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A study of the hake deep-sea trawl fishery conducted by independent economic consultants, Genesis Analytics, has revealed for the first time the massive economic contribution made by the fishery:

66.6% black-owned – Empowerdex R1.89 bn / year R 6.7 bn / year

total economic contribution

total wage bill

R1.5 bn

R bn total investments

domestic sales


R bn export sales

R 4.5 bn / year

7 300 employees



R million / year total spend with SMEs (of which 57% is with >50% black-owned SMEs)

The hake deep-sea trawl fishery is an industrial-scale fishery. It does not overlap with small-scale fisheries, nor does it compete for resources with small-scale fishers - the fishery targets hake in deep, offshore waters that are inaccessible to small boats. SADSTIA’s vision is a hake deep-sea trawl fishery that is sustainable, internationally competitive and delivering a full range of benefits to the people of South Africa for generations to come.

A transformed industry making a vital contribution to the ocean economy The hake deep-sea trawl industry adds substantial value to the Cape hake resource, with more than 50% of the catch being beneficiated in South Africa. Value-adding generates local economic benefits including on-shore investment, employment and supplier spend. Owing to a long-standing partnership between the South African Deep-Sea Trawling Industry Association (SADSTIA), the University of Cape Town and the Fisheries Branch of the Department of Environment, Forestry & Fisheries, the trawl fishery for hake is sustainable and generates extensive benefits for the people of South Africa. SADSTIA, which represents the 33 rights holders in the hake deep-sea trawl fishery, is fully committed to supporting the Fisheries Branch in the development of a policy framework for the Fishing Rights Allocation Process of 2020 (FRAP 2020).


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Contents: June 2019

Regulars Conversations with leaders The inauguration of President Ramaphosa inspires hope for even better governance over the next five years.


Women in the public sector Chief education specialist in the Gauteng Education Department, Nausheen Ameen, is championing the emotional wellbeing of learners in school



Profiles in leadership State Theatre CEO Dr Sibongiseni Mkhize is committed to telling the stories of young South Africans


Youth Month Civil engineer Thandeka Gwala is building a safer stronger world for all


Youth Month Legal researcher Ayanda Mdletshe is moving the Supreme Court of Appeal into the Fourth Industrial Revolution


Youth Month Community comes first for SAPS accounting clerk Ndivhuwo Herold Mudau


Youth Month SANBI scientist Dr Pholoshi Maake leads the way in the animal kingdom Vital stats Fast facts at your fingertips




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


Provincial focus New KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala outlines his plan for progress in the province


Management and professional development The draft National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS) calls for urgent action in the fight against climate change


International relations Presidential economic advisor Trudi Makhaya explains why Africa must invest in Africa


Public sector appointments Who is new in government?

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Streamlined cabinet looks to revitalise economy South Africa’s newest Cabinet is young, diverse and ready to serve


Pictorial: Presidential inauguration showcases a rainbow nation The inauguration of President Cyril Ramaphosa in pictures


Inaugurating a new era Looking ahead to the next five years


Protect our children National Child Protection Week brings light to the care and protection of South Africa’s children

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It’s time to repay the

confidence of the people


he wheels of democracy have

Statistician-General Risenga

once again turned, following

Maluleke concluded that the effects

a largely successful national

of isolated incidents of double-

Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni- Abrahams.

and provincial election. More than

voting were insignificant, thereby

17 million South Africans opted to

confirming that the elections were

sound foundations for progress and

exercise their democratic right to

free and fair.

transformation in South Africa.

vote in this landmark event – the

However, it is slightly concerning

The election results indicate

sixth democratic national elec-

to note that this year’s elections

that South Africans still have

tion in our history and an impor-

heralded the lowest voter turnout

resounding confidence in him and

tant marker signifying 25 Years of

since the advent of democracy.

his government to do the job. With

Freedom. Once again, the Independent

Despite a significant increase in

a full five-year term now ahead of

the number of registered voters

the President, the promising new

Electoral Commission (IEC) did an

since 2014, only 65.99 percent of the

programmes, processes and plans

outstanding job of ensuring that

26.7 million people on the voters’

can be pursued with renewed

the elections were run smoothly

roll turned out to vote, signifying an

energy and allowed to flourish.

and fairly. At the announcement of

eight percent drop from the last

the results, Chief Electoral Officer


Sy Mamabolo said that these

While the turnout percentage is

While the post-election period may be viewed by some as a time for respite after many months of

particular elections were the “most

still in line with global averages, the

campaigning and late nights, we

complex, highly contested and

decrease should be viewed as an

cannot rest.

logistically demanding in history”.

indication that all public servants

We therefore commend the

We are well aware that South Africa

need to work harder to serve those

still faces grave challenges. Instead

remarkable efforts of the IEC

who may be doubting the ability

of sitting back and basking in victory,

officials who spent many long

of their vote to make a meaningful

the newly elected government

hours manning the polling booths,


needs to work on addressing these

ensuring that the voting process ran smoothly. The IEC also had to deal with

South Africans are still recovering from some of the most tumultuous years in our democracy, but the

challenges with greater urgency than ever before. We need to repay the confidence

concerns about irregularities, such

newly elected government now has

that the people have bestowed in

as double-voting, which it did

the perfect opportunity to heal the

us. Let us make the next five years a

with aplomb, immediately calling


resounding success for South Africa;

for an independent investigation

In less than a year-and-a-half

a period where we can move the

to be carried out by Statistics

of presidency, President Cyril

country and its people forward in

South Africa. The final report from

Ramaphosa has already laid some

leaps and bounds.


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Help the youth reach their dreams


outh Month holds im-

unemployment levels.

mense significance

This is why every government

for our nation. It not

department has programmes

only serves to remind us of the

in place that are targeted

sacrifices made by the youth

specifically at the youth. These

of 1976, but also challenges us

programmes span the entire

to continue the transformation

spectrum, ranging from skills

they started, by being agents of

development programmes

change for today’s young people.

and internship opportunities, to

of the youth can only truly

drug and alcohol anti-abuse

happen when we effectively

revolves around one of the

campaigns, study bursaries and

implement youth programmes,

most important, yet tragic, dates

career advice information, to

turning goals into realities.

in South Africa’s history – the

mention a few. Apart from this,

Government officials involved in

Soweto Uprising of 16 June 1976,

many private companies and

youth programmes need to work

presently commemorated as

NGOs also offer a wide range

resolutely within their specific

Youth Day.

of similar initiatives focused on

job roles in order to achieve

uplifting the youth.

this aim. As do programme

Most of us know that the month

The youth of 1976 are amongst South Africa’s greatest heroes.

One contributor to the

Phumla Williams, GCIS Acting Director-General.

This is only the start. Upliftment

managers within companies

The bravery that such young

high youth unemployment

and community organisations.

people showed in standing

rate in South Africa is that

It will truly take a collective effort

up for their rights against a

many youngsters are still

from all sectors of government

formidable foe should be

unaware of the numerous

and society to overcome the

emulated by the youth of today.

opportunities available to


Youth need to realise that they

them. As public servants,

have the right to be heard, they

we should raise awareness

heard stories of youth who

must stand up for their rights,

of these opportunities. We

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I’m sure that we have all

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These youth are perfect examples

Youth Month gives us all

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President Ramaphosa

inspires South Africa with inauguration speech


fter being officially re-

guiding South Africa for another

that our people are filled with

elected, President Cyril

five years. In his inauguration

hope for a better tomorrow.”

Ramaphosa was inaugu-

speech, the President spoke of

rated at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium

poverty and peace; corruption

in Pretoria on 25 May.

and unemployment; and in-

Standing in solidarity with Africa

equality and discrimination. And

President Ramaphosa’s inaugura-

around the continent and

he committed to doing every-

tion coincided with the annual

the millions of South Africans

thing within his power to change

celebration of Africa Day. The

watching from home, President

South Africa for the better.

President said that South Africa

Addressing dignitaries from

Ramaphosa delivered a speech

The President started by express-

was delighted to be standing in

that touched on the key issues

ing his gratitude at being trusted

solidarity with countries around

that will define our nation for the

with the honour of leading the

the continent.

next five years.

nation, continuing with the work

At just after 11h00 on Africa Day, President Ramaphosa commit-

“We remain eternally grateful to

he started more than a year ago.

all nations represented here for

“I am humbled by the trust you

the sacrifices and tireless contri-

ted himself to the most important

have bestowed upon me, aware

butions by your people and gov-

task of all – taking the Presidential

of the challenges our country

ernments to the liberation of our

Oath of Office that binds him to

faces, but also alive to the fact

land,” said President Ramaphosa.


Public Sector Manager • June 2019

“We are profoundly grateful to

“Today, we declare that our

the shackles of oppression have

you for choosing to celebrate Af-

progress as South Africa depends

fallen away, they have felt their

rica Day among us, giving further

on – and cannot be separated

horizons widen and their lives

poignancy to South Africa’s trans-

from – the onward march of our

improve in a myriad of ways. But

formation from a pariah state to

beloved continent, Africa.”

they have also known moments

a full and valued member of the family of African nations.”

of doubt.”

Reflecting on 25 years

President Ramaphosa said

Unsurprisingly, President

that South Africans still feel the

be torn apart by war, poverty and

Ramaphosa touched on the sig-

shadow of apartheid, a past “so

corruption, President Ramaphosa

nificance of celebrating 25 years

cruel and iniquitous that it has at

said that it was vitally important

of democracy. He took the oppor-

times threatened to eclipse the

for the continent to strive towards

tunity to recognise the many ups

very achievement of their hard-

the goals committed to in the Afri-

and downs that South Africa has

won freedom.”

can Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063.

experienced on its journey from

As African countries continue to

“Today, we reaffirm our determination to work with our sisters and

1994 to 2019. “In the passage of that time, our

He went on to acknowledge that despite the improving standards of life in South Africa, many

brothers across the continent to

land has known both seasons of

citizens are still racked by poverty,

realise the African Union’s vision

plenty and times of scarcity,” said

and have been the victims of cor-

of Agenda 2063; To build the


rupt government officials.

Africa that we Africans want.”

“Our people have felt the warm

“Many South Africans still go

embrace of liberty. They have

to bed hungry; many succumb

the African Continental Free Trade

rejoiced at the affirmation of their

to diseases that can be treated;

Area, as well as the AU commit-

essential and equal humanity.

many live lives of intolerable dep-

ment to Silence the Guns by 2020,

They have found shelter and

rivation. Too many of our people

as crucial for the future well-being

sustenance. They have found

do not work, especially the youth.

of Africa.

opportunity and purpose. As

In recent times,

He identified the formation of

Public Sector Manager • June 2019



our people have watched as

As a nation we therefore can no

freedom, there shall no longer be

some of those in whom they had

longer abide the grave disparities

any person in this land who is un-

invested their trust have surren-

of wealth and opportunity that

able to meet their basic needs.”

dered to the temptation of power

have defined our past and which

and riches.”

threaten to imperil our future. “It is our shared will – and our

Overcoming the challenges

shared responsibility – to build a society that knows neither privilege

He further stated that education and employment would take centre stage in the road towards a prosperous South Africa. “Every school child will be able to

President Ramaphosa reasserted

nor disadvantage. It is a society

read and every person who wants

government’s commitment to

where every person, regardless

to work will have a reasonable op-

overcoming the challenges facing

of race or sex or circumstance,

portunity to

South Africa.

may experience the fundamental

find employment.”

“The challenges that we face are real. But they are not insurmount-

necessities of a decent, dignified life.”

The President warned that achieving these goals would require extraordinary commitment.

able. They can be solved. And we

Declarations to end poverty

want will demand an extraordinary

Africans have a strong desire to live

President Ramaphosa urged

feat of human endeavour. We will

in a better South Africa.

everyone in South Africa to make a

have to use our courage, wisdom

declaration to fight the scourges of

and perseverance to achieve the


South Africa we want. Like our

are going to solve them.” The President said that South

“It is through our actions now that we will determine our destiny. South

“To achieve the South Africa we

forebears who gathered so many

Africans want action and not just

“Let us declare our shared deter-

words and promises. And there will

mination that we shall end poverty

years ago on a piece of veld in

be action. It is through our actions

in South Africa within a generation.

Kliptown to declare that the peo-

now that we will give form to the

Let us declare that when we gather

ple shall govern, let us aspire to a

society for which so many have

to celebrate the 50th year of our

future beyond the probable.”

fought and sacrificed and for which all of us yearn.”

Addressing inequality South Africa is still regarded as one of the world’s most unequal countries. President Ramaphosa said that we are still battling to close the yawning gaps that were perpetuated through decades of apartheid rule. “All South Africans yearn for a society defined by equality, by solidarity, by a shared humanity.


Public Sector Manager • June 2019


Writer: More Matshediso

Nausheen Ameen meets

learners’ psychological needs


f children are to perform well in

peutic and medical services unit at

comprises family, community and a

school, their physical and emo-

the GDE.

school,” she explained.

tional needs must be taken care


The department is mandated to

“Our system is a circuit. We cannot

progressively provide compulsory

say learners are the responsibility of

It is the job of experts like Naush-

basic education to all learners in

parents alone, or teachers alone we

een Ameen (53), a chief education

the province progressively, includ-

need every one of them to work to-

specialist at the Gauteng Depart-

ing learners with special needs and

gether for the benefit of our learners.

ment of Education (GDE), to ensure

those in the early childhood educa-

Our job is to coordinate that,” she

that learners in need of psycho-so-

tion system.


cial services receive the necessary support.

The psychological, therapeutic

Ameen obtained her teaching

and medical services unit identi-

diploma at the University of Cape

According to Ameen, when chil-

fies and helps learners who require

Town and then went on to obtain

dren’s psychological needs are not

additional support to enhance

her Bachelor of Education and her

met, many factors of their lives are af-

their participation and inclusion in

Master’s in Psychology degrees at

fected and this could have a direct


the University of Johannesburg.

impact on their schooling.

“Children are in dire need of sup-

She is currently studying towards

She spoke to PSM about her job

port and guidance. We have to en-

a PhD qualification, specialising in

as an educational psychologist in

sure that they are able to function


charge of the psychological, thera-

within the education system, which


Ameen joined the department 20

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years ago as an official at district

es such as parents going through

psychological, therapeutic and

level, rendering auxiliary services for

a divorce or separation. The list is

medical interventions. Ameen

special schools. She then went up

endless, and not all learners are

said her office receives over 50

the ranks and three years ago, was

able to cope with these chal-

cases a month.

appointed to her current position.


Among other things, her job de-

“Not every parent can afford to

She explained that full-service

take their children for psychother-

mands that she coordinates the

schools require mild to moderate

apy privately because psycholo-

work done by the 44 other educa-

levels of support while schools

gists are expensive, therefore we

tional psychologists employed by

that cater for learners with special

have GDE educational psycholo-

the department and based across

education needs require a higher

gists available to assess children’s

all districts.

level of support.

needs,” she said.

“The main function of my work is

Learners in full-service schools

If necessary, therapy and

to coordinate and provide support

who need education support are

counselling are then provided,

to psychologists in 15 district offic-

assisted by the school’s learning

in consultation with parents or

es who deal directly with affected

support educator to remediate


learners and those experiencing

the learning support difficulty.

She added that her unit also

learning difficulties,” she explained.

Those who are placed in special

She has to make sure that the psy-

schools will receive high-level sup-

ers employed by the department

chologists work within the framework

port from a multi-disciplinary team

because some cases need more

of the Health Professions Council of

of specialists.

than psychological attention.

South Africa (HPCSA) so that learners’ needs are met.

