF Council and a


defeat the scourge of gender-

National Strategic Plan that will

The declaration has created

based violence and femicide

guide all of us, wherever we are,

a platform for government and

(GBVF) that continues to plague

in our efforts to eradicate this

civil society to collaborate, plan

the nation.

national scourge. We are also

and work collectively with a spirit

capacitating and equipping the

of unity towards ending GBVF in

again confirmed this in his State

police and court system to sup-

South Africa.

of the Nation Address (SONA) on

port survivors,” he said.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

20 June 2019. “Following intensive consulta-


President Ramaphosa launched the Declaration against GBVF at

“The missing political will in the GBVF agenda has finally been found, and this is quite a major

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

femicide, domestic violence,

stride to the most desired out-

The DoJ&CD assisted with the

come. Hopefully, trust between

declaration’s development, work-

victim-centric court system, Older

government and civil society

ing with the National Summit Plan-

Persons Programme, Children’s

will be improved,” said Advocate

ning Committee which Advocate

Act, child justice, child substance

Praise Kambula, who heads up the

Kambula chairs.

abuse and persons with disabili-

Department of Justice and Consti-

“The declaration moves from the


tutional Development’s (DoJ&CD)

premise that patriarchy is the ma-

One of the unit’s planned ac-

Directorate: Victim Support and

jor source of GBVF and highlights

tivities for 2019/20 is the Sexual

Specialised Services and one of its

the need for family rehabilitation.

Offences Courts (SOCs) project. Article 9 of the declaration

units, the Promotion of the Rights of Vulnerable Groups (PRVG). The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) agrees that political will is needed to end the scourge of GBVF and that this is now being demonstrated. However, spokesperson Javu Baloyi said the police need to be equipped

“The missing political will in the GBVF agenda has finally been found...”

with the necessary skills; adequate

ditional SOCs to ensure the equal and equitable spread of them in the country, particularly beyond geographical constrictions. “At the Presidential Summit [on GBVF] the women of South Africa considered these courts superresponsive and equipped, with a

budget for in-stitutions like the CGE is needed so that they can

requires the establishment of ad-

globally-competitive catalogue “It is time that the country invests

of victim-centric support services,”

carry out their mandates without

resources towards addressing

constraints; and recommenda-

social-ills resulting in teen-age

tions from the CGE’s research

pregnancies, solo parenting, ab-

and the department will establish

need to be implemented.

sent fatherhood and the persistent

another 16 in 2019/2020. “The

inability in male par-enting. The

SOC model is a home-grown best

competitive pieces of legislation

patriarchal notions in the upbring-

practice that other countries are

on GBVF, South Africa has been

ing of a boy-child remain a serious

beginning to adopt, and the last

heavily criticised for struggling to

concern – demanding immediate

country to show interest in it was

bridge the gulf between paper

interventions,” she said.

Ireland in 2018.”

Despite the wealth of globally-

law and action. “This is a wide-

The PRVG’s mandate is mainly to

said Advocate Kambula. There are 89 SOCs in the country

As reported by the National

spread challenge that many pro-

monitor the national implementa-

Prosecuting Authority, the convic-

gressive countries are still battling

tion of legislation protecting the

tion rate in sexual offence cases

with, but it gives relief to know that

rights of women, children, older

reported to Thuthuzela Care Cen-

South Africa is doing something

persons and persons with disabili-

tres and channelled to the SOCs

about it. The declaration sets out

ties, among others.

in the 2018/2019 financial year

an action-driven roadmap to a

It is managing 10 programmes,

was 73.5 percent, which was 3.5

South Africa free from GBVF,” noted

namely sexual offences, Na-

percent above the set target.

Advocate Kambula.

tional Register for Sex Offenders,

“This can be construed as

Public Sector Manager • August 2019



the positive consequence flowing

Watch. “The aim is to publish the

from the impactful functioning

first impression of Femicide Watch

leaders should establish family

of these courts,” said Advocate

during the 16 Days of Activism in

rehabilitation programmes, work-


2019,” said Advocate Kambula.

ing with government. In addition,

The department is also develop-

In addition, she said, community

the business sector must take a

Femicide watch

ing legislation for the Presidential

determined step to support the

In February 2019 the department

Council on GBVF; finalising the

GBVF agenda and patriarchy

finalised the development of Phase

development of the first National

must be uprooted from all levels

1 of the SA Femicide Watch, a

Strategy against Femicide; review-

of association, through intense

dashboard for all cases of femicide,

ing the Domestic Violence Act,

education and active community

with assistance from the Integrated

1998; introducing mediation ser-


Justice System. It is the first in Africa

vices at domestic violence service

Advocate Kambula also high-

and one of a few in the world.

points at courts; and finalising the

lighted the need for the fissures

design of the Victim-Centric Justice

between government and civil

developed in response to a recom-

System Strategy, in partnership with

society to be completely mended

mendation made by the United

the United Nations International

to restore desired trust; and for an

Nations in 2015. It is intended to as-

Children's Emergency Fund.

active community commitment

The SA Femicide Watch was

sist the country to measure, profile,

to report crime and support the

prevent and respond appropriately

What can society do?

to femicide.

