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Contents: February 2020


Upcoming events

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


Focus on women

Working women are expected to fulfil multiple roles and still lead a rewarding life

74 Financial fitness

Benefits of a tax-free savings account

78 Reading corner

Reading is a stepping stone to success


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Conversations with leaders Deputy Minister of Basic Education Dr Makgabo Reginah Mhaule is passionate about shaping young lives


Women in the public sector Hlengiwe Mtshali is a protector of threatened plant species


Developmental desk New law recognises traditional and Khoi-San communities, leaders and structures for the first time


Trailblazer Lieutenant Gillian Malouw is the first woman in South Africa able to navigate a submarine


Provincial focus North West on the road to recovery


Local government Rustenburg – the Platinum City ready to sparkle


Profiles in leadership Poppy Khoza explains how the South African Civil Aviation Authority is ensuring safety in the aviation industry



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


From the Union Buildings President Cyril Ramaphosa champions a capable state


Help your child succeed at school Parental encouragement plays a crucial role in producing successful students


GBVF complaints line opened Police have prioritised the handling and investigation of gender-based violence and femicide related complaints and cases


Innovative teaching inspires excellence Khangelani Sibiya’s passion for teaching maths and physical science makes him the best in the world


Empowering learners to make better life choices Comprehensive Sexuality Education empowers children with the social skills needed to deal with a range of abuses


Land reform breaks new ground Departments to study and respond to recommendations in the Report of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture


When excellence is in your blood Professor Moosa Patel explains why research is key to reducing complications during the treatment of serious diseases of the blood

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District model to transform service delivery B

rilliant development plans

President Cyril Ramaphosa has

decisive action by launching the

will do little to transform

made it patently clear: enough is

District Development Model in the

South Africa if there is no


latter half of 2019.

effective implementation.

Several months ago, in his

This model ushers in a new dawn

Citizens’ trust in government is

post-election State of the Nation

for service delivery by fast-tracking

degraded when corruption, a lack

Address, the President diagnosed

and aligning service delivery, hold-

of capacity or incompetence are

that a lack of coherence in plan-

ing public servants accountable

allowed to undermine plans devel-

ning and implementation has

and cracking down on corruption.

oped and budgets allocated by

made monitoring and oversight of

It has been endorsed by

government for the development

government’s programmes difficult.

Cabinet, local government

of our nation.

In response, the President took

structures, traditional authorities and the President’s Coordinating Council. By the end of 2019, the District Development Model had been implemented in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape, eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal and in the Waterberg District Municipality in Limpopo. Ultimately, it will be implemented in all of South Africa’s 44 municipal districts and eight metropolitans. The model aims to end the fragmented approach to development and service delivery. It will see all three tiers of government working together to ensure speedier service delivery.


Public Sector Manager • February 2020

Each district or metro will have

the underspending of capital

government level. This requires

a single development plan

budgets; better position mu-

the recruitment of people with

which will be formulated jointly

nicipalities to effectively de-

the capacity to meet their job

by national, provincial and local

liver services and thus improve

competencies and serve their

government as well as business,

standards of living; create jobs,

communities with effectiveness

labour and the community in

and dedication.

each district.

At the launch of the District

The district plans will be

Development Model, President

aligned with national priorities

Ramaphosa said: “Implementa-

such as economic growth and

tion has to be there, and it must

employment; improvements

now be clear to everyone that

in living conditions; the fight

with this new way of working,

against crime and corruption

all of us working for the gov-

and better education out-

ernment are now going to be


evaluated on our performance.”

Its focus on district-level imple-

This District Development

mentation and tight monitor-

Model is a call to action to

ing mechanisms will uncover

public servants to play their

inadequacies in local govern-

part in ensuring the people of

ments, as well as obstacles to

this country who have put their

implementation – including

faith in government’s ability


to improve their lives, are not

The involvement of the newly


formed Inter-Ministerial Com-

It is also a warning to those

mittee on District Level Service

out for what they can get and

Minister in t he Presidency, Jac kson Mt hembu.

Delivery will be integral to the success of this venture in

who do not uphold the Batho Pele principles, that their days

integrated and cooperative

and give citizens a greater say

development. The committee

in the development plans of the

was formed to implement a

area. The latter should foster active

district-based approach to ser-

are numbered. The advent of 2020 and the final decade of our national Vision 2020 is a natural – and

vice delivery and to ensure that

participation by citizens and

necessary – opportunity for all

municipalities are adequately

enable them to play a greater

of us in public service to renew

supported and resourced.

role in tackling the challenges

and implement our commit-

they face.

ment to the nation that we will

Fundamentally, the model will help improve municipal audit

At the heart of district-based

do our best as we work with all

outcomes; ensure responsi-

development are skilled and

sectors of society to build a bet-

ble expenditure and combat

dedicated civil servants at local

ter South Africa.

Public Sector Manager • February 2020



A new decade calls for a fresh start


ot only has a new year

During Public Service Month

begun, but a new decade,

in August 2019, Deputy


President David Mabuza said

Phumla Williams, GCIS Acting Director-General.

And what a crucial decade it

citizen-centric service delivery

ineffective and corrupt. How can

is, as we count down to the 2030

is at the heart of the country’s

you show the people of this great

deadline for achieving the goals

transformative agenda for socio-

nation that there is indeed a host

of the National Development

economic development.

of public servants who care?

Plan (NDP) – our blueprint for

One of our aims this year should

And are you prepared to blow

eliminating poverty and reducing

thus be to galvanise citizens to take

the whistle when presented with

inequality by 2030.

an active role in the development

a proposition that clearly violates

President Cyril Ramaphosa is

of communities. Start in-house by

the law and the codes of ethics to

confident that South Africa can

spurring your colleagues to think

which all of us subscribe?

realise these goals by drawing on

out of the box to catalyse active

The NDP requires a skilled public

the energies of its people, building

citizenry, then extend your focus to

service that is driven more by the

capabilities and promoting

involving citizens.

collective good than by personal

leadership and partnerships in society. The NDP has identified improving

Look how you can involve


ordinary South Africans, education

At the same time, public servants

institutions, leaders and community

stand to gain a great deal from

the quality of public services

organisations in fighting social ills

being active citizens themselves

as critical to achieving this

such as Gender-Based Violence

– in their neighbourhoods,


and Femicide and corruption.

in community organisations,

As we get down to business for

Importantly, be a change agent

development foundations and on

the year, ask yourself what you

in your own workplaces. You

can do differently to speed up the

cannot expect South Africans to

This willl open our minds not just

attainment of the NDP goals.

perceive you as authentic if your

to what citizens need but to what

house is not in order.

citizens are doing to make South

Evaluate how you are doing as a leader – do you inspire loyalty,

other platforms.

It is imperative that the public

Africa a better place, and how we

nurture innovation and bring

service builds a trust relationship

can work better with empowered

out the best in your colleagues?

with the private sector.

citizens to make Vision 2030 a

Evaluate the effectiveness of your

To this end, ask yourself what you

team – do they pull together and

can do to combat the perception

Use the white canvas of a new

trust each other? Do they bring

held by some South Africans that

decade to become the leader our

fresh ideas to the table?

the majority of public servants are

country needs.



Public Sector Manager • February 2020


Writer: President Cyril Ramaphosa

Building a

capable state R

ecently we celebrated the

revenue base. But, in some cases,

start of a new year and a

elected officials and public serv-

new decade. This gave us

ants have neglected their respon-

prioritised the task of building a


capable state.

an opportunity to reflect on our plans for the year ahead but also

sary impact on people’s lives. That is why this administration has

Much of this work happens

A common feature in most of

to think deeply about the chal-

these towns, which is evident

behind the scenes, ensuring that

lenges that confront us. Of these

throughout all spheres of govern-

policies are aligned, processes are

challenges, and perhaps the

ment, is that the state often lacks

streamlined, technology is effective-

most pressing, is the need to build

the necessary capacity to ad-

ly deployed, budgets are adhered

a capable state. This is a task that

equately meet people’s needs.

to and programmes are properly

does not capture the imagination

monitored and evaluated.

of most people, yet it is essential

Serving the public

to everything we want to achieve.

As public representatives and civil

The right skills

Walking through the streets of

servants we derive our legitimacy

A capable state starts with the

Kimberley and other towns in the

from our ability to act professionally

people who work in it. Officials and

Northern Cape recently drove

as we serve the public and man-

managers must possess the right

home the point that if we are to

age state resources to the ben-

financial and technical skills and

better the lives of South Africans,

efit of the public. We also need to

other expertise. We are committed

especially the poor, we need to

ensure that we embody the Batho

to end the practice of poorly quali-

significantly improve the capacity

Pele principles. Putting people first.

fied individuals being parachuted

of the government that is meant

It is through such an approach

into positions of authority through

to as improve their lives.

that we can have a state that

political patronage. There should

places people and their needs at

be consequences for all those in

the centre.

the public service who do not do

It was disheartening to see that, despite progress in many

their work.

areas, there were several glar-

Yet, the achievement of such a

ing instances of service delivery

state is undermined by weak imple-

Through the ongoing and fo-


mentation. Poor coordination and

cused training of civil servants, the

Many of the places we visited

alignment between departments

National School of Government will

struggle to provide social infra-

and lack of effective oversight has

be playing a greater role in provid-

structure and services simply

meant that policies and pro-

ing guidance for career develop-

because they have such a small

grammes have not had the neces-



Public Sector Manager • February 2020

A capable state also means that

pooling resources, by focusing on

lenges, we do not have a dysfunc-

state-owned enterprises (SOEs)

projects that directly respond to

tional state.

need to fulfil their mandates ef-

community needs, and by setting

None of this will happen over-

fectively and add value to the

delivery targets on a district-by-

night. Much of the work will not be

economy. State companies that

district basis, we will be able to

immediately apparent. But as we

cannot deliver services – such as

better meet our people’s needs.

make progress, people will notice

Eskom during load-shedding – or that require continual bailouts

Through the proper execution of the district development model,

– such as SAA – diminish the

“As public representatives and civil servants we derive our legitimacy from our ability to act professionally as we serve the public and manage state resources to the benefit of the public.”

capacity of the state. That is why a major focus of our work this year is to restore our SOEs to health. We will do this by appointing experienced and qualified boards and managers. We will be clarifying their mandates, and give them scope to execute those mandates.

District-based delivery model One of the most important innovations of this administration is the introduction of the district-based delivery model. This way of working is a departure from the topdown approach to the provision of services and will ensure that no district in our country is left behind. It is a break from the ‘silo’

that government does things faster. Already, for example, we have drastically reduced the time it takes to get a passport or receive a water licence. As we continue to improve, people will notice less interruption of services, more roads are being built, infrastructure is better maintained, more businesses are opening up and more jobs are being created. Those who follow such things, will notice that government audit outcomes are improving, money is being better used and properly accounted for. For this work to be successful, citizens need to get involved. We must all participate in school governing bodies, ward committees and community policing forums. It is on citizens that government will rely to advise us on the standards of public services in communities. It is on you that we depend to hold those

approach, where different parts of

we will be able to know which po-

government operate separately

lice station needs vehicles, which

Where government needs help,

from each other.

who are failing you to account.

rural clinic has run out of medi-

we should be prepared to draw on

This aims to produce a single,

cine, which businesses are strug-

the skills, expertise and resources

integrated district plan in line with

gling to obtain water use licenses,

of the private sector and civil soci-

the vision of: ‘One District, One

and respond in a targeted man-

ety. If we all work together to build

Plan, One Budget, One Approach’.

ner. District-based development is

a more capable and develop-

It will give us a clearer line of sight

the basis for growing and sustain-

mental state, we will be that much

of what needs to be done, where,

ing a competitive economy.

closer to realising the South Africa

how and with what resources. By

Public Sector Manager • February 2020

Although we face great chal-

that we all want.



Writer: More Matshediso

Preparing learners for success


orty years ago, Dr Makgabo

performance of schools, particu-

the department does not include

Reginah Mhaule began her

larly those in rural areas.

what they [the teachers] have

teaching career, using an old

indicated when they develop

passion for education to inspire a

How can we do better?

love of learning in children.

Wanting to establish what was

rial does not correlate with the

going wrong, she launched an in-

indicated needs,” says the deputy

Minister of Basic Education, Dr

vestigation that led to her making


Mhaule’s determination to shape

various recommendations to her

President Cyril Ramaphosa has

young lives remains unchanged.

superiors to improve overall school

subsequently tasked her, as the


Deputy Minister of Basic Educa-

fashioned chalk board and her

Although she is today the Deputy

Speaking to PSM the Deputy Minister said that although the department invests a lot of money in training and capacitating teach-

During this exercise, she identified a number of challenges. “For instance, when teachers are

training material for teachers. This means that the training mate-

tion, with ensuring that the recommendations she has made to the sector are implemented.

ers, there is often little return on

assessed, they write down their

In addition, Basic Edcucation

investment. She bases this on the

training needs but sometimes

Minister Angie Motshekga gave


Public Sector Manager • February 2020

her the responsibility of leading

also strengthen its implementation

as the South African Police

a team of experts tasked with im-

of Sectoral Priorities. These include:

Service, to teach and promote

proved teacher development.

 Improving the foundation skills

social cohesion, health and

of numeracy and literary, which

Top priorities

should be underpinned by a

Alluding to what she is most

reading revolution.

excited about in her current

 Ramping up ECD, which in-

school safety.  Improving and strengthening the provision of education for learners with special needs.

position, Deputy Minister Mhaule

cludes the urgent implementa-

The department is working on the

mentioned an opportunity to

tion of two years of compulsory

coding and robotics curriculum.

translate government objectives

ECD before Grade 1, and the

“Currently, a team of curriculum

into departmental priorities.

migration of zero to four-year-

experts and subject advisors are

“The three most important objec-

olds from the Department of

working closely with software giant

tives of government on which the

Social Development to the

Microsoft to develop a curriculum

department is focusing, are job

departments of basic educa-

that will be the backbone of the

creation and economic transfor-

tion, health, cooperative govern-

teaching of coding and robotics

mation, education and skills, and

ance and traditional affairs

across South African schools.”

providing citizens with basic and

to develop a comprehensive

quality services. It is important for

and integrated framework for

us as a department to provide

ECD, which is expected to be

Promoting a reading culture

our learners with the basic skills

launched soon.

To ensure that the department

 The immediate implementation

plays its part in promoting a read-

of a curriculum with skills and

ing culture among learners, and

Her areas of interest relate to

competencies for a changing

teaching them about the impor-

early child development (ECD)

world in all public schools. The

tance of reading for comprehen-

and information and communica-

focus will be on the three-

sion, Deputy Minister Mhaule

tion technology (ICT).

stream model (academic, tech-

encourages teachers to allocate

“Learners need to be taught the

nical vocational and technical),

more time for learners to read in

necessary skills from a very young

the Fourth Industrial Revolution,

the morning.

age, starting at ECD level, moving

entrepreneurship, schools of

to the foundation phase and right

specialisation and the de-

President to encourage reading

up to the tertiary phase of educa-

colonisation of the curriculum,

amongst South Africans, espe-

tion. ICT is the most important part

among others.

cially learners. Each school must

and competencies needed for a changing world.”

of our education system as we are

 Dealing decisively with qual-

“There is a campaign led by the

implement a rule in which learners

living in an ever-changing world

ity and efficiency through the

are allocated time to read in the

where technology is of the utmost

implementation of standardised


importance in our day-to-day

assessments at various exit

lives. We also need to ensure that teachers are capacitated to deal

points of the system.  Working with the departments

with issues of ICT.” This year the department will

Public Sector Manager • February 2020

of sport and recreation, arts and culture and health, as well

“A learner’s ability to read, write and calculate is considered vital to success and in managing life in general.” She adds that the department



is steering the formation of read-

She also urges teachers to

ing clubs and Spelling Bee pro-

ensure they cover all aspects

About Deputy Minister Mhaule

jects throughout the country.

of the curriculum and teachers

Deputy Minister Mhaule

and learners to be tolerant of

started her teaching career

Looking ahead

each other because the genera-

in 1980 and was an educator

While the 2020 school year has

tion gap can sometimes cause

for 20 years. She has been in

only just kicked off, the Deputy


various leadership positions

Minister says if the desired school

She calls on parents to support

in politics and was previ-

results are to be achieved, educa-

their children’s schooling by:

ously the Deputy Minister of

tion must be taken seriously from

Creating a suitable

International Relations and

environment at home for


the beginning of the first quarter. “It is dangerous for learners to start a year with the attitude that

children to work. •

there is still a lot of time for them to study because the year has just

begun. They must start studying as if they are preparing for final examinations.