Sometimes, interventions are

works very closely with social work-

Teachers are continuously

needed to transfer a learner to

empowered through intervention

She meets with educational psy-

a special school. When transfer

support programmes so that they

chologists in the province monthly,

requests are made, she said the

can continue to give the neces-

to provide support and guidance,

department’s Screening, Identifi-

sary support to learners.

amongst other things. She also pro-

cation, Assessment and Support

“We provide teachers with inter-

vides support and guidance to the

Policy is used to identify learners

vention strategies or recommen-

districts when needed.

with special education needs.

dations that they need to carry

Her other responsibility is to ensure

“According to the policy,

out, and for them to be able to do

that her team of psychologists regu-

teachers who identify a learner

that, training must be provided.

larly upgrade their skills.

who needs a special education

We empower teachers to deal

offering must escalate the case

with certain issues that we cannot

to a school-based support team

address due to the number of

which will further escalate it to the

children who need those services

Ameen said there are many fac-

relevant district-based support

versus the number of educational

tors that affect children’s well-

team, which will then determine

psychologists available. However,

being, including medical and

the learner’s needs,” she added.

our psychologists visit schools

Identifying vulnerable children

psychological conditions, trauma,

An increasing number of

abuse, violence, being bullied

children from both special and

and other family-related challeng-

full-service schools also need

Public Sector Manager • June 2019

when they are asked to do so,” she said. She encourages psychologists



to make contact with parents to ensure that proper interviews are done before assessments are carried out to ensure that they give consent, as required by the HPCSA.

Bullying, a growing concern in schools Ameen said bullying and cyberbullying are growing concerns in South African schools. She believes one of the possible solutions is educating children from an early age about what constitutes bullying. “Parents and all stakeholders should be involved and programmes should be run continuously to remind children of the signs and symptoms of bullying,”

opmental disorder, is another

she said.

issue that needs to be sensitively

gist,” she said. Her journey has given her great

addressed, she said, explaining

insights which she shares with

report cases of bullying and

that the triggers of autism are not

other psychologists dealing with

called on educators to under-

properly understood.

the parents of learners living with

She advised learners to always

stand that it is a serious issue. Bullying psychologically affects victims who may need counselling and therapy, while the per-

Ameen chose autism as the focus of her PhD because her

various challenges. She is very conscious of the

daughter lives with the disorder.

interventions and recommenda-

She believes that it is a great

tions she provides because she

petrator should face appropriate

challenge to have a child who

is aware that she is dealing with


lives with autism but said that a

the lives of young people who are

course she is doing has assisted


Ameen added that bullying is often connected to social issues

her as a parent to understand

such as drugs, gangsterism and

her daughter better and to also

first point of departure when arriv-

violence, and thus cannot be

understand what other parents in

ing in class is to ask learners how

handled in isolation.

her position go through.

they are doing,” she said, empha-

“I can empathise with the par-

Empathy and compassion Autism, which is a neuro-devel-


“I always believe that a teacher’s

sising that unless children are

ents of children living with autism

emotionally secure, they cannot

yet still make an objective deci-

be expected to perform well at

sion as an educational psycholo-


Public Sector Manager • June 2019





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to engage with us, they need to

said the arts play an important

explaining that the theatre has

know what they are engaging in.

role in a country and they cut

committed to becoming the

We need to be comfortable with

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ourselves. Who we are must reflect

story of South Africa, its mother

in the way we tell our stories

of human beings. It can also be

continent and the

through the arts.”

used to promote things like social

African diaspora. “For the people of the world


A historian by training who holds a PhD in Philosophy, Dr Mkhize

“The arts take care of the soul

cohesion in order to bring citizens together, especially those who

Public Sector Manager • June 2019

come from a history of division, as

will see that the musicals are

needed to grow and carve a

is the case in our country.”

western. At the same time, it is

place for themselves in the arts

easy to import a show and get


He added that it has always been through the arts that

people to act. It is difficult to cre-

people have appreciated what

ate something new. It is expensive

country and develop young peo-

it means to be South African and

and it is risky because you are not

ple in directing, scriptwriting, arts

how to forge a new identity that

sure if it will be a success.

administration and other aspects

prioritises what is in

“We also need to liberate our-

“We run workshops across the

of the arts,” he said, explaining

selves and say it is okay to make

that arts practitioners are shown

Dr Mkhize added that the arts

mistakes and take risks because

how to develop their talent into a

remind people about the impor-

this is about us and who we are.”


tance of being an active citizen.

Speaking candidly about his in-

“The arts make us engage with

the Constitution.

“Young people should care

dustry, he said the arts also need

and have an interest in theatre or

our new dispensation in South

to be cleansed from the painful

museums. These are things that


history of South Africa.

come with a longer duration and

He said that in post-apartheid

“The arts were not immune to all

lifelong learning when compared

South Africa, the arts play an

the problems that were happen-

to things that are based on styles

important role in engaging with

ing over the years in South Africa.

and trends.”

the new dispensation to remind

What we call arts and theatre are

government that there is always

based on western art forms. We

Month, the theatre will be running

that contract between the leader-

struggled to assert ourselves and

the Youth Expressions Festival,

ship and the ordinary people in

tell stories that come from our

already at its 11th year.

terms of service delivery.

own backgrounds that relate our

African musicals for African people

He added that during Youth

The aim of the festival is to em-

own experience in our communi-

power young people in theatre


and commemorate 16 June. It gives a platform to budding

Running a theatre that has a

Young people and art

dancers, actors, poets, visual art-

huge interest in producing and

With June being Youth Month, Dr

ists and comedians to show off

showcasing musicals that cater

Mkhize said young people should

their talent.

to a diverse African citizenry is

exercise extra care on topics

what Dr Mkhize hopes to achieve.

related to arts and culture.

Good governance and a clean audit

“The State Theatre is the only

He said as a way of growing

theatre that is trying to bring in

and developing young artists, in

For Dr Mkhize, running a clean

home-grown South African prod-

2016 the State Theatre opened its

organisation that follows the

ucts that talk about our struggles

doors to the youth of South Africa

processes of the law is at the top

and culture as Africans.”

through the Education, Youth and

of his list.

He said musicals such as Mari-

kana and Freedom tell the South African story. “If you visit other theatres, you

Public Sector Manager • June 2019

Children Theatre department. This department was created

“What I have done since I joined the State Theatre is to strengthen

to develop young people and

the pillars of good cooperative

ensure they are given the space

governance. Our budget is



about R60 million, which is very small when one looks at the demands

About Dr Mkhize

This and that

because this is the largest theatre

Dr Mkhize has many ac-

What is your favourite

complex in Africa.”

colades in the arts, culture


and heritage sector. He

I eat food the way it

et, only about 15 percent goes to

is the former CEO of the

was eaten when I was

the work that the theatre is intended

Market Theatre Foundation

growing up. Uphuthu

to do. The rest goes to maintenance,

in Johannesburg and Chief

and maas (sour milk)

salaries – the staff complement is 90,

Director of Cultural Affairs at

are among my favourite

and components that come with

the Gauteng Department


running a clean ship.

of Sport, Arts, Culture and

He added that of his overall budg-

Recreation. He also spent

What is your favourite

ficult space; we had a disclaimer,”

five years as the CEO of the

play or movie?

he said.

landmark Robben Island

My favourite plays are

Museum before joining the

The Suitcase, directed

State Theatre.

by James Ngcobo and

“When I joined, we were in a dif-

Today, less than four years later, the theatre has been turned around

Born in 1971 in Impendle,

Marikana the Musical, di-

KwaZulu-Natal, he obtained

rected by Aubrey Sekhabi.

“It is important to comply with the

his Master of Arts degree in

My favourite movie is

Public Finance Management Act of

History from the then Univer-

Sometimes in April, about

1999, and the policies and regula-

sity of Natal (now University

the Rwandan genocide.

tions stipulated by National Treasury.

of KwaZulu-Natal) and also

This is another way of building public

holds a Doctor of Philosophy

confidence by doing the right thing

(PhD) degree from the Uni-

Time is Not the Measure

for the citizens of South Africa,” he

versity of the Witwatersrand.

by Vusi Mavimbela.

and in 2017/18, received a clean audit.

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Writer: Silusapho Nyanda

Young engineer building a solid career


he integrity of her structures

over the structure that will

is what gives civil engineer

prevent rainwater from

Thandeka Gwala (25) the

ponding in the bund,”

greatest job satisfaction. Gwala designs complicated and sensitive structures for

said Gwala, adding that the structure will be 4.8 metres by 7 metres in size.

Transnet’s Durban office, rang-

She said the design must meet

ing from pedestrian bridges to

the South African National Stand-

reinforced steel and concrete

ards of the engineering profes-

structures, and the safety of her

sion. “Because it is a liquid- con-

design is of paramount impor-

taining structure, it must not have



cracks because a leak would


pose an environmental hazard.”

io. For

The Ladysmith-born engineer is


She is currently designing a bund to house two diesel tanks as a safety measure to ensure

going to oversee the construc-

ple, with

that should the diesel tanks leak,

tion of the bund, which is another

this bund,

the fuel is contained in the sec-

first for her.

I have to

ondary tank. “The structure is a combination of reinforced concrete and steel.

She is guided by industry rules to ensure her designs meet the

that if the

required standards.

diesel tank

It will have walls on all four sides

“When I design something, I

and there will be a portal frame

have to think of the worst case


make sure

were to burst open,

Public Sector Manager • June 2019

it would be able to withstand that

was monitored by a supervisor

Engineering and Materials at the

and there would be no spillage

and her progress soon earned

University of Cape Town because

of diesel. The side walls should be

her increased responsibilities.

she believes ‘as much as we

able to resist the load coming

She said: “It is a programme de-

from the tanks without failing,

signed to train young engineers

without having cracks leading

so that they can perform at their

to the contamination of the envi-


ronment,” Gwala said. “Whatever you design has to

“Under the two-year programme, you have a supervisor and a

construct structures, we need to maintain the roads that we build’. Although she once imagined becoming a doctor, she set her sights on engineering while still at school.

adhere to the same principles of

mentor. The mentor and supervi-

engineering. No matter how small

sor go through what you are do-

ing a professional engineer. “For

it is.”

ing and they regularly check your

most engineers, the end goal is to

She said in her job the calcula-

She dreams of one day becom-

progress. Every six months, there

become a professional engineer.

tions of her projects cannot be

is an assessment to monitor your

A professional engineer takes

wrong as they could compromise

growth. With time you become

a huge responsibility and can

whatever she designs. “Whenever

more than an assistant to the

sign-off on drawings and designs.

I am designing something, I have

engineer and get bigger roles in

Right now as an engineer, I can

to be precise. Even when I am


design but my design needs to

using software to analyse struc-

After completing the training

tures, I should be able to interpret

programme, Gwala was recog-

the results from that software. A

nised as an engineer and given

single mistake could lead to the

her own project to oversee.

structure collapsing,” she said. “I mostly do designs but am also

Gwala is currently studying for her Master’s degree in Structural

be signed off by a professional engineer,” she said. Gwala said she is still learning more about the field but hopes to be one of the best engineers in the country.

involved with project management,” she explained. Gwala, who has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of KwaZuluNatal, started her career with the parastatal as an engineer in training. This Transnet skills initiative aims to prepare engineers for the job market by providing the relevant workplace experience through a structured learning programme and organisational support. During her two-year stint, she

Public Sector Manager • June 2019



Writer: Silusapho Nyanda

Legal researcher makes a case for technological innovation


legal researcher is revo-

write their judgments’.

lutionising things at the

With the court making 40 to 55

Supreme Court of Appeal

judgments per term, Mdletshe has


and updated information. “When we receive a particular case and it’s about that legislation, they [the SCA judges] need to

With the advent of the

apply the law in the con-

Fourth Industrial Revolution

text of the legislation that

(4IR), innovative thinking

has changed,” he said. Mdletshe serves on a

that capitalises on technological advances is called

panel, made up of judges

for, believes legal research-

and the court’s manage-

er Ayanda Mdletshe (29).

ment team, that deter-

His job involves ensuring

mines which books need

that the court’s judges

to be bought and for what

have updated and ac-

reason. “I have to make

curate information, which

sure that I buy books that

helps inform their judg-

are relevant and speak to


their needs,” he said.

This includes advising the

“When judgments are

SCA’s judges on the latest

finalised, they need to be

changes in the law and

disseminated to various

which publications have

people. I have to assign a

the latest amendments.

number to all judgments

The job also requires

that come from here.

Mdletshe to analyse cases

A judgment cannot be

that go through the courts

Ayanda Mdletshe.

so he can acquire the

disseminated without its specific ZASCA number.

relevant legal books for the

“If you are looking for a

library of the Bloemfontein-based

to ensure that he keeps up with

judgment, you can go to our web-


all the cases that come before

site and use the ZASCA number

the court and that he updates

to do an online search or we can

‘to ensure that our judges have

the judges of any changes to ap-

just fetch the documents for you

access to relevant, quality and

plicable legislation by supplying

on receipt of the ZASCA number,”

updated information when they

them with the appropriate books

Mdletshe said.

He describes his job as having


Public Sector Manager • June 2019

Adapting to changing times

members of the public. He said the Internet-based tech-

also place the country as leader in the information sciences field.

Since starting his job in 2015, the

nological resources available,

KwaZulu-Natal born man has

such as cloud storage, are safer

employee is also passionate

initiated many innovative projects

and more beneficial.

about youth development and

designed to make his work more

“We need a library manage-

The former Arts and Culture

explained that the topic of his

effective and efficient, including

ment system that is electronic

doctoral theses is ‘The information

digitising information previously

based, rather than our current

needs of youth in the rural parts

only available in print.

manual one,” he said, explaining

of KZN’.

However, he would like to see more happening on this front. Digitising the court’s archives

that he has made a proposal to the court in this regard. Mdletshe believes that if South

Though information science was not Mdletshe’s first career choice, he has grown to love it.

will help free up space that is

Africa followed the example of

“To be honest, it was not my ideal

currently used to store physical

Scandinavian countries, where

first choice career; however, when

documents and would also make

information science is a part of

we were doing our third year,

accessing documents easier for

ICT, information would be more

there were a lot of students and

members of the public.

accessible to all. He said this

there was an issue with funding.

would have a positive bearing on

We had to fight for the resources

towards his PhD in Information Sci-

the country as those who want

that were available for us to do

ences, believes that information

information can access it from

postgraduate studies. I then

communications and technology

anywhere in the world.

learned that there was space in

Mdletshe, who is studying

(ICT) and information sciences should be seen holistically. In the context of the 4IR and

The researcher got the idea of combining the ICT stream with information sciences while study-

information studies with available funding,” he shared. Mdletshe said his colleagues

cloud computing, we can create

ing for his Master's degree at

need to adapt to the current

cloud archives that will not only

the University of KwaZulu-Natal. “I

changes happening in their

minimise the space needed to

wanted to understand what really

profession or face being over-

store valuable documents but

underpins the research field of

taken by the rest of the world. “The

will keep them safe from physical

information studies. To a layman’s

future of the profession still looks

threats such as fire, he said.

understanding, it’s about libraries

bright. It’s just a matter of adjust-

and books but what that system

ing to the current times,” said

rica should follow the path of the

is doing is showing us what is


United States of America’s Library


Mdletshe believes that South Af-

of Congress, which is the biggest

The youngster said though open

He hopes to be a leader when it comes to merging informa-

library in the world. The American

access to information is already

library has set about digitising

happening in universities, the

advances and told PSM he wants

its books and documents as a

process at institutions such as the

to shape the identity of the sector

safety measure and ensuring

SCA needs to be fast-tracked. He

and inspire future public servants

easy access to its materials for

said the ease of availability would

to be innovative in their work.

