Board Members & Executive Committee

The driving force behind SASCE

Board Members

(listed alphabetically by first name)

Carva Pop

Carva Pop

SASCE President

Andile Sipengane

Andile Sipengane

SASCE Vice President

Mr Andile Sipengane is currently working for the W&RSETA as Chief Officer for Qualifications and Research. He is responsible for Qualifications Development, Quality Assurance, Research as well as Career Guidance services.

Andile graduated from various institutions of higher learning in a number of fields of study and holds the following qualifications: MBA, B.com; BEd; HDE; Post Graduate Diploma in Education Management; Masters Diploma in Business Studies. He is currently registered for Doctorate (Business Administration) at Durban University of Technology.

Andile has gained considerable experience in research in particular programme evaluation and impact assessment studies and has worked on a number of private and public sector funded programmes. Andile has about 15 years’ experience as an educator having started at secondary school level and later lectured at Vista University Faculty of Education. He has also worked as a Small Business Development Consultant and Researcher before taking up the position as Provincial head of the Department of Labour in the Eastern Cape.

Andile has gained experience as Senior Executive Director responsible for service delivery and organisational performance at the National Department of Labour and currently with Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA Chief Officer Qualifications and Research).
At the National Department of Labour I was managing performance of four Business Units and sixteen Regional Offices covering Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF); Labour Inspect & Enforcement Services (IES); Labour Employment Services & skills Development; Labour Market Information Services including overall Human Resource Management and Financial Management of the Provincial Budget.
At W&RSETA portfolio includes; Qualifications Development; Quality Assurance and Research including Sector Skills Planning.

Whilst at W&RSETA Sipengane has champion initiation and implementation of the projects including the following programmes:
 Establishment of Schools of Excellence a partnership programme between Retail Industry; TVET Colleges and Durban University of Technology.
 Bursary programme Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral studies.
 Wholesale and Retail Leadership chair in partnership with Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).
 Development of QCTO qualifications.
 Development of NCV Retail qualification.

Bernice Haestier

Bernice Haestier

Training Manager – Tsogo Sun

Bernice Haestier: Has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry. She is currently Training Manager at Tsogo Sun. Her responsibilities include providing a strong training function for the Hotel and Gaming Group comprising of approximately 18 000 employees. She is also an Executive, Business and Team Coach and is registered as an Associate Coach certified by the International Coaching Federation. Bernice is passionate about people and intent on making a difference by facilitating innovation and personal growth.

Shakeel Ori

Shakeel Ori

SASCE Board Member

Current Position: Director: Co-operative Education & External Engagement: Durban University of Technology 31 years in Higher Education

Present External Positions: South Africa Business Events Ambassador President: Southern African Society for Co-operative Education (SASCE) Director: World Association for Co-operative & Work-Integrated Education (WACE) Advisory Board Member for the WACE International Satellite Office for ASIA (based in Thailand) Member: SAQA Qualifications & Standards Committee;

Nombulelo Nxesi

Nombulelo Nxesi

CEO- ETDP SETA

Ms Nxesi is the Chief Executive Officer of ETDP SETA since 2004. She previously occupied the following positions:

Director Teacher Development- Department of Education (national) – 1999 – 2004

Chief Education Specialist: Curriculum and Teacher Development – Gauteng Department of Education1998 – 1999

Deputy Chief Education Specialist: Teacher Supply, Utilisation and Development- Gauteng Department of Education – 1997 – 1998
Lecturer : mathematics and Physical Science – Daveyton College of Education – 1995 – 1997
Teacher & Head of Department Mathematics and Sciences -1989 – 1995

Ms Nxesi holds the following qualifications:
– Masters in Business Leadership (MBL) (UNISA)
– Honours in Public Administration (Stellenbosch University),
– Bachelor of Education Post Graduate Degree (University of Forthare),
– Higher Education Diploma and Bachelor of Science, majored in Mathematics and Chemistry.( University of Witwatersrand)
– In addition to the academic qualifications, Nombulelo also holds the following occupational qualifications, Management Development Programme (MDP),
– Total Quality management (TQM) and
– Practical Project Management (PPM).

Ms Nxesi serves in the following governance structures: Council of Higher Education as a Council Member, Central University of Technology as a Senate, HRC Member and a Council Member and the Human Resource Development Council in various provinces. She serves as the chairperson of the Advisory Committee for Community Colleges.

Ms Nxesi has strengths in management and leadership, strategy planning, execution and implementation as well as corporate governance among other fields. She is currently enrolled with the University of Johannesburg pursuing doctoral studies, PhD in Personal and Professional Leadership.

