Some information about our speakers.


SesiNombulelo Nxesi

Born at Cradock in the Eastern Cape

Obtained the following qualifications :

• Bachelor of Science (majored in Mathematics & Chemistry) – Fort Hare
• Higher Education Diploma – Fort Hare
• Bachelor of Education post graduate degree – Wits
• Public Administration Honours – Stellenboch
• Master in Business Leadership – UNISA

Career Development :

• Teacher – Mathematics and Sciences
• Teacher College lecturer – Daveyton College of Education
• Education Consultant to enhance Mathematics and Science teaching – Department of Education (National)
• Deputy Chief Education Specialist for Teacher Development, Supply and Demand – Gauteng Department of Education
• Chief Education Specialist for Curriculum and Teacher Development
• Director for Teacher Development / Department of Education (National)
• Chief Executive Officer ETDPSETA (2004 to date)

Yvonne Mbane

Yvonne Mbane worked as an Educator in Mpumalanga and later moved to KZN, with 7 years experience at highschool level. Therefore, she has a seven years teaching experience at a high school level. She was later appointed as a Human Resource Development Researcher for the Department of Justice whereby she was responsible for facilitating and coordinating the development and the implementation of research instruments which inform training and development in that sector. She was appointed as a Skills Development Facilitator for the Department of Trade and Industry at an Assistant Manager level. She later on was promoted and moved to the Department of Social Development as a Deputy Director and later promoted to a Director for Sector Education and Training. Here she had to drive the development and implementation of the Human Resource Development Strategy for the Public Welfare Sector. She was then promoted to the Department of Human Settlements as Chief Director Human Resources Management and also acted as Deputy Director- General for Corporate Services. She joined the Health and Welfare SETA in 2012 as Chief Executive Officer bringing 21 years of work experience from the teaching, training and development and human capital management fraternity in the Public Service.

Dr Jeanette du Plessis (PhD HPE)

Dr du Plessis graduated in Radiography in 1985 from the University of the Free State (UFS). She received professional training in all diagnostic modalities namely, General Radiography, Mammography, Vascular- and Interventional Radiography, CT and MRI. In 2000, she accepted a position as lecturer in Radiography at the Central University of Technology, Free State (former Technikon Free State) where she is still employed. She achieved a Master’s degree in Higher Education in 2008 and a PhD in Health Professions Education in 2015, both from the UFS.

Ashley Bhugwandin

Ashley is an Industrial Engineering graduate with a BTech through Durban University of Technology. He is currently employed as the Manager of the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit (TLIU) at the CSIR, where he is responsible for the planning and managing of strategic projects (from conception to completion and post auditing thereof as well), to assist companies in their capability and competence as potential suppliers to the State Owned Companies (SOCs) and for other government mega projects, including Supplier and Contractor management, quantifying cost benefits, implementing new system and material handling tools, skills development, recapitalisation needs and infrastructure development.

Sylvester Moepya

Sylvester has a human capital background with the bulk of his experience spent in consulting and practitioner roles with employers in the “not for profit” environment. He has a passion for education and youth development. He holds a Bcom Honours in Human Resource Management, a Master of Business Administration and currently has embarked on a PhD in Public & Development Management, focusing on solutions for youth employability. Sylvester is currently a senior manager with Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator focusing on the technical & industrial sector. He is registered practitioner with the SABPP and is also a part-time lecturer in Human Resource Management, Organisational Behaviour and Strategic Change Management.

Nhlanhla Dimba

Nhlanhla Dimba was born in Durban (KwaMashu). He trained as a teacher and taught for 5 years . He then became a lecturer at a college of Education for 10 years. He worked in different sections of the KZN Department of Education and became a Chief Education Specialist in the FET Directorate (now TVET).

He has been involved in a number of successful projects:

• Culture of Learning Teaching and Service (COLTS) which was aimed at resuscitating the culture of teaching and learning in KZN Schools.
• Thathulwazi, a joint project between DHET and DCSL, which has trained more than 1000 community members on basic community safety
• Abahwebi a joint project between DHET and W&R Seta, this project trained 1000 informal traders around Durban on basic business skills.
• He is currently a chairperson of ADCOM a structure formed by major Wholesale and Retail
• stakeholders, TVET Institutions and Durban University of Technology to promote Work Integrated Learning in KwaZulu Natal. It is through the work performed by this structure that Minister Blade Nzimande launched 5 Schools of Excellence in KwaZulu Natal.
He is also member of the KZN Tooling Industry Board, a member of the W&R Quality Management Body (QMB) responsible for the development of qualifications and the Chairperson of W&R QMB TVET Committee. He is the principal at Mthashana TVET College.

