Director-General of Basic Education

Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli is currently the Director-General of Basic Education. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts in Education with Honors, a Bachelor of Administration in Industrial Relations with Honors, and a Master’s Degree in Development and Management.

He has occupied various positions in the public service and civil society. Prior to being appointed to his current position as the Director-General of Basic Education, which he assumed in August 2015, Mr Mweli served, inter alia, as the Head of Department of the North West Education Department, the Deputy Director-General for Curriculum Policy, Support and Monitoring in the Department of Basic Education, and the Administrator of the Eastern Cape Education Department where he impacted education positively.

He has led delegations and missions to attend and present at a number of global events on behalf of the sector and the country. The experience and expertise gained while holding these portfolios and his participation in global events have equipped him to serve as efficiently as he does, as he heads Basic Education in the country.

As Director-General, Mr Mweli believes in engaging with key role players in the value chain of delivery. He has taken the role of monitoring and support of provinces, districts and schools very seriously. He holds engagements and visits all provincial and district officials as well as principals six times a year. These efforts are informed by the quality assurance philosophy of what gets measured and monitored gets done. He has been part of the team which has seen a steady increase in the improvement of learning outcomes, and the introduction of skills and competencies for a changing world in the curriculum as well as established a world class curriculum and public examination system.



Director of Education Management and Governance Development at the Department of Basic Education

Joseph James Ndlebe is a qualified Life Science Teacher.  He taught at several high schools in Soweto, moving from teacher, HOD, Deputy Principal and eventually principal. He managed an ABET Centre for 10 years in the afternoon and evenings while teaching full time. He worked at several districts at the Gauteng Department of Education as a Circuit Manager and Chief Education Specialist responsible for Circuit Managers respectively.

James is the Director of Education Management and Governance Development at the Department of Basic Education where he is responsible for all school management, SGBs and RCL matters. He is currently the Acting Chief Director for Education Human Resources Development which include Initial Teacher Development and Continuous Professional Teacher Development.


Peter Tabichi

Keriko Secondary School, Nakuru, Kenya

Peter Tabichi is a science teacher who gives away 80% of his monthly income to help the poor. His dedication, hard work and passionate belief in his student’s talent has led his poorly-resourced school in remote rural Kenya to emerge victorious after taking on the country’s best schools in national science competitions.

Peter teaches at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village, situated in a remote, semi-arid part of Kenya’s Rift Valley. Here, students from a host of diverse cultures and religions learn in poorly equipped classrooms.

Their lives can be tough in a region where drought and famine are frequent. 95% of pupils hail from poor families, almost a third are orphans or have only one parent, and many go without food at home. Drug abuse, teenage pregnancies, dropping out early from school, young marriages and suicide are common.
Turning lives around in a school with only one computer, poor internet, and a student-teacher ratio of 58:1, is no easy task, not least when to reach the school, students must walk 7km along roads that become impassable in the rainy season.




Born without arms, not without attitude!
Nicky Abdinor is an expert on doing MORE, with less.

Nicky is always commended on being a credible agent of change. When you meet her, it is hard not to recognise that she puts her message into practice! What sets Nicky apart as a sought-after international keynote speaker is beyond her inspiring story; her expertise as a Clinical Psychologist gives her a deeper understanding of what it takes to make sustainable changes in our attitudes and behaviours. She empowers others through her non-profit, Nicky’s Drive, and challenges our perspectives of ABILITY.



Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic and Professor at Sol Plaatje University, Kimberley, South Africa

Jean has served in leadership positions in a number of higher education institutions in the country and is the author of numerous research reports, peer-reviewed and accredited papers, and book chapters on aspects of education in South Africa. She is author of Performative Praxis: Teacher Identity and Teaching in the Context of HIV/AIDS (2010) and co-editor of the volume HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa: Understanding the Implications of Culture and Context (2009). Jean Baxen is an active member of the education community in South Africa and sits on a number of editorial boards, advisory committees, and review panels.



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