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HR Business Partner Annual Conference 2017 Johannesburg


Pre-Conference Workshop • 06 June 2017
Two-day conference • 07-08 June 2017
Post-Conference workshop 9 June 2017
The Hyatt Regency, Rosebank | Johannesburg

The new Business Partner must be strategic. Moving your HR function into a more transformational role and educating management on the importance of a strategic partnership with HR is what every organisation should strive for.

The Knowledge Resources HR Business Partners Conference will provide expert advice on how to build your own partnering capabilities, whether you are currently in an HRBP role or are looking to take the next step. Many organisations have already progressed along this route. Here is a conference where you will be able to share your experiences, successes and lessons learned.

The conference focuses specifically on the HR Business Partner as a strategic role within the organisation. The conference speakers, organisations and topics have been exclusively researched to offer:
  1. Success stories from highly regarded HR professionals and organisations.
  2. Key insight into how successful HR Executives and Business Partners are delivering results and adding value.
  3. New knowledge and expertise to guide and equip you for your present and future HR BUSINESS Partner role.

Every speaker will leave the delegates with 5 - 10 very practical outcomes that can be implemented the next day back at work

For more information about the Conference, please contact Michelle Raymond on or +27 11 706 6009.


Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available. For more information contact Barbara Spence

Tel: +27 11 463 7940+27 11 463 7940  |  Cel: +27 82 881 3454+27 82 881 3454  |


DAY ONE • 07 JUNE 2017

07:30–08:30 REGISTRATION | Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources Registration Staff


Translating and Implementing Organisational Strategies into actionable HR Practices


The HRBP as a driver of Corporate Value:
Dave van Eeden and Marius Meyer


Measuring the Success of HRBPs

Pamela Veeran, Head: People and Organisation Development at HEINEKEN

11:00–11:30 Morning tea


Restructuring, changing culture – the “real difficult stuff!”

Milton Nyamadzawo, HR Director, Pearson

Talent Value Management

Andre Pandy, MD, Human Insights

13:00–14:00 LUNCH | Engage in meaningful, learning conversations while enjoying a delicious meal


Employee Engagement and Spirituality in the Workplace

Rose Mathafena, Human Capital Executive Manager, Sasria

15:00–15:15 AFTERNOON BREAK | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry


The new generation of HR Analytics


16:15 Close Day-1


DAY TWO • 08 JUNE 2017

07:30–08:30 REGISTRATION | Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources Registration Staff


Why do good employees quit?


Fit-for-purpose Organisational Design – Getting it right

Professor Theo Veldsman, Work Psychologist, Former Professor in Work Psychology, UJ (co-editor- Leadership: Perspectives from the front line)

Living and Leading through Uncertainty –  How HRBPs can add value

Kathy Bennett,
Leadership Coach, Adjunct Faculty Member and OD Consultant – University of Stellenbosch Business School

10:45–11:15 Morning Break


Performance Management and Appraisals – Reinvented to be relevant for the Uber Age:

Russell Coleman, HR Director at Danone


Your HR compliance and HR standards checklist:

Marius Meyer, CEO at SABPP

13:00–14:00 LUNCH | Engage in meaningful, learning conversations while enjoying a delicious meal


HR Business Partner Competency Framework:  Business Partnering for Excellence and Sustainability

