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HR Strategy Seminar  

Turning strategy into great organisational performance


One-day Seminar: 16 October
Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg

Forward-thinking leadership teams are now creating their people strategy as an integral part of their strategic business planning process, no longer left to HR to determine in isolation. These organisations shape their plans to meet their workforce needs, knowing that their most important competitive advantage is the ability to develop a sound HR strategy that integrates with the immediate business needs and macro factors surrounding that business.

The purpose of the KR HR Strategy conference is to bring together HR leaders to discuss the latest in HR and business strategy.

This interactive case study driven conference will provide valuable professional insights and practical takeaways, all designed to help you shape the future of your company.


  • Gain first hand insights from the most influential organisations
  • Be Inspired by the most distinguished minds in HR and people management in South Africa
  • Learn from the exemplary workplace practices of South Africa’s highest-performing companies
  • Become an effective voice in boardroom discussions, offering strategies that align to business objectives and maximise employee contributions.
  • Get equipped with tools to become a strategic partner on the leadership team
  • Increase your ability to leverage organisational culture, enhance integration and build energy in order to achieve global competitive capacity.
  • Discover what it takes to lead your organisation’s workforce towards ongoing success
  • Improve your skills to identify where and how HR can powerfully affect the development and execution of strategy
  • Return to your workplace ready to inspire your human resources team with the vision and skills to be an integral part of organisational strategy


This conference is designed exclusively for Senior HR, Learning and Development and Strategy leaders who have been given the responsibility of helping shape the strategic direction of their organisations.

For more information about the Conference, please contact Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba on or +27 11 706 6009.


16 OCTOBER 2018


Registration Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources registration staff


Welcome and introduction by chairperson


The imperative for People Excellence in tomorrow’s world: Towards a comprehensive test of People Excellence

Prof Theo Veldsman, Work Psychologist, Strategic People Effectiveness Advisor Former Professor and HOD, Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, College of Economics and Business, University of Johannesburg. Currently Visiting Professor at same department, Extra-ordinary Professor, University of Stellenbosch Business School 


Is your strategic plan really strategic? How to approach strategic planning from a system design perspective

Paul Norman,
Group Chief HR and Corporate Affairs Officer, MTN

10:00–10:30 Morning tea


Its all about business strategy – HR’s role in formulating and implementing business strategy

Pearl Maphoshe, HR Director, Pick N Pay


HR strategy and digitisation

Michaela Voller,
HR Executive, Dimension Data Middle East and Africa

12:00–13:00 Lunch | Feed your soul. Network and connect with like-minded professionals

13:00 – 13:45

Case study: Crafting a winning HR Strategy- Case study from Top Employer 

Dr Liziwe Masoga,
Executive: People & Brand, Old Mutual Insure


Case Study: HR Strategy: moving from transactional to transformational HR

Tirelo Sibisi,
Executive Vice President: Group HR, AngloGold Ashanti


Panel discussion: Aligning and implementing corporate and HR Strategy – Why the HR leader must be a strategic business partner

Paul Norman,
Group Chief HR and Corporate Affairs Officer, MTN
Pearl Maphoshe, HR Director, Pick N Pay 
Michaela Voller, HR Executive, Dimension Data Middle East and Africa
Dr Liziwe Masoga, Executive: People & Brand, Old Mutual Insure
Tirelo Sibisi, Executive Vice President: Group HR, AngloGold Ashanti

Facilitated by Prof Theo Veldsman

15:15–15:30 Afternoon Tea Break


Designing a compelling remuneration strategy that facilitates and supports the implementation of your organisational strategic plan

Craig Raath, Executive Director, 21st Century


Key Insights on crafting a comprehensive Industrial relations strategy

Dr Geoffry Heald,
Senior Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand (Author of Why is Collective Bargaining Failing in SA)

