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HR Business Partner Conference & Workshop Cape Town

Become an agile, solutions-driven, and innovative HR Business Partner


Pre-Conference Workshop • 17 April 2018
Two-day conference • 18-19April 2018
Lagoon Beach Hotel | Cape Town

HR business partners are the vital connection between the HR department and other functions in the business. No longer seen as a transactional role, the new HR 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. A role that will continue to advance and change, the HRBP is a member of the senior leadership team who has the role as a trusted advisor to multiple stakeholders, helping them to accomplish business goals. Successful HRBP’s are business-focused, have a strategic mind-set, skilled in building and managing relationships, confident in driving change, credible and solutions-focused.

It is vital that HRBP’s keep enhancing their skills and keep up with developments in the market in terms of what competitors are doing and focus on providing real-time solutions to the business. In an era of digital disruption being the norm, your role as an HR Business Partner (HRBP) will however need to adapt. To be an effective business partner in 2018 and the future, human resource professionals need to understand the implications of digital disruption on their company and the lives of the employees in it. Do you?

Discover how HR can step up, reinvent where necessary or continue the journey to become the strong partner business that leaders need to drive business results. This is a crucial event for all HR Business Partner in 2018! As the needs of organisations, people, and society evolve, the HRBPs’ role should constantly transform. Being forward looking is about creating a unique culture, a competitive work environment, and a strong strategic talent management strategy against the backdrop of complex and fast-changing business models. As an HRBP do you understand the evolution of HRBP and where it is going? Are you developing the necessary skills and capabilities to become and effective HRBP? The KR 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. This event will help you develop your business savviness and agility, provide the tools to develop relationships across the organisation, as well as the knowledge and confidence to prove your value to the business in a constantly changing world. Increase your impact and influence as an HRBP.


By attending you will gain skills in the areas most relevant and crucial to the HRBP role:
  • Strategic insight: develop and drive people management strategies (Translate business strategies into people-focused initiatives)
  • Collaboration: practical ways to collaborate with stakeholders and business partners in ensuring the implementation of best practices.
  • Analytical skills: learn how to leverage workforce analytics, identify talent gaps, and assess organisational performance to propose possible solutions
  • Support: enhance your coaching and consulting skills
  • Business acumen: boost your personal credibility and ability to influence leadership and management and to add value to the business’s bottom line.
  • Leadership: transition from a business partner to a business leader

Register today and gain practical insight to advance you in your role as an adaptive, proactive and strategic enabler! Here is what past attendees had to say:

  • Very informative, inspiring, educational, motivational - BancAbc
  • Empowering listening to various speakers take us through how HR is a real business partner – Anglo American Platinum
  • Brilliant speakers, well versed in the subjects they presented – NTP Sol Limited
  • Wide range of speakers who are highly knowledgeable in their respective area of expertise – FNB Home Loans
  • It was relevant and up-to-date and I got lots of useful information, templates, examples to use – Derivco
  • Good Content – Transnet

Why you should attend this event:

  • HR Business Partners
  • Human Resources Managers
  • HR Executives managing and developing HR Business Partners
  • HR Directors
  • Talent Managers
  • HR Consultants
  • Academics
  • Line Managers (who would like to collaborate better with HR)


Expose your brand across the country – this event will be hosted in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban! Find out about the various sponsorship and exhibition opportunities for this event – email: or call 021 556 7663


DAY ONE • 18 APRIL 2018

07:30–08:20 Registration | Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources Registration Staff

Welcome & introduction by chairperson


The impact that AI will have on people and work: Practical ways to leverage in HR

Ryan Falkenberg, Co-CEO, Clevva


Reimagine HR: delivering true business partnership

Job Mpele,
Group HR Director, Rhodes Food Group

10:00–10:30 Morning Break | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry


HRBP spearheading organisational agility - Do you have ability or agility?


