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OR TAMBO, AN ACTIVIST, TEACHER, LAWYER, NATURAL BORN LEADER, THE FIRST COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF MILITARY VETERANS IN EXILE The Department of Military Veterans honours OR Tambo, the leader who nurtured military veterans during their dark days in exile. OR Tambo – an activist, teacher, lawyer, an internationalist and a natural born leader – was born on 27 October in 1917 in Nkantolo village, Bizana in Pondoland. He had a normal peasant upbringing, as all boys in that region at the time under the British colony.


In January 1962 OR Tambo met a delegation from home in Tanzania, that had slipped out of the country.

Formation of UMkhonto WeSizwe In






They explained to him the details years



of a

teacher, lawyer and activist, OR

of the decision to launch MK and armed operations, and the need to cooperate closely with alliances

Tambo left his country of birth

in this process. The delegation

after the liberation movement’s


NEC mandate that ordered Tambo

the External Mission under the

to head its diplomatic mission and

new circumstances whereby OR


Tambo had to develop diplomatic





the situation in South Africa. For





support for MK.

decades he lived in a foreign land. As head of Mission in Exile, he had to oversee the growing number of liberation movements in exile, the uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) military camps, fundraising, the setting up of ANC offices around the world, the welfare of ANC cadres (in

OR TAMBO – The Diplomat and Negotiator During






of the organisation, OR Tambo negotiated





countries for assistance in order to

exile) as well as interact with the

sustain the number of exiles across

international community.

Africa and abroad.

UN PRESENTATION – 11 October 1963 OR Tambo made a speech at the UN Resolution XVIII of 11 October 1963, calling on the South African government to release all political prisoners. OR Tambo addressed the UN where his passionate plea for the release of political prisoners received a standing ovation.

PERSUASION OF KK KAUNDA OR Tambo persuaded President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia not to support Savimbi of UNITA with broadcasting understood

facilities; the




conflict of the support. During this period President Kaunda did not see the conflict of interest in supporting the Southern African




Oliver Reginald Kaizana Tambo


Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe).





negotiation skills assisted during the stalemate in South Africa and Namibia’s negotiations, wherein apartheid




Bay as part of South Africa. OR Tambo’s witty leadership helped former President Nujoma to win the negotiations on Walvis Bay. the organisation wanted for the

and fair when dealing with issues.

The Freedom Fighter – Wankie Campaign

future. OR Tambo had consistently

His humility and compassion made

advocated support for a multiparty

him a father figure to all women in


democracy and an entrenched

the camps. He called them “The

Bill of Rights.

almighty few”. By recognising their






Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army




voices, he could name 522 women


together with the aim of infiltrating

Also in 1987 OR Tambo, together

in the camps. OR Tambo always





advised women on development







and life skills, as well as constantly

the MK group on a number of

mission by MK known as Operation

reminding them not to lose focus

occasions when they went on



reconnaissance expeditions along

operatives to infiltrate into the

of leaving the country for the

the Zambezi River, sleeping in the


betterment of South Africa.

open with the group. OR Tambo

establishing networks and arms












OR to

top-secret Tambo work











foreign travels he would bring

Detachment, in honour of Chief railway accident in July 1967 in


Groutville, Natal (now KwaZulu-




Luthuli who was killed in a tragic





was the first significant military

commissioned a Code of Conduct

founding fathers of South Africa’s


that saw that women’s rights were


respected and upheld by all in the

democracy. Today South Africa

organisation. He tried to ensure

prides itself with layers of political,

Operation Vula

that the abuse of women was

military, cultural and economic

In 1987 Tambo appointed a high-





Campaign liberation







OR Tambo was one of the key



knew each needed.




each woman an item that he







were by


He was a hero, a father, a man of


to reflect the kind of country

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Contents: October 2017 75

Public sector appointments Who is new on Persal?


Book reviews Books to help managers succeed in their daily duties

Features Regulars 10

Conversations with leaders Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi is driving transport development


Profiles in leadership CEO of the National Development Agency, Thamo Mzobe, is passionate about fighting poverty Women in the public sector The Competition Commission’s Nompucuko Nontombana on being the public’s watchdog



Trailblazer Lieutenant-Commander Thandeka Motsene is making waves onboard the SAS Isandlwana


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


Vital statistics Fast facts at your fingertips


Provincial focus The Eastern Cape has been identified as one of the country’s key energy hubs


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


International relations President Jacob Zuma talks about South Africa’s desire to seek bigger benefits for Africa in the global economy



Celebrating a visionary leader This year South Africa celebrates the centenary of one of the country’s greatest leaders, OR Tambo


OR Tambo – A life of sacrifice Kingsley Makhubela, CEO of Brand South Africa, remembers the valuable lessons he learnt from OR Tambo


Breakthrough in HIV treatment pricing A ground-breaking pricing agreement will fast-track the availability of the first affordable, generic, singlepill HIV treatment


Vision 2030 driving SA’s agenda The National Development Plan is in its fifth year and achieving much success


Gautrain to expand its reach Plans are underway to add new routes and new trains to connect more Gauteng communities


Making SA investor friendly How South Africa is working hard to attract investors and improve their experience of doing business in the country


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feature from the Minister Message

Living OR Tambo’s legacy


great giant that strode the globe like a

ANC and raised the international reputation of the

colossus” – those were the words one of

ANC to one of great prestige.”

South Africa’s icons – former President Nel-

Tambo and his family spent 30 years in exile. When he

son Mandela – used to describe another of the country’s

went into exile he understood that upon his shoulders

greatest sons, Oliver Reginald Tambo.

rested the responsibility of creating a unified front in

This year and in October, in particular, South Africa

the fight against apartheid. He spent his life driven by

celebrates the centenary of this “great giant”, who was

a revolutionary fire and spirit to bring people together

born on 27 October 1917 and was the longest serving

to overcome this injustice.

President of the ANC, holding that position from 1969 to 1991.

If you speak to the many people he had a profound impact on, or those who had the privilege of learning

It’s an opportune time for us to reflect on the life of

at his feet, they will tell you that Tambo nurtured and

one of the founding fathers of

brought the best out of those

our democracy and the many

around him.

lessons we can learn from him.

His warmth and his wisdom

Tambo was a freedom fighter,

earned him the love and respect

global fighter against racism

of his comrades. He believed in

and sexism, science teacher,

the value of education and the

choral music lover and commu-

strength of diversity. He under-

nicator par excellence. He was

stood the strength of women

a global colossus who strode

and created opportunities for

the globe so that we can be

them to prove their worth.

free, promoting African unity

These are all qualities we

and deepening ties of solidarity

should all aspire to as we go

between us and the world.

about our work in the public

Tambo was selfless, driven by a mission to ensure the liberation of not only South Africa, but

service. Minister of Communications Ayanda Dlodlo.

other nations as well.

Sadly, Tambo never got to see the birth of our democracy, as he suffered a fatal stroke on

He was also a pioneer, forming

24 April 1993. But we are forever

the first black law partnership with his great friend,

indebted to him and his legacy lives on in our Consti-

Madiba, in 1951.


In 1960, after the Sharpeville Massacre, the ANC

A number of events will take place this month to

feared increased attacks on their members and

commemorate the legacy and centenary of Tambo.

Tambo was asked by the ANC to travel abroad and set

But, as public servants, we should ask ourselves what

up its international mission and mobilise international

are we doing as individuals to honour his legacy.

opinion against the apartheid regime, according to the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation. “During his time abroad he was instrumental in the

We should embrace Tambo’s values daily in the work that we do, as these will help to propel us forward to unite and build the country that he envisioned. “A sin-

establishment of ANC missions globally, covering 27

gle, united, democratic and nonracial state, belonging

countries by 1990. He helped lobby support for the

to all who live in it,” as he said in April 1983.


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Message froM the acting director-general

Building a caring society


s the country marks Social Development Month

poverty, made education accessible to every child,

in October, we can reflect on the significant pro-

and improved universal access to healthcare. In

gress we have made in improving the welfare of

responding to the HIV and AIDS epidemic, we devel-

those families and children who are in need. Thanks to

oped and rolled out the largest antiretorivral pro-

the social programmes put in place by our democratic

gramme in the world, including one of the largest

government, older South Africans and people with dis-

and most successful campaigns to prevent mother-

abilities are also more secure.

to-child transmission.

American civil rights activist Pearl S Buck once

The aim of the country’s social programmes has

wrote: “Our society must make it right and possible

always been to ensure that no South African is left

for old people not to fear the young or be deserted

behind, and to reaffirm the belief expressed in the

by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that

Freedom Charter – “The people shall share in the

it cares for its helpless members”. At the birth of

country’s wealth”.

South Africa’s democratic dispensation, government

We continue to make significant progress in pro-

embraced a developmental framework to address a

moting the welfare of our citizens, however, many

history of underdevelopment.

needs and challenges remain. Research by Statistics

South Africa is spending more than R150 billion on

South Africa shows that the discomforts of poverty

social safety net grants. Of every R100 spent on so-

are most heavily visited on women. In fact, you are

cial programmes, R42 goes towards family and child

most likely to be poor if you are uneducated, young,

grants. The share for pensioners is R41, while R16

Black and female.

goes to the sick and disabled. The remaining rand is

South Africa’s social safety net is expansive, but

held in reserve to fund emergency relief in the event

there is still work to be done and people who need

of a natural disaster.

our help and support.

We have succeeded in raising families out of

Real community development is dependent on government reaching out and speaking to the communities we serve. We must work to create awareness of our programmes that tackle challenges such as poverty and access to education, among others. It is through listening to the concerns of communities that we will improve service delivery. There is a month of activities planned that will draw in the partners that we must work with to ensure that we build on our success. We must, as public servants, use this month to reach out to communities, business and civil society to ensure that no part of our country remains out of our reach. Consider this the month when we begin to work smarter in raising awareness about development programmes and speed up the pace of building

Phumla Williams, GCIS Acting Director-General.


caring and sustainable communities.

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conversations with the leaders

Writer: Chris Bat hembu Photographer: Siyabulela Duda

Transpor t Minister Joe Maswanganyi.


driving development


hen Transport Minister Joe Mas-

appreciate the role of transport in the

wanganyi (51) leaves govern-

country’s economic growth and that the

ment, he wants to pursue his

integration of the country’s public trans-

other passion, which is teaching students

port, as envisaged in the National Devel-

at universities. With two Master’s degrees

opment Plan (NDP), becomes a reality.

and on his way to completing his PhD, he

Dzwerani Village in the Vhembe District of

search department.


But, for now, the Minister is focusing on

The Minister has vast experience in gov-

ensuring that South Africa’s roads are safe

ernment, having served the country and

and that transport continues to support

his province in various capacities.

the country's economy. With October being Transport Month,


Minister Maswanganyi was born in

can easily walk into any lecture hall or re-

As Minister of Transport, he is responsible for the country’s physical transport

Minister Maswanganyi and his team have

infrastructure and the entire transportation

their hands full rolling out campaigns

system. From road to rail and marine, it all

aimed at ensuring that South Africans

falls on his shoulders. It’s a difficult task, he

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admits, but one he’s determined to execute to the best of his abilities.

“We have projects that we are implementing along the coast in KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Eastern Cape because we believe in the potential of our oceans, so the

Raising awareness

President will be inspecting progress in that regard,” says

Since his appointment in March this year, Minister Mas-

Minister Maswanganyi.

wanganyi has had to deal with many complex issues

The President will also be opening a bridge on the N1

ranging from problems at the Passenger Rail Agency of

outside Polokwane and unveiling the statue of Oliver

South Africa to taxi conflicts and e-toll issues in Gauteng.

Tambo at OR Tambo International Airport. There are other

But, he says, his focus this month is on ensuring that the

various projects that MECs and Premiers will be pursuing.

department uses this time to raise awareness about the

The Department of Transport is among the government

various programmes government is rolling out to deliver

departments playing a key role in the OR Tambo cente-

world-class transport infrastructure in South Africa.

nary project and the statue is one of the many initiatives

This is underpinned by the NDP, which notes that an efficient public transport system will contribute to socio-

that will see the transformation of the airport to resemble the values of the late struggle stalwart.

economic development that will lead to job creation and improved access to markets. “The month of October is very important for us as a

Road safety Apart from focusing on infrastructure, the Minister and his

department to highlight the critical role that the trans-

team will be out in full force this month, rolling out road

port sector plays in our economy and, indeed, our daily

safety campaigns. South Africa is regarded as one of the

lives. It is also a time we use to raise awareness about

most dangerous countries in the world to drive in, with

road safety and how to be responsible on our roads. We

fatalities increasing every year.

highlight the role of transport in job creation and poverty alleviation,” the Minister says. The Transport Month campaign also advances the

Human error contributes more than 90 percent of all road accidents in the country. Cabinet recently adopted the National Road Safety Strategy, which seeks to com-

country’s road safety initiatives including the 365-Day

prehensively deal with the carnage on the roads. But Min-

Road Safety initiative, in line with the United Nations Dec-

ister Maswanganyi believes that no road safety strategy

ade of Action 2011-2020 campaign, aimed at reducing

will work if members of society do not take responsibility

road deaths across the world by half at the turn of the

for their own safety on the roads.


“It cannot be a government campaign alone. It is for all of us to get involved because the problem with road

Key transport month campaigns

deaths is mainly because of human behaviour. If people

One of the most significant projects the department will

can change their conduct surely the rate of fatalities will

be focusing on in October is President Jacob Zuma’s visit


to KwaZulu-Natal, where he will be inspecting progress made with the rollout of the oceans economy.

“Surely, we can control things like speeding, the use of technological gadgets while driving and also pedestri-

Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy, an initiative

ans who cross the roads where they shouldn’t and walk-

unveiled two years ago, will be the main driving force

ing when drunk. If we can deal with all of this behaviour

behind initiatives to unlock the economic potential of the

surely, we can address the problem,” the Minister muses.

country’s oceans. Experts say if South Africa fully takes advantage of the

He says government is doing enough to fix roads to minimise accidents but human behaviour is still a problem.

immense potential of its oceans, more than R30 billion

More than R3.5 billion has been budgeted to expand the

can be added to the country’s economy over the next

notorious Moloto Road, which connects Gauteng, Mpu-

four years, leading to the creation of 70 000 jobs.

malanga and Limpopo. The road is known for its many

Transportation is a component of the oceans economy.

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accidents and the Minister says when work


conversations with the leaders

is complete, the accident rate on Moloto Road should

Public transport subsidy

drop significantly.

Another difficult issue Minister Maswanganyi has had

He adds that Moloto Road will be widened and will not

to deal with since taking office is the issue of subsidies

be tolled. In addition, the introduction of trains along that

for mini-bus taxis. Subsidising mini-bus taxis has been a

route ought to alleviate congestion on the busy road.

topic of discussion for many years but its implementation has proven difficult. Currently government subsidises only

Aarto Bill

buses and trains.

In a bid to curtail reckless driving and the use of unroad-

Given that 68 percent of commuters in South Africa use

worthy vehicles, the Minister submitted the Administrative

taxis, the Minister believes that it’s time for government to

Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill to Parlia-

seriously look at the issue of public transport subsidies,

ment. The Bill is intended to deal severely with motorists

particularly for mini-bus taxis.

who fail to adhere to the laws of the road.

“We have raised the matter at government level, we

Once the Bill becomes law, authorities are expected to

are having discussions with the taxi industry from time to

be very strict and to show zero tolerance for unroadwor-

time and we believe that a solution will be found, includ-

thy vehicles.

ing engaging National Treasury on the availability of

Culprits will have their licence discs confiscated and

funds because it won’t be cheap to implement.”

drivers’ licenses suspended. There will also be changes in how victims of road accidents are compensated.

Future focus While Minister Maswanganyi acknowledges that he

Government has introduced a new Road Accident

inherited a department with serious and complex issues

Benefit Scheme to replace the current Road Accident

that need to be resolved, he believes the country’s trans-

Fund. Minister Maswanganyi says loopholes in the current

port sector is still strong enough to support an economy

Road Accident Fund have opened the scheme to abuse,

of South Africa’s size.

particularly by the legal fraternity.

“Our main focus going forward is really on radical eco-

“Most of the money that the beneficiaries claim goes to

nomic transformation in the transport sector. How do we

the middle-men, who are the lawyers and under the new

make sure transport contributes to better the lives of our

scheme, claimants will have direct access to the scheme

people?” The Minister says his focus is on ensuring that

to claim for themselves and avoid the middle-man and

transport empowers previously disadvantaged citizens

there will be less abuse by lawyers”, explains the Minister,

both economically and socially.

adding that the RAF currently faces R7 billion in litigation.

“We want to bring more women and more young

He believes the new scheme, where there will be direct

people into the transport sector and ensure that there

interaction between government and claimants, will help

are more black people in rail and aviation and there is

the department avoid such litigation cases.

progress in that regard,” he says.


Public Sector Manager • October 2017

Public sector governance

The course

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Through the programme, students will be provided with theoretical and practical competencies in public sector governance.

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Employees in the private sector who deal with the public sector.

What does it cover? The structures and processes of government

The role of decision-makers

Shareholders and stakeholders

Public sector accountability mechanisms

Key decision-making

Principles of good governance within the public sector

Structure of public sector

Stakeholder theory; the

The Auditor General

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King Codes; accountability

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in government; the doctrine

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types of public sector entities.

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Writer: Nolut hando Motswai Photographer: Kopano Tlape

Fighting poverty together


s South African communities battle against the burden of poverty, the National Development Agency (NDA) has stepped into their corner,

ready to offer support, skills and funding where it is needed. With the country marking Social Development Month in October, PSM spoke to Thamo Mzobe, CEO of the NDA, to find out more about how the agency is making a difference in the lives of South Africans. The NDA is an agency that falls under the Department of Social Development. It is tasked with the responsibility of contributing towards the eradication of poverty and its causes in South Africa. It grants funds to civil society organisations for the purpose of implementing development projects of poor communities and strengthening the institutional capacity of other civil society organisations that provide services to poor communities, among others. According to Mzobe, the organisation’s role is that of providing a conduit for grants, keeping a database for civil society, strengthening capacity-building for civil society, and ensuring there is partnership and stakeholder engagement for resource mobilisation. Mzobe and her team are working on a robust plan that calls on all government departments to work together with the NDA on programmes that are meant to better the lives of South Africans and eradicate poverty.

