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HR DIRECTORS Conference 2015


18-19 March 2015  •  CTICC | Cape Town
17 March 2015 | One Day Pre-Conference Workshop
HR Directors Conference 2015| Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)



The world and the world of work has changed dramatically and continues to change, bringing about the question of where the world of work is heading and what this will mean for organisations and HR. Some approaches are no longer applicable. Organisations need to really think about their investment in human capital in terms of where they will come from, what they will do and how they will contribute to increased performance. HR also needs to demonstrate the value that it can bring to the table. The HR function is well-positioned to provide sustainable competitive advantage to the organisation through its workforce. 

According a PwC Human Capital Report 2014, less than half (45%) of HR leaders are confident that they will have the right talent to execute on the business strategy. The Society for HR Management (SHRM) also state that managing talent and improving leadership development are the most critical HR challenges facing organisations today and projected for the future. The reality is that organisations around the world are facing similar talent challenges and in order to solve these problems, requires a shift in thinking. Competition is fierce, talent supply is difficult to predict and HR executives are under severe pressure to prove a return on investment in people. But with challenges comes opportunity – with new thinking and advances in analytics and technology, HR is certainly capable of great things and is able to contribute to the strategic heart of the organisation even if this means fighting to prove its worth. The human resources function is well-positioned to deliver sustainable competitive advantage to the enterprise through its workforce.


  • Hear insights, tools and strategies to create a high impact HR function
  • Discover how to transform your HR strategies and drive business performance and growth
  • Hear latest HR topics, case studies, industry updates, best practice and share ideas!
  • Learn from leading organisations!
  • Networking and professional development opportunities. Connect and share with like-minded individuals. You will gain insight as to what is working for other organisations across various sectors.
  • Discussions provide opportunity for debate and interaction with your HR peers
  • Exhibitions – gain access to the latest services, products and technologies that can support your HR function


  • HR Director
  • Chief Human Resource Officer
  • Senior HR Manager
  • Senior HR Academic

What did past delegates have to say about past HR DIRECTORS CONFERENCE (2013 and 2014)

  • “Fantastic content, I really enjoyed all the topics and learnt a lot” - Mediclinic
  • “I am tired of having to explain the value of HR and this conference gave me the tools to do that” – ELB Engineering Services
  • "This conference was very interesting and I have learnt a lot and feel so confident and motivated to go back and share what I have learnt” – Thornburn Security Solutions
  • “Variety of topics of discussion, practical case studies and really current concepts” –Dundee Precious Metals
  • “Speakers were brilliant” – Tourvest Travel Services
  • “Good sharing of different approaches to HR challenges” – SALGA
  • “Great presentations much appreciated” – PwC


Did you know that Cape Town was voted as the New York Times number one spot to visit in 2014?

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)
1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001
Tel: +27 21 410 5072 +27 21 410 5072

Parking will be available to speakers, delegates and exhibitors on a first-come, first -served basis. (Delegates, speakers and exhibitors will receive a validated ticket at the end of the each day) For a list of accommodation in and around the CTICC , please contact Debbie Atwell (


DAY ONE • 18 March 2015  - Wednesday


08:20–08:30 Welcome
Wilhelm Crous, Managing Director, Knowledge Resources
08:30–09:15 Changing the game of HR – taking HR to the next level to create a high- impact HR function
Dikeledi Dlwati, HR Executive: Operations, Tiger Brands (One of the largest manufacturers and marketers of FMCG products in Southern Africa)
  • Current state of HR: how we got here and what needs to be done next
  • Driving the people agenda
  • How to adapt your HR Department to support business imperatives
  • Improving transparency across the business about how HR can help the rest of the organisation
  • New approaches to developing a business-focused HR strategy
  • Tools to measure, evaluate and improve your HR department so that it is better aligned with the goals of the organisation
09:15–10:00 The SA labour market – myths, realities and strategic implications for HR Directors
Professor Haroon Bhorat, Director: Development Policy Research Unity, School of Economics, University of Cape Town
  • The minimum wage debate
  • Inflexible labour markets
  • Job creation and unemployment
  • Labour productivity


10:30–11:15 HR Think Tank  - Peer to Peer Discussions
During this interactive discussion, HR Directors will discuss hot topics and learn how others are handling similar challenges and HR issues.
Facilitated by Dr Morne Mostert, Director, Leadership Options
  • What is keeping HR director’s up at night?
  • What is the next big thing in HR?
  • Where is HR going?
  • Share your stories/challenges/experiences.  
  • Ngao Motsei, Group Executive: Strategic Human Resources and Transformation, MMI
  • Lele Mehlomakulu, Director, Mpower People Solutions (Past HR Director, Allan Gray)
11:15–12:15 TRACK 1: Chairperson : Dave van Eeden

