SA National Planning Committee directors – profiles of all the members

President Jacob Zuma briefing media after the final meeting with the outgoing National Planning Commission(NPC) at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. South Africa. 30/04/2015. Siyabulela Duda
President Jacob Zuma briefing media after the final meeting with the outgoing National Planning Commission(NPC) at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. South Africa. 30/04/2015. Siyabulela Duda

South African President Jacob Zuma has appointed 25 new members to the National Planning Commission in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, for a period of five years.

The President has appointed the following members;

  1. Mr Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation as Chairperson
  2. Prof. Malegapuru William Makgoba as Deputy Chairperson
  3. Ms Tasneem Essop
  4. Prof. Abdus Salam Mohammad Karaan
  5. Dr Vuyokazi Felicity Mahlati
  6. Mr Elias Masilela
  7. Prof. Viviene Taylor
  8. Dr Miriam Altman
  9. Dr Siphamandla Welcome Zondi
  10. Mr Johannes Petrus Landman
  11. Dr Pulane Elsie Molokwane
  12. Mr Jarrad Gregory Wright
  13. Dr Ntuthuko Melusi Bhengu
  14. Prof. Kholeka Constance Moloi
  15. Ms Tessa Gilda Dooms
  16. Ms Christina Marion Nomdo
  17. Mr Themba Thomas Cyril Dlamini
  18. Ms Susan Muriel Brouckaert (commonly known as Sue Bannister)
  19. Ms Khanyisile Thandiwe Kweyama
  20. Prof. Jabulani Dennis Sithole
  21. Capt. Frank Kennan Dutton
  22. Adv. Lekolota Abram Makua
  23. Mrs Poppy Audrey Mocumi
  24. Dr Thamsanqa Edmund Mazwai
  25. Mr Thanyani Ramatsea

The mandate of the new commission will include, among others the following responsibilities:

  • To promote and advance the implementation of the National Development Plan across different sectors of society;
  • To undertake detailed planning in a selected number of sectors to be determined from time to time;
  • To conduct regular engagements with various sectors of society on all matters pertaining to the long-term development of the country;
  • To facilitate stakeholder engagements aimed at forging a social compact towards more effective implementation of the National Development Plan;
  • To take a cross-cutting view, undertake research into long-term trends, analyse implementation of short to medium term plans with a view to recommend improvements to Government as well as produce reports to inform policy and planning; and
  • To contribute to development of international partnerships and networks on national planning.

The President has congratulated all the new members. “We look forward to working with them to take this important process forward of implementing the NDP and also exploring new avenues for socio-economic development in our country as we implement the NDP.”


  1. Professor Malegapuru William MAKGOBA, Higher Education and Health

Professor Makgoba is the former vice-chancellor and principal of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and an internationally recognised molecular immunologist. He is also former deputy vice-chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand. Makgoba received an MBChB degree from the University of Natal Medical School in 1976 with merit. In 1979 he was named the first black Nuffield Dominion Fellow to the University of Oxford where he completed his DPhil degree in human immunogenetics in 1983 under Professor Sir Andrew McMichael. He went on to become the first senior registrar to fellow expatriate South African and President of Royal College of Physicians of London, Sir Raymond Hoffenberg, in 1983. He was Reader in Molecular Endocrinology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School London between 1990 and 1994. He was the first black South African to be selected to the prestigious National Institute of Health’s Fogarty Visiting Programme in the late 1980s. Makgoba was appointed Chairperson of the Medical Research Council Board (1995-1998) and thereafter served as President of the Medical Research Council between 1999 and 2002. He was involved in developing South Africa’s AIDS strategy and the SA AIDS Vaccine Initiative. He is a recipient of the Order of Mapungubwe.

  1. Dr Miriam ALTMAN, Economist

Dr Altman is the head of strategy at Telkom (SOC) Ltd. She is former executive director at the Human Sciences Research Council. At the council, she led a decade of research and leadership engagement focused on employment and unemployment. She is recognised as a leading economist, strategist and thought leader. Dr Altman holds a Bachelors and Masters degrees as well as a PhD in Economics.

  1. Ms Susan Muriel BROUCKAERT (Sue Bannister), Local Government

Ms Bannister is a Partner at City Insight Pty Ltd. She was previously deputy head and then head of Strategic Projects Unit in eThekwini Municipality, principal consultant at Sue Bannister Consultancy and researcher at Matthew Nell and Associates. Between 1994 and1995 she was a fieldworker for the Transvaal Rural Action Committee. She managed a number of large projects. She holds a BSc Town and Regional Planning, MPhil in Land Economy, and an International Executive MBA.