Radical economic transformation Thamo Mzobe, CEO of t he NDA .

When President Jacob Zuma spoke about radical economic transformation during his State of the Nation Address, the NDA saw an opportunity for small, micro and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs) to play a part in the economy.


Public Sector Manager • October 2017

For Mzobe, the President’s speech inspired her to embrace this as a challenge for the NDA to take on. She realised that the NDA could put the President’s words into action by assisting SMMEs and cooperatives. Apart from supporting non-profit organisations, the NDA also awards grants to cooperatives to contribute

cost about R2 000 per child, with some cooperatives even manufacturing shoes. Mzobe says cooperatives are very close to her heart because some of those that the NDA has assisted are now mini factories. “My favourite part of the cooperative is their ability to

towards alleviating and eradicating poverty in their

strike business deals with schools in their areas. They no


longer wait for orders from Sassa.

Mzobe adds that working closely with the Department

“When it comes to entrepreneurship, we as a country

of Social Development she was able to facilitate radical

have a lot of potential. We support cooperatives so it’s

economic empowerment by ensuring that coopera-

not only one person who benefits … there are direct

tives manufacture school uniforms that the South Afri-

and indirect beneficiations for the community.”

can Social Security Agency (Sassa) distributes. “In 2015 we identified about 1 007 cooperatives. We profiled them in terms of their governance, capacity

The NDA provides an enabling environment for cooperatives to do business. “This means if people come together and request

and interest. We wanted to establish a market which is

assistance to start a sewing company we buy them the

controlled by Social Development, through Sassa, for

machines and then provide them with a market to sell

school uniforms.

their products to. We unlock potential in cooperatives.”

“Out of this figure over 800 cooperatives were able to supply schools with uniforms which were assured by

In the past financial year, the NDA assisted about 70 cooperatives in this way.

South African Bureau of Standards. This means that the Department of Social Development spent over R100 mil-

ECD centres a pillar for education

lion, which was paid to small businesses for supplying

Another critical element of the NDA’s work is Early

uniforms,” Mzobe explains.

Childhood Development (ECD) centres, which are pil-

The value has since accumulated. In 2017, over R206 million of the Social Development budget has benefited about 1 800 cooperatives involved in producing school uniforms, and food production. One full school uniform comprises 18 items, which

Public Sector Manager • October 2017

lars of education and important in unlocking a child’s potential. “Understanding the investment in a child and unlocking the potential at a very early stage is very important.” Mzobe says the NDA looks at ECD centres


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holistically in terms of a child's mental and physical

ing on the management of an ECD centre, particularly

development. “This is an asset and if well nurtured at

in the areas of governance, financial management,

an early stage will yield great potential for our country,”

fundraising, human resource management, report-writ-

she says.

ing and how to register with the provincial departments

Mzobe adds that during the first 1 000 days of a

of Social Development.

child’s life their minds can quickly absorb important information. Getting access to quality education at this stage is essential. ECD programmes also advocate that children who are exposed to the programmes must have access to quality food and to an environment that allows the growth of potential. Mzobe says that if South Africa gets the ECD programme right, the country will not experience entrepreneurial challenges nor struggle to produce scientists because the child’s potential and resilience is built at this level. She adds that for children to flourish academically, nutrition and a balanced diet are also important.

One ECD centre, one food garden The NDA promotes the concept of “One ECD centre, one food garden”. Food gardens make it possible to provide fresh vegetables to ECD facilities, home-based centres, rural communities and school feeding schemes. The NDA also provides skills development and training related to the benefits of good nutrition. ECD centres have been recognised as one of the most powerful tools in breaking the cycle of poverty in South Africa. Lack of opportunities and interventions, or poor-quality interventions during early childhood, can significantly disadvantage young children and diminish their potential for success. The NDA focuses mostly on ECD centres situated in rural areas, informal settlements and farm areas, where the levels of poverty are very high and parents have no means or access to structured ECDbased programmes. Mzobe adds that her organisation focuses on build-


Public Sector Manager • October 2017



he empowerment of youth remains one of the key pillars of Armscor, a state enterprise that is committed to advancing the strategic initiatives of a developmental state as defined in the National Development Plan (NDP) of

2030; thus, assist in eradicating poverty, inequality and unemployment. It is against this backdrop that Armscor embarked on a nationwide partnership with schools and institutions of higher learning to explore sustainable ways of assisting teachers and learners, mainly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. The aim is to provide programmes that enhance learners’ education in the STEM subjects in order to secure skilled resources for the organisation and the defence industry in general. The programme also seeks to expose learners to the various engineering and technical career opportunities that are available in the defence industry and related sectors.

ARMSCOR PROUDLY SUPPORTS THE DEVELOPMENT OF LEARNERS THROUGH THE FOLLOWING OPPORTUNITIES LEARNER ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMMES Learner enhancement programmes focusing on teacher support in curriculum delivery, learner support programme focusing on extra classes, tools and other means of delivering STEM subjects to needy schools across the country. BURSARIES Armscor offers bursaries to suitably qualified South African learners who are interested in registering at South African Universities or Universities of Technology to study careers focused primarily in the science and engineering fields. INTERNSHIP / APPRENTICESHIP Armscor provides internships to graduates who have completed their studies in both technical and support areas. DESUP The Defence Engineering and Science University Programme (DESUP) is a Department of Defence project that seeks to enhance the military effectiveness of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) by augmenting the relevant student output whilst also improving equity in relation to disability, gender and race to develop an innovative Defence Science, Engineering and Technology (DSET) industry.

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Profiles in leadership

“This assists centres to comply with the norms and standards of the Department of Social Development.” Upgrading the infrastructure of ECD centres is also an important element in ensuring infrastructural norms and standards, which creates an environment that is conducive to learning and safe.

This and that How do you relax? I love Thai massages.

What type of music do you enjoy? Gospel and classic music.

If you were not in your current job what

Training of ECD staff

would you be doing?

Mzobe says that ECD principals, supervisors, practitioners,

I would be a very active community worker.

cooks and governing body members are appropriately

What is your favourite holiday destina-

trained and skilled to benefit the centres' programmes for


young children.

I love travelling in our African continent.

She adds that ECD educators are also guided by a curriculum with teaching standards that must be attained. “Their curriculum covers most of Grade R ... ECD centres are a public good and every child needs to have equitable access to ECD. It’s supposed to be a standard practice across the board,” says Mzobe.

Ethiopia is my favourite. I love tranquil mountainous farm settings. Ngome in KwaZulu-Natal is another lovely destination.

What is the slogan that you live by? Be the change that you want to see in the world.

Be the change you want to see October is Social Development Month but Mzobe believes: “We should live Social Development Month every day be-

Thamo Mzobe was appointed CEO of the

cause this is enshrined in our National Development Plan

NDA in November 2016.

(NDP). When the NDP says active citizenry it’s clearly indicat-

Prior to this, she was seconded to the Office

ing the importance of helping each other and starting some-

of the Minister at the Department of Social

thing because it’s good for a fellow South African.

Development, where she was Senior Man-

“Let’s be aware of the resources that we have in our country. Let’s use them to care, support and nurture each other”, she adds.

ager: Cooperatives Unit. Mzobe has also held the position of Senior Manager in the Office of the CEO, responsible for stakeholder relations and partnerships

Touching the lives of South Africans

within the NDA. She has also been the pro-

Mzobe says she is proud of the work she does because her

vincial manager at the NDA’s KwaZulu-Natal

organisation is touching people’s lives and changing them


for the better. She says she loves her job since it keeps her grounded and in touch with ordinary citizens of South Africa. Moving forward, Mzobe’s vision for the NDA includes a South

She is studying for a Master's in Administration through North-West University. Mzobe holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Leadership from the National School of Gov-

Africa that has one community practitioner from the NDA in

ernment, Postgraduate Diploma in Education

every ward.

Management, Bachelor of Education and

“This should be a person who will be dedicated to com-

Bachelor of Arts from Unisa.

munity development with eradicating poverty and fighting hunger at the top of their list,” she says.


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Writer: Nolut hando Motswai

Guardian of

competitive pricing


ompucuko Nontombana is a public watchdog. She does this through her role as the Enforcement and Exemptions Divisional Manager of the Competition Commis-

sion of South Africa. Nontombana drives the commission’s strategy on abuse of dominance, which aims to curb the abuse of market power by firms in dominant positions. “I oversee all investigations carried out by the commission in relation to abuse of dominance and restrictive vertical practices.” Restrictive vertical practices refer to anti-competitive conduct by firms in a vertical relationship. “For example, minimum resale price maintenance is prohibited in the Competition Act. This is conduct which may occur when a manufacturer dictates the resale price at which distributors must sell to end consumers,” she explains. Nontombana works with a “great team” of about 30 lawyers and economists who conduct these investigations in the division. The division also reviews exemption applications, where firms and professional associations, apply to be exempt from the provisions of the Competition Act. “The Competition Act lists the grounds on which firms and professional associations may rely on when applying for an exemption. For example, a group of firms may come together and apply for an exemption on the basis that, if

Nompucuko Nontombana is t he Enforcement and Exemptions Divisional Manager of t he Competition Commission of Sout h Africa.

granted, it will promote the ability of small businesses or firms controlled by historically disadvantaged individuals to be competitive.” An investigation determines


Public Sector Manager • October 2017

“Cartel conduct is considered to be the most egregious of all contraventions in the Competition Act. When firms collude, it ultimately amounts to stealing from consumers.” whether or not there is a basis to

dependent firms, who are supposed

grant or reject each exemption

to compete for market share, agree

that the Competition Act cannot

application received.

on a price for a particular item or

solve all the problems faced by the

service, or agree on trading terms or

South African economy.

Priority sectors The commission is an important

conditions such as discounts. “Cartel conduct is considered

Another challenge is the reality

“In fact, the Competition Act has its limitations and there are talks

player in the economic space and

to be the most egregious of all

about it being amended to deal

contributes towards the economic

contraventions in the Competition

with some of the challenges we

goal of a growing and inclusive

Act. When firms collude, it ultimately

face in its interpretation and imple-

economy as stated in the National

amounts to stealing from consum-


Development Plan.

ers,” she stresses.

Another concern is that some of

“We have various investigations

In terms of the Competition Act,

the firms investigated have very

and market inquiries into the prior-

the penalty for a firm implicated in

deep pockets and are prepared

ity sectors, which have been identi-

price fixing can be up to 10 percent

to spend a lot of time and effort to

fied as strategic and are aligned

of its annual turnover.

delay and derail investigations, she

to broader government priorities.

Anyone can report price fixing


These are sectors that we identify as

or any other contravention of the

Some of the work the division is

likely to have the biggest impact on

Act. This can be done by lodging

busy with includes an investigation


a complaint using the prescribed

into the excessive pricing of cancer

She explains that these include

form or by submitting information

medication; a market inquiry into

market inquiries into healthcare,

and evidence which the commis-

public passenger transport; the

grocery retail and transport.

sion can use to initiate an investiga-

excessive pricing of school uniforms

tion, Nontombana explains.

and an investigation into Transnet

“We also intervene in markets through the advocacy work that

She says that one of the chal-

for alleged anti-competitive con-

the commission does, where we

lenges the commission faces relates

duct in its pricing practices at

mostly target specific groupings

to the fact that the South African

ports and rail services.

such as trade unions and small

economy is highly concentrated

businesses. One of the latest is an

due to its history, which means that

A place of learning

advocacy project in the automotive

an intervention in one or two sectors

Nontombana adds that although

aftermarket,” Nontombana adds.

does not dramatically change the

the Competition Commission is a

structure of the economy.

relatively young institution, it has

Cracking down on price fixing

interventions is therefore not always

Price fixing is when two or more in-


Public Sector Manager • October 2017

“The impact of the commission’s

achieved a lot in its 18 years. “The commission attracts very young, dynamic and brilliant


women in the public sector

minds so the learning curve is very

pects, within the commission and

steep for everyone, and we learn

outside the institution.

from each other all the time.” Impact studies are done to evalu-

“More importantly, you get an opportunity to make an impact in

ate the effectiveness of the commis-

the economy through the work you

sion's work.

do. We are now actively reaching

“These studies prove that the

out to more and more universities

commission puts some money back

so that those who have an interest

into the pockets of the consumer

in the work we do, get exposure to it

through cost savings, which may

earlier on.”

not have been achieved without its intervention. “The World Bank also conducted a study which suggests that the work

Nontombana loves her job be-

This and that How do you relax? Reading, gardening, running and spending time with my family and friends.

What is your favourite food? Samp and beans

cause every investigation is different


meaning she is constantly learning

If you were not in the

something new.

economics field, what

“You also get to know the different

of the commission broadly, has a

would you be doing?

positive impact on the economy

sectors of the economy really well,

I would be an academic

and particularly the lives of the

with an even better understanding

somewhere because I en-

poor,” she says.

of micro-economics.”

joy imparting knowledge.

In the immediate future, Nontom-

Great career prospects

bana hopes to see key investiga-

According to Nontombana, compe-

tions successfully concluded, while

tition law and economics is a

her more long-term plans involve

niche field with great career pros-

being in a research environment.

Your favourite book? I mostly read books on leadership and I have too many favourites. I am enjoying the book I am reading right now, titled

Nompucuko Nontombana holds a MPhil in Economic Policy from the

The Soul of Leadership by

University of Stellenbosch. Prior to that she obtained an Honours degree

Deepak Chopra.

in Economics from the University of Cape Town. More recently, she stud-

What is your favourite

ied and completed an MBL through Unisa’s Graduate School of Business

holiday destination?


Locally, Cape Town and

She joined the Competition Commission as a Principal Analyst in the

abroad, New York.

Enforcement and Exemptions Division in 2007. After a few years, she was

What is a slogan that

seconded to the Mergers and Acquisitions Division until she was appoint-

you live by?

ed into her current role in October 2015.

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Thandeka Motsene

is making waves


hen it comes to firepower,

they are all operating efficiently

did not meet the weight and height


and effectively.

requirements for the fighter aircraft’s

Thandeka Motsene is the

Once this has been done,

go-to person aboard the South African

she briefs warfare teams on the

Navy’s frigate SAS Isandlwana.

day’s programme and maintenance

The 33-year-old anti-air warfare officer, or weapons officer, is respon-

schedules. “I am also expected to maintain a

ejector seat as she was too short and lightweight. “The Navy was my second choice, mostly because it sounded interesting and I loved the uniform.”

sible for advising the captain of the

watch on the bridge to ensure that

Born in Tembisa, Motsene lived in

vessel on how best to use weapons

the ship is kept safe from collisions

Viljoenskroon in the Free State until

to defend the ship against attacks

and groundings. I also brief the cap-

she was 11 when she moved to En-

from the air. For security reasons, she

tain about personnel training, ship

nerdale, south of Johannesburg.

can’t go into the details of what this

status and any matters related to the


achievement of the ship’s objectives

joined the Department of Defence’s

for the duration of the time spent at

Youth Foundation Programme.

“When the ship is not in combat situations or advanced military op-


erations, my job entails training gun

After completing matric in 2001, she

This is a skills development programme for previously disadvan-

operators to ensure that they know

On the path to success

taged students, which allows partici-

how to operate the weapons safely

While Motsene’s life is now at

pants to improve their matric results

and accurately,” she explains.

sea, that is not how she once envis-

so that they can pursue tertiary stud-

aged it.

ies or join the South African National

Motsene’s typical day aboard the ship begins with her conducting system checks to ensure that


She wanted to be a pilot with the South African Air Force. However, she

Defence Force (SANDF). Motsene has been in her current

Public Sector Manager • October 2017

position for about a year and a half.

work for an organisation that allows

“You are not entitled to anything

Before joining the SAS Isandlwana

women to fulfil any role, be it a chef,

in life. You have to work hard for any-

as its weapons officer she completed

engineer or even commanding a

thing you want to achieve.”

10-month warfare course in prepara-

naval vessel.”

tion for the post. Motsene previously served aboard

And while the Navy has opened the

For Motsene, the hard work is far from over. Her job requires her to

door to many opportunities, Motsene

continue learning, especially in her

the Inshore Patrol Vessel, SAS Tern

stresses that the key to success is

specific field. She loves sharing

as the Acting Commanding Officer,

choosing to be disciplined and put-

that knowledge with her junior col-

where it was her responsibility to

ting in the hard work.


ensure the ship was maintained in or-

She advises other young people

As for her future plans, Motsene

der to meet the operational require-

wanting to join the Navy to

can’t picture herself anywhere

ments of the Navy.

be prepared to serve and not

else but serving the Navy and

look for self-glory.

her country.

A sea of opportunities Motsene joined the Navy in 2003 and relishes the opportunities she has been given to thrive there. “The fact that I am a woman in what is still considered a ‘man’s world’ always creates an opportunity to shine brighter, not because I need to prove anything, but simply to show that I am just as capable.” She admits that she struggles with being referred to as 'the first woman to do this or that' each time she obtains a qualification. “This is mostly because I feel as if it takes away the hard work that went

This and that How do you relax?

Your favourite book?

I hardly get the chance to

Deal with It, by Paula White.

relax, because there is always

What is your favourite

something I have to do. If I do

holiday destination?

manage to relax, it will be by

Greece. It’s absolutely beau-

Motsene is extremely proud of the

going out to a formal dinner

tiful and I would love to go


or to watch a movie with my

back to explore it with my

husband. When I’m at home I


various countries who were shocked

love to bake.

If you were not doing

when I told them what I do for a

What is your favourite food?

the job that you do

living, simply because they are not

Pap and chicken intestines.

now, what would you

afforded the same opportunities in

What is your favourite colour?


their own countries.


That’s easy: a pilot.

into obtaining the qualification and instead focuses on the fact that I am a woman.”