Creating a resilient, agile  and innovative workforce to provide real business results
Shelagh Goodwin , Head: HR, Media 24 ( Africa’s largest publisher, printer & distributor of magazines,  newspaper & related products )
  • Business benefits to creating a resilient and agile workforce
  • Requirements of an agile workforce
  • Behaviors underpinning resilience
  • Teaching your organisation to adapt to change quickly
  • Supporting a workforce to cope with change
  • How you can match the supply of talent to where growth opportunities are greatest in order to create an innovative and agile organisation
  • What do agile leaders look like and how you can groom them for change
  • Using agility in practice

TRACK 2: Chairperson: Lele Mehlomakulu, Director, Mpower (Past HR Director, Allan Gray)

Adding value through the workforce – the role of trust and diversity
Nene Molefi, Managing Director, Mandate Molefi
Two factors will play a major role in the next few years  - diversity and trust in the workplace:
  • Beyond compliance towards necessity - The role of diversity
  • The difference between being a diverse organisation and making diversity work
  • The power of diversity (going beyond talent supply)
  • Get the basics right and get to know your workforce
  • Monitor and measure diversity (diversity is more than simply race and gender)
  • Driving innovation – the value of trust
  • How trust is changing and what we mean by trust?
12:15–13:00 TRACK 1: Preparing leaders for what’s next – are your leaders ready?
  • Building paths – developing the next generation of leaders
  • Aligning leadership development initiatives with organisational strategy to drive business results
  • How to manage the demands placed on leaders in today’s complex environment
  • Being prepared for disruption
  • Leading the HR function in a changing world – what does leading HR look like today

TRACK 2: Marketing and Branding your HR Department
Mathew Weis, Managing Director, Brand Union
  • The how and why HR should start thinking like marketing – the business benefits
  • Branding to increase internal value and influence
  • Leveraging your personal brand to enhance the image, credibility and reputation of your HR function
  • ‘Corporate Brand’ vs ‘Human Brand’ – why a human brand is important

13:00–14:00 Networking Lunch and Expo

14:00–15:00 TRACK 1: Shaping strategic business decisions – the role of the HR Director
Ngao Motsei, Group Executive: Strategic Human Resources and Transformation, MMI
  • HR’s evolving role in the organisation
  • The HR director as a strategic resource in the organisation  - building capability to deliver
  • Moving HR from transactional to transformational
  • Strategic contributors – providing the right resources at the right time and in budget
  • Moving HR beyond a ‘partner’ role to an initiator role requires a rethink of HR

TRACK 2: The secret behind one of the world’s top tourist destinations – people management
Bobby Stewart, Strategic Relations & HR Exec,  V & A Waterfront

15:00–15:15 Afternoon break & visit the expo stands

15:15–16:00 Plenary: The CEO and HR Director Partnership – working together to achieve results
  • Proving worth to the CEO and board – selling HR to get CEO support
  • The role of HR at board level
  • CEO and HR disconnect


DAY TWO • 19 March 2015 – Thursday

07:30–08:00 Registration & welcome snacks and refreshments

08:00–08:15 Welcome and Introduction by Chairperson
08:15–09:00 Building a nation’s social and ethical fabric: what role can the HR Director play in contributing to a more ethical and just country
Advocate Thuli  Madonsela, Public Protector (Invited)
09:00–09:30 The new kind of management science – 25 words to change your world 
Pieter Geldenhuys, Principal Consultant, SystemicLogic, Group (Vice-Chair: Innovation Focus Group at International Telecommunication Union)
09:30–10:30 SAB Miller: World-class! The people strategies making SAB Miller the second largest beer brewer in the world, employing 70,000 employees in more than 80 countries
Khaya Ngcwembe, HR Director, SAB Miller (Invited)

10:30–11:00 Morning break – enjoy some refreshments and engage with exhibitors

11:00–12:00 TRACK 1: Reskilling and upskilling  – getting fit for purpose  
Nomzamo Ngqulana-Kasana, HR Director, Glacier(by Sanlam)
  • The reskilled HR team - Transform HR professionals into skilled business consultants
  • Ensuring HR teams staying current and viable
  • Transforming HR to meet new business priorities

TRACK 2: A vision for growth: moving from Ulrich’s model to new emerging models
Michael Ferreira, Associate Director, PwCHR 

In this track we have allocated topics which will be crucial for HR leaders in retail to attend!