Gwebindlala T.J Skenjana

Gwebindlala T.J Skenjana

Board Member

Joyce Mashabela

Ms Joyce Mashabela

CEO – QCTO

Ms Joyce Mashabela began her career in education as an administrator working for Middlesex County College (a two year higher education institution) in Edison, New Jersey in the U.S.A.

Several years later she moved to the academic side of higher education gaining tenure as an Assistant Professor in the Business Department at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York. Here one of her specialities was curriculum development where she designed and piloted a teaching methodology which promotes the active engagement of students in the learning process. Furthermore, she designed the Business Internship course for students completing a vocational qualification in Information Systems.

In 1996 she relocated to South Africa where she has, among other things, served as the Rector of a private Further Education and Training College and as a Deputy Vice Chancellor for Tshwane University of Technology.

Ms Joyce Mashabela has been the 1st Chief Executive Officer of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupation since 1st April 2012.

Ken Duncan

Ken Duncan

CEO – SSACI

Ken Duncan is an educationist and development professional who has managed the Swiss-South African Co-operation Initiative, a public-private partnership in development, since its inception in March 2001. In the course of his work, he has conceptualised and helped manage several large projects aimed at strengthening the South African public skills training system, especially with regard to apprenticeships and the TVET colleges.  Ken serves on the national Artisan Training and Development Monitoring and Evaluation Team. Prior to joining SSACI, Ken worked as a consultant in education in training for seven years, as the director of an educational NGO for seven years, as a training manager in the mining industry for two years and as a teacher in Johannesburg and Soweto for eleven years. He has an M.A. from Rhodes University in the evaluation of in-service training for educators and a Higher Diploma in Education from Wits.

Thabo Mashongoane

Dr Thabo Mashongoane

Board Member

Thabo worked in the automotive industry in the early 80s as a Fitter and Turner apprentice, quality assurance instructor and inspector for six years. He qualified as an artisan then moved to a technical college where he was employed as an instructor and a lecture for the engineering trades and later became the head of division responsible for 16 different trades. Exposure to senior management experience started in 1997 as a Principal of a Technical College, as well as a manager for cluster of colleges for various portfolios such as Student Support Services, Human Resources, Linkages to Industry and Learnerships. He worked as the deputy Director in the FET-Policy Planning and curriculum development in the National Department of Education and was later appointed as the Executive Manager for the National Skills Authority (NSA) in the Department of Labour and transferred to the Department of Higher Education and Training in the same portfolio. He is currently the Acting Executive Officer in the NSA and is responsible for the coordination of the work of the NSA advising the Minister on strategic and policy matters including National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) and the monitoring of performance and governance of the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs).
He holds 5 diplomas, one higher diploma, one degree and masters’ degree in qualifications ranging from technical background, educational, management, human resources, business management, business administration and doctoral degree in educational management. He is currently a WITS student doing M&E PGD.
Besides SASCE, he sits on other various councils and boards including the Quality Council for Occupations and Trades (QCTO), the Public Service Trainers’ Forum (PSTF).

Rajen Naidoo

Rajen Naidoo

Chieta Regional Manager for KZN/EC

Currently employed as Regional Manager for KZN/EC – Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority ( CHIETA )

Working career started of as school teacher of Mathematics and Physical Science. Taught for 7 years. Subsequently obtained a degree in Industrial Psychology and Development Administration.

Joined Engen Refinery in production and later moved to training and development as NQF co-ordinator. Main function was to serve as a link between the organisationand the Chemical Seta focussing on introducing the NQF to the organistion. Represented the petroleum sector on the Chemical Industries Standards generating body of Chieta, responsible for qualifications design and was part of the team that initaily registered the chemical operations quailifications on the NQF through the South African Qualifications Authority.

Serves on the advisory board for Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at DUT and SASCE KZN Regional Chairperson.

Current job function is to drive skill developmentinitiatives by establishing strategic partnerships and project implementation in line with Chieta’s vision.

