The Secretariat

The Secretariat

The Secretariat is managed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training and is accountable to the Council.

The Secretariat provides strategic, technical, administrative and logistical support to Council, the Chairperson and the Deputy Chairperson of the HRD Council.  The Secretariat is responsible for conducting primary research and developing briefing notes or summaries before an issue is taken to the Standing committee and it also develops a reporting structure for the Standing Committee reports to enable a standard format for reporting to Council. It facilitates the implementation of the overall HRDC mandate and assumes responsibility for the following:

  • Managing the multi-sectoral response to human resource development matters;
  • Managing allocated funds designated to fulfillment of its functions in terms of the multi-sectoral HRD implementation plan;
  • Facilitating sectoral coordination;
  • Ensuring preparation of annual situational analysis and progress reports of the national HRD agenda;
  • Attending all meetings of the Council as well as of the EXCO in a non-voting capacity and serving as secretary of these meetings; 
  • Informing government, civil society members, organised business, organised labour, professional bodies and other stakeholders of their appointment to the various committees in writing; and
  • Ensuring that a major review, based on systematic evaluation studies and impact assessments of the implementation of the HRD Strategy is undertaken every five years.

The Secretariat keeps members of the various committee of Council informed of any developments that may be of relevance to the various sectors and or committees of the HRDC. It coordinates all logistics, meetings and any other arrangements related to the work of the committees.

As a central coordinating body – the engine of the HRDC – it is responsible for developing monitoring and evaluation guidelines, reporting guidelines, and terms of reference for five-year term reviews. It provides technical support to the research, monitoring and evaluation functions of the EXCO and SCs, as and when required. It also reports to Plenary and the EXCO on the implementation of its mandate at least twice a year..

Structure

The Secretariat is the driving force behind the Human Resources Development Council of South Africa.  The Secretariat oversees all day-to-day activities, goals and priorities as well as overseeing the Technical Task Teams and ensuring that the HRDC’s eight commitments are met. The Secretariat Structure is comprised of the Head of Secretariat, Director, 4 Programme Managers, and related Assistant Directors namely:

Administration, Coordination and Communication

To manage the administrative and logistical support to Council, TWG and Secretariat as well as key stakeholders. To market and communicate the strategy and work of Council and to manage all communications related to Council and the Secretariat

Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

To develop the integrated national HRD plan, monitor and evaluate its implementation and compile progress reports

Policy, Research and Information Systems

To inform and drive research for the Secretariat and analyse all policies

Special Projects

To coordinate and drive the implementation of the initiatives identified by Council

Function

The Policy, Research and Information Systems and Special Projects Programme

The main function of the research Unit in the Secretariat is to coordinate, identify, participate and conduct research on human resource development in South Africa. The main task of the HRD Council is to identify critical skills shortages in the South African economy and to address these through education, skills training and further required interventions where necessary.

The Administration,Coordination and Communications Programme

The Communications Unit of the HRDC is to build advocacy for the councils cause as well as manage all marketing and communications such as press releases and public statements. All public relations related to human resource development in South Africa is coordinated via this unit. 

The Monitoring and Evaluation Programme

The Monitoring and Evaluation Unit ensures that the purpose of the HRD Council is implemented through stringent monitoring and progress reporting. All evaluations and reviews are undertaken through this unit. 

Management & Staff

Ms Brenda Ntombela

Overall Leadership & Responsibility for Secretariat

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Ms Mashadi Ramakgopola

PA: Head of Secretariat

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Mr Shadrack Mpondomse

Director: HRDC Secretariat

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Ms Lineo Ramataboe

Programme Manager: Administration, Coordination and Communication

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Ms Felicia Mashego

Assistant Director: Administration, Coordination and Communication

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Mr Lesley Makhubele

Senior Administrative Officer: Programme Administration, Coordination and Communication

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Mr Sydney Mhlongo

Senior Administrative Clerk: Programme Administration, Coordination and Communication

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Ms Doreen Kgowa

Intern: Programme Administration, Coordination and Communication

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Ms Blondie Chabani

Assistant Director: Programme Programme Policy, Research and Information Systems

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Mr Caiphus Motadi

Senior Administration Officer: Programme Policy, Research and Information System

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Ms Margret Molefe

Intern: Programme Policy, Research and Information System

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Ms Olwethu Nyewe

Programme Manager: Programme Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

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Ms Bathabile Mokubung

Programme Manager: Programme Policy, Research and Information Systems

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Mr Alben Kubai

Senior Administrative Clerk: Programme Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

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Ms Bernice Khumalo

Intern: Programme Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

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Ms Dimakatso Sebiloane

PA: Director HRDC Secretariat

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Ms Magdeline Mashoene

Administration Officer

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Ms Adelaide Mongadi

Intern: Office of the Director

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Extended HRDC Secretariat Staff

Chief Director: Strategy and Special Projects (The Presidency) Ms Lerato Lentsoane

Deputy Director: General, Outcomes Facilitation, Basic Education and Skills (DPME) Ms Lulu Madhlophe

Manager: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA)

Mr Thulare Senona

Media Liaison Officer: Special Projects and Events (The Presidency) Mr Sam Bopape

Director: Media and National Communication, Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) Mr Fanie Ngoma

National Skill Fund

Mr John Zulu

Department of Basic Education (DBE)

Mr Andrew Lebepe

Department of Science and Technology (DST) Ms Rose Msiza

HRDC Maths and Science Standing Committee

Ms Robyn Van Vuuren

Director: Department of Trade & Industry

Ms Angie Ontong