HR challenges in the retail sector
Senta Morley, Head: HR, TFG (The Foschini Group)
12:00–13:00 TRACK 1: Predictive analytics  - a core competency for the HR executive
Martin Sutherland, Global Director, People Tree Group &  Brett Mulder, Business Development Manager, People Tree Group

The best HR functions are showing that they can provide insight that will help make smarter and better business decisions through the use of predictive analytics.  However this should be analytics to support the business and not just data for data sakes.  Often data describes what has already happened as opposed to using analytics to predict what might happen and actively find ways to address a potential problem.  HR directors need to think predictive – CEOs want and need help planning for the future and not a story of what has already happened!
  • Where’s the value?
  • Where to start?
  • What will I need?
  • Data issues
  • Predictive analytics in practice
  • The future of human capital analytics
  • Talent Analytics – predicting talent supply and informing talent decisions

TRACK 2: Moving from training and development to Learning and Performance
Alwyn Klein, Chief Learning and Performance Officer, SPLaT Consulting, Certified Performance Technologist (ISPI) and Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (ASTD) winner of the Chief Learning and Development Officer of the Year 2014 awarded by Knowledge Resources and GIBS.

TRACK 2: Unlock Africa’s potential – Getting your people strategy right
Pearl Maphoshe, Group Human Capital Executive, Chairperson of the HR Forum and member of the Sustainability and Transformation Committee, Massmart

13:00–14:00 Networking Lunch and Expo

14:00–14:45 TRACK 1: IR today - new realities, new challenges and approaches
Chris Jacobs, Director, OIM International
  • Developments on the labour front - the need for a coherent strategy
  • New realities old tactics
  • The need for direct engagement with employees

TRACK 2: Transforming the future of HR  - the chief HR officer as Chief change
Dr Linda Ronnie, Senior Lecturer: People & Organisational Behaviour, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business 

TRACK  3: Woolworths CASE STUDY: Learning and development best practice in the Retail sector
Sibongile Antoni, Senior Manager: Learning & Development, Woolworths


15:15–16:00 TRACK 1: Retention and acceleration of key diverse talent – BP global case study
Tebogo Maenetja, HR Director, BP South Africa  & Margaret Townsend, International Trainer and Coach, Connected Leadership

TRACK 2: Talent means bottom-line! Building a customer-centric organisation
Lizelle Greef, Group Team Leader: Human Relations Fruit & Veg City




Various sponsorship & exhibition packages available. This is your opportunity to engage with senior-level HR decision makers. For more information, call Barbara Spence on 082 881 3454082 881 3454 or email:

Conference Speakers

Dikeledi Dlwati, HR Executive: Operations, Tiger Brands
Dikeledi  has been a HR Executive for about 10 years now.  She joined Tiger Brands six years  ago as HR Executive: Operations.  She has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of HR as an HR Generalist and  L&D specialist in Retail, Broadcasting and FMCG.  While she has led organisations in managing change, effectively managing performance and improving employee engagement, her expertise lies in Talent Management, Team Development and Organisation Development and Transformation.  Dikeledi obtained her degree from UCT, her  Honours in Psychology through Unisa and her Master’s Diploma in HR at the  University of Johannesburg.