According to Advocate Kambula,

criminal justice system. She urged GBVF victims to ask

visible and responsible parenting

for the court manager, at their

Phase 2 of Femicide Watch in

could be the most-needed anti-

nearest district court, who will take

2019/2020, which entails the sift-

dote to GBVF. “So is healthy commu-

them to the appropriate service

ing and capturing of available

nication, mostly between intimate

point. They can also contact the

femicide cases from the SAPS and

partners and family members,” she

GBV Command Centre at 0800

DoJ&CD database into Femicide


428 428.

The department will develop


Public Sector Manager • August 2019


Writer: More Matshediso

Adapting labour for the modern world

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses t he International Labour Conference in Geneva.


abour is a particularly pertinent issue in South Africa,

The ILO’s role in South Africa

role in giving form to the country we are today. Throughout our

and our country has had

For many decades, the ILO has

struggle for democracy, justice

a long-lasting partnership with

worked with African countries to

and workers’ rights, the ILO has

the International Labour Or-

promote worker’s rights, encour-

been a constant source of sup-

ganisation (ILO) to protect the

age employment opportunities

port, encouragement and guid-

rights of workers. President Cyril

and strengthen dialogue on

ance,” said President Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa recently returned

work-related issues. In his address

from the International Labour

at the International Labour Con-

headquarters for the organisa-

Conference in Geneva, Switzer-

ference, President Ramaphosa ac-

tion’s activities in South Africa,

land, where he spoke about the

knowledged the ILO’s contribution

and employs a number of spe-

importance of adjusting to a

to South Africa.

cialists working in the fields of job

rapidly changing work environment.


“For South Africans, the ILO has played a particularly important

The ILO office in Pretoria is the

creation; enterprise development; employer relations; worker rela-

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

works closely with the Department

The right to lifelong learning

of Labour to implement measures

In order to remain relevant and

unemployed and lack the critical

that will improve the labour envi-

retain jobs, the Commission agreed

skills demanded by the workplace

ronment in South Africa.

that employees should be entitled

of both the present and the future.”

tions and social dialogue. The ILO

In 2018, President Ramaphosa was elected to co-chair the ILO’s

to continuous upskilling. “The Commission proposes

huge youth dividend, many of the young people on our continent are

The President added that South Africa is putting in place

Global Commission on the Future

formal recognition of a universal

programmes, such as the Youth

of Work, a high-level commission

commitment and entitlement to

Employment Service programme,

established to assess the rapid

lifelong learning – what I would

which are geared towards solving

transformation in the world of

call a right to lifelong learning.

this problem.

work and identify key challenges

Employees should be provided

and recommendations.

with suitable opportunities to

lising all social partners around

re-skill and up-skill,” said President

programmes to provide work


experience opportunities to young

Challenges at home and globally

“As South Africa, we are mobi-

He added that African countries

people on a massive scale and to

President Ramaphosa said that

are particularly determined to en-

put in place practical measures to

one of the key issues facing the

sure that investment in the labour

close the divide between the world

world today is how to enhance

sector is targeted at the youth.

of learning and the world of work,”

the rights of workers in the face

“We are a continent that has a

he said.

of rapid industrialisation, climate change and technological development. This question was at the centre of President Ramaphosa’s co-chairing of the Global Commission with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of Sweden. The Commission found that the change in work processes has resulted in the loss of many jobs, but that it also presents opportunities. “That is why the Global Commission on the Future of Work has said that we need to invest in the capabilities of people, we need to invest in the institutions of the world of work, and we need to invest in decent, sustainable work,”

President Cyril Ramaphosa wit h Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of t he Kingdom of Sweden. They co-c hair t he International Labour Organisationʼs Global Commission on t he Future of Work.

said the President.

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Writer: More Matshediso

SA remembers

Johnny Clegg and Nomhle Nkonyeni


ributes poured in for musical icon Johnny Clegg (66) following his death from

pancreatic cancer in mid-July. The country united to pay homage to Clegg, who was an award-winning singer, songwriter, anthropologist, academic, anti-apartheid cultural activist, performer and National Order of Ikhamanga recipient. President Cyril Ramaphosa said Clegg will live on in many citizens’ hearts and in their homes as they replay his stirring blend

spanned four decades and he

in the field of bridging African

of cultural celebration and politi-

sold over five million albums.

traditional music with other

cal resistance.

“Johnny Clegg’s special rela-

music forms, promoting racial

tionship with Sipho Mchunu in

understanding among racially

triot… A beloved, inspirational

Juluka, as well as with Dudu Zulu

divided groups in South Africa

and heroic voice has fallen

in Savuka, gave apartheid-era

under difficult apartheid condi-

silent and leaves all of us bereft

South Africa a window on the

tions, working for a non-racial

of an exceptional compatriot

non-racial South Africa we were

society and being an outstand-

and icon of social cohesion and

determined to achieve,” said the

ing spokesperson for the release

non-racialism,” said President


of political prisoners.