Serving with pride

“I have encountered women from

“It makes me proud to say that I

Public Sector Manager • October 2017


H YD R O PO W E R P L A N T T O P R OV I D E E L E CT R I C I TY T O RU R A L AREA The electrification of urban areas and

In partnership with local munipalities, the

informal settlements in South Africa has

Department of Cooperative Governance

increased rapidly over the last 20 years, but

and Traditional Affairs and the Department

the provision of electricity to rural areas is still

of Rural Development and Land Reform, the

a challenge.

scheme forms part of the dst’s Innovative Partnership for Rural Development

Rural electrification has the potential to

Programme, which is piloting innovative

improve the standard of living of people in a

technology solutions to enhance service

developing country such as South Africa.


In line with the Department of Science and

The programme involves the prioritised needs

Technology’s (dst) commitment to exploring

of 23 district municipalities and is intended

alternative technologies to achieve universal

to provide rural communites with a reliable

access to power, 54 households in the

electricity supply, thus improving their

KwaMadiba settlement, rural Easten Cape will

standard of living.

soon receive access to electricity through a small-scale hydropower scheme.


“THE PROGRAMME INVOLVES THE PRIORITISED NEEDS OF 23 DISTRICT MUNICIPALITIES AND IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE RURAL COMMUNITIES WITH A RELIABLE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY, THUS IMPROVING THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING. “ The hydropower plant is located at Thina Falls on the Thina River within the Mhlontlo Local Municipality, which falls under the OR Tambo District Municipality. According Thato Seabi, on-site manager, the small-scale hydropower project will play a crucial role in providing energy access to the remote area. Seabi says that the project will have a significant impact on the quality of life of the KwaMadiba community since electricity would be generated at no cost. The introduction of electricity to the area will also make it possible for the community, who rely on subsistence farming, to irrigate their crops with an electric pump. The Municipal Manager for the Mhlonto Local Municipality, Sibongile Sotshongaye, says the location of the hydropower plant will create the opportunity to develop Thina Falls as a tourist attraction, not only by introducing electricity to the area, but also by improving access to the downstream side of Thina Falls that was previously inaccessible. To date, the project has created 76 jobs, nearly half of which have been allocated to local labourers from the Mhlontlo Local Municipality.

In other news

Source: SAnews

Taking a stand against corruption Government, labour and business have spoken out in a united voice

poverty for generations to come. “This is the time when we must take

to South Africa’s sustainable economic, political and social progress.

against corruption and the negative

a stand as business, government,

The negative impact of corruption on

effects it has on economic growth.

labour and community to end wrong-

the economy and on South Africa’s

doing, punish those responsible and

ability to deliver inclusive growth and

recover stolen resources,” he said.

transformation cannot be ignored.

Nedlac is a body which seeks to

“Corruption not only discourages

Representatives of these three sectors met recently at the 22nd National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) Summit. Addressing the gathering, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said un-

address the challenges of creating

long-term investment; it also increases

sustainable economic growth for pov-

the risk of further sovereign down-

erty alleviation and job creation.

grades. Corruption will continue to go

less corruption and patronage were

The Deputy President said corrup-

dealt with, radical economic transfor-

tion and unethical conduct threaten

ity, transparency and credible over-

mation, growth stimulation and job

the country’s shared future. He

sight measures are put into place.

creation would remain pipe dreams.

impressed upon Nedlac to position

It’s important for business to take

“Corruption impedes growth and

itself as the spearhead of an ethical

decisive action to root out corruption.


Integrity needs to be entrenched,”

redistribution… Either we confront

unchecked until proper accountabil-

corruption decisively and deliberately

Business Unity South Africa rep-

and thereby nurture the green shoots

resentative Martin Kingston said

of an economic recovery, or we allow

corruption needed to be addressed

ions General Secretary Bheki Ntshal-

corrupt practices to continue un-


intshali said good governance is a

checked and consign our people to

“Corruption is a significant barrier

said Kingston. Congress of South African Trade Un-

prerequisite for all organisations.

Gauteng roads get a boost The Gauteng Department of Roads

department’s allocated budget is

proved road user mobility; increased

and Transport has spent over

R6.8 billion, with R1.9 billion specifi-

roadway capacity; reduced travel

R3 billion on heavy and light reha-

cally earmarked for transport

times; easy access to business, resi-

bilitation of the road infrastructure


dential and agricultural estates, as

along various corridors in the province since 2014.

“The provincial roads maintenance

well as improving general road safety.

grant is being effectively used to

A number of interchanges along

keep our network in good shape.

routes have also been improved,” the

in line with the provincial govern-

Twelve major road rehabilitation pro-

provincial department said.

ment’s commitment to providing

jects such as the N12; the N14 and

world-class road infrastructure.

the R82 from Eikenhof to Walkerville

road network of 5 638km includes

have been completed.

1 388km of gravel roads. The net-

The department said this was done

MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail

The provincial department’s

Vadi, said the injection of funds

“Work on the remaining section of

work includes 676 bridges and 428

into capital projects is meant to

the N14 is underway. Twenty-five ser-

culverts. The total asset value of the

facilitate improved mobility, promote

vice providers have been appointed

network is calculated at R

economic growth and stimulate the

for routine outsourced maintenance,”

25.5 billion.

development of small and emerging

MEC Vadi said.

“The latest Pavement Network

As part of the Gauteng Freeway

Report shows that 71 percent of our

Improvement Plan, nine roads were

surfaced roads are in a very good,

network in a good condition so as to

rehabilitated as alternative routes

good or fair condition – showing an

improve road safety.

to e-tolls.

improvement on the previous report,”

contractors. It also aims to maintain the road

In the current financial year, the


“Benefits to motorists include im-

MEC Vadi said.

Public Sector Manager • October 2017

Vaccinations critical to children’s wellbeing Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi

operative parents who refuse to sign

threatening complications. Individu-

has warned that his department may

consent forms to permit healthcare

als who have never had measles and

not achieve its set targets if anti-

workers to vaccinate their children.

those who are unvaccinated or are

The Minister said the department

incompletely vaccinated may be at

vaccine lobby groups continue to mislead parents about the efficacy of

continues to engage with various

risk of measles when visiting areas


community leaders in the affected

with measles cases.

This follows protests by some com-

areas to convince parents and

Immunisation, which is part of the

munities, who have recently experi-

caregivers to cooperate with health-

country’s programmes to achieve

enced a measles outbreak.

care workers to have their children

the Sustainable Development


Goals (SDGs) on good health and

Minister Motsoaledi said this year the department aimed to reach

“Vaccine refusal endangers eve-

wellbeing, remains one of the most

more than five million children

ryone, not just the unvaccinated

successful and cost-effective public

from the age of six months to five

children. Thus, you must prioritise the

health interventions, and is widely

years through its measles vac-

health and wellbeing of your kids by

recognised as critical to achieving

cination campaign and routine

taking them to the nearest clinic or

the SDGs.


healthcare provider to ensure that

However, they only managed to achieve 80 percent of the target due to a number of factors including antivaccine lobby groups and non-co-

Globally, immunisation prevents an

they are up-to-date with vaccination,”

estimated 2.5 million child deaths

Minister Motsoaledi said.

every year in all age groups from

Measles is a highly infectious illness with the potential for serious and life

diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and measles.

AgriSA, SAPS unite against crime The Ministry of Police and AgriSA

together, it will be approved by the

will work together to develop a plan

Minister and a memorandum of

of action to create safety in farming

understanding will be signed.

communities. “We must attend to farm killings

The plan will include increased

preventing crime in all areas. “We have an obligation to make sure that everybody's safety and security is guaranteed, as it is required by the Constitution,”

police visibility. The South

he added.

as well as attacks… but equally, we

African Police Service

must prevent any form of disruption

has further commit-

with regard to production that takes

ted to sharpen its

place at the level of the farms,” Police

approach to rural

commitment to im-

Minister Fikile Mbalula said.

safety and farmers

plementing a strategy

The Minister and AgriSA met recently to discuss the National Rural Safety Strategy. “We are going to implement the

Zyl said the Minister’s

that will see the SAPS

must form an integral

and AgriSA work closely

part of that approach.

together to benefit the farmers

A total of 1 181 police reservists have been enrolled for training

plan of action that we will devise and

and will be deployed across the

we are going to make it public. Our

rural areas.

programme of safety is to ensure that

AgriSA CEO Omri van

Minister Mbalula said farmers

and farmworkers was encouraging. “Our farming communities are going through tough times at the moment and I think this partnership

there is safety in rural areas, order,

must interact with the National

will help us to lift the spirit and the

and accessibility to the police in

Joint Operational and Intelligence

sense of security that we will have in

those areas,” he said.

Structure (NATJOINTS) with regards

our country, including rural areas,” he

to planning, ensuring protection and


Once the plan has been put

Public Sector Manager • October 2017


vital stats

Fast facts at your fingertips S

tatistics South Africa (Stats SA) recently released the

sation compared to female-headed households

2016/17 Victims of Crime Survey (VOCS) results.

(6.6 percent).

The VOCS is an annual household-based survey

Households headed by coloured people (8.9 percent)

that aims to provide information about the dynamics

were the most likely to be victimised, and households

of crime.

headed by black Africans (6.9 percent) were the least

Stats SA conducted the research for the VOCS from April 2016 to March 2017. The survey found that crime experienced by house-

likely to be victimised. The survey reports that housebreaking/burglary (53 percent) was the most common crime households

holds and individuals aged 16 years and older had

experienced in 2016/17, followed by theft of livestock

decreased slightly.

(11 percent) and home robbery (10 percent).

Approximately seven percent of households in South

Theft of personal property heads the individual crime

Africa were victims of crime in 2016/17, compared to

list at 42 percent, followed by assault (18 percent) and

about nine percent of households in 2015/16. An esti-

robbery (16 percent).


Stats SA estimated that 776 933 housebreaking inci-

1 468 278 crime incidents were experienced by 1 153

dents were committed in 2016/17, which affected

984 households in 2016/17.

647 340 households (four percent of all households in

The estimated number of incidents of crime decreased for many types of crime. Housebreaking incidents de-

South Africa). Buffalo City in the Eastern Cape had the highest propor-

creased by eight percent; home robbery decreased by

tion of households victimised through housebreaking

25 percent and theft of personal property decreased by

(6.9 percent). Electronic equipment was the most com-

12 percent.

mon (54 percent) type of item stolen during housebreak-

Incidents of hijacking of motor vehicles and sexual offences increased by 93 percent and 110 percent respectively. Estimates for hijacking and sexual offences, however, should be used cautiously as they fall under the second

ing. In 2016/17 just over 84 percent of households felt safe walking in their neighbourhoods during the day while 30 percent felt safe walking at night. Many households had actively taken measures to make

level of quality (acceptable statistics) due to the small

their homes (51 percent) and vehicles (41 percent)

number of respondents that experienced these types

more secure, nevertheless the fear of crime persisted and

of crime.

prevented them from engaging in daily activities such as

About 1.2 million households experienced about 1.5

going to open spaces (32 percent), allowing children to

million crime incidents in 2016/17. Male-headed house-

play outside (20 percent) and walking to town

holds had a higher percentage (7.5 percent) of victimi-

(15 percent).


Public Sector Manager • October 2017

Provincial focus

Writer: Siya Miti

Aerial view of the Dedisa Power Peaking Plant.

E Cape a key energy hub T

he Cogea Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is set

324MW to the grid, which is enough power to supply

to become one of the country’s key energy hubs,

over 53 000 homes.

providing a sustainable energy mix for the country.

With an abundance of natural resources such as wind

and sunshine, the Eastern Cape has been identified as one of the provinces with linkages in the Independent Power Producer (IPP) programme. The programme is part of a complementary energy mix

During a recent visit to the IDZ, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi highlighted the important role it is set to play. “Coega is a vibrant IDZ for the economy. Eastern Cape is blessed with an abundance of resources to demonstrate how a diverse energy mix can transform and

including renewables (solar and wind), natural gas and

industrialise our economy. The Coega Development

nuclear energy.

Corporation (CDC) is a critical partner for the Depart-

The IDZ already boasts the Dedisa Power Peaking Plant, a gas-to-power plant based at the IDZ, which is one of the country’s first crop of IPPs. The power generated by this open cycle gas turbine

ment of Energy. “The role CDC plays in energy mix is important. Working together in this partnership we’ll be able to see quite a developed energy sector. For us it will be very

power plants is sold to Eskom under a Power Purchase

important to see a gas plant come in through Dedisa,”


said Minister Kubayi.

At full capacity, Dedisa can supply a maximum of


Getting energy supply right and providing a

Public Sector Manager • October 2017

sustainable mix of energy will have a positive ripple effect in powering South Africa’s economy for future

export of the raw resource takes place. “We have been alive to this and have been doing


extensive work to ensure local economic participation

she said.

in the gas value chain,” he said.

“As a department, moving forward not only around renewable, nuclear and coal, but we (also) have to see

Strategic economic hub

gas as one of critical ways to generate energy for us.”

Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Metro Athol Trollip

The Minister stressed that energy is one of the back-

said being a “medium-sized” city, having a facility such

bones of the economy. “If as a country you can’t get your energy sector right there’s no way you can see economic growth. For

as Dedisa made NMB a strategic economic hub for the country. “Medium-sized cities provide economic growth – that

transport to survive they need energy, for human set-

has become a phenomenon all over the world. We are

“We have been ... doing extensive work to ensure local economic participation in the gas value chain.”

very aware that this facility, together with the CDC and

tlements to survive they need energy, within the health sector hospitals need energy. If we get energy and

the Port of Ngqura being situated in the city, means we have a very strategic economic branch”. He added that there was massive potential for the city. “I am encouraged by the Minister’s passion and innate understanding of what power means to a city in growing the economy and the importance of having diversified energy provision. “It will enable us to promote the city and region as

resource wrong we are doomed for the coming years,”

having a sustainable and affordable energy provision.

she added.

Once you can do that and have these kinds of facilities, such as the Dedisa plant, to attract import and

Key strategic partners Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development Sakhum-

export investment, the city can grow,” said the Mayor. Dedisa Chief Executive Arnaud de Limburg said cur-

zi Somyo said Coega, as well as the provincial and

rently Dedisa operates on diesel and conversion to gas

national government, would work together to ensure the

will help reduce the cost of energy production.

success of the national energy plan. “These are key strategic partners to realize that energy mix. Coega has done a lot of work and as a result we have a running model through Dedisa, which is a power

“It goes back to the issue of tariffs and the cost of electricity. The generation part of electricity must not be expensive otherwise those costs goes to consumers. “Conversion to gas will not be difficult because cur-

plant using diesel and is also equipped for gas-to-power

rently the two turbines are designed to operate on

generation,” he explained.

both gas and diesel. Using gas instead of diesel will

The MEC also highlighted the importance of the province localising energy projects for the benefit of the local communities. “Indigenous (natural) gas that is extracted in this province must first be beneficiated on our shores before any

Public Sector Manager • October 2017

also reduce emission levels and the amount of water needed is less for gas.” He added that converting to gas would present many opportunities for local manufacturing and construction.




he Gauteng Department of Human Settlements

communities that are inclusive and diverse. We shall



take radical steps to transform the spatial configuration

mega human settlements projects, which will

and landscape of Gauteng province through better





yield over 500 000 houses in the province. This

and co-ordinated land use management and spatial

comes after months of planning and raising funds from

development. We shall work with municipalities and

local and international investors. The Department has

state-owned enterprises to ensure that a new built

partnered with a number of developers to ensure that

environment and inclusive spatial landscape emerges

this is realised.

across the Gauteng city-region. This will be done through public transport infrastructure development

Mega Cities are in line with the fifth administration of

and the creation of new integrated and sustainable

government as pronounced by Gauteng Premier, David

human settlements and post-apartheid cities that are

Makhura during the 2014 State of the Province address

more connected, liveable, smart and green.

when he said: “In the next five to 15 years, we shall turn the tide against the current spatial patterns of apartheid

“New post-apartheid cities will be a combination

in pursuit of spatial transformation and modernisation of

of modern public transport modes, integrated and

human settlements in our province.

sustainable human settlements that are socially and economically inclusive and promote urban green

“We must insist on planned and integrated urban

development. Particular attention will be paid to the

development which will enable us to build more

West Rand and Sedibeng regions respectively, in

integrated and sustainable human settlements and

order to revitalise their economies and connect them


to the economic centres of the Gauteng city-region.

options as the houses will also be available for

The renewal of old towns and inner-city regeneration will

ownership and rental. These mixed typology of houses

be a key focus of the provincial government, working

will have free-standing and multi-story walk-ups, as

together with municipalities and the private sector.�

well as the development of Smart Cities, including but not limited to the implementation and use of gas

These Mega Cities are guided by the department’s

reticulation systems, renewable energy, solid waste

mandate, which is to ensure the provision of Integrated

and waste water recycling, along with broadband

Sustainable Human Settlements within a smart Gauteng

Internet connectivity. The Mega Cities also have social

City Region and its vision which aligns with the strategic

amenities such as schools, universities, public transport

paradigm shift away from sporadic and unco-ordinated

terminals, parks, and healthcare facilities, economic,

developments to purposely plan and develop Mega

commercial and industrial opportunities.

Cities that are completely self-sufficient in providing for the housing, economic and social needs of the

The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements will


implement a total of 31 Mega Cities. A number of new Mega Cities will be rolled out in this financial year.

Mega Cities are post-apartheid cities that consist of

These new post-apartheid cities will be implemented in

more than 10 000 houses of different typologies. The

phased stages in the identified five mega city corridors.

typologies include bonded houses, Financed Linked

The corridors are: The Central Corridor (Johannesburg

Individual Subsidy Programme (Flisp) houses, rental

region), Northern Corridor (Tswane region), Southern

stock, and RDP houses.






