New appointments in Operations and Risk and Compliance Directorates to improve service delivery

From left, Sboniso Mthembu, Malindi Xala, and Kenyata Makhoba

Three senior staff members have been appointed in the Directorate of Operations, and the Directorate of Audit, Risk and Compliance, to improve the two directorates’ service offering to the University. All individuals that have been appointed have vast experience in their respective fields.

Muzi Khumalo, Senior Director: Directorate of Operations, said the appointments in his directorate were addressing the inefficiencies of the past, where there were no dedicated personnel responsible for respective standing functions. “The appointments bring stability in the directorate. This is a milestone that will ensure improvement of accountability, governance and accelerated service delivery. Now the directorate is in an even stronger position to meet its 2020-2025 strategic goals,” said Khumalo.

The new appointees started working at MUT at the beginning of November. Sboniso Mthembu, who has been appointed Acting Head: Procurement and Stores, has worked at the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) as Strategic Sourcing Consultant for Information and Communication Technology. He also worked for the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) as a procurement manager for KwaZulu-Natal. Mthembu also worked at the province’s treasury department as a Deputy Director for Provincial Supply Chain Management Unit. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (UKZN, National Diploma in Public Management from Msunduzi TVET, and a Programme in Public Procurement and Supply Management from UNISA, among others.  In October, the Directorate of Operations was joined by Amile Ndelu, as buyer in the Procurement and Stores unit, and Silindelo Mchunu, as Head of Department: Electrical.

Malindi Xala, who has been appointed as Director: Infrastructure, brings a formidable portfolio in the built environment.  Malindi has undergone a Comprehensive Project Management Programme for Built Environment Practitioner from the University of Pretoria, and a BSc in Property Development from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Malindi also has relevant training courses and certificates. She has been working in the built environment for over 13 years.

The University will also benefit from the experience of Kenyata Makhoba. Makhoba is the new Works Manager, who has a Bachelor in Architectural Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. “I am doing my Masters in the same field,” he said. Makhoba also has certificates in relevant fields.

Zimasa Gwarube

All three managers said they would like to implement improvements in their units, given their vast knowledge and experience.  “I would like to improve workplace culture to a more service-oriented culture. Our culture should be service provider based. We need to be more accountable. We will work on a performance management system. We need to learn to regard other units as our clients who will judge us based on our performance,” said Makhoba.

The University also welcomed two staff members to the Risk and Compliance Directorate. Zimasa Gwarube is now the new Manager of the unit, while Thobile Makhanya is the new Internal Auditor. Gwarube holds the certified Internal Auditor certificate and a Bachelor of Commerce (in Accounting). She was an Internal Audit Manager at Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo Grant Thornton for 10 years.