Public Sector Manager • June 2019

tion sciences and technological



Writer: More Matshediso

SAPS accounting clerk an everyday hero


tures within the SAPS that carry out community-outreach programmes.

Visits to Heidelberg Correctional Centre The idea to visit inmates was

outh African Police Service

need. My Christian background

inspired by his church, which

(SAPS) employee Ndivhuwo

has taught me that I should give to

normally visits prisons to reconnect

Herold Mudau (32) goes be-

those who are in need,” he said.

people with God.

yond the call of duty to help communities in need.

“Being able to put a smile on

“I introduced this idea to our

someone’s face without expecting

SAPS structures because I felt that

anything in return is what makes

preaching was not enough. We

an accounting clerk at the finan-

me sleep better at night,” he

visited Heidelberg Correctional

cial management and administra-


Centre to spend time with inmates.

Over and above doing his job as

tion division of the SAPS’s Pretoria

The criteria for winning the award

Some of them never get visits from

head office, Mudau makes time to

included showing evidence of be-

visit victims of violence and abuse,

ing actively involved in community-

inmates, a centre for children with

outreach programmes and initia-

tunity to share their stories and

disabilities and school children.

tives that touch the lives of ordinary

talk about lessons that come with

citizens, outside the SAPS premises.

prison life. We encourage them to

Man of the Year award He recently received the Man of

He belongs to a Women’s Network and Men for Change struc-

family members,” he explained. “We also give them an oppor-

be different members of society when they get released from prison

the Year award at the annual SAPS National Excellence Awards 2019. He shared his excitement with PSM. “It is priceless to be recognised for doing something that you love. However, it also comes with a huge responsibility because there will be expectations for me to keep raising the bar and continue to do what I have been doing. I also have to become a model in terms of practising what I preach,” he said. Mudau describes himself as a man who is strong willed and spiritually rooted, and that is what drives him to do community service. “We have a responsibility as human beings to help those in


Public Sector Manager • June 2019

and make them aware of possible

always uphold the integrity of the

ments and email them to head

challenges they may face, such as



being stigmatised and having to earn trust,” he said. Mudau said it is the duty of mem-

“This has reduced the period we

Improving service delivery

take to process claims from about 14 days to a maximum of three

bers of the SAPS to not only arrest

Because he sees technology as a

days. This saves us a lot of time,

criminals but to show society that

tool that serves to simplify and im-

money, filing space and paper,”

they care.

prove the way things are done in

he said.

They also started a book club for

life, Mudau helped the SAPS move

He feels good to be given space

inmates and hand out toiletries

from submitting internal expenses

to be innovative, although he

through partnerships with stake-

claims manually to scanning and

keeps in mind that everything


emailing them, which he said has

he does at work belongs to the

saved the organisation a lot of


Visits to shelters Mudau said their structures also

money, time and paper. “When I arrived at SAPS, our divi-

What is important to him is to contribute to the development of

seek to achieve gender transfor-

sion used a manual claims sub-

the organisation and to improve

mation and promote equal rights

mission method; documents had

service delivery.

for men and women.

to be transported from provinces

He organised a visit to a male

to our head office, and others

shelter in Randfontein to spend

would be faxed. Maybe it was

Being part of the men in blue

time with men who have been

effective for the old times, but I re-

The SAPS, which has been fighting

abused or suffered from violence.

alised that it cost the organisation

crime for over 100 years, is con-

a lot of time and money because

stitutionally mandated to serve

come victims of abuse. Most men

we experienced challenges

South Africans by ensuring that

suffer in silence because society

such as having to wait for about

they are protected and feel safe.

treats men differently when they

three days for a claim to get to

talk about their problems. The

our office from another province,

2011 in his current position. Daily,

shelter that we visited accom-

or delays in payments because

he is expected to make alloca-

modates men who have been

sometimes it would take time to

tions for the payment of vehicle

victimised,” he said.

rectify mistakes in claims due to

claims as well as subsistence and

the system we were using, and

travel allowances.

“It is not only women who be-

They also visited a women’s

Mudau joined the SAPS early in

shelter, a centre for children with

sometimes things like protests by

disabilities and a primary school

South African Post Office officials

managers who work for the organ-

where they also donated grocer-

would affect us too,” he explained.

isation, across the country, when-

To help address this challenge,

ever they use their cars for official

ies and toiletries. Mudau’s message to other

“We pay middle and senior

in 2015 Mudau suggested that

trips. We also process payments for

members of the SAPS is that they

submissions be submitted elec-

their advance claims when they

should always remember that

tronically. The idea was endorsed

need to travel,” he explained.

they took an oath to protect and

last year and it is currently being

serve the country, and they must

used. Officials now scan docu-

Public Sector Manager • June 2019

He said the officials submit claims that show the expenses they



incurred on behalf of the organisa-

continue doing work for the

tion or while they were discharging

organisation if we do not process

ed his job at the SAPS were “I am

their duties so that they can be

their claims on time, which means

going to wear a uniform to work,


if we do not do our work, we cause

have a gun and chase criminals”

delays in service delivery,” he said.

but when he reported for duty, he

One of the things he loves about

was shown his desk and there he

He handles an average of 400 claims per month from middle

His initial thoughts when he start-

managers, but sometimes he has

his job is constantly talking to col-

has stayed, working with figures

to assist his colleagues with pay-

leagues across the country who

almost every day.

ment allocations for senior manag-

speak various languages, and that

ers whenever there is a backlog.

has helped to improve his multi-

wonderful experience filled with

lingual skills.

a lot of learning curves brought

“We use a centralised system for these payments, meaning they are

Mudau grew up in Lwamondo

He said his career has been a

about by the constantly chang-

only done at the head office. All

village in rural Dzwerani in Venda

ing financial environment and the

managers submit their claims to

and moved to Gauteng to pursue

need to follow prescripts issued in

the head office, and our division is

his studies after completing matric.

line with regulations from National

responsible for processing claims

He obtained a National Diploma

from all nine provinces and all the

in Financial Administration from the

divisions in Pretoria,” he said.

Vaal University of Technology.

Mudau’s team includes two chief

Prior to his appointment at the

Treasury. Daily, he has to align his responsibilities with instructions from National Treasury and subscribe to

accounting clerks, a Captain, a

SAPS, Mudau started his career at

the Public Finance Management

Lieutenant Colonel and a Colonel,

a construction company where

Act of 1999, which regulates finan-

all of whom report to a Brigadier.

he worked as a junior bookkeeper

cial management in the national

from 2009.

and provincial governments.

The division provides support to the operational staff members as

“My work was not only restricted

He said his job does not have a

well as the office of the Minister

to finances and bookkeeping. I

lot of challenges except for tight

and the National Commissioner.

also did some hard labour, such as

deadlines, which is something that

paving and earthworks,” he said.

thrills him at the end of the day.

“It will be difficult for them to


Public Sector Manager • June 2019


Writer: More Matshediso

Young senior scientist

pays tribute to 1976 youth


eing a young person in South

animal species information in the

taxonomist from the Agricultural

Africa today is a privilege be-

Biosystematics Research and Bio-

Research Council (ARC), which

cause there are many edu-

diversity Collections division of the

was my first employer,” he said.

cational opportunities afforded to

South African National Biodiversity

Taxonomy is the science of

the youth, as well as the freedom to

Institute (SANBI) in Pretoria.

naming, defining and classifying

pursue any career of their choice.

He joined SANBI at the begin-

This is how Dr Pholoshi Maake

ning of 2018. Some of his respon-

on the basis of shared character-

(34) feels as he pays tribute to

sibilities include contributing to


the youth of 1976 who fought for

South Africa’s animal checklist

better education in the country

and SANBI’s animal occurrence

the ARC, studying the impact of

43 years ago.


mites on the agricultural industry

Maake is a senior scientist for


“I joined SANBI as a full-blown

groups of biological organisms

He worked as an acarologist at

and he remains the youngest

Public Sector Manager • June 2019

and the only black acarologist

lives in order for him and many

He received a scholarship from

amongst the five that are recog-

others to enjoy the fruits of free-

the Department of Science and

nised in South Africa.

dom today.

Technology that paid for his PhD,

At SANBI, Maake is involved with

“I am here today because of

and another scholarship from

the collection of animals and the

their hard work, which laid a solid

Rhodes University that gave him

taxonomy of animals. “We have

foundation for me to also work

an opportunity to spend a month

associations with museums and

hard and do my part to achieve

in Belgium.

herbariums, as well as other col-

all I have achieved so far,” said

lection facilities,” he explained.


He said it is important to study

After completing matric at

“Given our history, it was not easy for black students to get scholarships in South Africa and

animals because the data col-

Mohwelere village in Ga-Mashab-

to easily get a passport to go

lected provides strong building

ela, Limpopo, where he was born

spend a month in Belgium for

blocks for the biodiversity industry

and bred, Maake enrolled with

education purposes like I had the

and helps ensure that the coun-

the University of Limpopo for a

opportunity to do while I was still

try’s animals and the impact they

Bachelor of Science degree. He

a student,” he said.

have on biodiversity are man-

majored in Zoology.

aged. “Apart from the technical part of

After doing his Master’s degree,

Some of his biggest achievements – over and above his aca-

he went on to complete his PhD

demic accolades and his full-time

my job, my work also contributes

in Ichthyology at Rhodes Univer-

career – include being invited

to the development of policies,

sity in Makhanda in the Eastern

to give a keynote address at the

planning and advising various

Cape in 2013 and graduated as

University of Limpopo and by the

departments and stakeholders,

a professional taxonomist.

Kimberley Biodiversity Research

such as those who do alien spe-

“That would not even have been

cies assessments and ecological

a dream for a black child who


grew up in South Africa under the

What excites him most about

apartheid government,” he said.

his work is being able to properly

The only time that his parents

Symposium in association with the Sol Plaatje University in 2017. He also supervises two young academics whom he assisted in obtaining funding for their studies.

classify and name animals and

paid for his university fees was

to contribute to published articles

when he was doing his first year.

been privileged to present his

so that he can give back to the

From there onwards, his hard work

work on the taxonomy of South

academic field.

secured bursaries and scholar-

African animals at local and inter-

ships until he completed his PhD.

national conferences, including in

Freedom of education

His undergraduate and hon-

Maake is well travelled and has

Belgium in 2012, Western Australia

Maake said he would not be

ours studies were paid through a

where he is today if it was not for

bursary provided by the University

He has also collaborated with

the youth of 1976 and their cour-

of Limpopo, while his Masters was

internationally renowned scien-


funded by the National Research

tists from the University of Florida,

Foundation (NRF) and the Ernst &

the University of Regensburg in

Ethel Eriksen Trust.

Germany and, locally, from the

He paid tribute to the previous generations for sacrificing their

Public Sector Manager • June 2019

in 2009 and Turkey in 2018.



North West University and Rhodes

able to pay for their fees. Hard

the career choices imposed on

University. These collaborations

work thus gives them a greater

them by apartheid South Africa

have resulted in the publishing of

chance of accessing free edu-

– that of nurse, police officer,

joint academic papers.

cation,” he said.

soldier or teacher.

About Youth Month

people from township and rural

though education has finally

Youth Month is celebrated annu-

communities would realise that

become free, young people still

ally in June in South Africa, with a

they are no longer limited to

take it for granted.

He said he wishes more young

He said it is sad that even

specific focus on 16 June, which is known as Youth Day. Youth Day and Month pay tribute to the over 20 000 school pupils from Soweto and other parts of the country who began a protest march for better education in 1976. Some of them lost their lives during the protest, which became known as the 1976 Soweto Uprising. “Their sacrifices did not go up in smoke. Because of what they fought and died for I was able to complete matric, go to any university and also study what I wanted. They did not die in vain because today we have gained so much as a country because of what they stood for,” he said. Maake encouraged young South Africans to make good use of the opportunities before them, especially educational opportunities because they did not come freely. They were earned through tears, sweat and blood. “When I deliver speeches at conferences, I tell students that the harder they work, the more money will be made avail-


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Fast facts at your fingertips Ministries trimmed down

cent of children were orphaned,

The number of Ministries trimmed

losing one or more parents.

mothers. Approximately 11,7 per-

years of age. Less than six per cent (5,5 percent) of adults over the age of 20 years were considered illiterate.

Languages spoken inside and outside the household Nationally, just over one quarter

down from 36 to 28. Half of the appointed team is women.

Benefits of National Minimum Wage (NMW)

Educational attainment continues to improve. The percentage of individuals aged 20 years and older who

An estimated six million South

did not have any education

Africans – or 47 percent of South

decreased from 11,4 percent in

Africa’s labour force – are benefit-

2002 to 4,5 percent in 2018, while

ting from the country’s first NMWs

those with at least a Grade 12

(25,3 percent) of individuals

Act of 2018s.

qualification increased from 30,5

spoke isiZulu at home, while 14,8

percent to 45,2 percent over the

percent of individuals spoke isiX-

same period. Inter-generational

hosa, and 12,2 percent spoke Af-

functional literacy has also

rikaans. English was spoken by 8,1

decreased markedly. While 57,8

percent of individuals at home,

19.8 percent − The number of

percent of South Africans over the

making it the sixth most com-

children who lived with neither

age of 60 years did not at least

mon home language in South

their biological parents while 33,8

complete a Grade 7 qualification,

Africa. English is, however, the

percent lived with both parents,

this figure dropped to only 4,4

second most commonly spoken

and 43,1 percent lived with their

percent for those aged 20 – 39

language outside the household

One-fifth of children do not live with both parents

(16,6 percent) after isiZulu (25,1 percent), and preceding. IsiXhosa (12,8 percent). It is notable that the use of most languages outside the household declined, with the notable exceptions of isiZulu and Setswana.

Source: Statssa


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Mlambo-Ngcuka honoured at Cannes The United Nations (UN) Under-

who have been champions of addressing gender bias. Cannes Lions chairperson,

As the powerhouse behind The Unstereotype Alliance initiative, Thomas said Mlambo-Ngcuka

Secretary-General and Executive

Philip Thomas, said throughout

unites leaders to tackle the

Director of UN Women, Phumzile

her career, Mlambo-Ngcuka

widespread prevalence of stereo-

Mlambo-Ngcuka has been

has championed women’s

types that are often perpetuated

named the recipient of the 2019

rights through her involvement

through media and advertising

Cannes LionHeart Award.

with projects and programmes


The former South African Deputy

devoted to education, women’s

Introduced in 2014, the Cannes

President has been awarded

empowerment and gender

LionHeart is an honorary award

the 2019 Cannes LionHeart in


presented to a person or organi-

recognition of her advocacy for

Thomas said Mlambo-Ngcuka’s

sation that has harnessed their

women, human rights and social

leadership of The Unstereotype

position to make a significant

justice throughout the world, and

Alliance recognises the power of

and positive difference to the

for her leadership of the indus-

partnerships to accelerate pro-

world around us.

trywide diversity initiative, The

gress, and her involvement has

Unstereotype Alliance.

been pivotal to creating a space

honour to be nominated for the

Mlambo-Ngcuka said it was an

Convened by UN Women, The

where industry leaders can set

award on behalf of UN Women

Unstereotype Alliance is a collab-

aside competition and unite for

and The Unstereotype Alliance.

oration between industry leaders

a common cause.