She obtained her Doctorate

Maintaining a healthy

in Public Administration from

relationship with teachers.

the University of Fort Hare

Partnering with schools to

early last year. Her thesis was

enable the holistic develop-

titled: ‘The role of teacher

ment of their children.

development versus learner

Getting involved by


“All the grades must be taken

attending school events and

seriously because you start build-

parent meetings and also

children’s performance and

ing up from Grade R to Grade 12.”

keeping abreast of the


Deputy Minister of Basic Education Dr Makgabo Reginah Mhaule during a visit to t he Havenview Secondar y Sc hool in KwaZulu-Natal.


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Help your child

succeed at school 18

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arents are their child’s first

She said it is of utmost impor-

tance of parents providing emo-

teachers and have a key

tance for parents to encourage

tional and psychological support

role in shaping their child’s

learners to read.

to children who may be struggling

According to Moses, top finan-


with depression and other forms of

This is according to Boitumelo

cial responsibilities that parents

Moses, a clinical psychologist at

have include paying school fees,

Bophelong Psychiatric Hospital in

ensuring that children have safe

advice she has is that parents


transportation to and from school

should not expect their children to

and buying stationery, clothes and

be perfect.

She highlighted the important role parents should play in


mental illness. The most importance piece of

“Everyone makes mistakes. No

holistically supporting children of

one is 100 percent perfect in

school-going age.

every aspect of life. Be proud of

“Parents are also encouraged to attend parents’ meetings to keep informed of any challenges their child might be experiencing”.

“Parental encouragement plays a crucial role in producing successful students. It is also important to realise that a parent’s role is not limited to the home but should include involvement in school activities too,” Moses explained. “A child’s learning scale is highly related to how they are treated at home,” she added.

Academic support Moses said parents should sup-

any achievements that your child makes, no matter how small. Don’t be too punitive. Always keep communication channels open. Be supportive and understanding of their needs.” She adds that one of the most important ways to provide emotional and psychological support to your child is to be present.

Family time Parents often have very busy schedules and have little time to

port their children academically

Ultimately, Moses advises parents

spend with their children, which is

by assisting them with homework if

to be patient with their children

why family time should be opti-

needed, checking that they have

and with themselves.

mally used, says Moses.

“Find something that works for

“Ask how your child’s day was;

ments and paying attention to

you as a parent and for your child

what made them happy; what

whatever difficulties a child might

as an individual. And lastly, love

made them sad; ask about their

be having.

your children unconditionally,” she

friends; what subjects they do or


don’t enjoy and why.”

done their homework and assign-

Parents are also encouraged to attend parents’ meetings to keep

Moses encourages parents

child might be experiencing in the

Emotional and psychological support


Moses also stresses the impor-

informed of any challenges their

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to listen to what their child tells them and to pay attention to their mood swings. Parents



should respond lovingly and

ogist and a child psychia-

with empathy to any prob-

trist for psychotherapy and

lems that the child might be



Nkosi emphasises that

“If your child is experienc-

it is important to listen to

ing emotional or psycho-

children when they speak

logical problems, seek

about situations at school

professional help. There is no

that worry them, such as

shame in asking for help.”

bullying. Actively address the

She says there are a num-

issues raised by speaking to

ber of domestic factors that

the child’s teacher, she said.

may contribute to a child’s

“Learners who struggle

poor performance at school.

to perform well at school

These include poverty, unsta-

should be assessed by an

ble structure in the house-

educational psychologist or

hold, poor relationships be-

an occupational therapist

tween family members and

to determine if they are suit-

between parents, divorce

able for mainstream educa-

and harsh discipline.

tion or a school for learners with special educational

Prioritise a child’s well-being

needs.” According to the Depart-

Principal clinical psycholo-

ment of Basic Education,

gist in the Steve Biko Aca-

effectively engaging parents

demic Hospital’s psychiatric

and families in the educa-

department, Lillian Nkosi,

tion of their children has a

agrees that parents should

positive influence on the

always pay attention to their

success of the learners.

children’s well-being.

Currently, the level of parent

According to Nkosi, parents should be concerned if their

and community participation in schools is low.

child is sad more often than not, especially if there is a history of depression in the family. “Learners suffering from depression and other forms of mental illness should be

Parents who need advice can contact the Department of Basic Education’s call centre at 0800 202 933 or email

referred to a clinical psychol-


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MAPPING SEA HARVEST’S JOURNEY TO BECOMING ONE OF SA’S MOST EMPOWERED FISHING AND FOOD COMPANIES Transformation is not a destination but a journey. This has been the experience of Sea Harvest Corporation (Pty) Ltd – Sea Harvest – which began as a small fishing company on the Cape west coast in 1964 when a Spanish-owned company called Pescanova joined forces with Southern Sea Fishing Enterprises and Imperial Cold Storage (ICS).

Sea Harvest Board Chairman, Fred Robertson (third from left), and Sea Harvest CEO, Felix Ratheb (centre), with staff at a Chairman’s breakfast.

Since its establishment, Sea Harvest has grown to become one of the largest employers and

company continues to grow whilst benefitting historically

economic drivers in the Saldanha Bay area (declared an

disadvantaged individuals (HDIs). It is now an 83% black-

industrial development zone by national government).

owned company and a Level 1 B-BBEE contributor.

The company’s growth has accelerated over the past few years in pursuit of its vision of being a leading black-owned,

Central to the transformation focus is ensuring that its

responsible and diversified global seafood business.

employees also share in the wealth of the company through the Employee Share Trusts, whilst remaining healthy

Sea Harvest has navigated many changing tides in its

and safe through a variety of safety and health initiatives

55-year history but has always honoured its commitment

that the company provides. Over the past four years the

of delivering premium quality products to its customers,

Trusts have received and paid out dividends and capital

while meeting the expectations of its people and the

from shares of over R115 million to qualifying employee

communities in which it operates. In 1992 founding partner,

beneficiaries of the schemes.

Pescanova, sold its stake in Sea Harvest to Tiger Brands (formerly ICS), which listed Sea Harvest on the Johannesburg

Sea Harvest Group CEO, Felix Ratheb, says, “Over the

Stock Exchange (JSE). This listing allowed for the introduction

past 15 years as a company we have always deliberately

of new shareholders into the company and provided

structured our growth on the central tenet that HDIs

access to those who had been previously disadvantaged.

should stand to benefit from all we do. From shareholding

In 1998, post the country’s first truly democratic election,

and employment to procurement and corporate social

broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE)

investment, there is always an overall aim of promoting

transformation of the fishing industry became an imperative,

black empowerment within the industry where we operate.

which facilitated the entry of Cape-based empowerment

Our commitment to transforming the industry will continue

company, black-owned and managed Brimstone

into the future through the R100 million South African

Investment Corporation (“Brimstone”).

Fisheries Development Fund established to develop small, medium and macro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) involved in

By 2004, Brimstone had steadily increased its Sea Harvest

the fishing industry, as well as small-scale fishers and their

shareholding to 21%. However, a seminal moment in

communities in South Africa’s four coastal provinces.”

Sea Harvest’s transformation evolution was in 2009 when Brimstone led a black consortium comprised of

Sea Harvest and Brimstone Chairman, Fred Robertson,

Kagiso Investment Holdings and senior management

says that, “Sea Harvest is no doubt climbing a very steep

in acquiring Tiger Brands’ majority shareholding in Sea

growth path but we are ensuring that our strategic goals

Harvest, which was, at the time, the largest empowerment

are achieved in a way that meets the expectations

deal in the fishing industry. Since then, Brimstone has

of government, industry and all South Africans in a

invested over R1.5 billion in Sea Harvest to ensure that the

meaningful and transformative manner.”

Cape Town - Telephone: + 27 [0] 21 468 7900 | Fax: + 27 [0] 21 465 5883 V&A Waterfront - Telephone: +27 (0) 21 419 4140 | Fax:+27 (0) 21 419 6731 Saldanha - Telephone: + 27 [0] 22 701 4100 | Fax:+ 27 [0] 22 714 3555 Postal Address: PO Box 761, Cape Town, 8000 | E-mail: | Web:


Writer: Silusapho Nyanda Photographer: Jairus Mmutle

Hlengiwe Mtshali is on a mission to safeguard t hreatened plant species.


threatened plant species


umerous plant species

cies will have a domino effect

Sanbi responsible for assessing

are threatened and in

on man and animals, both of

the conservation status of South

danger of becoming

which could run out of food and

African plants. “Red Listing is the

extinct, due to changes in their

medicinal plants,” says Hlengiwe

process of assessing species’

environment that are caused by

Mtshali (33), a Red List scientist

risks of extinction and I am part

human development, invasion by

at the South African National Bio-

of the team that does this. As

alien plant species and changes

diversity Institute (Sanbi), whose

a Red List scientist, I am mainly

in weather patterns as a result of

job it is to protect threatened

responsible for assessing the

global warming.


conservation status of South

“The extinction of plant spe-


Mtshali is one of four people at

African plants, using Interna-

Public Sector Manager • February 2020

tional Union for Conservation of

herbarium in 2010. The internship

sector, to create sustainable job

Nature (IUCN) guidelines,” she

provided her with the skills she

opportunities for 800 unemployed


needed for the job. During her

graduates and non-graduates,”

programme, Mtshali was respon-

she explained.

Risk of extinction

sible for herbarium specimen pro-

Her assessment of a species’

cessing, which is the collecting,

New opportunities

risk of extinction is based on its

pressing and mounting of plant

Her new role saw Mtshali return-

threats, such as environmental

specimens; plant identification;

ing to work at KZN’s Sanbi office.

conditions, development and

data capturing; physical curation

“Sanbi was tasked with this major

other factors.

and filing herbarium specimens.

skills development and job creation programme and partnered

Mtshali collects, identifies and preserves various endangered freshwater plants from South Africa’s wetlands. She also conducts quality con-

“Plant extinction

with other host institutions across

has a wider

tal organisations to government

effect on society;

trol on the plants she preserves. The information she draws from the curation process is used to classify which plants are endangered and which are extinct. “The purpose of the Red List is to inform and guide decisionmakers in conservation planning or protected area expansion. It is Impact Assessment processes and to produce a list of threatened and protected species in terms of the Biodiversity Act.” Mtshali says plant extinction has a wider effect on society; it leads

and the private sector. “I was offered a job and

it leads to

grabbed it, because I saw it as


doors for me. I was based in

imbalance and

of Rare and Endangered Wild-

contributes to

BotSoc and Sanbi, which involves

global warming

also used during Environmental

the country, from non-governmen-

an opportunity that would open KZN, working for the Custodians flowers Programme, funded by citizen scientists in monitoring or surveying South Africa’s plants of

as there are fewer

conservation concern.”

plants giving off

included doing field surveys and


with project support materials.

During this period, her job providing the citizen scientists She also managed plant collections and specimen processing

to environmental imbalance and contributes to global warming as

In 2013, she took part in a

there are fewer plants giving off

two-year Groen Sebenza intern-


ship with the Botanical Society

and captured the data collected to conduct quality control.

She started her career as an in-

of South Africa (BotSoc). “Groen

Protecting the planet

tern for a Department of Science

Sebenza is a Jobs Fund Partner-

In 2015, BotSoc offered Mtshali

and Technology and National Re-

ship Project, funded by National

a contract position and she did

search Foundation programme,

Treasury. It was aimed at develop-

an online IUCN Red List train-

at Sanbi’s KwaZulu-Natal (KZN)

ing priority skills in the biodiversity

ing course. She also holds a

Public Sector Manager • February 2020



Master of Sciences in Botany

“However, in the year I arrived

steps should study mathemat-

degree from the University of the

at the university, it was no longer

ics, chemistry, physics and life

Free State, and Bachelor’s and

offering the course. This meant

sciences at high school level.

Honours degrees from the same

I had to change the degree to

“When they get to varsity, pupils


something closely aligned to

must do courses in social studies

environmental management.

and public affairs, as they are

I opted for botany, a scientific

also helpful for aspiring botanists

with trying to prevent ecologi-

study of plants and their eco-

who are interested in conserva-

cal disasters from affecting the

nomic importance,” Mtshali said.

tion issues,” she said.

globe by ensuring that we leave

In high school, at Qophindlela

“I wanted to study environmental management, which deals

“Graduates should also apply

the planet in a healthy state for

Secondary School, Mtshali

for internships and volunteer in

future generations and help pre-

studied agricultural science

the relevant sector, as this will

serve all forms of life, including

and geography. She said pupils

open opportunities for them,” she

marine life and vegetation.

who want to follow in her foot-



Public Sector Manager • February 2020


How does one apply for early


Early retirement of members of the GEPF is regulated by their applicable conditions of service. Like with other GEPF pension benefits, it is important to note that your retirement benefits will largely depend on the number of years of your pensionable service. If you retire with less than 10 years of pensionable service, you will only qualify for a gratuity, which is a once-off lump sum paid to you. However, if you have more than 10 years of pensionable service, you will qualify for an annuity and a monthly pension until death. An employee in the public service can choose to retire any time between the ages of 55 and 60. This can only happen if there is a written permission from the employer, which also explains to a member the penalties that will be incurred because of early retirement. To claim for Early Retirement Benefits, your Human Resources (HR) department will need the following documents:

A correct and completed Z102 form.

A correct and completed Z894 form.

A correct and completed Z583 form in a case where a member is a member of a medical aid scheme for the last 12 months of service.

A letter of approval for early retirement, signed by the member’s Head of Department.

A certified copy (not older than six months) of the member’s identity document.

A correct and completed Retirement Choice form.

After all the necessary documents are submitted, it is the responsibility of the HR department to submit the completed forms to the GEPF. Please Note: Government has introduced an initiative to allow public servants to apply for early retirement without penalties. Interested public servants should enquire with their HR units, not with the GEPF.


Writer: Allison Cooper

Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act signed into law


resident Cyril Ramaphosa

The Act also directs that the king-

signed the Traditional and

ship or queenship, principal tradi-

houses, local houses and all

Khoi-San Leadership Act into

of the National House, provincial

tional community, headmanship,

traditional and Khoi-San councils;

law in recently, legally recognising

headwomanship and Khoi-San

regulatory powers of the Minister

traditional and Khoi-San communi-

communities must transform and

and Premiers; transitional arrange-

ties, leaders and structures for the

adopt customary law and customs.

ments; the amendment of certain

The Act also provides for the rec-

acts and the repeal of legislation.

ognition of traditional and Khoi-San

The new Act amends various

first time. While certain traditional structures and leadership positions have

communities and leadership posi-

legislation, including the Independ-

been recognised by law in compli-

ent Commission for the Remunera-

ance with Constitutional prescripts,

tion of Public Office-bearers Act 92

there has never before been statu-

of 1997; Remuneration of Public

tory recognition of the Khoi-San,

Office Bearers Act 20 of 1998; Local

the Presidency explained.