“We have lost a special pa-

The Portfolio Committee on

Ramaphosa. condolences to Clegg’s fam-

Promoting racial understanding

ily, friends and followers, and

In 2012, Clegg became an es-

Maskandi musician and founder

the broad range of artists and

teemed member of the National

member of Savuka. Chairperson

organisations with whom he

Order of Ikhamanga – awarded

Beauty Dlulane commended

collaborated in South Africa and

in Silver – for his excellent con-

Clegg’s contribution to the South

internationally. Clegg’s career

tribution to and achievement

African music industry and his

The President offered his


Sports, Arts and Culture also paid tribute to the legendary

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

association with the anti-apart-

as bold, colourful and dashing

years as an actress who per-

heid movement.

as the rainbow country which he

formed ground-breaking anti-

called home for more than 40

apartheid theatre and mastered


roles on stage and screen nation-

“Not too many people would have taken the stance Johnny took at the height of racial divisions in the country. He identified with the popular struggle for the emancipation of black people

ally and internationally.

Tributes for Mama Nomhle Nkonyeni President Ramaphosa also paid

“Mama Nomhle’s charisma and courage made her an extraordinary artist and compatriot who

and with the values of a free

tribute to Mama Nomhle Nko-

committed herself to the libera-

society,” she said.

nyeni who passed away just 10

tion of all South Africans and the

days before Clegg, at the age of

broadening of South Africa’s

77 years.

cultural richness. She overcame

“He also made an immeasurable contribution in the arts. We will certainly miss ‘the white Zulu’.

Nkonyeni was also an anti-

the barriers of race and gender

The committee wishes that his

apartheid cultural activist,

imposed by apartheid, to be-

spirit will live long among many

performer and National Order of

come a cultural icon, who was

in society,” Dlulane said.

Ikhamanga (awarded in Silver)

duly honoured with the National


Order of Ikhamanga,” said Presi-

She added that Clegg never looked for differences among

“South Africa is a better place

dent Ramaphosa.

people but rather sought for

today due to the courage, resil-

ways in which people could be-

ience and irrepressible creativity

sincere condolences to the

come one, hence he identified

of these two special icons from

Nkonyeni family as well as friends

with Maskandi and spoke isiZulu

whom we are now taking our

and associates of the late actor

so fluently.

leave,” said President Ramaphosa.

across the African continent and

She said the music industry is

Nkonyeni had a career of 55

The President has offered his

other parts of the globe.

so much poorer without him. Clegg’s website summed up his musical career: “Johnny Clegg sold over five million albums of his brand of crossover music worldwide. He wowed vast audiences with his audacious live shows and won a number of national and international awards for his music and for his outspoken views on apartheid, his perspectives on migrant workers in South Africa and the general situation in the world today. Johnny Clegg’s history is

Public Sector Manager • August 2019



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Writer Silusapho Nyanda

A single

mother’s survival guide


ingle mothers who hold

Timothy’s job requires extensive

the best medicine,” she said.

down full-time jobs have their

travelling but she always makes

In addition to being happy at

hands full, having to sustain

time for her family. She explained

home Timothy believes that one

their career growth while maintain-

that her children are linked to her

must have spiritual grounding to

ing healthy and happy families.

career success because only when

deal with work challenges.

A public servant and mother of two said that having a support system is crucial to balancing it all.

they are happy, is she able to focus properly at work. Timothy said spending time with

Surviving workplace challenges

her children is also therapeutic.

Working in a high-pressured envi-

Eastern Cape government depart-

“I’m involved in their lives. We have

ronment where she sometimes has

ment, said without her support

one-on-one sessions at home

to make decisions that can have

structure, she would crash under

where we talk about everything,

some blowback is an added chal-

the weight of balancing a suc-

from school to lifestyle, life experi-

lenge for Timothy. “As a manager,

cessful career with the demands of

ences, careers, church, news, poli-

at times I have to take unpopular

single parenthood.

tics and what is happening in their

decisions but I remind myself that

lives at that particular time.

challenges are opportunities in

*Hope Timothy, a director in an

“I created a support network and I’m not afraid to accept help when

“Enjoying free time with my chil-

necessary. My health is my priority,”

dren, family holidays and gather-

she said.

ings are a must. For me, laughter is


disguise.” With Timothy’s job central to the department’s functioning, she

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

has to oversee a team of over 10

versa. One time, Timothy said she

in building a happy home. “Count

people. She said there are many

had to drop everything at work

on grandpa to pick your child up

challenges that come with the job

and rush to hospital after her

from school once a week. Maybe

as she has to ensure that everyone

child had a bad asthma attack.

an aunt could host the occasion-

plays their part in carrying out their

On the other hand, there have

al sleepover,” advised FedHealth.

been times when the demands

The company also warns moth-

duties. “I have engagement sessions

of her job have meant she has

ers not to spoil their children

with the management team, and

missed out on important mile-

because they feel guilty about

then the lower levels, to develop

stones in her children’s lives. An

being single parents. “Don’t

annual performance plans and

example is when she was away

blame yourself or spoil your child

operational plans. This is to ensure

on a work trip and missed see-

to make up for being a single par-

a clear understanding of what

ing her child receive a prize at

ent,” it said.