Professor Haroon Bhorat, Director: Development Policy Research Unity, School of Economics, University of Cape Town
Prof Bhorat’s research interests cover labour economics, poverty and income distribution. He has co-authored two books on labour market and poverty issues in South Africa, and has published more than 150 academic journal articles, book chapters and working papers. Prof Bhorat holds the highly prestigious National Research Chair under the theme of Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality: Exploring the Interactions for South Africa. Prof Bhorat consults with international organizations such as the ILO, the UNDP, the World Bank, Ratings Agencies and emerging market fund managers. He was a member of the UN Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (LEP), and Head of Research for the UN’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Professor Bhorat has undertaken extensive work for several South African government departments – most notably the South African Department of Labour, the Presidency and the National Treasury. He has served on a number of government research advisory panels, and was an economic advisor to former Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe, formally serving on the Presidential Economic Advisory Panel.
Mathew Weiss, Managing Director, Brand Union
Mathew, a brand strategy and communications professional has accumulated broad brand experience working in Europe, America, Africa and the Middle East. A strategist by training he has won numerous awards for effectiveness. As MD he is focused on building the agency’s creative culture and seeking out brave clients that want to use brands to change the world for the better. He obtained his degree from Reading University in the UK. Mathew is a guest lecturer and advisory council member of Vega Branding School of Brand Leadership.
Nene Molefi, Managing Director, Mandate Molefi
Nene is the Owner and Managing Director of Mandate Molefi. She is an experienced facilitator, HR and Transformation consultant. Over the past 18 years, Nene has gained a reputation both locally and internationally as a thought leader in Diversity & Inclusion, Values Driven Leadership & Transformation. Nene has managed large scale Culture Change projects in various sectors of South Africa’s organisations. She has customised her organisation’s “tried and tested” ten-step process for sustainable transformation. Nene received her post graduate degree in South Africa and her Master’s from York St John University in the UK.
Pearl Maphoshe, Group Human Capital Executive, Chairperson of the HR Forum and member of the Sustainability and Transformation Committee, Massmart
Prior to joining Massdiscounters Pearl worked for Telkom and Old Mutual and for Umgeni Water as General Manager: Corporate Services. Prior to assuming responsibility for Human Capital on the Massmart Executive Committee from August 2007, Pearl was Director of Human Resources at Massdiscounters. She brings broad experience in managing and developing human capital to the Group. Pearl is also a guest lecturer and external examiner on the MBA programme at the University of Kwazulu Natal. Pearl serves on the council at the University of Zululand. She is a member of the executive committee of the Council and she serves as the Chairperson of the HR and Remuneration committee of the Council. Pearl has recently been appointed Chairperson of the Wholesale & Retail SETA.
Nomzamo Ngqulala-Kasana, Head of Human Resources, Glacier (By Sanlam)
Nomzamo was appointed Head of Human Resources on 1 September 2010. She holds a BA (Hons) in Educational Psychology, a BA (Degree) in Psychology from UWC as well as a Higher Diploma in Education. Prior to joining Glacier, Nomzamo was head of Human Resources for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee and was involved in formulating HR strategy initiatives for Clicks Centralised Distribution Centre, Musica and the Discom brand.