Government: Municipal Structures

The formal recognition of Khoi-

Act 117 of 1998; Traditional Leader-

San communities, leaders and

ship and Governance Framework

structures thus required enabling

Act 41 of 2003; Traditional Leader-


ship and Governance Framework

The law, which has been praised

Amendment Act 23 of 2009; and

for acknowledging the independ-

the National House of Traditional

ence and culture of the Khoi-San,

Leaders Act 22 of 2009.

makes several provisions, including

tions, and the withdrawal of such

The President also signed the

the protection and promotion of

recognition; functions and roles of

Traditional Leadership and Gov-

relevant institutions.

traditional and Khoi-San leaders;

ernance Framework Amendment

“The law seeks to transform

the establishment, composition

Act into law in November, which

traditional and Khoi-San institu-

and functioning of the National

mainly seeks to address failures

tions so that they are in line with

House of Traditional and Khoi-San

to reconstitute tribal authorities

constitutional imperatives, such as

Leaders; and the establishment

and traditional councils within

the Bill of Rights, and restore the

of provincial and local houses of

the prescribed time, including

integrity and legitimacy of the insti-

traditional and Khoi-San leaders.

aligning the term of office of the

tutions of traditional and Khoi-San

It also provides for the estab-

re-constituted tribal authorities and

leadership in line with customary

lishment and operation of the

traditional councils with the terms

law and practices,” the Presidency

Commission on Khoi-San Matters;

of the National House of Traditional


a code of conduct for members



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Joko Tea and POWA Join Hands to #EndDomesticSilence

Gender-based violence is a crisis across our land. It is the worst form of desecration of the Constitution and its promise of gender equality. We all have a responsibility to end gender-based violence. - President Cyril Ramaphosa

Each year the “official start” of Parliament is spearheaded by the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA). SONA gives those in the public, private and government sectors a chance to strategise and collaborate on issues like GenderBased Violence (GBV). At SONA, the President will highlight achievements, address challenges and outline initiatives to unlock development interventions for the coming financial year. Due to the high rate of GBV cases that occurred during 2019, citizens are looking to the government, NGOs and private companies for support. In 2019, the President’s Women’s Day speech to the nation revealed his views on GBV, “Gender-based violence is a crisis across our land. It is the worst form of desecration of the

Constitution and its promise of gender equality. We all have a responsibility to end gender-based violence.” “I have made a call for all sectors of society to come together and develop a social compact to help us resolve our country’s challenges. We also call on the private sector to join hands with the SAPS and NGOs to improve victim support centres at our police stations and our hospitals and clinics.” The GBV issue is close to home for many. South Africa has one of the highest incidences of domestic violence in the world and 1 in 5 South African women are victims of domestic violence.* If we look at current statistics available and published by the SAPS Crime report, the results reveal the high frequency of such cases. For example, crimes committed against women increased from 173 405 counts in 2016/2017 to 177 620 in 2017/2018, an increase of 4 215 counts or 2,4% according to the SAPS 2017/2018. An analysis of a national sample of 962 cases of crime against women and children reported between July 2016 and June 2017 revealed that a total of 1 004 victims were involved in the analysed cases, of whom 631 (62,8%) were women and 373 (37,2%) children. It was further established that 352 (36,6%) of the cases were related

to domestic violence, involving 272 (43,1%) of the total number of women victims and 100 (26,8%) of the child victims. About half of the 272 arrested offenders involved in crimes against adult women were their boyfriends (133 or 48,9%), followed by exspouses or ex-boyfriends (52 or 19,1%), spouses (27 or 9,9%) and extended family members (e.g. uncles, nephews, aunts) in 18 (6,6%) of the cases. 18 months ago, Unilever embarked on a journey to understand and assist NGO’s in combating GBV through its proudly South African tea brand Joko. Once the brand heard the President’s request in 2019, it confirmed just how important this agenda was for Joko to continue pursuing. The consumer goods giant is a purpose-driven company and believes in “doing well by doing good”, which echoes the ethos promoted by the President’s inaugural commitment to a new era of hope and promise. “We’re determined to be a catalyst for change that enhances livelihoods and embeds sustainable values, in harmony with our nation’s Ubuntu spirit,” said Executive Vice President, Unilever SA, Luc-Olivier Marquet.

IMAGE ABOVE: Joko #EndDomesticSilence in partnership with POWA Media Launch: Leanne Manas – MC & TV presenter, Mmatshilo Motsei – POWA Executive Director, Genevieve Fynn – Joko Brand Lead, Hon. Sharna Fernandez – WC Provincial Minister of Social Development, Mbuyiselo Botha – Commissioner: Commission for Gender Equlity and Tracy Going – Radio & News anchor & domestic violence survivor. *According to South Africa’s 2016 Demographic and Health Survey, one in five women older than 18 has experienced physical violence.

A POWA-ful Partnership for Change To demonstrate its commitment to the cause and to learn from experts on this issue, Joko partnered with POWA (People Opposing Women Abuse) to launch the #EndDomesticSilence initiative. POWA is a reputable nonprofit women’s rights organisation established 40 years ago.

Together with POWA, Joko created the #EndDomesticSilence initiative to encourage those affected by domestic violence to break the silence and help end the violence. This initiative is not just a marketing campaign, but a 360-degree approach that aims to raise funds and create awareness. All Joko 100’s pack purchases have a R1 donation mechanic that will raise funds for POWA, which will amount to a minimum of R5 million a year to create safe spaces for women to be heard and support POWA’s growth. Deputy Minister for Social Development, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, welcomed the #EndDomesticSilence initiative and said her department was fully behind it. When Unilever, a top employer of the South African workforce, became more aware of the complex challenges facing women in abusive relationships after it partnered with POWA, it

There is an acknowledgement from the Government that the problem of domestic violence is deep and different intervention strategies are required.

- Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, Deputy Minister: Social Development

introduced “haven leave’’ allowing staff dealing with domestic violence and other types of abuse time off according to the HR Vice President of Unilever Africa, Mechell Chetty. ‘The “haven leave” allows employees to take up to 10 days a year paid leave to seek assistance and deal with matters including legal, residential, medical and psychological issues. This new policy is part of the company’s attempt to respond to widespread genderbased violence in South Africa,’ Chetty said.

The end goal of the Joko and POWA partnership is to create more safe spaces for women and girls to feel secure enough to be heard and have their say. #EndDomesticSilence will increase the footprint of POWA nationally to help more women across South Africa. This will aid in drastically reducing the 1 in 5 domestic violence statistic. To find out more, visit


Writer: More Matshediso

GBVF complaints line opened


itizens who are not

VF-related complaints and cases

help and that any gross dereliction

satisfied with the services

and enhanced its complaints

of duty is not repeated,” he added.

rendered by the South

mechanisms across all provinces.

Spokesperson of the Commission

African Police Service (SAPS), espe-

“The purpose is to ensure a con-

for Gender Equality (CGE), Javu

cially with regard to gender-based

tinued and sustained professional

Baloyi, has welcomed General

violence and femicide (GBVF),

service and consequence man-

Sitole’s call, noting that the com-

have been encouraged to lodge

agement for poor performance by

mission has received numerous


any of our policemen and women,”

complaints about victims of GBV

General Sitole said.

and intimate partner violence (IPV)

According to National Police Commissioner General Khehla

“The reporting of poor service will

Sitole, the SAPS has prioritised the

help SAPS management ensure

handling and investigation of GB-

that citizens receive the desired


not being properly assisted by the police. The CGE is a constitutional entity

Public Sector Manager • February 2020

that was established to promote

past two years summoned the

to withdraw cases and go home

respect for gender equality and

SAPS on three occasions to ap-

to privately deal with what they

the protection, development and

pear before it and explain why

perceive as a family matter. This

attainment of gender equality.

GBV and IPV complainants are

is not in the best interests of the

not being assisted in the expected

complainant, he said.

The CGE recently held a consultative dialogue on intimate


partner violence with various

“We are making inroads in ensur-

Members of the public have been encouraged to report cases

stakeholders to gain understand-

ing that every member of the SAPS

of abuse at the nearest police

ing from survivors on why they

understands the severity of GBV

station. Cases of gender discrimi-

often withdraw their cases before

and IPV.”

nation should be reported to the

they go to court.

Baloyi stressed that survivors of

CGE at 0800 007 709. General Sitole said if complain-

“There were myriad reasons ad-

GBV and IPV need an enabling

vanced, but critical amongst them

environment to encourage them

ants are not satisfied with the

was the police’s inability to assist

to speak with ease. Statements of

service they get from the police

complainants in a manner they

this nature should not be taken

station, they can submit a com-

found acceptable”.

in the client service centre, in full

plaint directly to their local police

view of everyone.

station’s community service cen-

In an effort to remedy the situation, the commission has been

“The police must stop giving

tre, station commander, district/

working with national, provincial

protection orders to complainants

cluster commander’s office or the

and district police offices to help

to personally serve on their abus-

provincial complaints coordinators

bring about a change in attitude

ers because that is the duty of the


and to promote the willingness

police. Police must act in accord-

to serve. More sensitivity must be

ance with the law instead of offer-

lodged at the National Service

shown to complainants of GBV

ing psycho-social counselling.”

Complaints Call Centre at 080 033

Baloyi explained that too often

and IPV, Baloyi stressed. Baloyi said the CGE has in the

police officials urge complainants

Service complaints can also be

3177 or by email to

Complaints can also be lodged as follows: •

Eastern Cape: 040 608 7078 /

Free State: 051 411 7804 /

Gauteng: 011 274 7786 /

KwaZulu-Natal: 031 325 5951/4886 /

Limpopo: 015 293 7186 /

Mpumalanga: 013 249 1429/1430/1435 /

Northern Cape: 053 802 7416 /

North West: 018 299 7057 /

Western Cape: 021 409 6535 /

Public Sector Manager • February 2020



Writer: Silusapho Nyanda

Steering a pioneering course in the ocean


t only 29 years of age, Lieutenant Gillian Malouw is the first woman in

South Africa able to navigate a submarine. Malouw, now a submarine combat officer in the South African Navy, says dedication and a serious work ethic are the two qualities that helped her achieve this milestone. Born in Port Elizabeth’s Schauderville township, Malouw navigates petrol and diesel-electric Type 209 SSK submarines, the South African Navy’s submarine of choice. She

when she was in Grade 5 at

School. “I liked the whole idea. If

has sailed the length of South

Abraham Levy Primary School. “My

there were any navy ships coming

Africa’s coastline in the SAS Spio-

aunt already had two kids in the

into the Port Elizabeth harbour, the

enkop, one of four Valour-class

programme, that’s why she recom-

sea cadets would take us there

frigates that the navy operates.

mended it.”

and tell us all about them.”

The South African Sea Cadets,

Learning about the navy

Malouw joined the navy in 2010

a non-profit organisation, recruits

and underwent an introductory

and teaches young people about

course in her first year. It was not

Malouw first considered a career

the navy and maritime. “I was a

her initial plan to be part of the

in the navy when her aunt recom-

sea cadet until I finished high

submarine crew, but during her

mended that she join the South

school,” said Malouw.

first-year presentations, she found it

African Sea Cadets, which recruits

She already knew that she want-

both interesting and challenging.

young people into the navy.

ed to join the navy when she was

Before Malouw could join the

Malouw joined the programme

in Grade 9 at St James Secondary


submarines team, she had to

Public Sector Manager • February 2020

complete a three-year degree in

mine countermeasures platform

thing, I don’t let anything distract

Technology and Defence Man-

SAS Umhloti where she earned her

me from achieving that goal,” she

agement at the Military Academy,

Officer of the Day certificate.


lenbosch University. After complet-

The road ahead

Earning respect

ing her tertiary studies, she was

While Malouw is proud of her

The magnitude of Malouw’s

moved to Simon's Town where she

achievements, she believes society

achievement has earned her the

did a course on navigating sailing

still has a long way to go.

respect of her fellow submarine

a satellite military campus of Stel-

“It’s kind of bittersweet because


combat officers. She said whoever

to this day, we still have headlines

completes the course is tough,

Career at sea

of the first woman doing this or

regardless of their gender.

“In 2014, I came to Simon’s Town to

the first woman doing that. I am

do a year-long navigation course

happy that it was me, even though

through, people see your work

for combat officers. This was essen-

that was never my goal in the first

ethic and not your gender. The

tially the beginning of my career

place. We have made progress

men respect me, just like any other

at sea as a combat officer. It was

and that’s good, but we still have

officer,” she said.

important because for me to

a very long way to go.”

qualify for the submarines team, I had to qualify on a surface vessel.” In 2015, Malouw started her

“With the training that we went

Some of Malouw’s career high-

“We still have parents telling their

lights include sailing to Mauritius,

kids, ‘You can’t do that. That’s not

India, Sri Lanka and Madagascar

what girls do’,” she added.

on training courses.

theoretical and practical training

Malouw said to achieve the

In line to one day command a

as a combat officer working on

dream of an equal society, society

submarine, the young go-getter

submarines. She completed the

needs to encourage young wom-

is setting a career course that

training in 2018, and was the first

en not to be afraid of going after

will inspire other young women to

woman in South Africa to com-

their goals. This is what helped her

achieve what was unthinkable in

plete the course.

during the training. “When I

years gone by.

Malouw also holds the bridge

want to achieve some-

watchkeeping qualification, earned on SAS Spioenkop. She also has sea time on the

Public Sector Manager • February 2020

Lieutenant Gillian Malouw is exploring new dept hs in t he ocean.


HIGH-TECH ROCK DRILLS TO BOOST SOUTH AFRICAN MINING INDUSTRY prototypes, which were tested at the Mandela Mining

In a significant move to advance

Precinct,” said Pretorius.

the mining sector in the country, the

“The tests successfully illustrated both company’s

Mandela Mining Precinct unveiled

adherence to the primary criteria that will enhance

two new rock drill prototypes developed by local innovators.

the performance of the drill, reduce the exposure of operators to dangerous conditions and immediately contribute to zero harm. The underground testing will take place at a mine to be announced closer to the time,” said Pretorius.

The Mandela Mining Precinct is a public-private collaboration between the Department of Science and Innovation and the Minerals Council South Africa.

Both finalists found the balance between weight and robustness to be the most challenging.

Hosted and managed by the Council for Scientific and

“We needed the drill to be as light as possible, but still

Industrial Development, the precinct is working towards

robust, and this was not easy,” said Novatek Managing

the revitalisation of mining research, development and

Director, Julian Wills.

innovation in South Africa to ensure the sustainability of the industry.

“Our strengths lie in hydropower and stope drilling rigs,

Mining safety in South Africa continues to be a priority

technology. This is part of our internal value system –

for the government, and the two new rock drill

advocating technology that must be appropriate for

prototypes are expected to considerably reduce the

the type of mining, the infrastructure, the resources and

exposure of operators to dangerous conditions. The

the skills of the end user,” added Wills.

prototypes are the culmination of an open innovation challenge launched in 2018 to develop a new rock drill

and we are guided by the development of appropriate

HPE Director, Ulrich Kienle, said that the development

for the South African mining industry.

of their drill was a company-wide effort that adopted

“The Isidingo Drill Design Challenge was launched with

concepts were considered and the list was finally

specific industry requirements for improving efficiencies

reduced to three viable possibilities.

and reducing risk in mines, hence the name Isidingo,” explained Mandela Mining Precinct Programme Manager, Martin Pretorius. Isidingo is isiZulu for “need”. Pretorius said that drilling is the most important part of the entire mining cycle, and that the precinct saw the opportunity to develop a new, locally manufactured

the HPE way of product development. Over a dozen

A series of 3D-printed drills comprising 90 uniquely engineered parts assisted the team to solve the weight conundrum. “An important aspect of the HPE way is that any concept must be safe, cost-viable and meet all set

rock drill for the industry.

key performance indicators. If these requirements

The challenge was divided into three phases. The

believe that the fact that we were able to produce a

first phase entailed the introduction of a new and

high-performance and robust new drill that weighs

innovative rock-drill concept design. This was followed

just under 16 kg is a game changer for our industry,”

by the construction of a prototype associated

said Kienle.

with testing and monitoring. The third phase entails

cannot be met, we do not have a product. We

manufacturing and underground performance testing.