16:00 Close of conference


Professor Theo Veldsman, Work Psychologist, Strategic People Effectiveness Advisor Former Professor and HOD, Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, College of Economics and Business, University of Johannesburg. Currently Visiting Professor at same department, Extra-ordinary Professor, University of Stellenbosch Business School
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.
Paul Norman is the Group Chief Human Resources and Corporate Affairs Officer at MTN Group
Paul has been an executive at MTN since 1997. He is a member of the Group Exco and has played a key role in MTN’s evolution from a single country business to a global business with a footprint in 22 countries. Paul has a Masters degree in Psychology from Rhodes University and also graduated from IMD in Switzerland with an MBA. He is a qualified Psychologist and before moving into Industry, he ran his own private practise. As an HR professional Paul has positioned MTN as an employer of choice across all its markets. In 2003 Paul was also awarded HR Practitioner of the Year by the Institute for People Management (IPM). In 2012 he was recognised by the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP), with the Life Time Achievement Award. According to SABPP, the award was in acknowledgment of his great contribution to the advancement of the Human Resources profession, not only in South Africa, but across MTN’s 22 countries of operation. He serves as a director on several of MTN’s Subsidiary Boards. He has also established various entrepreneurial ventures in the food, motor and alternative energy sectors. Paul is passionate about socio-economic development in SA and Africa and he believes that the Continent requires more impactful leaders who embrace the reality that profits cannot be made at the expense of communities.
Pearl Maphoshe, Group Executive: Human Resources, Pick N Pay
Pearl joined Pick n Pay in April 2016 as Group Executive Human Resources. The Pick n Pay HR team was recognised as the Best HR team of the Year at the 2017 national Future of HR awards ceremony. Previously, Pearl came from South32 where she was Vice President Human Resources and Massmart Group where she was the Group Human Capital Executive. Prior to these positions, she was the Human Resources Director of Mass Discounters, the General Manager Corporate Services of Umgeni Water and has worked in various senior positions in transformation, procurement, Black Economic Empowerment and education at the University of Durban Westville, Telkom, Old Mutual, the National Independent Medical Aid Society and Kwazulu-Natal Society of Chartered Accountants. Pearl was a guest lecturer and external examiner on the MBA programs at the University of Kwazulu-Natal and a guest lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. She established the Massmart Corporate University and created a new benchmark in the retail industry for education, talent management and executive succession planning, which are among her passions. Pearl was Chairperson of the Wholesale and Retail SETA until end of March 2018 and was also a member of the University of Zululand Council and used to chair the Human Resources Committee of Council until end of March 2018. Pearl is also a Board member at Knowledge Resources and holds the following qualifications BA (Hons), HDipEd (Durban-Westville), MA (London).
Michaela Voller, HR Executive, Dimension Data Middle East and Africa
Michaela Voller has been part of the Dimension Data team for twelve years and has served as the Human Resource Executive for the company’s Middle East and Africa region since October 2017. Michaela works closely with the Dimension Data executive team to direct the delivery of clearly defined business, people and culture strategies. She has broad experience in all aspects of strategic and operational business management and a strong interest in using digital transformation as a vehicle for human resources improvements. Michaela holds a bachelor’s degree in Art, English and Political Science from the from the University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal.
Dr Liziwe Masoga, Executive: People & Brand, Old Mutual Insure
Liziwe Masoga is an organisational psychologist who has extensive experience in the field of HR. Her experience spans across retail, manufacturing and financial services sectors. She holds a PHD in Consulting Psychology from UNISA and also completed an Executive Development Programme through Said Business School, in Oxford. She has been a Director of City Year SA, a youth service organisation, for the past 10 years. Liziwe is passionate about making a difference in peoples’ lives. Diversity and inclusion is a specific area of interest, especially having worked across different industries and observing organisations struggling with the same challenges. In 2017 she was appointed on the Exco of the Society for Industrial & Organisational Psychology of SA (SIOPSA), leading the transformation portfolio.
Tirelo Sibisi, Executive Vice President: Group Human Resources, AngloGold Ashanti
Tirelo Sibisi is Executive Vice President: Group Human Resources at AngloGold Ashanti. She is an MBA graduate with over 20 years’ experience in the Human Resources (HR) field. 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. Previously, Tirelo was the Group HR and CSI Executive at PPC Cement with responsibility across South Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia, DRC, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. 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 HR Strategy, executive compensation, talent management, executive succession and stakeholder management.
Craig Raath, Executive Director, 21st Century
Craig is an Executive Director at 21st Century and has consulted to over 500 organisations - both in Southern Africa and internationally. Craig holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Majoring in Business Economics and Industrial Psychology. Areas of work include incentive scheme design, employee value proposition, financial modelling, performance management systems, salary structuring, strategy and policy development and general Executive remuneration consulting. He also sits on and advises a number of Board Committees. Craig has written numerous articles and speaks at several conferences on various remuneration topics as a recognised industry specialist.
Dr Geoffry Heald, Senior Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand (Author of Why is Collective Bargaining Failing in SA)
Dr Geoff Heald is a senior lecturer in negotiation at the University of the Witwatersrand Graduate School of Business Administration (Wits Business School). Most recently, Geoff has been working on the African Negotiation Project (ANP) which entails negotiation research, education, training, conferencing and consulting for commercial, industrial relations and political negotiations across the continent of Africa. Geoff as facilitated the resolution of many industrial and social disputes. He previously held a position as senior researcher at the Stellenbosch University Graduate School of Business, carrying out much of his research at the university’s Institute for Futures Research. Geoff obtained an LLM and PhD at Wits, and a BA Honours and MBA from the University of Stellenbosch. Geoff is the author of “Why is Collective Bargaining Failing in South Africa? A Reflection on How to Restore Social Dialogue in South Africa”, published by KR in 2016.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Would you like the opportunity to market your company’s products and services to delegates at this seminar?

For information on sponsorships and exhibitions please contact Keel Heubner+27 (21) 556 7663 or


Seminar | 16 October 2018 
R4 100.00  excl. VAT

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  • 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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