we have to deliver and the role

school. She also found herself

and contribution of each team

having to rely on her support

single parent and manager gets

member in achieving the desired

network to take her son to a youth

too much, it can spill over and

results,” she said.


affect innocent bystanders. “It’s

When her team faces personal

To negate any strain that her job

When the stress of being a

easy to lose your cool when you

challenges, Timothy is there to

may place on her family, she has

have to be ‘on’ all the time. Single

lend support, both personally and

taken pains to explain her profes-

parents have no one to trade off

professionally. “I listen to their views,

sion to her children. “They under-

to when they lose their marbles

give guidance and encourage

stand the pressures of my job and

over yet another bowl of peas on

them to attend training to empow-

the daily duties that come with

the floor. Don’t yell, you’ll regret it

er them. If needed, I will even refer

working at this level. They also

afterwards. Walk away, count to

them to professionals,” she said.

know that we have a wonderful

10, you’ll feel better,” FedHealth

support network that is always


As a woman leader, Timothy said she has had to deal with several

available when I’m not at home,”

challenges at work. The biggest

Timothy said.

of these are indecisiveness and

Being a parent is rewarding,

Timothy said that although being a single parent and a manager is challenging, more women

chauvinistic leaders but she said

even when one is juggling work

are needed to occupy positions

she manages both situations by

and single parenting, said medi-

of power. She said young women

remaining focused. “I perform my

cal aid company FedHealth. The

should not limit their careers in

duties to the best of my abilities

company said statistics show that

case they are deemed to be

and use the relevant platforms

only 33 percent of South African

bad parents. “The sky is not the

to deal with matters that are not

children are raised by both of

limit. Accept no one’s definition

easily resolved,” she said.

their parents.

of yourself. Rather, define yourself

Juggling many balls

sure their children have role-mod-

make you inferior without your

Sometimes work has to take

els and a solid support structure

consent,” Timothy added.

precedence over family and vice

in place, which will support them

*Not her real name

It advises single parents to en-

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

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Writer: Allison Cooper

SA banks on stokvels S

tokvels have come a long

cantly enhance discretionary sav-

and account for 70 percent of

way since the early 1800s

ings levels to bolster the economy,”

stokvels in the country. “The most

when English settlers in the

said Sisandile Cikido, the Head of

popular types are savings stokvels,

Retail Investments at Nedbank.

burial societies and grocery stokv-

Eastern Cape held rotating cattle auctions and locals pooled their

“With over 11 million South Afri-

els,” said Cikido.

cans being members of stokvels,

According to Thamsanqa Cele,

R44 billion is collectively saved in

Head: Deposits, Everyday Banking

members, who pool their financial

820 000 stokvels in South Africa an-

and Retail and Business Banking

resources towards a common

nually,” she added.

SA at the Absa Group, stokvels

resources to trade livestock. They now consist of a group of

have become an exchange of

goal, and banks have come on

Stokvel market grows

various goods, cash, investment

According to African Response,

According to the National Stokvel

returns and experiences, like col-

41 percent of stokvels are banked,

Association of South Africa (NASA-

lective travelling and book clubs.

which has brought more South

SA), the stokvel market has grown

“They continue to evolve from be-

Africans into the formal financial

so much that it’s now worth more

ing consumption based to genera-

services sector by giving them ac-

than some of South Africa’s largest

tional wealth creators,” he said.

cess to other savings, investment



and protection offerings. “Today stokvels are seen as key savings vehicles that can signifi-


The country’s top stokvel sav-

Today’s variety of stokvels serve various purposes. Cele explained

ers live in Gauteng, Limpopo, the

that the country’s development

North West and KwaZulu-Natal,

has made South Africans more

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

ambitious when it comes to at-

Stokvel benefits

taining goods and services that

“Stokvels’ advantages include

discipline of saving and in mobilis-

have generally been exclusive,

help in emergency situations

ing and using money for mutual

including sharing travel experi-

when money is needed quickly

benefit, because they require com-

ences; book clubs to invest in

and making capital available to

mitment,” said Lukhele.

knowledge, wisdom and taking

people who don’t qualify for loans,”

advantage of the power of many;

said NASASA chairperson Andrew

performed research to better

investing in property and equities;


understand the stokvel market and

and taking advantage of black

Other benefits include the ability

economic empowerment invest-

to achieve ambitious outcomes

ment schemes.

that would have been challenging

“However, the mainstay of many

“Stokvels educate people in the

Both Absa and Nedbank have

have designed and implemented products to suit it. “The Nedbank stokvel account

on your own and peer pressure

has attracted over 3 541 account

remains the ability to bargain

that gives you the staying power of

holders and insured 88 900 lives

through bulk buying and sharing,

collective participation.

through its burial cover solution.

saving together for redistribution

“The social element of stokvels

This initial success demonstrates

to educate children and to act as

can never be overstated. These are

that informal savings groups, like

informal insurance against events

people who are driven by common

stokvels, are ready to enter the for-

like burials, weddings and other

goals,” said Cele.

mal financial system,” said Cikido.

similar heavy cash flow activities,” Cele said. Stokvels were about getting people together from the same communities. “This has expanded to being about people who know each other through work or regular engagement points, like schools and sport,” said Cele. “The more sophisticated stokvels now work on referrals and through reviews, before accepting new members. These stokvel activities start to include large sums of money for investments like properties, equities and other movable assets and include those saving together to start formal businesses,” he added.