Wilhelm Crous Managing Director, Knowledge Resources
Wilhelm Crous is the Managing Director and Founder of Knowledge Resources, established in 1991. Wilhelm previously served as the Executive Director of the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM) from 1981 to 1991 and is also a past chairman of the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP). His past experience includes part time and guest lecturer at various business schools and universities, including the University of Johannesburg. Wilhelm is a member of many international associations such as ASTD, AMA and the Academy of Management. Wilhelm holds an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch. In 2012 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the SABPP for outstanding contribution to the Human Resources Management profession.
Lele Mehlomakulu, Managing Director, mPower People Solutions (Former Head of HR, Allan Gray)
Lele Mehlomakulu has a BSc (Maths and Psychology) and BSc Honours from the Medical University of Southern Africa, (Medunsa). She also has a Masters in Business Leadership from UNISA. Lele is the founder and MD of mPower People Solutions, which focuses on the development and transition management of graduates, young professionals and women in corporate environment. mPS also offers HR services to small and medium sized companies. Lele also consults with companies on their transformation strategies, dealing mainly with the topic of inclusivity and purpose fulfillment. She is also a Director at Accelerate Cape Town. Lele is also a speaker on topics relating to talent management, transformation, purposeful living and women in leadership.
Chris Jacobs, Director, OIM
Over the past 25 years Chris Jacobs has consulted widely in a range of industries, both locally and abroad. During this time he has gained 21 years’ experience in OIM’s proven performance improvement methodology. His fields of expertise include conflict resolution, management-union relations, the establishment of employee engagement tools, strategic planning and execution, and diversity management. He has successfully lead projects in these areas at clients such as Anglo Platinum, Anglo Gold, Samancor, Khumani Assmang, Oceana,Woolworths, Tiger Brands, British American Tobacco, Distell and Barloworld.
Barry Vorster Partner/Director, PwC
Barry leads the PwC People and Change practice. He has been involved in the HR and IT arenas since 1994. Barry holds a Master’s degree in Computer-Aided Education from the University of Pretoria and is a Master HR Practitioner with the South African Board for People Practices. He began his career as a lecturer in Afrikaans Linguistics at the University of Potchefstroom and has since worked for the University of Zululand, ABSA Bank, Africa Growth Network, IB M/Lotus, AS T, EPI -USE and PwC. He has over 15 years of consulting experience, gained both locally and in Europe and has provided strategic consultancy and programme management services to several clients. Barry has worked across both public and private sectors and has worked with companies such as Eskom, RMB, Sanlam, Unisa School for Business Leadership, Botswana Power Corporation, SA Post Office, Momentum, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Kumba, PetroSA, BAT, Lonmin, and Anglo Platinum to name but a few.
Nadir Keshavjee, GM: Smarter Workforce, IBM
Nadir was schooled in England and graduated from University in Toronto where he attended York University and majored in business administration. Prior to IBM Nadir had extensive experience in management and sales within the automotive industry where he also provided sales and management training to branches in Toronto. He moved to Africa in 1996 and established the Kenexa South Africa office. In 2010 he was promoted to Managing Director- Assessments EMEA and successfully turned the division into a profitable business unit for Kenexa. In 2012 when Kenexa was acquired by IBM, Nadir was asked to lead the Smarter Workforce Business for IBM in Sub-Sahara Africa.
Martin Sutherland Global Director, People Tree Group
Martin is the Global Director of PeopleTree Talent Analytics International, a human capital professional group based in Ireland, focusing on talent analytics, and related advisory services. He is a founder member of the company, launched in 2001, and has spearheaded its global expansion. Clients are spread across 47 countries in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the US, Central and South America and recently India. Martin has always had a fascination with people and technology, and together with Yolanda Lacoma, (the Managing Director and cofounder of PeopleTree), they have used technology and research to understand what makes people successful when they tackle new situations and business challenges. The result is a robust talent process, driven by powerful talent analytics, which helps companies to effectively direct time, money and effort to grow and develop their leaders. Prior to the formation of PeopleTree, Martin was a director of the largest public relations and communications company in South Africa. He regularly speaks at international conferences and publishes articles on the topic of talent management. His approach is characterised by practical and sustainable solutions that aim to maximize the value of an organization’s talent portfolio. He has 21 years of professional consulting experience in the ICT, Energy and Power, Financial Services & Banking, Transport, Retail and Manufacturing sectors.
Shelagh Goodwin, Head: HR, Media 24
Shelagh is a registered Industrial Psychologist who has worked in the field of HR, including generalist work, leadership development and talent management in the Naspers Group since 1993. She has been the Head of Human Resources at Media 24 for the past 6 years. She received her honour’s degree from the University of Cape Town and her Masters through UNISA.
Senta Morley, Head: Human Resources, TFG (The Foschini Group)
Senta has worked in Retailing for the past 20 years, in Operations Management, Project Management and Human Resources Management Positions. Within Human Resources, she has worked in both Business Partner and Centres of Excellence roles. Previously responsible for an HR Operations role which ensures consistent HR delivery across TFG and bridges business partner and central HR roles, she now fulfills the role of Head of TFG Human Resources. Her role oversees all areas of HR function namely, Remuneration and Benefits, HR Information management, CSI and Employee Relations, Resourcing and Talent Management, HR Operations and Talent Management.
Ngao Motsei, Group Executive: Strategic Human Resources and Transformation, MMI
Ngao Motsei held various senior positions before joining MMI Holdings. She joined MMI Holdings from the South African Reserve Bank where she was Head of Change Management. She has over 10 years’ experience in strategy development, organisational design, transformation, change management, team effectiveness, leadership development and corporate governance. She serves on the board of MMI Group Ltd and various other subsidiary companies within the MMI Holdings group. Ngao was educated at UCT, INSEAD and obtained her Masters from Cornell University.
Sibongile Antoni, Senior Manager: Learning and Development, Woolworths
Bobby Stewart, Strategic Relations & HR Exec, V & A Waterfront
Dr Linda Ronnie, Senior Lecturer: People & Organisational Behaviour, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business
Dr Linda Ronnie is a Senior Lecturer in People Management and Organisational Behaviour at the UCT Graduate School of Business. Prior to her academic career, Linda worked in the manufacturing sector where she gained extensive management experience. Her PhD focused on non-degreed mature adults entering the higher education environment and the consequences of this experience on students’ relationships with significant others in their lives. She concluded her Masters at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, and her Masters at UCT. Beyond her focus on adult learning and experience, Linda’s research interests include the attraction, retention and motivation of talented, capable employees seen through a generational lens and the role of the psychological contract in shaping individuals’ working lives.
Alwyn Klein, Chief Learning and Performance Officer, SPLaT Consulting ( Certified Performance Technologist (ISPI), Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (ASTD) & winner of the Chief Learning and Development Officer of the Year 2014 awarded by Knowledge Resources and GIBS)
An award winning Learning and Performance expert, trainer, and speaker who has seen the word Performance defined numerous ways over the years. With almost two decades of managing, presenting, and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches business experience, his view is different. Having managed a large learning and performance team of over 60 learning and performance professionals, one of which included a team looking after the learning and performance needs of 7 call centres – he transitioned himself and his teams from transaction order-taking training providers to trusted performance consultants. Alwyn has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, is a registered Psychometrist, Certified Professional in Learning and PerformanceTM with the Association for Talent Development and a Certified Performance Technologist with the International Society for Performance Improvement, both in the USA. He continues to work with the best and brightest in the Learning and Performance field worldwide to ensure that he is always on the leading edge of performance thinking. Prior to starting SPLat, Alwyn was the Senior Manager: Learning and Performance at MTN.
Ester Kruger, Senior Consultant: Neuroscience & Change, Bioss Southern Africa
Ester Kruger has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Psychology, and is registered with the HPCSA. She has more than 12 years’ experience in the areas of Change Management, Diversity Management, Talent Management, Performance Management, and Leadership Training. Ester has a passion for Neuropsychology, and issues of community and organisational transformation. Ester is a qualified CPA and IRIS practitioner and is accredited in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Transformational Leadership, MWR Job Profiling and other diagnostic and organisational development processes and methodologies. She is currently a senior consultant at Bioss SA but has held various senior level positions at the TransUnion Group and SA National Defence Force. Ester serves on the Executive of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA), and is a board member for an NGO looking after orphans and vulnerable children in the Kwa-Mahlanga area. Ester has developed the ANCHOR CHAIN™ model for planned and unplanned change that has been implemented successfully in local and international organisation.