HPE presented a truly versatile drilling system. “With

“After a rigorous evaluation, two local companies,

with a novel new hole guide puller, a stope drill jig or in

namely Novatek and HPE, were selected to develop

a conventional manner with a thrustleg,” said Kienle,

our new offering, drilling is now possible in three ways,


The two new rock drill prototypes are expected to considerably reduce the exposure of operators to dangerous conditions

adding that their drilling system is suitable for any angle

Thanking HPE and Novatek for delivering new drills

and application.

that tick some important people-centric boxes, Sietse

“Once the first hole has been drilled, the hole guide puller repeats the process and guarantees correct burden spacing, parallelism and in-line thrusting.” Nicknamed “the Buffalo”, Novatek’s drill incorporates a spring, shaped like a buffalo’s horns, which embodies its strength, accuracy and speed. “What we delivered today meets some of the

van der Woude, Minerals Council South Africa’s Senior Executive for Modernisation and Safety, emphasised that the criteria developed for the new drills was based on the industry’s needs. “This challenge is a reflection of the collaborative nature with which the Mandela Mining Precinct operates, bringing all parties together to take this country forward – much like former President Mandela.”

criteria really well. In our early tests, we encountered improvement in the noise levels, which we were not able to replicate, but we are eager to continue working on this for the next phase,” said Wills. South Africa’s mining research, development and innovation is gaining momentum following the closure of the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation in 1990. The Isidingo Drill Design Challenge is the first initiative for developing South African solutions to a South African problem, which the


Mandela Mining Precinct is proud to pioneer.

Tel: +27 12 843 6300

“I find it encouraging that industry and government agencies are working together towards a common objective to reindustrialise South Africa, with emphasis on the cross sharing of ideas, and the Mandela Mining Precinct plays an important role in facilitating this,” said Wills.

Physical address: DST Building (Building No. 53), (CSIR South Gate Entrance) Meiring Naudé Road, Brummeria, 0184 Postal address: Private Bag X894, Pretoria, 0001


Writer: Dale Hes

North West on the road to recovery O

ver the years, the North West has been afflicted with service delivery pro-

tests and governance issues. After taking office in 2018, President Cyril Rampahosa acted swiftly by placing the province under administration in terms of Section 100 of the Constitution. Under the leadership of Premier Joe Mokgoro, the North West is getting back on track, with its thriving mining and tourism industries continuing to propel the region forward. Over the past two years, Premier Mokgoro has been working closely with the national InterMinisterial Task Team to oversee the implementation of intervention measures that would set the

down on government officials

forensic investigations currently

province on a renewed path.

who were found to be the main

ongoing in the province, with

culprits in these failures in gov-

21 of them relating to provincial

ernance. A number of senior

departments while the remaining

and executive managers were

10 are related to municipalities.

The main reason for the Section

suspended, and around 90 crimi-

Twenty managers, some of them

100 intervention was the failure of

nal investigations are currently

senior, are facing disciplinary

the administrative leadership and

being carried out on government

processes across various depart-

a lack of oversight for depart-

officials by the Hawks and the

ments,” Premier Mokgoro said in

ments involved in service delivery.

Special Investigations Unit.

his State of the Province Address

The North West has clamped

“Furthermore, there are 31

Clamping down on corruption


last year.

Public Sector Manager • February 2020

He added that these measures

construction of a new bridge in

istration and cut rental costs.

have resulted in improvements

Taung, the tarring of 124km of

“This acquisition will effectively

in financial management and

gravel road and 32 road main-

eliminate the current leasing bur-

governance, a relative decline in

tenance projects valued at R430

den at an estimated cost of R320

social unrest across the province


million, with an estimated saving

and progress in consequence management. “We can today, without any fear

“In our efforts to continuously

of R245 million. Furthermore, we will

improve and maintain a world-

embark on the disposal of non-

class road infrastructure … a total

core assets such as redundant

of contradiction, report … that

of R4.54 billion has been spent

houses and vacant sites to raise

significant progress has been

in the current

funds for service delivery initiatives

made in steering this province in

financial year

and to offload the burden of

the right direction and strength-

and 1 461

paying rates and taxes.”

ening the capacity of govern-

jobs were

The estimated R238

ment to deliver quality services to


million generated from

the people, as well as mending

in the

the sale of non-core as-

the broken bridges between our-


sets will go towards the

selves, communities and organ-

and we

Premier’s Bursary Fund,

ised labour,” said the Premier.

are fore-

giving hundreds of needy

Rebuilding infrastructure

casting that

youth access to higher edu-

for the next finan-


cial year, we are going to

Premier Mokgoro added

Premier Mokgoro recognises that

spend an additional R732

that the revival of the

infrastructure development is

million towards the upkeep

province’s contractor de-

crucial for the economic growth

of our road infrastructure,”

of the province.

said the Premier.

“Our roads are the backbone

velopment programme has already borne fruit. “We are pleased to report that

of economic development and

Skills development

61 contractors were awarded

growth in the province but further

The provincial administration has

practical training contracts to

to that, we recognise that world-

placed a strong emphasis on redi-

the value of R140 million for

class roads provide communities

recting funds into education, skills

social and roads infrastructure

with access to much-needed

development and job creation


services such as education, health,


Other job creation initiatives

Premier Mokgoro said that over

are currently underway in the

the next 10 years, government will

tourism, agriculture and mining

in place a Roads Recovery Plan

reduce its leased portfolio of prop-

sectors, while several industrial

to improve transport infrastructure

erties by 30 percent and dispose

parks are being developed in

and assist in reducing the main-

of redundant assets. Government

order to further increase employ-

tenance backlog in the province.

aims to acquire an office complex

ment opportunities, particularly

Work thus far has included the

in Mahikeng to strengthen admin-

for the youth and women.

transport and basic dignity.” To this end, the province has put

Public Sector Manager • February 2020



Writer: Dale Hes

Rustenburg –

the Platinum City ready to sparkle


et at the foot of the Magalies-

Rustenburg has been a challenge

“We have seen an improvement

berg Mountains, Rustenburg

in recent years. Now in his second

in strengthening the administrative

is home to some of the

term as Executive Mayor, Khunuo

leadership of the municipality to

world’s richest platinum reserves,

has placed an emphasis an re-

improve mainly governance and

along with a host of natural and

solving backlogs.

accountability. A full complement

“The Rustenburg Local Mu-

of senior management, reporting

nicipality has focused on ac-

directly to the Municipal Manager,

the largest platinum mines in the

celerating its approach towards

was achieved during the financial

world, and refines 70 percent of all

the resolving of varying service


the world’s platinum. While there

delivery backlogs in its municipal

is vast wealth in the ground, many

jurisdiction,” said the Executive

residents still struggle with unem-

Mayor in the municipality’s latest

Diversifying the economy

ployment and poverty.

annual report.

Rustenburg has historically been

historical attractions. Rustenburg is home to two of

Rustenburg Local Municipality

Despite limited financial resourc-

highly dependent on the min-

Executive Mayor Mpho Khunuo is

es, the municipality was able to

ing sector to stimulate economic

focused on ensuring that the peo-

make progress in the provision of

growth and create jobs. However,

ple of the local municipality can

water and sanitation, electricity,

the sector has been hampered

live a life of dignity and prosperity.

waste management and roads

by strike action and job cuts

construction and maintenance.

which have left many people

Resolving service delivery backlogs

Khunuo points out that the mu-

unemployed. The municipality has

nicipality has also been strength-

therefore been on a drive to diver-

As with many municipalities in

ening its leadership, filling crucial

sify the economy, particularly by

the North West, service delivery in

senior management positions.

supporting small businesses.


Public Sector Manager • February 2020

Smart City

R2 billion to revive its integrated

strive for a diversified local econ-

Rustenburg is also on a mission

public transport system, after it

omy that will provide for sustain-

to utilise the Smart City concept,

ended its contract with a pre-

able small enterprises and create

utilising digital technologies

vious service provider due to

more job opportunities,” explained

to improve public safety and


Khunuo, highlighting that the

stimulate growth. The municipality

“The integrated public trans-

municipality has embarked on an

has collaborated with a variety of

port project is progressing well

intensive investment campaign.

leading information and com-

with most of the infrastructure

“The municipality continues to

“The local economic develop-

munications technology compa-

development completed for the

ment programme of the munici-

nies to begin making this goal a

two corridors on Tlhabane and

pality has put greater emphasis


Kanana. The project has created

on implementation of the integrat-

“The Rustenburg Smart City

ed masterplan for the realisation

project aims to develop the

for local small, medium and

of catalytic projects. The aggres-

economy, enhance citizen par-

micro-sized enterprises and com-

sive investment campaign the

ticipation, improve public safety

munities of Rustenburg,” Khunuo

municipality undertook resulted in

and transportation, expand the

pointed out.

number of investment proposals

scope of government services

for the development of the Mon-

and implement digitalized public

burg Rapid Transport System will

nakato Gateway Precinct, Fresh

utilities through leading technolo-

service 80 percent of the mu-

Produce Market, and other private

gies,” Khunuo said.

nicipal area, carrying over 200

business and job opportunities

Once completed, the Rusten-

sector-led initiatives in the manu-

As one of the fastest-growing

000 passengers daily. It aims to

facturing and green economy

urban centres in South Africa,

link residential, commercial and


Rustenburg has earmarked over

industrial areas.

Public Sector Manager • February 2020


Writer: Dale Hes


Pilots and passengers depend on SACAA to ensure t hat Sout h Africaʼs excellent aviation safety record is upheld.

Guardians of the sky S

outh Africa’s aviation industry

sues had been found. This is part

ing of various trades and industries,

has proudly maintained

and parcel of the operations of the

it also provides direct and indirect

a zero-accident record in

SACAA, which has been safeguard-

benefits for various downstream

ing aviation since 1998.

sectors. In essence, civil aviation

commercial airline flights for more than 30 years. Standing at the

contributes to the stimulation of

(SACAA), which is continually set-

Recognising the importance of the aviation industry

ting a benchmark in good govern-

Poppy Khoza heads the SACAA as

ance and operational excellence.

forefront of this achievement is the South African Civil Aviation Authority

economic growth, connecting people, cultures and businesses across the globe. It also contributes to job creation and stimulating tourism.”

Director of Civil Aviation. She says

Khoza explains that the aviation

In October last year, various

the Authority is committed to pro-

industry is intricate and highly tech-

airlines opted to keep 46 planes

tecting one of South Africa’s most

nical, requiring consistent monitor-

grounded. The precautionary

important economic assets.

ing and regulation. A number of

grounding followed an inspection

“Not only is the air transport

risks need to be protected against

by the SACAA, which had issued

network the heartbeat of the

to ensure the effective running of

the aircraft with prohibition orders

economy, providing the intercon-

the aviation industry.

after several non-compliance is-

nectivity necessary for the flourish-


“This is a cross-border industry

Public Sector Manager • February 2020

where risks can easily and ob-

colades since she took over the

Minister of Transport. This is most

liviously be transferred from one

reins as the first African woman

important, because a perfor-

country to the next. Examples

director of the SACAA in 2013. Ac-

mance culture is entrenched

include the inability to adequately

colades include Top Empowered

across all levels within the organi-

regulate air transport activities and

Public Service Leader and Top

sation,” Khoza points out.

facilities that could lead to, for ex-

Empowered Business Leader at

Also integral to the organisa-

ample, the spread of communica-

the prestigious Oliver Top Empow-

tion’s success is the intense focus

ble diseases through air travel, or

erment Awards.

it places on employee wellbeing.

other safety and security risks and

Under her leadership, the SACAA

tragedies often witnessed in other

has also been recognised as one

emphasis on looking after the

parts of the world.”

of the top public service organi-

wellbeing, career aspirations, and

Khoza adds that in order to

sations in South Africa and the

talent development of its employ-

achieve accident-free landings,

top civil aviation authority on the

ees. Moreover, the culture of the

the SACAA has to ensure that all


organisation remains a key focus.”

“This remarkable performance

operators are adhering to regulations.

“The SACAA continues to place

To foster this culture, the SACAA

should not be celebrated in isola-

recently launched the Cultural

tion, because the SACAA’s objec-

Harmonisation programme, which

ment and expectation, aviation

tives are aligned to those of the

focuses on leadership, client-

permit holders, whether they are

Department of Transport, which

centricity, performance excel-

licensed individuals or operators,

are, in turn, tied to the National

lence, empowerment, collabora-

must always comply with the appli-

Development Plan Vision 2030.

tion, communication, ethics and

cable aviation safety and security

Ultimately, the SACAA’s achieve-


regulations, which are derived from

ments translate into South Africa’s

international standards set by the

success,” Khoza says.

“In order to achieve this require-

In addition, staff undergo training yearly to hone their expertise and keep their skills relevant. The

International Civil Aviation Organi-

In addition, the SACAA has

sation, a specialised agency of

proven to be a sterling example

SACAA’s entire management

the United Nations tasked with

of upholding good governance,

team also engages in leadership

managing civil aviation activities

securing an unqualified audit

development programmes to cre-

across the world.”

opinion for the past six years.

ate a responsible and account-

The Authority has intensified its

Award-winning excellence

focus on four key pillars, namely: ethical culture; good perfor-

able leadership culture in the organisation. “We have strengthened leader-

The SACAA employs more than

mance; effective control and

ship to the extent that we have

500 staff across a number of


had a full complement of execu-

disciplines, ranging from aviation

“The SACAA has an unwavering

tives since 2015 and when there is

safety and security, to licensing,

commitment to ethical conduct.

a vacancy in key positions, we fill

administration, communication,

In the past five years we man-

them as urgently as possible, for

legal and medical. Heading up

aged to deliver 100 percent

the sake of business continuity,”

this staff complement, Khoza has

of all targets set in the Annual

Khoza says.

raked in numerous leadership ac-

Performance Plan, signed by the

Public Sector Manager • February 2020

The organisation has also won



awards for the diversity of its staff complement. “The SACAA embraces diversity and in that regard we have a transformed organisation with competent and skilled individuals. In terms of gender we have 49 percent females and 51 percent males, and in the executive

SACAA Director Poppy Khoza has won numerous awards for her leadership.

management team we have 50 percent females.” Airways Technical, the primary

safety and security, we appreci-

aircraft maintenance organisa-

ate the seriousness with which

tion in the country, submitted a

the airlines have approached this

One of SACAA’s mantras is to “regu-

corrective action plan to deal


late the aviation industry firmly and

with the issues of non-compli-

“A responsible and responsive

fairly with no form of any fear, or

ance from operators, which was

industry is what we expect, and it

favour”. The grounding of planes

approved by the SACAA.

is our belief that if operators are

Taking the necessary actions

last year was not only an exam-

Aircraft operators then took

able to voluntarily self-correct, this

ple of this, but also of SACAA’s

precautionary measures, ‘self-

approach will help in continuing

overall operational mandate.

grounding’ its entire fleets to con-

to uphold South Africa’s remark-

“Consistent with its mandate,

duct verifications that its aircraft

able record pertaining to the safety

were safe to fly.

and security of our civil aviation

the role of the SACAA is to safeguard lives by ensuring compli-

“As the vanguard of aviation

operations,” Khoza explains.

ance with civil aviation safety and security regulations by all concerned role-players. The expectation from the SACAA is that any identified non-compliances must always be satisfactorily addressed. If an operator or individual is unable to comply, licence or permit privileges may be withdrawn by the SACAA if necessary, and as a last resort to ensure compliance and preserve lives,” Khoza says. After the prohibition orders were

Roles and responsibilities of the SACAA ■ Aviation security Security of airports, air operators, cargo, the safe transportation of dangerous goods and oversight of aviation security training organisations. ■ Aviation infrastructure Ensures that South African airports, helistops, heliports and airspace are safe. Approval of flight procedures and the licensing of air traffic controllers.