Public Sector Manager • August 2019



Writer: Silusapho Nyanda

What you need to know about cot deaths Although the cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is not fully understood, there are a number of things parents and caregivers can do to reduce the risk.


udden Infant Death

diagnosed as a cause of death

SIDS for her doctoral studies, said

Syndrome (SIDS) - also

after all other possible causes

SIDS is typically associated with

known as cot death - is the

have been investigated and ruled

sleep and is presumed to have


happened during sleep or in the

sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of an apparently healthy baby. According to neonatal special-

“SIDS is diagnosed after a thorough investigation, including a

phase between sleeping and waking up.

complete autopsy. There is also a

“Approximately 95 percent of

ist Dr Natasha Rhoda, from the

review of the child’s medical and

SIDS deaths occur in the first six

Groote Schuur Hospital in the

clinical history. A death scene

months of life, with a peak in

Western Cape, while there are

investigation, which includes thor-

infants aged between two to four

distinctive features associated

ough investigation of the sleep

months,” she said.

with the syndrome, there are no

environment, bedding and posi-

Currently, there is no reliable

diagnostic features that can be

tion, is also part of the investiga-

data for SIDS deaths in South

attributed to a SIDS death.

tion,” she said.


She explained that SIDS is only


Dr Rhoda, who is researching

“In low and middle-income

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

countries we do not have any

weight of the infant which may

side campaigns which are run

reliable or accurate data for SIDS

result in suffocation, overlaying or

by the National Department of

rates. Few studies exist. We don’t

overheating. Infants should also


know the SIDS rates in South

not sleep on a couch or sofa.

Africa because we do not have

The exposure of a child to ciga-

According to Dr O’Connell, these campaigns promote

the full resources to perform

rette smoke increases the risk

breastfeeding and community

autopsies and investigations

of SIDS up to five times. Infants

care workers focus on support-

in all sudden and unexpected

should be in a smoke-free en-

ing at risk mothers, like teenag-

deaths. So, we can’t accurately

vironment and mothers should

ers, during the antenatal period.

diagnose SIDS country-wide,”

stop or reduce smoking during

Community workers also visit

explained Dr Rhoda.

pregnancy and at home.

all new mothers and babies at

A new child death review system will investigate all unnatural deaths of children younger than 18.

Preventing cot deaths There are ways to minimise the risk of SIDS. “Do not allow infants to sleep on their tummies or on their sides because this has a 15 times increased risk of SIDS. Let babies sleep on their backs,” Dr Rhoda said. An unsafe sleeping environ-

home, within the first two weeks

“Do not allow infants to sleep on their tummies or on their sides because this has a 15 times increased risk of SIDS.’’

ment, such as overheating, soft

after birth, to offer general education and breastfeeding support. Dr Rhoda believes South Africa can learn lessons from the highincome countries like America, Australia and the United Kingdom where the SIDS rate has decreased over the past two to three decades to between 0.2 and 0.5 per 1 000 live births. “This dramatic reduction of 30 to 35 percent in the SIDS rate was largely due to the safe sleeping campaigns that these countries ran nationally,” she said.

bedding or bed sharing are also O’Connell, a paediatrician from

SIDS education underway

the Western Cape’s Khayelitsha

Khayelitsha District Hospital

District Hospital.

and all surrounding clinics and

high risks, added Dr Natasha

Parents should use firm bed-

hospitals offer general antena-

ding and avoid soft surfaces,

tal education and support for

like mattresses and sheepskin,

all pregnant women, including

because there is a risk that the

information about the first 1 000

surface depresses under the

days of a baby’s life and side-by-

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

For more information about SIDS, visit the Western Cape Department of Health’s website at za/dept/health or the Side by Side website at



Writer: More Matshediso

Travelling the world through books R eading has a number of

3. Which books would you

Ngozi Adichie because it tells

benefits including increasing

recommend to other people

a beautiful story of a family

your brain power, general

and why? I would recommend

located in a divided Nigeria

knowledge and vocabulary. PSM

Maru by Bessie Head because

during the Biafra war and it

spoke to public servant Tshegofatso

she tells a very interesting story

is located in the intellectual

Modubu about the books she is

on class, race and politics –

hub of Nsukka. It juxtaposes

currently reading and how reading

this mirrors the current state of

personal ambition, politics and

has impacted her life.

affairs in our society. I would

choices that are made due

1. What book are you currently

also recommend Red Ink by

to patriotism, identity, politics,

reading and why are you in-

economy and self-expression.

