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HR Business Partner Conference 2019 | Durban



Pre-Conference Workshop: 20 August 2019
Two-day conference: 21 and 22 August 2019

Over the years, there has been a great shift in the role(s) of the HR Business Partner (HRBP).

Previously, most HRBP-related responsibilities dealt with administrative or transactional activities, however today, most of this administrative work shifts to the HR service delivery function, leaving the HRBP to focus on strategic initiatives. The modern HR Business Partner must not only must serve as a mediator between employees and management, but also ensure strategic and transformational target are met.

So how can the modern HRBP rise to the challenge? And what crucial skills are required?

The 2019 HR Business Partner Conference will bring together CHROs, line managers, business leaders and senior HRBPs to share key insights on the future of the HR Business Partner role.


  • Discover how the role of HRBP will change in the new world of work
  • Hear case studies from companies with the best HRBP models
  • Get insights and examples of improved business results through effective implementation of the HRBP role
  • Learn how to create a meaningful workplace through driving purposeful organisations
  • Discover how to translate your organisation’s strategy into an effective and actionable HR strategy
  • Build a strong and credible relationship with line management after hearing how to be an internal consultant
  • Learn the critical success factors for establishing and keeping employee engagement high within your organisation


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

For more information about the seminar, please contact Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba on or +2711 706 6009.


DAY ONE • 21 AUGUST 2019

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

Introduction and Welcome  by chairperson           


The new role of HRBP in the new world of work


HR strategy that delivers

10:30–11:00 Morning Break | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry


The role of the HRBP in building and protecting the employer brand

Ruan Minnaar,
Director: Human Capital and Marketing, Bigen


HR as a change catalyst

Thami Msubo, GM: Group HR Services, Toyota South Africa

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


HRBP as an internal consultant


ORGANIC Agility: a complexity-oriented approach to organizational design and change aimed at increasing resilience

Peter Hundermark,
Agile Coach, agile42

15:00 Wrap up of Day-1 | Networking tea break and departure


DAY TWO • 22 AUGUST 2019

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

Welcome & introduction by chairperson


Is Performance Management really worth all the hassle?

Ronnie Toerien,
HCM Sales & Strategy Lead, Oracle


How to build a world-class onboarding programme to improve customer experience an reduce turnover

10:30–11:00 Morning Break | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry


Hiring talent based on capability vs. competency

Lerato Semenya,
Managing Executive, talentCRU – an Adcorp Company


How HR Business Partners can leverage inclusion to drive engagement            

Ayesha Mathuthu, Head: Talent, Aspen

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


Wellbeing in the workplace: What HRBPs should know

Navlika Ratangee, Clinical Operations Director, ICAS


Optimising your organisations rewards structure to drive performance          

Renzo Tognocchi, Senior Manager: Reward, Deloitte Consulting

15:00 Close of conference



Pre-Conference Workshop | Sponsors and Exhibitors

Pre-Conference Workshop

HR Transformation: What would your HR Department look like if it was run like a customer-centric business?

20 August 2019 (one-day workshop)

In the knowledge and gigabyte economy – companies with the best talent win. Despite this well-known fact, and the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity facing companies in a highly competitive economic environment, many HR functions are structured and operate as bureaus with a monopoly on internal services rendered. How can HR transform itself away from being a comfortable “internal service provider” and a “grudge purchase” towards offering leading edge, innovative products and services for their unique customers?

  • What can HR learn from the very businesses they serve on how to unlock value for their “customers”?
  • Which well-established business concepts are HR overlooking? Agile? Lean? Continuous improvement?
  • How can HR better understand the needs of their customers (and do they even know who their customers really are)?
  • What does the HR/Talent Value Chain and Operating Models look like for the modern HR organisation?
  • How can HR functions begin transforming themselves towards innovation and customer excellence?
  • What are the individual competencies required to run HR as a business and not a bureau?

Janko, Managing Director and Industrial Psychologist, Human Interest

Janko is an Industrial Psychologist and holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology at Unisa (Cum Laude). He has extensive consulting experience and has designed and delivered organisational development solutions across the globe. Following senior positions at two international consulting firms, Janko founded Human Interest, a specialist Organisation Design and Development firm with the purpose of moving the performance dial through the power of people. Janko and his team thrives in developing interconnected, targeted actions aimed at transforming individuals, teams and organisations. He is passionate about people’s potential and have worked with global leaders, Olympic athletes and league winning sports teams to achieve their goals.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

What can sponsors and exhibitors expect?

Sponsors will meet a wide range of audiences through our cross country HRBP conferences which will take place in 3 cities, starting with Johannesburg in April, Cape Town in June and Durban in the third quarter of the year.

Already one of our flagship events, the 2019 HRBP Conference is set to be our best one yet!

Significant brand exposure to senior HR Business Partner’s through our integrated targeted marketing campaign

Brand exposure to international associations, blogs and media partners, widening the target audience

Affiliation with a widely reputed and recognised HRBP event

Fruitful networking potential with conference delegates and speakers

High rate of face to face contacts with potential partners and clients

Maximising your time and resources in front of 70-80 targeted HRBP experts over 2 days

Strong Buyer/decision maker attendance

For more information about the seminar, please contact Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba on or +2711 706 6009 .


  Price (excl. VAT)
HRBP Conference | Pre- Conference workshop 1&2 only
20 August 2019 
R 3 600.00 excl. VAT
Two-day conference
21-22 August  
R7 900 .00 excl. VAT
Pre-conference workshop 1 or 2 and Two-day conference
20-22 August  
R9 500 .00 excl. VAT

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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  • Register 3 delegates and the 4th delegate attends free of charge!
  • Special discount for registered NPO’s, small businesses (30 or less employees) & full-time lecturers at universities – contact us for more information!

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