■ Aviation safety operations Ensures regulatory compliance and safety oversight of aviation professionals. Responsible for flight inspections, maintenance of examinations, testing standards and medical standards. ■ Accident and incident investigation Investigates accidents and incidents to determine the probable causes.

placed on airlines, South African


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Compiled by: Jauhara Khan

The SoNA is divided into three

the Judiciary, represented by the

parts. The first is the public par-

country’s Chief Justice and the

ticipation role in the ceremony,

Judge Presidents; and the Legisla-

President Cyril Ramaphosa will

when the Civil Guard of Honour

ture, represented by the members

deliver his State of the Nation Ad-

welcomes the President and his

of Parliament, gather in one place.

dress (SoNA) at the annual Open-

guests as they walk along the red

The provincial and local spheres

ing of Parliament in Cape Town on

carpet. This is followed by a state

of government are also repre-

13 February.

ceremonial, which includes a 21-


He will address a joint sitting of

gun salute and the South African

the two houses of Parliament – the

Air Force flypast, and finally the

National Assembly and the Na-

official address by the President.

tional Council of Provinces.

Members of the South African

Reading readies learners for success

Every year, the President deliv-

National Defence Force will line

ers the SoNA, which provides an

the route that the President takes

President Cyril Ramaphosa has

opportunity for the nation to take

to Parliament. The Military Guard

called on the nation to use read-

stock of the country’s domestic

of Honour participates in the cere-

ing as a stepping-stone to the

situation and foreign relations,

mony and the military band plays

Fourth Industrial Revolution.

and for the President to share

South Africa’s national anthem.

He said basic education plays

government’s plan of action for

The SoNA is one of the rare

a key role in moving South Africa

occasions when the three arms

to the next frontier of economic

the year ahead. The President also reports on

of state, namely the Executive

development. It is for this reason

the progress that government has

represented by the President,

that reading has become govern-

made since the previous SoNA.

Deputy President and Ministers;

ment’s apex priority.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his State of t he Nation Address in Februar y.


Public Sector Manager • February 2020

“We must continue to focus on the achievement of reading outcomes in the early grades, rolling out the subjects of the future such as robotics and coding, while giving our learners a choice of learning streams that best suit their capabilities,” said the President. “Just as the First Industrial Revolution has been helpful to the nation, we welcome the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Research has shown that for society to thrive in today’s fast changing world, learners require new skills.

ment charges. Development charges are a

“These skills are still rooted in

revenue, to provide both municipalities and developers with more

academic competencies such

once-off charge levied by a

certainty and assurance that the

as literacy, numeracy and sci-

municipality on the land owner as

costs of infrastructure are covered

ence but also include such things

a condition for approving a land

by its users.

as team work, critical thinking,

development application. They

The Amendment Bill ensures

communication, persistence, and

are imposed to cover the costs

that the cost of the municipal

creativity,” said the President.

incurred by the municipality when

infrastructure required to service

Government plans to ensure

installing new infrastructure or

a new land development (includ-

that all learners read well, with the

upgrading an existing infrastruc-

ing an intensification in land use)

President announcing that teach-

ture that is required to service the

is primarily borne by its direct

ers will go back to school to refine

proposed development.


their teaching methodologies.

Key reforms introduced through

The National Treasury said the

the Amendment Bill include the

benefits of levying development

establishment of an unambigu-

charges ensure that infrastructure

ous, fair and consistent basis for

required to service new develop-

municipalities to recover develop-

ments is paid by direct beneficiar-

ment charges for all new land

ies, so that existing residents do

development projects that require

not continue to subsidise new

National Treasury is seeking public

statutory approvals through the


comment on the published Mu-

municipal land use planning

nicipal Fiscal Powers and Func-


Comment on the Municipal Fiscal Powers and Functions Amendment Bill

tions Amendment Bill (MFPFAB).

The Amendment Bill aims to

Members of the public are invited to submit written comments on the draft MFPFAB Bill by 31 March

The Amendment Bill provides for

increase the amount and the pre-

2020, via email to Development.

a uniform regulation of develop-

dictability of development charge

Public Sector Manager • February 2020



Compiled by: Jauhara Khan

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Public Sector Manager • February 2020


Writer: More Matshediso

Innovative teaching inspires excellence K

hangelani Sibiya’s unique

dance moves to illustrate some

approach to teaching

concepts,” he explains.

maths and physical sci-

Sibiya says being recognised as

The awards aim to identify and recognise exceptional teachers from across the globe who have

ence earned him the 2019 Best

the best teacher globally by the

made outstanding contributions

Global Teacher Award in Dubai in

AKS Global Education network left

to the teaching profession.


him feeling honoured, humbled

Sibiya, 33, is the head of de-

and grateful all at once.

It honours those who have demonstrated excellence in teaching

partment for mathematics and

AKS Global Education is an

different subjects, made outstand-

physical science at Siphumelele

innovative training, technology,

ing contributions to learners and

Secondary School in Richards Bay,

education management and

served the community through

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

research organisation that organ-

teaching, both in and outside the

ises the Global Education Awards


He teaches maths to Grades 11 and 12 learners and also monitors


In September last year, Sibiya

and supervises other educators who teach physical science at his

Khangelani Sibiya has been named t he world's best teac her.

school. His teaching approach is to relate maths to real-life experiences.

Making maths fun “Maths is fun and that is why I use techniques such as composing songs when I teach. This helps learners recall the methods when they write tests and examinations. I also use soccer teams and


Public Sector Manager • February 2020

was recognised as the best maths

profit organisation (NPO) called

learners and to be a good role

and science teacher at a Global

WTS Maths and Science Tutoring

model to other teachers. Sibiya

Teacher Awards ceremony held in

in 2008. In 2010, he completed

would love to inspire other teach-

India, before his moment of glory

a Bachelors of Science and FET

ers to look at innovative ways of

in Dubai three months later, when

Education: Science and Mathe-

getting through to learners and

he beat 79 other teachers to take

matics Education. He graduated

inspiring a love of the subject in

the top award.

with distinctions in mathematics


“Unfortunately, I had to pay my

and science.

“Forums should be started to

own way, including flights, food

His NPO now offers a website

give teachers a platform to share

and accommodation. whereas

that allows learners from across

their strategies for making maths

the expenses of teachers from

the country to access informa-

and science fun so that more

other countries were sponsored,”

tion about camps he organises

children continue with these sub-

he says.

during school holidays.

jects. I believe that teachers know

“The next camp will be held

Maths message spread far and wide

their subject content well and the

from 23 to 29 March 2020 in

challenge is how best to deliver it

Durban and learners from differ-

to learners.”

“I keep working hard to change

ent provinces are welcome to

the popular narrative amongst

attend,” he adds.

learners who think maths and

“Over and above being a

Sibiya believes a person’s background should not hold them back and that children should

science are the hardest sub-

teacher at my school, I conduct

know that with hard work, any-

jects to study. Being with teach-

one-on-one after-school lessons

thing is possible. He urges learn-

ers from different countries

in maths and physical science

ers to focus and work towards

has helped me to understand

for learners in Richards Bay. These

their vision from the start.

that the challenges we face in

are held from Mondays to Thurs-

education are similar, such as

days. From Fridays to Sundays,

following a study timetable, at-

language barriers, cultural differ-

I do the same in other areas,

tending extra classes arranged

ences, assessments and parent

including Emzingazi, Mtubatuba,

by the school and working in


eSikhawini, Eshowe, Empangeni,

groups to share knowledge.

Not only do learners from his

Durban and Pietermaritzburg.”

His top tips for learners include

Both learners and teachers are

school benefit from Sibiya’s in-

Sibiya says schools across KZN

invited to join one of the NPO’s

novative way of teaching. but

also invite him to assist in improv-

WhatsApp groups. “We have 82

around 25 000 youngsters have

ing their maths and physical

WhatsApp groups for learners and

been touched by his magic.

science performance.

10 for teachers,” he says. Support documents can be

Sibiya started tutoring maths and science when he was a sec-

Leading the way

downloaded for free from the

ond-year student at the Univer-

He says winning this award

NPO’s website www.wtstutoring.

sity of Zululand. Despite his busy

means that he has to continue

org or call 082 672 7928 for more

schedule, he established a non-

working hard to do his best for


Public Sector Manager • February 2020



Writer: Silusapho Nyanda

Empowering learners to make better life choices


lthough the education

This resulted in

department has been

the recent intro-

giving learners the

duction of scripted

knowledge needed to make bet-

lesson plans (SLPs).

ter life decisions for two decades

Carefully crafted by

through its Comprehensive Sexu-

experts in their fields, SLPs

ality Education (CSE) programme,

have been designed to

it is hoped that the introduction

help teachers and learners to

of carefully formulated lesson

properly address important CSE

plans will have a greater impact

topics in a systematic manner.

on learner behaviour.

The Department of Basic Edu-


CSE was introduced in 2000

cation (DBE) believes the SLPs

people and CSE fits

within the subjects of life orienta-

will give pupils an understand-

well into its curriculum,

tion and life skills to ensure that

ing of the concepts, values and

providing information to equip

learners do not get confusing

attitudes related to sexuality and

learners with the knowledge

and misleading messages about

sexual behaviour change.

needed to prevent sexual activity

sex, sexuality, gender and rela-

The DBE said CSE is not in-

that results in HIV infections and

tionships. However, the number

tended to sexualise children but

unplanned pregnancies, among

of unplanned teenage pregnan-

rather to empower them with the

other things.

cies, the rate of HIV among the

social skills needed to deal with

youth and the prevalence of

a range of abuses, such as peer

gender-based violence (GBV)

pressure, bullying and GBV.

in schools prompted a relook at CSE’s offering.


Life orientation’s aim is to help produce healthy, responsible

Public concerns addressed Despite its noble intentions, the introduction of the scripted les-

Public Sector Manager • February 2020

sons led to a public outcry, with

with the topic of Development of

some people saying the content

Self,” he said.

aged between 10 and 14. “In the 2018/2019 financial

would be too sexually explicit

In Grade 4, the CAPS topic is

and others believing that a

Respecting my Body and the

121 000 pregnancies in the 10 to

Bodies of Others. Pupils learn

19 age group and of these, more

about positive self-image, the

than 3 000 were between the

However, DBE Spokes-

influences of peers and adults

ages of 10 and 14.”

person Elijah Mhlanga

and the importance of not sub-

new curriculum was being introduced.

allayed fears by

year, there were more than

Ndlovu said upon seeing these

jecting the body to substance

figures, the education depart-

explaining that CSE

abuse. In Grade 5, pupils learn

ment sought to find a way of

had been around

how outside influences, such as

curbing the high pregnancy

for years and that

TV, impact how they view

a new curriculum

themselves. In Grade 6,

was not being intro-

they learn about how oth-


ers might have a different

“The department is

view of their bodies, he

testing the use of SLPs to


strengthen the teaching of life

riculum and Assessment Policy

Curbing the high pregnancy rate

Statement (CAPS).” Mhlanga said

Ndlovu said the lessons

the aim is to improve curriculum

should help stem the

delivery and explained that the

high pregnancy rate

SLPs provide content for topics al-

among 10 to 19 year

ready in the existing curriculum.


orientation and CSE, which are based on the national Cur-

According to figures

DBE’s Director: Health Promotion Muzi Ndlovu said the lesson

from the District

plans do not contain sexually

Health Informa-

explicit content. He stressed that

tion System in the

the material is age appropriate

2017/18 financial

and intended as a tool to help to

year, 117 051 young

curb early unintended pregnan-

women between

cies (EUPs) and to teach young

the ages of 10 and

pupils about their bodies and

19 fell pregnant

what constitutes GBV.

and of these, more

“In Grades 4, 5 and 6, we deal

than 2 500 were

Public Sector Manager • February 2020



increase in HIV among young boys in 2018, compared to 2017. Ndlovu said the department initially piloted the SLPs in schools in 10 districts, in the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape, starting in 2009. He explained that the lessons were designed in line with international technical guidance on sexuality education standards and in consultation with the National Association of School Governing Bodies. The SLPs will complement what is already being taught, he said, and will provide teachers with a standard formula for CSE. The lesson plans are in line with the department’s health goals of reducing HIV infection rates and EUPs in order to retain learners. To achieve the goal of minimising EUP, the department partrate which leads to a third of pregnant girls permanently dropping out of school. The department’s Integrated

dresses the resulting challenges. He said it is hoped the SLPs

nered with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and

will also curb the HIV infection

Cultural Organisation in drafting

rate – studies have found that

the lesson plans.

School Health Programme works


with the departments of health

1 300 young women and girls

taught them that abstinence-

and social development to

are infected with HIV each

only programmes are not effec-

ensure that pupils have ac-

week. This statistic does not

tive, based on the HIV and EUP

cess to comprehensive health

include those who are born

rates among schoolchildren.

services. Ndlovu said the CSE

with HIV. A recent study by the

Instead, children need the skills,

programme looks at the behav-

Human Sciences Research

knowledge and attitude to make

iour changes of pupils and ad-

Council revealed an 11 percent

healthy life choices, he noted.


Ndlovu said experience has

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to act on land reform recommendations


abinet has tasked govern-

of policy matters associated with

were matters that are already

ment departments to im-

land reform, including restitution,

being addressed,” said Agriculture,

plement action plans for

redistribution, tenure security and

Land Reform and Rural Develop-

agricultural support.

ment Minister Thoko Didiza.

the recommendations contained in the Report of the Presidential

It was mandated to review,

The recommendations also made

Advisory Panel on Land Reform and

research and suggest models for

proposals on policy and legisla-


government to implement a fair

tion gaps, such as a policy on land

The advisory panel report, which

and equitable land reform process

tenure that will address commu-

contained 73 recommendations,

that redresses the injustices of the

nal and traditional land tenure in

was handed to Cabinet in July

past, in-creases agricultural output,

South Africa.

2019 for consideration.

promotes economic growth and

Through the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Land Reform – led

protects food security. The panel was also tasked to pro-

“Other recommendations spoke to programmatic interventions that are required to address matters

by Deputy President David Mabuza

vide perspectives on land policy

including coordination amongst

– all affected departments were

in the context of persisting land

spheres of government.”

asked to study the recommenda-

inequality, unsatisfactory land and

Most of the recommendations

tions relating to their respective

agrarian reform and uneven urban

were accepted and government

portfolios and respond accordingly.

land development.

will address them.

The panel was appointed in Sep-

“In the examination of the report,

The Minister said there were

tember 2018 to support the work of

a number of departments noted

recommendations that were not

the IMC on Land Reform. It was to

that some of the issues raised or re-


advise the IMC on a broad range

flected upon by the advisory panel


“[This was] not because the is-

Public Sector Manager • February 2020

sues raised were not important, but

measures to unlock urban state

government based on the view

such recommendations required

land for affordable housing and

that the new configuration of the

further engagement, which are of

creation of more inclusive towns

department, which now combines

a policy nature and as such, par-

and cities, government said the

the Departments of Agricul-ture

ticular processes will need to be

challenge was in certain mecha-

and Land Reform, ought to ad-

undertaken to arrive at the policy

nisms proposed as intervention.

dress the concerns that necessi-

and legislative system.”

Government has also rejected

tated the recom-mendation.

One such recommendation was

the proposals for a review of the

Government has also not seen

that land reform must be informed

Office of the Valuer-General and

the need for a Land Tax Inquiry, as

by an agreed vision for agrarian

the creation of a Land Reform

the Minister of Finance has already



concluded a tax inquiry that also

Minister Didiza said government

“The view of government is that

included land tax, and this has

was of the view that the White

currently there may not be merit

been incorporated in the property

Paper on Land Policy was still ad-

on setting up such a fund. The op-

rates legislation as well as capital

equate in its outlook.

timum and judicious use of current

gains tax.