(Ekurhuleni) and Western Corridor (West Rand region). This is done to cater for residents of different income and also bridge the gap between those who can afford

Through the Mega Cities programme in the five corridors,

and those that are disadvantaged.

the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements aims to build 520 000 housing units allocated into 140 000

Mega Cities will provide residents with mixed tenure

housing units in the Central Corridor; more than 100 000


in the Eastern Corridor; more than 160 000 units each in the Northern and the Western Corridors and more than 120 000 units in the Southern Corridor by the end of the current term in 2019.

As the Department rolls out the Mega Cities programme, which is about building new cities of the future that will radically transform how human settlements are delivered across all the corridors of Gauteng, it is going to work with key partners to ensure proper planning for all services such as water, sanitation, electricity, roads and social amenities. These partners will include: The Department of Higher Education, Department of Health, Department of Roads and Transport, Eskom, Rand Water and private sector among others.

This is a move away from focusing on one project to a more clustered approach in order to maximise output in the provision of decent houses and impact on the

owing to the fact that Gauteng is the smallest province in

eradication of informal settlements. The new cities

South Africa, but experiences high levels of in-migration,

will promote social, racial, economic and cultural

which means land management and use must be more

integration. All the new cities will have major socio-

efficiently planned.

economic benefits with regard to decent employment and economic inclusion.

Mega Cities will create a healthy and vibrant household economy that will ensure job opportunities are created

Mega Cities will positively and decisively impact on

closer to places of work, thereby reducing travelling

primary, secondary and top structure construction

costs and will also be close to other social amenities.

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President Jacob Zuma addresses t he United Nations General Assembly.

SA seeks bigger

benefits for Africa in global economy


resident Jacob Zuma says the United Nations must

“While a few enjoy the benefits of globalisation, the

play a central role in tackling illicit financial outflows

majority of the people of the world still live in abject

and the disparity of the global economy.

poverty and hunger, with no hope of ever improving

The President was speaking during the 72nd session

of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New

their living conditions.” These unequal and unjust economic power relations

York recently. He said the current structure of the global

manifest themselves sharply in Africa. President Zuma

economy continues to deepen the divide between the

said while Africa is endowed with mineral resources,

north and south.

it still has the highest number of the least developed


Public Sector Manager • October 2017

countries.“Many of the developed countries in the

ber states to dismantle their nuclear weapons and

world continue to fuel their development from the

instead use them for peaceful means.

resources of the African continent.” What is needed, the President said, is political will

“It can no longer be acceptable that a few countries keep arsenals and stockpiles of nuclear weapons as

and commitment from global leaders to address

part of their strategic defence and security doctrine,

the challenges and obstacles posed by this untrans-

while expecting others to remain at their mercy. We are

formed structure of the global economy.

concerned that any possible accidental detonation

President Zuma said Africa continues to lose a sig-

would lead to a disaster of epic proportions.”

nificant chunk of its resources through illicit financial outflows – billions of dollars which would otherwise be used to develop the continent and provide education, healthcare, housing and other critical basic needs. The continent loses money through money laundering, tax evasion and tax avoidance, corruption, and transfer pricing by multinational companies.

“Many of the developed countries in the world continue to fuel their development from the resources of the African continent.”

“[This undermines] the integrity of the global financial system, efficient tax collection and equitable allocation of resources. We appeal for the cooperation and commitment of every member state of the UN, and the international com-

International relations President Zuma reiterated that South Africa stands with the people of Cuba and Palestine, and called for the end of the war in Syria and Libya. The war in Libya contributes a great deal to the destabilisation of the Sahel region and all the way to Central Africa, creating a corridor for illicit trafficking in arms as well as terrorist activities. “In both instances of Libya and Syria, we strongly cautioned against seeking to resolve internal challenges of sovereign states by imposing foreign

solutions through military means.” Pretoria echoed its stance on the right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination. “The United Nations must remain seized with this

munity at large to address this phenomenon,” added

issue for the benefit of the people of Western Sahara

President Zuma.

and the African aspirations of integration and peace-

He said developed countries, in particular, have a historic and moral obligation to contribute to achiev-

ful co-existence,” President Zuma said. He also expressed South Africa’s disappointment at

ing a fair global economic environment and to

the June 2017 decision of the United States administra-

eradicate the scourge of illicit financial flows from the

tion to reverse the progress that was registered in the


past two years towards ending the Cuban blockade.

Nuclear for peaceful means

South Africa’s readiness to work with the UN to promote

President Zuma used his address to call on UN mem-

peace, human rights and sustainable development.

President Zuma ended his address by reinforcing

Public Sector Manager • October 2017



Writer: Ongezwa Mogotsi

Images courtesy of © Tambo Family Album / Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation


a visionary leader


cross the country, people will talk about, remem-

A leader is born

ber and marvel at the life of one of South Africa’s

Tambo was born on 27 October 1917, as Kaizana Tambo,

greatest leaders this month.

in Nkantolo village in the Eastern Cape. His rural upbring-

October is a special month in South Africa as it

provides the opportunity for South Africans to reflect on the life and times of the late Oliver Reginald (OR)

ing groomed him to become a hard worker with strong moral standards and values. According to the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Founda-

Tambo, a leader who still commands respect the

tion, he changed the name Kaizana to Oliver after a

world over.

teacher asked him on his first day of school to come to

The year 2017 marks the centenary celebration of Tambo’s birth. He played an important role in liberating

school with a new English name. “His parents chose Oliver. This and a host of encoun-

South Africa and was one of the founding fathers of

ters with some of his first teachers’ strict nature made

our constitutional democracy.

him dread school. A chance meeting with an eloquent

Government declared 2017 “The year of OR Tambo:

young man, who was a member of the debating society

Celebrating our liberation heritage”. A number of

in a different school, changed his attitude towards

events will take place this month to commemorate the

education and ignited a love for discussion and debate,”

legacy and centenary of Tambo.

says the Foundation.

He served as president of the African National

After school, Tambo went to university. He graduated

Congress (ANC) from 1969 to 1991, making him the

with a Bachelor of Science in Maths and Science from

longest-serving president of the party. He also enjoyed

Fort Hare University. His life as an activist started at

over 50 years of political activism in the ANC.

the university.


Public Sector Manager • October 2017

In 1942, while studying towards his postgraduate quali-

Tambo led the ANC through challenging times. He was

fication in education, he was expelled from the university

the longest-serving leader and took the cause to

for participating in a student strike. When his former

many countries.

teacher heard of his expulsion he was offered a job as a Maths and Science teacher at St. Peter’s College.

During his time abroad he was instrumental in establishing ANC missions in at least 27 countries by 1990. “He helped lobby support for the ANC and raised the inter-

Political life

national reputation of the ANC to one of great prestige,”

During his time as a teacher in Johannesburg, Tambo

says the Foundation.

was an active member of the ANC. He formed the Youth

After spending 30 years in exile, Tambo and his fam-

League and became its first national secretary in 1944.

ily returned home. Upon his return he spoke at the first

Four years later, he became president of the Transvaal ANCYL and national vice-president of the organisation in 1949. He was also elected as a member of the National Executive

ANC meeting in South Africa since it’s unbanning. He used the occasion to pass on the leadership baton to Mandela, who was elected as the National Chairperson

Committee of the ANC.

of the ANC.

In 1951, Tambo made history when he

On 24 April 1993 Tambo died after

formed the first black law partnership

a stroke.

with his great friend, Madiba.


OR Tambo – A Timeline •27 October 1917 Tambo’s birthday.

and detained by the apartheid government.

Tambo’s first visit to New York.

•2 April 1944 Tambo, together with William Nkomo, AP Mda, Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela, founded the ANC Youth League.

•20 December 1956 Tambo released on bail during the Treason Trial.

•10 May 1963 Tambo leads an ANC delegation to Ethiopia for the formation of the Organisation of African Unity.

•1 September 1944 Tambo elected the ANC's secretary. •24 July 1951 Tambo qualifies as an attorney. •5 December 1956 Tambo arrested, charged with treason

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•22 December 1956 Tambo marries Adelaide. •27 March 1960 Tambo goes into exile. •1 May 1960 Tambo arrives in Denmark after being invited there by the Danish Prime Minister. •10 October 1960

•10 October 1963 Tambo addresses the United Nations General Assembly Special Political Committee appealing for the freedom of all South Africans. •25 April 1969 Tambo announces his resignation from the ANC at the Morogoro

conference following personal attacks, but is persuaded to return. •8 January 1985 Tambo calls on the South African people to ‘Render South Africa Ungovernable’. •14 December 1990 The Tambo family returns from exile. •23 April 1993 Tambo passes away. Source:



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OR Tambo –

A life of sacrifice As a young man tasked with ensuring OR Tambo’s safety, Kingsley Makhubela got to see the great leader in action and learn valuable lessons from him. Makhubela shares some of those memories with PSM.


Thomas Nkobi as the TreasurerGeneral, Dan Tloome, Chairperson of the Communist Party, Joe Slovo, Secretary-General of the Communist Party, and John Nkadimeng, Head of the South African Congress of Trade Unions. “He said: ‘Kingsley, I want to convene a meeting of the President’s Committee. We must meet in an hour’s time’.” Makhubela, who was in his midtwenties at the time, took it upon himself to remind Tambo that it was Christmas Day and the men would

he late struggle stalwart Oliver

who were jailed by the apartheid

be spending their day with their loved

Reginald Tambo, who led the lib-

government – former President Nelson


eration struggle from exile after

Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, Walter Si-

the arrest of most ANC leaders, was so

sulu and many others, who could not

glasses and said ‘sit down’. So I sat

committed to the fight for freedom that

see their families – he should sacrifice

down and started asking myself –

he barely rested.

his time with his own family, dedicat-

what have I done?”

So much so that he once annoyed the party’s top brass by summoning

ing his days to the struggle. “He felt that every moment needed

“He looked at me, took off his

‘Did you say today is Christmas Day?’ Tambo asked.

them to a meeting on Christmas Day

to be spent in the trenches, be it

‘Yes chief,’ came the reply.

as they prepared to have lunch with

in Lusaka, Zambia, in our camps,

Tambo pressed further: ‘So there is

their families.

motivating our soldiers,” recalled

This is one of many events that give a glimpse of how selfless and

Makhubela. At the time, Tambo’s family was

no struggle on Christmas Day?’ “I started feeling terrible, and he said: ‘Are you aware that people at

dedicated Tambo was in the 1980s,

based in London. So, in December

home are having a black Christmas?

leading up to the historic negotia-

1987, on his way from Moscow, Tambo

They are not celebrating Christmas?

tions that dismantled apartheid.

stopped in London for two days to

And their liberators are celebrating

see his family before flying back to

Christmas. When they are expect-

Lusaka on Christmas eve.

ing us to liberate them, we are busy

Brand South Africa CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela, who was Tambo’s head of security from 1986 until 1990,

When they arrived in Lusaka on

celebrating Christmas.

recalls that the struggle icon was

Christmas Day, Makhubela said Tam-

dedicated to the mission of freeing

bo went to church and later called a

who are in prison now who can’t

apartheid prisoners and achiev-

meeting of the President’s Committee

even have a decent meal? And they

ing freedom for oppressed South

– which was the equivalent of today’s

expect us to liberate them and we


ANC Top Six.

are not struggling because it is

Standing in solidarity

made up of Tambo as the President,

Tambo felt that in solidarity with those

Alfred Nzo as the Secretary-General,

The President’s Committee was


‘Are you aware there are people

Christmas Day?’ ‘We have to prepare the January 8 statement, send a message to

Public Sector Manager • October 2017

our people, send a message to our

Later, he was called up to work in

that I needed to report to Lusaka.

troops on what we need to do, how

Tambo’s security detail under the

When I arrived in Lusaka I was told

we need to intensify our struggle’.”

command of Shooter Marcus. When

that I was going to join OR’s unit. It

Makhubela said at that point, he

Marcus stepped down as the head

was one of the most prestigious units

felt embarrassed by the insights that

of Tambo’s unit, Makhubela took

to join because to look after OR was

Tambo had shared with him, and

over and stayed on until Mandela’s

a responsibility given to the most

went off to Nzo, who was at his son,

release from prison on 11 February

trusted cadres.

Ike’s house, for Christmas lunch.

1990 and later organised Mandela’s

When Nzo saw Makhubela driving in, he immediately said: “I thought

security. “I got a call when I was in Angola

“It was not everyone who was chosen for the task and I kept asking myself why is the ANC trusting me

you guys and the chief were having Christmas in London?” And when he heard of the meeting he responded: “No, no, no, the President can’t do this. He must relax, it is Christmas Day.” After the explanation Nzo was clearly not impressed as he had to pack his lunch and go to the Presidential Committee meeting, which lasted well into the night.

Securing the most wanted man Despite his age at the time, Makhubela found himself entrusted with protecting the apartheid government's most wanted individual in the 1980s, as Tambo led the armed struggle from exile at a time that Rivonia trialists were in prison and all political parties were banned. Having grown up in Meadowlands in Soweto, Makhubela joined the ANC’s underground structures at the age of 17 before taking his activism to exile in Luanda, Angola, where he received military training from 1980. Along with other activists, Makhubela received specialised training in East Germany, which was centred on counter-intelligence and protection, among others.

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Dr Kingsley Makhubela got to witness t he greatness of OR Tambo f irst hand while ser ving as his head of security.



with this major responsibility? Maybe

wanted? Makhubela said at the

were assassinated, for example anti-

they had done their own detailed

time, the presidential security detail

apartheid activist Joe Gqabi in 1981,


worked with various security struc-

who reportedly died at the hands of

tures, including Zambian security.

the apartheid hit-squad after being

Makhubela later became responsible for recruiting other people, who had to be scouted. “Sometimes we had to send people

The President’s security detail would decide on Tambo’s movements, and depending on a threat assessment,

shot 19 times while reversing out of his driveway in Harare. Makhubela said at the time, Tambo

inside the country to check the

reinforcements would be pulled in to

was always surrounded by a unit of

background of individuals who were

secure meeting venues.

six closely-knit security officials.

to join OR’s unit because he was the

“There were instances where we

“We would do everything, including

number one target of the apart-

would get information that there was

ensuring that he eats, that he takes

heid regime. Looking after him, you

a commando unit looking for OR, so

his medication, and in our team we

needed people who were screened

we would move him from one point

had people who were good cooks.

beyond any doubts,” he explained.

to the other. There was a core team

We had an old man called Mshengu

that would know where OR was.

… who was a very close confidant

And just how difficult was it to ensure the safety of South Africa’s most

“We had instances where even the leadership of the ANC would not know where OR was and only

of OR and he knew what OR liked to eat. He used to love oxtail, that was his favourite meal,” he said.

those in his inner circle would know his wherea-

Tambo the listener

bouts. There was a lot

He recalled that one of OR’s strong-

of trust and respon-

est qualities was his ability to listen,

sibility placed on us – remember some of us were only 25 years old.

he hardly ever interjected when someone else was talking. “With OR, your seniority in the organisation did not matter. He

“It was only

would sit and listen. When we got to

later on, when one

the camps with him, OR would take

reflected on it that

a walk when soldiers were taking a

I realised that had

break and would surprise them in

anything happened

the bush. He would sit down and

to OR, I would have been lynched. It’s

ask them about their ideas – ‘what is your view about the armed struggle?

actually frightening to

Why do you think we are not hitting

think about now,” he

enough targets?’


“And he listened to those people,”

This was an era when other leaders in exile

Makhubela said. Tambo would reflect on the insights from others before responding to them, especially those who, at the time, felt like returning to South Africa to kill white people, he recalled.

Images courtesy of © Tambo Family Album / Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation


Makhubela believes Tambo’s

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OR Tambo preac hed about t he impor tance of education to his fellow comrades.

wisdom was perhaps the reason

and Science teacher, for urging

went to New York to work for the

why a civil war was averted in South

him and the people around him

ANC mission at the United Nations


to pursue an education after the

at a time when South African politi-

armed struggle.

cal parties were locked in negotia-

“OR would take time to speak to the commissariat [a unit charged with

Makhubela has a Master’s degree

educating South Africans about who

in Diplomatic Studies and a PhD in

the enemy is] and I think that was

Political Science.

really helpful because it prevented

“OR told us his stories about go-

tions to dismantle apartheid. After casting his vote in the first democratic election from New York, he returned to his country of birth

an ethnic conflict – killing people

ing to school and he was always

in 1994 to join the then Department

because of the colour of their skin.

keen for all of us in the unit to

of Foreign Affairs as the Chief of

improve our educational skills. He

State Visits, where he handled all of

ANC for many years was beyond re-

kept emphasising that. Of course

Madiba’s state visits.

proach, no one would question who

we were militant and wanted to

the enemy was. That is why the strug-

liberate the country, but he empha-

to Portugal as an ambassador

gle was popularly supported by most

sised the importance of education

until 2001. He was then posted to

of the white people across Europe

and that is why, later in life, I took it

Nairobi as ambassador until 2005

because they believed in the justness

upon myself to improve my educa-

before returning to the Department

of the struggle. We never killed peo-

tional skills.

of Foreign Affairs as a Chief Director

“That is why the moral cause of the

ple because of the colour of their skin

In 1996, Makhubela was deployed

“When I got my doctorate, in my

responsible for conflict areas.

