Seasoned HR Practitioner joins MUT as a Business Partner

Zamokwakhe Simelane

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has welcomed its third Human Resource Business Partner who will serve the Faculty of Management Sciences. The appointment is part of the University’s commitment to increase efficiency by providing tailored services to enable faculties to deliver on the core mandate of the University.

Zamokwakhe Simelane, who joined the University at the beginning of September, said the role allowed him “to carry out and/or to develop an effective HR agenda to support MUT’s strategic direction which is intended to shape the future of this country”.

His appointment completes the appointments of Business Partners who will render services directly to MUT’s three faculties. In this new position, Simelane’s plans include “developing, simplifying and standardising people management practices, improving the turnaround time of HR solutions or services, contributing to getting clean HR audit reports, and bringing the HR perspective on business decision-making points”.

But before his strategic work begins, explained Simelane, the first step is to learn about the institution along with its objectives. This includes understanding both the vertical and horizontal integration among the faculties and MUT’s institutional culture.

“In my respective view,  maximum contribution can only be possible if one understands the direction of the organisation, along with its short-term and long-term priorities,” Simelane explained.

Simelane is a seasoned HR practitioner with a wealth of experience in rendering HR services in organisations of various sizes. His experience includes working as an HR Practitioner at Eskom, an HR Business Partner at Transnet, Senior HR Operations Business Partner at the Office of the Valuer-General,  and an Assistant Director in Labour Relations at the Department of Higher Education and Training.