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