Margaret Townsend, Connected Leadership, Co-Founder, Connected Leadership
Margaret Townsend has coached and facilitated CEOs and key talent at clients BP, Rand Merchant Bank, Pepsico, Unilever and Shell. She is currently leading Talent Development projects for BP in Johannesburg, London, Chicago and Shanghai. She has an MSc (Master of Science) in Organizational Consulting from Ashridge Business School in the UK and is founding partner of leadership consultancy, Connected Leadership. She works with a network of talented coaches in South Africa, the UK, US and China.
Barbara Stewart Roberts, Executive: Strategic Relations, Human Resources and Strategy, V&A Waterfront
Barbara Stewart Roberts is the Executive: Strategic Relations, Human Resources, Strategy and Leadership at the V&A Waterfront, one of South Africa’s most iconic and visited destinations in Cape Town. Barbara is a highly seasoned employment law consultant, HR and business strategist and executive coach. She started her career in law and then moved into the study of human resources, leadership development and coaching. Previous work experience include heading up the Human Resources portfolio for an international off-shore Diamond Mining group for nearly a decade, where she honed many of her strategic and leadership skills. Barbara held the additional portfolios of 2IC to the CEO, various directorships within the group as well as being the first woman to hold a position on the Namibian Diamond Mining Council. Thereafter, Barbara had her own Management Consultancy, for nine years before being approached to join the V&A Waterfront. Barbara is a graduate of Stellenbosch University and has a number of additional post graduate qualifications in Employment Law, Strategy, Human Resources, Mediation and Facilitation, Executive Coaching and Leadership Development.
Samkelo Blom, Transformation/HR Executive, Spur Corporation
Samkelo started his career in human resources specialising in ‘learning and development’. He previously managed the ‘learning and development’ function at Old Mutual, Standard Bank, government and Media24. Samkelo joined Spur Corporation in January 2013.
Heidi Kornmuller, Global Head: HR, Coronation Fund Managers
Heidi is currently the Global Head of Human Resources at Coronation Fund Managers, voted 2nd in the Financial Mail's Top Companies awards in 2012. At Coronation she has full responsibility for all people related issues for Coronation Fund Managers globally including recruitment, industrial relations, training, performance management, staff wellness and transformation. During Heidi's time at CFM, she has received an honours in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management (UCT), a certificate in Labour Law (UCT) and a diploma in Executive Coaching (London Tavistock Institute). After initially graduating with a Business Science with Honours in General Psychology degree (UCT) and a year of work in London, Heidi started her career at Investec Asset Management as the first Cape Town based Human Resource consultant. Two years later she left Investec to begin work on a Balanced Scorecard project at Coronation Fund Managers (CFM) where after she was employed as the first HR consultant for CFM.
Tebogo Maenetja, HR Director, BP Southern Africa
Tebogo is the HR Director for BP Southern Africa (BPSA), where she also serves on the Board of Masana Petroleum Solutions, a BEE company in which BPSA is a major shareholder. Prior to joining BP, Tebogo was HR Director for Hewlett Packard SA (HPSA) a Technology company, where she also served on the Board of HPSA and its subsidiaries. Tebogo has extensive background in the Human Resources Management field, the majority of which has been in HR leadership roles within various industries including Insurance, Financial Services, NGO, Information Technology, and lately Oil & Gas industry. Tebogo has a Master’s degree in Industrial Social Work from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Certificate in Executive Development (EDP) from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