Workforce planning and talent management:  map talent gaps and future needs


Leadership and transformational change

Sarah Arnot, Managing Partner, Woodburn Mann Leadership Science Institute

12:45–13:30 Lunch | Engage in meaningful, learning conversations while enjoying a delicious meal


The heartbeat of engagement: ethics at work

Penny Milner-Smyth, Director, Ethicalways

14:15–14:30 Quick Leg Stretch and grab a coffee


The “Consultancy” role of the Strategic HR Business Partner: Key Consulting & Execution Skills for HRBPs

Judy Robison
, GM: Learning and Development, WNS Global Services SA

15:15 Wrap up of Day-1


DAY TWO • 19 APRIL 2018

07:30–08:20 Registration | Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources Registration Staff

Welcome & introduction by chairperson


HR in tough, ambiguous and turbulent times: dancing and dealing with uncomfortable situations as an HR professional

Samkelo Blom, HR Executive, Spur Group


HRBP as change leader: creating a culture of high engagement and innovative thinking

Barbara Stewart, Executive Manager: Strategic Relations and HR, V &A Waterfront

10:00–10:30 Morning Break | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry


Guiding and leading crucial mentoring conversations at work

Niel Steinmann, CEO, Peoples’ Dynamic Development (Author of Crucial Mentoring Conversations, published by KR)


Building diversity and inclusion programmes to facilitate change

Merafe Ramono,  Senior Consultant, Mandate Molefi (tbc)


Where is digitalisation relevant for HR? working with line management to transition from “doing digital” to “being digital

Maryke Burnett
, Senior Global Talent Management Consultant, Deutsche Telekom

13:15–14:00 Lunch | Engage in meaningful, learning conversations while enjoying a delicious meal


Minding the analytics gap: using data to drive results and make better decisions

Jonathan Weimers, Business Analytics (HR Analytics), Old Mutual (tbc)

14:45–14:55 Quick Leg Stretch and grab a coffee


A culture of health & wellbeing at Unilever: why putting people first is critical to business
Revani Manicum, HRBP Director, Unilever (tbc)

