Governance Structure 2020

Governance Structure

Plenary is chaired by the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, with two deputy chairpersons (from organised labour and organised business respectively). The chair of the Executive Committee (EXCO) serves as the first deputy chairperson and is appointed by the Deputy President at the inaugural meeting of the Plenary of Council.

The second deputy chairperson is selected through a process whereby Council members submit names to the Secretariat for consideration by the Deputy President within 30 days of the inaugural meeting of the Plenary of Council. The Deputy President announces the appointment of the second deputy chair at the plenary meeting of the Council following its inaugural meeting.

Government, civil society sectors, organised business, professional bodies, higher education institutions, research communities, co-opted members and organised labour are represented in the HRDC.


Comprises of the below tiers

The Plenary

The Executive Committee (EXCO)

The Standing Committee (SCs)

HRD Provincial Coordinating Forum (HRDPCF); and

The Secretariat

The HRDC’s formal relationships with Provincial Human Resource Development Councils shall be decided by the Plenary in consultation with such councils.

The Council

Council Members

David Mabuza

Deputy President

Dr Blade Nzimande


Ebrahim Patel


Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams


Aaron Motsoaledi


Angie Motshekga


Senzo Mchunu


Patricia De Lille


Thembelani Thulas Nxesi


Jackson Mthembu


Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma


Maite Nkoane-Mashabane


Khumbudzo Ntshavheni


Ms Riefdah Ajam

Mr. Narius Moloto

Mr. Bheki Ntshalintshali

Dr. Octavia Mkhabele

Prof. Nkongwane Stoffel Nhlapo

Prof. Sibongile Muthwa

Dr. Duduzile Rosemary Mkhize

Mr. Sanele Jerome Mlotshwa

Dr. Glenda Kruss-van der Heever

Dr Kistammah Bergmann Julie Reddy

Dr Mapitso Ntombenhle Molefe

Ms. Nombulelo Nxesi

Ms. Deborah Yvonne Pelle

Dr. Randall John Carolissen

Mr. Bruno Peter Nkosi Druchen

Mr. Sfiso John Mtsweni

Ms Azola Lusanda Mayekiso

Dr. Jeremia Jerry Gule

Ms. Busisiwe Mavuso

Mr. Mustak Ahmed Ally

Mr Chriso Van Der Rheede

Mr Michael Peter

Ms Sithembiso Dlamini

Mr Gerhard Hattingh

Dr Nolitha Vukuza

Ms Janine Louise Hicks

Adv. Richard Sizani

Technical Working Group

The Human Resource Development Council of South Africa is supported by a Technical Working Group (TWG), which provides both strategic and technical information and advice to and executes decisions on behalf of the council.

Technical Task Teams (TTT’s) are dispatched as and when necessary to enlist the expertise required to execute the decisions of the council. These teams are accountable to the Technical Working group and cover all areas, but not limited to, the following:

  • Education, training and skills development
  • Research, monitoring and surveillance of labour market trends
  • Communications

There are currently 9 established Technical Task Teams, namely

Provincial Coordinating Forum

Established In July 2011, the Provincial Coordinating Forum aims to ensure the coordination, alignment and integration of the human resource development principles with the Provincial Growth and Development Plans (PGDP). The main area of focus is on human resource and skills development and Local Economic Development Plans. This forum has encouraged provinces to form their own HRD Provincial Councils in the Premiers offices to tackle their unique challenges. Stipulations of the Human Resource Development Strategy ensure quarterly progress reports of urgent provincial HRD goals. These reports serve as valuable information for gaining broader insight and understanding into human resource and skills development across South Africa.