– that was the distinction between us

heart I knew I was dedicating this

In 2007, Makhubela was ap-

and the enemy,” he said.

to him because I knew he would

pointed Chief of State Protocol and

have been very proud,” he said.

in 2010, he was appointed Director-

A love for education

After working in Tambo’s security

General of the Department of Tour-

Makhubela said he would forever be

detail, Makhubela worked for Madi-

ism. He joined Brand South Africa in

thankful to Tambo, who was a Maths

ba for more than a year and later


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Investing in South Africa’s toll road network is a sound financial decision. It offers strong, long-term capital returns and helps SA keep pace with the growing demands of the national road infrastructure. The Public Investment Corporation (PIC), with shareholding (equity and loans) in the N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) and Trans African Concession, achieves two objectives with its investment in these concessions. Firstly, it guarantees solid returns to its biggest client, the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) with more than 1.2 million active members from some 325 government departments and 400 000 pensioners and other beneficiaries. For the year ending in March 2016, the PIC reported a 10.98% return on the GEPF’s investment – which accounted for 88.2% of the PIC’s assets under management in the review period. While this is lower than the targeted 11.04% return in this period, it outperformed the consumer price index (CPI) of 5.45% by 5.53%. Secondly, this investment shores up the funding requirements for the upkeep of major economic transport routes and thus contributes to the efficiency with which our country does business. In essence, it enables ongoing improvements of the national road network, which boosts the country’s competitiveness. Investing in infrastructure - be it energy, urban-rural road networks, ports or information communication technologies – provides access to the economy and the rest of the world. As an example, Canada’s investments in urban toll roads in different parts of the America’s offers a compelling proposition for investing in infrastructure in a developing market. Over the past five years, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board acquired stakes in toll operators in Chile, Mexico and the United States. Rationalising the acquisitions, the board cited a fit with long-term strategy and investing in infrastructure assets that deliver stable returns over a prolonged period.

Acquisitions in toll concessions is but one of several instruments used by the PIC to realise a return for its clients. Its mix of listed and unlisted investment classes is carefully weighed up against clients’ mandates. Nonetheless, what is clear is that the GEPF’s assets under the PIC’s management outperforms its global peers. The Toronto-based Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring Benchmarking conducted a comparative study in 2016 comprising more than 360 global funds with assets ranging from R5.733 billion to R19.2 trillion. It showed that the GEPF’s outperforms its peers although it was the only fund with a dual mandate – achieving monetary and socioeconomic returns. TRANSFORMATION STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENTS: GEPF’s five-year total return of

14.3% was above the global median of

9.9% and the peer group median of

Its equities five-year average net returns were 17.3% compared to a global and peer average of 11.0%


The fixed income five-year average net returns were 10.0% compared to a global average of 7.1% and peer average of 6.7%.

Source: PIC integrated annual report 2016 Government employees now know: paying their toll fees means safeguarding their pensions by investing in roads. BLUEPRINT 1742/E

The long-term nature of pension pay-outs therefore allows fund managers to consider infrastructure investment assets which offer lifelong revenue generation. On this basis, the PIC’s investment asset classes include development investment in catalytic sectors of the economy such as road infrastructure.

Importantly, the PIC’s investment in toll concessions can be regarded as a deliberate response to the developmental agenda and social responsibility imperatives of the national government. As a wholly-owned government entity and a custodian of some R1.587 trillion of public assets, this developmental approach ensures that while earning good financial returns, investments also support positive, long-term economic, social and environmental outcomes that yield a good social return for the country.

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CHANGE IS GOOD Ever since its establishment in 1998, SANRAL has sought to be the differentiator that changes people’s lives. This has been achieved in many ways - from the type of roads it engineers to the kind of people it employs. In keeping with its character as an organisation that strives to always exceed goals set, SANRAL is forging ahead with creating a new narrative around transformation which will benefit the citizenry of South Africa. By recognising its role in the construction sector and related industries, and the impact its procurement policies and practices have on millions of people across South Africa, SANRAL accepts the responsibility that it has to be one of many that transforms the construction industry. To this end, SANRAL is going on nationwide transformation stakeholder engagements where it will introduce South Africans to its vision for the future. In its Horizon 2030 Strategy, SANRAL aims to make this vision a reality. A major element of this new strategy is its Transformation Policy. An organisation like SANRAL is and has always been solutions-driven. These workshops will communicate SANRAL’s intent to involve black businesses compromising contractors, professionals, suppliers and service providers in all SANRAL commissioned projects, beyond the minimum levels set by law. SANRAL is providing a solution on how to maximise their participation, especially women, the youth, the disabled and military veterans.


Horizon 2030 covers all aspects of SANRAL’s mandate, including the design, construction and management of the national road network, future funding models for road development and the role that infrastructure can play in road safety. The strategy is anchored on four pillars: • Roads: SANRAL has a primary mandate to manage and control the national road network and take charge, amongst others, of the development, maintenance and rehabilitation of national roads. • Road Safety: South Africa has among the highest road crash fatality rates in the world. South Africa is committed to the United Nations’ Decade of Action to stabilise and reduce the level of road traffic fatalities. SANRAL supports the Safe Systems approach to road safety which involves the provision of safe road infrastructure that reduces the risk of a serious injury or death when a crash occurs, as well as the implementation of road safety educational and awareness programmes that will lead to changed attitudes and behaviour among all road users. • Stakeholders: SANRAL serves a wide spectrum of stakeholders ranging from road users (private as well as transporters) who commute on the road network on a regular basis to communities who live in close proximity to the roads. SANRAL also continues to reach out to stakeholders in all the three spheres of government.

The SANRAL transformation and stakeholder engagements team will be travelling to more than 20 cities and towns, giving over 30 workshops, to hundreds of people at a time, discussing and engaging with stakeholders from all walks of life. Taking part in these workshops will be players in the construction industry, SMMEs, chambers of commerce, business forums, national, provincial and local government representatives.

• Mobility: The efficient and safe movement of people and goods are key to the economic upliftment of all South Africans. Rapid developments in technology and innovative transport solutions, presents significant opportunities to ensure inclusive and integrated economic growth. A seamless connection between the various road users, road networks and transport modes, will promote such growth.

The South African government and its state-owned entities continue to open up doors that allow for its citizens to be active participants in the country’s mainstream economy.

Transformation is one of eight enablers that support these pillars.

The National Development Plan (NDP) describes South Africa’s road network as the country’s largest single public asset. SANRAL has been the custodian of national roads that form the core of this network and stretches into all none provinces - linking cities to towns and people to places of work and interest.

SANRAL, through its Transformation Policy, intends to open up the economy to all. Thereby transforming itself and the construction sector and related industries to continue meet the citizenry’s basic socio-economic needs.

In meeting the NDP objectives, following its launch by Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi, Horizon 2030 – SANRAL’s long-term strategy - highlights the role that the national road network can play in reducing inequality and eliminate poverty. These efforts will assist in growing the economy of South Africa.

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The NDP describes in detail how the national and provincial road network links to broader transport strategies, including the intention to shift freight haulage from road to rail, the future of long-distance passenger transport options and the need to prevent further deterioration of local and provincial roads through timely and effective maintenance.

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Source: SAnews

Breakthrough in HIV treatment pricing


ground-breaking pricing

In September 2016, the Minister an-

the Dolutegravir-based fixed-dose

agreement has been reached

nounced the rollout of the test and

combination which will greatly ben-

that will fast-track the availabil-

treat initiative with the aim to have six

efit our patients due to its superior

ity of the first affordable, generic, single-

million HIV-positive patients on treat-

therapeutic qualities,” said Minister

pill HIV treatment regimen containing

ment by 2022.



“The considerable price reductions

Benefits for patients

could yield savings of up to R11.7

edi, in collaboration with a number

South Africa will introduce the new

billion over the next six years for us,

of international organisations and

fixed-dose combination of three

which means that we can initiate

agencies, reached the pricing agree-

drugs, Tenofovir, Lamivudine and

additional patients on treatment

ment recently.

Dolutegravir (TLD) in April 2018. It is

with the same amount of resources.

Minister of Health Aaron Motsoal-

projected that this new regimen, at

Ramping up treatment with good

will be available to low and middle-

the price announced, will save South

viral suppression will enable us to

income countries at a reduced price

Africa more than R11 billion over the

reach HIV epidemic control more

of US$75 per person, per year.

next six years.

quickly. We are aiming at launching

The new fixed-dose combination

The large volumes of antiretrovirals

Apart from the financial savings,

purchased by South Africa were used

which will decrease pressure on the

to leverage the decrease in pricing

national fiscus, its introduction

that will benefit all low- and middle-

will also have significant benefits

together with the Government

income countries.

for patients.

of Kenya, in partnership with the

Dolutegravir is a highly effective

the new tender in April 2018,” said the Minister. The South African Government

Clinton Health Access Initiative, the

Accelerating treatment

antiretroviral, which is well

Joint United Nations Programme on

The agreement is expected to ac-

tolerated by patients and has

HIV/AIDS, the Bill & Melinda Gates

celerate treatment rollout as part of

fewer side effects.

Foundation, UNITAID, the United King-

global efforts to reach all 36.7 million

Patients are, therefore, more likely

dom’s Department for International

people living with HIV with high-quali-

to be adherent and more likely to

Development, the United States Presi-

ty antiretroviral therapy.

be virally suppressed – which means

dent’s Emergency Plan for AIDSRelief,

that they are not likely to transmit

the US Agency for International De-

the virus to others.

velopment, and the Global Fund to

The announcement will have profound implications for the HIV treatment programme in South Africa’s public health sector. The HIV programme has grown from

Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,

Massive savings “I am excited about this innova-

worked on the pricing agreement. South Africa’s commitment to

923 000 patients on treatment in

tive agreement which will allow

make TLD available to patients was

2009 to 3.9 million patients on treat-

the government of South Africa

key to securing the pricing

ment by the end of August 2017.

to accelerate the introduction of



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Vision 2030 driving SA’s agenda


ith the National Development Plan (NDP) now in its fifth year, government is placing greater emphasis on aligning the country’s budget to

the targets set out in the plan as it strives to make them a reality. The NDP was drafted by the National Planning Commission – a team of experts from different sectors – and adopted on 12 September 2012. Speaking at an event marking the fifth anniversary of

to fulfil their dreams and freely express their talents.” It also envisages a growing economy that is respon-

the adoption of the NDP, President Jacob Zuma said the

sive to the demands of a fast-changing world – an

budget would be used to pursue the goal of inclusive

economy that does not only benefit the few.

economic growth. “Cabinet has directed the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation to work with the Economic

The President noted that government was also taking concrete steps to implement the NDP. “Through the implementation of Operation Phakisa, our

Cluster of government departments to ensure that there

Big Fast Results programme, we have developed very

is alignment between the priorities in the NDP and

specific interventions in the oceans economy, health,

the budget.

education, mining and agriculture sectors.

“This is an important step because the NDP will remain

“Operation Phakisa programmes in the oceans econ-

an empty promise as long as its noble goals are not

omy, for example, have since 2014 unlocked R7 billion in

matched with budget commitments,” he added.

investments and created more than 6 000 jobs.”

Vision 2030

Working together to do more

The NDP covers a wide variety of areas, from the econ-

Government is also implementing incentives and sup-

omy to security, from strengthening the capacity of the

port services for investors through the Special Economic

state to reducing the high levels of crime and corruption.

Zones programme.

“The NDP tells us and the world where our country should be in 2030,” said the President. “Our vision as contained in the NDP is for a South Africa in which those who seek employment will be

Six Industrial Development Zones, established between 2002 and 2014, have attracted 59 investors on site with an investment value of more than R10 billion. “These achievements demonstrate that working to-

employed. It should be a country in which the youth will

gether we can indeed do more. It is the same collective

have access to quality education.

effort which made it possible for all of us to build a new

“We are striving for a society in which citizens will live

nation from the ashes of apartheid.

healthy, long lives, a place where there is no fear of crim-

“It is by working together that our gross domestic prod-

inals and where all live safely and securely. We are build-

uct grew in real terms from R1.6 trillion in 1994 to just over

ing a country with a capable state that supports citizens

R3 trillion in 2015.


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Employment has also grown from 9.5 million people in 1994 to 16 million people at the end of 2015. “Access to housing and basic services have improved through the construction of four million new houses

nation building and social cohesion, among others. “Since we started implementing the NDP, we have marked progress in a number of areas. “More people live longer than before, life expectancy

since 1994, increasing connections to electricity to 95

has improved. A lot more children are at school getting

percent of the households and piped water to 85

the education whose quality is gradually improving.

percent of households. “It is by working together that we can build on the 2.5 percent economic growth that was recorded in the last

However, progress is not being recorded across all sectors. “The reach of the basic services has not fully reached

quarter to a sustainable growth path that can create

all citizens, especially those who live in the rural areas.

jobs for the millions who are unemployed.

Government thus continues to work daily to expand

“Each one of us will have to play a role if we are to bring about a South Africa which is envisaged in the NDP,” said

the reach of water, electricity, roads housing and other services to the people.”

President Zuma.

Progress made so far Progress has been made in implementing the NDP, which has been mainstreamed as government’s programme

Inclusive economy needed The President added that the economy had not fully recovered from the effects of apartheid. “We have created a relatively large black middle

of action through the Medium Term Strategic Framework

class which is actively involved in the economic life of

(MTSF), he added.

our nation. However, this achievement has not fun-

The MTSF 2014-2019 has 14 outcomes, which include education, health, safety and security, inclusive economic growth, job creation, infrastructure development,

Public Sector Manager • October 2017

damentally transformed the structure and ownership patterns of the economy. “Too many people who need jobs to support



themselves and their families are still unemployed.” The fruits of the economic growth since 1994 have been enjoyed by a few, he noted. “The fundamental challenge we face, which is the

leadership meetings are being held regularly between government and business, government and labour, and government and civil society. These provide a route for focused dialogues to

principal goal that is identified in the NDP, is to grow

discuss the contribution of each sector to the imple-

the economy in a manner that is inclusive.

mentation of the NDP, identify blockages and develop

“We need to fundamentally change the structure, systems, institutions and patterns of ownership, management and control of the economy in favour of all South

a common understanding of how obstacles will be overcome. “The NDP has got tangible programmes that are cur-

Africans, especially the poor, the majority of whom are

rently being implemented in various sectors including

African and female.”

infrastructure development, oceans economy, educa-

Given that approximately 75 percent of the economy is in the hands of the private sector, President Zuma said it would take commitment from both government and business to effect fundamental change.

tion, information and communications technology, agriculture and many others. “We may disagree in some of the finer details like the priority areas, approaches and perspectives, but this should not prevent us from getting together to craft a

Effective communication key Minister in The Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and

way forward,” he said. Minister Radebe added that the nation was invited

Evaluation Jeff Radebe, who is also the Chairperson

to engage in constructive dialogue, so that together “we

of the National Planning Commission, said high-level

can work towards a common growth path”.


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to expand its reach With a number of new routes and the addition of new trains, the expansion of the Gautrain network means good news for the province’s economy.


ince the Gautrain took to the tracks in June 2010,

freeways in some places. It has 24-hour security, with over

it has transported almost 80 million passengers

600 CCTV cameras and over 400 security guards at sta-

between Johannesburg, Pretoria and OR Tambo

tions, car parks and aboard the trains.

International Airport. Now the integrated rail network is set to connect more Gauteng communities. “The Gautrain is an integral part of our public transport

The trains are serviced by 125 60-seater feeder buses and 12 25-seater buses, which pick up passengers in the suburbs and take them to the Gautrain stations.

system in Gauteng and has become a mode of choice for those who use it on a daily basis. It is safe, convenient,

The Gautrain operates on a smart card, allowing seamless transfers between the train, the buses and parkades.

quick, reliable and offers value for money,” says Jack van der Merwe, CEO of the Gautrain Management

New routes

Agency (GMA).

As a result of its growth, new routes are planned, to

The 80km Gautrain route, with stations in Johannes-

broaden the reach of the Gautrain in the province. A fea-

burg, Rosebank, Sandton, Marlboro, Midrand, Centurion,

sibility study has been conducted, and it recommends

Pretoria and Hatfield, plus a route eastwards to the airport

the following network extensions:

via Rhodesfield, opened three days before the FIFA World

Cup in 2010. It was completed in 2012. There is a 15km tunnel running between Park and Marlboro stations, otherwise it runs above ground, crossing


A link between Jabulani via Cosmo City and Samrand to Mamelodi, with stations in Roodepoort, Little Falls, Fourways, Sunninghill, Olievenhoutbosch, Irene, Tshwane East and Hazeldean.

Public Sector Manager • October 2017

• A link between Sandton and Cosmo City with a station at Randburg. • A link between Rhodesfield and Boksburg, with a sta-

enterprises by subcontracting to them. An Independent Socio-Economic Monitor will ensure that these economic development obligations are met.

tion at the East Rand Mall and a possible link-up with the OR Tambo International Airport Midfield terminal

Social Investment Programme


MEC Vadi announced in January this year that his

• A future link from Cosmo City to Lanseria Airport.

department had chosen 32 beneficiaries for the GMA’s

These extensions would be done in phases, through a

Social Investment Programme (SIP) fund. He said that

public/private partnership. The feasibility study has been

“approximately R35 million, which is a fixed amount, is

submitted to National Treasury and provincial Treasury

being distributed amongst beneficiaries with the bulk of

for approval.

the money going to programmes that are focusing on

The Gauteng government believes that an extension of the Gautrain network, and the modernisation of the Metrorail rail system, must take place to accommodate

education. The GMA SIP focus areas are education, community care and environment.” The 32 beneficiaries were selected from 83 applicants,

the growing urban sprawl and unsustainable congestion

based on how they would enhance the social, economic

on the province’s roads and freeways.

and environmental landscape of communities in the

“This is our dream of a world-class rail system to eventu-

province. Of the 32 beneficiaries, seven are education

ally connect our people throughout Gauteng,” says Bar-

projects, and the rest are community care and environ-

bara Jensen, GMA Gautrain Management Agency Senior

ment initiatives.

Executive Manager of Communication and Marketing. The Gautrain integrates with Metrorail trains at Johannesburg’s Park Station, the Rhodesfield Station stop before the airport, and Pretoria Station.

Socio-economic impact The Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, said that the new train project is expected to have a significant and positive socio-economic impact in the province as the Gauteng provincial government will insist on at least 65 percent local content by the

“The acquisition of 12 new trains over the next 36 months will help to alleviate congestion that Gautrain passengers experience in the morning and evening peaks.”

successful bidder. The project is expected to sustain 10 000 jobs in Gaut-

“The education projects are teacher–learner develop-

eng and total government revenue is to increase by an

ment programmes in Mathematics, Science and en-

estimated R542 million in nominal terms between 2019

gineering and in certain [cases] a maximum of three

and 2023.

years’ funding is provided to specific beneficiaries.