“It covers a broad land adminis-

budget allocation can still address

In its discussion, Cabinet noted

tration framework, as well as defin-

the resources required for land

that some of the recommenda-

ing approaches for land reform to

reform,” said Minister Didiza.

tions may require further work, Min-

address unequal land ownership patterns in our country.” Despite broadly supporting the panel’s proposal for significant

Regarding the recommendation

ister Didiza noted. This included the

for the establishment of a Land

panel recommending an in-depth

and Agrarian Reform Agency, the

as-sessment of the conditions for

Minister said this was rejected by

the application of land ceilings.

Public Sector Manager • February 2020



Writer: Silusapho Nyanda

When excellence is in your blood H

aving spent the majority

are the cancers of the blood. These

to pursue my research on a blood

of his 37-year career as a

are dealt with by the specialised

and bone marrow cancer known

haematologist, Professor

haematology teams.”

as multiple myeloma,” he says.

Moosa Patel still sees opportunities that can be advanced by research in the field.

Prof Patel has seen several

Exploring new challenges

changes in the medical field during his tenure, ranging from

Holding a degree in medicine from

the establishment of the sub-

to reducing complications during

the University of KwaZulu-Natal,

speciality of clinical haematology,

the treatment of serious diseases

Prof Patel started off as a general

improved diagnostic techniques,

of the blood.

Patel (60) believes research is key

practitioner in 1981 at Chris Hani

improved supportive care, new

“Research in various aspects of

Baragwanath Hospital. He then

and improved therapies to treat

haematology is necessary. This is

worked as a registrar in internal

haematological diseases, ongoing

with regard to both benign (non-

medicine from 1986 to 1988. Prof

improvements in transplantation,

malignant/non-cancerous) as well

Patel then specialised in haematol-

better outcomes and improved

as malignant diseases. Research

ogy because, at the time, it

should be done at all levels, includ-

offered new challenges for

ing basic science, clinical and

him to explore.

therapeutic research,” he says.

“When I was ready

Prof Patel, who is the Academic

to specialise, there

Head of Clinical Haematology at

was an opening

the Faculty of Health Sciences at

and opportunity to

the University of the Witwatersrand

study haematol-

and the Chief Specialist in Internal

ogy, which is a fas-

Medicine and Haematology at

cinating field that

Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital,

deals with various

says haematology includes both

blood diseases,

cancers of the blood and benign

including blood

blood diseases.

cancers. I was

“The benign ones, the anaemias, are very common. Most of them

also interested

are dealt with by general physicians. The more serious diseases


Professor Moosa Patel.

Public Sector Manager • February 2020

survival rates. “New and improved therapies are

in an environment that reduces the risk of further complications.

cell transplantation.” He believes increased awareness

now used to treat haematologi-

He says the country needs to de-

would lead to earlier recognition

cal diseases, including targeted

velop more such centres because

and timeous referrals, which would

therapy which has significantly

they will go a long way to providing

result in accurate diagnoses being

improved patient outcomes and

an important unmet need for our

made while the diseases are still at

has fewer adverse effects.”

patient population.

an early stage.

“Centres such as these are able

The University of Witswatersrand

to provide multi-disciplinary, com-

is establishing a fellowship that will

prehensive and specialised care to

train doctors wanting to special-

Prof Patel is also the head of the

patients with haematological disor-

ise in haematology – with the

Zakithi Nkosi Clinical Haematol-

ders, especially those who require

area of focus being HLH. Professor

ogy Centre of Excellence, which

specialised modalities of treatment

Patel says the fellowship has been

opened in June 2019, and is

such as chemotherapy and stem

organised through the university in

located at the Chris Hani Barag-

cell transplantation.”

partnership with the Haematology

Optimal, specialised care

wanath Hospital, . With 24 beds,

Unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath

20 being in isolation wards, the

Pockets of excellence

Hospital as well as the Stan and

centre is equipped to treat several

In an ideal world, Prof Patel says

Daphne Nkosi Foundation.

diseases such as cancers of the

there would be more centres for

blood, cancers of the lymph nodes

the treatment of haematology-

and benign diseases of the blood,

related illnesses, especially in the

Potential for improvements

among others.

public health arena.

Prof Patel believes there are many

Prof Patel says the centre aims

He says pockets of excellence in

opportunities for aspiring haema-

to provide optimal, state-of-the-art,

haematological care are typically

tologists and those starting out in

specialised care to in-patients with

seen in tertiary and quaternary

the field. He says those specialising

common and rare haematological

university-affiliated hospitals and

in haematology can open new

diseases; an out-patient service for

in some dedicated private sector

doors for medicine in the future.

patients receiving blood or blood

haematology centres. There needs to be increased

products; chemotherapy; and an

“Aspiring haematologists should know that the field of haematology

opportunity for the training of med-

awareness of clinical haematology

is a fascinating one. This is from a

ical students and other medical

as a sub-speciality with a view to

learning and teaching perspective,

and nursing staff in haematology

increasing the number of qualified

from a service point of view as well

and the sub-speciality of clinical

clinical haematologists. There are

as from a research perspective.


currently fewer than 50 of these

The centre is named after Zakithi

specialists in the country. “There also needs to be greater

‘Zaza’ Nkosi who died from hae-

“The ground is very fertile and has great potential for improvements and progress and untapped re-

mophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis

access to state-of-the-art medi-

search. Much has been achieved


cine in the public sector as well

in the past three decades and

He says the clinic provides opti-

as greater access to specialised

much more can be achieved in

mal treatment to very sick patients

treatment modalities, such as stem

the future,” he says.

Public Sector Manager • February 2020


LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION “RELAY” WELL UNDER WAY All elections are a collaborative undertaking requiring the support, cooperation and participation of a wide range of stakeholders. Nowhere is this more evident than in the preparations for the general elections of municipal councils in which co-dependencies span a variety of government, public sector, civil society and constitutional institutions, political parties and independent candidates. Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo explains the key milestones in the race which is already well under way:

Municipal elections are a two-and-a-half year “relay marathon” in which the baton is handed from the Electoral Commission to the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), to the nine provincial MECs for COGTA, to the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) and back again to the Electoral Commission. This relay race to prepare for 2021 local elections is already well under way. In the first leg of the race the Minister of COGTA must determine and publish the formulae for determining the number of councillors for each type of municipality (local, district and metro). South Africa currently has 257 municipalities, comprising eight metropolitan councils, 44 district councils and 205 local municipalities. In terms of the pertinent statutory prescripts, the formulae must be based on the number of voters registered on each municipal segment of the voters’ roll, and the number of councillors may not be fewer than three and not more than 90 for a local and district councils. At the upper end of the spectrum there may not be more than 270 councilors for a metropolitan council. However, the relevant Act does allow for limited deviations in cases where the geographic size of a municipality or other exceptional circumstances requires additional or fewer councillors for effective governance. In March last year, the Electoral Commission provided the erstwhile Minister of COGTA with a copy of the certified voters’ roll. This version of the voters’ roll being one certified in preparation for the national and Sy Mamabolo, Chief Electoral Officer

provincial elections which were held


in May last year. This voters’ roll contained 26 756 898

The Electoral Commission appeals to all stakeholders,

voters – an increase of 423 545 voters (or 1.6%) since the

especially those citizens in areas which have experienced

2016 local government elections. The current Minister

demarcation disputes and dissatisfaction in the past,

published the prescribed formulae in July 2019.

to use this consultation process to raise and resolve any grievances they may have. Once this process is

This ministerial determination triggered the handover

concluded and the MDB has determined the final wards,

of the baton to the nine provincial MECs responsible

there is no further opportunity or time for demarcations to

for local government, who applied the formulae to

be changed ahead of the elections.

determine the number of councilors in each municipal council. As matters stand, the number of councillors for

While the demarcation process is under way, the

2021 has been set at 8 936 compared to 8 646 councillors

Electoral Commission will finalise draft legislative

in 2016. This computation excludes district council

amendments to the Municipal Electoral Act and its


regulations with a view to enhancing the efficiency of the electoral process. These amendments will be

The next “runner” in our election relay is the MDB, which

tabled in Parliament for debate and approval in the

must determine the number of wards per municipality by

course of the year.

dividing the number of councillors by two. This division by half is intended to realise the split between ward

The final handover of wards to the Electoral Commission is

and proportional representation councillors. Municipal

scheduled for August 2020 – a year before the current five-

councils must comprise 50% ward councillors and 50%

year term of municipal councils expires on 3 August 2021.

proportional representation councillors. This triggers the final leg of the local government relay Having determined the number of wards, the MDB then

race during which the Electoral Commission makes final

calculates the norm for wards in each municipality. The

preparations for the elections. The first step in this process

norm is an average number of registered voters per ward

is a review of the voting districts which may have been

which is determined by dividing the number of registered

affected by the ward delimitation process. Registered voters

voters on the municipal segment of the voters’ roll by the

in wards which change (especially those in voting districts

number of wards in that municipality. A minimum and

which have been split) must be moved to the correct ward

maximum variance of 15% is allowed between the norm

segments of the voters’ roll and informed accordingly.

and the actual number of registered voters per ward. The variance is invaluable since it is impractical to ensure that

During the final phase of the relay, political parties

all wards have a precise match to the ward norm – so the

also begin their internal processes to identify and

variance provides requisite flexibility and fairness.

select candidates to contest proportional representation and ward elections along with independent candidates.

The total number of wards for the 2021 local government elections is 4 468 – an increase of 76 (or 1.7%) compared

There may be almost 18 months to go until the next local

to 2016 – which is primarily due to the 1.6% increase in the

government elections but the race to the finish line has

number of registered voters.

already started and, like the Olympic torch, many hands will help deliver another free, fair and successful election.

The MDB then prepares the first set of draft ward maps and embarks on a national engagement and

Sy Mamabolo is Chief Electoral Officer

consultation process with all stakeholders, including municipalities, provincial departments, traditional leaders, political parties and ultimately members of the public. This vital process to ensure buy-in by all affected stakeholders is currently under way throughout the country and is scheduled to continue until May 2020. Included in the plans for consultation and engagement are public meetings which are scheduled to be held in the first quarter of 2020.



Writer: Thabisile Dlomo

Partner with the police to report crime T

he Crime Stop hotline is a successful community policing initiative that allows

anonymous callers to report criminal activities to the South African Police Service (SAPS). The number for the hotline is 08600 10111. Callers can remain anonymous and the centre does not have the mechanisms to trace calls or see the caller’s number. This is in line with international standards laid down by Crime Stoppers. It helps create trust between the SAPS and the informer. In 2005, the SAPS solved thou-

criminal cases, recovered over

ment. Callers may remain anony-

sands of criminal cases and pre-

R1 billion worth of stolen property

mous if they wish to do so.

vented many others by following

and seized a number of narcotics.

public to Crime Stop call centres.

What is Crime Stop?

As a result, Crime Stop received an

Crime Stop is a community polic-

award at the 2005 annual Crime

ing programme that is operated

The difference between 10111 and 08600 10111 call centres

Stoppers International Training

by the SAPS. The programme is

The 10111 toll-free number is used

Conference in Canada for the

responsible for collecting informa-

by victims to report a crime or

highest number of drugs recov-

tion from members of the public

when police assistance is needed

ered worldwide.

on criminals and their activities.

in an emergency situation. These

SAPS continues to use the infor-

Members of the public are assist-

centres are dependent on caller

mation provided through Crime

ed by call centre agents who are

identification information technol-

Stop to solve a number of criminal

trained in investigative interview-

ogy and use advanced recording

cases. Since its inception in 1992,

ing. The informer can then pass

technology to locate where the

the Crime Stop programme has

on information to the SAPS in a

victim is in order to send emer-

assisted in solving over 100 000

safe and non-threatening environ-

gency assistance.

up on information supplied by the


Public Sector Manager • February 2020

On the other hand, informers

be informed why the informa-

vestigating officer is responsi-

can call a share-call 08600 10111

tion cannot be used. Usable

ble for determining a reward

number to anonymously provide

information is linked to the

and for processing the claim

mostly reactive information on

code number allocated to the

in accordance with National


Instruction 2 of 2001. When

criminals and their activities. Crime Stop is based on the un-

3. The informer is then requested

the reward is ready, Crime

derstanding that someone other

to call the Crime Stop hot-

Stop will coordinate with the

than the criminal has informa-

line again, within a specified

informer how and where the

tion that can solve a crime. The

time, to establish whether

reward will be paid out.

information received is channeled

the information was positive

to detectives who then investigate

or whether he/she qualifies

the crime.

for a reward, if the informer

What can informers expect when calling Crime Stop?

indicates that he/she wants a

Extended services provided by Crime Stop


Crime Stop was recently upgrad-

4. The only way a call centre

ed and can also link the inform-

agent will discuss a case with

ers directly with investigators by

When informers call Crime Stop,

an informer in the future, is if

means of conference calling.

they can expect to be taken

the code number provided by

This enables the investigating

through the following procedure:

the informer is correct and the

officer to interview the informer

1. The call centre agent will

caller correlates with the caller

directly (only with the permission

profile on record.

of the informer).

guide the caller through a set of questions to get as much

5. The call centre agent will im-

information as possible from

mediately terminate the call if

outbound calls daily to selected

the caller.

he/she is not satisfied that the

high-crime areas. The purpose

2. The call centre agent then

informer is the same person

of these calls is to briefly explain

allocates a unique code

who made the initial call. This

the services of Crime Stop, with

number to the informer. If the

is a protective measure to

an invitation to use the service

information is not helpful, the

ensure the security of crime

in future. There has been a


good response to this initiative,

informer will be guided to obtain more information or will

6. Crime Stop sends the information received to the relevant investigation unit to follow up on

Crime Stop can also make

with helpful information being obtained. The Crime Stop number is

the information. The call centre

advertised on all newly marked

agent then requests the inves-

police vehicles to create greater

tigation unit to provide initial

public awareness and to remind

feedback within 24 hours and

members of the public to report

the outcome of the investiga-

criminals and their activities

tion as soon as possible.

anonymously to Crime Stop.

7. If the informer qualifies for and requests a reward, the in-

Public Sector Manager • February 2020

*Information supplied by SAPS.



*Writer: Omega Shelembe

Strategy planning and execution: Two sides of the transformation coin


rilliant company strategies

not two sides of the same coin and

often go the way of new year

therefore cannot be the responsi-

resolutions. Nowhere! They

bility of the same people.

failure to execute include: •

The complexity of the challenges: The nature of

have a vigorous start, full of vision

Planning, which entails the envi-

the challenges at hand

and determination, but frequently

sioning of the future outcomes we

requires deeper thinking,

fail to result in organisational suc-

want to see, will only succeed if

given their complexity and

cess because of ineffective execu-

supported by the required or-

interrelatedness to other


ganisational capacity. It therefore

phenomena across social,

follows that implementation or

economic and environmen-

sector, in which ‘brilliant’ strategies

execution is an integral part of or-

tal spheres. The appreciation

and plans for societal transforma-

ganisational leadership and thus

of this complexity needs to

tion are produced but fail to live up

cannot be seen as the responsibil-

permeate all levels, from

to expectations, mainly because

ity of middle management alone.

planning to execution.

those involved have not mastered

The execution of organisational

This is also true in the public

Unintended consequences:

plans becomes more compli-

It almost goes without

Unfortunately, lack of execution

cated as a result of the number

saying that any strategic

creates the perception that part

of factors that need to be man-

intervention made to deal

of the leadership value chain or

aged, none of which can be held

with challenges will have

hierarchy is unable to live up to the

constant as is the case during

unintended consequences,

expectations of the task at hand.

strategy simulation exercises and

which themselves need to

However, this perception suggests


be managed to prevent the

the art of strategic execution.

that planning and execution are


Factors that may contribute to

original intervention from

Public Sector Manager • February 2020

derailing. Although most of

interests naturally differ. The

erational ability to make it a reality.

these consequences are

general receptibility of an

As the saying goes: ‘the quality

foreseeable, they are not

intervention will improve im-

of our decisions reflects the quality

always avoidable and man-

plementation success, and

of our thinking’. Unless execution

agement’s ability to respond

the converse is also true.

is given the same amount of think-

Time, timing and sequenc-

ing, many well-laid plans will falter

importance. The situation

ing: Management needs to

at implementation.

becomes compounded if

ensure that enough imple-

In fact, second best plans which

these challenges were not

mentation time is allowed

are brilliantly executed stand a far

foreseen, as would be the

to give meaningful effect to

better chance of producing better

case with new or ground-

an intervention. It should not

results than the best plans which

breaking interventions.

be hastily executed and the

are ill-executed. It is the responsi-

Organisational attune-

right intervention must occur

bility of management to ensure

ment: The greatest enabling

at the right time and in the

that sound plans are soundly

factor for the management

appropriate sequence to

executed. Therefore, poor imple-

of any project of signifi-

earlier interventions. Failure

mentation should serve as an

cance is the ability, flexibility

to observe these elements

indictment to the entire manage-

and responsiveness of the

pose a serious risk to suc-

ment team and not a particular

organisation to its imple-

cessful execution.

segment deemed to be responsi-

Resourcing: The project

ble for implementation.

appropriately is of critical

mentation requirements.