terested in it? Becoming by Mi-

4. What are some of the benefits of reading that you enjoy?

chelle Obama. I am interested in the book because I wanted

to know Michelle’s personal

that I get to learn new facts

story and not just understand

and understand how different

her through the way she is rep-

stories are recorded through

resented by the mass media.

history. I mostly enjoy West Afri-

I wanted to know what drives

can fiction. My favourite writer

her ambition and how she has

is Chimamanda Ngozi Adi-

achieved the things that she

chie. Reading also helps with


diversity, through books one

2. What are some of the books

understands different cultural

that you have read that


The benefits of reading are

nuances and language which

had impact on your life? I

Angela Makholwa. It is an

is very empowering when one

have read Steve Biko’s I write

awesome crime thriller written

is travelling or interacting with

what I like and it changed my

by a talented South African

people from different parts of

life completely. It made me

writer. A thousand splendid

the world. I travelled to most

understand identity politics, it

sunsets by Khaled Hossein is set

countries through books, before

gave me a sense of pride and

in Afghanistan and transports

I physically travelled there.

passion for community devel-

the reader to another world of

The books that I have recom-

opment on the African conti-

religion, culture and tragedy. I

mended have made me travel

nent and an appreciation of

would also recommend Half of

to Botswana, Afghanistan and


a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda

Nigeria through words.

Public Sector Manager • August 2019

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Writer:Nicholas Francis

e all know too well the

2 tsp lemon juice

Salt and pepper

pressure of getting

Handful of chopped walnuts

Chicken spice

home after a long

Mixed herbs

day and having to come up with


250g cheese, grated

a delicious meal in no time. We

Mix the mustard, Worcestershire

2 tbsp crushed garlic

have put together some quick

sauce, vinegar, salt and pepper in

500ml fresh cream

and easy wholesome meals to

a bowl and add the steak, tossing

500g mushrooms

stop you reaching for that takea-

to coat. Place the pan on a me-

500g pasta of your choice

way menu.

dium heat and put coated steak


in. Fry the steak, turning it regularly

Knob of butter

Blue cheese steak salad

until it is done the way you like. Re-


move it from the stove and let it rest.


500g rump steak, cut into strips

In a separate bowl add the lettuce,

Boil a kettle of water and preheat

250g lettuce of your choice

tomatoes, blue cheese, walnuts,

your stove for the pot for the pasta

¾ cup cherry tomatoes, halved

chives and toss. Add the steak, driz-

and the pan for the chicken.

¼ cup chives, chopped

zle with lemon juice and serve.

Place the chicken in a bowl and

250g blue cheese, crumbled

season with chicken spice, mixed

2 tbsp whole-grain mustard

Macaroni and cheese

herbs and a touch of salt and pep-

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce


per. Once the water has boiled add

1 tsp balsamic vinegar

2 chicken breasts (diced or

it to the pot, followed by the pasta

¼ tsp salt


of your choice, season with some

¼ tsp pepper

½ onion, thinly sliced

salt and allow it to boil.


Public Sector Manager • August 2019

Add the knob of butter to the preheated pan. Once the butter has melted add in the sliced onion and sautĂŠ until tender. Add in the crushed garlic and let it simmer a bit. Add the chicken and constantly stir, allowing it to brown. Break the mushrooms into the pan; it does not have to be perfect pieces because the mushrooms will give the dish a different texture. Once it begins to simmer, pour in the fresh cream and stir. Drop the temperature of the stove to low and let it simmer for a few minutes. Strain the pasta in a colander and gently drizzle some oil over it and toss. Once you are satisfied with the thickness of the sauce in the pan, remove it from the stove and add to the pasta. Place the pasta in a baking dish and cover top with grated cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown, remove from oven and let cool. Serve up and enjoy.

Fish and chips Ingredients 500g hake fillets


the hot oil until they are tender.

4 large potatoes, peeled and cut

Place the potatoes in a medium-

Drain them on paper towels. Dip

into strips

size bowl of cold water. Mix the

the fish in the batter, one piece

1 cup flour

flour, baking powder, salt and

at a time, and place them in the

1 egg

pepper in a separate medium-

hot oil. Fry until the fish is golden

Âź cup oil for frying

size mixing bowl. Stir in the milk

brown. If necessary, increase

1 tsp baking powder

and egg; stir until the mixture

the temperature. Drain well on

1 tsp salt

is smooth. Let mixture stand for

paper towels. Fry the potatoes

1 tsp ground black pepper

20 minutes. Preheat the oil in a

again for 2 minutes for added

1 cup milk

large pot and fry the potatoes in


Public Sector Manager • August 2019



Writer: Ashref Ismail

Spoilt for choice W

ith the ever-increasing

Porsche committed the sacri-

back in the 70s, when the British

sales of the Sport Utility

legious act of blurring the lines

marque realised that there was a

Vehicle (SUV) segment

with its Cayenne back in the

gap in the market for a luxury off-

across the world, it begs the ques-

early 2000s. Now, Maserati boasts

road vehicle with sufficient power

tion whether the humble sedan is

the svelte Levante, Lamborghini

and off-road features to take its

still relevant. Bear in mind that the

the exotic Urus. Bentley has its

most discerning owners far off the

sedan’s hardworking sibling, the

controversial Bentayga and not to

beaten track.

estate or station-wagon, has all

be outdone, Rolls Royce offers its

but been culled at the designers’

select clientele the ostentatious

duced the “ML” series in 2001, the


Cullinan. We hear Ferrari is busy

die had been cast. Even though

putting the final touches on its

build quality was “iffy”, the range

own high-powered SUV.

sold well and the Germans, which

The SUV segment has become so successful that every major manufacturer has one or more

Truth be told, the SUV craze has

When Mercedes Benz intro-

included BMW (X Series) and

of these highly-profitable multi-

truly been milked to its extreme.