SA Express to lay charges against former executives South African Express is preparing to lay fraud and corruption charges against some of its former executives. SA Express chairperson Tryphosa Ramano said the

manipulation of procurement processes, as well as the irregular and overpayment of suppliers,” said the chairperson. The airline said it will not be commenting further on this issue, pending the action and legal processes that are underway.

airline’s new board of directors takes all allegations

Meanwhile, Ramano said the airline continues to

of impropriety by staff and other stakeholders of the

drive its improved performance and strategic plans

airline seriously.

on the strength of five strategic pillars, with clear

“This is why the airline is taking this strong action because all allegations involving fraud, corrup-

initiatives and outcomes. “The five key pillars are anchored around good

tion and other irregularities demand a robust and

corporate governance, working to grow our revenue

prompt response, as well as the severest of sanc-

and to achieve profitability, engendering operation-

tions against fingered parties,” said Ramano.

al efficiency, improving our product offerings and

The move is part of the airline’s bid to strengthen both its operational efficiency and governance systems to achieve long-term commercial sustainability. “The transactions which were flagged by the

services, and retaining and developing competent staff,” she said. SA Express offers connectivity between primary and secondary domestic destinations in South

forensic investigation include multimillion rand

Africa and five other Southern African Development

cases of alleged collusion with service providers,

Community (SADC) countries. -


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Silusapho Nyanda and SA News

Streamlined cabinet

looks to revitalise economy O

ne by one, the country’s

vested in him by the country’s

Deputy Minister of Finance David

newly appointed 28 minis-


Masondo said: “As government, we

ters and 34 deputy minis-

The President said the new

will be working to attract invest-

ters vowed to respectfully serve the

administration would focus on the

ment, locally and internationally.

country as the sixth administration

revitalisation of the economy.

Investment is important because

was sworn into office. The incoming ministers and

“It is therefore imperative that in

through investment, we will be in

all areas and spheres of govern-

a better position to create jobs to

deputy ministers are part of a new

ment, we place priority on revitalis-

lay a basis for a tax revenue. We

Cabinet that for the first time fea-

ing our economy while exercising

can only get a tax revenue from

tures a 50/50 gender representa-

the greatest care in the use of

corporate tax and income tax, and

tion and many more youthful faces.

public funds,” the President stated.

you can only do that when people

The reconfigured government departments are expected to

To reduce pressure on the fiscus, President Ramaphosa merged

are investing in the economy.” When announcing the reconfig-

help achieve the desires of South

a number of ministries, including

ured cabinet, President Ramapho-


Economic Development which will

sa outlined his desire to end unem-

be absorbed by the Department of

ployment. In order to achieve this

he was appointing Deputy Presi-

Trade and Industry, led by Ebrahim

goal, the Department of Labour will

dent David Mabuza and the rest of


be expanded to focus on employ-

President Cyril Ramaphosa said

the Cabinet in terms of the powers


Speaking after being sworn in,

ment. It will now be known as the

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Department of Labour and Employment and will be led by Minister Thulas Nxesi. The President also merged the departments of Minerals and Energy under the leadership of Minister Gwede Mantashe. Part of the new Cabinet is Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola, who at 36 is the youngest minister in the Cabinet. Lamola said he has great plans for the department. “This is a department that must inspire all South Africans,” he said, adding that people working in the

of Minister Blade Nzimande. In a surprise move, President

justice sector must feel that they

Ramaphosa appointed Good

are in a noble profession.

party leader Patricia De Lille as

ment Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development under Minister Thoko Didiza. The departments of Human

the Minister of Public Works and

Settlements and Water and

he said he wants to see transfor-

Infrastructure. Speaking after her

Sanitation are being merged to

mation in the legal profession, with

swearing-in, De Lille said she could

form the Department of Human

black professionals making their

not wait to start her new job.

Settlements, Water and Sanita-

Speaking about his priority areas,

mark in the field. Lamola, who has 10 years’ experience in the legal sector, said:

She said she would give the position her all. “When the President called me and asked me to

tion, which will be led by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. President Ramaphosa also de-

“I would like to see black profes-

do this task, I felt I must say yes

cided to combine the Department

sionals playing a key role in some

because he is inspiring the nation

of Sports and Recreation with Arts

of the key issues in the country. I

with hope.” If you are called upon

and Culture. The newly formed

have seen from the Zondo Com-

to do your bit, you must do so, she

department, led by Minister Nathi

mission that some of them have

said, adding that she is itching to

Mthethwa, is to be called the

been playing a key role and I

start in the Ministry.

Department of Sports, Arts and

want to see more. It must be trans-

In trimming the number of


formed. I would also like to see

ministries from 36 to 28, President

The Department of Communi-

many young professionals coming

Ramaphosa decided to combine

cations, under the leadership of

through the profession.”

the departments of Environmental

Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams,

Affairs with Forestry and Fisheries

will absorb the functions of the De-

tion, the departments of Higher

to form the ministry of Environ-

partment of Telecommunications

Education and Training and Sci-

ment, Forestry and Fisheries, led by

and Postal Services.

ence and Technology will merge

Minister Barbara Creecy.

In the reconfigured administra-

to become the Department of

The function of Agriculture will be

The changes will take effect once President Ramaphosa has prom-

Higher Education, Science and

fused with Land Reform and Rural

ulgated them in the Government

Technology, under the leadership

Development, creating the Depart-


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Presidential Inauguration showcases a rainbow nation


he Loftus Versfeld Stadium in


Pretoria was abuzz with excite-

The event showcased what it

ment, on Saturday, 25 May,

means to be an African with at-

as thousands of South African citi-

tendees draped in their cultural

zens and distinguished guests from

regalia. The South African Na-

around the continent and world

tional Defence Force also put on a

gathered to witness and celebrate

spectacle that revived the spirit of

the inauguration of President Cyril

patriotism among South Africans.

President Ramaphosa with First Lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe.

Former Deputy President Frederik Willem de Klerk and his wife Elita Georgiades.

Former President Thabo Mbeki with former First Lady Zanele Mbeki.

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe and his wife Gugu Mtshali.


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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng presided when President Ramaphosa was taking his Oath of Office.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo with his wife Sithembile Zondo.

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Inaugurating a new era T

he recent national elections again cemented the coun-

greater public participation. Thousands of South Africans took

to the liberation of our land,” President Ramaphosa began.

try’s confidence in the ANC

advantage of the opportunity,

and saw the re-election of Cyril

showing up to witness the pro-

Ramaphosa as President of South

ceedings, which included the new

“Today, we reaffirm our determi-

Africa. Ramaphosa’s inauguration

President’s impressive inauguration

nation to work with our sisters and

day was a milestone for several rea-


brothers across the continent to

He called for peace, unity and progress for Africa.

sons. It took place in the 25th year of

With the event coinciding with Af-

our democracy; fell on the same date

rica Day, the heads of state of Zim-

Agenda 2063. To build the Africa

as Africa Day; and circled around an

babwe, Eswatini, Lesotho, Uganda,

that all Africans want. To silence the

inspiring speech that again showed

the DRC, Tanzania, South Sudan

guns, and let peace and harmony

the wisdom and commitment of

and Uganda were in attendance


South Africa’s commander-in-chief.

at the event.

Early in 2018, Ramaphosa be-

realise the African Union’s vision of

Towards the end of his speech, President Ramaphosa said that

came President under exceptional

African unity

Africa, the birthplace of human-

circumstances. At the end of May

In recognition of Africa Day, Presi-

ity, was now ready to advance to

this year, following the re-election

dent Ramaphosa’s inauguration

take its place amongst the world’s

of the ANC as the ruling party, he

speech focused strongly on African


officially began his first full term as

issues, and South Africa’s role in

President of South Africa.

advancing the interests of the

rise, to assume its place among


the free and equal nations of the

In a departure from the long-held

“Africa is poised once again to

tradition of inaugurating the Pres-

“We remain eternally grateful to

ident-elect at the Union Buildings,

all nations represented here for the

tive talent that originated in Africa

inauguration day was held at the

sacrifices and tireless contributions

to embrace and use the Fourth

Loftus Versfeld Stadium, allowing for

by your people and governments

Industrial Revolution to develop Af-


world. We must use that innova-

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rica and create jobs for the youth

guard your rights, to improve your

dent’s speech was a similar tone

and empower the women of our

lives and to build a country that is

of optimism, ambition and dedi-


Creating a brighter future for South Africa As he has done since the beginning of his presidency, President Ramaphosa showed a keen understanding of the obstacles that South Africa needs to overcome. His speech focused on the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality; the lack of access to education; gender discrimination; corruption; and economic development. He said that the sense of unity amongst South Africans will help us to overcome these issues. “Through the irrefutable power of the ballot on 8 May, South Africans declared the dawn of a new era. They have chosen hope over hopelessness, they have opted for unity over conflict and divisions. As we give effect to their mandate, we draw comfort from the knowledge that that which unites us is far, far more powerful and enduring than that which divides us.” The President was clear in his understanding of the great responsibility that elected officials have to serve South Africans. “With your votes you have placed your confidence and trust in the

Five key quotes from the inauguration speech “Today, we declare that our progress as South Africa depends on – and cannot be separated from – the onward march of our beloved continent Africa.” “The challenges that we face are real. But they are not insurmountable. They can be solved. And we are going to solve them.” “It is through our actions now that we will give form to the society for which so many have fought.” “Let us declare that when we gather to celebrate the 50th year of our freedom, there shall no longer be any person in this land who is unable to meet their basic needs.” “Let us build a truly non-racial society, one that belongs to all South Africans, and in which all South Africans belong.”

You have chosen them to safe-

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“You, the people of South Africa, have sent them, and you have sent me, as your President. Having taken the oath of office I am saying yes, South Africa, Thuma

Mina. And I pledge here today that I will serve you, I will work with you, side by side, to build the South Africa that we all want and deserve.”

South Africans respond positively As inauguration day played out, an interesting experiment was taking place to measure South Africa’s response. A happiness index, based on analysis of daily tweets posted by South Africans, was launched on 30 April. The index measures happiness on a scale of one to 10. Economists measured the index on inauguration day and found that instead of decreasing throughout the day as with previous Saturdays, the happiness index rose to highs of seven and more and has since stayed high. This is a clear indication that South Africans approved of President Ramaphosa’s inauguration and what he said during his speech. There is a palpable sense of optimism about what

men and women who now sit in our sixth democratic Parliament.

cation. He concluded by saying:

united, strong and truly free.” Evident throughout the Presi-

will be achieved in South Africa over the next five years.



Writer:Jauhara Khan

Building a better KwaZulu-Natal A

s Premier of KwaZulu-Natal

that the province would work hard

ment to spend the next five years

(KZN), Sihle Zikalala has

to make strides in developing its

working with religious and tradi-

vowed to take the province


tional leaders, academics, profes-

into “a new era of socio-economic

“We are aware that the people of

sionals, captains of industry and all

growth” while prioritising some of

this province expect nothing from

the province’s most pressing chal-

the members of this house other


than speed in service delivery.

gether to improve service delivery,

Therefore we must not let down our

fight poverty, unemployment, crime


and corruption, promote rural de-

He was inaugurated as premier after the national and provincial elections in May, succeeding fellow

He said the support of the legis-

public servants. “We shall continue to work to-

velopment, and revamp our health

ANC member and veteran Willies

lature, labour movements, business

Mchunu to become the fifth pre-

community, civil society and citi-

mier of the province.

zens would make it easier for gov-

robust debate, engaging on issues

He had served as KZN MEC for

and education systems. “I look forward to a period of

ernment to fulfil its responsibilities

on governance and creating a

Economic Development, Tourism

and gave credit to former premiers

better life for all in our province.”

and Environmental Affairs (ED-

and members of the provincial

TEA) since 2016. At 45 years old,

legislature across all political lines

continuing his legacy of economic

Zikalala is the youngest Premier of

who had laid a solid foundation for


KwaZulu-Natal, reflecting President

service delivery.

Cyril Ramaphosa’s focus on youth empowerment in the past year. At the sitting of the Provincial Leg-

“Therefore, we commit to achieve

Premier Zikalala committed to

“Following in the footsteps of Madiba, we undertake to use the

higher levels of development for

power and authority bestowed by

all the people of this province by

our people solely for their uplift-

islature, Premier Zikalala thanked

building on the solid foundation

ment and realisation of a better life

the members of the house for

laid by our predecessors.”

for all,” Premier Zikalala said.

electing him, and vowed to ensure


Premier Zikalala made a commit-

In his inaugural speech, as

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Premier Zikalala also outlined

corruption such as business front-

farmers and ensure redistributed

provincial government’s plans to

ing and price-fixing.

farmland is used productively, said

ensure the growth and develop-

Premier Zikalala said people

the Premier.

ment of KwaZulu-Natal, through

should join hands with government

improvements in basic services,

to reduce poverty, unemployment

to growing the economy to create

job creation, education, human

and inequality.

more employment opportunities.

settlements, crime and fighting corruption.

Building an incorruptible province Premier Zikalala urged govern-

“This means we must create safe

Government is also committed

“We will ensure acceleration of

communities where vulnerable

the Presidential investment drive

children, disabled persons, and

to attract more investors to the

the elderly will live and prosper in

province. We will also ensure the

an environment free from harm,

implementation of district industrial

hunger and discrimination.”

hubs and comprehensive support

ment employees to serve honestly,

for industrial parks such as Kwa-

respectfuIly and with diligence,

Basic services

Sithebe, Ladysmith and Newcastle.

adding that the Premier’s Office will

Premier Zikalala said while KZN has

All our efforts will continue with

embark on Operation Siyahlola,

made progress in supplying com-

our two Special Economic Zones,

which will monitor government

munities with water, factors such

namely, the Dube Trade Port and

departments and projects to en-

as climate change, environmental

Richards Bay Economic Develop-

sure that they function quickly and

degradation, and ageing and

ment Zones,” said Premier Zikalala.


dilapidated infrastructure, have

Small medium and micro enter-

Government will focus on building the capacity of all depart-

hampered efforts to continue with

prises (SMMEs) will also receive


support in KZN to end poverty and

ments through support and inter-

“The provincial government will

ventions to help underperforming

coordinate with district councils to


assess their status on provision of

“Our major focus over the next

water and develop a comprehen-

five years will be pursuing the radi-

tackle corruption, and the abuse of

sive plan to ensure we meet this

cal economic transformation pro-

political and administrative power

demand as a key and urgent deliv-

gramme – Operation Vula. We are

would not be tolerated, he said.

erable amongst the basic needs of

going to ensure that government

our citizens.”

sources its required products from

Government also promised to

“This administration will tighten

provide people with opportunities to work, he said.

local SMMEs and cooperatives.

the fight against corruption which robs the vulnerable and poorest of

Job creation

the poor of services and opportuni-

KZN will address high unemploy-

soon launch the Operation Vula

ties. We will ensure that all cases of

ment levels by strengthening skills

Fund to provide financial support to

corruption are dealt with expedi-

development programmes and

feasible SMMEs and cooperatives.”

tiously and ensure transparency in

stimulating economic industries to

the work of government, especially

create more jobs. Government will

ment of rural areas will be priori-

procurement processes.”

focus on providing support mecha-

tised to rebuild them as engines of

He also called on the private sec-

nisms to enhance manufacturing in

national and provincial economic

tor to play a role in ending internal

the textile industry, assist small-scale


Public Sector Manager • June 2019

“The Department of EDTEA will

Premier Zikalala said the develop-



“It is through the development

eThekwini Inner City; 27 875 urban


of rural communities that we

hub units in KwaMashu Bridge

will ensure meaningful inclusive

City; 18 000 urban-regeneration

economic growth, redistribution

units in Umlazi; 20 000 units in the

of wealth and the creation of an

Amaoti Greater Housing Project;

KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala

equal society. We want to deliver a

9 511 units in Johnston Blaauw-

announced the following

genuinely new South Africa where

bosch Cavan Project in Newcastle

Members of the Executive

there is equal access to opportu-

and 4 600 units in Ilembe’s Hyde


nities,” said Zikalala.