Notwithstanding the impor-

management adage of

tance of this factor, insuffi-

‘a timely execution within

years of making life-changing

cient time is usually devoted

budget’, talks to the extent

resolutions at the beginning of

to assessing whether the

to which the project is suf-

every new year and failing to

organisation is sufficiently

ficiently resourced to ensure

implement them.

attuned in terms of people

implementation success.

competencies for the task at

Cost overruns are becoming

cannot survive that long in the

hand, culture, systems and

commonplace and, in most

face of the inability to execute its

policies and the co-ordina-

instances, threaten to nullify

plans. This means that visionary

tion of effort. Unless these

the initial benefits of the

plans must be supported by man-

organisational dynamics are

intervention. They thus need

agement dexterity in execution, if

well tuned and aligned, the

to be strictly managed.

or-ganisations are to survive and

probability of implementa-

The above and other stylised

tion failure is amplified.

facts about implementation

External party reaction:

challenges point to the need for

Different stakeholders are

sufficient management think-

bound to react differently

ing in conceptualising the future

to any policy or project

we seek to create, the path we

intervention as their vested

choose to achieve it and the op-

Public Sector Manager • February 2020

An individual may survive many

Unfortunately, an organisation

ultimately thrive.

*Omega Shelembe is the Deputy Director-General: SOC Oversight and ICT Enterprise Development at the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services.


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EPWP helps unearth critical skills A

partnership between the Expanded Public Works Programme

ing the economy. Public Works and Infrastructure Deputy Minister Noxolo Kiviet

mechanics, electricians, fitters and turners, and motor mechanics.

(EPWP) and the Manufacturing,

said through the partnership, the

“As of the end of 2017/18, a

Engineering and Related Services

country’s youth is being trained

total of 62 participants have suc-

Sector Education and Training

to be competent in various

cessfully completed their trade

Authority is doing its bit to help

artisan disciplines such as auto

tests and are now qualified arti-

close the critical skills gap plagu-

electricians, boilermakers, diesel

sans,” said the Deputy Minister.


Public Sector Manager • February 2020

She was speaking at the twoday EPWP Colloquium on Youth and People with Disabilities, held in Tshwane recently. The EPWP has been instrumental in creating employment at grassroots level, and equipping unemployed youth and people with disabilities with the necessary skills for the job market. Deputy Minister Kiviet cautioned that at times, there were unrealistic expectations of the EPWP, as many look to it as the

“Approximately 208 small, medium and micro enterprises ... have been provided with enterprise development support.”

panacea for the country’s unemployment problem. “Although the EPWP offers shortterm employment, income support provided in terms of wages to participants contributes towards reducing poverty levels. “When participants are working in EPWP, the daily wages they

expected to create five million

unemployed youth should ben-

earn reduce the level of poverty

work opportunities, with par-

efit from the programme.

for them and their households.

ticipation dis-aggregated into

“It is not enough for people

“EPWP has an important role to

60 percent women, 55 percent

to say they [youth] can now

play but it cannot be the only in-

youth and 2 percent people

put food on the table. The aim

strument to address unemploy-

with disa-bilities.

is to give people hope and the

ment. These unrealistic expecta-

“Approximately 208 small,

necessary skills. The programme

tions are likely to result in failure

medium and micro enterprises,

should be used as a tool for

and pessimism about the value

which include cooperatives and

social cohesion.”

of the EPWP.”

non-profit organisations, have

Launched in 2004 to provide

The EPWP Colloquium brought

been provided with enterprise

together organisations repre-

poverty and income relief

development support. Support

senting youth and people with

through temporary work for the

includes capacity building, as-

disabilities, senior government

unemployed, the EPWP has had

sistance with regard to compli-

officials across all three spheres

four phases, which have created

ance matters and training on

of government, as well as repre-

millions of job opportunities.

existing enterprise support.”

sentatives from the International

Under the current Phase IV

The Deputy Director General of

Labour Organisation to discuss

(implemented from 1 April 2019

Public Works and Infrastructure,

ways to increase participation in

to 31 March 2024), the EPWP is

Stanley Henderson, says more

the EPWP.

Public Sector Manager • February 2020



Writer: More Matshediso

Integrating work and personal life


he dynamics of working women are complex and finding

ties, with or without support.

work, working women are often

Katjene leads a team of clinical

expected to don multiple hats. They

the right balance between a

and industrial psychologists at

must juggle raising and educating

rewarding career and a meaningful

PsychWell, a 100 percent black-

children, managing their marriage

personal life takes much juggling.

owned firm in Pretoria.

or romantic relationship and help-

According to the Chief Executive

ing solve family problems – in both

Working women are expected to

Officer of PsychWell, Dr Matthews

fulfil multiple roles and still lead a

their immediate and extended

Katjene, it is very challenging for

rewarding life, he said. While some

families. They must also make time

working women to balance their

women thrive under this pressure,

for social interaction with friends,

careers with family, social and oc-

others are daunted by it, he added.

neighbours and peers; address oc-

cupational roles and responsibili-

Apart from doing a solid day’s

cupational difficulties such as their


Public Sector Manager • February 2020

work environment or colleagues

gling? Am I coping? Do I have

really make a difference in my

and tackle general existential is-

to do everything? How can

life or the lives of my significant


I structure and manage my

others? How do I ensure that

time? Which of the priorities re-

I continue to do things that

quire most of my effort/energy?

keep me focused, excited and

Katjene explained that women may face different challenges during their various life stages.

 Am I focusing on things that


“Younger women are more likely to experience more challenges than older women who might have already passed through some of those challenges and now face a different set of problems.”

Time for reflection To help strike a balance between their personal life and work and achieve a sense of well-being, Katjene suggested women take some time for introspection. He said a fundamental shift is needed in the mindset of working women. Instead of imagining work and personal life on opposing sides of a scale and trying to balance the two, women should instead make it their business to integrate them. In other words, the aim of work-life balance should be replaced with work-life integration. According to Katjene, there will always be multiple demands which will require a woman’s attention. Critical analysis is needed to guide women in determining what is most deserving of their energy. He said women should ask themselves these questions:  Who am I? What do I stand for?  How many priorities am I jug-

Public Sector Manager • February 2020



 What help/assistance/support

the expectation is that it should be

proaches to create an environment

do I require? Who is available to

ideal for both males and females.

that allows proper implementation


Family and social expectations

of employment equity plans. These

have to be fulfilled, however, and

should not only be for compliance

 How am I doing in other critical areas in terms of physical, finan-

often require a woman’s atten-

purposes but for changing the

cial, intellectual, psychological

tion but that should not exclude

workplace landscape,” he said.

and emotional wellness as well

her from being ‘at the table’ and

He added that the concept of

as leisure activities? What strat-

making critical decisions in the

“reasonable accommodation”

egies can I employ to improve

workplace,” he explained.

should apply in all areas in the

these areas of my life?

The corporate world is changing

workplace with regard to manag-

“The ‘superwoman’ syndrome is

and women now hold very senior

ing workplace challenges that

proving very detrimental to many

positions on merit but Katjene said

hinder progress.

women who just want to do eve-

these women often do not receive

rything and be everywhere all the

the support needed from their

training in organisations should

time,” Katjene said.

employers to thrive.

be taken to the next level to focus

Katjene believes that diversity

He said women in high positions

on changing mindsets about the

and women in middle and lower

co-existence of the genders in the

positions have different needs that

workplace and actively addressing

According to Katjene, women

may include but not be limited to

gender disparity.

still experience inequality in the

flexible hours, an in-house nursery/

Women and men should be of

workplace with regard to career

child-minding services and working

more assistance to each other and

advancement and pay parity.

remotely – especially in this digital

more mindful of the challenges

He said whilst we accept that

era. He said companies need to

that women face in and out of the

there are some attempts to miti-

incorporate care and support into

boardroom, he added.

gate these challenges and offer

their organisational values to en-

women equal opportunities, there

hance workplace productivity and

is still a lot of work to be done.


Facing workplace challenges

“Some workplaces are making efforts to ensure that women

“Addressing inequalities requires very focused and deliberate ap-

enjoy privileges to put them on an equal footing with their male counterparts. However, stereotypical views and applications often limit women from achieving what a man can over time,” he said. “These practices are covert and only find impression in the decisions that are made that do not always benefit women. The world of work is diverse and dynamic and


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*Writer: Dr Rufaro Mucheka

Benefits of a tax-free savings account JSE-listed exchange traded fund (ETF) and more. It guarantees capital investment and is an effective way to save for goals, because any interest, dividends or capital gains are free of tax. Financial institutions such as banks, investment companies, insurance companies and cooperative financial institutions can offer TFSAs in the form of fixed deposits, unit trusts (collective investment schemes), retail savings bonds, endowment policies and ETFs.

How does it work? The investment and accrued inter-


est earned during a financial year ax-free savings accounts (TF-

flexible way to accumulate sav-

are tax-free:

SAs) were introduced in 2015

ings over time.

as an incentive to encour-

age household savings.

A TFSA is a savings account for

Individuals have an annual limit of R33 000 per tax year

which investors do not pay tax,

and any portion of the unused

They provide ordinary South Afri-

such as income tax, dividends

annual limit is forfeited, i.e. it is

cans with a wonderful opportunity

tax or capital gains tax, on their

not carried forward to the new

to save towards a specific goal


tax year. For example: if a tax-

or to supplement their retirement savings.

Such a savings account can

payer invested R20 000 in 2019,

take the form of a money market

their unused portion of R13 000

As TFSAs are not subject to tax,

account, a fixed-term bank ac-

will not roll over to 2020. The

they provide a convenient and

count, a unit trust investment, a

taxpayer can therefore only


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invest R33 000 in 2020 as per

avoid penalties.

the annual limit.  There is a lifetime limit of R500

Parents can also open a TFSA in the name of any child under the

000 per person (for both adults

age of 16. A tax-free account also

and minors).

provides parents or grandparents

ments can be as little as R500 per month or lump sums, as long as they do not exceed the lifetime limit of R500 000. TFSAs are efficient savings vehi-

with an opportunity to open ac-

cles for:

either annual (R33 000) and/

counts in the name of a minor

 Children’s education.

or lifetime (R500 000), the

in order to save for their educa-

 Saving for a goal such as a

excess contributions incur

tion, or simply to provide them

penalties and are taxed at 40

with a future nest egg which they

 Saving for retirement.

percent by the South African

can access when they get older.

 A nest egg for children.

 If a person exceeds the limits,


Revenue Service (SARS).

However, because the account

 A person can have more than

is in the name of the child, this

one tax-free investment; how-

forms part of their tax-free allow-

ever, the maximum combined

ance, which may limit their ability

total will still be the annual limit

to save for themselves via a TFSA

How does SARS know that one has invested more than the set limits?

(R33 000) per tax year.

later in life.

All service providers furnish SARS with the following information

 Annual and lifetime limits apply to all individuals and are

What are the benefits?

every tax year:

applied across all financial

A TFSA is a great way to save and

 Total contributions made by

institutions and service provid-

a much better option than a


regular savings account for the

 Total amounts withdrawn.

following reasons:

 Total amounts transferred.

at any time, but it is not advis-

 Tax-free savings – The money

 Total investment returns such

able to do so as this may pre-

invested into a TFSA, interest

as interest, dividends, capital

vent them from achieving their

accrued, dividends, capital

losses and capital gains.

financial goals. In addition,

gains and withdrawals are all

Most financial institutions offer

 Individuals can withdraw funds

making withdrawals negatively impacts one’s lifetime tax-free


TFSAs. The sooner one starts, the

 The power of compounding

more growth such investments

– A TFSA is a convenient and

can potentially gain from the

flexible way to accumulate

power of compounding.

savings limit.

Who qualifies for a TFSA?

 Huge flexibility – Individuals are

Any South African with a valid

not required to make monthly

identity document can invest in a

future contributions, but can

tax-free savings account as long

save as and when they have

as they manage their investments


within the given limitations and


and grow savings over time.

 Lifetime allowance – Invest-

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Dr Rufaro Mucheka (PhD) is a Certified Financial Planner and the Head of Strategy & Rest of Africa at Nedbank Financial Planning.



Writer: Allison Cooper

Ectopic pregnancy

is a medical emergency - which occurs inside the fallopian tube, the fertilised egg travels through the tube to the rich uterine cavity where it attaches to the endometrial lining and the baby develops. “In ectopic pregnancies, the fertilised egg implants on other body surfaces. In 98 percent of cases, the location of ectopic pregnancies is in the fallopian tubes. Uncommon locations include the ovary, abdominal cavity, cervix and the broad ligament,” said Dr Mhlari. When this happens, the embryo cannot be transplanted and ending the pregnancy is the woman’s only option.


Dr Mhlari said a woman has omen who suspect

and Gynaecology at Dr George

a higher chance of an ectopic

that they have an ec-

Mukhari Academic Hospital, an

pregnancy if she has:

topic pregnancy must

ectopic pregnancy is not located

seek urgent medical treatment as

in the cavity of the uterus, where a

lopian tubes, such as from

the condition is life threatening.

pregnancy is normally located.

past tubal infections from

According to Dr Bushy Mhlari,

He said that usually, after ferti-

sexually transmitted infec-

the Senior Registrar Obstetrics

lisation of the egg by the sperm


Damaged or abnormal fal-

tions or tubal surgery.

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ence severe pain and some may have vaginal bleeding. This is followed by dizziness, a drop in blood pressure, fainting, shock and death if treatment is delayed,” he said. To diagnose an ectopic pregnancy, a blood or urine pregnancy test is done to confirm that the woman is pregnant. “An ultrasound is then done to confirm if the uterus is empty and to see where the embryo is in the woman’s body,” said Dr Mhlari.

topic pregnancy.

Treating an ectopic pregnancy

Has infertility.

“Once an ectopic pregnancy

Has multiple sexual

is diagnosed it must be treated


to stop its growth, because the

Smokes cigarettes.

woman’s life is at risk if treat-

Had a previous ec-

ment is delayed,” said Dr Mhlari.

“Ruptured ectopic preg-

“Surgery remains the first

nancy is a life-threatening condition and is the lead-

choice treatment of an ectopic

ing cause of pregnancy-

pregnancy, either laparoscopic

related maternal death in

or open laparotomy. However,

the first three months of

early diagnosis allows the op-

pregnancy. The incidence

tion of medical treatment

of ectopic pregnancy is approxi-

pregnant. Common symptoms

before the ectopic pregnancy

mately two percent in the gen-


ruptures,” he added.

eral population,” said Dr Mhlari.

