Director-General of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment
Ms Tshabalala has a wealth of experience in public administration, economic policy and resource management. As the former Head of the Gauteng Provincial Treasury, Ms Tshabalala has developed a strong reputation as a specialist in public finances, debt management and other methods that governments use to finance social and economic development. This has resulted in her working closely with countries like Japan, Australia and various East African countries to develop and exchange ideas on the management of public finances and government projects.
Ms Tshabalala holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Accounting and a Masters in Science focusing on Development Finance, as well as a MBL with UNISA. Her MBL focused on “The leadership styles and corporate entrepreneurial behaviour in the provincial government”.
Ms Tshabalala started her career in the Swaziland Government’s Department of Finance where she focused on development finance and the implementation and monitoring of internationally funded projects. In 2000 Tshabalala joined the Gauteng Provincial Government working for the Gauteng Department of Finance and Economic Affairs as a Chief Director. She was appointed head of the provincial treasury in 2006.
NEDLAC Community Constituency
Ms. Conti Magdeline Matlakala, a former High school Teacher in Economics, joined NEDLAC Developmental Chamber in 2003, representing the Community Constituency. Due to her extensive policy knowledge, strategic directive and leadership skills demonstrated, she was deployed to EXCO and MANCO and served as a task team member on the Labour Relation and Collective Bargaining Council on the amendment bill and National Minimum Wage, amongst others. Ms Matlakala serves as a delegate to the International Labour Conference and Decent Work Country Programme where ILO standards Conventions and Recommendation are ratified through a consensus based approach. She has been extensively involved in deliberations on issues of formal and informal economy.
Ms. Matlakala served as a contract employee at CECE Construction, as an assistant Director and a former trade unionist. She has been deployed to the DHET NSA Board from 2009 to 2019 as a member of Policy, advice and research on National Skills Development Skills Strategy, SETA best skills award verification. From 2016 to 2021, she was deployed to the Department of Labour Public Employment Services Board where she played an active role chairing the Board, and as a chairperson of capacity, marketing and communication.
Ms Matlakala holds a bachelor’s degree in Education with a specialization in assessment and quality assurance.
Acting Executive Director of NALEDI
Ms. Hameda Deedat has been the Acting Executive Director of NALEDI, the research arm for the Congress of South African Trade Unions, since 2016. She is also a senior researcher in the organization, researching key issues that impact labour and the working class in South Africa and internationally, including climate change and the fourth industrial revolution with specific focuses on: energy, the national minimum wage, global value chains, labour organizing, and the gendered impact of formalizing the informal economy. Her other areas of research and expertise are water, gender, and international trade.
NALEDI’s policies and research priorities are determined by a board of directors who include senior leaders from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), academia and government. NALEDI’s work includes conducting research and managing multi-institutional projects at national and international levels. These two activities are particularly crucial given the current period in Southern Africa-where labour has become an important player in the process of democratization and economic development.
Facilitator of the Webinar
Nozipho is the CEO of The Conversation Strategists, a company committed to building a cohort of empowered conversation strategists that are empowered to moderate conversations for development in the world. Nozipho has moderated conversations for global bodies including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the International Labour Organisation, the United Nations as well multinationals operating in Africa.
Nozipho Tshabalala is a Conversation Strategist moderating global conversations that are designed to have measurable outcomes. She is in demand for her unique and insightful ability to facilitate difficult conversations with courage, depth and breadth. As an internationally acclaimed conference moderator and Human Capital Advocate for The World Bank and Global citizen, she has successfully moderated conversations for global and African institutions including, leading listed and unlisted multinational corporations, business schools, and civil society organisations that seek to leverage conversations for change.
Energy and Environment Policy Manager for Business Unity South Africa
Jarredine Morris is the Energy and Environment Policy Manager for Business Unity South Africa, joining the apex business association in June 2018. Included in her portfolio at BUSA is the newly formed Just Transition Working Group. Before joining BUSA, Jarredine Morris was the programme and communications manager for the Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) and Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC). Jarredine has more than 10 years’ experience in energy climate change and broader environmental matters.
I am a founder and chairperson of "Natal Midlands Development"
Founder and chairperson of a non-profit organization called: Natal Midlands Development. He is currently implementing a programme titled: The Virtual State. This is done in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature and the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Howard College: School of Built environment and Social Studies. Through the Virtual State programme; the org. seeks to close the gap that exist between government and communities and enable communities to effectively participate in both their development and governance. Moreover, the org. runs a “Working for Water Programme” funded by the National Department of Environmental affairs: that controls and manages Alien Invasive Plants. Also; it is involved in a Water-Governance programme, whereby try and ensure public participation through capacity development and creating a link between community-Water governance structures and existing water structures.
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