Education and skills development


The provincial government will

sure the recommendations of the

continue with its plans to ensure

Moerane Commission, which was

that children attend Early Child-

tasked to investigate the killings of

hood Development centres from

political leaders and activists, are

the age of three. Zikalala said the

implemented as part of its efforts

Department of Education will work

to control high levels of crime in

speedily to ensure that secondary

the province.

Zikalala said government will en-

education provides learners with

Government will also monitor the

technical skills to equip them for

functioning of all police stations in

the technological advancements

crime hotspots, while community

of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

policing forums will also receive


support to help communities work with law-enforcement agencies.


Zikalala said that all communi-

Local government will focus on

ties must be afforded the space

developing and implementing

to make their contribution to the

a clear plan to provide housing

success of the province.

to all people who stay in transit

“We will strive to work tirelessly

camps. The province would deliver

and with great dedication. There

no less than 125 000 units over the

shall be no space to rest when our

next few years, said Zikalala.

people suffer poverty, unemploy-

In the last financial year, the

ment and poverty. There shall be

department implemented several

no joy when the lives of the people

mega housing projects. These

are still ruined by crime, violence,

included the building of 25 000

abuse and drugs. We commit to

houses at Cornubia in eThekwini;

attain fundamental and radical

10 000 houses in uMhlathuze;

socio-economic development for

10 585 social/rental housing in

the betterment of all people.”


Agriculture and Rural Development Bongi Sithole-Moloi Arts and Culture, Sports and Recreation Hlengiwe Mavimbela Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs - Sipho Hlomuka Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Nomusa Dube-Mncube Education − Kwazi Mshengu Health − Nomagugu Simelane Zulu Social Development − Nonhlanhla Khoza Transport, Community Safety and Liaison − Mxolisi Kaunda Provincial Treasury − Ravi Pillay Public Works and Human Settlements − Peggy Nkonyeni

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its stellar performance against the targets, governance, compliance, Mangement / Corporate Services, financial sustainability, partnerships, innovation and creativity.

Hope restored in a better tomorrow for South Africa at the National Skills Development Awards 2019 with the FP&M SETA

The establishment of the Fibre Processing & Manufacturing came to being in April 2011 after government took a decision to cluster sectors in order to strengthen valuechain linkages between related Ms Felleng Yende, an astute

As we rewrite the script of Africa,

leader at the helm of a well-

in the midst of the 4th Industrial

oiled machine, who firmly

Revolution, a time when Skills

believes in her team, diligent

Development is most pivotal to

work, excellence and skills

the success of the realization

development did not

of the South African Dream of

disappoint; exceeding

a better life for all who live in

expectations yonder

it, FP&M SETA CEO, Ms Felleng

contemplation when she

Yende and Team have shown

became the only SETA CEO to

they their dedication to the

be recognised for her

realization of this propitious

outstanding contribution to


the NSDS amongst Skills

In an Awards ceremony officiated by the Honourable Minister of Higher Education & Training, Naledi Pandor, held on 14 March 2019 in Gauteng, Hope was indeed restored for a better tomorrow for South Africa.

Development Impact Organisations relating to innovation & creativity, accessibility of information, skills development participation, accomplishment, community involvement, leadership, ethics & integrity.

CEO of the FP&M SETA, Ms Felleng Yende and her dedicated team took the spotlight when her SETA was awarded the highest accolade on the evening by taking Gold in the category for Most Outstanding SETA in the country. This Category recognizes the FP&M SETA for

Ms Felleng Yende Multi-Award winning CEO of the FP&M SETA

industries. The SETA consist of 13 subsectors namely the clothing, footwear, forestry, furniture, general goods, pulp & pater, textiles & wood products sectors. Although classified individually, the sub-sectors are closely integrated. Together they create tremendous value in the lives of consumers by converting lumber, pulp, natural / synthetic fibres, animal skins / hides into finished consumer products. In reality, you cannot complete a day without using a product manufactured in the fibre processing & manufacturing sector.


Addresing climate change C

limate change is wreaking

opment Community.

havoc an global weather

The increased occurrence of

patterns. It has resulted in

vulnerabilities, charts how we can reduce these vulnerabilities and

these disastrous weather condi-

how we can turn them into oppor-

a shift in climate zones, and placed

tions has moved our country to

tunities. Our adaptation to climate

ecological and marine systems

intensify its actions in the fight

change presents an opportunity to

across the world under great duress.

against climate change.

transform the economy, strengthen the social fabric and build a cli-

In South Africa we have seen

South Africa has developed an

the effect for ourselves, with parts

adaptation strategy that will allow

of the country experiencing

our nation to plan and respond

severe drought conditions while

better to the intensified impacts of

a common vision and rallying

other areas have been hit by flash

climate change.

point for us to address climate

mate resilient society. Importantly, the strategy provides

The draft National Climate

change. It outlines the resources

Change Adaptation Strategy

we need and demonstrates our

countries Malawi, Mozambique

(NCCAS) introduces measures

progress on climate change ad-

and Zimbabwe were impacted

to adapt to the effects of climate


by severe weather conditions. Cy-

change. It builds on the progres-

clone Idai displaced hundreds of

sive, innovative and proactive poli-

meeting its international climate

thousands of people and caused

cies that we already have in place

change obligations and is in line

massive devastation.

to deal with an ever-changing

with our commitment to the Paris


Agreement on Climate Change,

floods. Earlier this year neighbouring

South Africa, along with many

It will also support South Africa in

It is guided by the overarching

which is universally regarded as a

ing assistance to our neighbours.

principle of sustainable develop-

seminal point in the fight against

However the devastating effect of

ment, which is the cornerstone of

climate change.

a changing climate and extreme

the National Development Plan:

weather continues to be felt

Vision 2030.

other nations, united in provid-

across the Southern African Devel-


The NCCAS defines the country’s

The Paris Agreement aims to limit global temperature increases to below two degrees Celsius and

Public Sector Manager • June 2019

mobilises financial and technologi-

enhance efforts to

cal support, and capacity building

transition to a lower

for developing countries.

carbon economy.

The draft NCCAS furthermore

Let us take it on our-

aims to achieve the stabilisation

selves to go green so we

of greenhouse gas emissions

can create a sustainable fu-

and limit temperature increases

ture for ourselves and our children.

must insist that

to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Once it is

The challenge of saving our planet

manufacturers use

adopted for implementation, it

for future generations is very much


is expected to contribute to the

in our hands and it begins with

packaging material, and that all

reduction of these gas emissions

simple actions.

product designs are environmen-

to the region as well. The draft was released on 19 May

Illegal dumping has turned many of our communities into toxic waste

Together we

ronmentally friendly

tally friendly and recyclable so that we can end waste landfilling.

2019 in the Government Gazette

dumps. Changing this sad state of

and will be open for public com-

affairs requires a united front. There

tion to a lower carbon economy

ment for 30 days. All South Africans

is nevertheless a need for munici-

and sustainable development.

are encouraged to comment

palities to make available more

on it and be part of our national

facilities for waste removal and

impact of the severe weather con-

response to climate change.

waste management.

ditions we are experiencing.

We can make this strategy a lived

However, communities have a

The NCCAS is our hope to transi-

It will also help us mitigate the

There is no time to waste. The

reality by changing the ways in

role to play in making the effort to

clock is ticking and everyone has

which we interact with our envi-

drop waste at designated waste

a role to play in supporting the

ronment. The manner in which

removal sites.

NCCAS. Our actions today will

we cool and heat our homes or handle our household waste can

Public Sector Manager • June 2019

All of us should also use our collective power as consumers.

determine our future, and that of generations to come.



Writer: More Matshediso

Protect our children Society has a duty to do more to ensure that children are looked after and do not suffer from abuse. We must to stop the cycle of neglect, abuse, violence and exploitation − this is what National Child Protection Week aims to promote.

There can be no keener revela-

ness and unite all South Africans

tion of a society’s soul than the

to collectively care for and protect

The Constitution states that

way in which it treats its chil-

children, by upholding their consti-

every child has the right to a

tutional rights.

name and a nationality from

dren,” said Struggle hero, icon and former President Nelson Mandela.

National Child Protection Week

of the South African Constitution.

birth; family care or parental care,

His quote aptly sums up why South

was initially launched in 1997, to

or to appropriate alternative care

Africa celebrates National Child

raise awareness and mobilise com-

when removed from the fam-

Protection Week annually − to raise

munities to care for and protect chil-

ily environment; basic nutrition,

awareness of children’s rights, that

dren from abuse, neglect, exploita-

shelter, healthcare services and

are not only enshrined in the Con-

tion and other forms of violence

social services; and to be protect-

stitution of the Republic of South Af-

and ill-treatment.

ed from maltreatment, neglect,

rica of 1996 but are also articulated

While the initiative is led by the

in the Children's Act, 2005 (Act 38

Ministry of Social Development, it

of 2005).

is every citizen’s duty to play a role

not required or permitted to

abuse or degradation. It also states that children are

South Africa’s legislation to protect

in protecting children and creating

perform work or provide services

children was drafted based on the

a safe and secure environment for

that are inappropriate for their

United Convention of the Rights of


age, or place their wellbeing,

the Child, the African Charter on the

education, physical or mental

Rights and Welfare of the Child and

Children have rights

health or spiritual, moral or social

the Constitution.

Protecting children from violence,

development at risk. Children also

This year, National Child Protec-

exploitation and abuse is not only

have various rights when it comes

tion Week will be celebrated from

a basic value, but also an obliga-

to being detained or involved in

28 May to 4 June to raise aware-

tion clearly set out in Section 28

armed conflict.


Public Sector Manager • June 2019

On 1 July 2007, the Children’s

youth-care workers are deployed

tant Director for child and youth

Act of 2005 came into effect to

to identified households and care

care work at the DSD, explained

improve and define children’s

facilities to provide much-need-

how services provided by child

rights in line with the Constitution.

ed support to orphaned and

and youth-care workers differ

It also aims to define parental

vulnerable children, including

from those provided by social

responsibilities and rights.

assisting them to get ready for

workers. “We provide 24-hour

school in the morning and to do

services. We do not have consul-

responsibilities and rights’ means

their homework, and with meal

tation hours like social workers

that you have the responsibility

preparation, registration for social

because we have to monitor the

and right ‘to care for the child;

grants and psychosocial support.

child’s development daily.

In legal terms, ‘full parental

maintain contact with the child;

Isibindi has been implemented

The duration of our services may

act as guardian of the child; and

through 335 non-governmental

differ from one child to the other,

contribute to the maintenance of

organisation partners, in 367 sites

but we will never neglect a child

the child’.

countrywide, and 6 643 child and

or young person,” she said.

youth-care workers have been

Protecting vulnerable children

trained to date. According to the DSD, R1.2 bil-

How to get help As President Mandela said,

The Department of Social Devel-

lion was invested into the initia-

“Let us reach out to the

opment (DSD) is doing all it can

tive, which has seen previously

children. Let us do whatever

to assist vulnerable children.

unemployed youth receiving

we can to support their fight

accredited training in child and

to rise above their pain and

children in the past five years,

youth care, thus also increasing


through a community-based care

the number of skilled profession-

and early intervention service

als in the sector.

It has reached over one million

called Isibindi. Isibindi − meaning to have

One of Isibindi’s key successes

If you or someone you know needs to help a child and fight for their rights, contact

is ensuring that children remain

the DSD’s pilot 24-hour call

courage in isiZulu − is the brain-

in school. “Child and youth-

centre, dedicated to provid-

child of non-profit organisation,

care workers provide education

ing support and counselling

the National Association of Child

support by relieving vulnerable

to victims of gender-based

Care Workers (NACCW).

children of household responsi-

violence. Call 0800 428 428 to

bilities, particularly when they live

speak to a social worker for

NACCW in 2012 to roll out the pro-

in child-headed households,” the

assistance and counselling.

gramme, in response to the HIV

department confirmed.

Callers can also request a

The DSD partnered with the

and AIDS crisis, and the country’s

This is done through a partner-

growing number of orphans and

ship with the Department of Basic

mand Centre to contact them

vulnerable children.

Education and the National

by dialling *120*7867# (free)

Student Financial Aid Scheme,

from any cell phone.

The programme incorporates

social worker from the Com-

and builds on the model of family

which have also made it possible

preservation and strengthening

for vulnerable children to have

Childline South Africa on

families as a first line of response.

access to financial assistance to

0800 055 555 or Child Welfare

further their studies.

South Africa at 074 080 8315.

Through the programme, trained community-based child and

Public Sector Manager • June 2019

You can also get help at

Nompumelelo Luthuli, the Assis-



Writer: More Matshediso

Buy local, be proudly South African A s individual consumers

ties understand their roles and re-

what a buy local choice means.

shopping for household

sponsibilities, especially in respect

“On a grander scale, the bene-

items, we each have the

of the Preferential Procurement

fits of local procurement are enor-

Policy Framework Act.

mous. The investment of just R1

power in our pockets to make a

difference to reinvest in our own country. This is what the Chief Executive Officer of Proudly South African

Proudly SA’s largest funder is the

in manufacturing will result in a

Department of Trade and Industry.

R1.13 increase in gross domestic

It has been around since 2001.

product, an increase of R0.13 in

Proudly SA also raises money,

export receipts and R0.35 in fiscal

(Proudly SA) Eustace Mashimbye

through membership fees and

revenue. A R1million investment in

had to say about the importance

ad hoc sponsors from the private

the same sector will result in the

of buying local products.

sector, to undertake its marketing

creation of three sustainable job

and other activities.

opportunities,” he explained.

Proudly SA is the country’s official buy local advocacy cam-

“If we don’t invest in locally man-

paign and has a mandate to

Enormous benefits

ufactured goods and services, we

drive the buy local message.

During an interview with PSM,

will lose jobs from factories that

Mashimbye said that sending

have to close due to a lack of

wide public sector procurement

money back to the fiscus and re-

orders. By buying imported goods,

forums to help government enti-

taining existing jobs is effectively

we export jobs,” he added.

It conducts a series of nation-

Streetwear designs by Chepa Streetwear (Pty) Ltd.


Public Sector Manager • June 2019

rate South Africa is playing a

procurement in the workplace.

local products, Mashimbye said

huge role in promoting localisa-

We find opportunities where they

South African products and ser-

tion, and government is legislated

exist to educate South Africans

vices stand up to scrutiny against

in some sectors to procure locally

on the importance of buying

many imported goods, never

manufactured items.

local goods and services,” he

With regard to the quality of

mind the so–called “fong kong” cheap imports.

“Everyone is a consumer and


if we can drive a stronger mes-

a loyal customer base it knows

South Africans, we would see a

Remaining competitive

that it has to provide value for


Mashimbye acknowledged that

“If any company wants to build

money, and that is for consumers to decide,” Mashimbye said. He explained that all Proudly South African member companies’ products are audited for

sage to change the mindsets of

Mashimbye said that the best

many local businesses face

support that Proudly SA can give

challenges doing business and

its member companies is access

remaining competitive.

to markets. Proudly SA is able to make

Mashimbye said these include the threat posed by imports, es-

quality and he is confident that

introductions between member

pecially unscrupulous companies

the Proudly SA logo tick repre-

companies and provide them

that falsify invoices or the content

sents high quality.

with exposure to buyers through

of a shipment to keep their import

platforms such as the Buy Local

costs down meaning they can

with other countries in terms of

Summit and Expo where they can

undercut local producers on

the culture of promoting and sup-

exhibit their products for free.