The company chosen to construct the new routes has

“An example of a project type in this category is TRAC

promised procurement compliance by the contractors,

South Africa which supports Science, Applied Mathemat-

their suppliers and sub-contractors to meet economic

ics and technology education in South African second-

development obligations.

ary schools. The programme enables and encourages

Furthermore, an estimated R206 million is expected to be channelled to lower income households through job creation; a township incubation programme geared towards upskilling; and providing support to township

Public Sector Manager • October 2017

learners to enter into careers in science, engineering and technology,” he explained. Community care projects are those that focus on farming initiatives, orphans and vulnerable children,



women empowerment and centres for abused women

New trains

and people living with disabilities.

Because of increased passenger demand, particularly during peak hours, MEC Vadi announced recently that

Resounding success story The R26.5 billion Gautrain has been a resounding success

12 new trains have been ordered. “The acquisition of 12 new trains over the next 36

story for Gauteng, not least for its clean coaches and

months will help to alleviate congestion that Gautrain

punctual trains.

passengers experience in the morning and evening

A 2014 economic impact study reported that 121 800

peaks,” he said.

jobs were created during its construction, running from

“Three successful pre-qualified bidders for the new

2006 to 2012. This figure represents 2.5 percent of the total

rolling stock have been named: Bombardier Transpor-

formal employment in Gauteng in 2013.

tation, CRRC E-Loco Supply and Egoli Rail Consortium,”

Of those jobs, 34 800 were created directly during

he added.

construction, while 87 000 jobs were created indirectly through service suppliers. The Gautrain contributed around R20 billion to Gaut-

Concession agreement The Gautrain is run by the project’s private partner, the

eng’s economy during construction, and since full opera-

Bombela Concession Company, which has a 20-year

tion, it has contributed some R1.7 billion to the province’s

concession agreement with the Gauteng government,


with a 15-year operating and maintenance arrange-

Several businesses moved their offices closer to the Sandton and Rosebank stations. This translates into a

ment. The original 2005 Concession Agreement with Bomb-

R10 billion investment in new developments and up-

ela indicated that the amount of revenue from pas-

grades to retail spaces around the stations, and a

sengers would not cover the revenue required to

R12.9 billion increase in property values.

run the train. As a result, the Gauteng province

The first train ran in June 2010, from the airport to Johannesburg, and catered for the FIFA World Cup visitors that year. Now, seven years on, 24 trains service Gauteng commuters. In the 2016/17 financial year, 6 000 people were employed by Gautrain.


provides revenue support in the form of a Patronage Guarantee. “To date, the revenue from passengers has been enough to cover Bombela’s operating and maintenance costs and is close to that forecast at the time,” says Jensen.

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Making SA investor friendly

President Jacob Zuma wit h Western Cape Economic Development MEC Alan Winde, City of Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille and Trade and Industr y Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe at t he opening of t he Invest SA One Stop Shop.


outh Africa is pulling out all the stops to entice investors and make their experience of doing business in the country a hassle-free one.

The Invest South Africa (Invest SA) One Stop Shop in the

it easier for investors to do business in South Africa. President Zuma said for a long time the investor community complained about being met with bureaucratic hurdles from the state, which made it difficult for them to

Western Cape, which was launched recently by President

do business. Invest SA is government’s concrete response

Jacob Zuma, will go a long way in helping to achieve this.

to these concerns.

The President said the launch of the centre, where inves-

“The idea of One Stop Shops is simple. All key regula-

tors can access a variety of services from government

tory and administrative departments and agencies are

departments and agencies under one roof, is an indica-

housed in a single location to provide an integrated

tion of how all three spheres of government can collabo-

service to investors. This is happening for the first time in

rate to cut red tape.

our history.”

He added that government, business and organised labour needed to ensure that this positive trajectory was

Reducing red tape


The One Stop Shops provide a convenient, professional service for setting up a business.

Putting the economy first

All an investor needs to do is to make an appointment

“Creating an environment where the economy can grow,

with the relevant government representative at the One

and jobs can be created for our people, comes first for

Stop Shop to explain the services required and the gov-

our government. Our people do need jobs, they need

ernment representative provides guidance and support

to be able to put food on the table. Young people need

to the investor.

jobs, they are sitting at home with degrees and diplomas.

Key Departments such as Home Affairs, Labour, Environ-

“It is for this reason that we are focusing on creating the

mental Affairs, Trade and Industry and agencies such as

right environment for investments into the economy from

the Companies Intellectual Property Commission, South

abroad and from within the country,” said the President.

African Revenue Service and a visa facilitation service,

It is against this backdrop, of putting the economy first, that government is establishing One Stop Shops to make


are available at the One Stop Shop. “From permits to water or electricity services, tax issues,

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licensing – it should be easy for an investor to get all

urgency. It is simply not sufficient to say we have the

these services under one roof. Officials at the One Stop

NDP anymore. We need to move faster to implement it,”

Shops are trained and briefed to provide such specialist

he added.

advisory services. “They are meant to help potential investors find all services under one roof. Our intention is to unblock and

Government is accelerating the implementation of the NDP because it believes that it is the only plan that will lead to inclusive growth and help create jobs.

reduce red tape in government.” This is an approach that is achieving the required results. “Since the launch of the national One Stop Shop on 17 March this year, we have seen a significant improvement in the overall investor facilitation and after service. “If we continue in this direction, we will continue to see results and achieve the growth rates envisaged in the National Development Plan (NDP), added the President. The NDP envisages that the combined investment

Nine-Point Plan The meeting agreed on clear implementation timelines for the key structural reforms related to the Nine-Point Plan to reignite economic growth. The Nine-Point Plan prioritises action in a number of areas. There is an increased focus on industrialisation, mining and beneficiation, agriculture and agro-processing, energy, small, medium as well as micro enterprises, at-

by the private and public sectors rises from the current

tracting investments, growing the oceans economy

levels of around 19 percent of gross domestic product

and tourism.

to 30 percent by 2030.

In addition, cross-cutting areas such as science and

Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwan-

technology, water and sanitation, infrastructure, trans-

ishe said since the launch of the national Invest SA cen-

port infrastructure and broadband roll-out have also

tre, 101 walk-ins had been recorded at the centre and

been prioritised.

277 investor consultations had been done. Four investor

A specific programme also focuses on the develop-

blockages were identified, escalated to the relevant

ment of black industrialists, as part of promoting radical

departments and they were later resolved.

socio-economic transformation. This initiative aims to expand the industrial base of the country and grow the

Overcoming challenges

economy by bringing the majority to productive sectors

President Zuma said government acknowledged that

such as manufacturing.

investors, both foreign and domestic, as well as other

“The Economic Cluster has produced measures

business owners, shared concerns about the state of

to add impetus to the Nine-Point Plan,” the President

the country’s economy.


“These concerns include the continued slow econom-

While Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has announced

ic growth, rising government debt, and poor perfor-

some of these measures, more are expected when he

mance by some state-owned companies and enterpris-

delivers the Mid-term Policy Statement.

es. We share these concerns. They are our concerns too, and we are taking steps to address them,” he stressed. To address these challenges and formulate concrete measures to turn the situation around, the President

While there is no denying the challenges facing the economy, the President stressed that it was not all doom and gloom. “Our country is doing well on many fronts and life is

convened a meeting of the Economic Cluster Ministers

improving for many people on a daily basis, as basic

earlier in the year.

services are extended on an ongoing basis. We need to

“I called the meeting to also communicate to the Ministers that we need to act with a strong measure of

Public Sector Manager • October 2017

unite as South Africans and put our country first,” he urged.



Vibrant communities living on well located land


Building partnerships to create integrated sustainable human settlements



The HDA has established a reputation for delivery on time and within budget.

The Agency is responsible for implementing a number of projects across the country and these include mega projects such as the N2 Gateway Project in the Western Cape and Zanemvula Project in the Eastern Cape.

The HDA is responsible for the revitalisation programme for 22 mining towns.

The Agency is tasked with catalytic projects worth over R340 billion that will deliver 1, 5 million houses.

The HDA has developed project implementation support capacity that is extremely effective in supporting all spheres of government in implementing integrated human settlements programmes.

The HDA and the Department of Human Settlements are responsible for the Master Spatial Plan which seeks to change and transform apartheid spatial planning.


In excess of 68 000 hectares of land has been identified for sustainable human settlements.

The HDA has facilitated the release of over 11 000 hectares of state-owned land for human settlements development.

• •

Developed Land and Property Spatial Information System (LAPSIS) and the National Human Settlements Land Index (NaHSLI) which are proving to be invaluable tools in land identification and planning services. The Priority Housing Development Areas policy and regulations have been gazetted.

A total of 17 Implementation Protocols with Provinces and Municipalities have been formalised and signed.

Five Medium Term Operational Plans arising from the implementation protocols have been signed with Northern Cape, Limpopo, Free State, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.


In 2014, the Minister of Human Settlements pronounced that the HDA must become a fully-fledged property development agency.

This means not only concerning itself with acquiring and preparing land, but to be a developer and project manager as well as assist municipalities and any other sphere of government that might require support.

Developers are responsible for conceptualising, funding, planning, coordination and managing the process of property development from beginning to end.

This means converting plans, needs and ideas into property including adding value and taking risks.

This can include the acquisition of land, planning, design, financing and construction, selling or managing.


Accessing land for human settlements projects.

Packaging of human settlements projects.

Establishing delivery partnerships with the private sector.

Mobilising, coordinating and investing funds on behalf of the public sector.

Facilitating the resolution of blockages.

Monitoring the implementation of human settlements projects.


Catalytic projects are mega, high impact integrated and sustainable human settlements that clearly demonstrate spatial, social and economic integration in support of the National Development Plan.

The HDA is tasked with the overall project management of these projects that span all the country’s nine provinces. These will see the delivery of over 1, 5 million houses.

So far, a total of 48 public sector catalytic projects have been approved and are at various stages of implementation whilst the private sector projects are yet to be given a nod.

These are projects comprising at least 10 000 housing units and 5 000 informal settlements upgrades, projects that will have a significant impact on the environment.


These catalytic projects are being implemented on the back of a solid track record that the HDA has established over the years.

Zanemvula Housing Poject in the Eastern Cape is a national government priority project meant to address the housing needs of approximately 10 000 families in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in an integrated manner. When complete, the project will deliver 13 500 habitable and affordable houses.

So far, a total of 21 265 housing opportunities have been provided to the people of Nelson Mandela through the project. This consists of 12 137 serviced sites and 9 128 completed houses. If you look at the target of providing 13 500 houses, we are 4 372 houses short.

On the other hand, the N2 Gateway Housing Project in the Western Cape has benefitted approximately 59 544 people to date with 13 431 houses having been completed since the inception of the project in 2005.

A total of 13 232 of these houses have been handed over to beneficiaries and this number would increase to 16 977 by the end of the 20172018 financial year.

The services of the HDA have also been sought out by the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements, the Northern Cape Department of Human Settlements, and KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements where the Agency is responsible for project managing some of the province’s strategic projects.

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Esteemed local historian honoured Professor Charles van Onselen was awarded t he Human Sciences Researc h Council's Medal for Social Sciences and Humanities.


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esearch Professor Charles van Onselen is an internationally renowned researcher, historian, prolific writer and the recipient of many prestigious awards.

And now he has one more award to add to the very

long list.

and history,” he says. “I define my own topics that are important in the formative period of South African history, especially the period after 1860 up to World War II and the high point of imperialism, post-mineral discovery, state formation and

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) presented its Medal for Social Sciences and Humanities to the historian recently.

industrialisation.” He regards the HSRC award as a sign that there is an appreciation of how, by studying the past, we can de-

The award honours him for producing the most out-

velop a better understanding of where we currently find

standing contribution in the field of the social sciences

ourselves and develop appropriate ways of addressing

and humanities.

an uncertain future.

Accepting the award, Rhodes and Oxford Universityeducated Van Onselen said it was “a singular distinction

Too few humanities graduates

to have one’s work recognised by so august a body”,

As a lecturer, Van Onselen wanted to teach his students

adding that he was greatly honoured and touched by

that history and thinking crosses national borders, which

the award.

are always shifting. History and the teaching thereof in

“But … while an award is bestowed upon an individual, the recipient can only be as good as the intellectual environment in which he or she operates, and that

South Africa is a pretty poor state of affairs, says Van Onselen. “Part of the tragedy of modern, deeply disturbed

enables them to aspire to excel-

southern Africa is not that we have too

lence,” he added.

many graduates in the humanities and

A-rating Van Onselen is one of the few Arated scholars in the social sciences and humanities in South Africa. The HSRC’s sister organisation,

“In his work he has breathed life into the dry bones of history”

the National Research Foundation (NRF), rates scientists through an

social sciences, but that we have too few trained to the requisite levels in big business and the corporate world, in the civil service and the municipalities, in law-enforcement agencies and the judiciary, in parliament and politics and in our universities. “The overwhelming burden of the

international peer-review system. The NRF explains that

everyday challenges that leaders in those stressed institu-

A-rated researchers’ peers recognise them as leading

tions now face on a daily basis have at least as much –

international scholars in their respective fields for the high

often far more – to do with a need for an intelligent read-

quality and impact of recent research outputs.

ing of individual and collective human behaviour as they

Van Onselen describes the rating system as a “calibra-

play out in society and a contested political economy

tion of standing in the scholarly community”. It confirms

than they have to do with the usual, often mindless, man-

that a researcher’s work is liked, read and rated. The

tras that are routinely recited about the need for more

rating, which is reviewed every five years, comes with an

Maths, Science and technology.”

annual grant so that the recipient can continue doing high-level research. “I found history and it found me in the 1960s when

He adds that while the corporate world might be filled with chartered accountants and MBAs – all undoubtedly desirable and necessary –much of their time is taken up

African countries were gaining independence and

by questions and answers about inequality, business

exploring what independence and colonialism was

ethics, labour relations and social justice.

about. With decolonisation I became interested in politics

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The sheer scale of the plight of the human



condition is daunting and setting things right involves “harnessing Science and technology in new and

Mozambique and South Africa. In the citation Professor Vasu Reddy delivered before

imaginative ways, but the core problems often lie more

Van Onselen was presented with his medal, Reddy said:

squarely in the fields of education or the humanities and

“His work displays an ongoing inquiry into investigating

the social sciences.

and interpreting the past. He digs, he searches, he dis-

“If we are to improve the standing of the humanities

covers, he questions and he seeks to understand ‘truths’

and the social sciences in this

of that past whether through characters,

country we simply can no longer

ideas, issues, and events. “As a historian of southern African and

afford to tolerate a largely archaic and dysfunctional system

transnational history, Professor van Onse-

of primary school education.”

len stands in a league of his own.”

He added that the bedrock of

He added that Van Onselen’s work

good reading and fine writing is

is shaped by and founded upon an

of special importance to those

impeccable scientific base that gener-

devoted to growing the humanities

ates important scholarly and public

and the social sciences.

interest in the topics and issues that he writes about.

“If we do not improve the education of children in primary school

Van Onselen “brilliantly musters

and then follow it through into ado-

secondary sources and his own

lescence – in the high schools – and

speculations with often limited

beyond that, into young adulthood,

primary documents, represented by

at the universities, we will continue to

his ground-breaking and pioneering

lag behind our counterparts in the

work,” said Reddy. “He is a scholar

scientific world,” says Van Onselen. With him no longer teaching, Van

who writes as he breathes. In his work he has breathed life into the dry bones of history.”

Onselen’s time is devoted to research and writing now.

An international drama series based on two of Van

His latest book, titled “The Capitalist Cowboy: John Hays

Onselen’s acclaimed books are at an advanced plan-

Hammond, the American West and the Jameson Raid”

ning state. Rights have been secured for “Showdown at

published by Jonathan Ball and Co hit the bookshelves

the Red Lion: The Life and Times of Jack McLoughlin” and

recently. He says he is now interested in the link between

“Masked Raiders: Irish Banditry in Southern Africa”.

Van Onselen's works include : • Chibaro: African Mine Labour in Southern Rhodesia 1900-1933” published by Pluto Press in 1976”. • “New Babylon and New Nineveh: Studies in the Social and Economic History of the Witwatersrand, 1886-1914”. • “Small Matter of a Horse: The Life of 'Nongoloza' Mathebula, 1867–1948”. • “The Seed is Mine: The Life of Kas Maine, A South African Sharecropper, 1894-1985 ”. • “The Fox and the Flies; The World of Joseph Silver, Racketeer and Psychopath”. • “Masked Raiders; Irish Banditry in Southern Africa”. • “Showdown at the Red Lion; The Life and Times of Jack McLoughlin, 1858-1910”. • “Life and Times of Jack McLoughlin, 1859-1910”. • “Masked Raiders: Irish Banditry in Southern Africa, 1880-1899”.


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into new roles


hen first appointed, many managers and ex-

everyday interactions? For example, when I introduce

ecutives have a mix of excitement, exhilaration

myself to others, what do I mention first or highlight

and a bit of anxiousness about their new role.

about myself?

It is good to have a bit of anxiety and some adrenalin to stay alert to all the signals, information and intelligence about their new role, hence the value of onboarding. Onboarding is the process of introducing a new team

2. What are my core strengths, especially relating to this new role? Why me? Justify to self, first. 3. In my new role, what am I going to be doing on a daily basis (job specification/description)? I am

member, manager, leader or another role-player into an

aware that I will need to understand what I am doing

existing or new team. Onboarding needs careful thought

and speak to my senior/team about it.

and planning to be executed successfully. How a team leader, manager or executive (or even a board mem-

4. What is the low-lying fruit that I must pick first, for example team members who I already know well?

ber) gets introduced, or introduces themselves to their

5. Who exactly is in my team? What do I know, or need

new team, can sometimes make or break their impact

to know, about each one of them beyond CVs?

in that team. In many cases, it certainly determines how

6. What are my team’s strengths? What are the gaps?

soon they can start making a positive impact as a team

What new ideas do I introduce; when and how?

member or leader.