Boni Gantile

A registered Master HR Generalist Professional with South African Board for Personnel Practice (SABPP) and an ICT Business Executive with a Masters Degree in Management of Technology and Innovation. He is Executive Human Resources at Telkom responsible for Human Capacity Building and leading six (6) Telkom Centre for Learning Campuses nationally. An advisory Board Member on African Society for Talent Development (ASTD) and its Community of Practice in Technical Skills. Active in the promotion of cooperative education and work integrated learning within South African and globally to this effect a Board member of World Association on Cooperative Education (WACE) and Southern African Society for Cooperative Education (SASCE). An active member of Learning and Development Committee of South African Communication Forum (SACF).

Ken Duncan

Ken Duncan is an educationist and development professional who has managed the Swiss-South African Co-operation Initiative, a public-private partnership in skills development, since its inception in March 2001. In this capacity, Ken has conceptualised and helped manage several large projects aimed at strengthening the national skills training system, especially apprenticeships and the TVET colleges. Ken serves on the national Artisan Training and Development Monitoring and Evaluation Team and is a board member of the South African Society for Cooperative Education. 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.

Andile Sipengane

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 (Chief Director) and currently with Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA Chief Officer Qualifications and Research).

Thulani Tshefuta

Mr. Thulani Tshefuta was born in the Eastern Cape town of Cradock He studied BA (majoring in Public Administration and Politics) at the former University of Port Elizabeth, UPE, now known as the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan  University. He furthered his studies with UNISA and Rand Afrikaans University (now known as University of Johannesburg).

Mr Tshefuta has also completed the following academic programmes:

• Leadership Programme (NQF 5) with North West University Business School
• Mentorship and Coaching (NQF 7) with North West University Business School
• Effective Stakeholder Management (NQF 6) with the University of Pretoria

From June 2002, Mr. Tshefuta worked for Umsobomvu Youth Fund in the capacity of a Manager responsible for strategic partnerships and liaison with various stakeholders.

As part of the Fellowship programme, he attended the following executive education programmes:

• Completed a Facilitative Leadership Training Programme of the Interactive Institute for Social Change in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA in 2003;
• Attended Training on Strategic Partnerships and Public Private Partnerships at Harvard Business School, USA in 2003;
• Attended a Training Workshop on “Public Opinion, Politics, and Persuasion” by Prof Garry Orren of Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, USA in 2003;

Mr. Tshefuta represents the youth sector in the following Boards:

• Presidential High Level Economic Council
• Deputy Chairperson of the National Skills Authority (NSA)
• Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF)
• Proudly South African
• National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC)
• South African National AIDS Council (SANAC)
• South Africa – Namibia Bilateral Implementation Committee
• Board Member in the APRM National Governing Council
• Lead Negotiator for the Youth Employment Accord

Prof. Feridun Hamdullahpur

Feridun Hamdullahpur was appointed president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo on March 11, 2011.
A professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Hamdullahpur earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Istanbul, Turkey and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia.
Throughout his career spanning over 35 years, Dr. Hamdullahpur has been an active researcher in thermo-fluids and energy engineering, a passionate teacher and an academic administrator. He has authored hundreds of scientific and academic publications and supervised over 50 graduate students. He was named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in June, 2014.
President Hamdullahpur’s central motivation is ensuring that the impact of university education, research and scholarship on our broader society is maximized through constant reform and innovation in the higher education sector. He is a leading advocate for the value of basic research and its relevance to educational excellence and economic prosperity.
His current focus at the University of Waterloo is expanding its lead in innovation, building on Waterloo’s long-standing and emerging strengths in co-operative education, research, entrepreneurship, and equity. The University of Waterloo has dominated Canadian university innovation rankings for 25 consecutive years. Its goal is to be recognized as one of the top innovation universities in the world.

Mr Sanele Jerome Mlotshwa

Mr Mlotshwa’s working career in education began in 1989 when he took on an EDUCATOR position at ENZIMANE Combined School in Utrecht between 1989 and 1999. He was promoted in 2000 as the PRINCIPAL of ENZIMANE COMBINED SCHOOL.
The year 2009 brought change when Mr Mlotshwa was promoted to CHIEF CIRCUIT MANAGER OF NQUTHU AND ENDUMENI CIRCUITS. He served from 2009 to 2014.
Mr Mlotshwa yet again was promoted but this time within Department of Higher Education and Training as Majuba TVET College RECTOR (DIRECTOR OR CEO) in 2014. As the Head of the Institution, he’s demanding role to oversee 8 campuses in Newcastle and Dundee allowed Mr Mlotshwa an opportunity to utilise he’s many years of experience and acumen in the Education Dept in taking Majuba College to greater heights

Prof. Marcus Ramogale

Prof. Marcus Ramogale is currently the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT). His substantive appointment is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at MUT, since June 2015. Previously he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the same institution, from September 2009 to May 2015, providing strategic leadership and management in teaching, learning, research, quality management, cooperative education and library services. Before his appointment at MUT, he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs & Research) at the University of Venda, with responsibility for strategic leadership and management in teaching, learning, research, postgraduate studies, quality management and library services, including the management of student affairs and HIV/AIDS. With over 13 years of executive leadership experience, Prof. Ramogale is one of the long-serving Deputy Vice-Chancellors in post-apartheid South Africa. He has also previously served as the Deputy President of the Alumni and Convocation Association of the University of Limpopo.