When comparing South Africa

porting local producers, Mashim-

Mashimbye said Proudly SA also

In addition, fluctuating input

bye said Proudly SA does not

offers a free listing to member

costs and an unstable power sup-

have any statistics, but the buy

companies on its exclusive online

ply are often cited as challenges.

local ethos is one that is spread-

shopping platform, www.rsama-

ing around the world., and many other oppor-

shelf space in large retail outlets

tunities through various marketing

is a major challenge. Different

activities and activations.

industry sectors face different

“Although we can’t compare with other countries, we be-

“For some of the SMMEs getting

lieve we are delivering on our

“Without access to market, a

challenges, but all of them need

mandate and we are seeing

business cannot thrive, even if it

the support of government, busi-

an increase in support for local

has the best products, so this is

ness and individual consumers in


what we see as our most critical

terms of our local buying habits,”


he said.

“We have received delegations from Namibia, Botswana, Zimba-

“We also conduct business

bwe and Malawi to see how our

forums and educate businesses

Sign up as a member

business model and campaign

on how to leverage local procure-

To become a Proudly SA member

works and they have or are in the

ment for their own and the coun-

company, the following compli-

process of setting up their own

try’s benefit. We have consumer

ance criteria applies:

versions,” he said.

activations to drive the message

• Local content: In the case of

from the ground up. We engage

products, at least 50 percent

Promoting localisation

with organised labour to work

of the final cost of production

Mashimbye added that corpo-

with unions on increasing local

must have been incurred in

Public Sector Manager • June 2019



South Africa, or if raw materials have been imported, substan-

T-shirt or formal shirt,” Mahlangu

bomber jackets, pants, shorts

taken place in the country. For

and shirts and is in the process of

service companies, Proudly SA

manufacturing skirts as well.

of the current benefits offered by

It currently produces about

technology and the fact that we

explained. “We are also taking advantage


200 000 units per month and has

are living in the Fourth Industrial

Proof of quality by way of cer-

partnered with other companies

Revolution era, so we sell our

tification from an accredited

to manufacture shoes.

products online and also use

verification body or industry association. •

The company manufactures

you can wear our jackets with a

tial transformation must have

considers local procurement •

tial clients,” he explained.

Chepa Streetwear has already created eight direct and indirect

that platform to influence people’s minds about local products

Adherence to the country’s

and buying African produce.

labour and environmental legis-

Customers are able to tell us


what they want and we are able

In return, Proudly SA offers its

to deliver the products to their

logo, which is a recognised en-

doorstep,” he added.

dorsement of local content and

Mahlangu would like to grow


the company’s international

Mashimbye said the most im-

footprint and get more clients

portant aspect of buying local is

because it targets buyers from

sustaining and creating jobs for

across the globe.


He is happy about the support that he is getting locally. However,

Chepa Streetwear is Proudly SA

Mahlangu has urged everyone to shy away from negotiating prices

One of the local companies that are listed under the Proudly SA database is Chepa Streetwear

and asking for discounts beCEO of Proudly SA Eustace Mashimbye.

(Pty) Ltd, which is the brainchild

cause that kills local businesses, especially those that are starting up.

of Dumisani Mahlangu (34) and

jobs, and currently distributes

his wife Candice.

products nationwide using an

manager for an insurance

“Our company is a clothing

Having worked as a wealth

online platform, and on a small

company, Mahlangu said he is

and footwear designer and man-

scale globally via an internation-

able to balance creativity with

ufacturer, that we established in

al distributor.

numbers but admits that he has

2017. We wanted clothing that is

“What is special about our

African and modern because we

products is that we modernise

he chose entrepreneurship over

always loved African print and

African clothing by creating

his previous job.

there were a lot of requests for

streetwear, which is a bit casual

bomber jackets from our poten-

and not so formal. For example,


more passion for creativity, hence

He hopes to create more jobs as the business grows.

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Writer: More Matshediso

Becoming an intern is a big deal M

ishumo Mamburu has

only strengthen the value of the

a career and not simply

internship but also provides the

a job, thanks to one of

department with inbred skills from

government’s many programmes

which to further build, strengthen

aimed at giving training and em-

capacity and plough skills into

ployment opportunities to the youth.

the sector,” the department said.

Over 10 years ago, he became

Interns are recruited based on

the beneficiary of government’s

the human resource needs of the

internship programme, which is


offered by various government

both ba-

create job opportunities and to

In search of job opportunities

offer work experience to young

Now 37 years of age, Mamburu

tion and


has the title of Deputy Director


next to his name. He took PSM


departments and entities to

He joined the Department of Basic Education (DBE) – then

through his journey with the de-

called the Department of Edu-


cation – which has successfully

in Limpopo to Johannesburg

experience and has even ab-

to look for job opportunities

sorbed some, including Mambu-

after obtaining my Bachelor of

ru, as permanent employees.

Agriculture degree from the

ing access to job opportunities for youth. We view internships as

University of Venda. It was in 2005,” he reminisced. Initially he worked at a

a vehicle to youth employment.

bakery but in 2006, when he

We give preference to interns

was 24, Mamburu applied for

when filling vacant posts within

an internship at the depart-

the department. This does not

ment, which comprised



“I had just moved from Venda

trained graduates with no work

“We pride ourselves on promot-


Mishumo Mamburu is proof t hat government ʼs internship programme is bearing fruits.

Public Sector Manager • June 2019

cation and training at the time.

that I am today. It was because

Director and Mamburu moved

of the manager that I had that I

with him to a new division. In

ful candidates and was offered

managed to realise my potential.

2012, another promotion followed

an internship programme for 12

He trusted me so much and that

for his boss – this time to Acting

months in the rural education

helped me to have confidence in

Deputy Director-General and

section of the department, start-

my work,” he said.

again Mamburu moved with him.

He was one of the success-

ing at the beginning of 2007.

While Mamburu was still an

“Eventually I was appointed

“It was relevant to my qualifica-

intern, the department advertised

as an Acting Assistant Director,

tions because part of the courses

for an Assistant Director post and

a position I held from 2012 until

I studied at university focused on

his mentor advised him to apply

2014 when I was appointed as

the development of rural commu-

for it. However, he was offered a

the Deputy Director responsible

nities,” he explained.

Senior Administration Officer post

for teacher supply in the now


DBE,” he said.

“I grabbed the opportunity and worked very hard. Fortunately, I

“I think moving from being an

got along with my mentor. In my

intern to becoming an Assistant

first week I was given an opportu-

Director would have been a bit of

Exceeding expectations

nity to represent the department

a stretch,” he reckoned.

“I wasn’t expecting to be where

at the Fourth World Congress of

“My mentor also advised me

I am today because the intern-

Rural Women. I boarded a flight

to consider studying further and

ship was just for 12 months, so I

for the first time. The congress was

think hard about choosing a

thought I would have to look for a

held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

course that would accommodate

job elsewhere,” he explained.

I was expected to write a report

other sectors because my degree

upon return, which my boss loved.

in agriculture was a bit career

his directorate include recruiting

It was an exciting opportunity for

limiting. I enrolled for a Bachelor

school learners to study teach-

me,” he recalled.

of Commerce in Management

ing courses through the Funza

with the University of South Africa

Lushaka Bursary Programme.

Rewarding trust His mentor believed in him and trusted him with

in 2009 and completed it in 2015.

Some of the responsibilities of

He also works with nine provin-

I immediately enrolled for an Hon-

cial placement coordinators to

ours degree thereafter,” he said.

ensure that, where possible, the

important tasks that had

Today Mamburu is studying for

to be undertaken by his

his Master’s Degree in Commerce.

section, including de-

He has also acquired a number

veloping strategies and

of certificates over the years,

contributing to teacher supply. In

implementation plans.

including one in labour law and

the past years there was a need

“Our section was

business process management.

for qualified teachers because

entirely new then,

While he was still a Senior Ad-

graduates are afforded spaces in schools to work as educators. “This is the department’s way of

of teacher shortages in prior-

and that equipped

ministration Officer, Mamburu’s

ity areas like mathematics and

me to be the person

boss was promoted to a Chief

science, geography in further

Public Sector Manager • June 2019



education and training and the

Currently, he supervises an Assistant Director, a senior admin

breaking the news to graduates

so it is part of my job to look for

officer and two interns. The latter

that they have not secured a

young people who can assist our

approached him for mentoring

position is not a task he looks

education system,” he explained.

after hearing about his internship

forward to.

He also contributes to the for-


mulation of policies around the

“We are not always able to assist all graduates. Sometimes

employment of foreign teachers,

Realising potential

provinces do not have the

working with the departments

Mamburu thinks that interns

budget to fill vacancies or to

of Labour and Home Affairs to

need to be involved in concep-

create jobs for graduates and

attract teachers of scarce skills

tual work and attend serious

I have to be the bearer of the

subjects when suitable local

meetings where important is-

sad news and tell these young

teachers cannot be sourced.

sues are discussed so that they

people that they do not have a

Another task of Mamburu’s is

can develop a sense of worth,

job. I constantly have to make

helping to regulate the Grade

realise their true potential and

contact with the provinces in

R sector. Although a child can currently start Grade 1 without having attended an early childhood development (ECD) centre, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced at his State of the Nation Address in February that government would be introducing two years of compulsory ECD. “With the sector moving towards making Grade R compulsory, we need qualified teachers for the foundation phase,” he said. Provinces that are experiencing

“With the sector moving towards making Grade R compulsory, we need qualified teachers for the foundation phase.” develop a drive for their work.

order to find jobs for the graduates,” he said. For him education is a way of life; it is a catalyst to a better life and he is planning to continue studying until he obtains his PhD. “I draw my inspiration to study hard from my mother,” he said, explaining that he actually went to school with his mom after she returned to the classroom to complete her Grade 12. Mamburu was doing Grade 8 at the time. “It was a bit embarrassing

challenges in education, such as

“They should not just be asked

sometimes because other

Limpopo, Eastern Cape and Kwa-

to make photocopies and fetch

students used to laugh about

Zulu-Natal, are assisted through

laptops from cars,” he pointed

it, but her journey showed me

government interventions and


how important it is for me to

that is another of Mamburu’s focus areas. His section is also responsible for evaluating school readiness at the start of each year.


without challenges though, and

foundation phase (Grade R to 3),

Given South Africa’s unemploy-

pursue education with all I have

ment rate, the most fulfilling part

in order to make her proud. She

of his job is assisting people in

was a single mother of two boys,

securing work.

although my father contributed

Mamburu’s job does not come

remotely,” he said.

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Intra-continental trade and investment key to Africa’s growth


conomic adviser to Presi-

sation Agenda.

gateway to the African continent,

dent Cyril Ramaphosa, Trudi

She was part of the panel that

Makhaya, believes African

encouraged representatives from

have different regional hubs and

countries should be more actively

various African embassies to

areas of specialisation across the

trading with each other.

promote intra-Africa trade and

continent, focusing on different

investment in order to grow the

value chains,” she said, explaining

continent’s economy.

that South Africa cannot dominate

She told attendants of an African Press Attachés breakfast roundtable discussion in Pretoria recently

She said South Africa is commit-

but what is missing is that we must

every industry.

that while many African countries

ted to the growth and develop-

have vigorous international trading

ment of the continent through

across the continent and we

programmes, it is time to move the

regional integration efforts, which it

should work collaboratively to think

orientation back to Africa.

renders through support to indus-

how we link those value chains

trial development, infrastructure

across the continent,” she added.

Makhaya’s address was focused on South Africa’s vision of attract-

development and market integra-

ing more African investors to the


country and on Africa’s Industriali-


“South Africa is often seen as a

“There should be capabilities

Early in 2018, President Ramaphosa announced an ambitious investment drive for South Africa to

Public Sector Manager • June 2019

generate at least US$100 billion in

oil company Oando and Botswana

new investment over the next five

retailer Choppies Enterprises Ltd.

define the new Africa paradigm.

“Although South Africa still at-

To this end, it is worth noting that


“Intra-Africa investments should

tracts the majority of investment on

since 2007, there has been a

Africa Investment Conference

the continent, the growth forecasts

compound growth of 57 percent

in October 2018, which brought

of some of our peers provide excel-

in South Africa-originated foreign

together investors from within South

lent opportunities for attracting

direct investment projects into the

Africa, the African continent and

increased levels of investment,” she

rest of Africa,” she said.

the rest of the world.


This drive culminated in the South

A strong message was echoed

“Attracting investment to the con-

Makhaya said in 2018, South Africa exported goods to the rest

during the conference, that South

tinent provides opportunities for

of Africa to the value of US$25 bil-

Africa is geared for growth and

collaboration on joint infrastructure

lion and imported goods valued

is working towards improving its

projects and the transferring and

at US$11.5 billion from the rest of

investment environment by, among

exchanging of skills between simi-


other things, ensuring policy cer-

lar projects on the continent, as is

tainty and consistency, improving

the case with Proctor and Gamble

and 2018, South Africa’s intra-

the performance of state-owned

and Johnson and Johnson, which

Africa exports increased by seven

enterprises and consolidating fis-

are transferring skills between their

percent, while intra-Africa imports

cal debt.

various operations on the conti-

increased by 35 percent.

During the conference, invest-

nent,” she added.

ment announcements valued at

She added that between 2017

“Increased imports are mainly due to a 73 percent and 28

glomerate Mara Group announc-

Intra-African investment key driver for economic growth

ing a R1.5 billion investment in a

Makhaya said intra-Africa invest-

smartphone factory in South Africa,

ments have been particularly

goods imported into South Africa

which will be the first of its kind in

impressive since 2007, growing at a

from other Southern African De-

the country.

32.5 percent compound rate, more

velopment Community (SADC)

over R300 billion were made, with the pan-African investment con-

percent growth in the imports of petroleum oil and petroleum gas,” she said. She added that most of the

than double non-African emerging

member states enter duty-free. The

conference to promote intra-Africa

markets and almost fourfold faster

only exceptions are wheat flour,

trade was prominent Zimbabwe

than developed markets.

sugar, second-hand clothes and

Also playing his part at the

businessman Strive Masiyiwa.

She said South Africa has been

tyres. This is South Africa’s contribu-

Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of his

at the forefront of growth in intra-

tion towards the industrialisation

company Econet Wireless, recently

Africa investments, thus underlining

of the continent by stimulating

invested in South Africa.

a growing confidence and belief in

the manufacturing and export of

the future of the continent.

goods into our market.

InvestSA has also facilitated investments from other African

“We cannot expect external

However, she is concerned that

countries, including from Nigerian

partners to appreciate the value

poor quality infrastructure on the

cement company Dangote, Tanza-

of Africa if we as Africans do not,”

continent is a fundamental chal-

nia’s Azam Bakhresa Group, Nigeria

she said.


Public Sector Manager • June 2019



“We therefore continue to place great emphasis on the develop-

transportation. She said regionally, South Africa

from employment opportunities, skills transfer, tax revenues and

ment of cross-border infrastructure

plays a key role in the SADC region,

global linkages as a result of the

in Africa as a means to promote

and is committed to the success of

business activities of South African

increased volumes of intra-Africa

the region, both at an economic

firms,” she said.

trade,” she said.

and political level.

Government and its development

bring about closer collaboration

Africa’s industrialisation agenda

finance institutions continue to

and address issues such as eco-

Makhaya said South Africa is also

make significant investments in

nomic integration whilst also using

strongly committed to the conti-

the development of a number of

the SADC as a vehicle to steer the

nent’s industrialisation agenda.

development corridors in the SADC

developmental agenda of the

region and other parts of Africa.


