Board Members & Executive CommitteeThe driving force behind SASCE
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.
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.
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;
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.
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.
Dr Thabo Mashongoane
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).
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 is a Chief Executive Officer of COMETSA GoC International (Pty) Ltd. He has a strong and varied experience in Project Consultancy, Programme Management and Human Resources Development. He acquired this experience from various roles as 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). Sam also has strong Commercial Administration expertise acquired during his training and working in Germany and is fluent in German language
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).
Rre Elijah Litheko
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).
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.
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
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.
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
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.