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HR Business Partner Conference 2019 GAUTENG



Pre-Conference Workshop: 05 November 2019
Two-day conference: 06-07 November 2019
Southern Sun hotel, OR Tambo, Johannesburg

Platinum Sponsor

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.



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

Cebile Xulu, HR Director, Southern, Central & Eastern Africa, Mondelēz International


The business of HR: Getting your HR department future fit                                

Dr Jerry Gule, CEO, IPM

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, General Manager: HR Services, Toyota

12:30–13:15 Lunch | Engage in meaningful, learning conversations while enjoying a delicious meal


Business Acumen: What every HR Business Partner should know

Jerusha Reddy, Human Capital Business Partner, Adapt IT


HRBP as an internal consultant

Shervarni Govender, Executive Officer: Human Capital, LegalWise

14:45–15:00 Quick Leg Stretch and grab a coffee


Being Agile: Applying core business agility practices

Angie Doyle, Partner, Agile Coach and Trainer, Think Agile


Applying Agile methodology to HR

Wihan De Wet, People Advisory Consultant, IQ Business

16:30 Wrap up of Day-1



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

Welcome & introduction by chairperson


Performance management: The critical success factors

Ronnie Toerien,
HCM Sales and Strategy Lead, Oracle


Creating meaningful workplaces: Building a great place to work for all

Tshamani Mathebula, HOD: Talent Management Learning & Development, PPS

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


Wellbeing in the workplace: What HRBPs should know

Navlika Ratangee, Clinical Operations Director, ICAS


Hiring talent based on capability vs. competency

Lerato Semenya,
Managing Executive, talentCRU – an Adcorp Company

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


How to build a world-class onboarding programme to improve employee experience and reduce turnover

Dr Wongiwe Ludidi, Country Manager: Learning and Development, Lafarge


How HR Business Partners can leverage inclusion to drive engagement

Dominic Gaobepe,
Director and Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Cohesion Collective

