Governance Structure

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
Cyril Ramaphosa

Deputy President

Mr Bheki Nthalintshali

Deputy Chair

Ms Nolitha Fakude

Deputy Chair

Hlengiwe Mkhize


Dr Rob Adam

Mr Brian Angus

Des Van Rooyen


Adv Richard Sizani

Dr Dudu Mkhize

Rob Davies


Prof Cheryl de la Rey

Mr Dennis George

Nkosinathi Nhleko


Dr Allyson Lawless

Rre. Elijah Litheko

Prof Peliwe Lolwana

Ms Janet Lopes

Mr Mugwena Maluleke

Jeff Radebe


Susan Shabangu


Lindiwe Zulu


Ms Fezeka Loliwe

Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi

Dr Chris Nhlapo

Ms Beulah Mosupye

Angie Motshekga


Mr Ravi Naidoo

Faith Muthambi


Mr Sizwe Nxasana

Mildred Oliphant


Naledi Pandor


Ebrahim Patel


Prof Richard Levin

Dr Florus Prinsloo

Adv Rams Ramashia

Mr Bruno Druchen

Dr Ahmed Bawa

Ms Jenna Kyriakides

Mr Thero Setiloane

Ms Happy Mavis Sibande

Mr Narius Moloto

Dr Octovia Mkhabela

Ayanda Dlodlo

Minister of Home Affairs

Mmamoloko Kubayi


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.