Dr. Meiya G Nthoesane,
Manager: Corporate Services Centre for Business at UNISA

15:00–15:15 Afternoon break | Enjoy tea & coffee and networking


 Building a strong and credible working relationship with line managers

16:00–16:15 Wrap up


Marius is currently the CEO of the SA Board for People Practices, the professional body for HR Management in South Africa. He also is involved in lecturing, research and consulting in the fields of HR/HRD/OD, mentoring, coaching and leadership development, as well as organisation culture change. He is the author of 14 books on the above aspects and also works in the field of measuring the ROI of training programmes to show the business impact of training. His goal is to help students and companies to optimise human potential and to ensure that they build the competence of their workforce. He is also a regular conference speaker on these topics.
Pamela Veeran, Head: People and Organisation Development at HEINEKEN
Pamela holds a Master of Arts in Industrial Psychology. She has broad HR Generalist skills with deep specialisation in Organisational Development, Design and Performance Management. Pamela has a strong track record of successfully implementing processes, systems and strategies at plant, regional and organisational levels. Pamela has managed and led several Organisational Development projects. She has held several Executive roles, leading HR teams within plants and regions. Pamela has extensive experience in HR Business Partnering - working with and coaching teams and leaders to improve team/individual performance.
Theo Veldsman, Work Psychologist, Visiting Professor in Work Psychology at University of Johannesburg, Strategic Associate, InavitIQ
Theo is regarded as one of the thought leaders in South Africa with respect to people management and the psychology of work. He has demonstrated his ongoing ability to pro-actively identify emerging people and leadership needs and arrive at fit-for-purpose, innovative solutions that are simultaneously theoretically and practically sound. He has a proven ability to move seamlessly between theory and practice, and vice versa. He has led the profession of Psychology and Industrial Psychology nationally as President on several occasions. He has been awarded Fellowship status by the Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychology of SA (SIOPSA). He was given an Award for Life Long Achievement by the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP) in 2012.
Kathy Bennett, Leadership Coach, Adjunct Faculty Member & OD Consultant
Kathy is a portfolio person, comprising 3 primary roles, leadership coach, part-time faculty member on coaching programmes at USB and OD consultant (with emphasis on change leadership). She has a keen interest in understanding how leaders need to develop their individual capability to be more effective in a VUCA world. Her doctoral study explored executives lived experience of uncertainty and the notion of a ‘capability for uncertainty’, with implications for leadership coaching and leadership development for enhancing such capability in leaders. She has subsequently published a book in 2017 that focuses on developing leaders' capability for uncertainty, entitled "LIVING AND LEADING THROUGH UNCERTAINTY".
Meiya G. Nthoesane, Manager: Corporate Services at Centre for Business Management, Unisa
Meiya G. Nthoesane is the Founder and Executive Director of the Stratique Leadership and Coaching Institute. He is a qualified physiotherapist from University of Witwatersrand. He has also trained in numerology and metaphysics, the latter with University of Sedona and holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Management at University of Pretoria and completed Doctor of Business Leadership degree with the University of South Africa. His current roles include leadership teaching at Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute; leadership consulting to help organisations build women leadership capacity and a reserve force member of SANDF. He has also written professional and academic papers in both leadership and finance.
Tirelo Sibisi, Executive Vice President: Group Human Resources Anglo GoldAshanti
Tirelo is an MBA graduate with over 20 years’ experience in the Human Resources (HR) field. She was the Group HR and CSI Executive at PPC Cement with responsibility across South Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia, DRC, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. During her tenure, she played an integral role in the operating model of the organisation make it move towards a multinational organisation. She also developed and launched a Mentorship program for young talent within PPC. She has particularly enjoyed her role in the acquisition of the new mining licenses and played an integral role in the development of sustainable community projects and Social labour plans. Tirelo has extensive HR experience both locally and internationally. She spent her formative years in the information technology sector having spent 10 years with IBM (South Africa and Europe) and thereafter six years with Telkom. She is as a well-rounded Senior HR Executive with strengths in executive compensation, talent management, executive succession and stakeholder management.


Pre-Conference Workshop | 06 June 2017
Post Conference Workshop | 09 June 2017

The Hyatt Regency, Rosebank | Johannesburg

Workshop 1
Talent Value Management Workshop

Why you have to attend this workshop

The contemporary model of Talent Management is changing; organisations want to know what value does Talent Management practices contribute to the bottom line. Our challenge today is to find a complementary process and philosophy that enhances the way we do Talent Management. This workshop will change your current Talent Management paradigm and allow you to see Talent Management from a whole new perspective – from a business viewpoint. It will shift your focus away from Talent Administration.

Workshop objectives
By using the TVM philosophy, provide participants with thought leadership, tools, frameworks and diagnostics which will help them shift their organisations’ focus toward Key Talent driving organisation value.

Key outcomes of the workshop
Provide participants with:
  • A broad view on why we need to refocus our Talent Management efforts – from Talent administration to Talent Value Management
  • An Introduction to the concept of Talent Value Management (TVM), its philosophy, processes and frameworks
  • Tools to implement TVM
  • An opportunity for HR to drive real business value with a business aligned Talent agenda

Andre Pandy Andre Pandy is the founder and Managing Director of Human Insights (Pty) Ltd, a management consultancy focusing on the formulation of Results-Based, impactful HR Solutions based on deep human and organisational insights. He has worked in both Emerging and Developed markets over a 27-year period and has accumulated a wealth of insights on human and organisational dynamics in the Automotive, Healthcare and FMCG industries. His experience includes living and working in Ethiopia and the United States. He has provided leadership at a Board as well as Global level for several of the organisations that he has worked for. These include General Motors South Africa (previously known as Delta Motor Corporation (Pty) Ltd, Coca-Cola Sabco (Pty) Ltd and most recently Johnson and Johnson where he has held several Senior Director roles amongst others: Senior HR Director EMEA Emerging Markets, Senior Talent Director EMEA and Senior HR Director North America Skincare. Andre is adept at working in many organisational settings dealing with the most complex human/work dynamics. He is a specialist with more than 25 years of experience in HR and Talent Strategy formulation, Talent Acceleration and Coaching, Change Management and creating High Impact Teams. He is known to have created many high performing HR teams locally and internationally. He has a B. Com (Cum Laude) from the University of the Western Cape and a B. Com (Hons) from the University of Port Elizabeth, complemented with specialised executive training at Insead – France, Ashridge University – London, and Deloitte University – Texas. He is also an Internationally Accredited Emotional Intelligence Coach.