Pre-conference Workshop

17 March 2015 (Tuesday) Pre-Conference workshops

Workshop 1: Implementing a lean approach to & through HR

Facilitated by Professor Norman Faull, Chairman, Lean Institute Africa

How is lean relevant to HR? While lean is effective in improving processes, as in those for making automobiles or insurance pay-outs, how does it engage HR? It is a body of practices and philosophies that originated in Japan in Toyota. And Toyota claims, ‘We make people before we make parts.’ TPS stands for the Toyota Production System, but also, the Thinking People System. If we miss the people development aspect of lean, we miss the whole thing. In this fun-filled workshop we will explore the essential people part of lean and HR’s key role with respect to lean in the organisation: developing capability within HR; delivering value for the organisation and its customers; and how results will surely follow.

Key themes:
  • What is lean? How does it distinguish itself from other improvement approaches?
  • Learning by doing: is it easier to get people to act their way into a better way of thinking or to think their way into a better way of acting? An HR-based game will make this practical, memorable and enjoyable.
  • Illustrating the core lean practices of Standard Work, Visual Management, 5S, and Value Stream Mapping
  • A3 problem solving and proposals, and the Lean Kata
  • Gemba walks and leader standard work to drive and embed culture change

Key outcomes:

Understanding of lean as:
  • A management system, not a collection of tools and techniques
  • A vehicle for evolving a more effective and reliable corporate culture, and one that aligns with and supports the strategic imperatives
  • Developing leaders to think and act strategically in support of front-line staff focused on delivering value to customers
  • Contributing to HR effectiveness within the HR function and the organisation
  • Only learnt by doing, which means developing capability, delivering value, and delivering results all in the same initiative.

Who should attend?

Senior HR executives seeking to strengthen a lean initiative or to launch one either in the HR area or the organisation as a whole.

About the facilitators:

Facilitated by Professor Norman Faull, Chairman, The Lean Institute Africa
Emeritus Professor Norman Faull is the Chairman of the Lean Institute Africa and formally a Professor of Business Administration at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. He was among the first researchers in South Africa to introduce innovative manufacturing and supply chain improvement concepts, such as lean manufacturing, into the country. In recent years he has focused on implementation of lean management in the South African public health system. He teaches on MBA and executive programmes at UCT and elsewhere. He continues to research the area of process improvement, with particular attention to large-scale systems.

Workshop times:
  • 07:30–08:30 REGISTRATION
  • 10:30–11:00 MORNING BREAK
  • 12:30–13:30 LUNCH

Workshop 2. Crafting and executing an effective people strategy

Facilitated by Tjaart Minnaar (CEO, OIM International) and Dave van Eeden (Executive: People & Organisation, Rialto Foods)

In this practical workshop, you will be guided through a framework for the development of a People strategy and a process for ensuring successful execution of this strategy. You will use your own organisational experience in applying the framework and execution process and we encourage you to come to the workshop equipped to discuss your own organisational needs.

Key outcomes:
  • gain an understanding of what people strategy is
  • learn how to apply a model which can be used in crafting a people strategy
  • translate a people strategy into an practical action plan
  • reflect on and give thought to the people strategic planning within their own organisations

Key Themes: People Strategy, Hr Scorecard, Organisation Direction, Structure, Alignment, Leadership Behaviour and Culture, Employee Engagement, Measurement and Reward

Who should attend?

Human Resource leaders currently required to develop and execute a people strategy and those HR practitioners who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of HR beyond the transactional requirements of the role.

Workshop times:
  • 07:30–08:30 REGISTRATION
  • 10:30–11:00 MORNING BREAK
  • 12:30–13:30 LUNCH

About the Facilitators:

Dave van Eeden, Executive: People & Organisation, Rialto Foods (Editor of The Role of the Chief Human Resource Officer, published by Knowledge Resources October 2014) Dave is an Executive: People and Organisation at Rialto Foods, a South African importer of quality imported food and beverage products and part of the Libstar Group. Dave is also a partner in HR Global Innovation, an international Higher Education Human Resource consulting business. Previously he held senior positions in Human Resources and Organisational Effectiveness at The University of Cape Town, Tiger Brands and Woolworths (South Africa) and was associated with OIM. Dave has an Honours degree in Psychology and an MBL People Management from UNISA and has recently completed a Bachelor’s degree in Knowledge and Information Management at Stellenbosch University. He recently edited a book entitled “The Role of the Chief Human Resource Officer, under the auspices of Knowledge Resources.