1500 Close of conference


Cebile Xulu, HR Director, Southern, Central & Eastern Africa, Mondelēz International
Cebile Xulu is the Human Resource Business Lead, Southern, Central and Eastern Africa, at Mondelēz International based in Johannesburg. She is a seasoned HR professional, strategist and leader with extensive human capital and general management experience. She has over 14 years of experience in the HR industry, which she acquired from working for multinational and local private entities, as well as parastatal and government institutions in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Ms. Xulu’s experience spans across various areas of human resources management, specifically in the areas of Talent Management and Development, Employee Relations, Organisational Development, Leadership Development, as well as the areas of Employer Branding, Employee Engagement, Employee Wellbeing, Health and Safety Management and Internal Communications. She has also gained experience in Transformation (BBBEE) and Corporate Social Responsibility and Investment as well as Corporate Governance and Ethics. Prior to joining Mondelēz International, Ms. Xulu worked across different industries and companies including Heineken, Tongaat Hulett Sugar, A-Cubed Institute and Sara Lee Co.
Dr Jeremia Majaheni Gule (known as “Jerry”), Chief Executive Officer, Institute of People Management (IPM)
Dr Jerry Gule is the CEO of the IPM (Institute of People Management). Prior to joining the IPM, Jerry founded Gule Executive Coaching (Pty) Limited in 2016 after successfully completing the International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified Coach Training programme at the University of Pretoria Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). During his career as an HR executive he was an internal coach and mentor to middle and senior managers. He continues to coach some employees from his previous employer and has a growing client base.
Jerusha Reddy, Human Capital Business Partner, Adapt IT
Jerusha is currently a Human Capital Business Partner at Adapt IT (Pty) Ltd, responsible for the CaseWare Africa Division. She has more 11 years of experience as the Head of HR, gained across the Media, Corporate, Manufacturing & IT Industries both within South Africa & Africa. She is currently studying towards her Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration at Milpark Business School. She is very interested in the changing HR requirements as needed by the business of today and she is committed to providing relevant strategic HR advice in line with business objectives, whilst ensuring that employees are treated fairly, equitably and appropriately.
Shervarni Govender, Executive Officer: Human Capital, LegalWise
Shervarni is a driven and compassionate leader who believes that we all have a role and purpose to fulfil. As an autodidact, she believes that when we imbibe ourselves with this concept and continue to find meaning in what we do, then it will lead us to great learnings, immense fulfilment and massive impact on the world around us. For that reason, she invests her time in building resilience and capacity to learn and develop. She serves on the LegalWise Executive Committee where she heads up the Human Capital function inclusive of Human Resources as well as Learning and Development functions. Equipped with a BSc Honours Degree in Psychology and registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Psychometrist in Independent Practice, she has just over 10 years of experience in various HR roles within the Financial Services Industry.
Tshamani Mathebula, HOD: Talent Management Learning & Development, PPS
Tshamani is currently the HOD of Talent Management Learning & Development at PPS. She is an experienced coach, mentor, process facilitator and inspirational speaker whose purpose in life is to develop people by challenging their mindsets and inspiring them to live the best expression of their lives in an integrated way. She has 20 years’ experience in human resource development, organisational development, change management, culture transformation, employee engagement, graduate development, leadership development and coaching. Prior to joining PPS, she worked for organisations like Absa, Sasol Synfuels, UKZN and SAA Express. Tshamani is passionate about leadership development and transformation, and her area of study is focused on transformational leadership and high-performance culture.
Lerato Semenya is the Managing Executive for talentCRU, an Adcorp company
Lerato Semenya is the Managing Executive for talentCRU - enabling organisations to revolutionise the fulfilment and management of their workforce strategy using customised talent solutions. Smart, swift and compliant solutions for building permanent and contingent workforces. Communication and advocacy in the workforce strategy is her passion, developed and honed through her 16 year career which has spanned across IT, Strategy Development and Execution, in the Mining, Financial Services, Oil and Gas, IT industries. She is interested in constantly evaluating the influence of technology in the solutions available for the South African employment landscape, including the distillation of hype in latest trends in Human Resources and Talent Management, to ensure that trend evaluation is always done in conjunction with the business imperatives and strategic drivers.
Ruan Minnaar is Director of Human Capital and Marketing at Bigen
JRuan Minnaar is Director of Human Capital and Marketing at Bigen, an innovative, solutions-focused infrastructure development Group striving to improve quality of life across Africa. Since joining Bigen in 2017, he has already successfully spearheaded the Group’s rebranding and culture re-engineering process, helping to strengthen its market positioning as a socio-economic development activist. With a strong people focus and passion for the transformation of our African continent complementing his outstanding academic and business record across a range of disciplines, Ruan has consistently been recognised as a principled leader who get things done to the highest of standards.
Ronnie Toerien, HCM Sales Development and Strategy Lead, Oracle
Ronnie is currently the HCM (Human Capital Management) Sales Development and Strategy Leader, for the Africa region at Oracle. Ronnie has been involved in Human Resources since 1990, first in Training and later in the implementation and support of HCM solutions. Ronnie Toerien studied Law through correspondence at UNISA and his first job was at the State Attorney in Johannesburg. Ronnie has presented at numerous local and international events and at the World HRD Congress in Mumbai where he was awarded the Global HR Excellence – Strategic Award. He occasionally guest lectures to HR master’s students at the University of Johannesburg as well as at the University of Pretoria where he is also on the examination panel for Masters students.
Navlika Ratangee, Clinical Operations Director, ICAS SA
Navlika Ratangee is a qualified clinical psychologist and is also a GIBS MBA graduate. She is currently the Clinical Operations Director at ICAS SA, a behavioural risk and employee health and wellness company. She has diverse experience in human capital management, behavioural risk, change management, managerial consulting, global management consulting leadership, organisational resilience and organisational strategy. She also has an abundance of experience in dealing with mental health in the workplace and has consulted to many South African corporates in this regard.
Wihan De Wet, People Advisory Consultant, IQ Business
Wihan holds an MA in Industrial Pyschology (Cum Luade) from North West University. As Registered Industrial Psychologist, consultant, coach, change ambassadors and avid agile enthusiast Wihan supports organisations to create a fit-for-purpose environment where their employees (and the organisation) can thrive. He is a dedicated HR professional with more than 7 years of experience in numerous roles within mutli-national organisation managing the full spectrum of human resources services and functions.

Pre-Conference Workshop | Sponsors and Exhibitors

Platinum Sponsor

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Pre-Conference Workshop

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

05 November 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
05 November 2019 
R 3 600.00 excl. VAT
Two-day conference
06-07 November
R7 900 .00 excl. VAT
Pre-conference workshop and Two-day conference
05-07 November
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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  • 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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