Workshop 2
Delivering Customer and Employee Value through People Strategy

Key outcomes
  • Gain a clear understanding of what People Strategy is, in the context of Business and Customer strategy
  • Go beyond buzz words to a real understanding of the underlying principles of a Customer Centric culture and an effective Employee Value Proposition
  • Learn how to apply a model which can be used in crafting a People Strategy
  • Translate a People Strategy into a practical action plan
  • Reflect on your current practices

Key themes to be discussed:
  • Session 1: Introductions and scene set
  • Session 2: The interaction between business strategy, customer strategy and people strategy
  • Session 3: Playing a meaningful role in delivering customer value through your people strategy
  • Session 4: Defining and building your Employee Value Proposition (EVP). Identifying, integrating and crafting the components
  • Session 5: The role of the HR Business Partner role in this process
  • Session 6: Practical application

Who should attend?
Human Resource Leaders who are currently required to develop, execute and support a People Strategy and those HR Practitioners who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding well beyond the transactional requirements of the role.

Tjaart Minnaar

Tjaart advises several South African blue-chip companies and has international consulting experience in areas such as organisational change and development, employee engagement, executive coaching, strategic planning, business structuring, industrial relations and conflict resolution. His specific area of interest is the design of large-scale organisational performance improvement processes of which he has lead numerous projects in the food, financial services, engineering, construction and mining industries, as well as for parastatals and local government. As a testimony to his success, several of his clients have scooped the overall prize or won categories in the Deloitte Best Company to Work For Survey.

Tjaart has close to 30 years consulting experience in Human Resources and Business strategy execution. He is the founder of the consulting firm 2Collaborate and is a strategic partner of Weben Partners, an international Sales and Marketing consultancy based in London and operating globally.

Dave van Eeden
Dave is the Southern African agent for Weben Partners, an international Sales and Marketing consultancy based in London, and operating globally.

Dave has over 30 years of experience in Human Resources and Organisation Improvement. He has consulted to various organisations and has held senior positions in Human Resources and Organisational Effectiveness at Libstar, the University of Cape Town, Tiger Brands, Woolworths (South Africa) and Sentrachem. Dave has an Honours degree in Psychology, an MBL from UNISA and a Bachelor’s degree in Knowledge and Information Management from Stellenbosch University. He has also attended various international business school programs and was previously a partner in HR Global Innovation, an international Higher Education Human Resource consulting business.

He recently edited a book entitled “The Role of the Chief Human Resource Officer” under the auspices of Knowledge Resources.

Workshop 3 (Post-conference)
Managing through the medico-legal minefield

This down-to-earth course provides managers with the tools and the confidence to manage health related problems in the work place. This includes absenteeism management with the latest information regarding traditional healer certificates.

To equip managers and supervisory staff with skills to deal with contentious medico-legal problems effectively, fairly and legally.

Course outline:
  • Basic understanding of the law – particularly sick absence legislation in Basic Conditions of Employment Act
  • Understanding absenteeism
  • Methods of measuring and monitoring absenteeism
  • Specifically, for the South African environment – what to do with traditional healer certificates
  • Understanding the incapacity process
(Information on pregnancy, HIV/AIDs is offered in the manual)

  • Question and answer
  • Use of personal experiences
  • Simple case studies
  • Work book with ready reference information

This programme has run extensively through several organisations, and led to the introduction of a comprehensive sick leave programme. Consulting is provided to deliver a relevant absenteeism management programme, if required.
These were comments from the Heads of Dept of Health Science Faculty of the University of Cape Town following the recent training session.
  • Helpful and dynamic presentations
  • Good facilitator and good mix of interactive and didactic information
  • Fun, interactive, informative, simplification of complex concepts
  • Excellent style and high-level of facilitator skills enabled high-level participation
  • Good use of humour

Dr Tony Davidson

Tony has been working as an occupational health specialist for the past 20 years, helping his clients – from large, JSE listed companies to small ‘mom & pop’ businesses.

He has helped companies introduce strategic, integrated health delivery models, and supported managers through the difficult processes of managing absenteeism, HIV/AIDS and disability type of problems.

Gerald Jacobs
A 20+ years in the trenches labour lawyer and consultant with a practical approach to these and related daily labour “sick” problems. He has a compassionate touch, yet is still a successful arbitration fighter on ill health terminations. He is a skilled, dynamic trainer. You’ll want him on your side!
Clients include Engineering, Clothing, Retail, Hospitality, Chemical, Education and many other organisations, big and small.


  Price (excl. VAT)
Pre-conference workshop: 06 June  
R3 600 .00
Two-day conference and Pre-conference workshop:
06- 08 June 2017 (save R1500)
R9 500 .00
Two-day conference: 07- 08 June 
R7 400 .00
Post-conference workshop: 09 June  
R3 600 .00
Two-day conference and pre-conference workshop 1 or 2 and post conference workshop (save R2000)
06 – 09 June  
R12 600.00

Please note:

  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking 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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