Audi (Q Series), followed suit.

purpose vehicles in the product

Originally meant to be a comfort-

Porsche’s Cayenne and later, the

brochure. Even premium, high-

able alternative to the rugged,

Macan, recorded the brand’s

end purveyors of performance

off-road workhorse, it was actually

highest sales volumes. A new

marques boast an SUV.

made famous by Range Rover

niche was created.


Public Sector Manager • August 2019

Today, every manufacturer from

modern and stylish and appeals

priced from R 400 000 to R 590

new entrants such as the Chinese

to those with a small budget. Pow-

000. I have not tested it as yet, but

Haval brand, to low-cost Mahin-

ered by both petrol and diesel

if sales figures are anything to go

dra from India and established

engines, they’re available in 4x2

by, the newly launched Toyota

brands from the far east all offer

and 4x4 with prices ranging from

Rav 4 is going to be a segment

small, mid-size, large and pre-

R 260 000 to just under R 350 000.

killer, so best you put it on your

mium SUVs, Sport Activity Vehicles

No fancy frills, just old fashion


or Cross-Over Vehicles. While not

value-for-money in an appealing

all of them are pukka off-road

package. Also consider Ford’s

vehicles, most offer a modicum of

Ecosport and Honda’s BRV range,

Large/premium category

gravel travel ability earning them

not forgetting Toyota’s highly com-

There are many awesome per-

the “Soft Roader” nomenclature.

petent Rush range.

formers to choose from such as the VW Toureg, the BMW X5, the

If you’re in the market for an Based on price, performance,

Medium/mid executive category

positioning, packaging, residual

There are so many excellent

even pricier options. This category

values and of course, test driving

brands to choose from in this

is obviously for those for whom

them, these are my recommend-

highly competitive segment, but

the price tag does not matter, but

ed favourites.

my favourite remains the Mazda

brand loyalty and brand cache

CX-5 range. Understated, comfort-

mean a lot. So, if I won the lottery,

Small SUV category

able, spacious, well-engineered

I would go for the Range Rover –

Affordable, accessible and light

and stylish, buyers are beginning

any V8 petrol model in the range.

on fuel consumption, the Renault

to warm to the Mazda brand

It remains an accomplished off-

Duster provides comfortable on

after its divorce from Ford. Resale

road and on-road performer that

and off-road performance for

values are also strong and after

will show a clean pair of heels to

five adults and their luggage.

sales service is remarkable. The

many high-performance sports

Recently refreshed, the car looks

diesels are awesome and are

cars. Despite its racing car

SUV, you truly are spoilt for choice.

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Jaguar F-Pace, the Mercedes GL, the Audi Q7s, not to mention the



performance, it has excellent off-road credentials to deliver you far into the wilderness in superb comfort and prestige. Priced at a whopping R 2 million for the “entry level” model to an eye-watering, mind-altering R 4 million+ for the flagship Range Rover LSV Autobiography Supercharged special edition! The RR might best be purchased used, because cars in this price bracket lose the most value.

Off-beat/left-of-centre category If you happen to be new to the off-road scene and would like a true 4x4, compact SUV, complete with high clearance, diff lock and low range, then take a peek at the tiny, but can run-withthe-big-dogs Suzuki Jimny. This highly-competent, tiny vehicle punches way above its body weight and is equally at home in the urban jungle or doing battle in the rugged outback. Sure, it’s small, but running costs and fuel consumption are small as well. Its cute look can also be personalised to make it a fun second or third car. Priced from R 270 000 to R 320 000, the waiting list is long and given its cult car status,

SUVs to choose from and what

prices), package, position

is going to be a modern-day

you eventually select should

(in the market) and personality

classic collectable.

be based on the five Ps: perfor-

(matching yours to the car of

mance, price (including resale

your choice!).

There are indeed many, many


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Writer: Gilda Narsimdas

Making Women’s

Month extra special T

his month we celebrate and pay tribute to women across the

country. If you’re looking to

pamper yourself a little this month, we have just the items for you.