She said the South African

Makhaya said state-owned rail-

South Africa’s responsibility is to

“South Africa accounts for about

South Africa regards as crucial the developments around the African Continental Free Trade Agree-

way company Transnet and South

60 percent of SADC’s total trade

ment (AfCFTA), which comprises

African private sector companies

and about 70 percent of the

55 countries and brings together

are involved in initiatives aimed at

region’s GDP. A relationship of in-

all African Union member states.

the rehabilitation and modernisa-

terdependence binds South Africa

tion of the North-South Corridor to

to the region. Moreover, in varying

a market of more than 1.2 billion

make it more efficient and encour-

degrees, the economies of other

people, including a growing mid-

age rail rather than road freight

SADC member states also benefit

dle class, and has a combined

She said the agreement covers

GDP of over US$3.4 trillion. The AfCFTA is aimed at boosting Intra-Africa trade and industrial development; reducing the continent’s reliance on the export of primary commodities; opening access to new markets; developing world-class infrastructure; promoting innovation, research and development capabilities; and establishing a manufacturing base, she said. She said significant progress is being made to advance regional integration in Africa and the AfCFTA will be the world’s largest free trade area since the formation of the World Trade Organisation.


Public Sector Manager • June 2019


What to know when choosing medical aid


hen choosing a medi-

range of products. Before settling

conditions could mean you are in

cal aid, it is important to

on a scheme, it is important to

for a nasty surprise.

know the financial im-

compare the benefits due to you

plications of what you are getting yourself into.

from the various schemes.

The Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act (FAIS

It is also vital that you under-

Act) is applicable to all finan-

As a client you should know

stand the payment terms and

cial services providers (FSPs),

how your medical aid of choice

methods, waiting periods and

regardless of the nature of the

will impact your pocket. The dif-

any exclusions because taking

financial product or service they

ferent medical aid companies

out a medical aid without fully

provide. The FAIS Act is designed

charge differently for a wide

understanding the terms and

to protect consumers from being


Public Sector Manager • June 2019

exploited by companies and has

and extent to which clients are

utmost good faith; therefore, you

the same conduct standards as

required to disclose any and all

have to be completely honest

the General Code of Conduct

pre-existing medical information,

about the information that you

for Authorised Financial Services

regardless of how minor they

provide, especially if that infor-

Providers and Representatives.

may believe it to be.

mation is material.

Even with these legislative

Both the client and the scheme

The type of information that

mechanisms there to protect you,

should refrain from making deci-

is considered to be material

you should take basic precau-

sions on the relevance of the

is where the medical scheme

tions when signing up for medical

medical information that should

would have needed the infor-


be disclosed because full disclo-

mation to determine whether it

sure is made to conduct a true

would take you on as a client

agreement on whether your con-

assessment of the risk posed by

and if it did, whether it would ap-

tributions will be collected up-

the application to the scheme.

ply waiting periods or not.

Firstly, ensure that there is an

front or as arrears. This will impact

Another important thing

The FAIS Act as well as the

on when your cover starts and

to know is that the Medical

code states that a medical aid

what happens when you decide

Schemes Act of 1998 provide

scheme is responsible for ensur-

to leave the scheme.

sfor the imposition of penalties

ing that all fees and commis-

for the periods where one did

sions are disclosed upfront. These

premiums in arrears and de-

not belong to a medical aid

include the broker’s fees.

cide to resign from the medical

scheme. These penalties are also

scheme, you will still be liable

imposed on applicants who are

are instances in which brokers

for the outstanding premium for

over 35 years of age. It is impor-

collect a full contribution as

the period in which you enjoyed

tant to note that these penalties

fees due to them. This can result

cover. This will be in addition to a

will be applicable for the rest of

in the client being under the

premium payable in respect of

your life.

impression that they are paying

If you choose to pay your

the replacement product. To avoid suffering a termination,

Whilst the code provides for certain duties on the side of FSPs

Clients should know that there

their contributions upfront, which would not be the case.

both the client and medical aid

in terms of the financial services

scheme should practise full dis-

they render to you, as a client

FSPs must disclose the manner in

closure, especially where waiting

you also have particular obliga-

which commission will be collect-

periods are applicable.

tions. First and foremost, would

ed. The code requires that the

Medical schemes and other

A scheme is also required to

be to ensure that contributions

impact of any such collection on

provide detailed explanations

are paid in full and timeously to

the policy be clearly explained to

of the questions contained in

ensure coverage by the scheme.

a client.

It is very important to under-

Checking these details will en-

The Office of the Ombudsman

stand contracts when you sign

sure that you get the most out of

for Financial Service Providers

them, the FAIS Ombud cautions.

your chosen medical scheme.

their medical questionnaires.

(FAIS Ombud) said FSPs should clearly explain the importance

Public Sector Manager • June 2019

Contracts of insurance are based on the principles of

This information was supplied by the FAIS Ombud.


FALSE BAY TVET COLLEGE A gateway to employment, higher education and self-improvement


1. IDEAL LOCATION – Our five campuses located in the communities of Muizenberg, Mitchell’s Plain, Khayelitsha,

With 688 000 students enrolled in 2017, Technical

Westlake and Fish Hoek are easily accessible. In response

and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

to demand, the College is set to double its enrolment and

colleges are an important avenue to post-school

add two more specialised campuses: a 6.5-hectare mega-

education and vocational training and are crucial

campus in Mitchell’s Plain that will serve as many as 10 000

to job creation, economic growth and the future

students and the Swartklip campus located at the former

prosperity of the country.

Denel munitions testing grounds, which will offer state-of-theart artisan-related programmes to 3 000 students a year.

False Bay TVET College has five well-resourced campuses in the Cape Peninsula that collectively

2. BENEFITS OF INVESTMENT – The TVET sector has recently

have an annual enrolment of around 11 000

attracted heavy government investment, which is rapidly

students. False Bay has consistently been recognised

improving the access to and quality of TVET qualifications.

as one of the best TVET colleges in South Africa for

These investments include the NSFAS funding fee-free

more than 15 years.

education for the majority of TVET students; the SETAs

Along with its services to youth, communities and diverse industries, False Bay TVET College has strong ties and strategic partnerships with employers, government departments, SETAs, representative industry bodies and local and international educational institutions. These partnerships enable the College to leverage resources and opportunities that give our students not only affordable access to quality training and jobs but to life skills, work experience and cultural enrichment as well.

spending over R500 million on bursaries and placements at TVET colleges, universities and universities of technology; the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) funding 12 new campuses and colleges; and the DHET supporting 14 universities to develop programmes for improving TVET lecturers’ qualifications. 3. EFFICIENT ADMINISTRATION – The College’s growth is underpinned by strong leadership and an award-winning administration system that has been recognised by the Auditor-General of South Africa and the DHET. The College has twice received clean audit awards and has received a clean audit for the past five years.

FALSE BAY TVET COLLEGE NICHE PROGRAMMES: • Centre of Specialisation: Rigging

4. RELEVANT CURRICULUM – False Bay TVET College offers

• Centre for Entrepreneurship / Rapid Incubator

vocational, occupational and skills training programmes

• Yacht and Boatbuilding

with a special focus on artisan skills. Courses are also offered in Business, Information and Communication Technology,


Hospitality, Engineering, Tourism, Yacht and Boat Building,

Learning is supported by structured individual mentoring and

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

the facilitation of linkages to new resources.

College programmes are examined and certified nationally and designed in collaboration with commerce and industry.

8. STUDENT SUPPORT – The College offers comprehensive student support and development services at all its

5. STRONG PARTNERSHIPS – The only way to assist young

campuses, which include career guidance, financial aid,

people to gain work experience and increase their

personal counselling, academic support and job placement.

employability is through engaging with them and opening up workplace opportunities. False Bay TVET College understands and promotes the important role of employers in providing internship and employment opportunities to College students and graduates. 6. PLACEMENT TRACK RECORD – The College excels at supporting its graduates during their transition to the world of work. Its Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Department achieved a 92% placement rate in 2018. The College employs five dedicated WIL officers who provide graduates with work placement support. This service helps to connect students to job opportunities and prepares them for the world of work. The WIL programme not only benefits students but participating companies are able to improve their company B-BBEE scorecards, access SETA benefits, release full-time staff for training and upskilling and improve staff retention. Our WIL programme was recognised by the ETDP Seta at the 2018 National Skills Conference and Development Awards with the prestigious Gold Award in the Most Outstanding Skills Development Stakeholder category. 7. FORWARD THINKING – False Bay TVET College is increasingly investing in new technology to take advantage of the digital age. As access to information improves with every advance in internet technology, our students benefit from new

9. INCLUSIVE EDUCATION – False Bay TVET College has an Inclusive Education Office which ensures that students with disabilities are able to access the learning facilities and support services at all the campuses. For students who experience difficulty accessing the College due to work commitments or distance, alternative modes of teaching and training are provided, including part-time classes and distance learning options. 10. STUDENT LIFE – Relationships with the students begin even before they enrol as the first contact for many happens on our popular Open Days, where prospective students and parents receive all the course information and career guidance they need to make an informed choice. False Bay TVET College students are offered a rich campus life focused on healthy activity that encourages the development of beneficial co-curricular learning. Students are served by an active Student Representative Council and there is regular engagement between management, the faculty and students across all courses and campuses. The structured communication environment enables the College to identify and service students’ needs effectively, which often leads to innovations, such as the recently introduced mobile health and wellness campus clinic, the first such facility in South Africa.

teaching methodologies, opportunities for distance learning and participation in international joint programmes. The government has initiated the Centres of Specialisation Programme through the DHET to address the demand for qualifications in the priority trades needed for the implementation of the government’s growth strategy. False Bay TVET College was selected as the Centre of Specialisation and premier training institution for riggers as well as mechanical fitters in Western Cape. In keeping with the global trend, the College recognises

HOW TO CONTACT FALSE BAY TVET COLLEGE Please see our website at for contact details of our campuses, course details and assistance with the application process.

that many graduates are more likely to start their own

Centre of Specialisation: 021 787 0800 /

businesses in future. To facilitate the entrepreneurial

development of students and graduates, the College hosts the Centre for Entrepreneurship/Rapid Incubator (CFE/RI),

Centre of Entrepreneurship & Rapid Incubator:

a partnership with the DHET and the Department of Small

021 201 1215 /

Business Development. The CFE/RI provides a supportive environment, top-class machinery and physical space to student entrepreneurs to enable product development.

Work-Integrated Learning Department: 021 700 6400 /

Compiled by: Jauhara Khan


Tsietsi Malema – Head of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development: Gauteng Regional Office

Aubrey Shabane − Kwazulu-Natal Growth Fund (KZNGF) Chief Executive Officer


The Department

Fort Hare which he

of Justice and

obtained in 1985.


Mr Malema will

Development has

use his knowledge

appointed Mr Tsietsi

and experience

Malema as the

to bring about a

head of its Gauteng

positive change

Regional Office.

in the province.

Mr Malema previously

He will continue

serves as the North

to strengthen

West Regional Head

relations with

for the past 12 years.

various stakeholders,

Mr Malema was born

ensure that courts

and bred in Daveyton,

are functioning at

Gauteng. The 53-year-

an optimal level,

old holds a Bachelor

especially in serving

of Arts (Honours)

women, and offer

degree in Criminology

greater service

from the University of

delivery to the public.

The KwaZulu-Natal

Investments at the

Growth Fund (KZNGF)

Development Bank

has appointment Mr

of Southern Africa,

Aubrey Shabane as its

responsible for over

new Chief Executive

R7 billion of assets under


management. He also

Mr Shabane joined

worked as a Corporate

the KZNGF as a chief

Finance Manager at

investment officer in

Deloitte for several years.

2015. The KZNGF is a

Mr Shabane holds

development financier

a Master of Business

of the KZN Provincial

Administration Degree

Government within the

from Leeds University

Department of Economic

Business School, a

Development, Tourism

Bachelor of Commerce

and Environmental

Degree from UNISA and a


Bachelor of Technology in

Prior to joining the

Financial Management

KZNGF, Mr Shabane

from Durban University of

was the Head of Equity


Public Sector Manager • June 2019


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Bush therapy Switch off and enjoy Mother Nature in all her glory in the serene seclusion of Chacma Bush Camp, situated in a corner of the littleknown Maseke Balule Game Reserve in Limpopo.


he birds are barely awake but

dling along a mopane-fringed dirt

we are, and so is the five-ton

road on my way to Sun Destina-

three comfortable and unpreten-

colossus cheerfully masticat-

tions’ new safari offering: Chacma

tious chalets of stone and thatch,

ing on mopane not four metres from

Bush Camp, which is situated in a

which can sleep a maximum of

our vehicle.This is a silence that takes

quiet corner of the undulating

10 people.

some getting used to.

8 000 hectare Maseke Balule

Camera shutters occasionally flit and the big bull elephant that is

Game Reserve. A rocky koppie (home to a troop

Accommodation consists of

Roused by the 4:30am wake-up call, I treat myself to a refreshing outdoor shower; suffer a mild

the focus of our breathless atten-

of chacma baboons and the

heart attack in a confrontation

tion delivers intermittent rumbles

odd klipspringer) stands sentinel

with a juvenile rock python out-

of pleasure before snapping off

at the rear of the camp, while a

side my door; and finally, treading

another branch as though it were

waterhole out front attracts an ar-

more warily, make my way down

nothing more than a cinnamon

ray of wildlife, including members

to the kitchen for a cup of coffee.

stick. Apart from that, it is wonder-

of the big five. The outdoor area

fully silent. It is the kind of silence

comprises a lovely lapa, a spar-

morning,” game ranger and co-

only encountered in the heart of

kling pool and an inviting deck,

camp manager Calvin informs

the bush.

“We’ll try and find the pride this

complete with comfy sun loungers

us over his coffee. “Six burly young

I left the city noise behind and

from which to keep an eye on the

males roam the reserve together.

hopped on a flight to Hoedspruit

waterhole. Meanwhile, the boma

They made a buffalo kill the day

Airport. Two hours later, I was trun-

is perfect for evening bonfires.

before yesterday, so they should


Public Sector Manager • June 2019

be getting hungry again.” A touch bleary-eyed, but excited to see lions, we bundle into the safari cruiser around 5am and set off into the bush. Maseke’s borders are open to

rare sightings is what makes the

awed and fascinated by the

the Kruger National Park, which

three-hour drive worth it. That,

show of strength and shudder to

means there is no shortage of

and breathing the grassy, gamy

think what damage that hefty


bushveld air and soothing your

trunk might inflict on a fragile

We had packed the binocu-

city ears with golden Limpopo

human body. But this elephant

lars – and a good thing too, as

silence. Which brings me back

is as peaceful as it is powerful

we would spot everything from

to the massive elephant bull that

and, after having its fill of the tree

herons, kingfishers and plov-

came striding out of the thicket in

directly alongside our vehicle,

ers to a variety of robins, chats

front of the cruiser, without paying

slowly sways further into the

and coucals over the following

us a moment’s heed, and started

thicket, crashing and snacking its

days. But Calvin’s early morning

chewing on a breakfast of bark.

way towards the rest of its herd.

remarks have us fired up about

We sit and admire it in absolute

Back at camp, it is an easy life.

lions and we are bent on seeing

silence, and we are close enough

Our small group spends the days

the famous Maseke Males.

to make out every wrinkle on its

swimming, reading and swap-

criss-crossed hide, every chip and

ping travel tales. Twice a day, we

up what you have your heart

sap stain on its large tusks, and

head out on a game drive in

set on, and it is the elements of

even the impossibly long lashes

the hope of catching a glimpse

fortune and surprise that make

fringing its mud-brown eyes.

of the Maseke Males, but to no

Alas, the bush rarely serves

game-drive sightings all the more

Suddenly, the dexterous trunk

avail. We do see plenty else,

special. Some days, you might

snakes around a leafy limb like a

including white rhino, hippo and

see nothing but impala and a

python. The coils tighten and the


couple of hornbills, but the con-

thick mopane branch splinters

tinued anticipation of potential

without much resistance. We are

On the last day, we park at a viewpoint on one of the many koppies that dot Maseke. Far below us, a glassy waterhole reflects the citrus sky, and the lush summer bushveld sprawls beyond it as far as the eye can see. Finally, the sun sinks below the horizon in a dramatic show of reds and pinks, and we toast our gin-and-tonics to another tough day in Africa.