Signs of an ectopic pregnancy

Lower abdominal pain.

Dr Mhlari said that a woman

A missed menstrual pe-

can still conceive after an ec-


topic pregnancy.

According to Dr Mhlari, the

Vaginal bleeding.

“However, some women have

Women who suspect that they have an ectopic pregnancy

symptoms appear early in preg-

no symptoms until the fallopian

must consult their general prac-

nancy. Sometimes, even before

tube ruptures. When this hap-

titioner or local hospital or clinic

the woman realises that she is

pens, the woman may experi-

as soon as possible.

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Compiled by: Silusapho Nyanda


Reading is a stepping stone to success T well read. Dr Boikhutso, Director of

What are some of the books that you have read that had an impact on your life? How did they impact your life?

Clinical Services at Nelson Mandela

A book I read recently called Es-

do not take the time to ask our-

Children’s Hospital, shares some

sentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit

selves who we are really, what do

of the lessons she learnt through

of Less, helped me realise that I

we want and how can we contrib-


do not have to be everything to

ute positively to society.

aking her cue from former presidents and other suc-

cessful individuals, Dr Nkuli

Boikhutso believes the secret to

achieving great things lies in being

being, this book really provides a

refreshing perspective on what life could truly be.

Many of us young South Africans

are pressured by what is labelled aspirational on social media but

everyone all the time

What book are you currently reading and why are you interested in it?

It’s important to

What are some of the benefits that you enjoy from reading?

prioritise what is

I have an inquisitive mind and

important in life and

always want to learn new things

be comfortable with

about the world around me and

it regardless of what


and that “No” is a complete sentence.

external pressures

I have seen how many successful

one may experi-

individuals who I look up to, such

I am reading a

ence. In that way I

as former Presidents Thabo Mbeki

book by Malcolm

will be more effec-

and Barack Obama, and Bill Gates

Gladwell called

tive in the things

and Oprah Winfrey, have all read

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the

that I actually want to pursue in life.

People We Don’t Know. The title of

proper communication is vital. I feel that it is important to under-

I would certainly recommend

stand how miscommunication

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit

between various parties can lead

of Less. As a young professional

to major problems in society and

living in the current times when

why mastering communication is

there is just so much pressure to

important to building a successful

have more material things at any

career and society.

cost and not enough focus on just

deal with many different people in my profession on a daily basis and


success is in reading and reading great books.

Which books would you recommend to other people and why?

the book caught my attention as I

tons of books. Clearly the secret to

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Land Rover adds value-packed Discovery 5 L

and Rover’s Discovery 3 and 4 are global best-selling models

supreme comfort. The Discovery 5, therefore, has

much of that chunky character. It has lost some of the granite

in the Land Rover stable.

a tough act to follow. The ea-

“Tonka-toy” look and looks a

Highly awarded, the Discovery 3

gerly awaited Discovery 5 was

bit more refine. Land Rover has

and 4 are also lauded for their

launched last year. Land Rover

been at pains to explain that

multi-purpose talents that allowed

may not admit it, but while the

technically it remains extremely

you to run the daily commute dur-

new car weighed significantly less

capable, which I certainly don’t

ing the week, attend a gala event

than its predecessor, making it

dispute, but all this amazing tech

on a Friday night and spend the

sprightlier and more fuel efficient

has pushed the price of even

weekend bundu-bashing, all in

as a result, the Disco 5 has lost

the entry level Discovery 5 to the


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Technical specifications supplied by Land Rover SA

other side of R1 million!


Ingenium Diesel

Power 1



430 Nm

0 – 100 km/h

8.7 secs

Fuel consumption


Maintenance plan

Five-year/100 000km


R1 240 700

which comes standard with LED

Land Rover has introduced a

headlights, rain-sensing wipers,

new engine for its versatile Discov-

a 10-speaker Enhanced Sound

ery SUV. To celebrate the launch

System, Terrain Response, 12-

of this new engine Land Rover

way leather seats and InControl

South Africa has packaged 50

Touch Navigation with Apple Car-

units with additional features to

Play, but adds some useful extras

serve as a value-packed but still

at an attractive price.

affordable entry to the range.

On top of the standard items,

The greatest boon in the latest

are an added sunroof, power in-

version is the reduced fuel con-

ner tailgate, roof rails and keyless

sumption which is thanks mostly

entry. Inside, the new Discovery

to Land Rover’s SD4 Ingenium

benefits from third-row seating,

On road and off road, the Dis-

Diesel engine with 177kW and

a centre console cooler, ebony

covery 5 will continue to take you

430Nm, mated to a standard

headlining and second seating

there in total comfort, now with

eight-speed automatic transmis-

row USB ports.

reduced consumption. The fact

sion. In this iteration the seven-

Available in either Fuji White

that you don’t see as many as

seater accelerates from

or Indus Silver, the new feature-

you did the previous series could

0-100km/h in 8.7 seconds while

packed Discovery is available

be because of the high price

returning an average fuel con-

from R1 240 700 and includes

and the divisive looks – which is a

sumption of 6.4l/100km.

Land Rover’s standard five-

real pity, because it remains, tech-

year/100 000km maintenance

nically and practically, a highly

plan and warranty.

competent vehicle.

The 50 units are based on the popular Discovery SE package

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Writer: Nicholas Francis

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Writers: Duane Stacey and Ilse Van den Berg

Namaqua West Coast: a guide for first-time visitors T

he Namaqua West Coast


which they are the sixth-generation

is a somewhat unexplored,

Though it appears to be (and for

owners) borders the Oorslog-

unfamiliar land for many. It’s

the major part is) a dry, desolate

skloof Nature Reserve where a

not Namaqualand but it’s also not

land, majestic waterfalls abound

war ensued in 1739 between the

only and completely West Coast.

– if you know where to search for

indigenous Khoi and local farmers.

So where is it and what makes it

them in the right season). Waterval

Its multitude of gorges, rivers, caves

worth a visit?

Resort is located 35kms from Van-

and plateaus make it a paradise

rhynsdorp in the Maskam moun-

for hikers and mountain bikers. In

it’s super easy to simply hop on

tain region and offers camping

the rainy season (usually between

the N7 and arrive at the border of

facilities, a mountain hut, as well

May and August), the waterfall

the Namaqua West Coast within

as open-plan chalets. From the

smashes down into a rock pool

three hours. If you’re coming from

camp site, it’s an easy 600m walk

180m below.

Gauteng, you would go either via

along the mountain pathway to a

Upington or Kimberly and it could

natural rock pool that gets topped


take you anything from 14 to16

up by a 380m waterfall during the

The road to the Namaqua West

hours. The Namaqua West Coast

rainy season.

Coast is, thankfully, dotted with

If you’re coming from Cape Town,

region includes towns such as

Another hidden waterfall is

many random padstalle and you’d

Klawer, Vredendal, Vanrhynsdorp,

located on Papkuilsfontein Guest

be silly to pass the opportunity to

Lutzville, Koekenaap, Papendorp,

Farm in Nieuwoudtville. Niewoudt-

stop to stretch your legs, fuel up

Doringbaai and Strandfontein,

ville doesn’t technically fall within

on some roosterkoek and coffee,

among others.

the Namaqua West Coast border,

and buy locally produced food

but is considered a close, friendly

and craft items. The padstalle in


this area are worth a stop even if

At first sight, it might not seem like there is lots to do, but don’t be fooled. Here are some of our highlights:


Papkuilsfontein owners, Jaco and Alrie van Wyk’s working farm (of

you don’t need or want anything – the character of the shops and

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personalities of the local people

tein boasts but one thing apart

Quiver trees

alone, make it worth the stop.

from a petrol station – the Gerber

Take a drive through the Quiver

& Co. padstal. This is a haven

Tree Forest, the second largest in

stalls not to miss in this area. Bag-

on the N7 for those on their way

the world, which lies 25km north of

dad Café is located 24km outside

to Namibia. Indulge in baked

Nieuwoudtville. Alternatively, stop in

of Vanrhynsdorp as you approach

goods such as carrot cake, baked

Vanrhynsdorp at the nursery – your

the Nieuwoudtville Pass. You’ll rec-

cheesecake, roosterkoeke, home-

mouth will no doubt hang open

ognise it by its colourful flags, life-

made lamb pies, deli products,

when you see the sheer amount

size stuffed dolls, and a signboard

cookies, coffee and rusks.

and various types of succulents.

be closed – It’s Monday. The road’s


Rooibos tea

too quiet. There’s a cricket game

The Namaqua West Coast is also

Gifberg Holiday Farm is hidden on

on. They are feeling lazy. They

home to some great wines such

top of the Maskam Mountains and

made enough money yesterday.

as Klawer Cellars, Fryers Cove,

apart from hiking routes, camping

Inspired by a 1980s movie, Bag-

Seal Breeze and Teubes Wines,

and other accommodation, pro-

dad Café is unconventional and

among others. Klawer offers an

duces lots of rooibos tea. Early in

fascinating. Chat to the owners

unusual wine and rooibos pairing

the morning, you can take a short

over a lip-smacking pancake,

while Fryer’s Cove cellars, situated

walk and watch the workers cut

browse old books while sipping on

in Doringbaai, offers a unique

and prepare the tea for sending off

a refreshing Coke, or hum along to

experience being located in an

to its various destinations.

The Rolling Stones record playing

old crayfish factory. Enjoy fresh

in the background as you watch a

seafood, some local wine and, if


car or two pass by every hour.

you’re lucky, there might even be a

Then there’s nature’s spring flower

live band.

show in the months of August

There are, however, two specific

that lists reasons why they might

A bit further north-west, Bitterfon-

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and September. Though the Nama-

of birds can be found within the

qua West Coast can be brown and

Olifants River estuary in Papendorp.

dull for nine months of the year,

This estuary has been classified as

come August, a multi-coloured flower

the fourth most important South

tapestry starts covering the earth.

African estuary in terms of Estuarine

Just be sure to book your accom-

Conservation. More than 200 bird

modation in advance as everyone

species have been recorded here,

comes from afar to witness the flower

and in summer the bird popula-

magic this time of the year!

tion in this area can exceed 15 000


birds. Rare migratory waders such as

Beaches that form part of the

common redshank, pectoral and

Namaqua West Coast include

broad-billed sandpipers, red-necked

Doringbaai, Strandfontein and

phalarope and dunlin also frequent

Papendorp (where the Olifants River

the estuary.

meets the ocean). The towns are

Though the Namaqua West Coast

small and beaches almost desolate.

resembles a harsh desert in some

There is nothing quite like ending

parts – sans cities and crowds of

a day walking on Strandfontein’s

people – it’s real and rough, yet spa-

long, stretched-out beach, wading

cious and free. It’s a place where

through thoughts that you never

breathing becomes easy and

have time for back in the busy city.

effortless. While you think you’re still

Birds One of the greatest concentrations

absorbing its beauty with your eyes, it has probably already, unknowingly, crept deep into your heart.


Compiled by: Nicholas Francis

Healthy eating

made easy I

f you’re one of the many peo-

• 2 tablespoons oil

are tender, remove from oven and

ple who are prioritising their

• Balsamic vinegar (to serve)

let cool.

health this year, we’ve got you

• ½ teaspoon chilli flakes

In a salad bowl, place half of the

• Salt and pepper to season

rocket, followed by half of the but-

covered. Here are some great lunch ideas to help you ditch the

ternut and beetroot.

take outs and pack a healthy


Crumble half the feta cheese

lunch box instead.

In a bowl, add the butternut and

over and repeat this process with

drizzle a tablespoon of oil to coat.

remaining ingredients. Finally,

Sprinkle chilli flakes over the but-

sprinkle over the pomegranate

ternut, followed by a pinch of salt

and your salad is ready to go.


and pepper. Mix all together then

Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the

• 500g butternut (cubed)

place on a greased baking tray.

salad when serving.

• 500g beetroot (peeled and

Follow the same procedure for the

Butternut and beetroot salad


beetroot as the butternut. Roast

• 200g rocket

the butternut and beetroot for 30

Chicken quinoa bowl

• 150g feta

minutes in a preheated oven at


• 200g pomegranate


• 1 avocado (sliced)

• 2 garlic cloves (crushed)

Once the beetroot and butternut

• 500g baby spinach


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pot. Put the Brussels sprouts into

In a bowl add your baby spinach,

the pot. Reduce the heat to low

sliced chicken breasts, avocado,

and simmer until sprouts are

peppers, quinoa, Brussels sprouts


and chickpeas. Sprinkle sesame seeds over and serve.

Quinoa Add two cups of water and salt and bring to the boil in a medium pot. Rinse the quinoa through a fine mesh sieve until water is clear

(drained) • 1 red pepper (cut into strips)

Ingredients • 2 tablespoons cream cheese (flavour of your choice)

and transfer to the pot. Reduce

• 2 wraps

the heat to low and simmer until

• 4 carrots (stripped, diced or

water is completely absorbed. • ¼ cup canned chickpeas

Tuna wrap

Remove from stove and let rest for five minutes before fluffing quinoa with a fork.

• 2 cups quinoa

shaved) • ¼ cucumber (stripped, diced or shaved) • ¼ onion (stripped or diced) • 1 avocado sliced

• 1 cup Brussels sprouts (halved)


• 1 chicken breast (deboned)

Add soy sauce, balsamic vinegar,

• 2 tablespoons olive oil

garlic and mixed herbs into a

• ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

bowl and mix. Add the chicken


• 2 tablespoons soy sauce

breast to the mixture and let it

Spread a tablespoon of

• 1 garlic clove (crushed)

marinate for 30 minutes. Bring

cream cheese across the

• 1 teaspoon mixed herbs (dried)

a griddle pan to medium heat

wrap. Place the carrots,

• Salt and pepper to season

and grill chicken breasts until

cucumber, onion, avocado

• Sesame seeds to decorate

cooked through. Remove from the

and tuna in the middle of the

pan and set aside to rest. Once

wrap, fold over the one end


cooled, slice the chicken breasts

and roll it. Fold in the two ends

Brussels sprouts

into the thickness of your choice.

to secure the filling, then cut it

Add four cups of water and salt

In the same pan, grill the red pep-

in half and serve.

and bring to a boil in a medium

pers for one minute on one side.

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Time to

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to 20kg,, R179. 2 - Stasher is a patented, award-winning design, that is eco-friendly, environmentally safe and long lasting. These airtight, reusable silicone bags are the smart alternative to plastic and are made from 100 percent natural, healthy materials and can safely go from the freezer to the microwave or the dishwasher. Get it from, R199. 3 - Zoku is a brand that has come to be known as


both innovative and functional. This vacuum insulated stainless steel bottle makes sure cold beverages stay that way for up to 40 hours, while hot beverages don’t lose steam, maintaining their heat for up to 12


hours. It’s also both BPA and phthalate free, @Home, R489. 4 –5 Bee’s Wrap is a natural alternative to 4

plastic wrap and made of beeswax, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin. The products are reusable, biodegradable and compostable – a perfect choice for any eco-friendly warrior. Get yours from yuppiechef. com, R199.


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6 - This durable, leak-proof travel mug from ChicMic comes in a variety of trendy colours, with funny slogans. It’s also made using the eco-friendly material combination of bamboo fibres and corn powder and can easily be cleaned in the dishwasher. Available from, R279. 7 - Nicolson Russell straws are plated in titanium, available in a variety of colours and come with their own cleaning brushes. This four-piece set is dishwasher safe and comes with two cleaning brushes. Available at, R179. 8 - Uashmama’s unique paper lunch bag is one that can be reused. It looks like leather and is treated like leather, making it washable and durable with a real leather handle and strap. Available from, R1 150. 9 – If you haven’t heard or seen Wonderbag before, prepare to be amazed at how efficient this clever insulator works. Wonderbag allows food that’s been brought to the boil to finish cooking while in the bag, which reduces the use of additional energy. Available at, R369.


* Prices valid at the time of print.




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