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This blue handbag with the printed scarf detail on the handle is a winner. It’s also available in black. Get it at Aldo, R999. Rose gold has been the rage for the past few years and it’s certainly not going anywhere anytime soon. Try this Fossil watch with the crystal dial and accents on the band, Fossil, R2 799. Need some new shades? Try these Ray-Ban Clubhouse Havana Red’s. The Ray-Ban Clubmaster is both retro and timeless and inspired by the 50s Ray-Ban, R2 289. You can never go wrong with the timeless design of these Adidas canvas sneakers, they are unisex with a flexible outsole and durable midsole, Adidas, R699. This Karl Largerfeld Collection Fleur De Pecher eau de parfum is a fresh fragrance combining citrus notes of Yuzu fruit,



Nashi pear, Peach blossom, Jasmine tea and Cotton musk. Get it for R795 for 100ml at These beautiful stilettos with a suede finish come in purple and black and are perfect for a night out, Aldo, R1 300. Giambattista Valli is the latest fashion designer to collaborate with H&M on the Giambattista Valli x H&M range. You can find this latest collection at H&M stores. It includes this gorgeous limited-edition full-length silk dress, H&M, R2 800.



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Writer: Sam Bradley

Beauty in the details V

ery little compares to

being complacent about my

in environmental education by

hearing the roar of a lion,

time spent in the bush, just that I

reconnecting people with nature.

following the tracks of a

was feeling jaded and not really

And doing so by offering inspi-

leopard, or witnessing the strength

getting excited about seeing one

rational and immersive learning

of an elephant as it breaks

herd of impala after another.


branches off a tree, but being on

So, I decided to try the EcoQuest

On my arrival at the camp in

a bush walk or game drive is not

course that EcoTraining has on

the southern part of the reserve, I

always about the large mammals.

offer. The EcoTraining camp is situ-

was surprised to find no perimeter

ated in Karongwe Game Reserve

fence – not something I was used

For without the smaller flora and

in Limpopo, which is adjacent to

to. The other members on the

fauna, the larger species would

the Kruger National Park. The

course were international visitors

not survive.

9 000 hectares of land is also

from Italy, Belgium, France and

home to the ubiquitous big five


In fact, quite the opposite is true.

As a regular visitor to the bush, I found myself slipping into that

(leopard, lion, buffalo, rhino and

first category – always in search


of predators preferably “snacking” on something. Not that I was


EcoTraining’s mission statement says it all: to be the global leader

Tented accommodation set in thick foliage and joined by sandy paths was where we were going to be spending our nights. The

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a sense of tranquility while the stress I had brought with from the city disappeared. Then the wind subsided. All

tial part of the course. Unlike a regular game lodge, course participants are encouraged to get involved in camp life.

noise ceased, the air became

Not by doing the housekeeping,

cacophony emanating from the

perfectly still and in that moment

but by helping out at meal times

bush surrounding my tent was

of total calm, the resultant silence

when it comes to setting tables

quite unexpected. When asked

was almost deafening.

and carrying food and utensils

why they visit the bush, people will

There is a course curriculum

to and from the kitchen to the

often say that it is for the peace

that splits the time between lec-

dining area. It becomes second

and quiet. Being a living and

tures, walks and drives. On foot or

nature relatively quickly and all

breathing environment, nothing

in a vehicle, each outing became

the participants in the group

could be further from the truth!

a learning opportunity. Discover-

were keen to be involved.

The wind rustled the reeds on

ing how diverse ecosystems work

Outdoor activities are weather

the banks of the nearby Karong-

in tandem was a unique experi-

dependent and, of course, the

we River adding to the litany from

ence explained to us in layman's

safety of the guests is paramount.

the birds and insects. Like the

terms by highly-qualified field

Bush walks are not undertaken

instruments in an orchestra, each


in the rain but we did go out on

The leisure time in camp was

adrive in a drizzle and saw noth-

a specific role to play. Their sound

enjoyed either in our tents or in

ing but wet impala watching us

washed over me like a breaking

the library, brushing up on the

as we watched them.

wave, and, in doing so, it gave me

skills that we learned in the prac-

of the natural components had

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For those times, when being



in camp is the only option, there

source of an unscheduled talk. In

is a basic gym secreted in a

an urban setting, ants are often

Tamboti forest where urban frus-

seen as a nuisance. Out in the

trations (and the delicious camp

wild, it is the exact opposite. Here

food) can be worked off. While

they have a very important role

sitting on the deck in front of my

to play and the time we spent

tent, a young nyala stepped into

watching them was an invalu-

the path. Feeding together with its

able lesson in how to never take

mother, they stopped for a short

anything for granted.

while directly in front of me. And it

Being reliant on solar power

is these moments that the course

and wood for the fires, the

teaches you to appreciate and

repetitive and rhythmic sound of


wood being chopped lulled me

A large boulder near camp be-

to sleep. It was a struggle that I

came my place of contemplation,

was destined to lose and my bed

and it was here, free of electronic

beckoned for a nap before an

devices, where I was able to relax

afternoon game drive.

and enjoy my surroundings. Even a raiding party of Matabele ants on the pathway became the


Additional reporting by Richard Brown.

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Show your skin some love 1


f you want to put your best face

and dry when it is robbed of its

forward, it is best to make sure

natural moisture. Here are some

that you are glowing. The skin

great products to keep your skin

on your face can become itchy

happily hydrated.






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5. The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate, 30ml, R345. 6. Clarins Cleansing Milk with Gentian, R410.


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