Tjaart Minnaar, CEO, OIM International OIM CEO Tjaart Minnaar has 30 years’ experience Engagement, Measurement and Reward in organisational performance improvement, industrial relations, and training and development. He advises several South African blue-chip companies and has international consulting experience in areas such as strategic planning organisational change and development, employee engagement, executive coaching, business structuring, industrial relations and conflict resolution. He has successfully lead several large-scale organisational change processes locally and abroad and has consulted widely in the food, financial services, engineering, construction and mining industries and for parastatals and local government. Before joining OIM, Tjaart spent 10 years with the Barlow Rand Group’s ICS division where he held various senior human resources positions. Tjaart has spearheaded the extension of OIM’s integrated offering into new lines of business and the launch of several new business ventures. Several of his clients have scooped the overall prize and won categories in the Deloitte Best Company To Work For competition. Tjaart’s specific area of interest is the design of large-scale organisational performance improvement processes.


Price (Incl. VAT)
Pre-conference workshop: 17 March 2015
R 4 250.00 each
Day one or two of conference: 18 or 19 March 2015
R 5 950.00
Two-day conference: 18 and 19 March 2015
R 11 900.00
Two-day conference and one day workshop: 17, 18, 19 March 2015
R 14 650.00
EXCLUSIVE, BY INVITATION ONLY: PRE-CONFERENCE DINNER @ Reuben’s  – 17 MARCH 2015! Limited seating available.  Book early to secure your place and avoid disappointment.  Contact Debbie Atwell for more information (| 083 651 1664083 651 1664)
You have the opportunity to drill down on specific issues and engage directly with one of our key speakers during lunch.  Seating is limited - available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Contact Debbie Atwell to reserve your seat for lunch!  

Please note:

  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking, workshop and conference material
SETA grants and accreditation requirements
Many of our delegates enquire about the accreditation of our events. There is a misconception that organisations qualify for SETA grants only for accredited programmes. This is not correct. The payment of SETA grants is regulated by the Government Gazette, no. 9867, Vol. 570, 3 December 2012, no. 35940. These Regulations clearly state that the SETAs “must allocate a mandatory grant to a levy paying employer” that has submitted a WSP and ATR by the regulated date, has provided all the information required in the regulated template, and is up to date with skills levy payments. Furthermore, the template in the Regulations (Section C: Skills Development) allows employers to include ALL planned training in the report; not only accredited programmes.


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Single - per person (flight and accommodation, 5 nights) –R11 830

What is included:
  • Return economy class seats on South African Airways Johannesburg/Cape Town/Johannesburg
  • Taxes
  • 05 Nights’ accommodation at The City Lodge V&A (Standard Room) or similar
  • Breakfast daily Single- per person (Accommodation only, 5 nights) – R7050

Single- per person (accommodation only, 5 nights) – R7050

What is included:
  • Taxes
  • 05 Nights’ accommodation at The City Lodge V&A (Standard Room) or similar
  • Breakfast daily


Single - price per person (flights and accommodation, 5 nights) – R13020

What is included:
  • Return economy class seats on South African Airways Johannesburg/Cape Town/Johannesburg
  • Taxes
  • 05 Nights’ accommodation at The Protea Hotel Fire and Ice (Standard Room) or similar
  • Breakfast daily Single –price per person (accommodation only, 5 nights) – R8230

Single –price per person (accommodation only, 5 nights) – R8230

What is included:
  • Taxes
  • 5 night’s accommodation at the Protea Hotel Fire and Ice (Standard Room) or similar
  • Breakfast daily


Single – price per adult R31 870.00

What is included:
  • Return economy class seats on South African Airways Johannesburg/Cape Town/Johannesburg
  • Taxes
  • 05 Nights’ accommodation at The Westin (Executive Club Room) or similar
  • Breakfast daily

Single - price per adult (accommodation only) R27 080

What is included:
  • Taxes
  • 05 Nights’ accommodation at The Westin (Executive Club Room) or similar
  • Breakfast daily


Optional extra’s:
  • Full Day Cape Point – R200.00 per person
  • Half Day Cape Point – R120.00 per person
  • Half Day City and Table Mountain tour – R120.00 per person
  • Half Day Winelands – R120.00 per person
  • Full Day Winelands – R190.00 per person
  • Half Day Township Tour – R120.00 per person
  • Full Day Shark Cage Diving – R340.00 per person
  • Half Day Robben Island Tour – R 480.00 per person

Not included in the packages above:
  • Transfers not mentioned
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Travel Insurance (Highly recommended)
  • Meals & Beverages not specified
  • Entrance tickets not mentioned
  • Sightseeing
  • All items of personal nature
  • Gratuities

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