Public Sector Manager • June 2019



In his 2019 inauguration speech, President Ramaphosa In a bid to improve the socio-economic conditions of young people, the government will ensure that 60% of 981 000 Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) work opportunities to be created by March 2020 are allocated to young people. The above commitment is in line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s principle of placing young people at the centre of the country’s development.

called upon all South Africans to work together to forge “…a society that values its young people by creating a conducive environment for them to gain skills and be productively employed to develop our country.” The EPWP is indeed one of the programmes where government works with all South Africans to lift the poor, especially the youth, out of poverty through the creation of work and training opportunities. Although the EPWP is focused on providing short- to medium-term opportunities, there are young people who have found permanent jobs after participating in the programme.

PARTNERSHIPS WITH VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS TO IMPLEMENT YOUTH BIASED PROGRAMMES The EPWP cuts across four sectors: infrastructure, social, nonstate, environment and culture, and is being implemented in all nine provinces, across all three spheres of government. Therefore, partnerships are crucial in ensuring the objectives of the EPWP are achieved.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) has partnered with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to capacitate EPWP officials on an international programme known as “Start and Improve Your Business”. This training programme is designed to empower the EPWP officials with knowledge and expertise to become the trainers of the EPWP participants and be able to impart skills relating to generating business ideas, and to improve small businesses. Through this partnership, a number of young people across the nine provinces have been trained. These training opportunities are aimed at ensuring that EPWP participants are able to improve livelihoods beyond the EPWP. Furthermore, a total of 318 small businesses were supported across all provinces and various EPWP sectors. Small businesses formed by EPWP participants received development support through engagements with various key stakeholders, such as the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD). Another crucial partnership was forged with the Financial Services Board (FSB) which provided critical financial education to 6 022 EPWP participants. This was done in an effort to ensure socio-economic sustainability and mitigate the risk of EPWP participants being financially exploited. Training has been part of the EPWP since its inception in 2004.The programme endeavours to provide


accredited training to its participants in the form of short courses, skills programmes, learnerships and artisan development programmes. From 2010 to 2018, 25 961 EPWP participants were trained in skills programmes such as mixed farming systems, environmental practice, horticulture, construction road works, child and youth care support, library practice, the provision of palliative care and community house building. From 2010 to 2018, 172 participants were trained in the artisan development programme in the following areas: electrical, diesel mechanic, auto-electrical and boiler making. In addition, 3 076 youth were recruited by the National Department of Public Works in 2018/2019 to participate in the National Youth Services (NYS) programme. These young people were trained in


artisan trades in the built environment for a period of one year. The training of the youth on the NYS programme contributes towards skills development of the youth.


YOUNG PEOPLE WERE ALSO PRIORITISED IN THE FOLLOWING EPWP INITIATIVES: EPWP Phase 3 created 431 749 work opportunities for young people during the 2018/19 financial year. The table below illustrates the performance figures of work opportunities created through various EPWP programmes for youth:



Tourism and creative industries


Sustainable land-based livelihoods


Parks and beautification programme


Infrastructure large project


The above statistics prove that the government has, through the EPWP, contributed to the development of the country’s youth. The programme has resulted in these young people gaining skills that afford them an opportunity to find work in the formal sector or start their own businesses. The government is proud of the role that the EPWP plays in the socio-economic development of the youth.

For more information on EPWP, visit our website



Switch board : 012 406 1000 Physical Address: Central Government Offices (CGO), Cnr Bosman and Madiba (Vermeulen) Street, Pretoria, 0001 Postal Address: Private Bag X65, Pretoria 0001 Expanded Public Works Programme Head Office Physical Address: 266 Pretorius Street, (Between Lillian Ngoyi (Van Der Walt) and Thabo Sehume (Andries)) Centre Walk Building, Pretoria, 0001 @epwp.publicworks @expandedpublicworksprogramme


Writer: Gilda Narsimdas

Easy winter warmers W inter calls for comfort



food that warms us

1½ teaspoons canola oil

Heat oil in a large heavy sauce-

up from the inside out.

3 leeks, trimmed, cleaned

pan or stockpot over low heat.

Winter also means we do not want

and thinly sliced (3 cups)

Add leeks and cook, stirring, until

to spend too much time preparing

2 cloves garlic, minced

softened (about 10 minutes).

food as the days are shorter and the

1½ teaspoons chopped fresh

Add garlic and thyme; cook for

nights longer and colder.

thyme, or ½ teaspoon dried

two minutes more. Pour in broth,

We have gathered up some of

6 cups reduced-sodium

increase heat to medium and

the easiest, quickest recipes for

chicken broth

bring to a boil. Reduce heat to

you to try that will guarantee

3 medium potatoes, peeled

low and simmer, uncovered, for

to make you and your tummy

and cut into small chunks

10 minutes.


½ cup reduced-fat sour

Pour the soup through a strainer

Leek and Potato Soup


set over a large bowl. Puree the

Salt & freshly ground pepper,

leeks in a food processor or

to taste

blender until smooth, adding

A great low-fat version

Parsley, for garnish

some of the broth if necessary.


Public Sector Manager • June 2019

Return the puree and broth to the

¾ cup low-fat cottage cheese

together flour, baking powder


1/3 cup granulated sugar

and salt in a small bowl; set aside.

Add potatoes and simmer, cov-

¼ cup canola oil

Puree cottage cheese in a food

ered, until the potatoes are soft

1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

processor. Add granulated sugar,

(10 to 15 minutes). Remove from

1 tablespoon melted butter

milk, oil and vanilla and process

the heat and mash the potatoes

until very smooth. Add the flour

thoroughly with a potato masher.


mixture and pulse four or five

Stir in sour cream, salt and pep-

(Optional, leave out if you are

times, just until the dough clumps

per. Return to low heat and heat

watching your sugar intake)


until hot but not boiling. Serve hot

½ cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Turn out onto a work surface and

or chilled.

2-3 teaspoons low-fat milk

knead several times to make a

Cinnamon Rolls

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

soft dough. Dust the dough and



into a rectangle, approximately

1/3 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 200°C. Coat an

25 cm by 35 cm. Brush the melted

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

8-by-8-inch baking dish with non-

butter over the dough, leaving a

2 cups flour

stick cooking spray.

1cm border around the perimeter.

1 tablespoon baking powder

Mix together brown sugar and

Sprinkle with the brown sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

cinnamon and set aside. Whisk

mixture. Run the rolling pin

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work surface with flour and roll



over the surface to gently press the sugar into the dough. Starting at a long edge, roll the dough over like a swiss roll. Pinch edges of the dough together along the seam. With a sharp knife, trim ends. Slice the roll into 12 pieces. Set the rolls, cut-side-up, on the prepared baking dish. Bake until golden and firm to the touch, 25 to 30 minutes. Loosen edges and invert onto a rack to cool slightly. Turn the rolls right-side up for glazing. To make glaze: Whisk together confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla in a small bowl, using just enough milk to make a nice consistency for drizzling. Drizzle the glaze over the rolls and serve warm.

GlĂźhwein A delicious mulled wine for an instant, warm, pick-me-up courtesy of

Ingredients 1 bottle of red wine (750ml) (this will serve four people) 1 lemon 2 sticks of cinnamon


3 cloves

Slowly heat the red wine in a large

Leave to simmer gently for 10 to

2 cardamom pods

saucepan or pot (do not bring

15 minutes (again, do not allow

1 star anise

to the boil at any point as this will

it to boil). Remove the cinna-

3 tablespoons brown sugar (you

cause the alcohol to evaporate).

mon, cloves, cardamom, star an-

can substitute the brown sugar

Slice the lemon and add it to the

ise and lemon slices. Pour into

with honey for a slightly different

wine along with the cinnamon,

individual glasses (a ladle works


cloves, cardamom, star anise and

well) and finish off by adding a

4 thin slices of orange rind (op-

sugar. Stir slowly until the sugar has

thin slice of orange rind to each



glass. Serve hot.


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Writer: More Matshediso

Dangers of bullying, intimidation at the workplace


ullying and intimidation at

The commission is mandated

the workplace can cause

with promoting respect for gen-

start blaming themselves for the

suffering and serious psy-

der equality and the protection,

bad treatment they get from oth-

development and attainment of

ers. In extreme cases, workplace

gender equality.

intimidation can lead to suicide,”

chological damage to victims. In addition, companies may lose valuable staff members who

According to Baloyi, victims of

in the morning, and they may

he said. He said some of the costs to the

resign rather than go through

workplace harassment may ex-

the unpleasantness of confron-

perience depression, high blood

company could include a loss of


pressure or substance abuse

revenue, reduction in productiv-


ity and a loss of staff morale and

This is according to Javu Baloyi, who is the spokesperson for the Commission for Gender Equality.


“Victims may have trouble sleeping at night and getting up

motivation. “Workplace intimidation always

Public Sector Manager • June 2019

decreases productivity by lower-

behaviour. Such behaviour is

ing morale and increasing internal

destructive to the victim and the

African companies and institu-

frictions within the company,” said

company,” he said.

tions do not have clear policies and procedures to deal with the


What is workplace bullying?

What are the signs?

various forms of harassment – or

■ A boss intentionally assigns

if they have them, they do not ef-

you tasks that he knows you

He defined bullying as any unfa-

are unqualified to complete

vourable or offensive conduct on

and constantly finds fault with

the part of a person or persons,

your work.

which has the effect of creating a

He added that many South

■ Your co-workers may be bul-

fectively implement them.

How can it be addressed? • Employers can develop

hostile workplace environment.

lying you if they give you the

their own policy or code

Other terms that are used for

‘silent treatment’ or otherwise

of conduct on bullying.

workplace bullying are corporate bullying, workplace violence, moral harassment, emotional abuse, work rage and mobbing. “Workplace bullying may be de-

consistently ostracise you. ■ Verbal abuse is a form of workplace intimidation. ■ Superiors, peers or even subordinates may sabotage your

• Employers can educate managers and employees on suitable workplace behaviour. • Employers must establish

fined as unwanted conduct in the

work to provide a pretext for

or advertise grievance

workplace which is persistent or

disciplining you or even firing


serious and demeans, humiliates


or creates a hostile or intimidat-

■ Your tormentors may even

• Human resource (HR) practitioners should be

ing environment or is calculated

accuse you of bullying them if

educated in effective

to induce submission by actual or

you stand up to them.

investigation processes.

threatened adverse consequences,” he explained.

• Work cultures of private

What causes it?

and public sector or-

According to Baloyi, the causes

ganisations should be

tion, which is also another form

of bullying and intimidation vary


of bullying, said it occurs when a

from person to person and from

superior, peer or subordinate uses

situation to situation.

Baloyi said workplace intimida-

violence or blackmail to manipu-

“Many of the causes are inter-

• Long-term absences from work should be monitored. • Suitable reporting

late a colleague or intentionally

related and linked to culture,

mechanisms should be

creates feelings of fear, inadequa-

religion and values in society and

established between HR

cy or awe.

in companies. The deferent roles,

departments and senior

“Workplace intimidation includes

powers and the status of men and

management to report

sexual harassment and discrimi-

women in companies are also a

workplace bullying.

nation, but is not limited to illegal

concern,” he said.

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Writer: Ashref Ismail

Ranger Raptor swoops in


ne cannot help feeling

the best-selling vehicle in America

ented model. The interior features

that Ford’s new Raptor was

and the Raptor derivative poses a

sporty seats, steering wheel and

introduced after noting

formidable challenge to many of

special stitching that shouts Ford

what many after-market accessory

its rivals, given its bad-boy image.


stores were offering to enhance the

It has been a long time coming

The Ranger Raptor is no sheep

visual and cosmetic features of the

but the Ranger Raptor is now of-

in wolf’s clothing; it is equipped

already good-looking Ford Ranger

ficially available in South Africa.

with the new 2.0-litre bi-turbo

It offers bold, brutish looks with

diesel engine that delivers a

bakkies. In the Wildtrak option, the

innovative, class-leading perfor-

maximum of 157kW of power and

double-cab bakkie looked the

mance technology for both on

500Nm of torque.

part, offering sizeable macho

and off-road applications.

features that stood out from the

While the overall design remains

This innovative power plant offers “both high performance and

rest of its lesser brethren and its

similar to its lesser stablemates,

efficiency, thanks to its combina-

natural rivals. This was, however,

the Raptor has a 51mm taller ride

tion of a small high-pressure turbo

not enough for many buyers

height, 283mm ground clearance,

and a large low-pressure turbo

who wanted to truly dial-up the

150mm wider front and rear track

that work to provide optimal per-

aggressive look by fitting some-

and an 850mm wading depth.

formance throughout the engine

times over-the-top garish plastic

Serious off-road credentials!

speed range”, according to Ford

accessories that not only looked

Enter the cabin and immedi-


hideous but also killed its resale

ately you will appreciate the extra


effort that went into making this

eight-cylinder versions of the

a very special performance-ori-

Raptor! Damn, that’s a true disap-

The Ford F250 pick-up range is


Sadly, there will be no six- or

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pointment for those power hungry

change gears like Lewis Hamilton

class leader when it comes to

motor maniacs who cannot resist

on gravel surfaces!

safety and convenience features

the sound and fury of a big cubic

To underline its awesome off-

for both on- and off-road driving.

displacement motor. And no, Ford

road abilities, the Ranger Raptor’s

has no plans to bring in a larger

Terrain Management System

gies are available at the push of

capacity engine anytime soon,

includes an exciting Baja mode,

a button, incorporating unique

so shoo!

which offers the driver ultra-

design features tailored for the

responsive, high-speed off-road

Ranger Raptor.

Nevertheless, 157kW is not some-

A host of driver-assist technolo-

thing to scoff at, especially for

performance by reducing the

what is essentially a bakkie.

intervention of the on-board

offers more than just a cosmetic

‘nanny’ traction and stability con-

enhancement. The high-perfor-

power is a brand new, industry-

trol systems. Thankfully, braking

mance, twin-turbo diesel engine

leading 10-speed automatic

performance is also enhanced if

coupled to the 10-speed auto

transmission, resulting in better

things get a bit out of hand.

gearbox is a deal clincher. Added

Added to this amazing wad of

acceleration and responsive-

The Raptor comes standard with

Although pricey, the Raptor

to that, bolder looks and nifty

ness in all driving conditions

beefy BF Goodrich 285/70 R17

features make the Raptor a very

and greater fuel efficiency. Also

all-terrain tyres that allow you to

sound preposition if drawing at-

unheard of in a bakkie range, the

tackle any off-road condition with

tention is your thing.

Raptor features wheel-mounted


paddle shifters that will let you

The Ranger Raptor remains a

Only one model of the Ranger Raptor is available. Model Ford Ranger Raptor Engine 2.0 Bi-turbo Fuel Diesel Transmission 10-speed, automatic Power 157kW Torque 500Nm Tyres 285/70 R17 Warranty Four-year/120 000km comprehensive Corrosion Warranty Five-year/unlimited km Roadside Assistance Included Service Plan Six-year/90 000km Service Intervals Every 15 000kms Price R786 400 (Technical information supplied by Ford SA.)

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Here’s to the #1A Guy W

e would like to salute all the dads that have made a dif-


ference in our lives. We have

selected some spoils that will show your


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