Prof. Ramogale was born in Limpopo Province but grew up in Gauteng Province where he matriculated
at Tembisa High School, East Rand. He read for his first degree at the University of the North
(now the University of Limpopo), majoring in English and Education. This was followed by a BA Honours Degree in English and a University Education Diploma at the same institution. After a brief spell as a Junior Lecturer in the University of the North’s Department of English, he went to the United Kingdom to study for a Master’s Degree in English Studies at the University of Nottingham, followed by a PhD in English Studies at the same institution.

Prof. Ramogale’s other previous appointments include Deputy Dean: School of Human and Social Sciences, University of Venda; Head of the Department of English, University of Venda; and Senior Lecturer in English, University of the North.

Prof. Ramogale’s professional interests include political analysis, higher education issues and the development of entrepreneurship education, leadership, writing, literacy and public speaking skills. He writes short English fiction in his spare time.

Mr Joe Samuels

Joe Samuels has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for SAQA since 1 March 2012.

He holds a BSc (Hons) and an MPhil from the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa. He is a specialist in Qualifications Frameworks, Educational Policy, Standards Setting, Quality Assurance and Adult and Community Education.

He worked in a medical laboratory, as a teacher, a Physiology Lecturer (UWC) (4years) and as the Coordinator: Continuing Education Programmes at the Centre for Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) at the UWC for 10 years prior to joining SAQA. He was the Director for Standards Setting and Development at SAQA before he was promoted to the position of Deputy Executive Officer which he held for 7 years before his next promotion to the CEO position. He has been working at SAQA for the past 20 years.

Joe organised and participated in many national and international seminars and conference where he delivered various papers, covering topics like the role of National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF), the generation of qualifications and standards, quality assurance within education and training, recognition of prior learning, the integration of education and training, human rights and the NQF and NQFs/RQFs in the SADC region, on the African continent and globally.

Joe serves on the councils of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), the Quality Council for General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi), National Skills Authority (NSA) and the board of SAQA. He is the current chairperson of the Education Sector Committee of the UNESCO SA National Commission and chairperson of the SADC Technical Committee on Certification and Accreditation (TCCA). He serves on various committees and task teams including those for the recognition of prior learning, workers education, and others. He is also the deputy chairperson of the University of the Western Cape Alumni Association in Gauteng.


A highly motivated professional with a strong commercial mind-set, business acumen and in-depth, comprehensive knowledge of Planning, Research and Institutional Development disciplines at executive levels.

Decisive and forward thinking, with strong vision and strategic capability. Strong leadership and proven track record of delivering critical projects within deadlines and budget. Utilizing strong communication skills to establish excellent working relationships with stakeholders and colleagues at all levels. Actively pursuing opportunities in order to gain new skills and experience. A likeable and influential person with excellent persuasive and negotiation abilities who is consistently productive.

She obtained a BSc(Education) from the then University of Transkei (which is now WSU); Bed (Honors) from the University of Fort-Hare; an Advanced Diploma in Project Management (NQF Level 6); Programme in Development and Implementation of a Total Quality Management System; MPhil (Management Coaching) from University of Stellenbosch; and a number of enrichment short courses. She is currently in a process of registering a PhD (Business Management and Administration) with the University of Stellenbosch.

She has acquired an extensive understanding of public sector systems; intergovernmental partnerships; and Public-Private-Partnerships in South Africa. Has served actively in the South African economy for a period of 24year, of which the last 11year are served in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College Sector, as a Deputy Chief Executive Officer (functionalized as a Deputy Principal) at Ikhala TVET College in the Eastern Cape. In her pursuit to supply skills to the economy, she is currently the Deputy Principal for: Planning, Research and Institutional Development, where her key priority areas include to:

• Develop the College Strategic and Operational Plans – Coordinate and facilitate capacity building workshops on strategic planning; monitoring and evaluation; and organizational reporting for both College Management and College Council/Board, and sometimes combined.
• Conduct monitoring and evaluation of predetermined performance objectives for improved organizational performance and present to both College Council/Board and DHET
• Ensure proper linkages between the different section budgets, section operational plans, and the overall institutional strategic and operational plan –ensuring that resources are utilized as planned and approved by College Council/Board
• Develop and co-ordinate presentations and present the college at all strategic stakeholder related activities and meetings – also ensuring that the institution reports to all strategic partners as per the signed MoUs or MoAs
• Conduct formal and informal interviews with the business and industry sector and establish good working relations for donor funding

Her key competencies of Enhancing organizational efficiency; Coaching for organizational performance; Strategy Execution; Research and Report Writing skills; Ability to handle complex and diverse situations with diplomacy; and Extensive National and organization skills development experience; amongst others, contributed to her attainment of the 2017Award as a Finalist in the: Government Employed Official Sector of the CEO Global’s Most Influential Women in Business & Government 2017 Awards.