15:30 End of Conference | refreshments and networking


Job Mpele, Group Human Resources Director, Rhodes Food Group
Job started his Human Resource career with SAB in Swaziland before joining mining group JCI. He then went on to work at the Coca-Cola Company at the beverage concentrate manufacturing plant in Swaziland where he assumed the roles of Human Resources Manager, Commercial Manager and Strategic Planning Manager. Job joined Rhodes Food Group in 2003 as the HR Manager at Swazican before relocating to the Group’s Head Office in 2006. He is currently the Group HR Director.
Merafe Ramono, Senior Consultant, Mandate Molefi
Merafe is a qualified attorney who has utilised his experience spanning a period of 15 years in that discipline, where he specialised in both commercial and property law, to now establish himself as a consultant since the year 2002 in the fields of training, organisational development and the facilitation of crucial conversations.
Barbara Stewart, Executive Manager: Strategic Relations and HR, V & A Waterfront
Barbara is highly involved with the creation of the vision and legacy of the V&A Waterfront and in developing a new leadership ethos for the business. Barbara is also very involved in the strategic direction of the business. Barbara is a highly seasoned labour 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 and coaching. Previous work experience included holding a Directorship as 2IC to the CEO and Group Head of Human Resources for a highly successful off-shore Diamond Mining group for nearly a decade, where she honed many of her strategic, commercial and leadership skills. Barbara was the youngest and first women to hold a position on the Namibian Board of Mining Companies. Thereafter, Barbara had her own consultancy, Beautiful Monday, for nine years where she consulted to various companies on business strategy, leadership development and executive coaching, 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 labour law, business strategy facilitation, mediation, human resources, executive coaching and leadership development.
Niel Steinmann, Director, Peoples Dynamic Development
Niël Steinmann is a specialist business consultant and registered Industrial Psychologist. He has invested more than a quarter century studying the topics of mentoring, coaching and leadership development. In 1999 he founded People's Dynamic Development, a management consultancy that utilises African analogies to develop people and organisations to significantly increase their performance capacity. Niël is the author of Fundamentals for effective mentoring: Raising giant killers which received international recognition and endorsements from prominent and renowned leadership consultant Dr Ken Blanchard. His most recent book published by KR is entitled Crucial Mentoring Conversations published in 2017.
Ryan Falkenberg, Co-Founder & CEO, Clevva
Ryan Falkenberg is co-founder and CEO of CLEVVA, an award–winning, enterprise-level Intelligence Augmentation platform. Ryan has always been fascinated by what makes people tick, and what makes them perform optimally. Ryan has spoken at a number of conferences on artificial intelligence and how traditional thinking in learning and knowledge management is limiting people’s ability to stay relevant in the new economy. He writes actively on the topic of AI, performance support, learning and human capability development in modern times. Prior to co-founding CLEVVA, Ryan was co-founder and Managing Director of Hi-Performance Learning, a consultancy that partnered with large national and international businesses to optimise their organisational learning efficiency and effectiveness. Ryan was selected as an Endeavor entrepreneur in 2004. He is also a Co-Founder and Director of CUDA Technology company that developed enterprise learning and knowledge management technologies aimed at making e-learning a reality for people operating in bandwidth constrained environments.
Sarah Arnot, Owner, SA Leadership Performance
Sarah Arnot is passionate about one thing - great leadership. Before starting her coaching consultancy in 2014 she spentsixteen years with Spencer Stuart, one of the world's leading Executive Search Firms in Paris, London and Johannesburg. Her early career was with Accenture and Scotwork in Dublin, Sophia Antipolis and Paris. Sarah has an MA, BA Trinity College Dublin and is a MPhil (Coaching) Candidate University of Stellenbosch Business School. She is currently writing a book on Achieving your Dream
Julia Dyssell, Head: Group HR, Sanlam
Julia Dyssell is currently the Head of Group HR at Sanlam Group. Julia reports directly to the CEO, and her role spans a number of operations, where she participates in remuneration and HR committees, as well as championing some aspects of talent in the Group. She has been in the role for more than 4 years; prior to this she was the Head of HR at Santam, a role she held for 6 years. Prior to that, Julia’s career was a mix of HR corporate roles (primarily in SAB and AECI) and consulting, largely in the field of diversity and change management. She is a graduate of both UCT and the Wits Business School and recently had the privilege of attending the London Business School to be part of a week long programme on HR in Transforming Organisations.
Samkelo Blom, Group HR Executive, Spur Group
Samkelo is currently an HR Executive at the Spur Corporation serving on the Board, Committee for HR, Productivity and Transformation Committee. He has instituted Talent Forums where together with Executives they identify, develop and review critical talent across the Group. He is responsible for Succession Planning, Career Progression and Talent Pools across the Group globally and has designed and implemented the Spur Leadership Development Programme (Assessment Centre, Executive Coaching). In 2014 as first time entrant he was instrumental in achieving Deloitte Best Company to Work for the Spur Corporation. Samkelo is a seasoned HR professional with background in Learning he has worked in various roles where he has been responsible for Talent Management (developing leaders, black graduates, gender empowerment, and talent practice together with solutions). Prior to Spur, Samkelo has worked in senior roles for some of SA’s top companies like Standard Bank, Old Mutual and Media 24 to name a few.
Judy Robison, GM: Learning and Development, WNS Global Services
Judy Robison specialises in the strategic design and implementation of learning and development business solutions for WNS South Africa. In her role as head of Learning and Development, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s learning and development strategy. Her responsibility includes the leadership of Ucademy, a specialised BPO training and development academy and sister company of WNS South Africa. Spanning over 20 years, she has extensive experience in the establishment of niche, specialised corporate education, training and development initiatives to meet business and sector skills demands. Prior to joining WNS, Judy worked for Mazars, Converg, Educor’s City Varsity, ITC and Cronje Bell and Associates. Judy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and an Honours Degree in Industrial Psychology. She has also received recognition from educational technology company, SkillSoft, by being awarded with the Innovation in Learning Award, as well as the Globalised Learning Project Award.
Penny Milner-Smyth , Director, Ethicalways
Penny weaves the three seemingly distinct strands of her career - an academic background in neuropsychology, over 25 years as a senior in-house HR leader, and a specialisation in the creation of ethical workplace environments - into evidence-based insights that give HR business partners great confidence in their advisory services and intervention design. In addition to holding an MA (Research Psychology), Penny is registered as a Master HR Practitioner with the SABPP and is a long-standing member of The Ethics Institute and Business Ethics Network (BEN) Africa.
Maryke Burnett Senior Global Talent Management Consultant, Deutsche Telekom
Maryke is currently responsible for the Global Talent Management portfolio design and implementation to talent target audiences and involved stakeholders at Deutsche Telekom (T-Systems). Maryke is also an associate with Outerbox Thinking. Maryke has been involved in the futuristic topic of engaging virtually and has helped trainers/ leaders and coaches adopting virtual strategies in a changing workplace. Maryke has gained many global accolades for ground breaking work with all who feel unfamiliar with all the new virtual mediums and who like to improve their confidence and skill via technical meeting platforms for continuous results. She has a sound track record of creating internal coaching programs for international companies and integrating these with the back bone of the company systems and processes to create continuous and sensible accountability and traction for the coaching projects. Her coaching portfolio and exposure reaches 25 countries worldwide.