  1. Dr Ntuthuko Melusi BHENGU, Public Health

Dr Bhengu has been a Medical practitioner and anaesthetist since 1991.  He worked for just over five years as a full-time clinician in South Africa and England. Thereafter he worked as a senior health care industry executive, director of companies and advisor to various South African Government Departments.  He is a Chartered Director (SA): Institute of Directors in Southern Africa; Panel Member of the Competition Commission’s Healthcare Market Inquiry, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Road Accident Fund, Non-Executive Director of Nestle (SA) (Pty) Ltd, and Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative. He holds a Master of Public Health degree, Master of Business Administration, Diploma in Anaesthetics, and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB).

  1. Themba Thomas Cyril DLAMINI, Development Economics

Mr Dlamini is the Managing Director of the Black Management Forum. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of the National Gambling Board, the Independent Communications Authority and Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA). He is also the former Deputy Director-General responsible for Corporate Services and Governance at the Department of Science and Technology.  Other positions he has held include: Special Advisor to Minister of Labour; Chief Director responsible for Corporate Services at the Provincial Department of Health in the North West; Manager responsible for Regulatory Affairs at Telkom; Project leader at the DBSA and Research Assistant at The Urban Foundation.  He holds a Diploma in Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, and a Master of Arts in Development Economics degree.

  1. Ms Tessa DOOMS, Youth development

Ms Dooms is a Director at Youth Lab. Previously she held the position of Lecturer at the University of Johannesburg, Sessional Lecturer in Sociology at the Wits University, Research Project Coordinator – ARHAP Wits; Junior Lecturer in Sociology, School for Social and Government Studies, North-West University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in sociology.

  1. Mr Frank Kennan DUTTON (Policing and investigations)

Mr Dutton is an International policing and investigations expert and provides expertise on a consultancy basis internationally as well as locally. He has 38 years of policing experience in South Africa and was the first head of the Directorate of Special Operations. In 2012 he was awarded the Order of Baobab in Gold by the President of South Africa for his South African and International police work. Mr Dutton is highly respected for his breakthrough investigations which uncovered the third force in the violence that engulfed KwaZulu-Natal during the late 80s and early 90s. Working with Judge Richard Goldstone, he played leading roles in complex investigations in South Africa and many other countries –  including Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Sudan (Darfur), Afghanistan, DRC, Cameroon, Uganda, Nigeria, Rwanda, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Brazil and East Timor.  He holds a National Police Diploma.

  1. Ms Tasneem ESSOP, Environmental Affairs

Ms Tasneem Essop is the head of strategy and advocacy for the International World Wide Fund for Nature’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative. She is the head of delegation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change sessions. She is former MEC of Environment, Planning and Economic Development in the Western Cape and former MEC of Transport, Public Works and Property Management. After 1994 she became an ANC Member of the Provincial Legislature where she served as the ANC’s Western Cape Spokesperson on Finance and Public Accounts before her appointment as a Member of the Executive Council in 2001. Before the first democratic elections in 1994 Tasneem was an anti-apartheid activist involved in youth, union and gender organisations. An educator by profession, she started her career in 1985, teaching English, History and Guidance at Glendale Senior Secondary in Mitchell’s Plain, Western Cape. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree.

  1. Professor Mohammad KARAAN, Agriculture and Food Security

Professor Karaan is the Dean of the Faculty of Agri-Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch. He is former Chairperson of the National Agricultural Marketing Council and president of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa. He serves on the board of the Land Bank and the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa, and is present chair of the National Agricultural Research Forum. He graduated from Stellenbosch University in 1990 with a BSc Agric degree and eventually completed an MSc Agric in 1994 and a PhD (Agric) in 2006. He joined the Development Bank of Southern Africa in Johannesburg as an economist and later returned to Stellenbosch to join the Rural Foundation as Head of Research. In 1996 he joined Stellenbosch University as a lecturer in the Agricultural Faculty. In October 2008 he became Dean of the Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University and was reappointed in November 2013 for a second term. From 1 May 2014, Prof Karaan was appointed as the Acting Vice-Rector: Community Interaction & Personnel at Stellenbosch University.

  1. Ms Khanyisile Thandiwe KWEYAMA, Business

Ms Kweyama is the Chief Executive Officer of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA). She was previously Executive Director at Anglo American and has worked for Telkom, Allied Technologies, Barloworld Limited, BMW South Africa among other companies. She has vast board and management experience. She holds a postgraduate diploma in management, and other qualifications in administration and human resources management.