Sam Tsima

Sam Tsima

Board Member

Sam Tsima is Executive Business Coach, and Chief Executive Officer of Cometsa GoC
International (Pty) Ltd , Member of the Senior Council of the Southern African – German
Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Non-Executive Director of South Africa – German
Training Services (SAGTS), former CEO of Dr Richard Maponya Institute for Skills and Entrepreneurship Development; former Vice-President: Stakeholder Relations, Institute of People Management (IPM); a Registered Coach & Member of Coaches & Mentors of
South Africa (COMENSA))

CAREER BACKGROUND:

• July 2009 – to date, self employed as Chief Executive Officer, COMETSA GoC International (Pty) Ltd

• March 2014 – August 2016: Founding Project Consultant (and for a shortperiod, CEO), Dr Richard Maponya Institute for Skills and Entrepreneurship
Development NPC,

• December 2010 – August 2012: PROJECT as Programme Manager BroadBased Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE), Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria.

• May 2004 – June 2009: Regional Human Resources Director Sub-Sahara Africa at Motorola SA (Pty) Ltd, reporting into the Middle East Africa Region in Dubai.

• November 2002 – April 2004: Manager: Centre of Expertise-Group Diversity
Management at Sasol Group, responsible for Employment Equity, Global
Diversity & Inclusion, Black Economic Empowerment (from HR perspective), Accelerated Leadership Development Programme (ALDP), and Sasol HIV/Aids Response Programme (SHARP).

• October 1995 – November 2002: Group Consultant: Employment Equity, ABSA Bank

• November 1992 – September 1995: Commercial Administrator, and later Head of Commercial Training, Siemens Ltd, South Africa.

• September 1990 – October 1992: Stammhauslehre (Corporate Trainee),
Siemens AG (Cologne, Germany)

GERMAN TRAIDING :
Sam has strong Commercial Administration expertise acquired during his training and working in Germany he did his training at Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft(Cologne) , Kuehne & Nagel luftfracht GmbH(Frankfurt international Airport ), Lufthansa German in Germany he is fluent in German language.

VOLUNTEER ROLE:
Sam is the former Public Relations Officer(PRO) of Wits UnivercityFC(now Bidvest Wits FC),in the Professional Soccer Language(PSL)
QUALIFICATIONS:
• Bachelor of Commerce –Transport Economic & Business Management(UNISA)
• Diploma in Practitioner Coaching(DIPC),-The Coaching Center(TCC)
• Diploma Duetsch (Studien gemeintschaft Darmstadt ,SGD,Germany)
• Zertifikat Deutsch Stufe 5(Carl Duisberg Centre Cologner Germany)
• Industriekaufmann(Industrie-und Handelskammer Nuremberg , IHK Germany)
• Diploma Commercial Administration (Commercial Advancement Training Scheme,C.A.T.S ,at the South Africa German Training Services )
• Certificate in Sport Management(Allenby College)
• Certificate in Sport Psychology(Intec College)
• Youth Development Through Football Coach (YDF,GIZ)
• Basic Soccer Coaching Certificate (South African Football Association ,SAFA)

Thami Skenjana

Board Member

SASCE Board representative of organized business Thami Skenjana is an Entrepreneur who has been actively involved in the Wholesale/Retail Industry for the past 35 years. He is the founding President of Southern African National Co-operatives Council. SANCOC Led the conceptualization of Rural and Township Economies Revitalization Programme for SETAs in Partnership with UIF. He joined the board of the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education Training Authority (W&RSETA) in 2001, Became Deputy Chairperson of the SETA in 2005 and subsequently became Chairperson of the SETA Board in 2007. Currently a founder member of the W&RSETA Industry Qualifications Management Board Committee and leads with DIRCO SA Cities Twinning Partnerships through Embassies SA offices e.g. Toronto City in Canada. DST- SANCOC Science Centres to benefit Operation Phakisa Programme. Thami with South African Qualification Authority CEO and Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education Training Authority CEO have successfully established FP&MSETA Digital Khetha Career Portal with Learner Management System for Work Integrated Learning.
He also developed and Chaired National Skills Fund (NSF) Project RAVE (Retrenchees and Victory to Entrepreneurs), a W&RSETA project that was funded by the National Skills Fund. He was a member of 2005 DTI Committee to the DTI simple summary guide for the South African Co- operatives Act No 14 of 2005.SANCOC is an African Business Policy Council that in 2015 led the establishment of the Gauteng Provincial SMME Industry Forum with the Premier’s Provincial Skills Development Forum and incorporated SANCOC Provincial Services Industry / Gas Petroleum Work Integrated Learning Co-operatives Limited.