Pre-conference workshop

17 April 2018 | Lagoon Beach Hotel | Cape Town

Enabling thriving future-fit organisations – A framework to drive lasting results

Facilitated by Sonja Blignaut, More Beyond

The so-called VUCA world, with extreme volatility and uncertainty largely driven by exponential technological advances and increased interconnectedness is demanding very different skills and mindsets from leaders and people practitioners alike. Change is no longer episodic but continuous. We need to find ways to enable change resilience throughout our organisations; in effect, creating enabling and responsive environments that can naturally evolve when needed. In order to prepare our workforce for a world where automation and AI are already impacting on routine and even expert roles, HR practitioners need to become strategic partners able to co-create (with their leaders) enabling environments where people can bring their humanity and creativity to work. How do you maintain momentum, coherence and direction in uncharted territory where goal-setting etc. doesn’t work?

This workshop will introduce practitioners to the skills and thinking that is required to design and enable future-fit workplaces. This will be done utilising three generative metaphors to challenge participant's thinking and two practical frameworks to help them apply these ideas in their own organisations.

Key outcomes include:

  • Understand the three key mindsets that are required to enable future-fit workplaces
  • Understand different contexts based on the Cynefin sense-making framework
  • The ability to apply the Waysfinder framework to enable them to adapt to uncertainty
  • Be able to critically reflect on your current ways of work and transform these in contextually relevant ways
  • You will learn how to design processes and systems that enable the emergence of creativity, innovation and agility

Who should attend

Besides the HRBP professional, there are other communities that will find value in this workshop for example; L&D, OD, Leadership, Strategy & Marketing/Customer Insights

About Sonja Blignaut

Sonja is the founder of More Beyond. She has been working in the fields of narrative and complexity since 2002. Before founding More Beyond, she worked as a consultant for PWC and IBM. She left the formal consulting world in 2004 to focus on doing more of what she loved. Since then, she has consulted locally and internationally with clients that include the Sasol Group, Sasol Inzalo Foundation, Barclays, MMI, Anglo American, Harmony Gold, Nedbank, Standard Bank, Liberty, FNB, Gautrain Management Agency, PWC, IBM North America, DSTV, Eskom, SANParks, the Water Research Commission and many others. Sonja trains locally and internationally in complexity and related topics at various academic institutions including the University of Pretoria and GIBS Business School. She is a sought-after speaker in a wide variety of industries and conferences including Agile Summits, OD conferences and TedX Pretoria. Sonja has been the sole South African partner for Prof Dave Snowden’s company Cognitive Edge, the creator of Sensemaker® since 2007. In addition, she is a certified Scrum Master (Agile project manager) and is also qualified in various individual and team coaching modalities including Narrative coaching, Strengths Coaching and Organisation Systems Relationship Coaching.

Program Outline:
07:30-08:30 | Registration
08:30 | Workshop begins
10:30 | Morning break
13:00 | Lunch
14:30 | Afternoon break
15:30/16:30 | wrap up


  Price (excl. VAT)
Two-day conference and Pre-conference workshop: 17 - 19 April 2018
R9 500 .00
Two-day conference: 18- 19 April 
R7 900 .00
Pre-conference workshop: 17 April
R3 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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