  1. Mr Johannes Petrus LANDMAN, Scenario Planning

Mr Landman is the founder of JP Landman and Associates. His focus areas are political economy, labour, demography and social capital. He was previously the editor of Finance Week; Group Strategic Planning Manager for Everite Ltd. and the Small Business Development Corporation. He is a published author and well-respected analyst. He is a visiting professor at the University of Free State. He holds BA LLB, an MPhil degree in Futures Studies and a number of other qualifications.

  1. Dr Vuyokazi Felicity MAHLATI, Development Planning

Dr Mahlati is a public policy and development planning specialist with an MSc in Social Policy and Planning (London School of Economics) and a PhD in Public and Development Management (University of Stellenbosch). She is serving a second term as president of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) South Africa and global director of IWF Leadership Foundation Board. She is the deputy chairperson of the panel of experts tasked with developing the Integrated Urban Development Framework.

  1. Advocate Lekolota Abram MAKUA, Labour law

Advocate Makua was admitted as advocate in 2009 and he is based in Sandton, Johannesburg. He is a member of the Johannesburg Society of Advocates and Polokwane Society of Advocates. He specializes in medical malpractice and labour law litigation and further areas of interest are commercial and constitutional litigation. He served as a public prosecutor  from 1990 until he was appointed as one of the first executive managers in the public service in 1995. While in government he also served as a Nehawu shop steward responsible for coordination and establishment of Nehawu’s Senior Managers Forum. He served as National Legal Officer of Numsa, representing workers in disciplinary hearings, arbitrations, and the Labour Courts. Adv Makua holds a postgraduate diploma in Labour Law, BJuris, LLB, LLM degrees and Masters degree in Policy Studies.

  1. Mr Elias MASILELA, Economic Policy and Analysis

Mr Masilela is a non-executive chairperson of DNA Economics. He serves on the boards of the United Nations Global Compact and Multichoice South Africa. He is a visiting senior fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand; former chief executive officer of the Public Investment Corporation and former acting director-general in the National Treasury in charge of economic policy. He is former board member of the Reserve Bank and the Government Employees Pension Fund. He holds Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences and a Master of Sciences in Economic Policy and Analysis with a specialisation in Money, Banking and International Economics.

  1. Dr Edmund Thamsanqa MAZWAI, Communication and Small Business Develpment

Dr Mazwai is a Resident Executive at the Wits Business School and serves in the Black Business Council (BBC). He is honorary professor of entrepreneurship at the University of the Western Cape and the University of Fort Hare and also serves on the Presidential BEE Advisory Council. Dr Mazwai is a former journalist and editor and developed a passion for entrepreneurship and small business development while business editor at Sowetan. He is former director of the Centre for Small Business Development (CSBD) at the University of Johannesburg. He is part of a panel of experts that is looking at methodologies to integrate small business into the value chains of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) countries. He is a member of the Skills System Review Technical Task Team (SSRTTT) of the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa. He also served on the Ministerial Committee for the review of the White Paper on social development and his area of reference is entrepreneurship and recipients of social grants. He was jailed while a student for his involvement in the liberation struggle. He holds an MBA and D.Com degrees.

  1. Ms Poppy Audrey MOCUMI, Disability Sector

Ms Mocumi is the National Chairperson of the Disabled People of South Africa (DPSA) organisation. She was previously a member of the National Assembly as well as the provincial legislature of the North West province. She is an activist at heart and a teacher by profession. Ms Mocumi has held a number of leadership positions in the ANC, SACP, SADTU, school governing bodies and now the DPSA. She holds among others a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Philosophy degrees.

  1. Professor Kholeka Constance MOLOI, Higher Education and Training

Professor Moloi is professor of education at the Vaal University of Technology. She previously held the positions of Professor and Director of School of Education, North West University; Associate Professor, University of Johannesburg; Acting Executive Director responsible for Student Affairs, University of Johannesburg; and Head of Department, Education Management, University of Johannesburg, among others.  She has published numerous books, contributed chapters in books as well as published a number of peer reviewed journal articles. She holds a number of qualifications including a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees and a PhD in Education.

  1. Dr Pulane Elsie MOLOKWANE, Science and Technology

Dr Molokwane is the founder and Managing Director of POB Environmental Solutions. She previously served as Executive Technical Director of South African Intellectual Property Fund/Quintessential Investment Holdings; Principal Environmental Specialist at Sasol Technology Pty [Ltd]; and Nuclear Fuel Design Physicist at Pebble Bed Modular Reactor. She serves on the boards of Inkomati Usuthu Catchment Management Area and Sedibeng Water Board. She holds PhD in Chemical Technology, M.Sc. in Applied Radiation Science and Technology, Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Radiation Sciences and Technology, and B.Sc. in Physics and Chemistry.