Thami is an active member of the following forums: the SAQA Standard Generating Body for the Wholesale & Retail Sector (currently W&RSETA Industry Qualification Management Board Committee in collaboration with Quality Council for Trade Occupations), Chairperson Gauteng SMME Industry Forum. Gauteng Provincial Skills Development Forum and Provincial Human Resource Development Forums. He is a founder member of National Black Business Caucus (NBBC) in Limpopo Mopane District 1993, became member of the Presidential Black Business Working Group. He is Black Business Council (BBC) Education Skills Portfolio Committee member & Development Chamber Business Convener for social dialogue in the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC).

Esau Motaung

Esau Motaung

Board Member

Rre Elijah Litheko

Rre Elijah Litheko

Board Member

Cynthia Reynders

Cynthia Reynders

Board Member

Z Mvalo

Z Mvalo

Board Member

Bennette Mokoma

Board Member

Cassie Kruger

Cassie Kruger

Board Member

Executive Committee

(listed alphabetically by first name)

Boni Gantile

Boni Gantile

SASCE CEO

An Entrepreneur, ICT and HR professional (MHRP-SABPP).  Has a Masters Degree in Management of Technology and Innovation with extensive functional and Executive experience in ICT.  Former Board member of MICT SETA and advisory Board Member with African Society for Talent Development (ASTD) and its Community of Practice in Technical Skills.  Currently serves on the following Boards of Directors  World Association on Cooperative Education (WACE),  and  South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

Fundiswa Nofemela

Fundiswa Nofemela

SASCE General Secretary

Ms Fundiswa Nofemela is the Director for Co-operative Education at the Mangosuthu University of Technology. She has 14 years’ experience in Co-operative Education, six of which have been as Co-operative Education Manager at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She holds an MTech Business Administration Degree. Her research interest is Work Integrated Learning management as well as graduate employability. She has presented papers on topics related to her research interest both at national and international conferences. Ms Nofemela has been an active member of SASCE since 2001.

Peter Popela

Peter Popela

Acting Treasurer & Executive Member

Mr Popela, is a Campus Manager at Central Johannesburg College, Ellis Park Campus. His previous roles include working as an artisan doing fitting and turning, working as Senior lecturer, assistance Manager Quality Assurance with uMalusi and as a Divisional Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree, and a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

Annie Moletsane

Annie Moletsane

SASCE Secretariat

Mrs Annie Moletsane is currently the Director: Co-operative Education at Vaal University of Technology.  She is holding a Master of Commerce: Business Management from NWU.  She is currently doing her PhD in Public Management & Governance.  She is a Council Member of the Sedibeng College.  She also serves on the World Association for Co-operative Education (WACE) Board of Directors.

Keitumetse Pebane

Keitumetse Pebane

Executive Member

Mrs Keitumetse Pebane holds Bcom Management Science Degree, post graduate in programme and project management as well as post graduate diploma in public and development management and currently enrolled in Executive Development Programme. She has over 12 years experience in the education and training development both in the private and public sector. She started in education and training sector as a Administrator and through dedication, discipline and hard work have managed to climb the corporate ladder to a senior management position in higher education sector. She is currently Senior Manager; Skills Development at CATHSSETA responsible for national implementation of the skills development agenda. Before joining CATHSSETA Ms Pebane was key is establishing FNB academy in the North West province as well as ensuring coordination of skills development at the State Security Agency. Her key competencies are in strategic management, programme and project management, grant management, stakeholder management , human resource and financial management

Nasrat Edoo-Sirkissoon

Nasrat Edoo-Sirkissoon

Executuve Member

Currently Senior Manager Training and Development at Sanlam Financial Planning Academy. Main responsibilities include managing T & D for the Sales Management, Sales Support, Sanlam Blue Star, and business development. Have more than 20 years experience in Financial Services across many areas of the business. Passion includes growing and developing potential and finding new opportunities.

Dr Roelien Brink (Ph.D.)

Editor for The African Journal for Work-Based Learning Vice-Chair of Africa on the International Research Group and SASCE representative on the SATN Research Forum

Dr Roelien Brink starts her career as secretary at TWR in 1988. She completes the National Diploma (Personnel Management) in 1995 and is appointed Junior Lecturer at TWR in 1996. She obtains the BTech (Human Resource Management) in March 1997. Taking up the challenge to grow as an academic she registered for the MEd (Computer Based Education) in 2007, obtaining the degree in 2009. Her passion to learn and dedication to academia results in her registering for the PhD (Information Management) in March 2011. She obtained her PhD in Information Management from the University of Johannesburg in 2014. Her title of her PhD is: An information management framework for the work-integrated learning process. She is currently appointed as a senior lecturer at the University of Johannesburg.

Sharon Snell

Sharon Snell

Executive Member