7. Who else do I report to? Who will be responsible for

Below are a few highlights of what we must consider when we start working with a new team or at a new organisation. These carefully selected reflective tips and

8. What are the critical areas of my performance? What are my key performance areas and why? This is necessary to deploy your strength successfully. 9. What is it that I cannot do without early on - those

questions are often used by

things I need to execute my duties, without which I

business coaches to assist

cannot succeed.

high-level executives seam-

10. What is it that I must stop immediately? For example,

lessly start working with their

browsing the internet, social media habits, corridor

new teams.

chit-chatting, writing long email messages to my

These tips and questions vary

team or to individuals, holding long meetings, etc.

in emphasis depending on each organisational scenario or situation, and executives or managers can use some and not necessarily all of them. 1. Who am I? How do I define and describe myself in


verifying my work; who is in authority?

11. What are the rules of play I need to know now, in this place? For example:  What is the core business strategy? What is the organisational or team culture?  What is the shadow culture? What existing patterns

Public Sector Manager • October 2017

and behaviours need to be stopped now?  What are the team’s values? What are the informal rules and values?  Who are the opinion makers? Who are the informal leaders,

coaches and mentors?

 Who are the “workplace parents” and who are the “office children”? Time to empower everyone.  What are the possible blind sides for leaders in this role?  What new things do I need to introduce or do differently to inspire the team?  What exemplary behaviours/patterns must I start modelling? For example, arriving at work earlier than before.

questions when others offer their views.  Not everyone will have your best interests at heart. Be decisive and firm when you need to be.

Other tips to help you find your feet in your new position include:  Do thorough research and read a lot upfront. What exactly is this new role I’m starting?  During the first few weeks avoid offering opinions. Ask more questions to become informed.  Learn from others and share your experiences in a measured manner. Do not smother others.  Notice - who are the key stakeholders in my operating environment?  Notice - who relies on my or my team’s performance to deliver on theirs?  Notice - who do I need to impress the most?  Notice - “headline stories” that team members are eager to share are not always accurate.  Notice - loud-speakers. Take everything you hear upfront as just input; nothing is the truth.  Read every HR file on your team members. Know their

 Who wanted your job/role in your team? You need to work with them. Can you? What is your plan or strategy to work well with them?  First nurture (protect) yourself. Manage your work energy and space carefully. Most new managers tend to take on too much in an effort to impress new bosses.  Do not volunteer too much. Limit your other involvements to stay focused until you fully grasp your new responsibilities. This includes your non-work-related engagements.  Find a sounding board. For example, work with a mentor or coach to help you settle in and excel.  Push yourself to your performance limits. Show up and be at your very best.  Be awesome now; do not put your greatness on hold. Take from these lists what is useful for you and your situation. Use whatever is relevant to you and enjoy your new adventure.

strengths and areas of development.  Be cautious around the eager beavers who have ready answers for every question you ask.  Avoid being ‘set-up’ to appear to be supportive of a particular ‘group’. Check everything first.  Remain curious. Speak up firmly and ask incisive

Public Sector Manager • October 2017

*Dr Magadlela is an executive coach and senior member of faculty at The Coaching Centre. He is also a programme manager in the Pan African Capacity Building Programme based at the Development Bank of Southern Africa.


MOOVERS AND SHAKERS The LA Group of Companies has since its inception become a leader in the events management industry. The company comprises of Lounge Around, MOOVE Exhibition & Event Supplies, LA Weddings and 3D Deco – and is positioned in the top 2 companies in South Africa, within its sector. The LA Group of Companies specialises in boutique furniture rental and supplying customised furniture and decor for a diverse range of events. As Level 1 and Level 2 B-BBEE contributors, the company is dedicated to growing the businesses in line with South Africa’s employment equity goals. They currently employ 105 people across various departments.

LOUNGE AROUND Acquired in 2013, Lounge Around is a premium furniture hire company that has grown into a reputable, profitable and dynamic brand that services many prestigious events, including the presidential inauguration in 2014. The company’s success can be attributed to their vision of creating the definitive lounge experience, focusing on exceptional quality, service excellence and innovation. In keeping with this vision, they design pieces that are aesthetically appealing and physically comfortable.

LA WEDDINGS LA Weddings specialises in all things weddings, including executive wedding planning, co-ordination and styling. The company ensures that each event is individually designed according to the client’s specifications, with a focus on creative flair and meticulous attention to detail.

3D DECO A fairly recent addition to the LA Group of Companies, 3D Deco specialises in event-exhibition stretch decor and draping. This successful business has been in operation for over 16 years.

DIDI WALENG-FRIEDMAN CEO of the LA Group, Didi Waleng-Friedman is a passionate, motivated entrepreneur. A true inspiration to all those that work with her, Didi strives to empower women wherever possible. A seasoned entrepreneur having been in business since the age of 23, Didi is a prime example of the fact that perseverance, resilience and hard work do make that dream come true. Didi is on a personal mission to instill entrepreneurship in the youth of South Africa. “We create magic” is clearly evident throughout the LA Group as well as in her daily life.

JOEY FRIEDMAN MD of the LA Group, Joey Friedman at the age of 26 is a motivated, driven and forward thinking young man. He has introduced all that is essential for the LA Group’s success. As MD, Joey’s tenacity and ambition will enable him to continue the growth of the different brands. He is hands on at an operational level and makes every effort to empower his team in order to improve their position within the company. “Promote from within” has proven to be successful and has transformed many employees’ lives.

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Friday flash food


fter a long week at work, on a Friday the last thing

Steak/lamb fold over

1/2 cucumber (diced)


1 tbsp coriander (coarsely

1 tbsp vegetable oil


“What’s for supper?” Friday is all

1 onion (diced)

1/2 medium head lettuce (thinly

about finding the quick fix in the

3/4 tsp salt, divided


kitchen. Ditch the takeout and try

1 1/4 tsp ground cumin, divided

1/4 red onion (thinly sliced)

some of these quick cost-effective

500g steak or lamb (chopped into

meals that also pack a punch in

bite-sized cubes)


taste and will definitely be a winner

4 pieces naan bread

Heat oil in a large frying pan over

with the entire family.

1/2 cup yogurt

medium to high heat. Add the


on your mind should be:

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onion, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and one teaspoon cumin. Simmer and stir

Chicken tacos Ingredients

Plain yoghurt (To drizzle) 6 taco shells

occasionally until the onions are

For the filling:


1 tbsp vegetable oil


½ onion (chopped)

Heat the oil over medium-high

season with 1/4 teaspoon salt.

500g chicken breast (cubed)

heat in a pan and sauté the onion.

Sauté until cooked through and

1 garlic clove (minced)

Add the meat and continuously


1 chilli (stemmed and chopped)

stir, add the garlic and chilli and

½ tsp salt

cook until the garlic is soft. Add

1 tsp chilli powder

the salt, chili powder, black pep-

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

per, cumin, and a few drops of

cumber, coriander, 1/4 teaspoon

1/4 tsp ground cumin

water. Mix well, and cook until well

cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

For the tacos:


Stir to combine and set aside. On

1 avocado (peeled and diced)

each naan, place a handful of

1 chilli (finely chopped, only add if

chicken, avocado, tomato and red

lettuce followed by the meat and

you prefer it spicy)

onion in each taco shell.

a couple teaspoons of the sauce.

Handful of coriander (chopped)

Top with some red onion over the

½ cup red onion (finely chopped)

der over. Drizzle with some plain

sauce. Serve warm.

½ cup chopped tomato


Add the steak or lamb and

Wrap the naan in foil and heat in preheated oven for five minutes. In a bowl, place the yogurt, cu-

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To assemble the tacos, put

Sprinkle some chilli and corian-



Beef burger sliders Bee

Worcestershire sauce, onion mixture,



salt and pepper, and mix well. Build 24

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.

1 onion, (finely chopped)

small patties.

Add the chicken spices to the

1 tbsp vegetable oil 2 garlic cloves, (minced) 1 kg minced beef

Cook burgers on medium heat in a pan as desired. Place the burgers on the slider rolls

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

and add toppings.

Salt and pepper

Chicken and mushroom pizza

24 small slider rolls Toppings

chicken. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and toss in the chicken cubes. Sauté for five minutes and then remove from heat. Place the pizza base on a large flat baking sheet. Spread mayonnaise all over the


base and cover with mozzarella

Grated cheese

1 tbsp olive oil

cheese. Scatter the mushrooms,


1 chicken fillet (diced)

chicken and tomatoes over the

Gherkins (sliced)

1 large pizza base

pizza base.

Half a cup mushrooms (sliced)

Add one more layer of cheese


125g mozzarella (grated)

and top with dollops of mayon-

Heat the oil over medium to high heat

Handful of cherry tomatoes (chopped

naise around the pizza. Spread the

in a pan and sauté the onion.

in half)

chives over and pop the pizza into

Add garlic and cook 30 seconds

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the oven for 8 - 10 minutes until the


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Dr Moshibudi Rampedi Chief Executive Officer, South African National Biodiversity Institute Dr Moshibudi Rampedi has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). Prior to her appointment, she was Deputy Director-General for Forestry and Natural Resources Management at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Rampedi offers a combination of education, technical and management expertise in the public sector and experience as a diplomat. She holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of South Africa, along with an Environmental Management Diploma from Home Study College. Rampedi obtained a Master of Science in Ecology from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Honours in Botany from the University of Fort Hare and a Bachelor of Pedagogics in Science from the University of Fort Hare. Her global experience in multilateral and bilateral relations includes representing South Africa in the United Nations Fora, SADC countries, Europe, North and South America, Asia and other countries such as New Zealand, Ethiopia, Kenya, Qatar, Côte d’Ivoire, the Central African Republic, Tunisia and Morocco. In her new role, she will be expected to continue with the reputable work of SANBI as a reference body for Biodiversity Management nationally and internationally.

Mziwonke Dlabantu Chief Executive Officer, National Home Builders Registration Council The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has appointed Mziwonke Dlabantu as Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 October 2017. He has more than 20 years' experience in the public service, with expertise in the human settlements sector, as well as strategic and financial management. Dlabantu, who is a chartered accountant by profession, has served in various government departments. Most recently, he was the Director-General of the Department of Public Works. His career started in Bisho, in the Eastern Cape, as an articled clerk at accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand, which is now part of PriceWaterhouse Coopers, in 1988. He then joined the Department of State Expenditure, which is now known as National Treasury, and served as Director of Fiscal Affairs Transport and Communication. He was also Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Housing, now known as the Department of Human Settlements, and the Department of Defence before joining the Department of Public Works. As the new CEO, Dlabantu will be expected to be actively involved in the implementation of a turnaround plan aimed at ensuring policy alignment and operational effectiveness. Part of this plan is to respond to the housing backlog, as identified by the Minister of Human Settlements.

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Crucial Mentoring Conversations by Niël Steinmann

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The need for mentorship is greater than ever before.

“Doing business in Uber times” has become a meta-

However, informal mentoring has not kept up with the

phor for doing business in a digital world of algorithms,

challenges in business. In his latest book on mentoring,

automation, artificial intelligence and non-stop disrup-

Niël Steinmann, suggests a structured and intentional

tion. Organisations everywhere are being forced to

approach to mentoring, called crucial mentoring con-

operate in a fast-changing, high-speed environment.


Business models are being challenged and trusted

He explains: “Our success in life is dictated by the quality of relationships we can build and maintain.

values questioned, while operational margins are severely depressed.

Parents, teachers and leaders from any career, profes-

Never before has organisation design been so

sional, or educational setting are now challenged to

important for businesses, HR and leaders. Demo-

successfully navigate mentoring relationships.”

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The book is rich with advice and explores the various conversations crucial for mentoring relationships. It will help you hold deeper and more honest conversations that create new levels of self-awareness and op-

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portunities for those you mentor to transform situations

anticipate mega-trends and changes; learn how to

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tate this awareness and learning in ways that enrich,

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performance feedback, developing strengths and how

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to manage productive relationships and networks both personally and professionally.

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About the author

Chairperson of 21st Century, a special-


Niël Steinmann is a

ist reward consul-

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many multinational

In 1999 he founded Peo-

companies, and is

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Supplied by: Government Employees Medical Sc heme

Early detection key in childhood cancers


etween 800 and 1 000 South

assistance immediately if your child

the side-effects of treatment such as

African children under the age

displays some of the common early

chemotherapy when compared to

of 15 are diagnosed with can-

warning signs. These may include:

adults. However, in certain instances,

Continued, unexplained weight-

chemotherapy and radiation can


cause long-term side effects and

cer each year. Most children can be treated suc-

cessfully if the disease is detected at

Headaches, generally accompa-

children with cancer will therefore

an early stage, which highlights the

nied by vomiting, often occurring

require regular follow-ups throughout

importance of parents and child-

in the early morning or evening.

their lives.

minders having some awareness

of childhood cancers and possible symptoms.

Early warning signs

Public awareness regarding the

Increased swelling or pain in the bones, joints, back or legs.

Stem cell donations

A lump or mass in the abdomen,

While the chances of finding a donor

neck, chest, pelvis or armpits.

match for someone with leukaemia or

Development of excessive bruis-

other life threatening blood diseases

ing, bleeding or a rash.

are low (around one in 100 000), it is

Constant infections.

possible that you could be a match

cancer is vital because

A whitish colour behind the pupil.

and your bone marrow could poten-

early treatment is criti-

Persistent nausea or vomiting with-

tially save someone’s life.

symptoms of childhood


out experiencing actual nausea.

Cancers in children

tend to differ from those found in

adults, most often occurring in the developing cells

While family members, and siblings

Constant tiredness or noticeable

in particular, are generally the most


suitable donors, only a small percent-

Eye or vision changes that occur

age of patients have a compatible

suddenly and then persist.

sibling match, and around 70 percent

Recurrent fevers of an unknown

of patients will require an unrelated


donor match.

such as in the tis-

Any healthy person between the

sues of the bone


ages of 18 and 45 can become

marrow, blood,

Childhood cancers require specialist

a bone marrow donor. All that is

kidneys and

treatment by a paediatric oncolo-

required is a small sample of blood,

nervous system.

gist. Treatment options vary and will

which is then sent to a specialised

depend upon the type of cancer and

laboratory for tissue typing. Follow-

of cancer may

how far it has advanced. Treatment

ing that, the results are then placed

occur in children

may include chemotherapy, surgery,

on The South African Bone Marrow

and these may

radiation treatment, or a combination


Different types

cause a variety

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of symptoms. It is,

plants may form part of the treatment

To become a donor, call

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Writer: Ashref Ismail

New Honda CR-V is a recipe for success


Public Sector Manager • October 2017


he fourth-generation Honda CR-V

CR-V features a striking exterior design

is the world’s best-selling SUV with

and a more spacious, quieter cabin

cumulative global sales of nine

with extended rear legroom and an

million units in more than 150 countries.

expanded cargo compartment. As has

And it’s not difficult to see why, as Honda

become the Honda norm, the latest

has always been known for producing

CR-V’s pricing adopts an all-inclusive

high quality products with an enviable

strategy, ensuring strong value too.

reputation for reliability and durability.

The cabin execution is even smarter

Making its South African debut, the

than before, with enhanced ergonom-

all-new fifth-generation CR-V is set to

ics and materials, while ease of entry

extend that success even further. The

and exit is the best in the class. The CR-

latest version is the most advanced,

V’s two-mode floor allows the interior to

spacious and sophisticated iteration of

be configured in a variety

the popular compact SUV to date.

of ways to reflect individual require-

From a local perspective, it builds on

ments. In addition, the infotainment

a successful track record stretching

systems have been upgraded with

back over more than 20 years, when

extended functionality.

the CR-V pioneered the compact SUV sector in South Africa.

The drivetrain offering includes the option of a high-efficiency turbocharged engine for the first time in the

Striking design

CR-V. The four-cylinder, forced-induction

Completely redesigned and re-engi-

engine delivers exceptional power

neered from the ground up, the Honda

and torque output across a broad

A sumptuous interior complements t he elegant interior.

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Looking good from all angles, the Honda CR-V now has the go to matc h the show.

sive models break new ground for the CR-V by offering turbocharged power for the first time. The 1 498cc turbo engine is equipped with programmed, direct fuel injection, variable valve timing to deliver 140/kW of maximum power at 5 600 r/min, together with 240Nm of maximum torque in a broad band between 2 000 and 5 000 r/min. The new turbo engine is accompanied by Honda’s CVT gearbox, but is linked to an intelligent Real

rev range, benefiting performance and tractability, while also achieving impressive economy figures. The new CR-V is based on a com-

in the process. The Honda CR-V is offered with a

Time AWD system that seamlessly transfers power from the front to the

choice of two drivetrains. The 2.0

rear wheels when additional trac-

Comfort and 2.0 Elegance models

tion is required.

pletely new platform architecture,

are powered by a refined version

The all-wheel drive system deliv-

allowing the newcomer to achieve

of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder i-VTEC

ers the efficiency and economy of

significant gains in overall ride qual-

petrol engine employed in the previ-

front-wheel drive on normal sur-

ity and refinement, as well as crisper

ous CR-V.

faces, but offers additional traction,

steering response, enhanced ride

The normally aspirated unit is

composure and peace of mind

comfort, and more composed han-

equipped with variable valve timing

when travelling on compromised

dling. The result is a vehicle that’s

and programmed fuel injection,

surfaces such as wet roads or

more polished and more engaging

and has a rated maximum power

gravel tracks.

to drive.

output of 113kW at 6 500 r/min,

Make room The Honda CR-V boasts a cabin

The Honda CR-V range consists of

combined with a torque peak of

four models, comprising a choice

189 Nm at 4 300 r/min.

of two engines and four specifica-

The 1 997cc engine is linked to

tion levels. All four models feature

that is significantly more spacious,

Honda’s highly regarded Continu-

Honda’s latest-generation CVT.

thanks to an increase in the wheel-

ously Variable Transmission (CVT)

There is also a choice of front-wheel

base, as well as wider front and rear

with G-Shift control logic, which

drive and intelligent all-wheel drive.

tracks. The result is a meaningful

provides all the convenience of an

increase in total interior volume.

automatic gearbox, but optimises

away from the fuddy-duddy and

Rear passenger legroom has been

It is good to see Honda moving

the drive ratio for the particular

sometimes quirky designs of the

boosted by a full nine centimetre,

driving circumstances. The gearbox

past by offering a design language

and there is more shoulder room

also offers pre-set steps for manual

that is able to take the fight to the

both in the front and rear. The 60/40

selection. Drive is to the front wheels.

established rivals.

flat to expand cargo capacity, cre-

Breaking new ground

Technical information from

ating a completely flat loading floor

The 1.5T Executive and 1.5T Exclu-

Honda SA.

split rear bench seat can be folded


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MEC Speedy Mashilo and Govan Mbeki Executive Mayor, Cllr Flora Maboa-Boltman handing over a house to a beneficiary

INTEGRATED AND STRUCTURED DEVELOPMENT IN MPUMALANGA BEING REALISED The National Development Plan (NDP) has mandated the Department of Human Settlements to provide adequate

Extentions 6 and 8 and Sabie Extension 10; Siyanqoba Housing Development; Duvha Park; Rockdale North;

housing and integrated human settlements to eligible beneficiaries. What progress have you made on this front?