  1. Ms Christina NOMDO, Children’s Rights

Ms Nomdo has been the leader of Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (RAPCAN) for more than 6 years. She is an active member and innovation team leader in the Leadership and Innovation Network for Collaboration in the Children’s Sector (LINC). She is an activist with a passion for children’s protection and participation rights realisation in South Africa. Internationally, she is recognised as an expert in children’s participation in governance – training children to monitor government budgets from a rights approach – having presented her work to global forums for example in India with the HAQ  Center for Children’s rights. She holds a Bachelor of Information Sciences and Master of Arts degrees.

  1. Mr Thanyani RAMATSEA, Infrastructure Development

Mr Ramatsea is a Technical Director at MJT Consulting Engineers. He started his career with Spoornet in 2000. His experience lies in Infrastructure Maintenance Management, focusing on Geotechnical Engineering investigation and design, design and rehabilitation of heavy-load pavements as well as rehabilitation and maintenance of re-inforced concrete and steel bridges. He has worked for HHO AFRICA (Gautrain design team) as Senior Design Engineer; Arup as a Principal Design Engineer on the New Multipurpose Pipeline (NMPPP) project for Transnet Pipeline; TCTA as a Contract Manager for bulk raw water dams.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds a BSc. Civil Engineering degree from the University of Cape Town. He also holds MSc (Engineering Management) from the University of Pretoria.

  1. Mr Dennis Jabulani SITHOLE, Arts, culture and heritage

Mr Sithole is a former lecturer in history at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg campus and the former KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Coordinator of the Liberation Heritage Route for the National Heritage Council (NHC). He has researched and published a total of thirteen chapters on Natal’s contribution to the South African liberation struggle for the South African Democracy Education Trust (SADET). He has also authored An Epic Tale of Selfless Sacrifices: Cuba’s Internationalism in Africa, 1962-1991; the co-editor of Zulu Identities: Being Zulu, Past and Present and many academic journal articles He is former school teacher; the Natal Midlands Coordinator of the National Education Crisis Committee; chairperson of the Luthuli Museum Council and the Amafa aKwaZulu-Natal Council. He is former member of the Council of the National Heritage Council; Natal Midlands Regional Secretary of the National Education Union of South Africa (NEUSA); Secretary of the Natal Midlands Region of the South African Youth Congress (SAYCO); a member of the Pietermaritzburg Interim Leadership Core of the South African Communist Party (SACP); Secretary of the Central Areas Branch of the ANC and the Secretary of the Ward 37 branch of the ANC.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in History.

  1. Professor Vivienne TAYLOR, Social Development

Professor Taylor currently teaches social policy, development planning and social and economic development in the Department of Social Development at the University of Cape Town. She is the Head of Department. Her career consists of both national and international development experience spanning over 30 years. Approximately 20 years of this being at a senior policy and/or management level.  She has experience of working within the United Nations on a global Commission on Human Security, with Governments, in the non-governmental sector and in academia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Durban‑Westville; and postgraduate degrees – BSocSc Honours & MSocSc Masters) – in Social Planning and Administration from the University of Cape Town.

  1. Mr Jarrad Gregory WRIGHT, Energy

Mr Wright is a Senior Consultant and Acting Regional Manager at Energy Exemplar (Africa) Pty Ltd. He previously worked as an Engineer at Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa (Pty) Ltd. He has working experience in 13 different countries and has published widely. At a fairly young age, he is considered an expert in his field. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Electrical), Master of Science in Engineering (Electrical).

  1. Dr Welcome Siphamandla ZONDI, International Relations and foreign policy

Dr Zondi is the director of the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD). Prior to assuming his current position, he headed the IGD’s programme on Africa studies and SA Foreign Policy Analysis for five years. Dr Zondi is a seasoned political analyst, academic and public speaker with a long track record in conducting research into international experiences that have a bearing on South Africa and Africa, especially in the areas of state and development, the constitution of the political, leadership and change in society, dialogue including dialogues among civilisations and cultures. Between 2000 and 2004, he co-ordinated the Africa Institute of South Africa’s regional integration and sustainable development programmes. He has published widely in his areas of research interest, namely: regional integration and governance, South Africa’s international relations and foreign policy, and public health policy. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in African Studies, Master of Philosophy and Bachelor of Arts degrees and Higher Diploma in Education.

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