KwaZamokuhle; and Siyathuthuka.

The Department of Human Settlements’ Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) addresses the requirements of the NDP by ensuring that poor households have adequate housing in well located land; supporting the development of a residential property market that is functional and equitable and enhancing institutional capacity improvements so as to address spatial integrating targeting. In 2014 the Executive Council [EXCO] approved the Mpumalanga Human Settlements Master Plan, which serves as a guiding framework in the implementation of Sustainable Integrated Human Settlements during the current MTSF period. In line with the Master Plan, the department has delivered 49 959 housing opportunities and issued 24 794 title deeds during the MTSF period, which started in 2014. These have been achieved through the various housing policy instruments such as the (1) Integrated Residential Development [IRDP]; (2) enhanced People Housing Process [ePHP]; (3) Community Residential Units [CRUs]; (4) Social Housing; (5) Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme [FLISP]; (6) Military Veterans Programme and (7) Informal Settlements Upgrading Programme [UISP] – Serviced Sites. The department has been able to allocate most of the housing opportunities in integrated human settlements such as Tekwane South Extension 2; Tekwane North Extension 1; Emjindini Extensions 16, 17 and 18; Standerton Extension 8; Wesselton Extention 7; Mashishing

With October being Human Settlements Month, how will Mpumalanga’s Department of Human Settlements celebrate this auspicious occasion? There are few project hand-overs planned for the month, marketing and public relations activities through various media platforms and outreach programmes. We will continue with our monthly radio talk shows, marketing programmes and public relations exercises such as handing over of military veterans’ projects, visits to projects currently underway and we will also partner with stakeholders to support them in their social responsibilities activities, especially for the most vulnerable groups in society such as women, child-headed households, orphans and people with disabilities. There is a new noticeable trajectory in the realisation of integrated and structured development in Mpumalanga. To what do you attribute the department’s success and can you identify some of those successes? High numbers of houses delivered within a set period is construed as good performance, yet the responsive nature and quality of houses built (which ordinarily translates to quality of life) is less attended to; this at the expense of households meant to benefit in all government developmental initiatives. Contrary to the current norms and standards, role players across all spheres of government in general tend to monitor set targets – not quality nor pre-determined government objectives in as far as the creation of sustainable human settlements.

Military Veterans’ houses delivered at Siyanqoba BNG Project

What was of fundamental importance was the establishment of an efficient and effective delivery of human settlements development value chain in Mpumalanga Province and ensuring that accountability, monitoring and evaluation tools are used to ensure that the appointed service providers deliver quality houses in particular and in the process meet the expectations of the needy households and most vulnerable citizens in general. There are several new and exciting housing and settlement projects currently in the pipeline for the department. What are these? In Ehlanzeni District Municipal Area, these are: 1. H illsview Integrated Human Settlement – City of Mbombela Local Municipality; 2. R ockys Drift Integrated Human Settlement (Dingwell and Msholozi) – City of Mbombela Local Municipality; 3. M ataffin Precinct Integrated Human Settlement – City of Mbombela Local Municipality; 4. M jejane and Mjejane Extension 1 Integrated Human Settlement – Nkomazi Local Municipality; 5. K aMhlushwa Integrated Human Settlement – Nkomazi Local Municipality; 6. L ehumo Integrated Human Settlement – Bushbuckridge Local Municipality; 7. B urlington Integrated Human Settlement – Bushbuckridge Local Municipality; 8. R ooyboklaagte Integrated Human Settlement – Bushbuckridge Local Municipality; 9. L illydale Integrated Human Settlement – Bushbuckridge Local Municipality; and 10. Kumana Integrated Human Settlement – Bushbuckridge Local Municipality. In Gert Sibande District Municipal Area, these are: 1. Z ondagfontein and Landverwacht 282 IS Integrated Human Settlements – Govan Mbeki Local Municipality; 2. R ietspruit Integrated Human Settlement – Msukaligwa Local Municipality; 3. E kuthuleni Integrated Human Settlement – Govan Mbeki Local Municipality; 4. K empville Extension 2 Integrated Human Settlement – Mkhondo Local Municipality; 5. P iet Retief Extension 7 Integrated Human Settlement – Mkhondo Local Municipality; 6. G rootvlei Integrated Human Settlement – Dipaliseng Local Municipality; 7. A msterdam Integrated Human Settlement – Mkhondo Local Municipality;

A government subsidised house at Elukwatini, Chief Albert Luthuli Local Municipality

8. V ukuzakhe Integrated Human Settlement – Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Local Municipality; 9. P erdekop Integrated Human Settlement – Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Local Municipality; 10. A mosfort Integrated Human Settlement – Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Local Municipality; and 11. W akkerstroom Integrated Human Settlement – Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Local Municipality. In Nkangala District Municipal Area, these are: 1. K larinet Phase 2 Integrated Human Settlement – eMalahleni Local Municipality [CATALYTIC PROJECT] 2. R ondebosch Integrated Human Settlement – Steve Tshwete Local Municipality 3. N aauwpoort Integrated Human Settlement – eMalahleni Local Municipality. A forum to address the proliferation of informal settlements in Mpumalanga was recently established, supplemented by a countrywide roadshow. What interesting findings emerged from the forum, and has it helped people understand your bid to facilitate structured development? The province needs to develop a Provincial Informal Settlements Strategy and each municipality needs to develop its own strategy covering the entire municipality in order to adequately deal with the ever increasing challenges of mushrooming of informal settlements. The mining sector indirectly contributes towards the mushrooming of informal settlements and needs to be engaged as part of the corporate social responsibility to contribute towards the development of human settlements for their employees in line with the Mining Charter. The forum must meet once per quarter and in that way assist municipalities to better understand and learn best practices from other provinces on how they deal with the prevention and upgrading of informal settlements. What are some of the more immediate challenges that the Mpumalanga Department of Human Settlements is facing? 1. M ushrooming of informal settlements in some mining towns, 2. U navailability of bulk infrastructure affecting speedy delivery of integrated human settlements, 3. L and invasions in unplanned areas that are susceptible to natural disasters and land parcels earmarked for other socio-economic facilities, and 4. I llegal invasion of human settlements by those in need for housing opportunities closer to areas of work.



Klarinet Integrated Human Settlement, eMalahleni

MEC Mashilo handing over a title deed to a beneficiary at Victor Khanye Local Municipality

How important is the private sector and business community’s contribution to the department? And have you managed to establish successful partnerships with the private sector? The department and local municipalities have concluded agreements with a number of private entities wherein parties to the contracts are involved in the creation of Integrated Human Settlements. The partnerships in this regard entail the following: 1. T ownship establishment processes; 2. Servicing of sites; and 3. Construction of individual housing units comprising of different housing typologies. In this regard, the extent of partnerships entails amongst other components township establishment and servicing of sites on publicly owned land, construction of top structures and serviced sites that are fully funded by the mining houses and private entities such as SASOL Pty Ltd and MIB Pty Ltd in Govan Mbeki Municipal area as well as EXXARO Coal Mining Company and SOUTH32 Coal Mining Company in both eMalahleni and Steve Tshwete Local Municipalities. What processes does the department have in place to ensure effective project implementation? In the path to successful delivery of integrated human settlements, the department has been successful in establishing and affirming its role in ensuring access to adequate housing. The following issues are considered critical, therefore requiring the attention of the sector and necessary to ensure effective project implementation: 1. T he organisational structures across all spheres in the sector ought to be restructured and suitably qualified and experienced professionals need to be recruited. 2. H ouses may be reported as having been built whilst they are not [due to the lack of accountability, and pure corruption] and in other instances the quality of houses tend to be poor and substandard in nature, due to lack of monitoring and evaluation. 3. T he need for the devolution of the human settlement mandate to the local sphere of government remains a deciding factor in the creation of integrated sustainable human settlements.

Community Residential Units (CRU) at Emthonjeni, Emakhazeni Local Municipality

4. Q uality of the houses versus environmental quality. Houses ought to be built in areas where negative development issues such as inadequate levels of bulk infrastructure, sewer spillages, and poor road infrastructure conditions have been adequately addressed. 5. E nhanced working relations between human settlements departments and support institutions such as, amongst others, the NHBRC and the HDA is of paramount importance. 6. S upport institutions should be encouraged in terms of providing services ranging from warranty protection and regulating the industry to acting as the implementing agents in related place making activities such as project management, identification, acquisition and development of land for various human settlements related purposes. 7. S patial planning is one of the key instruments essential in bringing about the desired change in the creation of sustainable human settlements. 8. M easuring sustainable urban development is essential in supporting the formulation of transformative interventions aimed at sustainability and shared prosperity. 9. S trengthening municipal finance is considered just as important in addressing and responding to the government priorities in a manner that relates to what needy households expect from the government. Technology is rapidly changing the way the world operates. How are you ensuring a future-fit Mpumalanga Department of Human Settlements? The department uses tools such as the Geographic Information System (GIS) to visualise, plan, analyse, report and monitor progress on the ground. The department is currently in the process of implementing an enterprise GIS solution to centralise information and make it accessible through an online portal.


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Writer: Kat hr yn de Villiers Pictures: Kat hr yn de Villiers

Clear your head

in the Karoo T

hey call it a “skraalwind” be-

rocky outcrops that form crisp silhou-

National Park, situated just five kilo-

cause it gets in everywhere with

ettes, the narrow, dark ravines that

metres from Beaufort West.

a dry cold that cracks your skin

open onto rolling plains and a stag-

and burns your lungs as it greets you,

gering vastness that ingests endless

Spoilt for choice

blowing over the Great Karoo. Winter

sunlight and starlight alike.

There are Cape Dutch-style chalets

here is harsh and clean. There is no match for the grandeur of this arid wasteland – the sharp,

One of the best ways to experi-

of varying sizes for guests to choose

ence the purity of this immense and

from, but my family usually opts for

tranquil landscape is in the Karoo

one of the two-bedroom, six-sleeper, self-catering family cottages on our getaways. These are intimate enough to ensure family bonding during all activities in the open kitchen, dining and lounge area, but also large enough to break away to either one of the bedrooms when this loses its appeal. Smaller chalets are also available for groups of four (with a double sleeper couch and two single beds) or two (with a double bed), both


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with kitchens. The family and couple

Embizweni is a house built to ac-

units offer a selection of DStv chan-

commodate six guests and Afsaal

nels, and all rooms are equipped

Cottage is an upgraded shepherd’s

cellent vantage points for animal

with bedding and towels and are

hut, which can accommodate two

spotting and guests are advised to

serviced daily.

adults and two children.

make a stop at the top to enjoy the

Other than the chalets, the park

Both units are equipped with a

mitted holidaymakers). The Klipspringer Pass offers ex-

scenic lookout point, Rooivalle.

boasts 24 award-winning sites for

gas burner, fridge and outside

campers and caravans in a leafy,

braai area, and have solar-powered

dassies that dart across the rocks

green oasis, which is a stone’s throw

lights and geysers. They do not,

below, wildlife enthusiasts can

away from the main camp, each

however, offer cellphone reception,

marvel at the black eagles that

equipped with a 220V power point.

so take books, board games and

have made their nest and live in the

binoculars, and lose yourself in the


All campers have access to a communal kitchen and ablution

timeless landscape.

facilities, as well as laundry facilities.

Apart from watching the daring

The Nuweveld EcoTrail (90km) and Afsaal EcoTrail (13km) afford 4x4 en-

Washing machine and tumble drier


thusiasts the chance to venture off

tokens can be purchased at the

A great way to spend any day in the

the popular roads and experience

reception desk for R10 each.

park – and a definite family favour-

more remote areas of the Karoo National Park.

For 4x4 owners seeking a quieter

ite – is game-watching. This can be

getaway, both Embizweni and Afsaal

done from your own car, on foot or

offer a sleepover in the wilderness.

even your chalet stoep (for the com-

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Guided walks in the park cost R210 per person, and are available to



visitors wanting to hike the terrain

plateau, you are guaranteed to see

at the park necessitates electrified

before breakfast. These are sched-

some form of life, largely due to the

fencing around the perimeters of

uled for 6am in summer and 7am

fact that there are limited places for

the main camp, campsite and cara-

in winter, and are led by qualified

animals to hide.

van park, preventing any lengthy


The Karoo National Park is home

hikes, the enclosed roads are still

to a large array of birdlife, antelope

open for running and walking, and

early can try the guided night drives,

and smaller animals and even

are safe for children to play and ride

which are available to up to nine

boasts rhino and lions. A large map

their bicycles.

people at a time. These are the best

at reception is updated by rangers

chance visitors have of seeing the

to indicate species’ locations. Apart

the impressive Fossil Trail, which

nocturnal inhabitants of the park,

from the morning and night tours

boasts a number of display cases

such as bat-eared foxes, caracals

which the park provides at an ad-

and information plaques about the

and brown hyena. Adults will each

ditional fee, there is also a bird hide

fossil and geological history of the

be charged R210 for this experience,

a short stroll away from the chalets,


but for children under the age of 12,

as well as an Interpretive Centre with

the fee is R105 each.

its fauna and flora exhibitions near

Pack smart

the caravan and camp sites, both of

After many holidays at the Karoo

which are free.

National Park during my lifetime,

Those who prefer not to get up so

If you take your vehicle out during the day on the designated roads that wind across the plains and the


Although the wildlife contingency

Less sporty visitors can stroll along

I have learned that the most

Public Sector Manager • October 2017

valuable items to include in your suitcase are a camera, binoculars and a double adaptor. Sometimes it is also necessary to bring your own bottled drinking water as Karoo water takes some getting used to. When packing, guests are reminded that the weather can be scorching from December to February and bitingly cold on midwinter nights. There is a shop at the reception building that stocks a variety of necessities and comforts (edible and otherwise), and also sells everything necessary for braaiing at the chalets. Anything that you might re-

are served at the fully licensed a la

ders with other guests at the park.

quire over and above this selection

carte restaurant from 7am to 10am

Bookworms are strongly advised to

can be purchased from shops in

and 6pm to 9pm, respectively, and

bring their favourite companions

Beaufort West. Breakfast and dinner

provide the opportunity to rub shoul-


Who to contact: South African National Parks reservations Tel: +27 (0) 12 428 9111 Karoo National Park Tel: +27 (0) 23 415 2828 Website: https://www.sanparks. org/parks/karoo/ Points of interest: •

A comprehensive list of all flora and fauna at the Karoo National Park can be found on the park’s website.

One of the family units and two of the four-sleeper units have been modified to accommodate persons with limited mobility.

Public Sector Manager • October 2017




STRIDES ichfield Graduate Institute of Technology (Pty) Ltd,

multinational companies and serves to promote economic relations

previously known as PC Training and Business College, first

and establish new commercial and professional contacts around the

commenced operations in 1998 in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal

world. The awards pay tribute to the Total Quality Management (TQM)

as a computer training centre. Today it boasts 33 higher education

philosophy that seeks to integrate all organisational functions in order

campuses and 40 Technical Vocational Education and Training

to meet customer needs and organisational objectives. Richfield was

(TVET) campuses countrywide.

accredited with the TQM aptitude seal for high-quality performance and best customer satisfaction at the awards ceremony.

The institute is one of South Africa’s most affordable higher education institutions and has seen over 280 000 skilled graduates,

Ramnundlall says, “Richfield has gone from strength to strength in

in a variety of sought-after qualifications, pass through its doors.

recent years,” which he attributes to the company’s commitment

Recently, there was cause for celebration when Richfield won not

to constantly improve the quality of teaching and education by

one, but two prestigious international awards through the Paris-

integrating technology into the core curriculum. “In addition to which,

based Otherways’ Association of Management and Consulting in the

we focus on providing students with integrated work experience,

categories of Global Award for Perfection, Quality and Ideal

which ultimately improves their chances of success in their chosen

Performance and the Green Era Award for Sustainability.


The awards were presented to Richfield’s CEO, Jay Ramnundlall, at

Another feather in Richfield’s cap was when the company became the

a glittering awards ceremony in Rome, Italy in July 2017.

first private educational institution to be certified against the globally recognised ISO 9001: 2015 quality standard by the IMS International.

Otherways’ international award programme is a business-oriented association, which focuses on the micro-economic levels of


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The company has been the recipient of numerous international

Richfield provides a range of top-quality, fully accredited qualifications

accolades, including the 2016 Europe Business Assembly (EBA) for

for contact and distance students. These include short learning

“Best Regional College” (private university) in addition to

courses and full-time programmes and, most notably qualifications,

Ramnundlall, being awarded the title of International Manager of

such as the bachelor’s degree, diploma and higher certificate in public

the Year. The award was presented at The International Socrates

management and local government management and various South

Gala Ceremony in December 2016 at Oxford, UK. Richfield

African Council of Education study options.

Graduate Institute of Technology has also won the 2015 Century International Quality ERA Award (Gold Category) for its commitment to quality leadership, technology and innovation at their awards ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland.


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